A way to be independent from Mark.
I thought of various ways, but there was only the use of force as the possibility.
Why is it?
I will list the ways to become independent for the sake of explaining it.
The first one was the calmest method.
I will have to work my way to be a full-fledged slave trader by perseverance.
This was impossible.
Because Mark doesn’t have any intention to let me become independent at all.
He only considers me as “Cheap labor” one way or another.
It would be disadvantageous for Mark to lose me as cheap labor.
“I will only recognize you if you work hard, since even I work hard myself.”
That was Mark bragging while drinking alcohol, there wasn’t at ounce of credibility there.
Because when I activated my Appraisal Skill, Mark’s statement was branded as a [Lie].
So Mark intends to keep me until I die.
I totally knew it just by the way he treats me everyday. I was made to work like a maid by taking care of the cleaning, making the meal of the slaves and disposing of the excrements.
In a way, I was the slave of the slaves.
Well, if it just the work only, I might be able to endure it.
However, the violence was unbearable.
When Mark was not in a good mood, I was the one being beaten to release his stress.
It might be because a hierarchy was established.
That guy, he liked to act as if he was at the top of the hierarchy.
Drunk with violence, his eyes sometimes became bloodshot.
It was not hard to see that he was getting more aggressive.
Or maybe he is verifying something.
To verify that there was a difference of power, that even if I fight back I still can’t win against him.
It was more vexing to have such timidity, He had this need to check everything.
Was it necessary to bully me each and every time?
His selfishness had gone too far.
His selfishness was terrible, but the difference in physique was troublesome.
My body had an appearance of a complete 15 year old boy, but Mark was a big man.
One time, I was beaten so hard that the pain and nausea hasn’t subsided.
I still had stomach cramps followed by a shivering fit.
I vaguely remembered when I broke my bone in my previous life and suffered from nausea and chills as a result.
Acute pain ran through the pit of my stomach and because of the spasm of the diaphragm, it was hard to breath.
I had thought I would die. I was prepared for death.
But that shithead was just laughing.
I didn’t want to die while being trampled upon.
He looked like he was giving me a warning, I abhor that kind of behaviour that tries to justify his conduct.
Furthermore, it was a problem that Mark won’t tell me the necessary knowledge as a slave trader.
All those necessary procedures, such as signing a contract, was hiddenly performed inside a closed tent of the store owner.
He seemed to be afraid of me learning all of the knowledge.
It was often said that a monk before a gate will chant the sutra even before he learned it.
I may be able to learn if there was a small room I can use.
However this place was everything.
The vulgar smile of Mark came to my mind.
You probably like working until you die. Mark was unaware that I said those words.
It was revolting.
It was just unreliable to make an effort to steadily rise to the top.
There was no choice but to consider other methods.
The second method, I will have to change the contract without Mark knowing.
It was just recently that I knew the existence of the contract.
Because Mark concealed from me the knowledge of becoming a slave trader.
It was only by my own efforts that I was able to successfully obtain that information.
A contract was a pledge between the slave and Mark’s agreement.
The slave contract will only be established if there was both the engraved seal from the slave seal engraver and a signature in the slave contract.
The special tattoo that was used as the engraved slave seal, was also used as the signature for the contract.
It will become a typical magic contract by doing that.
In doing so, the contract will connect the name of the slave master to the slave.
If the name recorded on the contract was wrong, then that contract was meaningless.
The effect of the contract was to tie the slave’s soul together with the master under the right name.
In other words, Mark will lose the effect as the master when the name on the contract will be overwritten.
I will overwrite the name on the contract if possible.
I am betting my last glimmer of hope on this.
The contract was probably in the private tent of Mark.
I was given strict orders by Mark to not enter that tent.
It would only mean something really important was hidden in that tent.
Besides when a visitors comes.
Mark would say “This way please.” and enter the tent.
A contract was important to a slave trader after their lives.
Therefore contract management becomes the most important thing to the slave trader.
Mark was very cautious.
Because he is the type of person to keep valuables close to him.
I was really certain that the contract was inside the tent based on his behavior.
(Now then, is it really essential to enter the tent? But.)
I thought about how to enter the tent without being found out.
I invoked it in my head.
Magic was usable even if I don’t verbally chant it. That was basic knowledge in the game of [Fantasy Tale].
MP consumption efficiency will of course be higher if I verbally chant it.
But the Appraisal Skill consumes little MP to begin with.
So it was important that I was silent so that Mark will not find it out.
Name: Toshiki Mitsuji
Age: 15 Years Old
HP: 20 MP: 7
Magic Power: 4
Unique Blessing: Blessing of the God of Wealth
Unique Skill: Appraisal Option
Special Skill: Appraisal Lv. 10
There was an interesting unique skill there, Appraisal Option.
I haven’t heard Appraisal Option as a skill name until now. I had never seen it in [Fantasy Tale].
I immediately understood Appraisal Option when I checked the Status Screen.
Unique Skill: Appraisal Option
Available option settings when using Appraisal Skill.
Display Name: ON
Display Age: ON
Display Lv: ON
Display Status Numerical Values: ON
Display Blessing/Skill: ON
Display Credibility: ON
Display Psychological Graph: ON
Advanced Search: ON
Other Personal Option: NONE
I see, it looked like a config screen.
It seems I can customize my Appraisal Skill by setting the options to either ON or OFF.
Now then, what can I do here now that I have fully grasped the potential of the Appraisal Skill?
Appraisal Skill was my only weapon.
This will split my future into two paths depending on how I use it.
I came up with the following plan to use this.
First, will the Appraisal Skill work in the dark?
It worked based on the results when I used it previously.
I will know where I am even if I can’t see anything in the dark because of the Appraisal Popup.
Even if the inside of the tent was dim, at noon, or I can’t see the tent anymore because it was already nighttime, I still know where the slaves are because of the Appraisal Popup.
In other words, I will be able to notice an enemy attack me during the night from afar with the help of the Appraisal Skill.
Without a doubt, it was so useful that I was thinking it may be possible for me to be an Adventurer.
Second, will I be able to know the origin and raw material of an item by appraising it?
It was also possible based on the results.
I used the robe which I’m wearing right now to test it.
When I used the Advanced Search of Appraisal Skill, it showed [Place of Origin: Eastern Kingdom, Oriental Area] and [Raw Material: Potato Hemp].
If I know the raw material and the origin of the material, I would be very profitable when doing trading or peddling.
Perhaps it was possible for me to be a merchant. I considered being one.
So, that was the only 2 scenarios I came up with.
I only thought up of a plan to use the advantage of the Appraisal Skill by being an Adventurer or a Merchant.
But both of them are my last resort.
I will consider those as my fall back plan if I can’t get ahold of the contract.
The essential thing wasn’t there.
It was important that I’m able to sense in the dark and able to inspect raw materials.
(I shall change everything tonight.)
I chuckled in my mind.
To be frank, this man called Mark was careless.
Though he should have made me into a slave but he didn’t.
(No, it was probably because the blessing of the God of Wealth)
I thought about it and saw my own status [Unique Blessing: Blessing of the God of Wealth].
Unique Blessing: Blessing of the God of Wealth
Blessing of Kuvera, the God of Wealth. Born with the support of the Business Talent.
Negotiation Technique Growth +
Will not be affected by contracts with no agreement.
Mark might have wanted to make me a slave but wasn’t able to do it.
Because I have a skill that can invalidate a contract without consent like a slave contract.
Therefore as a result, Mark wasn’t able to control me as a slave.
Making a slave doesn’t rob someone of their free-will.
In other words, Mark won’t be able to stop me from defying him anyway.
(The plan is easy. I will confirm if he has fallen fast asleep tonight with the Appraisal Skill. Then I will steal the contract and the ink.)
That was it.
It was a very simple plan.
It was simple and it will definitely succeed if I do it carefully.