There was no doubt about it…!
Garbow was swimming up a river!
Like a salmon!

This was unexpected.
We weren’t going deep into the sea at all.
We were going upstream on land…
There are plenty of stories about people adventuring on the ocean floor, but not so much a riverbed.

Well, the strength of the current and clarity of the water would be an issue if you thought realistically, but even from a fantasy point of view, it just wasn’t very exciting.

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A treasure hidden at the bottom of the sea smelled of adventure.
But if you heard about a treasure in a river, you might want to ask some specialist to retrieve it for you.
Though, in real life, you should probably hire someone regardless of where it was.
Water is pretty but also dangerous.

However, you could breathe underwater in NSO, and aside from movement being a little slower and weapons and skills weakened, there wasn’t really a problem.
Walking in the water was something that could be experienced casually.
The water was quite clear here, and as it wasn’t very deep, the sunlight shone through it beautifully.

But how far was Garbow going to go?
In the first place, was he okay in freshwater?
Well, it seemed doubtful that they even differentiated between seawater and freshwater in this game.
But I did wonder, since he was based on the garfish.

Ah, but Garbow was also quite big and thick, so perhaps he was closer to the alligator gar.
They were freshwater fish that lived in rivers.
Thinking this, it was not all that surprising that Garbow would swim upstream in order to evolve.

“Still, the fish here are getting bigger…”

Arowana, catfish, pirarucu, freshwater stingray, and freshwater sharks were swimming around lazily.
It seemed like they had just shoved all of the large river fish into this area.
There were even some fish that I had never seen before.
Perhaps they were undiscovered fish?
I’m sure Anne would know all about them.
Unfortunately, I was alone now.

But none of them showed any signs of hostility towards me, and so I ignored them.
Garbow was usually very sensitive towards other monsters, but he was being very quiet right now.
It really did seem like he was moving towards something that was top priority.

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“Gar! Gar!”

Garbow was crying…!
He did this to intimidate.
So there was an enemy!
The other fish seemed to detect something as well, as they began to swim away.
I made sure that I had my Seabow Arts Grow Card equipped and then readied my weapon.
Without it equipped, I would be helpless in the water.


It sounded like Garbow’s voice, but was much lower…
It was likely angry at us.
Garbow seemed to shrink back a little after hearing it.
Was this enemy a similar type to Garbow…

“No, that shape…!”

While the enemy did have the same kind of long, sharp snout as Garbow, it also had four legs!
And it was much larger than Garbow, as well as being in a pack…
It wasn’t an alligator gar.
It was a real alligator…pack!

We were surrounded by what was likely the strongest freshwater creature…
A fish could not beat a large reptile.
As a mammal, I would have to fight for Garbow!
Nevermind the fact that alligators eat mammals like gnus and the fact that we’re inferior to fish in the water!

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