Everything according to keikaku, hahah
This chapter is quite good, especially the last part, makes me more interested in the MC.
8. For the time being, According to plan
The bandit, the one that gave some clue and got interrogated before, is now worried.
[Tn: I think the bandit from Ch 6]
When He saw that boy, He despised that boy because he looks weak.
He was skilled in determining the strength of the opponent, even before using detection magic to do it.
As for the impression when he saw the boy, he could not feel any sign of a strong man, and he can’t see any muscles on the boy.
It doesn’t seems like the boy hide his power too. The boy definitely just a mere ordinary person.
Therefore, He can’t understand.
How about that, they’re shaken now.
It’s not like the boy lied by saying some nonsense. It’s just that The boy hit their blind spot.
He remembered the one-armed man that banded the bandits.
Suddenly appeared and brought the bandits alliance.
His gangs boss, Gidou, also afraid of that one-armed man. And agreed with the proposal from him.
There was a disadvantage of sharing the territory, but the gangs get more than it.
Information of the merchants, search technique using detection magic, a means to escape from pursuer and resistance from brainwashing magic using magic sealing stones.
The gangs was able to work more safely and get profit more than ever before.
But human will get greedy when everything became easy, especially if you are in bandit business.
There was also a gang who break the proposal from the one-armed man, and started to act freely.
However, it was what the one-armed man wanted.
“Well, I didn’t tell you in detail about the end of those who broke the rules in the alliance, I will take care of them, and let me show you what happened to them.”
The one-armed man said that. Then he shows the fate of who betrayed him, a fellow member became a miserable monster by Necromancy.
Only a slight trace of their old face left in that monster.
Not only that, but their consciousness still there.
Some dirty liquid flowing from their eyes, and they muttering something in small voice like a whisper.
“Let me die… Please… Just let me die…”
Since he have lived as a bandit, he think that he have overcome the fear of dying.
However, he was shown that even after death they to continue to live miserably, and that fear was engraved in his mind.
That’s why even if he die here, he don’t want to end like that.
But what the boy said has shaken his determination.
The boy said that it was a coincidence that the knights attacked a cave that hard to found, but it is certainly already happened.
In that case, there is a possibility that the information of other gangs will be somehow accidentally leaked.
And if that happens, who is the first to be suspected and purged?
His body shakes, and his mind get confused.
He want to consult with his friend. But now all of them got separated.
Both options have their own risk. If it’s like that he don’t want to give benefit to the knights who will execute them.
But the possibility of dying as a human is…
“Damn! I should rest now, and spend more time thinking about it.”
Right, that boy has told him about the shortcomings of his proposal.
If so, there may be some trap in that proposal.
First, calm down… Right, the best action he need to take right now is to rest calmly.
“Hey! it’s about time to change shifts.”
The knights’ voices could be heard from outside his jail. It looks like the lookout will change.
“Hey! by the way, is there anyone who confessed?”
“No. Every single one of them just refused to talk.”
Yes, That’s right. we will never confessed that easily.
He could relax a bit after hearing that words.
It seems that his friends also have the thinking as him right now. Yes, they’re not a fool without thought.
“By the way, are we really going to extend the execution date?”
“Yeah, It seems we will.”
“Even though we need to feed them with food from the people’s hard work…”
“That’s not really a problem.”
“It seems that only 3 of them will get their execution delayed. Others will be executed immediately, then we can give their share to the survivors, so it won’t be burden.”
His breathing stopped. and his heart beat increased.
He heard something that he shouldn’t forget.
Wh, what did they say just now?
“Only 3 people?.. But why?”
“Even if all 7 people give us information, it’s just the same information.”
“The boy said that 3 people are enough if it just to check facts and discrepancies.”
Is this the trap of what that boy proposed?
That’s right, that boy has never said “everyone”.
Sure, if there are a few people who confessed, it’s enough to confirm lies. There’s no need to wait for everyone to confessed.
What a merciless guy. This will surely bring the other 4 people to the worst end.
If we spit out information, we’re definitely treated as a traitor, but our safety is secured until the one-armed man dies.
If we not confessed anything, we won’t be treated as a traitor, but depending on the feeling of that one-armed man, we might becomes his next prey of Necromancy.
I was confused because there was a hope in both options.
But what happens if the 3 people spit out information?
Those 3 people will be under protection but the other 4 will immediately executed.
And in the end all 7 of us will be treated as traitors.
“Wherever you are, even if you died, you will get your retribution”, That one-armed man said that before.
Whether 4 people spit information or not, they will carry only the bad points of both options.
Only 3 people can safely dies as a human.
“H, Hey, Guard! I will speak! please call that boy!”
He said while hitting the door. He’s worried that if his friend notice this too, he’ll definitely spit out information!
“What’s with you all of sudden? It’s good that you want to be honest, but do it tomorrow’s. The boy told you that he will hear you talk tomorrow right?”
“Don’t give me that shit! I said that I’ll confess right now!”
“How noisy… That boy is already asleep. I will give you some paper, you could write a list of what you want to talk to him there. I will give it to the boy tomorrow morning.”
While the guard saying that, he give a parchment and a long charcoal from a small gap bellow the door.
Right now, it would be impossible to call that boy even if he appealed. Then how can he would be included in that 3 people?
He pick up charcoal and start writing on the paper.
He need to write as much information that they want to get, and make sure to get the their attention.
“In the end, 5 out of 7 people decided to confess. This is a list of information that they want to speak.”
After waking up, Grandpa Kara handed a bunch of parchment while I was having breakfast at the barracks.
Then, while I skimming it, I give that to Illias.
“I don’t know which information is useful. So, let’s just hear all of it.”
“However, all of them looks so desperate…”
The finishing blow is that I asked Illias or Grandpa Kara to talk about “we will receive information up to 3 people”, and let the bandits hear it.
People are vulnerable to limited things. That’s right, using that limited things it’s easy to take advantage of people.
Especially, if you get the information about that by chance. it will be very effective.
You see, if there is a shop clerk saying “Only available now! Only for today!”, I bet only shallow-minded person get shaken with that word.
Anyone who use their brain will be aware that it is a means to make them buy and be wary of it.
But… What if the information happens to be heard from a third party?
Information learned through the media, the thought that you know the information by chance, the fact that you know it yourself will make a difference in its credibility.
This is not the information given to me. It’s the information I got.
Therefore you believe it. Even if in the end it’s just a false information.
I remembered the was a time when such frauds using that trick were popular for a while.
Making them believe it strongly would have made them more impatient.
He will think how to surely make him sit in the informant’s chair.
At that point, paper and writing instruments were handed to him.
He will think, it’s the last chance to appeal.
He will try to show that he have a lot of information, or that he have more important information.
As the result, he will speak more on the spot when we ask later.
“Grandpa Kara, can you tell the bandits that you will hear their talk from 10 o’clock.”
“Do you plan to put them together at the same place?”
“No, could you please ask each knight to speak with each of them in different place, and please tell them that I’m hearing the talk from the other bandits. And don’t forget, interrogate all of them at 10 o’clock.”
“What are you planning?”
“You know, there is a people that will talk more when they think that they’re the first.”
“You’re so thorough… Well, I understand.”
Grandpa Kara leaves the room.
Illias looks at me with a strange look and start to speak.
“Just… What kind of life did you live in your original world?”
“I see… Another vague question, huh.”
“I heard that magic doesn’t exist in your world. But you never told me anything else. All actions you took this time, for me it’s just…”
“Violating chivalry code and it’s not a preferred method to use to people?”
“That’s right. You take advantage of people’s weaknesses and use it. Some more, you naturally choosing such a method… In this world, that kind of thing usually done by cunning merchants and criminals. Or someone who was involved with such people… Could you let me know?”
“I just… Lived safely there.”
“Now matter how I look at it… I just can’t believe that…”
“What I mean by safely is, living in the common ways and there is no one who criticized me. That was how I stand in there. The main difference between this world and my original world is the range of contact.”
I drink water and take a break.
“An opportunity to get to know others… There are many ways for it. The more people you interact with, the more chances you will get to know the differences. Of course, there are good people and bad people. A bad person does maliciously harm someone, and trying to get profit for himself. It’s a world where there are too many such bad guys to stay alert.”
“To live in such world as an ordinary people, you need to have the knowledge to protect yourself from the bad guys. You need a means to get around without being targeted. And you need to be careful not to be criticized by others for that means. That’s how I lived safely.”
“I just can’t understand you well… Which one is the true you? The one when you was in contact with Maya and us? or the one when in front of the bandits?”
“Both, I guess… Both are myself without any doubt. I mean, you will have different attitudes when facing the ordinary people and when facing the bad guys. Well, in your case, you acted as Illias the Knight in front of both of them though. In the my case, I change my attitude depending on the other party. That’s all.”
“Does it mean that you become evil when it comes to evil?”
“Not quite. It’s just that I will be someone who understands evil.”
“I see… I understand now… Your way of life is like a distorted mirror isn’t it?”
Her face softened.
“Change one’s way according to the other person’s way, huh… Well, well, how can you life while doing that kind of troublesome thing.”
“It’s hard to live safely.” [Tn: 100% agree!]
After that, information gathering from the bandits finished.
It seems from that 7 people there was a bandits with communication role, and so I was able to obtain information of the other gang’s bases, etc.
Then there was also the story of a man with one arm who used Necromancy, who had built a cooperative relationship called the ‘Bandits Alliance’.