Volume 06 Chapter 01
Translator: Silver Editor: Namorax
The light of an early morning was shining down on me and the occasional gust of wind would rustle the tree leaves on this quiet mountain .
The massive Dragon King’s Tree stood proudly at the summit of the mountain, boasting of Mother Nature’s prowess . The tree’s massive branches and leaves cast a natural umbrella over the area .
Sunlight poured through the foliage, creating spots of lights which illuminated the working area .
A little bit off the mountain’s beaten path stood the remains of a Shinto-style building . The roof had rotted away to the point that it fell in on itself, while the colonnade still pierced the sky .
The sunlight that managed to penetrate the foliage and the remains of the roof were reflected by the armor I wore .
The suit of pristine silver armor had fine details etched into it with white and blue undertones . A jet-black mantle, inlaid with a pattern seemingly cut from the starry night sky, hung from my shoulders and rustled in the wind . While the armor was befitting of a fairy tale knight, the mythical sword and shield I usually held…… weren’t in my hands .
Instead, I held a wooden handle .
A metal trowel was attached to the handle and had a lump of a gray, mud-like substance sitting on it . It was the mortar used to hold bricks together .
After arranging a line of bricks I would apply an even layer of mortar on it before stacking more bricks on it .
“Hmm, that should do it……”
I took a step back and looked at the brick structure with its semicircular entrance as I thought aloud .
What I was building was a brick kiln for my kitchen .
Even though I had been able to successfully acquire the gas-stove-like magic tool the elves used, a kiln was necessary to bake bread, a staple food in this world, with my own hands .
It would have been impossible to call craftsmen to such a remote location, and despite it having been a challenge to gather the materials I did a decent enough job, if I do say so myself .
Luckily a peddler I knew in Lanbaltic had managed to gather everything I needed to construct the kiln, so the material costs weren’t that high .
Once the kiln was dry, I could bake pizzas as well as bread .
I’d found tomatoes on the Southern Continent and it would just be wrong not to make it .
With various possibilities in mind, I took a wet cloth and wiped the excess mortar and dirt off the bricks .
While I was working, Ponta appeared out of nowhere and ran up to my feet .
Having a body length of about sixty centimeters, the head of a fox, the appendages of a flying squirrel and a fluffy tail, Ponta was what was known as a spirit beast in this world .
Though her underbelly was covered in white fur, the rest of her body had light green fur that made it easy for her to blend into grass or trees .
“Ohh, Ponta . Where have you been playing all this time?”
I put down the trowel and started running my fingers over Ponta’s head as I spoke .
Ponta happily began nuzzling my hand in response .
She began waving her cotton-like tail as her large ears began to twitch in response to the sensation she felt . A sudden roar caused me to immediately turn around .
Tearing my eyes away from Ponta I was greeted with the face of a massive beast looking into the kitchen window .
No, it would be more accurate to call it a massive reptile rather than a beast .
It stood four meters tall . Two large horns grew from the creature’s head, reddish-brown scales covered its entire body like a set of armor and a mane of white hair trailed down from its head to its tail .
Despite its bulky body, the creature’s cry was rather high pitched, and its white mane glittered in the morning sun as it started shaking its head .
Its head was too large to fit inside the window so it started rubbing its neck against the wall and snorting in protest .
“Oh, were you and Shiden playing together?”
I spoke the creature’s name as I approached the window and began patting Shiden’s head as he glared at me .
Shiden blinked his reptilian eyes in rapid succession while i was petting him .
I think he’s gotten comfortable in this environment .
He originally lived in the great plains of the Southern Continent…… the nomadic Tiger Tribe called creatures like Shiden dragon mounts for obvious reasons .
However, after my considerable contributions to the beastmen of the Southern Continent in a recent incident, the leaders of the Tiger Tribe gifted me this mount as a sign of ‘Friendship’ .
Shiden was the size of a car and I wanted to decline the offer, but repeated claims of “This is proof of our friendship” made it difficult to refuse .
As a person who had received the name of an elven village (by proxy), I was the de facto representative of said village, so outright declining the gift might have hindered future relations .
That’s what I convinced myself of anyway .
Shiden’s dignified appearance would certainly catch the attention of humans, but fortunately this mountainous region was quite a distance away from human settlements and the nearest beastmen village will be on the other side of a forest once it was completed .
Being able to handle loads greater than any horse could, Shiden would come in handy when I needed to make any long journeys on foot .
The leader of the Ena clan, the largest of the Tiger Tribe clans, also provided me with “devil nails”, the chili peppers that I ventured into their territory to obtain in the first place .
Perhaps it’d be a good idea to make pepper sauce or tomato chili .
“It’s been ten days since…… no about two weeks since then . ”
The memories of what happened on the Southern Continent flooded my mind as I continued to pet Shiden .
“Though you’ve gotten used to the forest, it might be a good idea to take you to a large grassy plain……”
Dragon mounts were rather intelligent creatures since, even if left alone, they would find their own food and a safe place to sleep .
When I tried to wash him in the hot spring, Shiden became rather restless and I couldn’t figure out why until I noticed who was already occupying the spring .
After that, whenever the Dragon King Williahsfim, the ruler of this land, came down from his tree Shiden would go hide in the forest until he left .
Well, that was a response you’d expect from a normal animal .
There weren’t many animals like Ponta who had the courage to play around with the Dragon King’s long tail while he soaked in the spring .
In any case, Shiden was from the plains, to begin with . The forest…… let alone the location of my home, was located close to the summit of the mountain and didn’t much in the way of open fields .
Since our closest neighbors were building their village on the peninsula along the lake in the east, it may be a good idea to travel there once in awhile .
While praising my own ideas, I noticed someone behind me and turned around .
Ariane’s lilac skin was slightly flushed and her wet, snow-white hair was wrapped in a large piece of cloth .
She must have just finished her dip in the hot springs before she came here .
Ariane must have liked the hot spring more than I initially though, because every once in awhile she would join me on these excursions and spend her time soaking in the water .
Instead of her usual form-fitted leather armor, she wore traditional elven clothes which had unique patterns sewn into it . She was exactly like a beauty relaxing after a bath .
“Ah, already finished with the stove? Arc, you’re rather skilled at this type of thing……”
Ariane was taking a look inside the kiln I’d just finished putting together when those words of praise slipped from her lips .
Her abundant chest adhered to the law of gravity and the front of her outfit, which came together like a yukata, started to come undone .
Just as I was about to glance at her magnificent figure from behind the safety of my helmet, Ponta ran towards Ariane at full speed and jumped into her chest .
“Wait a minute, Ponta! haha! That tickles! hi hi hi . ”
── Such an envious position to be in .
That foolish thought sprung from my mind as I watched a beautiful woman and cute animal play .
Once Ponta settled down, Ariane let out a tired breath before turning to me .
“Arc, it’s around lunch time so how about we go back to the village?”
I looked up at the sky to confirm what she said and sure enough, the sun hung high in the sky .
I had been so obsessed with building the kiln that I didn’t even notice it was already noon .
“Hmm . There are a couple of things I want to work on, but I can come back to them later . ”
After replying, I packed up my tools and walked to the front yard with Ariane and Ponta .
We were a simple use of 【Transfer Gate】 away from reaching Raratoia .
“Shiden, hold down the fort while we’re gone . ”
As the magic formation began to glow beneath our feet, I gave a final order to Shiden, who responded with a shake of his mane .
It was an exchange we’ve developed since I acquired Shiden .
After Ponta said goodbye to her new friend, the magic was invoked and everything faded to black .