The door opened and behind it stood Monica.
She seemed to be doing much better.
Having some rest, eating properly and drinking water had improved her health somewhat.
"I am very grateful for everything you've done. Not only did you rescue me from the sea, but you also gave me my own room. I am going to thank you the way we do in my clan."
"No, no, that's fine, it's not necessary."
"Really? That's a shame."
I sat down in a chair and sighed.
I don't understand this girl.
How do I deal with her?
Well, that doesn't matter now, I came here because there's something I want to know.
"Is there more land besides where Monica came from?"
"There are, but no one has ever returned from those trips. Rumor has it that there is a legendary island."
"A legendary island?"
"It is a famous story. It is said that there are many ruins and artifacts, it is the island where the first divine race appeared in this world. Personally, I wish to go there someday."
A race of divine beings, probably the Dragon People.
The legendary island, I want to go there too.
I'm excited to learn more about it.
(The moron still doesn't realize that the Island Monica is talking about is the same place where he was born and raised -_- Toru's clumsiness makes me despair sometimes).
Still, it seems our shipbuilding skills are on par with theirs.
If they had the means to cross the open sea, they would have reached the island by now.
It seems I can conclude that the ship we have is the only one of its kind, at least in this continent.
"About returning you to your country; could you stick with us for a while longer? I am sorry for the trouble, but I cannot deliver you directly there on this ship."
"I will obey everything you tell me. After all, you saved my life."
Monica smiled at me.
When we went up on deck, there was a strong sea breeze.
"We've finally arrived!"
"It's been two weeks since we set sail."
We could see what looked like land on the horizon.
That land is the continent that is our destination.
This is where Kaede's hometown is and where my mother was born and raised.
Sharkboy is swimming alongside the boat.
I've been letting him swim freely lately. He seems to have been enjoying it quite a bit.
"Toru-Sama, please come to the control room."
The captain was calling me.
"The ship will be moored offshore, and the research team will carry the luggage from the sandy beach we'll be landing on and set up a base. There, Toru-Sama will land first and keep an eye out for dangerous creatures."
I nodded to the captain's explanation while looking at the map.
We are going to land on the edge of the continent, in a wooded and uninhabited area.
The reason is simple.
To secure a safe entry route that only we will know of.
For us, this continent is an unknown world.
The possibility of exclusion must be taken into account.
"Once we are ashore, a considerable source of drinking water must be secured, and food must be acquired. That's our top priority."
"Luvue-Sama, according to this map, there seems to be a river near our camp site. I think it would be best to start our search from this area."
"I see. If so, water will be available sooner than we thought. Well done, vice-captain."
"We had exactly the same conversation a week ago."
Luvue blushed and shuddered.
Indeed, a week ago, we had the same talk with the same members.
"I just wanted to test whether or not they had a good memory, hohoho."
Luvue starts laughing. Sometimes I wonder how the vice-captain can deal with her.
I still don't understand the relationship between the two of them.
"Captain, we have arrived at the established location."
After the crew's report, the ship stopped.
I stepped onto the sandy beach.
The ship had dropped anchor offshore and sailors were unloading their belongings into small boats.
"It's not so different from how I imagined it."
Frau and Panda looked sullenly at the forest at the end of the beach.
It certainly looks just like the one we have on our mainland.
However, when I think of it as different scenery, I feel deeply moved.
I instructed Rosuke to eliminate any dangerous monsters in the vicinity, and Sharkboy to protect the sailors.
"What's wrong, Kaede?"
I noticed Kaede in a daze.
"I was born and raised here, but I don't really feel like it."
"You've never been away from home. You can't blame yourself for thinking that."
"Maybe I have. And you, Master?"
"Well, I still can't believe this is my mother's birthplace."
Are those Slimes?
A few Slimes came out of the forest.
The monsters living here don't seem to be that different from the place where I come from.
''Master, the level of the slimes here...''
"They're level 100."
I didn't immediately understand what Kaede had told me.
"They're level 100 slimes?!"
"Yes, that's what the evaluation indicates."
A slime is a small monster that even a child can defeat.
Their basic ability is the lowest of all monsters.
Even if they are over 100, they don't pose a risk.
But the problem here is that their level is 100 times what they are in my country.
There is no way there are other monsters with a lower level than this slime.
"It seems that this area is high level. We chose to camp in an area that was unpopulated, but we didn't count on something like this."
"Should we change our camp's location?"
"But if we move to another suitable place, it will take several days, and if that place also turns out to be the same as this one… That's another problem to add."
There's no time for that.
I'll use my skills to level up the research team.
The research will last at most one year.
If they can't fight properly, they will be annihilated in no time.
We must prepare them for the unexpected and make them stronger.
It is decided.
I will talk to Luvue as soon as possible.
"My Lord, I found something incredible!"
Frau returns from the forest.
What is this amazing thing?
And why does Panda look dirty?"
Frau jumped off Panda and came running down the beach.
"I found a building!"
"In the forest?"
"Yes! There was an old citadel-like building near the river, so I thought I'd go in and investigate, but the door was locked and I couldn't open it."
Frau beams with pride and says; "Ahem, it was a good job, 'wasn't it?"
If there are no people living there, it could be used as a base.
In that case, it won't be necessary to build anything here.
"Praise me and pet me some more!"
When I stroked Frau's head, her expression became relaxed, like that of a kitten.