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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 23

Chapter 23 24-Hour Lifesaving Inn


Chirp chirp chirp

A bird that looks like a sparrow is chirping near the window.
I'm awake but my eyelids won't open well. Huuh? What happened to me?
Mirrors are expensive so of course there's none of that here in a room for adventurers. No choice, I try to move my aching body... I can't!?
Huuh? I'm wide awake but I can't move my limbs at all like they've been bound....

I managed to somehow move my head and looked below to see that I had been tied in a rope.
How did it come to this? I went straight to bed after feasting on Donur-san's memorable Paella and I don't remember anything at all afterward.

Knock knock knock

Someone knocked on the door.
And then click, it opened.

"Huh? Are you awake now, Nobu-san~"
Minerva-chan came carrying a tray.

"fea I fuf fof uf "
(Yea, I just got up)

I was aghast when I tried to talk. Just what happened to me really.

"Ah, you shouldn't force yourself to talk~ It's just as Matda-san said, you've really swelled up~"

She fiddled with something on the tray while saying that. Master said that? Which means my face is so swollen I can't speak well right now. For it to be this difficult, does it mean it's really swollen so much?
As much as an**nman?
<TLN: Anpanman.>

"I was told that since it was Nobu-san, he might force himself to move around, so I took it upon myself to tie you up in the bed~"

She's saying that with all smiles... So that was why I couldn't move at all.
Then Minerva-chan put some gel-like substance on tree bark-like stuff. And then she put them on my face.


It stiiiiiiiiiiinks! Several of these things that are orders of magnitude stinkier than a poultice are pasted on my whole face.

"These have been applied with salve made from Alue leaves~. The swelling should be gone by tomorrow if we use this many~."

This stuff is folk remedies that don't rely on magic and are so effective guards and adventurers carry it around with them. Apparently this smell will disappear when it loses its effect. And the reason why I'm this swollen is a backlash of forcefully overlapping heals. It varies by people, but apparently Master said that the backlash was this severe in my case since I overlapped the heal after getting hit that bad. And he even saw through my personality and made sure that I wouldn't be able to move.... Kuuh, I feel like Son Goku who got toyed with in the palm of Buddha.

No choice, let's spend today resting.

"Fhanf fou, mifefa-fhan."
(Thank you, Minerva-chan.)

"Yes, well then, please rest well okay~"

After finishing putting the poultice-like stuff, Minerva-chan left in a hurry.

Still, it's been a few days since I came to this world. It really was like surging waves.

I was thrown into a forest, met beauty sisters, got attacked by a wild boar, had a mock battle with Kyle, met a Goddess and then got beaten to a pulp. It's been really stormy when you lay it all down like this.
I also met kind and reliable people.
Mitama and Futsuno-san. Eleanor-san, Master, and Kyle. Minerva-chan, Donur-san, and Bell-san. Boss-san, Storm-san and Sefi-san.

Oh there's also the muscled bikini pants and stuff, oh right, the no-Goddess too.

I think... I'm glad... to have come to this... city....

...Stop it, nee-san...


"Ufufu, he really looks cute when he's sleeping like this. It's nice when he looks gallant, but this kind is nice too."

"...He's fast asleep, you shouldn't tease him."

"Geez, Mitama you're so serious. You can do many stuff on this defenseless Nobu-kun...."

At that time, my eyes met Futsuno-san's who was peering.

"A-araa, yer' awake? Morning, Nobu-kun."

"W-w-w-what are you doing Futsuno-san."

"Y'know, we heard you got into a fight. After hearing some others rumors, we decided we might as well come to visit."

"...We heard from Storm. And that you were in this inn too. You're as rash as always, Nobu."

Mitama said that a bit critically.
Un, I feel sorry to have worried them.


Uwaa, how did they know about that too. Hearing that from someone's else mouth really makes it sound embarrassing and itching.


"Well, there were a lot of witnesses and it got quite lively 'rite? And many people have been talking about it you know. Was quite the hot topic in the diner earlier too."

Nuoooo, it's gotten so big. I didn't expect this.

"....You shouldn't be rash. You were like that with the wild boar too, Nobu, you drove your body too hard."

Mitama had a really worried expression as she said that. We haven't known each other that long, yet she's this worried about me, it makes me happy.

"Don't worry. I'll get stronger now that I've become a pupil of the 【War Fist】. Next time will be different."

The two looked shocked when they heard me.
Eh? Did I say something bad?

"W-war Fist!? That War Fist, the so-called Ultimate Weapon of Gramada? No-Nobu-kun... You shouldn't be so quick to jump to your death."

"....You went and did something rash right after we told you not to, geez."

"Eh? Eh? What's going on?"

"Don't tell me, you went and became his pupil without any knowledge?"


"Achaa~, that's right. Nobu-kun just arrived recently. No wonder you don't know."

According to Futsuno-san. Apparently there were countless people who went under Master's tutelage but only a few that managed to safely graduate. But, those few people went on to assume important positions like a general that protect an entire country or a high ranking adventurer.
However, the training was something those with half-assed resolution could not endure and numerous youngsters were left dejected.
Wow, Futsuno-san is really well informed.

"And that's that. Like we said Nobu-kun, you've gone and become a pupil of someone outrageous."

"...Nobu, don't die."

No no no, I won't die. Please don't kill me off, Mitama.

"I-it's alright. I'm not going to die just like that...."

Uu, now I'm feeling the nature's call after hearing that story. I can't move because of this rope though.

"Fu-Futsuno-san. Sorry, but could you maybe untie this rope. I'd like to go to the toilet for a bit."

And the thing I said this time became a regret I carried until death.
The moment I said that. Futsuno-san grinned and smiled. There's no doubt, that's her face when she's thinking of something bad!

"Ufufufufufufu. Futsuno onee-san gotta observe this real closely. Now then, Nobu-kun, let onee-san take care of you."

She had an earthenware of some kind on her hand. Where'd she get that from!? The shape looks... like... an... urinal.

No way!? I call for help from Mitama while having the worst premonition in my chest.

"Mi-Mitama. I beg of you, please untie me!"


Even though Mitama answered my call and tried to untie the rope, it doesn't look like it's getting unfastened at all, just what kind of knot is it. Futsuno is fast approaching my lower half in the meantime.
She turns over the blanket with a cheerful look on her face and extends her arm toward my lower half.

"It'll be over in a jiffy if you stay still, don't struggle okay. Ufufu, it's my second time meeting Nobu-kun's stuff now."

No no no, sure she did saw it once, but even then, I don't know about letting a young girl to take care of that.
Mitama! Please untie me asap! No wait, just stop Futsuno-san pleaseeeeee.

Futsuno-san's hands hang on my trousers.
Sto...wai...aa...where are you touching!??
The chilly earthenware got between my groins.

"No need to endure it anymore. Leave it to onee-san. Now, let it all out nice and easy."

<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>


Uuu, I can't be a groom anymore, sniff.
In the end, Mitama couldn't make it in time and nature's call prevailed. This was the first time a woman took care of my lower half since I had never been hospitalized before. I feel like I've lost various things.

Mitama was downhearted for not making it in time, Futsuno-san looked like she had accomplished something.
The contrasting two went home after they were done with their business.
It was already evening by the time it was over. It's gotten dark.

The rope has been unfastened and I'm free to move my body now.
I sit on the bed, roll up my shirt and see bruises here and there.
I was hit so many times that I got backlash from using heal, just how badly was I beaten anyway.
In fact, I don't really remember the stuff after I was blown away. Really, I'm surprised I survived.


I heard a reserved sounding knock from the door.

"It's open, you can come in."

"P-please excuse me."

The one who opened the door and entered was the bunny ear girl from before. Now that I think abou it, I don't know her name.

Name: Fou - Gender: Female - Age: 10 - Race: Animal Folk - Moon Rabbitkin
Class: Waitress Lv7 - State: Nervous
Title: None
Dagger Lv1 - Housework Lv2 - Serving Lv2 - Good Luck Lv 2 - Life Magic
Three Size - B: 61 W: 47 H: 62

Ah, yup. Please cut off the three size already. Don't you have on/off function, Discerning Magic Eye.
Fou-chan huh. She's younger than I thought. Still, she has Good Luck huh. I sure would like one.
She looks like a striking little girl with pink hair and ears. She may look feeble, yet she's working as a waitress among those rowdy bunch, she's incredible.

She's shaking and looks really nervous though.
She trotted and came next to me.

"U-um, um, thank you very much for saving me yesterday. Err, you were hit really bad, are you okay?"

"I just did what I wanted, you really don't have to worry about it. See, I look fine right. I was so uncool getting all beat up thought."

I swung my right arm and joked about it. I'm still feeling a bit sore, but I've gotta do this much lip service at least.

"Umm, my name is Fou. What you said back then was really cool. This is, umm, my thanks."

And then she stood on tiptoe and kissed my cheek very fleetingly.

"Minerva-chan said that men would be happy if I did that.... I'll come back later with something to eat, please rest well okay."

The girl went straight out of the room with a red face. Is this what they call a startled hare. <TLN: Adverb that means lightning speed.>
But really, what are you teaching her, Minerva-chan... What a precocious kid she is.

Even while feeling slightly embarrassed, I felt a bit proud that I was able to protect this daily life.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 151

Chapter 151 Strongest Sage, Shows Up


"The front door has been breached! Get ready to attack!"

"Ha, they naively came from the front!"

"The prize money is mine!"

The mansion's guards have been gathered here due to the loud sound of the broken door.
Looks like the city ruler has put reward money on our heads.

"What is this?"

"Are they going easy on us?"

"No... Looks like they're already doing their best."

Their attacks were really shoddy.
Arrows without magic enhanced on them, and chanted magic so weak you would have thought they weren't even trying.
We didn't even have to do anything as all of them were all repelled by the magic tool we had prepared beforehand.

"Dammit, why aren't our attack working!"

"Could it be.... Barrier magic!?"

"Impossible! There's no way a magic capable of blocking this many attacks be deployed so fast!"

They're doing it seriously.

"Well since they're in the way, let's finish them off."

I plunge into the bunch after saying that.
I don't even need to use defensive magic. I can evade this level of attacks instinctively.

I activated lightning magic and paralyzed them all together.
Really helps that the lightning pass them easily since they've crowded themselves in formation.

Thus we continued to suppress the other guys and annihilated all the bunch on the first floor.
Some of them seem to have escaped, but there's no need to go after them.

"Err, the city ruler is in his office in the second floor.... Or that's what they'd like us to believe, but he's actually in a hidden room underground huh?"
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
"...Judging from the enemy's formations, I think there is no mistaking it. I don't know the exact location, but my intuition tells me it's...."

"Here, right."

I pointed at a nearby wall as I said that.
There was an unnatural gap in the drawing we got earlier.
Judging from its width and the shape of mana reaction, it's probably a hidden stairway.

"Yes. Did Mathias-sama come to the same conclusion?"

"The one who set up this hidden room is most likely an amateur. It's so obviously unnatural."

Looks like Eiku noticed the oddity on the drawing too.
Well, it's only right that a proper secret agent would know this much oddity.

"The problem now is how to enter it...."

"That's a solved problem. It's open if you do this."

I kicked at the wall with Physical Reinforcement as I said that.
And the wall easily broke down.

The real mechanism to open this door is probably the magic tool in the corner of the hidden room, but this way is faster.
We don't need to follow how they do their key and hidden door stuff in particular anyway.

"...How do I say this, I feel like I understand what His Majesty and the Second Academy students were saying now...."

Eiku muttered when he saw the scene.

"What were they saying?"

"Do not antagonize Mathias-sama even by mistake."

"...I see."

They're saying such things huh.
Well, not having the royal family as an enemy is good for me too.

"Then let's get down the stairs. I'll be leading, Iris will be right behind me. You three follow us slightly away from behind."


Thus we got down the hidden stairs in a line.
And then we started to hear the commotion inside.

"It's so quiet on the first floor... Did they manage to suppress them?"

"No, we would have gotten the report if they did! Perhaps we should consider that they have been suppressed instead...."

"Fool! There's no way they could've beaten that many people this quick! ...But open the passage heading above just in case!"


Ah. They have another hidden door that leads outside huh.
I'm interested in the location of that hidden door.
...Alright let's ask them.

"That sounds fun. May I join in too?"

I showed myself up in front of the city ruler and his underlings as I said that.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 150

Chapter 150 Strongest Sage, Raids


"Acknowledged. Everyone, please take these."

Eiku distributed some paper to us four.
The paper contained permission for us to act as a proxy of the royal family.

"Are we allowed to arrest the city ruler anytime we want?"

"Yes. When are you planning to do it?"

"....Right now of course. You three don't mind right?"



"Of course!"

The three immediately replied to me.
We're doing this raid because we've witnessed the awful state of this dungeon city in the past week.
We are in consensus that the city ruler must be replaced as soon as possible.

"...Understood. Our target is most likely located in the city ruler's mansion.... And that mansion is heavily guarded. Should we request cooperation from the knights?"

Eiku took a blueprint of the mansion.
Looks like the mansion is built with the possibility of attacks from outside in mind.
There's only one entrance and one back door, both of which are thick doors, and guarded by guard rooms.

...Well, that's irrelevant though.

"No, we can handle them. We'll be fighting in a confined space, so having more people around would make it more difficult instead. Also, it'd be annoying if the city ruler noticed and used some weird trick. We're breaking through directly from the front. Is there any problem?"

"...Understood. There is no problem. I have heard from people that know about Mathias-sama that taking the knights along would only drag you down."

Eiku began to guide us after saying that.
I'm not sure what kind of rumors are spreading about us.... but since it made things go smoother, guess I'll let it slide this time.
....We left the dungeon and arrived at the mansion.


"...Something seems amiss...."

Eiku looked perplexed when he saw the mansion.
We have never come close to the mansion so we have no idea, but Eiku seems to think that there's something wrong with it right now.

"Is it?"

"Yes. The front door is usually open, and guards are standing by around it. But there's no guards today... and it's eerily quiet."

Hearing that, I investigate mana reactions inside the mansion.
There are people inside it seems... But this is....

"The info about this probably got leaked."

"The info?"

"Yeah. Looks like they've strengthened the defense inside the building... When you think about it, don't you feel that there's a few guards in the city today? They've all been gathered here."

Usually, there are guards under direct control of the city ruler besides the knights in the city.
They're called guards but rather than suppressing crimes inside the city, they're taking part in the city ruler's crimes instead.
I'm sure that the people who regularly attacked us normally worked as guards.

"...What would you like to do?"
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
Eiku asked us.
However, there's no change to the plan.

"Like I said in the beginning, we're breaking through from the front."

I walked forward, stopped before the steel door and gripped the doorknob.
There doesn't seem to be any trap around the door.

"Are you four ready?"

I look at Iris, Ruli, Alma and Eiku.
The four have readied their weapons and nodded.

"...I think it's locked... Would you like me to unlock it?"

I shake my head at Eiku's suggestion.
Lock picking is quiet, sure... but now's not the time to be secretive.

"No need for that. There's a better way to open this lock."

I grip and rotate the doorknob.
The door is locked indeed....

"This is how... you open it."

I used Physical Reinforcement magic as I said that and twisted the doorknob.
And then, SNAP! The lock was blown away with that sound.

Then I kick the door while throwing away the broken doorknob....
The door got blown off with a roaring sound.

"Alright, it's open!"

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-15

16-15. New Journey


Satou here. I learned the word 'Quest' from games. Back then, they were small events that could be started anytime you want, but recently there have been quests that can happen unexpectedly and can be missed out. I'm looking forward as to what kind of quests will be added next.

"Eeh, isn't that a fetch quest."
"Yeah, God Tenion laughed about it too."

Once Arisa had gotten over her cold, I gathered everyone for a debriefing session.

"Hmm, that's kinda different from my image of gods."

Arisa knitted her eyebrows with a complicated look on her face.

"Also, I thought gods could only speak in broken speech."
"Was it like that when you were reincarnating, Arisa?"

The former depressed demon lord, Shizuka who happened to come by asked Arisa.

"Un, I mean, rather than broken speech, it was more like images with overlapping meanings."
"Then it's the same as me. Yuika told me before that it was the same for her too."

Looks like Shizuka and Goblin Princess Yuika knew each other.
Maybe they get along well since both are shut-in type with high girl powers.

"It was like that with me too at first. I guess I was only able to hold a proper conversation thanks to Sera-san?"
"I've done nothing much. --Perhaps this is what they call the fruits of wife's labor."

Sera who was sitting next to me with a composed face clung to my arm and leaned her head on it.


Seeing that, Arisa, Hikaru, Lady Karina and Core Two shouted out, Mia who dressed like a female teacher got on my lap and declared my conviction.

Hikaru who had been looking down seems to have sorted out her feelings after we buried Dynast in the graveyard with General, she's been looking more cheerful for the past few days.

Apparently, the reason why I rarely saw the external exploration unit of dungeon core, Core Two, around here lately was because she had gotten addicted to collecting seashells on the rocky area of the coast here.
I'm not sure what she finds fun about it, but it seems like the fact that we've been having lots of shellfish dishes lately is thanks to her.

Additionally, Lulu and Zena-san are silently staring at Sera with an envious look on their faces.

Tama and Pochi have been playing around by rolling below the sofa I'm sitting on since awhile ago. They must have gotten bored with the difficult topic.

"Sera-sama, getting all clingy in front of many people is unbecoming."

Princess Sistina rebuked Sera with a calm expression.
Arisa and Mia exchanged words, "Gununu, legal wife's character?", "Negative, number one."

"Please excuse me. We were doing this everyday back at the Duchy Capital, it turned into a habit."

Sera dropped a bombshell.

She's telling the truth, but those were instances of Sera trying to peel Lady Ringrande who was getting all clingy off me in a fit of jealousy and ending up clinging on me.
Lady Ringrande was probably sticking to me to tease Sera, it's not like she's harboring feeling to me--I think.

"Satou, hierarchy is important. Fulfill your duty to Mito-sama and me before you lose Sera-sama's temptation."

Hikaru tilted her head at Princess Sistina's words.

By duty, does she mean the nobles' duty to have children?
But we aren't even married, she's jumping the gun here.

"Hold it right theeeeeere!"

Arisa pushed her hand out and shouted.

"Our turns come first! Lulu, me, Mia, Aze-tan have it reserved already!"
"Objection. Fiancee first."
"Tama too~"
"Pochi will be Master's wife too nodesu!"

The youth troupe jumped in with Arisa's words.
Yup, do your best to make it indefinite.

"That reminds me, Mito, what happened when you were summoned as a hero? You met God Parion right?"
"Eh? Right, it was like the voices of gods I heard during the Divine Punishment back then. I think it's probably the same as Arisa and the others."

Apparently, God Parion mediated the summoning when Saga Empire summoned Hikaru as a hero.

Come to think of it--.
A god, or perhaps, a god's familiar, the [Little Girl in Painting] talked normally.

"Hika--Mito, you said that you were stopped by your patron god when you were about to go back to earth right? Was it the same with the patron god?"
"Hn? Ame-no-Mizuhana-hime talked like a normal person would."

Wonder what's with that difference?

"Isn't it because the gods here are of greater existences? It's like the dimension we are in differs from theirs so we can't communicate properly?"

Arisa laid out her guess.

That's a common setting of gods that appear in SF.
They kinda feel worldly for beings of higher order though.

"Did God Parion look like a purple light thing that floated in a white space?"
"The reincarnation god looked like that? I met God Parion in a temple-like place. She looked like a statue of little girl made of light blue crystal, like it was just a statue, you see."
"Hmm, Hayato said that she was a cute little girl, seems like she looks different depending on the person."

I see, I wasn't really interested in the pantheon so I never asked before, but it appears that the image wildly differs depending on the person.
Perhaps, gods will look like the image a person has about god?

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"Master, you're going to take us along in the God's Trials right?"

Acting as the representative of the girls, Arisa asked me.

"Sorry, but I'm going to take the trials alone."
"No you can't! We don't know what will happen, you know? It's dangerous to do it alone!"

Arisa beat the desk and insisted.

I'm doing it alone precisely because it's dangerous.

"It's alright. Arisa will come to save me if it gets dangerous won't you? By way of, you know, familiar power."

I persuaded Arisa who 'gununu'ed and looked unconvinced.

"Please leave it to me. If Master orders for it, I will pierce even gods with this Dragon Spear."
"Deity slash~?"
"Are gods bad kids nanodesu? You can't cut good gods nanodesuyo?"

Pochi was being unusually reasonable at Liza and Tama who were in high spirits.

"Don't worry about that, I'm not planning to go to war with gods.."

Sera who looked troubled and Zena-san and Lady Karina who believed in gods normally looked relieved.

I'm prepared for it if the other party intends to go through it though.

By recycling the code from Arisa's anti-god forbidden spell of space magic [Mythology Down], I have developed a spirit magic called [Mythology Eater] in the form of a platinum-colored great wolf artificial spirit for Mia to command.

Additionally, I've coated Pochi's holy sword, Tama's ninja katana, and Nana's great sword with fine powder made from dragon fang using Weasel Empire's technology.
I got this fine powder when Tama and Pochi were visiting Fujisan Mountain where the Heavenly Dragon was together with Hikaru.
Who would have thought that you would get hold of materials for strengthening weapons by doing some dental care.

Lulu's acceleration gun's bullets have also been coated with the aforementioned powder.

"You have to really call me if it seems dangerous okay? There's no miracle like in manga where the protagonist suddenly awakens to his hidden power and turns the tide around, you hear?"

Arisa confirmed me again worryingly.

I have two of those [Hidden Power], that look like it could awaken, in mind, but I don't think it would suddenly become usable so timely like that, thus I think exhausting all possible options and human resources beforehand is imperative since we're facing someone that might take an aggressive position.

I've got to complete my own trump card too before we depart for the trials.

"I got it. Besides, I'm only going alone during the trials. Liza and Nana will accompany me right until the trials, and we will be touring the foreign lands with everyone once the trial is over."
"I will definitely protect Master's safety, so I announce."

Apparently many of the countries' cultures on the continent west are left over from Furu Empire era, I'm sure we will find a lot of delicious food and unusual stuff there.

The other girls voiced their dissatisfaction, but they consented when I told them that I would be fine as I would have Team Pendragon's strongest spear and shield with me.
I had no problem having Zena-san who's thorough on everything around, but if I took her along, Lady Karina and Sera would likely follow too so I didn't include her in the end.

In this journey, there is a chance of gods making use of Arisa and Hikaru who carry God's Fragment in them and Sera who has Oracle skill as a back door to peep on us, so I have decided not to take them along after consulting with Arisa and Hikaru.

It goes without saying that the shut-in inclined demon lord Shizuka never seems interested in going from the start, so she's outside of the consideration.

"Oh right, Nezu-san started to say something else besides, 『I want to go home』."

That Shizuka said something like it was nothing big.

"By Nezu-san, you means the person who was the rat demon lord?"
"Yes, that one."

Rat demon lord was the person who was too attached to Japan and got his Soul Vessel broken after over-using his Unique Skill.
After removing his God's Fragments, I managed to somehow recover his flesh and Soul Vessel with elixir and mind magic, but his mind was shut-down, so I let him live in one corner of the sub-dimension where Shizuka lived and had the brownies take care of him.

"It looks like his heart was healed while he was taking care of Hamsaemon."
"Hamsaemon, hamster? That's so simple~"

Arisa stole a glance at me.
Yeah, I don't have naming sense too.

"Ahaha, it's a squirrel."
"That Hamsaemon is a squirrel that Nezu-san picked up in the forest."
"But why!"

Leaving aside Arisa's retort, I'm glad that Nezu-shi seems to be recovering.
It might be a good idea to take him along to earth if he's fine with a world that isn't exactly identical.

Additionally, the former sword demon lord, fox girl is spending her days training with the green infant dragon and black dragon Heiron at the Black Dragon Mountains.
I visited her from times to times with Liza and her sword skill looked even more skillful than in her demon lord's days.

"I'm planning to go to the western part of the continent for a bit."
"Western part of the continent--"

Tourism minister is my job for once, so I've come here to tell the king and the prime minister about my planned trip.

"The next salvation is coming to the west it seems."
"As expected of the Dragon Avatar, he's very sensitive to the smell of battlegrounds."

The king and the prime minister muttered in whispers.
Looks like both of them have firmly determined that Satou's identity is [Dragon Avatar].

"Your excellency, I heard rumors that the west was in disarray due to the Divine Punishment, is it still continuing even today?"
"Umu, the confusion from monsters have been calmed down thanks to the heroes dispatched by Saga Empire, however, even heroes cannot do anything about the devastated countries. Disputes in the scramble for grain-producing regions have begun to appear in the continent west."

I don't plan to get involved with faraway countries, but if I see that the scale of the famine looks bad in my journey, I won't hesitate to lend a hand.
Preserved food made from alga, mass produced in the automatic factory have been accumulated enough to feed the entire population of Japan, there should be no problem sharing a bit here.

"Will Sistina go with you?"
"I had that in mind, however, I couldn't possibly take her highness to a place with chaotic public order in fear anything happened. Her Highness will be staying in the royal castle."

I made up some random excuse with the help of Deception skill.
I used the same excuse to leave Sera and Lady Karina too. And also Zena-san.

"That is fine. The empress has been wanting to spend times with Sistina too, so this is just right."

I guess Princess Sistina hasn't been interacting with her family much since she tends to hole up inside the royal castle's forbidden library.

"--Earl Pendragon."

The king called me when I was done telling my business.
Wonder what?

"What do you think about Saga Empire emperor's sister, Meryest-dono, who visited here as a member of princess Trimenus's entourage?"
"Yes well, she's a comrade-in-arms who fought together with me and Hero Hayato against the demon lord."

I had a bad feeling about it, so I put emphasize on the [Comrade in Arms] part.

"Fumu, comrade huh.... The present Emperor of Saga Empire is pushing Princess Meryest to be your wife."

Really, enough with that stuff already...

The king who saw my face cast down his eyes as if he saw through everything, and coughed once.

"I don't mind if you decline were you unwilling to. However, for the honor of the other party, be it positive or negative, let us hear your answer after your journey this time is over."
"I understand."

According to the king, refusing here won't have an impact on the diplomatic relations with Saga Empire.

"--Be that as it may, is there even anyone who can match Maryest-dono. Perhaps she is fated to spend the remainder of her life in the corner of a monastery somewhere.... Alas."

The prime minister muttered quietly.
Even if you do that with a pitying look on your face, I'm still not marrying her okay?

If Princess Maryest has someone in mind, I can just power level him and have him beat an artificial demon lord to make them match each other, and if it's about age, it can be solved with rejuvenation medicine, lots of them.
I might as well send lolified lady Ringrande and Princess Maryest to Hayato's world.

Those wild ideas flashed in my mind, but there's quite a few problems to realize that.
I can at least suggest the idea if she comes to discuss with me after I decline the marriage proposal.

For now, since I've got the permission to go on a trip to the continent west, I should go around and visit my acquaintances to inform them of my departure.
Afterward, I went around to visit my acquaintances in the Royal Capital and the labyrinth city, renewing old friendships.

"--I feel like it's lacking something."

I muttered alone in a quarantined laboratory located in the back of the research room in the Solitary Island Palace.
This place has been sealed with several layers of Yuika's barriers, so no harm will reach outside even if anything happens here.


I sensed a presence so I looked below and meet eyes with Tama who had been calling for my attention inside the shadow.
She can't get in due to Yuika's barrier, she looks like a cute cat who's desperately clinging to a glass while calling for me.

I opened the barrier and invited Tama inside.


Looks like she felt lonely because she was blocked by the barrier, she climbed on my shoulders to ride on them and then began to rub her cheeks on my hair.
Tama quickly regained her calm after I lightly patted her head.

"What's wrong?"
"Time for meal~? It's stew ham~ burg today~?

I see, it's already this late huh.

"What's that~?"

Tama is looking at lined up weapons which were in my hands just now.

"That's a sword called Holy Magic Sword."

The Holy Magic Sword is emitting a mix of blue and red light that turns into purple light.
This is a reproduction of the Holy Magic Sword, that Elder Dohar created, I made by myself.

Just like that time, I have a hunch that this won't get through gods.

I store the Holy Magic Sword in the Storage.

"That black box over there a sword too~?"
"Yeah, that's a sword I put here for Hikaru."

It's dangerous in its bare state, so I have it wrapped it in a quarantine barrier which also doubles as a preventive measure.


When I undid the quarantine barrier, Tama shuddered and protracted her claws on my shoulders.
Looks like the stimulation was a bit too much.

I took the Divine Sword from the pedestal, returned it into the white sheath and put it away in the Storage.

"Is this one scary too?"

I lifted a black spear that was placed next to the divine sword and asked Tama, who gave an affirmative.
Judging from her reaction, she seems to be better with it than with the Divine Sword earlier.

When I put the spear in the Storage, I could sense Tama's body relaxing.

"Well then, shall we grab some food."

I was going to inspect the enigmatic blank space skill but I should do that after the meal.

And then, the day we depart for the trials--.

"We will be going now, so I gallantly announce."

The heavily armed Nana saluted everyone who came to see us off in front of the airship's ramp.
It's not like we're going to the frontline okay.

"Everyone, get along well, okay."
"Pochi would like meat as her souvenir nodesu."

Tama and Pochi replied Liza at their own pace.

"Yes, I will bring some solid hard meat back with me."
"Oh, great~?"
"Po-Pochi would like meat that isn't too hard nodesu."

Even the meat-lover beast girls have their own preferences, it seems.

"Leave Shiga Kingdom to us."
"Yeah, I can travel in peace knowing Mito is here."

Most threats can be eliminated with Hikaru around.

"Ara? Just Mito-tan?"
"Of course, everyone too."

I pat Arisa's and Mia's heads and glanced at Lady Karina who was sulking behind everyone.
Calling her here would likely end up with taking her along so I'm going to ignore her now and follow-up in the Solitary Island Palace after we have departed.
Since I can immediately return here with Unit Arrangement and all.


Lady Ringrande was coming here while waving her hands from afar.

"You're going to the continent west right? Can you take me along with you? I've got a lot of acquaintances and connections over there you know?"
"Ne, Anee-sama!"

Lady Ringrande's connections sound reliable, but that would mean disclosing my identity and the Solitary Island Palace, so I chose not to.

"I'm grateful for your kindness, but my journey this time is a private matter."

It seemed like Lady Ringrande never thought that I would refuse, she had a bored look on her face.

"Oh that's right, you've got a marriage proposal from Maryest right? If you're marrying Mary, how about marrying me too? You've got a lot of wives anyway, so adding one with me should pose no problem right?"
"There's a lot of problem! What are you doing marrying someone you don't even love!"

Sera was enraged at Lady Ringrande's declaration.
Lady Ringrande turned her face away and muttered miserably, "--I mean, I can't meet the person I love anymore", which could only be picked up by me and Ninja Tama who had [Attentive Ear] skill.

"The matter about Her Highness Maryest's marriage proposal is for after I return from this trip."
"What, you declined huh. What a waste. Mary might be older than Satou, but she's got a bombshell body even coming from me a woman, you know?"

I entrust Lady Ringrande who has become emotionally unstable and prone to drink heavily ever since Hayato left to Sera and speaks with other members.

"Zena-san, please take care escorting the children in their commutes."
"Yes! Leave it to me!"

Zena-san who beat her chest in affirmation looks reliable.

"Satou, leave the matters here to me and complete the trials without worries."
"Yes, Sistina-sama."

By matters, I think she means the stuff between the nobles and first prince Soltrick?

We boarded the airship after saying our farewell.

A tremendous amount of crowds are waving their hands from places away from the girls.

Ear-deafening cheers erupted every time I waved my hands.
It felt like I was an idol or a star athlete.

I have given my regards to the first prince Soltrick and other leaders of the kingdom yesterday, they're not here today.
Those VIPs couldn't possibly risk getting assassinated by coming to this kind of place.

"Satou-sama, we're ready to set sail. Is there no change in our course?"
"Yes, no change."

The airship circled the capital's sky once, went over the labyrinth city and advanced above the great desert.
The first trial is located in a country where the central temple of God Heraruon resides.

The airship we're riding is heading southwest of the great desert, toward a mid-sized country located in a small desert next to the great desert.

Our destination is the [Country of Sun] Sania Kingdom--.

I wonder what kind of country it is, I'm looking forward to it already--.

※ Next update is planned for 10/1

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 149

Chapter 149 Strongest Sage, Obtains Permission


"There's a letter!"

A certain evening.
There was a letter in the mailbox in our inn's room when we got back.
No sender is written.

"...Is this another harassment by the city ruler?"

"I wonder if they've given up trying to beat us upright?"

Alma and Ruli observed the letter as they said that.
The city ruler's underlings have been attacking us everyday in this past week indeed.
I don't blame them for getting suspicious at this letter in this situation, but... it's different this time.

"No, this isn't from the city ruler. It's the letter we've all been waiting for instead."

I unfold the letter after saying that.
I haven't put my guard down, but there should be nothing weird written on it.
The content is in line with my expectations too.

"Look, this."

I spread the letter.

Need to pass you a letter. Will wait on the dungeon floor 2.

This all that's written.
There's a dungeon map drawn below with sign marked on a location.
This is the place the sender is waiting at huh.

"...What does this mean?"

"I can't think of it as anything but a suspicious invitation by the city ruler... Maybe he's put a trap there...."

"If he wanted to pass a letter, he could just have put it in the mailbox like with this one...."

"No. This should be different. If they're going to attack us, they wouldn't purposely do it on floor 2 and they would have written the appointed time. And above all... the reason they gave is too suspicious to be a trap."

Basically, the higher the dungeon floor, the more people are there.
You'd find someone just by walking a bit on floor 2.
They would have chosen a deeper floor if they intended to ambush us.

And the reason for calling us would have been a bit less suspicious.

"Then just who..."

"This person probably came to meet us as ordered by the king. Pretending to be an adventurer make them less suspicious, and there's no way a letter from the king be dropped in this mailbox just like that."

"....I see! It's true that getting found out by the city ruler will be troublesome!"

"Which means, the king's messenger is waiting in the dungeon... We've got to hurry!"

"Yeah. We should hurry but still careful as to not raise suspicion."

We hurried to the dungeon.

10 minutes after we found the letter.
We arrived at the location specified in the letter.

There's no one in the appointed place.
...Or so it looks it.

"We're here to receive the letter. Could you show yourself up?"

I said so and waved the letter toward the wall.
And then a part of the wall disappeared... and a man appeared out of thin air.
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"Please excuse me. I'm called Eiku. I was ordered to keep myself hidden until Mathias-sama found me as His Majesty believed you definitely would."

Eiku bowed in front of me as he said that.
His equipment look like that of an adventurer, but... his movements don't.

He's probably a secret agent employed by the royal family.
The magic he used to hide himself is also one of the less objectionable ones I saw in this world too.

"The reason you rigorously hid yourself that far.... is to avoid getting found out by the city ruler, am I correct?"

"Yes. My order is to deliver this letter without the city ruler's knowledge and to accompany you if necessary."

Eiku handed over a letter as he said that.
The letter is stamped with the royal family's crest.

I receive the letter and open it.
The content is... written with something that goes beyond my expectations.

I have received your report regarding the current ruler of Melkia City, Dogiel Melkia.
We have carried out an investigation about his tyranny ourselves, and the situations are just as Mathias reported, it cannot be forgiven.
Thus, the instant this letter is delivered to Mathias, Melkia Household is to be abolished and Dogiel Melkia is to be executed.

In addition, if you wish for it, Mathias and his party, with Eiku as a representative of the royal family, can act as a proxy to arrest the current city ruler.
In that case, you are permitted to execute him on the spot if you deem it necessary to.

As we expect him to put on a resistance, be advised to prepare your force.
But that's probably not needed if Mathias agrees to take part.

"...Mathias-sama, would you like to act as a proxy for the arrest?"

"Yeah. I'd like to."

I immediately replied Eiku's inquiry.
With this, we can make our move now.

TLN: With this chapter, we have caught up with the raw of Shikkaku Mon

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 148

Chapter 148 Strongest Sage, Acts Friendly


"Damn it! Where'd they go!"

About five minutes after the guild adventurers left.
We concealed ourselves again and came close to where the city ruler's underlings were.
They're still looking for us.

We could have ambushed and defeated them here... but it'd be bad if it was all a misunderstanding.
I should confirm their stance first.

"Alright, I'm gonna cancel the concealment. Don't bring out your weapon just yet, but don't let your guard down either!"


I showed myself up in front of the underlings.
And then....

"Excuse me. We seem to have gotten lost..."

I pretend to be lost and asked him the way.
With my guard up of course.
I can make a counterattack if they do attack me, I've positioned myself to lop off their heads all at once in less than three seconds if needed.

Now then, how will they react....

"Aa. Your inn is that way."

The city ruler's underlings looked a bit perplexed to see us suddenly showing up, but they immediately pointed to a direction.
The direction they gave is correct for sure.

We never said our inn's name out, so they probably have investigated our lodging place.
...Well, simply knowing the location doesn't mean that raiding it will be a success.

"Thank you very much."

We thanked them, turn our back on the underlings and began to walk to the direction they told us.
I'm walking in the back most. I should look like an easy target from their perspective.
The next moment--

"Don't move."

The underling put his hands on my neck and pointed a knife on it.
It really comes to this huh.
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"Listen to what we say if you don't want this guy killed."

The underling who's caught me looks over the girls after saying that.
He really does not seem wary of me.

They really think I'm a healer huh....
Well, letting them operate with the misunderstanding is convenient for us, so let's let them keep it.
It'd make things far easier if they targeted me instead of the girls.

"Follow us."

Right when the underling said that and tried to drag me with him... I activated telepathy magic. And tell Iris.

『Iris, with bare hand, you hear me.』


Iris readied her fist and thrust it at us.


The underling swings a knife toward my hand.
He's probably not aiming for my neck to avoid killing me.
You can't take a corpse hostage after all.

Well--either way, it's pointless.
I enveloped my whole body with defensive magic right when the knife was swung down.

Putting up a magical defensive wall while taking care not to make them notice it is a bit troublesome.... But there's no need for that this time.
Because any shred of oddness they felt would be blown away by Iris's fist.

"You think you can win against us with a fist--wha?"

One of the underlings caught Iris's fist with a sword.
However, of course the blade couldn't get through it.

Thus, all of the city ruler's underlings got blown away just like that.
Well, I also got rolled up in it though.

"...Alright, now every one of them has been knocked out."

I slipped in during the confusion and shot Faint-inducing magic on all of them.
With this, we've evaded their ambush with the misunderstanding intact.

"You... knocked them out?"

"Yeah. It's a waste to kill them."

As I said that, I put several magic into the underlings' body.
We're going to let them go after putting these in.

"Alright, that'll do."

After I was done inserting the magic.
I said that as I stood up.

"A magic to detect their position... right?"

Ruli who saw the augmented magic said that.
She's generally correct.

"Yeah. Half of it."


"Yeah. This magic also has an effect to detect demons. If my guess is right, demons don't have anything to do with the matter this time, but... just in case."

I have surmised that demons only played a part in the previous city ruler's demise.
But it's not a bad idea to check it out while also watching the current ruler's moves.
This kind of spell is plain but convenient.

And then, about a week after we dealt with the underlings.
A messenger who carries a letter from the king has arrived at our place.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 147

Chapter 147 Strongest Sage, Receives Advice


"...Isn't it only right to introduce yourself first when you ask someone their name?"

After saying that, I look at the pair that talked to me.
Judging from their equipment and clothes... they're probably adventurers.

It seems they're normally working as secret agents, as their equipment are geared toward minimizing sounds, unlike ordinary adventurers'.
Which means... they're probably the guild's secret agents.

"...Excuse me. We're adventurers who took an unofficial quest dispatched by the guild."

I guessed right huh.
Seeing that they're taking different actions from the city ruler's underlings... the guild and the city ruler probably have opposing views.
I should introduce myself first for now.

"Yeah you're right, I'm Mathias. And... what quest you took that required you to tail us in secret?"

"You knew that much huh. ...Our objective is to pass a message from the guild to Mathias and his party. The reason why we're concealing ourselves is to... avoid the city ruler's secret agents, rather than your party."

The adventurer looked at the direction of the city ruler's secret agents as he said that.
Looks like the adventurers have the upper hands in stalking skill.
The city ruler's secret agents seem like they completely have no clue where we are after all.

I guess we can trust these adventurers a bit for now.

"Got it. ...So what's the guild's message? Is it related to the fact that the guild's secret agents are looking for us?"

"...You've seen through everything huh. That's correct. Mathias and his party, all four of you are wanted by the city ruler."

"Wanted? Like with criminals?"

"Yeah. They don't have an excuse, so they won't do it in public. ...But there's a high chance of you getting ambushed in a night like this. They're targeting... Mathias in particular."

When the three girls who had been staying silent heard that... they had a dumbfounded look on their faces.
And then they ask the adventurers while looking like they can't believe it.
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"Eh? Mathi-kun?"

"...Of all the ones here, Mathi-kun?"

"Why would they purposely go for Mathias-san?"

The adventurer sighs and answers the three's questions.

"There are two reasons mainly. First, he's the leader of the party that defeated a monster whom the city ruler couldn't defeat even after gathering people. He's losing his face.... The second reason... apparently, he thinks that Mathias-kun is the easiest one to beat amongst his party members."


The three let out a vapid voice.

"H-hold on. What do you mean by Mathi-kun being easiest to beat?"

"I think it'd still be easier to annihilate the three of us together than defeating Mathias-san...."

The adventurer answers that question.

"It seems like the city ruler... thinks that Mathias is just a mere healer. And he's a Disqualified Crest at that. Though I think even someone slightly skilled will immediately notice that Mathias is the most dangerous one among you guys...."

Ah. That kind of pattern huh.

"Which means, the city ruler is probably going to try to take Mathias hostage and put his party under his control. Since having Mathias's party under his control means he could save face... Thus, we'd suggest Mathias and his party to leave this city for a while."

"I refuse."

I immediately replied the adventurer's suggestion.
Why should we have to run away just to avoid one shitty city ruler.
He's not worth even that.

"...You might be confident with your skills, but you'd better off not staying in this city. They likely won't attack at places with many people around, but they will persistently come at you anywhere else."

"No problem. You three can hide somewhere if you don't like the idea though..."

"I think it's not a problem."

"Me too, nothing to worry about with Mathi-kun around! We can't let our guard down though..."

"I feel sorry for anyone who's going after Mathi-kun instead..."

The three are in agreement too it seems.

"For now, I've received your advice, so tell the guild that there's no problem. Well, you'll see the result in less than two weeks."

"Result... I probably shouldn't ask what you mean by that. I feel that it's for the best... I got it. I'll tell the guild that."

The adventurers left after saying that.
By result, of course, I mean the contact from the royal capital.

If the king gives his decree to execute the city ruler, dealing with the aftermath will be easier.
Well, I plan to assassinate the guy first if I deem that his adverse effect is too big.

...Now then.
For the time being, shall we go and deal with today's assailants.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 146

Chapter 146 Strongest Sage, Tests it Out

"It must be a mistake. It's true that this monster was the most passable one up to floor 18, but it's not really that strong of a monster...."

"No well... The fact that it's the strongest up to floor 18 is already weird in itself okay? ...Did you really defeat this with just four people?"

"I didn't participate, so three people."

"Unbelievable... Are you guys monster.... By the way, Mathias, what were you doing at that time?"

The branch head asked.
He probably knew my name from the guild card.

"I wasn't doing anything. Just watching."

"...You didn't want to help them?"

"The three of them were enough. I fully planned to help them if it looked dangerous though."

The branch head took a pen and wrote something on the memo after hearing that.
I can't see what he's writing from here since he's obstructing it... but I can guess by his muscle movements.
The hidden memo is written with, 『If the report is to be believed, the monstrous ones are Alma, Ruli and Iris. Mathias, the leader doesn't partake because he's a healer』.

Looks like they mistook me as a healer.
And then the branch head smiled.

"I understand the situation. ...I actually don't, but I understand. Either way, we're very grateful for having that monster killed. We can purchase the materials right away, however your reward for the subjugation will have to wait. It takes time to report the subjugation to the city ruler, and for the reward money to trickle down. Do you have any problem with that?"

"I don't."

We didn't defeat the monster because we took the quest, but it appears he wants to give us the reward regardless.
However, since the reward comes from the city ruler, we probably shouldn't expect much.
Thus, we managed to safely (?) sell the materials.

Afterward, we had a meal in a random store, and headed back to the inn.
...On the way back.

My detection magic sensed suspicious presences.
Are we being tailed?
In order to ascertain that, I purposely took a back alley that we normally wouldn't have taken.

"Huh? Was our inn this way?"

Alma asked me who suddenly changed direction.
I reply her while taking care not to make it looks suspicious.

"Yeah. This route seems to be shorter."

While saying that I concentrated on the continuous detection.
It seems like both groups are following us. There's no doubt that they're tailing us then.

There are two groups of suspicious presences in total.
Both of them are trying to hide their presences.
....Their stalking skill's a mess. Walking out in the open at a place with a lot of people would have made them not look suspicious instead.

I activate telepathy magic while thinking that.

『You three, listen to me calmly.』

『...What's the matter?』

『Does this have something to do with the sudden turn?』

The three were surprised at the sudden telepathy but they quickly replied calmly.
And Alma is correct.

『We're being tailed. And by two groups at that.』

『Two groups?』

『Yeah. One of them is... no doubt, subordinates of the city ruler. And they don't seem friendly at all. They even carry equipment for capturing people with them.』

『...You know that much without seeing them?』

『Yeah. Once you're used to it, you can somewhat know the enemy's equipment and such with just Passive Detection. Particularly when they're carrying magic tools, it's quite easy.』

『No, I don't think that's easy at all...』

『First of all, even though I know there are human reactions, I don't know whether they're tailing us or not....』

Well, this stuff is a matter of experience.
Alma and Ruli should be able to do this much without focusing once they train a bit.
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As for Iris.... it's better left unsaid.
Every human has something they're good at. She's a dragon though.

『And, the other group, I'm not really sure, but.... There's not a lot of them, and they don't seem hostile. So I'm thinking of coming in contact with this one.』

『...We're meeting the people tailing us ourselves? Isn't that dangerous...』

『We simply need to respond in kind if they try to harm us. Moreover, we can decide the timing if we're the one going after them ...Letting them to decide the timing is way more dangerous instead.』

I activated concealment magic after saying that.
Both of the tailing groups have lost us with this.
Next is...

『Now! Follow after me while being careful about the sound from your footsteps!!』


I simply go to our target with the three following.
And we arrived at... the path the group who isn't with the city ruler is going to take.
Now that we're here, they should find us soon once I cancel the concealment magic.

And then....

『Let's stop here. Make it look like we're only walking naturally.』


I deactivated the concealment magic after their reply.
We probably look like we're casually walking from their point of view.
People who could see through this camouflage wouldn't have done such a poor stalking.

Now then, what's coming out.
If they're attacking, I'll consider them enemy....

"...Am I correct to assume that you're Mathias-san?"

Just as I thought, they went ahead and talked to us huh.
It appears that... they're not our enemy.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 145

Chapter 145 Strongest Sage, Explains the Situation


We immediately went to the guild after leaving the dungeon.
I put our baggage in the Storage magic since I knew that I didn't really need the mana right now, but my mana won't recover if I keep this on.
Fortunately, the guild is close by the dungeon.

"We'd like to sell some materials."

"...You guys went inside the dungeon at a time like this?"

The receptionist girl looked at us like she couldn't believe it.
I guess entering the dungeon after so many people fell victims makes us look rash.

The dungeon cities in my past life got it even worse at their worst though.... Well, I shouldn't judge this world using the same standard considering the current technology is underdeveloped.
And since we've returned safely, there should be no problem here.

"Yes. That said, we didn't encounter any strong monster though."

"Oh right, it shouldn't be that dangerous in the upper floors... You don't have a lot with you either."

Looks like she got it.
The part about not having a lot is a mistake on her part though.
Guess it's faster if I just show it.

"We don't have a lot because of Storage magic. ...See."

I took out the materials we brought.
Seeing that... the receptionist girl's expression froze halfway through.

"Anything wrong?"

"E-err.... What are those materials?"

The receptionist girl pointed at the materials we brought.
We only picked up the relatively better materials with us as we descended through the dungeon.... but the ones that remain in the end are the materials from that bird.
Even though it was beaten into a mess, the materials are still in a whole different class compared to other monsters, which were just too weak.

"They're from a bird monster we defeated in the dungeon. ...I didn't partake in the subjugation though, these three were the ones who did it."

I pointed at Ruli and the others.

"It was Mathi-kun who made that magic circle though...."

"I mean, I feel that Iris-san did most of the work."

While saying that, Ruli and the others brought the materials so they could be better looked at.
The receptionist girl had a perplexed look when she saw the materials... then she turns around and shouts out.

"Branch Head! Big news!"
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"What's wrong!"

"It's materials from the monster from yesterday!"

A middle aged man rushed out of the back to hear the receptionist's voice.
He's probably the branch head.
I don't remember us doing anything worth getting fussed over though....

Or rather... What does she mean by the monster from yesterday? This bird monster?
We delved into the dungeon for the sake of defeating the monster who annihilated adventurer joint party... but we couldn't find that monster y'know?

I wait for their reaction next while carrying that doubt.
And the branch head... Asks this question.

"Where did you get these materials?"

"It should be from floor 11."

"...Why did you go to floor 11 at this day?"

It kinda feels like he's suspecting us in his confusion.
Yeah, I guess going to floor 11 without any reason is suspicious.
As I'd also like to report about our failure in finding any strong monster, I should tell them the truth here.

"We heard that there was a strong monster in the dungeon, so we went to see how it was. Well, we didn't find that monster even after getting to floor 18 though."

"In the end, this guy was the strongest!"

"Right, most other monsters were done in one hit...."

Iris and Alma gave their own impressions after I explained the situation.
Seeing that, the branch head... put his hands on his head while looking like he wanted to say, 『The hell they're going on about』.
And then he muttered.

"W-what's with these guys... I heard that the Second Academy was bad news this year, but these kids are just too weird..."

What? Am I imagining things or did he just suddenly bad mouthed us.
I don't get what's going on, I should ask his story.

"...Is there any problem?"

"No, not problem, I mean... That thing is that monster..."

The branch head pointed at the bird materials we brought as he said that.
...Eh? This thing is?

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-14

16-14. End of the Assailants (2)


Satou here. There's this saying, "The mountains have brought forth a mouse", but I think it's better than them bringing forth a major volcanic eruption. I mean, going on a pleasure trip in peaceful times is more fun.
<TLN: The saying means approximately like 'much ado about nothing'.>


I went with Tama using Unit Arrangement and jumped into the place she led me to.

"Master... I'm, sorry..."
"Pull yourself together."

I take Arisa's small hand as she muttered weakly and put my forehead on hers.


"You're burning."

According to AR, it's not influenza, but a cold--looks like she's gotten a common cold.

"Geez, why'd you bath under the waterfall until you got a cold..."
"I'm sowwy."

Lulu who came carrying a rice gruel scolded Arisa.
I see, I get the reason Arisa caught the cold.

"Yaay, rice gruel with sweet potatoes."

Rather than the sweet potato she knows, it's a local product of Seryuu Earldom.

"Master, feed me."

Arisa is acting spoiled, perhaps the fever got her hard.
Well, I guess I can at least spoil her when she's down with a cold.

"Aan, so good. It tastes like Master's love."

Arisa's jokes don't stop even while she's coughing.
It makes me worry that she's getting delirious from her fever.

When I reflexively turned my gaze around, I saw the youth troupe assembled on Arisa's bedside.

"Aan, nanodesu."
"Tama too~?"

That reminds me, my little sister also demanded for the "Aan" from our mom when I was down with a fever before I went to school.

"I'm feeding Arisa right now, so later--"

I noticed something halfway through.
I look around the room.

--Thought so.

"Arisa, you didn't take the magic medicine for treating illness did you?"

I forgot about it since cold was a common illness in the former world.
With the magic medicines and magic available in this world, it can be cured in an instant.

"Eh? Err, I only had elixirs with me, so I thought it would be too wasteful to use one."

Arisa replied me while coughing.
The coughing timing somewhat feels suspicious.

"Then how about Mia's water magic?"
"Was refused."

I turned to Mia, and she shook her head while making an x sign with her arms.

"I mean, you know! Mia came back way after I got down with the cold, and I thought I would get better if I just drank water, ate rice gruel and slept--"
"Even the brownies in this room could use magic to heal a simple cold right?"

Arisa faltered in the middle of her excuse.
Why would she go to sleep while still afflicted with the cold anyway?

"It will be easier if you just confess nodesu."

Pochi urged Arisa while imitating a veteran detective who pressed someone to confession.

"I just wanted to have a nursing play with masteeeeeeeeer"

Next to Arisa who shouted with all her soul, Mia who couldn't understand it tilted her head to the side, and Lulu who understood it muttered her little sister's name while blushing.


When I rejected her, Arisa muttered, "And it was the perfect chance to have a nursing play with the too healthy Master too"

Yup, Arisa should reflect on it a bit.

"Private Pochi."
"Administer the household medicine used in the orphanages to private Arisa."
"Yes nanodesu. This one nodesu?"
"Yes, that one."

I gave the confirmation to Pochi who took the medicine out of her magic bag.


Arisa screamed when she saw the thing Pochi took out.

"I'd like to refrain from that thank you."
"It's okay nanodesu. It won't hurt nodesu."
"No no, it's not about whether it hurts or not."
"Don't worry nodesu. Pochi is a suppository pro nanodesu."
"You'll break a maiden's heart!"

Arisa inched back in the bed while Pochi was approaching with an evil look on her face.

"A-at least, I'd like Master to be the one putting it in--"
"Arisa, you shouldn't act spoiled nanodesu."
"Uoo, I can't teleport? Master sealing teleportation is--"

I went out of the room with Mia while hearing Arisa's scream behind us.
I'll let Lulu handle the rest.

"Satou, welcome back."

Zena-san and princess Sistina greeted me when I returned to the living room in the solitary island palace.

I have to tell the passing of her brother of different mother, third prince Sharlick, to princess Sistina, but let's put off that for later.
It felt like she was indifferent toward the third prince after all.

"It appears there was an accident in the Holy Shell Mobile Armor's hangar, did anyone get hurt?"
"N-no. We aren't hurt anywhere. But, err--"

Zena-san who stammered her words awkwardly sent her gaze to the corner of the room.
There's Lady Karina who turns her face away while looking small there.

She probably messed up at something again.

"Would you tell me what happened?"
"Yes, allow me."

Princess Sistina begins to narrate what happened.

"It all happened when we were visiting the hangar--"

Someone stole the Holy Shell Mobile Armor's pilot suit, the mobile armor, and tried to hijack [General].
The fairly successful hijacker who boarded the Holy Shell Mobile Armor, swung the already booted-up armor's arm, and destroyed the scaffold and supporting frames around it, causing panic in the hangar.

The researchers who were about to be crushed under the collapsing scaffold were saved by Lady Karina's intense actions, but since Zena-san and princess Sistina seemed like they had forced smiles when they talked about it, I should take it with a grain of salt.
Her saving them is probably true, but she must have messed up at something.

"『Bizarre humanoids made of wreckage and steel beams』?"

Golems made of rubble that rose up from the wreckage and cloud of dust gathered and beat the researchers to death.

"That's weird. I've put the function to create servant golems like the original in the fake, yes, however I've programmed it so that they are forbidden to kill..."

Servant golems was a function relevant during the wars, so I had programmed them with Three Laws of Robotics built-in.

"Yes, Mito-sama also hypothesized that they might be familiars created by a lesser demon."

Looks like the one behind the incident here were demons too.
The root is probably the same as the one from Duchy Capital.

"Now that you mention it, where's Mito?"
"She said that something else might happen there, so she's on stand by along with Liza-san in the capital."

Then I'll go see how they're doing later.

"May I continue?"
"Yes, if you please."

The rubble golems were dealt with by princess Sistina's golems, while Zena-san was dealing with the Holy Shell Mobile Armor's hijacker.
As Zena-san was chanting advanced magic after her lower class ones proved ineffective, apparently, that was when Lady Karina blew away the steel frames and re-joined the frontline.

"So it was surprised by Lady Karina and tumbled over?"

The hijacker seemed to be a dullard.

Well, even if he made a run with the armor, without the [Real Activation Key] I gave to the king, it wouldn't be able to enter flight mode or high-mobility mode, nor could it fire any weapons, he probably would have ended up getting caught by the Shiga Eight Swords and Hikaru in the end.

"So, did you manage to catch that hijacker?"
"Yes, my golems dragged out the mobile armor and Zena-san arrested the man who tried to run away."

The hijacker seemed to be the page fired by the first prince back then, who was also a former employee of the third prince.
Well, they were probably trying to cause something in the capital while that man created a diversion as a throwaway piece.
Hikaru is probably staying with Liza in the capital because she came to the same conclusion.

"You two did great."

When I praised the two, Lady Karina's mood got even gloomier in the corner of the room.
Apparently, she feels bad for being the only one who did nothing great.

I walk to Lady Karina.


When I called to her, she buried her face into her own breast after a slight reaction.

--As expected of demonic breasts.

"Looks like you saved the researchers."
"That's all I did desuwa..."

Looks like the optimistic Lady Karina is currently in a rare self-loathing phase.

"That's not true at all, or are you dissatisfied that you 'only' saved people's life?"

Lady Karina raised her face with a startled look.
Her reaction resembled Pochi somehow.

"Moreover, we were only able to recapture the Holy Shell Mobile Armor without breaking it thanks to Lady Karina's actions."

Regardless of who the other party was, the fact is the matter was able to be concluded quickly thanks to her actions.


Lady Karina is looking up at me with moist eyes.
She looks like a girl in love, so I'm not sure how to react here.

"Mission complete~?"
"Suppository complete nanodesu."

Tama and Pochi appeared from the door.
Arisa's punishment--administering is done it seems.

Alright, I'll let Pochi who's close to Lady Karina to take care of her.
I beckoned Pochi and entrusted her care to her.

Lady Karina whose arms were wide open was frozen with a taken aback look on her face, but I left the place while pretending not to notice that.

<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>


I teleported next to Hikaru who was sitting on top of a Royal Castle's spire.
From what I gather on the Map, I don't see anyone like demons, or reincarnated people nor unknown high level people.
The sage mice, Chuu Fat and his colony hasn't reported any abnormality either.

Liza is standing with one leg on top of another spire, doing a quiet stance training like a master martial artist.

"I found Dynast in the Duchy Capital."
"You did?"

Hikaru stood up suddenly with a serious look on her face.

"That one is different from General. It's an absurd armor that could fight against a demon lord if it could keep its distance. We've got to think up a plan to--"

Hikaru spoke vehemently without listening to me.

It got quiet after I smashed its defensive barrier, shot out the magic circuit on its core and drained its mana.
Fighting it at close proximity was probably a wise decision.

"Everything's fine, Hikaru."
"Un, I believe in Ichirou-nii. But, Dynast's 『Damnation Cannon』 is--"
"I've neutralized and retrieved it with me here."

Hikaru froze still with a serious look and then she quickly sighed in relief.

"I'm so glad. I expected nothing less from Ichirou-nii."
"Let's contact Yuika, and then offer him a proper burial like with General on the right day."
"Un, please."

I stayed here for a while, and then went back to the Duchy capital alone.
I can tell my conversation with God Tenion to everyone once Arisa is cured from her cold.

"Satou-san, is it over?"
"Yes, without problem."

When I got to Tenion Temple entranceway, the former head miko, currently miko apprentice Lily was waiting for me.


A blue dot on my Radar is coming here from the Duchy Castle area.
Ga Hou the orc has returned to his base through the sewer, so this one's probably Lady Ringrande.

Since she's with white dots, maybe they're going around to see the Duchy capital's state?

"They look to be quite in a hurry."

A group of cavalry knights who rushed in like they were jousting stopped at the entrance of Tenion Temple.
The horses that have stopped upright look quite imposing.

"The miko over there! Call the temple head and Sera-sama!"

One of the knights haughtily gave an order to miko apprentice Lily.


Miko apprentice Lily obediently run into the temple to call the two.

Behind him, Lady Ringrande who didn't look well was helped by the other knights to get down from the horse.


Lady Ringrande is in critical condition for some reason.
But she seemed fine when she was chasing the Holy Shell Mobile Armor [Dynast] earlier, wonder what happened?

"Are you alright?"
"I'm running out of time. Take me to Sera."
"I understand."

I receive Lady Ringrande from the knights who looked dissatisfied and head to Sera's resting room.
She's in [State: Weakened (Serious)] according to AR reading, her health gauge has almost run out.

"Did something happen?"
"Yep, I used a little something I shouldn't have used."

I saw Ringrande's gaze turned toward her left ring finger for an instant.

It seems to be a type of [Cursed Ring] according to AR reading.
Apparently, it's an artifact from a dungeon that will continue to convert your life force into mana even after it's full.
According to the detailed info on it, recovery magic and health recovery magic potion won't work while it's in effect.

"Ringrande-sama, Sera-sama is currently resting inside this room."

I could only hear a very faint sound from Lady Ringrande, probably because her health had been exhausted.
The other knights were going to come too, but I kept them away by telling them that I couldn't let Sera, an unmarried woman, in her nightdress be exposed.

I close the door with a thud.

The sleeping Sera is the only one in this room, so let's do this.


I touched Lady Ringrande's cursed ring and then it crumbled away like a rusted ring.
This saves time from dealing with a cursed item, no complain please.

The health reduction has stopped after the ring is destroyed, but she's been terribly weakened already.

"Ringrande-sama, please drink this."

I push an elixir bottle on her mouth, but she's already lost consciousness and can't drink it.

I put the elixir in my mouth and make Lady Ringrande drink it mouth-to-mouth.
It's just a treatment and the impregnable fortress pairs shouting [Guilty] aren't looking, so this should be fine.

The AR reading indicates that Lady Ringrande's health gauge has been safely refilled.


I heard a half-asleep voice of Sera from the bed.


I used [Magic Hand] to catch Sera who tried to get up from the bed and almost fell from her anemia.
Since it didn't look like she saw me giving the mouth-to-mouth, I told her about the attack on Duchy Capital, and how Lady Ringrande used a cursed item to avert the crisis, resulting in her critical state.

"Ane-sama is always like that. She always goes straight forward with only the goal in mind....."

Sera is brushing Lady Ringrande's hair who's still unconscious.
Even though she sounded like she couldn't believe her, it seems like she doesn't truly hate her.

"I was able to converse with God Tenion thanks to Sera-san. I'll tell you the details along with the other girls once we get back to the Solitary Island Palace."
"Yes, I'm glad to be of service."

I told Sera what needs to be told while Lady Ringrande was still unconscious.

"We will leave the duchy capital tomorrow morning. You should get some rest in Tenion Temple today."

Since I won't have anything to do tonight, let's go to Ga Bou's place and have some drink there.


Sera beckons me as I stand up.
That's a rare gesture from Sera.

"Please do the mouth-to-mouth to me too when I'm injured okay."

Surprised, I look at Sera's face and she looks back at me like a child who's succeeded in her prank.

It was really scary since her eyes weren't laughing.

※ Next update is scheduled for 9/24
The journey to the western part of the continent will begin next time.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 144

Chapter 144 Strongest Sage, Gives Up


"Ruli, next arrow!"


Alma shot the arrows Ruli augmented one after another, hitting the bird monster.
However, those arrows didn't have much, if any, power.


And the undamaged bird monster charges toward Ruli and the others.
However, Alma didn't loosen her attacks.

She steadily let loose more arrows while being ready to evade anytime.
Ruli also continued to make arrows and augment them.

Instead of creating arrows beforehand, doing it in the heat of battle will lessen the payload on the arrow maker and maintain constant quality.
Thus, besides the pre-made arrows you put aside in Storage magic used for the first strike, you always want to bring the raw materials with you.

And the monster's attack was--


Blocked by the spear in Iris's hands.
Her foothold has been magically reinforced by Ruli beforehand, so it won't collapse easily.


The monster regained its posture even while looking bewildered to have been flung back by Iris who was far smaller than it.
And it's also been slightly damaged. Were Iris could handle her spear better, it might have lost one of its legs already... but well, Iris has only started to adapt to human body after all.

Alma kept shooting arrows one after another while Iris was buying time.
...They're doing pretty good.
The flight inhibition should works its magic right about now.

Right when I thought that, the magic showed its effect.
The bird monster couldn't gain altitude no matter how much it flapped its wing.
This signals for Iris's turn now.

"I'm going!"



Once Iris declared that, Alma and Ruli retreated from the frontline and hid behind a nearby cover, peeking with only their faces showing.
They're avoiding getting rolled up while also being ready to support Iris if anything happens.
...However, that worry seems to be unwarranted.


Iris thrust her spear on the monster's body along with that shout.


The stake-sized spear pierced deep into the monster as if there was no resistance.
Normally, you have to pull a pierced spear right away to prevent it from getting stuck, but.... That's meaningless before Iris's power.

Iris swung the spear along with the pierced monster with both her hands and flung it onto the wall.
Being the center of gravity, Iris also ended up hitting the wall on the opposite side. Faster than the monster's crashing speed.

"Au! ....Ei!"
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
However, Iris was mostly undamaged.

And then, Iris pierced the heart of the monster, ending the battle.
Or to be more exact, her pierce was slightly off from the heart, but since the power of Iris's spear thrust blew away all the surrounding parts, there was no particular problem.

One unfortunate point is that most of the monster materials have turned into a mess... but we can get this level of monster materials anytime we want anyway, guess it's fine.
I'll gather the usable-looking parts at least.

"You three really managed to defeat it without me."

"Rather than us three, it was mostly Iris-san..."

"Un. The two of us only brought that thing down to the ground..."

Alma points at the tragic remain of the monster.

"No, I alone, wouldn't be able to hit it, it wouldn't have worked! ...Mathias-san, could you make this spear a bit longer?"

Iris asked me.
However, unfortunately, it can't be made longer than that.

"That's the maximum possible length for now. A long spear is hard to manage if you just swing it around, it's too heavy, and you'll just end up getting swung around by it instead."

"That's true... I also got swung to the wall when I was swinging that monster earlier... It hurt a bit..."

Iris looks at a narrow passage with reproachful eyes.
She doesn't seem to be hurt anywhere in particular, but I guess she did get swung with a force that would have turned an ordinary human to pieces.
It ended with just 『Hurt a bit』 because it was Iris.

"Once you get used to spear more, you can do many things even with that length. Your current way of fighting relies too much on brute force.... Also, I think Alma and Ruli's fighting style are fine the way you are. When you're with Iris, it's best to leave the main offensive to her and create a situation that allows her to strike the enemy."

In actuality, there are ways for them to put out serious firepower too.
I should teach them about it to protect themselves when they're not with me or Iris, but an archer grows faster if you let them experiment with arrows in a variety of ways as a support at first.
A style that only relies on high-powered arrows is hard to put into application after all.

--We delved deeper in the dungeon afterward.
Unfortunately we never found the monster we were looking for.
Let alone finding one, there wasn't even any sign or traces of it.
The least bad one was the monster the three fought against... but there's no way they needed to form a subjugation party just for that weak monster.

"Hmm... Wonder if it disappeared?"

"Disappeared.... Can monsters suddenly disappear just like that?"

"It's unusual, but such cases happen sometimes. ...Guess we should turn back for today."

After descending to a certain floor, we had a discussion and decided to make our way out of the dungeon.
And we arrived at the exit safely.
Now then.... We should sell our spoils today at the guild for now.

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