Regressor of the Fallen Family chapter 31

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Chapter 31.

With a thunderous clatter, a team of ten horses entered the McLaine territory, pulling a wagon and a cart loaded with goods, large as houses. The heavy weight was evident as the wheel tracks were clearly carved into the ground. Although the direction taken by the mercenary guards and the cargo was clear, nobody dared to approach the vicinity.

“Ugh, that smell. Even from this distance…”

“The stench is quite pungent.”

“How can dried meat smell so bad?”

“They say it’s monster meat.”

“Is that the…?”

“Did the young lord really indulge in such a grotesque act?”

“The rumors that he gained strength from drinking monster blood…”

“Shut your mouth, you fool!”

“Quiet! You want to get us all in trouble?”

The murmurs grew louder as the largest shipment of Karok meat since the last trade arrived at the storage.

“It’s definitely divine timing now.”

“What?”

Rick, who had been covering his nose from the foul smell, looked up in confusion.

“I was planning to use what we made yesterday, here.”

“Wha-?!”

“Bring that barrel… though, you won’t be able to lift it. I’ll carry it, just get ready.”

“Ready for what? I didn’t hear anything about this!”

“We’re doing it now!”

“Do I really have to come?”

“Of course!”

With a loud groan of disgust, Rick had never visited the warehouse since they started collecting Karok meat, unaware of the reason for his own strong reaction.

But as they opened the door to the warehouse filled with Karok meat, the reason became painfully evident. No explanation was needed for the incredible stench that assaulted their noses and brains with an odor far worse than anything they had encountered outside.

“Uweeeek!”

Logan might have thrown up on the spot if Rick, vomiting a step behind him, hadn’t beaten him to it.

Having somewhat calmed himself by shutting down his sense of smell through force control, Logan saw Rick giving him a resentful glare with his pale, vomit-stricken face.

“Cough! Now, sprinkle this ‘neutralizer’ on the Karok meat. You’ll see the color lighten with just a small amount. Just enough to make the surface completely white. The black parts contain remaining toxins. Be cautious.”

“Do I really have to…”

“Am I not doing it too?”

Rick, nearly in tears, reluctantly helped until about 100kg of meat turned white.

“Now grind it into round tablets.”

As if he had given up on everything, Rick did not utter another complaint.

However, as they created hundreds of tiny round pills, Rick couldn’t help but grow curious about what all his efforts were for.

“Why did we make these?”

“Don’t they look like medicine?”

“…Yes.”

“Good. We’re going to sell them as such.”

“What?!”

Rick’s eyes widened in horror, but his shock was not the end of it.

“Remember what we did today?”

“No. I remember nothing! What did we do? Ha. Ha. Ha.”

Sensing an ominous premonition, Rick forced a strained smile.

“You look like you remember just fine.”

“Ugh!”

It was impossible to deceive the keen eyes of Logan, who had been together as sworn brothers—or more precisely, his sworn follower—for over ten years.

And so, Rick was forced to hear what he dreaded most.

“This will be your task moving forward.”

“I refuse.”

Rick, who had never shied away from difficult tasks in his past life and eventually met his end on the executioner’s block, firmly refused the order.

“Rick. You’re the only one I can trust.”

“I absolutely refuse!”

“Rick! Don’t you trust me?”

“I don’t want to trust you!”

Screaming as if he had lost his mind, Rick ran away.

In the end, Logan was only able to assign the task to his begrudging servant by promising a bonus of 100 gold a week.

Of course, that was not the end of it.

“I suppose I’ll have to test it…”

“Just kill me. I really can’t do it. I’d rather die.”

With a look of desperation, Rick vehemently protested.

But luckily, or perhaps unfortunately, Rick wasn’t the one Logan was looking for as a test subject.

“You’re useless to me. And you’ll continue to be. Of course, it’s not you.”

“Oh, thank goodness. Thank you…huh?”

While Rick couldn’t fully comprehend what was being discussed, he had a feeling that it was unpleasant and gave his master a sideways glance. Logan quickly changed the subject.

“Do you know of anyone around us who struggles with night duties?”

“Huh? Night duties?”

“Why, you know. Like someone who doesn’t have children. Or a chaste spouse. Or a married man who’s always slumping his shoulders in the morning.”

“…What are you talking about?”

“Ah. This! You know!”

Logan eventually had to resort to using profane hand gestures he learned during his mercenary days to explain nighttime activities.

Rick, catching on quickly, suggested a candidate for the experiment.

“Administrator Dwayne hasn’t had any children yet. It’s been ten years since his marriage… He was so happy to marry a young bride back then, but these days he’s just working late all the time.”

“Ah…?”

Who would’ve guessed that the sturdy man had such a sad predicament.

Logan decided Dwayne would be the first subject of his experiment.

* * *

“Huh?”

“It’s something really good for men.”

“Really?!”

“Don’t you get it? It’s this.”

“Ah…”

How did it come to be that even cultured people could only understand hand gestures instead of words?

Dwayne, with a confused look, glanced back and forth between the mysterious pill in his hand and Logan’s face.

“…Is it true?”

“Yeah. It works after just one pill. It’s a patented product from Philips’ Shop in Kaihl, you know.”

To be exact, it’s more accurate to say it will become famous and patented, but Logan was confident.

‘It’s already proven, anyway.’

But why he was experimenting on Dwayne was something Logan willingly ignored.

‘…Sure! I’ve heard of it, but I haven’t tried it myself.’

Although he felt a twinge of guilt, Logan had confirmed that at least the toxicity of the monster had been neutralized.

‘It would be great if dogs could talk.’

He had even conducted his own animal experiments, and that was Logan’s last shred of conscience.

“Really, are you serious?”

“Of course! If it doesn’t work, I’ll donate a thousand gold to Dwayne, no, to the family.”

“Oh! You’re really going to donate?”

Even amid this conversation, Dwayne seemed more interested in the family story than receiving money himself, adding to Logan’s burden of conscience.

‘It’s a win-win situation.’

In fact, it wasn’t an entirely incorrect thought, so Logan reassured himself.

It was already a late evening, and in the dimly lit study where one couldn’t see without turning on the lamp, a large man spread out the ledger alone, looking pitiful for some reason.

Right, all of this was because Dwayne was pitiful.

“You might have presbyopia, so go into the house quickly.”

“Ahaha, there’s still some work to do.”

“Hey! Finish that later. This is really expensive. You won’t get it even if you pay later!”

It would indeed become expensive, and you wouldn’t be able to get it even if you paid for it later.

“Is that so…”

Dwayne’s certain expression seemed to have accepted it somewhat.

And the next day.

“Young lord Logan!!!”

Seeing the bright-faced Dwayne running towards him in broad daylight, Logan was assured of success.

“How much is that medicine?! How much?!”

With a much stronger reaction than he expected, Logan handed him a set of ten, expressing his apologies for the human experiment(?).

Dwayne knelt down to accept the small box as if receiving a legendary sword.

It revealed a side of his large physique that had accumulated a fragile history.

Even with just his reaction, the potential seemed sufficient, but Logan conducted two more experiments for caution.

Surprisingly, Heinckel, who turned out to be another man with his head bowed, smiled and laughed a day after receiving the medicine as a gift.

And finally…

“What is this?”

“It’s a good medicine for men.”

“Hmm?”

It was the first gift Logan ever presented to his father in two lifetimes, including his past life.

And its effect became apparent just three days after that.

“Hmm, Logan.”

“Yes?”

“… Well done.”

Awkwardly looking away and patting his shoulder, his hand showed a slightly reddened face. Seeing his father’s face, Logan felt a sense of pride.

‘If I do well, I might end up with a younger sibling.’

In a pleased smile, Logan was confident in the value of the product and called out to someone who could make proper use of it.

However, the merchant was shocked upon hearing the price Logan called out.

“How much are you selling it for?”

“Hundred gold per individual. I plan to sell sets of ten for a thousand gold.”

“Do you think nobles are ignorant fools to buy it at that price?”

“Perhaps. Still, I’m confident it will sell.”

Even in the conservative Grandia Kingdom, there were nobles with some flexibility who had separate governments or lovers.

Many nobles in the city-state of the Ares Empire, with more liberal views, had even more extravagant private lives.

Naturally, due to their loose lifestyles, many of them faced problems in their sexual functions.

When considering that the greatest pleasure in the lives of such people was their sexual life, if Karok’s meat could effectively enhance their performance, substantial profits could be earned.

‘In my past life, it was so expensive because of the nobles.’

Of course, the price of a single pill, 30g, that Logan was trying to sell now was more expensive than the highest price before the extinction of Karok in his past life.

However…

“You don’t have to advertise it actively.”

“Really?”

“You don’t need to advertise it, and you don’t need to buy it yourself. Do you know how many nobles in the capital have sexual problems?”

“I bet it’s swarming with rumors like bees without even advertising. Those playboys will find and buy it themselves. Then we can compete on the price.”

“…Wait a moment. ‘We’?”

“Yeah. Because you’re going to sell it.”

“Uh? Do you mean you’ll really donate?”

Despite Philip’s concerns, Logan confidently replied, “Don’t worry. It’s effective, and there are no side effects.”

‘He’s so confident after only three experiments…’

Though Philip’s point was not entirely wrong, Logan shook his head.

“Just believe me. It’s effective, and you’ll be able to push any business you want.”

“Thank you.”

“Then think about how to sell it. To the nobles in the capital.”

“…Pardon?”

Editor’s Musing:

“legendary sword”

“another man with his head bowed”

The ways the author plays with his words are amazing.

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  1. Thanks for the chapter!

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