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Day 426 

This morning, Miss Craith came to the inn we are staying at with her grandfather.

The first time we get to meet the chairman and we saw him dressed like a dirt covered hunter.


Wearing a black-green hunter's hat made of leather in a slightly strange shape, a pair of goat-like horns were extending from the temples, it actually made him look like Robin Hood. The same colored long coat and trousers duo seem to double the users mobility and defense.

An unknown magic metal is fitted to the toe of his robust boots, along with a multi functional belt hung with various tools wrapped around the waist.

Although he is not equipped with a bow or sword at first, a sharp golden eye light, like a hawk's, gives off the image of a hunter aiming at prey.

He is a merchant, but a hunter at the same time. It feels like a pressure is being aimed at prey that will not escape.

Besides, the Robin Hood Hat he has a shiny silver feather decoration like a jewel. The feather decoration seems to be from a prey thing the chairman himself shot, the owner of the feather lives in a specific alpine forest, it is a spirit bird that can fly faster than thunder instead of having any real offensive or defense power.

The information we gathered includes the spirit birds, but it was only after I eventually caught one of the spirit birds from that information that I could estimate the level of the chief executive skill.


I wonder if it is a true Beast.

On the Chairman's right shoulder is a gemstone from the "Serpetiku Rabbit" whose eyes are jewels, with its tail featuring three poisonous snakes, and a large wolf "De Ronia Wolf" with red-purple hair and six eyes stood out while behaving himself well like a well trained dog.

Now it seems that both of us are relaxing like adults, but it is drawn out enough to prove we are well-trained and understand each other.


If you have a bow and arrow, you must be able to quickly catch prey in the forest.


Behind that Chairman there was the lady Miss Craith who was wearing a thin pink dress, and behind her was a figure of physical laborers who seemed to be employees who were carrying a huge wooden box.


There are a total of twenty workers.

When invited into the room without being able to talk outside, and after the merchant Chairman and Miss Craith entered, the ridiculous people carried and dropped off the wooden box of a certain size in pairs, then they quickly left our rooms after.

It seems that they were waiting outside and they were merely there to carry the baggage.


Although I did not bother to pick it up yet, I thought there was a good chance it was storage type magic item, but it is quite important to know the size and number of spaces available by looking at it.

We received a shock when they kept taking out reward items from the storage system magic item, enough that it did not seem possible from the way the item looked, and they started showing them off.


Anyway, even after the physical workers withdrew the, Chairman and Miss Craith stayed at the inn, and kept expressing their gratitude.

Of course Argento was very appreciative.


Argento said that he did what he did naturally, without any ulterior motives, and initially did not even want to receive an honorarium, but we advised him to give his thanks.


Trade is credit.

But getting credit is difficult, it is even more difficult to maintain, and very easy to lose.


So you should give thanks if someone can help you. By words, attitudes, or actions.


This case is one of them.

Argento was able to help the Chairman with his precious granddaughter. So that gratitude is necessary.

Although there may be pure feelings, and my help was a bit late, nothing can be done, with any protests hurting the credibility we've gained so far. Besides, if you can borrow it as early as possible, you can also think of it as insurance to prevent others from pulling your legs out from under you.

Some people do not mind such things, but the Chairperson seems to be a person who cares and actually acts when needed.


So it is better to receive that help here.


Also, the chief director is beginning to destroy those who were moving behind the scenes.

They are being punished for punishment, and rewards for their revenge.

That is their policy, because if you do not accept a reward from the chief director it is rude in reverse.


After that the everyday conversation continued with other topics.

A good store that delivers delicious food and good items. The story behind the situation and the distribution in the [Mysterious Dark Continent]. The information obtained, such as items that can be picked up around here, is quite useful.


In addition to that, after Argento dropped off the lady, and only gave his name when he parted from Miss Claise, they took some time to find our accommodations and prepare a suitable reward, so they apologized again for delaying us for a day here.


After talking for about a few tens of minutes, as the Chairman invited me to drink, we left Argento and Miss Craith in the room and moved to another area.

If I thought that it was somewhat like a taking matching seats, the Chairman told me that Miss Craith started to like Argento since in the incident that happened.

Will you not give me some time to talk with him for a while?


Well, love is a personal freedom.

Although it can not be a choice if it is a dungeon monster tied to a 【God's Age Dungeon】 as a drifting stone, this circumstance is slightly different in this 【Mysterious Dark Continent】.


There are two patterns in existence that live in the [Mysterious Dark Continent], one is the pure dungeon monster.

Beasts, organisms, or bugs that have been attacking in the woods are their representatives, basically the existences like beasts with low intelligence falls under that heading.

There are exceptions prepared specially as rulers of areas, but we'll leave it for a moment.

The other is a pattern that settled the outside and built a foundation for more civilized living.

The giants here are one of them, entering the [Mysterious Dark Continent] to escape from the global scale disaster that happened long ago, continuing generations internally, they are one of the existences that receive benefits from the [Mysterious Dark Continent].

This includes the Chairman and the lady Craith, these existences can also work outside the [Mysterious Dark Continent].


Well, there are few reasons why you go out of the habitat you are comfortable in and cross the dangerous ocean, so it depends on whether or not the individuals have an extreme curiosity and active power that can last over one or several decades.

It seems that some will come back if they get tired.


In other words, it is possible to marry internationally if you are willing to suffer a bit.


The Chairperson talks about the merit of Miss Craith for a while as we drink. It might be true, but getting drunk makes the performance become mixed.

It seems that we have to be more careful in our information gathering, pulling out more information and investigating whether the other party is suitable. Even if you become intimate, it seemed like he is a merchant who did not really need to collect information.

I admire that wonderful thing that makes it so you can not miss if anything through the power of observation has reached a certain level.


A genuine merchant is still scary.


It was quite meaningful time that the drinking with the hunting Chairman who waits for the prey shows a gap with a casual trap.

Trafficking, in dazzling words. This is kind of thing is fun in its own way.



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“四百二十三日目”

 クレイス嬢が商会長の祖父と共に、俺達が連泊している宿に朝からやって来た。

 初めて見る商会長は、まるで狩人のような服装をしていた。


 側頭部から伸びる山羊のように渦巻く角にフィットする少し変わった形をした、使い込まれた何かの革で出来た黒緑色の狩人の帽子(ロビンフッド・ハット)に、同色の動きやすさと防御力を兼ね揃えたらしきロングコートとズボン。

 頑丈そうなブーツの爪先には未知の魔法金属が仕込まれ、腰には様々な道具が入れられる多機能ベルトが巻かれている。

 一応弓矢や刀剣の類こそ装備していないが、鷹のように鋭い金色の眼光は獲物を狙う狩人のそれだ。

 商人だが、同時に狩人なのだろう。狙った獲物は逃がさないというような圧さえ感じられる。

 それにロビンフッド・ハットにはまるで宝石のような光沢のある銀の羽根飾りがある。羽飾りは商会長自身が射止めた獲物のモノらしく、羽の持ち主は特定の高山に住み、攻撃力や防御力が無い代わりに雷よりも速く飛んで逃げる精霊鳥だそうだ。

 集めた情報の中には精霊鳥も含まれているのだが、その情報から見て精霊鳥を仕留めるとなると、それだけで商会長の腕前が伺えた。


 また猟獣なのだろうか。

 商会長の右肩には瞳が宝石で尾羽が三匹の毒蛇になった宝石鴉蛇“サーペティクウ”が乗り、傍らには赤紫色の体毛と六眼が目立つ大狼“ディロニアヴォルフ”が躾けられた犬のように行儀良く伏せていた。

 今は二匹とも大人しくリラックスしているようだが、相当鍛えられているのは肉付きでよく分かる。


 弓矢を持てば、すぐにでも森の中で獲物を捕まえられるに違いない。


 そんな商会長の後ろには薄いピンク色のドレスを着たクレイス嬢が控え、その更に後ろには巨大な木箱を抱えた従業員らしき肉体労働者達の姿があった。


 肉体労働者の数は全部で二十名。

 取り合えず外で話すのも何なので部屋の中に招くと、商会長とクレイス嬢が入った後で、筋骨隆々の彼等は二人一組でそれなりの大きさの木箱を運び、運んだ後はさっさと宿を出て行った。

 単なる荷物持ちなので、用済みだから外で待機しているそうだ。

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 わざわざ手で持ち運ばなくても収納系マジックアイテムで運べば良いと思うが、パッと見て分かる大きさや数というのは結構重要だ。

 見た目では分からない収納系マジックアイテムから謝礼の品を取り出すのと、最初から見せるのでは受ける衝撃が変わってくる。


 ともあれ、肉体労働者が退去した後も宿に残った商会長とクレイス嬢からは、先の一件について感謝された。

 もちろん感謝されるのはアルジェントだ。


 アルジェントは事もなさげに当然の事をしたまでと言い、最初は謝礼を受け取ろうとはしなかったが、ありがたく貰っておけと忠告。


 商売とは信用だ。

 しかし信用を得るのは難しく、維持するのは更に困難で、失うのはとても簡単だ。


 だから助けられれば感謝する。言葉や態度、あるいは行動によって。


 今回の一件もその一つだ。

 商会長は大切な孫娘をアルジェントに助けられた。だからその感謝は必要である。

 純粋な気持ちもあるだろうが、助けられたのに何もしない、となればこれまでの信用に傷がつく。それにコチラに借りが出来たままでは、何かあった時に足を引っ張られる事も考えられるのだから、早々に手を打つべきだろう。

 そんなモノなど気にしない者もいるだろうが、商会長は気にするし実際に行動するヒトらしい。


 だからここは受け取るのが良い。


 また、商会長は裏で手引きした者の撃滅を始めている。

 恩には恩を、仇には報いを。

 それが方針なのだろう商会長からの手土産を貰わないのは、逆に失礼に当たるのだから。


 その後は何だかんだと日常会話が続いた。

 美味い店や良い品を揃える名店。【神秘豊潤なる暗黒大陸】の情勢やら流通などの裏話。この辺りで採れるアイテムなど、得られた情報はかなり有用だ。


 またアルジェントが送り届けた後、名前を告げただけでクレイス嬢と別れたので、宿泊している宿を見つけ、謝礼の品を用意するので一日遅れたと謝罪されたが、それでも流石の情報収集である。


 数十分ほど語り合った後は、商会長に酒に誘われたのでアルジェントとクレイス嬢を部屋に残して移動する。

 何だか見合いの席のようだと思っていたら、どうやら先の一件でクレイス嬢がアルジェントの事を気に入ったのだと商会長に言われた。

 少し二人で話す時間をくれないか、とも。


 まあ、恋愛は個人の自由だ。

 流石に【神代ダンジョン】に縛られたダンジョンモンスターならば選択肢には出来ないのだが、この【神秘豊潤なる暗黒大陸】では事情が少し異なる。


 【神秘豊潤なる暗黒大陸】で暮らす存在には二パターンあり、一つは純粋なダンジョンモンスターである事。

 森の中やらで襲いかかってきた巨獣や巨蟲などがその代表で、基本的には知性の低い、獣のような存在が該当する。

 区域の統治者として特別に用意された例外も存在するが、それは一先ず置いておく。

 もう一つは、外から入植して生活基盤を築いたパターンだ。

 ここの巨人達もその一つで、遥か昔にあった世界規模の厄災から逃げるために【神秘豊潤なる暗黒大陸】へ入り、そのまま内部で世代を重ね、【神秘豊潤なる暗黒大陸】の恩恵を受けながら生活している存在である。

 これが商会長やクレイス嬢に該当し、こういった存在は【神秘豊潤なる暗黒大陸】の外でも活動できる。


 まあ、住み心地の良い故郷からわざわざ危険な海を越えて外に行く理由は少ないので、極々僅かな好奇心と行動力旺盛な個体が十数年から数十年出るかどうかだとか。

 それも飽きれば戻ってくるらしい。


 つまりかみ砕いて言えば、国際結婚する事も可能という事だ。


 商会長は酒を飲みながらクレイス嬢の良さを長々と語る。それは本心ではあるだろうが、酔った演技も混ざっている。

 こちらを油断させ、より多くの情報を引き出し、相手が相応しいか調べているようだ。親しくしていても、情報の収集には余念がない商人らしい面だった。

 観察力が一定以上なければ見抜けないだろう見事なモノだ、と感心する。


 本物の商人は、やはり恐いものである。


 淡々と罠を張り獲物が隙を見せるのを待つ狩人な商会長との酒盛りは、なかなか有意義な時間だった。

 罠のかけあい、言葉の幻惑。これはこれで楽しいものだ。



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