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Chapter 11: Commercial Revolution

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Ten days had passed after I talked with Kohaku.

During that interval, we had erected a barrier around my house and Rorono’s workshop.

 

Constructing arrays for such barrier was a specialty of Aura. Unlike an obstruction that would vanish instantly, this barrier needed to last indefinitely. Because of that though, its performance were several levels lower.

If an A rank monster were to break this barrier, he would most likely succeed. However, just the fact that we could we alerted to the presence of a being capable of breaking it alone was more than enough.

 

Furthermore, the materials of the buildings were changed to ones that had the highest soundproofing. These new materials were developed by Rorono, of course.

For the meantime, such was our counter-intelligence measures.

I had also prohibited any conversation regarding important matters outside of my residence and Rorono’s workshop.

 

By the way, I didn’t bother to conceal the aerial combat corps because there was no real way to completely hide them anyway. Besides, they had to be trained to be of actual use.

 

“We’ve somehow finished setting up the barriers as well as reconstructing the buildings.”

“Yes, we did great!”

“The Dwarf Smiths have also grown a fair bit.”

 

I looked at Aura and Rorono who both did improvements to my residence and gave them a satisfied nod. Aura built the barriers herself. As for Rorono, she had developed the materials that were used for the sound-proofing but entrusted the rest to the Dwarf Smiths, only to come by occasionally to check up and give further instructions to the apprentices.

To Rorono, her most important job at the moment was the mass production of the Avalon-Ritters and that therefore took priority above all others.

For the moment though, that goal was still quite far away off from realization. It seemed that establishing a stable synchronization between the two cores involved was causing her difficulties. Nevertheless, it seemed like her progress on her continued research had lowered the bar enough for her to be able make a total of three Avalon-Ritters. To have been able to make three A-rank-equivalent units alone was worthy of praise.

 

“I’m really grateful to the two of you. Thank you. With this, we have made gathering information from us much harder to do.”

 

What we did was but the bare minimum in terms of counter-intelligence and was far from perfect.

To solve it completely, we needed a monster specialized in intelligence-gathering and to have that, I needed a [Creation] medal.

Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to produce another [Creation] medal until a few days later. As soon as I could though, I plan on making the new monster.

 

“I’m glad to be of help to master.”

“Me too. If there’s anything else you need me to do, please don’t hesitate to ask.”

 

Rorono and Aura proudly said so.

 

“Here are your rewards.”

 

By using my [Creation] ability, I made sweets that were still not common to this world—if they ever existed at all—and handed it to the two. I also handed to Rorono the Dwarf Smith’s shares.

 

“Woaaaahhh, a cake roll with lots of fluffy cream. It’s also full of fruits I haven’t seen before.”

“The Dwarf Smiths will be delighted. Thank you, master.”

 

It isn’t often that I gave them special rewards that could only be made through [Creation] so the two were greatly pleased.

 

But then, I suddenly felt as though someone was looking at us. I looked but saw nothing… or so I had thought until I noticed a tail—and nothing more—sticking out of the wall. It was a lovely and fluffy fox tail. It was definitely Kuina’s.

She’s probably curious about us, I thought. I then remembered that she was troubled before over the fact that she wasn’t able to contribute much outside of combat. Taking that and the current scene, I worried she might feel some kind of complex and decided that I should follow up on her sometime later.

 

“Now, let’s all go back to our jobs, okay?”

“Understood, master. Let’s give it our all.”

“Mhm. I’m going to try my hardest to be able to present to you the mass-produced Avalon-Ritters.”

 

The two nodded and then left.

The counter-intelligence measures weren’t the only ones we were able to accomplish within the last ten days:

Aura had finally cured Kohaku completely.

The darkness dragons’ training, conducted by Wight, was going well.

Kuina had been leveling up the new Mythological Foxes, Dwarf Smiths, and High Elves.

Rorono’s research still wasn’t complete yet but her goal was now a few steps nearer.

 

I mustn’t lose to my subordinates, I thought as I began my work as their leader.

 

 

Today, I was scheduled to meet with a top executive of a company.

For them to expressly ask for a meeting itself was a big issue.

 

I have to brace myself, I thought as I did my office work. And then, a visitor arrived.

One of the Mythological Foxes assigned to be a maid in my home had guided a gentleman of good build.

Even among the companies that did business in our city, his was among the most prominent. He was Relic, the representative of the Relic Company.

I have to brace myself, I reminded myself again.

 

“Procell-san, sorry for expressly asking you to make time for me today.”

“No, don’t mind it. Knowing Relic-san, it’s most probably a matter that needs urgent attention. Even I would like to have more information as soon as possible.”

 

Nobody knew the importance of time better than a merchant. They understood and valued it. So for him to ask for this meeting, there was no way I could have refused.

 

“I’m relieved to hear you say so. The reason I imposed on you this time is because of the neighboring city. Frankly, they have been harassing us merchants who are going to Avalon.”

 

I see, so they decided to be roundabout, I thought as I grimaced.

As of the moment, Avalon couldn’t in any way stand on its own. Merchants buy a considerable amount of goods from the neighboring city and sell it here. If the taxes imposed on them were to increase, so too did the cost they had to shoulder and if their profits became so small they almost didn’t profit at all, they would withdraw from Avalon. If that happens, the standard of living here in Avalon would decrease all at once.

 

“We merchants are obligated to pay tariffs and admission fees whenever we go into a city. And when we exit, we are only inspected to see if we have any goods that are prohibited from being exported among our stocks. If we are cleared, we are allowed to exit without paying for any kind of tax. That is the standard affair.”

 

The tax system differed depending on the city but as for the neighboring city, only the tariff on the incoming goods and the admission tax for entering the city were the only two fees.

Of course, living there would also incur other taxes but for merchants who didn’t have any store, those were the only two fees that they needed to be concerned with.

 

“But now, they’ve also imposed a fee whenever you’re exiting the city, am I right?”

“Exactly. Our carriages that are heading out to Avalon are being asked to pay a fee equal to that of the tariff we pay when entering a city. That effectively doubles the tariff we have to pay.”

“That’s not good.”

“Yes, it isn’t. Thankfully, there’s no tariff in Avalon so that somehow offsets it but we as merchants can’t help but feel a decrease in our enthusiasm. We are still in the black at the moment—albeit just barely—but that will not always be the case. And so, I ask that something be done about it as soon as possible.”

 

Such was the harassment of the neighboring city.

I was still continuing to stall for time regarding their offer of being under their rule. They kept sending several letters demanding my decision but instead, I only answered that I needed more time. However, this event would indicate that I was starting to run out of time that I could buy.

 

“Can you use another exit out of that city and then use an alternative route to go to Avalon? If I lend you some strong golems to pull your carriages, poor roads shouldn’t be an issue.”

“If it’s only a matter of whether we can or can’t, we can. However, our companies are based on that city. If we were by chance found out to be evading tax, it will bring ruin to us. So although we physically can, we’d rather not.”

“I see your point.”

 

He replied as I expected.

Now, how do I proceed, I asked myself. If I didn’t do anything, the merchants would lose faith in me. My deteriorating relationship with the neighboring city was already exposed to them. In fact, there were many of them that were already considering of pulling out of Avalon.

Immediately making up with the other city and stopping these harassments were the ideal solutions but such were not possible. Now, being the merchants that they are, they should have thought that such speedy resolutions were impossible as well. If so, their goal then would probably be to recover some of their losses.

 

“I understand that this discord with the neighboring city is my fault so I shall deal with it.”

“That’s reassuring but how exactly are you going to deal with it?”

 

Merchants were very perceptive about the flow of money so they should have an idea of the amount of tax being collected in Avalon. Given that, they knew I had money and hence this meeting.

 

Besides, there were many reasons why they remained even though they could have left without any notice.

One such reason was that Avalon still remained a lucrative market.

The customers here were generous, the taxes cheap, the security great.

Since they were still gaining profits, they were reluctant on leaving.

So, if they could make me give as much money as the profits they’ve lost, they would be perfectly happy to conduct business as normal.

 

“Avalon will compensate for these unwarranted taxes… is what I would have liked to say but that will not really help with anything; it would be like putting out a large fire with a glass of water. So instead, I’m proposing a means to procure products from other cities without ever stopping at that one.”

“It would be great if we could but that city is the southernmost city of the empire; we can’t get to the other cities without going through that one. The mountain paths also have checkpoints in them, after all.”

“That’s if we’re only talking about land routes.”

“Yes but you can’t be suggesting we make use of water routes, can you? For one, there aren’t any.”

“You’re not thinking grandly enough, high enough. What I’m proposing is what if you can transport your goods using the sky which belongs to no one?”

 

Compensating them with same amount of additional tariff would only cause an increase in the tax collected.

Why do that when there was a better, more direct way to tackle the issue.

On the other hand, a more direct method might anger the merchants.

 

To begin with, I was of the thought that we were going to war with the neighboring city anyway so we shouldn’t rely on them anymore. In whatever case though, our economy needed to be independent.

To that end, I proposed the use of the sky to transport goods collected from all other places without ever going through the neighboring city.

 

Upon hearing me, the merchant was wide-eyed, slack-jawed, and desperately shaking his head.

 

“The sky? Is such a thing possible? But if ever it is…”

 

The delivery of goods through the air is, in a sense, the apex of all deliveries.

In this age, each time a caravan passes through a town or checkpoint, taxes are imposed on the goods. By the time the goods reach its intended market, their prices would have skyrocketed.

One of the major reasons port cities were so prosperous was that most goods that come into their city arrived by way of the sea and had therefore less chances of taxes being imposed on the goods compared to deliveries via land routes.

 

However, through air travel, merchants would be able to procure their goods directly from the source thus making their prices cheap. It was superior to sea transport. After all, one could easily procure goods even from cities and villages that didn’t have any body of water near them. It also had the advantage of taking the shortest route to the source of the goods without minding the terrain.

Its disadvantage however was that against sea transport where buoyancy played a part, one couldn’t transport as much volume as before.

 

“Procell-san, if such a thing truly is possible, it would bring about a revolution. …it will be more valuable than a ton of gold. The goods that until now we had to give up on getting due to the cost not being worth it, or the ones whose freshness we couldn’t maintain… if what you say is possible, tens, hundreds of deals like that will be completed easily.”

“I assure you that here in Avalon, it is entirely possible to use the sky to travel. I’m aware that some of you merchants already know about Avalon’s deteriorating relationship with the neighboring city and that some of you are thinking of leaving this place. I have no intentions of holding any of you back.”

 

The merchant gasped.

I had no time for half-measures; I wanted a plan for when our relationship with the neighboring city turns into a hostile one.

 

“But I did prepare this to make your stay here—even at the cost of leaving the other city—worthwhile. I don’t expect you to take my word for it though so I’ll just demonstrate it for you. I’ll need time to prepare it but in the afternoon of two days later, it will be ready. Please spread the word to as many merchants as you can. You guys are fortunate. Fortunate to be the very first merchants in the world to have conquered the skies.”

 

He gasped once again.

 

“The first merchants in the world… to conquer the skies… that sounds marvelous.”

“Yes, it does. And as you know, pioneers of any kind tend to gain the greatest profits.”

“That’s certainly true. Very well then, Procell-san, I look forward to your demonstration two days later.”

 

It seemed like the Hippogriffs’ turn had come sooner than I had originally expected. Although they failed to satisfy the new requirement of transporting ten orichalcum golems to be part of our air force, they were more than strong enough for the merchants.

If combined with the implement made by Rorono, they should be able to transport via the sky half the amount a regular carriage could.

 

And so, I began to ready them to work the work that the Darkness Dragons wouldn’t be able to do.

 


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59 thoughts on “Chapter 11: Commercial Revolution”

  1. thx for the chapter :3.
    now we really need to use Procell air delivery :v

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  2. He forgot to pinpoint that they as well can avoid theft in the roads.

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  3. Thanks for the chapptar and yer hard works!! ( ̄^ ̄)ゞ

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  4. Why not just retire those monsters somewhere, golems are one thing but monsters that need to eat and normally attack humans aren`t the best idea in my eyes. I can see him expose himself one day like:
    MC: “Actually, i have a secret.”
    Merchants: “Yes?”
    MC: “Im a Demon Lord with a dungeon and the power to controll monsters!”
    Merchants: “Yeah we know, was that a secret? You werent really hiding it and we werent born yesterday.” (Great laughter.)
    MC: “…huh.”

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    • Monsters don’t need to eat. As for your second point, yeah, I agree. To purposefully work with the devil himself, such is the human greed, I guess.

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      • Wait, what? They dont need to eat? Dmn thats cruel..
        In other words theyre mindless machines that just attacks and kill intruders unless theyre lucky enough to have some sort of intelligence, if the need to eat or some sort of instinct then it would be fine, but if all of the monsters are able to go on without eating like the covenant monsters.. Aint this monster abuse?

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      • Well they don’t need to eat normal food; I don’t know the sharing ratio but just like Demon Lords, they feed on human emotions. So they have incentive to terrorize humans. So yeah, they’re mindless machines designed to inflict as much pain possible.

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      • I remembered the elves and dwarves that originated from dungeons and reproduced outside that lived in societies like the humans and i just thought that they all needed to eat, but then again, that might be the case for monsters etc born naturally outside the dungeon control. Still it was a shocking revialisation for me, i think i need to rethink the monsters in this novel again, there is alot of new doors opening if they dont have any needs or instincts to get in the way.
        Thanks for the info. 🙂

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  5. philippespalla said:

    thanks for the chapter XD

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  6. Thank for the chapter …

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  7. This means he has to make more Hippogriffs right? Since they can carry half the amount a regular carriage can, that’ll be two for each person, so… well I guess it’s fine since he has plenty of DP anyway. Thanks for the chapter!

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    • He used up all the DP he collected for the dragons and it took some time to collect it all, (a small passive income is good in the long run but he should work harder now at the beginning..) im not sure if he can affoard that many hippogriffs.

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  8. waiting for the war here……….
    Thanks For The Chapter 😀

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  9. Yomi El said:

    After this war , Lolicell better urge Rorono to make Airships, followed by him creating more ‘daughters'(Fighting capable) as a crew. Imagine an airship led by a Loli Captain~

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  10. Darren Thong said:

    Lol i was hoping a news monster will apear as it was heavily hint previous chapter, it seem will halt to next chapter. Now i wish to see what empire will do after they have EMS services going

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    • epic novel i hope this get anime said:

      Why those he summon giant machine like airplanes or tank..
      i think he was military guy in japan army

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      • THANK FOR THE CHAPTER EPIC said:

        I FOUND THAT WIERD THAT HE THOSE not summon giant machine

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      • he don’t have enough mana as he consume mana for each 100 grams and planes can weigh tons. a light aircraft with max weight of 5,670 kg (with cargo and the plane) so yeah 5,670,000 grams so 56,700 times the mana cost (i think the mana cost is around 25 mana per 100 grams) per plane. and he is not a military man reincarnated but one of the will of the world and have the memory of the world (explained by the creator idk if it is true). and as said that the world might be the earth in the next few thousands of years after the current civilization destroyed and the knowledgeable survivor create the world (like the creator). well its just a theory of mine. and the earlier calculation is just a rough estimations as i don’t know how heavy the light aircraft without cargo at all i think it is around 4,000-5,000 ton

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      • oh yeah the will of the world i don’t know if it is right as it is just based from my memory so yeah maybe that or something about the world or is it they are the child of the world? i forgot. (basically the demon lords are connected with the world)

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      • his max is still anti materiel rifle after all! ….i think cause they weight like 12,9 kg for 50 cal. anti materiel rifle so 12,900 grams and then 129 times the mana cost

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  11. sdarkpaladin said:

    Calling Satou. Calling Satou. We need large volumes of skyships!

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    • Yomi El said:

      To Masita, airship/skyships are nothing more than Common goods, Masita can offer Starships capable of interstellar travel..too bad the world ain’t ready for it yet.

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  12. thediabolicalgenius said:

    Thanks for the chapter noob.

    At least the Hippogriffs will be good for something right? Plus they’re innocuous enough not to terrify the humans the way the dragons would.

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  13. CCaprice said:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  14. Thank you for the chapter

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  15. Dang, I was hoping he would start serving hippogrif burgers instead.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  16.   ___
    _l≡_  _ |_  ( Thank!!
     (≡・ω・)  ) Nepu!!!
      (__ヽyゝヽy━・
      /_l:_|
      |LlL

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  17. are hippo inteligent enough for spying ?

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  18. woah that was really revolution!! and he can also let the monster to spying with their ears, i think the Bird have good ears to, if that giant half bird monster, their ears must be big, so their hearing ability must be multiple times more powerful ahahaha 😀

    thx for the chapter ^^

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  19. cbfarrar said:

    It’s not a question of where he grips it! A five ounce bird cannot carry a one pound coconut

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  20. Not FedEx, but LoliEx.:D
    Thanks for the chapter.

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  21. Thanks for the new chapter! Nice. Introduction of air traffic. XD

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  22. Second?
    Arigato Gozaimasu for the chapter translator-san

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  23. Reaper Phoenix said:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Hippogriffs and griffons are still limited in what they can transport and they still need to land and rest if they travel long distance. I hope he makes airships in the future.
    Hmm… how about a carrier airship that carries hippogriffs and griffons?

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  24. Axelord said:

    So… again he’s relying on monsters and Maou-Majink rather than technology and real progress.
    Using monsters is not very smart. First, Procell’s time limit. 300 years is long by human standards but eventually this system will fall. Second, any merchant worth their salt wouldn’t go all in in a transportation system which has a forced origin point. Great and advantageous as it could be, it’s too reliant on something they actually don’t know much about: Avalon and Procell himself.

    Make a goddamn airship already or something.

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    • Actually it is a rather smart move to use monsters for now. If he uses advance tech then every city near him will attack his city to get it. It could be even worse then that if this world has the equivalent of the Christian church. The church could label his city as a heretical one and wage a holy war on lolicell which would end up causing his lovely daughters to get killed or sold as slaves. Remember lolicell’s city doesn’t have to much strength right now. It’d be best to gather his strength secretly and when he has impenetrable defenses he should reveal his o-parts tech

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    • An airship will be even more foreign though.

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      • Raymond said:

        Not exactly sure but an army that are fully equipped with guns in a world of sword and magic should be….well whatever

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    • SnafuSam said:

      Note that He’s not doing all of this for “progress”, His goal is not the progression of human civilization, He wants/needs people coming to Avalon(supposedly a medium size down limited by the dungeon settings, but then I ask how they fit the farms/world tree inside…) even if it’s just passing through while maintaining a military superiority for when the other demon lords attack. His stated goal, was to make his dungeon a peaceful self-sustaining town for the girls.
      True that “most current-day” merchants wouldn’t go balls-in for this when Procell hasn’t shown how they’re “taming” the hippogriffs, but they’re human which means that immediate MASSIVE profit by simply using Avalon’s animals is Very worth it, after all there’s no laws against it yet! if it falls through, they just go back to what they were doing before. plus the monster’s will remain (no food required) after Procell dies in 300 years, as long as the dungeon core isn’t broke.
      He’s given Rorono laptops, but said that he can’t make a database “because he doesn’t know how” which means he doesn’t have all of world’s technology at his fingertips.
      There’s also the question of his mana=mass/creation calculation. so far, the largest thing i remember him making would be the Anti-tank Rifle or the furniture.

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    • armanak said:

      i think he will create it sometime in the future but for now i think it would be impossible, just like what the others said his city is still too weak, i think it’s better if he focus on making his city to a strong one like an empire wherein no one would be able to touch it

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  25. Thank you for the chapter~

    There is no way he is just giving them hippogriffs, but at the very least he should charge for his air “taxi” ~

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  26. Thanks for the new chapter !!!!

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  27. Random Internet User (tm) said:

    Thanks kindly for the chapter!

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  28. wheee sky high cargosssss

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  29. Huh. He has now explained Winds visit, the extremely flashy girl with a giant griphyn is a fairly likely source for a stable of hipogryphins.

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  30. Grey_Dante said:

    Now- Procell can do air drops for his troops! And a little bit will let know merchants- he have monsters at his disposal, not only golems.

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    • He always could. And the dragons can lift more, but can’t be lent…

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    • metazoxan said:

      He always had that. But he can’t use the dragons for a few reasons.

      1.They are too pround and agressive to be used by merchants. White (who still doesn’t have that damn name Procell promised) was barely able to control them.

      2. Even if they did behave the merchants would probably be too scared to interact with dragons and explainging how he has command over dragons is tricky.

      3. if other cities know he commands a fleet of dragons they’ll probably unite and go to war against him.

      Gryphons are weaker and thus more likely to be tamed by humans. They are also less aggressive and less threatening looking to humans.

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      • I’d like to add a few things.

        First thing first, it’s Wight. Also, he’s FULLY able to control them. Refer to the ‘disciplining’ part on previous chapter.

        Second, the other problem would be miasma. It has been mentioned before that those graphoss also emits miasma, although far weaker that Wight in dragon form. You wouldn’t want to buy things from half dead merchant (if not fully dead) riding large, pitch black dragons who emits miasma 24/7.

        Third, rather than that, the main concern is wether or not one side would be flatten to the ground during and after the deed. As you might know, war could also be a source of income for merchants. For further referrences, consult maouyuu (that story about the hero and maou working together to change the world).

        Any thougths?

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  31. Thanks for the chapter.

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  32. ryuukun17 said:

    Am I first?
    Thanks for the chapter!

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