Chapter 82 Day 90 ~ Day 180 Young Beastmen Group Eneku
We decided that Ojas is to be assigned work as a guard. He belongs to the fighting proficient people after all. With him around we have secured people with fighting power, and troublesome situations in the city are being handled by them. Because of that, the security was also greatly improved, and even if some slave merchants would try to do something for the human’s side, the guards would be able to sniff them out easily, due to their natural hunting instincts.
「But, don’t you think Ojas’ change was too drastic?」
「I did find him pitiful…… but that’s probably because he’s a beastman」
No matter how tricky and suspicious he was when declaring that duel he is following the traditions properly, and right now he is doing his job properly. Also, at the end of his work, he would go out drinking with his friends and it seems he is enjoying himself.
After all, in that day, following the Duel and the 『Kemomimi Ondo』, everyone reconciled. It was an absolute decree.
After all that I’ve been mostly helping in infrastructure development, the creation of the Hot Spring Region, playing with Mika and Arena, and then also nurturing Idols.
Ah, the Idol training would be something like the development of『Entertainment』. I was very active at that. It started when I visited an orphanage managed by the church.
「Kami-sama〜play with us〜♪」
「Read us a book〜♪」
「…Is this the promised holy land? I want to spend the rest of my life in this orphanage!」
「I would like to agree to that but for the time being please listen to the situation first. Also, your true desires are starting come out」
Woops! Dangerous, dangerous, I was about to bring corruption in a pure and sacred place like this.
But what can I do about this? Cat people, Dog people, bear, panda, fox, white wolf, rabbit, and horse people. A bunch of children from different races are crowding before me with their tails swinging around in excitement. Uwah, it’s overflowing. Even Arena is currently joining that bunch.
「This is one of the only benefits I would like to have for being treated as a God」
「Treating you as God is no good though…… by the way, why did we come here today?」
「Ah, it’s regarding Cielo, there’s just something we need to talk about」
No matter how much money Ladaria has at the moment, it won’t be able to continue supporting the children until they grow up, that’s why we need to at least find a source of income for them, right? That’s the current situation. They said that it will be enough if the orphanage is able to function on their own. That’s why I also agreed to help.
And today, I came here to give jobs to the orphans.
「Today, I came here to introduce everyone to a certain job. It’s a job where everyone could have fun while working hard to improve and also earning some money. Will everyone participate in doing it〜?」
Alright, I have captured the little angels. I will be training everyone with everything I’ve got.
「Aidle~, What about meー?」
「Arena will be part of our group. This time though, I have to first do it on my own」
「Ah, we are going to do that again……」
We have already done this in Galania. Now then, I have to prepare the kids before the Hot Spring Town is opened. If everything ends up well, then the orphanage is also going to be transformed,
「Alright, everyone let’s do our best」
And with that, the intense training of the kids has started. First of all, I divided them into groups, those with dexterous hands, the ones with a good rhythm, and the energetic and quite playful ones, separating them for different roles.
For dexterous kids, they were set as directors.
The kids with a good sense of rhythm, they will practice with instruments.
And the energetic ones, they will be singing and dancing.
It’s good that they were roughly even when they were divided and didn’t really complain. Were they all good friends? Or maybe because the order came from someone they consider a god? No, it’s probably because Arena was there to be the ice breaker. That girl would happily join if she finds something fun to do after all.
But well, in the end I will have everyone become all-rounders.
I alone designed the props, costumes for the production, and prepared the lessons for singing and dance choreography.
I asked La Veil to bring our luggage to the Hot Spring Town. Everything was set in front of a large hall, close to the accommodations.
At that time, she showed me a strange look.
「Never in my mind would I have thought I would be working with beastmen in the past. After all, I only thought of them as intelligent beasts before, like a barbaric race of hybrid monkeys of some sort. I also thought of fairies as insects. If I didn’t lose to master, I would have only kept searching for stronger foes, just like what I’ve been doing before」
「Well, you are probably being influenced by my taste and hobbies the longer you stay with us」
「That might be the case, however I value Arena more than anything else in the world. For a very long time now, Fairies have always lived far away from people, and just making contact probably won’t change anything drastically. She is truly a pure fairy similar to the ones I knew of. Master on the other hand is different, I would say that you were even beyond 『Heresy』」
After saying that, La Veil picked up more tools to deliver. Even though you are saying that, I know that you are also having fun. I’m not forcing anyone to get used to it.
Well, speaking of『Heresy』. It feels like I turned into some kind of Bug. My unique race is already quite a mystery. If there’s someone else similar to me then I would like to look for them, however it is more likely that they have already perished by the time that I was born. Also, I was only able to survive because of Arena.
「Well, thinking about something like that doesn’t matter so don’t worry about it. Now～then, let’s show them our little angels～♪」
「「「Will show them～」」」
「Yes, yes, I’m sorry」
That’s how I joyfully continued teaching, playing, eating and sleeping with them for 3 months. Right now the Hot Spring Town was finally completed, and today its grand opening party will be held.
For now, tourists and guests from Galania also came and greeted Forna with a slightly tense atmosphere. This will be our first big business after all. I think most of the people from the country are participating, but when it comes to revenue I don’t really care about it.
First of all to see, the Hot Spring Town was built next to the natural wall of the country. The walls of Ladaria are a natural barrier made out of large trees weaved together and surrounding the capital. With the use of Fairy Magic I folded an area which serves as it’s gates. Because of the amount of nature here, even the street view became a tourist attraction. Besides that there was something else.
「I didn’t expect them to develop this shooting range. The prizes are simple magic tools that are useful for both children and adults」
「I really want to live in Ladaria. I want to quit being a Hero……」
「You keep spouting that nonsense, don’t let the hot springs distract you」
Although this is a Hot Springs Town, it is still part of Ladaria’s Territory, so the barrier in the surroundings is quite similar. The building materials used for construction were harvested from the nearby forest. Cheap ores that were mined in the quarry were also used as building materials. Convenient because they could easily be processed with magic.
Although I say Hot Spring, it is divided based on the effect it would give. That’s why there are quite a number of them. Well, I was also quite surprised because there are many effects unlike in my previous life. Like 『when entering, status values will rise』. It was quite peculiar for this world though. Different springs would have different effects. Although the boost is almost insignificant, it will increase gradually. It was quite popular with the beastmen as they entered it frequently since it was built, while Cielo and Mika aimed for the one with the 『Beautiful and Smooth Skin』effect.
There are many Inns. However, there are 3 major Inns on top of them all. They all have well maintained rooms, and not to mention, every room is completely sound-proof. Reservations won’t be fast because there is almost no long-distance communication in this world however it was still alright because there are part-time working children who would deliver notes from the gates to the hotel.
And finally, about the employees. They are mainly children, women and elderly. The men are earning money by doing their established jobs, and they can’t leave those behind. It was also a policy to increase the employment rate in the country, and they were willing to work for us since it is with no risk while also getting a good income.
Well then, I’d like to introduce everyone to what we have prepared in the special banquet hall that we created in front of the top 3 Inns.
「Oh, there sure are a lot of them～」
Adventurers, traders and merchants, families, lovers, and after job workers were currently eating and drinking in the large banquet hall. Now then, I don’t know what the results will be, but I believe in the power of 『Cuteness』.
I look at the faces of the children preparing for the show, and it seems like everyone is confident. It seems there’s no one too nervous so it will definitely be a good result.
「Is everyone ready?」
「Good answer. Now, it’s time to give our customers a surprise」
The first one who noticed, was a man who started a business in this town.
「Nn? Oi, look at that. Why are those children carrying out instruments?」
「……That’s true. Are they going to start something?」
Everyone began pointing at us. Then, in front of the special stage, children lined up after preparing special seats and sat down while preparing their instruments. Some kids sat down without instruments and it looked like they were preparing something. The whole stage was covered in a thin veil, thus barely visible, so the spectators could only guess what was inside.
When it was about to start, the noise from the audience also started to tone down, and then they focused on what was going to happen. Before the children started playing their instruments, one cat beastman stood in front of the audience.
「Hello everyone. We are called the 『Young Beastman Group Eneku』. Today, we are here to celebrate our anniversary, and to liven up the beastmen and everyone with all our hearts. Please give us a round of applause!!」
The guests couldn’t help but give the announcer a warm applause despite the childish introduction. The child then turned her back to the audience and took out a baton that Aidle made from her waist.
The guests were shocked when the music started. The performance was too skillfully done for a group of children. With the light beats of the music, it was natural for everyone to start moving their body to the rhythm.
And then the curtain was raised.
The stage behind the curtain looked as if a building was cut out. It was decorated with planked walls, marble-like columns, and even luxurious chandeliers.
Then children wearing folk costumes came out dancing in bold choreography while making their way to the stage. They danced with no shortness of breath and with a smile plastered on their faces, showing they were all having fun. Then more children got into position and started singing in soprano and tenor despite their childlike voices.
But what caught everyone’s attention the most was the emphasis on tail movements……… it looked like fluffy pom poms being waved around, which was really cute and fascinating, thus the audience couldn’t help but stare.
「Beastmen, I didn’t expect them to be so cute……」and so on……
Bestmen are blessed with high physical abilities since childhood. Even a small child would be able to leap about two meters easily, and would be strong enough to carry their own weight.
Taking advantage of this the children precisely jumped over each other’s head following the rhythm, or leaped high in the air while doing some acrobatic flips. Every time such action took place the audience also reacted appropriately, raising the voltage of the banquet to a higher level.
The main reason this is becoming so exciting, is that even though there are theaters, opera groups, and music troupes all over the world, most of them are operated by『Adults』 and you won’t normally find 『Children』 doing that. Not to mention that they are mostly done by humans. Beastmen have never done something like this before.
Besides, only rich people and aristocrats normally attend. Also since that turns into a formal display, it is usually strict and quiet, while ordinary people would only sing and dance freely during festivities. Some travelling orchestra may stop by to play for a change of pace, but that is already considered to be an exception.
That’s why, Aidle would technically be the first one in history to establish this way of ensemble. Along with an aggressive, nimble and fun music that is pleasant to hear for all, it would also be good to enjoy with food, alcohol and everything else. The more the guests enjoy the tune, the more orders they placed, continuously calling out to waiters to bring more food and drinks.
When it was over, the children arranged themselves together, held each other’s hand and bowed, spreading out their cute skirt costumes in front of everyone in the hall. Then, the cat girl with the baton,
「If you’d like to see us again, please give us some『Support』!!♪」
After that, the children ran around while smiling and catching the coins tossed at them with their skirts, further showcasing their ears and tail as they moved around. This will cover the salary for everyone at the orphanage and the material cost to produce props and costume for the next time.
At first Aidle thought of donating 100 Gold Coins to the orphanage, but La Veil stopped her reasoning that it would break the purpose of letting the children enjoy the results of their hard work. Thus it was decided that it would be more natural for them to accept donations after the training was done.
「Iya, that was amazing. Forna, were you able to do that properly?」
「Un, I was able to use『Recording』 using this crystal. However, is this really going to sell? 」
「If there are fans, then it will」
As a matter of fact, I was also producing some things in the factory. One of the products I’ve made is this 『Recording Crystal』. When magic power is applied to the tool, the crystal will record the sight reflected on it. As long as there are crystals, Aidle would be able to create it at no cost, but for the time being she limited the number to 100 crystals. She was also using her magic to record from various angles.
「Now then, why don’t we sell it right away. We have recorded that moment so it would last forever～In regards to Recording Crystals～～This time will be a special case limited edition of 100 crystals that have recorded this event～～Welcome～」
「Can I buy that～?」
Members of 『Fairy’s Banquet』 were in charge of selling the records. Oh, it looked like everyone was quickly attracted to this place, especially the merchants. I did hear about magic tools from beastmen being exceptionally rare and unique,
「Please sell it to me!! How much is it!!」
「How about 1 silver coin?」
「I got a cheap one!!!」
I have a feeling that it would sell out in an instant. Oh, they bought it for 1 gold coin. A single one of those would be around 50 coppers each, so it increased the sales to more than double the amount. This is also going to be donated to the church.
When everything was finally over, and the children finished changing their clothes, everyone came to my place. I was immediately surrounded, glomped and dragged away. Ararararara.
「Thank you, Onee-chan!!!」
「It was really fun!!」
「I was given a lot of money!!!」
「Ooh~everyone did their best. Starting today, everyone will be officially recognized. Be sure to do your best from now on, okay?」
On the way home, everyone joined hands as they went back to the church. I have finished teaching the children, along with the necessary knowledge to live, but I don’t know what developments this will entail. Hopefully, it won’t go wrong, but……
Arena, who was beside me, smiled at me. Her eyes that were illuminated by the city light gave me a feeling of warmth.
「It, willーbe fine~♪」[ED: Oh yes, Arena is best!]
I put my head on her shoulder and cuddled her. She also stroked my head, which made me feel warm. You are so kind…… my best friend.
「Fufufu, alright…… shall we go back?」
While feeling comfortable from the fading laughter of the children and the warmth of my friend’s shoulder, we arrived at the back of the church……
La Veil「It doesn’t look bad～」Crystal Activated
Forna「Everyone can’t enter～」Crystal Activated
Mika「Everyone is so cute……」Crystal Activated