Reincarnated into a Game As the Hero’s Friend MTL – Chapter 64

Before returning home I made a detour to visit Mazel who was supposed to be at the student dormitory. I explained to her that she’ll be under the direct control of the royal family, that she’ll be officially handed down to defeat the Demon King as an asset in the war against the Demon King, and that the Rugenz will be taken care of as well.

So far we’ve got everything going our way, but we’re dealing with the crown prince. I’m wondering if he has a plan.

A boss who’s too smart for you is a headache, but a boss who’s too smart for you makes you sick to your stomach.

“Okay, okay. Thanks for coming.”

“Don’t worry about it. And I’d be happy to help you personally.”

“Thank God… If I have to go from place to place, what do you think I should watch out for?”

“Yeah, I guess so.”

That’s a very fluffy way of asking for advice. No, I know the scenario of the game. But that doesn’t mean I can’t tell you that I know what’s going to happen, and I can see some discrepancies with the scenario. I don’t think it’s safe to give them preconceived notions.

“First of all, you should gather information in the town or village where you’ll be based. Locals know the most about local information.”

In games, you can get information about events and dungeons in nearby towns and villages. And in this medieval European world, the means of information and communication are weak. Local information is best obtained locally, no doubt about it.

“I’d rather listen to Rugenz’s advice when it comes to traveling and exploring dungeons. After all, as an adventurer, you’re probably used to traveling.”

Yeah, I know what you mean.

The fact of the matter is, there are a lot of things that you can’t judge if you don’t see it happening in front of your eyes, like precautions while traveling. I’m not that familiar with the dos and don’ts of camping every day either. In that sense, I’m glad that Rugenz, a veteran adventurer, is here, and I’m sure his advice will be of great use.

“The rest, well, I guess you’ll just have to take it easy and be generous with your supplies.”

Expendable?

“Anti-venom, potions, stuff like that. It’s stupid to die with all those tools.”

“Sure.”

The scary thing was the poison in this game. I should emphasize that you have to be careful with poisons. And most importantly, I don’t think you can restart like in the game. Would an anti-death item work?

“The only other advice I can give you is to fight according to your enemy.”

“According to the enemy?”

“In terms of attributes, if the enemy is fire, use a water weapon, or if he’s magical, hit him with a physical weapon. I think you need to be calm and make a decision.”

“I see…”

Well, I’m not sure I have much of a choice in the matter. He’s only got one skill, spearmanship, so if he’s strong against physical attacks, that’s just too much. If he’s physically impenetrable, it’s a run. Fortunately there aren’t any enemies like that around King’s Landing.

But it’s a line from a game character. I don’t like this compulsion.

“Well, if you need anything, you can always come to me. I’ll do everything I can.”

“I’m counting on you.”

Mazel laughed. She’d probably manage without me. I’m a heroic hero after all. But it would be better to have someone to complain to. Of course there wasn’t anyone like that in the game. Do normal adventurers complain to their party members? What is a normal adventurer?

I guess this world is halfway there. What is this discomfort? However, I can’t get an answer even if I think about it here.

“I think it’s a good idea to start with a base in Hafen town to test your skills and then go to the Great Temple of Finoi for the time being.

I vaguely remember it’s like that in the game. Well, there’s a dungeon on the way, so it’s not a straight shot. If you gather information in Hafen, you’ll hear about Triam’s Cave soon enough.

We don’t know much about Laura’s situation. We ran into her the other day in King’s Landing, so I doubt she’s in Finoi right now.

Am I being too suspicious this time?

“Okay. I’ll take it easy.

Yeah, and I won’t let you die on the way.

“I’ll be careful.”

He says this with a wry smile and puts out his hand to Mazel. Mazel reaches out and shakes her hand.

Okay, I’m going back.

Okay. Werner, good luck.

“And Mazel.”

I smile, wave, and leave Mazel’s room in the dormitory. Maybe now Mazel can say that he’s really gone the route of the game. I don’t think she’s going to need my help for the rest of the adventure.

I, on the other hand, am in a world without scenarios from now until the event of the attack on King’s Landing. And even though it’s technically different from the game, if that event actually happens, I’m the one who’s most likely to die, not Mazel.

But…

“I don’t give a shit about the scriptwriter’s or scenario writer’s convenience.”

“Huh?”

It’s nothing.

When I met up with Frensen who was waiting for me outside of the dormitory, I blurted it out without thinking and he looked at me suspiciously. But I meant it. If the story is going to be different, I’ll try to give it a happy ending at best.

I can’t help but wonder if this is some kind of weird influence from that Mazel guy. When someone trusts you that much, it’s hard not to do what you can. Is this the hero’s compensation? It doesn’t change what he does either way.

If an ordinary man tries hard enough he can get as good a result as a cheat with a habit of slacking off.

Back at the museum, Frensen gives us a brief report. No progress on Mangold, which is to be expected. I mean, I don’t expect to learn anything today.

Well, in the meantime, I could use a little help.

“Huh?”

I’m writing a proposal to the state through my father.

Yes, sir.

Since I can’t come up with the budget myself, I’m gonna have to figure out a way to get other people involved. Well, fortunately or not, my number one goal is not to die. I don’t care if I make a lot of money or share the profits with others.

I’m more blessed to be the son of a nobleman. I saw that today at the orphanage. You can sum it up by asking me to help you instead of letting others take your profit.

But proposals are a real pain. You have to draft the proposal because you can’t make mistakes when you write in pen and ink. You have to write and erase the draft on a wooden board, and think about the context so that it is legible and the meaning is not misunderstood, and you have to be careful not to be impolite.

I have to put it all together into a final paper proposal, and that’s a lot of work. It’s not easy to overlook something if I do it by myself, so it’s helpful to have an assistant. I don’t have presentation software like I did in my previous life. There is no common format for proposals, and you may be rejected without question just because of the way you write.

But the inkable quill is cool and all, but it’s just not that easy to use. It’s a pain to have to put it in the inkwell every time.

In this world, there is also a ballpoint pen. It is a fantasy pen that keeps producing ink with magic power by using a magic stone attached to the end of the pen, so that the ink will not run out until the magic stone is no longer available. In terms of durability, they are better than the ballpoint pens of the previous generation.

However, the magic stone is attached to the end of the pen, so the whole pen is unbalanced. To put it bluntly, it is difficult to write with. It is said that the first test of becoming a bureaucrat is to be able to write carefully for a long time with this pen. I can’t do it.

And it’s also quite expensive. I’ve heard of aristocrats who buy them just for the face. If I had to treat it like a fine fountain pen in a previous life…

“Well, I guess there’s no point in complaining.”

I’m sure there must have been something like that in the Edo period, so fountain pens are technically possible, and I know that they use capillary action. If I can survive, I might consider a fountain pen.