After parting with Rishia and Firo, Raphtalia and I followed the Slave Dealer.
At the end of the back alley we see a big coliseum.
In front of this stone dome-like building are sturdy men keeping watch.
Looking at the people standing in line, it seems to be quite popular.
“This way, please.” [Slave Dealer]
Walking to the back door, the Slave Dealer lightly greets the men keeping watch.
The men clear the way and let us pass.
“This is just a coliseum on the surface. In the basement, we deal with slaves behind the scenes. Yes.” [Slave Dealer]
“Well, in this country, most coliseums are like this. Depending on the union, the traded goods differ. Yes.” [Slave Dealer]
“And what about your place?” [Naofumi]
“Needless to say, I’m mainly practicing slave trade.” [Slave Dealer]
Whether they are Humans or Demi-Humans is irrelevant…
After walking a bit, we get to a staircase and go down.
We can hear the cheers from above echoing.
The coliseum seems to be quite popular.
“Above us are mercenaries and slaves…… we also have monsters in the coliseum. Yes.” [Slave Dealer]
“You handle quite a lot.” [Naofumi]
“Because depending on the day, the fights often differ. We also host eating contests and other competitions. Yes.” [Slave Dealer]
“I wanted to let Firo participate.” [Naofumi]
It would be worth it just to see how far that monster’s appetite can go.
Free food and prize money.
Well… I wonder if there’s a penalty for losing.
“That would be interesting to see. Maybe it can somehow be done. Yes.” [Slave Dealer]
The Slave Dealer gives a strange signal to a bulky man. I’ll just take you by your word then.
“It would also be good for the Hero of the Shield to enter the drinking contest, otherwise some would suspect that you are a fake.” [Slave Dealer]
“To become famous here is one thing but……” [Naofumi]
By eating the Rukoru Fruit raw I should be able to win… but the moment I eat it people around me get nauseated. I don’t really want to eat in that situation.
Also, I’m not sure to what extent I can handle alcohol.
The Hero of the Shield gets poisoned to death due to drinking too much, it wouldn’t be funny even as a joke.
I didn’t really like drinking that much to begin with, so it shouldn’t happen.
“And? Are we still not there yet?” [Naofumi]
“We should be almost there.” [Slave Dealer]
Saying this, when we take the staircase down to a stone corridor, numerous cages become visible.
There are more cages than there was in the tent of the Slave Dealer. Inside the cages are Human and Demi-Human slaves milling about aimlessly.
Before this prison, there is a small room visible. There, a tough-looking guy and merchant are waiting.
I doubt my eyes. This person… is happily hugging the Slave Dealer in a family reunion.
While the Slave Dealer is a strange gentleman wearing a messy tailcoat and over-sized sunglasses, the Slave Merchant has the same build with almost the same face. The only differences are the tailcoat and the glasses.
“Naofumi-sama, are my eyes fooling me?” [Raphtalia]
“What a coincidence, mine are too.” [Naofumi]
Family business is one thing, but what’s up with them being this similar?
Dangerous. I almost wanted to see how it would be like to have the whole family gathered together. It would be like some sort of twisted dream come true.
An anime I watched had a similar family business of sisters managing treatment facilities, but it was…
Anyway, if they wore the same clothes, you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.
“While we’re at it, I would like to introduce the Hero to my uncle. Yes.” [Slave Dealer]
“Well, if this isn’t the Hero of the Shield. That interesting facial expression and eyes… I’m about to fall in love. Yes.” [Slave Merchant]
“Stop it.” [Naofumi]
Ugh. I’m really getting goose bumps. I want to get away from here as soon as possible.
However, to go back just like that would piss me off, so I try to keep patient and stop my feet from retreating.
“Your voice seems to be the kind that’s good at handling slaves… I’m thrilled. Would you like to marry my daughter?” [Slave Merchant]
I try to imagine a woman that looks like the Slave Dealer.
“Give me a break…” [Naofumi]
“Right! Did you call Naofumi-sama just to say such stupid things?! ” [Raphtalia]
Raphtalia responds angrily.
Ah, she’s looking for comrades from her village. It’s understandable why she is so angry.
Reject it more, then I won’t have to give a definite answer.
“Hahaha, that was a joke!” [Slave Merchant]
“Uncle is bad with people.” [Slave Dealer]
“Not as bad as you.” [Slave Merchant]
The two of them laugh.
“Back to the story.” [Naofumi]
“Oh, right. What kind of goods did the Hero of the Shield want to be offered?” [Slave Dealer]
“What, straight to the point? I wanted to deepen the friendship between me and the Hero a bit more. Yes.” [Slave Merchant]
“That depends on Uncle. Yes” [Slave Dealer]
Yes yes yes yes… How long will this question and answer play go on?
It’s getting really troublesome. Is it okay to leave?
“Fumu… since you told me that he is the kind of person you’d fall in love with, I wondered what he was like. Now I understand.” [Slave Merchant]
“How am I that charming?!” [Naofumi]
After all, I don’t understand the Slave Dealer’s taste.
I don’t understand the reason but no matter what I do, he always talks positively about it.
But on the other hand, I always have to worry about what he does behind my back.
“Fufufu… no matter where you go, you have this sinister air around you. Yes.” [Slave Dealer]
“Am I something like the incarnation of evil?” [Naofumi]
“No no, it’s your disposition as a slave user. It appeals to our insight of the future.” [Slave Merchant]
“This person doesn’t exploit his slaves and kill them, but has the charisma to makes his slaves risk their lives for him.” [Slave Dealer]
Big bro~ food~.
Hero of the Shield-sama~ food~.
Why did I suddenly think about feeding those guys?
Is this what you call charisma?
…I’ll lose the moment I begin to mind it.
“Fumu, when it comes to this person here, let’s pretend that story never happened.” [Slave Dealer]
“No no, don’t mind it. Yes.” [Slave Dealer]
“Did something happen? Yes.” [Slave Merchant]
“Actually–” [Slave Dealer]
Both slave traders start to whisper.
Huh? Which one did we come here with again?
“Shiel――ru―….” [Slave Dealer]
I could only catch a little bit.
What are they talking about?
“I see, of course you would refuse at such a time. Yes.” [Slave Merchant]
“What are you talking about?” [Naofumi]
“How about trying it?” [Slave Merchant]
“Like that, the other party should consent too.” [Slave Dealer]
“Do tell.” [Naofumi]
The slave traders begin to laugh while looking at me. Stop it.
“Well with that, this way please.” [Slave Merchant]
The Slave Merchant of this country starts to guide us.
We follow behind him.
What the heck did they talk about?!
“This way please.” [Slave Merchant]
So, we look at the cages, or perhaps I should say prision, that we were guided to from before.
It looks like in this prison, there is a female Demi-Human sitting in a moldy corner.
She has tan skin and quite a nice face.
Her body is quite big.
With a large chest, you could call her an incredibly beautiful woman… right?
She also has an unusually good complexion.
But saying this, she is not a slave that I want.
“I’m not interested in slaves for sexual use.” [Naofumi]
“No no, this is one of the Demi-Human species, but she is of the combative Kiki-type.”[Slave Merchant]
“Is she?” [Naofumi]
For some reason, he begins to wave his hands with a business smile on his face.
I somehow get a chill. That slave…
She has the type of face that makes me want to involuntarily hit it.
No, with that one, there would be a lot of problems.
“She’s probably expensive. I don’t need her.” [Naofumi]
The slave makes a sullen expression at my reply.
“No no, I’ll make you quite a cheap offer.” [Slave Merchant]
“Even so…” [Naofumi]
Somehow, I don’t like it. Or to put it better, I don’t want to make her my slave.
Even as a slave, I could be caught up in something later, or she could do something similar to what Bitch did. I feel uneasy.
“Then shall she be your next slave?” [Slave Merchant]
“Ah yes, I’m sorry but I’ll have to refuse.” [Naofumi]
The slave yells.
Did that hurt her pride?
She has the social standing of a sex slave so I don’t understand her behaviour at all.
“You’re just not a slave to my taste. That’s all.” [Naofumi]
Her outburst was loud. Or I should say….
I glare at the slave traders.
They quickly evade my line of sight.
“Pedophile… It’s almost as if she knew about me ahead of time, right?” [Naofumi]
After my reply, the slave just keeps her mouth shut.
As I thought, there has to be a reason behind it.
Even so, looking at myself objectively, all the slaves I bought are children and most of them are female.
Although it’s just a coincidence, it’s starting to trouble me recently.
“Uhm, Naofumi-sama? What country’s language did she use?” [Raphtalia]
“You don’t know? [Naofumi]
I almost forgot that the shield has a translation function.
Since it seems that this world has multiple languages, it’s quite useful that the shield seems to translate all of them.
If I remember correctly, Melromarc’s official language…….it should be a language used in countries with many humans.
Could it be…
“Well, you don’t have to concern yourself with it.” [Naofumi]
“Why! Why would you reject me?!” [Slave]
Like that, we continue to follow the slave traders while ignoring that self-proclaimed slave.