Chapter 58: Tempting and Receiving

 


「It’s trouble Master!」

I was taking a break in a temporary home located in our newly built town, when Lilia ran over.

She was all aflutter as she called out to me trying to catch her breath.

「What’s wrong?」
「The people in town are protesting desu. They’re calling for Master to come out desu」
「……Where?」
「I’ll guide you there desuno.」

I went outside and followed Lilia.

A distance from the town was the food warehouse. Inside of it were mountains of pushinee.

They were my strategic resources.

I made a ton of them for this town and took a stance of letting them eat as much as they wanted.

There were many people outside of the pushinee warehouse.

What had happened?

「What is all this?」

As I arrived the people pressed closer to me.
「Milord, no matter what…don’t you think this is unacceptable?」
「Unacceptable?」
「This here…this.」

One man said while handing me a pushinee with dissatisfaction.

I accepted it and looked at it seriously.

There wasn’t anything wrong with it. It was one of the pushinee from within the storehouse.

「What’s wrong with it?」
「What do you mean? I saw how your slave made this.」
「Fumu」

So they saw Lilia making the pushinee as I told her to.

「So?」
「So!? Isn’t it cruel to force people to eat dirt!?」
「……oh」

I finally understood what was wrong.

Everything had gone smoothly til now, I didn’t really think about it like that. I just thought of it as something made by the 「magic」 of the DORECA.

That’s right…the raw material for pushinee was dirt.

It requires 1 magic and some dirt.

Knowing that it turned into 「Making us eat dirt is cruel.」
「We’re very grateful to you, our Lord you know? You made us homes, clothes, and various things. But be that as it may, we still can’t except being made to eat dirt.」
「That’s right!」
「I won’t eat dirt!」
「Please make something else」

Several people spoke up.

They all looked dissatisfied.

I looked and saw the pushinee scattered on the ground.

It was treated like trash.

「…….I see…give me a bit to think about this.」

I said and took Lilia away.

We returned to the house and Lilia stamped her feet in frustration.

「What’s wrong with them!? They’re too rude desuno!」
「Well…I can’t say I don’t understand. It’s dirt after all…originally.」
「Just letting them have enough to eat is a luxury desuno. They don’t understand that it’s from Master’s warm-heartedness desu.」

It’s less being warmhearted and more that it’s their lifeline.

I would guarantee their minimum livelihood, but if they wanted anything more luxurious they’d have to work for it themselves, that was my policy.

「What should we do Master? If you want, Lilia will make a jail and throw them all in desu no.」
「Rule by fear?」
「Anyone who disobeys Master should be purged desu no.」
「Stop that ya’ dummy.」

I grabbed her shoulders and shook her.

She looked dizzy as her head lolled about.

As I looked at her I thought.

Putting them in prison and purging them was out of the question…I needed to think of something else.

「…..Liliia. Send a message to Maya.」
「The elite guards? So it’s a purge after all desuno?」
「Don’t smile like that! Just call them here.」
「Tsk desuno. I understand.」

Lilia unhappily obeyed.
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I notified the townspeople once more.

If they were to eat the pushinee then they’d fill there stomachs. There were a lot of them in the storehouse and if anyone wanted to eat them they could.

I also told them that I would not be making them anything else. I would give them the same treatment as the other towns.

Eat it or not…I don’t care.
That is what I told them.
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The next day Maya came running.

I met her in the temporary housing.

「It’s been awhile Akito. Isn’t it about time you started giving us some kids?」
「Unfortunately, that’ll be a bit further in the future.」

 

Recently this had been the exchange whenever we’d met. It’d practically replaced 「I’m home」 and 「welcome back」.

「Anyways, I have a request.」
「It’s the purge of these citizens right? We don’t really like doing that, but if Akito is the one asking then we’ll go right now and——-」
「You don’t need to pay attention to what Lilia asked you to do.」

She’s still saying ‘purge purge’? What a girl…

But seriously…do I really look like the kind of person to give that order Maya?
That’s kind of shocking.

「It’s a simple job. You just need to guard the pushinee warehouse.」
「Just guard it?」
「Yes, but just during the daytime. You just need to make sure that no one enters during the day. If you want, or if there’s a ruckus you can make a big production out of catching the ones who sneak in.」
「We can do as we please with the big production right?」
「Yeah. But, at night retreat and leave no guard.」
「……what are you trying to do?」

Maya said as she looked at me uncomprehending.

「Just do it please.」
「Well, since you ask we’ll do it.」

Maya said with a complicated look on her face.

After thinking a bit, she looked resolved.

「Alright, leave it to me. Daytime is impregnable, nighttime we ignore it. That’s how it should be right?」
「That’s perfect. But if some people come wanting pushinee, give it to them, but…..」
「Don’t let them inside, right?」

Maya said while grinning.

She didn’t understand what the point was, but she quickly understood her own role.

「Exactly.」
「Understood. We’ll tighten the guard so no one gets in.」

Maya said and left to complete her duty.
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Maya faithfully executed my commands.

The one hundred woman elite forces surrounded the pushinee storehouse and lined up their nitoka.

They placed it under the highest security possible.

If there were people who wanted pushinee, the girls received the order and gave them the number they requested.

Then at night they completely retreated.

They repeated this.

While this was going on, I continued to develop the town like nothing had happened.
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A week after they had begun guarding the storehouse, Maya came to see me.

「Akito, the storehouse has been robbed.」
「Oh」

It finally came, I thought.

「Tell me in detail.」

I left what I’d been doing and listened to Maya.

「This morning we were guarding like usual. A man who wanted pushinee came, and when we went into the storehouse it was definitely less than the previous night.」
「Are you sure? It wasn’t a mistake right?」
「We accepted this task, we properly gathered them and checked.」
「I see.」

Good good, finally.

「Akito you look kinda happy…even though you were robbed.」
「This is what I’ve been aiming for after all.」
「What do you mean?」
「First, the people of this town hate pushinee. ‘What are you doing making us eat dirt~’ or so they say」
「Greedy people aren’t they…」

Maya said.

They had fallen to becoming bandits because they didn’t have enough food to eat. You could tell their feelings from that experience.

「It’s too troublesome to convince them all. Even if I did so, it’d be something I pushed on them and leave them dissatisfied. Then I called you girls. Since you guarded it so closely I was trying to implant the idea that 「these are precious」 into their minds.」
「I see, so leaving it open at night was to make this easier?」
「That’s right.」
「So they’ve been successfully hooked.」

Maya chuckled.
She looked like she was really enjoying this.

「That’s correct. But still, it’s true that the pushinee are important…even though I can mass produce them.」
「I know their importance and how you saved us with them.」

Maya said looking at me with eyes filled with gratitude.

It was how you’d look at your benefactor…no someone even more important.

「I’ll have you do a few more days. Before long their thinking will change and we can adjust this.」
「Ok」
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It was even faster than I expected.

The next day, Lilia and I were steadily creating the town’s walls when a single man approached.

It was the well formed man who had raised his hand during the tutorial.

「You’re…..」
「Zawal」
「I see. What happened?」
「I have a request of you Milord. That food that you showed…..the…」
「Pushinee?」
「Right, pushinee. Could you make us some? There’s none left from what you had made.」
「Already gone?」

I played dumb.

I had received the same report from Maya.

Last night most of the rest of it had been stolen.

It was just as I’d hoped.

They would steal it with the feeling that 「if we don’t take it now we won’t get any」 and they’d take a lot of it.

Sometime this would happen and cause a shortage. I thought that it would accelerate their fall into a food shortage.

But for it to happen already.

I looked at Zawal and said.

「Ok, tell the people at the food storehouse that we’ll be there.」

I sent him ahead.

「Lilia」
「Yes desuno?」
「I’ll leave the creation of the pushinee to you.」
「I’ll obey Onii-chan’s orders desuno. But Onii-chan is more efficient than Lilia. Lilia can only make them one by one with the bronze card desu no.」
「That’s exactly why.」

I said and Lilia looked at me with her head tilted sideways in confusion.
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I had Lilia go ahead and make the pushinee.

If she had a silver card then she could make 10, if she had gold then she could make 100, but she had a slave card (bronze) which could only make one at a time.

She’d make a circle, put in some soil, and create a single pushinee.

It only needed one magic power, but it took a lot of time.

So…Lilia would be there being watched by the townspeople as she sweated and worked.

Lilia didn’t complain. She was my slave. She wouldn’t complain, instead she’d feel happy to work as I instructed.

But if you didn’t know that and you watched her, you’d see a young woman doing hard labor.

It didn’t just look like hard labor…it was hard labor. It would take an entire hour just to make enough pushinee for each townsperson to have one.

As the townspeople watched…they began to guiltily lend her a hand.

Gradually it turned into Lilia laying down the magic circles and the townspeople placing the materials inside them like a production line.

「It was this much trouble to make the pushinee?」
「It may be disgusting but it does keep us from starving…」
「And we received it all for free….the Lord is an amazing guy…」

Here and there you could hear voices that were saying things drastically different from a few days ago.

The people who had complained and protested were now thanking Lilia for her hard work.

All according to plan.

Now there shouldn’t be anymore problems with regards to the pushinee.


 

37 Comments

  1. Just like the potato…

  2. Clever way of making them understand the value of the free things they get.

    • one rule of economic is that “There is no such thing as free lunch”. The point is that “Free” is a perspective, it might be free for one person but someone will definitely has to pay for the loss one way or another. Once the person got the “free item” gain awareness of it, their mindset might become quite different.

  3. Namae nashi desu~

    Thanks for the chapter.

  4. He’s actually pretty wise after all, huh.

    Though he will fuck you up if you talk shit at or about his girls.

  5. ~Traveling Chef~

    thanks~

  6. Thanks for the chapter XD

  7. Nice way to con them into feeling useful after their initial overprivileged point of view. XD
    Thanks for the new chapter!

  8. Thank you very much

  9. Thanks for the chapter~!

    Nice turnaround~

  10. Thanks for the chapter.

  11. This was done in some story I read some time ago, but I can’t for the life of me remember what it was >_<

  12. Thanks for the chapptar and yer hard works!! ( ̄^ ̄)ゞ

  13. Thanks for the chapter!

  14. Thanks for the chapter!!

  15. I think, he actually forgot to give them a means to make better food. Sole alternative to pushinee is hunting, but it’s ruined world, you know? You can’t thoughtlessly hunt every single animal. You should capture it and breed. Also, what about “field” that was mentioned in firsts chapters? Isn’t it for crops?

    • I too have been wondering about “field” and … concerned about potential over-hunting. It’s nice to see other people talk about these things.

  16. Oh, and thanks for chapter!

  17. I think I understand why Lilia is Darkness….
    (I also feel like I have a sociopath way of thinking too)

    Thnx for the chappy~ Nanodesu~

  18. Thanks for doing this chapter! XD

  19. Thx for the chapter o/
    yeah, she has darkness alright…

  20. Thanks for the chapter~

  21. Thanks for the chapter!

  22. I think i saw this in a ln/manga recently

  23. Thanks for the update!!
    all I can say is this guy is absolute genius

  24. Learn to appreciate being able to eat dirt
    Thx for the chapter

  25. Somehow the people seem to be overlooking that all plants are basically just dirt (albeit re-arranged at the molecular level). So eating a pushnee is no more eating dirt than eating wheat (or bread made from wheat) is eating dirt. The idea of guarding the warehouse to get people to want to take what is inside is an old story. I forget whether it originated in Japan or in China. (Or maybe it is even older and generally known to the entire region?) I think in the original it involved rice running out during a famine and the lord getting yams from a neighboring country, only for the people to revolt at the idea of eating something that grows in the dirt rather than on stalks. But there are several variants of the story, including people complaining over being offered wheat instead of rice, being offered rice of one type instead of another, and so forth.

    It is becoming ever more evident why Lilly’s gem is black; she reminds me of a yandere, but she can’t be the normal one since she has no problem with sharing him. Lilly is reminding me more and more of Sophia – a cute little girl (about the same age as the MC – so around 10-12) whose first reaction to anyone disagreeing with her love interest is to ask said love interest whether she should kill the person, while pulling a dagger or a long needle-like tool. (Sophia is from an odd WN that – had I known more about what it would be about – I probably would not have started reading it, but since I did start reading it I cannot help but continue to see what happens next. There are actually several WNs like that.)

    • Well I wouldn’t say plants are made of dirt. Nor would I say that dirt becomes wheat and then bread.
      Plants get minerals and water from the ground true, but the carbon they make their carbohydrates from (that are actually what we get the nourishment from in the wheat) are from the air through photosynthesis.
      So rather then say you eat dirt, you could be saying that you eat what was formerly gases in the air that could have came from humans breathing out. So yes, you are eating peoples breaths… This got complicated…
      What they do is transform sugar (that is a mix of water and carbon from the air, again photosynthesis) to starch and cellulose.
      The plants get actually an extremely small part of their mass from the ground itself (unless you count the water as -from the ground-)

      It’s true however that… In medieval times you would not know about this.
      So in their perspective it would be likely that they believe that plants come from dirt, so you have a valid point there.

  26. A wise lord

  27. Purge Purge Purge! Thanks for the chappy!

  28. thanks for the chapter XD

  29. MC is noob he has 1000’s of possibility but creates shit

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