Generally, forests with monsters are off-limits. The only exceptions to this rule are adventurers belonging to the Adventurers’ Guild.
They enter places inhabited by monsters at the request of the Adventurers’ Guild, without regard for the dangers involved.
Monsters are different from wild animals in that when they die, part of their bodies turn into magic stones. This magic stone has always been in demand because it functions like a battery to power magic tools.
Many adventurers went to the magical lands, partly because it was a stable source of income for them.
People other than adventurers enter the monster’s nest only when nobles who have a place where monsters inhabit their territory carry out “monster subjugation” to prevent monsters from increasing too much.
In other words, in order for me to enter the monster’s nest, I must either become an adventurer, participate in the subjugation of monsters, or enter secretly so as not to be found out.
“Julius-sama, this is the area where we subjugated the monsters the other day.”
This is the office of the Order of the Knights. The room was filled with Lionel, the Knight Commander, as well as the captains and vice-captains of the various units. Of course, there are also the faces of the medics.
Lionel’s choice was to ‘sneak in’. And to increase safety, he seems to have decided to go to the place where the monsters had been defeated. Certainly that would increase safety.
But is it okay? I think they would be very angry if they found out. I’ve asked for it myself.
“Soon, the lord and the others will be leaving for the royal capital’s social gathering.”
Lionel lowered his voice. It is completely devious. Although he is guarding the frontier, the Margrave of Heine is also an aristocrat. During the social season, he has to go to the royal capital to gather a certain amount of information and deepen his connections.
And this social season is also attended by Grandma, a high-ranking Potions Master. Of course, Grandfather is with her. The Heine family is therefore deserted during this period.
This year, the two older brothers should be heading to the royal capital together. Only me and my sister remain in the mansion. It was an increasingly convenient period.
“I see. Are you aiming for that opening to enter the forest where monsters inhabit? But Lionel will be escorting Father and the others to the royal capital, won’t he?”
“Normally that would be the case, but this time only Julius and Rosalia are in the house. I have decided to stay behind as a precautionary measure.”
So that’s it. It seems that Lionel was good at convincing father there.
But he’s not wrong. There might be someone who is trying to do something while they’re away. The more people you can rely on, the better.
“Very well. Then, while my father and the others are in the capital, we’ll go to the Monster Forest to collect the ingredients for the magic potion. But what if the servants find out?”
“As usual, I will tell them that Julius-sama will head to the city for an inspection.”
“I see. Lionel, you’re a badass too.”
“I’m not as good as Julius-sama.”
Everyone in the room has a grin and a bad smile on their face. This is a unique opportunity of a thousand opportunities. This opportunity must not be missed.
We quickly got into the planning stages.
A monster forest came into view in front of me.
It has been a few days since Father left for the Royal Capital. The day finally came to carry out the plan. My sister Rosalia has always said she would come with me, but it’s impossible for me to take her with me. After all, Rosalia thinks I’m going to the city. But I’m going to the Monster Forest now.
“Julius-sama~, my stomach is starting to hurt~”
“What, Christopher, are you scared?”
Gyre is provoking Christopher, who has been shaking for some time now.
Christopher probably didn’t want to go. But we are counted as a group of three. If even one person is missing, there is a risk of suspicion. I want him to give up thinking that he was unlucky.
And there are so many escorts. There’s no way they can’t be taken out. Besides, I brought a primary recovery medicine and an antidote. Injuries and poisons can be treated on the spot.
“Christopher, if you don’t like it, you can wait in this carriage, you know? Because as long as you’re here, you won’t be suspected of anything.”
“Oh, no – of course I’ll go with you.”
Apparently, Christopher’s loyalty is strong. But this should be a confidence booster for Christopher. He’s a bit of a wimp. Even though he has the ability.
“I see. Let’s get going then.”
“Hahaha! It seems that Julius-sama is not afraid.”
“Well, yeah. I have my magic.”
Hahaha, Lionel laughed again. I’m not joking. The main job in the game was “Wizard”. I didn’t only work in production. Sometimes I had to go into dangerous areas to get rare materials. Therefore, I can fight to a certain extent.
A group of 30 armed men entered the monster forest. They formed a circle to protect us in the center. The scouts were already ahead and were always on full alert.
“Be careful where you step. Try not to step on plants. You never know where valuable material might fall.”
A seemingly suspicious group entered the depths of the forest.