TSKD 235

Gallus’ Whereabouts

We got ready to open Gallus’ letter after we settled down.

『Alrighty, let’s give it a look.』

「Nn.」

『Wait, don’t be so rough with it. Try opening it with a bit more care.』

Fran ripped the letter open and undid the seal to reveal the piece of paper within.

It clearly had Gallus’ signature on it, but the writing seemed kinda messy. It was almost like he’d rushed to finish writing the letter.

The letter started off by describing his predicament. It said that an important noble had ordered him to complete a request with utmost secrecy, hence why he wasn’t able to contact us through any other means. It then continued on as follows.

I can’t tell you exactly where I’ve gone. All I can really say is that I’ll probably be somewhere in the capital by the time you read this letter. I won’t be able to see you for the time being, but I’d like for us to meet up once the royal auction starts. They sell all sorts of equipment there. I’m sure they’ll have something that catches your eye, so I encourage you to come. Oh, and I’m planning to make you a new sheath, one I hope will be to your liking. I’ll be waiting for you in the capital.

Gallus.

So he’s in the capital? That sure does sound pretty convenient seeing as how we were planning to head over eventually anyways.

『Welp, so much for finding him Barbra.』

「Nn. More reasons to go to capital now.」

『Yeah. True that.』

***

We headed to the Adventurers’ Guild the next day. Our goal was of course to trade notes with Regus. We’d already gained a rough understanding of where Gallus currently was, but we were still hoping he could provide a bit more info.

「Kept waiting?」

「Nah, I also only just got here. I’ve got a good few bits of info for you.」

Alrighty. Here’s to hoping it isn’t redundant.

「I got us a room upstairs. We should probably head over before I tell you any more.」

「Got it.」

Regus’ proposal was promising, as it more or less implied that the info he had for us couldn’t be said within the public’s earshot. To that end, we moved upstairs and sat ourselves accross from him.

「Silence.」

「You really live up to your reputation, Black Lightning Princess. Your wind magic seems to be top notch.」

Fran used silence to prevent any sound from leaking into our surroundings so we could speak without having to worry about being overheard.

「I’m going to be honest, I couldn’t pinpoint Gallus’ location.」

「Nn. Can’t be helped.」

He then went on to describe what we already knew. That is, he told us Gallus had accepted a request from someone associated with the government, and that he’d left Barbra in secret.

「Based on your reaction, I’d say you probably knew all that already. I guess that means I’ll have to move on to something you probably don’t know.」

「Nn.」

「The person that contacted Gallus was apparently working under Marquis Ashtonah. I can’t say for sure whether the Ashtonah’s issued the request at the country’s request or if they just decided to issue it themselves, but I’m more inclined to say its the former.」

「Ashtonah? Heard of somewhere.」

『That’s the household Celldio was from.』

(Godblade wanting noble?)

『That’s the one.』

The Ashtonah household’s employee had attempted to act in absolute secrecy, but he wasn’t able to slip through Regus’ information network unnoticed. His identity was evidenced both by the small accessory he wore with the family’s crest embedded in it and his use of one of the Ashtonah household’s villas.

Of course, the person that’d gotten in touch with Gallus wasn’t the only individual Regus had taken note of. Many of the marquis’ retainers had entered the city immediately after the Rynford incident. They tried sneaking around, but ended up standing out as a result.

「Oh yeah, take this next bit with a grain of salt. The source I got it from isn’t too reliable, but apparently, a carriage departed from the Ashtonah villa the very same day Gallus was rumoured to have left the city.」

「Rode carriage?」

「Most likely, yeah.」

I couldn’t help but have a fairly bad impression of the Ashtonahs. First, they ordered their son to search for Godblades, and now, they’ve even taken Gallus.

「Gallus unharmed?」

「He should be fine from what I hear. They’re after his skills, so they’re more inclined to treat him well than the opposite.」

Regus had a pretty solid point. They couldn’t really hurt him or put him in too bad a mood unless they didn’t mind lowering the efficiency of his work. Likewise, they couldn’t brainwash him because there was a chance he’d forget a lot of the things that made him as skilled as he was.

They couldn’t really threaten him either, because that wouldn’t necessarily lead to him listening to them. The Ashtonahs needed to provide optimal conditions if they wanted him to do what they considered a perfect job.

「More importantly, Gallus is considered the Kingdom of Kranzel’s Honourary Blacksmith. That’s a title only the king can give, which means he’s been recognized by the royal family. Anyone that forces him into anything will probably be tried for treason.」

「Silencing him, possible?」

「I doubt it. Gallus is important, so important in fact that the state would probably launch an all out investigation if he goes missing for too long. You can never know whether or not you can hide something you’ve done for good, even if you think you’ve perfectly covered up all your tracks. It’s just not a risk worth the Marquis’ time, especially seeing as how he’d lose everything the moment anyone figures out what he did.」

I saw Regus’ point, but in my eyes, nobles had the tendency to be stupid enough to take risks like that.

「You don’t need to worry. Gallus is said to be the closest thing you’ll ever find to a god-tier blacksmith. His services are worth a ridiculous amount. They won’t do anything that’ll cause them to risk losing him.」

Again, Regus had a point. It seemed that we’d gotten the wrong idea, and that there’d been no reason for us to think that he’d been forcibly dragged off. Thinking about it, while Gallus’ letter had made it seem like he’d been forced into something he hadn’t wanted, it didn’t make it seem like he’d been subjected to any sort of violence.

Him telling us to meet him at the auction could’ve just been interpreted as him just not knowing where he’d actually be until then. He basically was telling us that we’d be able to get in touch with him there. That was all it was.

「That’s all I know about Gallus, but I do have a bit more information for you. Specifically, it’s about Marquis Ashtonah and his household.」

「Explain?」

「Apparently one of his subordinates caused some sort of incident. As a result, his secondary residence, which lies here in Barbra, will soon be subject to a government inspection.」

It seemed that the whole Celldio incident really had caused the country to start suspecting the Marquis. Did that mean that the request they issued Gallus was in some way connected to the incident?

There was no way for us to discern whether or not that was actually the case because we lacked too much information to do so.

「He also dispatched a group of knights to the Marou Plains, but they weren’t able to reach it. Only a few made it back, most were wiped out in the Forest of Exhaustion.」

「Marou plains? Forest of Exhaustion? Why?」

「Sorry, but I wasn’t able to dig *that* deep. I do, however, know that he hired a group of adventurers to try investigating the exact same area after his knights failed him.」

It seemed that the Marquis was really fixated on the idea of having the Marou Plains scoped out. The plains housed B ranked magic beasts, so I had a hard time believing that he actually found anyone capable of doing the job.

「The adventurers that accepted his request were rather low ranked, so they weren’t able to bring about the results he wanted.」

Apparently the Marquis didn’t want the whole thing to blow up, so they didn’t make it out to be a big deal or ask for a designated request.

「And I think that’s everything I managed to find. Sorry, I couldn’t get you any big reveals.」

「Valuable intel.」

He’d not only verified that Gallus was safe, but also told us quite a bit about the Ashtonah family’s affairs. We definitely got a good bit of value out of his services.

We paid Regus the 30k Golde we owed him and bid our farewells.

『Well, so much for locating Old Man Gallus.』

「Nn…」

『Though, he said he’d get in touch if we went to the auction, so I guess we might as well just wait till it happens.』

「Got it.」

Alright. Time to go fulfill Gamud’s request, I guess.

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54 thoughts on “TSKD 235

  1. Thanks for the chapter.
    That noble is definately gonna do something stupid if his son and expiditions are anything to go by….

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      1. The maokami plains is where shishou first appeared and it’s also the death place of an S Rank magic beast named Fenrir

        The fact shishou is related to Fenrir is heavily hinted by his design and the fact he summoned Urushi

        Amanda and a few adventurers when investigating the plain as well when the goblin subjagation of aressa was going on

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      2. Chapter 42: when Fran first reached Alyssa, Marquess Ashtonah’s minon adventures investigate the plains. Now, it is revealed that Ashtonah hire those idiots.

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    1. Yes, those are the plains where Shishou is from. The unusual dangerous area where the center is safer than the outside.
      They say that the place was in turmoil because Shishou left and killed a lot of boss monsters, so it has actually got even more dangerous.

      Getting wiped in the Forest of Exhaustion, where only small fry like Goblins and two-headed bears live, means the knights are either really weak, or really stupid.

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  2. That latter part definitely has something to do with godblades, maybe they caught wind of Master from the rumours. The first part wouldn’t be too much of a surprise either.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  3. Hmm. Maokami Plains, huh. And Fran was being extorted by Ashtonah’s son. They were even specific in looking for Fran. To me, it seems that these are all connected somehow.

    Thanks for the chapter. \m/ (^^,

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  4. 「Kept waiting?」 holy shit i read it in big boss voice XD

    now i really want our cute cat girl in metal gear solid snake outfit and eyepatch she be damn cool or cute (⌐■_•)

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    1. You mean body paint leather? That’s not so….how shall we say….
      Well, it is body paint. Perfectly fitting the body shape exactly.

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    1. The manga makes it seem like the Gods put him in the sword, but pretty sure this novel has a person bidding him a good night in those plains. So maybe his body was forged from a different blade (maybe Seraphim, since it shattered, and the hazy image in manga has a winged torso), and the Gods, chaos especially, overwrote it’s previous existence and personality with his.

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      1. Also there is the other male too (maybe fenrir), it seem that shisho might has 3 personality (if the female system announcement didn’t gone for good; which would be the previous existence of the sword; all is a part of him. Please i hope the female voice do not cease from exist.

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      1. I would say that may happen but we don’t know yet. Also have you watch “Weapon & Soul Season 1 & 2” (I would say this drama is chinese adaption from the Japanese anime “Soul Weapon”)? In season 2 they shown that there still one more existence inside the weapon; that mc wielded beside the girl’s soul that govern over all that activities of the weapon.

        So I would say sword Shisho is kinda almost the same in that expect^ but he have twice of the existences that exist beside him (if both the male voice and female voice he heard still there)😊

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    1. I don’t why the authour keel avoid let us know the truth of all thing, I knew he wrong to make story more interesting. But the way he try lengthening thing is really boring.

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  5. “It was almost he’d rushed” -> “It was almost as if he’d rushed” or “…almost like he’d rushed”

    “Gallus.” -> add italic styling?

    “they’re more likely treating him well than not” -> how about “they’re more likely to be treating him well than not” ?

    “perfect job.
    「More importantly” -> forgot a paragraph break

    “is said to be the the closest” -> “is said to be the closest”

    “a big deal or ask for ask for a designated request” -> “…a big deal or ask for a designated request”

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  6. So, the household of the guys who want to get ahold of Godblades just happens to strong arm the Blacksmith who knows about Master into working for them, and Also is investigating the exact area Master came from for no good reason?
    If this is a coincidence I’ll eat my hat

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    1. In chapter 42, a group of adventure went to the Magical Wolf God (Fenrir) Plains.
      It is revealed that Marquis Ashtonah sent those idiots.
      If a God Blade was rumor to appear in the Fenrir Plains after Fenrir’s death….
      Maybe all godblades are the reincarnation of Gods.
      ….then someone would have to convert a god into a god blade. The closest and skillful enough blacksmith is semi-god-tier Gallus.

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  7. the Astonah family is another red herring i suppose ,that Alchemist (forgot his name) wants to forge a sword made of magic stone…and the auction has a plenty of really good magic stone

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  8. They should get in touch with Dias, that noble is commiting treason so info that says Gallus was taken is important, also it sounds that noble knows something about master origin

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