“Good morning. How is the store today?” [Ryouma]
I clocked in late at work today just as I was asked to yesterday. I wonder how the store is doing.
“Good morning, Boss. There are several things I would like to report on. First of all, Taylor-sama dropped by the store this morning.” [Carla]
“The branch head of the tamers guild? He didn’t come as a customer?” [Ryouma]
“No. It would appear that the men that caused us trouble the past few days were apparently monster tamers of the tamers guild, so he came to apologize.” [Carla]
“In person? That’s really unfortunate…” [Ryouma]
Who would’ve thought an important customer would drop by on the very day I decided to come late… It’s been a while since I happened across this sort of misfortune.
Hmm… What to do? I could go to the tamers guild and talk to them now. They’ll probably accommodate me if I did.
“…What did he say about the culprits? They came twice, right?” [Ryouma]
“Apparently, they were working by themselves. As the story goes, they were annoyed that someone like you, Ryouma-sama, was making a killing when you could only use slimes… In other words, envy was the motive.
They figured it wouldn’t be a big deal if they just caused some ruckus in the store, so they casually went and caused trouble. Unfortunately for them, that decision cost them a significant fine that they weren’t expecting. If not that, then they would probably be sent to perform some voluntary labor.
The guild master said that the guild is willing to negotiate the compensation for the damages caused by their members.” [Carla]
Damages? There wasn’t anything too serious that could really be labeled as ‘damages’. And I don’t need the guild master to come personally to know that I need to be careful.
“I don’t need compensation. They probably have a policy on how to deal with delinquent members like them, so let’s just go with that.” [Ryouma]
“I thought you’d say that. The policy of the tamers guild say that the culprits must be given penalty and the members of the guild must be properly informed of the gravity of the crime committed. But…” [Carla]
“Is there a problem?” [Ryouma]
“There’s no problem regarding to the culprits’ punishment. Instead, it seems that Taylor-sama is being criticized because of his decision to cover for us in this incident.” [Carla]
“Criticize? The guild master? Why? Shouldn’t they be criticizing the culprits?” [Ryouma]
“It seems that the culprits have been working for a long time and have respectable monsters, so their status is quite high.
They look down on us, so things became like this and we unfortunately ended up incurring damages…
This morning the customers that caught wind of the rumors were quite worried for us. I reassured them each time they mentioned it that there’s no problem and I also thanked Taylor-sama.” [Carla]
It’s true we incurred damages, but…
“Is it just my imagination or is all this happening so fast?” [Ryouma]
“Maybe it’s because he’s in charge of the tamers guild, but yes… Things do seem to be progressing quickly.” [Carla]
“It would be best if we could get more details regarding this incident.” [Ryouma]
“I understand. I’ll have Carm investigate it.” [Carla]
There was nothing else noteworthy to report after that, so we just went through the usual reports, then I went off to work on my own stuff.
“Please divide the horn rabbit meat into five pieces.” [Ryouma]
“Thank you for coming! What a nice kid, you are. Are you on an errand?” [Butcher]
“Ha ha… Something like that.” [Ryouma]
I know there’s nothing I can do about how young I look, but still… I can’t help but feel complicated.
“Hey, if it isn’t Ryouma-kun. We have feed ready for your slimes.” [Zeke]
“Thank you very much. I’ll come get it as soon as I receive my purchase.” [Ryouma]
Zeke-san stepped out of the room where they prepared the meat to show his face, so I thanked him. When I was about to go back to the store, he asked me to wait for a bit.
“Ah, could you wait a sec?” [Zeke]
“Yes? What is it?” [Ryouma]
“Could we ask your slimes to clean the store? Our clothes have gotten a lot cleaner than before, so we’ve started to become concerned about the stench in our workplace… Of course, we clean the place everyday, but the stench is indelibly ingrained into the place and we can’t quite get rid of it.” [Zeke]
“In that case, I’ll bring you some deodorizing liquid. Unless there’s some other problem, you should be able to solve it with that.” [Ryouma]
After saying that, I went back to the store and prepared the deodorizing liquid.
While I was checking the documents, Carm-san came back.
“Good job out there. Did you find something?” [Ryouma]
Carm handed me some papers. Apparently, he’d compiled everything already. He sure works fast.
“It seems rumors of the Gimuru branch’s tamer guild master being criticized have spread quite far.” [Ryouma]
“Yes. There are some slight differences to the rumors, but not one of them is saying anything good about Taylor-sama. Grisiera-sama of the merchant guild has also taken notice of this event and is quite concerned. She says it’s possible there’s someone intentionally fanning the flames against Taylor-sama. His position in the guild is delicate, to say the least.” [Carm]
As I went through the document Carm gave me, I got to the part with a figure of the tamer guild’s influence framework and a simple explanation of their history.
I knew there were two philosophies in the tamer guild, but it seems that has also led to the formation of different factions.
On one hand, you have tamers who prioritize strength among monsters, and on the other hand, you have tamers who prioritize the wellbeing of monsters. The former is the main faction presently, while the latter is a faction that seeks to coexist with the monster beasts.
In the first place, it was Shiho Jamil, a previous otherworlder, who completed monster taming and spread it throughout the world with the purpose of paving the path for the humans and monster beasts then to coexist.
I’m sure it wasn’t easy. Not much details were given about Shiho’s endeavors, but after showing to the people the benefits brought about by the monsters, people gradually started accepting the tamer guild and Shiho Jamil’s ideas. As a result, the tamer guild has continued to exist until now.
Unfortunately, with every passing year, less and less people are adhering to her ideals.
Most of the work in the tamer guild is mainly for monsters to replace human labor.
After all, there aren’t a lot of jobs that only monsters could do. If people needed to subjugate a monster, they could turn to the adventurers guild. If they wanted to send a letter or have small miscellaneous job done, a fast horse or a person could do it. There’s just too much competition.
So, in order for the members of the tamers guild to work more efficiently and make a living, they prioritized the taming of stronger monsters.
As such, and especially for the humans and the members of the dog tribe whose life spans are short, people gradually forgot the ideals of the founder.
“Presently, only elves and other species that have long lifespans are the only ones capable of spending a long time teaching and studying. And other than them, only the people who have received their teachings are the ones who have been able to inherit the will of the founder. Taylor-sama is one such person, but even though he holds a high position, there are still people who hate him.” [Carm]
“I see. Is this related to why some people caused trouble at our store?” [Ryouma]
“They’re not wholly unrelated.” [Carm]
Could it be that they weren’t actually aiming at my store and instead just decided to use it as tool because it was convenient?
“Can we start a rumor of our own? Not to spread a lie, but to spread a truth.” [Ryouma]
“The merchants guild is a treasury of information and there are a lot of merchants sensitive to new information and rumors, so if we make use of that, it should be possible. What would you like to spread?” [Carm]
“Actually, I’ve recently formed a contract with a rimel bird. 6 of them, in fact. So, I’m no longer a monster tamer who can only use slimes.
According to the documents you gave me, it seems some people might be trying to find fault with the branch leader for favoring a useless monster tamer. And the rumors also seem like they might bring down our reputation, so… What do you think? Can we use a rumor like this to dispel the current rumors surrounding the branch guild master and make it appear as if he is a man of foresight?” [Ryouma]
Rimel birds are known to be difficult to tame.
When I proposed this to Carm-san, he smiled.
“Yes, that should do. It could end up as a funny story with the critics being the ones with no foresight in the end.” [Carm]
“Also, if you can, please don’t be too harsh. We don’t want to make more enemies, after all.” [Ryouma]
“I understand. Well, then. I’ll get right to it.” [Carm]
“Ah, wait… It’s already nighttime and we don’t know what our opponents are capable of doing, so just to be safe, get Fei-san or Leelin-san to tag along with you. This won’t be a part of their contract, so I’ll pay them extra. Also…” [Ryouma]
I also informed him that I will be taking steps to fortify the abandoned mine.
“So, you don’t have to worry about me.” [Ryouma]
“I understand, but please make sure not to do anything reckless.” [Carm]
After that he left the room.
I waited for him and Fei-san to come back, then I went back to the mines.
Tl Note: We’ll be resuming today. This is the first release of the week.