Chapter 59 – The Promise with Tal Village

Chapter 59 – The Promise with Tal Village

As soon as the smithing work concluded, it was decided that Eiji and Fernando would receive a warm welcome inside the house of the tribal chief, Girolamo.
It was the spring time.
The dining table was abundant in spring vegetables, like cabbage and celery, fried wild plants, goat cheese, and grilled river fishes.
A meal like this probably wouldn’t be served during the winter.
Most of the dishes, lined up on the humble table, were pickled and smoked type of food.
What’s more, the baked good was a white type of bread.
Even the way in which Girola would welcome his guests could be guessed.
Eiji garnished the table with single pot of distilled alcohol that was stacked among the trading goods in the boat.

– This is?
– An extraordinarily spicy alcohol. It’s my favorite.
– Fero’s? Eiji-san…
– Yes. It’s an item containing strengthened wine and made using a unique production method. Because this person seemed to take a liking to this alcohol, he would request it as a form of reward for his work, and drink one after another while making our stock fall short.
– Heh? That’s rare for Fero to be crazy about something. However much we treated him to a feast, his composed expression wouldn’t change.
– Won’t you try drinking it?

Girolamo gazed at the pot containing the distilled alcohol with a deep interest.
Wearing a deeply curious face, apparently, Girolamo had a weakness for alcohol.
Next to him, Fiore, who was abstaining like she promised herself, was too, showing her curiosity toward the distilled alcohol.
Once they were offered the distilled alcohol, the two of them nodded unhesitatingly.
It looked like both of them were fond of beverages.
After the alcohol was poured into his wine cup, Girolamo slowly smelled its aroma, checked its color, and tasted it in a licking manner.
Within an instant, his eyes opened wide, as surprise was painted on his face.

– This is…! D-Delicious. You can clearly feel the taste of alcohol.
– What’s this? This is the first time for me to taste something like this, and it’s amazingly strong.
– I knew that if it was Giro, you’d understand.
– Yeah, it’s truly delicious. I’ve never drunk anything like this. Just who made this beverage?
– It was me.
– …I see. So apart from being excellent in smithing, it seems that you also know about other, various technology which we are unaware of. If possible, can I have you tell me the method of creating this alcohol? I’ll make sure to reward you appropriately.
– The method of creating? That’s…..

As expected, is it fine to tell him about that? – Eiji thought.
Providing that he does not, he will be able to monopolize this technology.
And naturally, Eiji would be able to gain the control over profits.
On the other hand, in order to own the right for its production, there was the problem of unusually low level of supplies.
Despite Siena continuously developing various technology at present, its number of laborers was still remarkably insufficient.
It was a state where even moving children from the house chores wasn’t enough to cover the lack of manpower.
Even though the villagers gained free time thanks to the reduction of labor by the watermill, they would sacrifice their leisure for new jobs.
That being the case, their livelihood kept progressing rapidly.

Eiji’s reforms would continue from that moment as well.
There was a need to release the technology somewhere, to the outside, sooner or later.
The problem was what kind of impact will the disclosure of the alcohol have? Will Tal Village benefit from that? And then, will the distilled alcohol itself bring a fine result?
Beverages have the strange power of involving money, people, and authority.
Because of that, these families who are in charge of producing alcohol are the ones who hold enormous power.
As far as Eiji knew, it was also clear that the alcohol brewery covered a range of affairs in the Japanese government.
He gazed slowly at Girolamo.
Why does he want to make distilled alcohol? – Eiji thought he had to understand Girolamo’s true motif.

– Girolamo-san, why do you consider making this alcohol?

At Eiji’s question, Girolamo replied to him by asking reversely.

– Eiji-san, do you know what’s this village specialty?
– It would be earthenware, wouldn’t it? I’ve observed it before, so I remember.
– That’s right. Our specialty is earthenware. However, our potteries are heavy and break easily. Also, because of the difficulty of their transport, the chances of raising their value are limited, so they are not suitable for trade. At that point, I thought that using alcohol as the trade product will be more favorable.
– However, this distilled alcohol is not fit for mass production. I can’t tell you how it works, but it’s something similar to concentrating a normal wine multiple of times.
– In that case, won’t you try making it in eeach village? I mean, this distilled alcohol was never heard of or seen before. Certainly, even if your request is a bit unreasonable, they should  want to help.

Girolamo noticed well the true value of the distilled alcohol.
And then, one could say his goal was to make the village more prosperous.
As long as he accepts some conditions to certain degree, shouldn’t it be fine to tell him? – Eiji became curious about that.
He wouldn’t mind even if they were to use the alcohol for sterilization.
Despite that, there were some matters in which Eiji couldn’t make decision by himself.
There was no way for him to simply nod in agreement.

– I’ll discuss that matter at once with my village, so, for now I’ll put that idea on hold. Even if I’m to tell, I have to prioritize Siena’s interests first, and create several restrictions.
– I don’t mind about that. I said that because the future of the earthenware that we are making now doesn’t look bright. For the sake of this village, please consider that positively by any means.
– Hey, it’s fine to talk about some difficult topics, but, we should slowly enjoy eating and drinking while deepening our friendly relations. Also, the meal that was prepared with everyone’s effort will get cold.
– It’s just like Fero says, isn’t it? Eiji-san, my hospitality is humble, but please enjoy.

At Girolamo’s words, the welcome banquet commenced.
Fiore walked around while pouring wine into cups, up to the brim.
Eiji tried the wine made by Tal Village.
Its sourness was stronger than what he would drink in Siena.
Even though it was the same type of wine, this one had a subtle difference in taste.
Isn’t it normal? – he thought.
Depending on the producing area and the age, the value and taste of the wine will change,
Despite the places being near to each other, it was probably natural for a wine that was produced by its respective village to show a difference in taste.
The grilled fish and the pickle were properly carrying their function as they tasted delicious.
More than anything, the white bread was exceptionally more tasty than those usually eaten, and it was sweet, probably thanks to the use of honey.
As the meal was progressing, Fiore stood up and moved toward the house corner.

– Well then, I’ll allow myself to play a single melody in commemoration of the two guests from Siena.
– Fiore is an expert of flute.

As soon Fiore took out a transverse flute carved from wood, she gently blew her breath into it.
Shortly after that, the tribal chief’s quite house was accompanied with a sudden tune.
The pleasant tune that went up and down enthusiastically from time to time was able to lighten and soften everyone’s expression.
Indeed, this is amazing – Eiji admired in honesty.
His ears felt pleasant.
Without realizing it, Eiji held his breath and listened attentively to the melody.
Eiji didn’t know how hard she must have diligently studied, but there was no doubt it was a musical performance on a quite high level.
Her dazzling finger movements were complex and wouldn’t rest even for a moment.
Unlike the music at the time of festival of abundant crops, this composition was gorgeous.
Finally, when a remarkably high tune signaled the end of the performance, Eiji clasped his hands spontaneously.

– Oh my, it’s the first time for me to listen, but it was a splendid performance.
– Bravo! Fiore-chan, I was deeply moved! There’s no doubt you’re the embodiment of the goddess of tunes. Well, it’s fine for you to moisten your mouth by drinking this beverage.
– Thank you very much.

Fernando suggested Fiore to continuously drink the distilled alcohol.
Could it be that he’s planning to have her get totally drunk? – Eiji thought, however, Girolamo didn’t say anything either, so he didn’t particularly bother to mention that.
Because Fernando was constantly giving his attention to Fiore, it was just natural for Eiji to have a conversation with Girolamo.

– Really? So after you had returned back from your last visit, such a thing took place? As expected, it looks like Franko isn’t a man that should be taken lightly.
– That’s right. To think that he would bring those disciples that fast, I didn’t expect that.
– It must be hard for you to have such trouble brought upon you. If there’s anything you need, please feel free to talk with me. Despite my poor abilities, I’ll become your strength.
– Thank you, but, why are you willing to go through such an effort?
– Siena is located near the furthest end of this island. Tal as well, is at that end, before Siena. It’s probably the best for the fellows living near the edge to put their strength together and cooperate…. As for me, you see, I think there’s more mutual profit in collaborating, rather than quarreling and stealing each other’s power.
– I agree.
– Nazioni accomplished a meritorious deed by uniting the whole island, but after that, if I were to say it bluntly, nobody gained any benefit. By wringing out the villagers, Nazioni is currently the only winner.

And then, Girolamo lowered his voice.
His gentle look turned rapidly into a serious one and his low voice was filled with sternness.

– You see, I think that their dominance will fall sooner or later.
– Could it be…!?
– A mutiny is bound to happen somewhere when the people’s dissatisfaction reaches its limit. Will they be suppressed, or will they meet with success? I don’t know, but a single disturbance is needed. At that time, those we will truly rely on are the ones with whom we can establish a firm relationship.

At Girolamo’s words, Eiji gulped down his breath.
It looked like the mood in this society was far more tense than what Eiji had expected.

– Starting with Fero, whom I’ve been maintaining contact with, I think the tribal chief, Bona, is also someone that can be respected. And then, Eiji-san, not only can your wisdom and skills bring happiness to many people, you possess the charm to attract them. That’s why, however much cooperation you need, you can count on me. Well, it looks like as if I’m trying to gain your gratitude in advance, so it’s better to pay attention without listening to my every word.

Girolamo, who was smiling and telling from himself to pay attention, was indeed generous.
Even if he was trying to act, Eiji thought that Girolamo’s desire of maintaining a good relationship was genuine.

Eiji lifted the wine cup.
Girolamo lifted his cup as well and clinked it together with Eiji’s.

– At that time, I’ll rely on you without holding back, Girolamo-san.
– You’re always welcome.

gulp gulp – they poured wine into their throats as they made sound.

Not just their body, but also their hearts, were warm as if maintaining the heat.

– Oi, both of you, why are your expressions serious? Won’t you drink?
– I’ll drink, Fero.

The next morning.
Raising up from a straw-made mattress, Fernando held down his lower back.

– awie awie… my lower back hurts.
– Fernando-san, could it be that you…
– Hm? What’s the matter, Eiji-kun?
– No, nothing.
– Ah, don’t worry. My back hurts because I slept on a different bed than usually.
– Is that so? I’m relieved.

It seemed that Fernando-san didn’t try to lay his hands after all. – Eiji thought.

– Well then, should we continue our trip to the next village?
– I guess so, Fernando-san, what’s the name of the next village?
– What? Even though you are the one who arranged this schedule, you don’t know? The next one is Mostori. It’s a village famous for a group of peddlers.
– A group of peddlers? So there are actually many of them?
– You will know once you are there, but I’ll repeat myself only once, the peddler, Jean, who previously visited Siena, is from Mostori.

What is the group of peddlers?
There is no doubt that its a village that lives on trade.
For Eiji, those words sounded highly attractive.

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11 Responses to Chapter 59 – The Promise with Tal Village

  1. ArKain says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

  2. Zero says:

    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  3. I don't believe it when Fernando said he onlt slept in a different bed... He slept in a different bed with a DIFFERENT WOMAN WHAT A SCUM!

  4. goblinrou says:

    Girolamo foretelling the plot for us

    • Narf says:

      It's hardly a surprise, though. Nazioni takes from every other village, but grants nothing in return. It's hardly a surprise people are going to rebel against that in time. There's zero bonding between the rulers and their people. And since they're not seen as some form of higher beings deserving to stand above them, you get this.

      Hopefully Eiji rethinks his overly pacifistic approach now. Not wanting to make killing tools is understandable, but causing unnecessary victims amongst his own townfolk by sending them against enemies with nothing but farm tools is even more cruel and heartless in my book. Even the wolves would've probably been way less of a threat if they had proper weapons and a bit of training on them.

      • goblinrou says:

        True but you see how Eiji didnt foresee how his tech knowledge would affect the ppl. Franko foresaw that and prob why he wants Eiji. Well id say things will get serious now and Eiji will be less naive now.

  5. Anon says:

    I call bullshit. Sleeping on straw is normal for Eiji's village. Eiji is the only person that modified Tanya's original bed into a king sized version that tries to imitate modern beds.

    Eiji is so naive and stupid that he actually believes Fernado didn't sleep with another woman besides his wife and took Fernado's pitiful excuse of not being used to sleeping on a different bed.

    Eiji even saw how Fernado kept trying to get the woman more and more drunk throughout the night without saying anything. What a coward.

    Also, Fernado just becomes more and more disgusting each chapter. Eiji intends to create a stockpile of distilled alcohol for sterilization for future mothers in the village yet Fernado keeps drinking them all. And despite him, knowing the so far negative effects of the stronger alcohol he introduced to his village like someone even getting his nose broken, Eiji somehow thinks it is a good idea to suddenly introduce strong alcohol everywhere regardless of the negative consequences and Eiji being the only modern male who would even consider the concept of sterilization using alcohol while everybody else just wants to get drunk?

    If one day, iron weapons are used against Eiji, I would say Eiji deserves it because of him carelessly leaking future knowledge and technology due to him not wanting to rock the boat due to his passive nature and naive belief every person he meets is a good person and won't ever backstab him.

    I don't even understand why they bothered stopping in this village. Like the village head stated, their pots aren't that great and Eiji already made plenty of iron cookware for his village.

    Doesn't seem this village can produce anything better than Eiji. Feels like Fernado just came here so he could get some pussy while Eiji just gave away all those precious iron tools and just got a meal with the town head putting pressure on Eiji by talking about mutiny and saying how inferior their village is.

    Not exactly a great dinner conversation to have. What is Fernado even doing here, anyways.

    He's suppose to be good at negotiation but he feels like just baggage to Eiji to me.

    If Eiji wanted manpower or a bodyguard, Phillip would be better since he handles huge trees like nothing and doesn't have a big mouth.

    Eiji is a modern man. He should be able to negotiate He said he wants to take over his father's shop when he was young and he even went to college. He should have had plenty of experience with negotiating business deals or projects with various people back in Japan so why is Eiji so cowardly and passive?

    Feels like Eiji never grew up as a man despite losing his virginity and impregnating his lover. He still views the world like it was full of unicorns and rainbows.

    • Narf says:

      As goblinrou said above (and in which I agree), Eiji is being naive in introducing new technology, to the point where I'd call it grossly negligent. Not once does he seem to properly consider the direct short term (gambling, alcoholism) or long term (massive change in economical and political situation) results of what he does. He means well, but to me he always gives the impression of being mentally not overly endowed. If he was, then he should have learned by now what consequences his ideas can have. Yet he's still looking utterly careless about everything. Makes one wonder how he ever managed to successfully complete the university entrance exam. Or maybe they were short on applicants and just let him in without.

      That applies to the Fernando issue as well. I concur, I don't buy the "different bed" story either. Eiji can't dictate Fernando's life and tell him what he can do and what he can't. But it would have been in the interest of both the relationships between the villages and Fernando's personal life if he had tried to warn him and maybe even limit his access to alcohol a bit. If Fernando still wants to continue being a douchebag (for me he has that status ever since the Othello bit - it takes a special person to take away other people's food, even if they themselves bet it - and has been sinking even lower now), then he can't do much about, but at least he would have made an effort. Now he just looks like an accomplice by neglect in potentially harmful douchebaggery.

      I would've also preferred if Phillip had more time in the spotlight. He would have been a better travel companion. While he is quiet, he has a good head on his shoulders as is noticeable during the rare times he says something. He wouldn't whore around and get piss drunk either, I bet. But I guess he being the wood supplier is needed constantly in Siena. And I can see the author building up a conflict here that will later come and bite the two in the rear end. At least I hope that Fernando's attitude will have consequences.

      I disagree on just one thing:
      "I don’t even understand why they bothered stopping in this village. Like the village head stated, their pots aren’t that great and Eiji already made plenty of iron cookware for his village."
      You still need the pots as storage containers. And even if the village doesn't have that much to offer, it's never wrong to have good relationships with one's neighbour.

  6. Albedo's Ahoge says:

    Thank you for the chapter~

  7. kusanagi24 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!! 🙂


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