Tsuki – Chapter 412: Chaotic Reception Room (Wings)

Was that really a business discussion?

I feel chills as if I was shown something different, something terrifying though…

I am alone in this reception room. 

I entrust my body to the back of the slightly hard leather sofa, take off my shoes, and then sit cross-legged and scratch them. 

…Right, it would be nice to make a reception room that requires you to take off your shoes. 

Maybe a tea arbour or a japanese style room. It would be nice to have a place with the simple objective of stepping on the carpet. 

I feel like tatami mats are the type that choose the people after all… But the scent they give out makes me feel really at home…

“That’s not it.” (Makoto)

I retort to my own thoughts in this room I am alone in.

The ones that were waiting for me in the Wings room were several merchants…

They were.

Now that I think about it, that bunch was weird from the very beginning.

They should have their own work, and yet, they began talking about the current state of Tsige as if filling empty space. 

Moreover, there wasn’t a single speck of sharp enquiries peculiar to merchants. 

Honestly speaking, it was really fruitless time spent. 

Armor, weapons, materials, food, and drinks. 

‘Now that I think about it, we have been talking with the top companies more often’, is what they said as they began to deduce their origins. I was waiting for all this pointless talk to finish, and they threw a topic even more outrageous than I thought. 

“Please help us obtain the Storage Skill.” 

Is what the armor and weapon merchants pleaded. 

I honestly don’t understand at all what they were talking about at all, so I asked for a detailed explanation from the merchant team that was made up of around 5 hyuman and dwarf merchants. 

I was asked to make the others leave the room since it is the highest secret amongst blacksmith merchants, but I refused.

As if I am going to make people leave and come back on request for every little thing. That’s a pain.

The reason why we placed all those people in this room was because, for good or for bad, our people judged that treating them in this way was plenty enough.

Me creating a discrepancy in that sentiment would only be a bad move. 

I am learning too.

When I said that, it seemed like they just gave up on all that secret and stuff, and began talking about the Storage Skill that the Bronzeman Company representative recently obtained which is something that any merchant would die for.

I did hear a bit about this before. 

From here on, that company will be the center that will be guiding merchants into getting the Storage Skill, and that goes the same for cooperating with the Adventurer Guild.

And so, these guys failed in the selection of the first group. 

They also don’t have the surplus to hire adventurers with their own pockets. 

But they want to surpass the others by obtaining Storage first.

This must be what it is like to scatter meat in front of hungry beasts.

And so, because the Kuzunoha Company’s employees are decently strong and have connections with many places, it apparently should be fine to help them out since I was recently on that side of the merchant hierarchy (not like I wanted to).

They already don’t have a shred of awareness as people and merchants. 

In the first place, from what I heard of Haku, you need to raise both your levels and mastery of the Job. A Skill that you can obtain after going a certain tier of class ups as a merchant.

When thinking about it like that, there’s nothing complicated about it. 

If you have a merchant type Job, most of the branches will learn the Storage Skill eventually. 

That’s all there is to it.

If you simply imagine a merchant job in an MMO, the conclusion you would reach would be ‘yeah, that makes sense’.

However…

Even in games, raising a crafting job is harder than a battle job. 

In the first place, the battlefield of the merchants is the market.

The reality of this world is that there wasn’t a single merchant who had reached a high ranked Job to the point of learning Storage until just recently. 

I think this is also pretty common.

The conclusion is that…there’s no need at all for us to put our hands in this. 

The Bronzeman-san’s place and the Adventurer Guild are saying they will be the ones doing it.

There’s no others who are more fit for the job.

Fortunately, there wasn’t anyone there in the bunch who we had a deep connection with that would warrant us to provide them a shortcut.

I just used the previous logic to shut them up.

“I would like you to make a mutual aid association where we share the knowledge of locations we can get materials, and help each other out.” 

Is what a merchant that introduced themselves as a member of the raw material merchant group said.

I was about to instantly reply with ‘go to the adventurer guild’, but I barely managed to keep silent. 

After that, they began to talk about an organization that was basically as if he was just talking about a guild they are calling mutual aid association.

The respective companies would contribute with their knowledge about money and the materials they are specialized in, and fight back against the top companies buying everything at unfair prices.

I asked why they came to our place to ask for that. What they said was that they felt a sense of camaraderie with the Kuzunoha Company that’s being forced to gather materials by the Muzo Company.

HAHAHA.

On top of that, when I asked what was the project they planned on doing between the merchants, what I heard was talk about regular stalls that you could barely say they have grown some hairs.

If they are thinking of making the Kuzunoha Company join with this and create a mutual aid association, I can easily see them turning into hatchlings waiting for food to fall into their mouths.

It is true that there’s a part where the top companies are buying all the materials at unfair prices by utilizing their overwhelming assets.

There are times when there would be demands where cost and price are broken. 

If you yield to that level, you won’t be able to do business properly, and you would end up having dissatisfaction just like them.

I can understand.

But then…just sell elsewhere.

The Dusk Street is gone already.

The market of Tsige has become pretty clean now. 

I can say this clearly now that I have actually seen the Muzo Company, but even if they were to oppose selling to them, and sell it somewhere else, there won’t be any retribution. 

I can say that for sure. 

Muzo-san right now doesn’t have the time to be sticky to this bunch that are like grains of sand. 

Rather than stopping to deal with them, it would be far more beneficial to take one step forward in that time, and it would be more comfortable for him.

After the war, Tsige has gotten explosively bigger.

They also have the option now to physically take distance from them and try their hand at a different market. 

More so, there’s not a single big raw material company that has enough hands.

They are all lacking enough people that they would search anywhere for more. 

At worst, they could close their companies for now, go work at the big places, and learn more. 

For example; in the Muzo Company, they would have the chance to learn a variety of things about raw material production.

I explained to them that there’s many better options other than creating a mutual aid association which would perish with just a single blow of wind.

Also, I didn’t forget to tell them that the Kuzunoha Company has no intentions of helping. 

“We would like you to lend us the right to set up a store at the station and the plaza.” 

The food merchants were straight to the point. 

Because of Batoma-san making changes to the way the company alliance works, the merchants that he had been taking under his wing were being steadily cut off.

Until now, they wouldn’t have to do much of anything and would just wait in line to get the benefits he obtained by just participating. A number of them tried to fight again with their own strength, but there’s those that are not doing that and are searching for the next person to back them up.

Of course, the ones here are the latter ones. 

And the guys that were trying to create a path to success with onigiri are the former. 

I at times feel like helping out those kinds of people.

It was rice after all! 

“The weak also have the right to do business! For example; if you let us take over feeding those of the orphanage, a number of us can get some earnings!” 

What this one was saying was miraculously not wrong.

But their thinking and the place they put their eyes on are two completely different things.

In the first place, the weak don’t have any rights in this world.

Admitting yourself that you are a weakling has almost no merits and it is foolish.

Of course, it is not like their rights to do business have been robbed.

There’s places where you don’t even need to worry about the location, or you can sell things on the streets, or house to house. 

Also, they were talking about the food of the orphanage and all that, but it is not like the orphanage has the money for that. 

I understand plenty well now that I look once again at the inside.

There’s absolutely no way that kind of place would go through the trouble of going through a merchant in order to cover for their meals.

It is true that the orphanage has a lot of people, so in terms of a place that needs a high amount of things, there certainly can be business opportunities born. 

If we are putting out the Weitz Orphanage as an example, then they already have the Kuzunoha Company.

Why should we do work in order for you people to profit?

This is just too stupid. 

The roads and the stations are spreading, and the plans can be confirmed with the Merchant Guild.

I think from the bottom of my heart that merchants that don’t even try to look, learn, or move have no chance of surviving.

Food is an occupation that you can earn big thanks to how flexible it is. 

Just at the moment when I was beginning to see all these 10-so people here as beggars…

“Excuse the intrusion!” 

“Coming in!” 

“Sorry, Raidou!” 

Suddenly, Capli-san, Bronzeman-san, and a staff of the Merchant Guild intruded on the room.

“?”

Is it really okay for them to be here? That’s the kind of reaction I had when seeing those two and the staff-san that I rarely see outside the Guild. 

I was surprised by the rare combination of people.

“I knew it! Gathering heads!” 

“They are really thinking about attacking, huh. I can’t believe it!” (Capli)

“Didn’t I tell you? There’s no medicine to cure idiocy and the illness is widespread!” (Bronzeman)

““?!””

These 3 people who are in complete sync glare at the merchants that came here for their self-proclaimed business discussion.

On the other hand, the people here were frozen stiff and at a loss for words…

“If you don’t want to be expelled, come to the Merchant Guild.” 

The staff-san.

A scary cold tone that didn’t have a hint of playfulness in it. 

“We are not bluffing here.” (Capli)

“You understand that, right?” (Bronzeman)

Capli-san and Bronzeman-san didn’t hide their anger as they affirmed the words of the staff-san.

After that, they stood up from their seats as if jumping up, and the people that had arrived later than the guild member were threatened by saying ‘this is as far as you go’ and they left instantly. 

These two that lead big companies followed after them with light steps that were unlike their age. 

They were most likely going to go by coach though.

…They are going to be racing against a coach, huh.

“Excuse us for showing you such an unsightly thing, Raidou-sama. I don’t know what they were wailing about just a few moments ago, but please forget it all.” 

In the end, the staff-san bowed cleanly and silently closed the door as they left.

The maintenance of the roads, the station constructions, the exclusive roads for carriages; the general framework and the way to deal with things is being established, and Tsige is starting to expand to the point that it is starting to be recognized as a big city. 

Unfortunately, there will be many people who will be shaken off by that speed. 

Just like those people.

But it is also true that the amount of jobs will increase proportionally.

I would like these people to widen their field of view and put their eyes on a variety of occupations.

They can stay as merchants…and there’s even the option of being absorbed by a big company. 

With this, the business discussions are over! 

Man, I really worked hard!

…Wait.

I confirm how high the sun is from outside the window.

I still have time.

Then, I should check out the state of the store as well.

Almost every single day we are selling out, but there are things in the way of selling them that I won’t be able to get unless I see them in person.

Let’s work hard for a bit longer.

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58 thoughts on “Tsuki – Chapter 412: Chaotic Reception Room (Wings)

  1. Thanks for the ch!

    So wings room is for the 2nd…no…3rd…no… 5th rate merchants…no….for beggars looking for handout? What a waste of a good meeting room lol

  2. So they’re basically nothing more than shameless bastards. They wanted to be essentially handed the benefits of the Storage skill and be provided new businesses without doing any real work by trying to browbeat Makoto by saying they were all originally in the same situation so Makoto should help them out of sympathy.

    At least Makoto has gotten much better at being a merchant and could tell by himself that those guys are just full of shit and just wanted free handouts. If this was before when Makoto was still inexperienced, he probably would have agreed to help them out of sympathy if he didn’t have somebody else with him to advise him.

  3. After learning about some basic micro economics and business concepts, this chapter makes me sad.

    Makoto and the Muzo company seem to be mishandling the economy of a developing city and are making some pretty bad decisions with regards to their own businesses.
    While I can see the world having different physics, like the storage skill, making some concepts distorted for the story’s setting, it does not seem to excuse the types of decisions that Makoto and Co. are making.

    It is fine for the author to write a feel good story, but stopping by to see what is going on makes me wish some changes were made or more research was done.

    Regardless, I enjoyed this series a few years ago on the site. I don’t read this one anymore, but thank you for keeping up on translating this for the people who remain and yourself.

    1. Agreed on the enjoyment of the series years ago. When I read new chapters it sometimes makes me wish the author should have just dropped the novel completely while he was still on hiatus/writer’s block/whatever happened to him.

      Still very grateful for the translations, but it doesn’t seem like the author has a solid plan for the story. At least, it’s not clear where he plans to ultimately end it (Makoto killing the Goddess/killing the heroes/ruling the new world, etc.). Many of the recent chapters feel like they would serve better as side stories, especially the ones that involve Makoto’s mercantile efforts. Hard to care about them when he doesn’t have real struggles as a merchant.

      I mainly read this out of loyalty to my feelings for it years ago, which sucks.

      1. Hello, sorry to be replying so late.

        I mostly skimmed through the chapter and haven’t been keeping up, so some of these may have been explained when I was unaware. If so, then ignore my thoughts on those.

        Now then, the first notable detail is that Makoto should be working on a market structure spectrum that is closer to a monopoly. I remember that he basically had both the strongest supply of capable gatherers through his military force and the ability to block others from accessing his supply source via Asora.
        That means that Makoto should be, realistically, an antagonistic force to his competitors. They can do nothing to stop Makoto’s success and can not replicate his means. Makoto should, in this situation, be trying to absorb outside companies resources into his own if that would maximize his profits, or make it clear that the industry is unfavorable to those attempting to enter.

        That does not come into big play here for the discussion itself, though it makes me question what type of meeting he is trying to have with the people in the Wing Room.

        They are definitely doing a horrible job of whatever they are attempting to do, the people in the Wing Room, I mean. However, Makoto did not even make an attempt at leading the discussion. That is both his authority and his responsibility in this situation as the others are attempting to request action from his business.

        Notably, the topic of sharing information and small, stall-sized businesses that specialized in certain materials while operating together both came up. Makoto, who I note seems to be detached from his responsibilities as the owner of his business, immediately is thinking of why he is against both ideas.

        This is where the monopoly idea comes in. Makoto should not be getting asked to help the other develop for free, obviously. However, the asks, themselves, were very reasonable ideas and were proper business practices.

        Information and other resource sharing is a big advantage of merging companies, so instead of asking Makoto to set it up, Makoto should be setting where his position on the matter is and what he would need the others to show in order to convince him that the idea is worth his time and investment into. Absorbing the other businesses is completely optional, but doing so or not doing so should be the result of a good thought process. Makoto is making a bad decision in meeting here without a partner who has a better understanding of running a business.

        As for the businesses being small, Makoto should not be concerned too much by the current plans. He should be focused on the projections of profit for the stalls, and if they have growth potential. That is more a problem of if the team behind the company is good.

        Both situations means that Makoto should have had the discussion ended and told his guests that they would need to properly reschedule with him with a one on one meeting about if he should invest in their business. Most likely, they would fail to even get a meeting, but that is how it should work if they weren’t even that competent.

        I actually don’t want to spend too much time explaining all the problems, though. If you have the time, spending around 3 hours a day studying economics should mean you can identify most of the implications of bad decision making on your own within less than half a year.

        You would probably do better than me, as I only have two entry level college classes for the relevant topics.

        1. Wow, ok, I think a few problems might have been addressed off screen like leading the conversation but other than that I agree.
          Also I’m in high school so…
          I think the monopoly thing would probably be the best thing to do, Rembrant, the old woman are probably already doing that. I think makoto would really do that if he wanted to but a few chapter ago he complained about the insane workload for everybody thus he might not care or want to increase the size of his business.

  4. Something tells me that these chapters will be cut in the Novel or Manga, they will only put scenes where Makoto improves as a merchant and evolution of capitalist thought.

  5. Is the author trying to show us how Makoto gets tired of so much stupidity on the part of the hyumans and ends up eradicating them from the world?
    For some time now everyone has been running to Makoto to solve their problems and that is sincerely ridiculous.

  6. You can call these people who had thick face. If ever they were being help and succeeded to make profit, they will forget Makoto without returning something for his help andnl go for interest like being to replace the top merchants of tsige in any means. These people are adoptable to the so called shortcuts in life. They didnt even feel shamed that approaching Makoto was beyond their means. Lets say they agree to construct that guild they were talking about, the most to contribute is makoto and they will be spoon feed to everything until they will not contribute because they were busy taking profit

  7. The story has gotten stuck on side-story type plot(less) writing for some time now. Hopefully the past dozen chapters will somehow have an impact to the story but aside from learning that Tsiege has grown, everything else has been fluff.

  8. Thank for the chapter ^^

    After reading this chapter, as a merchant, Makoto really grow up hmmm? XD

  9. Does this website have a night version. I like to read at night, and I was nearly blinded by the white page.

  10. Why are Makoto’s innumerable highly skilled followers not screening people better than this?
    There’s a kind of irony in people asking to create a group to “share the knowledge of locations we can get materials” when Makoto’s step one has always been “buy low by being the deified landlord of your own magical pocket dimension”.

  11. Thanks for the chapter, Raidou feeling the real weigth of his profession, with this we see he has gained some insight on how the bussiness world runs in there.

  12. how long we have been in filler chapter? XD
    feels its been ages since trashmoki and bugdess get slapped.

    thank you for the translations~
    stay safe and healthy everyone!

  13. Makoto essentially has a whole world stored in Asora.
    Pretty sad, seeing what was an amazing story get crippled by such deeply deficient writing of late. Time to give it at least a year’s hiatus.
    Not invested in the new story yet.

    1. This story doesn’t go anywhere. I wonder if the author is bored with it… Because everything he is writing is about petty talks and silly events but no big changes here.

  14. Thank you for the translation Rei.

    Good god, it’s been 50 chapters of nothing. There’s an over-saturation of mob character that we know for a fact won’t have any place in the story but the author keep introducing them. I don’t know if the author is stuck on how to deal with the confrontation or what but it’s better to take a break then whatever this is.

  15. Our boi really grow up!
    Damn, Makoto! You already be a proud Merchant!
    Thank you for the chapter!

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