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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 41

Chapter 41 An Adventure with Kagura-san - Return Arc


Apparently we came out to the other side of the cave.

Afterward, we immediately headed to Gramada.
On the way back, Kagura-san was more proactive in talking about her past and her plan in the future. I'm fine with it since I do want to get closer to Kagura-san, but she sometimes changed the subject halfway through.
It's whenever we're talking about how I feel about Kagura-san. I'm not sure whether this girl is bold, or delicate...

Oh right, as for the sword I got at the end, Lunar Cat, it was handed over to me per the quest description of giving all 『Materials and Soul Stones gotten from monsters』 to me. Since my iron sword is broken now, I gratefully accept it. I still can't draw it out yet though!

Since my status probably went up thanks to the arrivederci at the end, let's have a look at it.

Name: Nobusada Izumi - Age: 15 - Gender: Male - Race: General Human?
Class: Soldier Lv14 - Otherworlder Lv14
State: Healthy
Title: 【True Moss Ball Killer】
HP: 418/418 - MP: 32,958/32,958

Otherworlder Lv14 (up!) - Fighter Lv14 (up!) - Fist Fighter Lv10 - Monk Lv10 - Magician Lv10 - Conjurer Lv10 - Illusionist Lv12 (up!) - Alchemist Lv12 (up!) - Thief Lv 10 - Hunter Lv10 - Beast Tamer Lv10 - Merchant Lv10 - Slave Trader Lv1 - Farmer Lv10 - Househusband Lv10 - Carpenter Lv1 - Mason Lv1

Ethania Common Language - Differing Soul Telepathy Lv2 - Magic Modification Lv2 - Composite Magic Lv2 - Housework Lv5 - Farming Lv3 - Swordsmanship Lv3 - Grappling Lv3 - Two-handed Spear Lv2 - Throwing Lv2 - Body Reinforcement Lv2 - Mana Clad Lv2 - Evasion Lv3 - Parry Lv2 - Intuition Lv1 (new!) - Sacred Magic Lv3 - Dark Magic Lv1 - Gravity Magic Lv1 (new!) - Elemental Magic Aptitude Lv4 - Life Magic - Disguise Lv2 - Alchemy Lv2 - Processing Techniques (Wood - Stone)

【Class Skill】
Provocation - Treasure Hunter - Chakra - Treatment - Hawk Eye

【Unique Skill】
Discerning Magic Eyes Lv4 - Levellit's Blessing (Small)

【Tamed Monster】

Our journey back went smoothly, so I asked Kagura-san to have a spear match with me while we were camping. She taught me the strategy to fight against non-monsters with a spear as it was my first. Since Kagura-san had been active as a mercenary for a long time, she had abundant of experience fighting people. I have a feeling that I was completely being toyed with in our match.

The sun was still high when we arrived at Gramada, lots of people came and went by on the street.
We immediately headed to the Flame Dog inn.
Why not Solomon's Pavilion you ask? I promised to throw a party there ya know. Gotta arrange the room, the party and most importantly, invite the guests of honor.

"Storm-san, we're back. The quest went well, so I'd like to throw a party just like promised, would it be possible?"

"Oh, you're back. Glad to hear that. But we only have one room large enough to hold a party. It should be free tomorrow."

While I was making the arrangement, two girls were rushing toward the Flame Dog. Yup, this scene looks familiar. What's the matter, Mitama, Futsuno-san. They're losing breath too, must have been running all the way here.
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"Ka-Kagura, here you are. Forgive us Kagura. I completely forgot about it. It's already that time rite'? It hit us right in the middle of our quest, we quickly took care of it and rushed here."

"...Huh? Nobu?"

"Heya, you two. What's the hurry?"

"Aah, I'm sorry about it you two. The thing about that is okay now thanks to Nobusa... Milord."

"Ah, milord!? Nobu-kun, just what happened here? Kagura-san is our friend y'know. Depending on the sit', even if it's Nobu-kun..."

"Hey now, Kagura-san. Please stop joking around."

"Fufufu, hold it right there, Futsuno. It is fine as I volunteered to call him that myself. My life was saved so many times by milord in the matter this time. Don't you think it's only natural to fall for such a dependable young man?"


"Muu, I kinda can't agree to it, but cannae' be helped if yer' both in consent."

"...Kagura, unfair."

Mitama looks like she's in bad mood somehow. Geez, Kagura-san played around too much.

"Ah, well you know. You two, do you have plans tomorrow?"

"Hm? Since we just came back and all, we ain't doing anything tomorrow."

"Actually, I haven't sampled the food here even once you see. In addition to celebrate this occasion, I'm thinking of renting the hall here to throw a party, would you two like to come?"

The two's eyes glittered when they heard the word 'party'. The clatter earlier felt like a lie as they pressed on me.

"You sure you want to invite us?"

"...Tasty food. Slurp."

"Yeap, I mean I haven't thanked you two properly yet. I'm gonna bring some dishes myself, so let's go at it with a bang."

I asked Storm-san if it's fine to bring in food, and he gave the OK. However, I'd have to clean after it myself.

"Haa, been awhile since our last party. Think maybe it's a good time to splurge and buy some nice booze."

"C-could I attend too?"

"Of course, Kagura-san had always been included in the members. I also plan to invite several others who have been taking care of me."

Afterward, I prepared some miscellaneous stuff and gave the cash to buy booze to Kagura-san and Futsuno-san.
As for me, I'm heading to Boss-san's place to get the Queen mats processed and turn other materials into money.
I plan to invite Boss-san, Master, Eleanor-san, Sefi-san, and Bell. Let's do it them while cashing in the mats.

First, to Boss-san's smithy.

"Excuse me. Boss-san, you inside?"

"Ou, what's wrong? Any problem with that gauntlet of yers?"

"Nope, I tried using them in the quest I took this time, and they felt nice. I just got my hands on some slightly peculiar material here, so I thought maybe you could make some new things out of it."


"It's this Iron Queen Ant's."

We went inside and I took out Iront Ant Queen in front of Boss-san. First, I took out the Soul Stone and left the rest when Boss-san gave his ok. The Soul Stone was of moderate size and of pretty yellow color.

"This is... It's more flexible than common Iron Ant and yet hard. Should be possible to make even better equipment than what you're using now. But, this is the first time I'm gonna processing this stuff. I've got to do some trials and errors, I'm gonna need more materials and time."

"I'll leave how it's done to Boss-san. Oh and Boss-san can use the leftover materials for yourself. I've been asking so much from Boss-san after all."

"That so, then ya don't need to pay for the processing fee. I should get more than enough from the leftovers. I'm gonna test out various stuff on it, so don't expect it too be ready soon."

"Got it. Oh, on a different note, are you free tomorrow night?"

"Hnr, sorry. I'm itchin' to test this stuff out ya see. Sure gonna take a little while I reckon."

When Boss-san is like that, he just won't budge. I should have invited him first thing first. Well, next time I'm gonna treat him to some booze to show my appreciation.

"I see. Then I'll be counting on your skill Boss-san."

"Ou, look forward to it."

Yup, I'm really looking forward to it. My armor has started to get dents and nicks in the one month I've been using it. Should be the right time to rank up.

Next I went to the temple and invited Bell. 'Delicious food!?', he readily accepted with glittering pupils. He was also drolling like a waterfall though!

And then I returned to the Adventurer Guild. I lined up on a counter with the Receipt Stamp from Kagura-san in hand. Of course, at Eleanor-san's counter!

"Eleanor-san, I'm here to report my return. Here's the Receipt Stamp as a proof of quest completion."

"Yes, a job well done Nobusada-san. Welcome back."

"Eleanor-san, are you free tomorrow night?"

"E-eeeeh!? Y-yes."

"I'd also like to extend my invitation to Master, I plan to invite everyone who has been kind to me in a party I'm hosting."

"I-is that right. As I'll be free then, I'll be sure to come. Let me check with father when I get back."

She gave her consent even though she looked slightly disappointed.

"The party will be at the Flame Dog, please come directly to it. Also, please allow me to take a day off tomorrow, I'm planning to get some foodstuff in the dungeon."

"Understood. I look forward to Nobusada-san's cooking."

"Yes, I'll be sure to meet your expectations."

I parted ways with Eleanor-san, and quickly cashed in the mats.
Here are the stuff I obtained in the journey this time. Complete with their sales result.

Small Yellow Soul Stone (Metal Moss Ball) → 4,500 mani.
Largish Yellow Soul Stone (Iron Ant Queen) → 5,600 mani.
Black Soul Stones x 18 → 1,800 mani.
Goblin mats x8 → 400 mani.
Smallish Medal → No way I'm selling it.
Lunar Cat → Priceless.

Revenue and expenditure over the course of the journey this time
Capital 412, 490 - 640 (for buying foodstuff before departure) + 1,500 (reward from Kagura-san) - 2,000 (alcohol expenses) + 12,300 (cash in result) = 423, 650 mani.

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-37

16-37. [Judicial Nation] Sheriffald 


※Previous Chapter has been slightly altered. For those who don't get what Yukel-kun is talking about here, please have a look.
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Satou here. Trials take time and money, but I think willpower and stamina are what needed most in it. To say nothing of the day you're selected to be a juror...

"Pochi-chan, Tama-chan, come and visit us again okay."
"Aye aye sir~"
"Yes nanodesu."

The children are exchanging farewells in front of the Gate Inn.

"Next time, Pochi will come with Lyuryu nodesuyo. Let's all go on a stroll with Yuni together nodesu."
"Un! I can't wait!"

Pretty sure Yuni-chan hasn't realized that Lyuryu is the white dragon that came by during the divine punishment.
And by stroll, Pochi must mean flying in the sky.

"You too lizard, be well."
"Bear, call me Liza."
"Should I call you Liza-sama, considering you're a noble now?"
"No, Rat. Just call me Liza."
"We cannot possibly call noble-sama without honorifics."

Liza is talking with her old acquaintances, the beastkin slaves.
In half a month, these girls will migrate to a town where the population is mostly of beastkin at Muno Marquisdom. It's a town governed under Liza.

"I'm going with Nana-shama!"
"Me too!"
"...Young organisms."

Nana looks reluctant to part ways with some unfamiliar looking children.

These children seem to be orphans who live in the same orphanage as Yuni-chan's.
Just when did she get along with them.

"Brother-in-law--no, your excellency Pendragon. Please forgive me for my discourtesy last night."

Yukel-kun lowered his head.

"Please raise your head, you have already apologized so much."

I went to visit Zena-san's house this morning, and Yukel-kun kept apologizing for his, "discourtesy at the banquet."
Since I can't even remember what he did, I really am not sure how to deal with his excessive apology.

Apparently, he thought that I was a, "casanova who was just playing around with his elder sister" from what he gathered from the people around him, he was going to ask that when he came to pick me at the Handymen yesterday.
Due to that misunderstanding, and also for the sake of his elder sister, he agreed to Zena-san getting engaged to Earl Seryuu's oldest son, Badowald-dono.

Well, in a nutshell, Yukel-kun is a siscon.

"Boy, take care of Zena-cchi, you hear me."

Miss Lilio, Zena-san's co-worker, talked to me unreservedly.

"Lilio, call his excellency, Earl Pendragon or your excellency."
"That's rite'. Though I guess inept Lilio just can't help it."
"Ruu... That's too much."

The three ladies from Zena Squad is encircling her.
Personally, I'm convinced that these girls are the source of information that gave birth to Yukel-kun's misunderstanding.

"But I'm really worried~ Zena-cchi~"
"Please don't worry about me, Lilio. I'll make sure to come back once in a while too."

Lilio clings to Zena-san, reluctant to part.

"Master, we're ready to depart anytime."
"Thank you Lulu."

We got on board the wagon.

"Zena-tan's parents and other nobles aren't coming to see us off, are they."
"Ah, I already visited them earlier."

I had talked a bit with Zena-san's mother when I visited their house this morning.
She was a calm madam and looked like her daughter.

Zena-san's father had already left this world, however I was able to see his portrait, drawn while he was alive. He was a strict-looking military man that didn't look like Yukel-kun and Zena-san, he gave off this serious air about him.

"Satou-san, this is something from mom!"
"Thank you, Martha-chan. Give my thanks to the landlady too."
"Un! Come again okay."
"Yeah, I'll make sure to."

I handed the lunchbox from Martha-chan to the girls on the wagon, and made a promise to Martha-chan after her farewell hug.

I instructed Lulu to depart the wagon while we waved our hands at the people who were seeing us off.

"Where were we going again now?"

Arisa asked a question right after we passed through Seryuu City's gate.

"The Judicial Nation Sheriffald where God Urion's main temple is located."
"Religious country?"
"Nope, it seems to be a peculiar judicial based country."
"Is the social system similar to ancient Greece, where the government is directly ruled by the people?"
"Apparently, only people who passed the bar examination have the right to cast votes."

I stated the information I had investigated beforehand.

Considering God Urion gives [Eyes of Judgement] gift to their believers, I have a feeling that the trial will be like, "capture all evildoers in the country", or "rehabilitate all criminals."

Would be nice if it's something that can be finished quickly.

"Whoa, everything's white in this country."

The moment we arrived at Judicial Nation Sheriffald, Arisa muttered so while looking around at the surroundings.

This country is located right between Saga Empire and the western countries.
The building color here being predominantly white is probably because of the building materials taken from a nearby mountain.

"This place reminds me of Weasel Empire Parish."

Sera who had come with us muttered.
This time I'm only accompanied by Arisa, Sera and Zena-san.

Princess Sistina declined to go there, saying, "I don't like the people of Judicial Nation Sheriffald."
In addition, since demi-humans are discriminated against here, Liza, Mia and Lulu aren't coming either.
Nana, Pochi, and Tama need to go to school, so they're not here.

"The atmosphere does feel similar. Like with the bland whitish attires the people wear."

Arisa pointed at the people of Judicial Nation Sheriffald who were walking on the street.
They consist of plain-looking white shirts and slacks, but maybe because the practice of ironing clothes is well known here, there's not even a wrinkle on their clothes.
And despite the fairly cold climate, few people wear thick clothing.

Not a lot of these people cracked a smile, they somehow look like Japanese in the commuter rush somehow.

"Something smells nice."
"I wonder what, bakery?"

Arisa reacted to the scent of freshly made bread from beyond the street.
Arisa's eyes wandered toward the scent and stopped at one of the alleys.


There's a big man who's monitoring a building that seems to be a bakery.
According to AR readings, looks like he's an officer of this country. His post seems to be a commanding officer of a 100-man platoon.

I saw a feeble looking beautiful girl working at the counter as people went in and out of the bakery.
Both the girl and the 100-man platoon commander are single, maybe it's like a boyfriend who's watching over his lover working from the shadow?

"Apparently, he's an officer of this country."
"But, still, he must be a stalker right? I mean, he's breathing roughly, and I can't think of any reason why a military officer would be interested in a bakery."

While I was having that conversation with Arisa, men who seemed to be his subordinates came and drag him along with them.

Well, leaving that aside--.

"Zena-san, what's the matter?"
"N-no! I-It's nothing!"

When I called Zena-san who had been silent since awhile ago, she straightened her back in fluster.
Her eyes feel like they're turning round and round.

"T-that! What is that I wonder!"

Zena-san pointed at a nearby park after she looked around at the surroundings.
People are gathering at a wisteria trellis in the center of the park.

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"I wonder if it's some kind of event?"

I try to listen carefully.

『The defendant concealed the fact that he was a beastkin, and lazed around during his works all the while deceiving his employer about that fact. This is an unjustified act of stealing wages.』

It seems to be some kind of trial.
I asked Zena-san to use 『Whisper Wind』 magic to let everyone observe the situation.

『T-that's wrong! I was told by my employer to hide my face!』
『Any objection to what the defendant said?』
『Naw, I never did that. This guy had been hiding his face rite' from the start, ya know?』
『Is there anyone who can attest to that?』
『My store's employees and the store regulars can.』

I've got the impressions that the beastkin has been set up by his employer somehow.

『False testimony in a Trial before God is a crime. As a judge who watches over the scale, I declare the defendant crime be raised by one class.』

He was the judge, I thought he was a prosecutor.
Looks like the format of trials in this world differs from my former world.

『P-please wait! I'm not lying!』
『Then do you know anyone who can attest to your testimony?』

The male judge put a stone onto one side of a huge balance scale beside him.

『Well then, as a penalty for the crime of sloth and perjury, you have to return 80% of your wages back to your employer. And for the Trial before God's--』
『P-please wait!』
『What is it? Interrupting the judge's decree, have you no shame?』
『I've been working harder than anyone! Crime of sloth can't be right!』
『Do you know anyone who can attest to that?』
『Other folks who worked with me should know it.』
『Can anyone attest to his labor?』

The judge looked back at the employer and men who seemed to be other employees, but no one did anything drastic besides some who awkwardly averted their gazes.

Well, looking at their behaviors, it all but proves the beastkin's innocence.

『It doesn't seem like anyone can attest for you.』

The judge then put another stone, and the scale tilted toward the employer.

『N-no way! I worked the hardest! Those guys lazed around while they made me do their job! I worked for real!』
『It appears that the defendant has a habit of lying.』
『I-I'm not lying!』

Really, what a sickening one-sided trial.

"This is all nothing but a kangaroo court. Master, aren't there magic to go back in time and show the past or something?"
"Magic that can manipulate time doesn't exist, you know."

It'd be easy to prove for him if there were.

"I wonder why they couldn't interrogate him with a Truth Discerner?"

Sera muttered so.

Oh right. I forgot because this looked like a trial, but this world had Truth Discerners who could see through lies in an interrogation.

Looking around at the Map, there's no Truth Discerner at this place.
They seem to be serving under the country, a great majority of them is inside a building called Judicial Bureau, while the several remaining ones are in the Main Temple.
Lots of them seem overworked and with Stamina gauge nearing zero, I'm guessing that they can't afford to send them to trivial trials.

『I shall pass your judgment! The defendant shall reimburse his employer with 200 emir, and pay the same amount to the court for the crime of perjury. In case you cannot pay right here and now, you will be detained as a debt slave.』
『M-my wage wasn't that much! My entire pay is 3 emir!』

The currency of this country, emir is silver coin, thus even converted to Shiga Kingdom's, that's still 40 gold coins.
If you just think about it, that's an abnormal amount for a common worker's wages.

"Could you do something about it?"
"Leave it to me."

I nod to Zena-san and Sera-san, I step forward before these guys.

"Foreigner, you'd do well not to trespass upon a Trial before God."
"Please excuse me. I am Earl Pendragon of Shiga Kingdom."

I silenced the unfair judge with the brand power of a large kingdom and my peerage.

"Allow me to pay the penalty for that beastkin."
"You will?"
"Are you acquainted with this beastkin?"
"What good is in telling you that?"

I try to behave as haughtily as I could.
These types of people tend to be weak with social ranks after all.

『Master, you're not gonna kick them hard in the guts?』

Arisa talked to me through space magic [Telephone].

『Don't worry, I'm still laying the groundwork, hold on a bit okay.』

I wait for the judge's reply after responding to Arisa.

"V-very well."

Since I got his agreement, I paid for the beastkin's penalty.

Of course, the beastkin looks really anxious.
Please endure it for a bit, I'll explain to you later.

I talk to the employer who's counting silver coins while chuckling to himself.
Might as well use this chance to use two mind magic to loosen his wariness.

"The employer over there. Was this beastkin good at his works?"
"Naw, he was useless, always skipped out on works."

He was so engrossed he forgot to use polite speech against a noble.

"Has he been working under you long?"
"Since half a year ago--you have a problem?"
"Nah, it just piqued my interest a bit."

Now that I've got the employer's words, I talk to an employee who seems like a senior.
These employees seem to have been promised shares by the employer, they're focusing on the silver coins he's counting.

"I presume you've been working at his store for a long time."
"Yeah, been there for 10 years."
"Hee, you must be very skilled. Your wages must be quite high too."
"There's no way that stingy manager woulda pay much."
"Was it 20 emir a month?"
"The heck, yer' one digit off. At most I got 6 emir a month--"

The senior employee who got ahead of himself noticed his verbal slip.

"No, wai--"

I called the judge before the senior employee could correct himself.

For some reason, Arisa shouted while striking a pose from a famous trial and tribulation game.
She must have been waiting for this timing, no doubt about it.

"What is it, Earl-sama."
"This guy just confessed to his crime. He's caught red-handed in a fraud."
"--Fraud? Don't be foolish."
"Who do you think you are making fools of earl-sama!"

Arisa shouted at the stunned judge.

I contested to the shrinking judge, that if a diligent long serving worker only got paid 6 emir a month, there is no way that a lazy beastkin who had only worked for half a year got more than six times that amount at 40 emir.

As it was right after a careless remark by him, the judge readily accepted my point.

"Since he tried to fraud Earl-sama, he'd be punished into becoming a crime slave, wouldn't he?"
"P-please wait, judge!"

Toward the still vainly struggling employer, I whispered, "if you still have a problem, would you like to bring this case to the Truth Discerner at the capital?"
Additionally, it appears that the other employees have to pay for penalty for the crime of perjury, but since they're only reaping what they sow, I'm not going to defend them.

"N-noble-sama, thank you very much."
"Don't mind it, it was just a whim of mine."

I hand over the money, that the judge gave me, to the beastkin.

This is different from the money I paid out earlier.
I'm told that 20% of the lawsuit sum had to be deposited before the trial, and I got 40 emir out of that deposit as a consolation.

I handed over all of it to him.
It's higher than what he originally would have got, but I think the amount is just right to compensate for the trouble.

We parted ways with the ape beastkin who was bowing repeatedly, and got back to our city tour.

"This was a local specialty wasn't it."
"But it does taste better than Gabo fruit."

We entered the first diner we saw because we were starving, but the cuisine left a lot to be desired.
Zena-san was the only one who continued to eat even while smiling wryly, Arisa and Sera quickly threw in the towel.

"Even forgetting the dry texture, the sour aftertaste was just too much."
"This seems to be called Sheriffa Potato."

I conveyed the info from AR reading to the wincing Arisa.
According to the Map, there's lots of gallete-like cuisines made from Sheriffa Potato and flour made from it.

"Hello, I'm here for your delivery."

A familiar looking beautiful girl entered the door.

"Oh my? This aroma is--"

I remember this aroma.
It's the bakery girl whom Arisa claimed to have a stalker.

"Oh you're late, I was waiting for you."
"I'm sorry, landlady-san."
"Is anything wrong? You're not looking well, you know."
"It's nothing. I just couldn't sleep well lately..."

The feeble-looking girl nodded at the worried landlady and went toward her next stop.
I ended up imagining things thanks to Arisa and her stalker stuff.

"Customers, we've got some freshly baked bread here, want some?"
"We do, we do!"

Arisa swiftly jumped on the landlady's offer.
It might not be as good as Lulu-made bread, but it was so good, Sheriffa Potato dish had nothing against it.
I took this chance to ask for the landlady's permission and got some jam and butter out for the bread.

"Still, this country sure loves its trials."

Arisa grumbled while relishing on the bread.
Most of the parks we happened to see on our way here had ongoing trials under the blue sky.

"But I'm glad that they were all ordinary trials, besides that one time."

Zena-san muttered so while drinking the palate cleanser tea.

"What's this, are you guys here to attend the Trial of Scale at the capital's Judicial Bureau too?"

The landlady who seemed like she had nothing to do call out to us.

"-Trial of Scale?"

Come to think of it, the tour guidebook did mention that [Judicial Nation] Sheriffald had a peculiar trial.

"Yeap. It's a trial that makes use of God Urion's sacred treasure 『Golden Scale』 Ulrirab."

I see, the golden series this time is a scale huh.

"Libra, which means it's the old man... But the younger version and the genderbent version might be available too right now."

Arisa's inner voice leaked out in low voice.
I know the reference, but control yourself a bit.

"How does it work?"
"It can see through sins that a Truth Discener's 『Fathom』 and the gift 『Eye of Judgment』 can't recognize."

The landlady folded her arms like she was done with the explanation.

"That sounds amazing."

I made some random agreeable response.

I don't really get it but it must be some kind of complicated trial when [Fathom] can't be used to tell lies, and [Eye of Judgment] can't distinguish wrongdoings.
I should ask the details when we visit Urion Main Temple.

"Yea, it really is! But that's also exactly why the waiting time is so long..."

According to the landlady, even nobles have to wait for three months, while commoners three years.

"So if you want to have a trial quickly, you should go to the capital Judicial Bureau and ask Saga Empire hero-sama to be the judge. Apparently, that Hero Seigi-sama also has the power to distinguish evils, you see."

The successor of Hero Meiko who almost became a cripple at the Weasel Empire huh....

"Aren't you, like, getting a bad feeling about this?"

Arisa, stop setting up that kind of flags please.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 175

Chapter 175 Strongest Sage, Rank Up


A few tens of minute after we defeated a large amount of monsters.
We safely got back to the town and headed toward the guild we took the quests from.

"We kinda went and completed these quests really quickly... You think they'd doubt us...?"

"Don't even need to think about that, they're gonna doubt us for sure, you know?"

Alma gave an instant reply to the worried Ruli.
True, there's a high chance of that.
That's exactly why we're raising our ranks at a territory that's on friendly terms with Eis Kingdom.

Right about now, the lord here should be informed that my coming here is to fight a demon.
The guild in this country isn't under control of the ruling lords, so you can't get them to raise your rank, but lowering possible obstructions is good enough.

...We arrived at the guild while thinking that.

"Huh, you're back already. We accept paying penalty by installments, although there's a slight interest, so...."

The quest receptionist spoke out the moment she saw my face.
Looks like she thinks I've failed the quests.

"No need for penalty. We've completed all the quests we took."

"Erm... You shouldn't lie, okay? Subjugation parts are needed to prove you've completed a quest, and considering you came into the guild empty-handed..."

I see.
Apparently, she thinks I failed the quests because I'm not holding the subjugation part in my hand.

"Are these acceptable?"

I took some random subjugation parts out of Storage magic and put it on the counter.
The counter can't fit too many, so I only took three out.

"These are... Wraith Scissor's shells! Beating this many so quick, is Mathias-san by any chance, actually not a rookie, but a veteran adventurer?"

"I'm not exactly a veteran, but I've done my fair share of adventuring in Eis Kingdom. My card even has the, Issued at: Eis Kingdom, on it."

I showed my guild card as I said that.
『Issued at: Eis Kingdom Embassy Branch of Raginia Federation Guild』 is written on the back of the card.

"Ah, you're right. How unusual! ...If you're this strong, you might just be able to complete that many quests before the deadline!"

"Or rather, we've managed to do it somehow."

"Managed to, somehow... Don't tell me, these aren't all, and you've defeated all the monsters in the quests you took!?"

"Yeah... Since the counter is full already, I think it's better if we go by them one by one."

I took more random subjugation parts from Storage magic.
However, what caught the receptionist's interest wasn't the parts.

"...Where did you take them from just now?"

"Storage Magic."

Huh, I've seen this flow of events somewhere before.
--Aah. It was at the Adventurer Guild after our first delving into a dungeon.
I can predict what's going to happen next.

"Storage Magic!?"

Same reaction as Eis Kingdom's guild.
Explaining this is a pain, I've got make sure to bring my luggage out beforehand the next time I'm doing this.

A few minutes later.
After we somehow managed to get past Storage magic explanation, we got back to the topic.

"Erm... All the subjugation quests are completed. Members participating in the quests are Mathias-san, Iris-san, Alma-san and Ruli-san, is it alright to attribute it to these four?"

"Will our ranks go up if we do that?"

"Yes. There's enough point needed for a party of up to six people to rank up."

"Then, please do so."

Looks like we won't need to do quests for each members.
That'll save us some trouble.

"Understood. Please wait for a moment."

The receptionist withdrew inside with our cards in her hand.
After a bit, she brought back cards with a different color than before.
They were blackish before, these ones are bluish.

"Since all of you have completed 10 rank G quests, and 15 rank F quests, all members have fulfilled the rank up quota. As there is no need for tests to rank up to Rank E, you're all already one now!"

The receptionist presented the guild cards to us.
Looks like the card's color changes with rank.

"By the way, this sets the record for the fastest rank up ever! Ordinarily, it takes one month at least no matter how fast you are..."

1 month just to complete 25 quests huh...

Well, since rank G and rank F are beginner ranks, people probably raise their rank as they train.
Coming here from abroad and raising rank in one stretch are probably a relatively rare case.

"By the way, since we're now Rank E and all, that means we can take Rank E quests right? Could you process the subjugation parts if there are rank D monsters among the monsters we beat earlier?"

"Erm, we can't do that if there is no subjugation quest issued for the particular monster, or if the monster is killed on another territory, otherwise, it will be treated as a quest completion."

"How do you even distinguish if a monster is killed on another territory?"

"From stuff like the material freshness. Bringing materials from a faraway place would spoil it after all... That's also why there are apparently quick-footed people who bring it to other guilds and such."

Freshness huh.
We can cheat all we want by using Storage magic with its time freeze.
Well, this time these are all legit from monsters we beat at a nearby forest.

"Got it. Then, something like that should be..."

I look for rank D like materials from among the ones I have in hand.
I only studied up monsters that appeared in the quests we took so I'm yet to know what kind of monsters are ranked D, but this should be easily remedied by looking up at the quest tags.

I turn my sight at rank D quest tags.
First thing that came into my sight was a subjugation quest for 『Big Horn Turtle』.
Need to subjugate three of them.

Judging from its name, it should be a big sized turtle with a horn.
There were two kind of turtle monsters with horns on them, it's probably the bigger one.

There were only three of those big ones, just enough to complete the quest.

"First, Big Horn Turtle subjugation quest. The subjugation part is, the horn right?"

I haven't checked to see if it's really the horn, but it generally is the case with monsters that has horns.
Would be nice if it applies here too...

"Yes. That is correct."

"Then, here you go."

I took out the Big Horn Turtle's horn.
The turtle was about five meter long, and the horn alone is about one meter long.

It's big alright, but it's ultimately a turtle, hard to consider this monster as rank D... but so long as I can use it to raise our rank, it'll do.
By the way, the smaller turtles were even weaker than this one.

"Eh... Isn't this a bit too big?"

"...Well since it's called Big Horn Turtle, it has to be big right?"

"No, normally it should be around this big..."

The receptionist spreads out her arms to make about 30-cm wide space.
30 cm, then...

"This one?"

I took out the smaller horn.

"Yes! That's it! We have 10 batches of the same quest for Big Horn Turtle, how many do you have?"

The smaller ones seems to be the correct answer here.
I've got a lot of these horns, but is it really alright for this to be rank D.
You sure it's not a mistake.

"10 huh, then 30."
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"30!? How were you able to kill so many!?"

"How you ask, well."

I try to recall the battle that time.
But, those turtles didn't really leave a lasting impression on me.

"I just cut them with my sword..."

"Shot them with my bow..."

"Blew 'em away with my spear. I just swung my spear around randomly though, so I don't really remember what kind of monsters I beat..."

Looks like the three are under the same impression.
Rather, Iris doesn't even distinguish them.

"Its hardness is such that you can't normally kill it that way though..."

The receptionist muttered so when she heard us.

"Now that you mention it, they might be a bit tough. I mean sometimes my arrow could only pierce through two even though I was gunning for three."

"Ah. That's right, it did feel a bit tough when I cut them with my sword."

"Really? I thought they were all the same..."

Except for Iris, the girls nodded giving their consent when they heard about its hardness.
Indeed, they might be a tiny bit sturdy.
Putting that aside...

"Then whose horn is this?"

I point at the horn that was refused for being too big.

"Erm... Was the monster this horn from about three times as big as an ordinary Big Horn Turtle?"

"Yea. It might have been a bit bigger, but yeah, it was around that size."

"...That's a rank B Huge Horn Turtle! How did you beat it!?"

"I just swung my sword and shot magic haphazardly whenever they got close."

That turtle... rank B?
Its sturdiness was its only merit, it didn't have a particularly strong attack or special ability.
The receptionist asks me a question while looking tired.

"I've heard rumors that there's a lot of students with monstrous strength at Eis Kingdom, perhaps those students are..."

Who the heck spread such rumors.
While I was looking for the culprit in my mind, the receptionist speaks as if she recalls something.

"C-come to think of it, what about the materials! Huge Horn Turtle materials!"

"You mean this one here."

I point at the horn.

"Not that, other parts besides the horn!"

"We threw them away... You're not telling me, there are other parts besides the horn as subjugation parts, are you?"

Storage magic is the kind of magic that decrease your maximum mana the more you store something in it.
Even though the maximum mana returns when you get the item out, I'd prefer not to lower mine too much.
Thus, we discarded everything but the subjugation parts.

"No, only the horn is needed for that... How wasteful..."

"You can have them if you want to. They should be around this area."

I draw a map on a paper with magic and put a marker on the location where we beat the monsters.

"Eh, what was that magic!? A blank paper turned into a map!"

"I've got to start from that huh..."

After several derailments as such, we proceeded with the quest reports.
About an hour later.

"This concludes the 100th quest completion for rank C! ...Which means, Mathias-san and his party are now qualified to take Rank B promotion test! Waa, amazing! Ah, by the by, needless to say, you've set record for the fastest rank up ever!"

The receptionist shouted out loud passionately, and we received the qualification to enter the rank B promotion test thingy.
Looks like we need to pass the test to qualify into rank B.

"What do we need to do for the rank B promotion test?"

"...You mean you got the qualification without knowing that!"


"Erm... In short, it's a test where an examiner accompanies you to complete a quest. As you can clear ordinary quests with a party, sometimes there are people whose rank doesn't match their actual ability. Once you get to rank B and above, quests that come from the country itself and such begin to appear, therefore, this test is intended to prevent people without sufficient ability from becoming into rank B."

"...I see. So where can we take the test?"

"Erm, since only large branches are allowed to carry out rank B promotion test... The closest one from here is the central city of Fredia Territory, Frejia Branch!"

...The central city of Fredia territory huh.
Things should go smoothly there, convenient.

"Got it. Then let's get on to it and get our rank up."


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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-36

16-36. Earl Seryuu's Foster Daughter (2)


Satou here. I tend to see a lot of foster girls and adopted children in news and fictions, but never from people I'm close with. It's probably not something that happens a lot.

"--Sir Pendragon."

Yukel-kun came to talk to me after we park the wagon and horses near the castle gate.

"Are you really, with Aneue--" <TLN: lit. "elder sister", formal.>
"Sir Marientail."

Another knight who was accompanying us interrupted Yukel-kun.
It kinda feels like they don't want to let me talk with Yukel-kun.

Let's ignore the mood here and make the initiative to talk to Yukel-kun myself.

"Sir Pendragon!"

Another voice interrupted me at a bad timing.

"--Your Excellency Earl."

Of all people, it was Earl Seryuu.
I can't exactly ignore him and talk to Yukel-kun instead here.

We may be of the same rank, but as he rules over a City Core, his position is higher than mine.

Earl Seryuu seems to have been from an excursion, he's riding a splendid looking white steed.

"Pardon me for my long absence. Earl Seryuu."
"I've heard that you've been very active like always, Earl Pendragon."

Earl Seryuu who got off of his horse invited me to his castle like we had been friends for 10 year after hugging me in an oddly friendly manner.

Make me all the more suspicious for his ulterior motives.

The way Earl Seryuu act right now seemed to be a rare occurrence, servants and bureaucrats who caught sight of us lowered their head with surprised looks on their faces.

"--First of all, I would like to express my gratitudes. Thanks to your assistances, the matter with labyrinth management will likely start in earnest by new year time."

Earl Seryuu said so once we settled down in the castle's parlor.
It's probably about how I helped his subordinates to be made into Explorer Guild's assistants at the labyrinth city, Selbira.

"Please think nothing of it. It's all the results of your excellency's subordinates blood and tears."
"Oh stop with 'your excellency' stuff. You'd remind me to call you that yourself, being a cabinet minister and all. Just call me Ros."

Earl Roswald Seryuu requested for something unreasonable.

"Then, Roswald-sama."
"That's still too cold but acceptable. Mind if I call you Satou-dono?"

I give my consent to Earl Seryuu.

"Satou-dono, as for the reward I promised you, we have 2000 demi human slaves currently working to build facilities for the labyrinth management. However, due to the number and all, the office folks told me to ask you around half a month time for the transfer period."
"Then, allow me to make arrangements for the airships needed to transport the slaves. Since I think that we will get our airship allotment turn within a year, I will be sure to dispatch a delegation from Muno Marquisdom early on."

Let's forward all the responsibilities for this to Consul Nina of Muno Marquisdom.

I'm sure she'd happily welcome them with open arms, as the territory lack the manpower needed for the towns and cities recaptured from monsters, including the city I'm managing, Brighton.
I plan to release them all once they've become self-sufficient.

"Airships to transport demi human? Can't you just have them walk to Muno territory."
"I cannot even begin to fathom the expenses needed for such method."

I replied back in kind to the earl who asked in amazement.
I'd hate to hazard the number of victims that would show up if I were to let 2000 demi human slaves, whose levels are mostly at single digit, walk to Muno Marquisdom.

"I've also put out a ban on demi-human discrimination just as I've promised."

Earl Seryuu looks proud somehow.

But despite that, the attitudes in Gate Inn and stuff felt the same as always.

"Fumu, judging from your displeased looks, you must want to say that discriminations still remain even now, don't you."

His eyes kinda look like a teacher admonishing a kid who did a poor job.

"Of course, we've not only issued an edict, y'know? We have soldiers who regularly patrol around the city and punish anyone who throw around unjustifiable violences on demi-humans."

Apparently, there were even citizens who got executed for breaking the ban.

"The sense of discriminations within the citizens is deep-rooted. The complete abolishment of discriminations in its truest sense probably won't happen for a long time."

I guess that's only natural.

There would be no hardships if discriminations would disappear simply by having the statesmen ban it.
Even with the law in effect, it probably only means a shift of locations to where the eyes of statesmen don't reach.

The reason is similar to why bullying at schools hasn't disappeared.

Even so, a prohibition from the statesmen is still necessary as the first step to dispel discriminations.
And I think there is only one path to that, a path where people have to learn to change the perception from "bad things" to "things not worth doing."
Afterwards, having the demi-humans show that their existence bring benefit to everyone is also effective.

"As for the other reward--"

Earl Seryuu changed the topic.
Now, he's probably going to check the matter about making Miss Auna my wife, and Zena-san my mistress.

"About your engagement."


"So when are you going to take my daughter, Auna as your wife, and Zena of Marientail House as your mistress again."

He's coming at it straight huh.

"Regarding that--"

Earl Seryuu raised his hand to stop me while I was hesitating.

"So you really do not wish for it."


"His Majesty and the prime minister have given me a stern warning. Do not force you to have a marriage you do not wish for, they said."

Oh, PM and King, good job.

"Please call off the matter about my engagement."
"Very well then."

Earl Seryuu consented willingly.

Phew, another load off my shoulder.

"However, were I to withdraw a reward I have promised, the jabbering old household nobles at the Royal Capital would force me to wear the miser stigma around."

Earl Seryuu words reached my ears as I let out a sigh of relief.

"In exchange, I will raise the number of magic cores that will be provisioned to Muno Marquisdom from our labyrinth."

Earl Seryuu put up three fingers as he said that.

"By my own discretion, I promise you to accommodate three times the planned amount. I will prepare the documents later. Do deliver them to Marquis Muno."

I didn't realize at this time, but by Echigoya Firm's manager's account, the amount is comparable to the amount the earldom pays to the kingdom.

"Have you ever talked with Zena's little brother?"
"No, it was my first time meeting him earlier."

I talked a lot with him as Kuro, but only made a greeting as Satou.

"He might not be at the level of Satou-dono, but he is quite a knight himself."

Earl Seryuu began to boast about Yukel-kun.
Apparently, Yukel-kun's peerage rank will be raised as a commendation for his feats in the fight against the greater demon and in the Labyrinth Hazard defense war.

And it's not just to Baronet that's just above Chevalier--.

"Baron, is it. That's wonderful."
"Umu. He's the first to climb to Baron since me, and accumulating feats enough to propel one from Chevalier to Baron hadn't been done since the days of my grandfather."

Unlike in my former world, as the nobles in this world aren't given land to govern, letting a noble by blood to ascend the peerage means way higher fixed cost for the lord of said noble.

"--Silver Knight Air."

Earl Seryuu spoke that name with a suggestive tone.

"That was what the knight who slew a greater demon as she flew in the air called herself."
"I wonder if she is related somehow to Hero Nanashi-sama and his Golden Knights?"

With the help of Poker Face skill, I ignore past Earl Seryuu's bait.

"I'm in the same opinion. She wielded a holy sword that could fly in the sky not unlike the Claiomh Solais."

Looks like Earl Seryuu bore witness to that fight.

"Someone amongst the people who witnessed that fight told me. That there is a girl whose fighting style resembles that of Silver Knight Air in my territory."

I have a feeling that Earl Seryuu is aware that Zena-san is Silver Knight Air.
Since Zena-san is weak at keeping secret, she'd probably spill it out the moment he interrogated her.

Well, I'm not too worried even if he knew.

"What about you, Satou-dono. Do you know anyone who fights like Silver Knight Air?"
"Unfortunately, as I never saw how the Silver Knight Air-dono fights myself."
"Is that so. Sorry to ask for the unreasonable. Getting back to the topic at hands--"

Earl Seryuu easily pulled back at my excuses.
Doesn't look like he's trying to ascertain Silver Knight Air's identity.

"We will be holding a ball to celebrate Sir Marientail's promotion tonight. It would be my pleasure if Satou-dono could participate. Of course, your subordinates are invited too."

According to Earl Seryuu, it's OK for the beastkin girls to come to the party, but I wouldn't want to expose them to the inevitable inquisitive glances.
I did check with everyone to see if they wanted to participate, but in the end, only Arisa is going to come with me.

I was planning to go back to the inn once, but the time for the ball approached while I was arguing with Earl Seryuu about whether the labyrinth should be managed by himself or not.

"Hmmm, first time coming here, but this Earl Seryuu's castle is really designed for wars unlike the Royal Castle isn't it."

I'm heading toward the ballroom with Arisa.
It seems the majority of the entrants have entered the venue, there's only the two of us in the passage asides from the busily coming and going servants.

"""Earl Pendragon-sama!"""

High-pitched shrieks resounded the moment we got into the venue.

Fair noble girls of the Earldom come to my side one after another.
It's like the entrance of a famous actor or singer.

"Earl-sama! Please tell me all about your adventures!"
"Earl-sama! I do not have a fiance!"
"Earl-sama! My house is famous for being the most fertile in Seryuu city!"

The beauties who are encircling me make their appeal.
Fertility being an appeal point seems to be common in Shiga Kingdom.

As they're dressing more brazenly compared to the girls at the Royal Capital, lots of the beauties emphasize their cleavage, truly a sight for sore eyes.

"Master's popularity is to the point of being sickening isn't it. I should have brought Mia along--Hey, you there! Don't feel on Master as you please!"

Arisa attempted to guard me from the beautiful noble ladies, but she's way outnumbered.


Noticing a glance, I turn around and see a butler gazing here.

"What's up?"

The butler averted his glance like it was nothing while I was paying attention to Arisa, opened a door and announced the entrance of the territory lord and his family.

"Hueh? Why'd Zena-tan come out from over there?"

Just like Arisa said, Marientail siblings came out of the door along with the lord's family.

"Wasn't this Yukel-kun's celebration?"

As if affirming my words, Earl Seryuu praised Yukel-kun's feats and announced his promotion.
The moment they heard that, half of the beauties who were surrounding me turned their interest over there.

"In addition, Sir Marientail will take my daughter, Auna, as his wife."

The people in the hall make a stir when they hear the earl's announcement.
Yukel-kun and Miss Auna bashfully smile at each other.

Zena-san looks happy too, but her smile looks lifeless.

"It kinda feels like Zena-tan is forcing herself, doesn't it."
"You're right."

I agree to Arisa's whisper.
Zena-san's smile is usually like a blooming sunflower.

"Quiet down. I am not done yet--"

Earl Seryuu silenced the people.

"I am happy to introduce the second wife of my eldest son, Badowald!"


Crisis Perception is alarming me for some reason.

"Sir Marientail's elder sister, Zena will be taken as Badowald's second wife."


The hall was filled with even more commotion than with the announcement earlier.

"Master, did you know about this?"
"No, first time I'm hearing it."

Arisa asked me in whisper.

Zena-san didn't talk about it when I talked with her last night, and it didn't feel like she was hiding it either.
Earl Seryuu probably brought the subject to her all of a sudden today.

Zena-san is hanging her head down, I can't see her expression.

"Geez, she's really a good girl..."

Arisa sighs.
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"No helping it."

Arisa scratched the back of her head and used space magic as she stood next to me.

『Zena-tan. Does Zena-tan really agree to that engagement yourself?』

Arisa's Telephone is connected to me through her connection as my Familiar.


Zena-san replied while covering her mouth.

『Not because you can't go against your lord's order?』
『...It's, not.』

Zena-san sounded stiff.

『I see, there's some kind of reason behind this--wait, no need to even guess huh.』

Arisa sighs.

『You don't want to be a hindrance in your brother's love life and career, do you.』

Zena-san remains silent.

In other words, the answer is correct.

『Since both of those would be called off if you were to refuse the engagement forced on you by your lord?』
『...Yukel and Auna-sama had always no choice but to hide their feelings to each other. And just when their wishes were about to be fulfilled--』

Hint of tears are mixed in Zena-san's voice.

Arisa glanced up at me.
Her eyes are expecting something.

I brushed Arisa's head, and took a step forward toward the ring of people that encircled Badowald-dono and Zena-san.

I step forwad toward the crowd that encircle Badowald-dono and Zena-san.


At the other side of the crowd, Zena-san raised her head.
Her eyes moist with tears are looking at me.

"Oh, Satou-dono! Demon lord slayer-dono is going to congratulate the new member of my family--"

Earl Seryuu is all smiles, but his eyes remain sharp.
He's probably foreseen what I'm gonna do here.

A blank space has been created in front of Badowald-dono and Zena-san.

"I'm very honored to meet you. I am the eldest son of Earl Seryuu, Badowald Seryuu."
"Nice to meet you, Badowald-dono. I'm Shiga Kingdom's Tourism Minister, Earl Satou Pendragon of Muno Marquisdom."

I stop with my formal speech pattern.
I extend my hand toward Zena-san after the greeting.

"Satou, san?"

Zena-san is looking at the hands I've presented to her with eyes full of expectations.

"Sir Pendragon, what are you--"

Badowald-dono sounded perplexed.


Zena-san is reaching out to my hands, reacting to my calling.

For some reason, Yukel-kun who was slightly away from this place rushed out to position himself between me and Zena-san, instead of Badowald-dono who was standing next to Zena-san.

Sorry, but you're way too late.

"Excuse me, Zena-san."

I quickly catch Zena-san's hand and pull her to me.
Since I was about to bump into the rushing Yukel-kun, I twirl around like dancing and took a distance away from him with her in my arms.
The women in the dance hall let out a shriek, while the men made a commotion.

"W-what is the meaning--"

Earl Seryuu stopped Yukel-kun who was going to question me with his hand.

I somehow get the feelings that he was dragged in the plot, but there was never a choice to abandon Zena-san here, so I'm not going to let him complain.

"Let me hear your excuses."

Earl Seryuu quietly asked.

"I'm taking her for myself."

If Zena-san wished for the engagement with Badowald-dono herself, I would congratulate her as a friend.
But I cannot abandon her if they're looking to make use of Zena-san as Silver Knight Air, not as herself, to benefit Seryuu Earldom.

"In other words, you're going to deprive my son of his fiancee?"

Kinda feels like I could hear Earl Seryuu's inner voice.


I look at his eyes and nod.

"This isn't a joke you know? Do you realize your and my positions here?"

In short, he's demanding something that exceeds Zena-san.

I stare at him with sincere eyes.

"As a neighbor, I will promise you this."

As the lord of the Dragon's Valley.

"If a being appears to threaten Seryuu Earldom, I will eliminate them regardless of what they are, once, I will also assist in the effort to restore the damage incurred."

If I didn't place a limit, it'd be annoying if I were dragged into wars with the neighboring countries and lords after all.

"From any being? Even if you're up against a greater demon--or even a demon lord itself, do you mean that?"

That must have been exactly what he wanted to hear.
Earl Seryuu grinned and laughed.

In many cases, demon lords tend to be revived in the vicinity of a labyrinth.
Demon lord disasters that had always felt like something distant and not his problems must feel really close now that there is a labyrinth smack dab in the capital of his territory.

Well, even without this promise, I'd have come to exterminate rampaging demon lords anyway.

"Even if I'm up against a demon lord. I swear by the title of Demon Lord Slayer--■■ Contract"

I took a vow by using Contract skill.

"That is still not enough. Give me two more conditions."

As one would expect from a politician.
He'd keep pushing me on even if I refused here.

"Don't make that face. It's nothing big."

Is it really?

"First, take Zena Marientail not as your mistress, but as your formal wife. I will not question her position in the hierarchy."

That's unexpected.

"The rank of Marientail house as a baron must be a bit insufficient. The second condition is for Zena to become an adopted daughter of our Seryuu Household when the time comes for you to take her hands in marriage."

I see, he's going to make us related through that huh.
Looks like he's really eager to tie relationship with me no matter what.

"Very well. I agree to those two conditions."
"Then--Contract established."

The Contract skill earlier formally activated the moment Earl Seryuu declared so.
Right at the same time, the nobles gave their applauses, and as if informed by that, the other people also congratulated me by giving handshakes.
Looks like Earl Seryuu has prepared shills among them beforehand.

Yukel-kun's expression that looked like he didn't get what was going on turned perplexed after Earl Seryuu whispered something to his ear.
On the other hand, Badowald-dono seemed like he didn't find this amusing, but he's not flustered at all.
Badowald-dono was probably a conspirator in Earl Seryuu's scheme and Yukel-kun was made to dance in it.


Right when I turned around to Zena-san who whispered into my ears, I felt something warm on my lips.


Looks like Zena-san gave me a kiss the moment I turned around to her.

An innocent junior high school-like kiss.
The slight pain from our teeth clashing kinda feels nostalgic somehow.

『I'll overlook it this time.』

Arisa's voice that felt kinda sullen reached me through her Familiar connection.
While patting Arisa's head with my free hand, I lowered the blushing Zena-san who was done with the kissing on the floor.

I send Zena-san off to a circle of female nobles who've come to congratulate Zena-san, including Miss Iona.

Earl Seryuu approached me instead.

"--The matter this time will be spread as a side show in Yukel-kun's promotion party. I have no obligation to help other nobles in their scheme after all."

Earl Seryuu and his grins annoyed the heck out of me.

But well, you have my thanks for your considerations.
Although there's nothing to worry with Marquis Muno, Duke Oyugock and the king, there's no guarantee that other nobles won't follow the same scheme.

Arisa speaks to me when Earl Seryuu has left.

"Hey, Master, have you noticed?"

I gave an affirmative to Arisa's question.

Zena-san who's surrounded by her friends has gotten a new title.

--Satou's Fiancee.

Well, considering the situation....

I check my Log.

> [Plunder] skill acquired
> Title [Plunderer] Acquired.
> Title [Love Hunter] Acquired.
> Title [Soulmate] Acquired

I got some slightly objectionable titles and skills.
Well, maybe I'll leave the last title be on the Alternate Column for a while.

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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 40

Chapter 40 An Adventure with Kagura-san - Bouncing Arc


Up the stairs, we see something like a fountain. The room looks similar as the one with the withered fountain earlier.
One thing differs from that room, there's something enshrined in the bottom of the water. Is that a pedestal? It's hard to see from afar.

"T-this is it! This is the water!!"

Kagura-san sounded ecstatic. This wavy water is what she's been searching for huh.
Lemme see, here's the result of its appraisal.

Dense Magic Water
Quality: Good - Enclosed Mana: 30/30
Water with very dense mana. It has about three average magicians worth of mana enclosed within.

Hohou. Huh? Isn't this the same high quality water Tama-chan usually drinks?

Kagura-san scoops the water with her hands and drinks it. And then she chants something in an unfamiliar language.

Wait a minute. You're using the art to transform your body back already?
It'd be bad in many ways if you did that with those outfits.
Kagura-san, stooooop, if you don't change first....

Kagura-san transformed back to her original size. Of course, the shabby dress and the string panties couldn't hold her as they got torn apart.

"It's back. My body's back, Nobusada!"

She turned to me and made a large gesture to show her joy. The bouncing part of her body is bouncing around all over.
Looks like she hasn't noticed her state. My line of sight are nailed down on the huge twin hills and the black meadow.
Kagura-san tilted her head in confusion to see me not speaking a word.

"W-what's wrong noja? Why aren't you saying anything...."

She seemed to find it strange, she traced my line of sight and realized the state she was in.

"Hywawaaaaaa. D-don't look. Don't look at meeeee."

She crouches down in a hurry while hiding her body. I'm sorry, it was truly a sight so much that I couldn't manage to avert my glance. It's been meticulously saved in the newly created secret folder in my brain.
I turn around and wait for Kagura-san to finish changing. I could hear sounds of rustling clothes. How do I say it, at times like this, even the tiniest sounds of rustling could be heard.


Deep thumping sounds and tremors happened again. Are these repeated tremors from the ant nest collapsing?

"A, aaaaaaaaaa"

Kagura-san who was changing in a hurry wailed in despair.
I run up to her and see that the Dense Magic Water pool that should have been there is gone, and you can see the bottom. It's clearly visible now, there's a sword enshrined on a pedestal-like thing.
I took a sidelong glance at the dejected Kagura-san and descended down to the bottom of the fountain.

It wasn't really clear from above, but the thing enshrined at the bottom was a single katana.

I carefully approach it and take it in my hand.

Lunar Cat
Quality: High - Enclosed Mana: 21/21
Material: Positive Force Life Tree - Soul Steel - Magic Steel
One of the only three Living Soul Katanas whose performance changes depending on its user. Merely maintaining its blade requires an enormous amount of mana, thus rarely anyone could wield it.
Gift: 【Regeneration】 【Hardening】 【Back Blade - Un-slash】

I get what's going on somehow after appraising it. Someone must have enshrined it under the Dense Magic Water in order to maintain its blade. It's probably correct to think  that the blade didn't rust even under water because it was constantly supplied with mana. All facilities in this cave must have been for storing this thing.

I create earth wall into stairs and climb up the fountain.
Might as well try unsheathing this thing.


Huh what? It won't come off!?
I calm myself and put my hand on the grip.
Nuoou. I can't draw it out. Is there a trick to this?
I should test it out once we get back. Ah right, I've got to discuss what we should do with this.

"Aah, Kagura-san?"

Ah, she looks like she's about to cry and has a look like she's decided on something. I haven't been with her long, but I somehow know that this face means she's going to go off and disappear somewhere.

"Fuuh, this would mean that I have to go back to the wandering days. Nobusada, I'm really glad that I was able to go on a journey with you in the end."

I have to ask one thing to Kagura-san who's asking for a handshake, looking like she's about to disappear anytime now.

"No well, about that. Would it be a problem if the magic water you need has better quality and enclosed mana than the one earlier?"

"Hm? Well, the better quality the more expensive it is. There is no problem noja. Besides, that level of magic water would need every last bit of mana from three to four average magicians just to be made, you know? You'd need a vast sum of money were you to purchase it."

Eh, really? Does that mean Tama-chan who's been having it as her meal three times a day is actually a celebrity?

"Well, I can easily provide you that level of magic water... I mean, Tama-chan has been having it everyday."

I produced the magic water as I said that.

Dense Magic Water
Quality: High - Enclosed Mana: 40/40
Water with very dense mana. It has about four average magicians worth of mana enclosed within.

...Kaguras-san was stunned to see the magic water I created in my hand.


...Explanation time again...

"..J-just what was all those hardships for..."

She went down on all four and fell depressed. Err well, I'm sorry about it.

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After looking down for a while, she resolved on something and turned her sight at me. The hint of passion in her eyes that are looking at me must just be imagination right?

"No-Nobusada. I will have you take responsibility for inspecting every inch of my body noja!"


Right when I was frozen by the sudden claim, she forcefully put her lips on mine.
My mind can't catch with the sudden progression of events. The sweet fragrance peculiar to women tickles my nasal cavity.
After what feels like a long yet short time, Kagura-san separates herself and speaks while locking eyes with me.

"This is a deposit. You will provide me one month worth of Dense Magic Water as your responsibility. I'll also make sure to compensate you."

"For Kagura-san, I don't really mind giving..."

"No, I'm grateful for the gesture, but you cannot do that. Did you know that high quality Dense Magic Water is one of the ingredient for Extra Potion and the likes? If I were to buy it, even 2000 mani a bottle would be cheap."

Eh!? It's that much? I won't have money problem if I make use of this... No no wait, spreading it carelessly would put me in danger instead. Quick cash scheme would bring in too many danger, let's not go with it. If those greedy Alchemist Guild bunch or something were to took a whiff of it, we'd have no idea what they'd do.

"Then, how about you put your body up..."

"Wha!? ...Un, t-that's one possibility... Being sought after by a gentleman isn't so bad in itself... *mutter mutter*."

"...and help me if I'm ever in trouble. Wait, she's not listening!?"

Kagura-san is muttering something, but I can't hear her well. Well, I'd be fine with her helping me as an assistant in my quest every time she ask the water.
Anyway, getting suddenly kissed was surprising. Wonder how many years ago was that, I didn't have one after becoming a withered old man in my former world.
My body now reacts too much, it's problematic though. However, my reason still manages to stop me from getting to the act right here right now.
I do carry the desire to make it happen some day, but I still lack so many things at present, gotta bear with it, bear!

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-35

16-35. Earl Seryuu's Foster Daugther (1)


※ The part before departing off Garleok City in the previous chapter has been revised, please have a look if you're curious
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Satou here. There was this time I was surprised to see the scenery in my hometown changing more than expected when I came back after a long time.
Especially when places you often went to play as a kid turned into a mansion or a skyscraper, feels like your memories have been polluted doesn't it.

"Master, look over there!"

Arisa who's bending her body forward at the coach seat box shouted out loud while pointing at the megalith formation ahead.

It's a ruin from the era of ancient Orc Empire that looks like three-stranded torii-like stones.
We found it when we began our journey off Seryuu city back then.

"A broken Travel Gate huh.... This takes me back."

We're currently heading to Seryuu City after receiving Zena-san's messages.
After confirming the situations using the Map and through space magic, it didn't seem like an emergency so we decided to go on a wagon like when we departed Seryuu City per Arisa's suggestion.

Only the same members who left Seryuu City back then are coming with me.
Lady Karina wanted to go with us too, but she was dragged somewhere by the princess and Sera, saying that they needed a fitting adjustment for a new dress or something.

"The way Master now, you could fix it right?"
"Well yeah, I could."

I can fix or even make a new one, but I don't plan to do so for the time being.
A Travel Gate would need a vast amount of mana to activate, and since the mana from Seryuu City's Source is currently being siphoned by the [Devil's Labyrinth], doing so would be bad in many senses.

"Think we can see Seryuu City soon?"
"Oh we still have around a hour left."

Wagons are slow after all.

"Show me your ID--Hm? You look familiar."

Knight Soun was the one who stopped us at Seryuu City's gate.
If I'm not mistaken, he was also the one who processed my entry when I first came here.

"I remember now! You're Miss Zena's friend aren't you."

Knight Soun who smiled manly had a look like he recalled something and then he sent a pitying look at me.

"Well, this world doesn't consist of only bad things, don't let it get to ya."

Not understanding what Knight Soun who whacked my back was meaning to say, I involuntarily tilted my head in confusion.

"More importantly, let me have your ID."

I give my ID to him.

"Silver ID?"

Knight Soun look puzzled for a second but that quickly changed into shock.

"E-earl-sama? O-on top of that, Earl Pendragon? That Demon Lord Slayer, Pendragon?"

The shaken Knight Soun's eyes make repeated round trips between the ID and me.

"--Ah, no. Please excuse my impoliteness. Your excellency Earl Pendragon! Allow me to guide you to the castle!"

Knight Soun apologized for his rudeness, sent a gatekeeper to deliver a message to the Earl Castle, and called another gatekeeper to bring his horse here.

"No, just send a message there. I still have some business to take care of, I plan to visit the Earl once it's over."

I firmly refused Knight Soun who was still trying to guide us, then we brought our wagon to the Gate Inn.
The inn that was destroyed by monsters during the Divine Punishment has been completely rebuilt now.

"There's Yuni here nodesu!"
"Eh? Tama-chan? And Pochi-chan too!"

Tama and Pochi found the maid Yuni who was sweeping the front door, they jumped off the wagon and ran to her.

"What's wrong Yuni? Why'd you throw your broom--Satou-san! Mom, it's Satou-san!"

The Gate Inn's poster girl who came out of the door, Martha-can hugged me as I got off the wagon.

She's still the same--no, she's grown up nicely in the last two years.
It shouldn't be long till she surpasses Gate Inn's landlady (Morta)-san.

"It's been a while, Martha-chan. Did the inn undergo a renovation?"
"Un, many things happened while Satou-san wasn't around. You're staying here right? Let's talk a lot inside!"

Martha-can pulled my arm into Gate Inn.
She's as forceful as always.

"Lulu, please park our wagon in the courtyard. Mia, you can go ahead and greet the Manager if you want to."
"Yes, I understand."
"Nn, I'm going."
"Mia, I will go with you so I inform."

Looks like Nana will be Mia's escort.

"Oh my, long time no see. I'm really grateful for the other day."

Gate Inn's landlady said her thanks for the souvenirs I sent along with the letter for Yuni.

"No no, it was just an extra with the letter. Do you have rooms for eight people today?"
"A-aah--I'm sorry, but we only have rooms for four today."

The landlady looked awkward as she said that.
By the way, according to the Map, half of the rooms here are available.

--Ah, right.

I had forgotten since we were able to normally stay in inns everywhere we went to, but demi-humans besides Fairykin are persecuted in Seryuu City and can't even stay in a lodging.


Liza silently readied her spear when I called her.
The landlady and the other girls got frightened when they saw that.

"Not that. Your ID."
"I-I'm sorry."

I got Liza who interpreted me wrong to put her spear back and urged her to show her ID to the landlady.

"ID? --Honorary Viscountess Kishresgalza? Are you serving as a retainer of a noble somewhere?"

The landlady is looking restlessly to behind Liza.

"That's not it, that's her ID you see."
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I showed my own ID as I said that.

"Earl? Satou-san--no, Satou-sama was a noble all along?"
"Amazing! Earl, it's that earl right? Satou-san, you're amazing!"

The landlady's face went pale, but Martha-chan is looking ecstatic.
Martha-chan takes my ID and reads the words one by one.

"Tama too~?"
"Pochi too Pochi too, she's a hororary barrelnet nanodesu."

Tama and Pochi tout out their own IDs as they line up next to Liza.
Pochi got honorary baronet wrong but since no one came forward to correct her, I'll tell her about it later.

"I-I can't believe it... Lizardkin and beastkin, nobles?"
"Uwaa! Mom! Mom, hey mom! It's amazing! Pendragon! Satou-san was Earl Pendragon-sama!"

Martha-chan beat the landlady's shoulder who seemed to find it unbelievable.
I know that you're excited and all, but now the neighbors are peeking here curiously due to the commotion you're making at the Inn's front door.

"By Pendragon--you mean that Demon Lord Slayer?"
"Yes, that's correct."

I gave an affirmation to the landlady.

"Then, one of Earl Pendragon's Knights, the lizardkin who won over Julberg-sama is--"
"That's me."
"Tama is a ninja~?"
"Pochi is a samurai nanodesu!"

Tama and Pochi made an appeal next to Liza who nodded.

"Which means, you girls are the demon lord slayers?"
"Yes, we were granted peerage as a commendation for the feat."

Looks like she's acknowledged that Liza is Honorary Viscountess Kishresgalza.

"And so, would it be alright if we stay here?"
"Y-yes, since you're nobles, anyone who has a problem could be silenced--"

Just as I thought, some people would have a problem with it huh.

"--But, wouldn't it be better for noble-sama to stay at a high-class inn at the other side of the inner wall instead of our commoner inn?"
"No, we're planning to visit the castle tomorrow so--"

We're probably only staying for one night anyway, I'd rather stay at a place with memories than somewhere slightly more luxurious.

I follow after Martha-chan who's showing the way to our room and head to the stairs, but Pochi and Tama aren't coming for some reason.

"--Pochi, Tama. Over here."
"Not at the stable nanodesu?"

They looked dejected somehow.
Later when I asked them, apparently, they wanted make a bed of straws at the stable and bounce around in it.

"Will maid-san stay in the same room too?"

Lulu reflexively answered Martha-chan.

"Ahaha, Lulu is a noble too like us you know."

Arisa corrected her in Lulu's place while laughing.

"No way! She's a noble yet she drives the wagon?"
"We usually have a dedicated employee for it, but she asked to hold the rein for today since she was feeling nostalgic."
"Hee, really."

Martha-chan who got it apologized to Lulu, "I'm sorry for my mistakes."

After leaving dummy baggage in the room, we went to the [Handymen] where Mia and Nana were waiting.

"Long time no see, Satou-san--no, your excellency Earl Pendragon."

Handyman Nadi-san bowed like a court maid after saying that.
Looks like this knowledgeable girl is well versed in such etiquettes too.

"It's been awhile, Manager."

The manager of Handymen, Elf Yusalatoya-shi saluted while sitting in the sofa.


The Manager gave his thanks while lifting up a bundle of letter and souvenirs.
All of them are stuff his relatives and friends entrusted to me when I came to Boruenan Forest to visit Aze-san.

Nadi-san offered us chairs and everyone had tea together.
By the way, the tea cake was my handmade.

After a bit of pleasant chat, the door was flung open and a boy in military officer outfit jumped in.

"Is his excellency Earl Pendragon here!"

He looks familiar.

The military officer boy muttered, "Black hair, foreigner-like features--no doubt about it", and then he bowed at me.

"Long time no--"

Oops, not good.

"--No, this is the first time we met face to face isn't it."

I gloss over my blunder with the help of [Poker Face] skill sensei, get off of the sofa and turn to the boy.

"Nice to meet you, Yukel Marientail-dono."

That's right, this military officer boy is Zena-san's younger brother.
I've met him before as Kuro, but this is our first meeting with me as Satou.

"I've been hearing a lot about you from your sister, it didn't feel like this was our first time meeting."

After saying that, I introduced myself with full name.

"I have been tasked by Earl Seryuu to welcome his excellency Pendragon. Would you be willing to grace us with your presence?"
"Yes, of course."

I gave an affirmation to the nervous-looking Zena-san's younger brother and turned around to the girls.

"Well then, I'll be heading out for a bit to meet Earl-sama."
"I will accompany you Master."
"Leave it to me~?"
"It's like having 100 men with Pochi around nanodesu."
"Proceeding to escort Master, so I announce."
"Ah no, I'll be fine without an escort."

All of them immediately offered their company, but since there should be nothing dangerous about this, I tell them that there's no need for escorts.
It may be a bit cold, but I need them to do something else.

"Should I go with you? It won't look good on you if you don't have any escort with you, you know?"
"Then, I will go."

Arisa was right, so I took her and Lulu with me.
Mia looked like she wanted to go too, but since it had been awhile since she met the manager, I told her to stay at the [Handymen] for.

"Now then, let's go."

We got on board an open wagon parked outside the Handymen and I urged Yukel boy who was riding a horse to depart.

Now then, just what is waiting for us at Earl Seryuu's castle.
Judging from my conversation with Zena-san through Telephone, she sounded hesitant about something, so it's probably something to do with either Yukel boy's engagement or Zena-san herself.

Well since a pointlessly vast amount of capital and authority have been falling my way lately, I can generally guess what it is about, and I won't hesitate to use them if it's for the sake of my friend, Zena-san and her family.

It'd be nice if it's something simple and easy to solve though.

I muttered quietly while looking up at Earl Seryuu's castle that had come into view.

※ Next update is planned for 2/18

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 174

Chapter 174 Strongest Sage, Hunts Efficiently


"I see, so there's no limit to how many quests you can take huh. ...What's the highest ranked quest a Rank G can take?"

"It is one rank above, which means Rank F. ...If you're a newly registered adventurer, we recommend accepting simple quests first, however."

"...Gotcha. Thank you for the advices."

I turn around after saying that.
There, Alma carrying a huge amount of quest tags is standing.

"I've got the quest tags with me here! These should be all of the subjugation quests for Rank F!"


I look over the quest tags.
There's around 50 of them in total.

We need to pick quests that can be cleared quickly among these.
Having to go around looking for monsters that aren't in the neighborhood will take too much time to rank up.

"This, and this..."

I probe the surrounding mana and remove quest tags with monsters that don't seem to be around.
Eventually, only 34 remain.

"We'll take these."

I collected them all, put it on the guild desk, and declared so.

"Er... Were you listening to what I said?"

"I was. That's exactly why I took out the quests that can't be cleared."

I point at the quest tags she's not processing.

"That's not the problem here... Well, I guess taking more than you can handle is also an experience in itself. The monetary penalty for failing Rank E and Rank F quests isn't that high anyway."

The receptionist stamped the quest tags as she said that.
Looks like things are going well.

A dozen minutes later.
We went to a forest slightly away from the town.

"Uun. There's not a whole lot of monsters here..."

"It's just an ordinary forest after all. But we might be able to finish this by the end of the day if we split up!"

Befitting of a site where quests for the lowest Rank take place, the forest itself is peaceful.
It's true that we might not be able to finish it in one day if we go about killing the monsters with the orthodox way.

However, I never had that plan in mind to begin with.

"No, we're not splitting up."

"We're not? But the monsters here are all over the place, it'd take a loong time if we don't split up...."

Iris pointed at a monster in a distant as she said that.
She's right, the monsters here don't form herds, so most of them are scattered over a wide area.
Splitting up would have been the wise decision if we were to hunt normally.

"Even splitting up will take too much time. Gathering those monsters in one place is faster."

"Gathering monsters... How are we going to do that?"

"Like this."

I invoked 『Enforced Detection』 to our surroundings.
However, it's not the usual 『Enforced Detection』 pinpointed to one monster.
I've completely forgone the control and just spread hostility to the surrounding monsters haphazardly, it can't even be called magic anymore.

As a result...

"I can hear some really loud sounds...."

"A huge number of mana reactions are heading our way!"

All the monsters around the forest perimeter are heading straight to us.
Monsters have completely surrounded us from all sides.

"Wait wait, what're going to do about this!?"

"Of course, annihilate! Let's split up!"

I plunge into the herd of monsters, cutting them up while also shooting magic at any monster within range.
The monsters here aren't that strong, so dealing them is easy despite the number.

For now let's annihilate all these monsters regardless of types and look for the quest monsters afterward.
This is the trick behind completing a huge number of quests in one go.

"Hold on, isn't this just way too many!?"

"Making sure they don't get close is pretty hard..."

Ruli and Alma seem a bit overwhelmed with the enemy number but they're smoothly defeating these monsters.
They're lacking firepower a bit, they likely get pushed back if left alone, so I'll be covering them.

As for Iris--.
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She's swinging her spear horizontally, mowing down any monster that dares to get close.
All monsters within Iris spear's range get blown away and land dozens of meter away, retaining none of their original shape.
...Yup. Doesn't look like I need to cover for Iris.

Thus, the battle continues.
We've been exterminating the monsters one after another, but the number of marching monsters isn't decreasing at all.
There seem to be more and more incoming monsters than in the beginning instead.

--However, the end is in sight.

Since the monsters arrive in relation to their initial distance, it may look like their number isn't decreasing, but that's just an optical illusion.
As monsters are finite in number, the end will surely come.

Around 30 minutes since the start of battle.
The monster assault suddenly halted.

Just three minutes ago, nearly 100 new monsters rushed in every minute, but now sometimes not even a monster came in a minute.

"Umm... The monsters suddenly went away, is it over?"

Ruli who seemed a bit bewildered at the sudden disappearance of monsters asked me.

"Yeah. Since the range of 『Enforced Detection』 is not unlimited, once you beat the slowest and farthest monsters, it's over."

I pointed at the herd of monsters we beat last.
Most of them are slow-moving monsters.

"It's true, the last ones were mostly slow monsters! Shooting at 'em was a piece of cake!"

Alma pointed at the last monster she killed.
The arrows Alma let loose on the monster are precisely stuck on its vital points.

Same things with other monsters.
Looks like Alma's skill with bow and arrows have gotten considerably better.

Now quests over... which would have been nice, but unfortunately, that isn't happening.

"...Now then, let's collect the subjugation proof parts. You three, split up and check if the number is enough to clear the quests. Iris, help with carrying them."

"""I understand (got it)!"""

Hearing the three girls' reply, I began to collect subjugation parts of the monsters.

Apparently, in this country, you need to bring a part of the monster to the guild as a proof of subjugation.
That part is called subjugation proof, and differs by monsters.

Since I've taken a glance at the list of subjugation proof at the guild, I rely on that memory to cut up these monsters' subjugation proofs and stow them away into Storage magic.
The gathering ended in 30 minutes.

"That's quite a lot. So, do we have enough?"

I can grasp types of monsters somehow by looking at their mana reaction, but the accuracy cannot be said to be 100% the farther they are.
With that in mind, I took only the quests whose quota we could fill, and as a result--

"Yes! ...Or rather, there's way too much of them!"

Looks like it went well.

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