Chapter 18.

The Pretty Boy Warrior in the Royal Capital

[What a big place this is..]

[They don’t call it the Royal Capital for nothing.]

[Fi-finally, we have arrived…]

Several days after the Minotauros attack, we arrived at the Royal Capital Suting.
It was enclosed with walls that were easily more than twice the height of those in Brunne, and a castle-like structure can be seen in the distance.
As expected of the Royal Capital, the town is obviously way bigger than Brunne.
There’s also way more human traffic than Brunne.

We alight from the carriage, and go over to the gates to handle some document procedures along with the other passengers.
The whole caravan dispersed on the spot after we all got our entry permits.
Before we all dispersed, the adventurer guards and the other passengers came to thank us, it was slightly embarrassing.
As for the minotauros’ drop items, we get the Black Lustrous Horn, while the adventurer guards settled for the human-sized axe as their reward.

[Now then, guess we’ll head over to the Adventurers’ Guild.]

[Ara, so we are going right away.]

[We made our way here so we might as well get the registration out of the way.]

Before we left Brunne, I dropped by the Adventurers’ Guild to notify them about it.
During that short visit, Mana-san advised me to register again at the Adventurers’ Guild after we arrive at Suting.
To take requests at the guild at a different location, you need to register again.

[Noru, are you alright? If you’re still tired, you can go find an inn first and get some rest.]

[I’m alright… I won’t be troubling Okura-dono.]

Since we found out it wasn’t possible to wake someone up from the sleeping magic without using a panacea, Noru ended up having to endure the ride in the carriage.
I fed her potions as she weakened day by day, I also tried to help by rubbing her back but she seems to have lost a great deal of her stamina.
She is still walking flimsily so I’m a little worried.

[Nnー, I see.
Well just drink this anyway.
You’ll at least feel better.]

[I can have that? Ehehe, thank you.]

I took out a potion from my bag and hand it to her.
Somehow the potions that I get from the gacha have better effects compared the ones sold in this world.
I tried one and it tasted like apple juice.
Drinking it also slightly improves your physical condition.
She should be fine for awhile with that, but let’s just quickly finish up with our registration here and go look for an inn.

As I had this conversation with Noru, I noticed Estel was smiling as she looked at us.

[What’s up Estel?]

[Fufu, just a little jealous of Noru.
Maybe I should have gotten a little sick too.]

[Not you too…]

[So this is the difference we can expect from the Royal Capital.]

[That’s quite the splendid building.]

When we arrived at the Suting’s Adventurer Guild, we were greeted by the view of a splendid building.
Isn’t this almost two times larger than the one in Brunne?
There was a considerable number of Adventurers when we entered and had a look, there was a bunch of them crowding the bulletin board(s) too.
There were easily dozens of people around right now.
Unlike Brunne there wasn’t only one bulletin board, there were four of them and all of them are filled with enough requests that there wasn’t any blank space on them.
The magnitude of the number of requests was also different(when compared to Brunne).

[What can I help you with today?]

[Oh hi there, we have just arrived from Brunne, can you help us with our registration in Suting?]

We went over to a counter and asked the receptionist lady about the registration.
The process can be completed shortly for people who are already Adventurers, so I handed over our plates.

[Yes, there are no problems.
With this you are now registered, you can accept requests in Suting starting from today.]

[Thank you.]

The registration is done, and the plates are returned to us.
This was the moment where we just took a step towards ’going home’.
This is when we notice the racket deeper inside of the Guild.
When we turned in the direction and had a look, we saw a blond youth walking towards us.
He has a well-featured face with blue eyes, this is the kind of guy you’d call a pretty boy.
He seems to be looking in our direction, and is walking straight towards us too.
He is wearing a set of well made armor along with a nice sword, he has a shield too.
He is probably of a class similar to Noru.

[You there, can I have some of your time?]

After stopping near us, the youth started a conversation.
His voice was directed at Estel.
It’s not like we are acquaintances with him, what does he want…

[Mmm, me?]

[Yeah that’s right.
My name is Dhius, I am the leader of a B-rank adventurer party.
Would you be interested in joining our party? You’re a Magician aren’t you?]

I was surprised at the words that he spewed.
He is openly headhunting right infront of her other party members.
He had a look at Noru and showed some interest, then he snorted after glancing at me for a moment.
This fella is quite the asshole.

[Sorry, but she’s already in a party with us…]

I’m not overlooking this anymore than that.
I put myself between Dhius and Estel, and spoke to the prick in her stead.

[Heeh, a party huh.
A magician in a E-rank party eh.
That fighter girl there has decent looking equipment, but what about you? Even though your armor looks good, everything else looks shabby.
Don’t tell me you’re the party leader?]

As I interrupted his conversation, this warrior youth confirms my equipment and plate, and said that in a clearly patronizing tone.
What’s with this guy.
He raises both of his hand up to shoulder height, and does a very irritating ‘good grief’ pose while shaking his head.
(EN: this ¯_(ツ)_/¯ )
Bar and Pot Lid certainly does look like crap equipment, but hearing it to the face like this is aggravating.

[For her sake too, don’t you think it’s better for you all to stop partying together? A magician is way too valuable to be in a E-rank party.
If she joins up with my party, she’ll reach B-rank in no time at all.]

He’s saying it as though it was for Estel’s sake but that’s just a facade.
I’m sure he’s doing this to secure a magician for his party.
Is this the trouble that Grin-san said would happen because of our ranks?

[Ara, that does sound attractive.]

[O,oi, Estel?]

Estel stepped out infront of me, and gave a response that sounded favourable to his words.
I was startled when I heard what she said.
I don’t think she would actually be interested in his offer, but what if…

[Doesn’t it? Then, let’s――]

[But I’ll pass.
I’m not the least bit interested in you.
I’m being an adventurer only because I get to be together with Onii-san.]

The youth’s face which was filled with the expectation of getting a positive answer, froze over after hearing her answer.
Come to think of it Estel was this type of person, I believed in you.
That was relieving.
I’m kinda happy but she sure went ahead and said stuff like being together with me.

[In addition, these 2 here are stronger than your party.
Why do I need to purposefully join a weaker party?]

[Wha- hey, why are you purposely provoking him! So-sorry ‘bout that, this girl has a sharp tongue…]

She went ahead and provoked the opposition.
Oi oi, it was more than enough when you rejected him, why are you doing this(facepalm).
The youth took the blow(words) and stepped back a little with his still frozen smile on his face.

[But he was looking down on Onii-san(and Noru) and that was unpleasant.
I don’t like this person at all.]

Gaining momentum, Estel threw in an additional attack on him .

This doesn’t look good, I need to stop her soon.
If this goes on it’s going to blow up sooner or later.

[Haha, you sure say some interesting things.
Then how about this? Let’s have a match, if my side wins I will have you join our party.
If your side wins I’ll listen to whatever request that you have once.]

[Estel, please be silent for a while.]

[Shush, okay?]

I cut in on her before she said anything definitive, I push Estel, who was directly infront of Dhius, behind me.
That was dangerous.
Estel is an important companion.
There’s no way I’m going to let her be the prize in a bet.
His ‘whatever request’ was enticing, but a request from some dude can never outweigh a bishoujo no matter how much he struggled.
I’ll refuse even if he shoved 10 billion G in my face.

[I’m very sorry about this.
But, I would like for you to stop headhunting my companion.]

[Nn~, I can turn a blind eye to her words.
However, there’s my reputation to consider.
So it’s a little hard to just simply pull out, after having said all that.]

I’ll lower my head to this asshole for now, though reluctantly.
Thankfully I managed to avoid having to bet Estel as the prize in a match.
But it’s not like he can just walk away with nothing.
I too want to smack him in the face with Bar, after having to listen to him run his mouth off.
Let’s just check his status for now.


Dhius      Race: Human
Level: 50
Attack Power: 410
Defense Power: 350
Agility: 60
Magic Resistance: 10
Unique Ability: Warrior’s Pride
Skill: Sonic Blade     Cooldown time before reuse: 1 minute


Muu, he’s has the strength to back his words.
I actually lose out to him in terms of base status… If you ignore the appearance, my equipment easily overwhelm his.
His Special Ability, Warrior’s Pride, should be an ability that boosts attack power when HP drops below half.
The Sonic Blade Skill lets the user launch a shock wave when the sword is swung.
Hmm, it shouldn’t be too troublesome even if we do have a match.

[Then how about this.
How does a match where both sides bet 1 million G sound to you?]

[Haha, keep the joke to just your face.
Are you saying you E-rankers actually have 1 million G?]

When I proposed the match with the 1 million G bet, this guy burst out laughing.
This asshole, just how much does he want to make fun of me.
Sure, even I don’t have confidence in my face but…
If it’s money we already have around 3 million G, it’s not like it will be a painless loss but it definitely beats losing Estel.
Not that I intend to lose either.

[Yeah, I got that right here.]

[Hoo… Alright, let’s do it then.
This will be a match where both sides wager 1 million G! I’ll say this beforehand, don’t even think of running away now.
The information network among adventurers is considerably wide.]

I take out 10 gold coins from my bag and show them off to this fellow.
The moment he saw the gold coins, he agreed with a grin on his face.
He said all that out loud so other adventurers can hear it.
If we ran away after this, rumours of us being cowards will spread, he’s probably trying to make us unable to continue adventuring with that.
The fact that he even threatened us with the ‘adventurers information network’, shows that he has the intention to do just that.
As if I’m going to run away.
I’m not gonna forgive this jerk.

It was decided that the match will be held at a later date.
As fighting among Adventurers is forbidden, a ’battle’ that makes use of monsters is used to settle such disputes when they happen.

[Onii-san I’m sorry, I…]

[Don’t worry about it.
He really got on my nerves too so I understand how you feel.
But, please don’t accept terms where you are the prize.
That’s just bad for my heart.]

After that Estel turned very meek.
She just kept looking down as she followed us.
There was none of her usual mischievous antics.
She seems to be feeling responsible for the current situation with the match thing, after getting rash and provoking the opposition.


She ended up getting a hug as she cried about it, so I pat her back to calm her down.
I was honestly really annoyed by that jerk, so it felt good when she dissed him back then.

[Even so, Okura-dono.
I’m surprised that you don’t look all too angry.
I actually got pretty furious when he talked down on you earlier.
So much that I wanted to split him in two.]

[Eh? Not angry? Are you kidding me, that guy’s an asshole.
I want to shove Magic Dynamite up his ass then detonate it there.
Listen up, we’re gonna win in that match against him, no holding back.]

[That’s some dangerous stuff you’re saying there…]

I’m getting angry just from remembering it.
That pretty faced jerk is gonna be in for a treat.



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