can cut even bone without any resistance.”
“Slender, light, and easy to swing, yet terrifyingly sharp.
Everything one could want of a sword is present.”
“Van listened to our requests on the spot, and the swords were ready in a few minutes.
They looked and felt great!”
For some reason, the adventurers give their impressions in a flippant manner, like some kind of fishy testimonial commercial… except this time the product was real.
Dee and the others gnashed their teeth in envy.
They glared at Orto and the others and then quickly turned around to look at me.
”Van-sama, I’m buying one! How much is a Great Sword?”
“I’ll have a long sword and a dagger set!”
“I’ll have the same!”
The three of them leaned on each other in dogged competition for the swords.
They were so passionate about the swords, I could even feel some killing intent among the competitors.
In stark contrast to them, Orto and the others smiled complacently and looked at their swords in a gloating manner.
”I won’t take any money from retainers who so loyally followed me out into a border village.
I will provide equipment as long as you continue to protect the village so that I can focus on managing the materials stockpiles and finances of the village.”
When I told them that, the three of them gave a guts-pose and laughed happily.
His face rapidly contorting, Orto looked at me with a dissatisfied face.
”Err … we’re contributing quite a bit too.
Could we also get a set of equipment?”
Although he made such a plea, I dismissed it because his grisly middle-aged face made his appeal more scary than convincing.
“I’m afraid not.
I’ll do my best for my territory and my people.
However, for Orto and company, who are merely passing visitors, I cannot give equal treatment.
Therefore, you must pay.”
“Gueaah! How can an eight-year-old be this stubborn?!”
Shaking his head and admonishing Orto, Espada opened his mouth.
”This is the result of my education.
In addition to basic knowledge, Master Van is studying Imperialism, Economics, and Political Science.”
“What a waste of time…”
At Espada’s gloating, Orto looked up to the heavens and lamented.
Laughing at the exchange, I look at Orto, Pluriel, Ksara and the others in turn and open my mouth.
”When an adventurer’s guild is established in this village, I’ll present you with a set of equipment if you’re agree to being bound to the village as an exclusive adventuring party.”
When I told them that, they looked at each other and began a discussion among themselves.
Well, I can’t force them to answer favorably, and if I tried to, they would surely refuse.
In the first place, it was a mistake to try to tie up adventurers whose identities were intrinsically linked with freedom.
Helpless, I turned my gaze to the raiders.
”Well now, what shall we do with you lot?”
At my muttering, the raiders turned pale and said plead for their lives.
”From now on, we’re going to turn a new lead, we’ll do our best for the sake of this village!”
“If you hand us over, they’ll hang us!”
“I want to work here!”
It’s pathetic how they scream and plea, but I can’t know how many sins such brigands have committed.
I shouldn’t trust them so easily.
Blocking their voices out, I asked Rhonda, the head of the village, what he thinks.
“What do you think of their words?”
When I asked that, Rhonda stared at the bandits with a grim expression.
”Our village has a history of extensive damage caused by these men.
The men they have killed certainly are above ten, they have slaughtered our people in cold blood.”
“So they are guilty.”
It was a quick decision.
In fact, I suppose it would be rash to show mercy to the enemies of the people you wish to rule.
Not only would certain risks increase, but I would also lose the trust of the villagers.
”I’m sorry, but when the peddlers come, I’ll ask them to take you in.”
“You can’t do this!”
The bandits cried out, but I ignored them.
Until I thought of something good that they could do in the meantime.
“Well, I’ll have them harvest Armored Dragon materials until the peddlers arrive! If I have them cut up the skin, bone, and meat, will it be okay?”
Orto nodded as he heard that.
”The eyes, fangs, and claws should be preserved nicely as well.
We can’t sell the internal organs, but their demonic nucleus’ will sell at a good price for sure.”
Listen up! I’ll lend you all a wooden sword.
You will be able to achieve results if you work hard enough.
Ah, don’t be complacent.
Those who show any signs of disobedience will be shoot on the spot.”
As I told them this, the raider’s faces became tinted with despair
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