Galloping into the New Year!

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Happy New Year, kupo!

This year, once again it is our intention at the MHMU to continue our wholehearted support and care of each and every adventurer, kupo! But, erm…let's see…what does 'intention' mean again, kupo…?

Well, putting that aside, it seems that once again this year, in accordance with Far Eastern tradition, very special beasts that have been designated to be the deities of the New Year can be found walking about various parts of Vana'diel, kupo.

This year's deity of the New Year is…the Alicorn!

The Alicorn is a very rare and curious creature, so no doubt many of you adventurers will be making pilgrimages to see it, kupo.

This is just a rumor, but I've heard the goblins are up to no good. They're planning to target the numerous adventurers who will be out on their pilgrimages, kupo!

So it might be a good idea to be on your guard, just in case you happen to run into those guys somewhere, kupo.


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"Alicorn?"
"Yeah. It have horn. Run. Saw running in herd. Heading somewhere," answered Fablinix.

The many goblins gathered in the square nodded sagely in understanding.
So the Deity of the New Year had made its appearance once again.

The goblins were not exactly familiar with the tradition, but apparently, each New Year the people of the East choose a beast to honor, and they call it the Deity of the New Year.

They think the deity of the New Year is an…'a-all fishes'…? No, 'auspicious' creature. When the New Year comes, adventurers go to see the New Year deity. If they see it, they will have luck for the New Year.

Of course it's much too convenient that a New Year's deity appears so regularly each year. Someone is setting it up, but the goblins did not know who.

Fablinix said, "This big chance. We make profit, too…maybe."

"Profit?"

"Yeah. Maybe we get…New Year money."

The goblins' eyes snapped instantly in Fablinix's direction. That's how important the words were.
New Year's money! A precious item the humans were said to gather for profit…probably.

"But how we get thing?" the oldest goblin in the group, the Elder Goblin asked.

"We make deal with people. People sure to want our skill," answered Fablinix.

"Skill? What skill?"

"We rebuild furniture. For New Year's money. That the deal."

Fablinix explained his plan in detail. The Elder Goblin trusted Fablinix's cunning gained from much travel.

"Okay, you in charge."

Fablinix jumped in surprise. "Me?!"

"Your idea. You do. Go."

The Elder also commanded the young goblins in the group. "You go, too. Help him."

"…Yeah, Elder!"

"We help!"

There were two young goblins. They were to accompany Fablinix and wait with him near the New Year's deity for the arrival of the adventurers.

The Elder Goblin assigned these young goblins their roles.
"While you on this job, you shall be called 'Year-ringer.' Say it now."
"Yeah, Elder. From now on, we call selves 'Year-ringer.'"
"This first time get job title! Me happy!"

And so it was that Fablinix and the pair of young goblins set out.

"First, we find New Year deity."

The young goblins nodded at Fablinix's declaration. The three walked the breadth of the two continents, searching north and south, leaving no stone unturned. It was a long journey, but they persevered.
Then, at long last, at midnight on the final day of the year, they found it.

"There! There it is!"

Fablinix and the two young goblins closed in stealthily upon the New Year's Deity they had found and began to follow it. Now they had to wait for the New Year and the adventurers to arrive.

The sun rose slowly over the horizon. A new sun, a new year. The goblins squinted at the light.

Then, they noticed something as they turned around. There were a bunch of small shadows, coming from the opposite direction of the sun. Big ones with tails, svelte ones with long necks, skinny ones with long tails, teeny-tiny ones, and some that didn't fit any of those descriptions at all. It was mankind.

The goblins' eyes sparkled with cunning. Bartering with the humans was about to begin. They would be busy, but it was what they wanted.

Yes – The goblins love to do business…as long as they believe they will profit.

Story : Miyabi Hasegawa
Illustration : Mitsuhiro Arita


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