Gacha Fail and New Acquaintances
It was insane. So this was the real early morning struggle for quests…
We pushed our way through the Adventurers, who had all but turned into beasts, as we targeted the hunting quests, trying to grab the notices as if grasping at straws. I was able to snatch a few of them. I would have wondered where all of the civilized behavior had gone, but there was no time. In fact, I learned from them as I lunged for the sheets. For once, I was very jealous of Gardo’s huge frame.
Later, I would hear that this was quite the famous sight in Replant. The blitz struggle. A time for Adventurers to turn into monsters. I’m not sure I liked it.
“Hah…damn it, that was tiring…”
Daniela had willingly dropped out of the race and was waiting on a chair by the wall. I sat down next to her and inspected the three sheets as I rested.
“Let’s see what we have here…? Goblin Hunting…nope. Blood Ape Hunting…double nope. Investigation of the Southern Valley…this one isn’t even hunting. Damn it…”
They were all bad. This was worse than those gacha machines.
“Hmm…Asagi, what is it…?”
Daniela opened her eyes and looked at me with a sleepy expression.
“Uh, it’s just that the quests I tried so hard to get were awful… I don’t even know what to do.”
“Hmm…hhhhaahhh…hmm… Alright, let me see.”
She yawned, finally allowing herself to stay awake. Then she inspected the quests I had brought.
“I see. You wanted a hunting quest, so these are no good.”
“Right? We can’t go hunting goblins at this point, and I’m sick of those blood apes. And investigating a valley? What for?”
“It says, ‘increasing sightings of mysterious shadows.’”
“Mysterious shadows, sure.”
It would be fine if it were monsters. But it could also be bandits.
“What do you think we should do?”
“Well, doing nothing is not an option. And this investigation quest comes with a hefty reward. I think we have little choice, we must accept this one.”
“Hhhhh…well, if you insist.”
I guess I won’t be able to test my new tricks using ice and speed any time soon… I wanted to test them before I forget. But I wasn’t likely to get a chance, if we were just investigating some valley. Unless there was trouble, anyway.
I got up from the chair and stuck the blood ape and goblin quests back on the board. It was just like all the other notices that were still stuck to it. Wrinkled and messily returned. All these unwanted quests…
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“Yes, so you want to accept this quest?”
I slid the sheet and our status cards onto the counter. We had done this so many times that it felt like second nature. I guess I had really gotten used to this life now.
“‘Investigation of the Southern Valley.’ Thank you. Recently, there have been multiple sighting of something strange moving in the valley. We want you to confirm whether it is a monster or bandits.”
“Yes, just the investigation. But you can never be certain that you will not be attacked, so you must go fully prepared.”
“Good. You have now accepted the quest. May you have luck and protection on your adventures.”
I put away my status card and handed Daniela hers. Now, it was off to investigate. I was bummed that it wasn’t a hunting quest, but perhaps this was one of the charms of being an Adventurer. Encounters with the unknown. Will it be a demon, or a snake…
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I separated with Daniela and went out to buy the supplies necessary for our investigation. I was to meet her at the southern gate when I was finished, but until then, it was a rare solo excursion.
First, I go to the clothes store. I needed to restock on scraps of cloth after we used them all during the bandit attack. Cloth could be used for anything. You could sit on it or use it to wipe away dirt. It could be used to bind wounds if you are hurt. You could never have too much clean cloth. I had gone around to a number of shops, buying these in Spiris, but we were almost out of them now. So it was a good time to buy them so we’d be prepared during an emergency. And so I entered a random clothing store.
I called the clerk in the back. A friendly looking elderly woman appeared.
“Hello. Oh, what is it, young man? Those are fine clothes you are wearing. I hope that I can find something that suits you.”
“Ahaha. Well, the Paw Clothes and Accessories shop make some great stuff.”
“Oh, this is from that store? I’ve heard rumor of this place in Lambrusen. Let me see!”
The old woman crouched and looked carefully at my clothes. Well…I was trying to buy strips of cloth here. But then again, I had to advertise for Nick, just a little.
“Hmm, yes…Ahh, dragons. That’s quite impressive, young man.”
“I got it on sale.”
“Well, if that’s your story! Sorry, for coming at you so suddenly. Alright, so what were you looking for?”
“I want extra strips or scraps of cloth. As much as you can give me.”
“Ah, well, I have plenty of that, don’t you worry! Think of it as an apology!”
She winked. A very charming old lady. And very nice.
She came back with a whole armful of cloth. But it fit right into the hollow bag without any trouble. My lovely vintage bag.