Broke Mercenary Chapter 101

Ch. 101: Requesting after Moving

 

“So you want to talk about a job, right?”

They were at the bar in the guild.

The blonde girl sitting in front of him squirmed in her chair as she looked around.

Loren was looking at the girl suspiciously, while Lapis, who was sitting next to him, was looking at her with a small smile that didn’t anyone know what she was thinking.

“That’s right, but you chose quite the lively place.”

Around them were adventurers looking for jobs and drunk customers, and the waitresses were weaving in and out between them, and it was indeed a sight that could be described as lively.

“You don’t like it?”

“It’s not bad. It’s aesthetic.”

Even if they were to move, Loren didn’t know a quiet and fancy shop that the girl might like.

Lapis might have known, but such a shop would be very expensive, and he had no intention of going somewhere like that.

‘Onii-san, Onii-san, be careful.’

The voice of a girl that couldn’t be seen rang out in the back of his mind.

The girl that became a no life king, the highest ranking undead, after a whole city being sacrificed.

Existing in her astral body after losing her physical one, she was living within Loren’s astral body.

That was the girl named Shayna, who had spoken to Loren.

‘I sense something strange from her. The same smell as me, to be exact…’

“Hmm, you. You have a strange air about you. You’re keeping something inside, aren’t you?”

“Choose your words carefully, alright? I’m not keeping anything around me.”

Before thinking that she found out, what came out of Loren’s mouth was a warning filled with killing intent.

Even if he could put aside the fact that Shayna was an undead, it didn’t change the fact that she had helped him many times.

Since the girl had said he was keeping her without even knowing anything, there was no way he could just take it, and he couldn’t help but put killing intent into his words.

It was killing intent that had been toned throughout countless battles.

Even though it wasn’t pointed towards them, just feeling it made the waitresses stop in their tracks and the people around him widened their eyes and looked towards him, making him the center of attention.

But even though the girl in front of him got the full brunt of it, she didn’t even blink, and looked at Loren’s face coolly with interest.

Becoming upset with her attitude, Loren started considering leaving without hearing about her job request, but he stiffened at the cold air that came from in front of him.

It might have been actual cold air.

But Loren felt the chill in his spine sending a fright all the way inside to his core and ended up not being able to stand up from his seat.

“Don’t get so upset. I admit that it was a poor choice of words. I won’t ask you to forgive me, but I’d appreciate if you’d accept my apology.”

As the girl switched to a commendable way of talking and bowed her head, Loren looked at her in disbelief.

Around them were customers who were bubbling at their mouths, waitresses that became paralyzed with fright and sank to the ground, but no one had no idea what happened.

It seemed that it was only Loren, who was in front of the girl, and Lapis, who was beside him, that understood that the blast of cold air was from her.

“It seems like we’ve been noticed by something ridiculous.”

Although she had felt the same thing as Loren, Lapis said so in a joking manner.

The girl, who had been called something ridiculous, didn’t seem to be upset and just smiled.

6

‘Onii-san, this person is probably an Elder.’

“Elder?”

Loren unthinkingly repeated what Shayna had told him.

Hearing what he said, the girl looked at him like she had found something very interesting.

“Oh, I’ve been trying quite hard to hide it, but you found out.”

“Huh? Is Kauffa going to end today? A lot of things have been destroyed and ended ever since I started being with Loren, but this is the most extreme out of all of them.”

With Lapis muttering on about gathering her belongings and money before everything ended at the corner of his eye, Loren asked Shayna about elders.

‘To put it simply, they are vampires.’

Shayna used the knowledge of the no life king to explain to Loren.

Vampires were beings that sucked blood.

They were like a catastrophe, attacking humans, getting stronger when they drank their blood, and turning their victims into low class undead, and a single vampire could even destroy a whole nation.

Vampires differed based on how they were born, and the lowest class was born from men and women with pure bodies that had their blood suck by a vampire and becoming the same type of vampire.

Even if they were low class, they were still something to be feared, since they had enough power to annihilate a village or a town.

For the higher classes, there were those who became vampires by ritual called Trues, in the same way Shayna had been turned into an undead, and depending on their abilities when they were alive, they were feared to be able to annihilate a whole nation.

The ones above them were what Shayna had just told Loren, called Elders.

They couldn’t really be considered being born, but instead, it was said that they were beings that just came into existence for some reason.

They had mana and life energy that enormous couldn’t even fully describe, and they couldn’t be wounded by mediocre magic swords or spells, had a lifespan that could be described as infinite, had almost complete resistance to things such as holy water, sunlight, and silver that were weaknesses of normal undead.

Whether they could be called undead or not was still a popular discussion among scholars, and they haven’t reached a conclusion.

“So, this is an elder?”

“What do you mean this? Well, I messed up my wording earlier, so I guess it’s fine.”

As the girl puffed out her cheeks slightly with a complaining look, Loren looked at Lapis with a troubled face.

If what Shayna said was correct, the girl sitting in front of him had the power to destroy a whole nation by herself.

To be honest, Loren felt like this was out of his hands.

“For starters, can you tell us your name miss Elder?”

When she noticed Loren’s gaze, she easily took the role of being the negotiator.

From her personality, Loren thought that she would be reluctant or tease him about it but seeing that she instantly came in to help him, he realized that they were talking with a dangerous individual.

“I can’t tell you my family name for a reason. Call me Dia.”

The girl who called herself Dia nodded slightly.

Lapis nodded back and continued her question.

“About the job you told us you want to request. What kind of job is it, and would it be something that humans like us could do?”

When thought about calmly, if the girl named Dia was indeed what Shayna said she was, there shouldn’t be a reason for her to come to humans, who were way weaker than her.

That was why Lapis said ‘humans like us’, but after hearing that, a troubled smile appeared on Dia’s face.

“I was thinking of asking that young one as well…”

A hint of annoyance missed in her voice.

Everyone who was there when Dia appeared should have been there as well, but Klaus and Ivy were not.

Now that Loren recalled what had happened, he realized that it was a frightening thing that happened.

When Dia stopped their battle and told them she wanted to request a job, Klaus had said that he didn’t have any business with a child, and to come back after a few years.

As a result, Klaus was spun around on the spot two and a half times and landed on the ground face first and lost consciousness, so Ivy had to take him to the hospital.

Loren couldn’t see what she did to him, but he did know that she wasn’t a magician.

Loren thought then that maybe even a young girl could spin Klaus around vertically, but now that he found out what she was, he was surprised at Klaus’ luck that it only ended with getting spun.

“Well, no use talking about those who aren’t here. To the question of do I think you two are up for the job, the answer is I have no idea.”

If you could know whether the person could successfully get the job done just by looking at them, you could just request it to those who could.

But if that were possible, the word called failure should disappear, and the number of adventurers would increase, but it seemed that reality wasn’t so, and no one had that ability.

“Next, for the question of am I fine with the two of you, I can answer that with confidence. If I’m going to request a job, I’d like to request it to you.”

“Can I ask why that is so?”

“It’s easy. I’m interested in you two. So much that I want to request this job.”

Dia put her elbows on the table and leaned forward, putting her chin on top of her folded hands.

“Interest, you say?”

“Yes, interest. I was also a bit interested in the boy with the gift that I patted a bit…”

She stopped talking and looked at Loren with a meaningful gaze.

Not knowing why she would do so, Loren looked away feeling troubled, and seeing that, Dia smiled.

“You two are more than interesting enough to pique my interest. A swordsman with a strange air about him, and a priestess with a strange air about her as well.”

At Dia’s words, Loren’s heart started beating a tempo faster.

It seemed that this vampire girl not only notice the presence of Shayna within him but was close to finding out that Lapis was a demon.

“The greatest reason was the gesture that the swordsman made.”

“Me?”

Loren cocked his head, not knowing what she was talking about.

Seeing him confused, Dia’s smile became even wider.

 

“If you don’t know, I can tell you about it, but doing it for free won’t be exciting. How about I make it one of the payments for accepting my job?”

“So, what would the job be?”

As Loren almost responded without thinking, Lapis stopped him with her hand and asked Dia about the job.

“It’s nothing difficult. Two days south from this city is a ruin. I want you to escort me there.”

Dia said again that it wasn’t difficult.

Hearing that, Loren and Lapis looked at each other, trying to find out what their client’s intentions were.

 

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Hey guys Kaoto here.

I really thought that I’d be able to work on translating a lot more, but I actually didn’t have much time at all 😦

And I got to apologize for not doing Hero of Black at all, even though I say I will.
In a bit of an iffy situation on this so it might be a bit longer for me to upload the next chapter.

On a brighter note, I got new glasses and sunglasses matched.
My previous ones were way too small, but I’ve been wearing them for like three years.
Got a pretty good deal for them too.

Hope you enjoy and I’ll see you guys in the next chapter!

 

36 thoughts on “Broke Mercenary Chapter 101

  1. – with a small smile that didn’t anyone know what she was thinking

    This is missing two words. It should be “with a small smile that didn’t allow anyone to know what she was thinking”

    – but it seemed that reality wasn’t so, and no one had that ability.

    This part is also missing a word. It should be “but it seemed that reality wasn’t so kind, and no one had that ability.”

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  2. Thanks for the chapter Kaoto! A two day trip while “escorting” something that could be just as dangerous as one of the evil gods? Should be a cakewalk assuming it’s actually that simple.

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  3. Its just an escort for the Loli Vampire, what could possibly go wrong? I’ll just say that this quest is definitely for Gold Rank and above for sure.
    And for Klaus, buddy you would be remembered.

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  4. Thanks for your translation, and congrats on finding a set of glasses you like. I always end up with just “good enough” and “nice enough” ones, and I’m by no means fussy about appearance and whatnot. Annoying for something you have in your face all day long.

    …so Klaus got “killed” off stage. Boooh. I wanted to witness it in all of its glory. What a Klaus-like reason to get omgwtfbbq’d, though. And sending Ivy along to help him get patched up seems like a bad idea, given his intentions. Guy can just keep lying there until his party shows up, I say. Lots of lost potential profit for Lapis, too.

    Anyway. Sucks that it’s really the “thousand year old dragon” type of situation. Didn’t like it before, don’t like it now. Meh. Oh well. At least things got cleared up quickly in that regard. Plus, she might be “sealed”, or some other cliche. I still have hope.

    Also, Loren has like zero survival instinct. I continue to be amazed at his ability to grow that old without getting exploited and killed off.
    An Elder Vampire requests bodyguards. What could a freaking *Elder Vampire* possibly need protection from, ferchrissake. That should be setting off all alarms.

    At least Lapis barely manages to keep him from accidentally blundering into this. Well done, most honourable priestess. We all know you two will have to take that job one way or the other (a “request” from such a powerful being might just as well be a command, story considerations aside), but doing so without a struggle is just wrong, especially before getting some more information while the being is in a comparative position of weakness and willing to talk.

    Now, let’s brainstorm. An Elder Vampire is insanely powerful, and yet she’s deliberately looking for special “humans” – so the enemies are probably not dangerous to her because of their might or advantage in numbers, but for some other reason. Also, how could “humans”, no matter how special, benefit her or oppose someone or something an Elder Vampire could not. Moreover, they need to be special enough, outstanding for humans, indicating that there is considerable danger of extreme situations.

    Let’s put aside the turncoat theory and assume the Elder has honest intentions and isn’t looking to create some exceptional Trues, or sell them off as candidates to some third party, or use them as hostages/food source/disposable meat shields/whatever.

    One reason could be diplomacy. If she’s someone of considerable status and her opponents are of the same or higher status, or hold her weakness (hostages, family bonds, power dynamics, etc), she might have to stay out of any open confrontation to avoid tragedy/war/open conflict between races/etc.
    If there’s a bunch of humans nearby “by accident”, open conflict could be avoided by virtue of them getting involved with all the guild and race-related fallout, or the simple fact of them being just strong enough to possibly survive and deliver an account of what they have seen (maybe even via soul-based necromancy, post-mortem). That implies the other party is similarly restrained by appearances or power dyamics as “our” Elder.

    The opponents might also be overly specific foes, adept at killing vampires, and vampires only. Like, vampire hunters/church extremists equipped with nothing but super specific weaponry and counter measures. They could still steamroll average adventurers by means of superior combat skill or sheer numbers, but the Harem party and Lapis&Loren would negate that. No such luck with e.g. werewolves though, they’d always trump anything.

    Still wondering why it’s gotta be “humans” specifically, seeing how they can be turned against the Elder with just a quick bite, bribe or intimidation, and are vastly less powerful anyway.
    Maybe “our” Elder is truly desperate. A fellow vampire or similarly powerful being would either need too much time convincing, or would be too expensive to hire. Plus, guarding against betrayal and hidden alliances might be impossible given her constraints. Meanwhile, some random shrubs from some breeder colony nearby might be so beneath notice for the powerful races that she can be safe in assuming they aren’t secretly in cahoots with some of her enemies.

    …and where do the cube-trapped sins come into all of this?

    Questions upon questions. Looking forward to the next chapter! Also, thanks once more.

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  5. Thanks for the translating this series. I’m enjoying the main characters back and forth a lot. I just binged from chapter 1 a few days ago and I really appreciate your efforts given for free. Do you have a PayPal or something for a small donation?

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  6. Dia put her elbows on the table and leaned forward, putting her chin on top of her folded hands.
    And said:
    – “GET IN THE FUCKING ROBOT SHINJI!!!”

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  7. As long as you keep putting chapters out everything is ok, Thanks for the effort. Well I think the vampire knows about Loren acepting Lapis nature and still forming a party with her.

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  8. So Dia is a really interesting name for a vampire. I wonder, does she have time stopping powers?

    Dia is also what I nicknamed my Sakuya puppet from TPDP, for many reasons, but one of which relates to the above.

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