Twenty to thirty beggars surrounded Hawk and Lance. They knelt down before the two, and although they had a timid look in their eyes, they stubbornly stayed.
The alley was very quiet. Hawk looked around at the circle of beggars and frowned. "You just said that you hope we can lead you and help you guys make a living What gave you such an idea?"
The middle-aged beggar put on a placating smile and said, "You two big shots have hung around here for a while. Weve seen that you guys are never starving, and you guys even bought a home and added furniture. Thats why Im thinking, you two big shots definitely have ways to let us fill our bellies. We dont have any skills other than doing what were told. As long as we can fill our bellies, well be willing to do whatever you Sirs want us to."
The bustling noises of the main streets came faintly from the turn before the alley. The group of beggars knelt on the ground, their expressions serious to an almost devout degree.
Lance was somewhat moved. He looked at Hawk, seemingly about to say something.
However, at this moment, Hawk suddenly sneered. He reached out and grabbed the middle-aged beggars collar and lifted the latter up.
Then, Hawk rammed the beggar into the wall of the alley.
With a thump, this middle-aged beggars face twisted in pain. He grabbed Hawks hands forcefully, trying to twist free so that he could come down from being suspended in midair.
However, he was only a beggar who couldnt fill his belly all year round, whereas Hawk was someone with a class. Despite being at a low level, Hawk wasnt someone a beggar could contend against.
From the moment Hawk lifted up the beggar to the moment the beggar was rammed against the wall, only a few seconds passed. These two movements were too quick.
When the other beggars came to their senses, half of the kneeling beggars immediately ran off, and many others climbed up from the ground and ran to a safe distance. Lance simply stared at Hawk.
He didnt understand why Hawk would bully a beggar, but as a good friend, he didnt ask any questions.
Being lifted up this way, the beggar found it more and more difficult to breathe, and his face soon turned red. Hawk kept the beggar lifted off the ground and asked in a cold voice, "Those words you said earlier, who told you to say them? A mere beggar like you cant possibly speak so coherently. If you had such skills, you would at least be able to fill your stomachyou wouldnt need to be a beggar at all."
The beggar shook his head forcefully.
"I see that you dont want to talk." Hawks expression was somewhat sinister, he lifted the beggar and rammed him against the wall again.
After a thud, the beggars face paled all of a sudden, then turned red again. He started to cough heavily, and then he shook his head even faster and more forcefully. His hands also seemed to be trying to break off Hawks hands.
"Still dont want to talk?" Hawk struck a posture as if he were going to ram the beggar against the wall again.
Hearing these words, the beggar struggled even more fiercely.
At this moment, Lance said, "Hawk, he might be strangled by his collar. He cant talk and breathe."
"I know, Im doing it on purpose." Hawk threw the beggar onto the ground, then he squatted down and said with a sinister smile, "A beggar like you doesnt know how to speak like that. Who told you to say that?"
The beggar gasped for air while looking at Hawk in horror. After his body wasnt so lacking in oxygen, he immediately sat up and pushed with his feet to move his body backward, but unfortunately, Hawk stepped right down on his ankle, fixing him in place.
"Ah, my leg, please, let go!" The beggar let out a miserable shriek.
Hawk remained unmoved. He said coldly, "These past two months, Ive killed at least two hundred people if not three hundred, adding you to the count wont matter. If you dont tell me who told you to come up to me, dont think about leaving this alley alive."
While saying this, Hawk continued to apply pressure with his foot.
The beggar screamed againeven the faint cracking and splitting of bones could be heard.
The middle-aged beggar wasnt a person with a strong will, so he immediately wailed, "Ill tell, Ill tell, please let me go."
Hawk removed his foot. Towering above the beggar, as if he were looking down at a tick, he said, "Talk."
"It was the city guards Captain Lucian."
After the middle-aged beggar finished speaking, he immediately stood up and ran off. He looked back as he ran, and seeing that Hawk wasnt chasing after him, he ran even faster.
Hawks expression was all the more gloomy as he watched the beggar escape.
Even on a scorching hot day, the alleys atmosphere was slightly chilly. Lance sighed, stroking the long strands of hair on his forehead, and said indifferently, "What does he want to achieve by having the beggars join us Troublesome matters one after another. Lets change places for our development, Hawk. Now that we have a few gold coins anyway, we can hire a slightly better carriage to travel to another city."
Lances voice became somewhat soft and expectant toward the end.
Hawk, however, shook his head. "I wont let this slide. If we go now like this, were no different from stray dogs."
"But it seems like weve been targeted by the nobles." Lance looked somewhat weary. "I just want to play the game happily and relaxedly. I dont want to play this game like its just battles and endless slaughter."
"Lance, youre too naive." Hawk shook his head. "Even if we go to the next city, our experience will be roughly the same as it is now."
Lance pursed his lips, looking timid. "But when we arrive at a new city, we can think of ways to get on good terms with the noblesjust like Roland."
Hawk was at a loss for a moment, then he forced a smile.
At this moment, Roland turned the corner and walked into the alley. He said as he walked, "Ill explain in advance, I didnt get on good terms with the nobles."
Hawk and Lance were both a little surprised to see Roland.
Upon seeing their expressions, Roland said with a smile, "I have a favor to ask of you guys, I never expected to see this drama."
Hawk regained his composure and said, "Dont stand by the door, lets talk inside."
The three of them entered the house and sat down. Lance served up a cup of water.
Although they were in a game, Lance seemed to have brought his habits in reality with him.
After Roland took a sip, he said, "Continuing the topic earlier, I didnt build a good relationship with the nobles."
Lance sat down on the side and said, "But you entered the magic tower."
"Spellcasters have prerogatives. Although they arent nobles, they have a high status," Roland explained. "And more importantly, the nobles arent just targeting you guys; Im also within the scope of their attacks. They just havent done anything for the time being."
Hawk and Lance immediately recalled the matter on the party invitation. The both of them sighed.
Hawk recalled the name the beggar revealed at the end. He asked, "Roland, what are your thoughts on the name the beggar gave?"
"It might be a strategy to kill two birds with one stone. If you took in those beggars, it would be a burdenyou would have to take care of them, hear them complain, and you would have pawns planted right next to you." Roland contemplated for a while and said, "If you go look for trouble with that small captain, you might just be playing into the hands of the mastermind behind the scenes."
Hawk nodded. "Thats what I thought as well F**k, we have too little information. Regarding the division of this citys influences, organizations, territories, and so on, we know nothing at all. It would be difficult even if we wanted to just deduce the basic layout of the situation."
"Its actually not that difficult." Roland smiled. "Why not use their schemes as your ownhow about you guys really organize a group of beggars? Of course, those beggars just now you cant accept. The both of you have large guilds backing you anyway, you guys should have a degree of organization and mobilization skills. The beggars information gathering abilities shouldnt be bad."
"Youre saying we should create a beggars union?"
Roland nodded. "Thats right. NPCs can create organizations, and we certainly can tootheres a high degree of freedom in this game."