Chapter 17: The Next Day, the Village Panicked
Posted bytheredsargeantJuly 26, 2020Posted inFun Territory Defense
The morning sun came in as I began to open my eyes, breathing in the cold air.
After I sat up from my bed, I hear a slight creaking sound from within the carriage.
The morning sun was still out, the sky still having a warm morning glow.
The deep blues, purples, and oranges that painted the ground were dazzling to my eyes.
Till, who had gotten up earlier to clean the carriage, greeted me.
“Good morning, Till,”
I reply and look out of the carriage window, and Kamsin, who was sweeping around the carriage, turned to look at me.
“Good morning, Master Van,”
“Good morning, Kamsin.”
While returning the greeting, I looked around and privately wondered what the point of sweeping a dirt clearing was.
However, I soon found that I had belittled Kamsin’s efforts.
The area around the carriage was looked as well maintained as the Marquis’ Knight training grounds.
“Thanks for cleaning, both of you,”
To my thanks, they replied with shy smiles.
I got out of the carriage and stood tall in the morning sun.
I changed my clothes, but it felt weird to not be able to bathe.
The inside of the carriage was spacious enough but, as my only bedding was a sleeping bag, my body still ached.
Maybe I should modify the carriage? I had forgotten about making more permanent housing.
I think it is time to rectify this problem, once and for all.
I have to find food, clothing, and shelter before I can focus on defending the village.
In short, I need to build a house.
I muttered this with determination.
For a long time, I’ve been camping, camping at night, and moving in carriages.
Even now, after arriving in the village, we’re still sleeping in the carriage.
I’m a nobleman, right?
There are days when I can’t help but think I am an adventurer rather than a person of noble status, being forced to live in a carriage and sleep in a bag.
Note: The original MTL had this at the end of the text: ‘Puppy, remember that.’.
Honestly, I had no clue what that meant so I cut it out since it didn’t seem that important.)
Reigniting my motivation, I clap loudly.
“Kamsin! Bring me the woodblocks!”
“Huh? Ah, of course!”
Kamsin runs off in a hurry, soon returning with woodblocks in his hands.
He almost looked like a dog, with him so diligently carrying back the blocks.
Later, Till also brings some woodblocks over to me.
In the blink of an eye, a woodblock pile had formed.
“Hey, what’s going on? Um, is that…?”
At some point, Rhonda had appeared behind me.
He appeared to be stunned by the pile.
“You wouldn’t think the material was wood,” he said.
“I was thinking of building our house in this open area… ah, is it okay to build here? Do you use this place as a plaza or something?”
Rhonda nodded at my question.
”Although it is the village center, it is being used less and less as a plaza.
I believe that there would be no issue in using it as the construction site for your home.
In fact, I can not think of a better place to put Lord Van’s home other than here.”
There was an air of self-deprecation about Rhonda when he said that.
It was probably because the village was so poor, they couldn’t even afford to host any festivals.
If that’s the case, I’ll do my best to hold a fertility festival and a carnival when I can afford it.
With that in mind, I put my hand on the woodblock pile.
Can I actually make something as large as a house? Well, I’ve made a gate before, so it might be possible.
I concentrated my magic power and began to make some pillars.
I should make one large enough for Till and Kamsin to live with me.
I will build Dee and the others separate housing.
The pillars would be prepared on all four sides and decided on the size of the home.
As I passionately remembered the backaches I got earlier, I set the distance between the pillars and thrust them into the ground.
I made a happy miscalculation when I was installing the pillars.
When making the pillar, I made them as thin wires and inserted them deep into the ground.
Looking at them, I realized that, if I thickened the pillars a little, they could become very stable foundational supports.
After thickening, the pillars became firm supports which did not move if pushed or if pulled.
Now that I had such a reliable foundation, I could move on to making the rest of the house.
The woodblocks looked a bit strange as they morphed into various structures, but I watch them anyway because I can make the house faster if I watch.
I had a blueprint of the house in my head, but the house looked a lot bigger than what I had imagined it in my head.
After the exterior walls and roof finished, I built inner dividing walls.
All the woodblocks have been consumed, but for now, the house is ready to go.
There is a dining room, toilet, one large, and one medium-sized bedroom.
There are also two smaller private rooms.
Espada would have been angry if I had settled for less.
I couldn’t make window glass yet, so I had to use a window board instead.
I don’t even know where the silica sand is, so I’ll have to ask the peddlers next time they come.
I looked up at the house.
“Is it too big?”
When I muttered that, Espada, who had been watching silently from the middle, opened her mouth.
”No, it’s actually a bit small.
Nevertheless, it is the largest mansion in the current village.
Although it was built in a style I have never seen before, it still looks magnificent.”
Espada’s face was the same as usual, but there was a definite hint of joy in his voice.
Till and Kamsin also looked happy.
“Great! Van made a home in the blink of an eye!”
”Master Van’s magic is much better suited for a lord than the four elements magic is!”
Kamsin said something like that, but afterward Till, Espada, and my expressions tightened.
I chuckled and shook my head from side to side.
”It’s interesting magic, but I still think strong attacking magic that can protect the village would be the best.
You see, a lord like that would make the inhabitants feel safer, right?”
When I say this, Till denies it with a sad face.
“That’s not true.
I’d rather live in Van-sama’s city than Jalpa-sama’s city.”
And as I laugh and nod at Till’s encouragement, which was completely driven by emotions rather than rational thought, Espada now opened his mouth.
During times of war, then perhaps Master Van would be right.
However, when there is no threat of war, the people of their domain are looking for a lord who makes their lives better.
In that sense, there is no one more suited for the role than you.”
“I’m going to follow Master Van!”
Till and Kamsin follow him up.
No, no, I don’t it mind that much.
“Whoa! What the hell is this?”
This time I heard Orto’s startled voice.
When I turned around, in addition to Otro and the other adventurers, Dee and the others had also come.
Everyone was stunned as they looked up at the house that had been built in just an hour or so.
”This is my house.”
When I tell them that, Dee and the others look at me expectantly.
“Well if we gather the wood, I wouldn’t mind making homes for you guys as well.”
I couldn’t help but say something unnecessary.
Immediately after, Dee turned around and shouted at two of his men.
“Gather the lumber and transport it by carriage! I want it in front of me by noon!”
The three knights began to move with a sense of urgency that I had never seen before.
No, where was the usual lazy air they had?
”You guys, let’s head for the forest.
We need to be quick.
We’ll take two wagons and ride back and forth, and don’t let the knights beat you to the good trees.”
And for some reason, this time Orto gave the order with a devilish look on his face, his comrades all breaking out into runs.
I can’t help but blink my eyes at the sight of Orto and his group overtaking Dee and his knights.
No, do are guys even going to live in the village? If you won’t be a permanent resident here, I’m not building you a house, Orto.
I mean, what do those guys think lords are?
While I’m looking at the three carriages kicking up dust in the distance, Rhonda appears from behind with villagers in tow.
“…Well, we heard that you were building people houses.”
Did I mishear that? I broke out in cold sweat at the thought, but the villagers’ eyes were serious.
”My house can no longer keep out the wind and rain…”
“My house is missing a floor…”
“The front door of mine is rotten and gone.”
One after another, remodeling requests came in.
Tell that to the housebuilder or construction company that built it.
That’s wanted to say, but their houses are in terrible disrepair.
Even a farm’s warehouse would be more comfortable.
Hence, I had no choice but to say:
“…I will prioritize requests based on the condition of the house.
Please form a queue.”
The village was filled with cheers of joy.
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