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Chapter 8: The Pact of the First Apple

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After we had fulfilled the bare minimum requirements for my dungeon to be classified as one, we decided to end our work.

 

The first room of the floor underneath my city was set to be guarded by Mithril Golems but those said Golems were still within Marcho’s dungeon.

 

In the off chance that humans came to invade my dungeon, we decided to spend the night in the crystal room and set out in the following morning to pick up our companions who were still in Marcho’s dungeon.

 

“Oto-san, for today’s meal, I want some of those red fruits! The crunchy and delicious ones!”

“Master, I like those freshly-baked light brown ones.”

“Oh then, I want to eat the yellow soup.”

 

The only food I had at the moment were hardtack biscuits and some dried meat so when I said I was going to make some food using [Creation], the girls told me each of their requests.

 

It seemed like Kuina wanted some apples; Elder Dwarf some potatoes; and Ancient Elf some corn soup.

 

Demon Lords and monsters didn’t really need to eat meals but they would do so daily for the taste. It was kind of a waste and I rarely did so but using [Creation] for our meal today should be alright.

 

“Okay. Kuina and Elder Dwarf, your requests can be eaten as they are but would it be better if I took out an already cooked one for you, Ancient Elf?”

“Yup, eating it freshly boiled and with salt gives it the best taste.”

 

She was quite the connoisseur. It seemed like this girl had her own preferences about things.

As was relayed to me, I took out each of their requests.

 

“Wah, thank you, Oto-san!”

 

Kuina immediately sunk her teeth in the delicious-looking apple and then spitted out the seeds afterwards. As I watched her, an idea came to me.

 

“We didn’t see any apples at the city earlier, did we?”

“No, we couldn’t have. As the [Personification of the Planet], I know everything there is to know about nature but I have no knowledge of that fruit. So, it’s either it doesn’t exist in this world or it existed once before but not anymore.”

 

Ancient Elf declared so.

There was no about it after she put it like that. For some reason though, the part where she said the apples existed once before but not anymore strangely bothered me. Like the phrase was the linchpin to something.

I decided to not mind the thought for the moment.

I then focused back on the seeds which shall become a nice asset for me and picked up the ones Kuina spat out.

 

“Ah!”

 

Kuina was surprised and her face her reddened.

 

“Can you grow these seeds at the farmlands you’ve prepared today?”

 

The apple was a fruit that was said nutritious enough to keep the doctor away.

It was the perfect fruit for exploring the dungeon where it was likely for an adventurer to lack right amount of vitamins. The apples were juicy too and would help quench their thirst during their exploration.

 

Its shelf life was quite long too. It could still be eaten a month after it was plucked from its tree.

It was one of the best food for adventurers heading toward the [Time] Demon Lord’s dungeon.

 

“Let’s see…… I see no problems with its compatibility with the land. And if I accelerate its growth and control the weather, after modifying it with my magic, of course, we should be able to grow it all year round.”

 

Such a reliable reply.

I was worried about how my city would attract its very first visitors but this had dispelled those fears away.

 

This shall be how I would encourage immigrants into my city:

  1. Sell food, water, and weapons to the adventurers headed toward the dungeon.
  2. Make the adventurers spread via word of mouth about the existence of my city as well as about the fact that the city was recruiting immigrants in exchange for exceptional terms.

 

Should it go as planned, the immigrants and the profit-minded merchants would come.

The things that I could do would increase as more people come to the city.

To accomplish the first step above though, I needed a specialty product that had a lot of appeal. And that was the role to be carried out by the apples.

 

“It would all be thanks to Kuina for requesting the apples. Thank you, Kuina.”

 

I said so and then stroked her head.

Her fluffy hair and her soft fox-ears felt good.

 

“Yay ♪! I’m happy to have helped Oto-san!”

“Ah, that’s just sneaky Kuina-chan. I’m the one that can grow the apples and yet…”

“Yes, that’s right. Great job too, Ancient Elf.”

 

Ancient Elf unambiguously came near so I also brushed her head. Unlike with Kuina’s hair, hers felt smooth. It still felt great nonetheless.

 

The lonely-looking Elder Dwarf watched us as we were like that.

And then, as though she just thought up of something, her eyes sparkled and proceeded to pick up a yet-to-be-boiled potato.

 

“Master, the potato is also very tasty. Plus, there also wasn’t any of it in the city of Eclaba. It will certainly be useful.”

 

As I heard her talk, I realized that we didn’t see any potato in the city either.

I then turned my gaze toward Ancient Elf.

 

“Yeah, it’s also something that either never existed at all or it might have in the past but not anymore.”

“Hmm, well, potatoes could be harvested quickly and at large amounts too so it might be a good idea to make the humans who are going to move here grow these.”

 

The amount of potatoes that could be harvested were at least three times that of wheat.

It was a crop that often lead to continuous cropping [1] hazards but with Ancient Elf here, those shouldn’t be a concern.

Also, potatoes were used in a lot of cuisines. It could be eaten boiled, in a soup, as a bread or even as noodles. It was a food that could more than likely revolutionize this world’s eating habits.

Building and running an inn in my city had always been a part of my plans but what if I served some potatoes there and made the immigrants realize how delicious it was? And what if I then told them of how easy it was to grow the crop and of how many could be harvested in a short period of time? Surely they’d fight among themselves on who could grow it first, wouldn’t they?

 

“Master”

 

Elder Dwarf, with a sad look on her eyes, called for me as she casted her eyes downward.

Unlike Kuina and Ancient Elf, she was too shy to be able to straightforwardly tell me her requests so I decided to stroke her head without her asking me. Her face slackened as a result.

 

“Elder Dwarf did great too. Alright, we’ll put the apples and potatoes on sale and make them our specialty products.”

 

The three girls nodded their heads in assent.

And so, we had now decided what our first actions shall be.

 

 

The following morning, we readied ourselves to leave our dungeon.

To that end, we came to the farmlands which was a portion of the first room we modified.

 

Although I said farmlands, it was still as of yet nothing but empty—albeit fertile—plots of land. To make it into fully-pledged farmlands, plowing it, removing stones and other unnecessary things, installing canals and wells, and many other things still needed to be done. Unfortunately, those things had to wait until our return.

 

At the moment we were at a slightly elevated hill. I wanted to first make the apple trees grow before we left.

Elder Dwarf and Ancient Elf put their hands on the ground and checked the land’s status while also doing some repairs to the land.

They did so in order to make the apples grow healthy.

 

Ancient Elf then dug a shallow hole, put in the apple seed, and covered back the hole.

And when she clasped her hands together, rainbow-colored water sprung out and was sprinkled into the covered hole little by little.

 

“You’re a good kid, right? So you’ll show us your vigorous form, right?”

 

The moment she said that, the plant vigorously sprouted from the ground and stretched to reach the sky.

It grew thick and entangled. And before long, it was an actual tree and grew branches and leaves.

The unripe fruits attached to the tree then turned red.

I knew she was capable of doing such things but I was still amazed by her abilities.

 

“You did it. You’ve become the first tree to fully grow in this city!”

 

Ancient Elf, proud, then turned around and flashed a smile.

I looked at the apple tree and noted that it was a splendid tree teeming with vitality. It would surely become the symbol of this city.

I then gently placed my hand on the tree and felt a beat from it. At that exact moment, a red apple fell and caught me by surprise.

Was that just a coincidence? No, it couldn’t have.

I picked up the fallen apple and bit on it.

It didn’t just tasted deliciously bittersweet, it felt as though it energized me up.

 

I handed the apple I took a bite from to Kuina.

I looked at her and then to the other two.

It looked like what I wanted to say was properly transmitted to them.

Kuina took a bite from the fruit and passed it to Elder Dwarf. Elder Dwarf also took a bite and passed it to Ancient Elf who also took a bite.

 

The first tree to grow on this city; the first harvest; the special apple we all ate… Some mysterious and strong emotions welled up in my chest. I then realized that it was because I finally built my city.

 

“Oto-san, I won’t ever forget the taste of that apple.”

“Me too, Kuina. Me too.”

 

Elder Dwarf and Ancient Elf both nodded. It seemed like everyone felt it too.

 

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Now that that was done, we were ready leave.

I made the crow monster make a magical array so that it may be used for [Transfer].

I had heard that [Transfer] could only be used from array to array when outside of one’s own dungeon.

So if we laid down an array here, our journey back would be much easier.

 

“I’m sorry but Kuina, can I ask you to guard the dungeon until we return?”

“Of course! El-chan and Elf-chan already did their best for the city so it’s now Kuina’s turn to do her best and protect the dungeon!”

 

I needed someone to remain and guard the crystal. And Kuina had volunteered herself for this task.

Maybe it was because she wanted to be of help to me and that it was her duty as the head monster.

 

And so, I decided to return as soon as possible and mounted the Griffon as we left toward Marcho’s dungeon.

 

 

 

 

[1] Continuous cropping: The growing of a single crop species on a field year after year. Apparently, this leads to multiple problems.


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33 thoughts on “Chapter 8: The Pact of the First Apple”

  1. Thanks!
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  2. Thanks for the chapter.

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  3. *Crunch* Thanks for the apple~ =v =

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  4. Thanks for the new chapter

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  5. Maou of Dreams said:

    *Reads the chapter*
    *Looks over to the bowl of apples I had just cut to snack on*

    Whelp. May as well whip out some microwavable choco-dip for them and chow down. Probably the closest way to imitating magically sweetened apples.

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  6. Thank you for the chapter.

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  7. Thanks for the new chapter!

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  8. “Was that just a coincidence? No, it couldn’t have.”
    [Apple Tree No.000001] confirmed for fourth harem member?

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  9. Knightlyshadow said:

    If you only plant one type of crop, it can steal all the nutrients need to grow the next batches. Crop rotation was designed to grow crops that didn’t need the same type of nutrients. When you rotate correctly some crops can actually give nutrients back while the land heals from over farming.

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    • A good example of this is corn as it uses up massive amounts of potassium while growing to form its stalk and leafs without drastically affecting most other minerals. Growing corn in an area repeatedly without adding potassium to the soil by use of fertilizer or chopping up the stalks to add to the soil tends to cause the plants to grow much smaller.
      Also legumes and beans tend to add nitrogen to the soil they are grown in.

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    • will wish I had a green thumb... said:

      Your right but potatoes are also susceptible to potato blight a disease that that becomes easier for the plant to catch if the potatoes are planted in the same place time after time, I believe that was the cause of the Irish, European and Highland potato famines. It’s basically a fungal infection with the cause organism remaining in the soil so the land needs to be cleansed between harvest and planting, I think they used to use hot water for it but in recent years there are a number of chemical fungicides but it’s a difficult to kill organism.
      Fun fact tomatoes are also susceptible to the same organism causing tomato blight.

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    • Certainly… that would be bad to the soil if it wasn’t that they have an ancient elf capable of healing it

      And if people were to try doing the same in other places…

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  10. Kensei Seraph said:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  11. It’s not apparently. It causes some serious problems. To think he would bring In the demon crop called potatoes. Those things suck up the lands nutrients like crazy! If he introduces 4crop rotation then I will be happy.

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  12. “Okay. Kuina and Elder Dwarf, your requests can be eaten as they are but would it be better if I took out an already cooked one for you, Ancient Elf?”

    Err…Can you eat potato as it is? o_o
    Thank you for the chapter!

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    • That made me wonder too. At first I thought it was a boiled potato, at least.

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      • I did some research and apparently you can eat raw potato, but it’s not recommended because those green sprouts that appear after some time in potatoes (expecially those exposed to sunlight) can be poisonous

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        • I think I got it wrong. By “as it is”, I think he meant without cooking. Like, the one made by Creation is like eating soup in a can.

          And if so, I’ll change the potato to freshly baked. Yeah, I think I will. Sorry for the confusion guys.

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  13. That’s not how apples work 😡

    If you plant an apple seed and manage to grow an apple tree, the variety of apple you get is effectively random, so the seed from a large, round, crispy, juicy, sweet red apple could end up large, medium or small, round or lumpy, crispy or soft and crumbly, juicy or dry, sweet or bitter, red, yellow, green or have more then one colour, like red and yellow with the red at the top and the yellow at the bottom, or alternating red and yellow horizontal stripes…

    That’s why orchards grow only the roots of an apple tree then graft on a branch from another apple tree with fruit that’s already known and sellable.

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  14. Wouldnt the adventurers felt suspicios that suddenly there’s a city appearing out of nowhere ready with fully grown trees and a man self proclaiming to be the lord?

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  15. Adam and Eve…. so obvious!!

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  16. thanks :))

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  17. Thanks for the chapter!

    Not gonna lie, I’m a bit worried that the new demon lord faction that formed to take down Procell will take this chance to try and destroy his dungeon while he’s off to get his remaining troops. I don’t think his crystal will be destroyed but I just hope Kuina will be alright.

    I feel like in the small time that they were at the village he should have set up a golem manning a heavy machine turret in that one corridor he’s made, probably wouldn’t stop much though as the others have already seen it but could still act as a deterrent.

    I’m probably just paranoid. hopefully.

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  18. Random Internet User (tm) said:

    Thank you kindly for the chapter!

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  19. note: the same crop on the same plot of land repeatedly sucks out all of the specific minerals that that crop uses, until there’s nothing left and that crop won’t grow anymore. it also makes it more difficult to grow other crops.

    primary countermeasures;
    crop rotation, shift which crop you grow to avoid completely stripping all of any specific minerals out too quickly for natural processes to replenish them.
    fertilizer, throw biological, non-toxic, waste products around the crops (not directly in contact with, compost generates heat) so that the decay of those waste products generates more of the nutrients that the plants need, but also to put back some of the nutrients that get used.
    common waste products include fish remains, plant waste, and rusty nails (iron oxide is good for most plants).

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  20. Reaper Phoenix said:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    He’s going to be the demon version of Johnny Appleseed?

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  21. thediabolicalgenius said:

    Thanks for the chapter noob.
    Apples and potatoes huh? It’s a bit too convenient that this world just happens to lack those two most staple fruit and crop in the world, but it won’t break suspension of disbelief or anything.
    I just hope they don’t go with the whole, world where nobody understands rotation farming and such and the MC just happens to understand and revolutionise the farming industry. It seems to come up in every isekai reincarnation work……

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  22. Mesmerised said:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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