Hiiro left the castle and got out onto the streets, mulling over what to do next .
(Now then, gathering information first is a must in RPG)
Technically he could have asked the king and such, but there was a risk of getting dragged into something unforeseen and becoming unable to leave the country when he stayed there any longer .
Therefore he left the place as fast as possible . Besides, there were four very capable people . He had concluded that he wasn’t needed .
(First of all, what’s with this ≪Word Magic≫ in the magic column in my ≪Status≫…? I kinda get that it’s unattributed . )
Accessing his knowledge from games and books, he also remembered the term Guild when thinking about magic . The king had told him that a Guild existed in this world .
Hiiro decided to ask the townspeople about the location of the Guild . By doing so, he came to know that it was close by .
He headed there to register as an adventure for now . Living and travelling here wasn’t free . Somehow or another he had to save up money .
By the way, the money of this world could be stored on a Guild Card . Likewise it was possible to pay with the card . That’s what the townspeople taught him .
When he arrived at the Guild, the interior was rather crowded . Sturdy guys, likely adventures, lined up in front of various counters . The nearest counter had a sign above it with register application written on it .
As his black hair and dark eyes were unusual, Hiiro became the center of attention as soon as he entered . Naturally, since he was dressed in an unfamiliar school uniform . He reminded himself to buy some gear later on .
He went to the counter, assuming indifferent to all the gazes on him .
“Hey, I want to register . ”
When he bluntly said that, the woman at the counter explained with a business smile .
Various quests were filed to the Guild . An adventure earned a reward by carrying out these requests . The quests were classified into levels of difficulty from F, E, D, C, B, A, S, SS till SSS .
A Guild Card was handed out upon registering, but it served the same purpose as the Citizen Card that all citizens had . An ID so to speak .
The adventurers were ranked into the same categories as the quests as well . Although there were very few adventures with a rank S or above . Particularly the SSS rank had only three adventures from the ‘Humas’ .
The woman at the counter gave him a white card and told him to drip his blood onto it . He prickled his finger with the small needle he received . After dripping the blood on it, the card started to disperse and vanished .
“Huh? It’s gone?”
“Please recite ≪Guild Card≫ in your mind . ”
When he did as he was told, the card appeared in his hand . But the card wad different than before . It had been completely white, but now it had a blue border .
“The colour represents your rank . From the lowest blue to violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, red, silver, golden and finally black . ”
Hiiro listened to the explanations with nods . Looking at his new Guild Card, he confirmed the inscription .
Name: Hiiro Okamura
He was glad that the FROM column listed his birthplace as unknown . If there had been written that he was from another world, it would have been troublesome to explain . Equipment meant his gear . It was subdivided into Weapon, Guard and Accessory . But he asked about the one thing that bothered him more .
“Hey, what’s this Rigin stuff on the card…?”
“Mh? That is the currency…”
The woman tilted her head baffled . Naturally the people of this world knew that Rigin was the currency . But just as natural, Hiiro didn’t know that as he was only summoned here a while ago .
On further inquiring, he learned that Rigin nearly had the same value as Japan’s yen and that the sixth column Quest displayed his currently active quests .
(Quite a handy card)
With just one single card he could trade and identify himself . Moreover, the card was usually within him and could be taken out at any time .
“Where can I take quests?”
“Please choose from the bulletin board over there . But remember that you are a rank F . You can only accept quests up to one rank above yours, meaning E . ”
“I see . How do I raise my rank?”
“When carrying out quests and raising in levels, your rank will go up naturally . ”
“In short, after I completed a number of quests, this blue border will turn… uhm, what was it again?”
“Violet . ”
“Then it’ll turn violet?”
“Yes . ”
Hiiro was awestruck at the serviceableness of the card .
“Better not waste any time . ”
Saying that, he headed for the bulletin board .
Church Roof Repair F
Help repairing the roof of the Amaruq Church . Experience preferred .
Reward: 10000 Rigin
Lucky Herb Harvest F
Collect Lucky Herbs on the Asbit Plateau .
Reward: 300 Rigin per bundle
Goblin Hunt E
Kill 10 goblins in the Clair Forest .
Reward: 35000 Rigin
There were various other quests, but he chose “Lucky Herb Harvest” without hesitation . To be honest, he was uneasy about hunting quest, since he was still level one . Although even a beginner should be able to hunt goblins .
But he decided to only go for hunting quests after he went up a few levels and got used to fighting .
“I understand . But please be careful about the 10000 Rigin penalty fare in case you cancel a quest midway . ”
He accepted the quest by bringing the quest note to the counter . Since there was a penalty fee, he had to avoid cancelling a quest by all means . At least for now, when he didn’t got any money .
First he asked where the “Asbit Plateau” was . Luckily for him, it was right outside this land . And he was shown a picture of the “Lucky Herb” in a reference book to know what they looked like .
(I would like to read that reference book)
As he loved books, Hiiro’s thirst for knowledge awoke . He seriously considered to hole himself up in a library for a while after he saved up some money .
After seeing the picture of the plan, he got a big bag and left the Guild . The bag surely was meant for his harvest .
On his way out of town, he remembered the ≪Status≫ again . The ≪Word Magic≫ from it weighted on his mind .
And even if he had high magic power, it was a waste of talent when he didn’t know how to use it . He needed to learn how to use magic as soon as possible .
He regretted a bit that he didn’t ask about it at the counter . Magic was nothing unusual in this world . About anyone could use it and had magic power to a greater or lesser extent .
Speaking of, he could just someone around here . Hiiro stopped and looked to his right . There sat a person on a chair in front of a crystal ball on a desk .
The person wore a black robe and a hood hid the face, but it certainly seemed like a fortune-teller .
“Oh my? How about it, Sir?”
From the voice he concluded that it was quite an old woman .
“Nah, I don’t have any money . ”
“Oh, is that so . But you look like you want to ask something . ”
“Are you not from here? I have never seen you before . ”
He looked at her a bit suspicious .
“Fuehehe, don’t look so grim . How about I tell you a bit about your fortune in commemoration of coming here?”
“Not interested . ”
“Fuehehe, don’t say that . Take a seat . ”
Since he wasn’t really in a hurry, he sat down on the chair in front of the desk like he was told .
“Fuehehe . Then let me begin . ”
She put her hands on the crystal ball and concentrated . Hiiro silently watched over her with crossed arms . It didn’t escape him that she suddenly narrowed her eyes .
“… . Oho, you have a strange star fortune . ”
“Fuehehe, everyone has a star in their heart . Each has its own shape, colour, size and radiance . My divination allows me to see them . And while I have seen many up till now, I have never seen such a powerful star like yours before . ”
“It’s powerful and to shut out a burning red, a dark blue rules over its surroundings . The shape is an immaculate sphere without a single corner and it shines so bright that it opens the eyes of anyone who looks at it . I see… This country aside, you are not even from this world . ”
He stood up at once with a clattering of the chair . How did this fortune-teller know this? Hiiro felt doubtful .
(Can fortune-telling do this? No, maybe it’s… magic?)
Thinking that, he glared at her with a sharp look . He didn’t care that she know, but he got wary on reflex .
“…Sit down . I’m not going to spread it . And while people from other worlds are indeed rare, it’s not my first time meeting you . ”
“…You met one before?”
“Yes, just once when I was still young . The person back then had a strange star as well . ”
“…I see . So, what’s the deal?”
“Fuehehe, you will get, no, you already have the wings of freedom . These wings will grow wide and warm in all aspects . ”
He didn’t get what she was talking about, but it didn’t seem to be anything ill .
“Many will likely gather at the light you are in pursue for these wings . ”
“Geh, that’s bad . I prefer to be alone . ”
“Fuehehe, well, it’s nothing but one possible future . By hearing this today, this future became more likely for you . That’s all . ”
“Mhm~ I don’t get it . I’ll just do what I want . ”
“Fuehehe, do that . Incidentally, didn’t you want to ask something?”
“Yeah . Like you said, I come from another world . There’s no magic in my world, so I can’t really grasp the magic here, nor do I know how to use it . I’ve to learn it as fast as possible…”
“Oho, I understand . A world without magic, interesting . ”
There Hiiro suddenly realized and looked at the old woman .
“Hey, could you teach me how to use magic?”
“I don’t mind . ”
He had thought she would turn him down, but apparently she accepted .
“Do you know where magic power comes from?”
“Nope . ”
That’s why I’m asking, was what he stifled to say .
“Maybe the heart or brain?”
“No, no . The magic power comes from the blood . ”
“Yes, every living organism has blood . That is the source for magic . ”
“Oh . ”
“That’s why you focus on the flow of your blood in your veins, when concentrating magic power . ”
“The flow of blood?”
“Yes, look closely . ”
Saying so, the old woman showed him his hand . Something like blue smoke gushed forth from her palm . It gradually assumed shape until it was a sphere in her hand .
“That’s magic power . ”
“Wow . So it’s something this visible?”
“Well, it takes a lot of training to make it visible like this . I focused on the flow and imagined it gathering in my hand . ”
“Imagine, huh . ”
“Magic is the power to imagine . And also the power of flow . A flow of magic power is currently circulating inside this sphere like blood . ”
“Sounds a bit complicated, but I get the gist of it . Anyway, it wouldn’t be wrong to say blood flow = magic power, right?”
“Indeed . ”
“And to utilize the magic power, I imagine the blood flowing through my entire body . Going by that…”
While saying so, he imagined the flow of blood only going to his index finger . Upon that, his fingertip glowed pale and became a little bit warm .
“So you can even do stuff like that . I see, so this is magic . ”
The old woman in front of him had her mouth gaping open in surprise .
“Oh, what a surprise! You said it’s your first time using magic, right?”
“Mh? Yeah . ”
“Nevertheless, you can control it already . You must have an incredible imagination . ”
“Well, I AM a bookworm, so I’m confident in my imagination . ”
Books consisted only of words and one had to imagine the written text in one’s head . To visualize the place, person and action in one’s mind from the narrative needed imagination .
Hiiro had buried himself in books since he was small, so his imagination was well trained . Or rather, it was his only strong point he felt confident about . When he stopped imagining, the light and warmth disappeared from his finger tip .
“Thank you . Now I get what magic power is . ”
“Glad to hear . ”
“One more thing, do I just chant a spell while I focus on the flow of magic power like just now when I want to use magic?”
“Quite so . Look . ≪Fire Ball≫”
The old woman held up her index finger and chanted, then a fire ball with the size of a tennis ball appeared .
Hiiro raised an excited voice in admiration . His interest in magic was piqued by using it for the first time .
“I kept it small now, but it can became bigger depending on your imagination and magic power . ”
“I see . But I don’t think I can use ≪Fire Ball≫ . ”
“Mh? Is your attribute different?”
“Yeah, it’s unattributed . ”
“…Now that’s a rare attribute . Those unattributed are unique magic users without fail . Could it be you…”
“Wait a sec . Unique? You mean a special magic just for oneself?”
“Yes . ”
According to the old woman, there were eight attributes to magic: Fire, Water, Earth, Wind, Lightning, Ice, Light and Darkness . Unattributed meant having none of these attributes . In other words, someone unattributed could not cast magic of other attributes .
In exchange, one had a magic only usable to oneself, also called unique magic .
“By the way, unique magic is precious even in this world . Actually, not many can actually control it . ”
“What do you mean?”
“Unique magic is always powerful . And I heard it’s difficult to control . And most people die from ≪rebound≫ as their own magic power explodes . ”
That story sent a shiver down Hiiro’s spine . He never thought unique magic would be that dangerous .
“Control is important, but knowledge even more so . ”
“Yes, because one ends up with a ≪rebound≫, since he does not fully understand what his own magic actually is . Knowledge of magic power, of magic and of oneself . When all these are mastered, one will be a first-class magic user . ”
“I see . Thank you for telling me all this . ”
“The pleasure is all mine . It’s been a while since I enjoyed a light like yours . ”
He still couldn’t see the old woman’s face, but she must have been smiling as she raised her voice .
“I am always here, so drop by if you need something . Though I will charge you next time of course . ”
“So shrewd . ”
Then he parted with the old woman and headed for the town gate .