Three days have passed since we arrived at the White Wolf Lord's mansion.
Day after day, we were treated with great hospitality.
"Allow me to wash your back!"
"I'll make it nice and shiny!"
Whenever I go to the bathroom, there are always two servants ready to attend to me....
They're both nice, except for the fact that they're rather hyperactive.
They do whatever I order them to do, answer all my questions, and are attentive to every detail.
Obi was also present, soaking in the other side of the bathtub.
Since finding out that I'm a dragon man, he completely changed his attitude.
"Is it okay for me to go in first?"
"Sure, don't worry about it."
"I do it because you order me to, but you have to understand that this is not a normal thing. Otherwise, my head will roll, literally."
"I understand. And you two don't say anything."
The two servants rubbing my back replied firmly.
"By the way, what kind of place is this? Is it a different realm or universe?"
"By utilizing some very powerful relics, a separate space was created parallel to the world of humans. But my knowledge is limited in that regard. What I can say is that all celestial beasts of any race use these same relics to create their own hidden villages."
Does that mean Kaede's hometown is in a different space?
Could it be that we have entered a realm that we shouldn't be able to tread upon?
If so, the enemy that attacked the white fox tribe could be a great connoisseur of relics or have some special power that allows them to enter other spaces.
I finished washing my body and then got into the bathtub.
It feels good.
Since we've been staying at this place, I've been coming here every day.
"I heard from Yatsufusa-Sama that you are leaving tomorrow."
"I was actually going to leave yesterday, but the old man insisted that I stay one more day, so I had no choice. If it hadn't been for the fact that he was going to give us something special, we would have gone west by now."
"I've never seen him so excited, and I'm sure he'll be very sad when you leave... Thank you so much for giving us a turn in our lives again, Toru-Sama."
The wolves bowed their heads.
I've gotten used to this by now, and responded with a smile.
Two objects were placed in front of me.
These are the tools Yatsufusa has prepared to help me on my journey.
"The first object is a magic storage with a capacity of 10,000 items."
I spread out the cloth I received.
I never thought that a storage with a capacity of 10,000 really existed.
With this, I'll never have to worry about storage again.
"Next is a third grade scroll, the Guide Needle."
"Third grade scroll?"
I tilted my head in disbelief.
Kaede and Frau also looked doubtful.
"My Lord, don't you know the grade of a scroll?"
"I've never heard of it."
"Scrolls are classified according to their effectiveness and rarity, from top to bottom: special, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grade. The way to distinguish them is by their color."
- Special grade (rainbow color)
- First grade (gold)
- Second grade (silver)
- Third grade (copper)
- Fourth grade (white)
- Fifth grade (light yellow)
In front of me is a copper-colored scroll, also known as a third grade scroll.
"The third grade scroll is permanently usable, and the guide pin shows the direction of what the user is looking for. The only drawback is that it doesn't have a very wide range."
"Wow, thank you old man Yatsufusa."
"Well, well. Don't thank me yet."
The old man clapped his palms together.
At that moment, the door opened and a huge two-meter tall egg was brought in from the back.
It can't be! Is it the Egg of a Beast!?
"I have noticed that you have several beast familiars under your control. This is a special type of egg called the [evolution egg] whose function is to raise the level of the beasts."
"Does that mean they'll become even more powerful?"
"Yes. But this egg has its limitations, and in you, my Lord, have only two beasts that are compatible with this egg, Rosuke and Sharkboy. You can only upgrade one of them, so you must think very carefully to whom you should give that upgrade."
I see. However, it's a bit surprising that the beasts can become stronger.
I can't decide now which one to strengthen, so I've decided to keep the egg in the magic storage.
"What about the White Foxes?"
"It's been a thousand years since anyone has attacked the celestial beasts. As such, I don't yet possess any information regarding this matter, but we will work together with the White Fox tribe to find out who is behind all this."
"That sounds good, and I also want you to contact the White Foxes who survived that day."
"I will. I don't think that old man will die so easily."
Apparently old man Yatsufusa and Kaede's grandfather were good friends in the past. Although judging by his expression after mentioning it, something must have happened that caused a rift between them.
We said our goodbyes to the white wolves and left the hidden village.
We traveled all the way to the other side of the mountain range.
We sat down to eat next to a winding hill road.
"This thing is unresponsive."
"Apparently, you can only use it if what you're looking for is within 30 kilometers.
The needle has yet to respond.
I thought this would help in the search, but I guess the world isn't that easy.
We have to keep looking steadily.
"The onigiri are delicious. I'll never get tired of the beef miso in it, it's irresistible."
"You want me to give you one? Hmph, don't be silly. You can just eat the grass over there. Onigiri is too extravagant for Panda."
Angered, Panda hit Frau, and the rice ball she was holding fell on the grass.
Panda then quickly swooped down and ate it.
"Waaaah, my onigiri!"
Frau stomps the ground in frustration.
Why is she reacting like that?
I decide to give her mine.
"I hope you two can stop fighting."
Frau bites into her rice ball and puffs up her cheeks.
Now, from this point on, the area is dominated by beastkin.
It is said that there many underground ruins and relics are often unearthed and discovered.
Apparently there are many places to go sightseeing. But given the situation we are in, we'll have to leave that on the back burner.
I have to meet the ancient demon king Roswell.
And I'm also concerned about the safety of my friends.
The Beastkin are building a great nation.
The name of the country is Galbaran.
They claim to be a great power and boast a territory that could fit many islands, including our own.
However, they have not yet taken control of this continent.
I had almost forgotten how frighteningly vast and terrifying the world is.
After a moderately long journey, we arrived at a remote city.
"So this is Galbaran..."
"That's a huge entrance."
It was supposed to be a border town, but it was as big as the royal capital of Armand.
At the entrance to the city, a muscular soldier dressed in a tight-fitting uniform was admitting travelers.
I took a look, and immediately I could tell he was someone very strict.
"They're demons, catch them!"
"Glory to Lord Rudra!"
A group of demons whose true identity was revealed by a soldier are stopped before they could escape.
We, who were at the end of the line, shudder at the sight of the scene.
"Master, the soldiers have a seeker and an evaluator, what are we going to do?"
"This is not good. Our levels will be relieved..."
"Hey, aren't those demons Demon King Rudra's minions?".
"Looks like it."
I'm not sure if Rudra knows about us yet. Surely many demons escaped from the fort when we attacked.
And most likely Rudra has been informed.
I don't want to get involved with the demon king if I can help it.
Especially with Rudra, who seems to be troublesome.
It was our turn, and I slyly took off my disguise ring.
You have to go with the flow in these cases.
There's a chance we won't be evaluated.
I handed the soldier my adventurer's card.
"You seem to be an ordinary adventurer - what brings you to town?"
"We are looking for a place to sleep after a long journey, as well as food and water."
The soldier quickly ran a pen across the paper.
Apparently this place doesn't seem to discriminate against humans, but they don't show any favoritism either, I think they're pretty neutral.
"I'd like to check your belongings."
"Is there a problem?
"No, it's just that I have a lot of items in storage."
"Well, in that case let me check what you're wearing."
I have nothing to hide, so it's fine.
Suddenly, I notice a nearby soldier from the monkey tribe trembling at the sight of me.
He was gesturing a lot to the soldiers at the gate.
From this distance it looked like he was dancing.
"Hey, Senpai, these guys are dangerous!"
"What did your assessment detect?"
"I can't say, or we'll die."
Oh, so he saw my level.
That's why he's so nervous.
Kaede had already realized this, and rushed to handle the situation.
"If you keep quiet, nothing will happen to you."
"Yes! I won't say anything!"
"Good, I like smart people like you."
The soldier turned around and shouted at the monkey.
"What are you mumbling about, get out of my way and stay back!"
The monkey who had checked my stats looks at me, salutes and then backs away.
Poor thing, I think he got really scared, he thinks I'm a monster.
I think it was a bad idea to take off my ring.
"I don't see anything strange. You can come in."
As we passed through the door, the frightened monkey bowed to us.