On the day we were returning, we walked the distance without talking about anything else.
For dinner, I served fried Rock Hopper Horned Rabbit that I had left over, which was also a big hit.
After dinner we discussed rewards, and I offered to split the Four-Armed Bears’ rewards and sales equally, which was greatly appreciated by the three of them.
Since I was almost the only one to take down the Four-Armed Bear, and since I had helped them from the venom of the Poison Toad, I thought they would like my offer, especially since I didn’t want to cause unnecessary friction, so I decided to distribute things evenly.
Leif told me that Owen had recovered sufficiently, so the three of us took turns on the night shift.
During the shift change, Leif advised me that I was strong and that I should join a higher-ranked party and raise my rank, but I replied with a wry smile that I had no time for that.
Sometimes other people can also see things clearer.
The next day was the same, and we moved on without unnecessary fighting, just trying to get back home as quickly as possible.
If we tried our best, we would reach the town by the night of the second day, but we could not enter the town because the gate was closed.
We decided to make our last camp by the side of the road and enter the city the next morning.
On the last camping day, I made dinner by serving all the leftover fried food.
The next morning we went to the city gate to be checked, but with our quest slips and guild cards, we were let right in. We then went to the guild to report our subjugation and sell materials.
The total price for subjugating one Four-Armed Bear was 40 gold coins and the material purchase price was 40 gold coins for the pelt, 30 gold coins for the meat, 30 gold coins for the arms and legs with 5 gold coins per limb, and 10 gold coins for the entrails, for a total of 150 gold coins, 37 gold coins, and 5 silver coins were given per person since there were four of us.
Apart from that, the Dragon Claw members completed the submission of subjugation proof for killing kobolds and goblins and the sale of medicinal herbs and other materials.
I requested a dismantling of venison, but when I took the sixth animal out of my Infinite Storage, I was met with a confused look, but I decided not to worry about it.
They asked me what I would do with the entrails, and when I asked him what they would normally do with them, they told me that they were not monsters and that I could eat them if I cooked them. I asked him if I could have the organs sold instead, and he said yes, so I decided to just have him give me back the skin and butchered meat for a fee.
While the deer was being butchered, I looked at the quest board and saw that there was a request for D-rank or higher to kill Orcs.
Orcs are monsters that have edible meat and often work in packs.
I was told that, like goblins, they are sometimes armed with items taken from adventurers.
Huey and I were able to manage the monster bugs, but it was a bit tough for me and Huey to deal with multiple Orcs. But when I looked at the quest form carefully, I noticed that the number of people needed was 10.
Hmm? Does that mean that 10 people, both solo and parties, will go together to take down the Orcs? I should ask at the counter.
I asked Rosa-san at the reception desk.
“Can I participate in this request to take down the Orcs as a soloist even if 10 are needed?” (Louis)
“Yes, you can. Let me give you some details. First of all, we are looking for 10 people, both solo and in a party. This request comes from the village of Bizane, which is about a three-day walk away, and we have confirmed that there is a herd in the nearby forest, so we estimate that there are 30 Orcs in the area. It is often required to have a party, however when recruiting 10 people it is different, parties usually have 3 to 4 members, so 1 or 2 of those who join are more likely solo adventurers.” (Rosa)
“How about the departure? Will it happen as soon as the number of people is gathered?” (Louis)
“Basically, as soon as there are enough people, but I think the applications will fill up quickly because the purchase price for Orc parts is better than the reward for subjugating them. Look.” (Rosa)
She pointed to the quest board, and when I looked back, there are four people discussing whether to accept the quest.
“Oh, they’ll probably be joining the Orc subjugation.”
I was not sure if I was being encouraged, but I decided to go along with it.
I decided to come back in the evening to pick up the venison since they haven’t finished the processing.
For the quest, the guild was to send out a messenger to my house as soon as 10 people have been gathered.
After leaving the guild, I went to the market to buy some more food, and since I had one day to spare today, I decided to prepare some food for the future.
I made mayonnaise and fresh pasta, cooked rice, and grilled rice balls, and replenished the usual granola bars.
When the mayonnaise was ready, I made a huge batch of cooked bread with egg sandwiches and potato salad on Koppe bread and stopped by Hank-san’s store.
There was a line at the store, just as I had heard, but apparently, Hank-san told them, “to let me know when Louis arrived”, he then asked me to go into the kitchen with him.
In the kitchen, Hank-san and his wife were hard at work kneading dough.
“I’m sorry to drop by so suddenly.” (Louis)
“Louis! As you planned, thanks to you we’ve become very prosperous.” (Hank)
“Yes, it seems so. I brought some bread I made today to give you an idea of a new bread, so why don’t you take a break and try it?” (Louis)
“What? A new idea for new bread?” (Hank)
With a twinkle in his eye, Hank-san stopped kneading the dough.
I was just in time, apparently.
“So, is this the new bread?” (Hank)
I put out the first bread with potato salad in the vacant area.
“First, try this.” (Louis)
“Isn’t this the same as the one we serve at the shop?” (Hank)
With that said, Hank looked at me quizzically as he took a bite of the bread, and then asked,
“What is this? Isn’t it totally different! What in here?” (Hank)
His wife, Nelly-san, was similarly surprised.
“It’s delicious. It’s the same thing, but it’s like a completely different food… it has a completely different richness.” (Nelly)
With a grin, I served her an egg sandwich.
“Please try this next one.” (Louis)
“This one is made by cutting bread and putting a chopped boiled egg between the bread?” (Hank)
They took a bite and chewed.
“Delicious. I have never had such a rich egg. How can it be this rich, and there’s the slight sourness that stimulates my appetite? What kind of seasoning did you use for this?” (Nelly)
“Oh! That’s what I expected. I noticed that the seasoning is special, right?” (Hank)
With that, I took out ten bottles of mayonnaise using Huey’s special bottles.
“This is mayonnaise, a seasoning I created. It’s an all-purpose seasoning that goes well with fresh vegetables. I’m a little busy with my quest right now, so I’m just going to leave some as a souvenir. Next time I’ll make time to come back and give you the recipe.” (Louis)
“Are you sure? I think this seasoning is quite valuable.” (Hank)
“Yes, it’s okay, because even if I knew the recipe, there are some important points that only a few people would be able to make even if they knew the recipe.” (Louis)
With that, I decided to leave 10 of each of the egg sandwiches and potato salad bread that I had been prototyping.
This is so they remember the mayonnaise and the taste of the finished product.
As I left Hank’s bakery, I noticed that Hank-san was the first to call me by my name, and I wondered how he recognized me in an instant. I pondered.
Is it my footsteps? I then went to Hector-san’s blacksmith store to give him the Vampire Bat.
“Hello. Is Hector-san there?” (Louis)
I called out to the woman who was keeping the store, and she immediately called Mr. Hector.
Mr. Hector urged me to go to his workshop and told me that he had brought the vampire bat and was surprised when I put it in front of him.
I remembered that he had taught me that the only material that was usable was the bones, so I instructed Huey to absorb it but leave only the bones. If there was a magic stone, I instructed him to absorb it too.
Hector-san said he’d give me 10% of the proceeds if he could make weapons and armor from the bones and sell them.
Whether it succeeded or failed was up to Hector-san.
It was evening when I left Hector-san’s blacksmith store, so I went to the guild and asked what had happened to the participants in the Orc subjugation mission I had taken on this morning.
I was told that one D-rank adventurer was accepted before me, one E-rank party of four after me, and another D-rank party of four after, and so 10 people had been chosen.
They told me to finish the preparations in one day, tomorrow, as the departure day was the day after tomorrow.
By the way, I heard that the E-rank 4-person party was Tiger’s Roar, and I thought it was reassuring to have someone who knows what they are doing.
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