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I had them line up in two columns and we quickly headed for a forest that's roughly an hour's walk from the capital.
Seeing as they were wearing light leather armor, with things like swords and short spears in their hands and a backpack with food and medical supplies on their backs, the members of ≪Solitude≫ would've previously become worn out immediately, with the exception of some like the ringleader.
However, because their eating habits have improved and they've obtained combat-related jobs, they've reached the point where they can just barely handle actual combat with the help of body strengthening enchantments. When we arrived, although they were tired, not a single member had dropped out.
After we arrived, I had them all rest for roughly a minute so they could catch their breath. After that, I grouped them into parties of four, told them to go hunt monsters on the outskirts of the forest, and saw them off.
Since there were fifty of them, I was able to make twelve groups, though two people were left after doing so. I decided to have the two remaining people, the group leader and his bratty second in command (who is female), team up with Auro and Argento.
Since high level monsters don't come to the outskirts of the forest, I also told them to hunt further in it, as well.
Everyone returned in the evening.
Although many of them suffered various major and minor injuries, some of them were able to hunt Horned Rabbits and Armored Tanuki, which were nostalgic to see. Another group had taken several legs from a Demon Spider, only to have them stolen by a type of wolf monster right after. Some of them harvested things like 【Thorned Fig Tree Roots】, which are roots that are delicious, but come out of the ground when something approaches and stabs them. There were also those who hunted Sleep Moths, a moth which scatters scales that causes those who inhale them to become drowsy. Surprisingly, it seems they did their best.
As I expected though, the group that had the best results was Auro's group.
They simply overwhelmed the other groups as they took down things like the following:
- Orcs, with their pig heads and fat bodies.
- Dire Looks, a large striped cat that confuses its opponents by emitting a scent that has a bewitching effect.
- Gray Lizards, lizards that have characteristic gray scales and make use of unrefined axes.
Well, I wasn't really worried about them.
I gave them both praise and patted them on their heads. Though it was almost as if they were being tickled, they didn't seem to hate it.
After that, I gathered all the materials and loot into my Item Box and we set out to return using a Skeleton Centipede.
Since the majority of the children had fallen asleep, we took our time on the return journey. They smelled of blood and sweat from running around in the forest all day long, so when we returned to the mansion in the Royal Capital, the first thing I did was put them in the bath.
After the bath, I prepared meals for each specific group using the prey they hunted as ingredients. Since the people who hunted more had more extravagant meals, it should help motivate them in the future.
The message this gave them was, "If you want to eat something better, then work harder for it."
It's simple and effective.
|Caudyr||For "Dire Looks"...the species name was “ディアールックス”...which when I looked up the section looked more like DEAR Looks (though it did also mention Dia, the ancient greek goddess and stuff as well), but...given the nature of the monster, I thought that it was a pretty good possibility that the author made a mistake and meant to use ダイア instead of ディアー, so I went with Dire for that. Either that or this could've been one of those cases where there's a less common and more common way of spelling that out, and this was the less common one for it. ^^|