Goblin Slayer – 02 – Not a Man’s Man, but Maybe a Goblin to Goblins

This week begins from the perspective of a rose-haired farm girl who is going off to the city. She gets into a fight with her childhood friend, a boy who can’t go with her. Jump forward to the present, and the farm girl is a very buxom farm woman who prefers to sleep in the nude.

She’s friends with the Goblin Slayer, who rents a place to stay at the farm. He has a routine of inspecting the entire area for signs of goblins, keeping her and her dad uncle safe for no charge. He never removes his mask—not even for breakfast—but it’s clear the farm girl knows who’s behind it.

When they go into town, she can see that while she admires the Goblin Slayer a great deal, neither he nor his singular task of goblin slaying are particularly well-regarded. His fellow Silver-rank adventurers look down on his shoddy arms and armor and his weak chosen opponent, while the Porcelains wonder if he’s really worthy of Silver.

And yet, while they’re all jockeying for position to get the highest-paying or most dangerous quests, he waits until the end, when all the goblin-slaying requests remain unclaimed. The priestess is there too, and will stay by his side even though he refuses to go to the aid of another party of rookies.

Turns out those rookies come back alive, well, and victorious; it’s often just the roll of the dice out there. As for Goblin Slayer and his new companion, together they bring down an entire mountain goblin fortress. The priestess uses a new miracle, “Protection”, but to trap the goblins to choke and burn in the flames.

The Priestess doesn’t much like using the Earth Mother’s miracles for such heartless slaughter, but as the guild admin opines, the Goblin Slayer is doing something that needs to be done. There has to be someone out there culling the herds of the weakest rung of foes, or else they won’t be so weak for long. That makes him, and anyone who aids him, a net good for society, methods be damned.

The farmer’s daughter niece knows this, and also is simply glad her childhood friend is still by her side, even if he never takes off his mask. Her father uncle warns her not to get too involved with the guy, whom he believes “lost it” ever since their village was raided by goblins, introducing the GS’s motivation.

While certainly unglamorous, the GS’s adventures are known by at least one bard in a city, who tells the tale of how even after he saved the fair maiden from the goblin king, he left her to keep wandering the wilds the rest of his days, slaying and slaying and slaying some more goblins.

A tough-looking she-elf approaches the bard after a performance to ask if it’s all true, and he answers in the affirmative, letting her and her party (an old dude and some kind of lizard-man, also tough-looking) know where they can find him. Do they seek a fight with our tortured, single-minded slayer…or a team-up?

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

5 thoughts on “Goblin Slayer – 02 – Not a Man’s Man, but Maybe a Goblin to Goblins”

  1. The man is not cow-girl’s father but her uncle. Her parents died when the goblins attacked the town (where the boy lived) in her absence. The attack was so bad that during the funeral service, there was no bodies in the coffin, indicating that the bodies were eaten up.

  2. Not that it makes much different, but the farmer is Cow Girl’s uncle. Like Goblin Slayer, Cow Girl is an orphan, but unlike him, she’s spared most of the horror of their hometown.

      1. Their hometown was attacked when GS was about 10. For 5 years, she knew he survived but not his whereabout. And then 5 years later, he shows up a completely changed man. He spend that time under the apprenticeship of Bilbo Baggins of this world (a halfling that’s just call Burglar, complete with a magic ring that makes him invisible). Burglar was, let’s say rather harsh in his teaching. He didn’t want the important task of Goblin Genocide entrusted with someone that’s just going to get kill on their first outing. Goblin Slayer’s early adventures are described in Year One manga. We’re currently at about the 5th years of his campaign, and he reached his Silver status by being the specialist (the ranking are determined by the guild for their ability to handle tougher quests, and there is an auditor that does the determination).

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