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While watching the audience laugh out of the corner of my eye, I sighed softly, wondering what to do with the captivated fox-eared woman in front of me who was almost drooling.  


“…… I see, so Sekka is from the youko tribe (fox demon).”  

I was taken by the sniffling Sekka to her store in the corner of the village.  

The oni tribe and the fox tribe get along well, so we can come and go as we please.
Myself, in particular, is a sorceress, so I regularly come to the village to sell my talisman(Jufu).”  

“I see.
It’s just like what Kohaku told me.”  

I had forgotten all about it, but when I first met Kohaku, she used protection [talisman] to protect me from magic.  

At that time, I remembered that Kohaku told me that the oni tribe and the youko tribe have a good relationship.  

And now I realized I did intend to buy some by the time I reach oni village.  

“Do you know Kohaku-sama, Sukuna?”  

“Yes, Kohaku my [Oni no Mai] Master.”  

I think I’ve heard the name “Kohaku” a lot since I came to this village.  

It’s given because she’s an important NPC with many settings: she’s the princess of the oni village, which is also a Shrine Maiden family with Kishin blood running through their vein.   

“So you know a lot about sorcery?”  

“Only a little.
Anyone can use it if you use the talisman made by youko sorceress…”  

“Hmm, that’s pretty much right.
This is not exactly a talisman but a “spell mark.” Though it doesn’t matter what you call it, so you can call it whatever you want.”  

What Sekka took out were five spell marks of different colors and patterns.  

I see.
It indeed seems to be different from the Charm (Gofuda) you can find on shrines.
It’s just my feeling, though.  

“You know Sukuna-chan, this [Sorceress], It’s a profession that uses a skill to put all kinds of techniques into a talisman and materialize it.
Most of the spells inside talisman are sorcery, but depending on the user, even magic and warding can be made into a talisman.”  

“If it depends on the user, does that mean that you cannot create a talisman that contains magic if the user cannot cast it?”  

“That’s right.
Basically, it contains magic that can be used by the sorcerers who created the spell mark.
Since the foxes are a race of sorcery, not magic, their spell marks usually contain sorcery.”  

Hmm, so that’s it.
If the user is a sorcerer, they can create sorcery spell marks.
If they are a magician, he can create magic spell marks.  

“What’s the difference between magic and sorcery?”  

“First, they both use MP.
The only difference is that sorcery is much more effective as support than magic.
For example, this one.”  

Sekka pulled out one of the talismans she was holding and threw it.  

At that moment, smoke began to billow out of the talisman.  

“This is a spell that contains a rudimentary sorcery technique called [Youen] {Youkai Smoke}.
It can be used to escape from monsters or to surprise your target, so it won’t notice you.”  

“It’s too expensive to use for a simple hunt, though.” Add Sekka, crushing the burned-out spell marks.  

But magic is basically a combat-oriented technology, so there’s not much to play with.
There are some fun techniques in sorcery that seem rather useless.  

As she stroked the newly retrieved spell marks, snowflakes flew around the store.  

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“This is [Oboro Yuki].
It’s just an illusion, but isn’t it beautiful?”  

It’s really not cold, and you can’t touch it.”  

“It’s just an illusion.
Well, this one only used for fun…”  

“That’s true.”  

It’s beautiful.
However, it seems difficult to put this to practical use in battle.
At least if it’s a hallucination of fire or something, I could think of some use of it.  

But still, sorcery.
Compared to magic, it seems to be more Japan-like, but as long as it uses MP, oni folk won’t be able to use it.
This was the first time I felt disappointed that my magic skills were so low.  

“You said earlier that sorcery is good at support, but do they have an offensive spell?”  

“Of course there are.
It’s just not as versatile as magic.”  

She didn’t demonstrate because she won’t use offensive sorcery indoors, but she probably had some in the talisman she hadn’t shown yet.  

“It’s time to do business.
Sukuna-chan seems to be very rich, so we’ll have more than enough to go around.”  

When Sekka operated the menu card, the empty shelves in the store were lined with spell marks.  

Even at a quick glance, you can see more than a hundred different kinds of spells.
It’s not like there’s one of each kind, so if you look at the number that was lined up, there are probably many times more.  

“The number and quality of the items in this store vary greatly depending on who comes to sell them.
Sukuna is very lucky because you were able to visit this store on the same day I did.”  

She said this with a smug look on her face, but my first impression of her was that she was a disappointing beauty who lusts for money.  

When I gave Sekka such a look, she grinned and handed me a menu card.  

Basically, only you can operate the menu card.
The status displayed on the card and the list of items in the inventory is also invisible to others.  

However, since this is only a privacy issue, you can set a card to show its contents to others.
Only you can control it, though.  

When I received the card, expecting something she wanted to boast, my eyes widened when I saw what was written on it.  

Even only her status on it was enough to surprise me.  

“Highest-level magician…. Sekka of the [Zekkai] {Absolute Boundary}?” 

Her displayed level is 221.  

“Fufufu, my spellbook is a bit expensive, okay?”  

Seeing my surprised expression, Sekka smiled like a child whose prank had succeeded.  


A note:  

So she’s finally out, the sorceress tribe and the magician.  

By the way, the sorcerer tribe is also long-lived, so if you look at Sekka and Kohaku, Kohaku is about three times younger than Sekka.
I want to get younger…  

Tl note:  

Shut it, author, who didn’t want to stay young forever…  

And I believe I won’t need to explain what kemonomimi is… right? Well, you can google it if this is the first time you have heard that word.
Nothing too weird there, just the Japan thing. 

Tln1, yeah, I feel like that too.
At some point, I even suspect that this is actually an isekai story with technology involved. 

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