Consulting the Village Chief

 

“Please lend us money.”

What came out of Gozoh’s mouth was, unexpectedly, a common thing.

“Gozoh, well, that’s…”
“Nn? Not to me personally ye know? To the village.”
“… Huh? Right. So for the village’s expenses then? What would it be used for?”

It seemed to be more of a ‘please lend us money’ than ‘please pay us’ thing.
The shopkeeper grinned.

“Well, here’s the short of it. Food durin’ wintertime and as much food as needed. Taking a route that’d ensure that, Kusan’ll build communal warehouses in the village at a discount.”
“… Hey, didn’t you have some place originally to return to for wintertime?”

It’s turned into something troublesome so I said that kind of thing.
As for me, even though I wouldn’t get any DP, it’s not like I really needed it either. It isn’t that bad slowly entering the hot spring without nuisances too. Then pair that with dozing off in the massage chair.
… Hm? Everyone, your expressions froze like crazy. You’ve been quiet for a while now.
Then, the shopkeeper was the one to break the silence.

“No way, those iron golems’re great quality, there’s no way I’d do somethin’ that’d be like throwin’ away production durin’ wintertime!”
“Y-yeah, that’s right. We’ve already brought our livelihoods here after all. Right, Kusan?”
“Yeah! I’ll follow Kehma-san!”

Gozoh followed up as though trying to fill the gap, then Kusan instantly made his declaration. Why’d you say something like being my follower so proactively? I don’t even remember doing anything really.

“Well it’s fine. But wouldn’t it be a waste of money?”
“Pavuera and Sia’re always runnin’ short on iron, so it’ll definitely be worth it. ‘Sides, soon there’ll even be a huge demand for it flutterin’ in. During the winter too.”
“A huge demand huh… Needing a lot of iron, it’d be for weapons and armor… doesn’t that imply war?”

I think I heard some talks about that? Well, when I said that while recollecting, the shopkeeper had a surprised face.
Ah, looks like I was spot on.

“W-well, there’s some reasons. I don’t want to stop operatin’ here for that time.”
“So you mean it’ll be more like an investment than a loan?”
“Yah yah! Aaah as expected Kehma-han’s the best, the conversation’s already done! Ya definitely won’t lose out, how much can ya take out?” [1]

While the shopkeeper struck the table with a loud bang, he grinned broadly.
Hmm, wouldn’t the amount depend on the market? I don’t know about that at all. Though, isn’t this a good chance to use the gold coins that I’ve just been hoarding away without turning into DP?
I piled up gold coins on the table after taking them out of my [Safe].
Ten, twenty… eeh, troublesome, this should be around a hundred coins. One month of Wataru’s debt repayment.

“Is one hundred gold enough?”
“A-a hundred—!? Ah, y-yah, t-that’s enough. Yah, this’ll double by spring, wait, that might be a bit hard though, I’ll return around a hundred fifty!”
“You seem reliable. Then in exchange, I’ll leave you to manage things concerning the village’s operating expenses, manager. Show me the profit you’ll make… I’ll be checking the books, so don’t embezzle alright?”
“I never thought you’d do somethin’ like take out a hundred and plop it down… I’ll do it, my Dyne Company will do its best with all its got!”

His shop is the Dyne Company huh. It’s the first time I’ve heard that.
By the way, from the sounds of it even ten gold seems like it would have been enough. Well, there’s no helping it now that I’ve taken it out, it’s better than having too little. I took the chance to leave the funds stuff to him. He looks motivated, so it’s ‘kay.

“So much money… but, isn’t it too much? Aren’t you suspicious that he may swindle you or run away with it?”

Receptionist-san spoke.
It would definitely be a pain to lose 100,000 DP worth, but taking it back now would be troublesome, so I’ll make light of it. My ideal role as the village chief is [Just take an imposing stance, then leave the troublesome things to those around me and sleep soundly].
Right, so in order to push the troublesome things onto everyone else, let’s give the feeling of being a big shot.

“Well, I trust him. You, an adventurer guild receptionist, are also present here, aren’t you? … Besides, if a merchant ran away with just this much money it means they would be just that little of a merchant. Right?”
“Hey, don’t look down on me! I’ll do whatever ya want if I make a mistake and lose it, dogeza, seppuku, anythin’!”
Not just dogeza,  but even seppuku? Ah, if you do that be here so you turn into DP alright?

“That’s unexpected… Suddenly pressed into being the village chief, yet already able to take such prompt decisions.”
“Fufufu, this is the first time seeing the Dyne-san this riled up.”

I received a rare praise from Receptionist-san. And next to her, that dandy-mustached Oji-sama… The bar master is grinning with some hidden meaning.
Next is your turn.

“Then, while we’re at it. I’ll leave the village chief stuff to the bar master whenever I’m doing something, so as such, please do your best as the village sub-chief.”
“Ah, me? … Fumu, Kehma-san is an adventurer as well, so although I don’t know what might happen… understood, I’ll accept.”

Fufufu, looks like he’ll work. Let’s shove away most of my work.

“Then how about we summarize? First is our policy. These winter preparations… to speak more accurately, preparations for iron golem mining during winter.”

I looked at everyone one by one, allotting the minimum work to everyone.

“Kusan, begin to build the warehouses immediately starting tomorrow. Kantra, give him priority and make nails or whatever else he needs. Receptionist-san, put out a commission for wood collection from the guild… For funds, please discuss with the Dyne Company. The Dyne Company will be in charge of supplying materials and financing. Concerning materials, you may use the inn’s storehouse for now. For the village sub-chief, review the Dyne Company’s plans for any insufficiencies. Other than that, I’ll leave the detailed instructions to you. Well, for Gozoh—”
“Aye, my work is to hunt iron golems in the dungeon! Leave it to me!”
“That’s also true, but I’m going to give you an even more important job.”
“Nn? What important job?”

Gozoh inclined his thick neck to the side. I responded with a grin.

“Please think about this village’s name. I’ll leave it to you.”
“Wha–!? You’re throwing that to me!?”

As expected, Gozoh let out a hysterical voice.

“It was your idea after all, think about it however you want. You could name it whatever you want, even if it was something stupid as Gozoh+Roppu’s Love Love Village. Well, please think about it properly.”
“What!? G-g-got it! I’ll think about it, I’ll do it!”

And like that, I assigned work to everyone present such that I’d have no work of my own.
… So far so good, these guys will be thinking about what they should do from here on, so they won’t notice that I don’t have work to do.

“Looks like it will be busy… I’ll do my best even if I’m just a figurehead. Well, I’ll go back and get some sleep. Good night.”

Now then, let’s get back for some sleep.

 

*

 

After Kehma left, while the village’s leadership ate karage in the bar, they talked about Kehma becoming the village chief.

“Seriously, that guy’s a super big shot. He easily gave out orders after having the position pressed onto him.”
“As expected of Kehma-san! I’ll follow him for life!”
“My my. Why did he place me as the village sub-chief?”
“My store’ll be dealin’ with finances… Easily just pullin’ out a hundred gold, seriously a big shot…”
“Just when did he prepare that much money…? Even though he’s a D-Rank adventurer…”
“Ah, he ripped Wataru off of twenty-three hundred gold by gambling. He’s paying him a hundred gold a month.”
“… Against Hero-sama?”

For now, everyone had their own opinion regarding the ‘figurehead’.
Listening to their opinions and laying down policies, giving out directions, and even having discretion.
It was the work of an excellent village chief.

In truth, they’d just planned on asking him to put a good word in from them to the inn to lend the money after he declined being made the village chief.
They never thought that the person himself would acknowledge becoming the village chief and make a quick judgement, taking out as much as ten times the highest amount they expected to get.
Thanks to that, they had been completely deprived of their leadership.

“Even though I thought that I’d be able to more or less pay back Kehma-san lending the slots and giving me the snack recipes.” [2]
“Really~. It’s thanks to Ichika-han workin’ part time that my shop’s even survived.”
“He’s even handled rescue commissions for the guild several times…”
“Hahahaha! We’re no match for our village chief.”

By the way, concerning Ichika, even though she independently went to work at the shop part time on her rest days and break times in order to earn money for the slot machines, they assumed that she was sent over by Kehma.
Even her wasting money on the slot machines, they just took it as Kehma decentralizing the area’s wealth.

“He even entirely saw through my profit scheme…”
“I’m sure that he has his own information network. There’s no way he doesn’t as the secretary of an inn with an A-Rank purveyor behind it.”
“Add on to that that he said we could use the inn’s warehouse, which in other words means that he expects the price to hike up quickly. And he gave so much, it’s like he wants me to buy enough to control it.”
“Did he predict that far?”

The bar’s master was amazed.
Meanwhile, Gozoh poured apple wine into Silia’s mug.

 

 

“… Hey, Silia-chan. What rank is Kehma now?”
“He had his examination a few days ago, becoming D-Rank. Rather, wasn’t Gozoh-san his examiner?”
“I know, just wanted to ask… D-Rank huh… He’s an even lower rank than me, despite how it looks… Isn’t he already good enough for C-Rank?”
“As expected as not even one year has passed, he does not have enough achievements to be C-Rank.”

The guild’s receptionist said that while picking up some of the karage before drinking a mouthful of the apple cider.
And then, there was Kusan.

“So good, so gooood—!”

While filling his mouth with karage, his respect for Kehma elevated another level.

 

 

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Footnotes:
  • Think this is the first time this has come up, but -han is the kansai dialect’s version of -san. Return
  • As in, he’s so much of a big shot it’d be hard to show thanks… Return

73 thoughts on “Lazy Dungeon Master — Chapter 109

  1. Isn’t it ‘seppuku’ and not ‘suppuku’? Also, I’m in desperate need for my Meat-chan to appear again, she’s an Angel after all~

  2. “this is the first time seeing the Dyne-san that destroyed the aspect to here”
    Maybe it is to lose his cool or something like that.

  3. PFFFT Hahaha, he pushes off all the work to others so that he doesn’t have to do anything himself and they end up thinking he’s a competent leader.

    Truly fulfilling the saying “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” XD

    1. Well, he does have the talent to be a leader after all. I mean, the ability to give jobs to the right people is a brilliant quality for a leader, even more so if said leader knows their own worth.
      Also, since when did the head of something ever do any non-administrative work?

      1. That’s more of a Boss than a Leader. A company boss hands out assignments to subordinates, while a leader, well, Leads through example.
        In this chapter, I assume it’s a form of mix of the two, since they all thought that the MC is ‘leading them inspirationally’ because they assumed he is also doing a lot of background work they cannot fully fathom, which brings about their respect, envy and motivation to work.
        …While actually, he does jack shit. Is that actually a leader? That’s like saying a human on top of a sled, dragged by dogs, is the leader, because he can sit around as he gave them jobs to pull the sled.

        TLDR: Keima is a good leader when it comes to show how to relegate authority to other people. Keima is a good boss when it comes to pretty much do nothing but tell other people they should work for him.

        1. crap.
          That is, he’s a good ‘leader’ when it comes to show when one needs to act by oneself, and when one needs to rely on others. I guess that’s the aesop you can take outta this.

  4. wow… there’s actually a positive misunderstanding for once and here i thought it would keep going the other direction…. i blame receptionist scum for this…

      1. It’s almost as equally precious, that he did not react to that name, but the fact he can come up with whatever he wants.
        He was like: damn straight Roppu’s all love love over this hunk.

  5. I would say that if Keima ever had to write a book of how to be a good leader, it would only be this sentence: ‘Sleep long hours and push the work onto others.’ That one sentence will drive future (in-universe) readers mad as they try to gleam what hidden wisdom that lies within.

    1. “Push the work onto others” means to surround yourself with competent subordinates who can take care of work without needing constant supervision. “Sleep long hours” means to show such faith in your subordinates that you can sleep without worry, bolstering their morale.

      ~Truly an inspirational leader~

  6. Keima-sama! Let me be your disciple!

    I want to be as productive aa you so I can extend my lazing period a lot more like you do!

    Oh, Keima-kami-sama!

    I will follow you forever!

      1. Lazyness is the hightest motivation for human ingenuity :
        Lazy humans don’t want to walk : they invented cars
        Lazy humans don’t want to run : they invented faster cars
        Lazy humans don’t want to swim : they invented boats
        Lazy humans don’t want to fly : they invented planes
        Lazy humans don’t want to walk to other lazy human to talk to them : they invented telephones
        Lazy humans don’t want to go fetch water : they invented running water
        Lazy humans don’t want to do the effort of fanning themself when it’s too hot : they invented electric fans and air conditioning
        Lazy humans don’t want to wake up : they invented national holidays and sundays
        Lazy humans don’t want to learn japanese to read japanese webnovels : leachers push the work on translators and complain about slow releases

        Etc…

  7. Too much misunderstanding in this story in either good or bad way and I love it hahaha
    Thanks for the chap ~

  8. Meatbun delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    “As expected of Kehma-san! I’ll follow him for life!”
    *joins the Keima fan club*

  9. Thanks for the chapter.

    “like take out a hundred with and plop it down”
    with -> worth

    “Gozoh inclined his thick next to the side.”
    next -> neck

    I might translate
    “ここまで様相を崩したダインさんを見るのは初めてですな” as something like “This might be the first time I’ve seen Dyne-san thrown off his stride to this extent.”

    Kehmas actions took him by such surprise that he was not ready with what he would do next. This is more evident when you look at the 2nd half where they were talking about how they expected the conversation to go, with Kehma saying “No” and them then asking to borrow 10gp from the Inn. Instead he accepted their request and dropped 10x the amount they were aiming for from his own pocket.

    Searches for definitions of “様相” all read to similar odd results that were not real helpful. Could also consider something like “he was thrown off his game” as “his game” would be an “aspect” of the persons normal behavior or flow.

  10. Thanks for the chapter.

    Yeah, I have no idea what’s going on in this sentence and it shows… he might be saying Dyne-san destroyed his own aspects and wound up here? Seems off though. orz 「フフフ、ここまで様相を崩したダインさんを見るのは初めてですな」
    ^-In my humble opinion, he’s saying “It’s a first for me seeing Dyne-san losing his cool so much.” [様相 seems to also means “appearance”, so 様相を崩す would be “destroying the appearance/crumbling the façade”, i.e. “losing one’s cool and start acting in a way different than the usual composed one”]

    1. Thanks for the help. I decided to go with ‘riled up’, mainly because it seems like a less-than-often used way to say it and well… Riled up isn’t generally used much contemporarily.

  11. Lol enemies or allies always underestimate him or overestimate him. Because of this he somehow manipulates things to his advantage. You should really let sleeping lions lay down!

  12. this is the first time seeing the Dyne-san that destroyed the aspect to here.
    can change to:
    -this is the first time seeing Dyne-san’s aspect destroyed this much/to this degree
    or more literally
    -For Dyne-san’s aspect to be destroyed to this degree, it’s the first time I’m seeing it

  13. Thank u always for ur great work…
    ^^…

    — they assumed that she was sent over by Kehma. —
    Yup, super huge misunderstanding…
    XD…

    — And then, there was Koo-san.
    “So good, so gooood—!”
    While filling his mouth with karage, his respect for Kehma elevated another level. —
    Ichika in hunger mode…
    XD…

  14. Thanks for the chapter. The story really gets interesting. Keima does indeed has some skills that were not as evaluated as they could be in his previous life. Well, anyway. The story is quiteunteresting to read, so thanks a lot.

    Also i would like to thank you for the suggestion to read Dungeon Defence – also quite an interesting story. Its a shame tere is only 1 volume translated as of now. I’m looking forward for the translator to catch up. And i would never even thought that there were really good novels like that.

    Also i have a question about that. Are there other potentially interesting stories like Lazy Dungeon Master or Dungeon Defence?

    Thanks in advance for all of the answers.

  15. As a village, don’t they have to pay taxes to the kingdom? A inn lost in the wilderness will be overlooked, but a village with a name and even an Adventurer guild branch office won’t. So I guess soon officials will show up.

    Thanks Ziru

  16. I don’t get why no one is surprised about it. But why does the mc keep changing ranks!? He is supposed to be C rank after saving the muzoh brothers, but there are times when people said he is E rank and sometime said he is D rank, it’s confusing. maybe Demoting and promoting?

    1. He wasn’t given c rank, he was given the ability to enter their dungeon as a c rank even though he’s a lower rank

    2. it was mentioned by receptionist
      “We may acknowledge you as C rank if you fulfill this commission ” something like that

      It was “acknowledge” they didn’t promote haha
      Besides to promote proper test and paperwork stuff is necessary I suppose

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