Third Outer World Story Series: Pumpkin Sorcerer - Chapter 54
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
A month has passed since giving them the name Spalpkin, and now they were building a dwelling to inhabit the area surrounding the egg-shaped boulder that served as Pumpkin’s center of operations while clearing out the forest.
Well, this past month has been a real struggle.
The Spalpkins were introduced to Mizuki by Pumpkin the day after the naming, but it was challenging to restrain them from raising a fuss for various reasons when they spotted Mizuki.
Incidentally, Mizuki said, “Helping Pumpkin individually is not a problem, but helping the entire Spalpkin race would be a challenge for a spirit, so do your best.”
It turned out that the Spalpkins were susceptible to attack by magical beasts of the forest, much like Pumpkin had been when he was reincarnated, whether or not this was in line with Mizuki’s predictions. Therefore, after installing a protective fence around the base, it was settled upon to train them to the extent that at least five of them could hunt a single boar safely.
Furthermore, in terms of equipment, they were provided with wooden swords and shields made from forest plants, and after teaching the Spalpkins about this kind of work, some of them have already begun to display aptitude in this field.
Perhaps I can delegate this work to them in due time.
About three days after the training of the Spalpkins, Yossack and Crave came to question Pumpkin about the tremors that arose as an aftermath of [Resonance Spell・Atomic Pumpkin] and therefore had to answer their questions while overseeing the training of the Spalpkins.
So he explained the sequences of the events to them.
“Hey, Pumpkin. I heard you were behind the tremors the other day.”
“Oh, Crave. Let me be clear, I didn’t do it on purpose. Those three fools were the root of the issue.”
“I am aware that. But I have to get a testimony from you, just in case.”
“By the way, what’s that little creature that looks a lot like you?”
“They’re called a Spalpkin, and they’re kind of like my kids. I’m currently trying to teach them the simplest essentials of how to live in the forest.”
“I see. Well, I’m going to need your testimony on that, too.”
After all these incidents, it was finalized that the three fools would be expelled from Kunukihappy Adventurers’ Association, and they were designated as wanted for forgery of documents. On the following day, after ensuring the safety of the Spalpkins, the Spalkins were to be introduced to Tangosack and Kozo (via Crave).
Well, it wasn’t that daunting up to this point.
The real problem starts from here.
“It came again!?”
“Stay calm and fight like I taught you! You’ll be fine!”
A section of the security fence was breached by a lone boar, who then entered the base.
Apparently, while Pumpkin was reminiscing, the boar arrived a second time.
The two Spalpkins halted the boar’s progress by intercepting its lunge with shields that were larger than their own bodies.
When the boar stopped moving, the other Spalpkins armed with weapons rushed in and wielded their weapons with multiple physical reinforcements applied to their bodies… especially their heads.
It was quite a feat considering the initial assault, but to tell the truth, there had been more than 20 assaults in total during the current raid.
“Whew. I guess it worked out.”
While the body of the slain boar was being dismantled with vines by an individual who was a specialist in body reinforcement, Spalpkin and the others raised a victory cry over it.
Now, why are they being attacked so much? Of course, there is a reason for that.
As was mentioned before, Spalpkin and the others were easy targets, just like Pumpkin himself was right after he was reincarnated. It was because, despite their combat prowess, the Spalpkins had tremendous magic power and gave off a sweet smell as a fruit.
Whatever the motive for the attack, it was a fact that they were attacked, and as long as the reality of being attacked was a fact, the only way to survive was to train themselves up to survive.
And since they were being attacked so frequently, the past month had been a rough one.
“Patriach, we’ve done itー”
“Oh. I was watching it. Looks like you all are getting a lot stronger.”
One of the Spalpkins came up to Pumpkin and danced joyfully.
After observing them for the past month or so, Pumpkin found out that their mentality varied from one individual to the next.
Specifically, irrespective of their physical appearance, there were individuals who were girlish and those who were boyish.
It would therefore be appropriate to identify the gender of Spalpkin by their mentality as there were no physical variations between the genders.
As Crave said, it may be prudent to choose the most mature child when going to greet the lord of the Kunuki territory since the children appeared to exhibit the mentality of a regular human being, ranging from angry children to impatient children and others.
“Well, at the very least, I have a lot of stuff to get ready for this summer.”
The rainy season has ended and summer has arrived.
There seemed to be no time for resting when it came to the subject of the future.
[i] Not sure what is this since they’re saying in broken Japanese and I can’t figure it out so I just used romaji back
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