15-43. New World
<TLN: 'New World' here refers to something like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World >
Satou's here. When I saw the folk tale [Kikimimi Zukin] for the first time, I thought living a life while being monitored at every places seemed scary to me as a child. In modern time, there's surveillance cameras here and there, but I never thought that they were scary.
"--Fumu, as I thought, it was an act huh."
『Un, that seems about right.』
I'm near Tactician Touya's hideout, I've asked Dryad to get information from the moss growing there about the thing they said after I left.
I was bothered by how they only talked about some unusually convenient stuff for me, so I asked Dryad for help.
My suspicion was proven true sure enough, but I'd never thought that they noticed my Mana Camouflage.
『It seems there's no more children who heard them.』
Dryad sorted the accumulated information from vegetation networks, like moss and weeds, and then conveyed them to me.
Scientifically speaking, there's no way moss and weeds have the ability to store information.
"Thank you Dryad. It really helped."
『Ehehe, I got a lot and lot of magic power after all~』
I parted with Dryad who was waving her hands buzzingly, and I went to Saga Empire that was close to the hideout.
I've put a marker on the woman with plain face who seems to be the one who teleported Pochi, so next I'm heading to the empire to seize the Chief guy.
Even though it ultimately saved Lady Ringrande and Princess Maryest, I can't overlook the fact that they put Pochi in danger because of some pointless scheme.
Erase at once--not, as that's not to my liking, I'm thinking of presenting him with enough fear to make him think twice before trying to meddle with us ever again.
I'm sure that he will obediently listen if I let him taste dives from 10,000 feet high in flesh several times, as long as he doesn't have the ability to fly or teleport that is.
At the top floor of a building I'm looking up to, there's a gnome man titled Saga Empire's Intelligence Bureau Chief.
This guy is not the same as the one earlier.
According to the AR reading, his race is [Dummy Puppet], though it's been cleverly hidden by a concealment-type artifact.
It looks exactly like the real person, but this guy is a fake.
I tried to trace back the magic power flowing from this guy, but all of them are fakes and unconnected to the main body.
When I tried searching the map, I found one other [Dummy Puppet] in a rural area of Saga Empire.
I'll put a marker on it and prepare a trap that can trace the main body when he accesses the puppet.
"--Now then, what to do."
I'm sitting on top of one of the Saga Empire Imperial Palace's spires, muttering alone.
I can put Tactician Touya and the woman with plain face under [Geass] to prohibit them from getting hostile, but that'll be a bad move.
Even if I curb them, with the Chief still being on the loose, it will probably end up with them going into hiding and acting behind the scene.
I recall the conversation of Tactician Touya and his cohorts.
Adding that up with the information Dryad collected, it seems currently they're truly not going to pick a fight with us.
Maybe I should pretend that I've been successfully deceived?
For the time being, I'll give a warning to their public power, Saga Emperor and complete the preparation needed to seal the Seryuu City's Labyrinth Highway--that Hell Gate thing anytime I want.
Preparing Holy Monuments and the same laminated-type Purification Barrier that can be activated anytime in the whole earldom should be enough.
The Dragon Veins flowing near Seryuu City are very thick since they're connected to the Dragon's Valley, so it should be able to activate a slightly strong barrier without problem.
I gaze at the stone inside my hand while collecting my thoughts.
"Yup, even the Appraisal skill can identify this as a 『Lunar Stone』."
If the Chief doesn't ever access the Dummy Puppet, I'm thinking of using this thing as a bait to lure him out.
This is a stone I collected in the moon when I was taking a walk there while installing the space factory in the Lagrangian point halfway to the moon.
It seems they didn't want me to go to the moon, but it was just a dreary place with only grounds and rocks, nothing interesting.
I had tried searching the Map but there wasn't any temple or ruin where the Demon God could be sealed, nor demons and monsters.
According to the myth, the Demon God should be sealed on the moon, but it's most likely a deviated information.
Or perhaps, the Demon God has already broken off the seal and is secretly lurking in the world.
That possibility exists if the God that gives reincarnated people like Arisa their fragments is the Demon God.
Well, there's no use thinking more about it.
Arisa seems to be waiting in my room, so I decide to quickly give a warning to the emperor and finish the miscellaneous things.
When I got back after finishing my business, Arisa was waiting in the pitch black office.
"Arisa, at least turn on the light while you're waiting."
"Welcome back. Were you at Aze's place?"
"Nah, I was just disciplining the troublesome guys who set Pochi up."
I told her that first while rebuking her.
At the Saga Emperor's room, I gave him a slight warning by imitating the Sword of Damocles myth.
I don't think he'll ever try to meddle with us again if he has a decent sense.
As for the matter about Chief, I'm going to talk about it with Arisa after she's recovered, Hikaru and Liza.
"As expected of Master. You're quick--"
She sounds meek unlike the usual Arisa.
"--I have something I need to talk to Master about."
I was a bit surprised at the fact Arisa spoke of falteringly--her memory was sealed and sighting the descended God was the trigger--but the content itself was within the range of assumption I thought up after seeing the Weasel Emperor's state.
"The God who let Arisa reincarnated said that 『If you meet other Gods besides me, kill them』?"
"Un, that God said that they will attack anyone who's been given that God's power for sure if they find one, even though meeting one seldom ever happens."
I'm sure Gods have seen reincarnated people including Arisa for many times through the oracle Miko.
"So the God who let you reincarnate was the 『Demon God』 after all?"
"I don't know. Judging from the circumstances, there's a high chance that's the case, but that God never directly said it."
That makes sense, from what she said earlier, her memory might have been sealed.
Would the trigger happen regardless of which Gods she encountered, or would it have to be God Zaikuon first, the discussion will change depending on that.
However, there's a high possibility that the Demon God who produces demons is sending reincarnated people to this world as the [Eggs] to mass produce demon lords.
I don't know why he didn't just embed the fragments in the people who live in this world though.
Good grief, the objective of Gods bringing forth reincarnated people is still unclear even now, it's depressing.
If we go by my deduction that has never been right with detective novels, it's "Reincarnated people will spread their knowledge, violate the God's Taboo, and then the Divine Punishment will befall them and the God who will nonchalantly appear will torment the reincarnated people who turn into demon lords" I guess?
It's full of holes if I think about it a bit more, and it's highly inefficient.
However, there's no mistake that the God who gave power to reincarnated people manipulates their will to forcefully make them fight the other Gods.
The proof is the fact that Arisa had absolutely no doubt about fighting Gods.
I have no intention of fighting Gods right now, but I have a feeling that I'd need to regard the God who sent the reincarnated people here as an adversary in the future.
If Arisa agrees to it, I'd even like to remove her God's Fragments.
"--By the way, have you seen your status after I healed you?"
"Un, I have."
Arisa answers with a serious tone.
"Don't forget to always equip the 『Thief God Harness』 when you're going out okay."
I lightly whack Arisa's head.
She should be fine now if she can crack jokes.
After fighting God Zaikuon, Arisa has gotten several titles.
First, [Demon Lord] that I saw.
In addition, [One who Rebels], [One who Challenges God], for some reason [Hero], and--.
I look at Arisa's status displayed on the AR twice.
Looks like it's not a mistake after all.
Over there--[Satou's Familiar] has been added.
"Now then, what do you plan to do from now on?"
After putting Arisa to sleep, I meet face to face with the Great Weasel Demon Lord in the castle I made inside the desert sub-space.
The content of our talk is about the future of the Weasel Empire's people.
Since Miss Liedill is currently regenerating in the culture tank, I'm here only with the Great Weasel demon Lord and the Sword Demon Lord.
Two of the other demon lords have also survived, but since they've turned into complete war machines, I've binded them with [Geass] and imprisoned them in the [Abyss Dungeon] I made with space magic.
Eventually, I'm thinking of using Demon Lord Shizuka's [Familiarize] and [Transfer] to transfer the demon lords' [God's Fragments] to small animals and have Arisa and the other members defeat the resultant demon lords.
It seems Arisa will get [True Hero] title after all, and the other girls might even obtain hero title too.
"If Louise is still alive, she can delete the memories related to science from the people--"
"That's impossible. You understand right?"
This Louise that the Great Weasel Demon Lord mentioned is the catear-kin reincarnated person who was in charge of deleting memory at Lete City.
Of course she's alive, but even if she's able to manage around 100 people, doing it to the whole population of Weasel Empire is impossible.
"However, letting them lead a life in the sub-space is no difference to what Gods are doing."
"You're right. Moreover, even if they can live for 100 years in the sub-space, it's not something that can be done forever."
The sub-space I created hastily using the forbidden spell should not last that long, although it might be a different story if it was reinforced by Yuika's Unique Skill like with the solitary island palace.
"And they'd probably be persecuted if they went back to the former world--"
--Rather, if the Seven Pillar Gods noticed them, they'd probably impose another Divine Punishment.
"In the first place, there's no way this world that has trouble to even sustain daily livelihood can accept immigrants."
I'm in consent with the Great Weasel Demon Lord.
Brighton City and Villages under my administration did accept a lot of immigrants, but that was only possible because I had arranged the environment with magic on top of the area being underpopulated.
Moreover, the whole immigrants of the Weasel Empire are more than Shiga Kingdom's population.
The uninhabited city on the Ancient Dragon's Continent has also been ruled by many natives already, so it's not usable.
"I think I can take care of the food somehow at least."
"Umu, I'm thankful for that, however if they just keep living on like this, sooner or later they will violate the taboo, repeating the same thing."
The Great Weasel Demon Lord contemplates.
"Satou. Do you not desire this world?"
He really said some Great Demon Lord thing.
"Don't you mean half of the world?"
"I'm not talking about game."
<TLN: Dragon Quest 1's reference.>
I'm not sure how to respond if you're serious.
"With the power of that space magician girl called Arisa and you, we can kill Gods."
"Sorry, but I'm not going to fight Gods."
If we're talking about whether it's possible or not, I can do it myself even without forcing Arisa.
After all, I can cast the anti-god magic [Mythology Down] in no time at all, then I can just cut the God with the Divine Sword when they're weakened.
And I also can continuously shoot the [Mythology Down] as long as I have enough Magic Tanks.
The Great Weasel Demon Lord is exasperated.
"Though imperfect, the ones who gave birth to the creatures of this world are the Seven Pillar Gods."
"Where is the proof of that!"
"I've heard about it from the High Elves who have lived since the age of myth."
At least, I don't think that Aze-san and the other high elves are lying to me.
"Are you saying that it's okay to be abused if it's by your birth parents!"
"Your argument is reaching to the far extreme."
I might have agreed with the Great Weasel Demon Lord if we lived in the era where the Dog-head rampaged 20,000 year ago, but I don't feel the Gods' stance in the present time to be that malicious.
If the ones that manage this world are the Seven Pillar Gods, then I think the people of this world should obey the rules imposed by the administration.
As long as the rules (Gods) aren't doing some unreasonable exploitation that is.
"It is the nature of people to demand a better life. You think it's fine for them to suppress that idea!"
"Isn't it because they don't want people to kill each other like in WWII and Cold War?"
"You think those guys are such benevolent beings!"
U~n, for some reason the Great Weasel Demon Lord really hates Gods.
"Right. Since I've never met Gods, I can only make conjectures from various books--"
I look up at the Great Weasel Demon Lord and speak in sincerity to make my words reach him.
"--I'm not going to fight them based merely on those conjectures."
At the very least, even though the [Little Girl in Painting] was self-righteous, I didn't feel malice from her.
"Are you going to hold a conversation with them?"
"Yup, I'll be going to meet them."
"Are you serious?"
I gave an affirmation to the astonished-looking Great Weasel Demon Lord.
The markers I had put on God Zaikuon and the apostles came off immediately, but I was able to confirm that the markers were in the [God's Realm] for an instant.
Since the coordinates have been recorded and all, I don't think I shouldn't go.
Of course I'm only going once I've completely prepared and made an appointment with some friendly God though.
"Now then, since our stances stand on parallel lines, let's get back to the first topic."
Right now, deciding the future of the Weasel Empire's people comes first.
I'd like to give them hope for their future by the third day, I'm not talking about the [Rule of Three during Disaster] I heard somewhere before though.
Seriously spare me from having the people I saved getting suicidal.
"There is no place for them in the former world. The people of Weasel Empire don't want to let go of the convenience of technology. Is that correct?"
"That's right. The ignorant one would not care, however, ones who have tasted the convenience will not be able to go back to their previous condition."
Un, I can understand.
I also want to take a bath every day and eat tasty things whenever I want.
"So here's a suggestion--"
The Great Weasel Demon Lord who listened to me in silence opens his mouth after I'm done.
"It might be possible if it's just one or two, but can it really be done with this number?"
"Yup, I've safely completed the empirical test. The mice I used in the test arrived there safely."
At first I was going to send Chuu Fat and the other mice who had amassed a massive influence under Shiga Kingdom in the test, but they were tied to Shiga Kingdom's hygiene improvement and crime control more than I could've imagined, so I used some normal lab rats instead.
"Then we will go with that suggestion--no, I should lower my head. Please lead us Weasel Empire's people to the new world."
When the Great Weasel Demon Lord entreated by lowering his head on the ground, the fox-faced Sword Demon Lord followed suit.
"Then, I'm counting on you to persuade the people in the sub-space okay."
"Understood. I vow that I will successfully persuade them before the Ark is completed."
I waved my hand at the Great Weasel Demon Lord and started the preparation for the Ark.
I have the materials and all, I should be able to complete it in half a month.
As I thought, working with my hands crafting something is really way more fun than some world's crisis or chasing some mysterious mastermind.
I'll leave that one until they're caught in the net themselves, right now let's continue the preparation to safely send the Weasel Empire's populace to the new world!
※Next update is planned for 2/12