Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 29:Five-years-old, Request to grandfather, Wellrod.
Chapter 29:Five-years-old, Request to grandfather, Wellrod.
Isaac returned to the Wellrod mansion, had dinner, and was now thinking while using Patrick’s belly as a pillow.
(Well… so how do I persuade…)
It seemed that the encounter with elves was incomparable to his whole plan involving the Tilly Hills.
Something like resuming contact with a species living in separation for 200 years wouldn’t be easy.
――How do you revive the exchange with a person you haven’t interacted with for a long time?
Regarding the fact about elves being hostile, when he heard the circumstances from the knights, he knew he needed to resolve it somehow.
They had fear, not hatred for the elves.
The cause was the war 200 years ago, and the magic used by a great wizard named Weygan, an elf, in exchange for his life.
The magic burned down 20,000 humans with just one sweep.
Many people were afraid of the disaster caused by only one elf.
After that, the humans were frightened and could not attack in a crowded manner that took advantage of their large numbers, resulting in more sporadic attacks.
However those sporadic attacks were bounced off by the elves and the dwarfs, but they couldn’t retaliate, and later they stopped attacking.
It was an incident that made everyone give up on the war. That very attack was the thing that led to peace.
――Don’t underestimate an elf, even if it is alone.
That is the lesson of the samurai.
(TL/N: There are no samurai in this world, the setting is medieval Europe, at least I think it is. Samurai is being used as a general term for the combatants. If there are any samurai in this world then they’ll be from the elves’ side, you’ll understand in the later chapters.)
A muscular person’s strength could be easily determined by looking at their figure.
However, magic ability couldn’t be determined the same way.
Even a little girl like Bridget would be capable of unilaterally slaughtering all the five knights by using magic.
Therefore, the knights were wary of her existence.
They wanted to defeat her before she could use any magic.
(…I don’t think there’s any danger to the elves because it seems like they are able to protect themselves, but they might be a bit scared if they came across travellers while making the infrastructure.)
Isaac was worried about the establishment of “NEXCO Wellrod”.
Even if their value was recognized, the lord might feel uneasy.
(Even if you regret it, you have to do what you have to do.)
Isaac got up and stroked Patrick.
And then went to the study to see if there was any good reference material for him.
[PR note: yabe means dangerous/oh no]
When he visited Morgan’s room, he saw Margaret.
It meant that the plan to persuade Morgan, who was the top, and use the reliable “the old man gave me permission” as a shield, had collapsed.
(TL/N: Mom said it’s my turn.)
“What’s wrong, Isaac? Is there a problem with me?”
Seeing Isaac stuck to the door, Margaret said, as if she had seen through his mind.
Margaret was concerned because after looking at her Isaac was frozen in place.
“No. I just thought it was interfering with your couples time.”
“Children shouldn’t care about that.”
“This kid….” Margaret put her hand on her mouth and laughed elegantly at him.
(TL/N: It’s an expression holding power enough to rival ‘Ara~ Ara~’)
“Issac, I’ve heard it from the escorts, is this about that? Sit down.”
Morgan told Isaac to sit across from him.
When he simply talked or pampered him, he’d simply have Isaac sit beside him.
This time, Morgan was talking in a somewhat disgruntled voice.
Isaac took a deep breath and sat down after his flow was disrupted.
“Grandfather, I have something to ask of you. Can you pay for it?”
(If you weren’t crazy then you wouldn’t be able to talk like that.)
Isaac stared closely into Morgan’s eyes and asked for a payment.
Morgan was in trouble.
It was nice to be relied on by his grandchildren, but Isaac’s wishes are incomparably more annoying than Nathan.
He thought that ‘he did something again’, other than the fact that the legitimate heir of the Marquis family entered a remote mountain range to eat mushrooms with an escort of only five knights.
But he couldn’t help but listen.
So he reluctantly sent away his servants.
“I was just interested in the outside world because my only trip was from the Wellrod mansion to the royal capital. I’m sorry that I carelessly entered the forest. And I probably deserve to be scolded, but please listen…”
Morgan’s words were mixed with a slightly amazed voice.
Even though Isaac apologized, he was amazed at the fact that he was trying to convey his request at the same time.
He wondered if Isaac needed to be educated on ethics and morals, even at his young age.
Mainly on ethics and morals.
He felt a bit confused because of Morgan’s voice, but Isaac decided to speak honestly.
To satisfy his thirst for power, he must walk on a thorny path.
To achieve his goals he might also need to negotiate using his own life.
“I would like to start interacting with the elves.”
“…Are you really saying that?”
Morgan was not surprised because he received a report from the knights of the escort saying that “Issac-sama seems to want to contact the elves”.
However, this situation was a headache for him.
“Since we signed the armistice 200 years ago, we have been out of touch with each other. That was the general understanding till now, but it seems that the local people have been interacting with each other for 100 years. This isn’t official though. You are saying it’d be better if we acknowledged this officially and started interacting with them on a deeper level?”
Morgan responded to Isaac’s words after thinking a bit.
“I don’t like troublesome things, but wouldn’t we be able to keep the fire under control with a bigger framework, rather than keeping it under wraps?”
――Human and elf are out of touch with each other.
――However, the local people have had exchanges and have built a friendly relationship to the extent of bartering.
――It is a bad idea to pretend not to see it and act only after something goes horribly wrong.
――By interacting in advance, let’s maintain a state where problems can be resolved through dialogue rather than war.
Morgan understood that Isaac was proposing.
A man who was chosen as the Minister of Foreign Affairs brought this proposal to the front.
Isaac had intentions to use Morgan’s position to implement that idea.
The problem was that Isaac was currently aiming for the “beyond”.
“Yes, I know suddenly making adjustments throughout the whole country would be difficult. I think we should start by trading within the Wellrod territory.”
Morgan sensed what Isaac was trying to say.
“In other words, you want to involve them with the companies you’re bidding with?”
Isaac was silent.
He didn’t reply.
But after a while, he opened his mouth as if he had decided.
“There is that plan, but I’m thinking about the future.”
Saying that, he placed the large sack he had brought with him on the table.
Among the other things, there was the board made by Bridget.
“Road maintenance by the elves. I would like to do this under my name. Fortunately, the funds are also–”
Isaac’s words were interrupted by Morgan.
“I can forgive an elf trading on Tilly Hill, but I can’t allow elves inside the territory. Rushing at this pace will lead to confusion. You’re not ready for that either.”
“Trade. Please be satisfied with that.”
Morgan chose to take safety measures because he didn’t know how much of a grudge the elves had.
If magic was used inside the territory, then it would cause a lot of damage.
Letting them use magic openly inside the territory was way more dangerous than negotiating trade.
Being wary of terrorism was a natural act for a ruler.
“Thank you for allowing me to trade … Take a look at this document. There are occasional river floods around Ulster. Elves can be used to magically strengthen the embankments.”
(TL/N: Idk why but the place name is actually ‘Ulster’. It’s a place in Northern Ireland.)
Isaac couldn’t give up and took out the materials he had in his bag, which he had recently taken from the study.
Reports of bad river management were written on the paper.
This could be solved by digging down the river with magic and raising the embankment.
In a world without civil engineering machinery, elves were the best construction workers.
It was a waste that they weren’t being used like that.
Isaac recommended hiring elves as workers.
“…Isaac, why are you so impatient?”
Margaret noticed it and said.
Was this women’s intuition?
She always felt Isaac was being a bit impatient, but now it was clear.
Asked by Margaret, Isaac looked around the room once to make sure no one was there, even though he knew that everyone was relieved of their duty a while back.
After a while, determined, he opened his mouth.
“I want power as soon as possible…”
“To protect myself.”
Isaac clenched his fists tightly.
Actually, it was to seize the country.
Except for little lies, for Isaac, it was rather painful to tell his grandparents such a serious lie.
Margaret looked at Morgan.
“Issac, no one will do anything to you. Tell us. What are you worried about?”
Isaac responded to Morgan’s question with a grim face.
“…about Mrs. Melinda and brother.”
Isaac’s brief answer was enough.
They would like to answer, “That’s not the case”, but Melinda was energetically consolidating the ground for Nathan.
It was no wonder that Isaac was feeling unsafe around them.
However, they didn’t think it was that dangerous.
“If they harm you, Nathan will be abandoned. Melinda will be executed. They can’t do anything.”
If you are really thinking about assassination, then securing power could take a backseat.
It was easier to seize power after Isaac was gone.
If they were aiming for his life, then they wouldn’t need to bother with gathering all of that influence.
From that, they thought, ‘Melinda wouldn’t do any harm… Directly.’
“I think it’s exactly what my grandfather says. For now, that’s true…, but my grandfather and grandfather will surely die sooner than I do. And if my father is gone. No one would be there to protect me. Rather, I am more worried about my mother. Even if I don’t get killed, I will be imprisoned somewhere out of fear of house turmoil. I want to acquire the power to protect everyone so that something like that does not happen. ”
Isaac’s words pierced Morgan’s heart.
Although he had the second right to the inheritance, in actuality, that wasn’t the case.
Morgan, who had decided to wait and see, was also responsible for this so that he could prevent an useless conflict for the succession.
Originally, Randolph was consumed by his love for Lucia and decided to give priority to the inheritance right to the child born between them.
However, Morgan noticed that “given the power dynamic of their parents’ house, it could easily be rebelled against”.
He thought it might be good if they had a deeper relationship with the Wilmente house.
But as that decision wouldn’t make Randolph happy, he acknowledged those conditions and didn’t do anything about it.
‘――Randolph will understand the reality when he grows up a little more. I hope this will serve as a good lesson’.
Morgan had decided that with those intentions.
At that time, he didn’t think Isaac would be born as a precocious child.
He didn’t think Isaac would suffer because of that.
But now, Morgan knew that Isaac was carrying the burden of his and Randolph’s mistakes.
However, he was not allowed to seek the help of elves.
Well, this is this.
“But it’s not good to borrow the power of a different race. If you show off their power and make others obey, then you will lose a lot of influence from your subordinates. That puts you in a more difficult position.”
A person cares about his own position.
If Isaac only had elves around him, then the other subordinates would think they have no place beside him.
If that happens, Nathan’s advantage would only increase.
However, Isaac was not concerned about that.
“It’s okay. The elves are only going to do the civil engineering work, they will act as priming water to attract other allies.”
――Use the elves as priming water.
(TL/N: ‘Priming water’, the ‘first water’ needed when using a new or a rather inactive pump, kind of like lubricant.)
Morgan frowned at those words.
Isaac, who he thought was a kind child who liked to grow flowers, had already stepped into the world of adults before he knew it.
“…Is that a given?”
He didn’t know how many elves lived in the eastern forest.
However, opening up a new market meant creating new interests.
Many people would like to trade with elves for the first time in 200 years.
By having the elves maintain the highway, not only the merit of “establishing the transportation network” but also the effect of promoting “contact with the elves” would appeal to the people.
Then, everyone would eventually come into contact with Isaac, who would be the contact point with the elves.
If exchanges were allowed, then merchants and aristocrats would naturally act to protect their own interests.
In other words, people who want to interact with the elves would become a shield that’d protect Isaac, who’ll be the one leading the negotiations.
Morgan was surprised at Isaac’s growth, wondering if he was proceeding at a dangerous pace.
“It’s true that new business partners can be created, but what about the Black Company? They’ll also try to take a bite, will you allow them?”
He knew Isaac hated the Black Company.
And they would also get involved, as they were a merchant of the Marquis family.
Morgan wanted to confirm how Isaac would deal with that.
Isaac’s reply was very simple.
“I will not allow them.”
“If so, then how?”
Isaac couldn’t just become emotional and cut them off completely.
The aristocrats have a face.
Without legitime proof of anything, it was impossible to cut-off the Black Company, which was in the top position.
You couldn’t just refuse without any proper reason.
Aristocrats can’t do that.
Morgan waited for Isaac’s answer.
“I’ll leave the work to White, Gray, and Red Color, under my name. The reason I won’t leave it to the Marquis is because then it’ll be too troublesome. It will be equated with what the whole house is involved with. If I take the initiative and leave management to those three companies then it’ll be my responsibility alone.”
Isaac’s answer disappointed Morgan.
“It’s irresponsible. Wanting to take responsibility is fine, in this case it’s even more important. It’s okay not to use the Black company, but I can’t leave it to you. At least I’ll make someone in-charge to accompany you. So be patient.”
Morgan thought, “Although he is growing, I can’t leave everything to Isaac right now.”
When promising something, it was important to take responsibility.
But Isaac was not prepared for that much responsibility.
The connection between people should not be “let’s throw it away if it doesn’t work”.
Even if the negotiations ended in success with him alone, he would send a secretary with Isaac, even if it’s just for decoration.
Then, Morgan came up with another question.
“So, how far has this story gone? Is a contract already in place?”
Isaac was smart.
However, it couldn’t be said that he was clever.
He may have already signed a contract and made everything into an established fact.
Morgan regretted not confirming that first.
“No, that’s not done yet.”
Morgan exhaled in relief.
“But I talked about a meeting with their representatives ten days to two weeks later to resume our exchanges, so I’d like my grandfather or father to meet the elves… If this doesn’t work, I’ll send them a messenger. If it doesn’t work and you say no… ”
Isaac’s voice gradually diminished.
He thought Morgan would say “no good” as he predicted from the trend thus far.
But Morgan’s reaction wasn’t what he expected.
“Me or your father? I don’t know what will happen, but the fact that I negotiated with the elves will be enough. I will be the Foreign Minister from next spring.”
This story was troublesome.
However, it was also a big opportunity at the same time.
If you resumed interaction with the elves who were out of touch with humanity for 200 years, you will surely get quite a lot of advantages when you are appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He couldn’t do something as dangerous as leaving everything to Isaac, but if he negotiated with them himself, then the plan would be accepted in a much smoother way.
‘――Make the most of what has happened’.
Thus, the current head of the Marquis of Wellrod took charge.
(Tl/N: This ain’t gonna end well.)
Morgan beckoned Isaac.
Isaac approached his grandfather as he was told.
(I wonder if I will be praised)
Isaac thought so when he was picked up by Morgan.
However, the situation this time was quite strange.
Instead of sitting on his lap, he was lying on his stomach.
(This position is…)
A slapping sound was heard from behind.
At the same time, Isaac felt severe pain.
From this, he knew that his grandfather was ‘beating his ass’.
(TL/N: Sorry, it’s written that way cuz the original text wanted this line to be quite crass.)
[PR note: heh]
Isaac raised his voice, with tears in his eyes.
But the spanking never stopped.
“It’s good to have a chance to meet with the elves, but that’s that. You have to take responsibility for entering that forest with such a small escort, just five people? Do you know who you are?!”
Until now, Morgan had treated Isaac with love and care, like a cat.
However, he believed that, “no matter what it is, mistakes can’t be overlooked.”
He regretted that he was unable to properly discipline Isaac, and so now, he hardened his heart and punished him.
If such things were overlooked, then he might someday turn into something way worse.
(TL/N: If you don’t understand, the old man basically has PTSD due to Jude.)
After hitting his ass about twenty times, he handed Isaac over to Margaret.
Isaac endured everything by biting his lips and groaning.
He left comforting him to his wife.
“I’m going to have a talk with Randolph. I’ll leave Isaac to you.”
“Yes, I understand.”
Morgan left the room.
After that Margaret embraced Isaac, who was crying silently.
“This time you’re in the wrong. There are many things that might interest you, but there are things you should and should not do. This is something you shouldn’t do when you’re still so young. ”
Isaac nodded silently on his grandmother’s chest.
If he tried to speak out, he would cry.
Margaret didn’t say anything further.
Isaac was a wise child.
‘With this, he’ll think better about taking such careless and rash actions.’
Besides, she didn’t think it was necessary to comfort him with words.
She knew that hugging and feeling the warmth of a person was the most effective way to calm a child.
(TL/N: Can’t relate with the last line at all.)
[PR note: Been a while since I’ve felt the warmth of another]