“I knew that there were Satan Shellfish near this island, but they were no larger than this one.”
“In comparison, this one is ridiculously big…”
“Yes. But not only that. I feel like the fish are getting larger as well. In fact, the fish we can catch in this area are larger than the ones we catch when going out by boat…”
Indeed. Compared to the fish I caught when first coming to this island, these seemed larger.
So, the fish we caught were getting bigger little by little… But when had it started?
I turned around and looked at the World Tree that reached towards the sky.
The plants had started growing faster ever since that tree appeared. Could it have affected the fish as well…
“Since we eat the fish, having them bigger is a good thing… However, these Satan Shellfish are poisonous, aren’t they?”
The last time that Baris had been handling it, Mappa had tried licking the liquid.
And then he had collapsed from the poison.
Thankfully, I was close by and was able to heal him…
“Yes, it is not a lot… But when it comes to something of this size, I cannot know what its effect will be.”
“That’s true. I’ll check it then.”
“In that case, please compare it to this smaller one.”
Baris gave me a small bottle that was filled with the liquid.
And so I used magic called ‘Research,’ in order to compare the poison with the Satan Shellfish that had just been killed.
“Hmm… It is definitely more poisonous. It should be fine to just touch it, but it would be incredibly dangerous to drink.”
“I see. In that case, we will have to be very careful when making dye.”
“We don’t want Mappa licking it again…”
“Yes. I will have to explain it to Mappa very clearly.”
But then Baris smiled.
“That being said, this means we can get a lot of dye from it. So if we process it and give it to Kamyu to be traded in…”
“We can make a great profit…”
Of course, this island already had treasures such as silver and gold.
So increasing our wealth wasn’t of particular interest to me.
“In any case, I will have a few Golems here to protect people while they are fishing.”
“Yes. Perhaps an even bigger Satan Shellfish will appear next time…”
It was not really something that I wanted to imagine…
All I could think of now, was how much I wished that Taran would stop wrapping the insides of the Satan Shellfish with webs and wringing them like a dirty rag…
Perhaps Taran knew that the liquid was valuable, as it was collecting it.
Baris watched this and smiled.
“Ah, Taran. Once you are finished with that, let’s cook the meat. Satan Shellfish are quite tasty. You just put it back in the shell and grill it. It goes especially well with wine…”
Taran nodded with its entire body and happily dangled the dried up meat in front of me.
But it was so grotesque and… Ahhhhgghh…
Baris looked quite worried as he saw me holding my throat.
“Lord Heal? Are you alright?”
“…No, I’m fine. Thank you, Taran. I’m still in the middle of my inspection. You can eat ahead of me.”
I said. And then returned to the reclaimed ground.