The Only Thing I Can Upgrade is Strength chapter 182

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Getting a meeting with the guildmaster was surprisingly easy. Then again, I was able to meet with Sage Norwood almost whenever I wanted and he was arguably more important- but that was out of his personal interest. I didn’t not get along with Timmy, but there was the whole awkwardness with his half brother that I couldn’t stop thinking about. 

“Let me see if I understand your proposal…” Timmy held his massive hands together atop his equally massive desk. I wondered once again how big giants were if he was only half-giant. “You want us to make a school for adventurers where we pay them to train to be adventurers? It doesn’t sound that beneficial to the guild.”

“Isn’t it though?” I tried my best to sound confident, “I mean, you’re already heavily subsidizing inns and stuff for starting adventurers. You want more adventurers, and this would give some people who don’t have the chance to train elsewhere that opportunity.” I held my hands by my side to stop them from moving uncertainly. “Everyone has some potential to become an adventurer with training.” That was one thing I had to talk to Sage Norwood about- and while different people still had different amounts of potential, in this world everyone had more capacity to grow in any area with proper training than on Earth, with a few exceptions. My genetic issue, for example. It certainly wouldn’t be possible to have a powerful healer cure everyone, but most people were more or less functional. Regular schooling just didn’t actually try to increase their attributes- trying to perform magic and skills was much more effective for mental attributes than just learning basic things like math, regardless of how useful that knowledge was.

Timmy nodded slowly, “We do always need adventurers… but we can’t afford to just pay for anyone and everyone’s living expenses and for trainers and then hope they might actually become adventurers.”

I’d thought about that- maybe not much, but some. “Maybe start out with a trial period. A month or so to see how they’re growing. Have people go out on group missions to fight horned rabbits or something. You can pretend it’s covering their costs. You don’t need much equipment to fight them, either.” I shrugged, “It’s a bit dangerous without armor, but that would keep out those who aren’t willing to actually try to grow. You would also need people on hand to test their attribute growth and assess their training but not all the time. If there’s no progress after a month or two…” I shook my head, “They can’t say you didn’t give them a chance.” I nodded my head confidently, “You could try it out in one place- maybe here, in the capital. Perhaps a hundred people for a month. If even a handful of good potentials come out of it, won’t it be worth it?”

Timmy sighed, “Only if they make it past early ranks.”

“Right, buuuut,” I held up a finger, “Proper training would help people get past early ranks successfully. There are a lot of things in dungeons nobody really talks about that just knowing would probably save many lives. It’s not that people can’t find it out but… they might not know they need to. It’s all over the place- some of it written down, but most of it just in people’s heads. I have a list.” I pulled out a piece of paper. “And potential costs.” I pulled out another. “You know how valuable adventurers are to the guild.”

He held my papers between a thumb and forefinger, finally setting them on the desk to look at. His eyes could see things that size just fine, but holding onto them was a bit tricky. He looked over the numbers, then shrugged. “What about gear?”

“The guild must have some basic equipment lying around, right? You could even take some dungeon stuff. The guild would keep ownership of it, and the trainees could be responsible for its maintenance. Some of them will learn repair magic and normal support skills. They can earn their keep that way. If there are more adventurers, they’ll need more people behind the scenes as well. Doesn’t the guild work directly with smiths and such?”

Timmy’s arm came to rest on the desk in front of him, carefully controlled to avoid a loud thump, and he leaned forward towards me. It might have seemed intimidating, but I knew he just liked to see people up close. “Tell you what. We happen to have an unused building. I’ll give you two months- one of them is time to set everything up. If you can meet that budget and get enough actually decent candidates… you can have your school.”

“My school?”

“Your school. You think I’m gonna run this thing?”


Kantrilla was ecstatic when I told her. I hadn’t really talked to the rest of the party about my idea. I hadn’t thought it would be approved so… immediately. I also hadn’t thought I would be the one in charge. It sounded great as an idea, but once the responsibility was put on my plate… could I do it? There was no way I could. At least, not alone.

“So, I need all of your help,” I explained to the party. “It’s not great pay, but it’s also safe and you’d be doing something good.” I sighed, “I know we were supposed to get back into real adventuring soon…”

Kasner shrugged, conspicuously placing his leg up on a stool where it could be seen. “We don’t have to get into dungeons or anything again right away.”

Alhorn responded next., “I don’t mind trying this out. A couple months isn’t much anyway. If it works… you could help people and the guild. That is good.” Then he shook his head, “However, I worry about people not listening because we are young.”

I folded my arms in front of me, “Yeah… well, we’ll just have to show them what we can do. We are real D-rank adventurers after all. For example, a big guy won’t complain about me teaching Strength training if I’m holding him up above my head.”

“That seems a little… drastic,” Kantrilla said.

I shrugged, “I mean, it’s better than breaking something. I’m not supposing we’ll get people who are perfectly in order to begin with. Desperate people and people even younger than us are more likely. Anyway, we’re all good enough at something or things that people will see us and respect that.”

“Plus, if they really won’t listen, we can just kick them out,” Halette mentioned.

“About that… if possible, I would prefer we could avoid that, especially with the first batch. That is, if we want there to be a second.” I held my hands wide, “I don’t know if that will be possible, but having an initial good showing is the best way for something like this to work.”

“Fine,” Alhorn nodded, “You’ll be in charge then?”

“About that…” I looked around, “I’d prefer if we were equally in charge. Kantrilla already helped me a lot with the plan, though I didn’t think about the fact that I might be the one to have to implement it. Anyway, we all have different things to bring to the table. Plus, there are five of us so if we really need to vote on something there will always be a decision.” Socks whined. “Oh come on Socks you know you’d always vote the same way as Halette.” Socks licked me in the face. “It would be better if we could all agree. In terms of the public eye… Alhorn would be a better choice. You’re… taller. Plus, we can actually say what class you are instead of me who is a… nothing, currently. If you need to make a decision without consulting the rest of us, I still trust you to make a good one. Well, that goes for all of you.”

“Great!” Kantrilla smiled. “I have a good feeling about this!” If that was one of her real ‘good feelings’, then I also felt the same way. At least, the most prominent example of that I remember resulted in great things for me personally.

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