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Day 359

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Day 359


Today I spent the morning with Alchemist-san.

Speaking of what we are doing, we are experimenting on how to reproduce the tastes from my past life.

Normally the Sisters would be the ideal ones to approach if you want to reproduce the taste of a certain food since they are the ones who are more experienced with food.

But this time, the alchemist is the perfect person for my goal.


 - This might seem abrupt but do you remember the first thing I ate since my reincarnation?

It was white, well-rounded, soft and flabby, and filled with plenty of nutrients.


Yes, it was a caterpillar.

From the cave that we once lived in, caterpillars were relatively easy to get by digging into the wall.


I suddenly missed it's taste, but after finding and eating one of those caterpillars, it had somewhat thinned in flavor, I mean that there was no depth to its taste.

Why is the taste different ? I can only tilt my head and wonder.

However, if I were to really think back on it, it feels like the caterpillars I'd previously caught had about the same taste. At that time I did not think too deeply about how they taste or especially care because there were not many options to eat like there are now. The difference is much clearer now that my tongue has had experience with more food.  

- I wonder why that is, exactly.


When I use the 【Old Demon's Wisdom】 that I had obtained from the old man goblin, it seems he had given the caterpillars a special poison that was diluted. That old man goblin knew【Goblin's Poison Arrow】.

Doing so adds a mellow taste to the caterpillar, it seems to become delicious and thicker similar to trout.

In other words, that means that what we were eating at the time was not an ordinary caterpillar.


If poison is required, the Sisters would be out of their expertise if certain rituals are needed.

Although they would be able to create basic medicines and medicinal sauces, poisons are unreasonable for those fluffy ones.

That is why the alchemist who was skilled in that production process, was singled out.


In order to reproduce such a such a taste, I had used a mortar made from Rembara stone that has a surprisingly long history as well as a【Rising Drug Efficacy】, grind up a liquid made from an "India" tree found in large forests. Added to that was was some kind of TatekineI Emotion use herbs, several kinds of poisonous plants that have been sun-dried for a few days which are native to the neighborhood, "Wild Anxiety Ansebi Leaf", "Spine Asakusa Igurashisa" roots and "Isshi real Isshimi" fruits. All of which were ground together into a paste.


This mixture is a traditional magic item that the oldest person in the clan we were born in, 【Goblin Community of Small Devils】, has had to take over the production of over the years.


Previously the old man goblin has chosen his favorite as his successor but since old man goblin died, nobody had used it, leaving it stored in a warehouse, forgotten.

If you only look at its effects, there are plenty of better items available so there was no reason not to store it in the warehouse.


At the moment though, I will try to reproduce the effects with another tool to be able to replicate the effect in a wider range so I need to pull it out of the warehouse.

For the next generation we will know how to use it, even if we do not use the poison itself, we should try to explore our options in case we need something else in the future.


Anyway, I was there to advise the Alchemist, and continue to occasionally help with the work.

Although the poison can work comfortably on me because it has no effect on me, I believe in gob grandfather, but the preparation was quite difficult, if one mistake was made in the formula then it would just end up being fatal.


Anyway, it took a few hours of struggling while adjusting the amount of water poured in.

There were plenty of failures through  lack of experience, and we ended up having to redo it several times.

The bastard of a poison was almost impossible for the alchemist's processing ability to figure out, but she said that she was happy to try and at the same time I vowed to create a success and was apologetic.


I did not want to end up with a failure.


As I became accustomed to the process, I finally felt as if I could figure it out - it seems like it did come out as a poison in the mortar - which is apparently referred to as 【Goblin's Poison Arrow】 - after collecting it, we reduced it to a certain amount.

【Goblin's Poison Arrow】 is also possible for later use, if we mixed it with a sap with a high detoxification effect in a mortar, the poison content is lower with a "Battera".

Then a white smoke went up while Alchemist was producing a Shuwashuwa sound.

I pulled the white smoke into one place using 【All Creation】 so that it does not damage the surroundings by being toxic, so we had to add water to the mortar.

Then the white smoke was gaining more momentum.


The smoke decreased after a little while while the poison's remains changed from blue to a light blue. Reaching this point the toxicity is weak, becoming a poison that is of little to no use.

In the mean time, several dozen caterpillars were dropped in.


Slowly dripping the poison out of the mortar, a rapidly growing caterpillar was dropped in.

When the poison is almost eliminated, I removed the caterpillar and gave it a quick wash using 【All Creation】then ate it off with a crunch.

Puyo body provided a reasonable elasticity that was like a cooked shrimp, juicy and rich fluid fills my mouth.

It would be inferior to the dragon meat. Not even winning out to other labyrinth ingredients.


But it does remind me of the old days, a kind of nostalgic taste.

Since the procedure has been found, I think I will try to mass produce it and distribute them to everyone. Since it is likely that Alchemist will help with the mass production, we will have an easier time with it.


Oh, but it really is a nostalgic taste.



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 “三百五十九日目”

 今日は朝から錬金術師さんのところに入り浸っている。

 何をしているかと言えば、思い出の味を再現するための実験だ。

 料理の味を再現するのなら姉妹さんと、今なら飯勇達も巻き込んだ方が確実だ。

 しかし今回は錬金術師さんの方が適役である。


 ――唐突だが、転生してから俺が初めて喰ったのは何か覚えているだろうか。

 白くぶよぶよで丸々と太った、栄養たっぷりの食材。


 そう、芋虫だ。

 かつて住んでいた洞窟だと、壁を掘れば比較的簡単に得る事の出来た芋虫である。


 ふとのあの味が懐かしくなり、芋虫を見つけて喰ったのだが、何というか、薄いというか、味に深みが無かったのだ。

 なぜ味が違っているのか? と小首を傾げる。

 だがよくよく思い返してみれば、以前自分で捕まえた芋虫もこんな感じだった様な気がする。あの時はそこまで深く考えなかったし、今みたいに他に喰うモノも多くなかったので特に気にしていなかったが、舌が肥えた今なら違いが明確に分かった。


 ――これはどういう事だろうか。


 そう疑問に思ってゴブ爺を喰って手に入れた【老鬼の知恵袋】を使ってみると、どうもゴブ爺が【ゴブリンの矢毒】という特製の毒薬を薄めて芋虫に与えていたらしい事を知った。

 そうする事で芋虫の味がまろやかになり、濃厚でトロトロに美味しくなるらしい。

 つまりあの時に喰っていたのは、普通の芋虫ではなかったのだ。


 毒薬が必要になるとすると、姉妹さんや飯勇達では専門外になる。

 薬膳ならば飯勇も作れるが、流石に毒は無理だ。

 そういう訳で、毒薬などの製法に長けた錬金術師さんに白羽の矢が立ったのである。


 そんなこんなであの味を再現の為に、俺は意外と長い歴史のある【薬効上昇】効果があるレンバラ石製の臼と、“インディア”という木で作られた竪杵(たてきね)を使い、ゴリゴリと大森林ではそこら辺に自生している数日天日干しした数種の有毒植物――“鬼酔樹(アンセビ)”の葉、“棘麻草(イグラシサ)”の根、“一死実(イッシミ)”の果実など――を磨り潰していた。


 これ等は俺達が生まれた【小鬼の集落(ゴブリン・コミュニティ)】にて、長年氏族の最年長者が引き継いできた伝統あるマジックアイテムである。


 以前はゴブ爺が愛用していた品だが、ゴブ爺が死んでからは誰も使わず倉庫に安置されていた。

 効果だけで見れば他のもっと良いのが沢山あるので、倉庫に仕舞われていても仕方あるまい。


 今回は再現という事で道具も同じモノを用意しようと思い、倉庫から引っ張りだして使っている。

 次回があれば手法も分かっているだろうから使わないかもしれないが、せっかくなので今後何かに使えないか模索する事にしよう。


 ともかく、錬金術師さんに助言され、時折手助けしてもらいながら作業を続ける。

 毒は俺に効果は無いので気楽に作業できるが、ゴブ爺、一歩間違えれば自滅するような結構難しい調合をよくやっていたな、と実際にしてみて思う。


 ともあれ、水を注いだりして量を調整しながら悪戦苦闘する事数時間。

 経験不足もあって失敗作は多く、やり直しは幾度かあった。

 出来損ないの毒薬はそれはそれで使い道があるらしく錬金術師さんが処理を快く請け負ってくれたが、申し訳なさと同時に必ず成功させると心に誓った。


 失敗で終わるのは嫌だった。


 慣れてきて、ようやくそれっぽいのが出来たので臼の中にある毒薬――【ゴブリンの矢毒】と呼ばれているらしい――を採取し、ある程度量を少なくする。

 【ゴブリンの矢毒】はまた後で使う事にして、中身が少なくなった臼に解毒効果の高い“バッテラ”の樹液を注ぐ。

 するとシュワシュワと音を出しながら白煙が上がった。

 白煙は有毒なので周囲に被害が出ないように【森羅万象】を使って一ヶ所に集めつつ、臼の中に水を追加。

 すると白煙はより勢いを増した。


 しばらくすると少し減った、青から水色に薄まった毒が残る。ここまでくると毒性も弱く、あまり使い道がない毒薬になる。

 そんな中に、芋虫を数十匹ほど投下した。


 臼の中の毒薬を啜り、急激に成長していく芋虫達が蠢く。

 毒薬が殆ど無くなると、芋虫を取り出して【森羅万象】を使ってサッと水洗いしてから、パクリと喰う。

 ぷよぷよとした胴体はエビなどのようにプリプリとしたほどよい弾力を備え、ジューシーで濃厚な体液が口内を満たす。

 竜肉には劣るだろう。その他の迷宮食材にも勝てはしない。


 しかし何か昔を思い出させるような、懐かしい味だ。

 取りあえず手順は分かったので、量産して皆に配ってみようと思う。量産には錬金術師さんが手助けしてくれるそうなので、簡単にできるだろう。


 ああ、しかし、本当に懐かしい味だ。



Day 358 == Day 359 == Day 360


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