Protagonist Knows Everything - Cha[ter 23: S Class Consortium
Next day. Sain brought me and Kasha into the conference room.
After greeting her I said, “Boss, What’s……”
“Huh? What did you say just now?”
Once in a while Sain gave this ominous looking smile and spoke words that somehow emanated malice.
I sighed and corrected myself, “Sain. Now let’s start the meeting.”
“Yeah. Now it’s better.”
Without wasting much time Sain went straight to the point, “Both of you might’ve forgotten so I will explain the details of the S-class quest once again.”
‘This is something I need to listen to.’ At the briefing session yesterday, I was so preoccupied with the personnel records that I didn’t hear a single word.
“About two weeks ago the Eternity Tower recorded underground disturbances, on further inspection it was discovered that, that dragon Dame had awakened at the northernmost edge of the lost territory”
Kasha’s face looked worrisome unlike me who was completely clueless about what Dame was.
Out of curiosity, I asked, “What kind of monster is this ‘dragon Dame’?”
“Huh? Weren’t you present in the briefing yesterday?”
“I was a little sleepy.”
“Huh. Everyone knows what Dame is.”
Sain covered her mouth and laughed as if she thought I was joking.
Kasha soon followed up, “When do you call a dragon a monster? When it’s named. By the demon king Hebrew.”
“Named? It’s a Hebrew dragon?”
“Do you really not know or just pretending to be dumb? Hebrew isn’t a race. It refers to a single entity. The ‘named’ are the Demon King’s personal creations.”
When Kasha mentioned “Hebrew,” her body shrivelled a bit.
Despite the fact that they emerged 300 years ago, they were still strong enough to make A-class adventurers tremble.
“When they invaded the human world, they created special creatures and put them at the forefront of their armies. Twelve of them to be exact.”
“Dragon Dame is supposed to be one of them, a big guy who occasionally moves, but really slowly. A doll formed from an unknown metal found in the Demon realm.”
Kasha stretched out her arms as much as she could to express it’s maximum possible size.
“It just moves?”
“Uh. That’s enough for it. Because he doesn’t die.”
“No magic or physical attacks work. He just walks straight in a fixed direction. It doesn’t matter if building or castle were in the way…”
It’s whole existence was a nuisance. Kasha finished her explanation and turned to Sain.
“But how was he awakened?”
“I don’t know that. The Tower of Eternity is still trying to figure that out.”
“Don’t expect them to get their answers right away, after all that place is filled with nothing but old records.”
As Kasha was from that place, so her words were quite convincing.
Sain said with a slightly grim look on her face, “Monsters like Dame are supposed to move only in the Demon King’s presence. That’s one of their distinguishing features.”
“The fact that Dame reappeared…”
Sain stopped and gulped once. I was listening to her with great attention.
“The Demon King must’ve been resurrected…”
“Stop! Don’t Jinx it! It’ll come true”
“That’s the expression I taught you. You seem to be using it quite often now.”
“I kinda like it.”
“But this isn’t the right time to use it. So don’t do it for now.”
Sain spread the map on the table.
“Let’s worry about the Demon King later, and first look at the map.”
“Dame was first observed at this point. And it’s currently moving along this path.”
She drew a straight line on the map with a pen. It meant that all cities and towns included in the line would be in its path.
“Most of the villages will be evacuated by the time Dame reaches there.”
“But as you can see, there are castles and universities of countless nobles, the tower of eternity, and above all… the imperial castle.”
Sain added that 300 years ago, Dame was on the same route.
It was strong enough to tear through buildings just by walking. Strong enough that people were scared of it even after 300 years.
I asked, “How did they deal with this guy in the past?”
“A hero, the great sage, Arsleine Von Keijas, used forbidden magic by sacrificing her life force, she caused an earthquake and split the ground open.”
“Is that even possible?”
“She dropped Dame into it and then closed the fissure back. Just like this.”
Sain overlapped her two palms as a gesture. Dame was assumed dead after that.
‘By the way, she was a great sage…’
Unintentionally my eyes turned to Kasha.
[Potential: The Great Sage (Developed 11%)]
Was this the same title as the hero Arsleine? ‘Kasha has the same title that she had?’ But expectations crumbled away when I saw Kasha grabbing three sweet sticks on the table and forcing them down her mouth.
“What I thought was really unrealistic.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Eat your sweets properly.”
“Uh. These are delicious. Tell me where you bought them from later.”
Sain then continued with the explanation. “The problem is that there is no Arsleine for us to rely on. But the use of that magic is still possible.”
“The Tower of Eternity didn’t just frolic around for the last 300 years. I heard that a magic circle was developed based on the records, spells and research left behind by hero Arsleine. The magic circle that will cast the forbidden magic, “Tor Ribeire.”
Sain turned over the map and drew something with a pen. It was more of a scribble rather than an actual drawing.
“Was it something like this? No. No, this is… here.”
I will tell you one thing, my boss can’t really paint or draw stuff.
‘This lady can’t really paint.’
“Sain. It looks like this.”
Kasha took the pen from Sain and began to draw something. The difference between Sain’s drawing and Kasha’s were like a kindergartener’s drawing and Picassos’s.
“Ah. Yes! It was that shape.”
“The Tower of Eternity did suffer a lot to finish it in the conference as well.”
“I know about it. Because I also participated for a while before I left the tower so I know about it somewhat.”
“How did you draw it so well? This was really complicated.”
“I just participated. Only a bit.”
Kasha just said that and dodged the question But for some reason, I couldn’t shake this feeling about her being even more involved in it.
Sain got the pen back. For some reason, her face is a little red.
“Hmmm. Anyway, the mana required to activate this magic is really tremendous.”
“Yeah. It is.”
“In addition, it is difficult to infuse mana into this complex magic circle unless you are a very skilled wizard. You should be at least an A-class wizard.”
For some reason, she was looking into Kasha’s eyes while saying that.
“It was said that the Eternal Tower Wizards alone lacked the mana required to activate the magic.”
“Yeah. On the day of the battle, all the wizards join forces to activate ‘Tor Rebeire’.”
“That was the S-class quest to be precise.”
After that silence befell the room. I asked my question anyway.
“Why would the empire want help from the adventurer guilds? What about the army?”
“This opponent couldn’t be stopped by the army. Even a siege weapon won’t be able to scratch it.”
“Of course, the military will be deployed, but the core of the operation is only ‘Tor Rebeire’. In fact, we don’t have anything else to stop it if the spell fails.”
The situation was tough.
Kasha cried out, “It’s too dangerous.”
“Yes. If the operation doesn’t work, then everyone will just die there.”, Sain bitterly agreed.
Of course, in the meantime, I was trying to calculate the profit and loss that our guild would face.
In this case, will the adventurers get rewarded depending on how much mana they put into the spell? Or will they simply divide it equally among the adventurers who participate?
‘No. Regardless of the method, there will be nothing left with them.’
Regardless of the compensation, the risk is too high. If we could swallow Dame with Tor Ribeire at once, it would be neat. However, there are still a lot that we aren’t sure about. We aren’t even sure if the magic circle will work or not. As Sain said a while ago, if the circle doesn’t work, there will be no way to stop that giant monster.
‘It’s not that our guild will participate anyway’
In my previous life, the raccoon had envisioned a new business idea. Originally, companies would take up projects only after a thorough research of the market. However, the raccoon face just brought in random projects without any research whatsoever and forced them on the employees.
Of course, I was among the few plausible who achieved good results.
The business was going quite good but some of the employees couldn’t handle those projects.
Every time someone pointed out the lack of research, the raccoon would just dodge the question by saying, “The employees just lack skill.”
‘Even if that’s the truth, the one at fault would be the person who selected the projects without properly assessing the skills of the employees?’
“The most efficient use of limited resources. That should be the priority of the one who manages the employees.”
After that I hated the raccoon face even more.
‘Well, anyway, my boss this time wasn’t such an idiot.’
I thought so and relaxed. However, the words from Sain’s mouth were completely different from my expectations.
“Our guild must also participate.”
“Sain didn’t you just say that the operation is really dangerous? We don’t even have a backup plan.” Even while saying that I was somewhat excited. “If something goes wrong, we may lose Kasha.”
“That’s not feasible. We CANNOT lose Kasha.”
Kasha covered her face with her hands while blushing.
“Tay.… Thank you.”
“What are you saying thank you for?”
“If you die, Hagnut Guild will lose the only A-class adventurer it has.”
“That’s too much of a risk. Plus Kasha is still a kid.”
Kasha kept smiling while I was explaining.
Sain also said to her with a smile on her face, “Tay really cares about Kasha.”
“Yes. She’s an A-class adventurer…”
“Of course I didn’t intend to participate either. Originally.”
“What do you mean?”
“You must have really fallen asleep during the briefing. This is a forced quest.”
I tilted my head.
Sain continued to explain carefully, “The emergence of a ‘named’ is a national disaster.”
“All guilds with a registered A-class wizard adventurer must attend without exception. If they refuse to do this, then they will face consequences. After the crisis is averted they’d find it difficult to function as a guild anymore.”
Ah. If that’s the case then it makes sense. Doing business in a dictatorship had its drawbacks after all.
After the explanation Sain looked at Kasha with a sorry expression.
“Kasha. It would be dangerous if these words leaked out, but our guild’s goal is to come back alive. Please prioritize your own safety over the quest.”
Kasha smiled and muttered, “How many guild leaders, like you, are out there?”
“No. Nothing. Don’t worry. I’m still young, and I have no intention of dying just yet.”
She wasn’t angry when I called her a kid a while ago. I sighed deeply and looked up to the ceiling.
‘It’s a S-class quest.’
There are a lot of merits in this. This is like a small and medium-sized construction company that participated as a consortium in a large project, so to speak.
If you complete the project, you can promote your company using it as much as you can, “This bridge was laid by our company.” Despite being part of a consortium of hundred other companies.
In addition, the rewards of a S-class quest will not be a joke, so it is definitely helpful.
‘If I have no choice but to do it anyway… I’ll just use this situation to my favour.’
‘A lot of guilds with A-class wizards will gather there as well.’ I have to check them all with my own eyes. To make my list even better. ‘Ok then.’
“Okay, I will go too.”