~ Chapter 15: Unforeseen danger (Part 2) ~
[The seated hooded dragon’s point of view]
When I saw that smug unawakened bump the cup and spilling the tea over the table, I thought there was something wrong with my eyes. My heart stopped in my chest, and my whole body went stiff. The greatest fear I could possibly have at that moment was the fact that somehow, someway, she managed to figure out that there was something wrong with the cup. Luckily, she didn’t question us and left peacefully.
With a sigh of relief, I looked back at my partner and asked him “Was that the cup?”
“Yes, the enchanted one. I put there enough sleeping drugs to knock out an entire hoard of sheep, but to think she would spill it, how unfortunate…” he said shaking his head.
Indeed, unfortunate. If she had drunk that tea, she would have fallen unconscious and stayed like that for more than a day. We could have stolen her armor and weapon, sold them to a black market blacksmith and gotten a decent bag of gold for them. To make her keep her mouth shut, we would have branded her with the mark of our group and then had our fun with her. Because she was unawakened, there was no need to worry about her laying an egg. The shame and humiliation resulted from this would have surely kept her mouth shut. We wouldn’t have needed the stupid ring to make her keep her end of the bargain.
“She must have the luck of the gods…” said my partner as he began to clean up the mess she made.
“Or she’s as unlucky as a devil… Send word to the boss, she will want to hear of this. We can’t have a knight like her going around messing with our business. Her grandfather has no interest in us and as long as we stay out of the town, he won’t send the guards after us, but she is another story.” I ordered.
“Then you clean this up, and I’ll go to the boss. She’s at the north cave, right?” he asked.
“Yes. Go quickly.” I told him as I grabbed the rag.
He ran past me and left.
[Alkelios’ point of view]
Half an hour…
That was how long it took the draconian to analyze all the plants I gathered and estimate a relative price for them both here and in the capital. The moment I stepped in, he squinted his eyes at me and immediately asked who sent me here. When I mentioned Seryanna’s name, he asked what sort of ‘weeds’ did I bring him from the forest, but once he caught sight of the rare plants I found, his jaw dropped all the way to the floor.
Seryanna’s estimates about that strange first plant I found were a bit off. It didn’t cost 20 gold, it was a whooping 35 here and almost 70 in the capital. It was an all-cure sort of plant that a lot of medicine required it. He wanted to buy it from me, but I just couldn’t let it go. I felt like I had to hold onto it for dear life. The others, however, not so much. I ended up selling about half of them and gaining about 47 gold, 38 silver, and 24 copper coins.
Honestly, there were quite a few coins in there, and I still had a bunch of herbs left in the bag, but they were all good for one thing or another as far as [Bartender] skill could tell me. I was curious about trying them, but there were also others which I felt a bit reluctant about letting go of. My first guess was that my Luck had something to do with them, but I couldn’t really figure out what exactly this stat was bugging me about.
Letting out a sigh, I took a few steps away from the entrance to the shop and sat down next to the wall. I had no idea where Seryanna was, and I couldn’t remember if I told her where we should meet after we were done with our individual business. Of course, I had no fears of thieves or anything like that since I had me trusty ol’ bag o’ luck with me. One wish turned me invisible in their eyes, but then again, I could probably defend myself with my current stat points.
Sigh… This isn’t a video game. Now that I think about it, even if I am ridiculously strong when compared to the previous me, the fact that I have no idea how to use my current abilities means that I am quite pointless in battle. I’m like one of those first-level bosses you encounter in a game. Lots of health points, insane strength, but swings like an idiot and has no special skill. All you have to do to defeat him is run around him and poke him in the ribs with your trusty toothpick! Maybe I should ask Seryanna for some combat lessons? Yeah, I think I’ll do just that! I thought looking up at the sky and acting a bit absentmindedly.
“How did the trade go, Alkelios?” asked the dragoness.
Blinking surprised, I looked to my left and saw her standing there.
“47 something gold coins. Are you done as well?” I asked her.
“Yes.” she nodded and smiled back at me “With that money, we could get you some starting gear. Staying only in those clothes isn’t good for adventuring.” she told me.
“Oh? Really? That sounds exciting! What should I get first? A fire sword maybe? Or a diamond plated armor?” I asked jumping up with excitement.
The dragoness raised an eyebrow at me and then giggled.
“Nothing that ridiculous! Besides, you can’t even properly use those things yet.” she told me.
“Aw…” I made an exaggerated sad face and looked up at her with puppy dog eyes.
“Don’t look at me like that… I’m serious, the diamond plated armor doesn’t even exist.” she quickly said, flicking my forehead.
“Ouch! At least the fire sword is real…” I grumbled while rubbing the struck spot.
“Yes, idiotic humans often use it thinking that it’s a very powerful sword.” she then patted the hilt of her blade. “Enchants are what makes the difference in a weapon. Some are powerful, some are weak, but use them wisely, and you can turn a copper sword into a ridiculous weapon.” she explained.
“How do you know that?” I asked.
“I told you before that I know someone who was a good blacksmith, right?”
“I think I vaguely remember that. You also told me you had a pet and that you would kiss me when we get to this town. But I saw none of those.” I told her crossing my arms at my chest and shaking my head.
“I never said that last part. As for Tulip, she’s currently hunting in the forest. She’ll probably return in a day or two. You can meet her then… Hm, that gives me a good idea! Why don’t we get you a pet as well?” she told me with a determined nod.
“What about feeding expenses?” I asked her, raising an eyebrow.
“Are you stronger than Kleo?” she asked me.
“In strength, yes. But I doubt I am in magic.”
“Not many can beat that brat in magic, but if you are stronger than her, then we can go to Andromeda and register you with the Guild of Adventurers.” she explained.
“That’s a rather generic name, but something like that actually exists? Also, why can’t we just register here?” I asked her pointing at the ground.
“Why would the Guild build a Hall here? It’s not that big of a city, there’s no dungeon around here, and most of the troublesome things are dealt with either by the guards or by my grandfather.” she explained.
Honestly, I was surprised when I heard her say that. In my world, games usually dropped a Guild Hall everywhere they could as long as it wasn’t a village. With Tomeron being an actual town, I thought there was surely going to be one here. To think they actually thought of building one only when there was sufficient activity and requests in the area to satisfy the eager adventurers.
“Makes sense…” I said.
“Then let’s go and buy you some basic gear. We can go tomorrow in Andromeda to register you as an adventurer and buy you a pet as well.” Seryanna patted my shoulder and smiled.
“Alright, but me being human won’t cause any troubles, will it?” I asked her.
Considering the fact that my species in this world was in constant battle with hers, I was worried about getting her and myself into some nasty trouble.
“As I said before, as long as you have the recommendation of a knight, you are safe. Grandfather will certainly write you one as well.” she reassured me.
“I guess it’s fine then. So where should we go to buy some armor?” I asked.
With a smile on her face, Seryanna pulled me along to some of the merchant shops in this town. The people were quite happy to make a deal with the Brekkar’s granddaughter. Some of them even displayed the best armors they had there. In other words, she knew she was loaded, so they tried to get her to buy everything in sight. Thank to my [Identificus Processus Juridicus] skill, I was able to spot the fakes and very bad ones, but surprisingly, what those merchants recommended were actually items of high quality. They weren’t trying to trick her or anything.
Some time later, after trying out all sorts of weapons and armors, we were done with buying some basic stuff. I got a steel chain mail, a hardened leather armor set with boots and helmet included, a steel short sword, and a backpack. After that, we went over to the enchanter and made sure my armor wasn’t going to break once I moved at full speed. The way of accomplishing this was to infuse Magic Energy in it periodically, otherwise, it would wear out very fast. The strange part was that this didn’t appear on [Identificus Processus Juridicus] list.
As for conversations, it was mostly along the lines of: we want this; wear that; do this; how much is that; what other stuff you have. Meanwhile, I was the dress up doll for the redhead dragoness.
There were many armors and weapons meant to be used by the anthropomorphic type of dragons. Unawakened versions were pretty rare, so we didn’t have too much variety to pick from, that was why we double and triple checked everything there.
“You are all set now.” said Seryanna after we left the enchanter.
“I can’t believe there’s no actual spell to raise the endurance of the armor.” I told her while looking at my gloves.
To be honest, I was expecting the enchanter to have one, but now that I remembered, no item I used [Identificus Processus Juridicus] on showed its actual strength and endurance. If it was broken, it simply said where and how broken it was. If it was chipped, it showed me where. If it was wearable, then it said so.
This made me realize that I couldn’t judge an armor by enchants and looks alone in this world. Guess that was why Seryanna said that you could make even a copper sword into an insanely powerful one, the downside was that you would spend a lot of coins to make it like that. Still, it would have been a huge waste of resources, but the dragoness didn’t lie, it was possible. You could technically do it.
“Magic and Physical damage absorption enchants are the cheapest and most often used on armors. I think you got a decent deal for them.” she told me.
“It’s only 10% though. It doesn’t even come close to what you have.” I pointed out.
“True, but this armor is a bit special. Not anyone can have it. The better the skill of the crafter, the higher the chance is that you will find him in the capital or a big trade city, where he is bound to have lots of customers looking for him.” she explained.
That pretty much didn’t change when compared to a game. The difference in items rarity and levels was always apparent when comparing merchants from Noob Town to those from a Major City.
“Hm?” I noticed then something in the far. It was a trail of black smoke. “What’s that?” I asked the dragoness, pointing it out.
“What?” she asked furrowing her brow.
I thought that maybe someone started a barbecue somewhere, but when Seryanna’s face turned serious and she clenched the hilt of her sword, I knew that something was wrong.
“Fire… and it’s coming from grandfather’s mansion…” she said.
“What?” I asked, but she didn’t waste any more time and dashed in that direction.
“Ah! Wait for me!” I shouted and ran after her, trying hard not to drop my bag.
Was there a accidental fire? Arson maybe? But who would dare attack someone like Brekkar and Seryanna? I hope that old man is safe, and everyone else there for that matter… I though while trying hard to keep up with the redheaded dragoness.
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