Graduated from Witchcraft Institute - Chapter 6: Cave
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Now that we had cleared the goblins on lookout, we were ready to enter the cave.
Mii got on all fours by the entrance, listening intently to the ground.
Some adventurers would say that they didn’t need to enter the cave to hit the swarm of goblins lurking inside, which was insane. I was skeptical of that idea.
According to them, it was possible to light a fire at the entrance and send smoke into the cave, or take advantage of the phenomenon of dust explosions that occured in mines to clear the goblins out. However, it was my opinion that these operations, while interesting in theory, didn’t stand up to practical usage.
Moreover, even if smoke could be accurately sent through the air, the act itself was a risk, as you lost the element of surprise in the process. Whether the advantages of smoking them out outweigh such a loss was questionable.
Speaking of surprises, a thought occurred to me and I turned to Satsuki.
“Is Satsuki allowed to conduct surprise attacks? Or does your honor limit you to facing the enemy head-on?”
Satsuki smiled wryly and shook her head.
“I can come to terms with that. Though there are Samurai who say that it is cowardly, I want to become a Samurai who can serve others.”
“Hmm… I see.”
I didn’t see how this was different from killing an incapacitated enemy, but I decided not to mention it.
The reason being that this concession alone already seemed to be a source of internal conflict for her.
“I can’t hear any footsteps in the immediate vicinity, maybe it’s a deep cave.”
Mii reported as she rose from her position on the floor.
Then, she took a firebox and lantern from her backpack, and with well-practiced movements, created a fire and transferred it to the lantern.
In the meantime, I took a torch out of my luggage and asked Mii to light that as well.
The beast-man girl tilted her head curiously.
“Isn’t it possible to create lights with magic?”
“It’s possible, but using magic will consume my mana. Light magic isn’t a big deal, but if you have a low-cost alternative, you should use it.”
“Ah, I get it nyow!”
Convinced, Mii set fire to my torch.
Consumed Mana slowly regenerated by resting. It was known that sleeping in a comfortable environment was the most efficient form of regeneration, with six to eight hours of good sleep being enough to restore fully depleted mana reserves.
Although the maximum amount of mana stored in the body varied from person to person, I had molded a body capable of storing considerably larger amounts of mana than an ordinary person as a result of my training during school, and my speed of mana recovery during rest was much faster than that of ordinary people.
That said, if I carelessly used my magic all the time, I’d eventually run out of mana in my body. It could be said that mana management was an important ability for all Magicians.
“But William, why do we need an extra torch?”
Meanwhile, Cyril, the Cleric girl, hit me with a frank question.
“It’s dark inside the cave, so we certainly need light. But what is the point in preparing multiple lights?”
I didn’t think she was questioning my judgment, but was rather expressing her willingness to learn. Searching the ostensibly useless for deeper meaning was a pretty good attitude — worthy of a sage. Perhaps I’d just glimpsed at a deeper level of intelligence within this Cleric named Cyril.
“Ah. There’s a book that I read in the past. You never know what accidents might be encountered during an adventure. Losing your light source in the dark can be fatal for us human adventurers. Redundancies such as having multiple lights reduce the risk of the whole party being plunged into darkness. Additionally, an extra torch is helpful for burning away spider webs and other obstacles.”
“… I see. So it’s the wisdom of the past adventurers. I’ve heard some Magicians grow arrogant and foolishly decide they know better than the adventurer rules of thumb, but you don’t seem like that.”
It seemed she was evaluating me the same way I just evaluated her.
While I did think I talked too much sometimes, I guess she didn’t dislike that kind of person.
“As you said, there’s probably a Magician like that out there somewhere. But I think such a fool would die fast. Personally, I’d like to avoid such a wasteful, premature death.”
The cleric giggled at my response.
“William, you’re an interesting person.”
“I’m not joking.”
“I meant to say your sense of humor is catastrophic.” she said.
Mii interjected from the side.
“Is that so?”
I preferred it when they refrained from making such challenging remarks.
“Come on, guys, let’s go. The sun is setting.”
I looked up at the sky and, just as Satsuki said, it was already sunset.
We finished chatting and decided to head off into the cave.
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