Hachinan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou! Chapter 8
The useless child working hard at magic training
I get up as the sun rises in the morning and swing my wooden sword right after breakfast, within the limits of a 5 year old child’s body. Later I train on my bow’s marksmans.h.i.+p and read silently alone in the study room.
After lunch is magic training and after dinner is continued magic practice till it is too dark to read the book.
Fortunately, the time I have to train has extended much later into the night since I learnt to cast magic ‘light’.
My body is of a child so the main drawback is that I become sleepy, relatively fast.
By the way, father hardly enters the study room.
He can’t read kanji at all, he throws almost all his duty as lord to the village chief and village headman’s, he also signs the finished doc.u.ments in the dining room.
I mean, what would he do if the tax money was embezzled?
However, it honestly doesn’t matter since it was unrelated to me.
“Now for intermediate magic.”
I started training in magic a week after being reincarnated; I want to begin training in intermediate magic next, in the forest that no one enters.
I can’t cast fire arrow in the room after all.
And I can say that I went out to play; it seems that my family does not really care.
They are busy and they didn’t really care as I am just a 5 years old brat.
That is why I am standing at the entrance of the fairly vast forest behind our house.
This forest is the so-called ordinary forest.
Monsters don’t live in here at all but instead wildlife like rabbit and wild boar. It is my family’s regular source of protein and the people within the lord’s territory use it to hunt wild animals, collect firewood and edible plants or nuts.
It was our important life a.s.set that we manage.
The entrance is not that dangerous and no one would be angry unless I burned the trees with fire magic.
And if something does happen to me, it won’t go towards the house which I can agree that I am being left alone completely.
I am lucky that I can use magic freely.
“I should aim for advanced level.”
The book wrote that I need to patiently train in intermediate magic for a month.
The manual is detailed and it is easy as the measurements signifying progress are actually written down.
I try the intermediate magic written in the book one by one.
And when it is over, next is the application of that basic magic, casting an original magic that you thought up by yourself.
After that is the so-called combat system, separate from basic magic training.
“As I thought, it was impossible to use advanced magic here.”
I don’t mean about my own ability but there is no way I can fire a huge tornado and fire ball in rapid successions right here, in the house back garden.
And this body still a 6 year old, I decided to patiently improve my magic technique in intermediate magic to ensure the rise of magic accuracy and increase my magic capacity.
I may choose to train in advanced magic if it would not be noticeable.
However for now there is not many opportunities for that.
“Maybe the range about 1 kilometers?”
For that reason, I am practising magic detection by making full use of advanced wind magic which I can use without attracting attention.
This magic allows me to sense the presence of everyone besides myself within a specified range; it was written in the book that the users of this magic were very few.
Though my accuracy was far from the best.
Famous detection magic users could perceive the movements of life within the range of ten kilometres.
There were also people who can sense that there was a living being but not determine it and those who can sense how many humans, animals or monsters and even the size of them.
The more amazing thing is they can remember the humans or monsters that they have detected once, just like human radar which can identify anything that enters that individual’s range.
There also seems to be person with a fearful precision at detection.
I can only train myself to a kilometre radius from where I stand.
Though it is possible for me to grasp the size and number of detected lifeforms.
The radar scope comes as an image in my mind.
Via the range of the encirclement and the position of the light spot, I can grasp the object’s size.
You could say that I am now able to detect humans and wild animals such as rabbit, wild board and bear.
I just reincarnated to this world for one month so I never seen the figure of monster but even my new family with their non-interference policy would not want their 6 year’s old child to face a dangerous place.
“I should work hard at training my magic next.”
This detection magic is really convenient.
Wild boars and bears should be a difficult opponent for a 5 years old child regardless how well I can use magic. However, with detection magic I can explore the forest while avoiding that danger.
Since I am exploring the forest; I mean, actually yesterday evening, father who I had not talked to until now, issued an order to me.
“Vel. I heard recently that you are exploring the forest.”
“There are many dangerous animals in the forest. Take care.”
The permission is easily given but the non-interference policy still continues.
But even if by any chance I, as the eighth son died, there would be no influence on the end survival of the Baumeister knight territory.
“And try to collect anything that seems edible in the forest, also pick up as much firewood as you can.”
He never asked me to come help with the farm but I as a 6 year old can still end up helping the family financially.
So I put the wooden sword that I use for daily training on my waist today.
It just that I honestly think that it was better that nothing.
I would have liked being gifted a sword made from iron or bronze but this territory’s economy is not rich enough or it is just a waste to give a child a metal sword.
Next is a backpack to puts firewood in, a small bow and ten arrows that were used for training.
The small arrows didn’t have arrowheads but it was sharpened for my training.
Maybe I can take down a small bird if I am lucky?
It was definitely more preferable than having nothing but I should use it before the animals run away.
“I didn’t really expect anything with this weapon though.”
That remind me, I should use the magic that I had thought of by myself.
I produced a short arrow with some earth and it flies via wind magic.
I could just produce a crossbow with magic but magic in this world is quite easy to manipulate and improved on.
However because it depends too much on the talent of the caster, I should entrust it to fate whether or not I can really do it.
Luckily, I succeed in developing this magic.
The power also sufficient, I could even defeat a bear if it hit its weak points.
Rapid-fire also possible, I need to improve on the firing rate for now.
For control, it was not difficult at all due in part to my training on the bow.
“Let see…Was this wild plant edible?”
Besides that, I also gather mushrooms and wild strawberries, referring to the ill.u.s.trated book which I read in the house, and next is to loaded the backpack with firewood.
The load gradually becomes heavier but it was easy to carry with the lightweight spell from intermediate wind magic and enchanting my own strength using water magic.
I put recovery magic from water magic onto my weary muscles.
The lactic acid in the muscles disappear, I suddenly feel my body lightened.
“I can now use all the magic written in the book. I wonder if I should aim for serving at the court in the future.”
It suffice as magic training, with plenty firewood and wild plants and also since I was able to get wild strawberries, I decided to go home today.
I advance at a comfortable pace on the way back thanks to magic and I’ll soon approach the exit; I suddenly see one bird in my sight.
‘A guinea fowl’
Guinea fowl is a fat bird like duck that live across this continent.
The meat is delicious, the feathers are also popular as material for ornaments.
It is just that this bird is hard to capture.
Unlike its appearance, it’s sensitive to people signs and it is also quick to fly.
Our territory’s best hunter holed up for a day in the forest could only capture one, if he was lucky.
Of course it’s rarely served on the table.
I also was only able to eat a small piece of meat this month.
It was better than not getting anything but you can say that this is the sorrow of the sad, small eighth son.
‘Even with just small piece, it was deliciousness condensed in the form tasty meat. Wait…’
What if I can hunt this guinea fowl?
Maybe I can get brown bread and salt vegetable soup followed with roasted fowl meat every day.
Our family policy is non-interference but it is not really that cold.
The achievement hunting this guinea fowl is sure not to be wasted.
‘I’ve decided it. Wait for me meat!’
In this one month, I was reincarnated and it was fun doing special training for magic but I need to be decisive for my own meal, for nutrition.
But I as a former j.a.panese was still concerned with his own meal.
I feel like my motives were somewhat low but I don’t care.
I need to concentrate on hunting that guinea fowl now.
I need to approach it with the range of this short, small bow before the guinea fowl runs away.
“Then I’ll developed a new magic for the crossbow!”
Initially after five shots, the guinea fowl were on the verge of escaping since I missed the mark greatly but my aim gradually became accurate and I finally succeeded in killing two guinea fowl bird.
“I am back.”
“Oh, Vel. Does the firewood…did you kill a guinea fowl!”
Two guinea birds queued up magnificently on the table and I as the contributor succeeded in eating a delicious roasted fowl after a long time.
And I was praised for the first time by the entire family.
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