[9th Round] Hidden-route
▶ Baffled: Like the proverb “one shouldn’t commit an easily avoidable mistake”, it’s clear what you should do. Student Kang Han Soo, wouldn’t the problem get bigger later if you sell elves as slaves? Human trafficking would affect your Personality credits no matter how I look at it…
Then shall I kill them?
Elf corpses are used as good magic ingredients.
▶ Freaked out: Absolutely not! Come to think of it, it’s a good punishment! I think you’re generous enough by not killing the elves who had attacked the innocent and kind Mr Hero. It should give you bonus points in Personality!
Is that so? Then it must be, if Miss Trainee Teacher says so!
▶ Anxious: Don’t believe in me too much…
I decided to attend the auction since I’ve come all the way here.
“It’s okay, right?”
The black market, that considered security as important because of some people who are absorbed in playing the role of heroes, had strict standards to pick their guests.
But there are exceptions everywhere.
“Of course! You’re a great being! You came at a perfect time. The auction is starting soon! I’ll take you to the special seats!”
The black market official gladly agreed to my request.
Was he being flexible because I sold him a bunch of elves?
Even though my schedule was almost ruined because the violent elves started attacking me, I was relieved it didn’t stray too far from how the 2nd round unfolded.
In fact, it was even better than the 2nd round.
I didn’t kill Sylvia and her group and handled it peacefully, like a true Hero!
Now, it would be perfect if I got ‘labourer’ at the auction.
“Mr Hero. Lanuvel doesn’t like this. I can’t believe the chosen Hero gets involved in human trafficking… you must be the first one in history.”
Lanuvel pouted as if she was still dissatisfied.
“Don’t get in the way and get lost if you don’t like it.”
“I hate getting lost even more!”
We went underground to where the black market would open.
The auction wasn’t much different from how it was in the 2nd round.
I did sell Sylvia and a bunch of other elves, but they didn’t get displayed immediately.
They were marking them as slaves and preparing all related documents.
The black market needed to go through several procedures to make the elves look like legal slaves, and it also needed ‘a bit’ of the slaves’ cooperation.
It was to kill their hopes and dreams by telling them a realistic cruel story—that trying to resist would only put them at a disadvantage- and turn them into obedient slaves as soon as possible.
From living beings into products.
Just binding them with shackles and handcuffs didn’t make them slaves.
All the slaves displayed here had undergone this special training to an extent.
Of course, not all of them were successful.
“I was active as a mercenary at the north part of the kingdom. I look like this because I’ve been refusing to eat for a long time, but I have outstanding spearmanship! I would be able to use it splendidly as soon as I get well!”
If they refused to become a slave until the end like this young man did, the auction house also wouldn’t have any choice but to give up trying and sell them quickly, as their value would drop once they became corpses.
The auctioneer introduced ‘labourer’ exactly like how he did in the 2nd round, without any difference.
Of course the stats were also the same.
▷ Species: Human
▷ Level: 286
▷ Job: Mercenary(Wealth→ Survival↑)
▷ Skill: Spearmanship C Tenacity D Survival D Camping E Cooking E…
▷ Status: Empty stomach, Weak
He had extremely poor skills to be my colleague.
But his mental condition was qualified. That was enough. Because I could raise his stats as much as I wanted.
I made a bid without hesitation.
And I could win the bid at a very low price.
“Three, two, one… congratulations! Sir with a golden mask. You bought a good product at a very low price!”
Claps claps claps!
The auctioneer and participants gave me applause.
As if they were congratulating me after adopting a cute pet, they gave me words of blessing to use the slave I bought well until I got my money’s worth, and a blessing ritual.
Right next to me, Lanuvel was staring at me.
“I realized the reason Mr Hero treats Lanuvel coldly.”
I was really curious.
“You like tough-looking men more than cute beaut- ouch?!”
“If weird rumors are going around about me, I’ll take it as your fault and punish you accordingly. Lanuvel. Do you understand?”
Lanuvel nodded while holding onto her head, which I flicked spitefully, with both of her hands.
“Sir. Here is the key and contract.”
The guards dragged the handcuffed and shackled labourer here.
I paid immediately and said,
“Put it on the table. And I’d like you to bring proper food for this slave to eat. I don’t need a lot. Just enough to give him strength to walk on his feet.”
One of the guards who received my instruction nodded and left.
The labourer said,
“I’m not a slave.”
“But you have a childhood friend you love one-sidedly in your hometown and colleagues you want to take revenge on. Right?”
“I’ll give you two options when the auction is over. Either you believe me and come with me, or leave free. There won’t be retaliation following your choice. If you ask me why I’m being nice to you, I just like you~”
Lanuvel’s eyes changed meaningfully again, but I decided to punish her slowly later.
“Think objectively. What’s the point of spending my money on an unattractive dude like you—instead of beautiful slave ladies—and lying? Are you an emperor’s love child? You’re not. You’re just a stupid mercenary who got betrayed after believing your colleague. Think about it while you eat until the auction is over.”
The laborer who got persuaded by what I said stopped his hunger strike and started to eat the simple dishes on the table.
▶ Content: I was a little worried when Student Kang Han Soo beat up the elves and reached out to human traffickers. But seeing the sight of you doing a good deed like this, it seems like it was an unnecessary worry.
If Miss Trainee Teacher said so then it was!
“Excuse me, Mr Hero.”
Lanuvel pulled my sleeve with her fingertips and acted cute.
I was about to hit the despicable Lanuvel’s lower jaw like an automatic reflex but succeeded in stopping my fist.
I had a very good self-control even without the skill.
Patience F→ Patience E
Clear headed F→ Clear headed E
But still I wouldn’t refuse if I was given the skills.
“Is this person a new colleague?”
“I’d say so.”
I was planning to start with a useless labourer first like the 2nd round. Then the final branch of my technology tree of growth would be the king of the Dumpling Kingdom.