The Jewel of Life Prolonging - a rare item that will save you from any kind of death, just by holding it, just once.
However, this relic has a hidden side effect.
It instantly heals the trauma or illness that directly caused the death by reviving you.
But it will not heal the injury or illness that said person was affected by at the time of death.
That is the occult effect of this jewel.
"My father started collecting relics in search of the jewel that prolongs life. My mother has been given only one year to live, and she suffers from an incurable disease. With this jewel, there is a chance to save her."
In a room in the mansion, Monica sits on the couch in front of us and speaks.
On the table sat the jewel, glittering.
"This was the reason you became an adventurer?"
"Yes, I was looking for this jewel to save my mother's life. I thought the rumored ruins at the bottom of the ocean contained this valuable object, but unfortunately, we suffered an accident and the ship sank."
She should have told me.
I would have helped her with one of the elixirs I have with me.
The door opens and the Marquis de Birfleur enters the room.
"Why are you here? Wasn't the money I gave you the other day enough? Have you come to ask for more? You filthy human."
He sits down next to Monica with an annoyed expression on his face.
"Now tell me what this inferior race is doing here!"
He looked down and his eyes grew wide.
He kept looking at the jewel with the power to prolong people's lives.
"Monica, is that what I think it is?"
"Yes, it is, Father."
"You found it! Well done!"
"No, it wasn't me. It was Toru who found it."
Next his gaze turns to me.
I wasn't expecting it at all, that kind of look.
He instantly turns pale.
"Well, okay, I'll give you three million as a reward."
"That's very cheap. This is worth at least 100 million."
"What are you talking about?! I don't know how much something like this is worth, but I'm sure it's worth at most 2 million. And I'm giving you 3 million for being someone very special for saving my daughter."
"I hate lies."
As I went to grab the jewel off the table, the marquis grabbed my arm.
"I'll give you 10 million."
"The price is 800 million. If you can't get it now, I'll give you enough time to collect it, I can wait."
"That's a ridiculous amount of money..."
This amount of money had been decided in consultation with Monica.
I would have loved to give it away, but Monica wanted me to charge him a fair price, so here we are.
"I see, so this is fake and you're trying to rip me off. You damned dirty human, do you want to see my bad side?"
"No, you're wrong, father. I watched carefully as Toru found this. It's definitely a real gem."
Monica got up from her seat and looked at her father with a serious look on her face.
"This time you have to thank Toru and his friends. Without them, we wouldn't have found this relic, so you have to do it for mom."
"Toru, take the relic."
The marquis stands up and begins to take off his clothes.
He stripps down to his underpants, sits on the floor and raises his hands.
"Please sell me that relic."
"How much are you willing to pay?"
"Eight hundred million, I promise."
Monica nodded her head in satisfaction, but as for me, I feel a little bad about this.
I didn't want it to go this far.
I never thought the marquis would perform his clan's secret act of gratitude.
Rather, he didn't have to take off his pants.
"I don't want the money. Your mother's life is in danger, it wouldn't be the right thing to do."
"You can't do that, Toru. The right thing to do is for us to pay you for this."
"Monica, this was never about money. If this can help your mother, I'll be satisfied with it."
Monica smiled and her eyes moistened.
She tried to take off her clothes, so I quickly stopped her.
"Thank you so much. I'm honored to be able to meet someone who not only saved my life, but my mother's as well."
"My daughter is right. I have been blinded by my hatred and contempt for your race that I didn't see what a good person you were."
I felt embarrassed and scratched my cheek with my finger.
Her dad's attitude has changed drastically, it's kind of weird.
I'm glad he's a little calmer now, but it's still creepy.
I just did the right thing, didn't I?
"I'm glad that my Master's greatness has finally been recognized."
"True, it calms me down quite a bit."
Kaede, Frau and Panda seem satisfied for some reason.
"We understand that you don't want money, but isn't there something else you wish for? Anything."
"So, is it possible that you could supply us some food and water on a regular basis?"
I opened the map and kept talking.
"I would like you to use one of your ships to deliver supplies to the people on the coast that is located here, it would be great if you could do it once a month."
"The Dead Forest coast?"
"Yes, I would like your help with this request. Of course, if it is something that might be too difficult for you, you are free to turn it down. I just need those people to receive a steady supply of food and water for a while."
"I see... Okay, I'm willing to do that."
This will finally allow the research team to do a decent job.
I'm sure we'll make a lot of progress when the Sinus territory and the research team can interact.
"But it's still not enough. It's not enough to have saved the lives of my daughter and my wife. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask you to wait a little longer. I'll be sure to return the favor to your satisfaction."
"Really, that's not necessary."
"Please, I insist."
The marquis' words were so firm that they made me nervous.
With that intimidating aura around him, there was no way I could refuse.
Frau sprinkles some fairy dust around us and we take to the skies.
It's been a few days since I've come to this city.
I've been to most of the places I could visit.
And we still had one last stop left to see, and it was up there.
I flew vertically and aimed at the top of the giant sword.
Gently, lowered my foot to the edge of the huge sword.
The smell of the tide reached us with the wind.
In front of our eyes, we could see the vast ocean.
We sat on the edge and took in the scenery.
"There's our island."
"Do you miss it?"
"It hasn't been long enough for me to miss home. I'm excited about all the things we'll find."
When Kaede approaches, I put my hand on her shoulder.
Her fox ears droop and her expression becomes happy.
"Kaede, stop cheating! Frau wants some too!"
I put my arm around Frau, which was easy since she was in her human size.
Panda flew above my head.
It was a very pretty sight.
Once we get off of here, we won't be seeing the ocean for a while.
I have to engrave this image well in my memory.
"We won't see Monica again, right?"
"Exactly. I asked her if she wanted to join us, but she declined because she wanted to spend time with her mother."
Besides, Monica wanted to volunteer to be the mediator between the research team and the city.
I'm sure everyone on the coast will be relieved to have contact with someone who is already known by us.
The next day, we met up with the Behemoths and said goodbye to Monica.
"I will miss you. I'd like to see you again."
"We will definitely come back."
"Take care of yourself, Monica."
"You too, best of luck."
I shook hands with Monica.
The Marquis de Birfleur is also here.
He handed me a necklace.
The decoration was engraved with what looked like a family crest depicting a carved shark and anchor.
"This is an item that we at Bilfrel only give to those we trust. If you wear it, you will be treated as one of our own."
"Is it like I'm part of your household?"
"In a way, yes. I am ashamed to say that this country does not regard humans in the same way as elves. The days ahead will be difficult for you."
"I see, thank you very much."
"This is nothing compared to what you have done for me. Toru-Dono, since you are heading to the capital, this item I have bestowed upon you will open many doors for you."
I also shook hands with the Marquis de Birfleur.
"See you later."
The Behemoths that were waiting for us in the bushes jumped out of them.
They stood on two legs, and said goodbye to Monica.
The Marquis de Birfleur froze with his mouth open.
We are now heading for the royal capital.
It is the center of the Kingdom of Petardaus.
They say there is someone there who knows about dragon folk.
The three beasts run ferociously down the road.
People who crossed our path screamed in fear.