Episode 1 (not mentioned by name)
Horunka is a village located to the northwest of Starting City. It consists of ten buildings, including an inn, weapon shop, and tool shop, so it can serve as a hunting base. In its surrounding forest, there are no monsters that spawn around Horunka that cause paralysis or equipment destruction. There are seven private NPC houses, one of which is a two-story building that offers the «Secret Medicine of the Forest» quest.
- «Secret Medicine of the Forest» NPC house
Kirito first mentions the village to Klein after the end of Kayaba Akihiko's tutorial. Kirito is the first to arrive in Horunka and buys a «Leather Coat» before heading to the «Secret Medicine of the Forest» NPC house. After starting the quest, he sets off into the forest to the west in search for a «Little Nepent’s Ovule».
Over an hour later, Kirito returns to the NPC’s house to complete the quest, where he is rewarded with the «Anneal Blade». However, he doesn’t feel the mood to swing the sword at the Nepent enemies, and instead follows the NPC upstairs. He witnesses the revival of «Agatha», the NPC quest-giver’s daughter, and is later assaulted by a memory of taking care of his younger cousin Suguha in the real world. Kirito breaks down on Agatha’s bed, whom comforts Kirito by stroking his hair until he eventually stops crying.
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