𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟖: 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭
I was visiting the adventurer’s guild.
Well, the three girls said they wanted to test their skills, so I thought there might be some interesting requests.
In terms of efficiency, monster subjugation is the most rewarding.
Because of its urgency, the rewards are good, and the clients are grateful. Whether it’s monsters or bandits, they’re clearly villains to the public, so defeating them easily earns you fame.
Of course, there are cases where you end up being defeated by the opponent.
In other words, there are risks, but the benefits are also great.
“Is there any good request, Jennifer?”
“It’s vague when you say ‘good’. . .”
I try to consult with Jennifer, a staff member who was wandering around the lobby.
Currently, there’s no need to raise our fame that much, what’s important for [Hope] is the amount of the reward.
At the very least, I want to fix the leaks in the clan house. If possible, I also want to repair the exterior walls.
It’s fine now, but we’ll freeze when winter comes.
They say cold is a woman’s enemy, and I want them to sleep in a warm bed.
“How about making a map of the ruins that were discovered the other day? The client is the lord, so it’s a solid request.”
“You really came up with a good request. I’m in.”
At Jennifer’s words, I nodded vigorously.
The fact that the client’s identity is certain is actually quite significant.
No matter what the request, it’s not that the guild is ordering it. They’re just mediating. And taking a commission.
They’re ripping off adventurers for sponsorship money and clients for mediation fees, it’s a pretty shoddy business.
Well, that’s what funds the guild’s operations.
If they weren’t taking money from anywhere, they wouldn’t be able to hire people like Jennifer. We adventurers would have to go from house to house, from shop to shop, asking if there’s any work.
Of course, we couldn’t accept requests from nobles. If people like us, with uncertain identities, casually entered the noble district, we’d just be driven away by the guards.
There’s no time to ask for work.
But, by going through the guild like this, we can get good jobs.
What’s good about it is that there’s no possibility of non-payment of the reward.
Unlike stingy merchants, they don’t haggle with some mysterious logic that it’s okay because it leads to the next job.
And yet, if you play your cards right, you can also make connections with nobles.
It’s a truly perfect and rewarding job.
That’s why it’s good to be friendly with guild staff who can give you such jobs.
“Jennifer, I love you. I’ll treat you to a meal next time.”
“No thanks. It’s just another barbecue in front of Hope’s clan house, isn’t it? It’s so poor.”
“It’s not poor, it’s poverty.”
“The vice-captain of the prestigious clan that Gaillia is proud of, and look at this decline.”
We laugh at the silly things we say.
Communication is important, rookie adventurers.
Don’t just accept requests, make sure to connect with the guild staff.
Assuming abilities are the same, anyone would think to give work to the person they get along with.
There are hardly any generous people who would go out of their way to give good work to someone they don’t know well or don’t get along with.
“Speaking of prestigious, do you know the rumor, Lionel-san?”
Suddenly, Jennifer lowered her voice.
Apparently, there’s a bad rumor going around about [Gold-lined Butterflies].
Well, if it was just a rumor, it would be fine, but it seems they actually failed a big job.
They seem to have failed to complete the transport of goods from Gaillia to the royal capital Galangran by the deadline.
They were about three days late.
If you think that’s not a big deal, be careful, it’s a request that [Gold-lined Butterflies] would take.
It’s not a job to deliver personal love letters.
It’s probably military supplies, and ones with high urgency at that.
In simple terms, it’s weapons for war, food and fodder, or siege weapons, that kind of thing.
If their arrival is delayed, the military’s action plan will have to be changed.
If they’re not careful, they might lose the war because of it.
Sorry we’re late, tee-hee.
That won’t cut it.
“They say the road collapsed due to heavy rain and they had to take a detour. . .”
“That’s no excuse. Not at all.”
There should have been a safety margin for unforeseen circumstances when the request was made, and it’s too strange to be three days late in the first place.
It’s simply that the Gold-lined Butterflies neglected to manage their schedule.
The distance from Gaillia to Galangran is about a week. It’s not normal to be three days late.
“You can’t even do that much?”
I couldn’t help but click my tongue.
Even though it’s about a clan that has nothing to do with me anymore.
“It seems they got quite a scolding. They were also asked for compensation.”
Jennifer’s voice becomes even quieter.
Is it okay for her to tell me this information?
Or did she let me hear it on purpose?
But let’s just say that because I used to be in the Gold-lined Butterflies and we’re close, she slipped up.
“Well, it’s about another clan. It’s none of my business.”
I pat Jennifer on the shoulder and leave the guild.
If I hear too much detail, the meddlesome bug in me starts to stir.