It wasn’t like I had forgotten about it.
“Is Rickbelt-san going somewhere?”
“He has something to do.
We should eat first.”
I nodded at Rattlua-san and scooped up the meat on the table.
This meat has been cooked for a long time, tender and delicious.
“Right, the kind you can only find in famous restaurant.”
I nodded silently at Rattlua-san’s words.
Everyone enjoyed the meat stew, and we had tea after dinner.
After Borolda-san activated a magic item to prevent eavesdropping, Cival-san started talking.
Cival-san and Nouga-san apparently were investigating the merchants’ actions since morning.
“About the merchants, they met with a man in a secluded place.
We didn’t know who he was, so we had no choice but to split up and investigate.”
“Did you find out who he was?”
The person who met with the merchant is named Orwa, an errand boy for the nobles.
It took some time to find out, though.”
So he’s an errand boy, did you find out which noble family he works for?”
Cival-san shook his head.
Sifal shakes his head at Borolda’s words.
Rattlua-san quietly explained that if the nobles know they were being investigated, they may zero in on us, so we couldn’t just investigate sloppily.
Nobles are so bothersome.
“As for the merchant, except for meeting a merchant from this town after I split up with Cival, there’s no problem.
However, the problem is, the merchant he met was Tafdagra.”
Never heard much good things about him.”
“There’s no evidence, but it was said that he is involved in opium trade.”
I think I’ve heard that word somewhere, but what was that?
“What is opium, Rattlua-san?”
“You don’t know? Drugs that make you high.
It’s banned in this country.”
I forgot about them because I’m not familiar with them.
I wonder if the organization dabbles in drugs too?
Nevertheless, the merchant is most likely a trap set by the organization.
Would someone involved with the organization go to see such a person?
Perhaps they are business rivals.
“Next, from us.
I think it’s even worse on our side.
We found out that Tort and Marma are hiding a bunch of people in a cave deep in the forest.”
Everyone looked a little grim hearing Loucreek’s words.
Maarleek-san continued the story, looking a little tired.
“I don’t think the people he gathered are ordinary people, however we looked at them.
Well, ordinary people don’t need to hide and live in caves.
You would think they’re sheltering criminals and making good use of them.”
“Perhaps they’re trying to spur them on this time.”
Maarleek-san and Loucreek-san nodded at Saizerg-san’s statement.
“Did you confirm the number of people?”
“I don’t know if we checked all of them, but we confirmed 21 people today.”
“That’s a lot!”
I can understand Borolda-san’s shock.
Since they said the people are hiding and living in a cave, I thought the number would be lower.
If the organization predicts that they would be discovered, they might increase their members.
The more members they have, the fewer people they have at their base as guards.
But what kind of criminals are they?
Crime that requires the most manpower, like murderers?
“What did Borolda do? By the way, how should we act from now on?”
Because Cival-san asked, Borolda-san started talking about what happened since this morning.
About how we have finished preparing the trap for the organization in our base, the former merchant’s house.
Also about how Sora judged the vigilante members and the adventurers chosen by Gilmas-san, in order to select the people needed for the trap.
Then about the number of suspicious people, and about how the adventurers under Borolda-san’s team’s watch were also suspicious.
“They are also suspicious? Are you serious?”
“Yeah, Ivy, there’s no mistake, right?”
Seeing me nodding to Borolda-san’s words, both Cival-san and Nouga-san sighed deeply.
“I see, well, so a number of vigilante members are on the other side.
Cival-san’s quiet voice sounded so sad and pitiful.
So, what about Rickbelt-san?
“Um, then Rickbelt-san is…”
“Oh, I forgot.
Rickbelt, he’s got a special skill.”
Maarleek-san’s words lightened the mood a bit.
“Yeah, he’s good at remembering people’s faces.
He can remember just by looking at them once.”
“How cool of him.
I’m a little bad at remembering people’s faces.
“Whoa, so even you have a weakness.”
I was shocked at what Rattlua-san said.
Of course I have weakness.
“A lot, actually.”
“Really? I didn’t know at all.”
“You certainly give a vibe of someone who can do anything.
Anyway, about Rickbelt, I told him to investigate the guys hiding in the cave, and now he’s in the guild, asking them to check if any of them is on their wanted list.”
“Oh, speak of the devil.”
Saizerg-san turned towards the entrance of the adventurers’ are and raised his hand.
I looked over and saw Rickbelt-san coming toward us, looking rather tired.
“I’m so tired…there were too many of them.”
“You did a good job.
So, how did it go?”
“I could use a short break right now, but whatever.
11 of them are on the guild’s wanted list.
5 people under investigation.”
“11 people on wanted list? Are you sure?”
Cival-san was surprised hearing the number of people, but actually all of them had similar reactions.
I didn’t expect so many of them are on the wanted list either.
“I was shocked as well.
So I confirmed again and again, I think I made no mistake.
And what’s worse is that 10 out of 11 people are murderers.
The ones under investigation are also related to murder cases.”
I feel sick just thinking of such people lurking in the forest.
How do I say it, we have never seen them until now, right?
Saizerg-san massaged his own shoulder.
It definitely makes you feel sick.
And it’s also scary because you can encounter them at any given time.
Wait, if the organization gathers them for the trap, they might also have been gathered recently.
However, seeing that they could gather so many criminals this fast could mean they might have been sheltering them somewhere regularly.
“So, what were you talking about?”
Borolda-san explained once again to Rickbelt-san.
“I see, so it’s a trap.
By the way, how come Ivy is also involved in this?”
“Well, almost all the plan came from Ivy’s suggestion.”
“Can’t do anything about that, but…Ivy, run away immediately if you’re scared…but, even I don’t know where to flee in this town.”
All of us chuckled bitterly at Rickbelt-san’s words.
Indeed, there are too many enemies, we can’t find any place to flee.
“I’d better get going.”
“Hmm? Ah, I just recalled you have to meet with Lord Volonda?”
“Yeah, I got a message that time, we’re going to the estate at night.”
“Is it safe to go by yourself?”
Nouga-san asked worriedly.
In response, Borolda-san shrugged lightly.
Did that mean it’s okay, or otherwise…
“I trust Sora’s judgment.
I’ll also ask about Orwa the errand boy.”
Borolda-san laughed and left the adventurers’ area as he said so.
Nouga-san and Cival-san looked at his back full of worry.
Rickbelt-san is just his usual self.
“He should be safe.
Sora has judged that he’s safe.”
“I know, but still… ah, sorry Ivy.
It’s not that I’m doubting Sora.”
Nouga-san looked at me hurriedly.
Of course I am not worried about that.
To be fair, I can’t do anything if they don’t trust me.
There’s no definitive proof that Sora’s judgement is accurate.
“Don’t worry about it.”
“Above that, wanted criminals are among the traitors.
What will become of this town…”
No one seems to be able to answer Saizerg-san’s question.
It must be because the situation is worse than what they thought.
I wonder if Borolda-san is alright?
Is Lord Volonda really on our side?
Perhaps noticing my state of mind, Rattlua-san gently patted my head.
When I looked at him, he smiled and said to not worry once again.
I trust Sora, so it’s no good to worry.
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