Chapter 04: Word Magic
(I think the “Asbit Plateau” is due east of here)
Hiiro started walking towards the plateau while remembering the picture of the “Lucky Herb” he was shown . After walking for a while, he found it rather easy . It looked exactly like on the picture .
It had a small, white bud at its head and was growing all around .
(Even a kid could do this quest)
It was close to the town and could be collected easily as it grew in large quantities . An easy task, even for a beginner .
(No one’s around here)
Looking around, he noticed that no one besides him was here . Then he recited ≪Status≫ and looked at the column where ≪Word Magic≫ was written, lightly touching it with his finger . Upon that, the panel changed and showed an explanation about the ≪Word Magic≫ .
(So the help shows up after all when I click it . This really is like a game)
Hiiro didn’t just wanted to read the help . He wanted to try the magic here .
If possible, he would like to avoid showing off his unique magic, because he feared that he would get dragged back to the king if he stood out, after he finally obtained freedom .
(Well, it depends on the magic anyway)
If all unique magic were indeed powerful, it was quite possible that his fear came true . Besides, it was necessary to understand the magic to grasp his self, like the old woman had told him earlier .
But he didn’t intend to be reckless, since there was the so-called ≪rebound≫ . Hiiro just wanted to find out what his magic was, not to die here already .
≪Word Magic≫ MP cost: 30
Imagine the magic power gathering in your finger and draw a word . An effect in accordance with the meaning of the word is brought forth . It is a unique magic with the phenomenal power to apprehend and contort the underlying principles . ≪Single Chain unlocked≫ refers to the possible chain length of words . This magic was once ?%&GR!&*
For some reason the last part was corrupted and unreadable . He was quite bothered about it, but he somehow understood this magic . Still, he wouldn’t know if he was right unless he actually tried out the magic .
(So it’s called Word Magic . Let’s try it for now)
With that in mind, he took a deep breath and concentrated magic power in his fingertip in the same way as in front of the old woman . Before it took him a little while, but on his second try, his finger lighted up with magic power rather smoothly .
(A word, huh… Will anything do? But since it’s manifesting the word…)
He drew on the ground with his finger . Upon that, the pattern glowed in a pale light . He had written the kanji for “hard” while imagining the ground hardening . It was easier to imagine with kanji .
And the moment he recited ≪Activate≫ in his mind, the magic power from the word flowed into the ground while making sizzling sounds like on an electric discharge .
(Did that do it…?)
He knocked onto the ground . It was hard . Incredible hard . Pretty much like concrete . Until a moment ago, it had been loose dirt without a doubt .
He went around, checking the range of effect .
Clonk, Clonk, Clonk…Splat .
The ground was hardened in an area roughly 6 . 5m² wide .
The glowing word dispersed and vanished too . It was quite convenient that it left no traces behind, because it lowered the likelihood of his magic getting exposed . Then he reverted it with the kanji for “Origin” .
The electrical discharge happened again and the ground returned to how it had been before .
(This is… more overpowered than I thought)
Hiiro realized the incredible potential of his own magic . A magic to apprehend and contort the underlying principles . It meant affecting anything with a single word .
For example, if he gave the “lucky herbs” around here the effect from the word “wither”, then they would wither . If he gave a rock the effect “split”, then it would break into two .
(It can change all kind of phenomena regardless… Moreover)
With that in mind, he concentrated magic power in his finger once more and wrote another word into the ground . Upon that, a fire suddenly broke out and scorched the grasslands . The word he had written was “fire” . But this time, the fire extinguished after one minute .
(Creating from nothing… Looks like I got my hands on some awesome magic)
He exhaled in awe, realizing that the unique magic held a far greater power than he had imagined .
Still, he was happy about the usefulness of his magic . He should be able to live here without a problem with it . An almighty magic sure was handy .
(But I shouldn’t forget that I still don’t know everything about it . Part of the help text was corrupted and considering the output…)
He called up the ≪Status≫ again by saying so .
≪Magic Attribute≫ None
≪Magic≫ Word Magic (Single Chain Unlocked)
≪Title≫ Innocent Bystander, World Traveller, Word Master
(I knew it, it costs quite some MP)
His full MP was 120 and now it was down to 30 . He had used the magic thrice, so it consumed 30 MP per usage, just like the description said .
He couldn’t compare it to other magic, but the consumption was most likely quite high . His MP being higher than the other numbers was a peculiarity from being a world traveller, or so he heard .
A three-digit number was quite unthinkable for a normal level one . It should usually be around the same as the HP . And the consumption for beginner magic should correspond with that .
In all the games he had played so far, there never had been a magic that cost 30MP right from the beginning . It was an established fact that the strength of a magic, and in accordance its MP cost, increased with level ups .
(I can cast it four times with my current max MP . I need to level up quickly)
After all, the more often you could use a magic, the better . Even more so with an almighty magic like ≪Word Magic≫ .
(Okay, I got the magic down . Time to bring this stuff back)
He returned to the town with the bag filled to the brim with „Lucky Herbs“ . It would be common to get attacked by nearby monsters in such a situation, but to his luck, he reached the town without any incidents .
There he headed to the Guild to complete the quest .
„Allow me to verify the details of your quest, Hiiro Okamura-sama . You accepted the rank F quest „Lucky Herb Harvest“ . Please show me your loot . “
Told so by the woman at the counter, Hiiro put the „Lucky Herbs“ from his bag on a big weighing scale .
„…Okay, that makes twenty-two bundles . Your rewards amounts to 7700 Rigin in total . Please give me your card . “
When he handed over the card, she took it somewhere . After a while she came back and returned his card . Looking at the currency column of the card, the earlier value of 0 had turned into 7700 .
“The quest is completed . Good work . ”
She lowered her head politely and showed him a business smile like always . Hiiro gave a small nod and left the Guild .
(Good, I have money now . Guess food comes first . I still haven’t eaten anything since I came here)
Asking the villagers, he looked for a restaurant . ≪Victorias≫ was a big walled town, divided into the trade, craft, pleasure and living districts where a lot of people lived .
With each district being rather big, it was structured as if various towns had been merged into one .
Hiiro went to the trade district for a restaurant . When he entered one that he found on the way, it turned out that it served delicious fish cuisine . He didn‘t hate fish, so he decided to stay and checked the menu .
But as expected, all the dish names didn‘t mean anything to him . He ordered today‘s suggestion, since he had no clue .
„Okay~ One serving of ‚Addicting Seafood Noodles‘! Please wait a moment~“
The waitress cheerfully took his order . While he waited for his food, he checked his ≪Status≫ again . There he noticed that his MP recovered up to 40 after having sunk down to 30 from using ≪Word Magic≫ three times .
It probably recovered over time when he rested, just like his stamina . But the recovery rate wasn’t really profitable as it only recovered 10 MP since he used the magic over an hour ago .
(Well, rather than resting, I just walked around the town without using MP)
If he rested in the true sense of the word, meaning sleep, then the recovered amount should be different . As he pondered about that, his steamy food was served .
A lot of seafood swam in a ramen bowl . It was full of eggs from a fish like a salmon roe, something like shrimps and kelp or brown seaweed . He took his chopsticks and stirred it .
By doing so, an exquisite fragrance tickled his nasal cavities . Instantly his stomach reported in with a growl as to demand food at once . He munched on something exquisite like a shark fin .
He couldn’t hold in his voice . The fin was well flavoured and its fish flavour spread in his mouth . It tasted and smelled so good that he couldn’t help but crave for more .
Then he drank the broth with the spoon . It was good enough to be served as a separate dish . The broth with plenty seafood was so addicting that he would gulp it down in one-go if he didn’t pay attention . It was lightly flavoured, yet superb .
Next he tried the noodles . On a closer look, something like small grains were kneaded into it . From one mouthful, a sea flavour assaulted his taste buds . Mashed fish was kneaded into the noodles . Truly Seafood Noodles .
(Yeah, the addicting in the name isn’t just for show)
He finished his meal in a matter of few minutes and could go for another two or three bowls, but he resisted the temptation, since he was tight on money . Still, 450 Rigin was cheap for it .
After he stomached the satisfying aftertaste, he looked for an inn and made plans for the future, involving levelling up and collecting money, for a while .