I am Gala Rufa.
I've been called one of the Six Witches of Madness, etc.
I'm super unwilling.
I am a quiet and harmless person compared to other people. Other people make such a big deal out of it that they look at me like I'm a bad person too.
I'm just a magical medicine man.
I'm just an ordinary person with a few unusual theories.
Illnesses, as the case may be, are caused by little creatures.
They are caused by very, very, very small creatures.
The people at the mermaid medical society just snickered at me for claiming that.
I'm not much of a mermaid, but my theory is correct.
For some reason I was arrested, imprisoned, offered a plea bargain, complied, was escorted away with others in the same situation, and now here I am.
Where am I, where am I?
I don't know anything else.
But there was someone on that land who was unbelievable.
The princess of the mermaid kingdom. It's Prati-sama.
Lamp-eye is bothering me.
She kneels at the feet of Prati-sama with a scream that could be described as a scream.
"Prati-sama! It's good to see you! You're here! Doesn't that mean I can serve you again! If that's the case, we'll be blissfully happy~!
"The royal humpback is in its element...?
Puffa-san said unhappily.
The way he flattered the royal family was typical of Lampuai-san, who used to be a member of the Royal Court Kingsguard, and Puffa-san's reaction seemed to confirm his reputation for disliking the system.
I just keep a low profile and quiet....
'You're very welcome, Pfa, Lamprey, and Gala Rufa.
She knows our names?
Why are you surprised? You're not celebrities. It's amazing to see half of the six witches - the Frozen Cold Witch, the Hellfire Witch, and the Pestilence Witch - gathered here.
Well, if you say so, so do you.
The 'Crown Witch' reigns at the top of the Crazy Six Witches.
She is the Princess Platy, isn't she?
She's the most evil existence, developing banned drugs that are far worse than the other witches and causing major incidents, yet she's the one who is kept silent because of her position as a royal.
They do many times more horrible things than us, but they don't get arrested like we do!
Just the mere fact that such a person is on earth, I have a feeling of something evil that will shake the heavens and earth...?
''I asked my idiot brother to bring you and the others to me while you were in prison. I need you to help me with my work.
What is your job?
A plan to exterminate humanity or something like that?
The Crown Witch doesn't have a job in this remote land...? Are you planning to exterminate the human race?
Even if you think it, you don't bypass it!
''This lamprey is with the royalty until the end of its life. I will gladly help Master Plati's plan to exterminate humanity!
Lamp-Eye will not casually agree with you!
''No! The Six Witches are still a bunch of bad people!
"We're not going to wipe out the human race. It's such a pain in the ass.
What if it's not too much trouble?
No! The Six Witches are still a bunch of bad people!
'I'll show you where I work. It will be easier for you to see what you can help them with, right?
Saying that, Prathi-sama entered the large building he had come out of again.
''It can't be helped, let's go in.
"Where the Lord Prati is, even in the fire, on land!
Mr. Puffa and Mr. Lamprey are too graceful!
I'll go into the tiger's den too, if I'm going to be left alone here!
* * * *
The building was filled with a strange smell.
It's quite a strong smell, but it's not unpleasant.
I don't know why, but it's not unpleasant.
'This is where I make processed food and condiments.
It's what gives food its flavor. Is salt a condiment in that sense?
Putting flavors on food? Artificially?
What a novel idea. As expected of a "crowned witch", isn't it?
This is what I need you to do. Lately, the volume of orders has been increasing, and I can't afford to take care of it all by myself.
"All four of the six witches are making food? How pathetic is that?
Mr. Puffa is not happy.
'If you think so, take a lick of this. It's one of the manufactures here, and it's called soy sauce.'
What is this pitch black liquid...?
It doesn't look like it's good for you, but it's not poison, is it?
Anyway, the three of us took a small plate from Master Prati and gave it just one lick.
What's this! It's so good! It's basically a salty taste, but it's got a lot of complex flavors and depth to it!
To create such a strange-looking medicine...! As expected of Prati-sama!
Mr. Puffa and Mr. Lamprey, who seldom praise others, have no hesitation in saying so.
I, too, have to take my hat off to the taste of this black liquid.
It tastes so good, I almost peed my pants!
'It wasn't my idea, exactly. It wasn't exactly my idea, but someone else's. I recreated it with my pharmacy magic.
Who would give ideas to Lord Plati?
Who the hell are you?
'I'm going to need you guys to help me make this.... Gala Rufa, I'll be counting on you in particular.
Why are you referring to me by name?
'I called you for a paper you gave at a mermaid medical conference. In this world, there are unseen creatures that are not even spirits. There are creatures so tiny that they are invisible to the eye, and they are the cause of most of the diseases...!
The princess has given my paper?
I'm not afraid or happy about it!
'When the Master taught me how to make fermented food, I remembered your theories first thing. When the Master taught me how to make fermented foods, I remembered your theory first and foremost, and you might be the one who can most openly understand his concepts of bacteria and fermentation. I'll take good care of you in the future.
Wait a minute!
Wait a minute, sir!
Do you mean to tell me that this land is full of things that will prove my theories right, sir?
What is Psychin!
What's a hacko?
I don't know what it means, but I have a great feeling about the sound!
This shawl! That the Shoyu has my advocacy of 'little creatures' mixed in with the Shoyu!
Excellent! You can't help but chug it down!
"Oh no! No! The salt concentration in soy sauce is at a level that will kill you if you consume a large amount of it...?