The moment I was about to come out to disrupt Huroi, Khan restrained me.
"Leave it to me."
Khan sent me a thankful look before approaching Huroi. Then he nodded.
"Your words are right. It would be good for our future to coexist with a large company."
What was he saying?
The people were disturbed once Khan, who was more resentful of the Mero Company than anyone else, supported Hurois claim. Naturally, all eyes and ears focused on Khan. Then Khan spoke, "If Winston didnt belong to Earl Steim, we wouldve chosen to coexist with the Mero Company as you advised."
The words were meaningful. Huroi was puzzled.
"If it didnt belong to Earl Steim...?"
"Yes. The important thing is that this village belongs to Earl Steim. I dont know where you come from, but there is a local statute called the Rights of the People. It is a law that Earl Steim himself imposed because he treasures the people. This is one of the provisions of this statute. The residents of Earl Steims territory have the right to be informed more quickly than anyone else about their area of residence."
Khan explained the meaning of this provision.
"How you heard about how it is the pioneering age of the north? The north has a bad climate and many monsters. At this moment, numerous pioneers are struggling. What happens when a new land is pioneered?"
"... By default, it will have a large impact on the nearby cities and villages."
Khan nodded with satisfaction at Hurois words.
"Yes, thats right. Then what is responsible for Winstons current development? The roads were improved and transportation supplemented. Why were the roads improved and the transportation supplemented? It is because a new land was pioneered not far from here. Winston will be the bridge between this new land and the capital. Do you understand? The north is changing every moment. The people of the north might be damaged by the sudden changes."
Khan cut to the chase.
"This is the reason for the stipulation that Earl Steims residents have the right to be informed about their area of residence sooner than anyone else. It is so that people can be prepared for the sudden changes. We can minimize the damage or maximize the profits."
Huroi figured out the point of this explanation. "Winstons residents were supposed to benefit from the development, not the Mero Company. You suffered a loss and this is contrary to Earl Steims will. You have the duty to fight against the Mero Companys tyranny, as well as the Winston lord who gave them the information instead of the Winston residents... Is my interpretation correct?"
"Thats right. We must not compromise with the Mero Company. It isnt for our benefit alone. As his people, we also dont want to betray Earl Steims will. We must accuse Winstons lord and the Mero Company, who are going against Earl Steims will."
Indeed, a perfect justification. The people cried out with excitement at Khans words. They cheered. Everyone was united in their determination to confront the Mero Company.
Huroi exclaimed in a loud voice.
"The evil deeds of Winstons lord and the Mero Company must be reported to Earl Steim! But you are under the lords supervision and cant raise an appeal with Earl Steim. Leave it to me! I will do my duty and inform Earl Steim of the happenings in Winston! For Winston! For you! For the honor of Earl Steim, I will accuse Winstons lord!"
"Hmph? This is amazing? Hidden quests are no big deal! Shit! It isnt amazing. I dont feel envious of any of those rewards. Im not envious!"
"...Ah, is that so?"
"Yes. Im not envious! So stop boasting about it and tell me what you did. If Im not mistaken, you induced the NPC to give you the quest. Right?"
"You noticed quickly. Well, a lot of people know about it, so the information will spread soon. There is no value in keeping it secret and I received a hidden quest, so I will tell you."
Then I was told something shocking.
"The degree of freedom in Satisfy is infinite. I received the quest by taking advantage of that freedom. I dont wait until NPCs give me quests. I try to speak words that will make the NPC give me the quest. Here is a simple example. If I say I am quick and diligent when it comes to deliveries in front of a restaurant owner, it is highly likely that the restaurant owner will give me a delivery related quest."
"A-Amazing... I didnt know that until now... Has anyone else received a quest like this? If so, those who dont know how to play the game have received damages?"
"Dont be discouraged. Unless you are an early player who has been playing Satisfy for a year, most users wouldnt have enough understanding of quests to apply this concept. Except for the early users, most people will be passive towards quests like you. You havent receive any large damages. Only a small number of early users have benefited from it. Well, this information has already started to appear on various sites, so soon everyone will know about it."
"Hey, why are you pale all of a sudden? Why are you sweating?"
"...I am one."
"I... I have been playing Satisfy for one year since it opened..."
"What? Pff! Puhahaha!" Huroi grabbed his belly. He laughed until tears fell, then raised his thumb as he barely managed to stop. "That is one of the funniest jokes I have ever heard. Isnt this a good gag? Ah, are you perhaps a comedian in real life? Do you want to be friends? Friends?"
It wasnt a joke. I really was an early user who had been playing Satisfy for one year. I even took a leave of absence from school to play Satisfy. But I had no idea about such a tip. Did I ever obtain my own know-how while playing Satisfy for a year?
No. I relied on the mundane information that anyone could get from websites. My understanding of Satisfy was so low, I couldnt believe I was an early user.
I am pathetic... I am very ashamed of myself.
Tears flowed down from my eyes.
"Damn! Damnnnn!! Daaaaammm~nnnnnn! Logout."
"H-Hey! What, why are you acting like this?"
Huroi was baffled after I left so suddenly.
"What is with that person?"
Huroi was stunned when the person called Grid suddenly logged out. He was an Asian user and had a good sense of humor, so it would have been nice if they could be friends.
He chuckled when he thought about it again. Grid declared himself an early user while not even knowing about how to induce a quest.
"Why did he feel the need to impersonate an early user? He truly has an unusual personality. Then, shall I go?"
Huroi thought it was just a passing relationship. After meeting Grid, Huroi didnt feel anything special. It was just a funny story that he dismissed lightly.
But the two men were already approaching the whirlwind of destiny.
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