I Was a Small Fish When I Reincarnated, but It Seems That I Can Become a Dragon, so I Will Do My Best - Chapter 117
Chapter 3-32. Interrogation Begins.
This is Ouren, the interrogator.
And over here is my assistant, Reizen.
We would have preferred to examine him in a private room, but unfortunately, our place is burned down and we can’t do that, so Reizen as my assistant has prepared an open-air interrogation room for us.
Thank you for your help.
Well, this time we are about to conduct a detailed interview with a suspect who continues to insist that he just defeated monsters.
There are quite a few things this guy has done.
Defeating the monster.
This is an action that is commendable and must be admired.
Using his fire-based skills, he killed that horde with a single blow, which is simply amazing.
And one more thing.
The fact that he burned a few houses, even if only a little bit, in the village.
It caused some casualties.
I can only say that this was a lack of consideration on his part.
I still wonder why he used that kind of fire skill in such a village.
And another one.
He almost started a forest fire.
Even if a house burns down, it can still be re-built.
It takes time, but reconstruction is possible, but this is not the case with forests.
Once burned, it takes decades to re-grow the trees.
Burned trees and leaves may be used as fertilizer, but without forests, the locals’ livelihoods may become unfeasible.
This guy almost destroyed this village, so he must be punished accordingly.
And one last thing.
What’s this guy’s name?
“Hey red hair”
“Don’t call me that!”
“So, what’s your name?”
Then the red hair puffed out his chest, and boasted.
“Heed my call! I’m the White Knight of Fire! That’s what people call me! The one and only, Houen!”
“… then, what is your name?” (Alena)
“You weren’t listening!? It’s Houen!”
Alena gave a stinging response, but I let it pass without a hitch.
But then I realized something.
His name is written in …… Kanji. (His name can be translated as phoenix, literally)
Are there Kanji characters in this world, too?
No, but not even the …… oni know the kanji letters. (The Oni using katakana in their name fyi)
The possibility that there are kanji characters is slim.
To begin with, the characters in this world are quite different from the ones I remember from my previous life.
Even so, most of the oni’s names have kanji pronunciation.
This guy might be one of them.
“Houen, what an unusual name!”
Then, for some reason, Reizen confronted him.
It was unusual for Reizen to speak out against someone, but the way he spoke did not seem to indicate that he disliked the person.
Houen said a few words to Reizen, who had confronted him.
“Is it bad !?”
“Eh, uh, uhmmm, y-you’re welcome?”
Reizen behavior seems normal like usual.
Anyway, it’s nothing to worry about, so I’ll just leave it alone.
The problem is now.
I’ m going to ask him a lot of questions.
“Why did you come here?”
Let’s just start with the blunt question.
“Hmph! I’m an E rank adventurer! And I’m here because this village is in trouble!!”
“Oh. Is this guy stupid?”
“What did you say!?”
The request for this village should not have been a request that E rank adventurers could accept.
According to the report, the lowest rank for this request has been raised to B rank because C-rank adventurers keep failing. ……
This guy must have come here mostly unannounced.
Well, in this case, what is the best way to deal with him?
In this situation, it would be a good idea to ask an adventurer like Uchikage, who has been an adventurer before.
“Uchikage. What are the consequences in a case like this?”
“First of all, if you have seen the request at the Adventurers Guild,…… you will be charged half of the request fee as illegitimate payment. Then your rank will be demoted.”
I asked if this sort of thing happens often, but he said it rarely happens.
The reason is that there is no benefit to the adventurer.
If the request is out of their rank, they have to pay the illegal payment, and they don’t receive any reward.
Moreover, their ranks will be lowered.
Nobody would be willing to do it.
It would be a good idea to do something like this to get noticed, though.
Besides, he said, even if he did it for his own reasons, that would be exposed immediately when there is no contact between the employer and the client.
However, it is difficult to identify a specific individual, he said.
Nevertheless, there is no reward and it is risky.
Not many people would do such a thing.
And this guy apparently didn’t know that.
I mean, he was told that he could only accept requests for lower ranks, right?
Is this guy an idiot?
Not even Reizen would make that mistake.
“Well, that’s fair, I guess.” (Ouren)
“As for me, I can’t miss this!” (Probably Reizen)
“Next on the subject. Uchiage, I don’t really know the cost of restoring the village or anything. With the way things are going, how much is it going to cost?”
The only thing that can quickly resolve this kind of damage is money.
With enough money, it would be possible to bring in people from the city or build a new house.
But I don’t know how much it costs.
This is where Uchikage comes in again.
“Well, …… roughly twenty gold coins should be enough, I think ……?”
“That’s a lot of money.”
“The cost for …… repairing the house, the carriage fare to get here, lodging, the wages to hire …………. etc, well, that should be enough.”
“That’s said. You’re going to have to work hard to earn it, Houen.”
He ended up crouching down holding his head down at last.
At this point, he would not need the jail anymore.
I told Reizen to deactivate the jail, and he did.
He didn’t seem to notice that it had been deactivated, though, since there was no sound or anything.
But …… an E rank adventurer with a debt of 20 gold coins ……?
It’s kind of pitiful. …… Well, we can let him do whatever he wants after that.
However, this guy, Houen?
This guy is not a mere E rank.
Despite the rain, he can burn houses and forests, and even burn Acid Dogs to a crisp.
He must be able to produce a lot of firepower.
How fearsome he is, when I think about it.
I don’t think I can beat him now since I have no MP.
“Okay, the villagers will take care of the rest. Everyone, we’re all tired today, so let’s take a rest.”
Before I knew it, Alena and Satella were there, pulling me by the hand and taking me to the lodging.
Reizen and Uchikage followed, and we all entered the lodging.
The only one left there was Houen.
After Ouren and the others left, Houen stood up immediately after saying that.
His face did not look as if he was troubled by anything, but rather as if he was just simply refreshed and indifferent.
“Let’s escape from this village for the time being”
Houen uttered the most outrageous statement.
Then he produced a spear of flame from his empty hand, thrust it into the ground, and quietly muttered a single skill.
” 【 Wings of Flame】 “
Then the spear of flame that stabbed down clung to his back, and wings of flame appeared.
Houen flies up into the sky and flies away somewhere.
Many of the villagers saw it, but none of them seemed to be able to speak out in surprise.
Fui note : Before you think MC is stupid for letting Houen go, he received all of information about him, and the villager know about him too. They can report it to Adv Guild and we can guess the rest …… idk, I don’t even know about the next chapter since I haven’t read it. It’s all just my guess, not spoiler.
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