Chapter 31: Becoming an Adventurer
White crystal deflusters. Sure, it looked scary. However, compared to the blue and golden crystals, it was only a hair’s breadth away from the beasts that could be kicked around in the forest.
That’s why Leela’s reaction to hearing that it had appeared to the two of them was so excessive.
”Well, is it really that bad if the white crystal deflusters appear?”
That’s not good! Our guild regularly sends out requests to destroy the demons that feed on them so that large demons won’t appear in that area. If they do, there is a possibility that the demons that are in the deeper layers of the Amneri Great Forest will appear in the shallower layers, and the demons that were in the shallower layers will be driven out by them and come to the vicinity of this town.”
If the demons that were not there before expand their distribution as if they were being pushed out, this town facing the nearby area will not be able to get out of the town. That was certainly not a good idea, Tatsuro and Ai realized.
But if there is a result, there must be a cause for it. Tatsuro, who had no idea what was going on, decided to ask Leela directly.
”If those people were driven out, why did the things in the depths come out?
”That, of course, is the earthquake that happened about four days ago!”
The word “earthquake” made both of their shoulders shake.
”Wait, there was an earthquake here too?
”Eh? Yes. It didn’t shake so much here, but I heard that the Amneri Forest was shaken a lot.”
Tatsuro and Ai couldn’t say anything when they heard the nuance.
They knew that there had been an earthquake. It was because of this that they had come here.
But they didn’t know that there had been an earthquake in their world at the same time.
There was no reason for Leela to lie, and there was no doubt that there had been an earthquake here, too. If it was at the same time, it would be tempting to assume that the earthquake was caused by something that happened here.
As such a possibility was passing through their minds, Leela, worried about their silence, spoke to them.
”Um… is something wrong?”
”We were both in the Amneri Forest at the time, but we didn’t know that this town had been shaken, so we were surprised.”
They quickly made their excuses, looked at each other, and concentrated on the task at hand.
If the accident was caused by something on their part, they can’t pretend it didn’t happen if they knew about it beforehand or after the fact.
”In the Great Amneri Forest!? Did you find anything unusual?”
”Well, neither of us is familiar with that forest, so we can’t tell what’s abnormal.”
”Right. Yeah, but the golden crystal thing that isn’t a white crystal is probably abnormal, right?
They’re the only ones that were really strong.”
Leela heard Ai’s words about the golden crystal, but she couldn’t understand them in her head.
” Um, so the golden crystal thing is crazy, right? I mean…”
”The golden crystal… is that how you said you got into battle?”
”How did you manage to escape?”
”Eh? I defeated it. It wasn’t a situation where I could escape.”
Leela forgot even to speak respectfully and screamed, her eyes so wide that he thought her eyeballs would spill out.
”W-Wait a minute!
Are you saying that the two of you alone defeated the Golden Crystal Deflstal?”
”Yes, here it is.”
Ai took out the largest golden crystal from the “item box” just as she had shown it to Zendo.
The beauty that shattered all the confusion of the past left Leela speechless and mesmerized for about three seconds. Then, recovering herself, she looked at them again.
” Are you guys adventurers?”
”No, we are not. We came here together to help Erlen Decard and to become adventurers.”
”Oh, I see. I apologize, I was distracted.”
When Ai said that to her with a smile, a smile and room for improvement appeared on Leela’s face.
”The first thing I would like to ask you is if you could lend me a few more of these letters from Erlend Decard?
If we can do a handwriting analysis and prove that the letter really belongs to him, we will be able to cooperate with you without hesitation.”
”How long would it take you to do that?”
”Fifteen minutes should be enough.”
The two of them thought it was fast, but they decided not to worry about it, figuring that it could be done with a magic solution or something.
”I don’t have anything to say about that.”
”‘Then so be it. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about Erlen Decard?
At Ai’s urging, Tatsuro took the coffin out of his “item box”.
Thanks to the time delay effect, the smell was still unnoticeable.
” Um, what is this?”
”Inside you will find the body of Erlend Decard.”
”———-You brought it here”
”Yes. I thought if you know where his family is, you might as well give it to them.”
”Right……. Just to be sure, can you let me analyze the cause of death here?
If it turns out that the cause of death was Togaru’s poison, it will help reinforce the contents of the letter.”
Then she handed the letter and the body to the other staff member whom Leela had called, and they all took it with them.
She also said that she would be out of the office for a while and then left, so there was no one left but the two of them.
Just as they were beginning to think about what to do with their free time, Leela appeared with some documents.
”You two are going to be adventurers, right?”
”Then let’s register at this time.”
Tatsuro was taken aback by the light-hearted manner in which it was done, as if they were going out for a while.
”Can it be done that quickly?”
”Yes, as soon as you submit the paperwork.
Besides, I really want the best of the best to join the Adventurer’s Guild so that we can defeat the Golden Crystal Deflstal.”
”Is there really no one who can defeat the Golden Crystal?”
”That’s right, it’s the highest of the seven Defragmented Species.”
”There are seven kinds?”
The two of them were convinced that if it was the top of the seven types, then it must be strong, and they were convinced of its unusual stubbornness.
”Yes. From the top, there are gold, silver, red, blue, green, white, and rock, with green being the limit of what a normal person can deal with.
The theory is to avoid combat as much as possible, because blue is only manageable by the best, and anything beyond that will kill you at worst, no matter how good you are.”
The two of them received a document and a pen, impressed by this little trivia that made them want to say “Sentai”.
”Please fill in the required information on the form.
Required fields are marked in red, and you don’t need to write anything else.”
”I understand.” “Yes.”
This is the first time he has ever written a proper letter in this world, so his hand stopped.
He filled in his name, age, and specialties, skipped over the non-essential information such as his hometown, and filled in only the parts that looked good.
When he was done, he handed the document to Leela.
After giving it a quick read and checking it over, she pulled out a transparent board about the size of a smartphone from her pocket.
As the two of them looked at each other, wondering what she was going to do with it, Leela first held it up to the document Tatsuro had written.
The board flashed like a camera flash for a moment, and then Leela quickly slid her index finger across the surface of the board.
Immediately, Leela slid her forefinger across the surface of the plate, and a thin translucent plate, glowing blue like a coin, appeared at the tip of her finger.
She then placed it on the desk and did the same with Ai’s paperwork, resulting in two thin translucent sheets of pale blue light.
”You can take this one, then.”
Both of them took the boards as they were offered. Then, a system appeared before their eyes.
The Adventurer’s Guild membership card has been confirmed. Would you like to join?
Yes / No
The two of them were momentarily taken aback, but they quickly selected “Yes”, as if they had become immune to such things.
Then the board turned into particles and was sucked into them. Then it switched to the system startup screen and a new item was added.
Possession: 55,462 Sith
Item Box +3 – Usage Rate: 59
It seemed that he had successfully joined, so he turned off the system screen for now.
” Were you able to join?”
”Then, I look forward to working with you in the future.
“”Please take care of us too.””
After saying this, the two of them and one of them shook hands.
A little while later, there was a knock on the door and another staff member came in, bringing a letter and some papers, which he handed to Leela.
Leela said a few words to Tatsuro and Ai and went on looking through the documents. Eventually, when she finished looking at them, she looked up and told us the results of her analysis.
”The letter was definitely written by the person himself, and the body had been attacked by another demon after dying from Togaru’s poison, causing damage to the abdomen.
By the way, based on the scars and the testimonies of the two of you, it seems that you have determined that the demon was Bazz.”
”Yes. It’s a creepy demon that shows no interest in anything else, but is abnormally obsessed with dead flesh.”
They both frowned, wondering not only what it looked like, but also if the demon was such a creepy person.