"What a great city, it's the royal city of Lastoria!"
"Huh? Do you want something sweet? No wonder. Frau will pay for it with her money."
Frau, who is riding on top of Panda, steps forward.
What you see from here is the royal capital of Lastoria stretched along the seashore.
From the rumors I've heard, it's a pretty prosperous place.
I don't know if it's the smell of the sea, but an unusual aroma reaches my nose along with the breeze.
"Master, is that the sea?"
"Probably. It's quite broad and huge."
Thanks to our elevated position, we had a great view of the city and the ocean beyond.
It is bright and blue.
My father used to say; "The sea is truly glorious", and now I think I understand what he meant.
The sea is glorious in itself.
"If I remember correctly, my father had a house in Lastoria."
"Did the master's father grow up living by the sea?"
"Yes, but my father and his brother never got along, so they ended up completely estranged."
My uncle had visited us once with his family, but I have few memories of that time.
What I vaguely remember is the scene of my father and someone arguing.
I think I was so scared that I hid behind my mother.
Maybe the other person was my uncle.
Still, these are very vague memories.
"Hey, Lord, what should Frau and the others be called from now on?"
"That's right, we're not the 'Manyu Brigade' anymore, are we?"
Frau and Kaede looked at me, then I snorted.
What should we do with the name of the party?
It would not be good for us to remain as the Manyu Brigade.
I already told King Armand that we split up.
The sound of multiple footsteps echoed, and eight men appeared from the depths of the forest.
"If you don't want to die, give us your belongings! And the women too!"
Some thieves showed up.
Dirty men stand in our way, with swords and knives.
"Time's up! Now die!"
A muscular man swings his sword sideways towards my neck.
"Hyaha! Blood splatters are beautiful, huh?"
"Ho-hi-ha? What's wrong?"
I jumped in front of his attack and caught his sword with my teeth.
The sword broke down the middle and I spit it out after chewing on the shoddy iron.
"Ueeeh! It's a monster!"
"Yes, 'Ice Rock'."
The bandits are frozen from the neck down by Kaede's magic.
Their faces were pale with fear.
"What is your name?"
"No, the name of your party."
I think it will work.
"From now on, we will be using the name 'Little Hound' for our party."
"Yes yes, it's yours, but please release us!"
"Perfect, thank you."
"Um, ice, hey!"
We are now the Little dog party.
I'm glad we have a new name.
Now, let's go to the royal capital.
I could still hear the thieves crying from a distance.
We entered the city and ran around without paying attention to the people.
As the temperature is quite high, there are many people wearing light clothing.
Women mostly wear small pieces of fabric that could be confused for underwear.
Elves also wear very revealing outfits, but the ones here far surpass even theirs.
"Master, how about we go to that restaurant?"
"Seems like a nice place, let's go to that restaurant."
We entered a restaurant with terrace seating.
I ordered a couple of drinks to quench my thirst.
"Fueeh, drinking sake during the day is delicious."
"Didn't you say the same thing a while back?"
"You must be imagining things. I remember drinking a bubbly beverage."
I think the drink was called ale.
"Aren't you tired, my Lord?"
"Not at all. Even though half of my magic has been absorbed, I'm still in good shape."
Incidentally, I had poured magic power into the circle Kaede had passed through when she came here.
If that magic circle is activated, the other magic circle should be able to work....
Of course, as long as the other circle that is in Kaede's hometown is still functioning and in good condition, that is.
"Waaaah! The food here looks so delicious!"
The staff brought our dishes to the table.
Lined up in a row, there is a feast of food featuring fish and other kinds of seafood.
The shrimp with sauce on spaghetti looks delicious.
I wrapped a fork around it and chewed the spaghetti.
The sweet and sour taste of tomatoes assailed my tongue.
This is amazing, it may be the first time I've ever been this excited about a dish.
"Master, do you know where your father's family lives?"
"No, I forgot. I came here when I was about six years old. I doubt they remember me in the first place."
"Since you're here, why don't you go see him?"
"Hmmm, I guess you're right, I haven't told my uncle that my father and mother died... I guess it's time he knew."
It's been so long since I've interacted with my uncle, so he must not know about my father's death.
I mean, I even forgot about it until now.
I think it's understandable considering I'm twenty-five years old.
It is time to face my family properly.
And this would be a good opportunity to meet my remaining family members.
I don't know anything about my mother or father.
They never talked about their past.
This trip should not only serve to heal my broken heart, but also to learn more about myself.
By knowing my parents' past, I could know more about myself.
"What a beautiful carriage. I wonder if it belongs to a nobleman."
A carriage decorated with shining gold passes by us.
It is pulled by a white horse.
Suddenly, the carriage stopped in front of us.
From the carriage stepped down a middle-aged man with blond hair down to his back.
He is probably in his fifties.
His face has deep wrinkles and a thin beard.
For some reason, he pointed to me.
"What is your name?"
The man comes up to me and hugs me.
My head is filled with question marks.
What's wrong with this old man?
Suddenly, I noticed he looked familiar.
"It's been so many years, I'm sure you don't recognize my face."
"Who are you?"
He said he was my uncle.