I take a step on the steep ground.
Accompanying me are Frau, Alusha and Pione.
It seems Kaede and the others each have something of their own to do, so they stayed home.
Panda seems to prefer spending time at home as of late, so he stayed with Kaede.
"This place is very quiet, and the air is cleaner than the air in my village."
"Really? I hadn't noticed."
"You're too slow to notice these things, Toru. This is such a beautiful place."
Yes, I know what they're thinking, I'm insensitive.
I don't care if they think I'm a fool.
"This place is strange. I feel like I'm being watched from several directions."
"Yes. I can feel countless eyes on me right now."
In response to Pione and Frau's words, I activated my Dragon Eye to look around.
As expected, there were spirits everywhere.
Countless translucent fish swam through the forest, and lizards hung upside down from tree branches by their legs.
Birds peek out from behind the grass and rats watch from the rocks.
They noticed my gaze and seemed agitated.
"Hey Toru, what kind of monster are you trying to kill?"
"It's probably that one."
There was a creature at the end of the road with the same appearance as Nei's father told me.
Thank you for saving me the trouble of looking for you.
Large Stump Boar: It is a boar-like demon that boasts of its rushing power. With its size and the strength of its legs, it is said to be able to smash through iron plates. However, I haven't heard of anyone breaking through an iron wall, so I'm guessing it's not that strong.
The monster we are looking for is six meters long.
It is not the same size.
That thing is at least 10 feet long.
The wild boar finds us and screams.
Everyone was on guard.
"What do you want me to do, my Lord? Frau can take care of him.
"Don't worry, I'll do it."
I need to get used to my new strength.
So I want to check how much I can control its output.
As the boar charges right at me, I stop it with my index finger and then raise my arm.
I lowered my arm and lightly tapped the boar with my finger.
The animal then crashed hard against the ground, vomited blood, and then its eyes turned white.
I think I overdid it, however, I think it was enough.
I still have to adjust my power.
"Ah, Toru is still out of his limit."
"Seeing Toru's power first hand, it makes me wonder how dumb someone would be to mess with him or make him angry."
"It's true. If we offend my Lord, he can burn us to the ground."
"What do you think you're saying?"
Please don't treat me like I'm a monster.
I am still a human being in my mind.
For now, I will draw my knife and drain the blood.
Wild boar is supposed to be very delicious, so I will take its body back to the village and share its meat with the villagers.
I finished draining the Boar's blood, and threw it into the magic storage.
"Now that I'm done with my homework, it's time to look for the spirit for Alusha."
"Aleusha, how will you find the right spirit?"
Alusha spread her hands and concentrated her mind.
Five minutes had passed and Alusha was still in the same position.
"What are you doing?
"I am waiting. The spirit that is compatible with me will come on its own."
"Oh, I see. I'm sorry."
As I was still using the Dragon's eyes, no spirit dared to approach.
I grabbed Frau and Pione and decided to walk away so Alusha would succeed.
Once away, the spirits began to approach Alusha.
"Spirit, please give me your power. Spirit, please give me your power.
She talked incessantly.
Then, several spirits approached and poked Alusha with their mouths.
The fish, which looked like a water spirit, lost interest and left.
The bird that looked like a wind spirit watched her for a while underfoot, but it didn't seem to be a match, so it left.
The lizard, which looked like a fire spirit, crawled up her leg, but it didn't seem to be a match either, so it went down to the ground and fled.
All that remains is the spirit of the land, the rat.
"I can feel it. You are here. Please lend me your strength. In return, I will give you my life force."
The rat nodded and ran to Alusha's shoulder.
It appears that the contract is now complete.
"I have made a contract with a spirit! What is the attribute of the new spirit?"
"It's a land spirit."
"Wow, Earth, this is the spirit the elves like best!"
Alusha seems satisfied.
Well, that concludes it.
When I turned around, I saw that two spirits had hovered over Pione and Frau, who were some distance away.
"I feel like I'm being watched."
"It's the same for Frau. I don't know where they're looking from, but they seem to be very close. Where are you? Come out of hiding."
Pione is followed by spirits of fire and earth.
As for Frau, she's attracted spirits of wind and water.
I'm not sure if they are compatible or not, but the spirits repeatedly rub their heads and stick to their bodies, attracting each other.
"Hey, Alusha, can you make a contract with a spirit even if you're not an elf?"
"I think it is possible. However, elves are noted for their affinity with spirits. I don't think there are spirits that prefer to be with other races."
I could not look directly at her as she spoke proudly.
I will keep my mouth shut to protect her pride.
Neither of the two spirits could make a contract with them, so I guess it all worked out well.
Suddenly, my eyes were drawn to a large object deep in the forest.
It was a giant translucent rat.
Perhaps it is the spirit that protects this town.
The rat stood on two legs and stared at me.
It feels nostalgic.
I feel like that thing has been watching me for a long time.
The rat begins to scurry off and into the forest.
"Toru-Dono, I just felt a great presence! It must be the spirit guarding this land!"
"It was... It's a giant rat."
"I'm sure it's a high-ranking earth spirit! Oh, if only I had dragon eyes too! I wish I could gouge out your eyes, Toru-Dono!!!"
"Stop it, you're scaring me!"
Alusha was terribly excited.
It seems that spirits of a higher rank don't openly show themselves that often.
Especially the spirits that become guardians of the earth.
It felt like the rat wanted to say 'Welcome back'.
We headed back to the village.
On the way, we collected a lot of wild grass.
The baskets on our backs were full of wild herbs and mushrooms.
"This is a nice place. The water is pure, the food is plentiful, and you don't see many dangerous creatures. I can't help but wonder why you decided to leave your village and become an adventurer."
"Yes, I've wondered that too. Why, Toru?"
"Why did I leave my village? Hmmm..."
I folded my arms and thought about their question.
"I guess it's simply because I wanted a little stimulation. The village is just too quiet and uneventful."
"That 's it?"
"That doesn't make sense."
All three burst out laughing.
Well, I was a teenager when it happened.
At that age, everyone wants to be popular, wants to be famous, wants to be rich.
It's all about finding oneself.
And I became an adventurer for the most mundane of reasons.
"I guess that's the way my Lord is."
"I think so too."
"You've been looking for excitement ever since."
"Are you making fun of me?"
These girls are cruel.
I want to get home and have Kaede cure me of this pain.
Kaede waves to me from the road.
She jumps on me and squirms in my arms.
"Ehehehe, master's smell~."
"I smell like sweat."
"It's an irresistible scent to me."
She buried her face in my chest and, with a look of satisfaction, began to sniff me.
Her tail wagged wildly and her fox ears hung limply.
Frau walked over and sniffed me.
"My Lord, you do smell like sweat."
Pione and Alusha smell.
"I wonder if I'll start to like that smell."
"I don't know what you're all surprised about. I've always smelled like this."
"Why are they looking at me like that? I used to bathe once a week, but since I'm at home now, I do it regularly."
Alusha was teary-eyed as she laughed at me.