I decided to make a base in labyrinth city.
It could be said that I thoroughly enjoy it here, but it’s not only that.
I’m thinking about integrating it with the original firm ≪ Parabellum ≫ so it can transact with the Kingdom in the future. I’ve been thinking for quite a while about having a base in another country to be able to hide in.
While this is an extreme example, but let’s assume the countries around the Kingdom are conspiring together in order to crush it.
As their trading partner, we can’t stay silent. But if we run alongside them as trading partner, people will be talking about it from one to another.
Most of our partners will escape after being warned by the nations. The other that remain will yield to the pressure before long.
If the impression is created that we’re being blackballed by two or more countries a lot of fruitless effort is needed to turn it back around.
Even if we’d give the Tomboy Princess some help, the Kingdom still wouldn’t be able to oppose all of their neighboring countries. In the end, the collapse of the Kingdom would be unavoidable.
Even with the Tomboy Princess, even with the First Queen, the power difference between nations is too big.
When that happens, it be obvious for the nations to cut us off.
Some things cannot be forced by military prowess alone, or it would be very hard to do.
Again, that’s a very extreme example.
Most likely never going to happen.
However, there’s still the possibility that something similar occurs, and in case of any emergency, I want to avoid those issues.
That’s why today, I secretly create a subsidiary firm ≪ War Provisions ≫ -- labyrinth company ≪ Cor Hidor ≫ was founded.
However, while ≪ Serpent Heart ≫ was formed, there’s no store that’ll naturally form a base yet.
I did contact a member already to come this way and become a sales clerk, and I’m holding a number of commodities in my item box for a while.
However, there’s no store. There’s no location that can do business as its core function as well as function as a base.
Therefore, I went to a big real estate that buys and sells land and houses in order to buy a store.
However, some negotiation is needed.
I might create a clone as a replacement to hide the connection between ≪ Serpent Heart ≫ and ≪ War Provisions ≫ as much as possible. This time around I decide to use my abilities 【Shapeshift】 and 【Metamorphosis】 to create an entire different persona.
After all, it’s easier to directly engage in business discussion by using the clone. On top, it has the 【30% Purchase Price Decrease】 effect.
Using my abilities, I transform my face into that of a young, sincere businessman with blonde hair and blue eyes.
I choose immaculate, elegant clothes that stood out and I wear some accessories, while making sure it doesn’t become tasteless.
I look into the mirror in order to confirm that no one will know it’s me if they see me.
Then again, Kanami-chan can see through my disguise with just one glance, but that doesn’t man anyone else can see through it, right?
That aside, how about I go outside alone after finishing my transformation. I decide to make some rounds.
I used 【Intermediate Summoning: Fishman】 promptly, but as expected, it’s unnatural for the fishmen to be on land. I wanted to use the lungfish-type Gillman that are able to live on land, but seeing as they’re quite rare, I stop it for now.
So, as a compromise, I summon a black skeleton with 【Lesser Summoning: Undead】 and coated it with my clone.
Normally the process is finished at this stage, but I added some other small features with 【Metamorphosis】.
And like that, a conspicuous old butler with white hair was born.
He stood immovable, wearing a high-quality butler uniform. Due to his old age, he carries an atmosphere that will reprimand anyone misconducting himself.
I created him in order to follow around my transformed appearance. It looks like that was the correct idea.
After the preparations were complete, I took a normal carriage instead of the skeleton centipede and directly went to the real estate agency.
I arrive at the real estate agency. It was a large building of three stories high. It was made out of many building materials, such as wood and marble, gathered from the labyrinth.
Just from a glance, I could understand that it costed more than anything in the neighborhood. The financial power and authority of the company was clearly shown.
The only thing more overbearing, is the gut of a small merchant?
Meh, I disregarded it and swiftly went inside to tell the clerk what I wanted.
After I had to wait for quite a while, I was guided to a room in the back.
It was quite comfortable. There was a sofa of decent quality and I was served the same tea and cake that the Tomboy Princess has.
I thoroughly enjoyed it without holding back, as the negotiator entered the room.
It was a young person. He was a slender man who wore round glasses. He put up an everlasting smile.
To be honest, it looked pretty suspicious, so I quickly pushed the talk forward.
The requirements I had for the store this time around:
- The location should be equally far from the three derived dungeons that ≪ Rada lo Dara ≫ hosts
- The store shouldn't be small.
It’s those two.
If you draw a line between the three derived dungeons, it forms a nearly equilateral triangle.
So the store should be in the middle of that triangle. Everything located in the center makes it a popular place. Lodgings and various facilities are already established there.
You could say that it’s highly unlikely that a good spot is left.
As expected, no normal lot remained, it was impossible to find one.
However, there was one lot left, because there were some problems with it.
When hearing about it in detail, I found out that the building was a huge mansion that held all the loot and prisoners of war during old times.
The mansion was located slightly north of the center of the triangle. It was three stories high with a basement and it had a “工” structure when looking from above.
It was around 5 meters in height and around it was a square-formed wall that was approximately 50 centimeters wide and 80 high. It has a lot of potential to be used as a base.
As for the area it was located in, it looked perfectly located. I would be able to create a store on the spot that functioned similarly to the flagship store in the Royal Capital.
However, currently, a lot of illegal immigrants have been occupying the building for a few months.
It wouldn’t have been a problem if it were simple hooligans or poor people settling in. Regrettably though, the type of people that had settled there didn’t have high morals. They were groups that were very well versed in backroom deals and kidnapping.
While they obviously did try to evict them several times, everything they’ve tried seems to have failed.
Because there was quite a strong person mixed in to the group that was occupying, it became a rather troublesome topic.
Naturally, after hearing the circumstances, I kept negotiating.
This opportunity is too good to pass up. All the more since the building has such a history.
It’s a good thing, because I can pick up a property that’s better than expected for a cheap price.
Because of that, I want talk to the person in charge by all means. After the one in charge, who is a middle-aged person, came around, we continued the negotiations. After that, I negotiated directly with an elderly person, who is the agency’s president. I finally decided to buy it.
It didn’t become a lot cheaper compared to the original discussion, but we agreed that I could remodel the store of a bargain price if I can evict the kidnappers.
Man, that’s a really good deal.
By the way, did you think I would keep this appearance when heading back?
A little while later, during the night, dozens of kidnappers that were unlawfully staying in the building mysteriously disappeared.
Oh, actually, it might be that the illegal immigrants were sent by a rival company, but the reason why wasn’t very clear.
While I didn’t gain any abilities, I was quite lucky to get loot that I could use in various ways.
|Champsy||Second paragraph was kinda confusing and a bitch to translate. Basically, in their current state, them not being able to trade if the kingdom would be targeted, I guess.|
|Champsy||Name from the raw ≪蛇の心臓(コル・ヒドレ)≫ for the store is Col Hidore. Sounded like Hidden Coil to me… I found it fitting enough.|
|Champsy||So. Store is called Serpent Heart, overarching company/subsidiary is War Provisions?|
|Champsy||Lol at these Japanese linking the belly of a merchant to his financial prowess. Also mentioned in LMS and Ark.|
|Champsy||I interpreted that “工” is actually the layout of the building, rather than the building being like a ‘worker’ structure type. Purely based on my gut feeling.|
Similarly to previously, I'll be doing one edit per 1-2 days, sorry for the wait...btw, you would not believe how much content the Russian translation is lacking... well, that just makes the edit even more accurate I guess.
Btw, as an added bonus, I translated & edited Irofu-chan's POV in the comment section of Days 221-230. Take a look if you're interested.
...Ok, I do have times when i overlooked small details too, please check the ED note for when Rou begins the negotiation for more details.
I like it here, but that's only part of the reason.
Originally, when I looked at the General Chamber of Commerce, I though about Parabellum's operation range, which is currently in the Sternbild Kingdom, I already thought about setting up a base in another country so that we can hide there if anything happens.
ED Note: General Chamber of Commerce is the group with whom they conduct business I guess.
A very extreme case would be if the Sternbild Kingdom conspired with the surrounding countries to annihilate us. We aren't going to stay silent if they tried to disrupt our business. But sooner or later, we're going to succumb to the pressure.
However, if we were to expand our field of operations into more than one country, completely crushing us would take much more effort.
Even though we have the Tomboy Princess on our side, when it all comes down to it the Sternbild Kingdom alone will not be able to compete with all the surrounding nations. If this becomes reality, the Sternbild Kingdom will surely be ruined.
Within the kingdom, even if we factored in the First Queen, there will still be a shortage in authority. When you think about the benefit of the kingdom as a whole, betraying us would be the most feasible solution. There are problems in this world that can't be solved with brute force alone.
Well, this is just an extreme example, and it's almost impossible. However, similar problems might occur in the future, and it's best to take precautions.
But since Heart of the Serpent had only just been founded, we'll need a store to act as our base.
However, if there is no store, we can't even conduct business, let alone construct a base, which is our original purpose.
Thus, it was decided that we are going to a major real-estate company in the city to purchase a store.
But then, we'll need to negotiate.
I would like to conceal the relation between Heart of the Serpent and Parabellum as much as possible. I could do this by infecting somebody with a parasite and get them to negotiate. However, I could also instead simply use [Shapeshift] and [Metamorphosis] and transform myself into a completely different person altogether with ease.
As expected, doing business myself instead of infecting somebody with a parasitic clone is much more practical. I can even use my [Discount] ability to get a 30% price reduction.
Using my abilities, I changed my appearance to an honest blond hair, blue-eyed young merchant.
I even worn clean, tidy clothes and put on modest ornaments and nothing too distasteful.
Looking into the mirror, I couldn't even recognize myself.
While Kanami-chan saw through me at a glance, the others fathomed at a glance, and didn't say anything about it.
Well, putting that aside, after giving myself a makeover, I decided that instead of going alone, I'll also make some escorts.
The fastest way would be to use [Intermediate Summoning: Fishman]. However, even though there are species of Gillman that live primarily on land, I'll pass that idea this time since such species are exceedingly rare.
Thus, I also made a coat with a black skeleton generated using [Lesser Summoning: Undead]. Usually I'd end it here, but this time I also spent some additional time tailoring the transformation.
Thus, the old butler with eye-catching white hair was born.
While he has a upright appearance and posture, and a proper suit, he gives off the atmosphere of a twisted, nefarious fellow.
But after trying to get this guy to follow me around, I decided that I had the right idea about this.
Riding an ordinary horse-drawn carriage instead of a Skeleton Centipede, we headed straight for the Chamber of Commerce.
The building is a very large 3-story structure, built with marble and wood probably harvested from the dungeon.
A simple glance around the interior would allow anyone to easily deduce that it cost a lot of money to decorate the property. This reflected the financial power and authority of the Chamber of Commerce.
You can easily spot a cowering, little merchant clad in livery at the reception. I wonder what's gotten him so shaken up?
Well, it doesn't matter. After talking with the clerk about my requirements for the plot, I was taken to the back room.
There was a cozy little sofa among some fine things, as well as tea and confectionery that was almost on par with some of the finest products the Tomboy Princess brought.
While I helped myself to the snacks, my negotiation partner came into the room.
He was a young man with round glasses, and he always has a smile stuck on his face.
Honest, but also suspicious, we proceeded to talk *Munch Munch.
ED Note:サクサク. If anyone has a better interpretation, be my guest. I tried searching, but it's either a chewing sound effect, or it means "crispy". My guess is that he was still eating sweets during the negotiation. Ok, new update: サクサク also means skillfully proceeding/doing something, found that out when i was working on 235, so yea, another possible interpretation for this line. so it could also mean we smoothly began the negotiation.
I asked about the condition of the store.
It seems like there are a total of 3 dungeons that are roughly the same distance away from the Labyrinth City.
There are 2 stores, and of course the larger one is preferred.
When the 3 dungeons are connected with a line, it almost forms an equilateral triangle. So I hoped that there was some property at the center of this triangle. However, the location is a popular place, and there is a variety of facilities such as accommodation facilities and cash exchange offices.
There are almost no good properties left, but there are some left overs. The left over property was a problematic one though, or so I was told.
When I asked for details, it seems like there was a famous structure that had a lot of drop items and funds invested into its construction.
It's almost located at the dead center of the triangle, however if someone were to classify the structure, it would be building with an industrial type basement with some ground stories.
A 5 meter tall and 50 centimeter thick wall surrounds the house, making the square with walls 80 meter long on each side. This property will be suitable to double as a base, which is one of our original purposes.
ED Note: In case anyone is confused by my wording, the total size of the property is 80m x 80m, with the walls surrounding it at the perimeter. Ed Zak: added some words, which should make it less confusing. Also on the note, Minokichi will be showing his horns over the wall, and he will be picking over it when he rides his bear. lol.
All we need to do is to submit the exact portion of the property we want as well as to pay the transaction fees to the headquarters located in the capital, and the property will be ours. In addition to a store, the property is perfect for our purposes.
However, a few months ago a large group of people took residence in the structure illegally.
If they were just thugs or homeless folks the problem would have been easily solved. However, it seems they aren't the well-behaved kind. They were adventurers who specialized in illegal transactions and businesses hidden from the public.
ED Note:Took me a bit to identify what the original term "裏稼業" meant. It seems it means businesses in the parallel market that are usually hidden from public. aka: black market.
The company tried to get them to leave of course, several times now. However, it seems like all of their attempts failed. Since there was an influential person mixed in the bunch, it made the whole issue even more troublesome.
After that I asked them to continue with the negotiation of course. This is no reason to miss out on such a good piece of property. Having this kind of back story makes it even better since that means I can buy good property at low prices.
After that, the young man left and the negotiator changed to a middle aged man who was a chairman of the local [Chamber of Commerce]. After making the final negotiation directly with the old man, we decided to finalize the transaction and purchase the property.
Ed Zak: I think that a Chamber of Commerce is a general name for institutions that are responsible for said commerce in each territory, be it country like a Kingdom or Empire or a Dungeon City, hence added local to this name.
Not only did we settle on a cheap price, but we also made a deal that if we managed to chase the illegal residents out of the property, he would also renovate the structure for us for a cheap price.
Well well, it was a really good deal.
Now then, why not take a detour before I head back?
A day after that, the dozens of people illegally staying in that house suddenly disappeared. Apparently, a rival firm sent them there. Now that I understand the situation, I guess this sort of thing happens, oh well, I think I also have a few things planned...
I didn't secure any new abilities, but the drops I got off them makes this encounter quite fortunate.
ED Just me rambling. Here's an Aporou's special magic trick, where he makes people vanish with his overly oppressive aura, some threads, and his voracious appetite. Oh, did I mention his mouth?