Peaceful Moment
Chapter 11

The 10000 silver coins received from demon king were more useful than expected.

At first, I prepared the lodging of werewolf troops and inujin troops.
When I issued an ordinance via Airia that I wanted to buy old houses and inns, all the private houses and inns in the neighborhood of viceroy’s mansion, applied together .
“Now, because this mansion is the base of demon army , there are many wealthy people who are thinking of changing residence.”
Airia had a bitter smile, but it was certainly like that.
“If possible, isn’t it better for you to move to a peaceful place quickly?”
“Because I am the viceroy, I can’t go. I have to make sure that you people will protect the citizens.”
She was a persistently honest woman.

I bought the selected properties at more than the market price, so that no one could complain later on. With this, the inujin troops, also, could come inside the city.
“Vaito-sama, thank you very much!”
“It is a splendid house! Hey, there are silver coins!”
“That is the price of house! Don’t use it as you please!”
After somehow distributing the lodging house among the inujins in high spirits, I was finally able to close the castle gates. Leaving it like that is too careless.

The appearance of skeleton soldiers were too scary, so I deployed them altogether in the forest outside.
If the Mirarudia alliance army would come, then it would be from north side. But as there is no forest on north side, inevitably they would hide in the forest on the west side. It was the forest in which we hid during invasion.
With this, nothing beside the castle walls would be visible to anyone looking from afar.
They would neither produce smoke from cooking, nor wander around to relax. Until there is an order, they would have to continue to standby in the forest.

The total silver coins paid as price of houses are about 3000. Either way that much money is required to reasonably accommodate around 250 people.
Next is food expenses. In this world, the daily income for the common jobs is around one to two silver coins. With that much one can survive.
I have requested former general storekeeper, Meari-baasan of the werewolf troops, for accounting, but….
“Because everyone eats well nee~, I will use around 300 coins per day nee~.”
“That much!”
By my calculations, in another twenty days, the warfunds will be almost exhausted.
Gotta do something fast.

“Those who don’t work, don’t get to eat!”
In front of the 200 inujin troops, I shouted,
“As soon as the drainage system reinforcement is finished, you all will do the farmwork!”
I plan to stay in Ryun Height for a long term. If it is like this, food expenses will have to be earned by ourselves.
“To cover the army provisions, is an important military service. There might be some dissatisfaction, but…”
The eyes of inujins are shining brightly.
One among them, opened his mouth coyly.
“Vaito-sama, leave it to us. That military duty, we will accomplish it splendidly!”
“Oh, is that so… seem awfully eager”
Then, they all replied in unison,
“We love digging holes!”
Really. so, Basically they are all dogs.

We are the rulers, but at the same time, we are also freeloaders. In any case, robbery should not be done.
If the Mirarudia alliance army comes while we are in a situation being blamed by majority of citizens, with a revolt from both inside and outside, the defense would be impossible.
But, just making sure that we are not being hated, is not enough.
Even more service is needed.

“Should we eliminate the thieves?”
Gani older brother growled with dissatisfaction, but I don’t care.
“Since the palace guards will not cooperate, catching the thieves is our job. It is fine to beat up as long as you don’t kill.”
“Vaito says difficult things naa~….”
Gani younger brother complained, but I didn’t pay any attention.
“If it is said that the city fell into ruins because the demon army invaded, then it will be a disgrace to us. Work hard, so that it would be said because of the demon army came, living became easier. I will let you eat meat accordingly.”
“Alrighty, let’s do it!”
Those guys are easy to handle.

After that few days were busy like anything.
Since the town was captured suddenly, many travelers got locked in the city. In addition, the radiant believers have their pilgrimage duty.
They want to leave the town, but since they know about the surprise attack by werewolves, it is impossible to let them go.
Because it is inevitable, I put out an ordinance,
“Now, because there is a ferocious demon of the demon army loitering around, it is dangerous outside. As I guarantee your lives,so for the time being, don’t go outside .”
Regarding the pilgrimage duty of Radiant believers, an ordinance of wartime amnesty was passed with joint signature of viceroy Airia and priest Yuhito.

Besides law reforms and negotiations with trade association etc., there were many things to be done, but because I have the viceroy and leaders of faiths coaxed together, somehow I was able to cut through.
In the human society, many things can not be done with fangs and claws.
However, thanks to that, Ryun Height regained daily life, a little by little. Because the trade is stopped, there is no liveliness, but that also needs a little patience.

“Vaito-sama, there is a report from castle gate guards! A group is approaching from south gate!”
The messenger of inujin troops rushed in, while sticking out his tongue from being out of breath, and reported.
I stopped my hand signing the documents, and asked him who looked like a shiba dog.
(T/N: Shiba is a breed of japanese dog.)
“It seems same as us!”
I grinned broadly.
“Oh it arrived.”
Finally, seems like something indispensable to a trade city, has arrived.
It’s a caravan.

“Are you the commanding officer, Vaito-san?”
The inujin with a beagle-like face, who reached the castle gate, asked while looking at me.
I nodded.
“Yes, I am Vaito, third division commander of demon army. I am the chief executive here.”
When I held my hand out, the inujin grasped back my hand.
“I am Kuu, nice to meet you. Also, my younger brother is in your care.”
“Joey is a excellent soldier. He is a hard worker.”
Joey is the child soldier who carried out the duty as messenger of inujin troops during invasion.
Because he is excellent, I am thinking of making him the leader of inujin troops eventually.

To meet the elder sister of my subordinate like this, is not really a coincidence .
I had thought of what to do after capturing the city, so I had negotiated with inujin trade association beforehand. Learning that Joey’s older sister is a trade dealer, immediately I got in touch.
Negotiations were simple. Because they immediately jumped at the extraordinary condition that they will soon be able to trade with humans.
Of course, on the premise that the demon army has to guarantee their safety.

Behind Kuu, her subordinates are unloading the cargo. It seems like they pulled the cargo until here in a cart similar to the trailer towed by bicycle. The quantity is quite something.
“What is in the cargo?”
“Jerky of deer meat and horn carvings. The rest are silver work and wooden mosaic work.”
Kuu looked up at me with a bragging face.
“Handiworks are numerous, but definitely better than human craftsman.”
Because these guys have small hands. There are natural leather gloves, suitable for craftsman.
Just to make sure, I ordered the inujin soldier.
“I entrust you with the cargo check. Don’t take bribes, ok?”
Inujin soldier similar to Dachshund galloped forward.
(Editor’s note: Dachshund = dog of a short-legged, long-bodied breed.)

Not only, it is from outside territory of Mirarudia, but also these are various valuable articles made by demons. For the merchants of Ryun Height, they would want those very badly.
That’s right, I have to request another thing.

“Hey, Kuu”
“What, commander-san?”
Kuu, who was bribing inujin soldiers by feeding jerky, looks back without being shy.
I, instead of blaming her, asked for this,
“I need charcoal and sulphur, in addition to saltpeter. Can you supply?”
“Nnyoro, I think…. I can do it. But what do you use those things for?”
I grinned towards her, who made a face full of curiosity.
“It is a military secret.”
I have already secured funds. Finally, I should start developing gunpowder.
I came from a world with science.
Sometimes it feels like I am forgetting.

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  • Dark1knight

    gunpowder? really? it really became a trend in the web novels these days

    • first time I’ve seen it actually

    • Deal with it

      You need every “advantage” you can get to stay ahead of others! ?

    • That1guy

      I know right? I’d be fine if it was something for the masses or better yet to call his troops (dog whistle) xD

    • Supreme Being

      The fact that you don’t expect a reincarnated individual to make use of his knowledge from his past life makes me doubt your intelligence.

      • Dark1knight

        the reason is that gunpowder by itself is not all that useful, without the necessary metallurgy and industry to supply the gunpowder and the weapons it becomes just a few bombs that can be countered if careful. If he however tries to develop the mentioned above like in the webnovel Realease That Witch them this will become a great advantage not just a small one.
        In that way, find more useful ways to use magic might be more efficient, for example he could use earth maigc to make a sap in the walls of a castle, or use fire magic as a flame thrower to clear out rooms, wind magic in sail vessels, ice-fire magic for better control over temperature for chemistry

        • Shin Asura

          I don’t know if you missed it but, apparently not everyone has aptitude for magic.
          But with gunpowder even a kid can light a small bomb. Is it that hard to comprehend….

          • Dark1knight

            a grenade worth of gunpowder is not going to cut it, it was already tested that a grown man will not die if for example a clay bomb (actually bigger than modern granades) exploded about 2 meters away from a person, it would cause damage to the ears and trow the person in a high state of nausea and even cause concussion but the guy would still live. in order to create real damage it would require a well crafted bomb that would create many sharpnels on explosion and since we are talking about black gunpowder it would require a large amount of it and many of these bombs, which is the main problem.
            in order to make use of bombs that kill with explosion power alone it would require black powder on the kilograms, and for that it is necessary a large industry dedicaded for that , small crude bombs are not going to do much.

          • Shin Asura

            still better than nothing, besides how are they going to get any progress without starting somewhere.

            “it would cause damage to the ears and trow the person in a high state of nausea and even cause concussion but the guy would still live. ”
            That sounds pretty effective to me.

            And I may not be an expert on explosives, but even a simplest firework can cause injuries (lose an arm, finger, eye, etc…), maybe not enough to kill but my point still stands: the dog race are weak in combat, but if they can manufacture a gun or find some way to utilize the gunpowder even they could prove to be useful.

          • Dark1knight

            i do get it, it can be useful but it is still not a weapon that will grant you a victory it is also full of weakness to explore , it is also more costly to make than you think, that is why even thought concussion bomb existed since the 12th century it never became very popular as a weapon until modern times. They were not very effective and caused a even larger risk for the user than to the enemy.
            Also, production wise in medieval times the only ones who would deal in such a thing were a few alchemists in large cities so the cost of sulfur and saltpeter wold be very high. logistics would be a problem too. If it got wet it became useless and if someone managed to get just one spark in it could explode away your entire stock if you were in the middle of transporting it.
            So again, Gunpowder by itself is not very useful as people think, it can be effective in certain situations as a bomb, in large quantities, but on a open battle it isn´t that useful thats why the most extensive use was for cannons not bombs.

          • Shin Asura

            reading on, I think he’s planning to use it on guns, so I don’t think it’s that much of a waste to research it.

          • Dark1knight

            indeed, but i am not syaing it´s a waste to research it i am saying that it is not that much of a good weapon by itself(bombs and the like)

          • Wa~ta~shi

            How about smoke Bombs? They can obscure the vision of human armies and the inujin can easily make traps to capture them or the werewolves can disarming them on confusion?

          • Dark1knight

            it can be used but again in only certain situations. for example the mongols used smoke bombs against the pricipalities of Rus and kiev in 1223, the princes had retreated to a elevated position using bagage trains to make basic fortifications, but lacking artilery and superior missiles they allowed the mongols to simply bombard them with arrows and get close enought to send smoke bombs so yes it can be used, but again only in certain situations. if the Rus/Kiev coallition had a lot of foot archers or some sort of artilery like balista, onager or catapults the result would be pretty diferent.
            However the composition in smoke bombs are diferent some were made mixing sugar some with a diferent ratio of saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal so i do not know how much of a economical impact the purchase or production of many of those would cause.

  • Hei Dao

    Hmm, basic gunpowder. I don’t think he has the time nor resources for firearms or cannonry but perhaps as just bombs

  • Feras Al Harbi

    does every reincarnated person know how to make gun powder?

    • Flyingfrogslash

      I always assumed the Japanese fascination with early gunpowder and it’s creation came from the vital role it played in the history of their country’s warfare. Blackpowder isn’t exactly hard to make as long as you have the ingredients and know the ratios needed.

    • Supreme Being

      Most japanese people knows the composition of gunpowder, heck, we even study what fireworks are made of in culture class.

  • Herloct

    Of course, boomstick are important