Loren knew in his head what goblins were .
Goblins were ugly creatures . Their color ranged from green to dark green, and were the size of a child .
They could be found almost anywhere and reproduced quickly .
They were ferocious monsters but had low intelligence, and were not that strong either .
But their high reproduction rates and strength in numbers were not to be underestimated .
There was an undeniable fact that goblins could mate and reproduce with almost any living thing that has reproductive organs, and fully grow during the span of a few days .
Although new adventurers hunt them day by day, they show no sign of going extinct .
x201C;No wonder he says it x2019;s an easy quest, x201D; thought Loren as he gazed at the rest of the swordsman-like young man x2019;s party members .
The young man x2019;s name was Sarfe .
He was quite new to the job of an adventurer himself, and dreamed of being a hero . While Sarfe was going on and on about his dreams, Loren couldn x2019;t understand what made Sarfe be this optimistic, despite being similar ages . As Sarfe went on, Loren decided not to pay much attention to him .
Siting next to Sarfe was a girl with short brown hair dressed like a thief . She was looking at Sarfe, who was still going on about his dream to become a hero, with sparkling eyes and a small blush .
Loren recalled that her name was Naren .
She was Sarfe x2019;s childhood friend and left her village along with Sarfe to become an adventurer . With nimble movements and skillful fingers, she was the party x2019;s thief .
Although the class name is thief, they are not criminals .
The class x2018;thief x2019; as an adventurer is completely different from the criminal x2018;thief x2019;, and as an adventurer, it is legal to introduce yourself as a x2018;thief x2019; .
Their job is to locate and disable traps as well as pick and open locks . Loren had no idea as to why the class was called x2018;thief x2019;, just like the criminal x2018;thief x2019; .
x201C;I guess they couldn x2019;t think of a good name for the class, x201D; thought Loren as moved his gaze to the next person .
Next to the thief was a female magician wearing a blue robe and a staff propped next to her, and was listening to Sarfe with a bored expression .
Although she acted annoyed by Sarfe, Loren could see that she glanced at Sarfe every time brushed her blond hair out of her eyes and let out a small sigh .
It was obvious that she was only acting annoyed and was very intrigued by Sarfe .
Her name was Oxy, and although she didn x2019;t know Sarfe as long as Naren, she met them the day Sarfe and Naren became adventurers, and formed a party together .
She was around the same age as the two, but she graduated from a school for magicians, and her staff was proof of that .
Sarfe told Loren that she was able to use 3 spells a day, but Loren had no idea how impressive that was because he didn x2019;t know any magicians during his days as a mercenary .
Magicians were usually hired by aristocrats or royalty, and the ones who weren x2019;t were usually adventurers . Loren knew of no one who was a magician that was a mercenary .
Since Sarfe told him so proudly, he decided that 3 spells a day must be an extraordinary feat, but wondered if a person who can only use 3 spells a day be useful at all .
Since Loren didn x2019;t want the party to hate him, he decided not to say it out loud .
Her name was Lapis .
As a priest she served the god of knowledge, and continually glanced at Loren with apologetic eyes and a troubled smile .
She was also invited by Sarfe to join the party, and she knew them longer than Loren but shorter than Oxy .
She became a full-fledged priest not too long ago, but instead of working for the church, she became an adventurer in order to see what the world was like to gain experience .
Priests prayed to their deity to perform divine arts, and Lapis told Loren in an embarrassed manner that her skill in divine arts was not that great, and she can only use divine arts twice a day .
Loren didn x2019;t understand why she was acting embarrassed, but assumed it was because she couldn x2019;t use divine arts as frequently as other priests .
Same with magicians, from Loren x2019;s knowledge, there were almost no priests that worked as mercenaries .
They usually worked in the church, and the few that did come out of the church would not willingly work as a mercenary .
Loren had never seen a divine art, but he had thought a number of times how having a priest that can use divine arts, which can heal injuries and poison, would be beneficial to the group .
By this time, Loren thought that Sarfe would get bored of talking, but seeing that he was still at it, Loren interrupted him by saying,
x201C;Can we talk about the quest now? x201D;
Loren sighed inside as he looked at Sarfe, who looked disappointed being stopped from talking, and the two girls gave Loren dirty looks as well .
Although Loren was low on money, he couldn x2019;t shake the feeling that he joined a difficult party to work with .
One problem was that Loren just became an adventurer and had no experience at all, but the rest of the party did not have much more than he did .
The other problem was that everyone else in the party except for Sarfe was female .
The party was balanced class-wise, but was unbalanced gender-wise .
In a mercenary group, there are usually no women .
Loren heard from one of his comrades that it was because there were few women who became mercenaries in the first place, and because in groups with women, there was a high chance that problems would occur in the group .
It was a quite rude thing to say about women, but Loren had seen groups split up or straight up fall apart because of women, and thought it wasn x2019;t a story without any sort of evidence .
If he put that into consideration, it was a party with high chance of problems occurring within the party .
But Loren convinced himself that he wasn x2019;t going to be with them for long, and faced Sarfe again .
x201C;I x2019;m just saying that talking here isn x2019;t going to get us any money . Unlike you guys, I don x2019;t have much money to work with, so I want to talk about the job . Got a problem? x201D;
x201C;No, you x2019;re right . Now that we x2019;re introduced, let x2019;s get to the details of the job, x201D; replied Sarfe . But a sudden complaint from Naren stopped Sarfe .
x201C;Hey Sarfe, are we really taking this guy along? He used to be a mercenary . You really think it x2019;s ok to invite a guy who would do anything for money into our party? x201D;
x201C;He doesn x2019;t look like a bad person to me . x201D;
x201C;Haaaaa, you x2019;re so na xEF;ve . You say that because you don x2019;t know what mercenaries are like, x201D; sighed Naren .
x201C;Well it x2019;s true that I grew up in the church and I don x2019;t know what mercenaries are like, but I x2019;m confident in my ability to judge people, x201D;
x2018;I x2019;m not asking you guys to let me join the party, x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m just asking you to bear with me just for this quest . x201D;
x201C;I x2019;m fine with letting you in the party if it x2019;s fine with you, x201D;
said Sarfe .
But Loren didn x2019;t answer him . He had no intention in staying in a party where he wasn x2019;t going to be liked by the members . He knew that there wasn x2019;t going to be any merit for him to stay in that sort of group .
He had already made up his mind that once he earned enough money, he would leave them and search for a different party to join .
x201C;The quest is from a village and they want us to hunt goblins that appeared in the area . The village takes around 3 days by foot . x201D; continued Sarfe, but Naren said,
x201C;It x2019;s the village of Ain, right? If we x2019;re going there why did you pick a quest for hunting goblins and not a different kind of quest? x201D;
As Sarfe was scratching his head with a troubled expression, Oxy said,
x201C;You mean exploring the recently discovered ruins? There x2019;s no way the Guild would let us take that sort of quest . It x2019;s obvious that they will ask more experienced adventurers take it . x201D;
x201C;But at this rate, we x2019;ll never be able to take good quests, x201D; complained Naren .
x201C;Come on Naren, we just need to be patient . As soon as we finish some quests like this one, we will have a good reputation, and then the Guild will let us take better quests . x201D; Sarfe told her, and Naron didn x2019;t say anything more .
x201C;What an unorganized party, x201D; thought Loren, but he was glad that they would finally be able to move on .
x201C;So, do you have any idea how many goblins there are, or how large the herd is? x201D; asked Loren .
x201C;I x2019;m not sure . Apparently, some hunters from the village saw them in the forest but ran straight back as soon as they did . But they x2019;re just goblins, there x2019;s nothing to worry about . x201D; replied Sarfe in a carefree manner .
Although Loren was worried about Sarfe x2019;s easy going manner, it was also true that goblins weren x2019;t that hard to deal with, so he decided not to say anything more .
x201C;I x2019;d like it if we can depart tomorrow, if there x2019;s no problem with that . x201D;
x201C;Hmmmmm, seems all right . x201D;
x201C;Then it x2019;s okay if we each get ready for the trip and meet up tomorrow morning, in front of the east gate? x201D;
There were no objections to his suggestion .
Loren then brought back his thoughts to his wallet .
It had almost nothing left, but there was enough to buy rations to last for 6 days . It meant he was going to run out of money, but he was certain that they would be able to hunt things on the way for food .
He then thought that maybe it would be fine if he sacrificed a meal or two in order to buy a blanket to use . With these thoughts in mind, the group disbanded to get ready for the trip in the morning .
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