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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Record of Wortenia War - v2-c5

Editor: Thorrium.

Chapter 2 Episode 5
(Compulsory Quest)

Day 83 after being summoned to the new world.

The three who had left the town of Mireish and came to a port town called Fulzad in the eastern country.

From the books borrowed from Anamaria, Ryouma knew that the possibility for him to be able to return to the former world was near zero, so he stopped pursuing the means of returning home, and instead started thinking about living in this world. 
The sisters dedicated affection played a significant role in changing his mind. 
However, even if he said that he would live in this world, he had no purpose. 
So for the time being Ryouma decided to travel around while earning money from the quests he received from the guild. 
A journey to find out what his purpose would be in this new world. 

"From now on, what are we going to do?"

The three of them were talking in front of the guild inside Fulzad town. They had come down from the town of Mireish by passing through the forest without going through the highway. 
Due to that, they manage to collect a considerable amount of raw material. 
Although they had been careful and only chosen to collect the materials with the highest price, the weight easily exceeded 40kg. 
It was an amount which was barely okay to carry, not talking about fighting.

They had spent 20 days travelling, and due to that their swords had turned into mere iron bars, therefor they decide to dispose of them and buy a new one in Fulzad. 

"Big sister should go to the guild. After reporting the quests completion, she can make a preliminary investigation on which quest we should take next. As for us, we will organize the luggage, buy some consumable goods, and sell the raw materials at the magical item store. "

The amount of raw material they got from the monsters after they left Mireish town was quite considerable. 
It would be impossible for Laura alone to handle it, even with both the sisters it would be quite hard. 
Thus there's no other choice for Ryouma to carry them.

(Well. I guess this is appropriate.)
"Well, I suppose that's about right. ... Laura. Just check if there some good quest, then come to the magical item store. Let's decide which quest to take after getting new equipment and after we have had lunch. " 

They registered as a party before leaving Mireish town, they did so because it saved time and effort compared to reporting each and every quest alone. 

"Understood. Well then, See you later. "

After bowing her head, Laura went inside the guild building.

"Now then. Let's convert all of these things into money quickly."

Like that, Ryouma began walking carrying the bag filled with things such as horn and skins.

"Yes. Triple G rank. Laura Marfisto, yes? Indeed we have confirmed the quests completion. Thank you very much. "

The receptionist said such things to Laura while handing over her card and the rewards. 
The number of monsters that they had subdued for the past 20 days was quite considerable. 
Since all the target monsters are ranked bellow than them, they wouldn’t gain any achievement clearing point.

(Should we level up to F rank soon?)

Laura pondered about it however Ryouma didn’t seem to have any interest in raising his rank. 
Although Laura personally believed that Ryouma’s ability was equal to at least rank D or perhaps even C rank. 
While she was thinking about Ryouma, a man tried to strike up a conversation.

"Hou... It seems like you've subdued a considerable amount huh?"

The man has been struggling with a bunch of document behind the receptionist, but he immediately stood up from his seat and walking towards Laura.
An educated guess would put him at around 30 years old. 
He had blonde hair which gave him a kind and gentle feeling. 
And since he dressed appropriately, it would seem that he had a fairly good position within the guild.

"Laura Marfisto right? Member of Mikoshiba Ryouma’s party together with Sara Marfisto, am I wrong?"

The man talked to Laura with a gentle tone.

"That's right but... Who are you?"

"Oh, I'm sorry for the late introduction. I'm Wallace Heinkell. I'm the guild master of this town. " 

The meeting with this guy would be the catalyst that opened a new purpose for Ryouma. 

"A forced quest?"
Ryouma asked Laura while eating the meat using a fork. 

The time currently was around 13.00 o'clock. 
Because it was no longer lunch hours, there was a lot of vacant seat at the place Ryouma and the sisters had their lunch. 
After selling the raw material at the magic item shop, he grouped back up with Sara in front of the store. 
Then they meet up with Laura and listened to her story in a restaurant located diagonally from the magical store. 

"Yes. It seems to be something like that."

Laura nodded her head toward Ryouma's words.

"Forced quests huh... It was a system where the guild master and some other senior executives nominate specific mercenaries or adventurers to forcibly accept a quest, right?" 

Ryouma continue while shaking his head.

"However, that should only apply to the high-ranking mercenaries and adventurers. At least that was the case from the guide book that I read."

"But isn't that strange? We're a triple G rank and yet getting nominated? Aren't triple G rank a low rank?"

Sara questioned while tilted her head.

"About that, I was told that they would give us an explanation regarding the circumstances if we go to the guild at 14.00 o'clock."

Laura herself didn’t seem to be that enthusiastic.  After all, they were being forced to work for unknown people, for unknown reasons.
And the same was also true for Sara who looks like not enthusiastic about it. 
Forced quest usually were quest that no one wanted to take it, and it was also usually an urgent quest. 
If it was not urgent, there's no problem even if it was being left alone until someone takes it. 
And if no one wanted to take it, it usually meant that there would be significant danger involved with it. 
From start to finish, it didn’t sound like good work, not one of them was especially positive. 
Ryouma thought about it for a bit before asking Laura.

"Then wouldn’t it be better for us to simply ignore it?"

"If possible I would like to do so... However, there's a slight chance that they will terminate our guild registration if we do so..."

"Are we being threatened?"

"They don't say so, not explicitly; however, I could feel it from what they said"

Listening to Laura, Ryouma looked at the sky, mentally weighing the advantages and disadvantages against each other.

(I don't like being threatened. And furthermore, can guild master exercise their authority that far? Sure they have such rights, but it should be impossible to terminate the registration when we haven’t given any reason for it.)

A person who forces things upon others, just because they have authority was one of the things that disgusted Ryouma the most, as he cherished personal freedom. 
On the other hand, however, there's also an advantage to it.

(Currently, the guild is the only one that can guarantee my social status in this world. As for gold, the gold we have taken from the slave trader has been left untouched, but I need money. The monsters we usually hunt earns us plenty for now, however they say, that if you have money, you can buy something like a proper social status.
But, no, I can't possibly do that, since I have no acquaintances to buy from. Sooner or later I might have to leave the guild, however, for now, the status of adventurer still has its use. Even if I have to shut my eyes toward their slight unreasonableness, I should remain in the guild for now huh?...)

In the end, it's all about, if the advantages or disadvantages weighed more, in the long run. 
Laura and her sister would follow Ryouma decision. 

After some time, and various thoughts, Ryouma finally said,

"I guess, we should go there for now... After listening to their story, if it sounds  disadvantageous, then I will think about it again."

The sisters nodded toward Ryouma decision.