I was caught by a royal merchant who called himself Rand Ygrin, posing as a peddler, and without registering with the adventurer’s guild, I was suddenly taken to the Ygrin Trading Company, a large store owned by the old man.
Of course, I could always escape if I wanted to, and once I saw the old man’s physical capabilities with my own eyes, I wasn’t about to let my guard down.
The reason why I went along with him was because I felt the value of the information that this old man Ygrin had.
I’m not sure how he guessed it, but he saw that we were great warriors, and he knew what we wanted to know, so he offered to talk to us.
I just felt that if he could does this much, it would be worth the change even if there was a bit of a stink about it.
“Even so, it’s a fine shop. I don’t know how they do it so well in this era. It’s not every day you see glass this clear.”
It can be accepted if it were a long time ago, when technology was more advanced, but how could they set up such a store in this world that has been decimated several times by human wars?
The current era is much more degenerate than the era of airships in Chapter 2, without hand pumps to draw water from wells, and without airship technology.
In such a world of the early Middle Ages, or maybe even a little earlier, clear, colorless glass is sold as a commodity.
Of course, it is traded for a good deal of money as an eye-catcher, but it is a considerable technology considering the circumstances of this era.
“……you said in this era?”
I couldn’t help but slip up in front of this unpredictable old man.
It’s not a good idea to give information to an unidentified old man, but I didn’t think you’d react that way.
“No, that was …….”
“No, no, don’t be so modest. It’s just that you’re my expected warrior, yes. In fact, as the young master said, this glass manufacturing method is an example of a technology that existed in ancient times that has been successfully restored and managed to be reproduced with today’s technology. ……”
Ygrin’s sales talk continued, but his eyes seemed strangely sharper than before.
Rather, I had a feeling he was smiling.
I don’t know what this old man is trying to do to use us as a war card, but he seems to have completely targeted us as a business partner after this incident.
This is partly because he is trying to find out why I know the inside information that the Trading Company has, but more than that, I feel as if he is trying to find out who I really am.
I’m not in a position where I need to be known, and since there’s no trace of where I came from, I don’t think there’s any way to find out.
“… that’s why, as you can see.”
“I see, as expected a product of store run by Royal Merchant. I heard a wonderful story.”
When I responded with a casual, matter-of-fact response, Ygrin’s double chin twitched in thought.
Oh, the atmosphere has changed.
“Hmmmmmm…. alright. I still don’t know who you are, young master, but I understand that you are no ordinary person after what just happened. I think that’s all I have to say about that. Okay, for now please go to the back room. I’d like to talk to you about the situation there.”
Apparently he realized that further pursuit would be futile, and he would explain the purpose in a private room.
No, it’s amazing, this old Ygrin guy.
When he realized that it was useless, he quickly changed his mind and summarized the conversation in a straightforward manner without offending me.
Perhaps it is because of his business acumen that he is able to adapt to the needs of others without drowning in his own strength, reasoning, or experience that he has been able to reach this level.
If we were going to continue to have this gut-wrenching conversation, I thought I’d just go along with it, get the information and get out of here.
“Hmm?Are you finally done with the hard part?”
“I don’t know, but it seems.”
The three couldn’t keep up with conversation, and question marks were raised in each head.
It’s natural for Momiji, who usually can’t handle difficult conversations, or Shie, who doesn’t understand a word. But it’s shame that Mizzet, who’s been trained by the Knights of Capital, doesn’t understand.
When it comes to fighting, she’s smart, but she’s only brainy in these situations. ……
This straightforwardness is a good thing, though.
“Oh, I’m sorry about this. I should have explained this in detail to your companion, I’m sorry. Hey, you there, give these people a thing. They’re class-A guests.”
“Greetings, Master Ygrin.”
After saying this, Ygrin moved to a private room, clapped his hands, and gave instructions to the woman who was waiting beside him.
The woman left the room and disappeared, seeming to have something to prepare to explain.
Hmm, a mystery.
“Now that we’ve both had a chance to catch our breath, let me give you the lowdown. Once again, my name is Rand Ygrin, the Royal Merchant of this country. I deal mainly in war. To be more specific, my job is to provide weapons, information, and human resources to the royal family of this country.”
“Well, that’s very kind of you. I’m Kenji Galhart. Next to me is Mizzet Galhart, and that loose one is Momiji, and the one with the collar is Shie.”
We reintroduced ourselves to each other, I see, providing human resources and information.
If you take it as it is, Ygrin, having seen our ability, may write a letter of recommendation to the royal family as a card for the war, but it probably won’t be that easy.
For your information, the old man reacted to the Galhart surname for a moment, but was convinced without being asked if he had any idea what was going on.
“Thank you for the introduction, Kenji-dono. Now, let’s get down to business. As you may have guessed, the war between the unstable neighboring country, or to be more precise, this country Arbalest, and the country over there, Gungael, is actually becoming a very troublesome situation. ……”
“What’s so troublesome?”
Hmm, what on earth are we talking about?
Also, this country is called Arbalest, I’ve never heard of it.
Aside from the logs, the app’s map doesn’t have the name of the country, which is unfriendly in these parts.
If there is a survey function, I would like to suggest improvements.
“Yes. Actually, in the recent skirmishes with Gungel, who should be inferior in military power, for some reason we have been losing every time. We have in our hands an army of knights that would quadruple the size of Gungel, the pride of the Arbalest. In addition of the hero Grand Mage Curly. It’s a situation that has been defeated at every turn. It’s also as if they’ve targeted us, grabbing our plans and information as they go.”
Ygrin’s eyes were sharp as he said this, and I admired his gaze as if he was watching me.
But I wondered why he realized my interest in the neighboring country when we first met, but now I understand why to some extent.
Maybe this old man thought I was some kind of spy looking for the information and schedule that was just mentioned, so he sickled me.
If you are a Royal Merchant, the area around this country is like a garden.
If there was a stranger with a lot of power wandering around there, you couldn’t help but wonder who is he.
This was probably due to the fact that my identity was unknown.
However, the fact that he started to talk openly about it seemed to confirm his suspicions.
I don’t know what made him cut off his suspicions, or if he is actually still in the middle of them, but let’s leave it at that for now.
The most interesting thing about the current story is that the Arbalest, with its superior military power and has a card called hero as an individual fighting force, is facing defeat every time.
If this is to be overturned, there must be some kind of “irregularity” in Gungel’s country.