“First, when it comes to piloting a ship, I am second to no one out of those present! I was born forty years ago and have spent most of my life at sea. My time on land…should not even amount to five years.”
Ashton, Haines, and Baris nodded.
Even Erevan had nothing to say against Kamyu’s seamanship.
After all, he had captured a royal battleship as their flagship and led a fleet of a hundred ships.
The Leviathan was just the one enemy they couldn’t go up against. It should cast no doubt on his capabilities.
“My reasoning is this. Yes, we can all survive on this island as it is. However, there will always be things we can’t acquire here. Isn’t that right?”
I agreed with a nod.
The current size of the island was limiting in terms of what we could grow.
But what we needed even more was knowledge and skills.
For instance, magic.
I used to have very low magic, and could not use advanced, let alone, mid-range magic.
And so my knowledge of advanced magic was very lacking.
It went without saying, but much of the improvements to our lifestyle was because of magic.
It helped us get water and catch fish. We would be able to do even more if we could use more magic.
Also, we needed people who were skilled farmers and builders… Even having one book could make a big difference.
“Thankfully, this island has a lot that we can probably sell. Such as the Mithril I was shown earlier. I also saw a lot of gold near the smithy.”
“In other words, you want to trade with the other countries. Yes, perhaps that is something that will become necessary.”
The others agreed that this was quite reasonable.
However, Erevan had a question.
“We already knew that. But what does this have to do with you evolving?”
“Ugh, you really are an impatient one… To put it simply, I want to be able to move a ship on my own. To look far away and pilot a ship no matter the situation…”
He turned back to me and continued.
“I am confident in saying that my knowledge of the sea is unsurpassed. …But, there are times when knowledge is not enough. That monster was a rather extreme example…but storms would be another.”
Indeed. There would be no insurance system if sea voyages were always guaranteed to succeed.
There was always a fear of losing ships and precious cargo. And so people paid in order to be compensated in such an event.
That’s how dangerous the business was.
“To be more exact, I too want to be able to use magic and fly in the sky.”
“You could use magic to send wind to the sails. And if you could fly, then you could see in the direction that you’re going. Is that it?”
Kamyu nodded in reply to me.
That was shockingly reasonable.
And he was right. It would benefit the island.
He then continued as if to hammer the nail in all of the way in.
“The small boats you have now will be no good for sailing out in the sea. But if I evolve, such things will become possible… What do you think?”
The others could only nod in agreement.
Perhaps they found it difficult to justify a claim that they would be more useful than him.
Kamyu looked at me with a smug expression.
He chuckled mischievously. Like a villain…
Well, since no one else was saying anything. He might as well…
“Does anyone have any opinions? We could also ask those who aren’t present.”
I said. Baris replied.
“No, Lord Heal. I think that in terms of knowledge and skill, Kamyu here is the most fitting to evolve. A person’s body might change, but they cannot gain knowledge.”
Ashton agreed as well.
“There is none among us kobolds who can do what he does.”
“I see. Well, so I suppose we’re all in agreement then?”
‘No objection!!’ The voices sounded.
“It’s settled then…alright…”
I handed the Ascending Stone to Baris and Kamyu.
“Thank you. …Now I will be able to use magic as well.”
“Ahh! …To think that this day would come… Oh, of course, I shall use it to help you, Lord Heal!”
Both Kamyu and Baris accepted them with great emotion.
“Well, I suppose this meeting should be brought to a close for now. You two can use it now if you want.”
“Really!? Then I’ll go first!!”
Kamyu said as he raised the stone high into the air.
A light quickly burst from it and surrounded his body.
And when it settled down…
White wings sprouted from the back of a beautiful woman with long brown hair. Her eyes were closed.
She had the face of a goddess…and her overall appearance reminded me of an angel from sacred paintings.
And while she had an ample chest, she was otherwise slender, and there were no traces of the once large physique.
Well, it was about what I had expected. Kamyu wanted to be a beautiful woman after all.
I stared at her for a while.
It was odd, but when someone was this beautiful, impure thoughts did not enter your mind.
…Hmm. Why was it? Normally, I would be averting my eyes…
Huh? …Wait a minute?
I noticed something and looked at a certain part again.
…There was…something there!?
And then I let out a scream.