Part 28: Chapter Twenty-Seven: Like Doctor DoolittleLast time we met Felt had restored another Workshop and was preparing to search for the next one. What we have yet to see is the reaction in Eden to Weathervane Hills return.
It looks like Weathervane Hill is back!
Weathervane Hill? Thats the Wind Manas holy ground.
Yes, yes! Im so happy!
So today, Im gonna work extra hard!
Make way for Coco!
Please, calm down and then do your work!
Cocos enthusiasm did indeed cause some problems.
Ive put 10 times as much effort into my work
But, I also broke 10 times as many plates.
But it was a special occasion So, Ill forgive you.
Viese headed to Weathervane Hill, but a cliff blocked her progress.
Yach had another business deal he needed help filling.
Hello, Yach. How are you doing today?
Im fine. Sales have picked up a little.
Thats great news, right?
It is, but Im not happy with my progress. I have to do something BIG.
I have an opportunity to make a huge deal, but Im not sure I want to go through with it.
Someone wants to buy a large quantity of Manatini.
Do you have any, Viese? Id like to buy 10 of then, if you have them.
Oh, I dont have any. Sorry
Its okay. You were the only person I could ask, so Ill have to decline the offer.
But, you wanted to make a huge deal, right? This is your big chance!
But I cant make the deal without the merchandise.
Just give me some time and Ill get them for you.
Really? Thats great! Ill pay you, of course. Here take this.
Ill even pay you in advance.
System Message: Received [Weather Report]!
You now have the recipe for [Dark Lightning Cloud]!
Thank you. Ill do my best.
No, thank you.
Fortunately, the components required to produce that odd Mana beverage were easily found in the Grand region, making the production of the Manatinis a simple if expensive affair.
Oh, did you get those Manatinis yet?
Yes, I did, actually! Here you go.
System Message: Handed over 10 [Manatinis]!
You saved me, big time! Theres a Mana who loves drinking these.
My stores gonna be busy, now that I have these!
Viese also created the strange Animal Cookies the magic shop keeper had sold them a recipe for.
These will allow some animals to talk to us.
That is amazing!
I wanna have one!
These cookies are for animals. I dont think they are very good for people.
Ill tell you what. Ill bake some normal cookies later. Then we can share them together.
While this was going on, Felt and his allies returned again to the Imperial camp, where things were if anything more active.
Their commander was even present.
Soldier A: But, we have orders directly from the consul himself.
Hes ordered us to force the people of Grand to donate their goods to the Empire.
The Empire is extorting 80% of their property for no apparent reason.
Hes turning the Empire into an army of bandits!
Soldier A: But sir, it is a direct order from the consul.
As Imperial soldiers, it is our duty to follow his orders.
Even though we know this order may cause further rebellion among the people.
What are you up to?!
A quite odd little creature was much less afraid of the Imperials than our heroes were, it seemed.
Soldier B: Attention, sir! Weve been raided by the enemy!
Our foods been stolen!
Calm down. Its just a dumb animal.
I dont think we can just sneak by
With Galahad here, itll be even more difficult to pass through.
Well need to come up with an excellent plan, now.
What was that thing that ran out of the tent?
It was a ferocious looking animal.
It looked like it was heading to Grand Highway.
They found the creature resting near the Dark Forest.
Thats the animal we saw at the Imperial Camp.
Its acting really strange.
I think its a mystical beast.
A mystical beast?
Because they dont want to frighten humans, they are rarely seen at all.
Beast: Po-po, po-po.
I think its trying to say something.
Itd be a lot more helpful if it could talk
Once again reality provided for them in a timely fashion, as they had just acquired the means to allow an animal to talk.
Beast: Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth, po?
Sounds like it worked, mostly.
Hey, buddy. Why are you hanging around here?
Beast: My village had a series of bad harvests and we ran out of food, po.
So, I had to come all the way out to find more, po.
But, I havent found any food around here, either po
So, thats why you went into the Imperial Camp.
Hmm So we have an Imperial camp, a beast and a food shortage
How big is your village?
Beast: There are about 30 of us in my village, po.
I have an idea.
Will you lead us to your village?
Beast: Sure, po. You saved my life, po. Id be happy to take you there, po.
But, we wont be able to throw you a feast, po.
Thats okay. We werent really expecting you to anyways.
Beast: My village is way back in the Dark Forest.
We have to go through the Dark Forest to get there, po.
Next time well see what they discovered in the Dark Forest, and learn Fees plan for dealing with the Imperials.