Anata left without saying much after the ceremony ended. Even Juire seemed to have some of the wind taken from his sails as he accepted his prize. I don’t know what is hitting them harder, the fact that it’s simply no fun when the king doesn’t have any fight left in him or the fact that it is a testament to how bad things are that such an arrogant man is acting so broken.
Perhaps there is more to this than just the monster raid, and the Yuusha disappearing? The King doesn’t seem the type to get so upset just because his people are suffering, and with the better part of a year left to go before the Maou is set to show up, I would think he would be hunting down the Yuusha angrily rather than sulking. This must be hitting him personally somehow. I wonder if Anata and Juire would cheer up if I told them that?
knock knock knock
“All set? Kera is back with the supplies, so the rest of us are ready to head out whenever.” Kiel says through the door to my room at the Inn
We waited until the day after the ceremony to depart. I had a few affairs I needed to make sure we’re in order before I actually left. Juire ripped up Tea’s contract right in front of me, and I’ve confirmed that the booze for the deal with the dragon has been delivered. Strangely though, no human parties have approached the village yet. The booze has already been paid to the dragon to make a show, but until there is someone to see it there is little point. Perhaps the situation with the undead slowed their reaction?
Regardless, having such a powerful backer for the village at the ready is quite comforting. That being the case, I do hope to see a return on this village. I’ve put my neck on the line to get it up and going, and so far that has largely been out of goodwill. If that is ever going to happen though, it will likely be after the village is finished in its construction. I managed to get them some labor, but they are still working with almost 0 knowledge of architecture. I doubt their housing is all that much more sophisticated than the tents I slept in while I was at their camp.
I really wish I could go and visit it, and see how things are going myself, but we really do need to hurry with this Maou’s castle mission. Maybe before I leave I should see if I can’t find someone with some engineering knowledge to help them with their development.
Thinking this, I exit the room. Outside Kiel is standing there waiting for me. The look on his face is that of sheer excitement as he seems to almost bounce on his heels as he waits.
“What has you so worked up?” I ask with a smile
“We are finally leaving the capital again! Ever since you stopped our training sessions, Bik and I have hardly had anything to do here. I’ve been raring to test out my new strength for ages.” He complains
“Your right… sorry about that. Honestly, I didn’t really expect to stick around here for so long myself either. After this escapade to the previous Maou’s castle is taken care of, I hope to get some distance from this city.” I say, feeling sympathy towards the sentiment
I initially only came to take care of Tea’s contract, and register with the adventurer’s guild. Neither really seem to be holding me here anymore. I would rather adventure freely than do so by request at that shady guild. Sure I would probably receive a greater reward, but in turn, a much larger portion of my actions would be on record and I would likely receive far more mandatory summons now that I’ve established myself as the strongest fighter around.
“Wait by the gate with everybody else. I have one more thing I need to take care of before we leave.” I say as I begin to leave
Wracking my brain there is only one person I can think to ask, after all, it’s hard to gauge whether someone would willingly move to a master village or not. Having made my decision I make my way to Juire’s.
“Get the lead out! I intend to leave by sundown, you fools better not hold us up!” I hear Juire’s voice barking as I draw close
Much to my surprise, his entire operation is frantically scrambling about trying to move everything important from his building.
“Heading out already? I figured you would stick around to gloat for a little while before heading out.” I say as I walk up to him
“Are you kidding? As soon as that incompetent fool gets his second wind I am going to have a huge target on my back. Better to get out before he has a chance to turn his attention towards me.” Juire says with a sly smile
“Ara? It sounds like you are running away to me.” I tease as I jab his side with my elbow
“Didn’t I tell you already? I’m a massive coward.” He says as he jabs back
“Well, I’m glad I caught you before you left. You have a way of getting in touch with Faurch right? I need to discuss a deal with him, but I don’t even know if he is still in the city.” I ask as I watch his crew frantically move about
“Ah, should have known you didn’t come for pleasantries. Maybe I’m not the person to learn this from, but you should really work on your manners you know?” He says as he pulls two com-stones out of his pocket
“Two?” I ask as I accept them
“One for the geezer, and one for me. I have a feeling you will want to get in touch with me before long. After all us ‘villains’ have to stick together, right?” he says with a mockingly serious face
I jab him extra hard before going silent for a second.
“Even if it was for a deal, you really helped me out here… Thanks,” I say, a bit embarrassed
I’m not sure why exactly I’m getting so mushy about it, but with his crew picking apart every ounce of personality from his base this really does feel like a farewell. I guess I’m not used to those yet.
“This taurch farm is all the thanks I need, but if you really want to thank me you can drum up some business for me in your travels.” Juire says with a straight face
sigh “Yeah, I’ll do that.” I say as I start to walk away