Takami no Kago Episode 8
The merchants office was located near the West Gate of the city, just off the main street.
“Is this it ?”
The town of Brett is in the center of the Angle continent, but the capital city of the Angle kingdom is on the west side of the continent.
The East side of the Angle kingdom is treated as a frontier, so it clearly has more monsters inhabiting this side as well has far more monster’s surprise attacks. The west side of Brett is mostly where all of the noble live in.
I don’t see anything wrong with the high-class [Jade Fabric] goods.
“Master, the guard in the merchant’s office is glaring at us.”
Aria looks like she was half-crying when she said that. I have never set foot in the West District where nobles live in. Probably because of anxiety Aria grabbed my sleeve and didn’t let go of it.
“It’s all right. we are probably stronger than that guy over there anyways.”
I confirmed the guards stat’s, and their levels are 2 and 3.
If they had such strong guards in the first place, why would they request the Adventurer’s Guild for help. Do I have to make a request to the guards in order to speak with the merchant.
“Um, we’re the people sent from the Adventurer’s Guild. Is Mr. Kuresuto home?”
The clients name was Kuresuto from the Kuresuto Company. In other words he would be the owner of this place, and the guards employer.
“Why do you need to speak with Mr. Kuresuto?”
Guard A seems to be looking down on me with a very condescending attitude. Guard B is only glaring at me with his eyes, what’s up with these hostile guys.
“I am here about the request Mr. Kuresuto made to the Adventurer’s Guild. I asked you if I could see him because I wanted to confirm this matter.”
From a civilian’s standpoint, this merchant is very wealthy and does business with prominent aristocrats. I should listen to what he has to say before I open my mouth. I shouldn’t really worry about this, except I need to be polite when I have to get my point across. In a very Japanese-like manner Hibiki politely spoke to the guards.
“I didn’t hear anything about a visitor coming. Go home.”
Guard A is trying to force me to comply using his intimidation. I’ll go home if they continue to be this persistent. I decided that would be the best course of action.
“Anyway, since I just rushed over here, you might have not been informed that I was coming. I’m sorry, but could you please check again?”
I can only hope that they pass this on to Mr. Kuresuto if they refuse to check, because I’m going home if they refuse. In a moment guard A declared without any hesitation.
“I won’t do it now. Come back later.”
“I see well then, please forgive my impoliteness for today.”
Since he said so, I turned around and was about to head home.
“Wait a minute. Are you the adventurers sent by the Adventurer’s Guild?”
There was a stout man around the age of 40, with nicely tailored clothes on, standing at the entrance of the building.」
“I’m sorry about what happened to you earlier. Even though you’re an adventurer you’re as polite as a noble. On the contrary, as for our guards.”
This man was glaring at guard A while he said that. When guard A noticed the glare his face went pale.
“I, I’m very sorry sir!”
“I’ve had enough already. You will receive your punishment later. I was almost about to lose this relationship with this adventurer directly because of your actions.”
“Th, This can’t be!?”
“Shut up. Be silent and go stand over there until I say otherwise!”
After that guy said that, he urgently welcomed Hibiki into his mansion.
The inside of this house seemed to be overflowing with expensive furniture and priceless goods. However, that way it was all arranged inside made it not look distasteful. The inside of this house almost give off a feeling of nobility in it. Just like that Aria and I were guided down the hallway into the meeting room, and were quickly prompted to sit down on a sofa to begin the interview.
“This is the Kuresuto Company’s chamber of commerce. First of all, I have to apologize about the way you were treated earlier.”
“Er, don’t worry about it. He was just doing his job properly.”
“I’m happy when you say it like that.”
“I would like to talk about the matter you were making a request about more than that.”
I said that, and Kuresuto[Crest] nodded.
“The request states that we have to guard your wagon carrying your goods. Which will take approximately 3 days for us to reach Wereo village. We’ll stay in Wereo village for 2 days, while you purchase the good, and escort you back to Brett.
It’s about 6 days long round trip. Making it 8 days if we included the 2 days we stay there. It’s our first time traveling, but I think we’ll be alright.
“I understand what the request is saying. Although there are things I would like to confirm with you, the most important being. We are looking forward into making Brett our base of operations. Even if we go with you to Wereo village, we don’t know anything about it, or even where it’s even located.”
Mr. Kuresuto [Crest] made a gesture as if he was thinking, then slightly nodded. I don’t think he’ll have any problems.
“I have someone from Wereo village right here in my chamber of commerce. We could ask her to guide us while we are traveling so there wouldn’t be any problems.”
“I understand. But so far you have judged 4 pairs of adventurers so far and they have all failed, but how would you say we did?”
I only said that because I hate being rejected. And I would rather confirm it ahead of time as opposed to waiting.
“Of course. If an adventurer has a [Divine Gift] and acts just like nobles, then there’s no problem.”
Hmm, looks like the four set of adventurer’s that came before me were all disqualified for arguing with the guard outside. I think the test was to see if you could act like a nobleman instead of acting like a barbarian, while talking to the guard. It is also most likely that the guards outside were deliberately instructed to act like that to any adventurers coming for this request. Looks like they really don’t want anyone to be causing problems for them in Wereo Village. Even though Mr. Kuresuto [Crest] seems like a good person, he is still a very wealthy merchant, who also deals with a lot of prominent noble figures, so he obviously doesn’t want anyone causing trouble for him.
Throughout this discussion Aria hasn’t said one word, except for when she made a difficult face.
“Are you okay Aria?”
When I talked to her, she made a relieved face and affectionately clung to me.
“What a relief. You’re still the same as ever master.”
She seems to have been confused because of the way I was talking drastically changed especially when I was speaking to the guards. It seems my humble way of talking looked rather ridiculous to Aria. I thought about what happened and decided to explain to Aria that depending on the person I was talking to, I had to adapt my speech to fit them and the conversation. Looks like she still doesn’t understand, looks like we should go to bed soon.
“At times it is necessary to humble oneself!”
The next morning I could see Aria talking to Lily about what I explained to her last night. I told you, it was a secret last night.