Originally on Ark Machine Translations
Ark Volume 17 Chapter 9
ACT 9: Crisis of Lancel Village
“Is it here?”
Shambala looked at the village nestled at the foot of the mountain.
“Yes, this is it.”
No. 358 who was riding near a horse-drawn carriage nodded. Shambala had finally arrived at Lancel village after crossing the sea. The reason Shambala arrived at Lancel village was to bring the stolen goods they recovered from the pirates. Since Ark’s tip from an anonymous source was the reason they swept up the lawless port, it was agreed that 20% of the goods would be sent to Ark’s store in Lancel village. The Easter Nation swept up 50,000 gold from the pirates so 20% of it was 10,000 gold. It was so much that the carriage could barely carry it. If any thieves attacked and stole it then it would be a terrible loss. So Shambala protected the carriage while it was brought to Lancel village. But that wasn’t the only reason why Shambala came to Lancel village.
“This place is Lancel village?”
“Is this the first time you’ve seen it?”
“No, I briefly saw it a while ago. But……”
This wasn’t the first time Shambala had seen Lancel village. When Seutandal rose a while ago, he had used the dimensional gate to transfer the Sacred Soil. There was no time to sightsee then but he had still entered the village. But now the village felt completely different from then.
“Isn’t it quite a peculiar village?”
No. 358 laughed and replied.
“Peculiar? No, it’s rather…..”
It was the epitome of an odd village. Either way, Lancel village was completely different from what Shambala remembered. It was a completely different scale from before. When Shambala first visited, it was a village surrounded by a wooden fence with barely 100 houses inside. But now the wooden fence had turned into a stone wall. The stone wall was properly built and arranged to a height of 1 metre. Along with the stone wall, the size of the village was 50% larger than before. Now it contained 200 houses. Not only was it a larger scale, it had also become stranger. Among the 200 buildings, none of them had an identical form. The shape and colour were all so different that it looked like a flower garden when seen from a faraway place. The buildings were linked like spider webs by overpasses and there was also a huge, hollow hole in the village. It was something that Shambala couldn’t understand.
“What’s with those overpasses and hole? Why are they in the village?”
“Oh, the overpass and hole?”
No. 358 looked at the places Shambala referred to and replied.
“The overpasses are made for the Meow. Do you see the Meow climbing up there to take a nap? The Meow really like high places.”
“Then the hole?”
“The raccoon clan dug that. Since they find moving in buildings troublesome, they made an underground village. The raccoons feel more comfortable in the ground.”
Lancel village also contained a embassy from Seutandal. Because of that, the political and commercial ties between Seutandal and Schudenberg ran through Lancel village. Since no. 358 had been helpful to Ark and Shambala, he had been appointed the interim manager of the embassy for the Eastern Nation. Thanks to that, he knew quite a bit about Lancel village.
“Then is that pillar somewhat significant?”
Shambala pointed towards a pillar in the centre of the village. Not only was the pillar strange, there were tents erected around it. When asked about the pillar, no. 358 just laughed.
“Ah, that pillar is to indicate the territories.”
“What? Territory indication?”
“Yes, several beast clans have moved to Lancel village recently. So when the Wolrang arrived then they decided to use the pillar to indicate the different territories. At first, they tried to use the trees around the village but that didn’t work so the mayor built a pillar.”
Shambala muttered with an absurd expression at no. 358’s explanation.
“……This truly is a village suited to that Ark guy.”
“The good part? Or bad?”
“Of course, the bad part. Where good part does Ark have?”
No. 358 winced and raised his finger to his lips.
“I’ll tell you in advance but please don’t slander Ark in front of the residents.”
“Huh? Why do I have to watch what I say?”