007_Business meeting 3
I've been in this town for less than a week and I've made over five million dollars.
Five million yen is enough to live for more than a year in Japan, and it's no different in this world.
But since I've made this much money in just a week, I'm a bit of a coward and I'm always watching my back, so I'd like to hire an escort as soon as possible.
Umbrella-san told me that the market price for slaves is at least three million yen for a combat slave, so I think I'll buy a general slave who seems to have talent.
The price for an ordinary slave starts at about 300,000 yen, and the rest depends on your skills and abilities, so it's hard to say without seeing it.
Adventurers are ranked from rank F to rank S. You can request an escort from rank D or higher, and if you hire three adventurers for rank D, you can get 300,000 yen for a week's escort.
The other thing is that the higher the rank, the more the price will go up.
In the case of a slave, the master must provide weapons, armor, food, and shelter, while an adventurer must provide shelter in the case of a live-in slave, but not the basics.
The question now is, will I stay in Hajime's town or go to another town?
I don't have a plan yet. But if I want to go to another town, I need to know more about this world.
So I'm going to live here for a while.
"Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm also looking for a house to rent."
"In that case, I'll have our guild's real estate department show you around."
When Umbrella-san gave me the money and the bill of sale, and the guild members were unloading the cart, I remembered the house.
Umbrella-San was polite to me and showed me to the real estate department.
In the real estate department, a tall, mature man took care of me, but like Umbrella-san, the mature man also had dark circles under his eyes.
Is the Merchant's Guild black?
"My name is Iljo Inai."
"My name is Grose Hendler. I'm sorry to bother you."
"No, sir, Umbrella told me. Thank you for distributing good products to our guild."
It's a pretty impressive name. Let me say that it is good that it is easy to remember.
He bowed nicely and offered me a chair, which I sat down in and he sat down too.
Then a woman offered me a cup of tea, which I sipped while it was still warm, but it didn't taste very good.
"Now, I understand that you are looking for a house to rent, what kind of property would you like?"
"Well, we don't need a lot of rooms, but a toilet and a bath, or just a shower if a bath isn't possible. It would also be nice to have some kind of garden."
"In that case... how about this property?"
Inai-san flipped through the thick file he had brought with him, assessed the property, and put the file in front of me for easy viewing.
"Six bedrooms, bathroom, toilet, and a reasonably large yard."
The contents were the same as those of a Japanese real estate company.
The diagram shows a one-story house with a large living room, dining room, and kitchen in the center.
The building area is quite large from the looks of it. And the garden is so large that two such structures could be built in it.
This seems pretty expensive, doesn't it?
"How much is the rent for this?"
"Yes, this will be 800,000 yen per month."
Wow, that's almost a year's rent for my apartment back in Japan.
I was going to say, "That's ridiculous," but when I thought about it, I realized that I can afford it now.
I'm sure Inai-san knows how much I've traded, so he's probably recommending properties that match my rating.
"It's not bad, but it seems your family's status is too much for a young man like me."
"I don't think so...then how about this property? It's a four-bedroom house with a smaller bathroom than the previous one, but the yard can accommodate two horse-drawn carriages. The rent is also very reasonable at 400,000 yen."
Perhaps he's trying to get you to buy this property so he can get you to buy the other gorgeous one. It's a common pattern.
Four rooms, plenty of room, and a bath. Let's have a look at this.
"I'd like to take a look at this property, if that's okay."
"Yes, sir, are you on your way?"
"Yes, please, if you can."
I'm going to take the carriage that Inai-san has prepared for me to see the property.
The first time I rode in a carriage, it was quite bumpy.
We were on a relatively paved road in the city, but with this shaking, it was easy to imagine how bad it would be outside the city.
"This way, sir."
The place where the property is built is a residential area with not a few luxurious mansions around it.
Don't I look out of place in such an upscale neighborhood?
Inai-san will take you on a tour of the house.
The living room is about 30 square meters, and the dining room and kitchen are spacious.
The four rooms are also at least ten square meters in size, which makes my apartment look like a doghouse.
The toilets are the same as those in the lodgings, and the baths are three times larger than those in Japanese apartments.
There was enough room in the yard for not two but five carriages, a stable and a barn.
"Would you like some?"
"I'm surrounded by mansions, is it okay to have slaves or something?"
"No problem, sir. There are five or ten slaves in the other houses."
Seriously, there's usually five or ten slaves.
I mean, if there were that many of us, there wouldn't be enough room, would there?
[Slaves would be crammed into a room with several people, or worse, into a barn.]
[You don't treat your slaves well.]
[Is that so? In the world where Master was, slaves used to be treated like livestock, right?]
[I can't argue with that.]
"When can I move in?"
"We have cleaned the room frequently, so it is ready for use now. However, we don't have the magic stones in the kitchen and bathroom to move the bath accessories, so you'll have to provide them yourself."
"All right. I'll choose this place, so can you tell me where the magic stone is sold?"
"In that case, I'll show you around."
After that, buy a magic stone at the general store and return to the Merchant's Guild to receive the contract and key.
I paid a month's rent and left the merchant's guild after picking up the deposited cart.
There was no need to go back to the inn, so I went straight to the slave store.
[Is there anything I need to do to buy a slave?]
[As a guardian of the Master, it is important to have good skills and abilities, but the most important thing is to be obedient to the Master.]
[Slaves have magical tools that make it impossible for them to disobey orders, don't they?]
[If he disobeyed the order, the collar would tighten, causing him pain and making it even harder for him to breathe, so he couldn't disobey.]
[It's like Sun Wukong's hoop.
I arrived at the slave store. When I entered, I was greeted by an old lady with thick makeup whose girth was more than twice my size.
"I see you've been introduced to the Merchant's Guild. I'm Brenda. You may call me Madame Brenda."
"Ah, yes, Madame Brenda-san. I'm Grose Hendler. It's nice to meet you."
"[-san] is unnecessary. So what kind of slaves do you need?"
"I want a slave who is young and fit."
"What race or gender are you?"
"I don't have any particular wishes, so I'd like to see as many slaves as possible."
Madam Brenda thought for a moment and let me go through the back.
They let us in, a dimly lit area lined with cages. A little stinky.
It seems to be a system in which there are slaves in cages, and you can see inside them.
"This cage is a human man. That would be the beastman man."
Madame Brenda led me to the cage.
There are about five people crammed into the cage, and I use [[Appraisal(S)]] to check their status.
The human man looks good, but his abilities and skills are not very impressive, so he sees a beast.
Beastmen tend to have higher HP, strength, endurance, and agility than humans, and they are stronger than humans, but they are all older than I am.
After the male zone is over, you will be shown the female zone.
Some of them were goblins, orcs, and other races.
If they can speak human languages, they can communicate with each other, and orcs seem to be very powerful, so I would think that orcs would be fine.
While I was thinking about this, I found a woman, a girl, alone in a cage.
Platinum blonde, white, [albino] is the word that comes to mind.
"She's feisty and rebellious, and she won't give in to the pain inflicted by the slave collar."
Madame Brenda continued to say, "Don't do it," because I was staring at the woman.
"That's the girl we're getting rid of tomorrow."
Madame Brenda denies the white girl with a flick of her palm.
The white girl, perhaps offended by Madame Brenda, walks to the edge of the bars of the cage and opens her mouth.
"What's up, it's unusual for you to talk."
Madame Brenda seems to see how I react to samaiko.
"I don't need a rebellious slave to tell me to buy it."
"No problem. When I've made a decision with the Lord, I'll follow it."
[I don't think he's lying. What do you think?]
[Ogre clan is a warrior clan. They will follow whoever they choose as their Lord for the rest of their lives.]
[What you see before you is a mutant of the Ogre race. It seems to be less powerful than the common ogre, but the mutant has the potential to transform as it grows.]
I invoke [[Appraisal(S)]] to check the status of the white girl.
Full name: Lethia Ogan
Info: Ogre, female, 15, slave.
Muscle strength: 70(A)
Good luck: 5
Passive Skill: [[Physical Enhancement(E)]]
[Strengthen HP, Strength, Endurance and Agility.
You've got more fight in you than I do.
In terms of status, it will be a complete vanguard.
If you don't want to rebel, you can buy it. It's not bad looking.
"Madame Brenda, I'm buying this girl. How much?"
"Are you sure you want to buy it?"
"...Huh, okay. I'll give you 200,000."
"Is that all you need?"
"We were going to get rid of it tomorrow anyway, it's a good thing we sold it for 200,000."
Madame Brenda may look shady, but she seems to be an honest businesswoman.
If you lose a little weight and wear less makeup, you might like her a little more.
And when I told Madam Brenda that I was a tamer and wanted to sign a master-servant contract instead of a slave contract, she agreed.
A master-slave contract is not a unilateral contract that imposes restrictions like a slave's collar, but requires the other party's approval, which can be either force or trust, and if not accepted, the contract cannot be made.
If I'm a demon tamer, I can only make this master-slave contract with demons, but a tamer can make a master-slave contract with anyone as long as the other party agrees.
"I'm Grose Hendler, nice to meet you."
"Can I call you Lethia?"
"Call it what you will Lord."
"Lord is a hard name. Just call me Grose."
"The Lord is the Lord."
Lethia refused my proposal without a word.
However, the master-servant contract was easily concluded, and from now on, Lethia will be my squire.
"Why did you let me buy it? Because you're getting rid of it?"
"Dark hair, dark eyes, I knew in my gut he was the one for me."
"What? That's it?"
"Good enough reason."
[The Ogre tribe worships a dark god, so maybe they saw the Master and the dark god together?]
["The Dark Lord...]
[He is the god of darkness, one of the attributes.]
[...what kind of god is the blonde-san I saw in the management world?]
[I'm sorry, sir. I'm not allowed to answer about that].
[So... the dark god is a bad god?]
[I can't give you a definitive answer because everyone has their own definition of right and wrong.]
I don't disagree with Ins.
There are many things that I think are right, but others think I'm doing something strange.
People's values are different from each other, and one-sided imposition is a source of conflict.
I took Lethia back to the new house and said, "You can take the rest of the day off, you'll be working tomorrow." Lethia thought nothing of it and headed for the barn.
"What are you doing?"
"He's heading for my bunk."
"No, no, no, Lethia's room is here. You don't have to sleep in the barn."
"...Okay, then we'll use that room."
I can't imagine what the future holds.