……I can’t read the thoughts of this person.

 Most people generally reveal their thoughts through their facial expressions. 

 Unless the other person is at the level of a high rank aristocrat, I can more or less infer their thoughts through their expressions, but I can’t read anything from this person. 

 It’s true that the sponsors of the Hero Party and “Night Sky’s Silver Rabbit” belong to different factions. 

 After we had both reached the same floor, there were times when the sponsors had instructed me to sabotage them through inhumane methods.

 To be honest, I didn’t want to bring the circumstances of aristocrats into the labyrinth, but in light of their funding, I also couldn’t just bluntly refuse.
I didn’t do anything inhumane, but we did compete in mutually dragging each other down. 

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 That was a period of time when I was really fed up. 

 After the internal turmoil of “Night Sky’s Silver Rabbit” and the progress of the Hero Party to the next floor, those sorts of instructions ended up ceasing.

 Anyway, aside from the Hero Party sponsors, “Night Sky’s SIlver Rabbit”’s sponsors probably don’t find their current situation amusing. 

“…That’s true.
Then, I hear you have a more detailed explanation for me today regarding tomorrow’s guided exploration?”

The explanation will be provided by Selma.”

“The general outline is as I had mentioned yesterday.
In three days, we will be capturing the 1st to 51st floors of the Great Labyrinth in one swoop.
As for the specifics, on the first day we will proceed until the 21st floor, the second day until the 36th floor, and the third day until the 51st floor. 

 Even after hearing it again, I still find it a ridiculous schedule. 

 The guy who made this plan probably not only had an extremely poor understanding of the Great Labyrinth, but had also probably only consulted the opinions of overconfident advanced explorers. 

“…If we’re talking about accompanying beginners, then it’ll be a day trip right?” 

“That’s right.
As one might expect, having beginners stay overnight in the labyrinth will be too much of a mental burden.”

 Following the shortest route, having advanced explorers defeat the Floor Bosses, then was this, doable? 

“Next, regarding the demonic beast encounters, there will be a total of ten beginner parties.
For the demonic beasts met along the path of travel, we will have the beginners fight them in rotation, for the demonic beasts that appear from the left, right, and back, the Officers will handle them.”

 ”Officers” probably refer to me, Selma and the other advanced explorers. 

 Ten parties fighting in a rotation, advanced explorers to deal with ‘surprise attacks’ from demonic beasts that appear, certainly the burden on newcomers will be reduced.
A simple calculation suggests they will only need to engage in less than one tenth of the battles of a typical exploration. 

 Well, considering the fatigue of travelling, I feel like it will end up quite similar though….

“The participating Officers, including Orn and I, will number five.
Each Officer will be in-charge of two parties, and will be required to step in if the parties they are in-charge of fall into a pinch during battles.
In the upper layers, we will have the beginner parties themselves handle their own battle organisation.
From the 31st floor — after entering the middle layers, we want the Officers to give battle instructions.”

 The Southern Great Labyrinth can be roughly divided into four sections.

 The upper layers consisting of the 1st to the 31st floor; the middle layers, the 31st to 61st floor; the lower layers, the 61st to 91st floor; and the deep layers below the 91st floor. 

 Obviously, as you progress lower into the layers, the more powerful the demonic beasts that appear, and the floors also become more vast. 

 And the ranks of parties are also divided into four stages.

 If the average floor a party can descend to is in the upper layers, then they are C Rank; the middle layers, B Rank; the lower layers, A Rank; and the deep layers, S Rank. 

“I think I’ve covered everything, do you have any questions?”

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 Questions? I have too many things I’d like to criticise about this plan…

 However, my criticisms are probably already considered as unavoidable parts of the plan, so pointing them out wouldn’t help matters. 

 I’ll ask about the thing that bothers me the most. 

“Then, only one.
Why are there only five Officers? With this kind of unreasonable schedule, I think it will be good if multiple A Rank parties were to follow, so we can have advanced explorers to also deal with the demonic beasts encounters along the path.”

“That… certainly the objective is to bring the beginner explorers to the 51st floor.
However, they have this rare opportunity to receive support from advanced explorers.
There won’t be many such good chances.
Won’t it be a waste if we lose this possibility to nurture our newcomers?”

 No matter how you think about it, this is a front. 

 The only thing that matters for this plan are the results.
It doesn’t matter what means they use.
“Night Sky’s Silver Rabbit” should also be aware of this. 

 Therefore, there should still be another reason for only going with these members, but as expected, they won’t be telling me. 

 Selma’s expressions are surprisingly easily readable, and I think I will be able to obtain some more information if I can get my hooks into her, but Vince Briars is also here. 

 If I do something unnecessary, it’s not unlikely that my own neck ends up being strangled. 

It seems like it’s going to be a tough three days, but I’ll cooperate.”

“Thank you.
Next will be regarding the reward, we would like to pay you two gold coins in advance, and ten gold coins as the remuneration, what do you think about that?”

 That’s pretty high…

 The currency of this world consists of seven types of coins: iron coins, small bronze coins, large bronze coins, small silver coins, large silver coins, gold coins, and platinum coins.

 Iron coins have the lowest value, platinum coins have the highest value. 

 Ten coins of one type has the same value as one coin of the higher type. 

 To understand their value more intuitively, think of one gold coin as sufficient monthly expenses for a commoner.

“There’s no problem with me, but isn’t this quite high?”

“That’s how much it costs to hire you, Orn.
​​We’ll be counting on you from tomorrow.”

I’ll put in my best effort.”

 In the end, the President over there let the conversation end without saying a single word.

 Seriously, why’d you even come?

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