A Frontline Soldier Awakened as a Gamer In The War! - FSAGW Chapter 70 (Part 1)
Kaes seemed taken aback by Kaiyan’s words, his mouth hanging open without closing.
“I want to meet the firstborn of the Carsia family, Barvan. Ah, should I call him Barvan?”
“Well… let’s pass over that… Why are you saying this?”
“I heard that the Carsia family’s firstborn came to investigate the Blatan Mercenary Guild. And they’re supposed to come again, so why not make it happen?”
“No, that’s not it. Why do you want to meet a noble?”
The reason to meet a noble.
“There’s a somewhat troublesome matter, and if I meet Barvan, it will be resolved.”
If Kaiyan deals with Jansen, there will be no reason for the Banson Mercenaries to hide. The simplest way to handle him is to tell the truth to Barvan, who’s his direct superior. Moreover, Kaiyan has a piece of paper with the location where Jansen’s subordinates arranged a meeting for him.
“Sigh… I thought you were an odd one, but I never imagined you’d be this peculiar. Kaiyan, do you not know what nobles are? They’re people who could kill innocent commoners for simply displeasing them.”
Though Kaes spoke with a tone of disappointment, Kaiyan already knew this to some extent. Living alongside Tarian, he had experienced it firsthand.
“I understand. But I wish to meet him.”
He probably wouldn’t refuse Kaiyan’s proposal either. Grandel had said that Barvan was quite a suspicious individual, so there’s a chance he still believes Jansen is alive. But if Kaiyan, who knows where Jansen is, offers a proposal, why would he refuse?
‘Unless he’s a complete idiot, he won’t.’
“Well… how about visiting the Carsia family directly?”
“That’s not possible. Meeting Barvan needs to be done secretly.”
Jansen, the cunning one, had already managed to secretly enlist several knights, including Grandel, who served Barvan directly. It was beyond imagination how many spies they had within the Carsia family. If news of Kaiyan’s visit reached them, Jansen would likely act first.
“…Is there a reason why we should entertain your request?”
Kaiyan understood Kaes’ perspective as well. It must be confusing to be suddenly asked to arrange a meeting with a noble without any context.
“There isn’t one at the moment… but if I meet Barvan, I will ask for one favor on behalf of the Blatan Mercenary Guild. Wouldn’t that be sufficient payment?”
“What? Aren’t you a commoner?”
“But would someone like Barvan really listen to you?”
“I possess a secret that would force him to listen to me.”
“Sigh… please give me a moment to think.”
Kaes closed his eyes as if pondering this strange proposition.
The reason he was considering this absurd proposal was because, if Barvan agreed to Kaiyan’s request at the Blatan Mercenary Guild, there would be many ways to exploit it. Damn, the requests of nobles had that much value.
With a slightly crumpled expression, Kaes, who had closed his eyes for a while, opened them again.
“Kaiyan, if… something goes wrong and our Guild suffers damage, what will you do?”
“That probably won’t happen… but if it does, I’ll give you all this money. Think of it as collateral.”
Plucking the money pouch from his pouch like he was pulling out a coat from a wardrobe, Kaiyan placed five money bags filled with 100 gold on the ground.
“Here’s 500 gold. Isn’t that enough?”
It wasn’t a request to visit the noble family and arrange a meeting. He just needed to convey to the men investigating the case that Barvan had something important to say. It might not be a substantial amount of money from the guild’s perspective, but it was a good deal for them if they obtained 500 gold or a noble’s favor.
Furthermore, even a noble wouldn’t dare to openly oppress tens of thousands of mercenaries belonging to a mercenary guild.
“Well, fine. But please understand that if he declines on his side, there’s nothing we can do.”
“Yes, that should be enough.”
Kaiyan left Kaes, who was looking at him with an expression of uncertainty and headed out of the Mercenary Guild towards the inn where he had stayed with the Banson Mercenaries.
[Kaiyan! By the way, when do you plan to visit the Lukuba Merchant Group? I want to see the things they’re selling there.]
Reika, who had been silently observing the situation from within Kaiyan’s cloak since they entered the guild, poked her head out and asked.
“I plan to do so after this matter is resolved. It shouldn’t take too long.”
There were now only about 10 days left until the date written on the paper that Jansen had given him. Kaiyan needed to meet Barvan and resolve the issue before then.
“Ah, but do you really want me to go directly to the Lukuba Merchant Group? Wouldn’t it be better to use G-Points? The city is much larger than you think!”
“Searching on our own might be quite difficult.”
[Is that so?]
“Of course, we can make use of Barvan.”
Though Kaiyan wanted to meet Barvan for his own convenience, this might not necessarily be a bad thing for Barvan. If he had a conscience, he wouldn’t refuse Kaiyan’s request.
‘It’s an easy task for him.’
The information network of nobles was vastly different from that of an ordinary commoner.
If the information about the Lukuba Merchant Group being in Blatan was true, using the resources of nobles to locate them wouldn’t be too difficult. Moreover, considering that the Lukuba Merchant Group was known for selling unique items, nobles might be curious enough to seek them out.
[But what if he doesn’t listen to Kaiyan’s request? You’ve said that nobles are really bad people!]
“It doesn’t matter that much. That’s not the main purpose. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll look for another way, like requesting assistance from the mercenaries in the guild I used to work for.”
From Kaiyan’s standpoint of not trusting the existence of nobles, Kaiyan already had the thought that Barvan might break his promise. However, even if Barvan did, the proceedings for dealing with Jansen would still continue as planned. Moreover, having tens of thousands of mercenaries in a mercenary guild, Kaiyan had already thought that it wouldn’t cause much impact.
The problem would be if Barvan tried to attack Kaiyan.
‘Unless I’m an easy catch, that is.’
Kaiyan is no longer the person who would be frightened by nobles’ threats.
Around five days after the visit to the mercenary Guild, a messenger sent by Kaes came to the inn where Kaiyan was staying. According to him, Kaes conveyed that a person who had been investigating for the Carsia family had something important to say and it was necessary for Barvan to meet them.
And two more days passed from then, marking the seventh day when Kaes came to the inn in person.
“Sigh… come with me to the mercenary Guild.”
Kaes, who seemed somewhat disappointed, sighed as Kaiyan spoke.
“Has everything gone well?”
“Yes, he came to the Guild in person. It’s quite unexpected.”
“Are you referring to Barvan?”
“Yes, he came with his knights. Let’s go quickly.”
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