Chapter 21 – The Conclusion of the Negotiation

Chapter 21 – The Conclusion of the Negotiation

Franko’s mood changed naturally, as the tribal chief assumed the role of the negotiator.
His overwhelming aura, which could be sensed until now, turned into ‘Let’s hear it out.’
You could notice the change of attitude in the voices coming from the people who were sitting, as well as those observing.

As Eiji noticed that he was not allowed to leave the table, he felt disappointed.
However, it wouldn’t end with just that.
If there were any lacks in oneself, one should consider filling them up by learning.

When he decided to concentrate, he put his ear toward the negotiation between both of them.
Their negotiation started with a quiet tone coming from the tribal chief, which was more suppressed than usual.

– Franko, I have a little suggestion coming from me, however…
– Let’s hear it out.
– Since you’ve already made an investigation, you should know the best, but this guy is exceptional. He’s made a range of new things and has put them to use.
– It seems to be so. Still half of year has passed since he arrived, right?
– That’s right. I will ask you, but, do you really think that there is room for making new inventions if we are restrained with heavy taxes?
– If you freeze the number of laborers, you will be able to reduce the burden.
– Eiji is the only one responsible for supplying us with raw materials, production, and processing. At least forward us with your people, so that we can devote ourselves more towards production.

Hearing the tribal chief’s words, Franko kept silent.
It was probably the sort of talk which you wouldn’t insert in as a condition.

– I shall send you several people if I can have him com—
– Eiji is a member of this village. Do you honestly think I would let you have him? Can’t you figure out what will happen to him if I let him go?

What will happen?
It feels as though one couldn’t picture that.
For Eiji, who held some doubts about it, the next words coming from the tribal chief’s mouth were full of surprise.
The tribal chief shot a look to Eiji, telling him to pay more attention.

– I can imagine him being confined in your city and forced to do labor. You wouldn’t have the slightest intention of letting him return to the village, so you would probably just pass a verbal message at your own convenience, and sooner or later use a roundabout way to request Tanya for a divorce. Of course Eiji, they would report that by saying that the request came from you.

– W-wouldn’t such thing be actually the first to be exposed with?
– Eiji, you are still young. No, rather I would say that you still don’t know your true value.

The tribal chief’s face became stunned at Eiji, who was trying to deny that it’s not possible.
He too understood from looking at her face that she doesn’t comprehend him.

This person just says what he thinks. – she thought.

Through the muscles along his spine he felt a chill, which somehow couldn’t be expressed in words. Eiji could feel the pores of his skin expanding.
It was fearsome and above all else he was unable to comprehend it.
Eiji was filled with emotions of disbelief, saying that his skills couldn’t be that valuable.
The tribal chief and Franko’s way of reasoning was running contrary to his sense of values.

– If it’s this guy, then he’s capable of doing so. Of course, he won’t do that using brute force, but rather use skillful words in order to create such a situation, in which you won’t be able to react. If I were in his shoes, I would do the same. Furthermore, since he has traveled between various villages, he would possess quite a large amount of experience. I intend to make sure of the truth.

– I feel troubled for forcing a talk based on assumptions on you. Eiji, please be at ease. I can assure you that such things won’t happen.
– Even if you wanted to, you wouldn’t be able. However, if you dare to do so, I shall not remain silent. I wonder whether it will even turn into a war.
– That’s why I say it’s a delusion unlikely to occur.

Siena village has a population of 250 something. On the other hand, the city of Nazioni, where the feudal reside, has a number which is around a little more than 400 and a dozen.
One could say that it wasn’t an overwhelming difference.
The city of Nazioni has been the ruling side thanks to the difference of power in technology based on bronze smithing. Therefore, they would consider Eiji, who is able to handle iron manufacture, a threat.
For that reason, they would want to keep someone like Eiji on their side if possible – is what the tribal chief told Eiji.

– Were you to tie him up in such a half-baked way, you would probably not prosper from having all those new items. Rather than that, don’t you think it would it be much more profitable to let him do as he please in making new items?
– I shall acknowledge that. Nevertheless, there’s no real guarantee that he will be able to make those new things.
– Eiji.
– Yes?
– Do you have any other ideas which you could use to make new things?

Eiji knew what kind of answer the tribal chief was expecting.
Furthermore, he knew it would relate to the constraints placed on him depending on what kind of answer he gives.

– Well then, if it’s a small thing…The item which comes into my mind right now is…If it’s right now… considering what the village need, wouldn’t it be horseshoes?
– Horseshoes? What’s that? I’d like you to explain it to me in details.
– They’re shoes made from iron used to cover a horse’s feet, you see. It protects the horse’s hooves, making it harder to sustain injuries.

Wild horses have hard hooves; therefore they won’t get simply injured. However, a horse that became domesticated has a meek hoof and are more susceptible to injury.
What’s more, they are used for labor, such as plowing and pulling carts, making their hooves easily to wear out as a result.
During their daily activities in Siena, Eiji heard from the farmer, Bernard, who complained about the weak constitution of his horse. It was then that he came across the idea of making horseshoes.
Of course, there’s no proof that it will immediately become a good item just because he says that he will make it.
His craftsmanship will vary depending on the shape and the thickness, which might decide whether or not it will be easy to walk.
Nevertheless, it was something that could be amended. If he could achieve such a result using his skills, then it would be fine.

Hearing Eiji’s words, the tribal chief regained her senses and nodded deeply.
– Just like this, with little questioning he was able to come out with an idea of making a new object. I think this should be more than enough for proof.
– …I can’t help but to accept that. Eiji-san.
– Yes?
– When you create new items, you don’t just make one, do you?
– In order to test them out, I make several patterns.
– Then, please consider them as paying taxes.
– Won’t the tax ratio change with that?
– Your burden will reduce. Also, I have to make sure you make up for that excuse, you see.
– Ugh…
– Ah, of course if it’s something small that requires very little time to make, I’d like to have a specific amount of them.

Surely, with such a tax structure, he will be definitely able to get hold of new technologies.
At the same time, assuming that Eiji makes more than three items of the same type, there will be a chance to reduce the tax ratio naturally.
Compared with the talk until now, it didn’t seem to be half bad idea – he thought.

– There’s one more thing.
– Still there’s something else you want?
– This is vital as well. Even though you say paying taxes, it’s not like paying with anything will do. I want to specify it, for instance, that farmers pay using wheat, shepherds – with cheese and meat, animal dung, and fur.
– I got it….

This is a society which is made up of exchanging goods.
Normally, If there is a monetary system, then paying with money would be considered rather convenient. Nevertheless, it’s not always true.

If so, then food, which takes time to grow, would be collected less frequently in a form of taxes, rather than money.

If he intends to impose taxes on special products of every single village, then minimalizing the time of pay between taxes would probably give a relief for villagers.

– Speaking of which, Eiji-san, I want you to pay me, apart from your inventions, with 500 something of arrowheads, as well as, 10 spearheads.
– Be that as it may with arrowheads… but I refuse to make spearheads.
– Why is that?
– I don’t want to make tools which intend to take away human lives.
– Nonetheless, tools like nata and hatchets can also be used to kill people? Why is it fine with arrowhead?
– Because it can be applied in villages for hunting. Its main purpose isn’t to be used in a war. I understand that it can be made into a weapon, depending on its user. Still, I wish to create items which solely focus on making life wealthier.

It was a condition which Eiji couldn’t yield in.
Based on the history he knows, there used to be lots of blacksmiths who made their living forging weapons, such as swords, armors, and guns.
Despite that, Eiji’s main principle, since his birth and until now, was to forge iron tools while watching people smiling.
That applied to his father, whom he saw in his faint dream, as well.
Eiji looked into Franko’s eyes as if expressing his determination.
This time he wouldn’t avert his eyes.

– Still, you can use them to maintain the peace?
– Regardless of that, a weapon is a weapon.

The silence continued for a while
Eiji wouldn’t change his opinion.
In the worst case, he would have the eyes on him, leading to worsening his status, or even being in a life endangering position.
But be that what it may, it was something he couldn’t consent to.

– (sigh)… I cannot win against someone who’s prepared to throw his life away like this. In that case, I’ll have you to make natas, instead of spears.
– Sorry for being selfish, but this is something I can’t consent to.

By swinging with a nata, one could turn it into a malicious weapon.
However, Eiji couldn’t be suspicious of that matter.
Otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to make anything if he were to consider what user it is.

– In addition, please do your best in order to produce large amounts of soap. Right now it’s a rare item, so the exchange rate is extremely high. What’s more, if it’s effective against epidemic diseases, then we absolutely do need it. These are things the tribal chief would support as well, I believe.
– I’ll promise to cooperate with you. Accordingly, I’ll have you reduce the tax ratio imposed on wheat.
– If it’s a decrease similar to the exchange rate, then I can’t do it, but I’ll make sure that you get a discount.

The talk concluded.
Franko will get his hands on the new technology together with iron-made hoes and natas
Besides, at the beginning, there will be no assigned members to be deployed from Eiji’s side.
Considering that Franko didn’t hold an overwhelming power in the system of government, you could say that he produced a superb result.
Later, the negotiation will be completed with some minor regulations between these two.

In the end, Eiji couldn’t grasp how the negotiations work.
Because there was a big difference in their sense of values, it was hard for him to grab its principles.
The only thing which was clear is that as long as you don’t clearly state your own intentions, you will be swallowed amidst the negotiations, or so they say.

Truly, Eiji, who felt inferior, couldn’t look up at someone as skilled as the tribal chief.

After the negotiation concluded, everyone drank the alcohol together in the friendly atmosphere.
Compared with before, Franko felt less tension and seemed to have quite a loose posture.
Even the tribal chief softened her stern attitude, and instead adopted one with a friendly reception.
This too was a part of negotiations.
Tomorrow, after Franko goes on a stroll in order to ascertain any changes to the harvest fields, he will set off to another village.
Because he visited villages 2-3 times a year, it was said that for half of the year his duty would mostly be travelling and lodging.
As he tried to talk, he expressed his grievances for being unable to meet his wife and children. It seemed that he was just a common type of guy as well.

After Franko returned to his lodge, Eiji decided to go back home as well. Nevertheless, he was held back by the tribal chief.

– Thank you for your hard work today. You were probably surprised by this sudden negotiation talk when you returned from doing the trade.
– It’s truly as you say. I didn’t know whether it was a tax collector or an inspector.
– We had an unexpectedly bad timing, so it was vexing. On top of that, that guy is actually quite bright. Nonetheless, in the end, he seemed to compromise, so we firmly achieved our goal.
– Is that so?
– Yes, while he was walking around as if being resisted by me, he cleverly managed to exact the tax from us. Well, I do not plan to stay silent and keep watching. We will build up our strength and endeavor so as to gain equal status.

For the sake of that to happen, they had to bind firmly on progressing development and creating circumstances, which would prevent any chance of proposing tax increases.
Eiji believed that the results yielded from these aims would be superb, and there was no doubt about that.

– In negotiations, it’s essential to be prepared, and at the same time, force the enemy to make a blunder while striking at that right moment. This time we were not prepared well enough, so Franko didn’t slip up, but still, it should be fine to force the enemy as much as possible and attack when it becomes inconsistent and weak.

– But to do that in such a short time, isn’t that hard?
– You can grow accustomed to anything.

It seemed that the lesson regarding negotiations ended with that.
The silence continued for a while until the tribal chief spoke her doubt as if remembering something.

– You still haven’t regained your memories completely?
– Only a part of them. Still, they’re not clear enough.
-Is that so…? Drop by my house tomorrow once it’s past noon. There’s something I wish to show you.
– Something you wish to show me?
– Yeah. Perhaps, it could help you to regain your memories.
Eiji nodded, expressing his innermost thoughts to the tribal chief who had a stern expression.

The thing which she wanted to show was related to his own memories.
Just what in the world could it be – Eiji couldn’t guess.
That day, thinking about the negotiation and his lost memories, Eiji spent the night sleepless.

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54 Responses to Chapter 21 – The Conclusion of the Negotiation

  1. Pun says:

    Thanks for the soap.


  2. arucchi says:

    I’m probably too much of a capitalist but I can’t help to feel like Eiji got swindled in that negotiation. Japanese MCs sure are really indecisive and easy to con.
    Thanks for the chapter.


    • Countrymage says:

      They are just very trusting and therefore naive, or vice versa, there is no way someone in power would try to hold him against his will, or hurt his loved ones, especially for money and power…


    • jerry says:

      What are you talking about? It’s not swindling, they are being oppressed to begin with. It was not a trading negotiation. Franko’s city, in a way, rules over Siena vilage, and Franko was imposing heavy tax on him.

      Their negotiation was a success since siena village could grow further with his inventions and lesser tax payment, they just need to be discrete next time, not to expose every inventions. That trade with the soap really had them. Hope they learned their lessons.

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      • arucchi says:

        What I’m talking about you say? He could have gotten the upper hand with the soap alone, and that would have been proper negotiation.
        It’s going to be a necessity for the whole island. Once the soap is introduced, they can’t do without that anymore, and he’s the only one to know how to produce it (and Pietro but it’s not an issue, no one knows Pitro knows).
        Other villages are being taxed on 1 or 2 dairy products, his village is being taxed on grains, soap and iron tools. Tell me, aren’t they still overtaxed? Considering the importance of soap, that alone should have been enough as a tax.

        When the city really needed that soap, and he refused to produce it, what could they have done huh? Torture him? Kill him? Right, do that and they might as well forget about getting soap. He could also put poison in the soap he produces for the city and kill them all. Soap isn’t like any other product (like his iron mastery): it requires his knowledge. If a village producing clay pots refused to be taxed on them, they can be all killed and another village would just make those clay pots afterward.
        However, if Eiji dies or refuses to make his products, who could possibly replace him, huh? Because of that fact, they couldn’t have been that pushy against him if he kept his secrets properly.

        He’s indecisive and let people bully him, even though he could have gotten the upper hand. That’s what I’m talking about.

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      • Anon says:

        aruchi man, who does not value his life?


    • jerry says:

      You mean Franko will overlook the fact that Eiji is a successful iron blacksmith, creator of that hightech watermill, over that soap??!? Is that supposed to be a joke? Do you really understand Franko’s job? I can see that you have a thing for soaps, but no, Franko was obviously more interested on the iron works so they couldn’t just shove the soap on Franko’s throat.


      • arucchi says:

        Who talked about overlooking? I’m talking about allowing them to have decent lives and not hindering their food gathering with heavy taxes on basic necessities. Did you properly read the chapter?


      • jerry says:

        Are you still on about the soap??!? The soap won’t cut it, they can’t use it to negotiate and allow them decent lives and/or not hindering their food gathering. And yep, i properly read it hehehe. Ranking of how Franko values Eiji’s potential tax payment method (according to chapter21): 1st future inventions; 2nd iron works; 3rd soap. That’s why the soap won’t cut it. The soap was supposed to compromise low smithing production during the winter, meaning it has lower priority than smithing works. That’s that. I’m sorry about the soap, but hey, Eiji can still become the soap tycoon.


      • arucchi says:

        No, soap will become an indispensable commodity in the future for sure. That also will be the case for everything Eiji will invent in the future: he alone should have been able to put pressure on Franko and the city. They can’t do shit to him unless they’re ready to give up on his potential. You said it yourself, his potential is the key: they won’t give up on it.
        So, that also means that if Eiji had more guts and wasn’t indecisive, the village’s situation would improve faster. However, not only did him let Franko and the city overtax the village, they end up happily drinking and feast with him afterward. LOL seriousy. Still wondering what you actually read, really.

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      • Anon says:

        aruchi you’ve been going on with the soap but in the first place what allowed the feudal lord to rule? It’s smithing, weapon, war.


    • Hmph!!! says:

      *face palm* It sure is easier talk than done. You should get the hint already why the villages were bowing down to the nobilities. Um, maybe because they control larger no of armed forces? And possessing better equipment and weaponry due to employing many blacksmiths? Although the MC’s knowledge and skills are valuable that he probably won’t be harmed, perhaps he’s still kinda wary of the worst case possible; they forcefully employ his service through blackmail/threat to family members/etc? Ever wondering why they try not to piss off Franco and remain civil throughout the nego. instead of telling him to fuck off? Yeah, those probably never run through your mind…

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  3. Countrymage says:

    OMG He’s actually Superman and the chief has been holding onto his space pod all these years…er…months…maybe they found his wallet and the pictures and materials were too strange to understand?


  4. Fujcakes says:

    Haha, thanks for the chapter~


  5. hehaaw says:

    I love your translation speed, thanks alot for this


  6. goblinrou says:

    Didn’t expect him to be that naive…


  7. solalli says:

    ah did japanesse really that fool ?

    why is it all the japanesse novel this day filled with idiot main char like this?

    let alone naive person or peasant even a child will never give half of their food for other person without a fight right?

    want to make his people welthier? the first thing i will do if i was him was to treathen the other side to war 250 using iron vs 400 ( and not all people will be avaliable for atack ) using bronze weapon?

    even foolish who know mohs scale will be able to tell wich side would win (atacker of siege will need atleast 3 time amount soldier to breach well defended wall)

    no taxes means extra development for the village with his knowledge alone increasing the village gain by 30 % or more is an easy task

    development means extra wealth can he just think something simple like that?

    shit can translator give critics to japanesse author?

    by the way i never finnish my highschool and i still know this let alone someone who had a degree

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    • Johnjo says:

      Japan, the country where people dream of becoming doormats.


    • Ungururuh says:

      There is a need for greater numbers for attackers then defenders when the defenders have fortifications. Currently we don’t know if the village has any.

      No, they would not know that they would be foolish to go against iron with bronze because they do not know the value of iron. They will also judge the situation to be in the favor of the people with more numbers because there was only 1 major war till now so their experience in war limited.

      So from the above I would say it would be foolish to try to threaten someone ignorant with violence when they have no idea that what the weapon you are carrying is deadly.

      But yes I do agree that he should have been more assertive in the negotiations especially when he possesses superior knowledge. He could have even demanded payment under the form of grain or oil or other stuff for his current and future inventions.

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      • kazaki says:

        I agree with you except for the part about iron being a deterrent. they have a bigger advantage then the villagers. like my earlier post he just has no way of creating more weapons then two blacksmiths even if his weapons are stronger the village is outnumbered.

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      • Ungururuh says:

        I didn’t say that iron will be a deterrent. As I said they will still fight a war because they will have no idea what iron can do and they will think that their superior numbers will prevail.

        And who said that he has to make swords to win a war? Our MC doesn’t get transported from the roman age but from the modern age so in regards to that he can make much more deadlier weapons. Even making 20 arbalest with a loading trigger for 3 arrows will ensure that a army of 100+ will never reach to even swing a sword.

        He could even teach them warfare tactics or use guerrilla styles of attacks to decimate their numbers.

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      • Owl says:

        “Iron? That garbage metal? WAR!!!”

        And you’ll end up with casualties on both sides. Damn stupid thing to do, threatening others with what they think is “garbage”.

        And “I haz iron, I invincibel!!!” is a stupid philosophy. Even a stone dagger can kill if it is poked into you. Tell me, if I get stabbed with a stone dagger and if I get stabbed with a steel knife, what is the difference in possible fatality?

        I’ll tell you. Both are equally life threatening. So unless he was producing armour, iron weapons are not going to counter a severe force disparity.

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    • kazaki says:

      1.Dude, if he did what you suggested the villagers would lose their trust in him. You have to think about what the village will think of him if he used their lives to bet like that.

      2.What war? How long do you think it would take for their army to arrive after threatening them. It will be a one sided massacre, the village has no weapons besides their farming tools and he can’t mass produce weapons for the whole village. If one guy is against three people his weapon doesn’t matter he’s still outnumbered.

      3.I don’t get what you mean by siege, it’s just a village at best they will have a fence to keep animals away. I highly doubt they would have a fortified wall like what your thinking of.

      4.How will they control them if they become too developed? Having knowledge doesn’t really mean he has the experience to deal with situations like this. How many people know how to negotiate under pressure without agitating the other side?

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      • Ungururuh says:

        You went way overboard there.

        You have a point with betting the villagers life but for the others you are mistaken as well.

        *From nr 2) There is no pre-established army (army in the sense that men that trained for a life time to only kill and wage war) because the population of each village is to small and the technology to mass produce food isn’t there and on top of that we already know that there was only one war till now on the “island”. And on top of that winter is coming and even in the medieval period wars could hardly be fought in winter, heck even in the world war period there were many logistic deficits when fighting in winter time. And what do you mean by outnumbered 3 to 1? The population is 400 to 250 and how many of those 400 do you think are able bodied people that can fight? On top of that the village that collects taxes is already hated by a number of others so they could easily acquire allies.

        *From nr 4)”How will they control them if they become too developed?” There is no logic in this so you might want to rephrase.
        Yes as you say if you don’t have experience in negotiations you might make some mistakes but that doesn’t directly mean that you can’t succeeded on gaining what you desire? Do you think that this are kingdoms that have been involved in politics for hundreds of years and have dedicated people that study the craft of speech since childhood? Even the tax man himself said that he is a simple man.

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      • Ungururuh says:

        Don’t forget that the MC has already successfully negotiated and gained a favorable exchange with a previous trader. So between a man that was appointed to gather taxes a few years ago and a trader that was doing trading for a lifetime who do you think is more versed in the craft of the words?
        It’s kind of silly to make the MC lose himself after he already dealt with a much more experience man just because a more ruggish man stares at him.

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    • jerry says:

      I think it’s dumb to refuse Franko there. Not freaking worth it. Eiji’s troops vs Franko’s, not worth it to know who will win.

      There are different ways to overcome franko’s city without sheding blood / using weapons, and at the same time, be loyal to Eiji’s “alignment”. For example, forming an alliance and a third faction in the island. If Franko’s city attacks Siena and it’s allies, the other faction (east side right?) will take the oportunity and attack the weakened factions, and it’l be a stalemate. And this situation is very favourable for Siena village.

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      • ShadowMonk265 says:

        There should be a better way/option to settle the negotiation than just fighting/going to war with people; more so if it’s a peaceful solution could remedy the situation. I just realize something from reading different novels: Why is it that when it comes to politics/nobles, readers will believe that violence/fighting/threatening is the best way to solve the problem (when there has been too many cases of that actually hurting you in the end).


  8. rouke says:

    Well to be fair, Japaneses in REALITY arent fools, at all. They happen to be very successful in business worldwide. But it seems to be a trait of ideal morality in them to be a total honest and total kindness toward malicious intentions, which is not happening for real, you see.

    But in theory, total naive and goodwill people would put all their heart and mind to the work, which is more productive to society. And they should be kept that way willingly. There are people like that in their country, and those people are treated with good will so they are fine like that. What the harm?

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  9. skool says:

    herbivore MC’s, is herbivore,.. regardless of he got a wife or not.., lucky him this isn’t an NTR novel or something else…..


  10. ZaX says:

    He’s bringing forth the iron age by hinself. Thanks for the chapter


    • acefisher says:

      “During this age humans live an existence of toil and misery. Children dishonor their parents, brother fights with brother and the social contract between guest and host is forgotten. During this age might makes right, and bad men use lies to be thought good. At the height of this age, humans no longer feel shame or indignation at wrongdoing; babies will be born with gray hair and the gods will have completely forsaken humanity: ‘there will be no help against evil.'” -Hesiod on the iron age in ‘Of Works and Days’

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  11. Simon says:

    I don’t really understand the thing about spearheads, they are used in large game hunting i.e. boar hunting.

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  12. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the new chapter!


  13. blackrose156 says:

    Thank you for the chapter. Great work!


  14. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!


  15. Anon says:

    So he will never make weapon? This is definitely bad.


  16. Aaeru says:

    So there is not a fixed tax? He has putted it clear that he will tax his village even more with the more he produces, the guys is just making the living necessities for god sake. There was not a need to call this a negotiation, that was a scam, they are being taxed to the death and being forced into poverty, what is the point in such a high tax in a island, they do not provide them with any services, there has not being any mention of such until now.

    Well, this is just me rambling, i know that this is not a democracy or something that should be fair, but honestly how fucked up to be taxed so heavily in the first year of the opening of your business.


  17. Albedo's Ahoge says:

    MC really is another Baka~

    Why do Japanese LN authors always make their MC’s into bakas~? Don’t they realise it can get very annoying very fast? I dont feel like reading any further.


    • acefisher says:

      Yeah, he really did suck at negotiations in this chapter, but I think of the fact that his strength is in craftsmanship, not negotiations. In the current day and age, places like Japan doesn’t see much in the way of negotiable prices, unless you are something like a salary man, so he would have little experience in negotiations to begin with. Add to that the surprise visit by the tax man, how the tax man is well practiced in the art of negotiation, has everyone outside of the city by the balls(no, seriously), and how Eiji lost his composure early on in the negotiations due to the tax man’s gathered information about him and his works. Adding all these together makes his miserable conduct during the negotiations a little more understandable. I agree that Eiji is an idiot, but events like these haven’t appeared after this, as far as the translated chapters are concerned.

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      • Albedo's Ahoge says:

        Thank you Ace for the detailed reply~
        I was getting frustrated readin about how he was getting swindled… but since (as you say) this doesn’t get repeated, then I’ll try reading further.
        Also, thank you for the LN translations~


      • acefisher says:

        You’re welcome, and remember 3 things. First, Eiji isn’t some OP character, second I said that the tax collector hasn’t appeared since, but there are still the untranslated chapters that he could be hiding in, But I am confident that Eiji won’t be as weak the next time; besides, he has people to make up for what he lacks, especially his wife, and third, how good is a long story that lacks obstacles that the MC has to overcome? Ah, and Hachi deserves the credit for translating, I just polish.

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    • hachidori108 says:

      Please don’t be that harsh on our mc, and he learns quickly from his mistakes so….
      Actually, I wouldn’t make a big deal about that negotiation.


      • No that was fine. Its the broze age. Expecting democratic values in that setting is stupid.

        I’m mad because he won’t make weapons with some BS excuse. Completely ignoring human nature and self-preservation. He also implied that weapons were made only to profit. Completely disregarding humans right to self defense. Weapons are just tools. If he continues to be that naive, he really shouldn’t live long. Especially in the bronze age, which was a lot less civilized and unfair.

        I’m not sure if it’s the Authors intention to make him this pathetic.

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      • hachidori108 says:

        Excluding that one infamous event, I think the mc shouldn’t commit any similar blunder (At least not till the latest release). As for weapons, there’s no telling if the author decides to change mc’s way of thinking, so who knows… I think it might be worth to give it a try.


  18. Reading these comments just makes me feel that no one here actually sat through a history class and paid attention.


  19. Brian says:

    He should had been more careful…to think war could erupt. He can destroy the system of blacksmithing which would make him at high demand but the Tribal Chief is wise… By saying its better not to keep him lock down so he can continue to make stuff


  20. ambi says:

    Thanks for the chapter Hachidori108 and Acefisher!


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