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So-Called Work

So-Called Work
TypeNPC Commissions
Requires AR0
Is Part of
DescriptionAfter having made one mistake too many at work, Linling is in danger of losing her job...
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Rewards
Linling's Anthology of Selected Poetry x 1
Bonus Rewards depends on AR
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Objectives & Dialogues (are clickable)
• Talk to Linling
LinlingLinling: I'm finished, it's all over for me this time...
Linling: *sobs* Nervous An said that I might not be cut out for this line of work...Linling: Isn't he just firing me? What do I do? I... I'm always working so hard...
Linling: Well... Didn't I ask you before to help me count boats?Linling: I trusted in your ability, so I didn't double check the data you gave me, and handed it in directly.Linling: A lot of the numbers turned out to be wrong... Nervous An really lost his temper.Linling: Won't you help me talk to him? I—I'll do my job seriously from now on! And I won't call on you to help me out again, either!Linling: But I dare not go to ask him myself...
Linling: Yes! Didn't I ask you to help me out with them before?Linling: I trusted in your ability, so I didn't double check the data. I handed it in directly... and a lot of it turned out to be wrong.Linling: But I only asked for your help from time to time. I also tallied a great deal of numbers myself...Linling: So when put side by side, I didn't know where I had gone wrong at all, which made Nervous An lose his temper...Linling: Please help me talk to him! I—I'll do my job seriously from now on! And I won't ask you to help me out again, either!Linling: But I dare not go to ask him myself...
• Talk to Nervous An
Nervous AnNervous An: *sigh* Really, this is...
Nervous An: Hmm? You're asking about Linling? Well... How do I say this? She's just not really suited for her job.Nervous An: Specifically, the mistakes she's made in her data entry are far too egregious.Nervous An: As for this week's data, only one or two days out of seven have the correct numbers. Even a purely visual inspection would be more accurate.Nervous An: How can I leave this job to her with that attitude?
Nervous An: There is no "just" when it comes to work.Nervous An: If a single plank in a wooden barrel is a little short, then the volume of the whole barrel goes down.Nervous An: It is the same with work. If we get careless about even one matter, we will drag the larger work through the mud.Nervous An: Let's take tallying up the number of boats, for example. If the numbers are not accurate, then the various activities we conduct at the harbor will also be imprecise.Nervous An: Imprecision there can be costly, and even if someone remedies the issue, the time unnecessarily lost fixing the problem cannot be gained back.Nervous An: Do you understand now?
Nervous An: Still, we do lack manpower here at the harbor, so I most likely won't fire her.Nervous An: How should I put it... "a plank shorter" is better than "a plank short," no?Nervous An: The person in charge of reviewing cargo is unable to be here due to an emergency. Tell Linling that her help there will be expedient.Nervous An: If nothing serious goes wrong with her work there, then she can return to her job tallying boats when the person in charge of the review returns to work.Nervous An: Hmm... I guess this can be considered a test, and something of a second chance.Nervous An: Give this manifest to Linling. Ask her to conduct checks according to it, and make markings on the back once each check is completed.Nervous An: Also, please tell her to pull her socks up. If she slips up here as well, then there won't be any more second chances.
Nervous An: What will you tell her? That she's fired? No, she's not fired just yet.Nervous An: We have a dire lack of manpower here at the harbor. How do I say this... "a plank shorter" is still better than "a plank short," yes?Nervous An: The person in charge of reviewing cargo is unable to be here due to an emergency. Tell Linling that her help there will be expedient.Nervous An: If nothing serious goes wrong with her work there, then she can return to her job tallying boats when the person in charge of the review returns to work.Nervous An: Hmm... I guess this can be considered a test, and something of a second chance.Nervous An: Give this manifest to Linling. Ask her to conduct checks according to it, and make markings on the back once each check is completed.Nervous An: Also, please tell her to pull her socks up. If she slips up here as well, then there won't be any more second chances.
LinlingLinling: ...I can't write poetry at work anymore. I've got to focus...
Linling: I know that. But doing the same thing day in, day out, year on year... you eventually get bored, you know?Linling: And, well, it's precisely because it's this kind of sideline job, you know? It's not that important, and no-one really pays you mind, so you start to drift off after a while...Linling: Nervous An always says things like "every job is important" and "every job is decisive..."Linling: But if that's the case, why's everyone still so picky about the kind of work they want to do?
Linling: I only ask for your help occasionally. I do it myself most of the time.Linling: I know I should take responsibility for my work. But the busier it gets, the more I feel like slacking off. That's why I ask for your help at times.Linling: If I really were to become idle, I find myself looking for things to do instead...Linling: Well, you haven't worked a day in your life, have you? There's no use telling you all this...
Linling: Why are you suddenly asking me this? Let me think... Well, why do you think a person works?Linling: The way I see it, "working for the sake of continuing to work" is a little too boring.Linling: How I say this? Everyone has got to have their dreams, right? A dream that's totally separate from the daily drudgery of work.Linling: That way, even in moments when you're so tired that you think you might break, you can take refuge in your dreams.Linling: But this is just my way of thinking, of course. I have no idea how adventurers would think of this problem.Linling: When I look at the way they do nothing but live for their dreams, I feel like I need some kind of daily work to ground myself instead.Linling: Still.. Hahaha, take it from me: dreams are just dreams. When you work, you still need to keep your feet firmly planted.
• Talk to Linling
LinlingLinling: Oh, what shall I do about work...
Linling: Really! Wonderful! That's great!Linling: Eh? A cargo review? Oh no... I've never done that before...Linling: If I make another mistake, I'm definitely finished. No, I have to make preparations first...Linling: I need to find the previous review standards, and also the previous standard formats...Linling: Could you help me confirm the amount of cargo first? You just need to check the cargo numbers against the document and see if they're accurate. I will conduct a more detailed review later.
Linling: Thank you so much. I'll be making preparations here in the meantime.Linling: I can't mess up this time...
Linling: No, I can't, not this time. A cargo review is way more complex than tallying boats. I have to do this myself.Linling: So, please just confirm the amounts of cargo. I will do a more specific review afterwards.
Nervous AnNervous An: I'm a cooper: I'm neither particularly good with my hands, nor do I have any particular talents.
Nervous An: Well, that is to say that I'm like someone who repairs barrels, and who needs a single plank of wood to finish my wooden barrel.Nervous An: But the plank I have in hand isn't of good quality. It's just a little short, and if I use it to make my wooden barrel, its capacity is going to lowered significantly.Nervous An: Still, if I want to get a new plank, who knows when I will finish that barrel.Nervous An: And given that the deadline for finishing the barrel is drawing near, I have to choose the lesser of two evils.Nervous An: Who knows how many people there are under the sun who are coopers like me, who are facing a dilemma similar to mine.
Nervous An: Her job? Ah, yes. She did ask you to help her tally boat numbers in the past, didn't she? I know about that.Nervous An: Don't look so surprised. As long as we get results, I'm really not picky as to how she does her work.Nervous An: Besides, the rewards she gives you are taken out of her own pocket.Nervous An: But as for her reporting data without reviewing it first...Nervous An: That irresponsible attitude is what really made me angry.
• Review the goods on board the ship
LinlingLinling: Reviewing cargo is much more of a hassle than tallying boats.Linling: This time, I have to be very careful. I can't make a single mistake...
• Talk to Linling
LinlingLinling: Have you ascertained the numbers?
Linling: Great. My preparations are almost complete as well. I will review all those goods once again in a while.Linling: Oh, right! Please take this as thanks for your help. I will go and review the cargo in a moment. This time, nothing can be allowed to go wrong...
Linling: Of course not! I do have a sense of priorities, you know. This isn't the time to be writing poetry...Linling: Oh, right! Please take this as thanks for your help. I will go and review the cargo in a moment. This time, nothing can be allowed to go wrong...
Nervous AnNervous An: You gave Linling the manifest, I trust? Has she headed off to work yet?Nervous An: I won't hide it from you. Each piece of cargo on that manifest was one that I picked out specially.Nervous An: As for their numbers and other details, I have had them in hand for a while now, as well.Nervous An: Like I said, this is a test, not an actual job.Nervous An: I hope she takes this seriously and realigns her priorities. At least, then, those nights of midnight oil that I burned won't go to waste...
LinlingLinling: Oh, so it's these ones... I need to find the corresponding formats and criteria for each one...Linling: I cannot make another mistake...Linling: If I lose this job, I won't be able to write my poetry in peace. I cannot make any more mistakes!

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