~ Chapter 145: School Festival (Part 2) ~
The small park I made ended up being a favorite location for the new lovers, and the men with two many coins in their pockets or the need to loosen up a bit had plenty of places to visit.
The construction and opening of every establishment on Illsyorea had to first go by me and respect certain legal conditions. For now, I was the main builder in this town, so everything had to go by my specs. In time, I planned to leave this job to proper architects and Dungeons, but right now, I had none. I was the only builder on this island.
Among the first night establishments I gave the approval to was Zofran's Bar, which sold some pretty good imported liquor. The fridge I made with the help of my Power Crystals proved to be very helpful to Zofran. I was so happy I learned to better cast my spells and didn't need to go around shouting 'Pun Pun Kyun' or other ridiculous nonsense chant all the time.
Zofran's Bar was very popular among the tired sailors, but this rowdy bunch was kept in check by the two guards employed here. They were once adventurers of Godlike Rank, but they were retired now. As for why they chose my island as the place to retire to, well that was because of their families. Being born as commoners meant that their children wouldn't have such a good chance at getting an education. A bunch of Magic Academies rejected them already, but my Illsyorea was not like that. For the two of them, this place was perfect, and their children weren't so bad at studying either.
Not far from Zofran's Bar was Kleya's Dancing Tavern. This was a luxury establishment that was targeted at wealthy individuals who looked for a place to relax and spend a good amount of money on overpriced drinks. This place offered the chance to listen to good music and watch talented dancers as they swayed their hips on the stage. It catered for both men and women alike, but while the rich customers could go and chat with the hosts here, they were forbidden from getting over-familiar with them.
In other words, Kleya's Dancing Tavern was Illsyorea's equivalent of a Host Club.
If someone had really DEEP pockets or felt lucky tonight, they could always drop by Narkas' Casino. It took me a while to come up with the laws and rules for this one, especially since Narkas wasn't too pleased about my 'budget limit' policy, through which the casino prevented their customers from spending too much or if they were too lucky from playing too much. The term 'bought the house' was used to let the customer know when they reached the peak of their winnings. The win-lose rate had to be carefully managed as well, and I planned on having people win far more often than they did at a regular casino back on Earth.
I tried to make it fair for both the customers and owners of the casino. Therefore, you could go to the casino and by betting only up to a certain fixed amount of money you could either triple that sum or go home with your empty pockets. This idea made the casino surprisingly popular and thanks to the fair win-lose ration as well as the budget limit applied to each customer, this place ended up having a lot more customers who dropped by only to enjoy the games rather than try to win some money.
In fact, there were so many customers, Narkas asked me to expand the casino or make a second one, which I did.
The last type of nightlife establishment on Illsyorea was Mastaya's Brothel. When Mastaya came to me with the suggestion for this place, all of my wives were against it because of how poorly typical brothels treated their workers and also because it was an STD heaven.
Allowing this place to open wasn't easy for me, but I considered it to be a necessity to my island for several reasons. First of all, since I built my own body, I knew how it worked. There were certain impulses, certain desires which came out from a genetic instinct. The need to procreate was powerful in all species, and usually if one denied this need or actively destroyed it, for most individuals the body was programmed to self-destruct. Things like depression, lack of desire to do anything, low energy, all of these would set in because they would theoretically increase the individual's chance to get into an accident. If they lived out in the wild, they would be dead in less than a month. Basically, it was a decrease in awareness towards potential predators and dangers because the body considered its existence as useless. But this biological factor was only one of many that influenced social behavior, and also varied from one individual to another.
Even if a species reached sapience, it didn't mean that all of a sudden it stopped having biological needs. Those needs were programmed at a genetic level. They didn't care about society, they didn't care about the mind's thoughts, they only acted based on the impulses given to them. As for reproduction, in this case, the typical formula was that when an individual stopped having the ability to procreate be it because of the environment or a physical accident, their body would begin the shutdown process. In nature, this organism was of no use anymore, therefore, it had to be stopped and recycled so that the material it was made out of could be of use for other lifeforms. After all, nature didn't care if we had a mind or not. All of these, were after all the macroscopic results of the microscopic chemical reactions within each cell. It was a domino effect in which you could have the luck of getting it to go your way or not.
But again, I discovered that our mind, emotions, relationships and so on played a very important factor in how this 'shutdown process' affected our bodies. On this world, in an extreme situation, for example, if someone entered this mode when they had no friends, their minds were ruled by fear and a powerful sense of impotency towards any activity, and their emotions were on the negative scale, this usually either resulted in suicidal depressions or an abnormal sexual desire which was for the most part satisfied through rape. Back on Earth, this desire was satisfied for the most part by the porn industry, but it didn't eliminate the actual source of the problem, the mental state of the individual, the loneliness they considered themselves to be trapped in.
Some of the biggest lies told by Earth's society, and of which I became aware only after I made Illsyorea and was confronted with approving the night establishments, was that you could not expand your circle of friends, that you were worthless if you didn't act like every other member of society, or that just because you didn't think like everyone else you were doomed to never find someone to love you for who you are. The solution to these fears, to these lies, was to simply step out of your comfort zone and try to meet new people by acting as yourself and not as the mask your mind considered to be the best.
While I was thinking about all of these in the background, the official statement was that the brothel was going to be a safe and clean place where men and women alike could go and fulfill their sexual desires if they lacked a partner or were widowed. Making it legal and safe took out a part of the immorality stress it had on those paying for the services.
There were both men and women out there who sought to work in this environment, so why not make it safe and clean for them and their customers as well? As for the religious fact, there was none as far as I knew. Thank the gods none of Earth's religions had a chance to develop here!
Making this place safe and clean, now that was a challenge. The best way to do it I figured was by going to the doctor and getting a permission slip from them. Both the prostitute and the client were required to have periodic checkups. As for the safety, that was guaranteed through hired bodyguards as well as allowing the prostitute to actually choose who she wanted as a customer.
Thanks to these simple nightlife establishments, the happiness factor on my island was on the rise, and I had yet to introduce the concept of a Game Arcade or board games.
True, maybe I was overthinking some things, especially the whole genetic factor and instinct thing, some people just wanted to act evil, but in the end what mattered for me was the happiness of the people who lived on my island. If they were happy, they could provide me with Magic Energy on their own will. The more people that were happy, the more Magic Energy I had to use. Therefore, my level had not stopped going up ever since the first humans stepped on this island!
On the Boss Island, I learned that what I saw as a status window was nothing more than a simplified version of what my senses could perceive. The game-like skills and abilities were a shortcut to use to a certain type of Magic Energy equation. Learning to make one from scratch wasn't so complicated either, I just had to learn how to mold the Magic Energy to do what I wanted, the problem was remembering and repeating the process exactly.
Every being on this planet had within their subconscious a little program like that which allowed them to use certain abilities and skills. My wives were also aware of this, that was why wherever they traveled they gathered and absorbed Magic Energy within their bodies. Just like me, they could grow in strength without actually hunting monsters or killing others. That was just the roundabout easy method. The non-aggressive one was Magic Energy meditation, but to use it, well... that was the tricky part. Not everyone could accept this let alone understand it, and both understanding and acceptance were mandatory in order to use it, that was why I planned I teaching it to my children as soon as I believed they could properly use it.
Actually, Tamara was the first of them to use it, then it was Ayuseya, followed by Shanteya and Nanya. Zoreya was the last one to use it because her energies were mixed up with Melkuth's Divine Energy. She first had to learn how to properly differentiate between the two. This knowledge also allowed her to create and manifest that near indestructible shield of hers.
As far Divine Energy went, however, I had no idea how to use it or how to identify it. I just knew something was there doing something based some laws that could literally mold reality as I knew it.
And all of a sudden, I felt as though my mind went from reading reports regarding the 1st of Zor to wondering how the Divine worked.
“Maybe I need a break...” I let out a heavy sigh and massaged my forehead with two fingers.
I then leaned back in my chair and turned around to look outside. Making this a revolving gaming chair was a great idea. It was super comfy too!
“Three years since I officially opened the Magic Academy... Oh, how time sure flies.” I thought to myself as a small smile formed on my lips.
Such a peaceful day. Nothing can ruin this. I thought to myself as I closed my eyes and relaxed.
It was at this moment when Ayuseya's distress signal was activated and an alarm similar to that in a military compound sounded in my office. It was a real Red Alert here, a DEFCON 1 alarm with red light flicking from the ceiling and everything.
“ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! WAIFU IS IN DANGER!”
I was startled out of my chair and fell on the floor.
With a groan, I got up and said “When the hell did I make this sort of alarm?!”
Yup, I completely forgot about it after I got the idea to make it into compact bracelet. The screen on it showed Ayuseya's name lit up by a green color.
“She's not in danger, but she needs my help with something. I wonder what?”
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