Chapter 28 – Associate Baron Baumeister

This time the recap isn’t that long, fortunately. However should there be longer recaps in the future again, I will enclose them with a marker so that people can skip past it if they desire, like this

RANT ON


Sometimes I really wish I had a punching bag close by while translating this novel. You’d think the author should have understood after almost 30 chapters that you DO NOT alternate descriptive text and characters describing things mixing the two together. Either you use a text block of regular description OR you let your characters do the describing!

As a result I forgot at some points to put an end to someone talking, because it was an ongoing description anyways! XD


RANT OFF

Well, this chapter could have the title “Audience with His Majesty” now, at least. Enjoy reading it.


“(After arriving in the royal capital, to suddenly have an audience with His Majesty, huh …?)” (Wendelin)

During summer vacation, we decided to travel to the royal capital to participate in Erich-nii-san’s wedding and to likewise do some sightseeing.

On the way we were attacked by an ancient dragon, who we defeated in the end.

Although it sounds quite simple, the matter didn’t continue quite as simple afterwards.

When the magic airship arrived in the harbor of the royal capital, there was a knight-sama dispatched by the royal palace waiting for us. I had to sorrowfully postpone my reunion with Erich-nii-san as I was dragged off to the royal palace.

Me, with the outward appearance of a child and the interior of a petty bourgeois. A quite cruel story indeed.

To be frank, I was troubled how to properly deal with it.

Tentatively speaking I am the child of a noble, however I didn’t receive any education for such occasions. Our household was similar to commoners in comparison to the royalty and important nobles of the royal capital.

“You are indeed very young. Although the talent in magic has nothing to do with the age …” (Helmut-ou)

For a while polite greetings were exchanged. And now His Majesty was listening to me telling the story of how I defeated the ancient dragon.

The duty to protect the magic airship from the ancient dragon’s breath attack had been entrusted to Burkhart-san. Flying towards the ancient dragon while also defending myself with a magical barrier against the breath attack, I used Holy magic to let the ancient dragon pass on in peace.

I tried to tell the story as detailed as possible.

“Flight, Magical Barrier, Holy Light. Were those three magic spells deployed simultaneously? I see, you appear to be the possessor of an magnificent talent.” (Helmut-ou)

“That’s right, Your Majesty.” (-)

Thereupon a person who approved of His Majesty’s word appeared. That close to 70-years-old man was wearing gorgeously decorated priest’s clothes. Undoubtedly he was a church official. Moreover he was in a position of being able to freely enter the royal palace. He was sure to be quite the big-shot at the Head Church1.

“Does Cardinal Hohenheim think the same?” (Helmut-ou)

“Yes. Furthermore, a magician to cast such amount of Holy light is quite rare.” (Hohenheim)

Holy magic, the number of people being able to use it was quite few.

Even without talent in magic, the clergyman of the church decided to proceed with disciplining. Oneself possessing a microscopic amount of magic power with the Holy attribute didn’t seem to be as unusual and unheard of.

Naturally, evil spirits didn’t approach someone who is following the scriptures in this world. To eliminate such beings it also was possible to use magic tools imbued with Holy power.

Even so, most of the clergy were not as capable as magicians to cast Holy magic of the strategical tactical class.

There was the issue of talent in the long run, too.

Particularly powerful Holy magic was not needed for diligent “honorable poverty”2 for those clergyman aiming to support society.

In reverse, clergyman full of greed for money and lusting for power looked at the society with cold-hearted eyes.

However, it was all just trouble of such a degree.

“Putting it like that, Wendelin-dono should receive the real baptism at the sacred assembly hall of the Head Church in the future.” (Hohenheim)

“Real baptism?” (Wendelin)

“Wendelin-dono is still a youngster born in the southern lands. It is only natural that you wouldn’t know about it.” (Hohenheim)

To put it simply, you could call me a country bumpkin.

According to the explanation by Cardinal Hohenheim, the real baptism was one rank above the baptism that was occasionally performed at the local church of one’s birthplace, to put it simply.

Furthermore this baptism could be received even if one had already been baptised in a local church.

As for its tangible effect, the society only regarded such people as exceedingly devout believers. It’s not like undead will crumble to dust by only touching them, just because you received that particular real baptism.

Incidentally royalty, important nobles and major merchants could receive that real baptism as well by donating a high amount of alms. It was a compromise between rich people wanting to be given dignity as believers and the church’s side wanting to obtain money. Of course, one shouldn’t say it like that.

Simply put, calling it Baptism for the wealthywould be correct, wouldn’t it?

“(The aim was enclosure and endowment, huh?)” (Wendelin)

“(The endowment isn’t the major aim. In short, it is the enclosure within the denomination itself.)” (Artur)

Artur-san informed me by whispering.

Apparently the point was to scramble for believers for the denomination. The likes of famous and successful people within society, such person like myself, belonging to that denomination would be a very good advertisement.

In addition, apparently Cardinal Hohenheim aimed for his denomination to become the state religion of this nation, just like a catholic cardinal of the orthodox church.

Besides, to increase the believers nowadays they returned to the starting point of using the antiquated dogma of “honorable poverty,” just like the protestants of the Protestantism.3

Moreover, this was the beginning of radical fundamentalism recalling the old days. This primitive religion of rural areas could be deemed to be connected to dozens of native schools each having its own faction.

The statement that God was a single entity was disputed by people of various affiliations. Just to which world was this similar?

Truthfully, religion was a bothersome matter.

“(If you receive the real baptism once, other denominations won’t try to approach you with ridiculous persuasion attempts any more either. Receive it once you have some free time.)” (Artur)

Although the relations between denominations were bad, it was an unspoken rule that the act of poaching believers was prohibited.

Artur-san confirmed this with a Yeswhispered into the ear.

“(Understood) I shall humbly accept your invitation during my stay in the royal capital.” (Wendelin)

“Wendelin-dono is a pious Son of God as well? Good, good.” (Hohenheim)

Since I accepted his invitation for the real baptism obediently, Cardinal Hohenheim beamed a smile on his face.

However, to say one thing: The point of me being a pious Son of God is wrong, isn’t it? The other side shouldn’t have too much expectations from me either I’d like to think.

“With this settled. Very well, We happen to have a request for you.” (Helmut-ou)

“Yes, what does His Majesty desire from me?” (Wendelin)

“We wish for you to sell the bones and magic core of the ancient dragon you have obtained this time.” (Helmut-ou)

I see, now I understand the reason why Artur-san said there would be no auction for the items. It wasn’t merely because of its high price and value. He saw through the fact that the royal family would definitely try to secure the materials which could be treated as strategical resources.

“To tell you the truth, those bones and magic core are a necessity to move the gigantic magic airship.” (Helmut-ou)

“Gigantic magic airship?” (Wendelin)

According to His Majesty’s explanation, with the exception of the current magic airships in operation, there also was a ship hull excavated from the ancient ruins. However apparently that hull couldn’t be moved with a moderately-sized magical crystal.

Just how many ships are there?

“Within the suburbs of the royal capital there is an ancient ruin of shipyard remains from the era of the ancient magical civilization.” (Helmut-ou)

Four times as big as the magic airship we used to get here, the over-all-length was exceeding 400 meters. It seems such a super-gigantic ship was sleeping in the remains of a dock.

“There also was the idea to merge as many small magical crystals as possible together to move it …” (Helmut-ou)

To decrease the extreme fuel consumption, linking up parts in an abnormal application of heat, it was not an awfully dangerous adoption.

It seemed to be commonly popular in the era of the ancient magical civilization.

The method to produce a big magical crystal using a great number of small magical crystals was nowadays a lost technology though.

Even if the current research was advancing, it could be said that as of yet there were no results to be reaped.

By replenishing the mana within exhausted magical crystals, small magical crystals had quite sufficient application, too. Or more precisely, the result was the same whether one person with a great amount of mana or several people with average amount of mana did the replenishing.

However, manufacturing a big magical crystal using magical crystals as materials as well, such an experiment had never been successful up until this day.

If you wanted to obtain a big magical crystal refusing to excavate it from the things laying dormant within the ancient ruins, you would have no other choice but to obtain a huge magic core from a powerful monster with the dragon attribute class and process it into a magical crystal.

“Also in addition, because the ship was in the dock various components and armor parts have been removed from it.” (Helmut-ou)

It was a complicated structure but not because an earth-shattering techniques was necessary for the production.

In any case, power was necessary and additionally the most suited material, the bones of an ancient dragon, was apparently necessary, too.

“The processed bones of the ancient dragon will be used to replace the missing components and armor parts in an effort to ensure the safe operation of the gigantic magic airship. Well? Will you sell them?” (Helmut-ou)

“Yes, certainly so. It will be my pleasure to offer them to His Majesty.” (Wendelin)

First of all, no matter how you think about it, a refusal isn’t possible in such situation.

Furthermore, even if I refused here, there would be no on willing to buy it either.

If the kingdom marked me because of that, it would cause trouble for my parent’s home, too. Even though that home didn’t treat me with kindness, it still wasn’t a reason to expose them to persecution.

I should properly become independent without causing trouble at the same time.

“I see. That is good. In that situation We will buy the bones and magic core for 1500 platinum coins.” (Helmut-ou)

“Your Majesty! No matter what, this is too much!” (-)

An elderly noble standing next to His Majesty who you could be considered a chief vassal, yelled in protest against the amount of money for the purchase. Apparently this person was in charge of the financial affairs of the kingdom.

“Well then, what’s the market price? Nou, Artur?4 Since you are a merchant who regularly sells items the kingdom requires, We are certain you know the correct price, isn’t that so?” (Helmut-ou)

His Majesty inquired the market price from Artur-san, who was next to me.

“Yes. A magic core of such size will not sell for less than 1200 platinum coins. The bones are about the same.

The likes of dragon bones are rarely taken out of the ancient ruins as artifacts because they can’t be reused after tearing them off. To obtain a complete set of bones of such size several thousand years later, I don’t think anyone could have imagined that to happen.

The bones too, I think 300 platinum coins are a proper assessment.” (Artur)

“However, the situation of the budget …” (Finance noble A-kun)

“The restart of that gigantic ship was included in the calculations of the budget. We heard it was 2500 platinum coins. The 1500 platinum coins are part of the material cost. Although We don’t know how much the other sundry expenses cover, you don’t really want to say the amount exceeds 1000 platinum coins as well.

It should be well in range of the budget.” (Helmut-ou)

Still tenaciously facing towards the person in charge of finances, His Majesty declared there was sufficient funds within the budget.

I didn’t interrupt their deliberation.

“I must opt for economizing here. The subject of other budgets having insufficient funds is the reason for the delay in carrying out operations.” (Finance noble A-kun)

“Nou, Finance Minister Ruckner. Certainly, the budget isn’t infinite. If it was possible to even save 1 copper coin while doing the same thing, there would be no need to concern Ourselves with exceeding it either. ”

“Well, Your Majesty.” (Ruckner)

“However, acting here similar to being stingy with the reward towards someone, who has distinguished himself with meritorious deeds, will dampen the morale of the next person who might try to contribute to the glory of our kingdom afterwards.

If such a person tries to put magic cores and bones up in an auction … Artur, what do you think will happen?” (Helmut-ou)

His Majesty asked a question of Artur-san once more.

“Ha! The standard estimated value of such magic core and bones is 1500 platinum coins. However, considering the many expectations when it is put up in such an auction, there will be people who will want to obtain these items at any price.

It is not within my reach, however there are wealthy people here and there who easily have a surplus of 2500 platinum coins or more to bid with.

And then, while complaining about the hardships in obtaining these items, they will charge a huge commission fee of the kingdom.

Usually merchants commission goods while keeping the prices low. The arrangement is for 5-10% of the amount of money to be gained as profit.

Therefore adding in the commission fee, the calculation will already have exceeded the budget.

Artur-san explained to His Majesty that paying only 1500 platinum coins would be a bargain for the kingdom.

“Finance Minister Ruckner, all materials will be obtained for a price of 1500 platinum coins. How much more is necessary to start the operation (T/N: of the ship)?” (Helmut-ou)

“Yes. Processing the materials, the work of equipping the engine with the magical crystal, the work of equipping other components and armor parts, test runs and the final fitting of the ship. Approximately 300 platinum coins.” (Ruckner)

As one would expect of a super-gigantic airship spanning a total length of 400 meters. Merely hearing about the budget covering the cost for resuming operations, one could get dizzy from it.

“Saving a share of 700 platinum coins, the budget reduction was successful, Finance Minister Ruckner. We would like to allot sufficient priority to the preponderate items.” (Helmut-ou)

“Ha! ha!”5 (Ruckner)

With these few words, Finance Minister Ruckner would not once speak words of rebuttal again.

The Minister of Finance successfully cut the budget for the restart of the gigantic magic airship. This budget reduction allowed him to distribute the funds to the previous priorities.

The force of personality displayed by His Majesty was admired by the other courtiers as well, just like by Artur-san and me, too. It became impossible to say anything else any more.

“That’s right, the matter of dealing with the raw materials is no more than pure business. In another matter, We haven’t yet bestowed you a proper honorable reward as We ought to.” (Hemut-ou)

“An honorobale reward?” (Wendelin)

“That is so.6 You have protected the magic airship, which cost 800 platinum coins to restart operations, from the ancient dragon’s breath attack.

Hearing about it in the report, the contribution of Burkhart of the Breithilde margrave area was large. But if you haven’t been there, the ship would have sooner or later be sunk by a direct hit.” (Helmut-ou)

Certainly, as His Majesty stated, Burkhart-san’s magical barrier defended against the breath attack of the ancient dragon. While serving as defense against the ancient dragon’s magical attacks, dealing a lethal blow to it was impossible though.

Since the magical barrier would gradually have been worn down due to the exhaustion of mana, the ship would have been destroyed by a direct hit of the breath attack at some point.

“Afterwards this royal capital would have incurred heavy losses by the following attack. Also thinking about it normally, you definitely are a dragon slayer. Besides, we couldn’t bear it to not bestow a suitable reward.” (Helmut-ou)

While His Majesty stated such, a civil official appeared from the back holding a tray with something placed on it.

“For defeating the ancient dragon who turned undead and the meritorious deed of protecting the magic airship, We present Wendelin von Benno Baumeister this Twin Dragon medal.” (Helmut-ou)

The audience hall suddenly turned into a conferring of decorations hall.

I accepted the medal, which was an arrangement of two dragons made out of gold and emerald, from His Majesty and attached it to the left side of the chest.

Thereupon a great applause resounded from the surroundings at the same time.

Apparently it was a quite honorable medal.

Given that I was not fated to receive a public awarding in my previous life, truthfully I didn’t inquire about what to do in such case. Rather than spending time thinking of investigating about receiving a medal, I spent my time with special magic training.

Because that’s who I am.

“Continuing, Our Helmut kingdom’s king Helmut the 37th, grants thou, Wendelin von Benno Baumeister, the title of 6th rank associate baron grade to devote oneself to. Come, Baumeister-kyou7” (Helmut-ou)

“???” (Wendelin)

“(Wendelin, the words of oath on occasion of a conferring of decorations. Since they are short, can you remember them?)” (Artur)

Suddenly petrified by the current situation, Artur-san whispered from beside me and thus throwing a saving lifeline.

“I shall wield My sword8, for His Majesty, for the kingdom and on behalf of the people.” (Wendelin)

Come to think of it, now I remember having heard these words from my mother. Thus I hurried to speak them.

By no means I expected that there would ever come a time in my life to state these words. Simultaneously to not leaving any significant accomplishments by swinging my sword and such either. Even pondering about it, it was a quite ridiculous situation.

“Now then, with this Sir Baumeister became a retainer of the kingdom. Be that as it may, We do not intend to particularly tie you down with civil service. It is fine to attend your brother’s wedding, enjoy the royal capital and walk the path of an adventurer freely.” (Helmut-ou)

Despite such unforeseen events happening in a row, I feel like I was just washed away by the flow.

Anyway, I have obtained a large amount of money again. A medal and peerage as well. And for some reason Artur-san was smiling bitterly next to me. This left a big impression on me. (T/N: Uo~ Welcome to the ebil world of politics *kukuku*)

 


Translation Notes

1 Direct translation would be “church headquarters/main office” but the clerical organization is not like a company so I opted for “head church.”

2 清貧 – I have lightly read up on it and it seems to mean the bare life close to the minimum needed of clergy which one could probably call poor.

3 Since I am no person interested in religion and its history, I won’t guarantee on the correctness of the authors claims here.

4 “market price in society” would be the literal translation, but well, that sounds too stiff. “Nou” is an address indicating the speakers attention shifting to someone specific. I don’t know of any English equivalent for that though .. maybe “Well” or “Hey”, but not quite either.

5 No, he is not laughing … its an expression of obedient agreement towards the decree of royalty and their likes.

6 My fingers were itching to write “Umu” here! xD

7 In this case either Lord Baumeister or Sir Baumeister. Preferred to leave it like that, this once at least. ^^

8 “waga ken” .. “waga” is a formal way of addressing oneself, I think. Thus the “My.”

 


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  1. Pingback: Hachinan tte, sore wa nai deshou! – Chapter 28: Associate Baron Baumeister | Infinite Novel Translations

  2. That is good. get the title with no strings attached. that is the best deal.

  3. This King is better than most rulers in these types of novels.

  4. “ebil world of politics” indeed!

    Weeeeeeee~

  5. Thanks Very much for the translation. i love this series!

  6. radical dreamer

    thx for the great translations.but the story itself… too many damn explanation and repetitive information…

  7. This ebil and cruel world ;D Thanks for the chapter

  8. Thank you for the new chapter!

  9. Hohenheim? Does he also have blonde hair and yellow eyes?

  10. Oh dear. I wonder how his father and eldest brother will react to him having gained a separate nobility of his own? I wonder if they’ll appreciate the fact it was entirely by accident, or will they simply hold enmity towards him without giving any consideration to his side of the story?

  11. I smell troubles ahead.

  12. thanks for the translation. btw, what does associate baron mean? is it a noble title without lands?

    • The other translation options were “Semi-Baron” and “Quasi-Baron” if I remember correctly. Those sounded stupid but should answer your question somehow.
      It is a title close to Baron but not quite a Baron. Since he has no lands attached to it you might also call it an honourable title if you’d like to.

    • It’s a honor rank, without land attached. Earth has many traditions related to that, eg European Medieval, and China. With this rank, he’s equal to many nobles of the same rank but has lands. The only difference is when he enter such noble’s land.
      Practicality? Well, with that, he can marry into any noble’s family without worry.

    • Actually, if we go back, the father’s a rank 7 noble, while MC is a rank 6, so he might be actually above him now.

      • Confirmation – went back to chapter 5 and confirmed that the father is a rank 7 noble. So he outranks his father now.

  13. also, is he an independent noble now or must he serve under a higher noble?

  14. *Places a brownie at translator’s doorstep with a note attached: “Thank you for your translations~”*
    *Turns around and starts leaving*
    *Hears some noise*
    *Looks behind to see a stray cat stealing the brownie*

    Well, it seems that only my words of gratitude will have to do~

  15. Thanks for the new chapter!

  16. Thanks for the chapter

  17. Why Helmut-ou rather than King Helmut? It’s not like you’re using heika instead of majesty… and it seems a little awkward.

  18. All hail the BARON !!!!!

  19. Thanks for the chapter!
    There is something you are wrong the church IS a organization they rule over the education and have peerage even have the power to nominate the successor of the kingdom, they have army and ties even with the commerce guild the church create the for bank and the bonds, you know there is some company like shit going on if some like the Spanish Inquisition exist

  20. Ouuu Thanks for the chapter! ~~~ given the circumstances he doesn’t really have much choice isn’t it. Now he’s entangled with the kingdom’s politics ho ho. But I guess this makes it fun to read… Good work!

  21. this world political world seem not so bad, for now atleast 😀

  22. Thank you for continuing with the translation of this series. Very GJ 😀

  23. Thanks.

  24. Thank you for the chapter 🙂
    looks like that “Finance noble A-kun” was intending to smuggle some.. or rather most of the money right ?! Too bad for you A-kun
    and meatbun no want medal.. medal hard.. meatbun wants cakes and cookies ( ●w●)

  25. Gotta say that this MC (or rather the author) seems obsessed with politics and skimps on addressing the common-sense aspects of adventuring. Where is all the MC’s basic life-saving equipment? The kid is roughly 12-13 and crazy rich and supposedly interested in preserving his life. I’m saddened that the author hasn’t shown the MC either using the equipment of his master (he’s old enough and no longer hiding his awesomeness) or investing in expensive attack / defense equipment (as life is more pretty much all the money you have + some degree of future income).

    Right now it’s been 3 or so months after he made bank from the rewards of returning the subjugation stuff to the regional lord. Plenty of time for equipment and magic item purchases. But we’ve seen zilch. He could improve his team’s safety with good items but he doesn’t. When the girls and Erwin talk about going off and buying stuff he doesn’t offer to help bankroll them (or even “loan” them money)…this topic ought to have been addressed even if later the MC was going to say something stupid like “i believe my friends should buy equipment with their own money and hardwork etc. etc.” (which is bullshit because given how quick folks die and get hurt adventuring, soending a fraction if your wealth to protect a friend is just common sense and being anthoughtful good human). Now he’s got this huge dragon reward, I will be crazy annoyed if the MC doesn’t power up ASAP via equipment.

    On a side note- thanks for the aggregation and translation!

    • As a Mushoku reader, I most definitely agree. Rudy (ab)using items to his advantage is a major part of why I liked the action in MT. Well, that and Power Armour.

  26. Yeah reading up till now I not digging the MC personality, plot line and fight scenes. I am dropping this I gave it decent go at least peace out and enjoy reading.

  27. Shamfurdispray

    No complaints but is there a reason you left it as Helmut-ou instead of King Helmet? Also things like “iyaa” and “mou” can be localized a bit better. Just a suggestion.

  28. I am just a normal human being

    shasux sama, do you have any intent to revise chapter 1-25? that chapter really have bad grammar, its feel like reading google translate

  29. Thanks for the chapter xD

  30. hahaha~! Now that’s awesome~! Or is it~? I mean it is, with the things that happened to him, kukuku..~! Although it’s quite depressing that a princess didn’t appear but well, can’t be picky right~? Kukuku..~!

    — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

  31. Thanks for the chapter.

  32. With all that money a property and now a title why adventure(unless to pick up girls)

  33. Thank ya very much for the translation, translator! Many thanks towards the Author!

  34. Please dont be grounded .. what about the grand adventures

  35. Thanks for doing this Chapter 😇

  36. Thank you guys for the hardwork

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