Volume 1 Chapter 20

The next day.

With the work clothes in hand and the slimes ready, I let everyone know that I would be going.

“Im going.” [Ryouma]

“Good luck.” [Reinbach]

“Take care, Ryouma-san.” [Elialia]

“Do your best.” [Elize]

“Well take care of the things on our end too.” [Reinhart]

As everyone saw me off, I left for the guild.

When I got to the guild, I approached the receptionist girl from yesterday.

“Good morning.” [Ryouma]

“Oh, youre the kid from yesterday. Ryouma-kun, right? So you came.” [Receptionist Girl]

“Yes, theres a job I would like to take.” [Ryouma]

“Yeah, I heard about it. Thanks for taking care of it. We were really at our wits end.” [Receptionist Girl]

“Then please take care of the papers.” [Ryouma]

“Sure, no problem… Ok, that should do it. Take this written request with you and head to the western district. Oh, and take this too. Its the key to the entrance of the latrine pits. Please dont lose it.” [Receptionist Girl]

“Of course. Now if youll excuse me.” [Ryouma]

“Take care.” [Receptionist Girl]

I left the guild and went to the westernmost part of the guild just as I was told [1], and when I got there, I used the key to open a door that was affixed to a brick wall. Inside was a shed made out of bricks and another door.

I tried to close the first door from inside, but it wasnt possible. Apparently, the door was made in a way that prevented it from being locked from inside.

Ill just leave it open then.

After putting on the jumpsuit and the waders, I opened the entrance to the latrine pits—

“ECK!?” [Ryouma]

—And promptly closed it. Im sure you understand.

After being left to fester on its own for several months, the stench within has already reached a whole new level. The smell was so strong my eyes actually went teary.

The huge scavenger slime didnt seem to mind, so I let it enter first and ordered it to split and deal with the area.

I waited outside while the slimes went to work, but I just couldnt shake off the shock from that horrid stench.

When I finally calmed down, I had the cleaner slime soak a hand towel in deodorizing liquid, then I used that to cover my mouth.

My eyes were also affected by the smell, so I ordered the cleaner slime to ride atop my head and cover my eyes like a pair of goggles.

The cleaner slimes body is transparent, so I can still see even with it covering my eyes. Cleaner slimes are really useful.

I entered the latrine pits in full gear and went down the stairs to a vast underground tunnel, where filth could be seen piled up on both sides. The scavenger slimes eagerly swarmed through the mountains of filth. Meanwhile, I did my own thing and washed off the filth from the walls and the ceiling with Mist Wash, and then heated the remaining water with my original electric magic, Range, to disinfect it.

It was really dirty, so I did what I could to clean it. It seems to have worked, so I used Identify on the ceiling and what was originally this:

Unclean Ceiling, a ceiling dotted with filth.

Turned into this:

Stone Ceiling, the ceiling of one latrine pit of Gimuru Towns common toilet. It has been cleaned and disinfected through heating and is now clean.

The information that appeared changed from Unclean Ceiling into a mere Stone Ceiling. When I took a look at the details, I found out that my attempts to disinfect it via heating was effective.

Still, I just cant help but wonder. Just where is this information coming from? But then again, its not like its ever fed me wrong info, so I guess I might as well just take advantage of it for now.

We continued cleaning like this for a while, and after 5 hours, we finally managed to clean one latrine pit. But we werent done yet, and the next event took another 3 hours, as the scavenger slimes had eaten enough to begin splitting more slimes. I can tell because of the familiar contract.

Fortunately, no one else will come here, so I can safely have the slimes split here. And considering theres still another 29 latrine pits, more slimes can only be a good thing.

When the scavenger slimes finished splitting, their numbers reached 1464. There were 730 before, but one of them was able to split twice, resulting into 4 slimes in total. I guess that just goes to show how much they ate yesterday and today.

All thats left now is to report to the guild, but unlike in my previous life, no ones hurrying me, so I decided to take my time and ensure that nothing was off about me or my slimes.

Below are the skills before cleaning. [2]

Skills: Disease Resist Lv5, Poison Resist Lv5, Lead Belly Lv5, Clean Lv6, Deodorize Lv6, Deodorizing Liquid Lv4, Stench Lv4, Produce Fertilizer Lv3, Jump Lv2, Digest Lv6, Absorb Lv3, Split Lv6

Skills: Disease Resist Lv7, Poison Resist Lv6, Lead Belly Lv6, Clean Lv7, Deodorize Lv7, Deodorizing Liquid Lv5, Stench Lv6, Produce Fertilizer Lv5, Jump Lv3, Digest Lv7, Absorb Lv3, Split Lv6

The skills leveled up across the board. On top of that, Disease Resist leveled up a whopping 2 points. The others are cool too. But since Disease Resist leveled up, I guess that means theres something here that could cause a disease. In other words………. Im currently within a hot spot!!

Do you understand the gravity of this situation? I know that a filthy place like this is bound to be home to several diseases, but the thing is that the scavenger slime had a Disease Resist of level 5, which according to the madam – I asked her before – is sufficient to ignore life-threatening diseases.

And yet! That level 5 Disease Resist actually leveled up a whopping 2 points! This is epidemic levels were talking here! Fortunately, we were able to deal with it, or else it couldve really gotten ba— Wait! Could it be the other latrine pits too!? Thats not good, this is really not good! I need to inform people ASAP— No, before that, I have to sterilize myself! It wont be funny if I end up compromising the whole town!!

The sudden turn of events left me panicking, but I did my best to calm myself as I went back to the entrance, then I used Identify on myself and the slimes. Fortunately, we were in the clear.

When we got out, I ordered the cleaner slime to give me a thorough cleaning, then I had it work with the scavenger slimes to sterilize the surrounding area. I used the neutral magic, Identify, on all my belongings and the slimes, and after seeing nothing amiss, heaved a sigh of relief.

Since everything was labeledclean that must mean that the cleaner slime and scavenger slimes cleaning ability is effective.

I locked the door and just to be safe, erected a Barrier of Concealment, then I hurried to the guild.

[1] – Fun fact. One part of the word for western most is read like satan. 最西端 (sai (most) + seitan (western edge) ).???

[2] – Wasnt mentioned whose. Obviously its the scavenger slimes, but Im not sure if its the huge version. It might be.

?Chapter 20 part2

I got a lot of attention along the way to the guild, as I was in too much of a hurry to change, but it doesnt matter. Theres a more pressing issue now. I need to inform the guild master and the dukes family ASAP.

I ran to the guild, but when I was almost there, it suddenly hit me. If I were to go to the guild this panicked and if by chance word of the epidemic were to spread, the people might just also go into panic. Maybe I should act like a normal boy adventurer first?

With my mind made up, I stopped running and walked the rest of the way into the guild. My outfit drew attention as expected, and there were even some who pointed fingers at me and laughed. But I ignored all that and went to the receptionist. Nows not the time to be worrying about being the butt of a joke. Im already at my wits end just keeping the panic from showing on my face.

“Excuse me.” [Ryouma]

“Oh, Ryouma-kun… Whats with the outfit? You look strange.” [Receptionist Girl]

“Theyre work clothes for cleaning! What do you think? Looks good, right? Its easy to move in and you wont have to worry about getting dirty. In fact, its difficult to dirty it even while wading through a pool of mud.” [Ryouma]

“Now that you mention it…” [Receptionist Girl]

The surrounding people nodded and there were even some who showed interest.

“By the way, I just finished my work today and theres something Id like to report to the guild master. Would now be a good time?” [Ryouma]

“Eh? The guild master?” [Receptionist Girl]

“Can I see the guild master? …Theres something Id like to talk to him about.” [Ryouma]

“Really? Well… Sure, but theres a guest right now, so you might have to wait.” [Receptionist Girl]

“Thats alright.” [Ryouma]

The receptionist girl went inside, and then after a while, she came back.

“Ryouma-kun, the guild master says you can come in.” [Receptionist Girl]

Looks like I can meet him as soon as possible. Thats fortunate. But before we could get to the guild masters office, the receptionist warned me.

“By the way, there are some really amazing people inside the guild masters room right now, so make sure you dont say anything rude, ok? I dont think theres anything to worry about since its you, but just in case, ok?” [Receptionist Girl]

“Thanks. Ill be careful.” [Ryouma]

When we got to the guild masters office, the receptionist girl knocked and called out.

“Excuse me. Ive brought Ryouma-kun.” [Receptionist Girl]

“Come in.” [Wogan]

We entered the room just as the guild master said. Inside were the guild master and the four members of the Jamil Household and Sebasu.

“Ryouma-kun, good job out there.” [Reinhart]

“Why is everyone here?” [Ryouma]

“We came to hear the story you told us yesterday from the guild master. Weve also mobilized the guards to gather information.” [Reinhart]

“I see…” [Ryouma]

Unexpected, but this is good!

“So? Whats the matter?” [Wogan]

“I have some important information I need to pass on.” [Ryouma]

“What happened? And whats up with those clothes. The basket yesterday was one thing, but I feel like your clothes are becoming more unique by the day.” [Wogan]

“These are work clothes I made for cleaning. Its made to be functional, so it not a lot of thought has been put in aesthetically… That aside, I cleaned one of the latrine pits of the common toilet today.” [Ryouma]

It was a little forceful, but I brought the topic back to course. When the guild master and the dukes family noticed how serious I was, they became serious too.

“Right, we talked about that yesterday. What about it?” [Wogan]

“I use water magic and scavenger slimes in order to clean. Scavenger slimes are slimes that like to eat animal feces and rotten meat and they also possess the cleaning skill. Thats how I clean stuff.” [Ryouma]

“Never heard of that kind of slime before, but I understand that youre able to clean because of them.” [Wogan]

“Right, Ill get to the point. Filth is dirty, so naturally, places with lots of it tends to become breeding grounds for diseases. To deal with that, the scavenger slimes have the Disease Resist skill. And just yesterday, my scavenger slimes had a Disease Resist level of 5, but after cleaning a latrine pit today, that level jumped up to 7.” [Ryouma]

As soon as I said that, voices of shock filled the room and the air immediately tensed.

“What!?” [Wogan]

“Is that true!?” [Reinhart]

“Yes. It would be best to assume that the latrine pits are currently home to a disease terrible enough to raise a Disease Resist skill level of 5 by a whopping 2 points.

Fortunately, I noticed it before leaving the latrine pits, so I was able to clean myself and all my belongings with the same skill. I used the neutral magic, Identify, so you can rest assured that Im clean.

I also checked the entrance and the surrounding area, and everything showed up as clean. Ive also put up some countermeasures to prevent the disease from spreading. And just to be safe, I also locked the entrance and even put up a Barrier of Concealment.” [Ryouma]

“I see, you did well. But still… I cant believe that a disease demon [1] was actually living there.” [Wogan]

“Guild master. Fortunately, my slimes can clean the latrine pits, so I suggest banning others from entering until I finish cleaning everything. I think it would also be wise to have someone look out just to be doubly safe.” [Ryouma]

“Lets do that. But are you really planing on working despite knowing theres a plague lurking down there?” [Wogan]

“Arent the slimes the ones cleaning, anyway? Ryouma-kun, why dont you just order the slimes to clean and leave them be?” [Elize]

“Its too dangerous to clean a plague!” [Elialia]

“We can gather some people to take care of it, so…” [Reinhart]

Everyone tried to stop me, but I really have to take care of this myself. After all, its something I can do. It wouldnt be right to just leave this to others despite knowing that.

“Unfortunately, the slimes by themselves cant get the job done. Theres filth stuck in places hard to reach like the wall or the ceiling, so unless I get rid of those with a water spell, the plague will just infect the area again.

Im happy youre worried about me, but please leave this to me. Besides, if a lot of people were to go in and out, that would raise the odds of someone accidentally bringing the plague out with them.

On that point, its much more advantageous to leave everything to just me and my slimes. Ill be fine, really… I know its possible for someone else to do it, but it would be safest if I take care of it myself.” [Ryouma]

After saying that, I took out my status board and showed them 4 skills to persuade them. If I dont use these cheats now, when will I ever use them!?

Health Lv7

Vitality UP Lv3

Super Regeneration Lv3

Stamina UP Lv6

When I showed that to them, everyone was shocked, especially the guild master.

“Wh—!?” [Wogan]

“Health level 7, this is a skill that protects against anything harmful to ones health. At this level, the odds of me getting sick is undoubtedly lower than anyone else. And even if I do get sick, Vitality UP Lv3 and Super Regeneration Lv3 will drastically increase my odds of surviving. Stamina UP will also be helpful, as it will allow me to work a few days without sleep, allowing the job to progress much more quickly.

I doubt youd find anyone more qualified than me. What do you think?” [Ryouma]

Silence filled the room as everyone was left speechless. But it wasnt because my logic wasnt sound, but because of their emotions that they found it difficult to let me go. Because of that everyone looked like theyd eaten a fly.

The silence continued on for a while before Reinbach-sama broke the silence.

“You are certainly……… qualified. Im sorry for asking you to do something so dangerous, please take care of it.” [Reinbach]

Reinbach-sama stood up from his seat and bowed deeply toward me.

“Leave it to me.” [Ryouma]

“…I think it would be worse if a child were to contract a disease, but with all those skills, youll probably be fine… Ryouma, leave the look out to me. Ill pick someone with Disease Resist and a pair of tight lips. When you work, try not to attract attention.” [Reinbach]

“Yes. Fortunately, the common toilet was made firmly, so the disease doesnt seem to have spread just yet. Its good we were able to notice it beforehand.” [Ryouma]

“You said it. It would have been horrible if a plague had spread.” [Wogan]

“Incidentally, the cleaner slimes were also in the latrine pits, but their Disease Resist skill never leveled up, so it should be safe to assume that the plague isnt airborne. Everything will probably be fine once everything is cleaned.” [Ryouma]

“Airborne?” [Reinhart]

They dont know? …Come to think of it, this world does have magical medicines that Earth doesnt, and theyve been talking about the existence of a disease demon for a while now…

I know the disease is simply because of a virus, but even Japan treated measles the same way before, so maybe theyre simply lagging in medical knowledge.

“Diseases can spread to a large group of people, right? Well, we refer to disease like that as an infection. And the method by which a disease spreads itself is varied. Sometimes it spreads itself like poison, requiring that others drink or consume it, while others can spread itself simply by being inhaled. We refer to the latter as an air-borne infection. In such a case, the disease will spread quickly and dealing with it will prove difficult.

Fortunately, thats not the case this time around, as the cleaner slimes Disease Resist skill level did not increase. The disease present in the latrine pits is most likely what we refer to as an infection transmitted through contact, meaning it requires direct contact. Someone would have to touch an infected object, then touch a food or a drink to infect it, and then eat/drink that infected substance to be infected himself. Of course, eating the source directly works too. In any case, this is what we refer to as an orally transmitted infection.

Because of the common toilet, the filth immediately falls into the latrine pits, so the odds of one touching them is nil. So long as I take care not to bring the plague out with me, everything should be fine… By the way, Im not a specialist or anything, so all the information I said now is just the basic.” [Ryouma]

Im not a doctor, you know… But this sort of stuff is really common sense back in Earth…

Still, Im glad its not airborne! I know I was worrying on my own, but Im still so happy that I have the scavenger slimes with me! If not for the slimes, Im not sure what I wouldve done. Burning the filth would have just spread the disease via smoke. We would have to prepare a lot of disinfectants too. Come to think of it, I dont think Ive even seen any disinfectants being sold.

“After saying all that its still just the basic? Ive never even heard any of that stuff.” [Wogan]

“Ryouma-kun, I… No, everyone here thinks so too. Just where did you learn that?” [Elize]

As expected, they didnt know anything about diseases.

“I studied under my grandma. Granny was always researching medicine, so she knew a lot about diseases. Ah, but it would be better to say that I just learned a little here and there while chatting with her. I wasnt really officially a student.” [Ryouma]

For the meantime, that was enough to make everyone understand. Although it seems they never really intended to pursue the subject, and they quickly started talking about what we would be doing after this.

After discussing among ourselves, it was decided that I would resume tomorrow, so I went back with the 4 Jamil members to our lodging.

I wasnt absolutely sure that there was zero chance of me spreading anything, so I suggested to change my inn after returning, but all 7, including the maids, firmly refused my proposition.

I understand their reasons, but what are they going to do if I do end up spreading something? At the very least, they should put me somewhere where I could be easily monitored and dealt with when necessary. They should at least do that, I said.

…In the end, Elialia and the madam scolded me while crying.

I gave in in the end, but… Being cared for that much really made me happy

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