134-a troublesome business enemy

"...... Bergen Trading Company?

 Hans tilted his head slightly at the unexpected name that came out of his business partner's mouth.

 A room in an opulent business building in the heart of the capital.
 The peddler, seated on a sofa covered in shiny black leather, was currently in a business meeting with the owner of the building.

Have you ever heard of it? I think it's quite famous.
No, I've heard of it. I've seen your store a few times, haven't I?

 The Bergen Trading Company is one of the most famous merchant houses in the capital, known mainly for dealing in the products of the underground labyrinth.
 It was also the merchant that had originally planned to bring in the illuminator made of white lightstone.

 However, it was a well-known merchant, and not one that a mere peddler could casually approach for business.
 In fact, it would be difficult to even enter the store as a customer.
 Hans only peeked a few times at the glittering array of goods through the glass of the store.

The Bergen Company is ......
"Oh, it seems they're in a rage.

 The horns turn upward in anger and hit the sky.
 You can find a lot of people who are interested in this kind of thing.
 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're doing.

It's probably because of this light stand.

 On the table are the pedestals with the large white illuminated stones for this month.
 And the large barrels of jade oil have already been unloaded from the carriage.

"Right. "Yes, that's right, because the White Stone was almost a Bergen monopoly. It's almost as if they can't stand it when strangers ransack their property.
I'm sorry to hear that. ......

 It is very painful for a merchant to be intruded into the monopoly market that he has worked so hard to create.
 Hans, who has made a living selling his face from village to village in remote areas, could not help but understand this feeling.
 But that is also the difficulty and the fun of business.

"After all, the Great White Lantern is now the talk of the court.
I'm glad to hear they're selling well.
"Yes, it's sold for more than a hundred gold coins. And they're all asking me when I'm going to get another one.

 Hans tugged at his mustache without saying a word to the owner, who made no effort to hide his delight.
 The sale price was more than double the purchase price, but he showed no sign of being offended.

 It was a sign of his ability as a merchant that he could make such a large difference.
 And Hans is not young enough to believe what he is told.

So, what else did you bring me today?

 Hans's cheeks naturally relaxed when he heard that the Bergen Chamber of Commerce had no regard for his anger.
 Hans' cheeks slackened as he realized that the Bergen Chamber of Commerce had no interest in his anger.  
 The man in front of him was one of the wealthiest merchants in the capital.
 Obviously, there was a difference in rank.

In that case, how about this? It's just the thing.
"Oh, a small piece of Shirasho. Yeah, that's nice.

 It's not so small as to be used for a lamp stand, but it's just the right size to fit in the palm of your hand.
 Moreover, the surface was polished very well, and the brightness was probably as expected.

 This size of plagioclase is not so expensive because it is widely available in the market.
 However, the fact that it is easily available in the market is a great advantage at present.

You're quite good, aren't you?
No, no, it was just a coincidence.

 The white light stone handled by Bergen Trading Company and the white light stone brought by Hans.
 If you compare the two, the difference in brightness is sure to become apparent.
 Then, the excuse of the size of the stone would no longer be valid.

I've brought you many other things as well.
"Oh, demon metal. Another rare item. This is demon tanned leather. This is demon tanned leather.

 Leocadio stroked the fur of the black wolf with an enraptured face and smiled wickedly.
 Because these items are also from the labyrinth, they are in high demand, but the supply is limited.
 Naturally, they are sure to sell like hotcakes.
 Moreover, the quality of this one is unquestionably better than that of the others.

This is interesting. I'll definitely buy it.

 If we sell not only the white light fixture but also this product, we will obviously be making a quarrel with Bergen Trading Company.
 If that were the case, there was a high possibility that various ripples would spread.

 That was Leocadio's pleasure.
 For an ex-imperial nobleman, making money was only a secondary concern.

Oh, the craftsman you asked for, I've made arrangements for you.
Thank you, sir.
It's going to be a little difficult to bring all of them back, though, isn't it?
Yes, you're right, sir.

 Hans was well aware of the many suspicious glances he had been receiving since entering the capital.
 If it was in a public street or in this mansion, he would not be attacked so often.
 But anywhere else, there was no guarantee of safety.

It seems that the Bergen Trading Company has ties with the thugs. It's a very tactless approach.
I'm sorry, but I'm going to need your help with the artisans.

 Leocadio's wagons would travel all over the country, and no one would be foolish enough to attack this merchant's goods.

Oh, that's fine, but what are you going to do?

 In order to complete this request, I have to go around the flower district and the favelas of the beast race.

 Under the current circumstances, he would be treated as a foolish insect that would jump right into his pocket.

 But for just such a situation, Hans had a map from Nino.
 It seemed that the opportunity to use it had arrived.

"Yes, sir. If you don't mind, I'd like to borrow a spot under the ground.