395-363 What is the value of the sea (2)

What would you do then? Call them from other towns?

That's one way to go, but another way would be for the guild staff to go with the adventurers as escorts.

"Guild staff: ......

 At Diora's words, I looked around the guild, but to be frank, the number of guild staff here was small.

 I'm sure there are a few uncles in the warehouse and a few other employees that aren't on the public eye. .......

Isn't that dangerous?

"And while we're at it, those guards are us, right? I'm afraid to take an amateur with me, aren't you?

Yeah, right. We're not very good at guarding people - we're not even experienced enough to say that.

 If there are high-ranked adventurers who can escort up to two layers, there is no need for the guild staff to go there in the first place.

 I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.

That's the thing, isn't it? I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what you need to do.

So, Diora, you can fight to a certain extent?

"Yes, really, 'to a certain extent'. I'm not rich, but I'm still better off than the common people.

 To put it simply, they had enough time to train their bodies.

 In this world where going out of town is an immediate danger, it is better to train your body if you can afford it. It can be deadly.

So, I guess I'll have to ask the branch chief.

"I've only met the branch manager once, at ....... Mr. Marx, is it?

You remember me well. Yes, Marks.

 That's Natsuki.
 I've only met you once, about a year ago.

 The only thing I remember about him is that he had a little receding hairline on his head and that he had a reasonably well-trained body.

 To be honest, even his face is fuzzy.

"We don't have much contact with him, is he a great guy?

"He's a former rank eight adventurer. Even a second-tier adventurer should be able to keep up.

Eight? That's a rare level of adventurer, isn't it?

I'm not sure that rank equals strength, but I'm pretty sure he was pretty strong. It's been many years since he retired, so we don't know how much he can move now.

Why would someone like that be the head of a branch in a place like this ......?

No, adventurers who want to get a position in a guild need to have that rank, so it's not that strange.

"Oh, really?

 It's a different matter to be a competent adventurer and to be able to work in a guild.

 It's not as simple as saying that if you have a high rank, you will be hired as a guild employee after you retire.

 However, if you don't have the trust of the guild, you won't be able to get a high rank, and if you have a high rank, you have a lot of knowledge and experience in adventuring, so you can get a job easily.

But if you're rank eight, you don't need to work, right? Just think about it.

 Our current rank is six.
 Even so, we are earning enough to live for the time being.
 If we were rank eight, it would have been even more so.

I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to use it.

...... Oh, you don't have a lot of money to spend tonight, do you?

There are many people like that. The branch manager seems to have a good amount of money saved up, but he also has a ...... family. You can't just play around because you have money, can you?

""Oh, ......."

 I'm sure you'll agree with me.
 If it's just your wife, but if you have kids, it's a bit of a problem.

 In that light, it may be necessary to have a safe job that even retired adventurers can do, even if it doesn't pay very well. It's a good idea for my future life.

 I'd be shocked if my children thought that their father was always playing.

In the meantime, I'd like to talk to the branch manager to confirm the schedule, and then I'd like to submit another request for escort to Haruka and the others, can you accept it?

That's of course ...... good, right?

Yeah, that's fine. I'm sure you'll be happy with the results.

"Please rest assured that we will not enter without your permission. Even if we ask someone else to escort you, we won't be able to enter without your permission, of course.

That's a relief. Then, will you contact me when the details are decided?

Yes, sir. I think it will be decided in a few weeks at the latest, so please don't travel too far and wait for a while.

    "I didn't think there was an ocean.

I'm a little surprised there's an ocean here, aren't you?
I've never seen an ocean before. It's so big!

 After returning from the guild, we were relaxing in the living room and discussing about the sea we saw in the dungeon.

 Mitya, as he said, seemed to have touched the ocean for the first time, and jumped up and down with his hands outstretched in excitement. She seemed to be expressing the size of the ocean.

 Mary is probably the same, but she's sitting quietly, as if she's proud to be my sister, but her tail is wagging slightly, reminding me of the sea.

 We, on the other hand, have seen the ocean before, though not in this world, so we are more surprised and wondering than excited.

I've read that there are dungeons where the ocean exists. ......
"Yeah. I didn't expect it to be there.

 I've read in our dungeon books that there are very rare dungeons with oceans.

 It doesn't say how rare they are, but Diora also said that there are none in this country, so I'm sure that they are quite rare.

 However, since there are not so many dungeons in the world, the number of samples would be too small to statistically calculate the frequency of appearance, and even if the probability were to be calculated, it would not be very reliable since it is unclear how much accurate information is even available to the public.

By the way, how do you go forward in a hierarchy with an ocean? You're not going to swim your way through, are you?

I'd like to think that's not ...... possible. As far as I can tell from the book I have, there is no record of anyone going further than that.

"Well, to be precise, there is no record of any return after the first trip. There have been adventurers who have paddled out in boats or dived underwater. ......

There are demons out there.

 It's not a surprise that demons exist in the seas of this world.

 The strength of these creatures varies greatly, ranging from a level not much different from that of an ordinary fish to a threat that can sink a ship.

 In the original world, there are sharks and other poisonous creatures that can kill you just by stinging you, so there may not be much difference in the danger level of each individual creature, but the difference is the aggressiveness and the existence of huge monsters.

 However, there seems to be a bias in the distribution of demons that can sink ships, and in places where the concentration is low, fishing along the coast is normal.

 On the other hand, in places where the concentration is high, large and strong ships are necessary.

 Even so, the frequency of shipwrecks in distant oceans is said to be high, so the level of danger in these seas is probably far greater than in the original world.

 However, I don't know the rate of shipwrecks in the days when there were only wooden ships, so it may not be much different from those days.

I'd like to go on, but we can't bring in a big ship, can we?
You can't ...... take a ship. Maybe a building.
It's beyond the scope of a DIY project.

 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out.

 Even if the hut were to collapse and we were to be trapped underneath it, we would probably be fine.

 But not the sea.
 If it sinks, we die. That's obvious.

Hmm, it's too dangerous for a small boat that can fit in a magic bag.
No, never. No way, no way. The ocean waves are too dangerous.

 No way, no way.

Is that so? No, I can imagine how dangerous it is, but when I think about it, I've never been on a boat much.

Well, you don't get many chances these days. Even the big ships can be quite ...... rough when it's rough.

 He must have been on one before, because he said in a very serious tone.
 In the past, the only way to travel long distances these days was by plane or bullet train.

 There are very few opportunities to get on a ship, and there are very few ships that sail the open sea in Japan. ...... Have you been to the Ogasawara Islands?

 I'm sure you've traveled a lot, Toya. He's also been to a wooden inn.

 Well, it may be debatable whether the sea inside the dungeon should be called the open sea, but it is too optimistic to think that the sea in the dungeon is safer than the normal sea.