Black Cat Chapter 39: The Emerging Threat
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Miguel has returned to the village for the school’s fall break, but we hardly see each other.
Collecting medicinal herbs, catching Forest Mouse, practicing void attribute magic, staff art practice, and hunting deer and wild boars are also included, and with the addition of the prototype motorcycle, there is no time to interact with Miguel.
Today I am going to go into the mountains south of the village to kill a deer or a wild boar, but I changed my plans halfway through the day.
I tracked four goblins from a height of 5 meters using [Step].
Every year, the village of Atsuka conducts a monster subjugation before winter sets in.
The village exterminates the goblins in autumn to prevent them from coming down to the village in the winter when they are short of food.
As a result of Mr. Zeol’s negotiations, a reward of one small silver coin is offered for each goblin herd that is found.
Although this is a cheap reward, detailed information about the goblins will give us an advantage in the subjugation.
The men who will participate in the subjugation will not be adventurers, but ordinary men from the village.
I don’t want anyone to be badly injured, like during the recent orc subjugation.
If I followed them to the goblins’ nest and checked the number of goblins coming and going, I could estimate the size of the herd to some extent.
Of course, if my presence is discovered, they will attack me, and I will not be able to scout the location of the nest.
I follow them, hiding in the trees so as not to be noticed.
On the way, the goblins found the rabbit and started chasing it, but were unable to catch it and it escaped into its den.
The goblins tried to get inside the den, but while they were busy digging up the dirt, the rabbit escaped through another hole.
The goblins were covered in mud and continued digging the hole, but they noticed no sign of the rabbit and gave up halfway through and started moving in search of another food source.
“Gah! Gigya!” (Goblin)
“Gugya! Gigya!” (Goblin)
I have no idea what they are saying, but it seems that they are fighting amongst themselves for letting the rabbit go.
I thought it was a two-on-two fight, but it turned into a three-on-one fight, and each of the four was fighting against each other, and they kept moving, squabbling, and squawking at each other.
“What is that…?” (Nyango)
In the direction the goblins were moving, I saw a large creature hiding in the shadows of the bushes.
It looked like a wolf, but its bronze fur had a metallic sheen to it, and above all, its size was odd.
I couldn’t tell for sure because I was lying down in the shade of a bush, but it looked like it was bigger than a bull.
The direction of the wind was upwind that way, so it was not surprising that I would notice it, but the goblins seemed to be preoccupied with each other.
I hid behind a tree trunk and watched as it advanced toward the goblins.
I was afraid that if I closed the distance between them and me, I might put myself in danger.
Even though the distance between them was 30 meters and reduced to 20 meters, the goblins did not notice, and the bronze creature did not move.
When they got 15 or 10 meters closer, one of the goblins finally sensed something was wrong, stopped, and shouted sharply,
However, the other three goblins, perhaps still reeling from the aftermath of their disagreement, continued squabbling without stopping.
The goblin that had stopped making an even stronger warning cry, and the three turned to see what was going on.
A huge wolf leaped out from behind a bush, devouring one goblin and tearing another one apart with its paw claws.
“Gyaa… Gufu.” (Goblin)
The bronze-colored gigantic wolf calmly trampled the goblins standing still in terror, and watched the first one who was the first to notice run away.
Its gaze turned toward me, who was behind a tree.
The hairs on my entire body stood on end and sweat began to pour out of me.
If it attacked me, I would try to escape by stepping up into the air while I held it back with [Shield], but I was doubtful if I could outrun it.
The bronze wolf was looking at me for what seemed like an eternity, but it was only a few seconds, making me forget to breathe.
As soon as its gaze averted, I let out a gasp of air that I had been holding.
The big bronze wolf seemed to have lost interest in me and began to swallow the goblin in its belly.
In one bite, a third of the goblin disappeared, and the sound of gnashing, mashing, and chewing bones echoed through the forest.
If I continue to eat at this pace, it shouldn’t be long before I’ve finished off all three goblins.
I moved upward to get into the giant wolf’s blind spot and then ran all the way down the mountain toward the village.
“Oh no, oh no, oh no, that was definitely a dangerous one.” (Nyango)
I can’t even imagine how many people would be killed if a monster like that came down to the village.
The village has adults who can defeat goblins, but I can only imagine how many people will be killed in the blink of an eye when they confront that with their spears.
Anyway, I couldn’t think of anything else I could do but to let Mr. Zeol know as soon as possible.
Using body enhancement magic as well, I just kept running and ran into the village chief’s house.
“Mr. Zeol, there’s a problem! There’s something dangerous, dangerous, very dangerous!” (Nyango)
“What, what, what are you in such a hurry for?” (Zeol)
“It’s bad, it’s bad, it’s bad! The goblins are bitten, chewed, and swallowed!” (Nyango)
“Calm down, Nyango! I don’t understand what you’re saying at all.” (Zeol)
“There was a big bronze wolf…” (Nyango)
“What? A big, bronze wolf? Where? Where did you see it?” (Zeol)
“South… No, southeast, in the mountains.” (Nyango)
“Bronze, with a mineral sheen to its fur.” (Zeol)
“Yes, that’s…” (Nyango)
“The Bronze Wolf, a particularly dangerous B-rank monster.” (Zeol)
Like adventurers, monsters are also ranked.
Goblins and Kobolds are ranked D, Orcs are ranked C, and Orc Generals are ranked B. But even within the same B rank, there are differences in the strengths.
Orc Generals are ranked B, but close to C, and Bronze Wolves are ranked B, which is close to A.
“Bronze Wolves have fur that is almost as hard as mineral, making it difficult for blades to penetrate. Slashing attacks can only cause damage due to the impact force. The only way to defeat a bronze Wolf is to repeatedly stab it with a spear or other weapon, causing it to bleed and taking away its strength.” (Zeol)
“But its fangs and claws are…” (Nyango)
“For a creature of his size, he’s quick and powerful, too much for the villagers to handle.” (Zeol)
“What should we do?” (Nyango)
“I’m going to tell the village chief to call Viscount Lagart and ask him to send a request to the Adventurers’ Guild to help us defeat it.” (Zeol)
“I will go with you.” (Nyango)
When I went to the village chief house with Mr. Zeol, I found the village chief, his son Julio, and Miguel, who did not need to be there.
“Village chief, it’s urgent. Nyango saw a Bronze Wolf in the mountains southeast of the village.” (Zeol)
“Nyango, are you sure?” (Village Chief)
“Yes, it killed three goblins in an instant and ate them in three bites.” (Nyango)
“I’ll want to request the village chief to ask the viscount to come help us. We should also send a request to the Adventurers’ Guild for help in subjugating the goblins.” (Zeol)
“All right, I will go and send a request. But how much should the reward be for the success of the subjugation?” (Village Chief)
“The reward should be at least three large gold coins.” (Zeol)
“Three large gold coins… does it really need to be that much?” (Village Chief)
“The Bronze Wolf’s flesh is too tough to be edible, and its pelt fades and loses its strength after death, so it’s not worth much. The purchase price of the magic stone and fangs alone is not balanced by the danger it poses. If someone wants to sell their name by defeating it, they may raise their hand regardless of the reward, but otherwise, no one will take the request that is purely dangerous.” (Zeol)
“I understand. I would not trade it for the safety of the villagers.” (Village Chief)
“Besides, if the knights and soldiers of the viscount’s house defeat it first, there is no need to pay a reward. Well, we should still offer a reward.” (Zeol)
When requesting the subjugation of a ferocious monster, there is often a competition between the knights and soldiers of the territory, it is said that if the knights defeat it, they will offer a reward, though not as much as a successful reward.
In Japanese terminology, it would be the necessary expenses such as transportation and lodging.
“Village chief, please write a letter to the knights stationed at Fort Bisreus on the border, requesting their support. Nyango, I cannot leave the village under the circumstances. Early tomorrow morning, take the letter to the fort on my behalf and come back with the knights. Can you do that?” (Zeol)
“Yes, leave it to me.” (Nyango)
“Good. When the knights arrive, go with me to Ibouro and we will make a request to the guild.” (Zeol)
The village chief wrote up a request for support to the fort and a request to the guild on the spot.
“Then, Nyango, I’m counting on you.” (Village Chief)
“Yes, I will leave the village first thing tomorrow morning.” (Nyango)
Miguel looked as if he wanted to say something, but maybe it was the effect of going to school, but he seemed to have learned enough sense not to interfere in the affairs of the village.
I took the letter and returned home. Tomorrow, I plan to leave early in the morning.
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