12-011 First work (3)

 It had been about an hour since we started collecting herbs.
 For the amount of time it took, we had collected quite a lot of herbs.

 First of all, Haruka and I have [help], so we can distinguish between medicinal herbs and other herbs without having to look too closely.
 In addition, Toya's [Appraise], which we had thought would be good for judging after collection, turned out to be unexpectedly useful, or even essential for this collection.

 At first, I thought it would be good to use it to classify the medicinal herbs that Haruka and I collected, but when I looked at the appraisal results carefully, I found that there were many things that were completely useless even if we collected the leaves, such as the roots, flowers, and seeds that we needed.
 In other words, most of the medicinal herbs I had collected were turned into garbage when I discovered this.

 Most of them did not have flowers or seeds, and as for the roots, there was no way to dig them up since we did not know where we had picked them.
 Since I don't have a shovel, I can't dig them up even if I knew.
 If I had been able to sell them at a high price, I might have tried to use a tree branch or something, but there is no way that something picked in such a place would be so expensive.

 Fortunately, Toya found out about five minutes into the game.
 If Toya hadn't noticed the result of the appraisal, he would have brought back a lot of useless leaves.
 It would have been better if he had noticed it first, but since Toya got the credit for the appraisal, I'll let it go. I did ask him to read the whole explanation when he appraised it, though.
 After that, I learned the medicinal herbs that require leaves, and only collected those.

 Incidentally, Haruka's "Common Sense of the Other World" did not seem to follow up on that either.
 It's true that I also knew that Dokudami can be used as a medicinal herb, but I didn't know how to use it. I guess this is the difference between "common sense" and "expertise".
 As I was quietly weeding, Toya looked up at me.

"...... Nao, do you have any hits?

 Hit ......?


 Oh no, I forgot!
 I'm not sure what to make of this.
 I hurriedly performed a 【Enemy Search】.
 Yeah, there's definitely something approaching. I can't tell what it is, but at least it's not a small animal.
 It's not hostile, but it's not harmless either.

"What do we do? Should we intercept it?
"Well, if it's not ...... too crazy, it'll be our lunch. Haruka, can you stay back on the street a bit?
Okay, be careful.

 Halka immediately stopped herding and moved away from us, taking shelter in a tree a dozen meters away.
 The way she climbed up the tree looked like an elf, but it felt strange to think that she was Haruka.
 No, it's not that Haruka's athleticism was bad in the original world, but she didn't look like a tree climber to me.

"Hey, Nao, they're coming. What do you think?
"Yeah, I'm going to take shelter in a tree. Toya, hang in there!
What? I'm on my own?
No, because I don't have a weapon. No, because I don't have a weapon, and I'll use the Fire Arrow to cover you if you're in danger. It's not like it's a demon, so we can handle it.

 It's not that I'm afraid to run away from it. I didn't run away because I was scared. It's just that I don't have a weapon, you know?
 I've only climbed a few trees in my life, but it's much easier than I thought.
 I climbed up to a sturdy branch and stood there, looking down.
 It was getting closer, but I couldn't see it even from the top of the tree because of the thick green.

...... can't be helped. All right! I'll do my best! But if it gets really dangerous, you take care of it, okay?
"Got it, got it. If you get hurt, Haruka will be there to help you.
I don't want to get hurt. ......

 I don't want to get injured.
 Then, after waiting in silence for a while, a boar ...... probably appeared, following the path of the beast.
 Why probably?
 Because I've only seen boars in zoos!
 It's an unassuming animal, so you don't even look at it closely, you just pass it by.

 It's not more than 2 meters tall. Its tusks are about 50 centimeters long and grow upward from its mouth in a slight curve.
 --Hmm? I don't remember boars having tusks that big.
 Oh, by the way, there's help.
 Let's see-- "Beast (edible)".

 That's a bit out of line!
 It's probably not my fault that I almost screamed.
 But it's safe to say they can be eaten.
 The wild boar, whose name I couldn't be sure of, was approaching on foot as usual, regardless of my feelings, but it stopped near the place where Toya was hiding and sniffed around.
 The next moment, Toya jumped out of the bushes and swung her wooden sword, hitting him in the head.
 A dull thud sounded.


 Toya clicks his tongue in frustration and quickly retreats, though he thought he had hit it well.
 The boar shook its head lightly, snorted in frustration, and glared at Toya.
 It didn't seem to be worried about running away, but it didn't seem to be damaged either.
 This is a clean hit, isn't it?

"Toya! Are you okay?

I don't know! I'll just do my best!

 That's right. It's your first fight.
 If you don't use ...... "Heavy Weight", you'll take more damage from bodily harm. If you want to use it, you can use "Slow Time".
 It's the first time I've used this spell, but fortunately, I've recovered a lot of magic power.
 And with this spell, if it fails, it won't be too bad.

Slow Time!

 I thrust my hand out toward the boar and chanted this, and for a moment it seemed to glow dimly and move only slightly slower.

"Toya! The boar's movement slowed down a little, maybe. Don't expect too much!
Oh, yeah? Thanks anyway!

 Toya thanked me with a subtle expression on his face.
 You can't tell if it's in the middle of a rush or not, but it's hard to tell when you're looking at it.

I'm not sure what to do. [Charge]!

 As soon as Toya said that, his figure moved at a blurring speed, and a moment later, he was there with his wooden sword in the boar's eye.


 The boar screams out in grief and falls down, struggling as it is.
 Just before that, Toya pulled out the wooden sword and stepped back.
 The boar moved its legs for a while, but soon stopped moving.
 So, the hard skull destroyed the brain through the eye socket. Understandable, but to do it in the first battle, ...... Toya, horrible child!

Did you do it?

 I asked from the top of the tree. Toya was not so sure, but she was approaching the boar and poking it with her wooden sword.

...... It looks okay.

 After confirming that the boar did not move except for a twitching leg, I climbed down from the tree.

"First victory, huh?
"Yeah. Well, I'm happy for you, but I'm a little sensitive about it. ......
Well, I've never had the chance to kill a creature before. ......

 I've never had a chance to kill a living thing in my life.
 Except for insects and the like, the most you can do is strangle a fish.
 Even then, unless you go fishing, you almost never have a chance.
 The two of us fell silent in front of the boar that had stopped moving its feet.

The two of us are silent as the boar stops moving.
"Oh, Haruka.

 I've never done it myself before.

I've killed and eaten animals before, I just haven't done it myself. I've killed and eaten animals before, just not myself.

 Haruka says, and sticks a knife into his neck to draw blood.
 He then proceeded to dissect its stomach and remove its internal organs.

It's actually easier to do it hanging, but ...... you guys watch closely, okay? You'll learn to do it eventually.

 Ugh, you're going to do this: .......
 I'm not sure what to make of this, but I think it's a good idea.
 I looked sideways at Toya, and saw that his face had also turned pale and bloodshot. I guess my complexion is similar to his.

"Oh, that was a mistake. I didn't bring any tools to dig a hole.

 If we don't bury it, the wildlife might come to it," she said, looking around and noticing the wooden sword Toya was holding.

I'm not sure what to do. You can't do that! My sword is!

 In the event that you've got a lot of time, you'll be able to take a look at the best way to do it.

It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

 It is true that a broadsword is almost as blunt as a weapon, so unlike a Japanese sword, you don't have to worry about it losing its sharpness just because you use it to dig a hole.
 I'm not sure if it's because I'm not a fan of the idea of using a wooden sword as a stick, or because I'm not a fan of the idea of using a wooden sword as a stick.

Instead, I want you two to dig a hole. I'll leave it up to you.

 Digging a hole without tools sounds like a lot of work, but since I'm leaving the dismantling to Haruka, I have no choice.
 He and Toya dug a hole using branches and stones from the trees.
 Since it was in the middle of the forest, the ground wasn't exactly hard, but it still took a long time because we didn't have the proper tools.

If there were a river nearby, we could cool the meat down, but for now, we just rinse it with water.

 If there was a river nearby, we could cool the meat down, but right now we're just washing it in water." While we were taking our time, Haruka was working quickly, stripping the fur off the animal, laying out the meat on top of it in pieces, and rinsing it with magically produced water.
 And when we finally finished burying the guts, we even finished storing them in a leather bag.

"Sorry about that ...... Haruka. --No, thank you.
That's really nice. Thank you.

 We bowed, and Haruka shook her head with a wry smile.

You have no choice. You have to do it in order to survive in this world, and you can't. ......

 He said this, but his face did not look good.
 You can't really blame them for that, because although they have the skill of [dismantling], this was the first time they had actually done it. But still, they are more grounded than those of us who were upset because we just killed them.

"Well, you'd better learn it as soon as possible. When you're an adventurer in this world, you'll develop a tolerance for gore. It's not always as easy to die as it was this time.
That's right, isn't it? Oh, yeah! It's hormones, if you look at it that way. Think of it as liver, pork chops, pork chops.
No, well, if you cut it, that's what it is. ....... If you go to a commercial supermarket, you can find frozen pork feet, noses, ears, and so on. ......

 We are trying to convince ourselves somehow by changing the way we look at things.
 However, even though it looks the same, it is still quite a shock to see the blood flowing.
 But I guess we'll have to get used to it. There are not just beasts, but demons as well, and it would be fatal for an adventurer to be upset at the sight of blood.

I'll tell you what, don't eat the entrails. Especially the digestive system. I'm sure you can burn it, but it's not worth the risk.
I'm sure you'll be fine if you burn it, but it's not worth the risk." "Oh, by the way, some people died from liver in Japan, too. I'm afraid of food poisoning in this world. ......
There's no disinfectant. Alcohol won't kill norovirus, will it?

 Do we need chlorine disinfection? I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure you'll be fine.
 I'm sure you'll be able to find something that works for you. I don't know.
 I don't know how to make it either way.

I don't know how to make it, but I'll tell you what, until you get used to this world, avoid all the dangers you can. That's a must.
You can't eat hormones in this world?
No. They are, but you have to be careful because they spoil easily.

 I've never been a fan of grilled hormones, but if you have regular meat, it's not worth the trouble.
 Basically, it takes a lot of time to prepare motsu. It's not like buying precooked motsu at the supermarket.

By the way, Toya, did you appraise the boar? My help says it's an 'edible' animal.
It's also beneficial to ...... say? You can tell if it's edible before you hunt it. The result was "Task Boar". I thought it said the meat was edible and the tusks and fur were usable.
"Oh, tusks too? Let's see. ......

 I picked up the tusks that Haruka had dismantled and separated and tried them.
 It was heavier than I had expected, and when I tapped it, it sounded quite strong and full of substance.

These tusks must have something inside.
"Contents? Do they usually have any?

 I nodded my head to Haruka, who nodded her head curiously.

"Yeah. I thought boar tusks were hollow. They're probably big too, right?
The size is obviously big. And they're thick. I think there was a kind of boar that was just that long.

 According to Haruka, the tusks of Japanese boars are not very large, but there are boars with long tusks in the world.
 On the other hand, some boars have tusks that are so long that they can stick into your head.
 What does that mean as a living thing? But that is the case even in the original world. If it were a boar from another world, this level of difference would be within the margin of error. In fact, it's no problem at all, since the tusks can be sold thanks to it.

"Well, let's get back to picking herbs. --Should we move around a bit?
Yeah. We don't want the smell of blood to attract the beasts.

 Then we moved along the forest for about 20 minutes from the place where we hunted the boar, and continued to work until noon at a new gathering place.