Chapter 77 – I wanted a shop!!
After discovering the giant library, we had returned to the surface.
We ate our lunch at the foot of the World Tree, and I explained to Baris about the library.
“So, can I leave the matter of this library to you, Baris?”
“Of course. If anything, I am honored that you are allowing me to read something so priceless…”
“Well, I don’t know if you’re going to be doing any reading… But you might understand the pictures.”
Baris could read and write in the Barleon language.
However, all of the books in the underground library were written with unknown letters.
“Do not worry. In spite of appearances, I have deciphered texts that were written in languages from the other continents before.”
“You did that by yourself!? That’s incredible.”
Baris continued boastfully.
“Well, there was no one to teach me. I had no choice but to try and decipher them myself. It will be much easier if there are pictures. And so I shall study them during my free time.”
“Aye. And you might learn some ancient magic along the way. I’m counting on you, Baris.”
“Oh, and you’ll have to keep the children away as well. I don’t want them to fall from the railing. Also some of the books…”
“Uh, nevermind. It’s a really big place. I wouldn’t want them to get lost down there.”
“Yes. I will station guards there. Do not worry.”
If those books could cause Mappa to bleed…then they certainly weren’t suitable for children.
In any case, it was settled. Baris would manage the Library.
Baris was able to fly now, so he could easily access the other floors.
It was possible that there were Golems down there. And so we decided to postpone opening it up to the other residents until we could be sure that it was safe.
Though it was unlikely that anyone would even want to go, as none of them would be able to read anything.
“I would like to explore more of it myself…”
“Lord Heal, it is your job to keep digging and find the control device. Ah, by the way, there is something that I’ve been meaning to discuss with you.”
“Huh? What is it?”
“Please look at this.”
Baris said as he offered me something that looked like a map.
Was it a map of this island?
The reclaimed grounds were divided into squares…
“What is this…?”
“It’s called city planning. Since you moved the hot spring and fields close to the World Tree, there is a lot more space here now. I wanted to ask you if there was anything we should build here.”
“Now that I think about it, we were going to make a school. Wharfs, storages, watch towers…we have everything else that we need…”
We had what we needed to live. Of course, maybe we could start building other kinds of facilities, like they had in the royal capital. Like a theater.
“This island…doesn’t have any shops…”
“A shop… Yes, now that you mention it…”
Baris nodded in agreement. But then he quickly cast doubt on my idea.
“However, we are currently sharing the island’s resources. Do we need any shops? But I do think it would be good to have separate buildings for cooking, making clothes, and smithing.”
“I suppose there would be no point in paying for anything…”
“I know what shops are, as I have seen human towns. But there is a lot about money that I still don’t understand.”
Baris and the other goblins were from a tribe that lived deep in the forest.
Their food would have all been shared. And if they traded with other tribes, it would have been with goods.
Shops required currency.
However, who knew what would happen if something like that was implemented without much thought?
Perhaps we could have shops where you just traded things… But as we shared all our food and tools, this island really had no need for a shop.