Light Novel Cover of Volume 2
What, why, and how am I doing this: laclongquan.deviantart.com/jou…
I want to do straight to 46 but the content is too long. Might have to cut down to three or four posts.
Chapter 33 : pastebin.com/iqjJ2dX5
Chapter 34 : pastebin.com/3YtuVrta
Chapter 35 : pastebin.com/1gXK85Zh
Chapter 36 : pastebin.com/bBAKPpja
Chapter 33: Peddling
The next day,
In the dress shop, that childish otaku greeted us with a smile.
"Yes, it's here. The clothes have been made. It took me all night."
The tired dressmaker was ready to split, her eyes giving a tension-filled, red-eyed stare. She then brought Firo's clothes from the back of the shop.
<ref>TL note: "red-eyed gaze" is placement for "gingin" which describes a tired stare with red eyes-ED NOTE- As I said, I love Japanese SFX.</ref>
The dress's color was mainly white. The color blue contrasts it in some places, and decorating the middle there's a large ribbon of the same hue. It can be seen as rustic and old-styled, but it's very beautiful all the same.
"Goshujin-sama, I'm going to wear this?" <ref> I am of two mind about changing to Master, but it lack in context. Honored Master is a mouthful. So might as well let the TL keep his term. This time. </ref>
Firo, who had worn a cloak to cover herself until now, became nude on the spot.
With Raphtalia urging her to stop, I guided them both to the back of the shop.
I was waiting for you to come get dressed in here...
"Alright, change into your demon form."
I could hear the dressmaker's voice from the depths of the store.
"If you wear this ribbon I'll give you meat."
Don't just casually say something so terrifying. <ref>A reference to hentai media, I believe. Or possibly gore genre, I dont know. </ref>
I could hear the transformation sounds.
"Yup. As I thought you look good......"
I could hear an enchanted voice.
"Alright, let's go."
The two girls appear from the back of the store.
My eyes turn towards Firo.
..... Alright. Her figure which was already angel-like is even more stunning.
Pure white wings, matching the white one piece..... A blue ribbon on her chest. What was it?
Right, she looks like an angel heroine from the 2-D world.
"Well? Does it suit me?"
"Yea, it suits you."
This otaku dressmaker is able to take full advantage of Firo's specs and make suitable clothing for her, her talent is quite outstanding.
An embarrassed Firo laughs while her clothes flutter.
Seriously, what a terrible expenditure.
I let Firo pull the cart while we head back to Forest village.
When Firo changes to her demon form the clothes disperse and the ribbon turns into a collar.
That function is very convenient.
"Oh, It's Hero of the Shield-sama"
Before we leave the castle town we coincidentally meet with the aunty from the magic shop.
"Are you heading to Forest village?
"I happen to have some business there too. May I tag along?"
The aunty from the magic shop asks with a smile.
Oh well I don't really want to decline her since she has helped us out with various things.
"I don't garentee it being comfortable is that fine?"
Raphtalia looks ahead and already starts fighting against motion sickness.
"Well then let's get going."
The magic shop aunty gets on the cart.
"Good, Firo. Don't go too fast."
The pedestrians who pass by look at Firo with surprise. Talking demons are probably rare.
The cart rolls along with a Pitter-Patter <ref> thank god for English equivalence eh. </ref>
I feel that in these past few days I have been really busy.
Actually, I'm usually busy, it's just they have been especially busy.
The whole situation can be summed up with Firo......
"So, how's your study of magic going?"
The magic shop aunty attacks where it hurts.
To be frank, I made no progress at all.
Should I retort with a "you should have given me a crystal ball"? No she helped procure the threads to make Firo's clothes at a discount, I can't complain.
"Because I am from another world, I can't read these letters."
I feel bad to seeing her apologize. I lament at my insufficient studying.
I was defeated.
I repaid a good intention with bad feelings.
Therefore I want to repay aunty for the help.
I must learn as fast as possible.
I don't have any support unlike the other fucking heroes. That's why I have to do my best to learn.
Also, I need to acquire better equipment to survive the next wave.
Let's not forget about translating the medical recipes either.
Though it would take a lot of time I decided to learn the letters first.
Firo was yawning while pulling the cart steadily.
You're calling a cart with 3 people light?
That's great. I already have a certain plan. This can't be done without Firo.
The aunty from the magic shop gives me 25 coppers when we arrive at Forest Village.
"What's this for?"
"Oh I see."
I can use this.
Forest village is reviving nicely. A storekeeper welcomes us pleasantly.
I have already apologized for the chimera meat.
Although keeping that meat there was my idea in the first place.
"Now then, Raphtalia, let's go on some motion sickness training."
I promised to help with the reconstruction to compensate for the meat. Although it's only a little I still get a some compensation.
Raphtalia has a bitter face. Oh dear, it's not good you can't overcome something like this.
"From now on our transportation is Firo pulling the cart, so you must get used to it."
"Firo, You're pulling."
Philo Rials really like pulling carts. Firo's eye shines.
"Uhm......Are you thinking of something?"
"Yeah, I think we should start peddling."
"Although we don't have a lot of goods, I want to stock up on an assortment of medicine."
Raphtalia doesn't seem to see the appeal. Oh dear, do I have too high expectations? However, to have such a precious cart it's a waste not to use it.
"Though when you get used to the motion sickness Fior can pull the cart everywhere at maximum speed."
"I understand the reason......"
"I know a method that would make it hard to get dizzy. You should get accustomed to it there."
"Is there really such a place?"
Before working today, we need to have her to that position. I tell Raphtalia to get on Firo.
<ref>Tl note: I have no fucking idea with the drunk. 俺はラフタリアを酔いにくい場所 help.-ed note- I think the term mean a location, a position, that make it hard to get motion sickness. </ref>
"I'm fine with master, but why is onee-chan on my back?"
Firo murmur's as Raphtalia gets on her back.
"It's the same for me. This is embarrassing."
It's a strange sight to see Raphtalia in a semi-crouching position on top of Firo's owl shaped body.
"Is it hard?"
"Nope. This is easy."
Firo seems to have no problems at all.
"Well then, let's go."
Firo pulls the cart with Raphtalia on her back.
Her weight shouldn't be too heavy.
I began decoding the book of Intermediate recipes while learning the letters.
It is difficult to concentrate with the sound of a wheel as background music.
I look at Firo and see her in human form piggybacking Raphtalia. Raphtalia seems troubled and tried to get my attention while the passer-bys whisper and point at us.
"A strange rumour is going to circulate!"
My reputation is going to drop again because there is going to be a rumour that I forced a slave girl to do manual labour by pulling a cart and carrying another person.
"When you pull a cart, do not turn into a humanoid."
Firo nods and seemingly dissatisfied returns to her demon form.
I'm getting bored. Raphtalia doesn't seem to have motion sickness yet.
It will probably be okay if we go faster.
"Alright, Speed up!"
Firo nods energetically and begins running.
The wheels on the cart turn noisily.
Raphtalia is surprised and clings to Firo.
At least, we will arrive at our destination today.
Chapter 34: Journey on the Carriage
“Uuu… Did we make it?”
As we’ve arrived at our destination, I take a look at Raphtalia who looks like she’s just about to collapse and I let out a bit of a woeful groan.
It didn’t look like she was having trouble earlier, but it looks like having Firo run amok may have been too much.
“We’ve made it to the hut?”
Looks like Firo didn’t have enough as even after she stopped pulling the wagon she was letting her legs loose and frolicking about.
Raphtalia looked dreadful as she staggered on her feet.
“Well, let’s load up the lumber now.”
I aided the lumberjack who came out of the hut in loading the lumber onto the wagon.
I also helped out a bit in cutting down some trees. Thanks to my [shield] skill, the quality of the lumber was raised.
While I did that, I had Raphtalia continue her riding training. On a side note I got a reaction from the lumber so I let [the shield] absorb it.
The requirements for the Kino Tree shield have been unlocked.
The requirements for the Les Tree shield have been unlocked.
Kino Tree Shield
Ability remains locked… Equip bonus – Woodworking Skill I
Les Tree Shield
Ability remains locked… Equip bonus – Low Level Wood Working Recipe
It’s the Wood Shield branch. These two trees seem to be the most common types used for woodworking. The Kino trees are like the Hinoki (Japanese cypress) from my world but with a bit of an aromatic fragrance. The Les trees sort of resemble the Sugi (Japanese cedar), but the grain of the cut tree seems to differ depending on the location. It’s a bit of an odd tree.
Well, not like that matters too much.
A few days later.
Pound, pound, pound.
With a wooden mallet in hand, I work vigorously in modifying our wagon into a full horse-drawn carriage.
It seems my skill has improved considerably which I suspect is due to the Woodworking Skill I I unlocked the other day.
I begin to affix a frame on top of our wagon. After that I’ll need to cover the top with some thick cloth.
The Ryuuto village reconstruction is proceeding swimmingly, and it looks like they’ll be fine without our help now.
The villagers noticed I was working on upgrading my wagon into a carriage and even lent a hand.
“Alright, this seems to be pretty ok.”
“Looks like it’s done.”
I, along with the few villagers that helped me out, let out a bit of a cheer upon finishing the carriage.
It’s a horse-drawn carriage, but the one pulling it will be a Philo Rial… Well, whatever.
“Thanks for helping me everyone.”
“It’s no problem at all. Hero-sama has helped us out so much, this is the least we can do.”
The villagers all helped me out with kind smiles.
[They’re treating me kindly as] I’ve saved their lives, but I can’t spoil myself by staying here. Still, I’m honestly grateful to the people here.
“I’m glad you feel that way.”
“You’ll be peddling goods you said?”
“I’ll mostly be a guy that does odd jobs. Traveling from village to village, town to town carrying transporting goods, selling whatever commodities I come across, escorting people.”
Yeah, the villagers don’t seem to really get what I mean.
Well it’s true that it’s not typical hero behavior like what Motoyasu would do.
It’s not like I’ve envisioned a clear cut path to success here, but I’ve got Firo now, and it only makes sense to make the most out of her.
“Hm? Woah… The wagon turned into a carriage-.”
Firo, who was in her human form and playing about, had a look of surprise as she notices how large the wagon has grown.
“Is Firo going to be pulling this?”
Firo asks, her eyes positively glimmering.
“Yeah, that’s right. From now on you’ll be pulling this carriage as we travel all over the country.”
Firo cheers, brimming with happiness.
Man if it was me I’d absolutely object to doing so much manual labor…
“Are we really going to.”
Raphtalia mutters dejectedly.
It seems Raphtalia doesn’t sound very enthusiastic about our journey on the carriage as she has yet to completely get over her motion sickness.
“You’ll get over it eventually. Just bear it until then.”
I face Firo and go over this multiple times.
“Firo, what is your job?”
“Uhmm, Firo’s job is to pull the carriage to wherever master wants to go.”
“And to kick that spear guy if I ever see him.”
“One of those is wrong! Just what are you making her do?”
Raphtalia objects to my words in bewilderment.
“What… You’re looking at me as if I said something crazy.”
If you see Motoyasu, kick him. I see nothing wrong here.
Seriously, I’ll get nowhere if I have to micromanage each one of them so much.
“Alright then, we’re off to peddle our goods. I’ll be hiding myself in the carriage. Raphtalia, whenever we hit a village or a town, try to sell what we’ve got.
“Okay… I will.”
Outside of Ryuuto village, I still have a pretty bad reputation. So if I were to come out and try to negotiate, things might go awry and I won’t be able to sell a thing.
That’s why I’ve appointed Raphtalia with the task of selling and haggling our wares.
She has a fairly attractive appearance and is not particularly shy either. She might be pretty well suited to jobs handling clients.
“Well, let’s head out.”
Our preparations complete, we load up the carriage with our baggage and have Firo draw us.
“Hm? What is it?”
Within the mass of villagers seeing us off, a man stepped forward in front me and was dressed several notches above everyone else.
“I am the lord who is in charge of the area in which Ryuuto village resides. Shield Hero-sama, I thank you for everything you have done.”
“Don’t worry about it. This was just a nice place for me to set up a base.
“…Please, take this.”
The lord says that as he hands me a sheet of parchment.
“As you’ll be selling goods, I’m sure this will be useful. It’s a Commerce Amnesty.”
“A Commerce Amnesty?”
“Yes. In this country, if you sell goods, at each and every village or town you visit you must pay a fixed amount to that region’s lord.”
… Is that so. Well, if I just flaunt my authority as a hero then… Nah, since I have such a shitty reputation, that’ll probably just backfire.
“But that’s when you can present this Commerce Amnesty with my stamp on it. If you have this then you’ll be exempt from paying the region’s lord. I hope you will find this useful.”
“Uhmm… Is it really ok?”
“Yes. I won’t be able to face my people if I don’t present to Hero-sama proper remuneration for the services he has done.”
Now that I think about it, this is the agricultural sector of the Merlot Mark region. It’s a place that gets quite a bit of traffic, so the lord of the region must have the same degree of influence and dignity to match its affluence.
It must’ve been brought to his attention by the villagers that I minimized the possible damage that could’ve occurred to Ryuuto village during the wave. With my bad reputation spread about, the king would scorn [any nobles] that would assist me. So for his villagers he’ll force himself to bear such humiliation… But instead what faced me was a cheerful smile.
“… I give this to you out of concern that your poor reputation may detriment your future business.”
He’s giving it to me with purely good intentions. Then I can respond with honest gratitude.
“Thank you. I’ll make use of it.”
“May you have a safe journey.”
“…Yeah, I’ll be off.”
“If there’s anything we can do you aid you Hero-sama, please allow us to help.”
“If you guys can just live long and prosper, that’ll be plenty.”
And with that our journey as a jack-of-all-trades doing odd jobs began.
At first we began with selling medicine.
We didn’t have much, but we were able to sell it below the market price.
Our main items were remedies and nutritional supplements. These specifically I was able to make in higher level quality and we were able to sell it for a fairly high price.
And whenever we stopped by a village I would buy the medicinal herbs that I knew about and synthesize them into medicine on the road.
Firo was quite fast, so most of the time we made it to the next village within a day, but on some occasions we have to camp out.
When that happens we stop the carriage, set up a campfire and have dinner.
“Master! The space next to Firo is open! Let’s sleep together!”
Pat, pat, in her Demon Form Firo signals to me to sit beside her.
“It’s way too stuffy being next to you…”
It seems Firo really wants to sleep next to me. At an inn, I’ve ordered Firo to never change to her Demon form, so when we camp outside like this she indulges herself a bit more.
Well, if we’re camping outside there’s no one around so there won’t be any trouble. I guess it’s fine to let her off the hook a bit every now and then…
“Firo, you really do like Naofumi-sama don’t you.”
“Yup! I won’t lose to you Raphtalia onee-chan.”
“How did you end up with that!”
Whenever Raphtalia and Firo argue, it’s in some fine line where I can’t tell whether they’re on good terms or bad terms.
Firo is still a kid, so she can throw a tantrum at just about anything.
Oh wait, Raphtalia is also actually a kid herself isn’t she. So mentally they’re about the same age.
“Yes, yes. Hurry up and sleep you two. I’ll wake you up when it’s time to switch- .”
“Ahh- you’re treating Firo like a kid again-!”
“That’s right! Please stop treating me like a child!”
“Oh that’s right-! Raphtalia and Firo are both grown ups aren’t they-!”
“You don’t think so at all!”
“Yeah! Master you’re so meeean!”
And with silly conversations like that, our days of peddling continue.
Chapter 35: Rumour of our Hero
"Hm?"<ref> The term "Our Hero" denote affection from readers</ref>
About an hour before arriving at the next village, I hear a strange sound while working in the carriage.
There are wheezing sounds coming from a carriage next to ours. When I look outside I see a man with an impatient expression on his face holding onto a bag.
"What's the rush?"
The key to being proficient in business is the ability to act curious.
"Hey, you over there, What's wrong?"
"I need to return to the village on the other side of the mountain quickly."
"Why are you in such a rush to return to the village over there?"
The man wanted to buy medicine for his parents but Firo ran past him.
"Yes, every second counts."
I understand the circumstances of this man who caught up to my carriage.
Hmm......The cost of getting to the other side of the mountain should be around 50 coppers.
"Firo how fast can you get there if you go at top speed?"
"Uhmm let's see. If I were to run without pulling the carriage we would arrive quickly."
I glance at Raphtalia who read my mind and nodded.
"I'll take you there for 1 silver is that fine?"
The man has a shocked expression.
"I just bought medicine, I don't have any more money......"
"One silver is already cheap you know? You can repay me with medical herbs when we get there. That's my final offer."
"In that case......"
"Alright it's done. Firo!"
Firo leaves the carriage on the side of the road and turns around.
I pick up the man and put him in the wagon on Firo's back.
Firo carries the wagon with both hands and dashes at full speed.
Raphtalia is waving away from the carriage.
When Firo runs seriously she is two times faster than an average Phiro Rial.
We arrive at the man's house in the village across a mountain in no time.
"What frightening speed......"
"Don't you need to give your parents the medicine? Don't drop it."
The man enters the house. I enter after him. I have yet to received my compensation.
It is a very normal house in a farming village.
I hear coughing sounds as I step inside.
"Mom, I brought medicine. Endure it and drink."
As I walk towards the voice I see a pale old woman who looks as if she is about to die at any time.
Whatever medicine is that, the illness seem greater than any medicine I know can cure.
"Hey. Before you let her drink it, boil it in hot water first."
"Is that ok?"
"Pass me the medicine"
I receive the medicine from the man and fed it to the old woman while rubbing her back.
The skill Medical effect Up seems to be working.
" Cough...... Cough......"
The old woman somehow manages to finish the medicine.
In my eyes I can see some light scattering.
Apparently it was pretty effective.
The old woman's condition seems to have improved by leaps and bounds. Some redness returns to her complexion and her coughing has decreased.
"You should rest for a while. Your son will bring you food immediately."
The old woman looks up at me while trembling.
I leave for kitchen with the man.
"Oh, did she drink it properly?"
"Yeah, her condition seems to have stabilized as well."
The man's shoulders sag in relief at my answer.
"You can pay me later."
I leave the house and head to where Firo is waiting.
Before we leave for the village the man's expression becomes tense.
I answer a man while packing up peddling goods.
"Because of you mother's complexion has improved remarkably."
"It's not necessary for you to thank me."
I have a bad reputation so if people hear this they will be doubtful.
"At least tell me your name."
"I have no reason to tell you. The medicine did all the work. Now, bring a silver or some suitable herbs."
The man brings some items and some food from his house and gives it to me.
"Thanks, best regards and see you later."
"Thank you very much!"
The man seems to be a lot more cheerful.
As a side note, on my next visit the old woman seems to have become very energetic...... Maybe a little bit too energetic for an old woman.
I get back on the wagon as we return and begin compounding medicine while translate the intermediate recipe book.
The intermediate recipe book seems to be easier to translate than the magic book.
I was exhausted after being able to barely translate a treatment potion.
I've gotten pretty far.
Various things have happened in this past month, I wonder if I can meet my brother some time.
<ref>tl note: He has a brother? or is it just my shittranslations? "ここ一ヶ月色々あって忘れていたが、もしも生きて弟に会えたら何か言ってやるのも良いかもしれない" -ed note- Another obscure anime/manga/games reference I suspect. As expected of Japanese Light Novel, I should say. No, I havent thought of any either </ref>
"Naofumi-sama, I've finished selling items."
We arrived at the village sometime in between evening and afternoon.
"Can you take this baggage and letter to the next village?"
I get off the carriage and load the baggage.
This luggage must not be worth much to trust an unknown peddler with it.
Since it might be stolen it should be full of cheap things.
Well it's not my problem since i earn some pocket change.
I continue from village to village, town to town in this manner.
If I feed someone medicine directly, and it seems the effects do improve.
After two weeks I've become famous for being a peddler with a rare monster.
As my credibility increases, customers who want a ride also increase.
I've been saving up money slowly.
There's some merit in being a travelling peddler.
First is being able to sell medicine smoothly.
Then, any demons that are defeated on the way are absorbed increasing my stats.
On this trip I found out that every region has different monster.
As a result of peddling my shield seems to be getting stronger.
I also overhear various information.
I didn't know what the other heroes, Motoyasu, Ren, and Itsuki were doing.
Motoyasu seems to be in south-western region, I hear he solved a famine for a village by providing some legendary crop.
That knowledge seems to have come from a game.
Ren is in the south-east region where atrocious devils are residing. It seems there's a rumor about him dealing with a violent dragon.
And Itsuki...... well he seems to have brought down a tyrant in a small country to the north.
But there's no evidence of who Itsuki took down. There are also vague rumors that claim Itsuki of the Bow is the strongest hero.
Before I came to this strange world I read about the 4 holy weapons and the events that are happening resemble what I read......
The journey continues with these thoughts.
Our levels after two weeks.
Me Lv 34
Raphtalia Lv 37
Firo Lv 32
We have grown.
Firo's growth is abnormal because she is a monster......
Especially her physical abilities, before she needed both hands (Wings?) to pull the carriage, now she can do it with 1 while yawning.
<ref>Tl note: 両手（翼？）<= that's in the actual chapter.</ref>
The person in question says:
"This carriage is too light, my motivation is dropping."
Oh well. That's a good thing
It seems the Status Up bonuses from my shield are effective.
Though there are other changes.
Unsealing completed……Equipment Bonus: Mining Skill 1
Crystal Ore Shield
Unsealing completed……Equipment Bonus: Craft Skill 1
I wonder. When we arrived at a prosperous mining town I found a broken pickaxe on the road and absorbed some crystal ore which was thrown away.
Although these two skill bonuses seem good for making money, I lack information.
If I fail in processing some ore it would become trash, I think a recipe would be necessary.
In the first place I had to solve the intermediate recipe book I got.
The deciphering was that completed in 2 weeks. There were 3 weeks before that where I couldn't understand anything and had a staring contest with the book.
Treatment Medicine (Already able to make)
Nutritional Supplement (Already able to make)
Magic Power water
Spirit Healing Medicine <ref>Tl note: What the fuck? 魂癒薬-ed note- no problem, I think</ref>
That is as what I have deciphered so far. The basics of the intermediate class is that the effects change depending on how it's mixed.
Although I can't be certain, understanding the recipe seems to provide a bonus.
I let my shield absorb the some of the intermediate recipe book.
And the results were.
Unsealing completed……Equipment Bonus: Magical Power Up (Small)
Yup. I had high hopes that an intermediate recipe shield would appear. It seems to be a waste.
Besides, the defense is very low.
However, during the next morning when I finished deciphering the Intermediate Recipe book.
Treant monsters appeared, which were quickly dealt with and then absorbed.
Requirement for Treant Shield has been released.
Requirement for Blue Treant Shield has been released.
Requirement for Black Treant Shield has been released.
Unsealing completed……Equipment Bonus: Plate Appraisal 2
Blue Treant Shield
Unsealing completed……Equipment Bonus: Intermediate Compound Recipe 1
Black Treant Shield
Unsealing completed……Equipment Bonus: Half Compounding <ref> I keep original TLs term but I think it's pre-Synthesis minute manual adjusment BUT I AM NOT SURE. And it's a mouthful..... 半人前調合</ref>
Is this some kind of bullying?
Right after i finished deciphering that book too!
All I learned was the Heal Ointment? Perhaps, Those monsters are materials for a recipe.