Morning of October 2nd.
In the languid afterglow of
the festival, Mr. Sai, who I had requested to gather information came to my
As soon as he saw my face, he
said, “I think I know who Bennett met.” His face wore a satisfied smile.
“He’s Quentin Wagman’s
tutor. His name is Archie Croft…” (Sai)
After I left for the academy,
Mr. Bennett immediately contacted the Wagmans and met Croft at a diner in the
old town that night.
“I found Croft at a diner
in the Old City that night. He started out as a researcher at a private school,
but he didn’t make it. It is said that he was dismissed from a private school
ten years ago because of that. After that, he worked for the guild for a while,
but eight years ago, he became Quentin’s tutor. I don’t know the details of how
and why, but it smells fishy.” (Sai)
I whispered, “it smells fishy?”
“Yes. The first thing
that caught my attention was the fact that it was eight years ago. Eight years
ago, was the year Councilor Wagman returned to Doctus from Saltus, the northern
kingdom of the elves.” (Sai)
I wondered what part of that
“Didn’t he tutor Quentin,
four years old that time, because he came back from Saltus? Seems like
an extremely normal thing to do, doesn’t it?” (Zack)
He grinned, then said
gleefully, “At last, I’ve managed to surprise you.”
“Speaking of eight years ago,
that was when Councilor Wagman and Councilor Isherwood reconciled. Councilor
Isherwood is a man with a strong background in personnel relations. How did
Croft get his job at the Guild? We can’t rule out the possibility that Councilor
Isherwood has a hand in it, right?” (Sai)
I must have been a little out
of it at the festival.
He was right, and the fact
that he was hired mid-career to work for the guild was certainly suspicious.
The Magician’s Guild is a more exclusive organization than other guilds. And
the influence of the academy is so great that employment depends on what grade
you graduated from the Tyria Magic Academy. It is not strange to think that
Croft, who worked as a researcher at a private school in conflict with the Magic
Academy, was hired as a mid-career staff member by such a guild.
“You’re telling me this
much, you’ve got a peek behind it, right?” (Zack)
I said, and he grinned and
began to explain from another view.
“Ten years ago, Councilor
Isherwood was in charge of the Personnel Committee. And Chairman Seberg was the
Personnel Committee Councilor at that time. And at that time, there were rumors
of a scandal involving Chairman Seberg…” (Sai)
Ten years ago, he said, there
was an attempt to transfer a large number of researchers from the Tyria Magic
Academy to a private school. The three major private schools jointly tried to
recruit sponsors through the Merchant Guild and used the funds to pull in young
When the Magician’s Guild got
wind of this, naturally the personnel committee had to take action. Councilor
Seberg at the time did not get along with his boss, the chairman of the
committee, and was even told that he had little chance of being nominated as
the next councilor. Therefore, Seberg conspired with his subordinate, Ibbetson,
to hold the chairman responsible and to plot his political purge.
The plot was to have the
researchers removed to a private school and to place all responsibility on the
chairman of the committee. They pressured the personnel committee staff to
prevent them from pulling out.
Seberg had a secret agreement
with the researchers to bring them back after the chairman took responsibility
and was relieved of his duties, with the promise of a post and research
funding. He had a secret agreement to bring back all the researchers in a short
period of time under the guise of a personnel exchange.
Thus, his scheme was
successful. However, rumors began to circulate that Seberg had initiated the
sabotage of the personnel committee.
Seberg became impatient with
the rumor. The next trustee seat was right under his nose, and if he became
embroiled in a scandal, he would not only lose his trustee seat, but even his
current position in the guild.
“…That’s where Isherwood made
his move, I hear. He indicated to Seberg that the source of the rumor was
someone with knowledge of the private school, and that he could do something
about the rumor because he had secured the person. So, he told him to put
himself to good use. Of course, Seberg did not trust him. Seberg suspected that
Isherwood had spread the rumor. And Seberg did not have the gall to put such a
dangerous man in his pocket. But Ibbetson was different…”
Councilor Ibbetson was aware
of young Isherwood’s ambition but decided to use him. And Councilor Ibbetson
He suggested that Isherwood
make it look like a confrontation on the surface, cleverly concealing their
relationship, and furthermore, he brought in someone on his side who was well
informed about the private school. He hoped that when the Seberg conspiracy
came to light, he would be proactive in exposing the fraud and placing the
blame on Seberg alone.
With this insurance policy in
place, Ibbetson put out the rumors by ingratiating himself with Seberg. He also
ordered Isherwood to oust his rival so that Seberg could become a trustee. As a
result, Seberg became a trustee and was succeeded by Ibbetson.
In other words, Isherwood also
decided to work with Ibbetson, who was next in line, rather than work with
Seberg, who was about to be exposed in a scandal. Of course, the condition was
that he would be named as his successor in the future.
“So, you are saying that Councilor
Isherwood is connected to Councilor Ibbetson.” (Zack)
“That’s what I’m saying.
Assuming, of course, that what I have found out is correct. This rumor is only spoken
within the Magician’s Guild.” (Sai)
I was curious as to how he had
access to such information, so I asked, “Who told you this?” I asked.
Sai gave me a wicked smile and said,
“One is Professor
Elvine–Kitley Elvine, an old friend of Liddy’s. She was almost caught up in
the commotion, too. And the other, I can’t tell you their name, but they were involved
with a private school. They were working for Seberg’s minions at the time” (Sai)
(Does this mean the information
is credible? If Isherwood and Ibbetson are scheming together, it would not be
surprising if they set out to eliminate Councilor Wagman. What happened to the
story about the tutor, Croft? Just now, I wonder if Croft is the one, he was referring
to earlier as the one with the private tutoring information?) (Zack)
“Is Croft, Quentin’s
tutor, the one who knows the information about the private school you mentioned
Sai prefaced my question with,
“I’d like to think so, yes.”
“I’m actually not sure. There
is no doubt that Ibbetson entrusted Isherwood with the people involved in the
private school. I think he thought that if he kept them in his possession,
Chairman Seberg would become suspicious. Ibbetson may not have fully trusted
Isherwood either, but it is not clear whether he had some weakness or whether
he thought he could bind him with the promise that he would succeed him.”
“In other words, Croft was
most likely a person who had the backing of Councilor Ibbetson and Councilor
Isherwood. But how could he have such a person as a tutor, Councilor Wagman?”
“We don’t know how much
Congressman Wagman knows about this story. I don’t know how much he knows about
this story, but he may have known and was planning to use it as a bargaining
chip against Ibbetson and Isherwood…” (Sai)
I heard Sai talk,
(How could someone as sharp as
Wagman not know about the Seberg scandal? The possibility is that Isherwood
told him about it and told him that Croft would be his trump card against
Seberg and Ibbetson. Ibbetson probably didn’t want Croft, such a dangerous individual
go to the shrewd Wagman, but in order to have Isherwood get information on the
Wagman family he must. Especially, with Wagman not wanting Croft to quit. He
might have persuaded him that the person, in other words, Croft, who has other usefulness,
is the best… but most of it is speculation… Now, how to make use of this
Later, Sai shared with me some
newly gathered information and the reputation of Councilor Wagman in the Merchant
and Mercenary Guilds in New City.
He said that Councilor Wagman
has a good reputation in the Merchant Guilds as well, and they are hoping that
if he becomes the chairman, the researchers will be renewed and new innovations
will be made.
Councilor Wagman has a good
reputation even in the Mercenary Guild. If his policies are implemented, he
expects that the number of mage mercenaries will increase, since many of them
will be immediately effective.
I remember on my way to
(It’s true that against
monsters that attack from the sky, there’s a huge difference between having a
magician and not having one…) (Zack)
I thanked Sai and promised to
make arrangements to have the reward paid by October 4th.
He patted me on the shoulder
“This job has been
interesting. Your thinking was new to me. If you ever need any more
information, please feel free to ask me. I’ll make it my top priority.”
With that he walked away.
I decided to think of a way to
solve the problem based on this information.