r>It was not an exaggeration to say that he held absolute authority over the city, and was enforcing power outside of the city as well.

To express it precisely, he was being conscious and aware of foreign affairs.
He held a very good relationship with several strong cities, fully aware that his armed forces were lacking in comparison to them.

Though he had somewhat lowered his pride, but despite that he was earning a lot of profits.
However, he was still losing money here and there lately.

What made this matter even worse was the capture of the slaves on their way to Hadom.
The Guild Master of Hadom was greatly disappointed after expecting a lot from this trade, which he barely settled the issue with a large bribe.
But, what made him happy was the news that his subordinates had brought to him.

“The West’s Saint? Huh… Wow.
It’s easier to trust the sayings; that there are truly no innocent people within the Continent.”

“Yes.
I was really surprised as well.
I wouldn’t have imagined that she would use a monster… For that purpose.”

“Tch.
She was strange from the start.
It was a strange occurrence ever since the Saint of the West travelled over to this location.
Though there were some idiots who were proclaiming that she was spreading a religion all the way through to the East… tch! In the end, she’s the same kind as well.
No, rather she’s on a class of her own.”

“Yes.
That is correct.”

“For us, we do not care since we’re receiving the gold… I was worried how we were going to deal with the losses… how fortunate for us.
Isn’t that so?”

“Yes.
We will be receiving two hundred gold coins for the Troll serviced out to her for three days… In exchange for not spreading of any rumors, she is willing to pay a lot of money.
I had called out that price just to see her reaction, but for her to pay that much, she must be really rich?!”

“Isn’t it because she wants to protect her secret? Don’t go anywhere and speak of such matters ever.
It might be a nice story when we’re drinking… but she’s our customer now.
If there were rumors that spread because of us, then we would be losing a customer.
It seems that she’ll be staying here for the moment.
I’m not sure where she is staying, but at least give her lots of service.”

“Yes, Master.”

To be honest, two hundred gold coins wasn’t a case that one should be loyal to, but it was like money falling from the skies in a dire situation.
It would help provide more medicine that would suppress the monsters, and also enough gold to educate the newly-born monsters.

Yoon Jungsoo slowly recollected the Saint of the West and remembered her pure and cute face.
But it was hard for even him to believe that kind of woman arrived here in search of a monster.
Not only that, seeing how she had journeyed to this city, it meant that this was her way of venting out her stress.
He began to dryly laugh thinking of how much she had to endure wearing a mask back in the west.

‘Saint… What bullshit.’

Though he insulted Ahyeon internally, but he knew that the number of followers that followed the Saint were extremely high, and that there were a high number of priests in ratio as well.
Just with the high number of priests could provide security and stability, and will definitely cause other adventurers to want to come here as well.
If they were to stay here longer, it would become a great benefit for the city.
As if the other executive was thinking the same thoughts, Min Chulgi shared his musings.

“Rather, shouldn’t we try in recruiting her?”

“Tch.
Are you crazy? She knows the reputation of our guild, so there’s no way she’ll accept our invitation.
Of course secrecy is very important in this matter… Tch.
Just think if there are some bad rumors that come out of this.
She will immediately leave Somorah.”

“What if it was unofficial… Wouldn’t it be possible? It’s a situation where the West’s Saint needs us… rather than paying us two hundred gold coins every time, it might not be a bad proposal for her to enjoy it for free.
When are we going stop being wary of the other guilds… with that number of Priests, our Black Thorn Guild can flourish, isn’t that so?”

The more he thought about it, the more he agreed.
Right now, just the fact of being able to eliminate the ‘protection fee’ that he had contracted with the other Guilds, it was a very promising alternative.
If that many priests were to all enter the Black Thorn Guild, they would no longer need to have protection of others.
Thus, he subconsciously nodded.

“Tch… maybe you’re right?”

“Hehe…”

“I want to believe it, but it isn’t bad trying at least… well we need to have her wanting our assistance first right? Tch… give the Saint the most robust guy.
And pay special attention to this…no.
It wouldn’t be bad if I meet her directly.
Ask if she has time to pay us a visit… do you understand?”

“Yes, Master.”

After greeting the Master, he soon left, causing Yoon Jungsoo to smile.
Lately, it had been him that had been the most trustworthy guy in the Guild.
Even if they fail or succeed, nothing would change.
If they were to succeed, the situation of the city might truly change.
Dreaming of the admirable future of Somorah and the Black Thorn Guild, he subconsciously muttered.

“Ha… that guy is quite intelligent.
Hehe…”

It was a very pleased voice.

 

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