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Day 381

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Start of the initial pass -Riverson24

Day 381

I studied the New Continent to some extent before coming over, but there was a bit of information we could not know until we arrived.

History that has been accumulated, unique culture, and the customs of this place. There is an even more overwhelmingly number of people that I do not know yet, as well as the surrounding geography, severe nature changes, and the even more delicious ingredients.

Especially not knowing about ingredients is a problem.

Since exploring for delicious ingredients is one of the major goals, we should collect them quickly.

Of course, together with the information we need, we also have to investigate the situation of people living here.


Actually, in the last night before arriving, I released several clone bodies and tried various investigation techniques.

The information gathered in that time is somewhat small, but it is roughly as follows.


First of all, it seems that the nearby port city is a trading city-state called «Mushuram · Gianna».

People live not only to trade with another continent where we were, but also in other parts connecting the important city-states, and one of the biggest rivers of the New continent «Gangjinamus Taiga» connects to the ocean after running through the center of the city. Trade has been carried out in this city until it developed to its current state.

The population is also said to be in the hundreds of thousands or more, it is counted as one of the most important city-states in the New World, and it comes with a long history.


In the New Continent the temperature is high but the humidity is low, it seems that a dry ground is spreading.

In the desert zone which occupies nearly half of the vast land, the temperature difference between day and night is intense, it seems that monsters adapted to the harsh environments in dangerous zones, attacking day and night.

Still, the people living here are stubborn, building cities and villages centered around the safe areas scattered throughout the country.

There seems to be many people living around the New World wandering the country in clans and tribal units, not just living in urban areas.


It seems there are some cultures that believe in fighting blood for blood, retaliation for retaliation, because the competition for those few safe zones continues violently.

Plundering is an everyday occurrence, and there is plenty of crime. There are also many tough men who will beat others down.

Because conflict is a familiar thing, the New Continent would be quite useful if you are looking for good quality individuals with fighting abilities.

Therefore, simple force seems like a status to be respected. It translates that a minimum power is required to carry out justice for each person.


At first it seems that the situation is roughly like this.


I judged that the person who actually heard this came by earlier, but nobody would know about us, so I decided to go for a little walk in a disguise, for precaution's sake.


Disguise first, change into a pair of silver arms and make it look like Japanese-style armor. Changing the color partly and only slightly adding decoration, I wear a large black cloth over much of my body.

I can not equip helmets because my devil horn is in the way, but thinking of that I wrapped a Sumagu woven with homemade cloth around my neck. I think it was a delicate combination, but it seems to have pretty unexpected look.

Sumagu, which can be substituted for various things such as sand avoiding masks, help in cases of emergency.


After the armor is made, I wear a second sword, made by the blacksmith, swinging at my waist.

The black dawn sword [Daigaku Kuroku], made of an alloy of dark stone and magic metal spilled from my silver arms, and the white Kisetsuta also made of an alloy of magic metal and silver ark with light spermite and stones with the inscription [鬼 丸 丸 白 night] attached.

Although it is an inscription to refer to the 5 warlords, because the origin of the head of the family is related to demons, it somehow bring a feeling of familiarity about.

Although, I am more used to a spear rather than a sword, I used a knight's sword for training, I am as familiar with them as with my own hands because my silver arms were used as one of the materials.

The blade can also change its shape to some extent due to the characteristics of my silver arms, and it is possible to deliver a fancy slash.

You can fight as if it is an extension of your hand, and it is not bad to do so in such a style by chance.


In general, it is a form for an armored warrior as a whole, but on the New Continent there are several desert areas that rise to such high temperatures that if you go around armed like that, steam would erupt from the contents of a warrior in metallic whole body armor.

From another person's point of view, it is not a suitable environment for anyone that thought their head was OK, even for a moment. I wonder if it seems to be problematic even with leather armor or partial metal armor.

Since there are quite a few magic items with [temperature control] etc., the Sumaga might just be interpreted as a magic item of such kind.

Although I do not think so, I do not want to die, so I do not think I should care about that.


Anyway, like everyone else, we changed into a new fresh fashion style that is different from our usual.

Changing costumes like this may be the real pleasure of traveling.


After completing the disguise, and when our preparations were completed, I got on board a ship from the New Continent that came along with dawn and went to «Mushuram · Gianna» with the slow swaying of the waves.


By the way this time the big Mino Yoshikuni and Asu - chan are only answering machines, the others are the only applicants.

Well, almost all of them wanted to go.


After being shaken from the short boat ride, we arrived at the huge harbor of «Mushuram · Gianna» where hundreds of ship crowd around in a crawl, we stuck our feet on ground for the first time in a while.

Even if a big wave hit the ship, I felt almost no shaking on board, so my senses did not change too much, but I wonder if I can say that I can calm down anyway.

I was happy to find something new, just like Auro and Argento.


While we were walking without any aim, I found a busy early morning market opened in a large square.

I was interested in the market where there were dozens and hundreds of stalls I could move around and, looking closely you could not ask, "Is this the place called the New Continent?"

Many items that I have never seen are all lined up in each stall.


Vegetables in strange shades and shapes. The raw meat of a big lizard-type monster. A liquor bottle containing a snake-shaped monster of about 60 centimeters. Unfamiliar fish that I have never seen before.

A slightly blurred yellow sword. An old leather armor with a trace of blood left. A mantle of sand avoidance. A leather water skin that can hold a lot of water.

Burned meat dishes on steel plates. A fish platter holding a large fish. A fruit confection that is painted to look like candy.

Various other things are sold besides this.


HM. There is likely to be a bargain in such a market.

With that thought, I reflexively grasp the hand of a pickpocket that came out from the crowds and bumped into me.

Normally, you would not notice it because of a severe accompanying pain, but because she ran away too quickly at the same time, the sensation with an immediate effect of a neurotoxin due to [Snake Venom Dosing], the pickpocket was running for a while without noticing, and disappears into an alley .

A scream sounds out a bit over the hustle and bustle, apparently she seems to have noticed.

It was a reflexive move, meaning that it's probably hard to treat normally.

While thinking that I had overdone it a bit, I am impressed with the attitude that she does not appear scared of others even if they seem to be quite a severe armored figure like me.

Perhaps she thinks I am rich, but is she not thinking of the danger when she was hit? I think that well, it does not matter.

There is no other choice but to give up if it is a causal response.


If the pickpocket was a starving orphan, so I though about it a little more so, as I am a good adult, I decided to quickly forget this event.

It is useless because the local sake is more important than the future of a single pickpocket.

Gubirigiri is a cheap local sake that is sold there. It is tasty because it is sake, but it also has a different flavor than previous types.

The taste is reasonable. It is a bit disappointing that it is warm, so I continued exploring to see whether there was any other good sake available.



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 “三百八十一日目”

 新大陸について来る前にある程度は調べたが、俺達が知る事が出来た情報は少ない。

 積み重ねてきた歴史、この地独特の文化や風習。周囲の地理と厳しい自然、何より美味なる食材など、まだまだ知らない事の方が圧倒的に多い。

 特に食材について知らないのは問題である。

 美味しい食材の探求は大きな目的の一つなのだから、迅速に集めるべきだ。

 もちろん、ここで生きる人々の情勢など調べなければならない情報と一緒に。


 と言う事で、実は昨夜のうちに分体を複数放ち、色々と調べてみた。

 時間的に集められた情報はやや少ないが、大体以下のようになる。


 まず、近くにある港湾都市は交易都市国家≪ムシュラム・ジャンナ≫と言うようだ。

 俺達が居た別の大陸との交易だけでなく、他の都市国家を繋ぐ要所に存在し、新大陸有数の巨大河川≪ガンジナムス大河≫が都市中央を通って大海に繋がっている為、広範囲まで交易が行われている事で発展した。

 人口も数十万人やそれ以上だとも言われるほど多く、新大陸では重要な都市国家の一つとして数えられ、そこそこ長い歴史がある。


 そして新大陸は気温は高いが湿度は低く、乾燥した大地が広がっているらしい。

 広大な大地の半分近くを占める砂漠地帯は昼と夜の温度差が激しく、過酷な環境に適応したモンスターが昼夜問わず襲いかかってくる危険地帯だそうだ。

 しかしそれでもここで暮らしている人々は逞しく、各地に点在する安全地帯(オアシス)を中心に都市国家や集落を築いている。

 新大陸には都市国家で暮らしている者以外にも氏族単位、部族単位で各地を放浪したりしながら暮らしている者も多くいるようだ。


 また昔から数少ない安全地帯の争奪戦が激しく続いているからか、血には血を、報復には報復を、という殺伐とした文化などもあるようだ。

 略奪が日常にあり、犯罪も多い。そしてそれをねじ伏せる剛の者もまた多い。

 争いが身近な為、個の戦闘能力と言う点で見れば新大陸はかなり良質だろう。

 それ故か、単純な力、というのは敬われるステータスらしかった。それぞれの正義を貫くには最低限の力が必要になる訳だ。


 一先ず、ざっと調べた感じではこうなった。


 これ以上は実際に見聞きした方が早いと判断し、誰も俺達の事は知らないだろうが、用心の為ちょっと変装してから行く事にした。


 変装は、まず銀腕の一対の形状を変化させて和風の全身甲冑とする。部分部分で色を変えて装飾にもちょっと拘りつつ、そこそこ大きめの黒い外套(コート)を羽織る。

 頭部は鬼角が邪魔になるので兜を装備しないが、思い付きで自家製布で造ったシュマグで首元を包んでみた。微妙な組み合わせかと思ったが、案外似合うらしい。

 砂避けのマスクなど様々な事に代用できるシュマグはいざという時には役立ってくれるだろう。


 甲冑が出来た後は、腰に鍛冶師さんが造ってくれた二振りの鬼哭刀を佩く。

 闇精石と魔法金属と銀腕の合金を鍛えた黒い鬼哭刀は【童子切黒綱】、光精石と魔法金属と銀腕の合金を鍛えた白い鬼哭刀は【鬼哭丸白夜】と銘がついている。

 天下五剣を参考にした銘だが、本家の伝来が鬼に関連しているからか何となく親近感が湧いてくる。

 それに普段の得物である槍とは勝手が違うものの、鬼哭刀を訓練で使ってみると、銀腕を素材の一つとして使用しているからか手に良く馴染んだ。

 刀身は銀腕の特性によってある程度形状変化する事も可能で、変幻自在な斬撃を繰り出す事が出来る。

 手の延長線上のような感覚で戦えるし、偶にはこういったスタイルでやるのも悪くは無いだろう。


 と言う具合に、全体的には鎧武者という格好になる訳だが、高温で砂漠地帯の多い新大陸では金属製の全身鎧など中身が蒸し焼きになりたいのかとも思うような武装である。

 他人視点で見れば、ちょっと頭が大丈夫かと思う具合には環境に適していない。革鎧とか、部分的な金属鎧なら問題なさそうな感じだろうか。

 一応【温度調節】などがついているマジックアイテムは結構あるので、そういった類のマジックアイテムだと解釈してくれるだろう。

 そう思われなかったとしても別に死ぬわけではないので、そこまで気にしなくてもいいとは思うのだが。


 ともあれ、俺のように他の皆も普段とは装いの違う、やや新大陸風の新ファッションに着替える事になった。

 こうして衣装を変えるのも、旅の醍醐味かもしれない。


 変装を終えて準備が整うと、夜明けと共にやって来た新大陸の攻略者の乗る船舶に入れ替わりで乗り込んで、ゆっくりと波に揺られながら≪ムシュラム・ジャンナ≫に向かった。


 ちなみに今回は大きなミノ吉くんとアス江ちゃんは留守番で、その他は希望者だけである。

 まあ、ほとんど全員が行く事を希望していたが。


 何だかんだと小舟で揺られながら、数百隻以上はありそうな船が犇めく≪ムシュラム・ジャンナ≫の巨大な港に到着すると、久しぶりに大地に足をつける事になった。

 元々大波が来てもほとんど揺れは感じなかったので感覚的にはあまり変わらないのだが、やはり落ち着くと言えばいいのだろうか。

 オーロやアルジェントなどはどこか嬉しそうにしていた。


 そのまま目的もなく適当に歩いていると、朝早くから大きな広場で賑やかな市場が開かれているのを見つけた。

 移動の出来る屋台が数十数百と集まった市場に興味を引かれたので寄ってみれば、流石は新大陸と言う所だろうか。

 屋台には見た事もないような商品が多く並んでいる。


 奇妙な色合いと形状の野菜。大きなトカゲ型モンスターの生肉。六十センチほどの蛇型モンスターが一匹丸々入った酒瓶。見た事も無い不細工な魚。

 やや刃毀れした黄色い曲剣。血の痕の残る古びた革鎧。砂避けの外套。大量の水を入れられる革の水筒。

 鉄板の上で焼かれた肉料理。新鮮な大魚一匹を捌いた魚料理。果物に飴のような何かを塗った菓子。

 その他にも様々なモノが売られている。


 ふむ。こういう市場にこそ掘り出し物がありそうだ。

 そう思いつつ、俺は反射的に人混みに紛れてぶつかって来たスリの利き手を握り潰す。

 普通なら激痛で気がつく筈だが、握り潰したのが速過ぎた事と、同時に【蛇毒投与(ヴェノム)】による即効性の神経毒で感覚を奪ったからか、スリは気づかずそのまましばらく走り、路地裏に消えていった。

 そして喧騒の中で僅かに聞こえる悲鳴。どうやら気が付いたらしい。

 反射的にやった事なので、恐らく普通に治療するのは難しい状態になっているだろう。

 ちょっとだけやり過ぎたかなと思いつつ、今の俺のようなかなり厳つい甲冑姿を見ても物怖じしない姿勢はある意味感心する。

 それだけ金持ちだと思っているのかもしれないが、バレた時の危険は考えないのだろうか? とも思うが、まあ、どうでもいい事だ。

 狙う相手を間違えた、因果応報だと諦めてもらうしかない。


 スリが貧困に喘ぐ孤児とかならもう少し考えるが、いい大人だったので、この事はすぐに忘れるのだった。

 スリの今後よりも、地酒の方が大切なのだから仕方ない。

 そこらで売っていた安物の地酒をグビリグビリ。安酒なので美味しくはないが、これまでと違った風味がする。

 味はそこそこ。温いのはちょっと残念なので、他に良い酒は無いかと探索を続けるのだった。




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