396-364 What is the value of the sea (3)

"Oh, but there is such a thing as sailing across the Pacific, isn't there? If you think about it, ......

 Yuki said as if it had just occurred to her, but Toya quickly shook his head.

But Toya quickly shook his head. "That's because it's a boat with the latest technology. That's because they're the latest technology boats, and they're subject to waves of many meters. If we went in a rowing boat, it would capsize in an instant. Even a yacht like that would sink if it hit a whale.

"Well, I can imagine that. As for stability, there may be ways to use outriggers or a catamaran, but demons are .......

 I've been thinking about it for a while.

You'll be able to get a lot more out of it.
I know, but why can't we go swimming in the ocean? We had fun in the Noria River last year.
The river is fine for swimming, but you can't swim in it. In that river.
It was upstream. Around Sahlstadt, the river was much wider. ......

 The river was deep enough and wide enough to have a river port, and the current was relatively slow, and there was a wide riverbank, so in a way it was a very good place for river recreation. .......

No, that's not what I'm talking about.
That's right.

 Yuki denied me with a serious face, and I quickly nodded.

 If playing in the river is a normal thing, at least we have never seen anyone playing in the river in Sahlstat.

 If you were to play in the river next to the people working in the harbor or fishing in the river, you would definitely get angry.

 In my image, people around there look rough.

By the way, I don't like to show my bathing suit to strangers. It's not very safe here.

No, I'm sure Haruka and the others will be able to fight back, even if some of them are a bit vicious.

But still. It's hard to tell how much is too much. Whether it's a vicious pick-up or a robbery. How far they'll go. What level should we fight back at?

"Yes, it is. It's difficult, isn't it?

 Natsuki nodded deeply at Haruka's words.
 But I understand that it is difficult.
 Here, it is common knowledge that if someone is a robber, kill them.

 Especially if you are out of town, you can't complain about being killed if you behave suspiciously, and that is the level of caution you should take.

 In any case, it's quite a hassle.

 With this in mind, Haruka's reluctance to swim in the presence of strangers is natural.

If you're in a dungeon, especially a 'summer retreat' dungeon, it's certainly not crowded, but ......

I can't say for sure if you can swim there. It's hard to say if you can swim without checking.

The beach looks like a good place for swimming, doesn't it?

It was a bay.

 At that time, it was a rather large bay in front of us.
 The waves were calm, and the beach was clean, with not a single piece of trash on it.
 It's a great location for a private beach.
 --If only there were no demons.

Demons of the sea and demons of the land. It may not be straightforward, but it's worth checking out.

That's only in the summer. It doesn't mean it's going to be as hot there.

...... You've got a problem, too?

 As we named the dungeon a summer retreat, at least up to the 20th level, the temperature was kept at a constant, relatively comfortable and cool level regardless of the temperature outside.

 It seemed to get a little colder after entering the 21st layer, but was this temperature also constant regardless of the season?

 If so, swimming in the ocean would be a dream. It's too cold.

"So, does that mean that's the end of our exploration of that dungeon?

 We pondered in silence for a while as Mary asked for confirmation.
 In the past, there were stairs to the next level at the location of the treasure chest and the transition zone.
 But at the gargoyle, there were none.

 As for the Elder Trent, the next boss, there were no stairs, no treasure chests, not even a transition zone.

 It's hard to tell because it's out of the pattern.

I don't know, ....... As far as the 21st layer is concerned, there are no physical barriers like there are for the 20th layer so far, right?

"There are natural barriers, though. There are natural barriers, but if you try hard enough, you might be able to get over a rocky mountain or go over a waterfall.

If you're talking about going further, the coast still looks walkable, doesn't it?

 The physical barriers that Toya was referring to were probably the transparent walls that were visible up to the 20th level but prevented him from moving forward.

 They may exist if you go along the coast or all the way through the ocean, but we haven't encountered any so far.

 Instead, there is a steep natural barrier, which is probably not impossible to conquer.

 It would be a real risk to your life, though.

I haven't checked all the places in the second layer, so it's possible that there are stairs leading to the second layer somewhere.

The top of the mountain and the other side of the river are untouched.

 Come to think of it, we've only explored a small part of it.

 There was also a rocky mountain on the other side of the river from the 20th level, and if we looked hard enough, we could find a way to get to that huge waterfall.

 There's a dungeon behind the waterfall! or something like that.

 Whether it's necessary to go that far is another matter. In terms of earning money, you can get enough in the second layer. If there's any other reason to go further, it's worth the effort. .......

The ocean. What's the benefit? Besides the salt, as Diora said.

Seafood, of course. It's not easy to get shellfish in this town.

Shellfish ...... like clams and clams on the beach, and oysters on the rocks, but underwater is a little scary.

 I've never had the chance to eat much abalone, turban shells, sea urchins, and other luxury marine products.
 I haven't had the chance to eat much of it, and I'd like to catch it if I could.

I'd like to catch them if I can, but I'll have to check out the sea monsters first. We don't know if there are any creatures other than demons in the dungeon sea, do we?

"Oh, that's true. Maybe it's only inhabited by demons?

I don't know, but it doesn't matter as long as it tastes good.

Well, that's a good point.

As long as it's edible.

 In the first place, if you want to get sea urchins or oysters, there is no way that they exist in the same world as in the original, you just have to look for similar creatures.

 And whether or not there are magic stones is a trivial matter.
 Well, if it's a demon, it's going to be hard and dangerous to catch it.

So, even if you go fishing, you'll only catch demons?

That's a possibility. The flying gars were delicious, so that's fine, but you have to be careful not to get hurt.

Oh, so we can't just take Tommy with us.

If there is a demon as big as a flying gar, there is a risk of death by a single blow.

 If you want to make sure that Tommy is safe, you need to make sure that he is protected with plate mail.

 And even Tommy, who said that fishing was his hobby, wouldn't want to go fishing in that condition.

 It's not a life jacket, but a death jacket.
 If you slip, you're sure to die.

Hmm, I guess I can't eat sashimi, huh? We have soy sauce now, and I was thinking I'd like to have some for the first time in a while.

"If it's fresh, I'd say yes, but there's always the problem of parasites, isn't there? If you freeze it once, it should be fine. ......

 At one time, anisakis was a problem, but it seems that the easiest way to prevent parasites is to freeze them.

 In other words, you freeze the parasites to death.
 It may not taste as good, but it's better than suffering.

There are many questions, such as whether there are parasites in the demon's body, whether it really kills the parasites, and whether it contains poisons that disappear when heated, like eel, but would you like to try ......?

...... Toya, please.

 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to do it.

I'm not the only one. I'm not sure what to say, but I'm sure you'll understand.

 If you're looking for the sturdiest in terms of skills, it's Natsuki, but Natsuki is a healer.
 It's a good idea to have a backup, even if you have Haruka.

 And even if you get poisoned or sick, you can still use magic to deal with it, so in terms of tasting experiments, this world may be safer.

 I don't think I want to do it, though.

"...... No, wait, what? Isn't Yuki the one who should be tested? Even if Toya is fine, it doesn't mean the others are, right?

 I'm sure you'll be able to figure out what's going on.
 Considering that, it makes more sense to test Yuki, the weakest of them all.

 Of course, the weakest one would be Mitya, but it would be unreasonable to let her try.

 When I explained this to Yuki, she nodded her head in agreement.

I'm sure you'll agree. ...... Yeah, but let's start with the animal experiments. Let's find some rats!

 When it comes to eating them, Yuki proposes a safe plan. That's what I'm talking about.

But ordinary rats seem to be tougher than ...... not to try.

 I think they eat rotten food.
 It's best not to eat things you don't understand.