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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 12

Chapter 12 Strongest Sage, Hit Upon a Good Idea


Biffgel who's forced the poor populace to accompany him triumphantly walks toward the forest behind a villager with the best physique while the other villagers are surrounding him.
My brother Reich is on the farthest back.
I wonder if he's an insurance for Biffgel to push the responsibility on when it looks like he can't accomplish the feat.

I follow behind them from about 20 meter away.
It's quite close for tailing incognito, but I've got plenty of magic on my sleeves for this, as long as the other party doesn't use a counter magic.

My aim is of course, assassinating Biffgel--I mean, protecting the participants besides Biffgel.
If as a result, the unfortunate Biffgel dies by coincidence, that is of no concern to me. You reap what you sow.

"And, where's this monster again?"

Biffgel asked one of the people.

"It's in the forest depth."

"Depth, that means.... Where?"

You went on an expedition without knowing that huh....

"We have no idea where it is right now. The monster was sighted quite a while ago, so it might have moved somewhere...."

"Tch, you're useless. --Well fine. We should find it if we just walk around. Let's go guys!"

What a sloppy plan!
Just how vast does Biffgel think this forest is.

If they're just walking around randomly, they might even spend a week without meeting the monster if they're unlucky.
How long will I have to continue to tag along.... was what I thought while following them.

--Two hours later.

"Biffgel-sama. How about we split into groups."

One of the people suggested that, probably because they couldn't find any trace of the monster.
Good job populace!

"Are you stupid! There's no way we'd do that!"

Biffgel objected.

"What would you do if anything happened to me!"

If anything happened to Biffgel.... er, celebrate?
With that reply, the people can't possibly oppose him, thus the plan comes to a standstill.

"No need for that, my instinct will find it! We're going there next! Move it!"

In the end, it's instinct huh.
It's bad since that instinct is actually right on the money.
I don't know if it's some kind of coincidence, but the place Biffgel and the others are heading to is the same place the monster is also heading to.
Since we've gotten closer, I've grasped the type of the monster a bit.
It's probably a bear or a tiger, a quadrupedal animal that has turned into a monster.

It has a small body for a monster, but that doesn't mean that this monster is weak.
Rather, it's the opposite. If the mana reaction of a monster is big, the smaller their body, the higher their mana density is, and the stronger they are in battle.
Judging from the scale of this mana reaction, we have the worst case scenario here. I'm not sure if even our father Castor could beat it in a one-on-one fight.

After dozens of minute, the subjugation corps arrive before the monster.
They'd enter the monster's field of vision in 10 seconds.
I took some distance away from the subjugation corps when I saw them getting closer to the monster and put myself beside the bear.

The problem is from here.
Since Biffgel gathered the people, the will inevitably fight the monsters first.
I could prevent victims from appearing if I help and defeat the monster myself, but then Biffgel would remain conceited, I could see him saying things like, "He snatched a game that even I could beat." Dealing with things afterward would be more troublesome than defeating the monster itself.

However, I also can't let unrelated people falling victims just because of it.
What should I do, while I was taking the wait and see approach, the situation changed.
Toward one that is most convenient for me.

"That's my game! You guys don't get in my way!"

When Biffgel saw the monster, he stepped forward while ignoring his escort. What's even the point of gathering people then.
Of course the monster has noticed Biffgel after all the clamor.
The bear monster which was showing its back turned around and started to run toward Biffgel.
Facing the monster, Biffgel thrusts his sword forward and begins to shout out some incomprehensible line.

"Fire mana that dwells in my body, become a straight arrow and pierce my enemy!"

Biffgel's mana reacted along with the recited line, and then 'pohyu', with that small sound, a fire arrow flew toward the bear.
The bear runs straight to Biffgel, not even trying to evade the fire arrow.

And then the fire arrow made a direct hit on the bear's eye.... and vanished.
The bear is absolutely flawless, no damage.

Was that.... magic? But it was extremely crude, or rather, poor. No matter how resistant a monster to magic is, there is no way a proper magic that hit one of their weak points, the eye, would leave it undamaged.

The power is bad and all, the conversion efficiency is also weird. The mana that was collected on his hand was diminutive, but nevertheless, it should have been capable of demonstrating power several times higher than that.
To begin with, what was the weird line he recited at the start for?


"Biffgel-sama's.... Glory Crest magic doesn't work!?"

"That thing isn't a normal monster! It's a Zenith Monster!"

The subjugation corps were astonished to see what had happened.
Apparently, from their perspective, the fact that Biffgel's magic (?) didn't work was devastating. There were even some who fell into panic and ran toward meaningless directions.

Biffgel was seemingly the one surprised the most, he was hit by the bear's claw when he couldn't move, getting blown away several meter away.
Among the people who froze over, the only one who had a semblance of proper judgment, my brother Reich blocked the claw with his sword.

"We're withdrawing! I'll hold it off here! Everyone quickly escape!"

However, their strengths are too far apart.
Reich's sword got pushed back in a blink of an eye. He wouldn't last three seconds at this rate.
....Well three seconds are quite enough though.

I activated one of provocation magic, 【Enforced Detection】 before Reich's sword got pushed away.
Although it may differs by individuals, most monsters use 【Passive Detection】 unconsciously.

【Enforced Detection】 is a magic that pour mana on those monsters to make your mana reaction look big to them.
If it's too weak, they'd ignore it, if it's too big, they'd run away, it's difficult to adjust this magic in a way--but it seems to be a success.
Right after I activated 【Enforced Detection】, the bear monster separated its hand from Reich and ran at full speed toward me.

"Mathi, why are you here! Run away quick!"

Ignoring the shouting Reich, I knead my mana.
Approximately four seconds before the monster arrives. Way more than enough time.

I put both my hands before my chest and concentrate the mana in my body.
I grant directionality to the collected mana while also changing its pressure.
And then I ward off the monster's arm with martial art and hit its heart as we pass each other.

As one would expect, it wasn't enough to defeat the monster, but--its movement dulled, which was enough.
I drew the sword I brought from home and cut its neck with a single stroke under Physical Reinforcement and 【Mana Strike】.

"Mathi! Leave this to me.... Huh?"

Reich who chased the monster showed a dumbfounded expression on his face when he saw its fallen body.
Right at that time, I noticed the current situation.

Blocked by the vegetations, the other people in the subjugation corps can't see anything but Reich, they haven't noticed that the monster has been killed. Looking at their panicked state, there's probably no one who would notice a slightly awkward act here.

Perhaps this is.... a chance isn't it.
I'll push the feat on him!

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 11

Chapter 11 Strongest Sage, Noticing the Cold Treatment toward the Disqualified Crest


Half a year after I turned 9.
Thanks to training without a rest, my physical strength and mana have increased nicely.

"Gather the people! Get all the strong ones!"

Biffgel shouted such things when I was just got up in the morning.
Whom was he calling anyway, today our father Castor isn't home.
He might have gotten full of himself since the one who would restrain him isn't here.

However, I don't understand how that relates to gathering the people.
I wonder if he's going to beat me up with number or something. Then I'll neatly counterattack at Biffgel only. I feel sorry for the people who get involved in his mess.

"Mathias, don't come you. Stay still in the house... no wait. You should go into the forest today!"

I was trying to ignore him as I went out of the house, but Biffgel found me.
I probably should've used stealth magic instead of cutting corners there.
I thought of the above for an moment, but the content of the reply was beyond my expectations.

Biffgel encourages me to go outside....?
Don't tell me, Biffgel has finally come to his sense--

"Mathi. You shouldn't go today. A monster has appeared in the forest."

No, he didn't. What, he just wanted me to die huh. That's the Biffgel I know. I was worried for a second there.
When I heard monster I used 【Passive Detection】 to infer the situation in the forest.
And then, I found a reaction of a monster at a distance that the usual me wouldn't have found.

I found it not because 【Passive Detection】 was in good form today or something.
The size of the reaction was big.
Of course, it's small compared to the powerful monsters I encountered in my past life, but it's far bigger than the reaction of the lowest class monster.

Even in the best case scenario, Biffgel wouldn't last 10 seconds, Reich would probably only able to hold on for 30 seconds.
However, there is a very easy method to deal with this monster.

"Isn't it better to leave it be?"

Judging from its movement looking from far away, it doesn't seem to have noticed the village's existence.
Of course it doesn't look like it's coming either. There's a high chance that it'll just disappear somewhere if we leave it alone.
Once our father Castor comes back, I'm sure he can beat it. There's no point at all in Biffgel specially gathering people and challenging it.

"You think I'll let a monster that tramples our territory go away! I will definitely kill it with my own hands!"

Ooh. It's unusual for Biffgel to say something noble-like.
I saw through your scheme though. Biffgel wanted to make a meritorious deed by challenging the monster.

"Reich-niisan, aren't you stopping him?"

I don't care if Biffgel goes to challenge the monster alone, but I feel sorry for the people.

"I'd also prefer we do that, but I can't."


Since father isn't here right now, the people shouldn't be obliged to follow Biffgel if the eldest son, my brother Reich opposes it.
It seems the people don't like Biffgel either, there's probably no one who would obey him voluntarily.

"That's cause I'm the first candidate for the next head of the house, in other words, I'm the acting lord!"

It was Biffgel who answered my question.
I understand that the next head acts as the acting lord when the present lord is absent, but--.
On top of being the second son, the idiotic Biffgel being the first candidate for the next family head....

"Oh dear, you must be kidding me."

I spoke with weird wordings reflexively.
That's impossible isn't? I look at Reich with that feeling.

"It's the truth, Mathi."


"Unfortunately yes.  ...There's various rule for the criteria to select the next head. If it's something that affects magic prowess like the Glory Crest, a second son will be preferred."

Glory Crest huh, the same nonsense Biffgel spouted.
Even Reich is going along with that nonsense....?

I reflexively activates detection magic to check whether someone has put me under hallucination.
However, I couldn't find any trace of illusion magic.
Reich is also not under mind-control magic. Just what's happening here.

"There's a regulation from the country for that.... ah. Here it is."

Reich took out a paper after after saying that.
The title is 『Noble of Eis Kingdom - Basic Criteria for the Next Family Head』, with a big imposing seal stamped on it.
I try to read it. I've been studying while training my strength and magic, so I can read letters now.


Noble of Eis Kingdom - Basic Criteria for the Next Family Head

In accordance to the criteria below, the one with higher score will be preferred as the next family head of a noble house.
However, in cases of special circumstances, this isn't restrictive.
Eldest son  5 points
Sons other than the eldest  In case they're younger than the eldest son, minus one point per a year difference.
Glory Crest  5 points
Magic Prowess  The higher one 3 points
Female  -2 points
Disqualified Crest  -200 points


....A scoring system.
It is a valid system to compare multiple things for important matters, but I'm not sure if it should be applied here.
No. Leaving that aside, magic prowess shouldn't be what is important to have for a noble. What're you going to do if a magic nerd who doesn't know anything else becomes a territory lord.

Apparently, according to this chart, a second son or a girl could be the family head as long as they have the correct age, Glory Crest and magic prowess.
On the contrary, people who have the Disqualified Crest (If what Biffgel said is correct, it's the crest I have) can't become the family head unless they're 200 years apart with their younger sibling.

Then let's compare Biffgel and Reich in accordance to these criteria.
Reich is the eldest son, +5.
Biffgel is the second son with one year difference, and has the Glory Crest, +4.

--I see. Their positions change depending on their magic prowess.
And judging from what Reich-niisan said, it seems Biffgel's magic prowess is better.

This is, well, that may be so. I've never seen Biffgel and Reich practicing their magic.
And, in case you don't train at all, the First Crest is strong.
Well, since First Crest has a low growth rate, a mere 8 year old would overtake the difference as long as they train properly.

"Then, I'm going too-"

"Don't come."

I don't really mind at all if it's just Biffgel getting himself destroyed, but I can't ignore it if he's going to drag my brother Reich into it.
With that in mind, I was going to participate as well, but I was dismissed within seconds. Well I only said it without much thought since they originally told me to not go.

"I told you to go to forest earlier, but it'd be bothersome if you get in the way.... Alright, you're not to go out of the entranceway this whole day. This is an order from the acting lord. Bye."

Biffgel left the house after adding that.
I can't exactly leave them alone. It seems Reich is following them.
Now then. What should I do now, the acting lord told me not to go out of the entrance way. Since it's an order from the acting lord, I have no choice but to obey it.

It can't be helped, let's go out through the window.
The acting lord is really kind, telling me that it's okay to go out through anything but the entrance way.

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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 16

Chapter 16 Re~d Old Man and Green Old Man♪


Alright! Eleanor-san! I'll go see Eleanor-san to get healed!
And accept a quest! Forget about unpleasant things!

"Eleanor-saan. I'm finished with the baptiism."

Eleanor-san is bewildered.

"No-Nobusada-san, did something happen during the baptism? You seem quite lively...."

"Let's forget about the baptism. Yes let's. I'd like to accept a quest, where do I need to confirm it?"

Eleanor-san looked puzzled to see me changing the topic forcefully, but then she sensed the mood and explains like usual. Hm, looks like she guessed it somehow.
Eleanor-san really is a beauty. Looking at her again, her beauty is prominent. Un, my heart is getting healed.
She's put her hair into a ponytail, her nape looks sexy. Add that with the tender smile under the glasses, and it's not hard to get crazy about her like Kyle.
Her body is also quite.... The breast part is a bit disappointing.... I felt a slight bloodlust, I gotta stop thinking deeper about this.

Alright, my broken glass heart has been glued back by Eleanor-san. Now's the time to work.

"Regarding quests, a quest will commence once you submit the Quest Paper pasted on the board over there along with rank to us. If the quest pertains goods delivery, please deliver it to us, but if it's a type that requires you to directly report to the client, the quest will be complete when you bring the Completion Tag you get to us."


"You can only accept quests that are one rank higher. In case you accept a quest higher than one rank from your rank, you will need the approval of the guild."


"And please be careful about quest cancellation and failure. In that case, you will need to pay the cancellation fee that has been set beforehand. Make sure to check such details in the Quest Papers. The guild will help to check for it, but there are rare cases where such situations lead to troubles."

"I see, I got it loud and clear. I'm going to see the quests then."

I stand before the board with Eleanor-san's advices in my mind. Huh? Not a lot of people here. Hmm, is it because of the time. It's already afternoon after all.
Well there might be some leftover fortunes, let's see what we got here.

And thus, this is the only remaining quest.

《 Ore Transportation 》
Requesting to transport ore from Blacksmith Guild to a blacksmith store at the edge of the town.
Please try to transport the ore as carefully and fast as possible.
Reward: 300 Mani
Client: Blacksmith Guild
Destination: Blacksmith 『Hammer of Flame』

"Eleanor-san, I'd like to accept this quest."

"Yes, thank you. The Blacksmith Guild is located at center of the southern industrial ward. It's the biggest building in the industrial ward, you should know it when you see it."

"I got it. I'll be going then."

I don't need a map since there's plenty of signboards and town's guide maps in this town. They look relatively new, I gotta thank the person who had the idea.
I'm not getting lost, but I'm still on foot. I took quite a bit of time due to the town size. The bell informing 3 o'clock rang when I arrived at the Blacksmith Guild.

"Excuse me, I've accepted your quest at the adventurer guild, where should I get the details?"

The receptionist girl... girl? someone whom I deemed to be a kid is working as a receptionist here?

"Yes yes, let me check the Quest Paper first. Ah, this one huh. It's quite heavy, will you be alright? I asked the guild to get a robust skillful man for this though."

"Eh, was the quest for specific person...."

"It's heavy and all but more importantly it needs a bit of knack to transport. The ore becomes tough when it's made into alloy, but it's quite fragile at its base form. Yet it's relatively heavy, quite troublesome huh. We usually have contracted deliverymen to handle it, but everyone's out at this season so we put a request at the Adventurer Guild."

"How much is total weight?"

"Think it's about 30KG?"

"Then it can enter this rucksack, there's no problem with the transportation."

"Howe, s'that a magic rucksack? You've got some convenient thing there."

"Once I get this delivered, could I ask for the quest completion from er, receptionist-san?"

"...Ah, I didn't tell you did I. I'm this guild's guildmaster, Pitia."

....The Blacksmith Guild's guildmaster was a legal loli. Why're ya at the receptionist desk!

"I'm Nobusada, I'm a fledgling adventurer. Please treat me well, guildmaster."

"Oh quit it with the formal talk. Just call me Pitia. I'm going to prepare the ore now, wait a bit okay."

After saying that, she ordered the people in the surroundings. She's sure a lady with good ethos, she's a loli though. Her brown skin exudes healthy charm, she's a loli though. I peek at her even while feeling sorry about it.

Name: Pitia Pritis - Gender: Female - Age: 28 - Race: Dwarf Kin
Class: Blacksmith Lv 32
Title: 【Blacksmith Guild's Idol】
Hammer Art: Lv5 - Blacksmith: Lv5 - Engraving Lv4 - Charisma - Life Magic

As one would expect of a dwarf. She doesn't look 28 at all. 【Blacksmith Guild's Idol】? In her 28? ididntseeanything.

"Alright, here you go. Your destination is the 『Hammer of Flame』. The store is farther than the Adventurer Guild so just ask the storekeeper there for the quest completion proof. You can take it straight to Adventurer Guild then."

"Okay, I've got the ore with me. Then I'll be off."

"Hoi, hoi, get it together kay."

Now then, it's Nobusada's first quest.

A bit late for this, but y'know, this town is vast. It's divided into four wards in four directions, each ward has its own characteristic. The western ward has the Gramada branch of the Adventurer Guild and prosperous pleasure quarters adjoining it. The southern ward is a commercial ward with the Blacksmith Guild, the Trade Guild and such others in it, the eastern ward has a lot of temples and agriculture related stuff like Agricultural Guild, the northern ward is home to the administration headquarter, and noble houses of the senior officials of the lord here. By the way, you'll see a vast cultivation field if you pass through the eastern gate. And the center houses the greatest characteristic of this town, the entrance to a dungeon.

I saw my destination while I was lost in thought. It's probably the building with a red roof over there. And right when I approached it while thinking how the blacksmith in this world would look like.

BAAAAAAM roll roll roll roll

A green object got blown off in front of me.

"W-what's happening!?"

"Gilui! Say that agaiiin."

An old man with a fine beard in red overalls suddenly came out of the blacksmith(?). Which means, the green object just now was!? I turned around and saw a thin old man in green overalls falling on his backsides.

"I'll keep saying it till you're satisfied. I'm retiring as a blacksmith. I'm tired of swinging hammer every single day!"

"You're going to abandon the family business that's been going on for generations just because of that!?"

"Anija (older brother) has it good. You're blessed with a healthy body from our parents. But me.... I can't do it anymore. You understand right, Anija."


"You can throw away all of my belongings in the store. I'm going to leave the house. I've got all my luggage already."

"What are.... you going to do from now on?"

"I'll work as a bartender in a bar using my connection. Please come have some drink once you've calmed down, Anija. It's not like I'm retiring because I don't like Anija."

"Is that so.... If you've thought this through that far, I won't say anything anymore. Be in good health."

"You too Anija...."

A scene of carnage is happening right before my eyes. I hardened like a rock on the roadside though. Why did a family drama unfold when I just came here for a delivery. Ah, the beard old man went back into the store.
Eh? Where did the green old man disappear to??
I'm feeling quite gloomy after getting left alone.

By the sense of duty that compels me to finish the quest, I open the blacksmith's door.

"I'm here to deliver the ore as requested by the Blacksmith Guild. Is the storekeeper here?"

The bearded old man who isn't hiding his bad mood. This person must be the storekeeper.

Name: Maurio - Gender: Male - Age: 32 - Race: Dwarf
Class: Blacksmith Lv 44
Title: None
Two-handed Axe Lv5 - Hammer Art Lv6 - Blacksmith Lv6 - Woodwork Lv6 - Sturdiness Lv6 - Stoutness Lv5 - Life Magic

He's strong! The ratio of strong old men in this town is weird.

"Ou, I'm Maurio the storekeeper here. Sorry bout that, letting you see that terrible scene."

"Please don't mind it. These are the ore from Pitia-san."

"Let me check. ....They're Nitromyte ore for sure. Is that a magic rucksack. That thing's nice for carrying stuff."

So it was called Nitromyte. It sure sounds dangerous. Thank you magic rucksack. Thank you Gune. This stuff is nice.

"Umu, no problem with the condition and the amount too. Let me see the Quest Paper, I'll stamp it."

I got the quest paper stamped. It finished easier than I thought. What should I do, it's a bit awkward now, I'm wondering if I can ask about the matter I talked about back then.


"What's wrong, lad?"

"You see, I've just registered as an adventurer yesterday, and I've been caring for my weapons with my own self-taught way. I was thinking that, if possible, I'd like to learn the proper way to do it.... I'm sorry for the impudent request, but would you teach me about it?"

"Fumu, it really is an impudent request."

And then Maurio-san squints his eyes and looks at me.

"Your attitude of wanting to learn how to properly care your weapons leaves a good impression on me. Lots of young 'uns these days half-assing their trophy maintenance, even though they entrust their life on it."

He laughed after saying that. Oh, I thought he'd be hard to please, but he's surprisingly caring.


"Very well, I don't feel like swinging my hammer today 'fter all."

"Thank you very much! Then please call me Nobusada, not lad."

"Lad is fine since you're still half a man. I'll call you with your name once you're an adult."


"And so, where's your trophy lad?"

"I have been using this iron sword."

"Fumu, well, your work isn't half bad. With some corrections, you should reach a practical level soon."

Oh! I think I just got praised. Getting one from a professional makes me happy.

"But you'd get in trouble if you only have this sword. Most adventurers have spare weapons with them."

"I just got out of the countryside myself, I was thinking of getting more from now on. Would you show me some weapons once you've taught me?"

"Yea, pick one that suits your battle style."

Afterward, I was taught various ways to maintain my weapons by Maurio-san.
As expected of a pro. He taught me many minute details.

"I've taught you the general maintenance. Now, for your spare weapons lad. What kinda thing you want?"

"Hmm, right then."

One-handed sword should be fine as the Fighter's main style. But, a spear for mid-range might be a good idea. As for the other Class I have, it's Fist Fighter. From the potential development of other classes, bows might be possible too. Would be nice if there are shuriken or dart shuriken.
My current fund is 32,444 Mani. But I'd like to have a reserve fund for unexpected things. Which means, 2444.
Basing on that and consulting to Maurio-san, below are the candidates from the weapons displayed in the store.

Iron Spear
Quality: Good - Enclosed Mana: 1/5
Price: 5600 Mani
Common iron spear. The quality is better than the common thing due to Maurio's ability.

Knuckle Guard
Quality: Good - Enclosed Mana: 0/3
Price: 3400 Mani.
The parts covering the fist and forearm can be removed. An economical weapon that can be used as a normal gauntlet if done so.

Short Bow
Quality: Average - Enclosed Mana: 0/1
Price: 980 Mani
The best bow for bow beginners. The quality isn't high since Maurio's Woodwork is worse than his Blacksmith. The arrow is 20 Mani and sold in a bundle of 10.

Throwing Knife
Quality: Good - Enclosed Mana: 0/1
Price: 300 Mani
A small knife for throwing. It might be better used against people than monsters.

I bought two bundles of arrows and five Throwing Knife.
In total, 11,880 Mani.

"I'm going to explore these spare weapons to see which one is best for me, so I'd like to buy these. And also, do you sell armor here?"

"O-ou, you're quite magnanimous. Armor.... I have Full Plates and such, but it's a bit too big for you lad. Fumu, oh, right, hold on a bit."

After he said that, Maurio-san rummaged something in the back of the store.

"Oh found it. I was prototyping this thing in the past, but eventually left it undone. I'm giving it to you lad. It should be more than good enough for a beginner adventurer."

He took out an iron breastplate-like thing(?).

"Judging from your appearance, your battle style ain't the chattering full armor type, light armor should be fine then. I'm gonna adjust the size and add other parts to it, come again here tomorrow."

"By the way, how much would it be?"

"Since it's a trial product, you don't hafta pay. In exchange, report back the usability to me. We lost one craftsman due to various reasons, so I'm thinking of changing the way we do things here."

It's about the green old man earlier huh.... I'd better not bring up this topic.

"I understand, allow me to take you up on that offer."

"And about the spare weapons. It's a matter of life and death, make sure to practice with them until you can use them well you hear me?"

"Yes, I don't wanna die yet myself. I'll be coming here regularly from now on."

"Gahaha, getting more reguler customers is always welcome in my book. Lad, don't easily die out there."

I thanked Maurio-san and left the 『Hammer of Flame』. It was a really meaningful time. I might have spent quite long, it's already getting dark. Gotta hurry and report.

When I went to report, Eleanor-san was not there anymore--(゜ロ゜
I guess it's obvious, it's already dark outside after all. The one in charge at night was an old man. The name? I don't remember.
Oh right, I confirmed that the Adventurer Guild is open 24 hours. That's good.

Now then, that chef should be ready with some good food made of that wild boar tonight! Looking forward to it.

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 15-Intermission 4

15-Intermission 4 At Muno Earldom


※It's rather shortish.

"Father, is that a potted--vegetable?"
"This isn't vegetable, Soruna. This is called Bonsai, a culture from hero-sama's country, you see."

I'm currently pruning the Bonsai sent from Echigoya Firm in the family-only living room.
It is said to be a pastime of gentlemen in Hero-sama's world, it is truly profound.

I put the Bonsai on the table so Soruna can see it well.
Enjoying my rare time together with my daughter while viewing the Bonsai.

Noisy footsteps rushed into that peaceful space.

"Big news!"

Consul Nina rushed into the room.

--How unusual.

There's only a few things that could make her expression change.
I could easily expect what happened.

"Did Satou-kun do something distinguished again?"
"Distinguished? It's nothing as plain as that."


He's the person who defeated a Floormaster in Selbira Labyrinth and liberated this city from powerful monsters in just half a day.
To make Consul Nina shaken when he's such a person already, I'm excited to hear what he did.

"Would you tell me what he did then?"

I readied myself.
After all that has happened, I will listen to it without getting surprised.

"Satou and his companions defeated a demon lord."

D-demon lord?


Defeated? Demon lord?

Demon lord demon lord, demon l-o-r-d, demon lord?!

"W-what'd you sayyy!"

I shouted out loud from the depth of my heart.

After Soruna patted my back and I received cold water from the maid, I finally regained my sense.

Even though I had prepared myself, I couldn't help but get surprised by this.
Who would have thought that he would do something that would be recorded in the annals of history--.

"W-what should I do, Nina?"
"C-calm down."

Looks like Consul Nina isn't able to hide her unrest just like me.

"Sa-Satou-kun said in his letter that he was visiting Hero-sama to support him, wasn't it Hero-sama who defeated the demon lord?"
"We don't know the detail yet. A global notice from the Royal Capital has arrived on the City Core terminal. Haven't you seen it yet?"
"Oh sorry, it seems I've overlooked it."

Come to think of me, I think something sounded when I was pruning the Bonsai's branches.

By the way, Soruna was only lightly surprised, "Oh my."
She might be the biggest shot in the family here.

◇Nina's Point of View◇

Earl Muno who confirmed the City Core terminal said something unexpected.

"--A summon from His Majesty?"
"That's right. His Majesty wants to give words of praises to Satou-kun's exploits."

I got a headache when I saw Earl Muno who didn't comprehend the graveness of the matter.

"Do you understand what it means?"
"Yes, it's quite an honor."


"His Majesty's ulterior motive."
"Ulterior motive?"

I sighed at the parroting Earl Muno.
This whole family really can't read the underside of things.

"His Majesty is probably going to raise your peerage to Marquis, in exchange he'd ask you to hand over Satou to be his direct retainer."

The Earl shouted in surprises at my prediction.

It's sad, but considering Satou's distinction, it's probably for the best.

"C-can't we decline it, Nina."

What is this blockhead saying?

"I-I mean, I promised Satou when I gave his peerage to protect him and his family."

Oy oy, you're gonna go against the king for Satou's sake?
The opponent is too much no matter how you look at it.

"If you decline this, you won't ever rise to Marquisdom in your generation. It's probably only going to get a reconsideration in your grandchildren generation."

Were Orion capable, it might have been possible in his generation, but it's probably out of question since that kid's not good at socializing.

"Even so, I don't mind. My position as an Earl right now is due to Satou-kun's assistances."

The earl spoke gallantly.
That's certainly true, normally it'd have taken 10 years, and even with my plans, becoming an earl on the next generation would have been most satisfactory.

"Well, you're the one deciding it."

The things I can do is giving advices and implementing what Earl Muno decides.
No matter what predicament we would fall into as a result, I feel that it'd be fun as long as we're with Satou.

My job as a consul should have compelled me to remonstrate the territory lord though.

"Earl, there's a letter."

10 days after that news shook up Shiga Kingdom, a letter arrived through the Griffon Mail.
Of course, the only one who would send a letter with such an expensive service is Satou.

There wasn't any detail regarding demon lord subjugation in the letter addressed to me.
It was full of trivial things like how the banquet with the hero party at Dejima Island was fun and how he had stocked up many interesting souvenirs from Dejima Island so asked me to look forward to it.

Therefore, I'm guessing that if there's anything important, it should be written in the letter for the earl.

I look at the earl's expression as he reads the letter.
The earl who was reading nonchalantly suddenly raised his face in surprises.

"B-big news, Nina!"
"W-what sorta things did that guy do this time!"

I look at the letter from the earl's side in a hurry.

"It's written here that we're going to Saga Empire."
"We can visit the Hero Summoning Room of Parion Temple by Her Imperial Princess's invitation!"

The earl stressed that.

"W-what are you talking about...."

A visit to the Hero Summoning Room?

He used the stupidly expensive Griffon Mail just to report that?
Besides, I can't think of that as more important than the story about the demon lord subjugation.

However, it seems I was the only one who thought that here.

"Father, that's so wonderful!"

Soruna-dono and the earl are both exalted.
Good grief, these parent-child are really alike.

In the end, no details were written in the letter for the earl either.
Satou is probably going to this castle before heading to Saga Empire, I intend to ask him about the details at that time.

Good grief, that guy is too unconcerned about his own exploits.

My mouth formed a smirk when I thought of the time Satou returning to this castle.
I'm going to surprise him back to get even and complain about the troublesome things and political strife Muno Earldom will fall into from now on, and--.

--A grand festival held in Muno Earldom to celebrate Satou's exploits.

A parade would be nice.
I order the maids to prepare for the festival while imagining the troubled look on his face as he's a guy who's not fond of looking showy.

Now then, prepare yourself, Satou!

<TLN: Reminder that the parts after ※ are the author's notes.>
※ Next update is undecided.

※ I planned to write the scene where Satou arrives and they have a get together, but I ran out of time and could only write this much. I'm sorry....

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Yuusha no Furi mo Raku Janai--Riyuu? Ore ga Kami Dakara-- Chapter 32

Chapter 32 Negotiation and Saucy Kiss


Unfamiliar starry sky spreads out.
A big city with dazzling lights, Doruas, is situated at the mouth of the river near the sea.
The bank has been made into a wharf, many river ships are anchored on it.

A trip that should have taken three days was finished in one day.
It was thanks to Ieturia.

Greedriver's meat and materials are being carried out of the moored ship.
While taking a sidelong glance at that, I talk to Ieturia who's resting with her hands on the edge of the ship.
"We didn't have to dry out the fish thanks to you. You've been a big help."
"That's fine and all.... But I'm tired."
"Is that right. I'll heal you."
I made my hand shined blue with magic power.

And then Ieturia bends forward with water dripping from her long silver hair. She catches my hand and push it against her smallish chest.
Softness that's just the right size in my hand. The white skin is cold like water.
Her red eyes narrowed as she's letting out 'Aah....' voice like melting.
"This feels nice."
I pat her shoulder and waist with my free hand.
It's cold but her skin is smooth. A delicate body you just want to hug.
"Your upper body is truly that of a beautiful woman."
"That's the first time someone said that to me. --Fufu, very well. Do you want to try my upper body?"
Ieturia smiled bewitchingly and licked her mouth with her red tongue. Her tail popped out of the water with a splash.

"I'm not into that. More importantly, are you alone?"
"What do you mean?"
"Don't you have friends or family."
"Is it about the marriage date? You and I should decide it ourselves."
"What are you talking about. It'll be easier to create a place you belong to if you have more friends."
"Fumu. Then I will call my brethren in the vicinity. There should be three of them here."
"Really, that's convenient."

When I separated my hand, Ieturia leaked out a wistful voice, "Ah...more."
"What. Haven't you got enough yet?"
I tightly grip her bowl-shaped breast. Firm elasticity is transmitted on my hand shining blue.
She frowned with her shapely eyebrows.
"Kuh, what are you doing. --W-were you repulsed by me after all!?"
"Hmm, I guess I'm not really fond of a woman who exposes her nude body in public."

She frowned, "guh".
"Is that so.... I'm not detailed in human custom. But it's hard to swim with clothes...."
"I gues you're right. I'll do something about it later."
Ieturia dived into the water.

I talk to a fat merchant who's watching over the cargo, Driad.
"Hey, Driad. When this ship goes back, it's going upstream right?"
"That is correct. It would take a week to go against the current."
"I've got some profitable idea in mind, wanna hear it?"
Driad's eyes shined when he heard that.
"What would that be?"
"Won't you hire Ieturia?"
"Eh, that monster!?"
"Ieturia is not a monster. She might look like that but she's actually a messenger of god."
"I-is that the case..."
"Besides, you've experienced it yourself right. It's possible to go back and forth between the royal capital and the port town in just one day."
"I-I see. That means--"
"You could bring in fresh fish to the royal capital where it's usually dried ones. You can monopolize the high speed transportation."
"That would net a considerable profit indeed.... However, the other merchants and shipowners might go after me then."
That possibility is high indeed.
'He has a dealing with monsters, he must be a demon king's underling!', if such a rumor spread, it might harm my image too.

"Then you should just take the handling charge and deal in luggage. If you tell people that Driad Firm will take the sole responsibility of the contract with Naga, the merchants who are afraid of dealing with monsters directly would have no choice but to abide."
"However, since she's alone the amount of the transported goods would not be high."
"No, she'll bring in her friends with her. If there's at least 3-4 of them, it should be doable with rotations."

Driad strokes his chin while groaning.
"Then how much would Hero-sama's share be?"
"I don't mind getting nothing until the high speed transportation business gets on track. In exchange, let it be known that Naga are not monsters but messengers of god. Advertise that the monster has turned a new leaf by the great power of Hero Keika and become divine beast."
"In other words, I should expend everything announcing that. I will allot your shares on the string-pulling expenses."
"That's right. Other merchants who don't think well of this might try to sabotage you after all. Will you do it?"

Driad furrowed his brows, looking troubled.
I know that changing your usual custom is hard. Furthermore, it's got to do with money.
It's no wonder that he's afraid of risky business since he's worked his way up to be a big merchant who owns several ships.

That's why, to be doubly sure, I tell him this.
"I don't mind if you decline. That means I'll just talk about this with other merchant."
"P-please wait, I'm still thinking about it."
I press on him.
"You're a capable merchant who grew Driad Firm alone aren't you. That's the reason I proposed this idea to you. I thought you were better than some generations old establishment that's risk averse. But it seems that I was mistaken."

When I took a step away, he caught my arm like he was going to jump.
"I understand, I'll do it! --It's a one-in-a-lifetime big job! This Driad will do his all to handle it!"
--Alright. With this Ieturia will get her place and I can sell my name.
"Really, you'll do it huh. I'm counting on you--And also, Ieturia. You heard that right?"

When I peek at the water surface, she showed up her beautiful face. Her silver hair is spreading on the wave.
Looks like she's following what I said, not exposing herself in public.
However, the red eyes that are looking up at me look reproachful.
"....I couldn't help to. Because someone went ahead on his own."
"Your forte, swimming, will be put to good use. It's like your calling. You'd get your place if you work hard. Besides, there's no rival, so you'd earn plenty of money."
"I don't particularly need money. No interest."
"Don't say that. People do business with money. You have nothing to lose saving them. You'd be able to get clothes and food anytime you want."
"Muu. I got it."
Ieturia consented while pouting with her red lips.

I turn around at Driad.
"Also, it'll be bad if a monster like the one today comes attacking again, you should prepare a weapon for Ieturia."
"That's easy, but what would you like to have?"

Ieturia's eyes suddenly brightened.
"I'd love a harpoon. Make the tip divided into two or three if possible!"
"Trident is it. I'll prepare one made of either magic silver or holy white silver."
"My gratitude."
Her red lips smiled in delight. The white snake body under water wriggled.

Curious of the sudden change in attitudes, I ask her.
"What's wrong? Did you want it that much?"
"I lost mine when I was attacked by a monster. I've been looking for a replacement ever since. I was stumped since I couldn't find a good one."
"Well it's not something you can get without money."
"I see... I should have saved money...."
"That's right. Work hard to earn them from tomorrow on."
"I got it. I'll do my best for the sake of my place and money--Keika."
"Thank you."

After saying that Ieturia came out of the water.
When her line of sight was as high as mine, she curled her slender arms on my neck and embraced me.
The beautiful face was filled with smiles, the red lips open invitingly.
She closes her eyes and draws closer. The eyelashes on her closed eyes were very long.

I was kissed without even a chance to be surprised.
Gently pushed, petal-like softness.
Her lips were beautiful and cold like water.
She immediately parts her face. Smiling triumphantly.
"Fufu. Looks like you're not so well-versed in this."

I got a bit annoyed since her red eyes laughed as if looking down.
Getting caught off guard is also mortifying.

That's why I quickly put my arm around her waist as she was going back to the water.
I lift her while hugging her waist and back. Her limbs creak in my arms. The silver hair shakes violently.
Ieturia's eyes rounded up in surprises.
"W-what are you doing!? --Nu!"
I push my lips on hers.
Forcibly putting the tongue in. Forcing open her neatly ordered teeth.
I catch the small shaking tongue and entwine it with mine.
Hot saliva intertwined, making obscene sounds.

Ieturia's beautiful face warped painfully, she looks away with a rough breath.
"My bad.... I was wrong! --Au."
I held her head and sucked her lips more.
I enjoy the soft sensation of the back of her tongue to my heart's content.
Her throat painfully made a sound.
The snake body is undulating violently under the water.

When I relaxed the strength of my arms, her white nude body dived into the water like she was falling.
Making a grand splash.

And then Ieturia showed up from the water while hugging her body with her arms.
Her white cheeks are dyed red, the red eyes looking up at me are moist with tears.
"Uu.... To hold and covet my lips like so.... What unbelievable strength."
"Let this be your lesson, don't make fun of me again."
"I'm really sorry. I realized the difference in status. I believe in Keika."
"Ah, speaking of status--"
I looked at the surroundings while saying that. Driad was nearby. He's hardened in surprises.
--I wanted to ask her about gods, but now's not a good time.

Ieturia tilted her head in puzzlement while holding her body.
"What is it?"
"I want to ask you some things next time."
"Got it. Call me anytime. --Then, see you again."
Ieturia turned away with reluctant eyes.
The white body disappeared into the water while getting coiled by the snake tail.

Driad approaches.
"To make a monster--I mean, divine messenger yield in such a way, as expected of Hero-sama."
Should I be happy getting praised about this.

I speak while scratching my head.
"I'm going to the inn. Where was it again."
"We have rooms reserved in an inn with relations to merchants at the main street. Everyone who was with Hero-sama has gone there ahead."
"Sorry about this."
"No no. I'd be making more from now on, and the cover charge for the auction was already quite a sum."
Driad glanced at the Greedriver's material that's being carried off.

Since it was his ship, he took control of the auction halfway through.
He made sure to take the commission fee.
Added with that, the price jumped up.

Materials of two Greedriver, the ovary and the meat were successfully bid at 261 big gold coins.
Minya's first-rate dismantling skill also contributed to it.
I've gotta thank her later.

Afterward, Driad's subordinate guided me to the inn.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 10

Chapter 10 Strongest Sage, Recognizing the Value of the First Crest


Exam huh....
Moreover, I have to not only pass it, but get the scholarship.


This is bothersome. I'm bad with history especially. I can't make use of my past life knowledge at all for it.
I should be able to somehow pass the test about magic and such. I wasn't that good at magic circle mathematics, but there shouldn't be anything difficult in a test for 10 year old. National language is safe too. I can't read the writing right now but I should be able to in two years.
....Thinking again, the only problem is history.

"Do we have a book to learn about history?"

"History....? We have some, but what do you need it for?"

"I mean, the exam will have history--"

"There's nothing like that in the Second Royal School exam y'know."

Oh! That's most welcome!

"Then what kind of subjects they have?"

"There's classroom lectures for sure.... But it's not really important. The important one is the practical skill."

"Practical skill?"

Wonder if it's with magic or something.

"Yea. Practical skill. Mathi can just concentrates on your sword skill. Can't teach ya magic and school lectures, but you should be fine so long you've got your sword."

That isn't much of an exam is it.
I don't think I could pass without getting a high mark on at least one subject in the curriculum.

"Can I really pass with that?"

"Yea. It's kind like a trick, but I proved it myself. Want me to teach you?"


"The sword exam will be a practical battle with an examiner. Just beat up the guy who came out. That's the first stage."


It has taken a suspicious turn somehow. Won't it be a problem if I beat up the examiner?
Rather, what's up with my father Castor's behaviors as a noble. I feel that many of them are weird.

"Now now, just wait. I haven't finished yet y'know. Here comes the important one. Once you beat the examiner, someone's stronger than them will come out."

I see. You need to directly negotiate with that strong person and have them acknowledge your strength--.

"Beat that guy up."

I was wrong.
It was a direct negotiation (physically).

"That's all the strategy you need. The total score of the exam was 50, sword skill exam should worth 10 but I got 30 for mine. My score got to 35 with other subjects and I passed just fine."

『That's all the strategy』 must be a mistake.
Or rather, you only got 5 in other subjects huh.
....Well I can use magic.
I'm sure I can get some mark in the classroom lecture subjects, added with that, getting scholarship should be possible it?
I don't know if father's tactics are viable or not nowadays, but I guess there's a merit in trying if it looks like I'm failing in other subjects. This is gonna be fun.

"Father. Don't you think that getting scholarship is too harsh for a term?"

My older brother Reich said that after hearing father.

"Really? I think Mathi would easily get it once he's 12."

"I agree on that part, but there's no need for him to get the scholarship is there...."

"Ah. That's not because of Mathi, it's the problem with our house."

"Our house problem?"

"We got no cash."

I've noticed it somewhat.
At the very least, there's no mistake that we're not rich.

"But wasn't father quite a big earner in the past...."

"Being a knight is unexpectedly unprofitable ya know. Unlike adventurers. I had got some saving myself, but it was all gone to manage the territory."


Putting aside our house financial state, I see that adventurer system still exists in today's world.
For the time being, I've decided on my future career.

"Well, in short you're saying that I should get the scholarship, if that's not possible I should earn my keep myself right?"

"That's the gist of it. As expected of Mathi, you're really perceptive.... Huh? Was Mathi always this perceptive?"

"He's always been smart for his age. I didn't know that it was this far though...."

Alright. I'll start to earn my school expense from now on in preparation for the future.
....The problem is how.

I don't see any monster around this area, so I can't save up magic stones.
It's not like I can't sell animal fur and meat, but shops that deal with that mostly don't exist in this territory town (it's more correct to call it a village than town.)
Even if I wanted to go to some big town to sell them, the current me can't use teleport magic.

It's not like I can't use Storage magic, but that magic decreases my maximum mana point depending on the capacity used. It's fine if I just use it to store lightweight things like magic stones, but it's not suited for long term storing of fur and meat .
....I should make a storage container and put them there.
As long as I use the wood well, I should be able to control it to some degree even without magic tools. I'm gonna amass anything I can find, and sell them when I'm taking the exam.

"That being the case."

After talking with Reich, father opened his mouth once again.

"Time for the training to beat up the examiner no matter which strong guy comes out."

Thus, our training restarted.
This training continued every single day in the morning until the day I left the territory.

Afternoon of that day.
Just as I've decided in the morning, before going hunting, I cut down a tree to make a storeroom to put things I've gathered.
From what I heard during lunch, it seems there's no problem in cutting down trees around this area.

"Well then. The quality of the wood is....Un. It's complicated."

Since it's not managed, it's a natural forest for better or worse.
It's not particularly good, or particularly bad.
Well, guess it's good enough.

I burnt off the tree with converged flame magic and made several planks from it.
Then I combined them using magic, creating a largish box.
I made one, but.

"....This is terrible."

I realized the value of the First Crest I had in my past life for the first time here.
First Crest is the crest suited for production type magic.
Using magic while knowing that, the results is terrible.

The bonding planes are uneven, and the amount of mana loaded in it is very little.
This box has no problem if it's only used for storing, but I'm likely going to need the help of First Crest if I want to seriously make equipment.
While thinking about that, I hunted some animals today and brought furs and preserved meat to the house.
During that time--

"I got some birds that accidentally hit some trees today too."

"Did they get neatly skinned too in the process?"

"I'm sure that's cause they hit the trees just right."

"Don't you think that excuse is too much yourself?"

"....I do."

"I know that you're strong. I'm not gonna complain you're hunting animals, bring them here all you want. If there's excess meat, sell it to the villagers, earn your school expense."

With such conversations, I was authorized by my family to hunt.

Thus, my training and strengthening proceeded smoothly.
It was several years after my past memories resurfaced that a slight turning point came up.
A monster appeared in the village's forest.

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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 15

Chapter 15 Advent! The No-Goddess Next Door


Here~ comes~ the detestable~ morning~ the morning of....hooooooope♪
Hello, it's Nobusada who still isn't used to the youthfulness of this body and its morning tent.
This body's too much of a wild kid.
Anyway, let's do my best today.

"Oh, Minerva-chan, morning!"

"Ah, Nobu-san. Good morning."

You're brimming with vigor again today, girl. It makes me feel energetic too.

"We can prepare the breakfast right away, would you like one~"

"Yeah, I'd love to."

The same seat yesterday was vacant so I took it immediately. I'm looking forward to the breakfast.

"Thank you for waiting, here you go~"

The menu she brought out looked like eggs Benedict, salad and herb tea. It's way different than the black bread and soup I've been having until yesterday.
The fatty meat and the egg yolk in the slit are dripping onto the muffin. Rich taste of the yolk and the sauce overflowed in my mouth as I bit into it. Way too good. What's this, the inside of my mouth is already a fantasy.
It's been an enjoyable morning. Ah, bliss. Good breakfast is a man's happiness.

"Today was a feast too. Tell your father my thanks."

"Yes, I got it~. Oh and also, dad was really pleased with the meat yesterday you know. He's going to give it his all, please look forward to the dinner tonight~"

"That sounds awesome. Then I'll be heading out."

"Have a good day~"

I head to the guild while feeling quite pleasant. I'd like to do some quest if I can take the baptism today.

"Good morning, Eleanor-san."

"Yes, good morning. Nobusada-san. Let's start right away, here is the payment for the wild boar and everything else from yesterday."

I got 25,000 mani in total. I'm grateful to Futsuno-san and Mitama. I should go see them along with some gift once I've settled down.

"And for the matter about baptism, I've prepared a map for you. The places marked on this map are the guild and the temple. The priest-sama of the temple should be staying permanently there, please hand over this letter of introduction to the priest."

I accepted the map and the letter of introduction that were probably written by Eleanor-san herself. I'm thankful that she's prepared me many things. I should bring her a present next time.

"Thank you very much. I feel bad for having imposed you on everything."

"Please don't think about it, it's my duty as a guild staff member to support adventurers."

"Then I'll be going to the temple."

Phew, it's the baptism at last huh. It seems to be an unpopular god, but I'm sure that it should be effective for my leveling style. But well, even if it didn't meet my expectation, I'd be fine as long as I learned the life magic.
While thinking that, I relied on the map and arrived at a solemn temple...tem...ple...?
Huh? The building looks unbelievably like a hut though.... Did I make a wrong turn somewhere?
The Aren and Ordis temples I saw on the way here were of fantasy standard y'know?
Even if it's unpopular, this much difference is strange.

I knock on the hut's door timidly.

"Excuse me, is the priest here?"

"Y-yesss, I thought we already paid the interest this moooonth."

I heard a feeble voice that sounded very unreliable. Or rather, interest!? Is the temple covered in debt or something!?

"Err, I'm Nobusada who came here for baptism as referred by the guild."

"Aaah, I'm sorryyy. Someone did contact meee. It's been awhile since my last baptism, but I'll be sure to do it properlyyy."

The one that appeared before me was a small female priest? But, it's been awhile since her last baptism huh...

Name: Bell - Gender: Male - Race: Half Elf
Class: Priest Lv13
Title: Believer of Levelitt
Life Magic - Holy Magic Lv4 - Water Magic Lv2 - Singing Lv3 - Animal Knowledge Lv3 - Housework Lv2 - God Blend

A man!? And a half elf!? People who like shota probably won't be able to resist him.
BL? No no, I'm normal! But what is this 'God Blend' I wonder?

"You're Nobusada-san right. Umm, I'm the priest who is in charge of this temple, my name is Bell. I will confirm once again, you can't undo it once you've baptized once, are you really sure about it?"

Bell, why'd you need to make doubly sure that far?

"It's fine, but why are you being so timid about this?"

Bell begins to talk timidly.

"There have been only three adventurers in total who received baptisms ever since I got assigned here three years ago. Even if you complain later, it's not possible to cancel the baptism once it's done you knoow. The one before you was the daughter of the former duke-sama, but she decided on it on her own. I was severely reprimanded by the people in duke-sama circle for not explaining enough...."

Uwaaah, that's.... Guess it's a miracle enough that the temple remains. The biggest problem is that he did the baptism, which can't be changed once done, to an arbitrary whim of the duke's daughter. When you're a duke, you'd probably associate with each temple, and temples must have power struggles among them too.

"I choose Levelitt-sama since I think she fits the best for my objectives. Thus, please proceed with the baptism."

"I understand. Then first, we would like to ask 2000 mani as a donation."

I took out two silver coins from the rucksack and gave it to Bell.

"Thank you. With this I can repair the leaking roof.... no no, it's nothiing."

Hey hey. Your inner voice is leaking out big time. I'll give him the remaining fruits I have when I'm leaving. He looks like an abandoned puppy somehow.

"Then please stand before the idol. And kneel with one knee and close your eyes pleaase."
I look like I'm praying after doing what he told. Looking again, I couldn't sense any shred of dignity from the Levelitt's idol for some reason. A relatively attractive girl with a slightly comical feeling to her. She looks like that. Is it really fine for the idol to be like that?

"One among the six pillar gods, goddess of growth and talent, Levelitt-sama. Give your blessing and protection to this the new believer.
New believer, Nobusada. Do you swear not to indulge in your talent and continue to grow righteously?"
Oh, he looks like a priest for once, I can even see something that looks like a halo. I don't understand what the heck 'grow righteously' even means, but I'll tread the road I believe in.

"I swear."

"Do you swear to not entrust the power you obtain from growing to evil and wield them righteously?"

"I swear."

Isn't he shining brighter now!? Is this the state called trance?

"『....Would you swear to be eternally loyal and donating toward the righteous, noble and beautiful Levelitt-sama?』"

"Wait a minute, oy!"

"『A a, test. She sells seashell aiueOH! Hello, it's the star of hope for 23,000 people in the countrywide, Levelitt-sama here.』」


"『You over there, don't make that disappointed face!』"

"Ventriloquism? Some kind of illusion?"

"『The one borrowing this child's body and talking is Levelitt without a doubt you know. I mean, I don't have much time to do this God Blend, so I'd appreciate it if you can make it short! This child's mind would be deleted if it passed three minutes time you see.』"

"From which Nebula you came from anyway. Why'd you do such a dangerous thing."

"『Well y'see, you looked like you'd become an extra-large singularity when I was watching from above, I thought it was amusing, tehee.』"

So she really did mark me!?

"Amusing hey.... I mean that singularity thing sounds ominous!?"

Who'd have thought that Goddess Levelitt's personality would be like this! I'm quickly regretting hurrying the baptism at this rate. I was in daze since things progressed too quickly.

"『So then, Nobusada-kun, won't you become my apostle?』"

"But I refuse!"

"『Instant reply!? Can't you think about it a bit more? This onee-san is sad.』"

"I'd appreciate if a goddess who's been around since the beginning of the world not calls herself onee-san thank you!"

"『So cruel, Levelitt-sama is eternally 20 you knoow.』"

"I'm not fit to be this apostle or such."

"『So you're just going to ignore my age are you. You'd get many privileges when you become my apostle. I'm good at improving growth you know. You should just nod while thinking you're being tricked 'k.』"

Goddess Levelitt coaxes me through Bell body. However, my mind won't waver cause I know the body is of a man!

"So I'm still being tricked in the end? I've nothing to lose not getting growth improvement."

"『You're terribly frank. Muu, I don't have much time left, this is it for today. I won't give up okay. The creator god told me that it'd be the end of the match if I did.』"

"Creator god, what are you teaching her...."

"『For now, think about the apostle matter more cause you'll get many privileges okay. Don't forget about occasional offering to the temple. Levelitt-sama likes her sweets you know. Dorayaki particularly, that one's her favorite.』"

"Yea yea, Doza*mon."

"『You got the part that needs retorting all wroong. And that's the parody drowning one~. Well, see you again adios!』"

Levelitt-sama left after talking like a storm. Un, any respect I have is already disappearing like dust in the wind. She does seem interesting though.

"Ha! I felt like something descended just now... My head is.... Feels like it's unbearably...."

"A-are you alright?"


"Whaddya mean by itchy!"

I reflexively retorted. I was worried for nothing!

"Please continue with the baptism."

"Yes, I'm sorry. ...Strongly wish to God once again. Give your blessing and protection to this new believer."

Particles of light float and converge around me. It shined once and got sucked into my body.
Bell looked dumbfounded somehow looking at it. Huh? Was this not a baptism?
I appraise myself to see if there's any change.

Name: Nobusada Izumi - Gender: Male - Race: General Human?
Class: Fighter Lv7 - Condition: Healthy
Titlte: 【Moss Ball Killer】
HP: 70/70 MP: 82/82
Etania Native Language - Differing Soul Communication Lv1 - Magic Development Lv1 - Houseworks Lv5 - Agriculture Lv3 - Swordsmanship Lv2 - Throwing Lv1 - Evasion Lv1 - Holy Magic Lv 1 - Elemental Magic Aptitude Lv2 - Life Magic (new!) - Disguise Lv2 - Magic Clad Lv2

【Inherent Skill】
Discerning Magic Eyes Lv3 (up!) - Levelitt's Blessing (small) (new!)

Levelitt's Blessing (small): Improvement to class experience point acquisition, skill acquisition, and skill level increment.

Additional Title
【Levelitt Apostle (Temporary License)】
Proof of someone who has become a messenger of Goddess Levelitt. However it's a temporary license. The power balance among gods change depending the actions of people who have become apostles. However, this has little influence since it's just a temporary license. Effective just by possessing it.

That no-goddess.... I'm thankful for the Blessing, but the (Temporary License) is most baffling. Just how far did that no-goddess marked me down.
Power balance exists even among gods huh. How fresh.

"....Many things happened, but the baptism is now over."

"Was baptism always like this?"

"....No, this was a first for me too. Nobusada might be especially favored by Levelitt-sama."

You got it right, and I got some weird thing added to me without my permission you know. Not gonna tell anyone though.
Afterward, Bell taught me about the life magic and I left the temple(?).

The life magic are

Washing magic - Clear
Ignition magic - Pom
Drying magic - Dry
Springwater magic - Water

Etc, it seems to consume little mana and plenty of people could use it. These magic are plain but extremely convenient.

I shove the matter about Goddess Leve to the corner most region of my brain and head to the guild. I should still be able to make it to accept some quest at this hour. I feel like doing some quests devotedly right now.

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Yuusha no Furi mo Raku Janai--Riyuu? Ore ga Kami Dakara-- Chapter 31

Chapter 31 White Snake Woman and High Speed Rivering


We're riding a ship going downstream a large river toward Drias the port town.
It's a large river that's 100 meter in width. It's deep too.
The blue water is flowing abundantly.

The four of us are playing a card game after having our lunch.
Celica is going steady while laughing elegantly, Minya is concentrating on the game with a serious deadpan expression. But if she had a good hand, her skirt turned up from her tail moving and when she got a bad hand, her ears flopped down, she was like an open book.

This peaceful rivering is probably going to continue on.
--Right when I thought that.

The boatman suddenly shouts.
"Hold on to something! You'd get thrown off!"
"What!?" "What's happening!" "I don't see anything--!?"
The passengers raised their voices.

The next moment, BAM, shock ran on the bottom of the ship.
The vibrations feel like the whole ship is rising.
The passengers screamed, "HYAAA!", "UWAAA!"
Minya agilely stood up like a cat, but Lapisia fell down and went rolling on board the ship.
I shout.
"Celica, take care of Lapisia so she won't fall!"
"Yes, Keika-sama!"
Celica hugs the rolling Lapisia on her lap.

After making sure of that, I ran to the boatman.
"What's going on!"
"Hero-san, we got a monster!"

I look around with Senrigan.
Then I saw a 15 meter long fish as huge as a whale swimming in the water. Abominable sharp teeth are lined up in its mouth big enough to swallow a house whole.
"That's one big fish."
"We're gonna try to run to the riverbank! Hold on the ship somewhere!"

"Nah, no need for that."
"Don't worry. As a hero, I'll cut it down."
"C-can you do that?"
"We're probably going to be a fish bait before we get to the bank if I can't do that right?"

The boatman opened his eyes wide, but then he nodded firmly.
"Gotcha. Gonna believe in you!"
"Move to some place easier to fight on."
The boatman moved the ship's rudder to the middle of the large river.
Riding on a fast stream, accelerating.

The huge fish is chasing after our ship.
Its thorny dorsal fin cuts through the water surface.
Name: Greedriver
Element: 【Water】

Attack: 2300
Defense: 1200
Vitality: 2000
Willpower: 500

Swallow: Swallow the enemy whole.
Crunch: Crush one enemy ignoring defense.
Surface Slash: Cut even steel with the dorsal fin.
Pressure Down: Jump up and flatten with its body. Ranged attack.

Null Water Elemental Attack: Scales that repel direct attacks of water elemental. Complete protection.

It's opening its mouth, trying to swallow the ship whole. Its body is glittering from the sunlight.
--Water element having no effect on it is troublesome.... Is that what you think, foolish fish.
Water and wind are my followers!

I unsheathe my Tachi and fire a magic while taking the upper stance with the Tachi.
"--<<Sealing Water Jail>>!"
The water emits blue light, taking crystal shape. I'm using this one since it's not a direct attack.
The fish got caged, it violently floundered left and right.
Of course it won't break from just that.

"Breeze who abide by name  Become an assemble of sharp blades--<<Gale Slash>>."
I swing my Tachi.
Releasing a sharp blade of wind.


The top half of the fish's head is blown off.
Its brain tissue scattered, it died after convulsing.

SPLASH, the fish fell into the river with a grand water splash.

Shout of joy broke off on the ship.
"Awesome!", "With just one blow!", "Hero-sama is amazing!"

Etc etc. They unanimously praised.
There's nothing in it being praised by merchants.
"You're amazing as expected. But it was unfortunate. Greedriver's teeth and scales can all be sold handsomely. Its meat is also delicious. You could get around 30 big gold coin with one that size. Truly unfortunate."
"Really now..."

It was a highly prized fish at the same level of tuna huh.
I never thought of selling the materials from the monsters I defeated.
I've got to earn money after all, losing 30 big gold coins (3 million yen) is a blow.
That said, it's already in the bottom of the river.
I should prepare a fishing rod next time.

While I was thinking that.
The boatman suddenly shouted.
"There's another one!"
"What!", "What'd you say!?"

I look at the place the boatman pointed at.
A huge Greedriver fish is chasing after a white snake.
The white snake's long body is undulating while trying to desperately escape.
"The fish is eating the monster", "Nice, run run away~!"
The passengers laughed.

However, my attention was caught by another thing.
It's big for a snake. Its total length is about 5 meter.
The white upper body--of a woman?
I stare at it hard. Cause I don't think it's just a mere snake.
Name: Ieturia
Gender: Female
Race: 【Divine Kind】 Naga
Class: Conjurer Lv65
Element: 【Water】

Vitality: 6000
Willpower: 4000

Attack: 1900
Defense: 1400
Magic Attack: 1800
Magic Defense: 1200

Water Spear: Strong water attack on one enemy.
Spear Needles: High pressure water needles attack on multiple enemies.
Aqua Fall: Change water into a high pressure axe, cutting like a waterfall. Ranged big damage.
--Hou. She has divinity huh.
She looks like a monster outwardly, but apparently she's a divine beast.

Why isn't she fighting back even though she's that strong?
I thought that for an instant, but then it hit me that water attack had no effect on the huge fish.
It doesn't seem like she's carrying a weapon either, she probably has no choice but to flee.

I put my hand on the ship's rail and shout.
"Oy, you the Naga there. Come here. I'm gonna help you~"
Hearing my shout, the snake woman hesitated for a while but then she made a sudden turn heading here.

The snake woman comes to the side of the ship. The huge fish pursues right behind her.

I hold my Tachi and recite a spell.
"--<<Gale Slash>>"
I swing my Tachi from the side, slashing horizontally!


The whale-like huge fish got cut in two.
SPLASH! The fish sunk with that sound.

And then the snake woman Ieturia swam to the ship with her undulated white snake body.
The inboard is going up in screams.
However, I tell them.
"Don't worry. She's a divine messenger. That's why, do not attack her you hear me?"
"Hii", " I got it", "Let's do as Hero-sama says."
I put my hands on the ship's rail again when the passengers quieted down.

Ieturia came right beside me. Water is dripping from her long silver hair that stretches to her back.
She's a beautiful woman with alabaster-like white skin and bowl-shaped breasts slanting upward. However, her lower body is that of a long snake covered in white scales. The snake part is about 4 meter long.

Her beautiful face is warped, looking at me with dubious eyes.
"....Why did you save me?"
"Hmm. I thought you were a divine beast, not a monster. Am I mistaken?"

Ieturia's red eyes opened wide.
"How'd you know that.... That's right, I am of people who have divinity. You really saved me there. My gratitude."
"Then could you bring me the fish I defeated here? Looks like it can be sold at a high price."
"...I can't really accept it, but it's a request from my lifesaver and one of higher rank. I will undertake it."
After she said that, the long snake body wriggled and she dived underwater.
She said higher rank just now. She saw through me as a god huh.

After a while, Ieturia brought back two huge fish.
They're fastened to the sides of the ship since they can't be carried on board.

And then Minya came to my side with kitchen knives on both hands. She snorted and stood with her legs open wide.
"I'll... dismantle them."
"Can you do it?"
Minya nodded.
Even though she had her usual deadpan, strong will shined in her black eyes.
Like saying it's her expertise.

I decided to entrust it to her.
"...Is that so, thanks then. As one would expect of a daughter of a chef. I'll be counting on you."
Minya's black eyes brightened in delight.
"Do my best."
And then she begins to dismantle the fish that's bigger than the ship.
She got on the back of the huge fish with a jump, and swung the kitchen knives.
She cut the gills and drained the blood, cutting off the vivid meat from between the scales.
There was no waste movement, it was beautiful enough to be a martial art dance.

I talk to the merchant.
"Are you going to buy the meat and the material?"
"Yes, allow me to purchase the material. However, since the meat can't hold on for long, it might rot."
"Is that so. That's too bad."
After I said that, Minya turns around to us and speaks.
"...If dried in the sun, kept."
"I see. Dried and salted fish is it. Please do."
"Then, Hero-sama. How about 18 big gold coins for the two fish's material and 3 big gold coins for the meat?"
"I don't know the market price. Is that fair?"
I couldn't use <<Truth Sight>> since they haven't been finished being dismantled into individual items. Appraising each of them gave me results from 1-100 coins, the gap was too big, I couldn't get the difference.

--And then.
Minya mutters in a whisper while skilfully dismantling the fish.
"This is a female. She had eggs. Unless it's 40 large gold coins... no."
"W-what! Greedriver's ovary!? I'll buy it, I'll buy it at that price!"
The merchant shouted excitedly.

However, the other merchants stand up in a frenzy.
"W-wait. It's the ovary y'know! I'll buy them all for 45 pieces!"
"Argh, 60!"
I don't really understand but an auction has started.
The female fish's eggs seem to be very highly prized. I guess it's like herring roe and caviar.
The other boatmen and the wealthy joined as the auction reached the climax.

I left it to Minya and left the place.
I approach Ieturia who's swimming on the ship's flank with her hand on the ship's side.

However, one of the passengers draws near with a stiff face.
"Hero-sama, is it fine to get close to that monster?"

I look at Ieturia. Her silver hair and white body are glittering under the sunlight. Her liberally bowl-shaped breasts are exposed.
"What. Are you hostile to humans?"
She shook her head while still holding her hand on the ship. The wet dripping silver hair swayed heavily.
"I don't remember ever being hostile. However, humans mistook us as monsters and assaulted us."
"I see. Well you do look like a monster."
Ieturia looked down as I said that nochalantly.
"--We're attacked by monsters, chased after by humans. Where do we have to live at...."
Shadow was casted on Ieturia sculpture-like beautiful face.

I'm thinking.
--This might be a good opportunity.
Helping her means that my name will be known and I get more believers.
In an instant, I establish a plan to help her.

I speak with folded arms.
"Looking at the situation now, there's no way you guys have home is there?"
"Wha--! Everything is because you gods are fools--"
"Waa! Listen to the end! If you don't have a place you belong to, then you just need to create one! --Rather, I'm a hero! The name's Keika. Call me that!"
And then I reminded her, "Do not say god" in whisper.
Many things would be finished if my identity as a god got exposed.
I alluded it frantically.

Ieturia seemed to understand as she obediently nodded.
"I got it, Keika.... But what do you mean by creating a place we belong to?"
"It's simple. If you want to get along with humans, you just need to show your worth to them."

Ieturia tilted her head quizzically. The silver hair inclined.
"...Hmm? I don't understand what you're meaning to say at all...."
"Humans are a calculative creature. If they are aware that something or someone has a value to them, they will take care of it regardless of its looks. Like the honeybees from where honey is collected, they look scarier than you right? They have compound eyes and all."
"I-indeed.... But what should I do? For me to be useful to humans...."
"Is your swimming fast?"
"I do not lose to human ships."
"Is that right.... Wait a bit."

I go to the boatman.
"I need to talk about something."
"What's it Hero-sama. Say it, I'll help s'long it's within my power."
"Is this ship yours? Or is it of a merchant somewhere?"
"Driad-san who's participating in the auction over there is the shipowner. He owns the Driad Firm that deals in transportation and trade."
"I see. Then would you tie a rope on the ship's bow?"
"Where'd that come from!?"
"Just do it, I'm asking here."
I said that while showing a glimpse of the 【Emblem of Hero】 on my chest, and the boatman followed while frowning.

A rope is tied on the bow.
I present the other end of that rope to Ieturia.
"Pull the ship with this."
"Haa!? You mean I have to pull a human ship! Are you mocking me!"
"But you want a place you can belong to right? Your specialty is the ability to move quick on water."
"It might seem like you're being used. However, that's only in the beginning. Leave it to me. I'll raise your worth and create a place you can belong to."
"Are you telling the truth? ....No, I have nowhere to go anyway. I'll do it even if it's a lie."
Ieturia took the rope from my hand with her slender arm.
Her cold fingers touched for an instant.
And then she turned forward and pulled the ship.

BWOOSH, the river ship sailed at high speed.
"Fast!", "Oh noo!", "Uu...gonna puke."
The passenger's screams were within my expectation as the ship went down the big river intensely.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 9

Chapter 9 Strongest Sage, Join the Sword Practice


The next morning after that terrible mock battle.
My brother Reich, Biffgel and I have assembled in front of the entranceway, getting ready for practice.

Looks like Biffgel who was late yesterday (our father, Castor caught him as he was trying to run, and then he declared five consecutive surrenders at the speed of sound, astonishing us three) is early today.
Father nodded when he saw us.

"Alright, everyone's here! Let's start the practice right away! First, all of you swing your sword 100 times!"

As told, we took up wooden swords and began to practice swinging.
I don't know what kind of training it is so I mimicked my brother Reich, doing diagonal slashes.

Magic Combatants don't mean that they only fight with magic. Close quarter combats are also important, slashing with a powerful magic sword reinforced with several dozens of buff magic was one of my specialties.
I had repeatedly used diagonal slashes many times in my past life, I couldn't possibly count the number of times I used it in actual battles.
Since I already know the basic, I match that knowledge with my current body for the practice swinging.

"Biffgel, your posture is all wrong, do it like this!"

"Reich, your swinging has gotten quite better, but the part after that is no good! Reduce the interval more!"

Father instructs us while overseeing our practice swinging.
He stopped in front of me.

"As for Mathi...."

Father went silent after that.

".....Nay, I don't see anything that needs correcting. Isn't the sword heavy?"

"No. I think this much weight feels just right."

The important thing is not brandishing a heavy sword, but brandishing a sword with the right weight.
Since I can't change the weight of the sword at present, I'm adjusting the Physical Reinforcement instead.
That's why a heavier sword for the practice swinging only means that I consume more mana to adjust the Physical Reinforcement.
It might be difficult for someone who can't control Physical Reinforcement well, but it's really nothing to write home about for the current me.

"Is that so. Then continue to swing like that.... Huh? If it's that perfect, I guess there's no actual need for the practice swinging?"

Now that you mention it, that's certainly true.
I've gotten quite used to this body, the current me can already use  Physical Reinforcement and 【Mana Strike】 easily. <TLN: Mana Strike was translated as Magic Strike earlier.>
I'd like to raise my fundamental strength and mana.
I want to go the forest and hunt animals to increase my mana but....

"No matter what genius Mathi is, he must have a weakness somewhere! First we should look for that!"

Well I should've expected this. This is the time for sword practice after all.
Indeed, there's no guarantee that I have no weakness.

If I'm not mistaken, I was 120 when I started to wield sword in my past life. In other words, I was already relatively able with magic.
Of course that condition persisted while I mastered the way of sword.
The thought of fighting to the limit with just the 【Mana Strike】 never even crossed my mind.

"But, how?"

In many cases, you can only learn the right way to move in battle in an actual battle.
The current me don't have time to design a Simulator which took several dozens of years in my past life.

"Of course by having me as your sparring partner. It'll be a good practice for me too. It's a different story in the royal capital, but there's no one as good as Mathi as a sparring partner around here you know."

Sparring with father huh. That's most welcome.

"So we really weren't good enough to be one...."

My brother Reich seemed dejected when he heard that.

"Don't get the wrong idea, it's just Mathi that's weird here. Reich's swordsmanship is at the level where you can easily pass the entrance examination of the Knight Training School you know?"

And he got encouraged.... I was treated like some kind of weirdo, I'm not satisfied with that somehow.
By the way, it seems the Knight Training School is one of the elite rearing facilities in the current world.
It seems they don't deal with magic and sound stiff somehow, I don't wanna go there.

"Alright, first you can assume that your opponent will swing straight from above the head orthodoxly! Here I go!"

"Wait a minute"

I stop father who was rushing in while shouting out.
What is he trying to do announcing his strategy before the match.

"There's no point if you're announcing your moves beforehand!"

The point of sword stances is using them to flexibly deal with the opponent's movements.
Of course normally you'd change your sword stance depending on your the moves your opponent used, but that is only after you've seen through the their habits and movements, not by believing the announcement they kindly provided.

"No but. That'd be too difficult for y..."

"In real combats, there is no one who fights by shouting 『I'm gonna swing my sword straight!!』 and actually following through that, isn't there?"

"You're right, but you know... No. I was misled by your appearance. I have a hunch that Mathi can do it.... Let's do it!"


--30 minutes later.

"....I can't find any weakness...."

"Mathi isn't just at the level of a genius is he....?"

In the end, he couldn't find any weakness of my swordsmanship.
Since my fundamental strength and mana are lacking, I've lost in a contest of strength, but that's the weakness of my body instead of my swordsmanship.
It's not really a problem since they will be improved as I continue to train.

"C...Cheat! He must be using some sort of trickery!"

"How again?"

"H...he must have used some kind of underhanded method!"

And Biffgel seemingly couldn't stand losing in swordsmanship to me anymore, he began to scream out some weird things again.
By the way Biffgel. You can't call that an answer you know.

"So that's what Biffgel thinks. ...Didja know that the easiest way to find out the trick the other party uses is by fighting them. If you insist on treating Mathi like that, you can fight--"

"It was just my imagination."

And he immediately amended himself. Even being unsightly has a limit....
I should stop thinking about this guy, it's not good for my mental health. Think about fun things, fun things....
....I remembered something important.

"Oh right, father."

"What is it Mathi?"

"You said that I could leave the village if I learned the sword, does that mean I can go out now?"

Unfortunately, the Hildesheimr territory where I am now isn't really ideal for magic training--.
That's just something I made up to deceive myself.

The real reason is that I want to see the world.
Even though I've succeeded my past life's memories, a six year old is six year old. It's an age where one holds an interest and yearns for adventures in the world outside.

"I... it's true that your strength is already good enough for that, but don't you think it's too early?"

"I also think that it's too early."

But they objected it.
I also had an inkling of that. It's maybe too early for a six year old child to go outside the territory alone.

"Yeah! Go away! You should hurry up and scram. Rather, leave, now."

Unusually enough, Biffgel seemed to agree with me.
Please stop. Getting Biffgel's approval makes me think that I've made a mistake.

"You can't lead a live by relying on your skills in combat alone. At least when you've turned 15.... No. 12 year old depending on the term. That's the most I could compromise."


Wonder if I have to win against father with a sword.
If yes, I should be able to do something about it in two years--.

"You have to pass the exam of the Second Royal School as a scholarship student."

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