“I would be too busy in the upcoming month since my position as the guildmaster of an upstart Magic Guild would occupy most of my time, however once I could spare the time for a break, I will visit your mother and see how much I can help her. That is my promise.”
The extent of the operation, at the very least, would not be as risky or in-depth as it would be necessary for the operation to restore Serena to his actual body. Florentia was confident that at least she would be able to make Deku’s mother mostly functional as a human being again, even if her soul would still be unrepaired from the backlash she suffered. With Flo having said what she needed to say to Deku, she withdrew from the scene and disappeared into the crowds, letting the young man to think more about her offer.
And so, without it being noticeable, time had flown in a blink of an eye. Suddenly, it was already afternoon at the festival, and everyone had either packed up or prepared for the night attractions. Florentia, who had ended up getting carried away with talking with her new guild members as well as trying her best in enjoying the festival itself, returned to Cherry Heart’s stand to find it already closed, earlier than it should, with Celica inside. She had apparently passed out due to fatigue, something that Flo could only shake her head at.
“I told you not to overexert yourself, didn’t I? At least you sold out those trinkets you brought here before you passed out. It’s a wonder nobody robbed you, though.”
Taking a deep breath, Flo went inside from the back entrance of the stand, and used her magic to give a jolt of consciousness back to her friend. Thankfully, it seemed to work immediately as the younger woman had opened her eyes, though it seemed that she was still quite disoriented from the sudden surge of energy. Without waiting for Celica to properly address her presence, Flo moved to carry her on her back, and after putting all the necessary objects on the stand into her bag, she silently left the festival. Going to the opposite direction from the spectacles that had just started as night fell around Prunus, Flo focused herself on her destination, towards the outskirts of the seaside city.
“U...uh?” Along the way, Celica had seemingly awakened from her fatigue-induced daze.
“No questions now, please. We still have much work to do for the night.” Flo sighed. Her friend was really quite a lot of effort to deal with. Had it not for-
“Don’t worry about the stand, the next in line to rent it would tidy it up for us. Once we get to the guild building and do the daily overview, I believe you should try fixing the roofs and ceiling this time.
The complaints about leaks are starting to get annoying as of late.”
Days passed, and the Prunalia festival came into a close. The city streets were significantly quieter, now that there were no parades going on, and the seasonal merchants and travelers had mostly left the city, leaving behind the adventurers who had chosen to stay there.
It was the first morning after the end of the festival, throughout the city, people had already been moving past the yearly celebrations to continue their daily life with renewed vigor. That same spirit was shown at the outskirts of the city with the Cherry Heart building, old-looking as it was, had been adorned with bright red banners and flags on its inside and outside, signifying its rebirth. Florentia stood in the middle of the main hall with a solemn expression on her face, her eleven guild members before her.
“My name, for those that I hadn’t gotten the chance to introduce myself to, would be Florentia Philomel, your guildmaster from today onwards. Today marks the first day of Cherry Heart being active again as a guild. Some of you might be quite disappointed by the state of the guild now, however, it is not the essence of what being a Magic Guild is. Whether it’s for glory and adventure or your respective dreams that lie beyond that, the state of the guild now has nothing to do with what we want to achieve.
To continue with short introduction to this place, you should be able to see the quest board over there on your left side. Directly connected with Yggdrasil’s network, it will be constantly updated as time passes. In choosing a quest, keep in mind to not choose something beyond your own capability to handle. You are immediately able to choose a quest once this orientation is over, but outside of smaller quests, a minimum of 3 of you are needed before the quest can be taken.
Following that corridor over there to the left wing of the building, there would be the primary dormitory for you to stay with while in this guild. Due to its current condition, it is not mandatory for you to stay there, but we promise that we will get everything sorted out in a reasonable time period. Dinner and breakfast would be included if you chose to stay on the dormitory. The right-side dormitory is off-limits in the meantime, please do not go there. Also we had some issues on plumbing recently, so for the time being bathing would need to be done outside, near that river you would see when you come here.
With the talk of facilities done…”
Florentia paused for a moment. Making a long speech was harder than she thought.
“I would not enforce a lot of rules here, but unnecessary conflict between guild members and with people outside of the guild would be something that would not be tolerated. After all-”
“We’re supposedly the most Cheery-Hearted guild in Arbolia for a reason!”
“...Yeah, what she said.”
With Celica’s sudden appearance, the morning briefing came into an end. As a closing note, Flo urged the guild members to start checking out the quests and discuss with each other about which quests should they take. She also mentioned that due to the guild starting at the bottom rank, it would be best not to have too many expectations regarding the available quests, though she also stressed the importance of staying careful in spite of that. Once that was said, the guild members were then left to their own device in their new base of operation, while Flo withdrew from the scene in the meantime.
There were a lot of things to prepare, and little time for downtime. Once the guild members had made their choice, transport would be immediately arranged for them to reach their quest location. It was the first day of the guild’s operation, but there’s no time to just laze around if any of them wanted to succeed.