In a Different World with a Smartphone Chapter 268
Arc 26: What can be done for tomorrow
Chapter 268: The Circumstances of the Island, and a Critical Situation
, have you found
anything about the people in that island
「I guess so. Their
is not that different from ours. However, the
area where the people
is terrifyingly narrow.
It can be said that this situation is natural due to the presence of behemoths around them.
Therefore, the town doesn’t expand anywhere outside the barrier it’s confined in.
here are a few settlements scattered around it
I answer Elzie’s question while eating ramen in the dining room which was
by Clair-san. She managed to splendidly reproduce it once I
checked the details of a recipe
n the net and
taught it to her, along
showing her its
ingredients and photographs. I feel like
the broth is
a bit thin, but
delicious enough. I was amazed that she reproduced even the narutomaki.
Should I challenge her with gyoza
Well, it probably won’t be
can be made in chain stores.
in the dining room are me,
sisters Elzie and Linzie, and Yae. Yumina is with her younger brother. Hilda ha
gone to meet with her older brother in
Knight Kingdom of Restia, and Suu
today. Luu is making an after meal almond jelly as Clair-san’s assistant. Sakura is helping her mother Fiana at school, and Rin is sleeping
even if it’s already
been reading something at
the[Library] until late at night.
「That barrier, seems to be usable, since people are living, on that island… 」
is also eating
while blowing it to cool it
. She’s not proficient with chopsticks, so she’s using a fork.
「It appears that this large-scale barrier isn’t
used on anything but the whole island, the
central temple. It’s my guess, but I wonder
itself is a heritage of
ime” or not」(Touya)
In other words, it’s an artifact
. It then
the application of the barrier won’t be possible in the future.
It’s a serious matter that the safety zones where
living is possible
. Well, the people
shouldn’t be attacked by behemoths as soon as they go out
just because they
left the barrier.
The bellies of those monsters won’t be full
even if they eat someone like a human, considering
the size of their bodies
. They will probably be aiming at other large magic beasts, which
to be more useful
to fill up
will destroy the towns, even if people decide to build them outside the barrier, just by passing them by. The most they can
just construct several houses which
resemble a settlement.
Won’t the people there
exterminate the behemoths?
They will win
if they fight with a certain resolve that
, won’t they
「Well, It does look like they’re fighting th
that they have large movable catapults in
for that exact purpose
. They seem to take th
out outside the barrier and drive away the behemoths when those
hey probably wouldn’t be able to survive for more than 5000 years unless they
could manage to defend themselves. Different from us in the continent, haven’t they been able to advance their own way of dealing with the behemoths? Nevertheless,
be reliant on the defensive protection of the barrier.
「Speaking of their tribe,
humans are the most likely sole inhabitants in that island
Different from Linzie, Yae is slurping the ramen while skillfully
the chopsticks — she’s proficient with them since there are things like Soba and Udon in Ishen as well. By the way, this is already her third bowl.
fat despite how much she eats, making it a real mystery. Well, it’s certainly thanks to the fact th
she’s moving around just as much as she’s eating.
「No. There are certainly a lot of humans there, but demihumans and demonkin are subtly mixed among them
r so it seems.
Unlike here, it seems there are no prejudices against those demihumans and demonkins
, so they’re living all together in
want our side to follow their principle
Nevertheless, prejudices might not be existent there mainly because they can’t help
but get along,
given how narrow their living space is
— they have to cooperate with each other to live through such severe circumstances.
「And there are surprisingly few people in proportion to the land, but that might be
the environment in which
doing agriculture and fishery is very difficult
Even if they acquire their hard-earned spacious lands, t
heir fields will be destroyed as soon as they grow
, so they might’ve
decided to restrict the size of the said fields. The folks there will surely grief if their produce, which they’ve been working on and raising for a whole year, gets utterly destroyed right before they can even harvest it.
looks like they think that it’s better to place the fields and grow crops inside the barrier
built on the circumference of the barrier, they
escape to the fields inside the barrier
in the advent of a behemoth attack
The houses might get destroyed, but
will remain. I think it’s very likely that they will survive as a species if they do it this way, but…
「Nevertheless, the island of behemoths, huh?… I wonder why
the magic beasts
s a theory
stating that their evolution
may be related to the density of magic elements.
Well, that’s a
「Density of magic elements?」(Yae)
Elzie and Yae tilt their heads
due to the words they rarely hear
It’s said that there are
considerable amount of types of magic beasts who
after taking up magic elements from the atmosphere while
being ordinary animals. It’s for that reason that many of them also have abilities which are similar to magic, like
Thunder Bear who shoots thunder.
a theory that
behemoths may show up from those types of animals
if they continue to take up magic elements
Speaking of magic elements, it’s usually being scattered, so it doesn’t reach
that high-density threshold normally
. However, there are
few places which are said to be
so-called “magic element pools”
. These include but aren’t limited to:
sacred mountains, deep seas, interiors of large forests
places which are defended by nature.
As such, one of the questions raised by that theory is the concern that those “magic element pools” are the primary cause why behemoths are being produced.
When I asked why those “magic element pools” can produce behemoths, the professor simply replied that the number of species, who can absorb magic elements, is exceedingly low, even if the species involved aren’t limited to animals but to humans as well. Also, preventing water currents or air currents probably won’t have any effect on the density of magic elements.
the problem lies with
the[Island of no return] itself — it’s wholly surrounded by
barrier. In other words, there
s no way for the magic elements
inside that island
spread outside. The dispersion of magic elements means nothing even if the barrier is dispersing those magic elements since they can only travel as far as the island itself. After all, dispersion doesn’t equate to exhaustion.
As a result,
a magic element pool.
I wonder if the island itself is the one that produces those magic beasts.
「Still, this [magic element pool], doesn’t it affect humans?」(Elzie)
「Humans don’t take in more magic elements than
magic power capacity
so it’s okay, Onee-chan.
Though I think they’ll become sick if they continue to absorb those magic elements
Linzie answers her elder sister’s question. In case of magic
beasts, it’s not like they will abruptly become
behemoth once they start living in those pools of magic elements. They
probably give birth to
behemoth as a mutated species after
the cycle of giving birth for multiple years,
Though it’s natural,
behemoth should die out within a single generation since they won’t be able to find a mate
aside from the fact that they
are mutated species.
That may be the case though, but the lifespan of mutated magic beasts is considerably longer compared to other normal animals
I suppose t
is due to
those mutations popping out
here and there without reserve
It may be possible for th
ose magic beasts
a second generation if some of them find a mate from
species closely related to them
. If that happens, the ne
just be another
ll likely be a new species.
It looks like the behemoth
s in that island
fight between themselves, making the name “monster island” quite accurate. I wonder if a silver-colored warrior from space won’t come down. It will likely be useless if he can only fight for three minutes.
(TL: unknown reference)
「Does that mean that the possibility of behemoth
being born will
the[magic element pool] disappears
due to the removal of the barrier
「Well, it will result in something like that. I wonder if the one who
the barrier knows about
or not… It’s a difficult matter though 」(Touya)
not be able to cancel it by ourselves otherwise though. When I think about it,
the people in that island might be imprisoned in there
「Either way, I’ve thought about getting in contact with the people there, but I have to give an explanation to the
countries. It looks like Elfrau and Hanock will attend the meeting, but we haven’t yet received a reply from Paluf
. It would be nice if the
ing of Rynie could cleverly persuade them for us, but I won’t be able to explain the circumstances of the island at this point
We will be advancing without Paluf in the worst case though. If we manage to
establish trade with that island
, I think we
ll be able to
obtain raw materials
behemoths. However, the island has their
so it seems
a barter will surely happen
. They apparently have gold, silver, and copper coins, so I think they have the value of metals used in them.
「It will likely take a bit more to get in contact with them, I suppose… Well, it’s not an urgent matter, but as I’ve expected…」(Touya)
The door of the dining room loudly opens, and the chief maid Lapis-san jumps in.
Uwaa, that surprised me!
Linzie even choked —
has probably entered her trachea.
Some time ago, a
letter has come through
gate mirror from Pam-sama in
Great Forest Sea. It looks like
Great Forest Sea are being attacked by the order of magic beast warriors of Sandora!」(Lapis)
「What did you say?」(Touya)
Is she saying that Sandora has invaded
Great Forest Sea?
Shouldn’t the tribes of
Great Forest Sea and Sandora have a mutual non
aggression pact, albeit an implicit one…
「The attacking army of Sandora captured the tribes folk one by one and sent them back to royal capital Kyurei. It seems like
attacked the villages in order to make the people there into slaves.
The[Tribe of the
which Pam-sama belongs to
is holding back the other tribes in this situation against trying to go to Sandora to take back their captured brethren, but it’s difficult… 」(Lapis)
So they’ve invaded in order to get slaves, huh?
Oi-oi, it would’ve been better if
were thieves, but this situation means that Sandora is taking an aggressive stance against the tribes of
Great Forest Sea, seeing as it’s
who are on the move, doesn’t it? Although the forest consists of various tribes, one might say that they’re making up a community which can be called a single country. It will definitely turn into war once Sandora tries to brawl with them seriously…
「As I feared, the rumor that Sandora succeeded in mass producing even more [Subordination Collars] was true, wasn’t it?」
those three girls to Sandora to ascertain whether that rumor
true or not though.
If the number of [Subordination Collars] increases, they
ll be able to increase the strength of their order of magic beast soldiers
. However, no matter how courageous the tribes of
Great Forest Sea may be, it will probably be tough for them to compete against the army of magic
So are they trying to invade Great Forest Sea with the help of this army?
It may also be related to the annihilation of the city
「First of all, it’s bad for the tribes of
Great Forest Sea to invade Sandora — it will lead to a total war once that happens」(Touya)
「What do you
Elzie asks me while frowning.
「Thankfully, Brunhild holds friendly relations with
which is [Tribe of the
ll stand in between the tribes of
Great Forest Sea and Sandora and demand that the latter return the captured tribes
「Will they really return the captives?」(Linzie)
「After they do, once they pay the reparations for
, somehow… The relations will likely be the worst
. Still, we may be able to avoid war. There
possibility of people from one tribe running wildly, raising havok」(Touya)
I don’t think there will be massive killings since their goal is obtaining slaves. Should they kill the captives… there may already be no way to withdraw.
citizens of the forest sea
there are many warriors who put their brethren and their pride above anything else. They
ll likely not forgive Sandora for wounding
those two things
「That’s right… It may be a good chance to get to know Sandora, in certain sense. Contact Pam and send an official message of Brunhild to Sandora. We
ll have the king or his chief retainers speak their intentions this way, won’t we?」(Touya)
I’m guessing t
hat’s because a messenger will be sent. But whom? There
s no way we can send the knight commander, right?
Should we send the
vice-commander Nicola-san? Or Tsubaki-san? 」(Linzie)
I broadly grin toward
「It shouldn’t be a problem if I change my appearance. I
ll go under the pretense of a messenger of Brunhild, carrying a written protest from the tribes of
Great Forest Sea」(Touya)
Moreover, how can I send
valuable talents of our household
such as that
? It’s a country which only has bad rumor
about it — to the point
as the[Country of Abductions].
We can also send my older sisters or cousins as messengers, seeing as they won’t likely die, but
all of them are unfit for negotiations… At least there
s Kousuke-oji-san, right?
Well, my real
is to sound out the real intentions of Sandora this time, so it should be fine for me to go.
I’ve also been told that the aforementioned [Secret Weapon] I requested
rofessor and Tika from
the[Laboratory] and the magic I discovered in
been completed, so I should be able to cope with anything that may come my way.
Sandora Kingdom m
never be called
the[Slave Kingdom] in case they return the worst reply after I bring them the protest.
Even I’m resentful at Sandora
who came for the dungeons of our household
. That time
did it independently
, but I’m certain that the ringleader was Sandora itself who
Moreover, it seems that information on our household was expressly given to them. The
y might have
it was skillful of them
obtain slaves without dirtying their own hands.
I’ve ascertained it with the other rulers as well, but it seems that the groups of thieves who attacked the villages and collected humans and demihumans to make them into slaves
are also being
guided by the slave traders employed by Sandora.
In other words, the slave companies of that country are employed by the country
, along with the whole nation, kidnap people from other countries
. If I’m to describe
, wouldn’t that make it a
nation of criminals
The question is whether the king himself knows about
the slave trading business in his country
engages with it himself,
just being manipulated and do
t know about
the slavery in his country
. … Either way, I’m feeling the worst
vibes for that country
Depending on the results of my infiltration,
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