Chapter 117 Ihomonos Part One - 1

 It was exactly one week since Niya-san and her friends arrived at the frontier.
 There were some uncertainties, such as whether Niya-san and her friends would be able to get used to the new settlement, but the biggest concern was whether they would be able to get enough customers to satisfy their needs.
 Although there was a contract that could pay them enough to live, they wouldn't want to stay in a place where no one comes to do business, and that they might give up on us in a few days at worst.
 However, our concerns were unfounded because there were some loyal customers among the sincere dwarf people, and as long as they kept coming, I didn't have to worry about customer traffic.
 I had thought that Dwarves are not so much sexually active as they are drinking, but I guess a man is a man no matter what kind of race he is.
 Let's put that aside for now. As it had been a week since they arrived, I thought of visiting them to hear about their experience.
 I had heard from Diana and other people around me how Niya-san and her friends were doing, but what I heard from them seemed to be only the usual things like they had no complaints or they were getting used to the new settlement, so I wanted to know more about them, and I decided to go and talk to them directly.
 I thought someone must be around the carriage that was placed near the mansion. And I found Niya-san practicing her swordsmanship.
 "Master Neil?"
 Niya-san sheathes her sword when she notices my presence and turns to me, interrupting her training.
 "What can I do for you?"
 "It's been a week since you arrived at the settlement, so I thought we could talk."
 "Oh, I see."
 "How about it? I'd like to hear your honest opinion since it's related to the future policy of the settlement."
 "I see. Well then."
 After a moment of thought, Niya-san opens her mouth.
 "I think it's a nice and quiet place, but it doesn't change the fact that this place is near a labyrinth where monsters roam. Since we don't know when a monster attack will occur, this tranquility will only make people relax and cause delays in preparing for emergencies."
 "Master Neil?"
 "Oh, I'm sorry, it's just that it's not what I had in mind."
 I was expecting to hear more about the inconvenience and comfort of living in the settlement, but when Niya-san answered with an unexpected answer, I made a puzzled face.
 "Is this not going to be helpful for you?"
 "Oh, no! That's not the case at all! Thank you for your opinion, which is valid. May I ask you something, if that's alright? In your previous world, were you a soldier or something of that sort, Niya-san?"
 "Why do you say that?"
 "I was just wondering, I don't have any deep meaning, but it sounded like you were a soldier or a commander, or someone in that kind of position."
 "...Yes, I was a soldier in my former world."
 I knew it, I had a feeling that she was a soldier, and I only caught a glimpse of her training earlier, but she looked pretty good.
 "What was your rank?"
 "In our world there are no ranks, only those who can fight and those who can't."
 "I see, that's quite vague."
 "There were not enough humans around to require a system of ranks. Even someone like me, who had no special abilities, was pushed to become a soldier due to the lack of people."
 "Even if you have no special ability, Niya-san, you seem to have a quick mind, and I think you would be a good commander."
 "You must be joking, I'm just a little girl without much power. At least in my former world I couldn't fight an army without relying on equipment."
 "But with proper equipment, you could fight against an entire army. That's quite impressive."
 "It's the power of the equipment that's great, not my power."
 I wonder what kind of equipment was so impressive that it allowed humans to fight against an entire army.
 However, we're getting off-topic, so let's get back on track.
 "Well, getting back to the topic, without talking about the previous slip-up, how is the simple living environment?"
 "Oh, Niya-san?"
 "Ah, sorry. You mean the living environment. Well, it's not bad since the worry of being targeted by unsavory individuals has decreased considerably. It's peaceful in that sense."
 Having said that, seeing that Niya-san is still keeping an eye on the carriages, I guess she is still on the lookout for them.
 From Niya-san's point of view, most of the people in the frontier area are strangers, so it's no wonder that they have to stand guard over them.
 If they lived in a proper house instead of a carriage, they could lock the door and there would be no need to keep a lookout.
 "Then, is there anything you feel is lacking?"
 "Something lacking?"
 "Yes, is there anything you think would be good if there were such a thing in the settlements?"
 "Well, I have thought that if there were some kind of training ground, I could exercise my body without worrying about my surroundings."
 "Oh, a training ground..."
 This is another unexpected answer.
 I was expecting to get requests more closely related to daily life, but I wonder if it's because of my bad questioning style that I get answers that are subtly different from what I intended.
 Since there are still four people I have to ask around, I decide to stop asking Niya-san and ask her about the whereabouts of the other four people.
 She tells me that Mio-san and Moona-san went to the Harvest Hoe for shopping, while she doesn't know where Iko-san and Momoka-san are, so I head for the branch of the Harvest Hoe.
 While looking around for the two whose whereabouts are unknown, someone speaks to me from behind.
 "Looking for someone?"
 I turned my head but did not see anyone, and while I was wondering why, I was called again.
 "Master Neil, down down."
 I turned my head and lowered my eyes, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman with light purple hair.
 "Is it Iko-san?"
 "Yes, that's right."
 Iko-san says in response to my question, and then she steps out from behind my back and turns around to face me.
 She was a petite woman with light purple hair tied at both ends of her head and her head just touching my chest.

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Edited Kanaa-senpai.
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