A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special: Chapter 56

Evernatten (8)

TL: Naturalrice
RW: MrScaryMuffin
KOR Check: Naturalrice

Romantica was wearing luxurious clothes spun from obviously high quality material. Even Eyulan could not deny this.

“Regardless of who you really are,” said Eyulan, “this crisis involving the vagrants and the food supply is impossible to resolve.”

“Aren’t you revealing your intentions a bit too much? You sound like a middle-aged woman saying that we should just give up without even trying,” countered Romantica harshly, “if someone told me there was a solution, I would smile and ask for the details.”

“In any case,” continued Romantica, “you’re very rude. Did you grow up in a place where it’s okay to cut into other people’s conversations? Before you boast about your own importance, shouldn’t you consider that the person you’re talking to might be even more important? Ah…maybe this type of thinking is beyond your abilities? Are you just a muscle brained knight?”

Romantica’s words were disparaging, but Eyulan was unable to rebuff her. All she could do was make a show of her displeasure, but it was all bark and no bite.

“Romantica,” whispered Desir quietly, “what role did you get when you entered the Shadow World?”

“I thought you would never ask.”

Romantica whistled loudly, rousing a youth in the crowd. He handed her something bound in black leather. Romantica casually checked the object before handing it over to Desir. It was a ledger. Desir’s stood agape as he received it.

“I’m a merchant,” said Romantica, “and I will solve the vagrant issue the merchant way.”

“Really? This is…” Desir was amazed.

That feeling of amazement did not fade as Romantica led them into a forest near the gates. Those accompanying him shared his sentiment. Their eyes were wide and jaws hung open.

“Wha-wha-wha!?”

Horse-drawn carriages and wagons were lined up, filling the entire forest. They were not small in size, with each of the 30 massive carriages requiring four horses each. There were also countless workers managing the wagons.

“T-this…is impossible. What is…” As the knight stood dumbfounded, Desir and his party walked ahead. The workers managing the carriages were all wearing the same uniform and all greeted Romantica respectfully as she passed. 

“This is a merchant group lead by me,” explained Romantica, “we usually deal with medical product but, well, we recently had to shift our focus in a major way.”

Romantica walked over to one of the wagons and revealed its cargo. The wagon was filled to the brim with food supplies. There were all kinds of products, including wheat.

“I got news that all the vagrants were gathering in Evernatten. From the sheer number of them all, I knew that there was no way Evernatten could sustain them all, so I predicted that value of food to skyrocket.”

Compared to other merchant groups, Romantica’s merchant guild was doing pretty well. She had dominated the market not only in her headquarter’s local area, but in the surrounding territories as well. Romantica’s outstanding business sense had ushered in a golden age for her guild. 

“And so I went all in.”

Romantica had directed the guild to liquidate a significant amount of its assets in order to purchase food. This was a bold move, foolhardy even. But it might have been this sort of aggressive thinking that had help the guild grow in power. Romantica gathered information, analyzed it thoroughly, created a plan, and executed it without holding anything back. 

Of course, things didn’t always go to plan. It wasn’t possible to account for all scenarios or gather perfect information every time. This is where business sense was important. Although betting everything on a “gut feeling” meant you would risk losing everything, Romantica was fortunate thus far that her business sense had always resulted in the most favourable outcomes.

“We were almost robbed by bandits on the way here, but we managed to fend them off. Now I understand why you worked so hard to make me a Third Circle mage.” Romantica showed off the rifle she was carrying. Desir felt sorry for the bandit group.

“So Ajest,” asked Romantica, “is this enough food?”

Ajest was meticulously studying the inventory and calculating the amount of food brought by Romantica as well as the amount remaining in Evernatten.

“…We should be able to hold out through the winter with this much.”

Being able to feed everyone through the winter was no longer just a dream. The combined food supply greatly improved the situation. It could even be said that they would never have to worry about food again. Colour began returning to Desir’s face.

“Great,” said Desir, “this is really great, Romantica.”

“I’m great right? Praise me more.”

“Genuinely, you deserve all the praise. This is quite an achievement. I’m truly grateful, Romantica.”

“W-well, you don’t have to go that far,” stammered Romantica, “it’s not that big of a deal. I’m giving you all the food even if you don’t praise me that much.”

“Miss Romantica,” interjected Emil, “you’re not thinking about giving away the food for free are you?”

“Hm? Why not?”

“If you do that…the guild will go bankrupt…”

The pleading look in her employee’s eyes made Romantica feel guilty. She had lost sight of her position as the leader of the merchant guild as she wasn’t originally from the Shadow World. If she carried out this decision, she would be betraying the expectations of the people that had believed in her and followed her all the way here.

[Sub-quest created! Trade with Evernatten:

  • Due to outstanding business acumen, a merchant has acquired and brought over enough food to sustain the Evernatten region through the winter. Since the food represents the entirety of the merchant’s available assets, giving it away for free will ruin the guild financially. A trade offer that satisfies all parties must be created. If this cannot be done, there will be heavy repercussions for the merchant.]

Desir and Romantica shared a look before Romantica quickly began to control the situation.

“Hm? O-of course we won’t hand over the food for free. That’s right, we’re going to start negotiations.”

Desir had a plan.

“On top of paying a large sum for the food within six months,” he said, “we’ll let you use the name of Evernatten for your business. In other words, your guild will become a group operating within Evernatten.”

“Giving us full trading rights?” said Romantica, “that’s not bad.”

“Eeehh? W-wait a minute guild leader,” said Emil, his voice growing loud in panic, “are we handing over all the food just for the name of a fallen noble? In what world is that a fair trade?”

Romantica and Desir shared a sly smile at his panicked voice. 

“It’s an incredible loss for now, “ explained Romantica, “but Evernatten’s name still holds a great deal of prestige. A noble’s name is not nothing. It’s a name that everyone recognizes. I’ve heard that Evernatten’s main source of income is supplying knights to support other regions.”

“Wait, how do you know that much?”

“Most bandits wouldn’t dare touch products if it is marked with the Evernatten name.”

Despite Evernatten being a fallen noble, his name was still widely known.

“We will be able to grow our guild several times in size within five years. Borrowing Evernatten’s name with just this amount of food is a great deal for us.”

Emil stood slack jawed, unable to refute Romantica’s logic. Romantica turned back to Desir.

“You’ll make our guild Evernatten’s main merchant group and grant us the same rights as residents of this territory. This much should be okay, right?”

Desir bowed with a wild flourish as if they were acting in a screenplay.

“We welcome you to the Evernatten region, Miss Romantica.”

Romantica responded in kind, enjoying the acting. She pressed her lips together and did her best impression of a noblewoman.

“Ho ho. I leave myself in your care, Mr. Tactician.”

[Sub-quest cleared! A trade agreement has been made that satisfies both parties. With the deal complete, the region’s food issues have been miraculously resolved.

  • The Vagrant issue progress has advanced greatly (Progress rate 71%)]

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19 thoughts on “A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special: Chapter 56

  1. I read through these way too quickly…
    Anyone know of other good read slike this? I especially like how Desir is such a genius tactician, and would like more books with similar characters.

    1. Hmm, okay, I wish I could direct you towards similar LN… but I’ve been having issues lately with finding well translated LN/WN.
      However, even though they are entirely different in feel, I can recommend three well translated fun LNs I’ve enjoyed.

      https://boxnovel.com/novel/i-alone-level-up/chapter-204/
      I believe you/everyone already knows that one as Solo Leveling – https://manganelo.com/manga/pn918005
      If you haven’t read the manhwa or the LN yet – start with the manhwa, the art is very cool and really enhanced my experience of the LN. Bonus, the LN storyline is complete.

      https://boxnovel.com/novel/second-life-ranker/
      I found this after I fell into despair from completing solo leveling. It’s definitely scratching the itch in all the right spots, but its only got about 60 chapters atm.

      https://boxnovel.com/novel/tales-of-demons-and-gods/ This one’s Chinese, pretty well known, but I mention it because it does have the usual Chinese obsession with “cultivation.” However, of every cultivation story I’ve ever read – its the least intrusive/annoying discussion of cultivation Ive encountered.

      https://boxnovel.com/novel/the-legendary-moonlight-sculptor/
      I havent read this one yet, but I’m really looking forward to it so I thought I would include it. The manga is delightful. But, as I havent read this I could not tell you about the translation quality.

      IF you respond to this with your opinions of these LN, or with other examples of types you might be looking for I’ll be sure to keep a look out and come back occasionally to respond. I will say, as much as I love LN/WN I have only just dipped my toe in the pond. My main well of information is based in manga/manhwa.

      Hope one of these reads strikes your fancy 🙂

      1. Oh wow I didn’t expect someone to reply so quickly 😀

        Yeah As you’ve expect I already read Solo Leveling, and it was definitely a good read. However, it doesn’t include as much strategy as this LN, especially at the later chapters (I’ve read until *ahem, spoilers* the giant subjugation in Japan) so I would put this novel before that one.

        As for Tales of Demons and Gods I actually like more than Solo Levelling as well again because of how ingenious the character is, but I would still put this first for now. I just realised I haven’t read the novel yet, so I got something else to read now! 😀

        The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor sounds interesting, I will be sure to take a look!

        As for reads I would recommend,
        https://www.novelupdates.com/series/tensei-shitara-slime-datta-ken/?pg=23.
        This is the first light novel I’ve read since I got into manga and manhwa, so it holds a special place in my heart. It talks about politics betweens countries in a very lighthearted manner, much like this novel. The main character in this one is much, much luckier, so he was put into less psychologically tight situations, but it is still a good read. Furthermore the WN is complete!

        The Economics of Spice and Wolf: (no source for now)
        This one is a bit older, so I haven’t got to read it yet, but it has a good reputation. It supposedly is about a merchant trading in medieval times and talks about economics. I’m not sure if it is available online for free, but it may be worth taking a look.

        1. My links are awaiting moderation, but the titles I recommend are:

          * Akuyaku Reijo Ni Koi Wo Shite
          * release that witch
          * And of a slightly different genre: Ankoku Kishi Monogatari

          1. I’ve been meaning to hit up Release that Witch for awhile now. So, I’ll be sure to check out those other two! Thanks for more recommendations to look into Jimmy 😀

        2. If you like Tales of Demons and Gods Manga, you’ll love the LN.
          I have read so many things over the years that I am rarely surprised by how expansive a storyline can become. But the LN of Tales is just like world building to learn that the world you knew about so well is a pebble within a pond, world-building of the new landscape to learn that it is also a pebble… and so on. And, every single time it stays rich, detailed, fresh and interesting and does not feel out of place or overblown.

          Slime has been on my radar for awhile. I love the manga. I enjoyed the anime (although I liked the originality and presentation of the first few episodes the most and felt like it fell off a bit after). So, even though I knew about it – hearing you recommend it def makes me feel like I can trust your taste 🙂

          The Economics of Spice and Wolf is very exciting to me! I didn’t know it had an LN.
          There is a brand new spice and wolf manga out and it is GORGEOUS. I forget the name, but if you search for the author you’ll find it.
          So thats a real gem I can look forward to.

          Based on your opinion on of Solo Ranker def give Second Life Ranker a shot.
          I love Solo, but it never really felt like he had a plan. Just fight and grow. No real intellectual development.
          Second Life Ranker takes an experienced combat veteran and throws him into a world of (climbing tower) dungeons for power (the tower part feels a bit similar to Tower of God). But the twist is, he only learns about this world after receiving his brother’s journals and his brother was brutally murdered and betrayed. So, this war-time combat veteran protagonist enters this word of tower climbing with the single-minded mission of avenging his brother by challenging some of the top forces in the tower. He is very driven and purposeful in all the actions he takes.
          I’m in love with the LN and refresh the page for the next chapter far more times a day than I should.
          I will say that, you are correct about Tales, Second-Life is darker so in some ways that protagonist feels less cunning/kanny than the more lighthearted protag of tales.

          Finally, based on your recommendation of Spice & Wolf, you might like:
          https://mangakakalot.com/manga/takarakuji_de_40oku_atattandakedo_isekai_ni_ijuu_suru
          I’m really enjoying the manga and its pace as well as all of the translators highly informative notes. It has an LN that I havent gotten into yet, but am looking forward to.

          And, Finally (bet you thought that last finally was the actual finale!) – my biggest gripe for anyone out there that can feel my pain.
          Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu
          I love this manga – but HOLY HELL … the LN translation is sooo terrible. All I want is to skip ahead and learn more, more, more but I just can’t take the translation!

          btw, I also didnt expect such a quick response!

        3. Oh, I just realized I made another Huge assumption thats probably less Safe than my bet that you knew Solo Leveling.
          Direct to your request for genius tactician protagonist:
          Volcanic Age (Manga. Has an LN but I can’t find it translated beyond the first few chapters, if you do – OMG Let me know)
          ARMSBS – A Returners Magic Should Be Special – I’ve read both the LN and Manga

          And, outside of the genius tactician but a great Manga that makes me hope the LN is well translated: Mushoku Tensei
          https://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=111591

          1. Oh wow I didn’t expect so many replies! Thank you all and I will be sure to check out all of your recommendations!

    2. No one has mentioned “Overgeared” yet I believe.

      As for some of the others:

      Release That Witch- Amazing and with over 1400 chapters translated it will keep you very busy.

      Legendary Moonlight Sculptor- Also amazing however there are a few volumes in the middle that were pure machine translation and it was rough reading through them.

      The Kings Avatar – not a kingdom building novel but rather about a computer game and esports.

    1. Hey,
      if you ever want humor
      or to bust into the world of Otome (isekai)
      I can recommend some of my favorite reads. So, let me know.
      But, just as an example of what I’m talking about – Do you like Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
      See, I was pretty meh on the first 4 or 5 episodes cause it was purely an Adam Samberg vehicle. Then around ep 6 or so they were suddenly like, “Hey, we have a Brilliant Ensemble cast – why don’t we use them also! (as something other than background props). That’s when the show came alive for me. So, if you know what I’m talking about then you might also understand that B99 is ALL ABOUT BOYLE for me.
      I think that man’s comedic timing is so spot on. Every physical gesture and voice inflection is perfect and perfectly timed for maximum impact.

      I mention all of this cause one of my top two favorite Otomes has the same level of precise comedic timing. “For Me” all the jokes just hit home.
      Fiancee’s Observation Log of the Self-Proclaimed Villainess/Jishou Akuyaku Reijou na Konayakusha no Kansatsu Kiroku

      1. Haha wow you’ve read a lot more than I have. I can feel your enthusiasm recommending all these so I’m sure they are good reads! I’ve heard of Volcanic Age but other than that they are all new to me, so it will take a while to go through them all haha. Thank you for all the recommendations.

  2. Uh I’m too lazy to write so much about my recommendations but for an ingenius mc I would recommend ‘Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e ‘.
    However the mc rather pulls the strings from the shadows instead of taking a lead role like Desir.

    Other novels I really enjoyed reading that aren’t mentioned here yet are Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari, Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou and Plunderer

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