Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 27:Five-year-old, bids heating-up Tilly Hill.
Chapter 27:Five-year-old, bids heating-up Tilly Hill.
In the bidding held in July, Jacob of the Red Color Company, who had never won a bid so far, made a comeback.
The winning bid was 150 million leads.
The bid amounts were 80 million leads for the Gray Company and 55 million leads for the White Company.
At this time, the White Company learned that the Gray Company was bidding more than expected.
And Isaac learned that the Red Color Company was bidding with far more money.
The bidding in August was won by Red Color Company again.
This time, they made a successful bid with 300 million leads.
It was a successful bid that greatly separated Gray Company and White Company.
The difference was too big compared to the other companies.
Jacob was the chairman of his company and could make all decisions at his own discretion.
On the other hand, ‘Ian of the Gray Company’ and ‘Henry of the White Company’ were just the leaders.
Although they had a lot of authority, they were not as powerful as Jacob, so they couldn’t make the cut at the last minute.
It wasn’t their own company, so he was trying his best to anticipate the winning bid and adding a bit to that.
“Don’t let the company lose”, was the sole thing on Jacob’s mind.
Jacob made the most of this difference in position.
‘――If you can become a merchant directly under the Marquis, then you may lose hundreds of millions here, but you will be able to pay for it in the future.’
‘――In that case, it is useless to read the detailed bid amount.’
‘――If you win by predicting the bids, Isaac’s evaluation of you will increase.’
‘――However, the way of fighting that makes use of the difference in position would also be considered by him.’
‘―― Above all, you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable with bidding at a high price.’
Jacob thought so, and decided to pile up money at once.
As he thought, Isaac appreciated Jacob’s judgment.
Isaac did not say, “Honestly predict the amount and bid.”
The bidders thought that was the case.
Collecting money wasn’t his motive, but bidding with pocket change would get boring quickly.
Isaac was relieved that Jacob had broken those invisible shackles and started widening the gap all by himself.
The chairmen of the Gray Company and the White Company were present.
The amount of money on the table was no longer enough for ‘children’s pocket change’.
When it became so expensive, they had to be present even though the ones doing the bidding before were their most trusted partners.
“My name is Ralph, Chairman of the Gray Company. Thank you for having me.”
“I am the chairman of the White Company. My name is Kenneth. Thank you for having me.”
(TL/N: For some reason the Baron and the chairman’s names are quite the same. Am sure about the Chairman but in the future chapters the name of the Baron might change a bit. So please bear with me.)
The two greeted Isaac just after entering.
Although everyone was smiling, the atmosphere was quite grim.
Because there were concerns about their participation.
“I’m Isaac, the son of Randolph, the Marquis of Wellrod. Thank you for your support.”
However, Isaac greeted everyone normally as if he didn’t care.
Those two had the same concern, but Isaac didn’t address it.
Nevertheless, Jacob, who was thinking about the same thing, complained.
“Mr. Isaac. I don’t think it would be a good idea for new people to participate in the middle…”
They were concerned about their mid-term participation.
Originally, it was the company itself that participated. The main concern was, “It’s no good because the person in charge has changed.”
Jacob wanted to maintain his position as “the only chairman who has participated from the beginning.”
However, Isaac’s words surprised not only Jacob but others.
“It’s okay to join in the middle. Not only can the person in charge change, but it also means that other companies can participate.”
A sad cry.
They thought that the three companies present here would decide the game.
The increase in the number of participants did not just increase the amount of money going into the winning bid.
But the probability of becoming the winner was also reduced.
The appearance of new participants was disadvantageous irrespective of who had the lead.
“The rules do not prohibit new participants. Even if the bidder changes, there is no problem with it because it is not prohibited either.”
Isaac casually hinted here, “As long as it’s not truly illegal, you can do anything.”
What he wanted to see most was their talent.
Just because Isaac was ready to box, it didn’t mean the other party were restricted to their fists.
Kicking was fine, hitting the joints, and grappling was also ok.
They just couldn’t cross the line such as blinding or kicking the crotch.
Isaac wanted to see how they’d respond.
――Are you flexible enough to deal with this situation?
That was the most important point.
It was not a fun thing to betray their expectations simply because he wanted to see how flexibly they could respond.
Even if they did their best for Nathan, the profits from supporting Isaac were much greater.
But supporting Nathan meant they could enjoy profits without even becoming their merchant.
‘Do you settle for lesser profit by supporting the large power Nathan, or do reap bigger profit on the side of the small power, Isaac?’
It went without saying whom they chose.
It was obvious since they even came to Tilly Hill in search of greater profits.
Just by being here, it could be said that they were practically an ally to Isaac.
The only thing left to do was to decide the hierarchy within that ‘ally framework’.
“Even if I allow mid-term participation, you are leading in points. Within the constraint of ten times… Oh wait. I have to make one correction. I apologize.”
Isaac noticed a mistake there.
“If a company that participates from the middle appears, the number of bids may be a problem. It might be like, 3 times: 3 times: 2 times: 2 times. In that case, the company getting 4 points first would win. I’m sorry I didn’t notice that earlier.”
Isaac bowed his head.
Although it was a child, it was not possible to raise a voice of criticism if the one bowing his head was the heir of a Marquis family.
They looked dissatisfied, but they didn’t say anything.
“Well, we did score many successful bids at first.”
“They also had an advantage of participating from the beginning and reading the flow.”
Ralph and Kenneth talked about the terms.
They were just allowed to participate.
Because it was their first meeting, they were trying to improve their image in front of Isaac.
“No matter who joins in, we just have to win.”
Jacob also got into the flow.
Although the company with the highest number of successful bids would become the personal merchant, if in the process they were disliked, then it’d become quite difficult to do their job.
Isaac was better than the other aristocrats, who might even make the bidding too unfair.
“Thank you. Ralph and Kenneth, have a seat with Ian and Henry. Jacob can also bring someone to talk to. Two people might give better ideas than one. At least I think so.”
“Thank you for your consideration. I will think about it next time.”
Jacob thanked Isaac for his consideration.
If there was a problem, there was no one who would be willing to come all the way here to bid for Iron ore with him.
“This year will end with this bid, and the rest will resume next year. Please do your best so that you don’t leave with any regrets.”
Isaac said so, and so, the knight began to carry the tsuitate.
He was already used to it.
He acted naturally.
Isaac saw the figure and thought, “Is it right for a knight to be doing this job?”. He knew it was unavoidable due to security reasons.
The room was large, but not like a hall.
If a servant was allowed to enter the room then it’d become cramped, the knight’s response would also get hindered in case of any emergencies.
To maintain safety, he had no choice but to let the knight do the chores.
However, the knights weren’t feeling unpleasant.
As the knight was asked to do such chores, he was given a bonus.
――If there was profit involved then people would happily obey.
Isaac learned this from his previous life.
It’s a trivial matter, but he was happy that it worked.
This was the last bid of the year.
Isaac wanted to comfortably finish everything.
Isaac confirmed the form on which the amounts were written, hoping that they had written amounts he was comfortable with.
“This time, the Gray Company won the bid.”
“We did it!”
Ralph and Ian exchanged high fives at the same time as Isaac’s announcement.
The winning bid was 600 million leads.
However, they were not the only ones who offered such a big amount.
The White Company had 530 million leads and the Red Color Company had 550 million reeds, which was close to that of the Gray Company.
The participation of the two other chairmen made everything even, and as a result, they were able to predict the highest bid to some extent.
However, the amount was more than that.
“Now, all the companies have made successful bids twice. You have returned to the beginning. Thank you for coming here. Let’s meet again next year.”
The attendees also greeted Isaac and then left the room.
The two from the Gray Company were delighted, and the others were dropping their shoulders, Isaac could see everything from the back.
“Thanks to Baron Algren. I will be in your care again next year, so thank you.”
Isaac spoke naturally to Baron Algren, who was sitting next to him.
“No, I am the one being entertained here. However, isn’t it okay if I don’t come in next year? Is it really okay to do this bidding every month?”
Baron Algren asked Isaac a question.
You could bid ten times in one day without having to bother to do it every month.
Algren took this opportunity and asked him the question he had from the beginning.
“That’s not the case. If you finish it all at once, the total amount of the winning bid will be low. You also need to save money for the bidding. I’m sure from winter to spring they will do their best to save money. ”
He couldn’t say he was, “earning time to get the Black company to participate”, so it was just a convenient lie he made up on the spot.
If he said he was aiming for the Black Company, then rumours might spread and his whole plan might be jeopardized.
He couldn’t afford to do that.
However, Isaac’s lie surprised Baron Algren.
He was trying to increase competitiveness and make more money.
He never thought Isaac would raise the money he would probably spend in the fight for succession in such a way.
And that’s not all.
Although he was baiting them with the position of his merchant, they were willing to offer money.
It was not a method of buying grudges with methods like, “borrowing to destroy a company” or “temporary collection of taxes” that all the influential aristocrats sometimes do, but instead letting them pay a large amount of money comfortably on their own initiative for a chance to become bigger than the current biggest company.
A face full of happiness after winning a bid.
There was no sense of loss after losing their money.
They probably were not even aware that they were dancing on Isaac’s palm.
――He does not buy people’s grudges, but gains their trust.
That one point alone was enough to get Baron Algren to accept that “Issac is a masterpiece”.
(TL/N: Yes, ‘Masterpiece’ is the literal translation.)
Baron Algren, who was thinking that he would die in a rural town as it was, felt something burning inside himself.
“Ah. This is quite trivial because the money can be spent, but when all the bids are done, 20% of the total amount will be paid as rent and a ‘nuisance fee’. ”
“20%! Isn’t that a lot?”
The bids so far alone exceeded 1 billion leads.
Next year, the heat of bidding will increase.
It was too much cash for the baron of a countryside town.
“10% is too small, but calculating 5% more would be quite troublesome considering the numbers we are dealing with. So it’s convenient for me if you receive 20%. Please receive it. Will that be okay?”
“Is it really okay?”
Baron Algren wondered if Isaac was a child that didn’t know the value of gold.
But he quickly shook off that idea.
Because he knew the value of gold, he was trying to instigate the merchants to earn as much as possible.
He knew the value and was still paying.
Isaac said with a childish smile, a smile befitting of an innocent child who knew nothing about gold.
However, the current situation made the Baron think, ‘This feels like I am talking to a younger Jude’.
(Is this also destiny?)
Baron Algren thought that Nathan would be fine for the next generation, as long as the unnecessary battle for succession could be avoided.
However, that idea changed.
――Who is the right person to inherit the blood of the Marquis of Wellrod. Who was the right person to acquire the title?
If someone asked him now, then he was confident that his only and final answer would be ‘Issac’.
If this was the case, then the battle for succession was not unnecessary.
Change was necessary.
Isaac was an existence that embodied the law of the Marquis of Wellrod so far, there was no reason to recommend Nathan, who was an ordinary child, over Isaac.
“…Thank you very much. Please tell me if there is anything I can do.”
Baron Algren bowed deeply.
As if he were standing in front of Morgan.
It seemed that Isaac had a request.
Involuntarily, Baron Algren prepared himself for any outlandish request Isaac might make.
“There is a pine forest in the east of the city, right? Can you get me some matsutake mushrooms?”
Algren’s vigilance was wasted.
Because it was a childish demand for food.
“They are in season, however, they are not suitable for consumption because they smell bad. We only go into the forest to obtain pine fat and other amenities.”
With Baron Algren’s words, Isaac mysteriously cocked his head.
(Ah, right. Foreigners aren’t used to the flavour of matsutake mushrooms.)
“I wanted to try it once. If you can, please give me permission to take my subordinates to go get some of it.”
“Of course it’s fine. I’ll prepare someone familiar with the pine forests to escort you.”
Baron Algren pondered, ‘Is this a child’s curiosity?’.
Mushrooms that were treated as delicacies by the local commoners.
The thing that attracted him was such a childish thing.
‘Even though he acts like a grown up, there is still some childish playfulness underneath’ thinking that Baron Algren felt relieved.
(TL/N: The old man has no idea who he’s dealing with. Almost feel bad for him.)
[PR note: ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ all children are monsters]