I was lost in a silly fantasy when a sailor called out to me.
I was so hungry that I was almost out of consciousness. 'Watch out.
''...What...what? Did you find a ghost ship that will take us to the underworld?
'We don't know if it's a ghost ship or not, but the lookout has spotted it. It's coming straight at us.
I thought it was a joke, but the haze of my consciousness was quickly cleared by the unexpected report.
'What nonsense are you talking about? What's that ship coming toward us?
Have you forgotten how much danger we're in?
What kind of ship is going to break the waves and go on in a calm with no light wind!
''That's why the sailors are upset and making a lot of noise. Maybe it really is a ghost ship...!
The sailor's silly joke made me cringe.
Oh well, I'll just have to see for myself.
I walked out of the captain's cabin and went up on deck.
The sailor led me to the edge of the deck, where I saw what appeared to be a ship floating far out to sea.
It had no sail.
It was a curious sight.
And it was clearly approaching towards us.
''There's no wind, right?
It would have been easy to know such a thing if I had asked my own skin, but I couldn't help but ask those around me.
Why is that sail-less boat going on in a calm, windless sea?
If it can move without wind, what need is there for sails?
Are they the magic-powered ships of the Demon Lord's army, as they say? Then it makes sense that you can move without the wind, but...
I've seen the actual magic-powered ship before, but the design is clearly different from the ship that is now faintly visible in the distance.
The mysterious ship now floating in the open sea is even more sparkling...or is it...?
I could see it more clearly as it got closer and closer.
What the hell is this?
The hull of this thing is shining like metal!
No, not like metal, not like metal! It's metal itself! The Iron Ship!
'Why the steel? Wouldn't that normally go under water? A sea breeze would rust it out!
"Don't tell me it's really a ghost ship!
The sailors are confused, too.
Starvation is slowing them down, but it must be such a shock to them that they are making so much noise.
What do we do now...?
It's hard to do anything about it, because we can't move, so if they're coming, we'll have to wait for them. Just make sure they have a weapon in their hands.
Eventually that mysterious ship was alongside our San Imelda.
A plank was handed over and an improvised bridge was created to connect the two ships.
And the one that came across....
"Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Why is the monster aaaaaaaaah!
A ship with a monster on board?
I don't know what's going on in that ship!
The only thing I'm sure of is that the orcs they've boarded aren't like normal people.
The only thing I can say for sure is that these orcs are not normal.
........and at a glance I can tell that they are in a different state of mind.
I had hoped that I wouldn't have to die a humble death, but I didn't expect to be greeted by such a strange death.
This is a death worthy of a marine adventurer!
I was getting ready for some things, when the orc spoke to me.
What the hell!
''You seem to be in some kind of trouble, so we had to berth you without permission, is that okay? Is he in distress? From the looks of it, you all look pale, and are you hungry?
The orcs cared for me.
I had to answer them, I told them about our plight and let them listen to me........
'I see..., my lord! It's still a distressed person! I hear they're running out of food, sir...!
As the orcs shouted as they turned back to their ship, one of them floundered on the other side of the parapet.......human race?
.........? What's that look?
All right! I'll be generous with the hamburger! I want you to ask the sailors in detail if any of them are sick!
The monster is listening to the human race!
The human tribe in question shouted more towards us.
''Ah! You're the captain, aren't you? It's a pleasure to meet you from so far away! I am the leader of this ship! I'm going to bring in food now, so I'll say hello again then!
Is there any chance of getting scurvy? I know that you get scurvy at sea. We've got a truckload of orange juice!
What the hell is that...?
Anyway, what I can say for sure is that through this strange encounter, we, who were supposed to die, were able to have a new tomorrow.
* * * *
Five days later, I entered the nearest port city.
I popped a bottle of liquor in a bar and pondered the reality of my life.
Not a single member of the crew had survived the attack.
We were trapped in a calm, and the mysterious ship towed us along a trade wind passage. "We got trapped in a calm sea, and we were able to get on a trade wind route. I didn't think I'd ever see your ugly side again!
Shut up and do a better job of lying to me.
I meet a fellow explorer by chance in a port town, have a drink with him, and I tell him about my amazing experience, and now you call me a liar?
We meet by chance in a harbor town and share a cup of wine, and then I tell you about my magical experience and you call me a liar? A ship that runs by itself with no sails? And the metal exterior? There's no such ship in the world! If it's metal, it'll sink! The sea breeze is going to rust you out!
That's true, but I've seen it with my own eyes...!
I can only believe that it really happened.
There are hundreds of romances that exist in the vastness of the sea, and that ship is one of them.
This ship is definitely one of those romances.
But it seems that my fellow ocean men can't believe in that romance.
It's more than that. There is an interesting rumor going around lately, would you like to hear it?
For all we know, somewhere in this world there is a vast collection of treasures, all in one place, an utopia. It's called the Farm of the Saints.
The saint's farm?
There is a rumor going around among the human adventurers that the farm of the saints has all the tools, weapons, treasures and treats one could ever dream of. There are all the tools, weapons, treasures and treats one could ever dream of in the saint's farm. Can I talk to you about that?
You want me to help you find this saint's farm?
You're a pretty good judge of character. There's not many adventurers out there looking for them on land, but there are still very few who want to approach them from the sea. If you're lucky, you might be able to outsmart them all.
My fellow explorers put on their greedy, mountainous faces, but my heart didn't dance.
I don't care about these things, but there is something I want to pursue now.
I'm going to find that magical ship again!
That ship and I eventually parted ways when we entered the regular passage route.
I absentmindedly avoided asking the other person's name and identity in that case.
The situation was so out of control that I was in a state of confusion, and I was so hungry that I couldn't think straight.
I don't know where that ship was built.
I don't know where that ship was built and what kind of ship it was. What kind of ship was it built? I don't even know his name.
I don't even know where I'm going to see him again.
I've never seen a saint's farm before, but that wondrous ship! I've seen it!
Are you sure this was a vision of extreme hunger?
No shit. There's no such thing as a great ship in a saint's farm. I'm going to find that ship again, and I'm going to figure it out!
This is the kind of romance that inspires the hearts of ocean explorers.
That mysterious ship must be a first-rate romance.