151-The meeting place and the quest.

'Butane, Nanaka. Come back here whenever you have a problem. We'll always be here to watch over you.'


'Hmm, it's nice to have a damp goodbye, but we'll see you at the convention next weekend.'

'Oh, that's right. ...... It's been so long since I've seen Nanaka, and I had the feeling that we wouldn't see each other again for a long time.'

'Ugh, I'm sorry.'

I'm sorry. I'll be your WLO in a while.

'I'm sorry, but you'll have to start with a full tutorial with me.

'Are you serious?

'I'm very serious.

 So the next day, we spent a pleasant time at Lin's parents' house.
 After being noisily sent off, Rin-chan and I returned to our apartment in the morning.
 Lin-chan said, 'I'm tired, so I'm going to bed,' and went to bed, leaving me free to dive into the WLO for the first time in a day.

'Today I'm going to explore the demon village!

 I announced as I stretched out in the mild warmth of the morning air that made the chill of the morning completely disappear.
 First delivery in a day. The village of the demons is now preparing for lunch, and the inhabitants of the village can be seen busily working.

"Stop having so much fun at noon on a weekday.
"You're not being listener-friendly.
"I love the demon village.
"I'm annoyed that the enemies around Griffith are unnecessarily strong.

I've heard that Zeronor is even tougher.

 I've been leveling hard during the event, and my level is now well over 80.
 Because of that, I feel like I'm taking a stroll, but the appropriate level around Griffith is much higher than that around Fierce.
 I could well imagine that those who struggled would have a hard time.

'Well, as for me, in order to get the Moonlight Pearl in the next five days, I have to help the people of this village ......, which means I have to complete a quest.

I'm not sure what to do.
The quest itself is a regular one.
I'm not sure if I'll be able to do it, but I'll try.
"Shopping to Griffith?
It's really just an errand.

'Let's go to the village meeting place for now. I heard that the villagers' requests are organized there.

 I thought you had to go door to door, but it seems that the quests ...... or requests are properly managed.
 The quests range from regular to unexpected. I think it's more like an adventurer's guild limited to the demon village.

'Yesterday, I went to Rin-chan's parents' house. I wasn't able to deliver a message, but I was able to visit my mom and dad's graves. My parents' house is near Rin-chan's, too.

"I've seen that on TV before.
"So that's why I didn't get it.
"I see you're on good terms with your parents.
"It's great to visit the grave nowadays.

'Well, I've been going to my parents' house every day since I was three years old. Graves themselves are decreasing in number, aren't they?

 We talk about what happened yesterday while walking in the village of the demons.
 During delivery, unless we're working with someone else, we tend to chat like this. It wouldn't be much fun to watch them work in silence.

'Oh, is that the building?

 As I was walking around looking for a meeting place, I saw a large building.
 The building was made in a Japanese style, the same as the other buildings in Onijin no Sato, but it was probably the second largest building after Byakuya's house.
 It was lunchtime, and we could see a few players inside.


'Oh, you're here. ...... Whoa!

 Perhaps my appearance, cracked by the curse as usual, caught his attention, but an uncle from the demon village who seemed to be a staff member of the depot gave me a curious look.
 He looked at me from top to bottom, then nodded with a clap of his hands.

'Oh, that bracelet. Is that the Sukuna girl you've been talking about? My name is Maruishi. I'm one of the employees of this station.

I'm Skuna. Did I do something to be the talk of the town?

'You got a perfect score on horseback archery, didn't you? Also, maybe he was walking with Kuroyosama, or saw him coming out of Hakuyosama's mansion.''

'I have too many ideas.

The day before yesterday's activities were all reported.
"I can't help it.
"It's the look. ......
I'm not sure.

 As a listener commented, I look too much like that now. Because of the cracks on my body, I look like I have the dark side.
 I guess that's why I'm attracting so much attention, and what happened the day before yesterday was so topical.
 Kuroyoshimayo and Shiroyoshimayo are the sisters of the village head, and it was said that no one had ever achieved a perfect score in yabusame. It may have become an extra topic of conversation.

'Now that you're here, you must have something to do, right? Is it a quest? Or are you here to read a book?'

'A quest. Is there anything that can help the villagers as much as possible?

 I'm going to ask you a question to achieve my original goal, while listening to Mr. Maruishi, who immediately got to the point.
 The Moonlight Pearl to lift the curse. According to Hakuyou, you can get it by helping the inhabitants of this village.

'What is your specialty, Sukuna-chan?


'Excuse me, but may I ask your level?

 He asked me what level I was, and I checked the menu card.
 I'm sure the level hasn't gone up since I checked it the day before yesterday, but that's because the number I checked the day before yesterday was a little vague.

'Now it's ......86, isn't it?

'86! Yeah, that's pretty strong. That's quite strong among the travelers who came to this village.

 So, 86 is a high level.
 I thought to myself, that must be high.
 The level of players around Griffith would be no higher than 70 at most.
 So if you're talking about the players who've reached this village, it must be high enough.

'Well, if you're at ...... Sukuna's level, you should be able to get any kind of request in this area. This is the kind of chores that can be done in the village, and this is the kind that requires you to go outside the village.

'I see. Can you wait for a moment?

'Yeah, that's fine. Give me a call when you've decided.'

 Mr. Maruishi said, and went back to his work at the station.

'Which do you prefer? I think I'll go inside.

'I want to see the inside of the village.
'I want to see inside the village.
'I'd like to see the inside of the forest.
'I want to see inside the village.
'Maybe in the village, after all.

'Well, that's true. Then let's go with the inside policy for now.

 Relieved that we were in agreement, I flipped through the stack of quest forms that Maruishi had given me.
 Let's see, ...... chopping wood for moonlight trees, chopping wood for moonlight trees, helping to process moonlight trees, chopping wood for moonlight trees, assisting in the training of guards, chopping wood for moonlight trees, ...... there are a lot of quests for chopping wood for moonlight trees!

'I'm about 80% sure that I'm chopping wood from a moonlight tree.'

I'm not sure what to do.
It's a big forest, isn't it?
It must be a very unpleasant job.

 At a glance, more than 80% of the 100 or so quest forms I received were requests to chop wood for moonlight trees.
 Looking at the details, it seems that the job is exactly what it sounds like: going to the houses of the residents and chopping wood.

 I don't know, is it really that hard of a job?

I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's a good idea. It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

"I understand.
I don't know.
I'm not sure what to do.
I don't know.
I can't chop wood before it's too hard.
"Let's do something other than chopping wood.
Let's do something other than chopping wood." "Chop wood all over the village.

'What do you mean you can't do it?

 While my mind was somehow on chopping wood, there was a comment that suddenly caught my attention.
 There are so many requests for chopping wood left. There must be a reason.

There must be a reason. 'We don't have enough steels. Ask her directly for details.

'Status, huh?

 I don't understand why chopping wood requires status, so I think about it.
 If I think about it simply, I think it's muscle strength. If you want to chop wood, you should have strength.
 Also, dexterity is not a bad thing. In any case, I don't think that chopping wood is a status that will be in short supply. .......

I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will help you out. I'm sorry, Maruishi-san.

 After exchanging opinions with the listeners and deciding to take the wood-chopping quest for the time being, I called out to Maruisi-san, who seemed to be doing some miscellaneous work in the barracks.
 When he heard my call, he looked up and came over to me with a satisfied look on his face.

'I see you've decided on the quest you want to take.

'For now, I'll accept the request to chop wood and help process moonlight trees.

'Oh, you're going to do that?

 When I verbally explained the quest I was going to take, Maruishi reacted very surprisingly.

'Is it bad?

'No, it's very much appreciated. But there's a condition about chopping wood from the Moonlight Tree. What is your strength level, Sukuna-chan?

 If it's muscle strength, it's pretty high now. There are still a lot of bonus status points left over, and it's easy to forget that the "child" has a physical status correction, so that's an extra bonus too.
 However, I haven't seen much since I passed 300. .......

'Let's see,......, it's about over 350.'

'Oh, that's fine! I'm really grateful for that!

 When Maruishi-san heard my muscle strength value, he looked very happy. I was also surprised at how excited he became.

'Ah, the Moonlight Tree is the name of the most numerous tree in the Lost Forest. It's a wonderfully versatile wood that can be used as fuel, lumber, and even for armor, but it's ...... uncommonly hard.'

'Wow. ......'

'You need a special axe to split it. It takes a lot of muscle power to wield it.'

'Oh, so you need to have a muscle strength value of 300 or more.'

 I clapped my hands, and Maruishi-san nodded his head, saying that's what he meant.
 So this is the part where the status is sufficient or insufficient, as you said earlier. I see, you don't need strength to chop wood, you need strength to hold an axe for chopping wood.

'Even though the demon tribe has excellent physical skills, it is still difficult to exceed 300 muscle strength without talent. Even today, with menu cards that make levels and statuses visible, not many people have reached that level.

 I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do it. If you don't take bonuses into account, their base value is 1.3 times that of the human race.
 There is an initial bonus of 10, but since demons are always assigned to one of the magic skills by nature, their maximum value at level 1 is 22.

 If we assume that players and NPCs have the same bonus of 5 points per level, and divide the remaining 278, we can find that the maximum bonus for 56 levels is over 300.
 In fact, since muscle strength increases by 1.3 points per level, you can add 13 points per 10 levels to .......

 If you continue to work on your strength until you reach level 50 or so, you should be able to exceed 300. Maybe.

 However, this is for the case where you have maxed out your strength.
 The bonus status points of NPCs are randomly assigned to some extent, so unless you are loved by the gods like Amber, you will not have such a convenient status.

 So, even if your status is skewed toward strength to some extent, your strength probably won't reach 300 until you level up to around level 100.
 I've been giving nearly 40 levels of bonuses to strength.

'Is chopping wood from the Moonlight Tree only possible for a few people in the village?

'Yes, that's right. There are even craftsmen who specialize in it, but to be honest, I'd rather those who are strong enough to do it go around guarding the village. ...... But there are plenty of moonlight trees, so I want to make use of them somehow. This is why I keep it up as a regular quest.

 So it's not that this quest isn't popular, it's simply that there are very few people who can chop wood for moonlight trees. If your stats aren't good enough, you don't have a choice.
 There aren't many players who are as strength-oriented as I am, and not all players with strength values over 300 will come to the demon village.
 Even I know that there are more people who want to take quests for the outside world when they come to the village. .......

 Well, to tell you the truth, this is the perfect quest for me right now.

'Okay, I'm going to break it from all sides!

'Oh, you're so motivated! Then, can you go here first?

 What Maruishi-san gave me was a map of the village, with only one place circled in red.
 He probably meant that we should go to the place circled in red.

'First of all, you should borrow an axe here and learn how to chop wood. It's a workshop, and the best woodworker in this village lives there.

'I understand!

'Then go and do your best~'

 I waved to the smiling Mr. Maruishi and walked out of the depot.

'Let's go!

"Let's go!
'Here I come!

'Isn't it strange that it feels like we're going to war?

 I'm not sure what to make of this.