Starting the Gold Scheme
Let's review it, shall we? Fifty-seven gold pieces. That's what I got after selling the wyvern materials. Three golds and sixty silvers. That's what we got for the orc materials. Add all of this up and I have sixty golds and sixty silvers. That's what I had in all.
Now, as for this ice dragon armor that was scheduled to become my new equipment. Breastplate, gauntlets, boots and leggings, all of this was forty golds. Then there were the wind dragon clothes. Inners, trousers, and poncho with a hood. All of these had enchantments cast on them. They cost sixty gold pieces in all. And all of this would have cost me a hundred pieces of gold, had I not been able to negotiate and bring it down to sixty-five.
In other words, I required four golds and forty silvers. It was an amount I could get if I just went out and exterminated all of the gra.s.s wolves. Of course, that would only result in a storm of abuse my way by others whose profession relied on them. My safest bet was to patiently work through different quests. Plus, Daniela said that she would help me, so the work wouldn't be too bad. Though, I wasn't going to let her carry me through this either. I would do my best.
So that sums it up. I was now in front of the quest board. It was aboard with a variety of quests nailed to it. I went through them, examining the contents.
"Hmm… Seems the hunting quests pay the most."
Gra.s.s wolves, goblins, even kobolds, which I had yet to actually see. I think they were those monsters with dog heads.
"Oh? What is this?"
A certain quest catches my eye. It read 'Wyvern Hunt Request.' Wasn't the last one just killed? I think as I continued to read.
"Let's see… 'the mate of the wyvern that was slain this afternoon has been sighted. We request that it be hunted.' …Hmm, a couple, eh?"
Apparently, they had scouted the surrounding area after the fight and discovered a nest. Just like the orcs, these wyverns must have wandered in from a different area. Well, this was a little too much for me. I would leave it to stronger adventurers.
Ultimately, this meant that the only thing left for me to do was to go wipe out some mob creatures. I could camp out a little and kill some gra.s.s wolves and goblins.
I tore off the requests for goblin and gra.s.s wolf hunting from the board, and took them to the Quest counter to have them issued.
"By the way, you have now reached level 36. You can now be promoted to Rank D, also called 'Olivine.'"
Commonly known as peridots. I guess I was now a gemstone at last.
"Can you do it now?"
"Yes, of course. Please wait a moment."
I had to wait on the chair once again. I stared into s.p.a.ce for several minutes until Daniela returned after having disappeared.
"Where were you?"
"A street stall."
But we just ate…
"Oh, right. I gained a new rank. It's D. Apparently I'm an Olivine now."
"Already at D. You grow so quickly."
"You think so?"
"Aye. By the way, Olivine covers levels 36 to 50. 51 to 70 are garnets. Which is what I am currently. Though, my rank is likely to rise soon."
Garnets. Well, that was still quite a ways off for me. Raising one's rank and level was good and all, but you needed to master the basics first. It's the steady effort you put into the small things that pay off.
Still, Daniela was making a lot of progress as well. Part of me really wanted to catch up to her, but the other part didn't. It was quite a dilemma.
Nothing in particular happened after that, and I was able to finish ranking up. Daniela wanted to return to the inn.
"I intend to camp out to earn some money, so we'll probably act separately for a while."
"Hehe. We have such a nice inn with beds to stay at, but I suppose it was not enough to separate Asagi from his trees."
"I don't sleep in them for fun!"
Jokes aside, we prayed for each others' safety and promised to meet again at the inn in exactly five days. I was going to go straight into my hunting trip after that, but needed to buy a few supplies first. The smell from the street vendors was very inviting as I stocked up on some food and sold the goblin weapons I had collected, at a smithy. At least it paid for everything I needed. It seemed that there was a bigger demand for metal here than in Fhiraldo, which meant great prices. It was too bad that I had to use it all for buying supplies.
Now that I was finished with preparations, I left the city through the western gate. The gatekeeper looked at me suspiciously, probably due to it being a strange time to be heading out, but his partner told him to let me through. 'Are you the one who arrived during the day?' 'Probably,' I answered. He must have been in the group of soldiers. He let me through after that.
The setting sun looked beautiful as I made my way through the plains and towards the forest. I had used 'Legs of the Forest Wolf' when coming here, but it was a long and peaceful walk without it. Perhaps all the gra.s.s wolves had fled when the wyvern attacked, because I could not detect their presence anywhere nearby. It was so quiet. The sounds of insects were music to my ears.
Finally, the forest came into view. The sun was long gone by now. I looked back and could see that the city was brightly lit within the night's darkness. I guess Spiris was a city that did not sleep.
I, on the other hand, was looking for a place where I could sleep. Yes, a tree. And I could see them now. There would be plenty of vines in the forest as well. But I was a civilized man now. I bought something called a rope. There was even a discounted claw-like thing being sold at the smithy, which I bought. Actually, this was probably some kind of weapon you attached to your hand to fight with, but it would still serve to tie me to a tree, right? Though, maybe I could use 'Jack of all Trades, Master of None' to learn how to fight with it. I'll get to that eventually, I think.
Now, I was in the forest. The first thing that I needed to do was eat. I briskly proceed to make preparations. This was clearly a sign of how accustomed to being on the road I had become. First, it's the bonfire. You can't do anything until that's done. It's warmth and it's light. I avoid things that might burn, like gra.s.s and leaves and create a spot for the fire. Dried gra.s.s and twigs are used as kindling, which then starts to burn the thicker branches. And with that, I was done. My surroundings are suddenly nice and bright. Now I would go and scout the area. I needed to make sure there was nothing dangerous nearby, or possibly find something I can use. Hmm, there was nothing in particular that would obstruct my vision from the camp. There was also nothing useful to me. Boring.
I went back to my camp and sat down by the fire. Ahh, it was warm… I take out some food I had bought at a random street stall and begin to eat as I make careful plans for the next day. Annihilate, exterminate, slaughter. Okay. That's done.
Ahh, I was full now. Might as well go to sleep. Ideally, there would be a bath after this, but such luxuries didn't exist in the forest. So I had to shut up and sleep in my tree. I climb to the top. The views were always so great from here. The sky seems so much closer and the stars more dazzling. It was a clear, cloudless night.
I wonder what Daniela was doing now?
I would take four golds and forty silvers from the money we made and we would split the rest. I hoped we could celebrate. I started to get drowsy as I thought of these things, so I checked that the rope was secure and then pulled a blanket out of the hollow bag to cover myself with. I would start hunting tomorrow morning! And with that, I surrendered my consciousness. I had very high hopes for the next day.
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