Reincarnated into a Game as the Hero’s Friend - Chapter 21
After I left the royal palace, I went to the Commerce Guild. For stuff related to the circulation of money or goods, it’s better to go to the Commerce Guild, or else I might receive harassment in the future.
Someone might find it strange that I, a noble, has come to rely on a Commerce Guild, but the truth is that there are many times when nobles have no choice but to rely on a Commerce Guild especially if it concerns their own dignity. One example of that time is when they want to buy a congratulatory present for another noble’s wedding.
If a noble gives only a common present to another noble as a wedding gift, they might get looked down upon by the noble community. That’s why they need the Commerce Guild’s help to get some rare items. Is this what they call ‘just leave things to a specialist’? Hm… It’s close but a bit different.
“Thank you for your large order the other day.”
“I was the one who should thank you for taking the order on short notice.”
The one who actually bought the oil was Norbert, though. While saying that in my head, I sit down in front of an uncle whose body is as big as a barrel.
The uncle’s name is Mr. Bierstedt. He is a large merchant who is active in the capital and a leading figure in the Commerce Guild. Well, a noble calling a merchant with Mr in front of his name might be frowned upon by the noble community but calling him with Mr inside of my head should be fine.
When I requested a large amount of turpentine oil from him, it must have caused plenty of trouble for him, but since I bought it at the price he asked without negotiating, he must have made a quite large profit. The merchant in this world isn’t that different from a corporate in my past life.
“What can I do for you today?”
“There are things that I want to purchase in a distant town. I want a trustworthy merchant to go there. I will prepare the escort.”
“That’s quite an unusual request.”
He shot me a probing look. I might be a viscount, but I’m still a student. Him being suspicious of my request is understandable. I know that I seem like a debauched young master who was just recklessly spending money.
“This is the list of towns that I want the merchant to visit and the list of items that I planned to purchase. I would also want the merchant to confirm the availability of the items in each town.”
“Allow me to take a look at the list.”
I handed him the list made of demonskin parchment. There are more demonic beasts compared to lambs so the price of parchment made from demonic beast’s skin is cheaper than the one made from lamb’s skin.
Only a certain type of demonic beast can be used to create a demonskin parchment. Now that I think about it, it’s actually not strange for demonic beasts to resent humans. I mean, their flesh is eaten and their skin is taken to create a demonskin parchment. Not to mention, their insides are used as fertilizer on agricultural land.
The saying that humans are cruel seems right, doesn’t it?
“What a strange…I mean, what a revolutionary plan!”
After reading the parchment for 5 minutes, Mr. Bierstedt raised his head and remarked.
His reaction didn’t surprise me. If you are looking for items that are usually circulating in the market, you can just buy them in the capital. But to search for new items? That’s practically just an expedition. It’s not an idea that is usually thought of by a noble.
“As you know, the recent stampede is different from the usual stampede.”
“Yes. I have heard about it.”
It makes me curious about how much he knows. The information network of a merchant can’t be underestimated. Among people who know information from the royal palace, some of them are loose-lipped. Plus, not many men will remain tight-lipped in front of alcohol and women.
“If there’s a first time, there might be a second and a third time in the future.”
I can only say this much. He might know about the demon king’s revival, but neither he nor I will talk about it.
“And for some reason, people seem to think of me as a military man recently.”
“I have heard of your recent achievements. Despite your age, you have outstanding judgment in a war.”
His flattery was obvious. The virtue of modesty and humility isn’t needed in this world, so I just accepted his flattery.
“Anyway, that’s the reason I want to gather some equipment. I hope you understand.”
There’s a risk of another demon outbreak, while my house, which is always seen as a house of civil officers, is suddenly being expected to take a military role. It’s impossible for me to gather excellent knights on short notice, so the least I can do is to gather good equipment.
That’s the pretext I said to Mr. Bierstedt, but the truth is that I want to gather high-quality equipment that can only be purchased late in the game.
“I shall accept your request then, but as it’s quite a difficult task, I will ask for a handsome compensation.”
“I know that. For now, I want you to deliver 8 weapons of each type and 8 armor of each type to the Zeavert’s house. I will cover the cost.”
If possible I also want to buy equipment for soldiers in the royal palace, but that has to wait for later. I mean, the amount of money I have isn’t enough to even provide the equipment for all soldiers of Zeavert’s army, let alone the entire royal palace.
My plan is to present half of the equipment to the Crown Prince because my current priority is to make the upper echelons of the kingdoms move by showing them what high-quality equipment could do.
Before the demon attack on the royal palace, I need to make sure to equip the knights and soldiers with high-quality equipment. For that, I need to push the kingdom to fork out money.
“In that case, could we get more equipment than what you have requested?”
“If you can carry it here, I don’t mind you selling it to the Commerce Guild as long as I get a cut.”
It’s more beneficial for me if the high-quality equipment entered the capital market rather than me monopolizing it.
It’s because in the current state of affairs, introducing the existence of high-quality equipment is much more important than money. If everyone knows the existence of high-quality equipment, then the future battle situation with the demon king army might change. Plus, I won’t lose too much because the amount of additional equipment that the merchant can bring is probably only a few.
In the game, there’s an inventory system, so I can carry around many armors. I remember that I hoarded expensive armor drops so I can sell them later on. But this world didn’t have that kind of convenient inventory system.
Although magic bags that can carry many items exist in this world, it’s really expensive. If it was Mr. Bierstedt, he might be able to gather some.
“But there are several towns on the list that I have never heard of before.”
“I will provide a map. I also have an official permit from the Crown Prince to cross the border.”
At the mention of a map, Mr. Bierstedt’s eyes lit up. That’s a merchant for you. For him to be unable to conceal his interest in front of a young person like me, the value of the map must be really high.
“Will you give me the map as well?”
“Someone of the Count’s household will take it and that person will guide you to the towns. You won’t need directions to go to the towns for a second time, right?”
“Of course not.”
Well, he didn’t pester me. He must be afraid of me leaving and offering this business to another merchant.
He didn’t ask me where I got the map. It’s because I said that I’ve gotten the Crown Prince’s official permission to cross the border. He probably thought that the map I have was provided by the Crown Prince.
I don’t know how long I can continue to hide the actual source of the map from the sly merchant.
“We also will not know the actual quality of equipment available in the list of towns you have given me before we went there.”
“That’s a given.”
The list contains the equipment that were being sold in various towns back when I played the game. However, I don’t know if the same equipment were also being sold in this world. I already expected that there might be some equipment that didn’t exist in the game.
In the game, despite the fact that the enemies that appeared in the towns and villages I listed in the demonskin parchment were strong, those villages and towns didn’t get destroyed. I suspected that the availability of high-ranking equipment was why those villages and towns could protect themselves from demons. That means as long as those villages and towns exist and survive in the real world, the chances that the equipment I want exists are rather high.
I can obtain the equipment without any difficulties, then. All I need now is time. Once I got the equipment and proven the superiority of high-quality equipment, the kingdom will also make a move to buy them. Still, the game events will continue to happen and this world will get more and more dangerous.
If that happens, the places I want to buy the equipment from might become inaccessible in the future. That’s why I need to buy the equipment now. Time is of the essence.
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