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Carrying the dropped gold bar along with me, I escorted Aaron out of the dungeon.
Not only was going into this ever-changing dungeon a pain, but going out was also an annoyance too.
As Aaron had been had by the devil, I shot a few Healing Bullets on his body which healed his wounds but his heart wouldn’t heal, so he could not recover.
Plus with those little devils surprising us every now and then, it was difficult to protect him while fending the monsters off.
But bit by bit, I managed to defend and move and we finally reached the entrance of the dungeon.
[Satou-san! Aaron! Are you guys alright!] (Carlo)
Carlo ran ahead first to see us, then the rest of the villagers followed as well.
[I’m, I’m sorry. I’ve worried you lads.] (Aaron)
[Even your clothes is all tattered up, so you’ve been had by the monsters inside.]
[Yeah…..If it weren’t for Satou-san I think I would’ve died long ago.] (Aaron)
When Aaron was explaining what happened inside the dungeon, the villagers went [Woow…..] and they raised their voice as if cheering for me.
In front of the dungeon in the middle of the night, with torches illuminating the surroundings.
The villagers had eyes of admirations and respect as they all stared at me.
And in the midst of all these villagers, Aaron’s son, which was Rick came forward and bowed down.
[Thank you very much! Thank you so much for saving my dad once again.] (Rick)
[Don’t mind. What’s more you should worry about Aaron more.] (Ryouta)
[Wh, what..] (Aaron)
[Because of you saying [Oh it’s fine I can still handle it] that got you in troubled, do you even understand?] (Rick)
[A, aah…..you made me remember something hurtful.] (Aaron)
[Please tell that with your own mouth, since it’s more effective if it’s coming from you.] (Rick)
[I got it, leave it to me. I promise to never let anyone else follow my mistakes again.] (Aaron)
Though he still had a scared look on his face, Aaron strongly nodded.
Having this small trauma should awaken those brave villagers from doing the same thing again.
Outside of the surrounding of the villagers, I could see the figure of Clint and the head villager.
Thus I pulled away from the crowd and head towards the two of them.
[Clint, please have a look at this.] (Ryouta)
[This is….a gold bar?] (Clint)
[It was dropped by a rare monster.] (Ryouta)
[…..I see.] (Clint)
As expected of the association chief, he got what I meant the moment he looked at it.
[If it is the normal monster then it’s gold dust, and if it’s rare monster then gold bar. This dungeon really shows its value of being a cave with minerals of gold.] (Ryouta)
[Seems like it. How about the other floors?] (Clint)
[I’ve not searched whether it exists or not, cause the structure and layout of the dungeon changes so often I’ve never seen it appeared once.] (Ryouta)
[I see, if that’s the case our side will handle it. Since it came to this where they drop gold bar then it will surely bring a profit. Alright, this village will be under the wings of Shikuro from now on.] (Clint)
I slightly sighed in relieved.
I’m glad that the conversation for the 100’s of millions of unit was sealed, as bringing Clint into this was the limit to what I could do at this point.
As Clint had an interest in this matter, I was relieved.
[Thank you Satou-san, this matter was solved because you were here. Please let us repay you in anyway possible.] (Clint)
[Please take your time, I can wait——-] (Ryouta)
[For now please send in 2000 tonnes of sugar.] (Clint)
[No really I hope it takes forever to come![ (Ryouta)
[Don’t be modest about it, sugar is delicious.] (Clint)
[I’m honestly not being modest at all! If I were to receive that much what the hell am I supposed to do with all that.] (Ryouta)
Though I know how much it is worthed, but if I were to really receive all those sugars I think my stomach would not take it, thus I 2000% strongly refused it.
[I see. Oh well, We’ll think of another repayment for you at another time, for now let’s go and discuss with those Samechiren people.] (Clint)
[Let’s do that now.] (Ryouta)
[Uh, excuse me!]
The head villager who was silent up until now suddenly cut into our conversation.
[What’s wrong?] (Clint)
[We, even though we aren’t from Shikuro but we would like our lord and saviour Satou-san to stay here.] (head villager)
Clint tilted his head.
More like, what the heck are you saying head villager.
[Wait a minute head villager-san. I’m just an adventurer, I don’t have the power to have a meeting with the Samechiren people nor do I have the money to pay them. What’s more Clint-san was the one who recommended me to come here and help out your village.] (Ryouta)
[Bu, but still……] (head villager)
The head villager looked at Clint for help.
Because of the sudden selfishness Clint furrowed his eyebrows, and turned his eyes away with great pressure.
[Yo, you can’t trust the city that much…..] (head villager)
The head villager said while muttering.
The moment I realised, the other villagers who were in front of the dungeon came to us.
They had a pleading look on their eyes as they sated at me.
The city is untrustworthy.
This village, Indole must’ve been restrained by Samechiren so much, that maybe they had developed that kind of mentality.
A poor village with nothing, and looking at them closely they were wearing a modest amount of clothes which could barely be considered simple, plus all of them looked so scrawny.
What’s more, this is the village where Alice grew up in.
So this is what happens when Samechiren has governed Indole for such a long time.
I was trying hard to come up with ways to help them from this cold treatment, as I really wanted to help.
What should I do, as I was immersed in my own thoughts.
[Then, why not create an Indole Dungeon Association. Then you can let Satou-san be the chief.] (Clint)
[Eh? Nani the fiak?] (Ryouta)
I was surprised, whereas the villagers became rowdy.
[Not inside Shikuro, but the association will be right here. So if the chief is Satou-san wouldn’t you guys be more at ease?] (Clint)
[Aaahh!!! Of course!] (head villager)
The head villager immediately nodded, and the other villagers were also being noisy.
[If it’s Satou-san I don’t think anyone minds right?] (Clint)
[Our lord and saviour who saved us twice, OF COURSE NOT!] (head villager)
They all looked at me and the crowd goes crazy, then Clint looked at me.
Even though that settles it, but I received a hidden message.
[B, but, I’m just an adventurer.] (Ryouta) (TLN: Terenakute, stop being so shy!)
[I’m pretty sure you can still be an adventurer. I would also leave Shikuro from time to time to explore different dungeons.] (Clint)
[You do that!?!] (Ryouta)
[The adventurers these days are unreliable, they think that just defeating monsters are everything.] (Clint)
[Isn’t it fine just to defeat the monsters?} (Ryouta)
What’s happening? I thought as I tilted my head in confusion.
[It’s love you know, if you have love while defeating the monsters you can get the highest quality of sugar!!] (Clint)
[……Ah, okay.] (Ryouta)
I was wrong to have listened to his stories seriously.
It was just Clint’s own declaration.
I don’t think using love in this world would increase the drop rate.
Even that Eve would need to plead for her beloved carrots from me.
Thus [ Drop Rate > Love ], end.
Even though that’s the case, I held back a tsukkomi.
I could understand that I would go to the dungeons from time to time to do it.
In other words I can do what I’ve been doing as usual, as what Clint said.
I don’t know whether it’s obvious, but the one giving the money was still Shikuro in the end.
I’m hired as the association chief but acting as a store manager.
[So…..I guess I’m now Indole’s Dungeon Association’s chief from now on.] (Ryouta)
The entire villagers all looked at me.
They had looks of expectations.
The villagers which was handled with cold treatment.
[……I would like to put down some policies.] (Ryouta)
Looking at Clint, it’s not a policy but more of a condition or maybe even a nuance.
[What is it.] (Clint)
[Please make the taxes for purchases in this village cheaper from now on.] (Ryouta)
[I can even make it to 0.] (Clint)
Clint immediately responded to my answer.
I guess that’s how it is.
With this amount of villagers and their power.
Even if they were to be exempted of taxes it wouldn’t make a dent.
[In the first place the taxes are all used to create more infrastructures.] (Clint)
[Isn’t that obvious.] (Ryouta)
I too immediately answered. I got a feeling it was like that.
A dungeon which produces gold dust and gold bar, a literal gold mine.
Adventurers would gather together in the city of mines, and infrastructures would be adjusted and done without permission.
Thus I gave out some conditions.
Better to say it now, if I’m not around Clint—-Shikuro would be the only one’s to interfere with this dungeon.
Thus it’s better to say them now, hopefully it’s alright with Clint, in order to not let this villager to become like how Samechiren handled in the past.
I then explained my conditions to Clint from what I thought.
The obvious things will be omitted, also those impossible conditions would not be mentioned either.
And Clint accepted all of the conditions without hesitation.
[Any others?] (Clint)
[That’s all, I’m satisfied with this. So I’m counting on you on Samechiren’s side.] (Ryouta)
[Leave it to me.] (Clint)
Clint said so and turned away and started walking.
All that’s left is to wait for the negotiations over there.
No wait, I don’t think I can leave him be right.
It’s the same during the time at Selen, again they would need my power for something again.
Before that happens, I have to be prepared.
[Thank you, thank you very much Satou-san.] (head villager)
The head villager and villagers came one by one and shook my hands.
[As expected of our lord and saviour!]
[Yeah, I would like to compete with that huge Shikuro’s association too.] (Ryouta)
[For Satou-san’s sake I will work hard! I’ll work hard to become strong!]
[More like please let us be your disciple Satou-san!]
I was left to be with the villagers, and was troubled for a moment.