Chapter 82 – Rumors That Can’t be Ignored
Just as usual, I was looking through the requests on the adventurer’s guild, when I heard some agitated words from the tea room.
“… Thunderbird… Saw… Tesla Mountain…” Hearing that, I instinctively turned towards the voice, a group of people gossiping over there while drinking some tea.
I moved from the bulletin board and went to the side of that group. “Ano, the rumors… May I ask you for a few more details?” The group of adventurers was surprised to hear my voice, and were once again surprised when they saw me, after looking at me for a bit, they started nodding though.
In the past, they would just look at me and say, ‘This is not a place for kids’ or ‘The receptionist is over there, were you looking for her?’, but as people got used to me here, I no longer heard this kind of thing… Could it be that I’m looking more like an adventurer? Did everyone notice it, but didn’t say anything…? Fufufu, I’m 16 already! Have I been recognized as an adult?
Oh, I should listen to the story now… “It’s not an important story though? On the Tesla Mountains to the Northwest, which is about 6 days on foot away, I heard that a dangerous Thunderbird has appeared in it. A hunter that was nearby said it, but it’s unusual for Thunderbird to show up so much in the South, isn’t it? Maa, a subjugation request will be sent soon anyway, won’t it?”
“Is that so? Thank you very much.” By the way, information is sold for money. Adventurers also understand this, so the talk doesn’t usually flow like this. Maa, if the story is near one of the main roads, disclosing the information is compulsory to ensure public safety… If they’re rumors that haven’t circulated yet though, they are usually exchanged for money.
In that case, why did he tell me this easily? “It’s a good thing. That it’s Thunderbird… A request to defeat it won’t come as soon as it becomes well know. I don’t want to consider the trouble of going against such a dangerous monster.”
So, Thunderbird is an S-rank monster by the guild’s ranking. It is a monster usually found to the north, in the country of Soutinsu1. As the name says, it can call and manipulate lightning, emitting thunder from its body and use it to attack. It is quite a threat by itself, but it fundamentally lives in mountain zones, not really appearing in places near people. In other words, it is necessary to laboriously climb the mountain to kill it. And since the air is quite thin in the mountain zones, an adventurer won’t be usually able to exert their full strength in a combat against it.
Due to that, the thunderbird by itself is already considered S-rank, but adventurers treat is as something more troublesome than S-rank. There are also other reasons that make thunderbird is famous… Its taste. Especially in winter, rumors say that the thunderbirds’ fat gets quite juicy. Among gourmets, it’s said to be such a rare ingredient that seeing it is almost the same as seeing a phantom, it is a super-high quality food that never goes out to the market.
Such ingredient… The place the monster was seen is not in the top area of the Tesla Mountain, but the in the lower part it… If there is a request for subjugation, the request’s rank should be S. I cannot accept it in B-rank… However, there is no request yet. It is a violation to know about it and go after it after the request is issued, but it’s not the case if it’s done before the request comes.
I left the guild in a hurry and went to the general store to buy the appropriate equipment for usage in a snowy mountain.
Please wait, my meal!
After preparing a set of snow mountain equipment and purchasing food, I left Eru with Chiffon-san2, rented a wagon, and set out for the Tesla Mountain.
After six days, I arrived at a village near the Tesla Mountain, so I went to an inn to collect information. I don’t know if I can say it was fortunate, but since people are not being able to hunt due to the thunderbird, I was able to meet the hunter who saw it.
In the Hunter’s story, the thunderbird was seen in the lower part of the mountain, around half a day away from the point I could start climbing. However, that was from the perspective of a hunter that’s used to the Snow Mountain, and it’s likely that it would take me more than that…
At the end of the negotiations, I was able to hire the hunter as a guide. He was quite reluctant, so I had to add a condition that he could run away as soon as we find the thunderbird. The fees also raised considerably due to the danger…
I’m no fool, I’m well aware that climbing a snowy mountain on winter without a guide is suicidal. Even if it lives at half a day distance, there is no guarantee that we’ll find the thunderbird, and if that happens, we could end up staying a night in the mountains. And being stranded in the mountains is a disaster I don’t want to expose my eyes to. Even so, the quality of its meat cannot be substituted. Eh? Is it strange that an amateur is climbing the mountains for food? To say such a thing is no good…
The departure is tomorrow morning, so I will go back to the inn and save my energy… What!? there is a hot spring in the inn here! And a bath! So good, and the hot spring is filled with elegance while providing a look at the mountain filled with snow. It is quite a harmonious place.
I entered the hot springs before dinner! A hot spring a hot spring! I said it three times because it’s important. Since there are no other guests, it’s quite free, and while It’s not that big, there is still room even if five people enter it. You can even swim if you want, right? It should be okay to swim, right?
The hot spring was refreshing, but dinner was… Disappointing… I was thinking it was just like a hot spring inn from Japan, but even if there is a hot spring, the food of this world… I regretted eating dinner.
After dinner, I rested for a while and went to the hot springs again, they gave a completely different feeling during the night, the lanterns created an very unique atmosphere.
After enjoying the hot water, it is cold milk time! It is a shame that there is no coffee milk or fruit milk, but I’ll take what I can get. I drink a glass of milk and went back to my room to sleep, so as to be prepared for tomorrow.