Chapter 26 - Firo
The next morning, Raphtalia overslept due to staying up late last night. I groaned while holding the magic book in one hand.
Eh? I was brewing medicinal herbs into medicine.
While I was preparing to leave to regain some time from oversleeping.
"Ah, it's hatching."(Naofumi)
I had left the egg by a window in the room. Raphtalia noticed that the egg, that I bought yesterday, has started to crack.
A fluffy wing with feathers could be seen peeking out from within the cracks.
It's trying really hard to break free from it's shell.
I'm interested in what was going to hatch from the egg.
I watched the egg as more cracks appeared.
The cracks noisily spread with a *Piki Piki* sound, the face of a baby demon emerged from the egg.
With soft and fluffy feathers along with eyes of a demon, the pink fledgling looked at me with a piece of shell on its head.
It jumped cheerfully and collided with my face.
It wasn't painful at all, and the demon seemed to be very energetic despite just being born.
Although I don't know its race, it seemed like its physical condition was good and it would grow up well if it was properly taken care of.
"What kind of demon is this? Is this thing from the Pikyu bird race?(Naofumi)
Pikyu is a demon that was similar to a condor that could not fly high due to it being deformed.
I observed the newborn chick's body.
Its body seemed more agile than the balloons. So I can expect it to be able to attack when it grew up because it has a beak.
"Hmm... Well I am not familiar with demons."(Raphtalia)
Raphtalia answered with an embarrassed face.
"It can't be helped. Should we ask some villagers?"(Naofumi)
Because this was a purchased demon, it shouldn't be dangerous to bring around. If there was any trouble, it would obey my commands.
When I extended my hand to the demon chick, it ran up my hand, onto my shoulder and jumped on top of my head to settle down.
Suri Suri* slipping from my head to my cheeks
This is... really cute.
"Fufu, Naofumi-sama, it must think of you as its father."(Raphtalia)
"Oh, it's probably due to imprinting."(Naofumi)
It might be registered beforehand because the one who moved it first was me, so it must have assumed I am its parent.
When I picked up the egg shards, my shield reacted.
It might inform me what demon this is if I absorb a fragment of the egg.
Therefore, I let the shield absorb a fragment.
Requirements for Demon Trainer Shield has been revealed.
Requirements for Demon Egg Shield has been revealed.
Demon Trainer Shield Unsealing completed... Equipment Bonus: Demon Growth Correction (Small)
Demon Egg Shield Unsealing completed... Equipment Bonus: Cooking Skill +2
...A shield I wasn't expecting came out. I'll change it into Demon Trainer Shield from Slave Trainer 2 Shield because it seemed more convenient.
"Did you discover something?"(Raphtalia)
"No, but a shield I wasn't expecting came out though."(Naofumi)
What kind of demon was this young chick? Hopefully the guys from the village will know.
I thought about where to Level Up today while walking through the village that was in the middle of reconstruction.
Maybe we could go to the bog area near the western part of the village? I also want to search for a suitable enemy near the North-west mountains.
I saw a villager that I recognized.
"Ah, Hero of the Shield-sama."(Villager)
This was where I was defending last week during the wave, it seemed like there was a lot of familiar faces here rebuilding the village.
He bowed his head very deeply. I was feeling a little embarrassed.
The chick on my head chirped rather cheerfully.
The villager looked at the chick on my head.
I pointed at the chick on my head.
"I bought an egg from a demon dealer."(Naofumi)
"Aah, I see."(Villager)
"However, I don't know which demon I bought. Do you guys know what kind of demon this is?"(Naofumi)
The villagers stared intently at the chick.
"Let's see... Do you think that is a Philorial?"(Villager)
"Eh? The birds who pull carriages?"(Naofumi)
It would seem I made a little more than the money I paid... Well, only if what the villager said was true.
"Yeah, you can go see check with the ranch near the outskirts of the village."(Villager)
"Then I'm going to go see."(Naofumi)
We arrived at the house of the fellow who was managing the ranch. The ranch seemed to have been damaged during the wave, half the bred demons were killed.
"In short, is this demon a Philorial?"(Naofumi)
The ranch man nodded when I ask.
"Let's see. This is a female Philorial."(Ranch man)
The young chick sat still while the ranch man appraised her.
"This breed of the Philo Aria Philorial species is good. However, unless she pulls a cart, she'll be restless."(Ranch man)
"... What kind of creature is that?"(Naofumi)
"Is there something strange?"(Ranch man)
Oh, it's not that strange if you're born in this world.
Hmm... I wonder if these birds treat the carts as their nest that protects their eggs.
"Well, at least I didn't lose any money."(Naofumi)
This wasn't bad, when she matured, she'll go for at least 200 silver coins. Quite a good deal for 100 Silvers.
Though, I don't know how much time and money she will need before maturity.
The young Philorial chirped on my head.
"What does this fellow eat?"(Naofumi)
"In the beginning something soft, like boiled beans. After she matures anything is fine."(Ranch man)
"I see, Thanks."(Naofumi)
I was surprised I could bow and say thanks this easily.
For now I should look for boiled beans inside the village.
"Well, what should we name her?"(Raphtalia)
Raphtalia asked me while stroking the chick.
"You're going to name a pet which may be sold?"(Naofumi)
Well, you will be attached the moment a name is given, and when it is time to sell, you won't be able to.
"Do I call this Philorial chick all the time?"(Raphtalia)
This is surely troublesome.
"Then... let's call you Firo."(Naofumi)
"... So cheap."(Raphtalia)
The young chick chirped cheerfully when she understood that she was named.
After we had breakfast we headed out to hunt with Firo.
"Where should we go today?"(Raphtalia?)
"Let's see... A place we can walk to safely."(Naofumi)
Raphtalia was very reliable. Fights were easier compared to before.
Firo was happily chirping on my head.
It was noisy, but very comfortable.
When evening approached I noticed some strange sounds.
There were a lot of unexpected encounters with demons, but they were defeated easily.
It was probably due to the brand-new weapons and armor. I could defeat enemies coming from the front.
Today's results were:
Me Lvl 23
Raphtalia Lvl 27
Firo Lvl 12
Though I hardly fought, I got enough experience for a level, while Firo's Level soared.
This was good. For young Demi-humans I heard the body grew rapidly when leveling up, it seemed demons were the same.
But... I wondered...
Firo's appearance changed considerably.
Before, Firo was a small chick that could be held with both hands, but now she was big and grown up.
Well... Her figure seems to resemble a steamed bun.
And her feathers grew lighter, the color changed from pink to light pink.
I stroked the wings slowly for feathers.
Requirement for Demon Trainer Shield 2 have been released.
Demon Trainer Shield 2 Unsealing completed... Equipment Bonus: Demon Status Correction (Small)
Still, I noticed Firo's growth when I didn't even notice Raphtalia's.
She changed her chirp and was beginning to walk on her own with a pitter-patter, because she was heavy.
There was an unpleasant premonition from Firo who was constantly chirping.
Though I bought a little too much feed, it seemed grass on the roadside was already a suitable substitute.
Her appetite was unending... This was the proof of her rapid growth.
"I understand. Demons are amazing."(Naofumi)
To grow so much in one day... It was only a matter of time before she could be rode.
Though her body was strong, it was a little scary that her mind would be immature.
Therefore I performed a considerably severe limitation.
I returned to the hotel and showed the storekeeper Firo and asked where I could put her.
Afterwards, we were guided to the stable of the hotel and substituted straw for a nest.
"Hm? The meat and bone of the Chimera were put here."(Naofumi)
Is it because this place hasn’t been corrupted that the materials rot slower? Or due to it being a monster of a different world.
"For the time being, I am waiting for it to soften so it will be easier to process."(Villager)
It might not be edible, so is it processed so that it may be easier to handle just in case?
"After that, I'll make dried meat and look for buyers.I am still looking forward to selling them. It seems that a few mages are coming."(Villager)
Because it was quite a big chimera, there seemed to be a lot of stock. The meat was probably equivalent to two cows.
It may be tough to make it edible, but there were many who wanted to research it.
This would be a place to acquire it.
Are you still hungry?
Though I got additional feed in the village and fed her, it still doesn't seem to be enough.
Where does it all go?
Is that the sound of meat and bones creaking? Are you still growing?
"To grow up so much in one day... That's pretty unreasonable"
The shopkeeper watched my face anxiously.
"She is still level 12."(Naofumi)
The storekeeper was surprised at my answer.
"I think around 20 days was needed to let it grow to that level but I guess this was to be expected of the power of a Hero-sama"(Villager)
Hmm... There was the possibility of Demon Growth Correction (Small) having an influence.
It changed every time I checked her status. What amazing growth.
Still, I can't send her to battle yet.
Firo who was growing up quickly healthily chirped.
After I pet Firo to sleep, I headed back to the room shared by me and Raphtalia. I would study this world's letters afterwards.
The problem was that there were too many letters in this language.