Episode 18 05. I became Banco’s assistant #2(3)
“Why are you here?”
“Long time no see. Lord.”
When Rockefeller bowed his head politely to the lord who came to the store, the lord could not hide his bewildered expression.
It was only a month ago that Rockefeller offered to become a serf.
But it is absurd that such a Rockefeller went under the goldsmith and looked after the shop.
“I got a job here as an assistant.”
“assistant? Did you get a job here as an assistant?”
“Carter, are you so busy here that you have an assistant in this store?”
When the lord asked Carter, who was nearby, a question, Carter answered with an awkward smile.
“Yeah, I’ve been busy lately.”
“You dare to have an assistant?”
“Yes, it is.”
It was not the imperial capital, nor was it a commercially special place, it was a small Banco located on the edge of the empire.
It’s definitely not going to be busy, but it’s busy enough to even have an assistant.
The lord suddenly had a question, but since Carter answered so, there was nothing to say.
“… … .”
Youngju, who had been contemplating the two for a long time, reluctantly smiled bitterly.
A month ago, the death of his parents made him laugh at himself, who was talking about courtesy and fountains to Rockefeller, who was struggling to make a living.
‘Luck… … Good. He’s a very lucky guy. To work in Banco and nowhere else.’
The lord, who swallowed his regrets, brought out a voice he didn’t even want to hear.
“I got a job here… … it’s pretty good Yes, it is polite for commoners to live like commoners. A serf cannot work here.”
Why did this boy get a job at Banco? When I put it together in my own way, the picture wasn’t that bad either.
“If I were the son of a customs officer, something like this would suit me. I know the article too. Did you learn arithmetic from your father?”
“Yeah, I know complicated arithmetic, so I think this would be a good fit for me. Did I tell you before? People should know manners and fractions.”
Wouldn’t that be the meaning?
“Yeah, he did to me.”
“Yeah, it looks like you have found your place by the fountain just as I said. don’t congratulate Now that I got a job at Banco, I don’t think you’ll ever come under me for the sake of my younger brothers. You’ll make some money too. The wages are higher here than anywhere else.”
When the lord glared at Carter, Carter misunderstood his gaze and said the wrong thing.
“Yes, I’m taking good care of you so you don’t get upset. And we are giving incentives.”
“… … is it? Please take good care of me in the future. He’s a pitiful friend who has to take care of his younger siblings already at a young age.”
“Am. If not, they are taking good care of them.”
Rockefeller also gave a soulless response to the lord who had said something he didn’t even want to say.
“I will always live my life diligently counting on the grace of the Lord.”
Rockefeller only bowed his head toward the lord who kept smiling bitterly, but he was accusing him deeply.
‘Looks like you don’t like me here. but. Because he originally wanted to go under me and plow the field. But what about this? Because I can’t keep up with your wind.’
“But what happened to the Lord?”
When I asked him why he came to Carter on his behalf, hehe! The lord, who had coughed twice in a row, began to tell the reason.
“Is there any reason you came? If you borrow money, you must pay interest. I’m here to pay the interest on a loan I borrowed a month ago. Is it time?”
After the lord had finished speaking, he beckoned to the seers who followed, and Hana took out a pocket full of silver coins and set it down in front of Rockefeller.
“You’re right, count it well. You’re probably right. That’s because I got the new collector to do it.”
Rockefeller opened his pocket of silver and began to count the shillings the lord had brought.
Carter put a smile on his lips that didn’t suit him, and gave him a word for the lord, who would be bored while waiting.
“How are things going these days? Didn’t you borrow gold coins from me for your orc subjugation before?”
“It is going very well. I summoned the most reputable hounds out of the mercenaries.”
“Oh, you are. Come to think of it, people who appear to be hound mercenaries stopped by our store yesterday.”
“I will. They must also need a shilling to use here. Wouldn’t it be inconvenient to use your talents here?”
“Didn’t you come and cause trouble? As rumored, they are tough guys.”
“There was no commotion. But if it had turned out to be bad and caused trouble, I would have mistaken it for a bunch of vagrants.”
“It’s a bunch of vagrants… … .”
Youngju smiled and briefly mentioned them.
“You don’t know how great they are from what they look like. These guys can really do anything if you give them money. Especially those who excel on bloody battlefields. There are many rumors that even the wrong eye contact will make you pee in your pants.”
Rockefeller, who counted all the interest he had brought, suddenly raised his voice.
“Yeah, that’s all right.”
After Rockefeller lifted his head and met the lord’s eyes, he bowed his head again, and Carter, who was watching, asked him something else.
He also heard a lot from all over the place.
“By the way, Lord.”
As the lord looked at him, Carter pulled out the question inside of me.
For him, the recruitment of the Hound mercenaries was a question of its own.
It was just like calling a tiger to catch a rabbit.
“I’ve always wondered, but why did you call the Hound mercenaries? Hound mercenaries, a goldsmith on the outskirts, aren’t they so great that I know them? Wouldn’t it be better to use local mercenaries or those who can afford to pay a reasonable price if it’s simply orc subjugation?”
When Carter mentioned the economic part, the lord smiled softly and then began to shake his head.
“That is not the case.”
The lord immediately continued his next words.
“Yeah, it’s not worth the price to bring them in just to subdue orc hordes as you said. Even if you don’t use them, there are a lot of ways to do it at a lower price.”
“Then why did you even call the Hound mercenaries? Is there some deep meaning that I don’t know?”
“What is the deep meaning?”
Seeing the lord with a confident smile on his face, Rockefeller was sure he had a good reason.
‘Is there something we don’t know?’
The lord continued.
“Actually, I heard that there is a shaman in the group of orcs that you want to subdue.”
Carter asked with a very surprised expression.
“yes? Shaman? So, is there a shaman in the group of orcs you are subjugating this time?”
In human terms, he was like a wizard.
Most people would shudder when they said he was a wizard, so Carter was very surprised when he heard the story of the shaman.
And it was no different with Rockefeller.
‘Are there any orc shamans?’
Carter, surprised, asked quickly.
“Is that true?”
“I’m not quite sure. It seems that one of the Shea who went out on a reconnaissance stumbled upon an orc shaman. If it were a real shaman, it wouldn’t be something I would take lightly, so I thought about it on my own.”
Only then did Rockefeller understand why the lord had even called the Hound mercenaries.
It wasn’t just about catching rabbits.
“So the conclusion we came to was not to hire stupid idiots, but rather to make sure it was done at least once. That’s why I had to spend a lot of money to summon the Hound mercenaries.”
Carter began to react somewhat excessively to those words.
“As expected, the lord’s judgment is very unique. As you might have thought, if you hire stupid idiots for nothing, and your job fails, isn’t it just an extravagant amount of money? In general, mercenaries take half of the money even if the job fails.”
Youngju shook his head with a satisfied face.
“right. So I called them in to make sure. Hound mercenaries would be for sure.”
Even though he knew it was not his place to intervene, Rockefeller mustered up the courage to ask the lord something.
It was a story about hound mercenaries.
“Then did you tell the hound mercenaries about the shaman?”
The lord gave Rockefeller an uncomfortable look.
It was the kind of gaze where the blue young man intervened in the conversations of adults.
“Rockefeller, you have no manners. How dare you ask a question to the lord!”
As Carter became rather angry, the lord who was watching became more generous.
The lord, who stopped Carter by raising his hand lightly, answered Rockefeller’s question.
“There are so many questions about the young man. Was that what you were so curious about?”
“I’m really sorry if you were offended. I’m worried because it’s not someone else’s business.”
“Unfortunately… … You haven’t told me yet.”
“yes? Didn’t you tell me?”
It was very important information that the shaman was involved in the group of orcs to subdue.
But you haven’t told me that information yet.
This time, Carter raised the question.
“No, why didn’t you tell me such an important thing until now? Then, if they go on a subjugation and encounter an orc shaman, isn’t it the hound mercenaries who are actually suffering?”
Youngju shook his head with a confident face.
“The rumored people aren’t stupid, and they don’t act so ignorantly. Even more so if it’s a hound mercenary with a reputable reputation. So even if I didn’t tell them, they’ll find out naturally as they gather orc information.”
“then… … Are you rather aiming for it?”
At that, Yeongju smiled brightly.
“Let me tell you one more time. If I had asked them to subdue an orc horde with an orc shaman, would they have responded?”
Orc subjugation, including orc shaman, required more specialized manpower.
It was good for the soldiers to go out to subjugation to wear magic equipment to defend against magic, and they also needed a wizard with good skills to counter orc magic.
“Not the way I see it. He was probably reluctant to give excuses. But if they take on the job like this, then they will have the reputation they have built up so far, so they won’t be able to give up on this job easily. Because the rumors that the hound mercenaries in the world have given up because they were afraid of the orc shaman should not spread.”
“That’s what you were looking for.”
The young man did not deny it.
“It was all for Youngji. Of course there will be noise. Why didn’t you talk about the orc shaman? But if we say we don’t know, that’s enough. After all, it’s their business.”
Carter was obediently convinced that it was for the land, and the lord did not have any particular sense of guilt.
Rather than that, I thought it was simply a matter of money.
“Well, if the unit cost of work is higher because of the shaman, I am willing to pay them a little more. To subdue a group of orcs with a shaman, that sacrifice is of course necessary.”
Unlike them, on the other hand, Rockefeller had a different idea.
‘You don’t know about the existence of a shaman? Then the Hound mercenaries would have come without any preparation?’
Even the flying and creeping hound mercenaries on the bloody battlefield could not ignore the orc shaman who performed magic.
‘You will definitely need a wizard to participate in the subjugation. Without the wizard, the subjugation itself would be unreasonable.’
If the Hound mercenaries did not give up on this task, they had to hire a skilled wizard who could unconditionally respond to the orc shaman.
As the thought struck, Rockefeller quietly raised the corners of his lips.
‘If I do this well, I can get a loan I didn’t even think of?’
Unlike other mercenaries, the unit price of a wizard like the sky was quite expensive.
In other words, if they don’t have enough free money, they’ll need a loan.
‘As a matter of fact, short-term loans tend to have high interest rates.’