After declaring that he’ll be accepting the duel, Ryouma made a rod with his short sword by cutting off and shaving a moderately sized branch of a nearby tree. The adventurers surrounding him, gave a sidelong glance as they whispered amongst themselves.
While Sacchi was speaking loudly, all of the sudden Ryouma cut him with a voice that carried a heavy aura of intimidation. Hearing that all of the sudden, everything quietened down.
“Aren’t you saying something really convenient for you? What do you know about those people?”
“What? You mad that I’m making fun of your owner?”
“Ahh, it’s getting to my head. The one who treats people like tools is you isn’t it?”
Ryouma’s eyes were already clearly enraged. Because of that he spoke loosely to Sacchi as his body gave of an unusual pressure. Sacchi, finding fault in that, yelled at Ryouma.
“You arrogant brat… the only thing a runt like you needs to do is to obey me! To begin with, what’s up with that way of talking? I’m the leader of the Fang of Orbtem, a C Rank adventurer, Sacchi! A brat like you shouldn’t be talking like you’re looking down on me!! A brat like you who is always talking politely shouldn’t suddenly talk like that! Talking like that doesn’t make you scary! Don’t think you can scare me with something like that!!”
(TL Note: From here on out. Ryouma stops using polite speech (keigo) and also uses 俺 to refer to himself instead of 私. His manner of speaking is far less polite here, enough to be considered rude depending on who he’s talking to. But still not as boorish as Sacchi or the others.
Being told that, Ryouma suddenly remembered.
“Always? … Ahh, you mean the way I normally talk? I’m bad at getting along with people, so I got used to talking like that. Since I got used to it too much, whenever I try to talk normally, I just end up using it. Really, I’m just talking politely, but the truth is when I’m talking inside my head this is how it always comes out.”
“Then don’t you think you should respect me? Listen up brat, you may be stronger than the trash over there, but you better not think that it’s a good idea to talk like that to me!”
“I just thought that there isn’t any value in being polite to you, that’s all.”
At those words a vein popped out over his eyebrow. Looking at this exchange, it can be seen that Ryouma is intentionally provoking, but Ryouma actually doesn’t have any ill will. He is actually just talking of boring things while he’s pissed.
However, everyone was confused at Ryouma’s sudden changed, and were silently watching.
Within that confused group, the one who was most alarmed was Wogan.
If I don’t stop them, Sacchi will be in danger.
Normally, the one who you’d be worrying about is Ryouma, but Wogan understands how much more powerful Ryouma is over Sacchi even without his bow. And so he desperately tried to put a stop to the fight, but…
“Ke! Don’t try to be cheeky with me you shitty brat, it’d be better if you just shut up and join us. If you refuse, then pay the debt! Which is it? Huh, brat!?”
“No matter how many times you say it, I won’t join you. If it’s a duel, then I’ll accept whatever you want.”
With this, the two has already clearly shown their intentions to duel.
In this world, once two people have shown their intentions to duel, no one is allowed to interfere. The only way to stop the duel is for the two people involved to reconciliate, to come to an understanding or to give money causing the person who receives it to have no choice but consent. However in this case, neither is willing to withdraw. And so the duel occurring is now a given.
“Good guts… drink, it’s the last alcohol you’ll get to taste before you die. It’s some good stuff, you know.”
Saying that, Sacchi threw the wine bottle from his waist to Ryouma.
“Unfortunately, I am still only 11. You need to be 12 to drink, right?”
“That’s why you’re a brat! That’s something that you should be drinking! Don’t you have common sense!?”
Having said that, Sacchi clearly took Ryouma to have been making a fool of him. However, Ryouma refusing this wine is not because of the law. The drinking age may be 12, but the reason greatly differs from Japan. The reason in this world is simply because since one is young, one will easily be able to get drunk.
Depending on the place, because of some reason there are some situations where it can be more dangerous to drink water than alcohol. There are also no age restrictions.
Above all, according to Sebasu-san, Ryouma had received the protection of the God of Wine, Tekun. People who have received the God of Wine’s protection, are unable to get hangovers or get drunk and so it is said that they are not affected by the age restrictions on alcohol.
Then, why did you Ryouma refuse the wine?
Actually that wine has poison in it. A paralyzing poison has been mixed in with that wine, and anyone who drinks it will be unable to move properly. Sacchi handing it over as one’s ‘last drink’ is something that he always does against opponents he can’t afford to be careless against. But of course, doing something like this is foul play.
In the instance where one becomes poisoned after receiving an attack from a magic weapon enchanted by poison magic, the act of using poison can still be excused because that is something that occurred because of the difference in weapons. However, secretly poisoning your opponent like what Sacchi does is unacceptable. If it were to be found out, on top of instantly being considered the loser, he will also be disdained by the people around him.
And so, people who actually try to poison their opponents like this are extremely rare. Even if one’s prospects for winning is one in a million, if one were to be found out, on top of losing, that person will be punished and be ostracized by everyone around him. The end result of that possibility is far worse than just losing, so no one does it.
Because everyone understands this, there are plenty of people who would drink the wine unassumingly, believing that there is no way that it could be poisoned. It’s actually quite miraculous that until now a young man like Sacchi who gets a lot of attention, is confident and hot-blooded has not been caught red-handed yet.
Of course Ryouma didn’t trust Sacchi at all, so he stealthily used ‘Identify’ to confirm whether there’s poison or not. Realizing that the only thing mixed in was a paralyzing poison, Ryouma drank it. Why? Because Ryouma who possessed the skill, ‘Poison Resistance’, couldn’t possibly be affected by something on this level. So he drank it till the last the drop and was going to show proof that he drank it.
“…Don’t get mad at being taught some common sense”
As Sacchi said that he looked at Ryouma who had just drank the wine, and laughed.
“Isn’t it great to drink some good wine before dying?”
“I don’t really think it’s that good.”
“Che! What an annoying brat! That was high class stuff! I just wanted to let you enjoy your last moments, and yet you make such rude remarks…”
“You’re pretty noisy for someone who just gave it on his own accord. I’ll give you this wine, so quiet down.”
Said Ryouma as he threw the wine he had bought before as offering to the god of wine, The Tear of Keromi.
“Why do you have alcohol with you? I thought you didn’t drink because you’re still a brat.”
“I bought it as offering to the god of wine. After offering it, I didn’t know what to do with it, so I just left it in my Item Box. Also it seems to be some high class stuff too so if I give this to you we’ll be even.”
“Oh, what’s this called?”
“I believe it’s called ‘The Tear of Keromi’.”
At those words all the wine lovers in the area looked at the bottle Ryouma had thrown over to Sacchi. Sacchi, himself, also couldn’t help but look.
It’s true that the wine that Sacchi had given Ryouma was high class, but compared to the Tear of Keromi, it isn’t even worth mentioning. There are many who actually resell this wine, not just because of its taste, but also because of the small amount produced in a year. It’s a super high class wine that if resold will not go for less than 100 small gold coins. Having been tossed something like that, it can’t be helped that Sacchi actually forgot what they were talking about.
“Ah, ah, I’ll let you go with this.”
“If you’re going to drink then drink. Let’s start quickly and end quickly.”
As Ryouma said that, Sacchi quickly handed the Tear of Keromi to his subordinate.
“Hey brat! You ready?”
“Yeah, whenever you want. Are you coming alone?”
Ryouma’s responses up till now have been tinged with displeasure because the duke’s family was insulted, but those words he had spoken just now didn’t have a trace of anger and was just an honest question.
“Nah, if you’re not going to be complaining after you lose then it’s fine. But if you’re going to be complaining afterwards, then you might as well bring the entire Fang of Orbtem with you now. Oh and by complain I don’t just mean you, but also your subordinates.”
Or so Ryouma said with a really bored tone. Hearing that Sacchi and the members of the Fang of Orbtem was enraged.
“You’ve done and said it now brat!! Hey, lads! Get your weapons ready and get yourselves over here!”
“We don’t have any choice left Sacchi-san!”
“Looking down on us, are you!”
“I’ll kill you, you brat!”
“Even if you cry we’re not gonna hold back!”
33 armed men went out before Ryouma as they showered him with their jeers.
“Look! You still feel like taking on all of this at once!? If you apologize now I can still let you off! Or are you gonna call your friends? Well, that’s if you have friends, that is!”
Without getting particularly worked up, Ryouma sluggishly replied.
“I have slave monsters, but I’ll be fine alone.”
At Ryouma’s words, Sacchi who had become so mad that he had forgotten his goal yelled,
“If you have, then call them! There’s no point in winning against a lone brat!!”
What is he saying after all this time? Even if it were one on one, for a grown man who is an adventurer and is also equipped with a magic weapon to go up against a kid with nothing but a stick, it would still be the same, no?
“You just won’t stop complaining, huh? Fine, I’ll call them over, just wait for a bit.”
As Ryouma said that, he left the area for a bit.
TL Note: This rabbit hole ain’t ending boys.