Chapter 77 – Negotiations Part 2

 


Translator: SFBaka

Editor: Thor’s Stone


“Why do all the conditions include dragon fangs?”

“Oh, that. Well, His Majesty has always coveted a sword made from dragon fangs, you see.”

Silas-san also recommended that I offer the dragon fangs as part of the tribute. He might have been aware of this particular fact already.

“So I have to choose from these three options, correct?”

“That’s right. ……Are they not to your liking after all?”

“Let’s see. I think most people wouldn’t choose any of these options normally.”

“……I understand.”

Baron Herring nodded dejectedly and hung his head down.

“It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? The people who came up with these damned proposals were feeling so full of themselves, saying something like this can still be considered an overly lavish treatment for a mere adventurer. That’s just how much they want those dragon fangs.”

The baron began to speak with his head still hanging down.

“I was only granted the title of baron five years ago. Thus, I am more familiar with the mindset of commoners than most of my peers.

People can attain happiness even without becoming part of the nobility, and indeed, many find becoming an aristocrat a rather troublesome affair.

However, those who have inherited their titles among my peers are mostly biased in their views. They think everybody looks up to us nobles and wants to become one as well…… And that’s why they came up with these sorts of conditions.”

“I see……”

“Why do those who endeavor to subdue creatures like dragons or those who have attained great fortune want to obtain lands of their own? Most of the members of the royal court do not comprehend such a thing.

When I arrived at this city, I heard that not only did you subdue and kill one dragon, Alan-dono, but you even managed to tame a living one as well.

If it’s you, Alan-dono, then I’m positive you would be able to obtain at least a rank of baron unconditionally in each of the other neighboring kingdoms.”

“……Well, perhaps.”

I did remember Cleria saying my achievements would have netted me a baron title without a doubt in the former Starveek kingdom.

However, we’ve already started the construction of our new base within this kingdom, so the option of moving to another country was no longer available to us.

“The news that a live dragon is following you willingly has not reached the kingdom’s capital yet. I believe the conditions will become much better once they receive the news though……

Ugh. I really should have refused the job of being an envoy…… Uh, I’m not saying it’s your fault though, Alan-dono. Please pay my earlier words no heed. I am ultimately the one at fault for being too greedy.”

“……Did you have any pressing reason to accept this job?”

“A particularly troublesome peer has been eyeing me for quite some time now, and if I managed to do well this time, he agreed to overlook everything between us until now, so I was compelled to accept.”

There seem to be various circumstances huh. It’s true that it’s his fault for accepting the job when he could have simply refused though. I’m a bit curious about what those circumstances exactly are now.

“If it’s alright with you, can you tell me a bit more about your circumstances?”

“……I managed to get myself a wife who’s well beyond my current station, you see. My wife is from the branch house of a particularly well-known and influential noble family. They vehemently opposed our marriage, of course. But my wife forcibly arranged everything and we ended up getting married anyway.”

Now he’s just gushing about his wife. But it’s pretty different from the image of nobles I heard from the rest of the Clan.

“Even though it was a marriage between fellow nobles, I didn’t think such a thing would actually be tolerated in the end.”

“Well, normally, it would not have been. However, my wife pressed a sword to her neck and threatened her family that she would commit suicide if they didn’t allow her to get married to me. Otherwise, the marriage would have not pushed through.”

Man. That’s one bold lady.

“Most likely, if I fail this job, my house will be crushed underfoot, and my wife would be forced to lawfully divorce me and then returned to her family. In fact, I believe they pushed this job onto me expecting such an outcome.”

But judging from the apparent age of this baron, his marriage should have been quite a few years ago already. Would there still be a point in having his wife return home after all this time?

“I see…… By the way, how long has it been since your marriage?”

“It was just three months ago.”

“……Forgive me for asking, but how old is your wife?”

“She’ll be eighteen years of age next month.”

Un. On second thought, I don’t think there’s any reason to pity the good baron after all. But I think I understand why the wife’s family is so insistent in having her return to them. I think the baron’s guess about what’s going on is mostly correct.

In any case, was this guy really that damn charming?

Uh, ahem. Something like that isn’t important, I guess. Let’s proceed with the talks.

“In other words, you accepted the job of being an envoy for love, correct?”

“……W-Well, you can put it that way, I guess.”

“Wonderful! What courage. Color me impressed! To think you would even risk your noble house going under just to ensure that you wouldn’t lose your wife!”

“……N-No, I do not deserve such praise.”

“Oh, but I truly am impressed! If that’s really the case, then I should do my part and ensure this negotiation of ours is a success.”

“Are you serious, Alan-dono!?”

“But of course! However, I still find the three proposals you offered me quite unattractive. In fact, I instead find Gantz, or rather, the Great Demon Forest to my liking. I like the place so much that I’m actually compelled to stay in the long term.”

“What! The Great Sea of Trees, you say!?”

“Yes. It really is a good place. To be honest, when I heard about the places your kingdom was offering earlier, I thought it would be better if I got granted rights to the Sea of Trees instead. Would it be possible for me to change the land the crown would award me to the Sea of Trees instead? Oh, and you’ll still get the dragon fangs as part of the trade, of course.”

“Are you really in your right mind, Alan-dono!?”

“Of course I am. I’m completely sane, Your Lordship.”

“Alan-dono, I think it’s best for you to give up on the Great Sea of Trees. As far as I know, five noble houses have attempted to develop it in the past as well. There was even one headed by an earl among them. But all of them ultimately failed in the end, without exception.”

“You really are a good man, Baron Herring. However, there’s no need to worry. Ah, and in addition, I’d like to get the right to declare all the land I manage to successfully develop as part of my territory. That would motivate my men and future subjects to work hard in cultivating the land after all. What do you think of this condition?”

“That’s…… I’m sure something like that would be approved. The five houses I mentioned earlier also asked for such a condition as well.”

“That sounds wonderful! So, I believe there are no further problems, correct?”

“……Are you really fine with something like that?”

“Yes. I would be more than happy to accept such terms.”

“……Understood. Thank you very much, Alan-dono. I am in your debt. I will never forget this favor for as long as I live.”

“No, no. In fact, it should be me thanking you for such an opportunity. Well then, since we’ve settled the talks, should we call everyone back?”

“Of course.”

I opened the door of my office from within and found everyone standing by just outside, so I called them back in.

“Now then, we’ve finished our talks, so I’ll give you all a brief summary. It still hasn’t been set in stone, but if all goes well, I shall be granted the title of baron and given a part of the Great Demon Forest as my territory. And every piece of land we successfully develop shall be counted as part of our territory as well. As thanks for being bestowed such grace, I have decided to offer both of the dragon’s fangs to the king.”

Nobody reacted after I finished my summary. Uh, but Cleria’s mouth seems to be twitching a bit.

Baron Herring looked nervously at everyone’s expressions. I bet he’s worried that some of them might oppose the terms we discussed.

“……We will abide by Alan-sama’s will.”

When Adjutant Dalshim replied as such, Baron Herring sighed in relief.

“……Now then, Alan-dono. When will you be departing for the royal capital? Ah, and there’s a need to arrange for adventurers to act as your escorts as well.”

“Actually, the dragon material auction will be held for three days, starting from today. If possible, I’d like to depart after four days. As for the escorts, I’d like to hand that job to the members of Shining Star.”

“Oh! That would be most welcome. Well then, let us arrange to depart on the morning of the fifth day.”

“Understood. That should be fine.”

I asked the baron about the inn he was staying at so we could keep in touch and sent him and his retinue off with everyone.

“Let’s tell everyone else the good news right away.”

“Yes, let’s!”

It looks like Cleria couldn’t hold her joy back any longer. Elna, Serena, and Sharon were also smiling happily. We headed straight for the dining hall where the rest of the Clan members were waiting.

We then told them about the results of the discussions with the baron.

“We did it, Alan-sama!”

“Oh! Finally!”

“As expected of Alan-sama! Such splendid negotiation skills!”

“Well, that so-called negotiation wasn’t really all that difficult to begin with. Apparently, due to certain reasons, they didn’t even consider offering the Sea of Trees as our territory.”

Everyone wanted to hear about the details of the talks, so I briefly summarized my discussion with the baron.

“I see. So that’s why they sent a baron as an envoy……”

“It still isn’t official, but I guess it’s almost decided. I’d like to have a celebration with you all immediately, but a three-day auction for the dragon materials will begin starting today. And so, I was thinking of having a big feast on the night of the third day instead.”

“”Ooh!””

“Alright!”

“Also, I want everyone to prepare for our departure to the royal capital in five days.”

“”Understood!””

“Alright then. Some of us will head to the auction venue in the afternoon. Let’s have lunch somewhere in the city and head for the Commerce Guild afterward.”

It seems Karina-san prepared ten seats for us since we’re the seller of the dragon materials. Hence, I, my four party members, Adjutant Dalshim, and the four sub-party leaders will be attending.

After having a quick lunch, we immediately headed to the Commerce Guild. There were already lots of people gathered in front of the guild building. It was very crowded.

“There sure are a lot of people huh. Are all of them actually merchants?”

“They probably are. I didn’t think such a number of them would turn up.”

The interior of the guild building was even more crowded. It was packed to the point that it was difficult to move around. Karina-san was shouting something behind a reception table.

“In accordance with our earlier announcement, the only items we are auctioning off today will be panaceas! Aside from the bidders, everyone else should vacate the guild building!”

It looks like she was shouting about the details of today’s auction.

“It’s about time, so we will lead you to the venue now! Show our staff your guild certificate and proceed to the auction venue on the second floor!”

It looks like the only ones eligible to participate in the auction are C-ranked or higher guild members. The first floor of the guild building was vacated little by little as the eligible merchants all went up to the second floor.

“You’ve come, Alan-sama!”

“Of course. I’m curious about the auction as well.”

“Well then, I shall guide you to the auction venue.”

Under Karina-san’s guidance, we also made our way up to the guild building’s second floor.

The auction venue was a large room that encompassed the entirety of the guild building’s second floor. There were probably more than 200 merchants in attendance today. Everyone sat on small, round chairs which were lined up closely with each other.

“Please come over here, everyone.”

The seats Karina-san guided us to were located right behind the stage. We ended up in a position facing the attending merchants. I would have liked it if we were guided to somewhere less conspicuous though.

Once we took our seats, we immediately caught the attention of the attending merchants.

Before long, the figure of Silas-san finally appeared. He stood up on the stage and slowly ran his gaze toward all of the merchants present in the venue.

“Well then, we shall now begin today’s auction!”

It’s finally time. I wonder how much a panacea would sell for?


 


42 Comments

  1. If panacea really cures all kinds of diseases, it will sell for lots of gold.
    Many people think health is worth more than money after all.

    • From previous chapters, they did say it wasn’t that powerful, just a really rare ingredient used in many options. The thing that made it expensive was that it was also like fantasy Viagra 🙂

  2. Thanks for the update! Awesome translation! May God bless you!

  3. Thanks for the chapter!

    The other five noble houses did not have a dragon so they failed developing the Sea of Trees.

  4. > To the nobles who will buy the panacea, personally or with their representatives. Please give the panacea to the one actually they needed it. I can assume 70% of the nobles will only use it as a aphrodisiac to create an heir

    > To all the nobles who are full themselves by offering useless lands to gain the fang. If you know about laser gun, even the dragon fang is useless as a symbol of ultimate weapon. If you really want to gain something rare like a dragon fang, use your influence and head and resources like your own soldiers or sons to subjugate one.

    • Stupid nobles gonna stupid noble.

      I’m pretty sure they’re gonna start doing stupid noble shit like assassination attempts and court intrigue and what-not, and the only reason Alan’s gonna put up with it (temporarily) is because he’s waiting on his Title and land ownership to become official.

      Then after he goes and develops that land (with his Fleet assets), the stupid nobles are gonna try and invade and claim the now-developed land under some obscure noble reasons, and that’ll be the perfect excuse for Alan to start dropping some orbital bombardment and weapons of mass destruction on the poor dumb schmucks.

      • I……….. really want to see the orbital drop. Its like im playing command and conquer

      • Iris can’t. She jettisoned her primary and secondary batteries so she’s only left with point defence guns. Lots of point defence guns. Enough to handle a few cruisers but not enough against another battleship and might not be usable for fire support. If she wants to do orbital bombardment, she’ll have to fabricate and drop kinetic rounds.

      • Anything able to “handle a few cruisers” can probably send a medieval civilization straight to the stone age, as long as it’s energy weapons or some sort of round that can survive re-entry long enough to transfer kinetic energy into the designated target.

      • That is the point. Point defence guns might not have the power to reach the planet through atmosphere. It’s like the CIWS of our time, lethal against ships with low armour that wander into range but useless against anything with armour or requiring range and planetary bombardment is both since the atmosphere acts as a shield too.

      • Yes, but if we’re using Bug ships as a point of reference, the aren’t “ships with low armor” but vessels capable of causing widespread planetary destruction.
        We’re talking extremely armored warships capable of FTL, not flimsy Space-X-tier tin cans that depressurize if you look at them funny.
        Add that Iris, even in her currently diminished state is also in LOW orbit, any “point defense” weapons capable of “handling a few [GALACTIC CIVILIZATION FTL] cruisers [CAPABLE OF WIPING OUT A PLANET]” at space warfare engagement distances of several thousand kilometers could probably deliver some mass destruction a couple of hundred km below in a gravity well.

      • You know that the guns she was left with are not even *secondary* second line weapons? I very strongly suspect you are massively overestimating them. They’re probably more like the point defence guns in The Expanse. Super rapid firing guns that can tear up ships but don’t have the range or mass/power to penetrate a planetary atmosphere. Go look up The Expanse and their Point Defence Cannons. It’s probably something like that.

      • I’ve seen “The Expanse,” and so far the ships in the Imperial Fleet are nothing like those flimsy vessels– we’re talking ships with energy weapons, energy SHIELDS, FTL drives, etc.. The weapons remaining on the Iris Conrad are able to take care of THOSE types of ships, which are several magnitudes of order more powerful than those interplanetary puddle jumpers of “The Expanse.”

        If anything, you should probably take a look at “Starship Troopers,” since this novel seems to be doing a bit of a riff on Heinlein’s novel via Verhoven’s film adaptation (especially the “Bug War” bits, but with less tongue-in-cheek fascism).

        Yes, I get that “The Expanse” is a great series with a more realistic depiction of space warfare– but the level of technology and civilization is far below that of what’s been depicted here. Also, I suspect “Starship Troopers + another Kardashev level” is probably what we’re dealing with, given all the author’s various references, not “bunch of monkeys still thrown poop at each other in the asteroid belt” as shown in “The Expanse.”

      • If you want to compare it to Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, if I recall correctly, they provide ground support from landing ships, not from Starships, referenced to the opening raid on the Skinny planet.

        And as I said, I think you MASSIVELY overestimated their point defence guns. Main guns for bombardment, sure. Secondary batteries for bombardment in a pinch, sure, but when you are all the way down to point defence guns, that is going to be a real stretch, helped by the fact that Iris has NEVER even suggested space to surface fire support, which strongly implies that she CANNOT do it with her current equipment, unless the author was saving it for a later plot. My suspicions are that she lost that capability after she jettisoned her gun batteries.

      • I said “Starship Troopers plus one level of Kardashev.” It’s clear that although the author riffs on VERHOVEN’S version of the story, not Heinlein’s, he’s bumped up the technology by several notches.

        For one, it’s a GALACTIC EMPIRE, not whatever Earth+some colonies thing the Fifth Reich–er, I mean “Federation” is supposed to be.

        Secondly, it’s obvious that the Bugs here are just as technologically advanced as the not-Imperium of Man–er, I mean Galactic Empire, since they can communicate directly with humans (if only to say “we will eat your babies”) and have their own FTL fleets which has been shown to be able to take out entire Imperial Planets.

        Finally, I think you MASSIVELY underestimate the tech levels when comparing the “barely started settling the Solar System” mud-slinging of “The Expanse” to a GALACTIC civilization that fields hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of individual FLEETS which have jurisdiction over several star systems.

        That, and based on the visuals in the LN and from the manga which closely follow the LN, we’re looking at something far more advanced than those “The Expanse” pea-shooters you seem to have in mind.

        Just goes to show you the power of television to influence the mindset of the current generation of readers, I guess.

      • You know, before you start insulting, you might want to consider that I’m at least 2 generations older than “current generation”. Television was black and white in my day, “kid”.

        In the interest of a possible civil discourse, which you seem to be deviating from, I’m not looking down on their technology, I’m “looking down” on their current resources and situation. You keep going on and on about how “super” their ships are but did you remember the part where Iris’s evaluation was that she could take on 32 cruisers but will lose if there was even a single battleship? This implies that your “cruisers” are not as tough as you seem to think they are and are more like scout ships rather than ships of the line if 32 of them could not match a single battleship.

        For some strange reason, you seem to think that point defence guns have the same power as a warship’s main batteries. There is no evidence of that and in reverse there is circumstantial evidence of the reverse, considering that Iris has never brought up the possibility of fire support.

        Guess the “younger generation” seems to have a weaker ability to think logically than us “older generation” and prefer to work on their own fantasies.

      • For some strange reason, you seem to think that if something’s referred to as a “cruiser,” it must not be a cruiser but instead be a “scout ship,” thus skewing the efficacy of the “point defense weapons” that could take out 32 of these so-called “not-cruisers-even-though-they-were-called-cruisers-scout-ships” at an engagement range of several hundreds of thousands of kilometers, either being extremely powerful energy weapons or kinetic projectiles that need to travel at relativistic speeds to be anywhere near useful, but can’t penetrate a couple of hundred kilometers through an atmosphere.

        Enough to take things personally.

        Kid.

      • When 32 of them cannot match a single damaged battleship, they ain’t very useful warships now would they? And it’s obvious that they use the term “cruiser” in the old British manner by role rather than the American way by tonnage. Cruisers were called that because they CRUISED at long range with a decent speed. Which is the role of a scout. You do not even have a single shred of evidence that the Iris in its current state is capable of orbital bombardment. Go ahead, point out which chapter did they even say she is capable of fire support? Point it out and you’ll instantly win this argument.

        You are projecting your own expectations into the story, there was never even a single chapter that discussed ship weapons, so all your hyperbole only comes from one source. Your own imagination. And you are NOT the author. You’ve gone way beyond source evidence and into self projection territory.

      • lol, there’s also no indication that an GALACTIC naval fleet would go by Bongland-standards, that’s your own self-projection.

      • No it isn’t. In the Chapters Iris Conrad, it showed that the Bugs use Class 1 light cruisers as first in scouting forces. That and the fact that 32 of them cannot stand up to a single battleship and are only equivalent to a single Stellar class destroyer in firepower implies that they are the bottom tier of the Bug fleets and are used for scouting.

        You think the word “GALACTIC” means “do any fucking thing you want”. It isn’t. It just means you have nicer equipment, it does not turn you into a God. There is absolutely no indication at all that the Iris Conrad’s 50 light laser turrets can be used for ground support anywhere in the writing.

      • I think you need to stop judging the power levels of a Kardashev 2.5-3 Civilization by the standards of a Bongland Wooden-ships era Navy in your own head-cannon.

        It’s not “nicer equipment,” it’s Clarke’s Third Law territory. But I suppose it’s a bit much for someone who claims to have watched television in black-and-white to accept, so please, continue to drag out your tired arguments on an off-hand comment I made months ago that I would have forgotten if it hadn’t been for your autistic screeching.

      • And I think yo need to use your brain. It DOES NOT MATTER even if you have a Kardashev FIVE civilization if you are dropped into an island in the middle of the ocean in your underwear, which is what happened. You don’t even have a shred of evidence that Iris can do what you want it to do in your fantasy wishful thinking and think that simply screeching out GALACTIC!!! can change things. Moron.

        Why don’t we put out the evidence for our points? Evidence, not wishes. I’ll start.
        1- Iris is severely damaged. At the start, she only has the power of a single Stellar class destroyer and her main and secondary guns are all unusable (Chapter 3- Reconstruction)
        2- Bug ships are numbered according to their weight class. BG-1s are light cruisers, BG-3s are heavy cruisers and BG-10(i.e X) are battleships. Unless there is a Bug-0 type ship which I doubt, Bug-1 Light cruisers are the smallest ship in the Bug navy and they are used as first in scouting forces, shown in Chapter 64-Commander Iris Conrad and the repeated times that the story uses them as the most likely opforce comparison.
        3- While this is more of “negative evidence” rather than evidence, nowhere in the story has Iris the Battleship ever offered, suggested or even demonstrated Space to Surface capabilities, even when discussing the building of their base, when the captain was under threat by an approaching dragon or when she planned to help the clergy attacked by monsters. The only thing she used all these times were drone weapons even when solving the problems from orbit, if she could, was an easier solution.
        I’ll wait for your chapter references for your claims.

      • Sorry, I’m not autistic enough to care. Keep going, though, your screeching, while tired, is amusing.

      • In short, you got no evidence at all lol. Your “Class 2.5 civilization” had problems moving 20k people off planet in a week, child.

      • Lol, keep screeching, grandpa. I’ll live long enough to dance on your grave, so please continue your sperg-out.

      • Not if Darwin catches you, which it looks like it is going to.

      • Tick tock, old fart. You’re not the first geriatric twat I’ve outlived, and you won’t be the last.

      • And I bet your father and mother both regretted having you.

      • Keep running your mouth, old fart. Hopefully it will continue to shorten your lifespan.

      • Look out, Darwin’s after you to give you an award! You still have not shown any proof about your claims other than your self claim that since they are “GALACTIC”, they can do it. Is your mouth a “GALACTIC” too? All hot air and no results?

      • Is that your left arm going numb?
        Careful, you old twat. Your autistic screeching will probably give you a coronary before too long.
        Hope that weak heart of yours can take it.

      • No worries, my heart is stronger than yours with all your REEeeee screeching. You on the other hand, I vote most likely to die from self inflicted stupidity due to lack of brain cells.

      • Lol, not likely, you miserable old twat.
        The only thing keeping you going is your autism, which will eventually fail along with everything else you ever did.

      • lol you are a classic example about why energy use should not be confused with intelligence or sophistication. So much energy for so little intelligence.

      • Also, tl;dr.

      • You mean tl;cr. Too long, can’t read lol. I always knew you had reading comprehension problems so no surprise there.

      • Seems you think your verbal diarrhea is worth people’s attention.
        No big issue for me, I’ll just let time and the Hayflick Limit clear things up, if your claims of having watched TV in black and white are true, Britbong Grandpa.

      • lol not even close child. Never been to Britain before basement boy. I just been out of my house. You should try it.

  5. Man, he could have gotten a higher rank, after all, all the rest came with land that the country had to give away. He proposed a cost free trade for the country but did not get anything back to compensate for what he traded. He could have at least gotten Count or Earl.

    • He just needs to rank up enough to be able to “claim” the land that Iris had already mapped out for their base. Once the base is established they’re no longer dependent upon any country for anything except refugees and immigrants (to pick out potential Imperial Army recruits).

      Titles ultimately don’t matter, since Alan plans to conquer the entire continent (and world), making any sort of recognition by any currently existing native political entity meaningless.

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