Chapter 49: Sales
The guild was in an uproar after hearing the fact that [Red Oath] held five rock lizards in their possession.
"Unbelievable… D-don't tell me, all those came from girlie's storage?"
To the slightly sstartled veteran hunter, Mile answered with an astonished face.
"Eh? It does fit? Is there something wrong?"
"P-please wait one moment!"
While saying so, the receptionist left her seat to consult with the guild master. This was different than the usual purchases. Even if the materials being sold were outside of what was expected, the guild would buy if it would sell, and that a profit that could be made.
Be it the skin or claws of the Rock Lizard, both material and food ingredient wise, it was without a doubt popular. Due to their dangerous habitats, and on top of that, transporting them from such a distance was troublesome thus there were not very many. It would definitely sell.
–If it were two or three of them.
However, since there were five Rock Lizards, the total purchase amount would be high. It was unsure if they would be able to sell everything before the materials start to degrade. That being said, overlooking such a profitable chance would be nothing but a waste.
To make such a decision, the overbearing responsibility was too much for the receptionist. Leaving it to her superior would be a far wiser choice.
"…..Please, come this way"
After a moment, the receptionist returned, guiding [Red Oath] to the conference room on the second floor. Waiting for them was the Guild Master and the sub-master of the Hunters Guild Kingdom Branch. (T/L NOTE: Correct me if I'm wrong here, it sounds weird)
The four after entering the room, figured that it was an unspoken invitation to sit around the table. Along with the girls, the receptionist who lead them also took a seat beside the guild master and across from the sub-master. (TL NOTE: Think of it as oval shaped table.)
"Well then, I've heard the details from Lelia, but is it true? About the five rock lizards that is…"
Responding the guild master question, Mile confessed.
"Yes, in truth that was actually a lie… and the total amount wasn't five Lizards…."
"A-as I thought so. Don't scare me like that. There's no way that storage magic could fit that amount."
Following up with the sub-master's comment, Mile told them the true amount.
"There's actually twenty-six in my storage"
The sub-master smashed his face on the table.
"….So, are you telling me that's the real amount within your storage?"
The guild master, the sub-master who just recovered and Lelia the receptionist confronted the four members of [Red Oath]. For now how would they deal with them. Rather, towards the owner of the storage magic, Mile.
" If what you say is true and that is the actual amount, you do know what the meaning behind those words are, right?"
"Y-yes… I want to quickly complete the transaction, but I'm not sure if we could sell them right away, or once we sell it the value may collapse…"
"THAT'S NOT IT YOU MORON!"
Mile and the others jumped at the bellowing guild master.
"Having such storage capabilities is the same as picking a fight with our business! I don't know if I should call it luck or whatever, since you guys are rather well known after that graduation exam. I wouldn't think there would be any sane man who'd try to pick a fight knowing that. After all, that fighting prowess on par with that [Mithril Roar] party even their leader acknowledged, also striking the interest of his majesty the King, and to top it off, the party that even her highness is cautious of. You wouldn't think they were the ones to meddle with a Deadly Poison Horned Rabbit…"
From the words after 'Her Highness', the only one who didn't see the guild master's gaze directing at Mevis, was Mevis herself.
"Not to mention, the talk about being the saviours of the Hunter Training School when it was close to being shut down also circulates around. The graduates from the place, and the hunters who think that the school is important are all mostly on your side so to speak. You guys are living proof that the Hunter school is necessary, and your accomplishments to come…"
Rambling on as the guild master complements them, Rena, Mevis and Pauline were smiling proudly.
But only Mile has a dumbfounded look, with her eyes slowly turning white as her life drains away.
"And about that, the real problem, the ones with a few screws loose. In other words the idiots, the ones who know nothing about the graduation, or other countries as well. Well, for now it's well known to the people that you can hold up to Five Rock Lizards from the fuss earlier. Seriously, why did you do such a thing… Ah, no it's fine. If you didn't say you could store that much, it wouldn't be possible to make exchanges from multiple Rock Lizards. It's going to be a hassle from now on, I can say at least that much. That being said, at least fool them by telling them the max capacity is only five rock lizards and other small items. I hope you can understand…"
Mile who was trying to make excuses was told by the guild master what she wanted to say. Five Rock Lizards is equivalent to roughly two tons. This was easily transportable by one horse carriage. This was not at a level where the kingdom or aristocrats would do anything in order to obtain. Besides, even though storage magic wielders are rare, each country would have people capable of using storage in the two digits. That is what Mile thought.
However, to Mile there were certain factors, or key words missing so to say. Things like [Secret] or [The horse carriage can't pass]; [In a hurry]; [Escaping]; [Without any supplies]; [Military affairs]; or [The best any storage magic can hold is anywhere up to four to five hundred kilograms] or [Selfish] or [A cute girl's-] where only some of those key words
If it were not a carriage but a person on a fast horse transporting two tons of goods, and to top it off, without standing out.
It was something no royalties, nobles, even a kingdom would not want.
"Well, nothing will change even if I say something at this point. Be cautious, and if anything happens call for help, Got it?"
"""" Yes…. """"
"Good, the talk ends here. Just be careful from here onwards, and don't over do it!"
"Why didn't you respond!"
Rena, Mevis and Pauline were all staring at Mile's as the Guild Master shouted.
"W-why is everyone looking my way!"
"E-excuse, there's something I would like to ask!"
Shaking off the stares, Mile asked the Guild Master.
"….What is it"
"Em, after this, are you buying five Rock Lizards every few days?"
Indeed, it was back to that topic.
In the end, the guild agreed to buy five Rock Lizard every week. To buy them all at once, it would be absolutely impossible to sell them before they decay, prevent the price from collapsing, explain the origins of the materials and other reasons. If it were to be expediting for five days, rest for one and repeat, It was possible to explain anything with this schedule.
To begin with, the guild doesn't normally disclose who delivered the materials. On the odd chance that an explanation was required no matter what, they were able to explain without any contradictions, it was nothing more than a safety measure. Otherwise, [Red Oath] could only stay in the capital for no more than one day a week.
And for the Rock Lizards sold to the guild from Mile and the others, there was a condition where the materials no matter what, can not be sold to the Abott Firm or anyone related to them.
For each Lizard, it was twenty small gold coins, in other words sold for two gold coins per. One transaction for five Lizards was ten gold coins, and for five weeks was fifty gold coins. Based on the party's minimum monthly target amount, it was five months worth. Even if the price lowers due to excessive supply, it can't be helped. When that time comes, it will depend on the negotiation with the guild.
On another note, there was one completely burnt lizard that was exempted from the sales. The part which was relatively undamaged around the tail was sent to the Inn as a gift, and the rest was for personal use.
In less than a month, their stockpile of Rock Lizards disappeared, but it still became five months worth of living expenses. Even if they splurged on food, clothing and others, they could live three months just relaxing. Though if they were to purchase something like top tier armor or similar, it would be all gone in an instant…
Yet another question rose as to why the materials never spoiled within Mile's 'Item Box', of course they couldn't just tell them that. The question that day was dodged with an answer: 'To insulate Mile's Storage, we continuously applied frozen magic'
No matter how obviously abnormal the answer was, everyone's senses were dulled to a state where they accepted everything with 'I don't care anymore'.
"Ah, I forgot. In this case your quest will not be treated as a failure. Since we confirmed the requester did not fulfill his end of the agreement in accordance to the request form, the quest was nulled. However, this will be marked as achieved on the records, the penalty for quest failure from before will be refunded. In addition, as compensation, you will be paid in full for the five Rock Lizards from the confiscated deposit from the requester as written on the request form for a total of seventy-five small gold coins. The remaining balance will belong to the guild, are there any dissatisfaction?"
"""" THERE IS NONE! """"
The four voices resonated as one as they answered [Red Oath], and Pauline continued with a question.
"Em, regarding the said firm, were there no other punishments? They deceived the guild in the form of having hunters accept falsely stated requests right? Does it end with just invalidation in this case?"
To Pauline's question if they could forgive a merchant for such, the Guild Master laughed as he replied.
"No, the others haven't done anything. Due to the poor management of the trade agreement, the disposal will only affect what's in range. Though breaching the contract, it's not as they committed some grave crime…"
'Were there no such thing as fraudulent crimes?' so thought Mile, but in this world 'the fault lies with those being deceived' as she was about to say what she was thinking, but kept silent.
Pauline as well, was looking a little disappointed.
"But, " The guild master was not finished "To deceive the guild and their cute junior hunters with fraud requests, who do you think will accept such request in the future? Unable to keep promises as written, what kind of hunter would accept work from a merchant with untrustworthy credentials?"
"Well, even without relying on hunters, there's always the option of buying from the guild, other merchants and other methods. But there's that, stuff unavailable to purchase elsewhere but the guild, and anything bought from the guild guild would surely cost much more. Besides, like what happened with you guys, hunters with prey trying to sell their goods at the guild saying 'I wonder if it would sell over there' or stuff like 'If i sell there it has a better split' and start placing conditions on themselves. As for that firm, to meet the demands of coming customers, for sure he will suffer a lot…" While saying so, the guild master once again roars with laughter.
And so, Mile and the group retired from the conference room and went down to the first floor, headed straight to the exit, or so until one receptionist lady frantically called out to them to stop.
"Excuse me! Everyone of [Red Oath]! There's a letter for you!"
'A letter?' The party was dubious and returned to the reception counter only to be handed two sealed letters.
"Sorry, it was extremely busy around here, I was late in handing this over…."
As for the reason to the traffic was no other than the party, they had nothing to say.
Mevis who received the sealed letter looked at the name to whom it was addressed. There was one for herself, and the other addressed to Pauline. Mevis silently handed the letter to Pauline and confirmed the name of the sender.
Of course even before confirming the name she knew. There should be none who would send her a letter. If she were at home it would a different matter, but to her current self….
Even without guessing, it was a letter from her household.
They were able to sniff her current whereabouts… Rather it would be strange if they didn't. From that graduation test, just how many people were there, and just how many nobles witness such feats.
Mevis with a bitter face looked towards Pauline, who was clenching the letter with a blue face. Of course, everyone knew who the senders of the letters were without a doubt.
"What should I do?"
"Leave it be. A number of messengers will come, at some point, someone from Brother's household will come to check on the situation. Until this just leave it alone. There's no need for us to hurriedly progress things, to go out of our way and move."
Mevis, smiling bitterly answered to Rena. A surprisingly mature reply.
"What about you, Pauline?"
"….The same. As long as I've decided to return, there's no need for a reply."
In Pauline's case, there was no conflict within the family, as expected she may be worried about her mother or younger brother, her expression was gloomy.
"If you're worried, it's okay if everyone goes with Pauline. Her household is a certain town…"
"No, there's no need for that. As a child of a mistress, I wouldn't do anything out of question."
"…Even so, don't hold back on anything. After all, we are-"
"Comrades bounded by soul, the [Red Oath!]" – came a catch phrase like shout, influenced by Mile, Rena smiled.
"Well then now! For the next few days, let's leisure take a break!"
""" Ou~! """
" ….Ah "
Mile suddenly stood up, leaked out her voice, and in response Rena doubted herself when she asked.
"I forgot to exchange the materials other than the Rock Lizards….."
""" Ah… """
In the end, they were discussing on how to make micro transactions without standing out. If they were to sell the materials along with the Rock Lizards, things from the Lizard series, demons and animals alike wouldn't be strange at all. Mile's Insulated, installed with a freezer function storage mage etc etc. (In truth it's an item box with time freeze functionality.)
" We're back! "
The receptionist from behind the counter, Reni-chan returned the greeting.
"Here, this is a souvenir!"
While saying so, Mile pulled out the slightly burnt Rock Lizard tail from her item box, and with a light thud laid it on the floor.
" Uwaa! What's this? "
Even if it's Reni-chan, it was her first time seeing such a large Rock Lizard tail left intact.
"Are you giving this to us? Fa~ther! come here!"
The father, while being a chef, and the mother as the innkeeper came, endlessly thanked Mile and the others while everyone brought the tail to the kitchen. For the time being, the inn will serve mostly Rock Lizard now.
"With this, I've earned myself quite the score. For now, you may even earn the favour of the other guests." Rena said so with a little joyfulness, but Pauline who knew what it was to be a Merchant, and Mile who knew girl named Reni-chan well, shook their heads with a sorrowful face.