Maken no Daydreamer Chapter 25
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Sfx : Self explained
BC: Text on bubble’s corner
H: Handwritten text/Text without bubble
TLN: TL Note
Change line means different paragraph or double balloon/attached balloon
B1: A kind of Spirit..!?
B3: Have you heard about [Dryads]?
H: Chapter 25
B1: I’ve heard about them before
But if I remember correctly, your race is considered to be monsters…
B2: Ah, I’m sorry. Please don’t take it the bad way, okay?
B3: Err, your race is like spirits of plants who live in the forest, right?
B4: That’s correct
We made a small village inside this forest and lived there, but…
B6: Ah! So that’s why!
B7: You see, these girls have a different smell from humans…
B8: So it’s the smell of fresh leaves and clear water that I smell from the-…
B1: Wait, so you smelled their body odor all this time!?
B2: I can’t help it. My sense of smell is strengthened, you know…
B3: But thanks for the cold stare abuse anyways!
B4: Err… Uhm…
Sfx: Fidget Fidget
B4: Uhmm… My name is Neil…
B5: You see, even though Neil is our friend, she is not a Dryad
B6: She is an [Alraune]!
B8: It’s a race that is one rank higher than the Dryads
B1: They have more powerful magic than Dryads
And by borrowing the power of the plants in the forest, they are able to use various kinds of magic…
B2: They also have high intelligence. Just think them as Dryads’ older sister, I guess
B3: We have been living inside this forest from a long time ago
B4: And by purifying the Mana in the air with our special skill, we made the forest abundant all year long
B5: The humans in the village believe us as the Protector of the Forest
And we maintain a good relationship with them
H: Praise the Protector
Praise the Protector
B1: Sometimes, they even revere us and offer meat or fish to show their gratitude…
B2: But well, we only consume water and fruits, so…
Sfx: Bury it!
B3: It’s actually a bit troublesome for us when they do that though…
B4: And around noon today…
B5: We saw several suspicious men which we never saw before inside the forest, and…
B2: Stop it!!
B3: …And that’s the story up to this point, huh…
Sfx: Trot trot trot
B4: But you see, that’s not all the story
B5: A lot of strange things happened in the forest these days…
B6: Hmm? What do you mean, Lyla-chan?
B1: You see, I saw a big lizard some time ago…
B2: Yeah, a big lizard that walked on its two legs
B3: Its tail was so long, and it had sharp nails and fangs
B4: I was so scared that I couldn’t even move when I saw it…
B5: I thought it was going to eat me at that time…
B6: But then, it walked away like nothing happened
B1: I think it’s a kind of [Lizardman] by listening to your description…
But the strange thing is, there shouldn’t be any Lizardmen around here
B2: Then just what in the world did Lyla see..?
Sfx: Shudder Shudder
B1: Minato? What’s wrong..?
B2: Elk… And Dryad girls…
B3: Gather around me, now..!
B4: W-What happened, Minato..?
B5: Just do it!!
I don’t have time to explain this!!
B1: This smell..!
B2: It’s “that guy”..!!
B1: Thank the Heavens…
Seems like it didn’t notice us
B3: Well, of course Elk is going to be worried…
B4: I guess it’s better if I explain it to he-…
B7: What now!?
B8: It’s from the village!
Let’s return asap!!
B3: Oh my, you guys are so late, you know?
B1: I already finished them all
B3: That was really abrupt
B4: A Demon Beasts’ flock with their claws and fangs tainted red by blood suddenly attacked this village
B5: I came as quickly as I could because I thought some of the villagers might be injured…
B6: But when I arrived, everyone was just fine…
Perhaps the Demon Beasts fought each other or something
B7: Does that kind of thing happen often around here?
B8: Not quite, they told me that it’s their first time being attacked by Demon Beasts
B1: This time, we got out safely because the village’s vigilante corps and our men worked hard, but…
B2: As long as we can’t pinpoint the cause…
The villagers must be anxious about this…
B3: Minato! I received a message from Neil!
She said a weird human was spotted in the forest!
B4: Sorry Sherry-san, but I leave this place to you!
B5: Eeeh!? You’re going to go again!?
But I thought you’re going to help me find the cause of this!!
B1: I won’t let you get near anymore than this!!
B2: Hey, you!! What are you doing her-…
B3: Wait, whaaat!?
B4: Hi, Minato-kun and Elk-chan
B5: Sorry for intruding
B1: Why are you here..?
Sfx: Flap Flap
B2: Because actually…
I have a magic item that makes me able to intercept telepathic messages with me
B3: And I heard that the spirits here were in big trouble
B4: You saw the Demon Beasts rampage or something at the village, right?
B5: I thought that there was another troublesome thing happening inside the forest too, so…
I came here, sorry
B6: Uhmm… Excuse me…
But who is this human?
B7: He’s my adventurer comrade
B8: He’s not a guy that will hurt you Neil-chan, so you can be at ease
B1: By the way… Did anything happen after we left?
B2: We didn’t see any more kidnappers inside the forest…
At least for now, that is…
B4: Are you telling me that there are humans who were kidnapping the spirits in this forest?
B5: Yeah. I beat 2 of them around there
Perhaps there is an evil merchant who makes profit from selling these spirit girls
B6: Well, even though they still look pretty young, they have pretty good looks after all…
B7: Hmm, I think that’s probably not the reason though…
B1: What do you mean?
B2: Ah right, I forgot that you guys don’t know about this
B3: You see, most of spirits like Alraune and Dryads…
Can’t really live in a place other than where they were born
B4: What? Is that true?
B6: They really need the air and the water from the forest to live
If by chance, they ever separated from this forest, no, from this valley, then they’ll probably…
Our life force will be greatly weakened…
B8: And we will probably die after a few days
B1: Wait a minute!!
Then why would they target Neil and the other Dryads in the first place?
B2: …Who knows..?
Maybe those two we beat before will talk if we hurt them a bit more?
B3: Uhm well, I also thought the same too…
So I tried to interrogate those two, but…
Sfx: Twirl Twirl Twirl
B4: Whoa!! What the hell is this!?
B5: Hee, that’s unexpected, Alraune-chan…
I never guessed you’re the kind of girl who likes torture by just looking at your cute face
Was that a pretty extreme kind of play?
B6: I-I-I didn’t do anything like that!!
B1: All I did was make them a little bit honest…
B2: And loosen their tongue a bit by making them sniff a flower…
That grew in this forest, that’s all!!
B3: I don’t think that’s better though…
B4: But what I found out was only that those two were just hired goons…
Which were only hired with some coins, that’s all…
B5: I couldn’t find out anything about their employer nor his purpose for hiring them to kidnap our friends…
B6: Hmm, this is troubling…
B7: Then let’s just go back to the village for now
B8: Okay. Let’s bring those two goons with us too while we’re at it
B9: We have to hand them over to the vigilante corps after all
B2: Neil-chan, don’t look at them!!
B4: Neil..! Pull yourself together!!
B5: Considering that they have weapons in their hands…
Seems like they were fighting something after they broke out from their binding…
B1: There are no traces of a fight here…
B2: I believe that the owner of these footprints killed them in an instant
B3: Seems like it came from deep inside the forest and returned there afterwards
B4: Do you plan to run after it, Minato-kun?
B6: Anyways, help me out Zaly
Let’s burry their remains
B7: The Dryads would be shocked if they see something like this in their forest
B8: Roger that
B9: Certainly, after looking at Alraune-chan’s reaction, that seems like our best course for now
Sfx: Swish Swish
B1: Ah, you finally returned!
B2: Sherry-san! Sorry for before
B3: Did you find anything?
B4: Yeah, about that…
B5: Wait, why is Zaly together with you?
B6: Well, I’m their collaborator, I guess?
B7: Well, sort of
B1: Well, that’s just perfect! It never hurts to have a lot of people I can trust around…
B2: After you left, we asked everyone around to search for clues…
And I met with a person with some interesting information
B3: So I thought it’s better for you guys to listen to it together with me too
B4: I’m very sorry for intruding on you with a large group at night like this
B5: No no, don’t be
B6: It’s really an honor for me…
Since it’s really a rare chance to be able to accommodate people who work as merchants like you…
B1: First, please enjoy these tea and cookies
B2: I was really a grandma’s kid in my previous life, so this atmosphere really calms me down…
B3: So, Dwarf Grandma…
B4: Could you tell us the detailed story about what you told me earlier?
B5: Sure, sure…
B6: That’s if you’re content enough with a dusty story before this village was even built
B1: This is a story from around 90 years ago…
B2: When their settlement was still located farther in the north
B3: At that time, their settlement still wasn’t called the Flower Village
B4: Because back then, they haven’t even started doing this flower business
They were living by eating the meat from Demon Beast they hunted or wild plants from the forest
B5: They burned a part of the forest, and made it as their field for them to grow crops
B6: It’s pretty much similar to what we call as “Slash-and burn agriculture” in my previous world
B7: They lived as a solitude tribe in the harsh Northern Lands…
B8: Without any single contact with the outside world
B1: Living in the northern lands was really difficult
They started to search for a safer and more abundant land to live, and finally…
B2: Someone who proposed an idea to migrate towards the south appeared
B3: That idea birthed a friction between their people…
And they were separated into two different factions, between “migrating” and “staying behind”
B4: Both factions kept denying each other and engaging in a never ending dispute
B5: Sometimes, they even fought so hard that they injured each other
B6: And in one autumn day…
That time finally came..!!
B1: With a harsh winter approaching in front of them…
The people from the migrating faction finally broke up with the staying behind faction…
B2: And migrated to south, leaving their birthplace behind
B3: And that place is this Minette Village, right?
B4: After that, we from the migrating faction…
B5: Acquired a better living that can’t even be compared with what we had before
B6: And as there is a trade route nearby…
B7: We started to make “flower” as our specialty product and started to trade with people outside our tribe
B8: By the way, we also tried…
B9: To share some of our blessing with our family who chose to stay up north…
However, they were so obstinate and didn’t even want to listen to any single word we spoke…
B1: And after that, our relationship with them was completely cut off
B2: …But why are you telling this story to us now?
B3: Because in the midst of the attack
I saw several big figures disappearing into the forest
B4: Well, if a dark elf who’s said to be good at seeing in the dark says that, I guess there are no doubts about it…
B5: Besides, she said they were “big”, so they definitely weren’t part of the Dryads or the Alraunes…
B2: There are Dryads inside that forest!?
B3: Anyway, I’m sure that they aren’t Dryads…
B4: I think they are people who have some kind of grudge against this village or something
B5: Wait. If the attack was not something that naturally happened, but something man-made…
B6: Then there is a pretty high chance that the descendants from the staying behind faction were the ones behind it!
But why did they do something like that?
B7: To drive out people who already live here…
And snatch this village from them, perhaps?
B8: Stop right there
That only works if we assume that the people from “up north” were involved in this
B9: I think it’s too early for us to conclude that
B10: Ah, I guess you’re right
Have you heard the Village Chief’s story yet?
B2: Village Chief? Isn’t that the guy…
Who gave a speech when we arrived, right?
B3: About that, sorry, but I haven’t even met him yet
B4: I was thinking of meeting him after the attack, but…
B5: Seems like he won’t leave his sickly daughter’s side no matter what
B6: Hmm, now that’s really troubling…
I still want a bit more information if possible about this matter
B7: Listening to your talk…
B8: There was something bad that happened in the forest, am I right?
B1: How deplorable…
That forest is the one who graced us with all of these blessings
B2: So we should never make The Forest’s God angry, no matter what
B3: The Forest’s God..?
B4: Does something like that really exist in that forest, Grandma?
B5: There is this legend…
That was conveyed to us since we still inhabited the northern land
B6: Whenever humans do too many bad deeds…
It will anger the God of this forest, and he will deliver the judgment to them, or so the legend says…
B7: Well, if something like that really exists, I’m sure things will be much easier for us
I mean, that God will even take care of the villains for us
B8: Now now, you shouldn’t talk like that
B1: Because the anger of the Forest’s God is really frightening, you know…
B2: In one legend, it said that the Forest’s God brought a whole village to ruin just because they forgot to bring their offerings
And I presume this is a true story, because there were a lot of villages in the northern land once, but only one remains now
B3: Rather than a Forest’s God…
B4: Wasn’t that more like Destruction God?
B5: Don’t tell me…
B6: “That Guy” is really involved in this matter..?