But there’s something that’s been bothering me a bit. I’ll ask her about it at this point.
“Excuse me. What exactly is the condition for rank up?”
It’s been about three months since I’ve been given the E-rank. In that time, I’ve defeated a lot of monsters and even received the occasional request. But since I came to this town, I’ve done little more than sell magic stones. It’s unclear what exactly led to my rank promotion. In the first place, it is doubtful that my achievements in Rankfurt, a distance of several days by carriage, are taken into account.
To be frank, this guild card is just a copper plate. It shouldn’t be able to store any kind of information. I looked at the guild card and found no evidence of any information being written on it. In other words, the adventurer’s achievements could only be left in the guild of the town where he did his work.
“I can’t give you detailed information, but at this guild, the rank of an adventurer is determined mainly by the quality and quantity of magic stones brought in.” (Receptionist)
“In ‘this’ guild?”
“Yes. Monsters differ from region to region, so the requirements differ from town to town. However, once you reach a certain rank, the requirements are almost the same, and only some guilds allow you to advance in rank. By the way, you can only rank up to C in this guild, so from rank B onwards, you’ll have to go to the capital with a letter of recommendation from a guild master.” (Receptionist)
I see. I think I’m beginning to understand the guild rank system.
In other words, the Guild Master of that area is given the authority to decide on lower ranks, but higher ranks are strictly controlled by the headquarters.
It may sound unpleasant, but it is possible for guild officials to be complicit with adventurers, to be pushed around by those in power, to be patronized by their own people, or for some other reason to have lax standards for rank promotion. But it would be difficult to eliminate them completely, and the cost of managing them would be ridiculous. So I guess they’ll let you go up to C-rank, but not from B.
“And one more question, do your achievements in another town count towards this rank increase?”
“Another town? Basically, we don’t request information from other towns.” (Receptionist)
I see… I guess they don’t take into account the results of other towns. I’m not sure how many low-rank adventurers there are, but I don’t want to have to look up every single one of them.
In other words, if I want to raise my rank, I have to keep working hard in the same town.
I take a room at my usual inn, have dinner, and then enter the room.
Then I fell straight into bed.
I’m kind of tired today. What’s with those ghosts, they’re too scary. It took away my strength, but it also shaved away my spirit…
As I hugged my pillow, my mind was filled with the thought that I would have to deal with that thing again tomorrow.
“Oh yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve been healed…”
Yes, I need healing right now…
I sat up in bed, took the holy stone out of my backpack, and chanted a spell.
“Heed my call and show the way [Summon Fairy].”
The Holy Stone shines brightly as it disintegrates in my hands, and then Liselotte appears as usual.
However, the appearance of Lizzy is different from her usual character.
Her innocent laugh wasn’t there—her face was terrifyingly expressionless.
“Why didn’t you call me!?” (Lizzy)
When Lizzy said that, her expression broke and distorted from her expressionless face, and began to shed tears.
… I’ve done it.
Ever since I started diving in the dungeon, I’ve been busy and never called Lizzy.
I thought that she had her own world, that she had her family and friends there, and that she had a normal life without me.
I thought that even if I wasn’t there, nothing would change for her.
As far as I heard about Lizzy, the world of fairies is like a living fairy tale… I thought Lizzy was having a good time there too.
“Lizzy… I’m sorry. I was a little busy with work and wasn’t able to call…”
Oh, no. I’m not sure why I’m making such a lame excuse. I think this is not what I should be saying. No, definitely not. That’s not what I’m trying to say.
It’s a lie that I couldn’t call because I was too busy. Even if I was busy, I should have been able to call it if I wanted to.
“I… I hated you… I wondered if… You hate…” (Lizzy)
“I’m sorry. I don’t hate you.”
Saying that I gently hug her close to my chest.
“Really? Do you really not hate me?” (Lizzy)
“Yeah, that’s true.”
When I said that, Lizzy looked up at me from my hands and finally showed me her usual smile.
Ah… Whenever I find something that I can be absorbed in I don’t notice anything around me, I should fix this bad habit…
This is why I am not popular with girls…
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