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    B) Keep them with Stephanie for now. (Give her extra protection and get brownie points with her.)

    1. The background of the client who hired them
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    Um, guys. Just making sure but you know there's another choice right? It's earlier in the post about the firearms...


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    Day 1 Night
    Location: New Itano Inn - Stephanie’s Room


    “… Well, this might not be the answer you were looking for, but I wasn’t able to learn anything about your client’s identity.”

    “What?”

    That’s a surprise. I didn’t think even Stephanie wouldn’t be able to find anything.

    “It seems like your client insists on keeping his identity a secret, for some reason.”

    “Hmm…”

    When I was first hired for this particular Holy Grail War, it was through a middleman who didn’t reveal the identity of the patron, and when I went to negotiate the contract, a liaison was sent in the client’s place. The contract’s been sealed with a geas scroll so there’s no need to fear being scammed and I’ve been given a way to contact them with the results of my investigation but, in the end, I still don’t know who my client is. My job for this Holy Grail War is simply to “discern the True Name of every servant in this Holy Grail War” and nothing else; it seems that the one hiring me doesn’t intend for any close coordination at all.

    Well, in this line of work, it’s not rare to never meet your client in person, but to go this length to hide your identity… If even Stephanie couldn’t find their identity, then the person in question must’ve put a lot of work in covering their tracks. Honestly, I had asked Stephanie to look into it partially out of sheer curiosity, but if the person wants to stay in hiding this much, maybe it’d be rude to dig too deep.

    “… This might not be any consolation, but I was able to get some information that might be useful to you. While I was running your errand, I met with the liaison again. She didn’t let anything slip about her master’s identity, but she did end up revealing the class of his Servant: Archer.”

    “Oh. Thanks.”

    Archer, huh? Indeed, that isn’t the best class for fighting head on. Well, just the class doesn’t tell me much, but it’s nice to know.

    “You don’t sound very grateful.”

    Ara? Stephanie doesn’t seem bemused by my response.

    “No, not at all. I’m very thankful you did this for me. You know I’d be helpless and directionless without you.”

    “… is that so? Then this should make you happy as well.”

    She grabs a folder from atop the room’s desk and tosses it over to me. It’s one of those hard paper folders so it flies through the air pretty sharply and I catch it reflexively. This is…

    “Ooooh.”

    I’m immediately impressed.

    In the file is detailed information on the spiritual layout of Sakazuki city, such as the estimated spiritual levels of certain areas, thaumaturgical effects of the geographical landmarks, or history of the key power spots. Furthermore, there’s a map marking the leylines in the city and best locations to access them.

    Let’s see… according to this, the main leyline in the city actually coincides with the city’s main street. In the past, that street was once a ceremonial road that connected the shrine with the sacred beach, hence its spiritual value. As expected, the shrine is one of the key leyline foci but so is the beach. Those two locations should be the best places to draw mana in the city, although any point along the leyline would be partially effective. There also seems to be a lesser focal point down the coast, somewhere in the eastern residential area, though the data doesn’t specify exactly where it is.

    “I had a feng shui expert divine everything for me, so use it well.”

    “I will. Thanks a lot.”

    I tuck the folder away for later reference. Having this will help will help a lot with gauging the actions of the Masters.

    “No, there’s no need to thank me.”

    “What? Don’t be modest. You did well; I’ll definitely pay you back.”

    “I see… Well, then, I put the bill for the feng shui expert in the file.”

    “Huh?”

    I check the file again and indeed there’s a receipt tucked away. A quick glance at the number on it and my enthusiasm immediately dampens.

    Haah…As expected. That’s a merchant for you.


    * * * * *

    Once we finished catching up with each other, Stephanie and I move on to the main reason for me to come here.

    “There we go, that should do it.”

    I wipe the sweat from my brow and get up from my knees. On the floor now is a small canvas with a certain sigil drawn on it. Though it just seems like a picture, it’s brimming with magical energy and the air in the room feels just a little heavier and colder.


    With this ritual, I’ve more or less constructed a makeshift workshop out of this hotel room. As long as the sigil remains intact within the walls of this room, the territory belongs to me. It’s not an ideal space nor is my bounded field the best, but I’ll be able to perform my rituals here later without too many problems, so it’ll do.

    As for why I came all the way here just to build my workshop, it’s because I didn’t want to risk leaving traces of my magical energy within the city (at least not yet). It’s a bit far, but I’ll be able to do my high magic here without any Masters being any wiser.

    Anyways, now my work here is done. If I ever need to do any big spells in the future like summon familiars or chat with Paimon, I can come here to do so.

    “Oh, as for the sigil, you should probably hide it, lest some hotel staff sees it.”

    “You don’t say.”

    Stephanie says while sitting and resting her head on her palm with a bored expression. Was she that unamused to watch me set up the bounded field? I guess she isn’t too pleased with me turning HER room into MY workshop, but it can’t be helped. For now, I’ll mentally promise not to spy on her when she sleeps.

    “So. What’s your plan now?”

    “Huh? Well, it’s getting late, so I should probably be heading back. I don’t want to miss the last train.”

    “No. I mean your strategy.”

    “Oh. Well, I’ll figure something out. I always do.”

    “… well then, good luck. I’ll be here.”

    “Right. Good night.”

    With that, I bid farewell to Stephanie and catch the train back to Sakazuki, discreetly bringing the gun case and leyline map home with me. As the dark night passes by the train window, I contemplate the matter at hand.

    Okay. I guess I should actually use my brain for a little bit. Now that I’ve gotten everything set up, I should start thinking about how I’ll complete my mission.

    My job is to deduce the True Name of the Servants in this Holy Grail War. In order for that to happen, I need to gather enough information on each servant so that I can figure out exactly which hero they are. This time’s grail has no geographic or heroic limitations, so I’ll need to gather quite a few clues to guess well. However, the problem is how I’ll gather that kind of info.

    If I want to learn about a Servant, I’ll need to at the very least find them. If I never encounter one, I’ll never be able to observe them. And the more I can observe them, the more info I’ll gather. On the other hand, if a Servant finds me, that’s basically game over. Also, while I haven’t been given a strict deadline, I logically only have a few days to finish before Servants start getting taken out; if the war ends without me doing anything, I don’t get paid.

    On hand, I currently have my two pistols and my elemental spells as my only weapons. To use my demon magic, I need to make sacrifices, but I haven’t bought any sacrifice materials yet, so I can only sacrifice my own health and body at the moment. I do have the ability to tell if a person is a Master from a single look, though, and I can sense magical presences if I’m close and they aren’t obfuscated by a bounded field. Information-wise, I know the key spiritual locations in the city and some knowledge about the city’s layout from Haruka, but I don’t know the identity of any of the Masters. The Holy Grail War has just started, so who knows where each Master is in the city or what their actions will be tonight.

    So… What do I do?


    Choice:
    What is Haruto’s strategy for tonight?

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    This time we have a complete write-in choice to decide your action/strategy for Night 1. It’s completely freeform so feel free to be creative and suggest any strategy you’d like or discuss amongst yourselves.

    Also, if there are any questions about the city, the grail war, or Haruto's abilities, feel free to ask.


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    Well, I guess checking out the beach may encounter a Master hideout or something.

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    Oh? You’re being awfully quiet. Could it be that you aren’t sure what to do?

    Ah, am I right? Well, don’t worry too much. This sort of thing happens, especially since you don’t have enough info right now. You are The Fool of this war after all.

    It can’t be helped. I’ll give you a special limited time offer just this once and offer some advice.

    Then, here are some things to consider:

    • The beach seems like a pretty vital location. Such a key point might draw in other Masters, so perhaps it’d be good idea to check it out. Who knows what might be there.


    • Even Masters need a place to stay. There aren’t many houses in the city, but the suburbs are different. If you go there, you might find a hiding Master or two.


    • The shrine also seems like a suspicious area. Don’t you think it’s odd that such a big location had no traces of other magi? You checked it out during the day, but what about at night?


    There we go, that should be enough ideas to get you rolling. Even a fool should be able to figure something out, now. Oh, but don’t misunderstand me, it’s not like I’m doing this for you or anything. I’m still a demon, you know? That’s why I’ll tell you this:

    Of the three suggestions I gave you, one of them leads to an unfair, sudden death bad end.

    Heeheehee, exciting isn’t it? Well, the choice is up to you. You can follow my advice, or come up with your own strategy, or even decide to lay low for tonight.

    Either way, put on a good show for me ~♥


    What is Haruto’s strategy for tonight?

    1. Investigate the beach
    2. Look for Master hideouts in the residential area
    3. Visit the shrine again
    4. Go home for today
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