The Noble Race
I was currently near the entrance to the noble district, which was reached by going down the main road from the guild in the east district. This entrance was made of a great gate and high walls, much like the actual entrances for the city. Imperial guards stood watch on both sides of the gate.
“Excuse me, I’d like to go inside.”
“Ah, Mister Asagi. Of course, you may.”
As I had been first-runner up in the Imperial Sword Tournament and visited the Emperor multiple times, they knew my face. I could get in by that alone.
Though, I showed them my status card, anyway. After all, rules were rules. And so he did look at it as well.
And then I entered. I could reach the imperial castle if I kept walking straight, but that wasn’t why I was here today.
The client was a noblewoman. Not only that, but she was apparently of House Carteraza. That was one of the eight Great Houses that built the empire. I learned this while accepting the quest; apparently, each house was ranked. House Carteraza was the fourth highest. I had my suspicions about the client, judging by the middle name and family name, but hadn’t expected her to be quite this important.
“Uhh, House Carteraza…”
I had accepted the quest because it had seemed interesting, but otherwise, I preferred to keep my distance from nobles. The whole business of authority complicated politics was not for me. Of course, that stance seemed rather pointless, when I’d been fraternizing with the Emperor, recently. But then again, the Emperor himself had said he had no intention of ‘binding’ us. So that could actually help in keeping other nobles at bay. The whole thing had bothered me at first, but I was starting to be fine with it.
After walking for some time, I reached a particularly large house that one might expect for one of the eight Great Houses. The guild had given me a map, which confirmed that this was the right place. As it was so large, I spent some time gaping in amazement. Then the gatekeeper coughed.
“Oh, sorry. I’m here because of a guild request…”
“You’re the Adventurer. Please show me your status.”
“Right. Status open.”
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Name: Asagi Kamiyashiro
Job: Adventurer(Rank: A)
STR: 475 VIT: 494
AGI: 958 DEX: 491
INT: 468 LUK: 39
Skills: Jack of all Trades, Master of None(-), Legs of the God Wolf(-), Eyes of the God Wolf(-), Single-handed Sword(9/10), Shortsword(6/10), Spear(5/10), Bow(2/10), Greatsword(7/10), Presence Detection(8/10), Presence Block(6/10), Night Eyes(6/10)
Magic: Ice Magic(9/10), Water Magic(8/10), Fire Magic(2/10)
Quests: Mansion Security
Party: Daniela Villesilf
Head – None
Torso – None
Arms – None
Legs – None
Feet – Accel Panther Boots
Weapons – None
Clothes – Wind Dragon Shirt
– Wind Dragon Trousers
Accessories – None
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“Indeed. You may enter.”
“Thank you very much.”
He opened the gate and I walked through. There was a long walk from the gate to the house…
I viewed my status as I walked. The Reserentrible Labyrinth Disaster. My level had gone up by 2 points because of it. Things had been going slow ever since I got close to 90. Previously, every major trial had given me a good boost. Maybe this was the ceiling for me. I doubted people with cheat skills had the same problem…
There was no protagonist allowance for me. What I did have was Jack of all Trades, Master of None and my own abilities. I had done well enough for myself… But how long would that last?
With such thoughts in my head, the trip to the house didn’t seem too long. There was another gatekeeper there. Well, maybe he was a butler.
“Are you Mister Asagi?”
“Please come this way.”
He knew who I was. Perhaps the first gatekeeper had a way of contacting him. The butler pushed the door open and led me inside. Once I was through the giant doors, a housekeeper appeared. Or should I say, maid? She led the way. The butler walked behind me. We walked through a long hallway that was lined with candlesticks. The flames swayed as we moved past them. It was very quiet. And yet, Presence Detection told me that there were a lot of people here. We might get in trouble if we were too loud. And so I kept my mouth shut and tried to walk quietly. Maybe this was just normal behavior in the house of a noble.
I could hear the butler holding his breath behind me. I guess I was right. Hehe. This wasn’t too hard after all…
And so I erased any sounds from my footsteps and walked with a smug expression on my face. Then the maid suddenly stopped. There was a door to her side.
“This is the room.”
She stepped back and bowed her head. Then the butler stood on the other side and slowly opened the door. I nodded and then entered the room.