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“You guys have defeated the werewolf, who seems to have been the leader involved in the attack on Finlis. It’s a big bonus considering your rank. The city of Finlis can’t ignore such achievements. So you’ve been called to the lord’s residence. Of course, non-participation is not allowed by the guild.” (Aaron)
So Aaron took out a letter from the drawer.
“Here’s the invitation. If you don’t have the invitation, you’ll be rejected at the door even if you go to the lord’s residence, so be careful. With this achievement, the guild would like to give you a rank-up, but there are strict rules for rank-ups. Even as the guild master I have no authority to break these rules.
Instead, I’ve increased the purchase price of the werewolf. Marie-kun.” (Aaron)
“Yes, Toru-san, here.” (Marie)
I was given a large jute bag by Marie.
It is quite heavy. It’s a weight I’ve never experienced before.
I peeked at the contents of the jute bag.
The inside was all silver.
The bag was full of silver coins.
My eyes were only seeing silver coins, which would number to at least in the hundreds.
“This is quite a lot!?”
“If I put gold coins, it will feel like it’s nothing with five coins, so I exchanged them for silver coins and to make them bulkier. How about it? I feel like you’ve got a lot right.” (Aaron)
Five gold coins are a lot of money. I don’t think it’s “nothing” like Aaron.
But I could understand what he was saying.
When I was working in Japan, I didn’t really get much of a feel if I got a piece of paper from my paycheck.
Holding a tangible and heavy jute bag, I felt that “the more weight it has, the more you can feel and the more thankful you will be.”
“Can I get this much?”
“It’s okay. It’s more important to make people think, ‘The guild pays well and recognizes the achievements properly’, rather than worrying about the budget and letting the valuable labor force, the adventurers, leave.” (Aaron)
Is it okay to tell it to an adventurer?
I just smiled wryly when I saw Aaron laughing.
“That’s all there is to talk about from me. Normally, I would like to enjoy a little more leisurely chit-chat over a cup of tea, gossip, and other trivial matters, but……” (Aaron)
Aaron, who cut his words, slumped his shoulder when he saw Marie.
(If I do that, she’ll get angry.) (Aaron)
It was such a playful gesture that made me think I heard him say it.
“Well then, Toru-kun, Esther-kun. I’m looking forward to seeing you again, Toru-kun, Esther-kun. Marie-kun. Don’t forget to raise their adventurer ranks, because they will be looked down on if they go to the lord’s residence while being E-rankers.” (Aaron)
“I understand. Toru-san, Esther-san. This way.” (Marie)
Prompted by Marie, we bowed deeply and left the guild master’s room.
~3rd Person Perspective~
Seeing off the two up-and-coming adventurers, Aaron sat deeper in his chair.
He was once an adventurer.
He is a former A-ranked adventurer called “God’s Eye Aaron”.
Aaron was called “God’s Eye” because he was born with special skills.
It is a [Appraisal Eye] that allows him to see through the ability of the other party.
Aaron used the [Appraisal Eye] skill when the two adventurers entered the room.
This is because he wanted to accurately grasp the ability of the adventurer who defeated the C-rank werewolf despite being an E-ranker.
Of the two who were looked into by [Appraisal Eye], Esther had a level of 29, which was quite good.
At level 29, you are comparable to C-rank adventurers.
It’s surprising because she’s still D-rank.
In addition to the level, he was able to confirm 4 skills.
First of all, three basic skills raise the level of physical ability and increase by leveling up.
[Stamina] and [Strength]. And another higher level skill [Body Enhancement].
And one technique. [Sword Art Lv3].
Compared to her level, the technique’s level is a little low. But that will be irrelevant in the future.
What is important is her basic skills.
Skills that improve the increase in status when leveling up are the most important skills for an adventurer.
In that aspect, Esther had a perfect score.
As a swordfighter, she has the qualities that promise great success.
Next is Toru.
Aaron re-used the Appraisal Eye several times, but couldn’t confirm his skills at all.
This kind of phenomenon is extremely rare.
In such cases, even if he can’t see everything, he should be able to see something.
Aaron thinks that Toru probably has some skills.
The skills are good.
The problem was his level.
“Isn’t he a ‘Lost’?” (Aaron)
After confirming Toru’s level, Aaron thought he saw a hallucination that broke his common sense.
he was dying to observe it carefully with [Appraisal Eye]. However, the result did not change.
The level of Toru seen by the [Appraisal Eye] was 31.
A lost person “never rises from level 1”!
“… What is with that boy?” (Aaron)
At the time of adventurer registration, the wavelength of Toru’s soul indicated he’s a “Lost”. Aaron had received the information from Marie in advance.
The soul measuring instrument is a magical tool that works like a Divine tool. There is little room for misdiagnosis to occur where the power of a god works.
So Aaron suspected his own appraising error.
However, if Toru is level 1, the credibility of the statement “Toru has defeated the werewolf” in the report written by Marie would be lost at immediately.
Toru’s level of 31 is more in line with the report.
However, if the information match up, the diagnosis of him being a “Lost” will be doubtful.
“What the hell does this mean…” (Aaron)
If by any chance both are correct.
Aaron assumed that.
A lost person who increases his level saved Finlis’ in a predicament.
I heard that he was involved in some of the cases involving Philip.
Both are major incidents that shook the Finlis Adventurer’s Guild.
As soon as Toru was involved, the case was going to be resolved.
It’s too good to be true.
Aaron never thought that the series of events had nothing to do with the God of Fate.
(Will the future of the Finlis Adventurer’s Guild be greatly affected depending on how we evaluate his existence …?) (Aaron)
If God’s will is at work, Aaron cannot ignore Toru.
If Toru wanders away from Finlis, he can’t predict what will happen (which could mean divine punishment).
So Aaron needs to ensure that Toru never leaves Finlis – and thus the Kingdom of Yuster.
Money or women, honor or power?
I have to find out what he wants, and I must do it quickly.
“I used to defeat a dragon, but … I think it’s easier to subdue a dragon.” (Aaron)
The human heart cannot be moved by the strength of your arms alone.
Aron, who had risen to prominence with the strength of his arms alone so far, let out a deep, deep sigh as he thought about running a guild where arm strength was almost the only way to use.
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