At first the merchants were all seemingly dissatisfied. Well that’s to be expected because the escort who applied for the request is only a rank E and not to mention, a little girl.
Even if there weren’t any adventurers available they could rely on, to waste the large sum of 60 gold coins for a beginner rank is just out of question. If that was the case, it would have been much better for them to try their luck running their horses to the limit, until they crash.
So everyone’s first expression of the girl was a plain 「Suspicious…」. She covered herself with a robe leaving her mouth the only visible part of her face. They can’t even confirm if she was a human or guess what was she thinking. It might even be a probability that it was one of their acquaintances.
「If she won’t be useful, we would just do it ourselves even if we would be forcing it.」
Is what Guild Master Hilte said, but Drew-san still kept trying to convince him, who was thinking that this was just not worth the price. But then the girl in white clothing stopped them to prove herself by doing something way beyond their expectations. All the merchants stared at the girl, waiting for what she would be showing off.
However, what she displayed was not something plain or easy to understand, but something outrageous. It was something that made even their common sense break down despite being merchants that could considered to be wise.
An easy to order flexible water doll that could turn into a sword capable of slicing an earth wall as if it was made of paper. They stared at the sliced wall which was about a meter in thickness, then to the 160 water dolls that destroyed it.
It is something that even a great wizard couldn’t do. More like, it would impossible for them to even attempt it. And because of that, the merchants immediately accepted. They were forced to believe that with this girl their safety would be secured.
And for them, that belief will become a reality soon.
And now we return to the current situation, where everyone is resting near a lake. At that moment the ground suddenly started shaking. At first they thought it was just a small quake, but it was getting stronger, and soon the cause of it came into the view of everyone.
「A horde of demons!!!」
「…Look at the size of it!」
The total number of wagons is 30, forming a very long line. The distance between each wagon is around 150m. There are a lot of monsters, coming from every direction. By checking the number of monsters attacking using detection, I realize there were more merchants than the total number of monsters.
3 rock lizards
But this is a horde that can’t be taken lightly since it can wipe out a village. To stop it, at least 100 adventurers would be needed, probably.
Currently everyone is taking a break at the lake side. Everyone is either refilling drinking water or resting while letting their horses drink. Even if they were organized, they wouldn’t be able to depart quickly. At this rate everyone will definitely get attacked.
And so, I raised my voice to call on everyone.
「Everyone, release the water!!」
The merchants that were almost in a state of panic hurriedly opened their water bottles. The water dolls took their figure and surrounded the merchants.
I divided the 160 water dolls to depending on the targets. 10 for the goblins, 30 for the bearwolves, 40 for the orcs and 80 for the rock lizards. There were a lot for the rock lizards because they are the strongest ones among the monsters.
Nameless (1) Lv.42
Race: Rock Lizard
【Inherent Skill】 Rock Skin
『Inherent skill common to rock type monsters. It gives defensive correction, increasing PDEF and MDEF.』
It around 8m in length and walking on fours. It has a robust white rocky skin covering its body, and because of this inherent skill, even Norn-san would have a hard time killing it.
Some of the merchants were crying and screaming in despair.
For now I asked the merchants near me as to what they know about the monsters.
「Three Rock Lizards coming out at the same time, is this something common?」
「It’s not! Even just one of those would need a subjugation squad to be organized! Sometimes it’s even compared to a dragon!! … Encountering three of them is just…」
All designated water dolls moved to attack the rock lizards, but they didn’t really give that much damage.
Even if I let all of them focus on one trying to take it down, they can only slow it down. I don’t think they would be able to take down even one of them. I guess I have to move into the next plan of attack.
「Water, manifest to me and become my sword!!」
All the 160 dolls then merged together into a single gigantic lump. I thrust my hand inside that lump and compressed the water. Soon the mass gradually shrunk, turning into a single sword.
Despite being water, you can’t see any undulations on its clear surface and would even be mistaken as a jewel. Oh, they were locking onto me. Upon seeing me holding a sword and approaching it, the Rock Lizard tried to intimidate me..
As I approached the rock lizard, it tried sending a powerful tail whip towards me.
If something like that hits me, it would probably snap my body like a matchstick, but I swung my sword towards the tail without fear.
And it was torn without any resistance. The tail was.
Although my sword is made of compressed water, the water is actually spinning at a really fast rate. A jet of pressurized water will lose force over a long distance, it won’t even matter if it hits, but if used in melee then I won’t have any trouble against that defence.
「Look! It’s wounds were frozen!!」
Because a rock lizard’s whole body can be used as materials on the same level as dragon class, I don’t intend to waste anything, blood included. So I stored the severed tail right after slicing it, then quickly finished the monster, storing the rest. The other rock lizards sensed the danger and were about to flee.
「Hora!! Running away is a big No No! come back here!! 」
The two that were trying to run away were also finished off by slicing their necks and stored immediately. Well, in that short battle I used a lot of MP. After finishing everything my MP was decreased by around 100k.
「Now then, is anybody injur「「「Woooooooaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!」」」 my, my ears!」
「Unbelievable! To be able to defeat such a large demon on your own!」
「Really, to be able to kill that many demons!」
「It’s a magic I haven’t known! Please let me know about it! Also please sell the Rock Lizards to me!!」
Everyone was showering me their praise, but I wonder if there’s enough time for us to depart like this…
「Ah… can you sell me some of those rock lizards?」
They are really the embodiment of commerce. Every one of them is really the very idea of a merchant. While I am storing the remaining monsters, the merchants also preparing for departure and then we finally departed. I was asked by them where am I storing all of the materials, but I just answered that it was something like a dimensional storage bag. I showed only a part of it behind my neck without actually exposing anything.
In the battle earlier, probably everyone was certain that I was the one manipulating all those water dolls. Actually, all the precise movements are thanks to Arena. Molding the water into water blades, also keeping the water in the containers, and maintaining their shape is also because of her. So it won’t be an exaggeration to say that this victory is thanks to Arena, it is definitely not an overstatement.
「Greater than a president」
It was already turning dark, so we decided to camp out for the night. I was speaking with an elderly merchant who was also the representative of the leading group. By the way, today’s menu is Rock Lizard Steak!!!
「Do you have any idea why what caused that horde to attack today?」
「Probably, they were attracted to the magical power of everyone, because we came out of the city in such a large group, they got confused from detecting the large amount of magic power that their instincts kicked in and decided to attack? 」
Then again, those that actually noticed my presence tried to run away, but I didn’t let them escape and finished them using the water blades, so I don’t think there’s any reason they attacked that matters though.
「Anyway, we will depart towards Canaria earlier tomorrow in the morning, so let’s have the horses well rested for today.」
「Alright, I agree. Is it OK if we depart right after sunrise tomorrow?」
「That’s alright if that includes preparation for departure I guess. By the way, I want to deploy a barrier of either water or earth for tonight, which do you think is good, if it’s water I will detect any monsters that come in contact with it but with earth I can physically block them.」
「I don’t want the horses to be cramped up and end up slowing us tomorrow, so is it ok to request for the water barrier? Still it really amazing how you are able to use such magic…」
「Got it, then good night~!」
When I am about to enter my tent, I spread out a water barrier covering everyone. Even if something tries to invade, it will be detected by the barrier informing me. Using this is really convenient. Having a flexible shape, tasteless, odorless, it is also excellent to use as a trap. Applying this in places with plenty of water makes it really useful for subjugations.
「Then Arena, I’ll be sleeping first, good night~」
Early, way too early…
… Kishin, wishun, zazush
… Kishin, wishun, zazush
I got up several times during the night, but since they were all just goblins or wolves. I subjugated them as quickly as possible. But this is really a big mistake… I can’t sleep.
Ah, yes morning, though I haven’t really slept well. I am about to fall asleep at any moment now. When I finish this request, I will definitely sleep a lot and please don’t wake me up then.
「Ai, ai sar~!」
Un, that’s good enough reply, I guess.
「Ojou-chan, you seem groggy and out of it, are you ok?」
「Ish fine, I’m just bad in the morning, Let us move.」
「Okay, okay, then let us depart!」
With confirmations from the leader, the last sprint began. Were you concerned about my physical condition, the moving speed was much faster than yesterday.
We also encountered a few demons along the way, but they were just on the level of goblins, so we ignored them and continued moving.
A few hours later when the sun was at its peak, I could finally see the city… finally it had come to an end.
「We are really grateful, Ojou-chan thank you for ensuring our safety.」
「Not yet, you can give your thanks once we enter the city.」
「Hahahaha, such an enthusiastic and dependable one, we finally arrived.」
When entering the city, you need to present your ID in the gate. But with a big group, it will definitely take some time. So during that time, I continued securing their safety until everyone was inside the city.
「Now then, let’s see…」
While staying in place, I concentrated on my detection, but the only one left behind was the leader’s wagon.
「I’ve confirmed everyone’s safety. Thank you, the request was completed perfectly.」
「Can I have the certificate now if possible. I’m really sleepy and want to go now」
「Oh, then here, please accept it」
After confirming the certificate I also joined the others and went into town. I look suspicious from the soldiers point of view, but when I showed my ID and the certificate the leader had given me, I got in without problems.
「I am really sleepy so I’ll be sleeping at the inn for today, so it’s our farewell here.」
「Ah, please take a good rest, see you then!」
After saying our farewells, the leader moved towards the circle of merchants. I also made my way towards the nearest Inn in a hurry.
~~~~Sooo sleepy, time to sleep~~~~
A 24 hour shogi challenge was started by Arena(alone).
[ED: Arena playing also somehow saddens me.]