Ch . 49: Hearing about Destruction
A rumor was going around, that a city had been destroyed .
x2018;They x2019;re probably talking about Hanza, right? x2019;
As the winged girl floating in the corner of his sight pointed out, Loren, sitting alone in the Adventurers Guild x2019;s bar, was staring at the cup of cheap alcohol in his hand .
A village being destroyed wasn x2019;t that uncommon, but a whole city falling was bound to be a ruckus .
Unlike villages, which popped up and disappeared all the time, a city was there for a long time and was more advanced, as well as have a name for itself . If something like that were to be destroyed, there would be many casualties of people and a . s . sets .
On top of that, Loren wasn x2019;t completely unrelated when it came to the city of Hanza, and during his last quest, it was destroyed by a certain someone .
There wasn x2019;t a public announcement, and it was under investigation from neighboring nations, but the city of Hanza and the villages around it were destroyed completely . Although it was on a small scale, a city-state had been destroyed, and the other city-states in the region glared at the remaining land .
All of them saw it as an opportunity to expand their territory, but Hanza shared borders with several of them . People at the guild were betting on which one would attempt to seize it first .
Of course, if they do it poorly, they will receive the label of an aggressor nation, and for now, none of the nations were too keen on getting their hands on the land, where the citizens all disappeared for an unknown reason, at a moment x2019;s notice . Apparently, the race to investigate and check out the empty land had developed to where bloodshed had started, but that was something Loren wasn x2019;t aware of .
x2018;Liquor tastes pretty weird . This is the first time I x2019;ve had any . x2019;
The girl who was curiously looking inside the cup in Loren x2019;s hand was the daughter of the president of Hanza, who Loren was supposed to take back to the city .
The girl named Shayna, during the quest that Loren was on, was turned into the highest ranking undead, a gt;, by whoever it was that destroyed the nation, and was defeated by Loren .
Of course, no matter how experienced of a mercenary Loren was, there was no way he could defeat a gt; on his own, and there were different reasons why he was able to, but anyways, this girl who had been defeated by Loren, cut off her spirit from her body and escaped death by possessing Loren x2019;s body, and has been doing so until the present .
x201C;You can taste it? x201D;
Shayna raised a finger to her lips when Loren unthinkingly muttered out loud .
Loren was the only one who could see the girl .
At first, Loren thought she was a ghost floating around, but when he asked her, she said that she was just information reflected on his eyes, and it wasn x2019;t that her spirit was right there in front of him .
When he asked her why, she said that if she let her spirit out, people who could see spirits could see her, and her existence would be exposed .
Shayna x2019;s spirit currently existed within Loren x2019;s spirit, and when looked at from the outside, although they might feel something strange, Loren x2019;s spirit acted as a cloak and made hers hard to find .
Loren did have some complaints about how his body was being used, but it didn x2019;t seem like there was anything weird happening to him, and there was no way he could tell Shayna to leave, since if she did, she would die completely, so he decided not to think about it .
At her response, Loren couldn x2019;t help but think that there would be a problem or two that would emerge from that .
It felt like it would be fine if he could discuss with his partner, who seemed to know everything, but although his partner was supposed to be a woman who was going by as a priestess, if he tried to tell her that he was sharing his body with an undead, he knew for a fact that it wouldn x2019;t bring anything good for him .
x201C;A normal priest would try to exorcise x2026;but I can x2019;t help but think she x2019;ll treat me like a guinea pig x2026; x201D;
Loren knew she wouldn x2019;t do anything that might kill him, since they were in fact partners, but it also meant that as long as he didn x2019;t die, she could do anything she wanted with him .
Loren decided that while there was nothing wrong, he would keep quiet about it, but when he thought about the fact that there was the spirit of a young girl inside him, an inexplicable feeling washed over him . A slight creepiness, an uncomfortable feeling .
No need to worry . I usually have the sense sharing turned off, and I sleep early and wake up late .
Loren wasn x2019;t sure how to express her current state, but he did think it was kind of strange for an existence that became an undead say that she slept early .
x2018;I x2019;m also happy that you talk to me x2026;but I think it is better if you don x2019;t talk out loud . People would look at you funny . x2019;
Now that she mentioned it, Loren looked around slightly, and although there was quite a bit of people in the guild that day, he couldn x2019;t find anyone that was looking at him or making notice of him .
It was unknown to him, but when he was there at the bar before, some adventurers had called him a freeloader .
That time Loren had beat one of them up pretty bad, and Lapis, who was treated like his wallet, had injured the other one pretty bad as well .
That incident had spread around quite a bit through the bar x2019;s waitresses, so unless the person hadn x2019;t heard about it, no one wanted to mess with him .
Of course, if they saw the size of the great sword he had beside him and had sense to their mind, they would realize the strength and skill Loren must possess to be able to use it, and would keep from messing him with him, but there are always exceptions .
x201C;Huh? Loren? Starting the morning with a drink again? x201D;
The person that called out to Loren was a girl wearing the clothes of a priestess, with her black hair tied up in a ponytail swaying behind her .
The girl, whose looks would make eight, nine people out of ten look back at her if they walked past her, walked up to Loren x2019;s table with light footsteps and eyes sparkling with curiosity about pretty much anything, and without asking for permission, naturally sat down in the seat in front of him .
x201C;Drinking without any food to go with it isn x2019;t good, you know? Ah, excuse me, could I have a cup of the same thing he x2019;s having? x201D;
The girl that stopped a waitress and started ordering things right after she sat down was Lapis, who had been working with Loren from a little while back .
She was a priestess of the Knowledge G . o . d, and was the lender of his debt, but in fact she was demon kin, who were the black sheep of the world, and was currently was living far away from the land of demon kin .
He used that money to pay for his drink, but as soon as he said that he did, Lapis gazed at him with disbelief, dumbfounded .
x201C;Loren x2026;actually paid!? x201D;
x201C;Hey, why are you looking at me like that? x201D;
x201C;But x2026;It x2019;s Loren we x2019;re talking about you know? x201D;
x201C;Don x2019;t act all surprised like that . Shouldn x2019;t you be telling me to pay my debt instead of using it on drinks? x201D;
x201C;I told you I won x2019;t extort . x201D;
That was indeed one of the conditions for Loren to borrow money from her .
But if she actually wasn x2019;t going to do so, it kind of thinned the feeling of reality that he had borrowed money from her .
In addition to that, Lapis wasn x2019;t going to put interest on it, either .
Loren thought that if she wanted to make his debt larger, she should put interest on it, but Lapis didn x2019;t seem to be concerned about that at all .
x201C;I x2019;m not trying to make money off of you, anyway . x201D;
Lapis said as she took sips of liquor from her gla . s . s, but if that were true, Loren couldn x2019;t understand what she wanted to accomplish by lending him all that money .
x201C;Thirty gold coins isn x2019;t an amount that you could return easily, either . x201D;
Several adventurers sitting near them spewed the drinks in their mouths or choked on their food and started coughing when they heard the amount that rolled off Lapis tongue .
Loren spun the gla . s . s in his hand lightly, knowing it couldn x2019;t be helped .
The amount that Lapis just mentioned was the total that he had borrowed from Lapis, but if you think about it normally, it was an unbelievable amount .
Three gold coins was enough for a family of four to live well for a year .
This meant that Loren borrowed the ten years x2019; worth of living expenses for a family of four .
x201C;I guess adventurers don x2019;t make that much, huh . x201D;
If they were surprised, Loren guessed that it meant thirty gold coins was a lot of money .
But when Loren was in the battlefield back when he was a mercenary, among the generals and well-known mercenaries, quite a few them had magic weapons and armor that costed hundreds of gold coins .
It wasn x2019;t once or twice Loren had thought that if they died in battle, he could take those for himself .
It meant that generals and mercenaries could make that much and have connections that let them get their hands on such equipment, and Loren decided that compared to that, a debt of thirty gold coins wasn x2019;t too bad .
x201C;It x2019;s not that adventurers don x2019;t make a lot, its that they don x2019;t know how to make profit . x201D;
Lapis said that with a cool face, but for the last quest, Lapis had the same treatment as Loren did, and would be at quite a deficit .
But since she said that with such confidence, his curiosity got the best of him, so he asked her .
x201C;So, you mean that you made profit out of the last job? x201D;
x201C;Yes, of course . x201D;
Lapis answered like it wasn x2019;t a surprise, but Loren couldn x2019;t understand what she did and where she went to be able to brag so confidently about making profit .
x201C;We didn x2019;t get that much for defeating the zombies, right? x201D;
x201C;It was only a little bit . x201D;
x201C;You didn x2019;t spend much for preparations so that was enough to be profit? x201D;
x201C;About that x2026; x201D;
Lapis leaned forward onto the table and lowered her voice .
When Loren followed her and leaned forward onto the table as well, Lapis covered her mouth with her hand and whispered .
x201C;I picked up quite a few things x2026; x201D;
x201C;Wait a second . x201D;
x201C;Even if you tell me to return them, there x2019;s no one for me to return them to . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s x2026; x201D;
She had a point .
The whole nation had perished, so as Lapis said, even if she took something from there, there was no one to give it back to .
x201C;It x2019;s not a large amount . I was too focused on carrying you . I just took some stuff from the clinic and the shops around it . Oh, and I also brought the simple furnace that you made, so don x2019;t worry . x201D;
x201C;That x2019;s not the problem x2026;I guess it x2019;s fine . x201D;
There were no people in Hanza, and there wasn x2019;t a government either, so it was basically a lawless area .
People that go there would of course, take whatever they could find, and Loren couldn x2019;t help but think that it was better for the stuff to be in Lapis x2019; hands than people like that .
That was why he stopped pursuing the matter, but he decided that he should still say something, so he declared .
x201C;This time it x2019;s fine, but don x2019;t make it a habit . x201D;
x201C;You x2019;re right . I x2019;ll be careful about that . x201D;
Lapis nodded obediently, but how much that meant would be unknown until the time came, so Loren gulped the rest of the liquor in his gla . s . s while glancing at Shayna, who had a troubled smile on her face .
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