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“Now, cheers!” (Catgirl)
At her suggestion, me and the other adventurers in the tavern smashed our wooden cups together.
Since the incident, there have been a lot of loud cheering by the noisy adventurers, and after he woke up, everyone came to the bar.
“Okay! Then I’ll introduce myself again! I’m Mel. I’m in a party with Dan and Rocky. Thank you so much for your help earlier. If you hadn’t, Dan would be dead! So Dan, who almost died, he’s the swordsman and leader of the party. And this is Rocky. Rocky uses a bow. Then– ” (Catgirl => Mel)
“No, wait a minute! You don’t explain everything by yourself! At least let me introduce myself.” (Dan)
While saying that, the young man called Dan stopped Mel and introduced himself.
Dan is a young human boy, about 185 centimeters tall, and currently wears the everyday clothes of this world. It seems that he changed his clothes because his armor is covered with blood. I didn’t recognize him earlier because he was lying on the floor, but he seemed much bigger than me. Maybe it’s because I have a sturdy physique that makes me look even bigger than I am.
Mel is a girl from the cat-man race, about 160 centimeters tall, and her hair is trimmed short that it doesn’t hang on her shoulders. And looking closely, there are ears on the top of her head, and hair grows at the area where ears are originally attached to humans. She is cute but it makes me feel a little strange as someone who came from Earth.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet the Beast-men. However, I couldn’t really look at them closely, so this was the first time I’ve seen one of them so closely.
Well, I have to get used to the sight little by little.
Finally, Rocky is a young male human about 175 cm tall, and he doesn’t seem to speak much, so Mel supplemented his self-introduction.
All of them are childhood friends from Rankfurt, north of this village. Dan is 19 years old, Mel is 16 years old, Rocky is 17 years old, and they seem to be active mainly in their hometown of Rankfurt.
Does that mean since I’m now 15 years old, all of them are older than me? Hmm… It feels a little complicated.
After introducing themselves, it was my turn.
So what should I tell them?
“Well, my name is Rook. My main weapon… or should I say, I’m more skillful in magic?”
Hmmm …… self-introduction, but there’s not much to talk about or talk about ……. I’m afraid that if I talk too much, I might say something that could back-fire.
“Well, then, as it looks, you’re a wizard. By the way, are your party members here? If possible, I’d like you to introduce us to them.” (Dan)
With that said, Dan looks around the bar and points with his thumb inside.
The inside of the bar is rowdier than usual. Of course, the main topic is about the recovery spell I used earlier.
“No, I haven’t joined a party yet. For now I’m thinking whether finding a good party or going solo.”
When I say so, the three look surprised.
“No, wait a minute. You haven’t joined a party yet? You’re a wizard and an adventurer, right? Have you been doing it solo?” (Dan)
“What!? Are you serious?” (Mel)
I was a little surprised at their reaction.
It seems that I said something strange. I don’t know what to say, but there was a gap between my common sense and theirs, and I felt like something wasn’t quite right.
“Well… I there something wrong with moving solo?”
I felt like I should fill in this gap in common sense somehow, so I asked him.
There have been a number of solo adventurers that I’ve seen. Hans-san must have been a soloist, too. I’ve seen him come alone in the morning to take on a request, and come back alone in the evening. So it shouldn’t be strange for him to be a solo adventurer.
Or is it strange to be a solo wizard?
“No, what’s wrong is… You don’t seem like you are fighting in close combat using a weapon, since you’re dressed like that, you know?” (Dan)
With that said, Dan glanced at my clothes.
Mel and Rocky nodded to Dan’s words.
Hmm… I don’t know what it is. I feel that our understanding and thoughts can’t align.
After that, I went a little deeper and listened to them talk, and I roughly understood what was wrong and out of place.
For me, it was a collapse of common sense, or perhaps a bolt from the blue… No, when I listen to them talking, I wonder why I made such a mistake.
I had the image that a wizard needs to wear a robe and hold a cane. There are some differences, but that’s what the wizards in various fantasy works looked like. Many people think so.
But in reality, it’s not the same in this world.
This is both true for canes and robes.
You can use magic without them, and there is no need to sacrifice your physical offensive and defensive abilities to dress like this.
In other words, I can use armor to increase my defense, fight with weapons like swords and spears, and use magic whenever necessary. That’s all there is to it, and it’s the common sense for adventurers.
But the fact that you are an adventurer equipped with only a staff and robe suggests that I have abandoned everything but magic from the beginning, and people would assume that it would be impossible for me to move solo.
When I was in that white place, I thought I should be able to do various things, not just become specialized in a certain role similar to games. After all, maybe I too was still being dragged into the image of the game world or imaginary fantasy world.
The more I know, the more I feel overwhelmed by the truths.
That’s right, the old man at the general store can tell that I was a beginner in one shot, and adventurers including Hans-san made fun of me… A beginner kid who longed to become a wizard and I came here dressed like this….
No, when I think about it, I didn’t have to use a cane when I used the spell [Light Source].
So, I think I was able to activate it without any problems…
――Wait, no. Then, why was there a [Wizard Set] alongside the [Adventurer Set] in the white place? That’s the reason I’m dressed like this. If it doesn’t make sense and nobody really looks like this, a [Wizard Set] is just nonsense.
…… By the way, Dan also saw me and thought I was a wizard. Then this is the outfit of a typical wizard, and there must be someone dressed like me.
When I asked, he replied easily.
“Well, some guys have a cane, robe, and specialize in using magic. For wizards like those who serve the country, it’s most important for them to only use magic on the battlefield, and nothing else. They aren’t required to do anything else. There are also a few adventurers who are not good at anything other than magic, and they always work in parties. I mean, didn’t you dress like that because you admire those people?” (Dan)
Dan told me that I laughed bitterly.
“I didn’t plan on doing that…. Well, what can I say, it’s just various things have happened… However, I have experience in martial arts, so I’m going to use other equipments.”
While saying that, I sipped some wine.
By the way, there seems to be no age factor when drinking. At least in this village, children and adults alike are drinking. I think that the reason is similar to that of medieval Europe. In short, I think it’s the belief that the only drinks you can drink with a peace of mind are alcohol and fresh juice.
The light wine I drink has a fairly light taste and alcohol, since it’s cheap.
When I first came here, when I tried to get water from the master, I was rejected with, “None of that”, and when I asked for some cheap drink, this came out.
This is an event that made me think that I was still thinking like a Japanese. It made me realize that an advanced civilization with an environment where water can be drunk straight with peace of mind would after coming out of a faucet is dumb.
“Wait a minute! ‘Don’t explain everything by yourself!’ … I also want to talk, but Dan is hogging the conversation! What’s the going on?” (Mel)
Needless to say, we all had to calm down Mel, who started to get angry.
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