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Day 392

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Day 392


After slowly waking up without feeling impatient, I found an adult man who is fishing for fun and a boy of around ten years accompanying him.

Their faces look similar, so they are probably father and son.

Both of them are from the human race, with brown skin, black short hair and the characteristic black eyes.

They are wearing light clothes which only hide the important areas, rather they have light clothes because of living by the waterside.

I wonder if it is closer to nakedness than being properly covered.


As I became concerned, I started to talk to them and found that had a hard to understand accent, and they are from the Nahán tribe.


The Nahán live wooden houses a ways off from the «Gangjinamus Taiga» and usually make a living off their fishing.

However, it seems they sometimes work as mercenaries and run through battlefields, according to cases when the fishing is bad.


They have a traditional Nahán fishing method, that seems to be done with whips.


Adults and children are all the same, they go out in a small narrow boat made from thin trees that can only fit two or three people, and they get up when they sight their prey, swinging down their whip.

They do not have the commonly used nets, harpoons, fishing rods, etc., just whips.


That's why fish are caught in the transition because they actually catch them by focusing on each.

When I asked to know the secret behind their technique, both parent and child gently showed me to the village.

In the small boat, it is late in the morning, so they showed me how to raise it from one end and turn the rudder according to the instructions of parent and child.


We only drifted for a short time, but the settlement of the Nahán was found soon.

At first they were alarmed, but they were immediately calmed down with the parents words.

Then, the clans chief, who was short and over sixty years old, invited me to his house, after being guided through the settlement.

At the house of the clan chief, medicinal tea that was good for the body but slightly bitter and sweet baked goods like cookies were served.

Meat and vegetables that were freshly prepared, and even if labyrinth was not available, they gave off a sense of their polite hospitality that you can not in many other places, and it was very effective.


While thinking of the delicious ingredients on the iron plates shared among new friends that are easy to get along with, I listen to the stories of the family head.


I knew it, but they confirmed that the whip they use is not an ordinary whip but a monster.

It seems to be a monster called "River - Flagging - Nahan Sout".

It has a shape that makes the tail look like a handle and easy to grip, with the body the whip.

There is toughness and flexibility in it does not fade even if it is treated roughly, such as striking it on the ground with your full force, and because each heavy snake head has a mind, they can bite into their prey.

Also, not only the length and hardness but also the individual character comes out according to the contents of their meal and grow stronger by the year, the fisherman will likely keep the same whip all their life.

Also, since it is a monster, it seems that they experience [Existence Evolution] sometimes after accumulating experience.


As for self-preservation, there is no need to be scared of humans since they are taken care of since birth, as long as their user is not killed, sick, or have an early death, the whips can only be handled by a specific individuals.


Because those of the Nahán are given a whiplash to grow together from a young age, close relationships like families form in their tribe, treating them not like tools or livestock but growing old together until they die.


In addition, the family head stood up told us of various other things in the middle of his story, using his hands to form the artistic movements of "Taiga Beauty Flock Guushan Sout" about a love that had been warped by a twisted mind, with one arm towards the river Swing.

He was aging but its movement was powerful, the arching arm was as fast as it was blurred.


The great river valley, which was originally likely to be more than 15 meters deep, apparently dove into the water from the beginning of time exceeding the speed of sound while extending itself to an even greater length.

If you put the whip into the water at such speed, there would have been a corresponding shock, but there are almost no splash of water or sound when it met the water.

It is surely invalidating the water resistance with some kind of ability, with only a small ripple spreading out.


And it is instantly pulled back as soon as it lands. I did not know what it did at first, but there was the figure of the Great Thunder Fish "Gramanabulus" that the snake was biting as it came back to hand.

An uneven sharp scale breaks when the long torso was bitten. Its dorsal fin is jagged like a thunder bolt, and the mouth has fangs made to eat meat. It is a big fish that can grow up to two meters, and if you carelessly touch it the big fish can discharge as much energy as a power generator from the organs in the body, as its name suggests.


The Great Thunder Fish "Gramanabulus" which sometimes causes the enemy to get electrocuted, but I was buying information from it as it is actually a delicious ingredient.

Because it is rare, it is a fish that I would like to eat if given the opportunity. I truly honestly hope that I can eat the real thing.

As well as showing us how to get the whale snake, the chief clerk cooked it and showed us how. Originally he got it just for that, but it does not change how much I appreciate the deed.


The cooking method was simple, he wrapped it in a certain incense grass and steamed it.

Seasoning only with a few pinches of salt and several different spices.


However, the body was cooked and softened leaving a mellow taste in the mouth and the nose, it had an assortment of tastes. As an aftertaste, the spice's fluffy and tantalizing remains, made me want another there to be a next time.

Even this alone was delicious, but there were certain fruits beside. A small yellow fruit that can be found in the desert called "Kinshama", which seems like a seasoning.

Although it is sour by itself and can not be eaten much, when used with fish it seems to make it taste better and even more delicious.

Indeed, as soon as I tried the Kinshma by itself, it left a completely different taste, like it was tight.

Should it be said that the Umami is more complemented by just squeezing out a few drops?


I am pleased with the welcome beyond our expectation, and I was welcomed with courage and the Sisters will be brought to forward to learn how to cook this recipe.

Delicious drink is good with delicious food.

It would be even better with the labyrinth wine, I suppose we can spend a day here with a banquet here with everyone else.

I was able to learn more information on the area as well, so it turned out to be a fairly meaningful day.



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“三百九十二日目”

 焦る事無くゆっくり遡上していると、面白い漁をしている成人男性と十歳前後くらいの少年を見つけた。

 顔がどことなく似ているので、たぶん親子だろう。

 親子の種族はどちらも人間で、褐色の肌と黒い短髪、黒い瞳が特徴的だ。

 身に纏うのは水辺で暮らしているからか薄着というよりも、ほとんど局部しか隠していない軽装だ。

 裸族に近いのだろうか。


 気になったので彼等と話してみると、かなり訛りはキツいが、ナハーン族だと言う事が分かった。


 ナハーン族は≪ガンジナムス大河≫にまではみ出した木造の家で暮らし、普段は漁をして生計を立てている。

 ただし不漁が続くなどの場合によれば傭兵として働き、戦場を駆ける事もあるようだ。


 そんなナハーン族伝統の漁だが、それは何と鞭を使って行われているのだ。


 大人も子供も皆同じで、二、三人用の細長い木の小舟で移動し、獲物が居たら立ち上がって鞭を振るう。

 一般的に使われる網や銛、釣り竿などは一切使わず鞭だけを使うのだ。


 そんなので魚が獲れるのかと言えば、実際に獲れるから気になった訳で。

 その秘密を知りたくて聞いてみると、親子は集落にまで快く案内してくれた。

 小舟では遅いので一端コチラに引き上げ、親子の指示に従い舵を切る。


 移動は僅かな時間で、ナハーン族の集落はすぐに見つかった。

 最初は警戒されたが、親子の言葉ですぐに収まる。

 そして集落に案内され、細々とあって六十歳は過ぎているだろう氏族長が家に招いてくれた。

 氏族長の家では身体に良いがちょっと苦い薬草茶と、クッキーみたいな焼き菓子が出された。

 きっと手土産にした新鮮な肉や野菜、それからここでは手に入らない迷宮酒が効果的だったのだろう、丁寧な歓待である。


 美味しい食材は仲良くなる手土産として鉄板だよなと思いつつ、氏族長の話を聞いていく。


 それで分かったのだが、使っている鞭は普通の鞭ではなく、とあるモンスターらしい。

 モンスターは“川鞭蛇ナハーンサウト”と言うそうだ。

 尻尾がまるで柄のように握りやすい形をし、全身は鞭のようによくしなる。

 全力で地面に打ち付けるなど乱暴に扱っても死なない強靱さと柔軟性があるし、それぞれ意思があるので最も重い蛇頭は獲物に噛みつく事もあるそうだ。

 また生きた年月に応じて長さや硬度だけでなく、食事の内容やこれまでの生活によってそれぞれ個性が出て来るので、同じような個体にはならない。

 それにモンスターなので経験値を積む事によって【存在進化】する事もあるらしい。


 注意点としては、生まれて間もない頃から世話しないとヒトに懐く事は無く、また殺害されたり病気だったり寿命だったりなどで使い手が死なない限りは特定の個人しか扱う事はできない事が挙げられる。


 ナハーン族の者は小さい頃から共に育つ鞭蛇が与えられるので、ナハーン族の者にとっては死ぬまで一緒に成長していく、道具や家畜などではなく、家族のような関係が近いかもしれない。


 その他にも色々と熱く語ってくれた氏族長は話の途中で立ち上がり、自慢気に傍らでとぐろを巻いていた愛鞭である“大河鞭蛇グシャーンサウト”を手にとって、川に向かって腕を一振り。

 老齢ながらその動きは力強く、しなる腕は霞むほどの速さだった。


 そして元々十五メートル以上はありそうだった大河鞭蛇は、明らかにそれ以上の長さまで伸びながら音速を超えた速度で先頭から水中に飛び込んだ。

 そんな速度で水に突っ込めば相応の衝撃があった筈だが、着水時の水飛沫や音が殆ど無い。

 きっと何かしらの能力で水の抵抗を無効化しているのだろう。小さな波紋が広がるだけだ。


 そして着水したかと思えば即座に引き戻される。最初何をしたのか分からなかったが、手元まで戻ってくると蛇頭に噛みつかれた大雷魚“グラマナブルス”の姿がそこにはあった。

 ウネウネとした長い胴体に、触れれば切れる鋭利な鱗。背鰭は雷のようにギザギザで、口には肉を喰らう為の牙が生え揃っている。二メートルはあるだろう大物で、下手に触れればその名の通り体内の発電器官によって放電してくる大魚である。


 時には敵を感電死させる事もあるグラマナブルスだが、実は美味なる食材だという情報を仕入れていた。

 普段は滅多に獲れないので、機会があれば喰いたいなと思っていた魚である。まさか実物に出会えるとは、と正直思う。

 そして鞭蛇の使い方を実演して見せてくれただけでなく、氏族長はそれを調理して振る舞ってくれた。元々その為に獲ったそうだが、ありがたい事には変わりない。


 料理法は単純で、とある香草に包んで蒸し焼きにしただけだ。

 調味料は僅かな塩と数種類の香辛料だけ。


 しかし熱く柔らかくなった身はホロホロと口の中で解け、アッサリとした味わいである。後味として香辛料のフワッと刺激が残り、また次が欲しくなる。

 これだけでも美味しいが、傍らにはとある果実が添えられていた。それは“キンシュマ”という砂漠で採れる黄色い小さな果実で、これも調味料のような扱いらしい。

 単品では酸っぱくてあまり食べられないが、魚などに使うと味を引き立ててより美味くするのだそうだ。

 なるほど、では早速、とばかりにキンシュマを絞って身を食べてみると、キュッと引き締まったように違う味になっている。

 数滴搾るだけで、身の旨味がより引き立てられているとでも言えば良いのか。


 予想以上の歓迎を嬉しく思いつつ、こちらも飯勇達と姉妹さんを前に出し、料理して貰う。

 美味い飯には美味い酒が合う。

 振る舞う迷宮酒で更に盛り上がり、何やかんやとこの日はここで宴会を開いて過ごす事になった。

 地域の情報もよく知る事が出来たので、かなり有意義な一日だろう。



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