-Where are we going ?
Camilla asked, her voice clearly nervous and unsure about the whole situation, her hands tightly wrapped around my neck while her legs lightly shivered within my grasps, holding her behind my back with my black jacket covering Camilla’s shoulders as we made our way through the slum streets of Septinia city.
It hadn’t been long since Camilla and I left the wooden box within that filthy alley, after making a few inquiries about the city, its layout, and its people, I finally judged that we were ready to go by the next day.
Camilla was very uncomfortable with that decision and thought that we needed more time and wait for her to recover, she did protest lightly at the very beginning but she quickly gave in when I told her that we should find better place to recover her wound and that it wouldn’t do good for her health to stay in that filthy place any longer if she wanted to recover quickly.
In all reality I could have left Camilla there and came back later after I finished my task but I felt very insecure having Camilla all alone inside that filthy alley without anyone taking care of her which is why I wanted to take her with me into the streets.
The over all appearance of the city slums wasn’t as different as I imagined it to be, though the buildings looked to be heavily in disrepair, the environment still closely resembled that of my own world without its ruins or rubbles scattered everywhere, if you had to ask me whether there was a difference then it would be the fact that everything here was the same style while in my former world some buildings from the old age were still preserved giving a sense of new and old meshing together which was not present in this city.
The buildings here were made out of stone and wood with numerous strings going from one wooden window to another creating dry hangers for laundry, the path was made out of stone bricks with a few lanterns hanging on masts near the roads to give off light when it became dark.
Right now it was about 5 or 6 o’clock maybe, the sky was dyed orange with the sun rising up, the day had just begun with people already out and about, some looking to go to work while others waiting to start their own business for the day.
Looking around the facial expressions of these people weren’t that good, there was a very real sense of fatigue that you could feel oozing off their bodies and the atmosphere was also strangely oppressive or rather hurried giving off a heavy vibe that made people uncomfortable.
Normally there wouldn’t be anything strange with such display of people busily going through their day, my world wasn’t any different with people worked hard everyday so they could keep their bellies filled and their minds occupied, the only difference here though was the fact that these people going about their day weren’t humans.
They were all demi-humans.
It was really strange in my perspective, if I thought before that the red eyes of Camilla were strange then the people here were in a whole other level of strange with some demi-humans having not only different hair or eye color but also extra limbs such as animal ears ,tails ,claws ,fangs or horns growing out of their bodies, their eyes were also unique some having pure black or white eyes while others showing cat eyes or snake eyes which differed forms from person to person as they passed by.
Body proportions and lengths aside, some of these people didn’t even resemble humans at all, compared to Camilla who almost certainly looked human just with a different eye color, some of these people had their entire bodies covered with gray scales or green skin and their faces resembling lizards or pigs.
I already knew from Camilla that Demi-humans were beings that were the result of humans and different humanoid creatures copulating with each other, other then humans there were a lot of other races in this world the most prominent ones being elves, dwarves, beastman, dragonnewts and devils.
Humans were merely the most numerous out of all the major races, if you thought about it really humans weren’t that special compared to the others.
And while I heard those races description and names from Camilla I still didn’t understand them since I’ve never seen them before which is why for now I couldn’t be bothered about knowing them.
I thought, almost forgetting about Camilla behind my back because of my inner rambling quickly recalling her question and thinking back to my plan.
-A Tailor shop, we need funds quickly because without money we can’t start earning money…
-Tailor shop ? Funds ? How are we ?…
Camilla let out a confused whisper, at this point I also didn’t see a point to hide what I was planning to do and directly told her why I wanted to find a tailor shop, Camilla herself didn’t know where the tailor shop was because she never went there before since clothes were too expensive for her to buy.
As of now both Camilla and I were penniless, Camilla wasn’t paid for her last round of work because she got injured and needed to escape, before that event she didn’t have any savings anymore since she already used everything for food and medicine that day relying on that days work to reimburse her pockets with coin.
I on the other hand came from a different world, in my world bartering was the only type of trade available, water was the most closest form of currency I had in that world, since everyone needed clean water to stay alive it became the norm to measure everything in exchange of water.
In fact the water bottle I used to clean Camilla’s wound was sort of like my wallet, other then the bottle I also had a few rolls of gauze, a waist pouch, my clothes, my hat, a jacket, 6 throwing knives, 2 skinning knives, 1 Military grade combat knife, a compass, binoculars and a multi-purpose mini-axe.
These things were the only items I had on my body I usually always carried more inside my backpack but because I died without carrying it on my body it didn’t come along with me.
Now since we didn’t have money my first thought was to immediately sell what we had.
The reason I wanted to find a tailor was because out of all the things I had on my body my clothes were the only things I didn’t mind losing, as far as I could hear from Camilla linen seemed to be the only common piece of textile around this area and if I offered my clothes most probably the value of those textiles would be something Tailors would find incredibly interesting and that isn’t even mentioned the over all design my clothes had including the durability which was both water proof and tough to cut.
The compass, the binoculars, the multi-purpose mini-axe or even the plastic bottle may get us a lot of money if I find the right person to sell it to, but at the same time it would probably cause a lot of trouble for us if these items are something that aren’t invented in this world yet.
People would question the origins of these items and how they are made with loads of hungry sharks charging at us to bite off a piece of meat or eat us whole.
As a ruins explorer lost technology was something I was always careful about when peddling around, I knew the thought process of others before they could even think about how to take away my possessions, making my clothes the only thing I had that could gain us some bit of funds to kick start our operation and keep ourselves low.
Or at least get us enough money so we could afford the cost of lodgings and some food for a week or two after getting that much I was planning on collecting information and letting Camilla rest until she fully recovered and by then think about how to proceed further.
And if that didn’t work, at worst case scenario I was ready to sell my knives even though I felt very uncomfortable in my heart I still knew what was worth more between our future or the knives that were dear to me.
And if finally that didn’t work either I could always resort to either stealing or trying to find temporary work until we got things figured out.
-At least thats what I think we should do.
Camilla was silent, after hearing my entire thought process and plan she seemed a bit strange even though I couldn’t see her expression I could feel her red eyes staring at the back my head as if trying to poke a hole into it.
For a moment I thought that there was something wrong with her or that she didn’t feel well but just as I was about to ask her.
-I..Is that so ? I didn’t know you thought so much about all of this…Alright, I try to stay quiet until you find the shop…
She said, her voice a bit strange not the usually shaky tone but rather a hesitant one, I felt tempted to turn my head and look at her but Camilla had already buried her head into my neck hiding her face as she started to rest and conserve her energy.
The feeling I got from Camilla were still a bit strange but I quickly let go of the issue and instead focused on the task at hand.
Thinking like this I slightly turned my head towards right and looked around the area, find the tailor was my top priority asking somebody was also a good idea but at the same time there wasn’t such a thing as being “too careful” when it came to your privacy.
It was also a good opportunity to finally test something that I wanted to do since yesterday.
I thought, my eyes sweeping through the crowd for a second shining with a golden luster as I tried to find someone who looked generally weak finally glancing towards a bird like demi-human who was sweeping the front of a building which looked like a pub ?
Occupation:Shop Keeper (Apprentice Tailor)
-Philanderer Lv.0 (0/10)
-Body Arts Lv.1(4/25)
-Physical Strength Enhancement Lv.1(2/25)
-Abnormal Status Resistance Lv.2 (8/50)
-Keen Eyes Lv.2 (4/50)
-Wind Magic Lv.0 (0/10)
Instantly, a blue window appeared the moment I laid my eyes upon him, this window was something I had discovered yesterday when I looked at Camilla’s eyes for the first time, I am not sure what this ability is called but I call this blue window the “character window”.
The reason I call it the character window is because it shows the true character of the person I looked at, who they are and what they are capable of, even revealing things that the person himself doesn’t know about showing their true potential.
The way this ability gets activated is by me just looking at the person and desiring to see their true self and not necessarily looking into their eyes.
Yesterday, since the discovery of this ability I’ve been constantly experimenting with it through Camilla, Camilla isn’t aware that I have this ability as of yet and while I want to tell her about it I judged that for now keeping this secret was fine since telling someone about it was far more detrimental then keeping to myself which would do no harm.
At some point I would probably tell Camilla of this ability and inform her of her true origin but as if now it wasn’t the time.
Getting back to the window itself,I had a bit of trouble understand and operating the window at first but after thinking about it and instinctively touching the unknown terms and numbers of the window a few smaller windows appeared giving more insight and explanation to what these terms meant.
A Name is a sound,combination of letters and marks identifying a being in this world in which it resigns in, any being or individual can only have 1 true name which they were born with or given the moment they acknowledged themselves with the name.Any other names later brought to the individual will be counted as fake names if they do not associate themselves with the name.
A Level or LV is the base power and knowledge of a being represented with a number, a single Level is made out of a certain amount of experience crossing the threshold, experience comes through all sorts of methods ranging from daily activities such as eating,sleeping and working to active and more rewarding activities such as hunting,discovery and understanding.The higher the level the stronger or more experienced the individual is.Certain items or techniques also have a certain Level requirement that need the individual to be at a certain strength to be able to utilize the item or technique.
Race is the categorization of all individual conscious beings be it living or not.
Gender is the differentiation between masculinity and femininity or man and woman.
Age is the representation of the current lifespan lived by the single Individual.
Occupation is the Individuals usual duty or principle work they are associated with examples such as guards and blacksmiths can be taken as occupations.Occupations give boosts to certain aspects of power and allow the individual to grasp certain skills faster.
A Talent is the innate ability of every living and intelligent being, it is the characteristic that enhance’s one’s latent abilities in a accelerated manner.Traits which allow one to improve at quicker rates than others in the same field of expertise and excel in them further then others.Talent comes in many forms, people can have it passively like swinging a sword as if it is a extension of their arm or sometimes they are simply capable of it actively like being able to levitate items with your mind.A Talent is most of the time no different from that of a Skill which is why it is treated as such as, it needs practiced to be truly useful for the individual.A Talent cannot be learned a individual can only be born with it or acquire it through special means.A Talent while treated as a skill cannot turn into a evolved skill.
A Skill is the accumulated knowledge or experience of a person in a certain area of expertise which they practiced.A skill can be learned through a number of means depending on the skill itself, a average human can only learn 10 skills without crossing level 30, if a human learns more then 10 skills before level 30 the skill proficiency of all other skills will decline until one other skill proficiency drops to 0 and disappears to open space for the new skill, some other races or demi-humans can have different skill limits and required level prerequisite compared to humans. Some skills a person can only be born with or acquire through special means.When the skill Level of a certain skill exceeds Lv.5 it becomes a evolved skill.
A skill has a total of 5 Level proficiencies practicing the skill increases the skill proficiency,certain actions, enlightenments and discoveries can also boost the skill proficiency level.
Is what everything meant.
I never imagined something as complex as a person could be analyzed to this extend, I felt dubious the first time I read through the entire passages of text explaining what every little thing did and what it meant, though things started to get clear to me the situation only got me to ask more questions the more I started to know.
I even figured out that the window was most probably not telling me everything since some of the explanation regarding the function of the window left out some newer terms like , evolved skills, which I wasn’t aware how they looked like or what they even did to the original skill itself making me assume that they either replaced the skill or included a add-on to it ?
Talents and levels were also just as doubtful, a talent signified the potential of a person and their growth but what were levels for then ?
If Levels determine the base strength or knowledge of someone does it mean that the level can rise indefinitely ?
If there is no max cap to a level does it mean a talent can become obsolete depending on the base power of the individual ?
Can a person grow infinitely ?
The levels also seem be deeply connected towards the amount of skills a person can master depending of what race you are, humans can only master 10 skills under level 30 if they try to learn a 11th skill they will suffer from skill proficiency drop until one of their skills disappears and opens a slot for the new skill to reside and if that really is the case does there exist a race which can master more then 10 or less skills at the very beginning ?
How many talents can a person really have ?
Can a skill become more powerful then a talent ?
If there already exists a level boundary in which you can learn more then 10 skills is it possible that you can learn infinite amounts of skills if your level rises infinitely ?
And all of these questions don’t even account for the fact that I am somehow capable of knowing the name,age,gender and occupation of a person without even exchanging a single word with them !
This was just too illogical ! If this was just some sort of game on a sheet of paper maybe I could have accepted this more easier…well not that it matters now.
I lightly gulped, looking back at the character window of this bird like demi-human trying not to directly stare at him while doing so.
Occupation:Shop Keeper (Apprentice Tailor)
-Philanderer Lv.0 (0/10)
-Body Arts Lv.1(4/25)
-Physical Strength Enhancement Lv.1(2/25)
-Abnormal Status Resistance Lv.2 (8/50)
-Keen Eyes Lv.2 (4/50)
-Wind Magic Lv.0 (0/10)
This person had decent amounts of skills and even more impressively he had something called Wind Magic.A skill that was native to this world and seemed to be one of the types of skills a person can only be born with similar to a talent but not actually that unique.Recalling a matter from yesterday I also summoned Camilla’s character window for a side by side reference.
-Natural Instinct Lv.3(127/250)
-Otherworldly Space Lv.0(0/10)
-Otherworldly Contractor Lv.0(8/10)
Abnormal Status Resistance Lv.3(29/250)
Physical Strength Enhancement Lv.2(26/50)
Physical Vitality Enhancement Lv.2(42/50)
Dragon Magic Lv.0 (0/10)
Just like this bird like demi-human Camilla also had a type magic called Dragon Magic, Camilla herself claimed that she is not aware that she possess such skill neither did she ever practice it before reinforcing the idea that magic is a exceptional type of skill that someone needs to be born with to use, at this point it was unknown to me how this system differentiated between Talent and skill even though magic itself looks to be a talent than a actual skill…
Either way this wasn’t something I could figured out right now without having a good understanding of magic, ignoring the magic skills for a moment I looked over both their skills and talents while also at the same time tapping on all the skill names to get a good idea of what they all do again, though honestly I was more curious about the talent the bird like demi-human possessed then skills themselves.
Increases opinion of the opposite sex towards you, charm increases the more you speak towards the opposite sex giving extra libido when in heat.
Increases unarmed combat skill, precision and agility gain a boost the more you practice.
Increases your ability to stitch and craft clothing items, Dexterity and concentration gain a boost the more you practice.
【Physical Strength Enhancement】
Increases physical strength, handling and health gain a boost the more you practice.
【Abnormal Status Resistance】
Increases resistances against poison,disease and infections.
Increases eye sensitivity, the more you practice the more you pick up on smaller details with your eyes.
Increases your skill to control wind and its different properties, mind, wind affinity and concentration gain a boost the more you practice.
Increases your perception of danger, the more you practice the more you are capable of discerning your surroundings and seeing truths from lies.
Gives you the ability to a open a alternate space within your soul where you can store items ,the more you practice the bigger the space gets.
Gives you the ability to form a single contract with a being from another world making it your familiar, the more you practice the stronger the contract gets and the more privileges you gain through the contract.
【Physical Vitality Enhancement】
Increases your physical regeneration, willpower,stamina and defense gain a boost the more you practice.
You are capable of utilizing ingredients and tools together to make a meal, the more you practice the more you gain the ability to make better food with more status bonuses.
Increases your ability to wield the power of a dragon,elemental resistance increases the more you practice.
I read through all of the windows, especially focusing on Camilla’s talents thinking about the space that could be incredibly convenient to us, the otherworldly contractor skill seemed to be the reason why I was called into this world in the first place, how this ability was categorized as a talent baffling my thoughts trying to find a criteria as to how this structure itself is build.
I wasn’t surprised to see Camilla having a ability such as the first time I saw it, it was understandable since without this ability Camilla probably couldn’t have taken care of herself for so long, the fact that her , and were such a high level for someone her age proved how much she struggled for so long to continue on living.
People live differently in different regions and here people couldn’t easily leave the safety of the city walls, with monsters and incredibly powerful beings walking outside that can kill them at a moments notice, it seemed as if my world in comparison was probably much more lenient then this world…will we able to pull through?
I wondered, before lightly shaking my head shooing away those pessimistic thoughts…
I raised my head looking around, the people here weren’t even paying attention to a couple like us standing in the middle of this street, everyone here had their own goals to pursue and I wasn’t done yet either I knew struggles were ahead if I didn’t start pull my weight fast enough.
-Excuse me mister…can you stand still for a second ?!
Just as I was about to move on again, the bird like demi-human who I had just used as a test subject for my ability suddenly approached me asking me to stay. I was a bit surprised honestly that he approached me all of a sudden and thought that he had noticed that I was looking at him for too long, but staring back at him appraisingly I noticed that he didn’t seem to have any malicious or hostile intent when approaching us.
I was about to ask what he wanted with a slight harsher tone so he would go away, but just as I was about to do so I could see his hands move lightning quick, his bird like fingers stretching out towards my body, the black talons of his finger nail looking as if he was trying to impale me.
My instincts reacted instantly, my left hand reaching towards my military grade combat knife to sever those talons and my feet stepping side ways to avoid his lunge, my eyes were focused on those black talons of his, Camilla seeming to be still asleep the entire time and didn’t wake up from the sudden shake of my movements when all of this occurred.
The shaking was not that bad my balance was still steady the only thing that happened was just as I moved the black jacket hanging on Camilla’s shoulders fell down intercepting the bird like demi-humans lunge with his talons.
At this point I had already drawn my knife but just as I was getting ready to retaliate, the bird like demi-human spoke again, his voice excited drawing my eyes towards his face as I once again saw his “no harm intended” looking expression holding the jacket with sparkling eyes and fondling it with his fingers as if he was holding his lover.
-Mister…where…where did you get these clothes !
I may or may not have wrote too much.