ion about the Demon Beasts in my head, I’m conjecturing the possible movements of these Demon Beasts based on their shape, and repeat it with mental rehearsal.
It’s never a good thing to do everything at the spur of the moment.
It could lead to confusion in making snap judgements.
While it’s not possible to actually gain experience, I can still imagine how the hunt may unfold.
The night passed as I deepened my understanding of the information I had been fortunate enough to obtain beforehand.
I woke up while it’s still dark outside.
It’s the second day since we arrived at this village.
Our traveller’s exhaustion has naturally subsided as well.
While nobody else is awake……No, one of them is awake, huh.
I leave the dorm while two of our group are still asleep, and prepare for this morning.
I draw my bow and have some light practice before I get something for breakfast.
It’s still early in the dawn.
The village hasn’t awakened just yet.
The cat isn’t here, either.
It wasn’t a cat, though.
——The demon beast that I’m after is active day and night, though it’s basically nocturnal; it sleeps at sunrise and resumes its activity comes midday.
Well, it’s written that it’ll attack their prey even in the daytime if it’s hungry.
So, its nocturnality is fundamentally just its habit.
Or rather, it seems that it’s much stronger at night due to its physical characteristics.
Which is why I’m going to hunt it just as it’s getting tired and going to rest.
When I looked up after sensing a gaze on me, I see the giant cat peeking its face out from the dorm’s roofs.
No, it’s not a cat, though.
It seems like it spent the night up there.
And down it goes.
The thing’s aiming for my mealtime.
Must be someone’s pet cat.
It should’ve gone back to its owner’s house already.
Well, it’s not a cat, though.
Having a meal by myself feels a bit wrong, so I reluctantly throw it some bird meats I hunted yesterday.
While it eats, I kill some time by checking through my hunting gears.
……Nevertheless, seeing that I bothered to pick out the bones and put the meat on a leaf before I gave it to the cat, I can’t help but feeling like I’ve gotten soft.
Now I’m not much different than Florentine who’s advocating for this cat.
As the sun begins to peek out in the horizon and the world is illuminated, I stand on my feet.
After it’s finished the bird meat without reserve, the cat, who’s sitting next to me, sees me off as I head down to the mountain——then I stop midtrack and look back.
「You’re not a cat, aren’t you?」
The cat starts licking its paw as if to say 「Whaddaya mean?」……While its gesture is very cat-like, it can’t be a cat.
This hunt is a short and decisive battle.
It must be done while the paralyzing poison is still in effect.
If blood is spilled, more demon beasts will come.
If I make a ruckus, demon beasts will come also.
In some cases, wounded demon beasts may call for help as well.
For these reasons, I plan to finish the game, collect it, and bring it to the village as soon as possible.
In addition, the last reason is not written in the field guide, as it is nothing but a guess from me.
I am just hypothesizing that perhaps there’s a connection between demon beasts of the same species.
Of course, I’m hoping that’s not the case.
There are many candidates that I consider, but there aren’t many demon beasts that I can retrieve safely by myself.
I decided to go after this one by a process of elimination.
And, it’s also one that I completely rely on 「Megane」.
As soon I entered the mountain, the demon beast is already in sight.
——I knew it, this is amazing.
I can feel the presence of other demon beasts, but I can’t feel this one at all.
I didn’t expect that there’s a demon beast that breathes even quieter than an insect and is more concealed than a copper pheasant.
Aka, the Dark Night Hunter.
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