The mother in law gifts me a mountain for a new beginning - Chapter 25
Chapter 25 The Journey is Over! Arrived at the City of Monlar!
Lucy looked at Lynn carefully as she was afraid that he would not accept the gift. She dared not to try and persuade him. Lynn smiled and gave his orders to Buno.
”I shall accept this gift. Buno, you stay in the territory so that you can collect the spores of the hundred potions after they mature and send the mushrooms to Theresa.”
Four hundred magic mushrooms was worth more than two hundred gold coins. It was a very generous gift that Theresa would receive in return for the carriage.
”I will obey your orders,” Buno said with respect.
”Before I come back the amount of potions should have grown to a thousand,” Lynn added. “The spores should amount to this, but be careful of the density of the mushrooms. Avoid clustering them together as it will lead to a lack of magic causing poor growth.”
”I have taken note of it,”
”You will also handle the day to day affairs of the land. The half wolf corps do not need any management. They will guard the territory, so if anyone invades you should cooperate with the orcs.”
Lynn would not give the control of his legion to anyone else. They had enough wisdom to manage themselves, along with the ability to learn how to get along with humans. They were also absolutely loyal to him and lacked the ability to betray. With them as security, Lynn’s property would be safe.
Lynn went back to the castle and changed into the linen clothes that Buno had brought back. They were not ugly clothes, but they were too cheap for a noble to even look at. Ordinary civilian clothes often had patches on them which made the clothes look shabby, but these ones were wholly intact.
Lynn put them on and looked very handsome in the clothing. Lucy was also interested in his new appearance and commented her opinion.
”They suit you very well. Very charming.”
”Lord Princess,” Lynn joked, “ could you please take in this civilian?
”I am not going to take you in,” Said Lucy as she touched her chin.
”I shall give you all of my possessions if you make me yours.”
”Hey, you are smarter than this.”
”You still have good judgement in that head of yours,” said Lynn as he patted her head.
”Are you looking down on my wisdom?”
Lynn smiled and took Lucy downstairs since she would go with him to the assessment. He gathered four martial artists instead of wolf warriors because the beasts would need a lot of meat to be pulled by cart. This would embarrass Lynn. In preparation, he gathered three hundred pounds of meat and grain along with one hundred pounds of Archfiend meat inside an ordinary carriage.
Fire mushrooms were placed in wooden boxes to slow the diminishing of magic. Lynn would eat them slowly on the road. A total of four men servants were placed inside a carriage, while the martial artists were riding horses with their entourage. A total of three carriages were going to depart. This was considered a light amount for the travel.
Lynn brought fifty gold coins and gave the remaining twenty five to Buno. He would need to hire blacksmiths and buy more slaves, books, food, stones, and various materials for the territory while Lynn was gone. After arranging everything, Lucy’s servant was also sent to Theresa’s carriage along with four horses.
The carriage was large enough to spend the nights in without having to stay at a hotel, so the weight was heavy. In order to pull this, the four horses were necessary. Lynn took Lucy into the carriage and set off immediately to the city. It was a very smooth ride.
The four martial swordsman plus Lynn all had a mastery of magic, so bandits were not going to be a problem due to their sheer strength. To get to the northern aristocracy, it was a four days travel by foot. Since there were fewer goods and more horses, the travel was moving at a rapid pace.
By day five, Lynn passed the Creno river. The river was large and marked the border between northern and central nobles. After the river Lynn would be passing into the central territory. Lynn and his team decided to change directions and head southwest. They would encounter more trouble entering the central territory.
The central aristocracy had many rules in their territory, with a strict management. In almost all of the central land, there was no robbers, but the group would have to face more checkpoints, which would delay them.
Fortunately, Lynn had brought enough money and even though there were delays, no big problems were encountered. Originally it took nine days to walk to their destination, but they only needed six.
Eventually, Lynn arrived in the big city. The walls were made out of huge green sand bricks, with polished bluestone strips encrusted with each other. This made them durable and tough. It was a wall that made it difficult to use catapults to break through the city, but it was also more expensive. A bluestone strip had to go through multiple artisans for a long polish before it could be used. One blue stone bar cost about four gold coins. Inside the city was a large market, one of the biggest of the Central Nobles. The name of this majestic city was Monlar.
Meanwhile, one of the six most powerful institutions for magic was in the middle of the city, and that was Lynn’s and Lucy’s destination as they entered the city with their servants. The city guards examined the wagons and upon seeing Theresa’s letter of recommendation, they released them. Lynn’s carriage was actually the best form of identity as it was a high class ride meant only for nobles, but only a few of them could even afford such a magnificent carriage. The few that could were nobles who held important roles in the fields of commerce, forging, winemaking, magic potions, and magical instruments. The nobles who relied on territory and war earned very little.
The average income for a noble was only four hundred gold coins and they had to bear a lot of expenses, such as building an army. There were very few who could ride in this carriage. In fact, in this commercial city, Lynn’s carriage was treated as an object of envy. His cart, however, did not have a badge to signify whose family it belonged to causing it to be inspected. This was normal though, as an emblemless carriage was not uncommon. If someone did not want to be recognized it was understandable.
After entering the city’s market, Lynn found the best hotel and stayed there. A room costed half a gold coin for a day, which was expensive. Yet, the room was very luxurious with unlimited hot water for a bath. The entourage followed Lynn and Lucy in order to serve them.
The attendants were rewarded with a gold coin and went to to find a pub that suited them. Lynn went to the room on the fifth floor and looked into the distance. He could see a huge sculptor with a massive magic book. This was the sculpture of the Sanlinola School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which represented that knowledge was the core of magic. Lynn was excited. Tomorrow, he would be there to be judged by a magician!
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