Chapter 50 – Attempt to develop the Savage Lands

“Well, that’s how it is.” (Wendelin)
 
“I don’t have any objections either. I request Baron Baumeister’s group to contribute to the development of this territory.” (Artur)
 
It’s one week after finishing the purification in the Demon Forest.
We once again faced father in negotiations at the mansion of the Baumeister main family.
Be that as it may, father basically doesn’t do something like opposing us.
Previously the conditions had been conveyed by Burkhart-san who acted as messenger of Margrave Breithilde.
Besides, since father is still the territory’s lord, it’s nothing more than a good plan to gain the fief’s population’s support on top of leading to the advancement of the territory.
Even discounting Kurt’s feelings on this matter, it was only common sense for the feudal lord to approve of this plan.
As a result various and several subjects were resolved.
As Kurt, sitting next to father, has been left out of the loop, he is slightly trembling like a small dog while being the only one with a bright red face.
Although he likely wants to vent out some complaints, he has been stopped by father as any more reckless remarks from him would directly influence the reputation of the Baumeister household.
During the negotiations he continued to glare at me without saying anything.
 
“(He still hasn’t snapped, eh? Guess we have to provoke him some more?)” (Wendelin)
 
First off, the appraisal of the sorted articles of the deceased, we left with Margrave Breithilde, the articles which were left behind due to the absence of an owner and the raw materials of the monsters, we fought, had finished.
According to the prior negotiation, the Baumeister household’s side has been given 30% of the share.
Kurt seems to have expected a substantial amount from that.
Once I was given the detailed account of the written item details, he took it from me as if stealing it and searched the numerical figures.
Given that he can’t calculate at all, he isn’t able to judge anything but the field stating the total amount they will get.
However, he can’t even properly tell whether they have been cheated either.
If you can’t confirm it yourself, you won’t be able to tell whether its bullshit or false either, I think.
 
“It’s little…” (Kurt)
 
And he has been disappointed by looking at the numbers.
Given that the total sum isn’t more than 200’000 cents, he is somewhat unhappy as he has been thinking until now that it will be a large amount of money.
 
“Klaus, are there any mistakes in this calculation?” (Kurt)
 
“There aren’t.” (Klaus)
 
It would be impossible in the first place for Margrave Breithilde, being in charge of the kingdom’s south, to do something like swindling the money handed over to the poor Knight household next to him.
That’s only natural since the lost reputation would be larger than the obtained profit by swindling a small amount of money.
It’s also unlikely for him to make a mistake.
There are several talented people who are beyond Klaus’ level in financial affairs within the Margrave Breithilde household.
 
“Still, the debt the Baumeister household made with the Margrave Breithilde household has been cleared.” (Burkhart)
 
“Debt?” (Kurt)
 
The debt meant here is the support money from the main household in the capital at the time the Baumeister household became independent in this territory, which they didn’t return.
There was also the debt for the congratulatory gifts for Erich-nii-san’s, Paul-nii-san’s and Helmut-nii-san’s marriages, which they didn’t provide.
Margrave Breithilde, in his function as patron, has settled all of that and paid for them.
Of course this was something that had to be resolved.
 
“Looking at the written details, the paid back amount is reasonable.. ?” (Klaus)
 
As expected, even for Klaus it was nothing more than an ambitious undertaking.
But, Kurt, who heard about that, raged.
 
“We are the ones who decide when we will return the money!” (Kurt)
 
Though he said that, I’m certain he likely hadn’t any intention to pay back the money.
Margrave Breithilde really has absolutely no trust in them, since he has done it in such way.
Kurt is really a stupid man.
 
“It’s normal for nobles to make debts, but isn’t it better if you repay those quickly as a debt is a debt after all?” (Wendelin)
 
Even if you say anything to Kurt, it’s only a waste of time, therefore I try to ask father.
 
“That’s right. With this our debts are gone.” (Artur)
 
Father finished the matter concerning the work in the Demon Forest with these few words.
And, also did the same for the story about the debts of the Baumeister household.
 
“Will Baron Baumeister’s group be active as adventurers hereafter?” (Artur)
 
Building our base in this territory, we will go hunting in the Demon Forest by using my teleportation magic from here.
In addition, we will regularly hold a bazaar and since there is absolutely no guild within the territory, we will take up the other tasks as well. That was the current topic.
And how much tax we will pay to the Baumeister household after getting rewarded for those jobs.
Even the tax rate had already been decided by Margrave Breithilde.  
 
“It’s difficult for our territory to convert items into money. Things like the raw materials, that you acquire in the Demon Forest, will be liquidated in the adventurer’s guild of Breitburg. Afterwards you will pay the fixed 20% as tax of that sum of money.” (Artur)
 
Since we are still affiliated with the Breitburg branch, it was necessary to do the things related to liquidation over there.
In reality it was required to pay 20% of the liquidated sum of money as tax for the government at the Breitburg branch.
But, if they end up paying 40% of the total sum, there will be complaints from adventurers like us.
As expected, it is detestable to exploit adventurers this much.
Therefore, Margrave Breithilde successfully negotiated with the guild on this matter.
As result, the governmental tax on the side of the Breitburg branch vanished.
Given the situation, it can be seen as one-sided loss for guild’s side, but since the guild is making plenty of profit by reselling the raw materials of the monsters hunted by adventurers, it didn’t seem to be a particular problem.
Besides, in this case political intentions are involved as well.
As there was the mismanagement by the adventurer’s guild’s headquarters a few days ago too, they won’t unreasonably demand the governmental tax from Margrave Breithilde and me.
I heard about this from Burkhart-san afterwards.
 
“Anyway, you will pay 20% of your obtained profits. I want you to submit a written report of the details once a month.” (Artur)
 
“Understood.” (Wendelin)
 
It will be Klaus’ job to check that written report, however he isn’t the kind of man to cut corners on parts of his job. He also shouldn’t blame me for stealing profit on behalf of father and Kurt.
I was able to trust him on that point.
He is bearing a grudge within his heart against father after all.
 
“Wendelin-sama will begin his activity as adventurer in this territory. That’s really wonderful.” (Klaus)
 
Klaus, who was ordered by father to check the written reports, doubtlessly said that on purpose.
His great joy was an overreaction.
Officially our activity as adventurers is just a front. The true aim is to purge Kurt, who will likely become a seed of trouble in future.
Klaus has certainly noticed that already.
For him my decision is an event of great congratulations.
And, although Kurt is sharply glaring at such Klaus, he behaves as if he hasn’t noticed that at all.
 
“It’s been a while since I last looked forward to some written report of a calculation result.” (Klaus)
 
Since each family harvests an amount of wheat, how much tax is usually paid?
Given that he does nothing but always calculating only these things, he shows a delighted expression at being able to serve in his role as accountant after a long while.
But in reality it couldn’t be seen as anything but him ridiculing the abilities of father and Kurt as feudal lords.
Although Kurt, who realized that, glared at Klaus while his face became even redder, father’s expression didn’t change in particular.
Klaus also continued to pretend not noticing Kurt glaring at him.
 
“(I shouldn’t underestimate Klaus after all…)” (Wendelin)
 
Having noticed my provocations to make Kurt snap, he is helping out without saying anything about it.
 
“There is also the matter of the remaining smaller cases to be discussed and decided.” (Artur)
 
“True.” (Wendelin)  
 
Like this the negotiations with father safely concluded.
The only one having been left out of the loop was Kurt. He stood stock still on his sport while having a bright red face.
 
 
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“Master, those are quite nice item sets?” (Roderich)
 
“You have experience as shop manager, Roderich?” (Wendelin)
 
“I was a stand-in. I was asked by a friend of a certain ordinary general store business.” (Roderich)
 
“I see.” (Wendelin)
 
For the time being we decided to move our base of operations to the Baumeister territory until Kurt could be purged once he went on a rampage.
I gathered various items and people in this week.
First was the house. Since that rented house was too narrow once the number of people increased, I decided to move to another house.
However, the biggest house in this territory is the lord’s mansion.
Therefore I decided to dismantle the house in Breitburg, I inherited from master, and rebuild it over here.
Although I was confronted with the question 『How are you going to cross that mountain range?』, I resolved that with magic.
 
 
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“Thank ya fer choosin’ Rembrandt Relocations!” (T/N: The term used here means “dismantling historic buildings and reconstructing them somewhere else.” It’s too long to write out, so I changed it a bit)
 
Around three days ago I had an appointment with the head of the company, an old man named Barcode, who bared this fake Kansai accent, in front of my mansion in Breitburg.
Actually, this old man uses a unique magic belonging to the earth attribute.
That magic is called 『Relocation』. It was possible for him to dismantle quite the large structures and move them to another place to rebuild them there.
Since he can even use teleportation in addition, he first transfers the target object into a magic bag once he has received a job from a client.
After transferring to the target site, he takes out the building etc. out of the magic bag and reconstructs it there.
Of course, since a building has parts like the foundation, which have to be buried in the ground, it absolutely necessary for it to function in the same way after the relocation as it was before the relocation.
Rembrandt-uji, who is able to calculate his relocations to this extent, always has his schedule filled for several months in advance.
His customers are rich people such as large nobles.
For example, if you want to build a villa in a beautiful landscape, but it’s troublesome to call enough construction workers, you get Rembrandt-shi to relocate a completed building to a suitable vacant land.
In addition he also does things like relocating historic structures on order of the kingdom’s government.
Thanks to his special skill, he obtained the same position as me, appointed Baron.
Originally he shouldn’t be able to accept my request right away, but it seems Finance Minister Rückner put in a good word.
He appeared in front of the mansion at the appointed time.
 
『Well, then let’s go?』
 
For some reason Rembrandt-uji talked in a slight Kansai dialect, however his work was fast with few words.
Right after making a quick trip around the mansion’s vicinity, my mansion, that was there just now, disappeared.
 
『Then, I leave it to you to guide me to the designated location.』
 
Even though Rembrandt-uji was able to transfer to almost all places in the kingdom as expected, it seems he hadn’t gone to the Baumeister territory yet.
Therefore I have taken him along with my teleportation spell to the Baumeister territory.
 
『Peaceful place, eh?』
 
Arriving at the place of destination, Rembrandt-uji smiles with his whole face while looking at the Baumeister territory that could be called a rural area in the sticks.
And, Rembrandt-uji and me were greeted by Paul-nii-san’s group, whose role was to guard us.
 
『This is the planned site.』 (Wendelin)
 
As discussed with father before, it is located at the border of the sphere of influence of the Baumeister household and the Savage Lands. I borrowed a level and sturdy ground.
As the rent is free of charge, it doesn’t matter what we do on the Savage Land’s side.
Instead, we have to definitely pay 20% of the gained profits.
I believe that father probably thinks it to be most satisfactory if the obtained spoils of the hunting in the Savage Land turns into money.
 
『If it’s here, it’ll be alright.』
 
『(It’s a weird Kansai dialect…)』 (Wendelin)
 
I’m told that Rembrandt-uji is also working as architect on the side.
Making use of this knowledge as well, he took out the mansion, that originally belonged to master, from the magic bag and reconstructed it into the same state as it was before.
As usual it is instantaneous, fast work.
 
『Next is…』
 
Continuing onwards, he starts to relocate the ten-odd houses, I requested from him before.
I had them brought by Rembrandt-uji for the people, who will be living in the Baumeister territory for a while thanks to me.
First off, regarding master’s mansion, there will be our party, Wilma, Roderich and the maid Dominique.
For the houses on both sides, it will be for the skilled guards chosen by Roderich and the houses of the newly employed servants.
In addition, the house, where Paul-nii-san’s group lives, has been relocated as well.
 
『Huh? An amicable resignation?』 (Paul)
 
『Senpai, we are here as well, though…』 (Sieghard)
 
Finishing the job of the provincial inspection trip, Paul-nii-san’s group was working as my escort and had currently retired temporarily, but they ended up speechless by the sudden letter they received from Minister Edgar via Breitburg.
The reason for that is the letter stating that while Paul-nii-san and the four others are carrying out their mission to guard me, it has been decided to retire them from their guard units.
 
『Why?』 (Paul)
 
『How about trying to read the continuation?』 (Ottmer)
 
Once Paul-nii-san read the continuation of the letter urged on by Ottmer-san, this was written there,
 
『Continue the protection of Baron Baumeister without change. As for the contingency fee, I promise you that you will be promoted to the peerage of Associate Baron and will be given an appropriate plot of land. As for the remaining four people, they will receive a separate reward and as Paul-dono’s retainers…』 (Paul)
 
In addition, although they are in a temporary suspension, their families in the capital will be paid the extra allowance of the provincial inspection trip and a salary for them working in a remote region to compensate for the part of the salary of the guard unit.
Additionally they will receive a large sum of money as fee for the guarding. That was the gist of what was written.
 
『Territory?』 (Paul)
 
『Isn’t that likely somewhere in the Savage Lands?』  (Ottmer)
 
Without doubt it’s as Ottmer-san has said.
And, together with the plans to have Hermann-nii-san succeed the territory, I will assist in the development.
As result of that, I, who will possess the Savage Lands in the future, will become head of an advising branch family.
 
『Well, it’s an unpleasant job to drag out and take down Kurt-aniki, who is the only one left out. There are the hardships of development, but such reward isn’t that bad either…』 (Paul)
 
『I’m really glad that I’m your friend!』 (Ottmer)
 
『Senpai! You are the best!』 (Sieghard)
 
『I have outwitted my old man!』 (Gotthart)
 
『My wife and the children will be delighted!』 (Rudi)
 
The other four, hearing that they will be placed as retainers of Paul-nii-san’s developing, new Associate Baron territory, hugged Paul-nii-san in great joy.
 
『Hey! I don’t swing that way!』 (Paul)
 
『I know that, my best friend! No, from today onwards you are my lord.』 (Ottmer)
 
『It’s strange to be called like that by you, Ottmer.』 (Paul)
 
『Though it will probably a problem if you can’t get used to it.』 (Ottmer)
 
In contrast to Paul-nii-san, who was making a sullen face since he was hugged by four men, the four’s expression was filled with delight due to the tentative decision of them working as retainers, which has the possibility of being hereditary.  
 
『Heredity is possible! Retainer is wonderful since it has that!』 (Gotthart)
 
『With this the proposal to Christa…』 (Sieghard)
 
『It won’t do if I don’t write a letter to my family next.』 (Rudi)
 
All of them are below third son of a noble, children of an one-generation knight or had been born into a merchant’s family with their ancestors being nobles.
They would likely be glad if they could become nobles, but they weren’t dreamers who deluded themselves this far.
From their point of view, they are plenty of winners if they are able to get a heredity as Paul-nii-san’s retainers.
 
『If it is like that, it won’t do to not definitely ensure the safety of Baron Baumeister-sama’s body.』 (Ottmer)
 
『This is the occasion where my skill with the sword will be helpful. I will behead hoodlums without making them suffer.』 (Sieghard)
 
『That’s right. Let’s slay everything that is slightly suspicious!』 (Gotthart) (T/N: LOL… Hifumi, I summon thee!)
 
『Why don’t we pretend to make a mistake and kill that eldest son? That method would make the work rather fast…』 (Ottmer)
 
『Stop! Stop those dangerous statements!』 (Wendelin)
 
I eagerly calmed down Ottmer-san’s group, who started to say outrageous things as they were getting carried away by their happiness.
 
 
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“In the end you will open a shop after all.” (Roderich)
 
“Doing something like a bazaar is troublesome.” (Wendelin)
 
Since I obtained the permission from father that it was alright to freely use the Savage Lands part, I spent around one week to bring in various things.
I requested the relocation expert Rembrandt-shi to get ten-odd moderately priced houses, that are up for sale in the capital, and relocate them around my mansion.
Among them there were also some naturally aged houses that were dirt cheap, but the carpenters, who Roderich employed and brought along, are currently in the middle of repairing those.
It was planned for me to send them back to the capital once they finished their work.
 
“Still, more than half of the houses are vacant. Will you recruit immigrants as well?” (Roderich)
 
“Roderich, the word immigrant is dangerous.” (Wendelin)
 
With this place being the territory of father, it resulted in being no more than leased land for adventurers.
Therefore I was employing new servants and not immigrants.
 
“Will there be sold various items in this shop?” (Roderich)
 
“I leave it to you, Roderich-tenchou.” (Wendelin) (T/N: tenchou = shop manager)
 
“Haa…” (Roderich)
 
Some of the vacant houses had also mid-sized shops, which once went bankrupt and grew old in the suburbs of the capital.
Once that shady Rinnenheim-uji heard that I was looking for such stores, he looked for cheap property.
He found other old, cheap houses.
He negotiated for them to be sold for a price that was close to being almost for free as the buildings were scheduled to be torn down due to their age.
Even for the other trade partner, since the buildings, planned to be demolished, were disposed of without having to pay dismantling expenses, it was a good deal for both sides.
Besides, the state of the houses isn’t that bad either.   
Given that there is a tendency of rebuilding houses quickly in the capital, they were decently usable properties once they had been repaired a little bit.
Though it is wrong to say it, the houses within the Baumeister territory are a lot more worn-out.
 
“Even the shop types among these houses will do just fine with only repairing their interior.” (Wendelin)
 
One among those properties has the scale of a shop from the Genchuu era (T/N: 1384-1392). It’s already under the command of Roderich.
The mansion’s maids, who act as shop assistants and they young male clerks, hired in the capital, had a hard struggle with displaying the large amount of merchandise.
Rather than opening a bazaar, the way of managing a shop is better for me as it is less troublesome as well.
Once arriving at that conclusion and obtaining permission from father, we have created 『Jack of all Trades』 with me as owner and Roderich as shop manager.
The goods for sale are indeed anything, or rather it was all the items we sold at the previous bazaar.
Stuff like seasoning, general goods for living, agricultural equipment, manufactured metal products, sweets and meat.
There are also items which rot easily, but once you put those into a magic bag, there is no problem at all.
As a matter of fact there is a general purpose magic bag among the items inherited from master. I left that with Roderich.
It is a precious item since it is general purpose, but from my point of view its user-friendliness is bad as you can only store away an amount of around one house. That’s why it was an item I stored away.
 
“The user-friendliness is bad… Master, you would need to spend 3 million cents to buy this magic bag…” (Roderich)
 
“Well, then make sure to not lose it.” (Wendelin)
 
“Since it would be unpleasant to reimburse it, I won’t lose it.” (Roderich)
 
It was decided that I would regularly stock up merchandise at the merchant guild in Breitburg.
It’s also my job to buy items from the fief’s population that might sell in Breitburg.
There shouldn’t be any items to sell but only wheat in the beginning, but I think gradually the inhabitants will also rack their brains over that.
And then we were able to complete the shop.
We decided to discontinue a certain tradition.
 
『Well, then there is no need to especially send a merchant group either, right?』 (Breithilde)
 
Margrave Breithilde has declared the suspension of dispatching a merchant group to the Baumeister territory, which had continued for many years.
Although he rather left it to me than dispatching a merchant group while also accommodating me in various ways, I realized that it wasn’t anything that would yield me an overwhelming amount of money.
 
『Please purchase the wheat as well.』 (Breithilde)
 
Furthermore, we decided that I would make absolutely no profit on the sale of this wheat.
It was decided that I would buy it at market price and sell it at market price.
Because that was how the purchase by the merchant group actually worked, we judged it would become a problem if we suddenly changed that.
Besides, if it’s about profits, I will earn income by selling more and more of the other merchandise.
 
“However, master, you have done something nasty.” (Roderich)
 
“I’m doing it on purpose.” (Wendelin)
 
With the matter of me having started managing a shop, the means to supply salt from outside, called the merchant group, was gone.
Furthermore, if they don’t depend on me, they will end up losing the ability to procure things like salt etc.
I wondered whether father would notice that and say something.
He has given me an unconditional approval without letting Kurt join the negotiation table.
 
『Margrave Breithilde-dono had been controlling the unreliable merchant group with the questionable reason called feelings of guilt. How much could this change with Baron Baumeister’s shop?』 (Artur)
 
Furthermore, the variety of my goods is bigger than that of the merchant group and my prices are lower as well.
For father there is no reason to oppose it as long as the taxes are paid.
 
『Dad! At this rate Wendelin will usurp the territory!』 (Kurt)
 
『Usurp? Then listen well. Until now the strategic resource for the Baumeister territory, salt, had been in the hands of the Margrave Breithilde household. However, has the Margrave Breithilde household usurped this territory so far?』 (Artur)
 
『That is…』 (Kurt)
 
『If you have complaints, I let you do something about the merchant group.』 (Artur)
 
Kurt complained to father about me managing a store after all.
But in the end he caved in after the exchange with father.
 
“Do you want to call together the farmers in addition, too?” (Roderich)
 
“I want to eat rice!” (Wendelin)
 
“Is that so… ?” (Roderich)
 
The Baumeister territory and the Savage Lands in its south have mild climate and rain comes down properly as well.
Therefore there is plenty potential for rice crops. I decided to try cultivating them as a test.
 
『An expert in rice cultivation? Yes, there is one.』 (Roderich)
 
Since rice farming is popular in the territory of Margrave Breithilde, I will employ several old farmers, who have already left their agricultural land to their children and so on.
They would coach the ambitious young people I recruited as farmers in the capital.
Given that it will take time to cultivate new land to being agricultural land from the scratch, I created irrigation channels and paddy fields with engineering magic dividing them in equal sections. I removed stones and unnecessary things from the soil of the paddy fields with magic.
Furthermore, I took a little bit of earth from a place that has been an excellent paddy field for several hundred years within the territory of Margrave Breithilde. Using that as reference, I changed the soil of only the paddy fields, that had been reclaimed, with magic.
Repeatedly fine tuning it many times, I got a passing mark from the farmers, whose role is to coach, in the end and the soil of the paddy fields was complete.
While cultivating the actual rice afterwards, this soil, I spent my time on, is the most suitable soil for this region and climate.
Even now, ten-odd young farming applicants plow the soil in accordance with the guidance of the old farmers.
They do construction work to reinforce the ridges between the rice fields and the irrigation channels.
In preparation for planting rice, I assembled the previously purchased glass houses for the sake of setting up the raising of seedlings.
 
“You are going all-out.” (Roderich)
 
“That’s because I really want to eat rice.” (Wendelin)  
 
Though there is that too, I developed the Savage Lands in short time with magic, which couldn’t be developed by any members of the Baumeister’s until now. It was for the sake of putting pressure on Kurt.
 
“If master says so. I will manage the foundation here as well.” (Roderich)
 
Since it is adjoining the Baumeister territory, I had planned to entrust this part as assistance to Hermann-nii-san in the future.
If you calculate the tax yields of managing the development of an area of cultivated land, a small-scale agricultural community and a shop.
It’s not that far in the future. It will become practice for Roderich, whom I plan to set as prefectural governor of the developed territory in the Savage Lands.
 
“Don’t make mistakes in the calculation of the taxes.” (Wendelin)
 
“It’s because I’m taking advantage of that personage. By the way, what about the ladies?” (Roderich)
 
“Ah, if it’s Elise’s group…” (Wendelin)
 
Paul-nii-san’s group is in the middle of encircling Roderich and me as guards.
Elise has gone to help out Meister-dono at the church.
I’m told he hurt his back last night again and ended up losing the ability to stand up.
Since there shouldn’t even be any other priest in this rural territory, it has become the turn of Elise, who is an assistant priest, but since Kurt would scheme something stupid if I let her do it alone, Wilma, who can’t get used to wear a priestess’ garb, served as her bodyguard.
 
 
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“God, my stomach shrunk…” (Wilma)
 
“Wilma-san. God won’t listen to such direct petitions.” (Elise)
 
 
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Since Wilma has probably the same weak belief as I have, she would say such thing though.
 
“So, Erw’s group and Burkhart-sama are in the Demon Forest?” (Roderich)
 
Because our stay here was as adventurers, not going to hunt was like putting the cart before the horse.
Therefore Erw’s group and Burkhart-san left to explore the Demon Forest.
 
“I wanted to go as well.” (Wendeln)  
 
“Master’s official work is here.” (Roderich)
 
Until now, we haven’t done anything but roughly exploring the invasion route of the expedition force to the center of the Demon Forest.
The distribution of monsters in the center didn’t look to be very different to other domains.
But, there’s also the possibility that it might change in other areas. We decided to investigate this for a while from now on.
In the morning I took them to the investigation point with teleportation. I will pick them up there in the evening.
That was the plan.
 
“Isn’t it still too early to pick them up?” (Wendelin)
 
“Then, do you want to finish earlier than usual?” (Roderich)
 
There is a reason why the Baumeister household gave up on developing these Savage Lands.
One point was that there are many dangerous wild animals in the Savage Lands.
If you are growing crops, wild boars, bears, wild rabbits, aiming for the crops, deer and wolf packs aiming for those will appear as a matter of fact.
While carrying out the development, you have to guarantee the security of that personnel.
Certainly that’s impossible for a small-scale territory that hasn’t overly much flexibility.
 
“However, isn’t that the same for master?” (Roderich)
 
Although I gathered people for the development and guards with money and connections, their numbers are still insufficient.
Therefore, Roderich was now worried as he also felt that the number of people was too little to protect the area of cultivated lands once the general reclamation finished.
 
“Too much personnel isn’t necessary.” (Wendelin)
 
The reason is that there is a gap of 3 meters between the Savage Lands and the reclaimed area of cultivated lands. I dug a moat with a depth of around 5 meters. I used the dirt, I dug up at that time, to create earthen walls and thus protected the area against the invasion of wild animals with two layers.
 
“If that’s the case, it’ll be alright.” (Roderich)
 
Roderich seemed to be relieved.
And, once he heard the rough management plan from me a while after that, he returned to his work in a rush in high spirits.
 
 
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『No, well. Thanks to Baron Baumeister-sama the countermeasures against harmful animals during the reclamation are quick and simple.』
 
The elder men in charge of coaching raised a voice of astonishment due to the new cultivated land, which took shape in only a few days.
Also, it seems they have been somehow able to manage the newcomers by themselves.
 
『Instead, I ask you for rice.』 (Wendelin)
 
『However, there isn’t enough fertilizer…』
 
『Fertilizer, huh?』 (Wendelin)
 
Of course fertilizer is necessary to make delicious rice.
But you can’t expect for chemical fertilizers to be in this world. I harvested a large quantity of weeds in the Savage Lands with magic.
Also, in addition I fermented with magic a combination of raw garbage, human waste etc.
I completed a large amount of fertilizer on a vacant land after working at it for a while.
 
『Baron Baumeister-sama can even produce fertilizer with magic.』
 
『However it’s impossible to produce it all the time.』 (Wendelin)
 
『If the first portion is this much, I think we will be able to harvest a lot at the first time. For the next time, we will do something about the fertilizer.』
 
Reclamation, digging irrigation channels, keeping the soil in good condition and producing fertilizer.
Usually, they would have overworked their bodies. The things they should have done, have been mostly done with magic.
Because such reclamation under favorable conditions is very improbable, they are relentlessly training the newcomers so that they aren’t spoiled.
 
『Baron Baumeister-sama, please use your magic once again at the time of reclaiming new land, if possible.』
 
『By the way, will you go with two crops per year befitting to the climate?』 (Wendelin)
 
『Given that there are sudden dangers, we plan to go with two crops per year.』
 
After exchanging the above-mentioned, the elder men began to teach rice cultivation to the newcomers.   
 
 
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“Because that’s how it is, I will entrust the management of this special development ward to you.” (Wendelin)
 
“Special development ward?” (Roderich)
 
With such plot of land it is fine, if we have to pay 20% of the profit to father. The management of the shop and rice cultivation has begun.
Although it is within the Baumeister territory, the influence of father and Kurt doesn’t reach to me, who is the master of that place.
Therefore I arbitrarily called it special development ward.
For the present the preparation of the shop, agricultural land and housing finished in the evenings of the days.
I talk with Roderich, who is calculating the expenses, about my plans in the study of my mansion.
 
“If we raise the profits here, Kurt’s reputation will fall.” (Wendelin)
 
“Don’t kill with a blade, but kill with money, it is? That’s heartless.” (Roderich)
 
“By no means, that doesn’t mean that I will go and blow him away with magic either.” (Wendelin)
 
“That’s certainly correct.” (Roderich)
 
“Roderich, do you think that I’m a detestable guy?” (Wendelin)
 
It would be fine if he thought like that, but I decided to try asking him as a test.
 
“If you consider my previous circumstances, you won’t have the leeway to think such a thing either. That personage neglected to put in effort although he would be inheriting the territory. He wasn’t able to deal with the change of times, namely the relationship to the outside, either. He didn’t bow his head to his younger brother with the reason being his seniority. For nobles it is occasionally necessary to bow to someone else in a place not seen by people.” (Roderich)
 
“I see.” (Wendelin)
 
“From now on it is unknown whether it will be necessary for master to bow his head. However, you will be able to lower the initial expenses this way. Magic is something outrageous after all.” (Roderich)
 
Thus I was finally developing one part of the Savage Lands, by using the power of money, I hold.

 

 


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51 thoughts on “Chapter 50 – Attempt to develop the Savage Lands

  1. “Why don’t we pretend to make a mistake and kill that eldest son?” It won’t be much longer now.

    Thanks again for chapter 50 part 1.

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  3. Thank you, Part I

    Kurt seems to be caught between a force too strong for him and a bureaucratic steamroller. Although to be honest I don’t quite get where the pressure on him is coming from. I can see decisions being made without him, perhaps, but would that be enough to make someone “snap?” I suppose this is Kurt after all.

    Looking forward to what comes next.

    1. He’s the heir yet his younger brother, Klaus, and the entire political field is making a fool out of him. As you said he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place and the pressure is coming from both sides slowly closing in on him. Sadly for Kurt he’s just too unfit as a lord and he is holding too good a land to be simply a crappy ignorable noble.

    1. personally i dotn see kurt as an idiot or the bad guys here. as the 1st son, he was raise to be the heir so leaving or doing anything else was never an option for him. one he secure an heir for himself, the 2nd son was no longer needed so was marry off to the branch family.

      as wend grew up, he never interact with kurt. hes a shut-in who just dont interact with any body. as wend grew up it in the family house, there as no side of kurt beign bad or anything.

      out of all the brothers and sister-in-laws, wend probably have most interaction with kurt’s wife. hes probably most closest to her beside his mom.

      personally i think the author was to give the territory to wend to develop so he try to turn Kurt into a evil brother so he can kill him off but is doing a terrible job at it.

      during his childhood, wend is most closet to kurt family and any other brothers family. there was no mention of kurt beign evil, bad brother or unfit ruler up until they decide to give the territory to Wend. Wend too also stated that he never ever want to return to that waste land again.

      to have wend beign to close to kurt family then do a 180 flip the next moment without almost zero develop as to why kind of make it hard to beleive that kurt is a evil unfit ruler. rather then tryign ot kill off kurt which teh author is doign horrible job at developing it, i rather he use th connection between wend and kurt wife and use her to get kurt to give up leadership to wend without destroying what ever family bond they have left.

      the author is doing such a bad job at developing kurt and teh story that to me, it just seem like wend became power hungry, turn evil and now he want to kill his older brother so he can inherit the family and it land so hes not ploting with hes other brother to take down the oldest brother.

      the author is doign such a bad job at making kurt a evil character that he need to make it so teh main charater whos suppose to be a good character usign tricking and provocation to lure out and bait his older naive brother into makign a mistake so they can siese the moment to kill him and take everything that is his for themself. personally teh story have lose its original meaning.

      at this point i wont even be surprise if wend after he murder his eldest brother also force his eldest brothers wife into his harem as well.

      1. I don’t see it as the author making Kurt evil. The problem here is t even technically Kurts fault. They are nobles but never had enough ppl to develop the land properly, then the people they did have died trying to conquer the savage lands for their feudal lord so their remaining tenants started to loose faith in them. On top of all that it looks like for the past 3-5 generations the heir has barely been giving basic education and as seen neither Kurt nor his father can even calculate taxes. So Kurt is incompetent. He is at fault in this because he never even tried to learn because he was the heir and figured he could just maintain the status quo. Unfortunately almost every single one of the brothers are better at governance that Kurt is, Kurt knew this and still didn’t do anything to better himself and even their father saw this and instead of making sure Kurt got the proper training he just told Kurt not to rely on his brothers for help so he didn’t make himself look worse. So now you have a prideful, entitled idiot with no finesse who is used to doing whatever he wants. I van more unfortunate every time he tries to reinforce his position as heir he alienates the people more. So no Kurt is not evil just an idiot caught I. Unfortunate circumstances

  4. How did Kurt turn out to be such a monumental fool when Wendelin, Erich, Paul, Hermann, and Helmut all turned out fine?

    And Kurt can’t even calculate? Goodness gracious! The king needs to build a Royal Academy to educate the nobles and weed out the idiots. Who knows how many other nobles are as stupid as Kurt if you can inherit titles without even being able to do basic math!

    1. The answer to that, unfortunately, is Like Father, Like Son. Since he is the heir, his position is confirmed, hence no effort on his part to be a fitting lord, unlike Wend and his brothers.

      Also, on the matter of education, since he is to be the future lord out in the sticks, who will take the time or even money to give him that if he does not actively seek it? Can’t compare him too much to the ignorant nobles in the Capital, though there are some similarities.

      Heck, even the “other” Ruckner sibling is educated properly. Doesn’t stop him from being a dick.

      1. i think u guys are all wrong in this matter. the territory is freakin poor. there are no school in teh territory. even wend dotn go to school when he was growing up. he just go hunt all days. the family is so poor they cant even afford a wedding gift to the other brother when they got marry. im pretty use that the family didnt send any of the kids off to school in other territory. it will be kind of stupid to send all teh kid but the heir to school. so as for kurt not beign educated while all the toher borthers are is kind of a plot hole that the author never fill. wend just retian his past life knowledge.

        personally kurt character was nvr develop in the early chapter of eh story so when the author try to make him a evil person to kill him off, hes having a hard time at pullign it off convincingly.

        1. I agree with you that Kurt is not an evil character. The author most likely made Kurt this way so people would see him as villain but later on it turns out that he was not really such a villain or that he was not well educated. If you read the interlude chapter that was on Kurt he kind of became this way because of Wend. becoming well liked in the territory and his accomplishment out side of the territory . That the settlement is in decline and in a few years the trade with other traders will end once they reach the number of the lost people of settlement that was lost during the expedition in the demon forest.

          Territory is poor but family has no connection with any other noble family. Such as that Duke that challenge Wend.. He was most likely even more poor than Baumeister but unlike them the Duke had a ton of connections with other nobles but both of them had debt. Having connection with other noble families is important have been mention in the early chapters. The Baumeister has no connection in that territory and the only income that can make is the wheat they can sell. They could make income if they have adventurers guild in the territory. But they would have to cross the mountain with the dangerous beast on there. Of course Kurt could have been educated if he ask for help like the priest or Klaus but the author decided not to let him do that.

        2. Although it’s true at how author actually quite bad at how he/she make Kurt bad guys there no plot hole how other siblings can be better than him, all the reasons why the younger siblings kinda better because they strive to be better since they will end up throw outside when they reach adults and actually other than Eric who Wed to other family in capital Paul and the other one had not better life compared to Kurt but since wendelin end rise in power they end up roped up to since they know act conceited for pride is act of foolish(Kurt)
          As savage land development and baumeister territory it’s original not really wend wish but political reasons from kingdom so it’s better to think Kurt more like collateral damage, if just he act like his others siblings and not act haughty because eldeat son pride it will not devolment to become like this there’s also original fief population who afraid to change that flaming Kurt (that crappy blacksmith) as for is they actually really poor so unable to send congratulations gift at last they can send congratulations letter or sort not completely silent

    2. Simple. He was the only one who didn’t have to bother with trying to learn anything. Others knew that they won’t be given anything on silver platter. Even 2nd brother had to put an effort to be accepted by his familly.

  5. Mostly because he lives in the village out in the middle of nowhere. This is the saying “Kurt is a frog that lives in the well that does not know of the great ocean outside”.

  6. thank you for translating

    and now for my rambling

    well even if you do get rid of Kurt, you still need to fix the main problem for this area and that is its isolation and lack of commerce.
    yes Wend can jump back and forth all the time however that will become nothing but a chore and a boring one, so clear a safe and easier path through the mountains to Wend patron lord and clear part of the demon forest to make a harbor (might need a total subjugation of the demon forest) if not .. this area needs to be made totally self sufficient or it will slide back into its current state … with more chaos.

    how to get rid of Kurt? as i see it
    1- make him snap and where he insults Wend … duel and like the armored dragon, kill him (brutal road).
    2- make him snap and where he attacks Wend (or one of the followers)… self defense (but that is just crap you made him do it so its still murder, so self delusion route and even more brutal).
    3 – okay too many ways to kill Kurt, so insert whatever ya like (however they are tainted with evil intent and none are good).

    4 – just show Kurt the world and offer him a life, pretty sure all you really need to do is to treat him something to eat from the coast and a desert and he never want to not have it ever again, even if he will be subjugated to go to school and learn reading/writing, history, geography and …math, as part of his new life far far far away from thin soup.

    as stupid and small minded Kurt is, all i can see is a child that needs a parent to care for him a few years as a soldier under the ministry of the navy and army (seems like a safe place to locate him), might also mature him, and as long as Arthur lives Kurt himself is not a knight peerage and Kurts son could/would inherit the title, should something happen to Kurt, while he is away (exiled) and if Arthur choices to submit to Wend and turnover everything to the new main family the Baron Baumeister and swear fealty to the new lord of the land, Kurt is cut completely out without using 1, 2 & 4.

    it should not take all that much effort. Just a talk to Arthur, where its pointed out that under Kurts guidens, things would get worse at best or dissolve at worst and for what thin soup?? show the allies, friends and what the villages want, as well as what Wend will bring to the area, then tell him if Arthur truly believes that Kurt would be approved by the king to take over all of this land, when he have other clear options and that the peerage can be kept as a vassal, under Wend with or without land, then offer option nr 4 (keeping the wife and child close or even dissolve their marrige, but that is my Roderich + Amilia thing, they seem to me a good match).

    and if Arthur/Kurt dont go for it … use the well used problem solving cleft and move on, …. purify the area dont want pesky undead who can talk. ill admit it might not feel good to use Arthurs techniques they do seem tainted.

    okay enough ramblings for, atleast a few days, sorry about it (not really sorry).

    really looking forward to Kurts reaction to what he will never have

  7. Wend is reluctant in doing this because of the pressure from the king and the margrave in order to shift people from the slums in the capital to the baumeister territory which can be developed

  8. pressure?

    all i can see is a offer of land that he alone know, wealth (yes more wealth), power (yes even more power), females (yes they will properly keep sending loli’s his way and perhaps a royal princess if he subjugated the demon forest and what hides in there, surely there is a ruin more, poor burkhart).

    I am guessing Wend dont want all that? whom in there right mind would want power, wealth and companionship in a area that will garanti excitement for years to come and real gratitude that comes from securing the livelihood as well as wealth, and not thin soup is not the reward, from a hard day of labour of many tenths of thousands of people who idolise him (okay a certain amount of pressure i gues, properly overwhelming).

    i am guessing everyone is overestimating Wend, because he have magic in excess and a reincarnated person.

    from my point of view its just comedy (or a tragedy) atm, where i am waiting for Wend ( or Kurt, unlikely to happen) to grow up, any offense or defense is a waste of time and effort …… dammit i am rambling again, so ill end it here with….

    thank you all for translating these novels

  9. Everyone gives Kurt way too much credit in how he could do things, he has been raised “knowing” that he is going to be the next head of the family. And since he has had that put into him for over 30 years nothing will change his state of mind, so things like getting an education going into the military or any other thing is not an option for him because In his mind and soul HE is the next head of the family and territory.

    And since Hermann is slated to be the next Family head all of the administration headaches will fall to him and the only thing that Wend will have to worry about is providing Money. And also Arthur is not a stupid person uneducated yes but not stupid he knows exactly whats going on and that Kurt is in no way able to deal with what is going on much less advancing the development of the territory.

    1. well Hermann part is … depended on his math skills, havent heard about that yet, suppose Klaus could teach, but he would properly favor whom ever would wreck Kurt more.

      and yeah Kurt have been raised to “know” that he is special, even if all he can see, hear and feel is envy towards everyone else, so … he got alot of destruction flags to overcome … without the skillset to do so on his own, nor does his “allies”.

  10. First, thanks for the chapter.
    Next, while i agree author wants kill off kurt like a petty bad guy, its just true kurt is a tard spoiled 30 years brat.
    I mean, he never cares about his siblings well being, he is only greedy, cause knows he is next lord. So whatever happens To his brothers he gives a shit.
    Well, when shitty noble from capital told him about wen death, he was sad? No, he was happy thinking about wen money, and thought that money is for him, he very nice forget about erich, paul, even wen fiance,
    When wend meets him again he is very sad, cause he cannot get the money. So Why wend has to care about that fucker?
    Kurt only see wend like a money bag, he wish wend be death, so he can get that money…. what a lovable sibling…..
    Before, we not see Kurt, cause wend talk only with Erich, and a little with Kurt wife….
    I don’t mind wend blow away the house, cause only his mother show care for him just a bit.
    Even wend father, when Kurt and co. Are safe , he don’t care about wend too, so now the place is a risk, they never expand , and it’s obvious the king want change that.
    I guess Kurt will snap, and he try kill wend or something, cause I only see Kurt being a very limited , when he fear he can lose te peerage, he will do a reckless thing….

    1. Isn’t just about the money, Wend could easily take over the savage lands, the people would welcome it, and he could even expand their reclamation work. If Kurt loses his place as heir, he has no back ups, no skills or anything to fall back on. So to him Wend, and Erich before him, is a threat to his existence.

    1. Umu, I totally forget yesterday. Guess now that I got back home it’s too late too xD
      Well the chapter is short. so not really troublesome to scroll down a bit :p

    1. No worries. Loan sharks only get involved in some business if there’s something to gain/rip off. That territory has nothing of that kind which would draw in such people. They are dirt poor after all.

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