Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 15-40


15-40. Divine Punishment (9), Reinforcements

 

※The viewpoint will change to the later part of Weasel Empire on ◇, please take note.

Satou's here. I've always been scolded by my parents since I was small.
I got scolded for disobeying my parents, like playing at a dangerous river, going to a mountain and making a secret hideout, not tidying up my room, or not taking a bath quickly.

For me who have been scolded overwhelmingly more than I scold someone, whenever I recall those days, I ponder really hard why was I that unruly.
I might be oblivious of it, but the current me is probably thanks to my parents and teachers who patiently kept on scolding me of those days.





"--Geh, the country would be destroyed before the tsunami came."

I was shocked at the points shown on my radar when I teleported to the magic kingdom Raragi with Unit Arrangement.
On top of dozens of level 30-50 krakens, there's a peculiar super huge level 92 kraken called [Sea King] that covers half of the island.
Moreover, it seems this [Sea King] is a familiar of the [Dog-Head Demon Lord].

I have to exterminate them fast--huh?

For some reason, Pochi's marker is at the Weasel Empire.
I left her alone since there was no more considerable threats around Seryuu City, just how the heck did she end up getting to that place....

She probably fell into a trap of a third party, but more than that, I'm surprised that there's someone else that can move that far besides me and Arisa.

"For now, let's bring her back with Unit Arrangement."

I open the map and check Pochi's surroundings.
For some reason, Pochi and her white dragon Lyuryu are not the only ones there, Lady Ringrande, Sera's big sister and Hero Meiko, Saga Empire's hero are there too.
Furthermore, it seems a big airship that carries Princess Maryest has landed slightly away from them.

Since there are demon lords near them, Pochi was probably sent in to help Hero Meiko and Lady Ringrande.
Judging from the situation, God Parion is the most suspicious.

I was going to confirm the situation with space magic, but then the roof of Echigoya Firm got blown away.

"I've got to quickly clean up this side too."

Since my skill, [Threaded Think], only splits my thinking by multi-threading instead of like having several brains at once--in short, it's only at the level of an [expert of dividing works], it's not possible for me to do several things with a large burden like searching the map and using advanced magic at once.

『Master! It seems Pochi is outside Seryuu City!』

Arisa reached me with [World Phone].
She's like a windfall, I tell her the situation.

Meanwhile, I transform to Hero Nanashi figure and fly in the sky.
I lock on the krakens that come into my field of view with advanced force magic [<<Multiple Javelins>>], but the processing time is a bit slower than usual.

『Open a gate near Pochi, and bring Liza and Tama with you to retrieve Pochi and everyone around!!』
『Okay, I got it!』

Arisa willingly consented my instruction.
I recalled my worry hearing her somewhat high spirited voice, so I give her a warning.

『Arisa, I think you understand already--』
『Of course! It's fine, leave it to me.』

The Sea King's giant sea spear came flying during that time, so I smashed it with [Break Magic].

--Ge geh.

The [Giant Sea Spear] that got its structure destroyed changes into a mass of ocean water and pours down to the ground.
I frantically stretch [Magic Hand] and store the ocean water into my storage.

Arisa cut off the communication during that time.

I'm a bit worried if she's going to be okay, but let's trust Arisa here.

I release [<<Multiple Javelin>>] that have finished locking-on.
Now all the enemy besides the Seas King should have died off.

I can't eliminate it before rescuing them since a tanned girl and a white skinned girl are stuck on the Sea King's forehead.

It seems a level 82 monster called [Flame King] has invaded the neighboring country while a Roc called [Sky King] is raiding the islands of sugar road.
These Flame King and Sky King seem to be familiars of [Dog-head Demon Lord] just like the Sea King below me.

Good grief, please don't leave these kinds of troublesome legacies behind.

While evading the train-sized arms of the Sea King, I go in to save the girls on its forehead.
The tanned girl is of an unusual race called [Half-Ghost], while the white skinned one seems to be a [Homonculus] like Nana.
I hurry to save them while averting my eyes from the demonic breasts of the tanned girl that can even compare to Lady Karina's.




◇Weasel Empire◇


"Ja-jaan! Arisa-chan arrives!"

The one who appeared from the crack in space is a little girl donning golden armor with a red mantle.
It seems she doesn't have any intention of using her temporary name, Golden Knight Red.

"Arisa! Nanodesu!"
"We've come to pick Pochi up!"

The shock absorber installed on Arisa's golden armor softly received the full body hug of Pochi.

"--Arara? The situation seems chaotic isn't it?"

Arisa who's hugging Pochi knitted her brow looking at the surroundings.

"Forgive me, Nanashi--"

The Great Weasel Demon Lord who saw Arisa muttered in his mouth.

"Little girl, look at the eastern ground."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord pointed at the shining yellow giant.

"--T-that's!"

When Arisa saw the shining yellow giant, fighting spirit boiled from inside her.
Even though she's not using her Unique Skill, her golden armor is tinged with purple phosphoresce.

"DEMONLOOOOOOOOOOORD"

Hero Meiko is going to attack Arisa who's overflowing with purple aura.

"Nin nin~?"

Golden Knight Pink, Ninja Tama appeared from Arisa's shadow and evaded Hero Meiko's slashing attack with cast-off no jutsu.
No one in this place questioned the origin of the slashed large tree.

"It appears you are a hero, but if you're going to harm Golden Knight Red, we will keep you company."

Golden Knight Yellow Liza who appeared after Ninja Tama said that while taking a stance with her white dragon spear.
It seems the girls who have teleported to the Weasel Empire are equipped with the highest level of equipment that they've been bestowed.

"Liza-san, please take care of that rampaging hero. I'll be that guy's opponent."
"--Arisa?"
"That guy's an enemy! I absolutely must defeat it!!"

Arisa who was pointing at the yellow giant--God Zaikuon, raised her visor and shouted.

"However, master ordered us to go back once we retrieved Pochi--"
"DEMONLOOOOOOORD."

The two's conversation was cut off by the assaulting Hero Meiko.

"He might be wounded all over and dying, but that guy (God Zaikuon) is strong y'know? Even demon lords banding together weren't a match for him."
"How cowardly. Leave that guy to me."

Arisa grins and laughs.
A smile unsuited for the jovial Arisa.

"Sorry--"
"It's fine, it's fine. I also remember a promise I made when I was reincarnated."

It appears some kind of sealed memory resurfaced after she saw God Zaikuon.

"I'll show you the things made by our cheat Master when he goes all-out."

After saying that, Arisa flies in the sky with the support of her golden armor.

"Storage Dimension Release! Deploy Staff Warship!"
『Yes My Lady. Dimension Lock Release.』

The armor responded to Arisa and then the space behind her cracked.
From there, a golden staff in the shape of a spaceship appeared.

"Main Staff, boarding."
『Yes My Lady. Open Canopy.』

After Arisa said that while taking a strange pose, she disappeared before the Great Weasel Demon Lord and got on board the whole upper part of the Staff Warship that acts as a cockpit.

"Chanting support mode, set the power to the maximum."
『Aye Aye Ma'am. Transform Staff Ship.』

The bow separates, changing the ship's shape to look like a catamaran.
The 1024 Sacred Tree Stone Furnaces inside the ship go into full operation all at once, the warship's bow gets clad in blue light.

The yellow giant afar rises and looks at the airship, it seems that it has sensed the enormous magic power.

"You're far too late to notice now--『Over Boost』"

Arisa's body is wrapped in purple aura, that light also covers the whole Staff Warship.

"Because! My cheat isn't only the equipment! <<First Aria>>!"

Responding to Arisa's shout, one magic circle materializes on the warship's bow.
Apparently, she used an advanced space magic chantlessly.

Normally, [Over Boost] is a Unique Skill that makes the user put all their magic power into the next magic and make them helpless after the use, but with the Staff Warship taking over that burden, that risk has been canceled off.

The Sacred Tree Stone Furnaces that have used up its Sacred Tree Stones all at once are loaded up with the next rounds of Sacred Tree Stones.

Arisa uses [Over Boost] once again.

"<<Second Aria>>!"

The second magic circle materializes, the blue magic circle turns into purple.

"I've still got more, <<Third Aria>>! <<Fourth Aria>>!"

She chants advanced space magic one after another while overlapping them with her Unique Skill.
The Staff Warship is wrapped in purple aura.

"GWUOOOOOO"

Due to the excessive overuse of many [Over Boost], an unusual phenomenon happened to Arisa's body under her armor.
Arisa's double teeth grow a little, purple gem-shaped lines begin to surface on her body.
Raka Clone that detected the state of emergency is trying to send an emergency call, but that fails to transpire in this space where communication is obstructed.

The yellow giant who sensed the danger stepped forward staggeringly.

"N-not yet! Arisa-chan won't lose to this little pain! <<Fifth Aria>>, <<Sixth Aria>>--"

The beastkin girls who are fighting the rampaging Hero Meiko look up at the Staff Warship Arisa is riding worryingly.
The three beastkin girls are clearly stronger than Hero Meiko, but honoring their master's non-killing policy, they're unable to settle the match.

"--<<Seventh Aria>>, Merge Magic"

Arisa uttered that while having a dark laugh, and then the seven magic circles merge into one.
It appears she made chantlessly casting forbidden spell that should have been impossible to become a reality by chantlessly casting seven parts of advanced space magic spells.

"Now, die once again--"

The yellow giant creates multi layers of light shields in front of it.
Shields that it didn't use in its fight against the demon lord.

It shows how dangerous Arisa's attack is.

And then, the third purple light flows.

--Never Give Up.

A Unique Skill for the sake of defeating a superior enemy.

"Forbidden spell of space magic--『Mythology Down』"

A torrent of purple golden light are shot from the Staff Warship's bow.

"WOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Arisa fires the magic while enduring the enormous magic power flowing in her body.

The distorted purple golden light reaches God Zaikuon while erasing everything in its path.
The yellow and purple golden lights clashed for an instant before the shields of yellow light were broken.

The light not only overruns the Material Plane but also the surrounding Ethereal Plane, and finally arrives at the sub-space where the God's substance rests.

--ZAZZZZZAYEEE.

The God's scream echoes in the whitened earth.

The God's arms break, its legs are blown off and fall to the ground.

"A-a lone human winning against God!!!"

Seeing that scene, the Great Weasel Demon Lord shouted in surprise.

"A-Arisa--"

Liza was looking at the Staff Warship whose first half has melted and ceased functioning.
Still, thanks to the overprotective design of the girls' master, the cockpit where Arisa resides is completely flawless.

Arisa who's safe inside the cockpit stares up at the sky while leaning her body on the cockpit's seat without confirming the result of her attack.

"The sky is--"

The scene of clouds getting parted and a ring of light appearing from there are reflected on Arisa's eyes.

"--I'd only take wanko soba for the second helping please."

Arisa's hidden muttering reached no one's ear.





Even after receiving the barrage of dragon's fangs land mine and the anti-god magic, [Mythology Down] that Arisa used, the yellow giant, God Zaikuon still survives.

The yellow giant wrapped in light is flickering like it's at the end of its life.
Were it received several more attacks of the same scale, even a God would probably perish.

But the ring of light that broke through the cloudy sky overturned that.

Six multi-colored orbs of light are floating on the ring of light, a belt of light that materializes from that ring pulls the body of God Zaikuon to itself like the tractor beam from science fiction.

Several of the surviving demon lords tried to attack God Zaikuon with long-ranged attacks, but the cocoon-like light covering God Zaikuon thwarted them all.

God Zaikuon that arrived at the ring turned into an orb of light.

The seven orbs of light slowly begin to rotate on the ring, and then, the surrounding clouds are dyed with richly colored lights.

"As I thought, those light orbs are Gods--"

The Great Weasel Demon Lord couldn't finish his muttering.

A pillar of light released by the whirlpool of light turns the Weasel Empire into a deep deep crater, that forces spreads  unstoppably to the whole of Weasel Empire, changing everything into a wasteland.

That day, the weasel empire was erased from the continent.








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Yuusha no Furi mo Raku Janai--Riyuu? Ore ga Kami Dakara-- Chapter 11

Chapter 11 Challenge! Tower of Trial (First Floor - First Part)

 

The morning three days later.
Parties of heroes candidates have gathered in front of the Tower of Trial. The average party has 3-5 members.

I saw Gaff as I was looking at the other party members.
He draws closer while grinning. Disgusting.
"So you didn't run with yer' tail between yer' legs."
"Back at you."

Gaff looks down at the old man and Celica.
"What, you didn't hire some decent adventurers? A senile old fool and yer' mistress won't do at all."
Gahahaha, he's laughing while insulting.
The old man ignores him, but Celica looks angry.

I laugh Gaff off.
"Aren't your members worthless? They look fit to be in a mountain."
U, Gaff holds his breath. But he immediately smiled.
"That Maz has challenged hero exam's Tower of Trial many times. He knows everything. Do you even have an experienced one?"

Maz... if I'm not mistaken it's the archer bandit.
Did he make him challenge the exams for the sake of this day?
"No need for an experienced one. We'll break through any trials ourselves."

"Heh, I'll be enjoying yer' dying moment!"
He went back to his underlings while grinning and saying that.
--I won't forgive this guy. Don't think you can insult a God this far.
I'll quickly clear this exam and advance to the tournament.


I'm challenging the tower with a party of four.
Me, Celica, the old man, and a big man.
The big man is taller and wider than me. His whole body is wrapped in black.
Everyone has a big rucksack on their back.


Still, there sure is a lot of people in the open space around the tower. It's crowded even to the main street. Lots of jeering and cheering.
Fido Grill stalls are making a killing.

Many monitors for the broadcast are installed in various places in the city, people are waiting for the start.
By the way, of course they're doing a bet.
The old man and Celica were going to enter too, but I stopped them.
I have two reasons.
One, the odd is quite low since the facts that I came in third and had a run in with Gaff were known.
The other reason is that I don't think the thing with Lapisia will go very smoothly.


After waiting for a while, a man in the prime of his life who seems to be the examiner finally appeared on the rooftop of the Tower of Trial.
He's moving nimbly contrary to his age. A deep voice echoes.
"Future heroes who have broken through the trial of 『Wisdom』. We will now begin the trial of 『Courage』. Break through all five floors of this tower and reach this rooftop before the sunset. In other words, only ones who cleared the tower in 10 hours will pass the trial. --Then starting from the first, enter your door! First turn, Gaff's party."
Cheers and jeers come mixed.
Gaff enters the first door while cursing.

The second party's leader is a robust-looking warrior with broad-shoulders.
His face looks dauntless. With a thief and a magician, they enter the door.


"Third, Keika's Party."
I immediately walk while letting the sleeves of my Wafuku flutter. My Geta are making rattling sounds.

People are cheering.
"Do your best, bro!" "Make it fun!" "Old man, I'll take care of Minya if ya die!"
"Shut up! I ain't giving my daughter to you!"
We entered the third door with a relatively warm cheering.


The inside is dim.
The floor is of stone pavement, the wall is made of stones too.
The passage's height and width are around 2 meter each. It's unexpectedly wide.
There's a big door at the end of the passage.
Candle lights are put on the ceiling at an interval.

I speak while looking up.
"Sure is convenient, we don't need torch or lamp."
"That is because the broadcast cannot be seen otherwise."
"Makes sense."

Celica straightens her rucksack and powerfully nods with her blond hair swaying.
"Let us advance, Keika-sama."
"Yea, old man, I'm counting on you to be the vanguard. After that it'll be me, big man and lastly Celica."
"Yes." "Alright."
We slowly advance while being careful.


I activate <<Truth Sight>> that can see through everything while walking.
Any kind of trap on the floor and wall will appear.
【Hidden Door】

"Oh? There's a hidden door this close by the entrance."
The old man turns back and replies.
"How'd you notice that. As expected of Keika."
"Can we use it?"

"There's a stair leading to the upper floor, looks like it's a maintenance facility. It can't open without specific key or magic."
"I see."
That means the stone coffin was carried to the upper floor huh.
In fact, I can't feel the unpleasant presence of that malice on this floor.


There doesn't seem to be any trap in this passage, so we continue on and open the door at the end.
The inside is a very big room.
About as big as a playing field of an elementary school. I can't see the edge as it's too dark.
There's another door inside the room. That's the only exit.

"What is this place....?"
"There's a signboard here...."
Celica points at the wall in the entrance.
Written is, 『Preliminary trial. Defeat the fake one to obtain the key. However, there is no penalty even if you defeat a real one.』

"Fake one? I don't really understand, but that means there's no problem even if we defeat them all right?"
"That seems to be the case, Keika-sama."
Celica nods, the old man replies.
"Just right fer' warming up."


--And.
"Nyaa", suddenly I heard a cute voice below me.
"Hm? What?"
There's a cat when I look below.
Its small and cute body is snuggling on my leg.
Its standing tail is slightly curved at the end.
The mark of affection.

"Oh my, why is there a cat in this place?"
Celica bends down and reaches out while staring at it.
There was no particular danger when I saw it with <<Truth Sight>>. It's just an ordinary cat.
"Nya~n."
The cat squints and rubs its face on Celica's white hand. Cute.


"There's no trap, nothing. I wonder if it got lost?"
Just when I was puzzled.
I suddenly heard rushing sounds from the depth of the room.
"What?"

"Nyaa!" "Nyaon!" "Nyau!"
Countless fluffy cats came flocking like a tsunami.
It was not just one or two hundred.
Several hundreds of loveliness bury the hall.


The old man's eyes are lit up and he shouts.
"C-cats! And so many!"
"So we have to kill them to find the fake one!"
"Impossible! Doing such a thing to such lovely creatures!"

"Dammit, what should--uwaa!" "Kyaa!" "Foo!"
We were swallowed up by the cats without being able to fight back.
It's impossible to do anything in this wave of fluffiness!

I saw with <<Truth Sight>>, but the ones here were all ordinary cats.
Of course it's easy to kill them since they're weak.

--However!
Our actions are broadcasted to spectators through the monitors.
Their confidence would decline toward a candidate of hero who could kill such a cute creature like this!

"Kuh! So this is what a trial of hero about!"
It's really unthinkable for a human to come up with such an inhumane plan.
Underhanded! As expected of demon king, underhanded!


I shout at the old man while pushing the waves of cats.
"Old man! Do something about this!"
"T-telling me that--hawawa."

"Old man like ya shouldn't 'hawawa'-ing!"
But, I can understand that feel.
Lovely cats on the floor are crowding us. They're also climbing our bodies. On our arms and faces.
The cats are rubbing their bodies while looking affectionate.
I'm melting.
Feel like I'll ascend to heaven even though I'm a God!

And then the old man shouts in a serious tone.
"I can't! Sorry, Keika! I love caaaats! I'd rather die than killing them! --Hawawa."
The old man closes his eyes and disappears under innumerable cats.
--We've lost a valuable man. I'll pick up your bones later.

....Well I've somehow sensed that the old man loves cat.
Her wife was a catfolk after all, and he stopped being a bandit and became a honest man in order to raise her catfolk daughter Minya.


I look at the other side. I can see a blond hair that's half buried in cats.
"Damn, I can't become a hero if this keeps up! --Celica, can you do something!"
"Nyaaa, desuyo, nyaa. ...Ha! That's right Keika-sama! I'll help you now!"
Celica who looks like she's been charmed suddenly gets up in high spirit.
She shakes off the cats that have climbed her body and swiftly pull the sword on her waist!
She's taking a pose with the rapier as if threatening.

The cats are separated once, but then their tails stand up and they snuggle on her legs.
"""Nya~n"""
Celica's graceful face warps as if it's going to cry.
"Ah, so many solitary cats in a group.... I'm truly sorry Keika-sama! I'm a useless woman."
With that as her last words, she's buried in the mass of jumping cats.
--Celica, killed in action.


However, Celica's words hit me.
When you think about it, it's strange for them to get attached to us all at once when we don't even have catnips.
Moreover, the cats are acting too cute. They're accurately tempting humans.
It's most likely not just some remote-control technique.
Something that knows the situation must be giving detailed instructions in this place!


I shake off the cats and activate the <<Truth Sight>> once again.
I look at the cats who are rubbing their bodies while meowing.
The cats keep climbing up my body no matter how many times I shake them off.
Damn, cute.

--Found you!
There's a lone cat with a different status.
It looks exactly like a cat and acts affectionately together with the other cats.
However, it can't deceive God's eyes, it's displayed as 【Magic Doll】.
"Animal shaped golem huh--Haa."

I quickly draw my Tachi, and flash.
Slash!
The sound of something hard being cut echoed in the wide space.

"Niyaaaaaaa!"
The cat golem breaks while scattering gears and springs around while wailing.


The other cats stop moving.
At the next moment.
"""NYAAAA!"""
They ran away from us all at once.

The ones that remain are the old man in heaven, and Celica who's gasping with her skirt rolled up and underwear on display.

I speak while sheathing my Tachi.
"Hey, we're going."
"Wha...?"
"Huh... hyau."
The old man rubbed his eyes and stood up, Celica fixed her clothes with a red face.


I take a silver key among the scattered parts on floor.
It's the key for the next door without a doubt.

The old man and Celica come to my sides and say.
"Such powerful enemy right out of the gate.... Keika yer' awesome. Noticing a doll mixed in them. That was dangerous y'know..."
"As expected of Keika-sama. And I was in mess, I'm very sorry..."
Celica said that while straightening her disheveled blond hair.

"Well that was probably a trap to waste our time and reduce people's confidence in us. What a dungeon with disgusting personality this is."
"How horrible...."
"Alight then, let's go--let me take that key."

The old man takes the key and opens the door in the interior.
A dimly lit passage. The atmosphere is different from before.
Looking at it with Truth Sight, it's full of traps.


"From here on, it's the real deal. Let's brace ourselves and do our best."
"Ya got it!"
"Yes! Keika-sama!"
Celica smiles with her blue eyes. Her white teeth shine.
It's a comforting smile that makes you smile just looking at it.
--I have to protect this smile.

I'm going to work hard, in order to meet Celica's expectation and become a God in this world. I continue on while strongly gripping my Tachi's hilt.

































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Yuusha no Furi mo Raku Janai--Riyuu? Ore ga Kami Dakara-- Chapter 10

Chapter 10 Celebration for the Exam

 

The royal capital Chloe is dyed madder red at the day's end.
I walked back to the inn after passing the exam.
Then I noticed a signboard [Reserved Today] put in the front.
I thought it was strange, when I went inside, it had become a party venue.

Tables are put in the center of the tavern forming a big one.
Many dishes on large platters are put on them. A one meter long fish, butter roasted shellfish, chicken karage, unknown meat on skewers with vegetables.
Appetizing steams are rising from every one of them.

The tavern old man who came out bringing a large platter filled with meatballs glazed with sweet sauce laughed heartily when he saw me.
"Oh, you're back! Everyone, here comes the leading actor!"
Celica smiled.
"Welcome back, Keika-sama."
"Keika Onii-chan... welcome back."
Minya was expressionless, but I'd like to think that she was smiling in her heart.

The other guests also congratulated me. A pair of man and woman who look like adventurers approach.
"Congratulations."
"Coming at third, you're amazing."
"Thank you."
For some reason being congratulated by people who don't know the truth feel embarrassing.


Celica comes to my side while swaying her hair. A white blouse and a red skirt. Since she's not wearing her armor, her breasts shake just from her walking.
She puts her hands on her big breast and sighs in admiration.
"Keika-sama is really amazing to come in third for the written exam."
Celica's smile was full of sense of respect.
The third place is a result of a fixed exam though, I thought as I scratched my head.
"It's thanks to Celica's support."
"No such thing, I only helped a little. The actual study time was only two days."
I wonder what my actual ranking is.
When I have some free time someday, I'll threaten the bald old man to tell me.

Celica's sparkling blue eyes are looking straight at me.
"Let's keep this up. I will lend Keika-sama as much power as possible."
"You've been quite the help already. Thank you."
I pat her head. Feeling her pleasant blond hair.
She smiled like she was about to cry, 'hauu', her whole face to her ears is red in embarrassment.


The old man raises his voice while smiling broadly.
"Now, eat eat! We still have many dishes! Drink all you want!"
WAAA~, the tavern is full of shouts of joy.
The old man goes in and out of the kitchen busily. I want to talk to him, but it seems he can't afford to.
I call the old man when he passes me once.
"Let's have a talk later."
"Got it."
After affirming that, the old man went into the kitchen once again.

In his place, Minya came out with some fruits and went to my side. She presents a red fruit that looks like plum to me.
"This... tasty. For onii-chan."
"Thanks. --Hm, is this sweet?"
Minya nodded. Her ears are standing upright, paying attention.
I took a bite. Fruit juice overflows. It's sweet yet the citrus-like fragrance that spreads in my mouth quenches my throat.
"It's really tasty."
"Red juice, stain on cloth is bad.... watch out."
"Got it. It tastes good, but the color sure looks odious."
According to Truth Sight, this seems to be 【Rubera Fruit】. There's no particular effect. Besides its producing area and price, it's only written that it's tasty and juicy.
I bite it once again in relief. While being careful with the red juice.

"....Keika Onii-chan."
"Hm? What is it?"
Minya stares up with her big black eyes while keeping silent. Her ears twitched. Her black tail is shaking like it's undulating.
And then she speaks up.
"Become a hero, beat, bad people."
"Is that your wish?"
"Un."
Her tail flexibly stood up. As if showing her determination, it's slightly shaking.
"Understood. In my name, I will grant thee thine wish."
"....Thank you, onii-chan."
With slightly reddened cheeks, she went back to the kitchen with her tail still standing up.


And the buffet party continued.
The other guests are eating and drinking while having pleasant chats. I listened to various useful stories about monsters, dungeons and the hero exams that come after this from many adventurers.

The sweet fruit wine I drink at times pleasantly pervades my body.
Celica keeps accompanying me and diligently brings me alcohol and dishes.
"I've brought some Fido Grill."
"Oh. Thanks. ....Om...yup, this nostalgic taste is good. --Rather, Celica, you won't be able to eat if you keep serving me."
"It's alright, there's so much food, I can eat later...."
"These Takoyaki and Fido Grill won't taste as good when they're cold--here."
"He!?"
I push the bitten Fido grill in front of Celica.
Her eyes are wide open.
"What's wrong? Look, the inside is the tastiest."
"No, well... um."
Her shapely eyebrows are lowered, she looks troubled.
I move the Fido Grill closer to her cute mouth.
"Here, aan."
"Au.... A-aan."
She closes her eyes with the long eyelashes.
She opens her red lips elegantly and takes a bite.
And then, her moist blue eyes look up at me while her small mouth is chewing.
The gently-sloping cheeks are tinged with red as if she's just taken a bath.


....I wonder why.
It felt like I was bullying her even though I was just feeding her.
But, since I want her to eat them before they're cold, I push another dish after tasting it once. She groaned, "Uu", like she was about to cry.

We ate one Fido Grill together alternately.
However, she declined the last bite shaking her head and crouched down on the floor. Her blond hair is spread on her thin back.
"Mou, I can't believe you Keika-sama."
"What"
I activate <<Truth Sight>> in a hurry and look at my own palm.

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【Status】
Name: Keika Hiko-no-Mikoto
Gender: Male
Age: ?
Race: All Gods
Job: God
Class: Master Swordsman  God Monk
Element: 【Noble Wind】 【Clear Stream】 【Faint Gleam】

【Parameters】
Strength: 51110(+1110)
Agility: 718100(+1810)
Magic: 92010(+2010)
Wisdom: 21310(+1310)
Believers: 3
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Good, my believers haven't decreased.... don't tease me.
Rather, it's increased!?
1110 Strength, 1000 is from a chaste holy elemental girl, Celica, and for the remaining 110, 100 is from a chaste girl who is not of light elemental Minya, and the old man gives 10.
Umu, do it. Respect me more.

For now, I'll apologize to Celica since she looks troubled.
I like Celica's smiles, I'll be at a loss if I can't protect it anymore.
I pat her head as she's crouched down.
"I'm sorry, Celica. I won't do it again."
"You're terrible.... When it's just the two of us.... More--"
The last of her words were too quiet I couldn't hear it.
And then she looks down with a red face. Her face is covered by her blond hair.
I don't really understand what's going on, but since she looks okay now, I'll let it go.

Still, Celica's face tends to become red, does she have blushing syndrome. Or is it an illness?
It'll be troubling if she collapses.
I should use the <<Complete Recovery>> magic later.



The party continues until midnight, more and more people get back to their rooms.
Since Celica also looks sleepy, I ask her to go back.

Only me and the tavern old man remain.
In the unpopulated tavern. The room after the party is over seems lonely somehow.
There's no pedestrian, it's very quiet.
The wind rattles the windows sometimes.


The old man and I are sitting side by side on the counter.
Drinking while snacking on the cold Fido Grills.

I ask him about the question I have in mind.
"Still, old man. Isn't it too pompous for just passing an exam?"
"Being one of the 32 people is already splendid in itself... It was also an apology y'see."
His later words were quieter.
Apology.... In other words, he couldn't assemble the party members huh.

"It can't be helped. Unlike the usual year, they accelerated the schedule."
"I'm ashamed. I couldn't contact half of them, and the remaining ones had already been hired for large amount of money."
"Well, I probably can clear it alone...."
I wonder if I could escape the instant death trap while protecting Celica.

Moreover, I can't use Senrigan since it would make me see the inside of the stone coffin. Not being able to go straight to the maze's exit will be hard.
However, since I can use the Truth Sight, I can detect all the traps, hidden doors and treasures.
....I feel this is already cheat enough.


The old man drank the alcohol in one gulp.
"However, a promise is a promise. It's a shame for a man if he can't keep his promise. Besides, you'll have a tough time in the Tower of Trial if you don't have anyone with Thief skills."
"Do you have someone in mind?"
The old man points at himself.
"Take me."
"Wha! Old man!?"
"I was a bandit leader in the past you know."
"Hou."
"Many things happened.... I started a business here 13 years ago."
"Looks like it's related to Minya."
Minya is 13 year old.

The old man's eyes are warped in agony.
"....It was the last will of my wife.... Raise this child at somewhere decent, she asked."
"So it's like that--don't tell me, those bandits are."
A filthy unshaven face that I saw just recently flashed in my mind.
The old man gulped the alcohol and sighed.
"That's why I couldn't refuse that Gaff. He threatened he'd expose my past."
"I see. I guess you couldn't do anything about that."
The old man shook his head when I cheered him. His short hair swayed, and he drank the alcohol in one gulp. He flung the cup on the counter.

"That's wrong Keika! I was taken aback by what you said! I noticed my mistake when you told me 『do you still call yourself a father then?』! That's right, I'm Minya's father before this tavern's owner! I shouldn't have been afraid of losing my business, I should have fought to protect my daughter! It really opened my eyes. For the past decade, I had forgotten the most important thing cause I was desperately trying to run this shop."
"I see.... I'm glad for you."
When I agreed with him, the old man stared at me with slightly drunk eyes.
"That's why take me along. I'll definitely remove the traps."
"--Understood. I'm counting on you."
"Ou yo."
The old man pour alcohol in two cups.
We toasted without minding which started it.

























Previous Chapter

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 15-39

15-39. Divine Punishment (8), Dog Hero Pochi

 

※This time it's not from Satou's perspective

"Choiyaa, nanodesu!"

Blue and purple sparks dyed the battlefield.
Breaking through the reverberation of the distorted space, numerous holy swords assail the demon lord's sword arms.

Golden Knight Yellow and her split bodies unleashed a single blow on the sword demon lord, landing behind it.

『whyDWEEDgozaru』

The sword demon lord sets up the reverberation traps using Space Magic that Pochi and her split bodies ignored like a trick in front of them once again.

Her split bodies might have decreased, but there's still 47 of them remaining.

"This much is nothing nanodesu!"

Pochi and her split bodies accurately see through the space traps and annihilate them with their holy swords.

『hoWWEEDgozaru』
"It's father bought the sacrifice of 72 pudding-sans nodesuyo."

Pochi probably mistook [Chichikawareta (father bought)] for [Tsuchikawareta (As a result of)].
If this were a web novel, there's no doubt that comments correcting the typo would pour in like rain.

The desperate struggle against the purple haired girl, Arisa and her [Game of Tag] flashed in Pochi's mind.
Every time she lost a fight, her snacks and puddings were mercilessly taken.

"direct match DWEEDgozaru."

The sword demon lord's arms increased to six, each arms held a different weapon.

"Yes, nanodesu."

Together with the 47 split bodies, she shifts to close combat against the sword demon lord.
It's a high speed battle that no ordinary human can see.

The split bodies disappear one after another, but each of them damaged the sword demon lord.

"Uwaa, I can't move well."

Hero Meiko also wanted to participate in the battle, but she couldn't get used to her tripled stats and fell to the ground many times.

"Ugege, watch out you."

Hero Meiko futilely shouted while evading the raining Magic Edge Cannons and the sword demon lord's flame bullets with her Unique Skill, [Unrivaled Mobility].





"Uwawa, nanodesu."
"emperor DWEEDgozaru."

The Great Demon Lord who had lost its lower body was blown to between the two who were fighting fiercely.

"The big meat-san came nodesu."

Pochi who had lost a lot of calorie from the high speed battle licked her lip under the helmet.

The blown salt disappeared, the intellectual eyes of the Great Weasel Demon Lord look at Pochi from below.

"Golden armor...."
"Meat-san talked nodesu!"

Pochi was surprised.

"Are you an attendant of Hero Nanashi?"
"Yes nanodesu! Pochi is Master's sword, Golden Knight Yellow nanodesu!"
"Is that right."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord partly closed his eyes after hearing Pochi's answer.

"WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Hero Meiko wrapped in blue light is about to cut the Great Weasel Demon Lord.

A clear sound echoed in the battlefield, purple and blue light shined on the Great Demon Lord's body.
The sword demon lord intercepted her holy sword.

"Tsk, you glittering little thing over there! Hold back the sword demon lord properly!"
"Pochi is troubled if you tell her that nodesu. Please wait a bit nodesuyo."

The troubled Pochi's ears flopped down under the helmet at Hero Meiko's unreasonable demand.

"Mou, you're useless!"
"eliminateDWEEDgozaru."

Receiving fierce attacks from the sword demon lord, Hero Meiko separates away from Pochi.

"Is weasel-san a demon lord person nodesu?"
"Umu, I'm the Great Weasel Demon Lord."
"Are you a bad demon lord nanodesu? Master told Pochi not to fight good demon lords nodesu."
"Like I said! Bad demon lord's friends are all bad people!"

Hero Meiko who had come nearby interfered Pochi's question.

"It's as that girl has said, demon lords are evil from Gods and Heroes's perspective."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord addressed Pochi's question with a quiet voice.

"However, good and evil depend on your viewpoint. From the perspective of people who rebel against the Gods that restrain people's growth and happiness, we are the light of hope."
"Hahn! No matter how many sophism you spin, you're the bad one here for breaking the rule of this world!"

Hero Meiko shouted while fighting the sword demon lord.
It's as if this is an anime or manga, but her ears probably also got improved from the tripled stats.

"killDWEEDgozaru."
"YOUUUUU!"

The sword demon lord caught up with her, and they parted away from the two again.

"Pochi doesn't really understand if it's too difficult nodesu."
"I see--."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord closed his eyes while regenerating his lower body.

"Then let me say this. I bear no hostility towards Hero Nanashi. Although we cannot be called friends, we're like acquaintances."
"You know Master nodesu? Then Pochi won't fight nodesu."
"Is that right, that is most excellent--it's about time."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord turns his head.
His eyes were looking at the last demon lord that was blown away to the horizon as the yellow giant arrived at the center of the palace.

The yellow giant that arrived at the ruined palace repeatedly hit the ground with both its arms.

"It's like a child throwing a tantrum."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord that has finished regenerating his lower body stands up.

"What's the yellow person doing nodesu?"
"There is something that guy seeks below that place."
"A big meat nanodesu?"

The Great Weasel Demon Lord pleasantly laughed at Pochi's words full of her appetite.

"That guy wants only one thing. Depriving the 『Dragon's Vein Connection』 that Troll Demon Lord has."
"Dragon's Vein, nanodesu?"

Pochi tilts her head, she's heard the words somewhere before.

....Unfortunately, it seems she can't recall it.

"It's an authority that the Dragon God had only ever given to one god; the Demon God once."
"That's amazing nodesu."

The Great Demon Lord talked while putting up a mysterious air, but Pochi responded randomly with a low tension voice.

Getting whatever response after especially talking about the secret like that, the Great Demon Lord tasted the feeling of letdown.
If his subordinates were to saw his slightly pitiful face, they would likely think that it was rare.

A flash-like small light wraps the yellow giant.

"It's coming--if you have a way to defend yourself, use it. If you don't, hide behind my body."
"Why nanodesu?"

The Great Weasel Demon Lord moves to cover Pochi behind his back.
Apparently, he's taken a liking to the pure Pochi.

"Explosions that will shake the earth are coming."
"That's terrible nanodesu!"

It's as if Pochi's surprise was the switch as several flashes ran through center of the yellow giant--God Zaikuon, thunderous roars erased the surrounding sounds.
Most of the forces and the explosions were directed right above the yellow giant, but they were strong enough to blow away every salt buildings around.

"--GWUOOOO"

White pebbles broke through the purple light defending the Great Weasel Demon Lord, Pochi who was being covered behind him jumped to his side.

"Weasel person is in danger nodesu! 『Phalanxusu~』」

Pochi climbed on the giant body of the Great Weasel Demon Lord, and then she stretched her short arms and spread open the disposable defensive shield, Phalanx.
Even only for a short time, this can actualize the same defensive power as the later model of Castle that Golden Knight White Nana has.

"Auch, nanodesu."

However, the white pebbles broke through that impregnable defense.
It's the same white splinters that pierced through the Great Weasel Demon Lord.

Pochi who slipped off the Great Weasel Demon Lord, flicked away a white splinter that pierced through the demon lord with holy sword Durandal.

"Awawa, the holy sword broke nodesu."
"Conceal yourself behind my body obediently, there's only a few of them but those are the splinters of Dragon Fangs--the ultimate weapon that pierces even God."

While saying that, the Great Weasel Demon Lord increased the thickness of his purple aura.

Intermittent sounds of explosions are still continuing even now, the white Imperial Capital seen from behind the Great Weasel Demon Lord is hidden by horrible salt and soil smoke.

"Alright then nanodesu!"

Pochi hit on a good idea hearing the Great Weasel Demon Lord, she dropped the holy sword and put her hand inside the Golden Armor's storing pocket.
A white splinter that pierced through the Great Weasel Demon Lord's body was flicked away by the white sword that Pochi took out.

"This time Pochi will protect you nodesu!"

The Phalanx that has lost its effect disappears in front of Pochi who goes around in front of the Great Weasel Demon Lord.

With a speed that can't be seen with naked eyes, Pochi intercepts the white buckshots that are coming flying faster than the speed of sound.

"Don't tell me that's a Dragon Fang Sword--"

The Great Weasel Demon Lord muttered.

It's as he's guessed, the sword Pochi uses, Dragon Fang Sword--is a sword made from a lesser dragon fang created by the Ancient Dragon using Primeval Magic.
It can be said to be the completed form of the swords used by the Empire's Temple Knights.

"Uoryaa, nanodesu."

With spirited yells, Pochi intercepted all the shots.





"It didn't die even after getting hit by that directly huh...."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord is looking at the yellow giant bending down on the ground of the imperial palace's remain.
Even though the yellow light has weakened like it's going to disappear, it continues to pulse as if asserting its life force.

"We'd probably win if we had several more shots of that, but I cannot ask for too much."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord stands up while bleeding out.

"You shouldn't move nanodesu! You're hurt all over nodesuyo!"

Seeing the gushing blood, Pochi rummages through the Golden Armor's pocket in panic.
She finally found the health recovery magic potion and generously use it on the Great Weasel Demon Lord's wounds.

The magic potion showed its effect before long, the bleeding stopped.

"Thank you. Little hero."
"Yes nanodesu. But, Pochi is not a hero, she's Golden Knight Yellow nodesuyo?"
"Is that so, pure one. I will carve that name on my soul, Golden Knight Yellow, Pochi."

Pochi panicked when she heard that.

"Pochi's name is a secret nanodesu! Being known is bad nanodesuyo."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord laughs happily.

"Then I will keep that name a secret. I vow to never speak of it to anyone."
"Thank you nanodesu."

『DAAAAZEgozaru.』

The sword demon lord who's bleeding all over landed beside the Great Weasel Demon Lord.
Only one of its six arms remains.

"There's blood all over nanodesu.... But, there's no more magic potion nodesu."

Pochi shoved her hand in the Golden Armor Pocket and got flustered.
Her figure looks like a certain panic-prone cat robot.

"Don't worry, the bleeding has already stopped."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord puts his giant paw on top of Pochi who's on the verge of tears.

"Besides, I only need to give the decisive blow on that guy next."

The gentle eyes of the Great Weasel Demon Lord sharply changed the moment they turned at the yellow giant, like he was a different person.

"Wa it! De mon, lord...."

Pushing through the salt ground, Hero Meiko who looked like a ghost stood up.
Apparently, she also survived the attack earlier by continuously using her Unique Skill, [Unrivaled Mobility].

However, that required a great compensation--.

"The hero girl is in tatter nanodesu!"

--Blue lines emerge on Hero Meiko's body, blue lights are leaking from her mouth and eyes, just like how she was before drinking Pochi's potion.

"de, mon lord..... DEMONLOOOOOOOOORD"

Hero Meiko screamed and then blue light are emitting furiously from the lines and holes on her body.

"Fallen hero huh--how pitiful."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord quietly muttered.

"Awawa, something's bad with hero girl nanodesu."

Pochi doesn't know what to do, and the fact that she can't ask help from her master Satou and her comrades makes her restless.
Even though she knows how to fight, she's still a little child who lacks experience, so it's understandable.

"Parion's heroes won't become demon lords even if their Soul Vessel is broken."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord gave a signal to the sword demon lord to lead Hero Meiko to the other side of the battlefield.

"The vessel of a fallen hero is completely broken, they change into a hunting machine that will continue to hunt demon lords until they breathe their last. Any kind of healing magic no longer works on them."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord is looking at Hero Meiko who's destroying the sword demon lord without being afraid of getting injured.
Pochi looks at the rampaging Hero Meiko while crying and shouting.

"Pochi, Pochi couldn't do anything at all nodesu."

She's exhausted all her medicines, and she can't communicate with her master and comrades.
Pochi was at a loss.

That cannot be helped.
In a world where it's common to lose your life to the unreasonable violences, her master prioritized to make her learn the way to survive.

Even though that sacrificed everything else, the fact that she's able to survive in a battlefield where demon lords and God are rampaging in just less than two years is a proof of the success of that objective.

If we're talking game-like, I guess it's the result of putting all growth points toward combat-oriented abilities?

"If you can't do anything, then do not ever forget that chagrin."

The Great Weasel Demon Lord who's overlooking Pochi gives an advice.

"And learn."

With tears in the corners of her eyes, Pochi looks up at the Great Weasel Demon Lord.

"In order to catch up with your ideal self someday...."
"Yes nanodesu."

One feeling buds inside Pochi who's clenching her fists.
Whether that withers or grows into a great tree depends on her own will and supports from her surroundings.

Pochi is looking up at the Great Weasel Demon Lord with eyes full of determination.

And then--.

As if waiting for that, the space beside Pochi broke like it was made of glass.

And the one who emerged from there was--.









※ Next update is planned for 1/15.

















Previous Chapter

Yuusha no Furi mo Raku Janai--Riyuu? Ore ga Kami Dakara-- Chapter 9


Chapter 9 Cramming for Exam at the Library

 

The Royal Library is at the center of the city next to the castle.
In contrast to the castle with its many palace-like steeples, the Royal Library is a rectangular building made of stones. It's gray colored and looks sturdy.

Celica and I enter inside. Many bookshelves are put close together narrowly.
The smell of old books is pervasive inside the building. The windows are small, probably to prevent discolorations from sun rays. It's lit with magical light even though it's still noon.
There's a lot of illustrated books and practical guides that are popular near the entrance.
The second floor houses the literatures.
It seems records and such are stored underground. I don't know how many floors are under the ground, but it seems only people with high social positions could enter the second basement floor and below.

We went to the first basement floor to check out the monster that would appear in the exam, Octopus Ton.
By the way, Octopus Ton was a devil with bull horns, spider arms and octopus legs.


We look for books related to myths.
The myths of this world resemble the other myths. Creation God created the world, and let its children Gods to rule it. God of Sky, God of Earth, God of Wood, Water, Fire and such.
Amongst them, the newly born God Vanus, the holy god spread his influence, gaining many believers. It seems he has the power to defeat monsters and demon king.
The priests and cardinals of this country are also of Vanus belief.

Leaving that aside, we couldn't find the God called Lapisia.
"Nothing here."
Celica lets out a sigh with her hand on her cheek.
"I've never heard of it... Where did Keika-sama know it from?"
"Well, I just happened to overheard it in a tavern."
"Is that right. Should we continue to investigate?"
"I'd rather check out ceremonies for Gods."
If I can't defeat it, I don't have any choice but to calm its spirit.
I'm not sure if it would listen to an appeal from an outsider like me though.

In the first place, I'll likely get turned to stone during the ceremony.
Since I was told not to look at it, maybe it can be done somehow if I just don't look at the figure. Like the Greece's Gorgon myth.


I unintentionally stop my hand and mutter.
"Mirror huh..."
"What's the matter?"
"I was thinking the way to cope with petrification attacks."
"There should be no monster that dangerous in the exam."
"It's going to appear from the rumor I heard though. Haa."
"Such a dreadful thing...."
"Well, in the worst case scenario, I have a way to deal with it though."

I have no choice but to use my trump card.
I'll fiddle with the drawing lots and pick anything but number 3.
If it's going to be decided unilaterally instead of drawing lots, I'll tear off all the paper on the tower's entrances and shift them when the guards aren't looking.
We can pass it safely if I do that.

....But then, I won't be able to save the child God who told me not to look.
And that will mean I'm running away from Gaff's scheme.
As a God, I can't stand that.
The real victory is by completely winning against scums.


"They sell Earth Holy Water for curing petrification. However, items that can prevent petrification are very expensive. The cash in hands are..."
Celica looks down. A sorrowful look appears on her graceful face.
Having no money is painful.

However, petrification is even more painful.
You won't be able to move once you become a stone, you can't go back to your original form if the stone is broken.
"No, wait?"
"Keika-sama?"
"You should just be a stone from the beginning!!"
"Y-you're too loud, Keika-sama."
She caught and pulled my Wafuku's sleeve.

A librarian wearing a long robe came to the bookshelves related to myths where we were. He's smiling, but his eyes are not.
"What seems to be the matter? Were you not able to find the document you want?"
"Uh, sorry for being loud. We were investigating a God called Lapisia, but we had no success."
"Lapisia? --Ah, that one is not here."
"Eh? You know about it!?"
"Yes it's one of the minor legends. If I'm not mistaken the title should be 『Maternal Love』. The child is not actually a God, but one born between human and God."
"W-where can I read that!?"
"I think it's on the first floor at the place with children books."
"Thank you! We're saved!"

I see, it's a half-god so it's not in the myths.
While smiling, the librarian's blood vessel pops up.
"And also, please keep your voice down in the library."
"I'm sorry."
"We're sorry."
Celica and I went to the first floor after apologizing.


We went out of the dim basement, and felt warm just from the sunlight coming from the small windows.
The place with children books.
I pulled the 『Maternal Love』 from a picture book's bookshelf.
I read it at once. The story was like this.


The Earth Goddess fell in love with a human man.
They lived happily together and a child was born.

However, it was an unforgivable act for a God.
The Creation God who knew about the circumstance ordered the goddess to kill the child.

The goddess was going to kill the child.
However, her love for her child was too strong, she couldn't do it.
She even thought of offering her life instead to seek pardon.
However, if she died, the earth would also die.

Suddenly, the goddess's husband thought of a good idea.
They would lie about killing the child, and hide the child in a coffin buried in the earth.
The Creation God was no longer enraged, the goddess and her husband lived together for a long time.
The child is still sleeping even now, embraced by the Mother Earth.
And they lived happily ever after.


....So that's Lapisia.
The story has probably been quite distorted, yet there are a lot of cases where parts of a legend are true.
In other words, rather than containing Lapisia's wrath itself, I should borrow the mother's power instead.
Burying the coffin is probably the quickest and easiest method.


With a cheerful look on my face, I speak to Celica who should be nearby.
"Alright. The prospect looks good. Let's go back."
"Fe, ah, yes."
Celica almost dropped the book in her hand. She was reading a different picture book.
"Do you like picture books?"
"My mother often read me this book. I love this story the most."
"Hee."
"It's a story about a girl who's tired of her carefree life with nothing happening, she goes on an adventure and finds her own prince-sama."
"Hee."
"It's very wonderful you see!"
With sparkling blue eyes, she said that powerfully like a dreaming girl.
"Hmmm. Good for you. Now, let's go back."
"Ah, you don't understand the splendor of this story do you! This is~"

She kept on insisting during our way back to the inn.
I could memorize it by reading once since I had memory improvement, but since Celica looked like she was having fun, I ended up just nodding to her.
Just hearing her bell-like clear voices was fun.



Next day. The day of the exam.
It was a refreshingly clear morning.
After eating some light breakfast, I immediately went to the hero registry.
I passed through to the second floor hall.

Many single desks are lined up. I counted about 100 seats.
Half of them are already occupied by the hero candidates. These guys seem used to it.
I take a seat in the back. Ultimately there are about 80 people participating.

Gaff came in the last minute.
He was in plain clothes and acted lazily like he wasn't going to take an exam. His breath smells of alcohol.
He's probably going to pass even if he just writes some random things.
I wait for it to begin while looking down on him.


After a while an old man wearing priest clothes entered the room.
Looks like he's the proctor.
He talks with a hoarse voice.
"Ee, good morning everyone who's aiming to become the hero. We will now begin the test of 『Wisdom』 required for a hero. Geography, history, weapon, armor, magic. Monsters' weak points. All the wisdom needed for a hero as a leader who commands his party. We will choose 32 people with the highest marks from this exam. The test will end when the sun has inclined in the western sky."

"""HUH?"""
Everyone clamored.
"Shouldn't it be until sunset!?"
"That's way too short."
Looks like it's shorter than the last year's exam.
They must be thinking that prolonging this will only waste money since Gaff, who's paid them a lot, will become the hero anyway.

The examiner looks completely unfazed.
"Those who aspire to become a hero have to be able to cope with any situation. And we will announce the result of the exam today at sunset."
"What the heck!"
"That's way too fast!"
Right at that time, one man raises his hand.
"Last year, the people who passed the exam drew lots in another day to decide the turns to enter the Tower of Trial, how will it be this year?"

The examiner answers like it's natural.
"This time they will be assigned sequentially from 1-32, from the highest score to the lowest."
The room rustles again.
They're doing as they please. Mine is definitely the third then.

However, no one was against it.
Since everyone is in the same situation, they unwillingly approve.


Papers are distributed, and then it starts.
The room is filled with noises of pens moving on the paper.
When someone wants to go to the toilet, they get blindfolded and taken away.

The exam is over by the evening.
I answered all of them. There should be no mistake.
It might have been a pointless effort, but I also thought of it as a way to review hero's knowledge.

The score was not announced, only the order was.
Well they can't exactly announce Gaff's score after all.


The examiner speaks while looking at a sheet of paper in his hand.
"The first who passes the written exam, Gaff."
"No way...." "Why is that guy...."
The room is filled with surprises, and resenting mutters.
Gaff stood up and laughed gahaha.
"Failing at these little problems huuh. You guys ain't qualified to be the hero."
"Kuh....!" "Dammit....!"
The atmosphere inside worsen.

The second one was another guy.
The next one was me.
"Third, Keika."
Well, I've already expected this.
And then, the atmosphere inside subtly changes.
"Oy, that guy's...."
"Isn't Keika the guy who drove Gaff away?"
"Is he that strong."
"You serious. I'd like to see that."
It's already become a rumor in the city huh.
Looks like that Gaff guy is really hated. He probably acted violently in other shops besides the old man's.
Together with admiring looks from everyone, I look at Gaff with smirking eyes.
"Tch!"
Gaff grandly clicked his tongue and went out of the room after glaring at me with begrudging eyes.
You're the bad one here. That guy is really irritating me.

Well anyway, for now it's ended as planned--.
Just when I thought that.


The examiner who's standing in front of us speaks with a hoarse voice.
"That is all for the announcement. Congratulations for those who passed. For those who failed, please try again next year and work hard to defeat the demon king. --Well then, excuse me."
Several people stood up. Some heaves a sigh of relief, some bitterly bites their lips.

However, the examiner utters unexpected things lastly.
"Also, the test of 『Courage』 will be held in three days from now. People who failed this test cannot enter the party. Please participate as a hero next year."
"""EEEH!"""
I also reflexively shouted.

The men are pressing on together.
"I was going to hire the guys who failed!"
"We won't make it in time now!"
Such and such.
However, since we're all under the same condition again, they yielded.


I'm thinking.
Gaff who is already in a party with his underlings overwhelmingly holds the advantage.
The exam this time is really set for Gaff to win.
Just how much did they pay them.

Rather, that guy left without hearing this.
He probably already knew about it. It's just as planned huh.


I'm thinking with folded arms. Creases are formed on my forehead.
I had asked the tavern old man to look for people but he said it would take one week.
Moreover, you can't hire people who fail the hero exam.

That means, skilled people in this Royal Capital will be in high demand.
They probably will decline if we don't pay them.
I wanted to hire a thief or a priest, but it's probably impossible.
--Now then, what should I do.


I left the hall which continued to be noisy and went back to the inn while deep in thought.































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Yuusha no Furi mo Raku Janai--Riyuu? Ore ga Kami Dakara-- Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Night Stroll and Exam Countermeasure

 

Midnight.
In the bedroom of the inn
Exhausted after teaching me, Celica is sleeping in the big bed.
It seems she's having a nightmare, her noble face is warped and she sometimes tosses over while groaning "Uuun."
Her clothes are in disorder, her white skin and collarbone are peeking. Her blond hair is spread.

I kindly pat her head with my hand.
And then, Celica mutters sorrowfully.
"Dear....mother...."
"....Adelstein huh."
When Celica talked about the histories of countries and demon king's deeds, there were times when she creased her forehead.

It was about Adelstein Kingdom.
It seemed to be a kingdom in the mountains to the northwest, a beautiful country surrounded by greenery.
The kingdom was able to keep its independence since it was situated in a hard-to-approach location. Rather, apparently it was deemed unworthy to be occupied.
However, the moment they found a gem mine, the demon king attacked and destroyed it in no time at all.

--It'd be nice if I can get her back there someday.

As I muttered that in my mind, Celica twisted her body while groaning, "Uu...n" again.
Unlike before, her face is smiling beautifully.
"Keika, sama...."
A voice that sounded spoiled leaked from the red lips.

Since she seems alright now, I separate my hand.
And stand up.
"Now then."
I put on my Geta and leave the room.
I'm going to investigate the reason for Gaff's composure.


In a street corner late at night.
Magical lights are illuminating the stone pavements at equal intervals.
Only clip-clop sounds from the Geta echoed.
I peeked at several taverns and diner that were still open, but I only saw the underlings, not Gaff himself.
--He must be plotting something.

I walked around in the city leisurely while following Gaff's dirty presence.
And then I arrived at the hero registry. A massive building that looks like a temple.
Of course, the huge double gate is shut tight.
I check that there's no one around. There's no presence either.
"O wind, carry me."
I put some strength in my legs and fly

I jumped to the stone roof at the third floor.
Views of the townscapes in the darkness surrounded by tall walls can be seen below.

--<<Senrigan>>

I keep my eyes open and look at the registry's rooms one by one.

There's a large hall with a lot of desks on the second floor.
This seems to be the exam room.

I look at another room.
A parlor with carpet spread.
It's the staff room.
"Oh?"
There are two men in a large room with only a desk on the back of the third floor.
A bald old man with good physique and a filthy unshaven man--Gaff.
They're talking about something.

--<<Great Eavesdrop>>


I could hear their conversation immediately.
"I've got you the money right. You can arrange that much."
"Even if you tell me that. I'm telling you that it's impossible."
"I want to kill that guy asap! I ain't gonna forgive him."
I'm with you.
Rather, he bought the hero qualification with money huh.
He's going to do as he pleases if he becomes the hero.

The bald old man pats his head.
"Then we can just make you two meet in the first round of the tournament."
"Nah. I couldn't see the that guy's depth. I'd surely be killed."
Hoo. He's got good eyes even though they're rotten.

The bald old man shakes his head.
"For putting instant death traps in the tower, I can't say that it's not possible but it's not enough."
"How about this!"
Gaff took several big gold coins from his pocket.
The bald old man smiles while picking up the gold coins.
"Is this all?"
"Damn! Looking down on me!"
Gaff took all his money from his pocket. Creating a hill on the desk.
The bald old man speaks while pulling them.
"Fine then. I'll arrange it."
"Ou. I paid a lot 'fter all! Do your job!"
It's probably stolen money.


Gaff left the room. And then he left the registry from a back door.
I thought of the insult for an instant when I saw his defenseless back, but I held myself back since it was not the right time.
It really makes me recall just how much of a quick tempered malevolent god I was in Japan.

Instead, I keep watching the bald old man with good physique.
The bald old man gathered the gold coins and went to one corner of the room.
There's a big iron box as tall as a person. It's probably a safe.
He mutters while putting the money inside.
"I just need to reconstruct one place. It's cheaper that way."
The bald old man laughed, kukuku.
This raccoon dog seems to be one step ahead the other one.
Serves him right.

Still, an instant death trap in one place huh.
It's probably either crushing by walls, poisonous gas or drowning.
No, it seems he's trying to make it as cheap as possible, so it might be just some flying arrows or spears coated with poison.

Where is this Tower of Trial. I can't see any tall building besides the castle in this city.
Judging by the date, the reconstruction should start tomorrow.
Well, I think I'll be fine but Celica who will be going with me might be in danger.
I'll go see it just in case.


Or rather, I noticed a bunch of papers inside the safe.
Exam papers.
I carefully looked at them and learned the questions.
Then I went back.



The next day.
I went to see the Tower of Trial at once. Walking in the lively main street.
Celica is beside me. Her blond hair bathed in the morning sun looks like it's shining.
Minya who's guiding us are walking with her tail tucked between her legs and looking frightened while watching the surroundings.
I call at her small back.
"What's wrong? Are you afraid of something?"
"N-no... I'm fine."
Even though she said that, her triangle ears were flopped down and her body were curled up while walking.


Celica puts her face beside mine and whispers. Her breath tickles my ears.
"Beastfolks like catfolks are born in the north."
I got what she was trying to say since she taught me many things yesterday.
"I see. They're thought as the demon king's underlings and are persecuted huh."
"That's right, Keika-sama."
"....."
I stared at Celica's blue eyes. Stared by me, her big eyes blinked.
"Wh-what's the matter Keika-sama?"
"Do you hate beastfolks?"
"There is no way! My country was near the beatsfolk's dwelling, so we got along very well. You'll know that they're all very kind once you associate with them."
"Is that right. I'm sorry for doubting you."
"Please, I'm happy if Keika-sama understands me."
Her words had no lie.
I think her truly honest and kind personality is her cute side.


After a while, Minya stopped before an open space that looked like a public park. The place with Fido Grill stalls.
She pointed at the back of the open space.
"Keika onii-chan.... there."
"That is?"
Beyond a water fountain, there's a round building that looks to be two-story high by appearance. There's a flag on its flat roof. There's an exit on the second floor.
I thought it was a toilet or a water tower when I saw it yesterday.

Minya murmurs.
"The inside is put under magic so... wide."
"Is that right. --Thank you for guiding us."
I patted her straight black hair while thanking her. She, who was feeling tense, squinted her eyes and purred, funya~, looking comfortable.


Celica speaks.
"However, why did Keika-sama suddenly want to come here?"
"I wanted to check it out before the exam. It might be in the written exam right?"
Not might, it actually does.
Celica nods admiringly, hoo hoo~
"As expected of Keika-sama. You haven't neglected the measure for the exam."
"Can we see it closer?"
"Yes, please. I'll go with you."

We approached the tower.
Soldiers are guarding around the tower. Looks like it's a no-entry. I guess it's obvious.
After circling the tower, I see that there are several entrances along the outer wall. There are numbers stuck on the entrances. From 1 to 32.
"What are those numbers?"
"I wonder? I just learned of this now."
"Do you know about it Minya?"
Minya shook her small head. Her shoulder-length black hair swayed.
"Different, from last year."
"I see.... No wait, I see."
It's most likely done to ensure me getting to the trap by having a drawing lot this year and 'accidentally' get me to the prepared entrance.


--Oh.
Rattling sounds of a carriage being carried by pig horses--Buu Horses arrived at the open space.
It stopped beside the tower and then men wearing worker clothes begin to work.
On the carriage, together with the construction tools like hammers and pickaxes, there's a one-meter tall gray box of stone.
I can see malice-like negative aura just by squinting at that stone box.

--What the heck is that. No, it's probably the instant death trap, but it's way off than I expected y'know?
And, just when I thought of checking the inside.
<<Senri-->>

『!!! Don't look!!』
Suddenly, a shock as if my head was pummeled ran through me!

A voice echoed directly in my brain. A high-pitched child-like voice.
I got goosebumps the moment it reached my brain.


I reflexively put my hand on my forehead and endure the headache.
--Giving this much mental damage to a God like me.
It's an existence equaling me no matter how you look at it.
In other word, the owner of this voice should be a 『God』.


The voice still continues to echo.
『Don't look! Don't touch! Please, run away!』
I search for the origin of the voice.
I looked around the open space with fountain, at the crowd walking on the main street beyond that, at the surrounding houses, and then at the water tower-like round tower--and I finally found it.
Inside the stone box, I could hear a voice mixed with begrudging wails.
.....Are you confined together?
『Don't look!! ....You can hear my voice?』
--Yeah. Who are you?
『Anyhow, don't look! Don't look, don't look at Lapisia!』
I tried to ask other things, but it single-mindedly said, "Don't look", I couldn't hold a conversation.

--Okay.
For now it seems I can't look. I should obey a Warning of God this desperate.
But then the situation won't be resolved.

I used <<Truth Sight>> instead of Senrigan.

【Coffin of Lapisia】
・A coffin confining a God possessed by wrath and hatred. Anyone who sees the figure will turn to stone.

Uwah. A God that has been turned into vengeful spirit huh. Moreover, petrification.
An absurdly troublesome existence.
They got a power up just by becoming that so even I would definitely be turned to stone.
Or rather, I'm just too weak since I only have one believer.
What should I do. Rather, why is there a child with the God. And is the child safe.


As I groan, Celica puts her hand on my forehead. I'm healed by the soft kind warmth.
"What seems to be the matter Keika-sama?"
"Ah, right. nothing I can do worrying about it alone. Does Celica know a God called Lapisia?"
"Lapisia....? I'm sorry I have never heard of that god."

She never heard of it? That's impossible. Is it a forgotten god?
"Then, is there any place where we can investigate myths?"
"There might be old records in the royal library."
Celica looks straight at me with her blue eyes.

Right at that time, several workers lift the stone box and enter the third door.
I ask while pursuing them with my eyes.
"I also want to see the appearance of a monster called Octopus Ton."
Since it's in the written exam.

"I think we can read that too in the illustrated book in the royal library. Let me guide you there."
"Alright. Let's go there."
Minya speaks remorsefully while looking frightened.
"I, have to work, so...."
"Shall we escort you?"
"I'm fine...."
Minya walked at a quick pace with her tail upward while being cautious of the surroundings.


Celica and I are walking on the stone-paved main street in the refreshing morning air.
We're not conversing much.
I continue to be deep in thought.
For now I have to investigate this God called Lapisia, otherwise I can't become the hero. I won't be able to protect Celica. I won't be able to become a God.

I have a way, but if possible I don't want to use that.
Now then, could we find the way to deal with it before the exam?

No, that's wrong. I absolutely have to find it!

I walked while biting my molars.

























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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 15-38


15-38. Divine Punishment (7), Hero Vs Demon Lord

 

※ This is not from Satou's viewpoint

"Here comes one, demon lord."

Hero Meiko looks over below.

『kiLL degozaru』

A fox demon lord with swords as its arms makes an imposing pose while spreading its sickle-like arms.
<TLN: Typo'd as weasel in the previous chapter. Fox is the correct one.>

--KILLKILLKILL!

With the demon lord's roar, its chest split apart and a bright red ball of light is shot toward Hero Meiko.

"Shoot out 100 times that if you want to hit me!"

Hero Meiko easily evaded it but the light ball suddenly turned around and pursued her sky orbit.
The fallen light ball hit the ground and created a white crater with a huge sound.

"Fuhn, that's some power. But--"

The hero's sword cuts the demon lord's sword arm.

"There's no point if it doesn't hit."

Hero Meiko smirks, it seems she's satisfied to be able to say a line from a famous anime.

--KILRKILLKIRL!

Hero Meiko wounds the rampaging demon lord one sidedly.

"Your demon lordness is just all show isn't it. You're totally weak."

――KIRLKILRKIRR!

The demon lord's body is wrapped in purple light.

"Unique Skill now of all time? You should've used it from the start, this isn't a game you know."

The demon lord attacked without reacting to the hero.
While leaving game-like blur effect--afterimage body doubles.

"Geh, gross."

Hero Meiko, with her limited vocabulary, backed away, and then she held her holy sword upward to counter it.

It's as if she's saying that this is the way to hold Holy Sword Excalibur.
The purple haired little girl house-sitting in the solitary island palace would have agreed with her if she were here.

--Dazzling holy light surrounds the hero once again.

Far stronger light than when she used her Unique Skill up until now.
There's a jewel like blue crest of light on the surface of her skin if you look closely.

"It'll be the same no matter how many times you try!"

Just like before, she randomly evades the attack and counters by swinging her holy sword down.

Yet--.

"Guha"

Hero Meiko rolled on the ground while screaming unbecoming of a girl.

"Ouch, what're you doing to a girl."

Blood is dripping from the huge wound on the back of Hero Meiko who's standing up unsteadily.

"This time, it's my--"

She's cut on the back once again, Hero Meiko fell on the ground while raising smoke of white salt.
Hero Meiko was literally applying salt on her wound in agony.

The holy light that envelopes her is flickering like a broken electric spark.

『seEmsYoucan'tEVadeATTacksoutsIDeofcognizanceDEEgozaruNA』

Sword arm demon lord laughed loudly, saying 'it seems you can't evade attacks outside of cognizance'.

"You spoiled it! I won't fall for the same trap."

Hero Meiko stood up while taking an acceleration magic potion.

Hero Meiko suddenly got close to the demon lord with Flickering Movement and unleashed a slashing attack.
However, it seemed she assessed something, she pulled back her sword and rolled to the side.

『ForeSIGht DEgozarukA? ormaYYYYYYBe just good intuitionDEgozarukA』

It seems Hero Meiko had anticipated the reverberation of the space magic the sword arm demon lord was going to use.
It's the same technique the red-body demon skillfully used against Hero Nanashi once.

『evading WIthout AttacKINg YourE CORNERed DAAEgozaru』

The hero who evaded the demon lord's sword arm was kicked by a fox leg clad in purple light from her blind spot.
Hero Meiko spat out saliva mixed with salt, standing up unsteadily.

"I have to create some distance--If I can't defeat you at close distance, I'll do it from afar."

Hero Meiko retreated back using Flickering movement and took out countless magic cannons from her [Infinite Arsenal (Inexhaustible Swords)].
sure of her victory the hero grinned, then suddenly her view was blurred and the demon lord appeared right in front of her.

"Wha--"

The demon lord speaks to Hero Meiko who couldn't react to the abrupt development.

『pULLed, DAAEgozaru.』
"Ahahaha, this, can't be real right?"

Her hand that was going to grasp the magic cannons grasps upon empty air.
No wonder, as the magic cannons that have been taken out are left behind far away.

"Geha."

Receiving an overhead blow from behind, Hero Meiko's upper body was buried in the white salt ground.
Her legs above ground aren't moving at all.

The holy light enveloping Hero Meiko finally loses its light and disappears.

『theEND, DAAAAZEgozaru』

The demon lord swings its sword arm.

"....■■■■■■ Explosion!"

Clear sounds resounded in the battlefield, an explosion wrapped up the demon lord.
It's a special spell of the previous hero's follower, Ringrande.

"Even like that, she's still a Saga Empire's hero. I can't let you easily kill her."

Her armor is broken, half of her beautiful silver hair is dirtied by red blood.
No one knows how she could escape the nuclear explosion, but she's by no mean only slightly wounded.

"DAAAAZEdegozaru"

The sword arm demon lord clad in dark purple light showed up, cutting the explosion apart.

The sword demon lord has already lost its ability to speak recognizably.

Ringrande continously shot [Quick Burst] that could be chanted quickly at the attacking Sword Demon Lord, but none of it hit the demon lord.

--DAAEGWOOOZAAAALW.

She could barely protect Hero Meiko from one of its attack, let alone counterattacking.
She changed to space magic midway and rolled under the smoke from the explosion she created herself while carrying Hero Meiko toward the imperial capital.





"Aryarya? Where is this nanodesu?"

Suddenly appearing in the sky of the Weasel Empire's capital.
A master and her servant came from a gate that no one noticed.

Golden Knight Yellow and her Beast Steed, lesser dragon Lyuryu.

"Somehow, it doesn't seem like Seryuu City nanodesuyo?"

Golden Knight Yellow tilted her head in puzzlement.
She never thought that she would be led to a different place by the little girl.

--LYURYURYUUU.

"Somehow, there's a lot of enemies nodesu."

The white dragon inclined its wing toward the enemies.

"Lyuryu there's a big meat over there nodesu! So many wonderful sukiyaki and hamburg steak, Pochi doesn't know what to do nodesu."

Even when she saw the huge Great Weasel Demon Lord, the Golden Knight Yellow naught uttered fear nor awe, but appetite.
Is she a big-shot or is she just a glutton, no one can judge for sure.

『--Connection Lost. GPS Signal Lost.』
"Armor person is saying some difficult things nodesu."

The Raka Clone installed in the golden armor reported the lost of the connection to the Solitary Island Palace.

"Aryarya? It doesn't connect to Master nodesuyo?"

Since she didn't understand the situation, Golden Knight Yellow tried to contact her Master, but she was at a loss when it was impossible to make a call.
She hurriedly turned back, but the door she came out of had already disappeared.

"Pochi is in trouble nodesu. But Master or Tama should quickly notice and come here nanodesuyo."

Golden Knight Yellow muttered as if she was convincing herself.

--LYURYURYUUU.

The white dragon reported an explosion on the ground to its master.
There, Ringrande was protecting Hero Meiko behind her back with her broken sword pointed toward the demon lord.

"Some girls are being bullied by a purple monster nodesu!"

--LYURYURYUUU.

"Armor person! Please nanodesu!
『Yes My Girl. Dimension Catapult Activate.』

One flickering silver board appeared in front of each of them.

"Lyuryu!"

--LYURYURYUUU.

The moment both of them touched the board, they got accelerated to faster than speed of sound.
The two of them arrived before the sword arm demon lord and the girls, and scooped out Hero Meiko and Ringrande.

Normally it was a speed that should be unbearable for a normal man, but it was made possible due to her master's scheme and magic knowledge, and above all, the tempered steel body of Golden Knight Yellow who played around with a lesser dragon without any equipment.

"D-dragon?"
"It's Ringraden person nanodesu."

Golden Knight Yellow called her name wrong, but Ringrande whose consciousness was hazy didn't notice it.

『puLL, DAAEgozaru.』

The Golden Knight Yellow who was flying in the sky above was teleported before the sword arm demon lord.

"That was surprising nanodesu."

Golden Knight Yellow blocked the swinging attack of the sword arm demon lord with her holy sword.
Blue and purple light crossed, the flash and the spark burn the surroundings.

Cliiiink, an ear-splitting sound reverberated, Golden Knight Yellow's ears under her helmet flopped down.

Another sword of the sword demon lord was coming behind her.



"Such attacks won't work on Pochi nodesu."

Golden Knight Yellow turned around and blocked the attack that was coming from her blind side with the second holy sword.

The sword she used to block it is Holy Sword Pochi--contrary to its very cute appearance with its paw-shaped guard, it's the latest original holy sword comparable to the [Divine Gift Holy Sword].

Looks like she's still hiding her strongest fang.

『attackOUTsideCOGnizanceWhYCOuldEvaDEgozaruna』

Sword arm demon lord was surprised to see Golden Knight Yellow blocking its attack when her attention was robbed by the first attack.

"It's the most basic of basic to fight against space magicians nanodesu."

Golden Knight Yellow is looking at the sword arm demon lord with a triumphant look under her helmet.
Of course, even a demon lord that could freely manipulate space magic was not almighty enough to see the face under the helmet.

Wary of the Golden Knight Yellow, the Sword Arm Demon Lord jumped back with a short-range warp, taking some distance away from her.

"If Pochi can't do that much, Arisa will take all her desert and puddings nodesu. In this world all Yakiniku meal set is delicious nodesu."

She said some nonsensical things midway, but Golden Knight Yellow said that quite seriously.

--LYURYURYUUU.

The white dragon looks anxiously at the two people it's carrying.

"Alright nodesu. Pochi wants Lyuryu to take the two to a safe place nodesu."
"W-wait. That's a demon lord. You absolutely can't win alone."

Hero Meiko interrupted as she was instructing the white dragon.

"Demon lord nanodesu? That's bad nodesu. Pochi thought that was a monster nodesuyo."
"I'm amazed that you survived. I guess I should say as expected of a Dragon Knight?"

Golden Knight Yellow didn't listen to Hero Meiko.

"Is demon lord-san a bad demon lord nanodesu? Pochi was told not to fight the good demon lord nodesu."
"A-are you stupid? Of course all demon lords are bad you know?"
"The one who says stupid is the real stupid one nodesuyo?"

Sword Arm Demon Lord is staring at their carefree dialogue curiously.

It seems there is no one here who is aware about the violation of a mutual non-interference verbal contract between the Weasel Emperor and the Golden Knight Yellow's master.

After all, Golden Knight Yellow was sleeping when that was talked about, and her master didn't tell her about it after she woke up.
However, a God not her master is couldn't possibly guess that she, who doesn't have the mean to teleport, would be moved to the weasel empire on a far away side of the continent when he wasn't looking.

In reality though, the weasel emperor had already broken the contract when he asked her master to help his citizens.

"Didn't it attack just now! Only a bad demon lord comes attacking!"
"Is that true nanodesu?"

Golden Knight Yellow nods at the sword demon lord.

"Can't be helped nodesu. The way of sword is smeared with blood nodesu."

Golden Knight Yellow muttered seriously while looking at the glittering gauntlet of her golden armor.

"I'm going to help. I'm still a hero of Saga Empire. I won't fall behind a native hero who hasn't been given God's Authority."
"Then here's a healing magic potion for you nodesu."

Hero Meiko drank the the magic potion she got from Golden Knight Yellow without any question.
She's a typical careless modern Japanese person who hasn't gotten accustomed to another world.

"W-what's this?"

Glitter effects wrap Hero Meiko, all of her wounds are healed.
Forget about that, even her broken articulation was restored.

"Blood Elixir Rev. nanodesu. Any wound will be healed as long as you haven't died nodesuyo."
"What's with that doubtful-sounding name."
"Don't mind, we're in a battle nanodesu."

Hearing Golden Knight Yellow said that, suddenly realizing it Hero Meiko turned around.
The sword arm demon lord is still waiting.

『dragonUTeeeeDEGOZARU』

Apparently, the sword arm demo lord is preoccupied with the white dragon.

"Lyuryu, take Ringraden person to a safe place nodesu."

--LYURYURYUUU.

The white dragon soars away with Ringrande in its hand.
The sword demon lord who likes dragons doesn't seem like it's going to obstruct the white dragon's flight.

"Then, let's go nodesuyo."
『coming DWEEDgozaru』

Blue light envelops the whole body of Golden Knight Yellow.

"Eh? A Native Hero's Unique Skill?"

Hero Meiko seems to be misunderstanding it, but the light just now is not from the usage of Unique Skill.

"Armor person, please nanodesu."
『Yes My Girl. Dimension Catapult Activate.』

A flickering silver board appeared in front of Golden Knight Yellow.
The same acceleration board like earlier.

"Body double technique nanodesu!"
『Physical Mirror Image.』

Golden Knight Yellow split into 64 bodies at three axis.
Frighteningly enough, the majority of them have mass and magic power.

The sword demon lord who's also a space magician lies in wait for Golden Knight Yellow's attack with traps in ambush.

"Today's sure fire technique Magic Edge Spiral Strike (Vorpal Strike) Exerion, stand by nanodesu!"
『Yes My Girl. Extra Mode Activate.』

Various reinforcement magic envelop Golden Knight Yellow.

The original name was [Extra Mode] but Golden Knight Yellow is convinced that it's [Exerion] due to a purple haired little girl's scheme.
The Raka Clone installed in the Golden Armor interpreted that the request was for [Extra Mode] with its fuzzy function.

"W-what's with this reinforcement magic? Unbelievable.... How did my status became three times as high? T-this is like raising your level for several times."

It appears Raka Clone had judged her as a comrade, Hero Meiko also got the effect of Extra Mode.

At the surprised Hero Meiko, Golden Knight Yellow only tilted her head and that was it.
She probably doesn't really understand what she is surprised about.

"Let's go nodesuyo!"

The 64 Golden Knight Yellow who jumped to the silver board with Flickering Movement appeared before the sword demon lord in an instant.

"Ah, stupid!"

Golden Knight Yellow jumped into the distorted space trap that Hero Meiko evaded in the nick of time earlier.
The figure of Golden Knight Yellow getting stabbed by her own holy swords flashed in Hero Meiko's mind.

The dark purple light released by the demon lord and the blue light released by Golden Knight Yellow dye the battlefield blindingly.













※ Next, [15-39. Divine Punishment (8), Dog Hero Pochi] is planned for 1/8.


※ I'd like to have Satou's turn soon.























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