Chapter 8: Guild Master
[ED: Holy shit this was a long chapter. I said I was going to do 3 today too lol.]
I woke up in front of the inn, feeling happy.
In the beginning, there were some who tried to steal me, but these days it’s peaceful. That twin-tailed princess stopped pestering me, and now she’s properly buying my items. Her favorite is orange juice so I’ve been thinking about adding more fruit juices in the future.
Usually, the granny couple and the boy come around at this time, but today there’s a new customer… He’s been staring at me for a while without moving an inch.
Usually, around this time, the grandpa and grandma couple plus the youth would be here but today a new customer was here…… He’s been staring at me for a while without moving a bit.
As a vending machine, my height is around 180cm [ED: 5’9”] but the bear in front of me is larger. I think it’s fine for me to call him that since he really does look like a bear.
He has black fur and is wearing a long coat with the hood up. I wasn’t kidding, it’s literally a bear. I thought that if something like him walked around town there would be a huge ruckus, but nobody even gave him a second glance.
So, in this world a bear-man is considered normal. I guess there are even humanoid frogs so what can I say, right…?
“Ara, guildmaster, what are you doing here?” (?)
A loud and energetic voice came out of the inn. Of course, it’s Ramis. Just now she called the bear “guildmaster”. Even though he looks like a thug I guess he is someone in a high position. If that’s the case then he must have intelligence, maybe?
“Fumu, It’s just Ramis” (Guildmaster)
Deep… between his body and his voice, he must have a large presence. From just his voice, I can tell he feels like a boss that can be relied on.
“How rare for the 『Hunter』guildmaster to come all the way out here.” (Ramis)
“Fumu. Today I came to ask a request of the magic tool with a will.” (Guildmaster)
Eh, me? The『Hunter』guildmaster should be someone with an important position. Just what kind of request would an important man like that make?
“So you came for Hakkon. Then, let’s go inside and have a talk! Hakkon, I will carry you, k? Yoishottooo.” (Ramis)
By now, I’ve gotten used to being carried like this. It feels as though I’m a kid being looked after. For a guy like me who can’t even move by himself, I feel like her presence in my life will only get bigger.
I’ve been placed on a chair at a round table, with the bear guildmaster sitting across from me. When he sat he made a “Dotton!” sound. Damn, he must be heavy. By the way, Ramis is sitting right next to me.
“Your super strength is valuable to us『Hunters』, why don’t you come back?” (Guildmaster)
“I’, having fun working here at the inn. Besides, even if I go back no one will team up with me… “ (Ramis)
“Fumu, I don’t think that’s true. Well, feel free to come back anytime you like.” (Guildmaster)
“Thank you, guildmaster” (Ramis)
I thought Ramis wasn’t a good『Hunter』but I guess the guildmaster’s evaluation of her is really high. I suppose if she teams up with someone who has a high compatibility with her power, then she can bring out her talent.
“What I wanted to talk about is the subjugation squad being formed to raid the『Frog-men』territory. And I want you, Hakkon, to participate in it.” (Guildmaster)
What an unexpected request. Does he expect me to fight?
“Eh, Hakkon can’t fight you know?” (Ramis)
“I know. I want him to provide food and drink while we are traveling. We should have enough but you never know what might happen in situations like these. Some warm food you can eat right away is invaluable to the morale of『Hunters』. Of course, we will still pay. I will also give you a bonus fee for the work. What do you think?” (Guildmaster)
I think this request is not bad. The『Frog-men』are somewhat afraid of me so they probably won’t attack me. Plus, with that many『Hunters』, my income will skyrocket.
But, how do they plan on moving me? Maybe a carriage or something.
“What do you think Hakkon? Do you want to take the request?” (Ramis)
I answered instantly. If I’m going to be living here then it’s not bad building a good relationship with the guilmmaster. Maye with this, I can become more famous and attract more customers. I will let the『Hunters』remember the taste of my items and get them addicted.
“So Hakkon will go. Then, I will also participate.” (Ramis)
It’s nice seeing her volunteer like that but I don’t want Ramis to do a dangerous job. I believe it’s better for her to keep working in the inn rather than be a『Hunter』.
“So, Ramis is also going to participate. Then, I want you to team up with Hakkon and be in charge of transportation and distributing the food and drink.” (Guildmaster)
“Haai. Entrust Hakkon to me!” (Ramis)
So she is going to be with me. Then, I guess there won’t be too much danger. If I have to I can also use『Barrier』to protect her. I guess it’s alright for her to participate then.
Even if we don’t participate, the『Frog-men』might attack and destroy the settlement, and at that time I’m sure Ramis will be in danger.
The conversation finished so the bear guildmaster left. The subjugation unit will leave in 3 days, so I should prepare. I need to stock up on food, and think about what people would like.
Then, the day of subjugation came
I was already placed in a basket. (Shoiko) [TN: It looks like this: http://wpedia.goo.ne.jp/wiki/%E8%83%8C%E8%B2%A0%E5%AD%90]
There were around 30『Hunters』, male and female, around me. They left a few behind to guard the town but most of the『Hunters』will participate in the mission. The lives of the settlement are important, but the『Teleportation Circle』is far too important to be lost. It can instantly transfer people between this floor and the surface.
Many people from the from the upper floors also utilize it. On each floor, there is a floor guardian. If you can defeat it, a『Teleportation Circle』will appear, and you can use it to go to the next floor. Even if you weren’t the one to defeat the guardian you can still use the
『Teleportation Circle』at the entrance, and travel to any floor where the guardian was defeated.
The deeper you go, the stronger the enemies become, but some floors have a low rate of strong monsters appearing, so it’s easier to earn there. One such floor is this one, the『Clear Stream Lakeshore』. Karios was bragging about it before.
However, there is nothing scarier than numbers. During their breeding season the『Frog-men』produce tons of babies and they all become adults before the winter. I heard from Munina that that’s why it’s so dangerous around this time.
“This season came around again.” (Hunter A)
“Let’s not think too much about the danger, and instead earn tons of money!” (Hunter B)
A pair of what look to be veteran warriors are talking to each other. They seemed really reliable. This happens every year so many『Hunters』come. It’s a good time to earn for merchants, or so I heard.
“H- hey. Let’s just go. We shouldn’t work ourselves too much.” (Hunter C)
“Unn. We can still aim for the left overs and earn enough money.” (Hunter D)
“Unn. We can aim for the left over and still earn enough money”
Newbies like these that were really nervous were also participating. I’m sure it will be fine with so many people but… there are much more『Frog-men』active this year than last year. In case of an emergency, I want to be able to escape and protect Ramis but… haa, I wish I had『Transformation』.
“Hakkon, you’re not feeling uncomfortable are you?” (Ramis)
–“Welcome” [Yes] [TL: he means yes I’m not feeling uncomfrotable]
She’s been worrying and talking to me like this, I guess it’s also a way for her to relieve her own anxiousness. She seems a bit pale.
I forgot what they call units that carry supplies, I remember my friend that was really into the military talking about it before. Was it logistics? I guess I can just call them the Transportation squadron. This squadron doesn’t have to participate in the battle. Instead, they are guarding a horned boar carrying luggage—–We are going to act together with the boar carriage.
It seems the guildmaster understands the importance of supplies, since he assigned 6
『Hunters』to guard us.
“Calm down. Our ability is at least mid-class. It’s easy for us to defeat『Frog-men』.” (?)
A wild-looking guy wearing a long hat with a pointy tip spoke to us. He looked like a cowboy from some western film, but he had a sword on his waist instead of a gun. He’s the leader of this guard team, so it looks like he’s someone who has a lot of experience. I’ve never seen him before so he must have traveled here to participate in the event.
A guy wearing a long hat with pointy front, with a wild look on him, talked to us. He looks like a cowboy from a western film, but he is equipped with a sword rather than a gun in is a waist.
He is the leader of the guard team here, he looks like a person with lots of experience. I’ve never seen him before so he must have come from outside to participate in the event.
“Hai, I will be in your care!” (Ramis)
She bowed very deeply so I nearly hit the man, so he jumped backwards.
“Uotto, so this is the famous box with a will. There are rumours about you in the settlement.” (Cowboy)
“This boy is Hakkon. If you insert money you can buy anything on the display, and when you press the button, your item will come out.” (Ramis)
Ramis is getting better at explaining me now. At first, not many people knew how I worked so she worked really hard to explain it to them. After the method of my use spread, she placed a board explaining how I worked, so the citizens who saw it tentatively tried using me. It’s kind of nostalgic now that I think about it.
“Hoh, what a convenient thing. While exploring and fighting we can easily get food and drink. The downside is that it’s kinda big, but if someone like you is hired then there must be a high income.” (Cowboy)
“It’s good that you’re praising me, but I just saw a hint of darkness in your gaze. That look reminds me of the people who tried to steal me but failed. I should be cautious around this guy.
“Ah, just now you were thinking of taking Hakkon, right? You can’t do that, he’s my best friend.” (Ramis)
Ramis is really sharp, so maybe she does have an ability or talent for reading other people. But with her kind nature, she doesn’t abuse it.
“Uoh, you get me. It’s Hakkon, right? If he was with me it’d be really convenient. Oh well, to commemorate our meeting here I guess I’ll buy something. I don’t need water right now… I think I’ll take the one with a drawing of Romawa.”
[TL: Romawa is not Japanese, it’s a random name given by the author for a lemon in the other world]
“That’s a cold one. I think it’s better to choose the red one which is warmer.” (Ramis)
“Oh, is that so. Thanks.” (Cowboy)
The man chose lemon tea. He’s a bit shady but he’s still a customer nonetheless. I have to provide him with the item.
I thank him by saying
–”Thank you. Please come again.”
After he got his drink.
“Hee, he really does talk. Amazing. I’ve never seen a container like this. Just how does it work?” (Cowboy)
“Unnto ne, I don’t really know myself. Ah, once you finish drinking the container disappears, so you don’t have to worry about trash.” (Ramis)
“Seriously? Then, how about the taste… kuhaaa, delicious. It’s warm too, amazing. If we put this in an urban area then we could earn a hell of a lot of money. How does it restock itself?” (Cowboy)
This guy’s questions are really on point. He might just be curious, but I think in his mind he must be calculating the profits. It looks like he has a really good sense for making money.
“Soregane, I’ve never restocked Hakkon before. Till now he’s sold more than hundreds of items, isn’t it mysterious?” (Ramis)
“Hmm, this box is getting more and more interesting. Oi, Firumina, you were listening right? Come here for a bit.” (Cowboy)
“What is it Kerioiru-taichou? Also, you’re too loud.” (?)
[ED: I got it as Kerioiru leader, so I guessed on the suffix. Also, his name is really hard to type.]
The person that responded to his call was a girl with a blue wavy perm. Her eyes looked a bit sharp, giving her a fierce look. She had a great face so I felt that it was a waste. She was wearing a blue robe and holding a wand made of wood. She definitely looks like a magician. And one that uses water.
“You’re knowledgeable about ancient treasures aren’t you. Don’t you know anything about this ‘Hakkon’?” (Kerioru)
“I’ve been trying to see through him, but I don’t feel any magic. It’s like it’s just a piece of iron.
Well, it’s because I’m a vending machine.
“But, items are coming out without a need for any restocks so he must be utilizing some sort of other dimension to store them.” (Kerioiru)
“Normally that’s the case, but if he has a『Divine Gift』then it won’t emit mana. Well, it doesn’t matter, a piece of piece of iron wouldn’t be able to use a 『Divine Gift』in the first place.
Ah, unn, I actually can though… I guess it was true that a vending machine that could use a
『Divine Gift』was weird. I should refrain from using『Barrier』for a while and only use it during emergencies.
“He must be an abnormal existence then. I don’t really get it, but thank you for cooperating with us. Also, it was nice meeting you Hakkon.” (Kerioiru)
He still feels shady and stuff, but I have to thank him for buying an item earlier. I should keep an eye on Ramis since she seems like she could be easily tricked.