249-224 Childcare consultation

 After leaving the Adventurer's Guild, we headed to the temple to pay our respects as usual and bring some not-so-expensive meat - in this case, the less popular part of the orc - to the orphanage.

 No milk or good meat.

 If we were going to give them such things, it would be better to sell them and donate the proceeds.

 We could also sell the items we gave to the temple. ...... Well, that would be difficult. In terms of etiquette, exchanging gifts for money is not a good idea.

"Thank you for everything.
No, thank you. No. I'm indebted to you, too.

 I'm indebted to the temple, i.e., Adversus, but I'm also indebted to Ishka for her help with Mary and the others.

 If we were to give them a Japanese education, but if we were to give them an education that matched our world, we would be lacking a bit of knowledge and common sense.

 In this respect, Isiaka has the perfect experience and knowledge.

 We were very grateful for her help because we were going to take in a child who was not even an adult - by Japanese standards, anyway.

By the way, that dried pasta you gave me the other day. That's good. We tried to make it ourselves, and the cheap wheat tastes so good.

I'm glad I could be of some help.

Not just a little! It has helped us a lot in terms of food costs. It's a daily thing.

 While wheat is commonly used for baking bread in this area, hard wheat, which is suitable for making dried pasta, is relatively cheap, probably because people are not familiar with it.

 And between bread and pasta, pasta is easier to make.

 Making thin noodles is a hassle, but we donated a noodle-making machine, so that's not a problem.

 The problem is that you need a lot of water to eat and fuel to boil it, but water is not a problem since there are relatively abundant water sources around here.

 As for the fuel, the orphanage does not seem to be too much of a burden, since the furniture workshop in Laffan produces a lot of waste wood, which is donated to the orphanage.

 In the case of the orphanage, they boil a lot of noodles at once, so the boiled water is not wasted.

 The pasta sauce is not as good as ours, but it is said to be better than the hardened bread.

 When we bring in meat, like this time, we make a Bolognese kind of sauce with it, which is quite popular.

By the way, I have a question for Mr. Ishka: ......

 I'm sure you'll be able to understand why.

It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for. What do you think?

"Yes, I do. There aren't many girls in orphanages, but it's common for boys. Adventurers are, in a sense, "easy to understand. I guess they are attracted to it.

 Well, I understand.
 Adventurers are kind of cool, aren't they?
 --I mean, if you look at the successful ones.

 Most of the people who join guilds are day laborers, and most of the people who do adventurer-like jobs are in difficult circumstances.

 However, adventurers have the best chance of making it.

 In fact, orphans with no connections have little chance of success in any other field. It's a hard world.

 If I had to guess, I would say that merchants can be successful, but they start out as street vendors or peddlers at best.
 If you have a small store, you are very successful.
 The probability of becoming more than that in at least one generation is less than a tenth of a percent.

What do you do in such a case?
I'll run it.
We make them run and build up their strength. At least they'll be able to run away from the demons.

 Oh, we think a little like that.
 The most important thing is physical strength, no matter what you say.

Many children fail at this stage, but even if they don't, they'll be of a certain age by the time they get strong enough.

"I see. Is that why you limit the age?

Yes. Yes. Once you're strong enough, we'll beat you up. To show them the reality. The ones who don't give up will be ...... adults by then.

 It seems that Ishqa and the other priests have enough skills to protect themselves, and they will teach and train them while showing them the reality.

 I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's a good idea.

 Perhaps because of this, there have been no deaths among the children who have become adventurers since Ishka took charge of the orphanage.

So it's a little early for Mary and Mitya to go into battle?

No, under the supervision of Natsuki-san and the others, right? It's not a problem then. I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who can't do that.

 Ishka and the others have a wide range of jobs, including managing the temple and the orphanage.

 In the event you're not sure what to do, you may want to check with your doctor.

 Even if they are as strong as goblins, they are not adventurers, but priests.

And even if you don't become an adventurer, it's good to have the ability to fight. It will give you more options for your future.

Is it better to be able to fight? ......

Yes. If you want to apprentice yourself to a craftsman or something,......, no, it's still better to be able to fight. But it is very difficult to find a job that is safe and can be completed only in the city. In the case of orphans who are not related by blood or land. It is better to have physical strength even if you are a day laborer.

 In Japan, intellectual strength is more important than physical strength, but in this country, there are few situations where intellectual strength can be used.

 Useless knowledge is a waste of treasure.
 Of course, you need to have a certain level of intelligence, but it's enough for elementary school level.

 I can't use chemistry, mathematics, or computers.
 If you want to use your knowledge from agricultural school, it is also a little bit difficult.

 First of all, no two crops are the same, and fertilizers don't contain the ratio of ingredients. There are no tools to measure the pH of the land, and there are no pesticides on the market.

 Especially in this world, plants seem to be affected by magic power. Considering the effects of the fertilizers we sell.

 Of course, it's better to have it than not, but it's not so easy to make use of it.

 In other words, the most convenient and flexible ability is "physical strength". As long as you have this, you can get by quite well.

 This makes sense when you consider that Tommy was a day laborer and could be counted on.

"All right. Thank you for the advice.

"No, no, no. Please feel free to contact me anytime. I'm sure that your act of saving a parentless child is in line with God's will.

 Ishka ended the topic with a smile of compassion and a priestly phrase.

    I'm sure you'll agree.

 A week or so after that conversation with Ishka.
 We were on our way to the dungeon with Mary and Mitya.
 Their first real battle was a few days ago.

 We decided to start with the goblins, and let them die one by one, but they killed them easily, and even collected the magic stone without any trouble.

 When I was their age, it would have been impossible for me to do so due to my physical strength and skills, but it was amazing that they could do it mentally.

 It may be due to the fact that I help dismantle demons in my home and death is closer to me, but I don't know whether to call it reliable or sad that it's killing me. .......

 Well, such inner conflicts notwithstanding, if there are no problems, we can only train the two of them.

 The place we chose as a convenient place to do so was, of course, the dungeon of summer resort.

 Of course, the coolness is one of the reasons, but it's also easier to find demons than searching for goblins in the eastern forest, and since the pathways are limited, it's less likely to cause any unforeseen problems.

 With my [Enemy Search], this shouldn't happen very often, but there's nothing better than being safe.

 Besides, in a dungeon, even if all five of us are not following Mary and the others, we can split into two groups and train ourselves.

 It would be a shame if we were to completely abandon our work and stay with the two of them.

"Mary, I won't push you unnecessarily. You're not strong enough yet. Mitya, don't go in head first. It's a dagger. First priority is to avoid it.


 Haruka and I are in charge of them for now.

 I'm trying to guide the two of them as they work hard, but I'm also trying to make sure that they don't get interrupted by other demons.

 I'm sure that Toya and the others are currently engaged in a slugfest with the Goblin General, since I'm capable of overrunning this area by myself.

 The goblin general is not a strong enemy to kill, but it can be used as a good training partner if you want to fight it out without magical support.

 You don't have to worry about other demons coming, there are places to fight, and the demons are the same.

 If you want to improve your skills, the demons in the boss room are a good match for you.

"Yes, good work. That was good.
"Thank you.
I'm tired.

 While I'm thinking, Mary and the others finish the battle.
 It's the first time they've fought each other, but their fighting style is pretty steady.

 Of course, this was only after Haruka and I had cleared out the demons that were in the way and created a one-on-one battlefield, but considering their age, it was more than enough.

What do you have to say for yourself Nao?

"No, I'll just say that you're both awesome. They have more strength and muscle power than I expected. With experience, you'll be able to do well.

 Mary, as well as Mitya, have strength that you wouldn't expect from their size, and even though they have already fought several battles, they still have strength left.

 Considering the fact that they were fighting in an unfamiliar dungeon, I would have thought that they would need to rest for a certain amount of time each time they fought, but there was no sign of that.

 Is this because he is a beast, or is he unconsciously using his magical power to strengthen his body?

 I don't even know if Mary and the others are special because I don't know what a standard beastman is.

Thank you, Nao.
Brother Nao, can Me and the others join your brother's party?
What? Well, I guess so. ......

 Yeah, I guess so. Mary and Mitya can't work alone, so I think they should form a party, but it's difficult to find a partner for them.

 There doesn't seem to be much prejudice against beastmen in this country, but it can't be said that there are none, and the fact that they are female is also a bottleneck.

 If you think about it, it's safe to say that joining our party is safe. ...... The problem is the level difference.

 I'm not going to say that I don't like it.

I'm not saying no. But at the very least, you should have enough strength to not get in the way of combat. I'm not saying no, but at least you'll have enough power to not get in the way of combat. Can you do that?

I'm trying!

Yes, sir!

 It's been almost a year since we got here.

 It might be a limit considering that we've been here for almost a year, but considering the difference in starting points and ages, it seems a bit harsh.

 But still, Mitya and Mary's eyes lit up and they gave a very good answer.