Anyway, for now, let’s just think about dealing with the problem at hand.
As Luka said, this city will never be safe until we take care of the Lord. I’ll think more about the staff after I’m done with the current situation.
In no time at all, we arrived at the guild. It’s no surprise that everyone originally met up at the plaza……
Well then, I’ve been told that there are already three other D-class adventurers waiting for us at the guild. By the way, I haven’t heard anything about what kind of people they were, but I’m a little nervous since they’re supposed to be experienced and skilled. I’ll be careful not to make any mistakes.
And so our party enters the doors of the guild.
「 Hey Luka, we’ve been waiting for you.」
As soon as we entered the guild, someone called out to us. It seems that the person who called out was the adventurer in question. 「 Sorry about that – but you enjoyed it, didn’t you? 」 Luka replied, full of herself. And then when he turned his eyes towards us and was stunned.
The man there looked to be in his mid-thirties, with shaggy black hair that was a bit unusual in this town, tied back in a single bun. He had a few scars on his face, and his equipment was light enough to protect him only in critical places. I’m not sure if he’s a knight or a soldier, but he looks more like a ruffian or a bandit. Well……So far, I’d say he’s like a battle-hardened mercenary……
It’s the people who replied along with him that is the problem.
A young woman dressed in a school swimsuit, with bloomers, a high-legged swimsuit, a costume that for some reason reeked of an old man’s taste, was wearing an apron and replied to him. Some surrounding people were looking at us in an erotic way, but their expressions were rather confused.
Oh, and if you look closely, you can see a small boy dressed roughly next to him with a disgusting smile on his face like an old man being served. Also, on the other side of him was a brown-haired girl who was turning bright red and hiding her face.
「 What do you think? It’s my idea of a male entertainment unit. I spent 10% of my guild’s funds to form it, and I have a story about how they almost sold me out to a brothel.」
「 Just let them sell you there like an adult.
I swear. I have no idea how serious she is about all this.
But there’s no point in standing around like this, so Luka led me, Chibi, Youmu and Shino to a seat across from the three of them. Luka’s expression changed to that of a guild master as she took her place at the party’s table.
「 Well first, thank you for accepting this call. I’d like to thank you on behalf of the guild. As for the reward, it’s hard to say since we don’t have a concrete idea of the size of the opponent, but for now, we’re thinking of doubling the average bounty for Lords, or increasing even more depending on the strength of the opponent, so please don’t worry about that.」
It’s hard to believe we’re suddenly talking about rewards, but adventurers are not a charitable organization. It is a general term for those who risk their lives to take risks and reap the rewards. This is something that should not be compromised in any way. It’s just that my sensibilities, or rather my perceptions, are not those of an adventurer. It’s not my place to interfere in any way.
「 Well, that’s very generous of you. However, I guess it’s just that it smells so fishy. But I’m not complaining, I’d even give it up for free if I could do the job with these lovely girls, you know? Gahahahaha.」
The old man looked at Chibi and me with a deliberately disgusting look. It’s probably half a joke, but there’s something about those eyes that makes them seem like they’re judging us. 「 Well, if you say so, then I have no problem with it.」The boy followed, and the brown-haired girl nodded in agreement.
Is this man the leader of the three of us over there? Chibi tilted her head at the man’s gaze and let out a 「 Wafu?」. You don’t understand it do you……
「 Also, Luka, I want you to issue guild cards to these two, otherwise we’re done here.」
Youmu turned to Luka with a bit of anger in her voice. I don’t have enough knowledge, so I’m glad Youmu is here to help me with these negotiations.
Luka replied, 「 No problem then, we’re ready to go. However, this achievement will be acknowledged externally, so don’t forget that 」 she replied in an aloof manner.
「 Oh, it looks like you’re one of those special cases, aren’t you……」
The old man looks at me with interest.
「 Uh, well……Oh, I am.……」
「 Well, I’ve heard most of what you are about to say, but I don’t think it’s the right place to say it. Anyway, I’m not going to say anything about my birth or race, I’m Garm. As you can see, my occupation is 【 Mercenary 】, and I can do pretty much anything, mainly white combat. It’s nice to meet you.」
I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s a good idea to make sure that you have enough information to get to know the people you’re working with. It’s a great way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your money.
「 I’m Leticia, and I’m good at magic……is what I think? I’m good at fighting both from long range and short range. Nice to meet you, Garm. Also.……」
I look at the two people sitting on either side of the Garm.
「 I’m 【 Gii 】, and I’m a 【 Quarter Elf 】. My occupation is a necromancer. I’m a very capable rearguard, so I’m sorry, but I can’t do much help when it comes to protection.」
「 By the way, he’s the same age as me, so be warned, okay?」
Garm made such a comment, and Gii replied with an annoyed tone. As the name implies, quarter elves have only a quarter of elven blood in them.
Until they are about five years old, they age at the same rate as humans, but after that they only grow at about 1/3 the speed of humans, and their lifespan seems to be more than twice as long as humans. It seems that their mental health is greatly affected by their environment: if they grow up with elves in the forest, they will grow up to be suitable for their appearance, and if they live with humans in the city, they will grow up to look less suitable for their age.
As he is of elven blood, he has a good-looking face, and his status such as muscle strength is difficult to develop.
Because of these characteristics, I hear that people sometimes have mixed feelings of envy. I heard that Gii himself was blessed with a good environment growing up, but that wasn’t the case all the time……I guess only he would know the truth.
After Gii’s introduction, a brown-haired girl slowly started talking.
She had brown hair that reached below her shoulders, a headband, a loose white jacket, a zippered cape, and a long brown skirt. Her face was more cute than pretty, and she seemed to be somewhat shy. She looked to be about 18 years old, but after hearing Gii’s real age, that would make her the only one much younger than everyone else.
I wondered if she was faking her age like Luka and the others.
「 I! I’m 19 years old!」
Perhaps sensing that such suspicious glances were being directed at her, she hurriedly made such correction.
「 Oh, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was just thinking that if those two are over 30…」
「 Uh……That’s true, but……Youmu, what are you laughing at……! I’m Aya, and I’m a real Human, you know? I look forward to working with you, Leticia. My occupation is 【 Demon Beast Master 】, though I’m not able to tame very strong demon beasts.……」
「 Demon Beast Master……By the way, when Luka said something about infiltration yesterday, she meant Aya, didn’t she 」
「 I’m not sure if you’re serious or not…… but I think so, right? Luka-san……Besides, you know 」
Aya-san glanced at Shino as if she was concerned about her. It seems that Luka was telling the truth when she said that she didn’t mind either way, and she had already told Aya-san about it.
Shino sensed this and said, 「 Ahh! But well…… I’ve decided to stay at the guild 」 she said, looking a little uncomfortable. I know it’s the best thing to do, but I guess I feel guilty about it. Hearing these words, Garm let’s out a heavy sigh.
「 Great, we were just discussing how to stop the little girl, but I’m glad it was all for nothing.」
「 Like I said, if Youmu’s in on it, we’re in good hands.」
「 Even you, Gii, have been scavenging for documents about the Goblin country.」
It seemed that each of the three people over there were also concerned about Shino. I mean, they seem to know Youmu, and I wonder if they usually have a party with her?
「 Oh, I didn’t tell you. Well, these guys don’t officially form a party, but they often meet up at Adlas’ store and go on requests together.」
「 Well, there you have it.」
Garm chimed in on Youmu’s comment.
「 Now then, with that out of the way, if we’re going to find a nest without decoys, let’s see if we can get…… a Goblin that’s been tamed to carry something of value as an offering.」
When Garm muttered this……Luka replied, 「What? What are you talking about? I’m going to the nest as a gift? 」.
Three voices together reacted…… You didn’t explain that one, did you?
After that, a heated debate ensued between the three of them, but in the end, Luka pushed through to reach a consensus.