6. For the time being, Tell me
When we reached Tiez, the captured bandits were imprisoned in barracks’s jail. Then they invited me to have a celebration party, but I decline them politely.
After I came to this world, I haven’t had a good sleep. Even though the second time I went back to the mountain not that tiring, because I got carried most of the time.
But still, the last time I slept was not even 1 hour, then Illias woke me up.
When I complained about it, one of the grandpa knight said that I’m free to use the bed available in the barracks.
So, after I wiped my body and borrowed some clothes, I straight go to sleep
And have a pleasant day.
I can believe that I slept well inside the jail, the bed was quite nice though, maybe because they prepared the bed for me?
Right now, except for my sore muscles, my physical condition is perfect.
And my stomach start to growl.
“I need some food…”
I start heading out from the bedroom.
Then when I wandering around, I meet one of the grandpa knight.
If I’m not mistaken he’s one of the spearman called…. What was his name again.
I remembered that he briefly introduced himself.
Maybe I could barely remember if he has a Japanese name. My memory is not that good that I can remember a lot of names in one go.
“Ah, it’s you! It sounds like you’ve a nice sleep.”
“Yes, Thanks to you. Hmm, what’s your name again?”
“It’s Karagyugjesta Domitrucovcon.”
[Tn: in source, it’s written カラギュグジェスタ＝ドミトルコフコン]
Hmm, now, I don’t even have the confidence to remember anyone. I’m sure that the rest of the grandpas also have a long names.
“Sorry to say this, but I can’t remember it.”
“Hahaha! I got told that a lot. It’s fine to just call me Grandpa Kara.”
“Thanks… By the way Grandpa Kara, could I get some food to eat? I didn’t had anything except nut this past few days.”
“Oh, that’s not good. If you are okay with leftover, I have some from yesterday party.”
To be honest, I’m okay with anything.
Then he guided me to the cafeteria, and there were many meals left on the big plates.
All of them look bizarre. Good for junk food lovers.
“Do you want me to warm up the soup?”
“For now, I don’t mind with anything as long as I can eat it.”
Then I eat the cold meat together with soup.
Normally the taste is not that good anymore, but for now, I can say that it taste delicious.
For the first-timer of this world food, I can say that it’s not that bad.
They used herb that taste a bit funny. It has a strong scent, but because of it, the meat doesn’t smell that fishy.
There is the herb inside the simple soup too.
However, it seems that they didn’t used salt in any of the dishes.
I wonder if salt that usually taken from the sea, in a country surrounded by mountains and forests is a valuable item or it’s not in circulation.
For modern person, food without spices taste a bit bland, but still it’s a lot better than biting nut.
While I eating, the old Kara, who had disappeared, went to get a wooden jug full of water for me.
“I wanted to bring you some alcohol, but Illias troubled with something. Could you go to see her after this?”
“… Okay. But before that could we clean this place first?”
“Hahah, Thank you.”
Then we go to clean the dishes.
After chatting with Grandpa Kara for a while, it’s decided that I will visit the break room beside the prison where Illias is now.
It seems that this barracks is like a gatekeeper that protects the castle gate and a garrison for the knights who guard the area around the castle.
Originally, Grandpa Kara and Illias are knights that the job is to patrol the town around the castle. But suddenly Illias get the order to subjugate the bandits.
Oh, and it seems that this kingdom called Tiez.
“Oi, Illias. I brought the boy with me.”
Illias said while sitting on the chair. it seems that she’s thinking about something.
“From your look right now, it seems that he still not confessed anything huh.”
“I left it to someone whose good at it, but it still hopeless. and it looked like that he will die if we try harder than this.”
Sound like they are talking something dangerous.
“Confess? are you interrogating the bandits?”
“Ah, yes. Even though we captured a gang of bandits yesterday, there still another gang somewhere in Tiez territory. And since there is no fight between them, it seems that they interacting with each other and exchange information but with some unknown methods.”
Right, form the size of bandits gang that we fought yesterday, it’s not enough to fight one whole kingdom.
“There nothing much that I know. So, could you explains more about the current situation?”
It started when the king of Ghana in the neighboring country changed.
The new King of Ghana strengthened the national power splendidly and restricted the activities of criminals.
Because of it, the criminals have no choice but to leave Ghana and flee to neighboring countries.
One of them is this Tiez.
Tiez territory boasts the size of a territory comparable to Ghana, but there are a lot of forests and mountains here, and it seems that it was a perfect place for the bandits to set up a new base.
In recent years many plundering activities have occurred. And the knights start to take action to decrease it.
But the bandits always run away when they see the knights. and when they see any gap in knights movement, they start plundering again.
“I see. Have the knight ever tried to capture them using a decoy?”
“The knights tried hide inside the carriage, they even wear the same clothes as the merchants, but still failed. Because they use detection magic.”
Even if you’re not in their field of view, detection magic seems to be able to perceive the presence of a magical power in a certain radius.
Indeed, if you have it, you can find anyone even if the hide. And even if the knight are disguised, they can’t hide their high mana, so the bandit will consider it dangerous.
It’s like a magic version of a thermosensor. It seems really convenient.
“However, the fact that they are checking the amount of mana means that if you use the detection magic from this side, can’t you find them?”
“There was a time when they got caught by that method. But, they checking us from inside the forest, so the moment they feel our detection magic, they ran away to the deeper part of forest.”
I forgot about it. They told me yesterday, If the detection magic is used, the other side will also notice it.
“I think with the knights speed, it’s enough to can chase them while using detection magic.”
“Of course. However, they to run away while scattering Magic Sealing Stone.”
“Magic Sealing Stone?”
“What? you don’t know about it? Boy, Where did you come from?”
Illias said while showing a transparent stone with a faint yellow-green color. The size is about the size of a marble, and it doesn’t seem to be specially processed.
I got the impression that it was a glass stone rather than a jewel.
“This stone have a certain mana around it in proportion to its size. When magic touches that magical power, the stone reacts and break the magical construction, then disperses it as mana. It’s a stone that literally seals magic.”
What a fantasy killer item.
Since I came to the world of magic, I had a strong desire to learn magic.
But what? you said that there is an Item that stop any magic.
“By the way, is this stone a valuable item?”
“This kind of item… you can buy it with a child’s pocket money.”
Oh, it’s just that much.
“So, Is a mage almost powerless in actual battle?”
“You mean Magic Warrior? Hmm, if you’re a prominent magic user, you could blow away The Magic Sealing Stone with your magic. But even if they suddenly throw the stone when you’re in close range, you will be powerless. In a war, by bringing a huge Magic Sealing Stone, magic can’t be used in the entire battlefield.”
“I am curious, but wouldn’t it impossible to use detection magic if you bring this around?”
As a matter of course, I have a question.
isn’t that if you use magic that searches for a certain range that centered on you, the magic stone will be included in the range and makes the magic invalid?
“Hmm, It possible if you use it in all directions. That’s why there is a need to focus the direction. For example, If there is your comrade with a Magic Sealing Stone nearby, you need to exclude your comrade direction. You need a technique, and it’s not a difficult technique. If you are used to it, you may be able to use magic while equipping a Magic Sealing Stone. Although the size is limited.”
“So, the bandits quite skillful in it.”
“Ah, of course it’s depend on the training. Still, it’s hard to know what size and who is carrying it, so it would be difficult to use magic while carrying the stone in battle.”
“By the way, the magic stones were stored in one room in the cave yesterday. If you want to detect the surroundings, avoiding the room’s direction is enough.”
Hmm,so… it’s a stone that neutralization range depend on its size.
Moreover, because the price is reasonable, it disposable.
And if you throw it away while you are on the run, you can effectively interfere the chase side’s detection magic.
Then what if the merchants had it?
That’s not good.
Having the means to cancel the detection magic will makes them look suspicious.
wait… doesn’t it means that it will be hard for bandits to attack the merchants who bring that stone?
“What if instead a pass, you give that stone to the merchants. Isn’t the bandit will be wary and the damage reduced?”
“Certainly the first detection magic can be neutralized. But, they can use detection magic again while avoiding the direction of the one bringing the stone.”
“If you bring it in a large amount or a large size?”
“Let’s say that it works. Then the bandits have no choice but to take a risk. And if you put a decoy, you might capture them someday. But before that happens, there will be a lot of sacrifices. in the end, it’s difficult to get everyone to agree with that suggestion.”
Well, that’s true.
There aren’t many merchants who want to take the risk with unavoidable sacrifice.
If the bandits need to decrease their plundering further, they will search for new methods and become even more daunting.
While search for their prey, they will be more careful and only attack those that they are sure of. On the contrary, if we searched for them, they will escape using the stone.
They’re really troublesome bandits.
Considering this, it seems that it was really a fortune for the knights that a stranger who doesn’t have normal human mana accidentally discovered the bandit’s base and leaked that information.
No wonder they were excited at that time.
“In the end, there’s a need to subjugate them.”
“Huft, and when I think that finally I can grab their tail… the bandit doesn’t seems like spiting any information.”
And finally, the story comes back to the present problem.
Without any information from the captured bandits, the damage rate could only be slightly reduced.
No, it’s not a time to be happy with just slightly reduced. If the other bandits start to be active, in the end the damage doesn’t change at all.
“By the way, isn’t there any brainwashing or manipulation magic?”
“There is, But there’s a need to cast the magic in the head. And I don’t know how, but they planted is a small Magic Sealing Stone inside their head. If we forcefully try to take it out, they will die.”
Damn, they’re so thorough.
It might be possible if there is surgical technology, but it’s difficult consider the standard of this world.
Precise extraction with magic might be possible, but in the first place it is no good if a stone that nullifies the magic is planted.
Even so, the fact that the bandits didn’t yield with this gorilla’s interrogation makes me terrified.
Is the their fellowship too high? No, that’s not it. The other bandit gang not even helping them when we go to capture and destroy them yesterday.
Is the information of the other bandits more important than their own life?
“I’m curious about something… can you let me interrogate them?”
Illias and Grandpa Kara looked at me with strange faces.
Then, I go to interview… no, I mean interrogation room with one of the bandit.
I don’t want to do any torture, so I will do it like in the detective drama.
Then both of us sit on the chair.
“Huh!? Who the fuck are you, kid!?”
“I’m the new interrogator.”
“Hahah, after the knight, now they sent a bean sprout!? Oi, oi, Tiez’s standard is this low!?”
“Well, it’s not like brute strength is needed for interrogation. Besides, I don’t like hurting other.”
“And he’s coward to boot!? Just kill me already! I don’t have anything to say to the likes of you!”
Damn, He’s scary.
There is plenty of hate from the him.
He might have already been interrogated and tortured by the knight. Many new wounds are visible on his body.
But thanks to seeing the monstrous knight, I’m not that afraid.
“Then can you at least tell me why you can’t speak?”
“Right now, I’m trying to get information from you.But if you can’t speak it, I want to know why.”
“Are you stupid? Why do I have to talk it to my enemy?”
“You know… I heard from the person in charge, because you killed a lot of people, it seems you won’t be able to avoid the dead sentence.”
“Of course! That’s why, just kill me already!”
“I’m curious about one thing.Why do you stubbornly refuse even if you will die? Even if you spit out information, you will eventually die. Some more the one who will get troubled are different bandit gangs, your business rival. And, normally isn’t it better to die peacefully after spiting information, than die by torture?”
“At least for you guys, it looked like selling information of other bandits seems to be more scary than dying. I want to know why.”
“What will change if tell you that?”
“Well, at least I get satisfied.”
“If you could make me satisfied with the reason why you can’t spit any information, there’s no need to torture you all. Don’t you think that it’s not a bad story for both side?”
“It’s not like I asked you to sell your friends.It’s just a suggestion to die peacefully after you told me the reason. But, if by chances that there’s also reason why you can’t even tell me that, it can’t be helped. I’ll just leave the rest to the knights hard work then.”
Now, what will you do.
The last one seemed to be a threat and it doesn’t sound good, but my mouth slipped.
I hope it works.
“… It doesn’t matter even if we die. ‘That Person’ can grant us eternal fear, wherever we are.”
Hah, finally he give some information.
“Can you talk about it more in detail?”
“Aah, Please have mercy.”
Well, having some way means, that if you tell it to other, it same as selling information.
I can think what course of action need to do after this. He told me some valuable information.
First, He said me ‘That Person’.
That means there are some very threatening things to this bandit gang.
Perhaps it’s good to say that ‘That Person’ are also threatening other bandits gangs.
When it comes to this, the bandits’ gangs that make base in Tiez territory revolve around “That Person”.
What kind of relationship they have, is it cooperation or obedience?
Next, there is a means to make you regret even after death.
A quick idea came to mind is that their family will get killed.
However, the bandit’s crew, his family, has already been killed in front of him. And it is hard to think that his wife taken as hostage.
That’s not an eternal fear. Wait, maybe the word I need to focus is ‘eternal fear’.
There’s something come to my mind, but that’s just my fantasy delusion.
No point in worrying about it now, let’s ask an expert later.
“Alright, I see. It’s enough, thanks.”
Then, I decided to stand up and move.