In the Land of Leadale - Chapter 4
After waking up the next morning with a sore headache, Quena vowed to never drink again.
So, this was what losing oneself in alcohol means, huh? She then went to the well to wash her face with a sickened look on her face. She saw Lytte in there who was drawing water with a bucket while muttering 「Unshou, Unshou」.
She then transferred the water she had drawn into a smaller bucket and was about to lift it when he noticed Quena.
She looked as if she was comparing the bucket with Quena’s, but she decided that the customer came first and tried to offer the bucket, but Quena stopped her.
「I’m fine, Lytte-chan was in the middle of her work, right? I can do it myself」
「Rather than that. You put it on, huh? Do you like it?」
It was a star-shaped hair ornament. It shone with a silver glitter-like color which changed to blue or green depending on the light.
It was one of the items she brought out of the warehouse yesterday, and it was still a type of armor, with a defense value of +1 and a poison nullification effect. It looked good on Lytte, so she gave it to her as a souvenir.
After patting Lytte’s head, who nodded with a big smile, Quena walked over to the well and slowly pulled the rope to draw water.
Looking at the cold, clear water, Quena muttered, 「I wanted hot water」 and held up her hand to the bucket.
【Magic Skill: Heat Water: Start】
The invisible light pouring from her palm instantly warmed the water in the bucket. The temperature she aimed at was about 42 degrees Celsius.
Lytte’s eyes then widened at the sight of the steamy bucket. Lytte then gave loud applause to Quena, who had soaked the towel she had brought with her.
Marelle, who had come to complain about her daughter’s slow work, tilted her head at the strange sight.
「Whoa, there’s such magic too, huh?」
「I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt Lytte-chan’s work…」
Marelle replied in amazement to Quena, who bowed her head so that Lytte would not be punished after breakfast.
Overnight, Quena had become an idol in the bar because of her appearance. When the villagers met her, they greeted her in a friendly manner and offered her a piece of their pie. Since there were few young women in the village, she was just like a granddaughter to the older people here.
No longer wanting to talk about her character’s real age, Quena accepted her position obediently. It was like talking to an old man or woman in a hospital. She was used to it though and she’s fine with it.
「Hmm, that was really convenient, wasn’t it? Can someone like me use that magic too?」
「Are you talking about 【Heat Water】…? Hmm, I’m quite sure that you need to have proficiency in fire magic, and learn about water magic, and then…」
「Stop, okay, I get it! I don’t have much time to spend studying magic at my age, you know?」
While Quena was counting on her fingers to name a few magics, Marelle asked her to stop it already with a wave of her hand.
In the first place, Quena didn’t know if the villagers would be able to learn the skills if she were to give them away by creating scrolls. But since the people who worked in the building industry must have building skills, so she couldn’t say that there was no chance at all.
She then smiled at her and tapped her on the shoulder as she left. At the same time, Rottle comes in through the door from outside. He was holding something in one hand.
「Good morning, Quena-chan. I brought you the bear horns you asked for yesterday」
「Eh, are you sure? Isn’t it a valuable source of income for this village?」
「Oh, it’s fine. After all, Quena-chan was the one who killed it, so it’s all yours」
This village was located at the edge of the map of the Kingdom of Felsqueiro, on the outer trade route in the land of Leadale, and there was nothing special about this village.
That’s why they sold grain, hunted prey, furs, and other goods to the merchants who come here regularly every few months to replenish their daily needs.
「Umm, should I go hunt another one then?」
「Nonono, You’re not from this village, Quena-chan. There’s no need for you to do that」
「But, the people of the village have been really kind to me, and I want to at least repay them.」
Marelle then put her hands on Quena’s head as she looked at the two horns bound with a rough rope that was handed to her.
「You don’t have to be so considerate. Quena is our customer, and everyone won’t ask anything in return for being nice to you」
「Yes, you said it yesterday, didn’t you, Quena-chan? 『If someone is in trouble, it’s natural to help them』」
「…But I feel bad for just simply receiving everyone’s kindness…」
Wanting to do something for someone or give something back was the ego of Keena, who had nothing to do for four years since she was hospitalized because of an accident.
Her uncles and cousins, nurses and doctors, the children and elderly people were also hospital patients. They visited her whenever they had free time, so she didn’t have to curse the pain of losing her parents or her own life. She could no longer return to them though.
「Well, you can do whatever you like. We have nothing to complain about if it was you」
「Yes, as expected of our elder, you can say something good too… Ghah!」
「You go back to your work now! Stop messing with me!」
After chasing Rottle out with a tray and a yell, Marelle, with a smile on her face, tapped Quena’s back and went back inside.
After a quick tour of the village, while holding the Horn Bear’s horn, Quena sat down on a rock by the side of the road and watched the villagers working in the fields.
She sat down on a rock by the side of the road and watched the villagers working in the fields. She then asked herself a question “What can I do to help?”.
A map window then appeared in Quena’s field of vision.
The map showed the route Quena took yesterday from the Silver Tower to this village and the surrounding area. It was a map of the village that looked like it was taken from above, like a satellite photo.
『I’ve made a map of the surrounding area. After that, we’ll be able to increase the range of our activities and make a detailed map』
「Well, I guess that’s the only way to do it. Anyway, this village looks similar to something, doesn’t it?」
The houses are clustered in the center of the village. A field occupied the outside. Quena, who remembered seeing something similar somewhere else, pondered. Not long after, she got an answer from the depths of her memory.
「Oh, Isn’t this the starting point for offline mode」
The VRMMORPG Leadale, which had both online and offline modes, had different starting points.
The online mode would get you to the Royal Capital of your country. An offline mode would get you to a randomly placed remote village.
By completing the requests of those living in the village, the village would eventually become a fort. It was a gateway to quests for players to acquire 15 Spells and 30 Skills during the course of it.
Aside from the basic seven types of magic, none of Leadale’s skills were available without completing a quest. Only those who complete all four thousand quests and more would receive the title of Skill Master.
There was a hidden disadvantage: if you had even one skill gained from scroll creation; you would lose your qualification. It was no exaggeration to say that the existence of Skill Masters was a trap from the management. Of course, once a skill was acquired, it couldn’t be discarded, and even if you try to take that quest, the quest would not occur as long as you had the skill.
Some of the players including Keena, who had played Leadale from its beta test, realized this. But those new players wouldn’t even know about this and just simply stopped playing the game.
This fact was also deleted by the management as soon as it appeared on the internet, so the new players won’t know about it. The old players even lamented that they could have used that effort for something else.
“So why don’t I just develop this village like the village in offline mode?”
These thoughts suddenly popped into Quena’s mind.
「But will that cause them more trouble…」
As she thought so, someone working on the fields called out to her.
「Hey, Quena-chan. What are you doing in the field?」
「…Eh? Aah, umm, I was just wondering if there was anything, I could do to help this village」
The villagers who had been working on the fields looked at each other and started laughing at Quena’s words.
「Eh, eeeeeeh. What’s with that reaction?」
「No, it’s just, I think Quena-chan is just a guest of the inn than someone of this village」
「He’s right, It’s our job as those who live in the village to take care of it」
「So, you don’t have to worry about that」
When everyone was laughing cheerfully, she felt embarrassed for saying something like that.
She then left with her head down, folded her arms, and looked up above her head to check each of the skill skills flowing through her mind one by one.
She had a wide variety of them, from the best to the worst. Some were used once in a quest and never used again. The 【Magic: Heat Water】 that she used before fell into that category. But those are necessary to obtain a higher level of that skill. And just like that, the lower level skill was rarely ever used, just like the 【Build: Castle】.
Although it was called craft skills, it did not mean that there were 2,500 of them just for crafting. They included weapon skills, active skills, and passive skills. There are also extra skills.
She walked around the outer edge of the village, past the entrance of the village, through the large field where the wagons used to be, and then the back of the inn. There she saw Lytte again, fetching water from the well. She could only watch her, as Marelle had told her not to help her daughter work. The sight of her trying so hard to pull the rope with her small body made me want to help her.
Rather than giving her a bracelet with the effect of 【Muscle Strengthening】, she decided to change the structure of the well first and something just right flashed in her mind.
She planned to install a simple wooden water wheel-like pump in this village to evolve it.
A simple hand pump would have been appropriate in this case, but she rejected the idea because of the lack of metal materials. Powered by a hand-cranked handle, it was a device that used a combination of gear-driven water wheel-like mechanisms to pump water into a flume.
It required a small amount of metal but a lot of wood to make. This device could be placed on top of the well, so it could be removed if it broke.
「Alright! I should act first instead of worrying. Let’s ask Marelle-san for permission」
Marelle was confused when Quena suddenly returned to the room and said 「I want to remodel the well!」 to her. When she asked her why, she told her that she was going to make a device that would make it easy for anyone to draw water, even for Lytte.
Marelle was a little puzzled at first, but by seeing how lively and Quena was, unlike in the morning, she immediately gave her the OK.
「Marelle-san permission, Get! Hiyahoo!」
「Ah, wait, Quena! Didn’t you come here to get your lunch!?」
She was about to jump up and leave like a fish out of water when she came to her senses at Marelle’s call.
Only breakfast and dinner were provided per one-night stay, and lunch was charged separately. It was troublesome for her, so she handed over the 20 silver coins she had initially offered and said 「Just return the difference when I leave the village」.
Having finished her lunch, Quena circled the well and looked up at the item window.
She was lacking the materials on hand to make it. Most of the materials needed were lumber, but in a rural area like this place, lumber would be used as firewood. If that was the case, she would have to come up with it on her own.
「Hmm, I have no other choice but to cut them down, huh?」
From the way the trees in the forest looked to her yesterday, she had endless doubts about whether or not she could cut down the trees even if it told her not to. She thought about it for a while, and then she realized something.
「Ah, that’s it! I don’t have to cut them down; I can just use the ones which were already broken yesterday!」
Quena remembered the horrible scene created by the bear that she unexpectedly blew away yesterday.
She then decided to go to the scene of yesterday’s incident.
There, she found trees that had fallen on top of each other like dominoes.
It seems that a village had brought the one on the top of the pile. She might only need one whole piece, but she might find a use for it later, and she doesn’t know if she would get a chance like this later, so she decided to process all of it.
【Craft Skill: Wood Processing LV3, Start!】
A roaring wind then blew from Quena side, knocking away the branches of the three fallen trees together.
And immediately after, its skin was sliced and piled up in front of her, thump, thump, thump! The forest, which had been buzzing with the sound of rustling leaves being tossed by the strong winds, finally regained its tranquility when the wind calmed down.
Quena too was stunned to see the unexpected process.
She slumped her shoulders and let out a sigh.
「Uwaah, I remember that it required me to have wind magic as a prerequisite, but… I never expected the process to be like that when I actually saw it」
In the case of plant-based materials, she couldn’t pick them herself due to her race handicap. She needed to buy them at the store or ask her guild members to do it for her, so this was the first time she had ever seen the processing method by herself.
To use the craft skill, someone needed the prerequisite elements of earth, water, fire, wind, ice, and light for each skill. And just like now, wind magic was used to process the wood, but the process was never shown on the game screen.
At best, the corresponding magic effects would be displayed, and in this case, a small tornado would pop out on the screen.
One of the finished slices was about the size of a truck tire.
She then threw a total of fourteen slices into her item box, and the capacity of a ten-ton truck was occupied.
「…Just don’t think about it, me. It’ll be over if you think about it, yeah…」
She put her hand on her forehead to suppress her headache as she realized that she was the one who was responsible for an occurrence that had transcended the laws of conservation of mass.
She then pulled out her weapon from her item box. What she pulled out was the “Night of the Scourge” Jason’s Blade, which inflicted 【Fear】 (Temporarily stops the enemy’s action) and 【Intimidation】. It looked just like a normal machete though. She then shaved off the branches that have been cut off, tied them together with a rope, and threw them into her item box.
「I think, It would be good to give some of it to Marelle-san」
There was no need for her to camp out in the woods now, so she wouldn’t have to carry firewood. She then checked the materials she would need for the assembly. She had also made some parts to some extent to be assembled on-site later.
An hour later, a few villagers who had nothing to do gathered behind the inn.
They formed a circle around the inn’s well and watched curiously as Quena set up a strange wooden structure on it.
She placed the base of it on top of the well and hung two gears connected like a wheel as a control wheel.
The crawlers with evenly spaced baskets were attached to the crawler and connected it, which made it look like a caterpillar now. And finally, the wheel was connected to the gear mechanism with a hand-cranked handle, and then a flume was installed at the place where the crawler would drop water.
Quena spun the handle herself first to make sure there were no malfunctions and then handed her place over to Lytte.
「Eh? Umm, what should I do?」
「You can start by trying to turn that handle clockwise」
Lytte tried to turn the handle to the right as she was told. She put a little effort into it at first, but it turned too fast.
The crawler rattled and spun, and the pumped water flowed down the gutter, easily overflowing from the tub. The villagers who had been watching the sight then crowded around, and one by one, they tried to turn the handle.
「Ooh! You can get a lot of water without much effort with this thing!」
「I see, that sure is convenient! That’s amazing Quena-chan, I was impressed that you can even make something like this」
「This way, even the elder can fetch water easily!」
Marelle and her husband Gatt, the innkeeper, nodding their heads in admiration. The chief of the village also came up to Quena who was being struck with positive responses from the villagers.
「I’m sorry for asking this, Quena-chan, but could you also make the same thing for the well in the center of the village?」
「Yeah, I don’t mind. I’ll make it right away」
The well behind the inn was shared by the houses on the south side of the village.
The well in the center was shared by the north side. The other well was near the fence outside the village, and it seemed to have collapsed long ago, rendering it unusable. They could dig it back up, but the smell of the water might attract demons, so they decided to keep it sealed off.
「All that’s left is the final touches―」
She asked the villagers to step back a bit and selected two techniques from in her mind.
Flames then instantly rose to a height of three meters from her feet, scattering sparks of fire above her head and sending a red light dancing around her like a mist. As she had expected, the villagers screamed at this sight, but the mysterious scene quieted them down easily.
【Magic Skill: Amplification: Start】
【Magic Skill: Additional Preservation Lv9: Endless Night: Start】
Golden particles were then released from the palm she held up, glittering and clinging to the water pump. They shone for a while as if they were dyed gold, but disappeared as soon as Quena took a deep breath and returned to her starting posture.
The first spell she cast was the 【Amplification】 spell, which increased the effect of the next spell by 1.3 times.
The spell that was cast later was a spell that would coat an item with an indestructible coating that would not rust or decay for several days equal to the magician’s LV x magic LV. In other words, it would be preserved in this new state for 12870 days, or 35 years and 3 months.
Later, before the sun went down, a water pump was also set up in the central well and she was greeted with cheers by the villagers.
And again, a banquet called 『A Banquet to Honor Quena-chan’s Great Achievement』 was held.
Just like yesterday, the villagers offered Quena alcohol, but when she firmly refused, the place became quiet, and needless to say, she ended up crying and had to drink it…
She vowed not to drink again the next day, but she was horrified when Marelle said 「You’ll get used to it if you keep drinking」.