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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-78

16-78. Repatriation

 

"Nanashi-sama! I will now attempt to readjust the Ritual Device. Please put an equal amount of mana into the red and blue orbs to my left."

Loreiya shouted with a serious look on her face.

This is the temple on the [Hill of Heroes] near Saga Empire's old capital--inside its underground facility.
According to Loreiya, if the currently getting started up summoning magic circle goes out of control, it will continue to summon heroes from other worlds until it has used up all the mana and life of the old capital's populace.

Hero Nanashi had already instantaneously moved to the orbs on the ritual device as Loreiya begged him.

(Good, that's it. The plan's progressing nicely.)

Goblin demon lord chuckled in his mind as he observed Hero Nanashi while hiding himself.
After taking the hero and other people under the temple, Goblin demon lord lost his Avatar when his head was blown off by the light ball Wiyaryi shot with her bow, but he's actually secretly lurking in this place, observing the people here from somewhere.

"Loreiya! I'm gonna help too!"

Wiyaryi the longearkin (Booch) archer who was also a former hero attendant like Loreiya spoke out.

"Then please watch the meter to the opposite of Nanashi-sama!"
"Got it!"

There are several Parion temple officials here as well, but they couldn't cope with the rapid change of the situation, they could only watch the girls restlessly.

As he was working on his duty, the hero's line of sight slightly shifted before his expression turned dubious for a moment.
It was really for an instant, nobody here noticed it.

"I can drain out the mana forcefully, can't I do that?"

Hero Nanashi threw the question while pouring mana into the ritual devices.

(No no, what's this guy sayin'. Yer' gonna throw a wrench in my plans.)

Goblin demon lord murmured in his mind.

"You can't! The hero summoning magic circle would break if you do that!"

Loreiya shouted out like she was screaming.

"Oh I guess so--"

Hero Nanashi obediently went back to providing mana.

(Phew~, this is bad for mine poor heart.)

"--Is this enough mana?"
"If you could, please put 50% more."
"OK."

More mana gets supplied into the ritual device.
Exactly 50% more.

(Nice, niice, keep at it.)

"Hey, Loreiya. Don't you think the magic circuit is looking weird?"

(Stop asking too much you!)

Goblin demon lord retorted at Wiyaryi in his mind.

"No, it's working as intended. There's no problem."
"Really?"
"Yes really."

Wiyaryi went back to her duty while tilting her head in doubt.

(Yep yep, that's good!)

Goblin demon lord wipes his imaginary sweat.

"Just a little bit more. Please maintain that amount of mana."
"OK."

Hero Nanashi cheerfully replied to Loreiya while Loreiya herself was wiping the sweat off her forehead.

Before long, enough mana was filled in, and a magic circle that was unlike anything before manifested below them.
The magic circle is getting rearranged in a chain reaction, unfolding countless layered magic circles in the entire ritual device.

As if scanning the three people near the ritual device, the magic circle splits off above them, forming into cylindrical-shaped laminated magic circles.

"Now! Please pour your mana into it all at once."
"You got it."

As Hero Nanashi obliged, torrent of lights filled the area around the ritual device.
Flood of blinding lights finally subsided, the ritual device went silent as if the light earlier was all a lie.

(--Perfecto.)

"Phew, looks like it went off without a hitch--"

Wiyaryi felt something amiss as she looked around in the underground room.

"--Hero? Where's Hero Nanashi?"
"What's going on? Where did Hero Nanashi disappear to?"

At Wiyaryi's exclamation, Loreiya also surveyed the surrounding with dumbfounded looks.

However, Hero Nanashi is nowhere to be found.

(You ain't gonna find him anywhere.)

Goblin demon lord was getting triumphant in his mind.

(Cuz Hero Nanashi's been repatriated.)

Goblin demon lord muttered the reason for Hero Nanashi's absent while laughing loudly in his mind.

Goblin demon lord had utilized the gigantic magic circle used by God Parion to summon heroes to [Return Satou back to his world].

(Deprived of Authorities given by the foolish gods, go live on in a world without Skills or Level.)

The magic facility created by the strongest Dragon God to summon and return heroes will unconditionally deprive [Authorities Bestowed by God (Unique Skills)] and [Support Function through Level and Skill System] off those returning home.

(The last connected world was Meiko-han 'fter all, still better than a world without anyone you know, ain't it.)

For Heroes summoned by God Parion, the channel between worlds will be aligned when they're returning home, but in cases of [Those summoned by anyone other than God Parion], like this one, such routine gets omitted, and the last world's channel will be used instead.

(Aren't I real nice.)

Goblin demon lord smiled sadistically.

(Next, just gotta paint the world with miasma that fills the continent. No wait, now that Irregular ain't around, we can just use the Chalice in Shiga Kingdom. Only a matter of time before Lord-san gets unsealed. No need to play with uncertain cards like sacrificing Saga Empire's capital anymore.)


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『Touya-han, you free now?』

The other party Goblin demon lord called was an elven reincarnated person who once worked as Saga Empire's tactician.

"Is that you Chief? I'm good now, but how were you able to contact me through telepathy this far away?"
『Mine Unique Skill see.』

(Another new skill huh...)

Touya felt the resourcefulness of Chief's Unique Skills to be at an absurd level.
As far as he knows, the Chief has more Unique Skills than the number of fingers on all one's limbs. He's always wondering if one individual is capable of possessing that many Unique Skills.

Additionally, one question popped up in his mind after seeing this Unique Skill, "Why was he always using super secret contact methods like pigeons and stuff then?"

"So what's your business with me?"

Touya stopped thinking about worthless stuff and moved the conversation along.

『Oh, oh rite'! I did'it! I finally did'it!』
"Get to the point please."
『Touya-han yer' always so cold~』

Touya ignored goblin demon lord.

『It's Irregular. I went and repatriated Irregular, see.』

Touya waited for the loud laughter to stop before opening his mouth.

"How pointless. That guy will just come right back."

His words contained convictions.

"Forget that, he's probably avoided the repatriation and is now currently lurking next to you."
『--Nay, nay.』

Goblin demon lord flinched for an instant when he recalled how Hero Nanashi was lurking with Mana Camouflage in their hideout back then, but he denied the possibility as it's difficult to maintain Mana Camouflage when the surrounding magic essence is out of order.
He was sorely tempted to exchange his body with another that has a Unique Skill to see through Mana Camouflage, but managed to endure the temptation somehow.

『Touya-han, yer' such a worrywart. Fret not I tell you, that repatriation magic circle strips off God's Authorities--Unique Skills.』
"Repatriation magic circle? Did you tamper with the hero summoning magic circle?"
『Yeap. Pity that we cannae' call forth any more handy sacrifices aka heroes, but it's a cheap price to pay for Irregular's demise ey.』
『If that's truly the case that is...』

Contrary to the high tension Goblin demon lord, Touya was unrelentingly skeptic.

『No other possibility not even a one in a million chance. Got everythin' stripped off him, including Lord-san's system like Skills and Levels and all.』

Goblin demon lord rattled on as if he was trying to deceive his own worries.

『Irregular who's lost his level and Unique Skill ain't gonna come back by himself.』
"He's got subordinates capable of using space and force art magic. Besides... His subordinates also have enough influences and networks in Saga Empire."
『What are ya tryin' to say?』
"Won't he get summoned back to this world?"
『Ain't happenin'. I've crushed that possibility first thin' first. The hero summoning magic circle I tampered cannae' be reverted back, it's unpossible. Besides, without the coordinates needed to summon--』

Goblin demon lord realized his mistakes midway through.

『--Too bad for Fuu-han, but I hafta eliminate him along with Seigi and Yuuki.』

Worlds get connected the moment they are getting returned to their world.
Even though it's practically impossible, it is theoretically feasible for Satou to get re-summoned at that precise moment.

Besides, even though it may not be possible through human's hands, it is for Gods.

That is if the seven pillars gods even need Satou.







"Are you done?"

Touya asked goblin demon lord.

『Yeap.』
"Then there is something I need to report on my end."
『Report? Oh yeah, where you now?』
"In the underground labyrinth of Seryuu City."

The Dungeon Master, a cricket monster, Douma the Third is standing by next to him.
Douma the third is chewing leg meat of Labyrinth Frog the plain-faced reincarnated person, Mio gave.

『Ah, yer' checkin' the miasma density eh.』
"I am. Something came my attention during our journey, so I came here to check on it."
『Came yer' attention?』

Goblin demon lord urged Touya to go on.

"The plans that Chief laid out in various places have been foiled across the board. I noticed it at the former capital of Kubooku Kingdom of Small Countries, but it's particularly striking in the town I'm at, Seryuu City."

Through covert operatives lurking in every part of the world, Touya got a grasp on the goblin demon lord's plans.

『Just 'round those parts?』
"No, many places where Irregular had stayed at, and regions where E Firm carry a huge influence have low miasma density."

Touya reported the values of miasma densitometers stationed in the world he accessed with the cooperation of the Dungeon Master.

『Who woulda thought that the mobs would get in our way after we dealt with the Irregular himself.』
"Tell me about it."

Touya replayed Goblin demon lord's roundabout plans in his mind.

The first phase of the plan was to spread Regretful and Rage illness, destabilizing people's minds, and filling the world with thin layer of miasma by way of people.
Even though that phase was mostly successful, the miasma got wiped off through various means, and the second phase of the plan, which was inviting fear through <<Miasma Crystals>> brought upon undead and epidemic all ended in failures in regions with a low density of miasma.

"The miasma is dense enough in one part, but it's meaningless if it's only partially."
『Rite'....』

When the world is filled with enough miasma, it will be possible to open a Labyrinth Highway to the Underworld.

If the entry to the Underworld that was made impossible with the sealing of Magic God could be opened, it should also be possible to undo the Magic God's seal by mass producing Evil Philosophy with the Chalice, or so was their line of thinking.

"No way around it, our plan is in shambles."
『C'mon don't say that. Now that Irregular ain't around anymore, we just gotta have another go. It's gonna get busy, but shoulda be possible in 10 years. It'd be even faster with Mio-han's help.』

The plain-faced reincarnated person's Unique Skill allows her to open gates across distances that exceed the limit of men.
There's no more fitting skill for sending in invading forces.

However, she'd have to go over her limit if they want to fill the world with miasma in a short amount of time.

When that thought crossed his mind, Touya's face turned sour.

"By the way, how many Avatars did you switch into in front of Irregular's eyes?"
『What's up so sudden? I did it like, five or six times?』
"Then you'd do well to take your main body to a safe location."
『Haaa?』

Goblin demon lord sounded confused to hear Touya's sudden act of giving advices.

"When you're switching Avatars, a magical path to your main body opened for an instant. He'd notice it if you do it that often."
『'Course I knew that much, been touring a great many relay stations already. To top it off, I never reuse a station I've used before. Not even Irregular coulda see past that in just a few times.』

Goblin demon lord reflexively rebutted before realizing that it was pointless.

『I mean like, there's no point mulling over Irregular now. He's just a powerless brat now that he's back to his world.』

(I cannot fathom that guy to be such an ordinary opponent.)

Touya rebutted in his mind.

"Sorry, but I'll be vacationing until I'm doubly sure that the Irregular really has been eliminated."
『Eh? Hold on rite' there? I'm tellin' ya it's fine--』

The transmission with Goblin demon lord was cut off while he was still speaking.

Touya waited for a little while but he never got another call from the goblin demon lord.

"Fumu..."

--Dunno if it's gonna be 100 or 200 years, it'd be wiser to wait for Irregular to use up his life span.

The remark Goblin demon lord made in order to stop Hero Nanashi from hounding them back then flashed in Touya's mind.

"That might have actually been our best course of action."

Toya muttered.

"Touya-sama, what seems to be the matter?"

He turned around at the plain-faced reincarnated person, Mio, who cheerfully asked him.

"No, it's nothing."
"Are our works here done then?"
"Yeah. Looks like it's going to be a long vacation."

Touya responded while recalling the abrupt hang up with the Goblin demon lord.

"Is that true?!"

Touya nodded at Mio.

"That means we have to enjoy our honeymoon to the fullest."
"Right."

(It might not be a bad idea to go along with this girl until Irregular has exhausted his life span.)

Mio's smiles bloomed at the unexpected words that came out of Touya's mouth.

"Let's make it a lovely honeymoon!"

Mio opened a gate and pulled Touya's hand.

"As you can see. Don't disturb our honeymoon."

Touya murmured at the darkness.

The darkness replied not.

"Touya-sama?"
"Nevermind."

Touya got into the gate this time, back to their honeymoon trip.







"Loreiya? Just what's going on?"

Archer Wiyaryi asked her former coworker.
As she had been muttering by herself while staring at empty space without trying to look for the disappearing Hero Nanashi.

Ignoring Wiyaryi, Loreiya reached out toward the ritual device once again.

"Oy, Loreiya--"
"It's noth--"

Loreiya's figure disappeared in the middle of her speech.

"""KYAAAAAAAA"""
"Loreiya!"

The miko screamed to see priestess Loreiya rolling on the ritual device room's floor.

"What are you doing!"

Wiyaryi glared at the individual who kicked away Loreiya.
Someone who wasn't here before.

"Answer me, Hero Nanashi!"
"She's going to answer that for you."

He shrugged off the censures as his eyes under the mask watched Loreiya.
His body is clad in faint blue light.

(But why! Why didn't he get repatriated away, ey.)

Loreiya looked up while bending down on the floor.

(And what's up with that attack just now.)

"H-Hero-sama, was it something I did--"

(Why'd the damage got to my main body, he just attacked my Avatar.)

"Oh come off it, fake-san."

As Hero Nanashi interrupted Loreiya's word, another Loreiya--the real Loreiya appeared in his arm.

"When did you find out?"
"From the very beginning."

Hero Nanashi actually only noticed that her dot showed on his Radar was not blue colored that signified an acquaintance when he started to provide mana, but since he couldn't be bothered to explain that, he just said that it was from the beginning.

"The magic circle felt like a repatriation one too, so I simply used Empty Cicada Shell art at the right timing."
"Ninjutsu? Anything goes with ya..."

The real victim this time is Hero Meiko Kaname who has gone back to her original world.
Meiko who fell on her rear when a log donning Hero Nanashi's attires suddenly showed up in front of her cursed out loud toward the sky.

"Where'd you go? It wasn't Mana Camouflage, was it?"
"It's a secret."

Hero Nanashi was observing the ground from a man-made satellite orbiting above through the hole opened above them.
His conversation with Touya at Seryuu City's underground labyrinth was also heard by him through a midge-sized tamed monster he left on the [Dungeon Master] when he was dropping by.

(Guess he ain't gonna answer me. More importantly, gotta make him reveal the secret behind that attack earlier.)

"What's up with that weird attack just now?"
"I see, that means it did reach you."

A new skill called [Holy Light Armor] was added on Hero Nanashi's public skill list.
As the blue lights covering his limbs get deeper in color, Hero Nanashi's face under his mask looks straight at Loreiya--Goblin Demon Lord.

"--Holy Light Armor?"
"Yup, I was just experimenting to see if Primeval Magic could damage you through the Avatar, but then I got a different skill somehow instead."
"Yer' as crazy as always."

(Well whateva, I got the info anyway. Just means I can't recklessly show myself through Avatars before Irregular. I'm gonna move the world from deep within shadows.)

After striking Hero Nanashi with God Parion's holy magic he copied from priestess Loreiya, Goblin Demon Lord cast away his Loreiya-shaped Avatar.

Goblin demon lord's view blackened out.

"--Phew, gotta revise the plans now."

Goblin demon lord who hadn't gone back to his main body in a long while came out of a spherical magic device that produces Avatars.

"Oh there's no need for that."

Goblin demon lord turned toward the voice that shouldn't have been here.

"Checkmate."

There Hero Nanashi with a holy sword at the ready stood.






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Okami wa Nemuranai 3.15

15



"Oh my. You're finally here."

"Sorry for my tardiness."

While taking a seat on a backless chair Jericho brought for him, Lecan apologized to Shira.

He puts down his bag and sword. Today Lecan is wearing his Overking Bear overcoat. Wearing overcoat indoor might go against custom and manners, but doing this ensures Lecan's peace of mind if even a little. After all, the person in front of him may look like a graceful old lady, but in fact is a monster.

"I've heard about the matter with Dony. Thank you for that."

"By happenstance, I ended up having to take care of a business there for 10 days. Since it was too far away if I had to go back and forth every day, I ended up staying there."

"Actually, you see, many people had been raising their dissatisfaction about the absent of the contest for a long time."

"Hou."

"Particularly from those who are fond of Longarm Apes (Zanbald)."

Shira strokes Jericho's chin while speaking.

"As a matter of fact, I'm one of those voices. But I never would have guessed that Dony had that in mind."

Perhaps, Shira had something to do with the contest's revival, or maybe even the inspection at Rumoi Village.

"You heard about the match's result?"

"The opponents were merely two Wood Wolves, no? Parade would never lose."

"Must have been quite a strict regimen you put him through. Parade completely dominated. But there's more story afterward."

"Hou."

"Dony made an appeal to the lord, see. That Wood Wolves are well suited for guarding the lord's mansion, and Longarm Apes are for those who are frail and helpless to cuddle with, he said."

"I see. But would the opponent accept that I wonder."

"Exactly, see."

Shira cackled before continuing.

"I mean, after an utter and complete defeat, the guy was told that he'd be given the guardian privilege. Apparently, he felt like he was being made fun of. He wouldn't agree to it without a rematch no matter what. In the end, there will be a rematch in ten years time. However, the lord mansion shall be guarded by the Wood Wolves for the next ten years. Other territory lords nearby had been invited to the contest were all in awe of Parade's strength. Dony's probably flooded with purchases and requests for training right about now."

"Well then, I guess this means you'll accept me as your pupil."

"You pass. Welcome. Pupil-san with a scary face."

"I'll be in your care, Master."

"By the way, I'd like to ask you one thing. You seemed quite tired when you were working on Fobea's house, didn't you."

Looks like Shira even knew about minute details.

"Lots of heavy rocks."

"No one else would have been able to move those rocks by himself except you. But then, why didn't you buy some stamina recovery potion?"

Lecan was so surprised his right eye opened wide as he froze in place.

"Stamina... recovery potion... you said?"

"That's a face of someone who didn't know the existence of this medicine. There is. It's a medicine that loosens your muscles and gives you renewed strength. However, it does not removes the damage in joints and fatigue inside body, so you'd accumulate pain and fatigue if you keep using it for a long period. Though it doesn't get used in regular times, it's an indispensable medicine for workers nearing their deadline. Oh and knights and adventurers do make use of it for when they truly need to."

"To think such medicine exists."

"Oh dearie me, you really are a <Descender> then. I suppose I have to also teach you common sense."

"When did you realize I was a <Descender>?"

"Chaney told me first thing first. 'This person called Lecan is hiding the fact that he's a <Descender>, if you could please teach him various things', he asked me."

Looks like Chaney noticed too. Well, he may look like a good-natured person, but he's still a shrewd merchant at the core after all, and since it is a fact that Lecan is ignorant of the ways of this world, this is only a natural course of events.

Frankly speaking, he'd prefer to have the fact unknown only to the monster standing in front of him.

However, from now on, Lecan will have to stay near Shira to learn her skills for a while.

As he doesn't need to hide his <Descender> status, he might as well ask her stuff without reserve. He decided to treat this as a chance.

And thus, adventurer Lecan has formally been accepted as apothecary Shira's apprentice.




[Episode 3 Apprenticeship Test] End / Next Time [Episode 4 Herbs Gathering]






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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 231


Chapter 231 Strongest Sage, Finds a Book

 

He looks older than when I was still alive, but his face and the atmosphere around him haven't changed at all.
He most likely was put under immortality magic about 10 years after I used the reincarnation magic on myself.

"I would have never thought someone would discover this place...  I missed how the fight unfolded, but you must be exceedingly talented to be able to defeat three 『Soil Demons』 by yourself."

Grevil's voice could be heard through the comm magic.

His voice didn't sound like he felt particularly sad to have his allies killed.
In fact, it sounds pleased.

"...You must be Grevil. Why are you doing this?"

"You will find out the reason yourself soon."

I asked Grevil while pretending to know about him beforehand.
But, I couldn't get an answer.

The fact that the he went out of his way to initiate a conversation with me must mean that his goal is not simply mankind's extinction.
No reason to communicate with me and divulge information about himself by using comm magic if he wanted to destroy humans.

He's not even hiding the original location he's sending this comm magic from.
It feels more like he purposely forwent putting a camouflage on rather than not having the means to do it.
As if he wants to tell me his location.

"By the way, have you pinpointed my position?"

Grevil asked after a moment of silent.

"Yeah. Down to last details."

"Good to hear that... I expect much from you guys... I give you three months of preparatory period. When that passes, I shall destroy humankind... Do your absolute worst and defeat me."

After hearing my answer, Grevil said that in a satisfied sounding voice.
And the transmission was cut off.

Looks like I've got no choice but to go there myself and ask him directly.

"Preparatory period... What did he mean by that?"

Alma asked me.
This is the first an enemy offered me 『preparatory period』 too.

However, I can hazard a guess from what he told us.

"During the next three months, Grevil will not make any move toward destroying humans. So he's inviting us to go raiding him in the meantime."

"...Why would he do all that? Is there even any point in it if he just wants to destroy humans?"

"Exactly... Which means, Grevil's objective is not simply the extinction of humanity."

Grevil said that he 『expected much』 from us.
I'm not sure what he's expecting... but 『expecting much』 from the human side is not something someone who wants to destroy mankind would say.

"Err... Maybe he wants to enjoy the fight as he destroys?"

"Or he could be faking it, no? Like maybe he said he'd give us time but then he's actually moving forward with the preparations!"

"Doesn't seem like he's looking forward to fighting. Decoy, is a possibility... But then there'd be no explanation for him not hiding the comm magic transmission source. If it's too easy, you'd be all the more suspicious instead."

It's not unusual for demons to make use of such tactics when they do communicate through comm magic.
However, the other party is Grevil--a human who had been crowned a king in the past era. There's no chance of him not aware of that much.
Or rather, he must have been aware that we'd be suspicious and still go through with communicating without camouflage.

"He's not trying to have fun and neither is it a decoy... Then just what's his motive..."

"No clue... But just as Grevil said, we don't have any choice but to directly ask him. That guy most likely has the mean to destroy humans for real."

We can assume that Grevil has no intention to destroy humans for now.

Rather, if Grevil seriously wanted to do that, the humans of this era would have been cornered enough to be nearly going extinct.
Relics of ancient civilizations contain countless number of weapons capable of annihilating the current mankind even without demons' intervention, and Grevil knows how to use those weapons.

However, if we leave Grevil alone for these three months, there's no guarantee he won't bring out those weapons.
After all, I completely have no idea what's going on in the current Grevil's mind.

"...It also might be a trap to get our guard down right?"
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"Yeah. Naturally, the security must be strict in his location. Grevil himself should be plenty strong."

Grevil may have no talent in magic, but that's by the ancient civilization's standard of 『talentless in magic』.

If you just learn magic properly, and train for quite some time, anyone can become stronger than the current demons.
Even Second Academy students whose strength is seen as monstrous in this era had only started to train in chantless magic for less than a year.

However, Grevil had been trained in high level magic training far above Second Academy's level for 30 years during his time as a king of an ancient civilization.
And if he had continued to train after taking immortality magic, he might be even stronger than the past me at the height of my training.

Even without talent, a magic combatant who has amassed that much experience can't possibly be weak.
At the very least, mana quantity and mana density-wise, Grevil's far exceeds mine.
...He might actually be even stronger than Zaridias.

While I was thinking that... Ruli suddenly speaks up.

"There's a hidden door in this room!"

"Hidden door?"

Such a thing shouldn't have existed.
I look at the place Ruli pointed at... and, a hidden door there was.

It's most likely quite a recent addition.
Judging from the material used, this door was installed during the past decade.

That door is already open.

"...It's so small, I don't think I could get in."

"Doesn't seem like it can fit a person... it's shallow too, and I only found this inside."

Ruli took a small box out of the hidden door.
It's really not a good idea to carelessly poke around suspicious looking stuff like this... but well, guess it's fine, no harm done anyway.

I look at the box while thinking.

"This got some real heavy lock."

"...Will it explode, or spray poison?"

"No, doesn't seem like it."

The box is made of a material that allows mana to pass through.
『Passive Detection』 can see the inside then.
And the result is--.

"There's a book inside."







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Okami wa Nemuranai 3.14

14



It's not clear when it all started, but among villages governed by lord of Vouka, there lives two tamer families, one that tames Longarm Apes in Rumoi village, and another that tames Wood Wolves (Toruje) in Patsu village.

The wealthy living in Vouka Town purchase Longarm Apes and Wood Wolves from those two families, in accordance to their wishes and requirements.

The lord himself purchases either one of the two to guard his garden, and to decide that, both families have a competition held every ten years.

In short, the winner of that fight will live in the lord's mansion for ten years, while the loser will be returned to its tamer.

In olden times, the winner of these matches tend to alternate, but before anyone knew, Wood Wolves kept a steady winning streak, and eventually the custom was for the lord to buy Wood Wolves, and the competition ceased to be held.

However, the other day, the lord who was visiting Rumoi village in an inspection was deeply impressed by Parade's intensity, he revived the old custom and declared the two villages to compete with their tamed monsters.

That said, it's not like all the villagers are working as tamers, but as the event is practically a showdown between two villages, the villagers are really getting into it.

The day of the match has been decided. Parade will represent Rumoi village. Patsu village will be represented by two Wood Wolves. This is because traditionally one Longarm Ape is considered worth of two Wood Wolves, both in size and prices. In fact, the lord will employ five Longarm Apes or ten Wood Wolves to guard his mansion depending on the result.

Anyway, the two villages are eager to show their superiority, as the winner of this match will obtain the position as the lord's purveyor.

However, Doni has something else in mind.

From Doni's perspective, Wood Wolves are magic beasts well suited for battle, they help people precisely by fighting. As such, they're appropriate as the guardian beasts of the lord's mansion

However, even though Longarm Apes are capable of protecting people by fighting as well, they're magic beasts that help people in daily life, they're not needed in the lord's mansion with their abundance of employees. On the contrary, they'd be happier to work in houses lacking in manpower, as both a worker and family.

However, he cannot go against the lord's will.

After racking his brain, he came to a conclusion that he could cancel the competition if he let Parade run away in the forest.

His plan was to hire an adventurer without giving them the magic whip used to command tamed Longarm Apes, and order Parade to flee deep in the forest, canceling the combat entirely.

"You'd lower the adventurer's evaluation by failing their quest."

"N-no. Once Parade safely got away, I would have handed over the quest completion mark."

"No adventurer would take that unless they have no shame at all. But well, I guess you were going to cough up one big silver coin as an apology for that adventurer."

"Y-yes."
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"Fumu. I know not how magic beasts feel. Do you?"

"I'd like to think that I do."

"Why didn't Parade run away."

"Eh? Wasn't it because you pressured him into it?"

"Even so, he would have tried to run away if he really wanted to. He didn't because he wished to go back to you. Even after you gave the order to make him stay in the forest."

"T-that can't be."

"You believe that it's pitiful for Parade to fight huh."

"Of course I do. Like there's anyone who would willingly engage in a fight to death."

"That's humans' belief."

"Eh?"

"Magic beasts probably have a different belief."

"How does it differ?"

"Who knows. I don't really get it either. But, I do not believe there is a magic beast that would be pleased being told <you're not fit for battle>."

"N-no, but it's"

"You and Parade must have got quite a strong bond."

"He's more important to me than anything else in this world."

"Being commanded to fight by one such partner gives a warrior the most supreme joy."

"Eh?"

"'Win for me', when a warrior is told that by a master they truly respect, they shall be at their strongest."

"Magic beasts... are warriors."

"Either way, he'd probably go back his own even if you left him in the forest. Besides, with all the excitements for the event, they would just ask for Parade's substitute anyway. You cannot avoid fighting."

"Uuu. Is there really no way to avoid it I wonder."

"Even if there's one, as the master of Parade, there's only one thing you could do."

"W-what would that be?"

"Combat training. To ensure Parade's victory."

"C-combat training. We've been taught in such but I personally am not that good at it."

"Post a quest."

"Eh?"

"The match is in five days, no? I'll take Parade to the forest and teach him how to fight every day until the day."

"Y-yes."






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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 230


Chapter 230 The Presumed Guy Showed Up

 

The 『Soil Demons』 reacted swiftly once they heard it.
They immediately stopped talking to me and came slashing with swords.

They either noticed about my made up story or recognized my face.
I don't know the reason, but it looks like I can't expect to fish out more info off them anymore.

While thinking that, I enchanted my swords with multiple spells and slashed at one of the demons.
The demon attempted to dodge my sword, but I had already anticipated that.

My sword lodged into the demon's neck as if getting sucked in.
However... It's far from fatal.

"...As expected of 『Soil Demons』, tough."

"Bastard, how'd you know that name!"

"Beats me."

Talking in the heat of battle is one strategy to dull your enemy's thought process.
The less these demons think unnecessary stuff, the easier my fight will be.
Using this strategy would end up dulling your movements as well for those who aren't used to it... But eh, there's no need to concentrate, it's just 『Soil Demons』.

"Damn it, it's 3-on-1! Yet why is none of our strikes hitting!"

"His sword is heavier than Grevil when he's serious! Is this guy really a human!?"

"This guys moves like bad news! He's a master magic combatant!"

"Didn't humans from the era of magic combatants go extinct!?"

The 『Soil Demons』 continued their struggle against me while sounding confused.
However, none of their attacks ever hit me, while every one of mine does.

『Soil Demons』 are sturdy, thus I'm unable to deliver a fatal blow in one hit--but they're not as hopelessly sturdy as Zaridias.
My sword is slowly but surely whittling down these 『Soil Demons』 life.

As the battle rages on... It seems these demons have realized that they have no hope of defeating me.
Their movements have changed.

Up until now, they were moving in order to defeat me.
But now, they move as if trying to find the right timing for something.

The question here is their goal... In this situation, it should be escape.
However, these 『Soil Demons』 aren't focusing on the exit.
Which means... That huh.

"Die!"

Suddenly, one of the demons slashed at me while yelling out especially loudly.
Right at that moment, the other 『Soil Demons』 acted.

They ran up to a wall nearby and struck it with a magic stone.
--Emergency Escape System.

It's a safety device to allow one to escape this isolated hidden room for when the enemy raided.
Its activation is triggered by either circulating specific mana into the wall, or striking the wall with a magic stone carved with a specific magic circle.

Once the emergency escape system is activated, all living beings inside the hidden room will be teleported away to somewhere in the Source's passages individually, with as much distance as possible between them.
If this gets activated, defeating all of these demons would be difficult.

--I guessed right, they knew.
Having Ruli break the device was a correct choice.

"Dammit, why! Move!"

The 『Soil Demon』 struck the wall over and over while sounding shaken.

However, the wall is not giving any response.

Of course.
What Ruli broke was the magic circle to activate the emergency escape system after all.

...While they were busy with that, one of the 『Soil Demons』 finally breathed its last.
The progress of battle is already decided.

And the enemies understood that as well.
The demons gave up on the escape system and rushed toward the room's exist both at once.

Since I'm alone, they probably think I won't be able to deal with two demons escaping with all their might.
It's not necessarily wrong... but unfortunately, I'm not alone.

"GUAAAAAAAAA!"
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"Good! This is it!"

I struck one of the two 『Soil Demons』 who passed by me with my sword, sending it flying back into the hidden room.
The other demon made use of that chance to run outside.

An arrow pierced that demon.
One augmented with mana jamming to deal with demons.

The demon hit by the arrow had its mana jammed, turning stiff.
Its speed rapidly decelerated.
As demons use mana as a source for their Flight, the effect of mana jamming is quite outstanding.

As the demon stopped moving, Iris rushed up to it with both hands holding her spear.
And then--.

"SOII!"

While lightly yelling out, Iris makes a full swing with her personal spear (a lump of iron from an ancient civilization that's awfully heavy and sturdy.)
With a dull heavy sound, the demon got blown away to the wall at the opposite side.

I run after that demon.
Three of these demons couldn't even manage to land a hit on me.

Alone, it's simply no match for me.
The last 『Soil Demon』 perished without getting a chance to attempt another escape.

With this, the doll disturbance should end.
There's probably other demons making the dolls somewhere, but after getting their supply of life force cut off, they shouldn't be able to do much.

I don't mind searching and defeating those demons, but judging from their handiwork on the dolls, they're not much of a menace, so there's no problem even if they get away.
While thinking that... Figure of a man got displayed on the hidden room's wall.
Looks like the comm magic installed in the hidden room was activated.

--The figure on the display was a familiar face in my previous life.
The 37th king of Aegis, Grevil.






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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-77

16-77. Saga Empire, Battle at the Imperial Capital (7)

 

"It's payback time! Let me show you what serious Arisa-chan's capable of."

Arisa declared so while staring at the Lamia demon lord.

Faint purple lights are blinking on Arisa's body.

It marks the activation of her Unique Skills, [Over Boost], and [Never Giveup].
Arisa's sure-kill combo that managed to Giant Kill even god Zaikuon.

"I'll make you regret missing your chance to kill us with the meteor."
"Arisa--"

Arisa lightly shook her head at the worried Hikaru.

"Haste makes waste, was it."

Arisa unleashed space magic Space Smasher instead of the anti-god magic.
The two heroes have shown that Aegis cannot cope with attacks that are beyond its cognition.

The attack that had been strengthened multiple folds broke through the demon lord's defense, tearing off its body.

As if delivering the coup de grace, Lulu launched a special holy shell from her Floating Fort's storage at the demon lord's head, but it was deflected by Aegis.







"Lamiko-san, are you okay?"
『Okay, not.』

A flat sounding voice replied to Hero Fuu.

"Is there anything I can do? I'll do anything I can you know?"

Hero Fuu is asking while healing her with healing magic through the power of [Master Wizard].

『There, is』
"Really? Then let's do it!"

Hero Fuu readily made a promise without asking first what it would entail.

『Danger, ous.』
"I don't care about danger as long as I'm with Lamiko-san! The two of us are one in body and soul after all!"

Hero Fuu intensely proclaimed with a red face.

The flesh walls blinked several times reflecting the demon lord's hesitation.

"...Lamiko-san?"

『One body and soul, turn.』

A voice responded to Hero Fuu who couldn't bear the silence.
The room protecting Hero Fuu begins to pulse.

"Lamiko-san? What are you--"

Before he could finish his words, the walls swallow Hero Fuu whole from all directions.

『To, gether』

Sounds of bones getting crushed and fibers getting torn off continued for a while.

『Permission, got.』

Four blue lights lit up in the demon lord's body.
As if marking her procurement of God Parion's Authorities that dwelt in Hero Fuu--Unique Skills.







"--The demon lord is gone?"

Right after four lights began to dwell in the demon lord's body, she suddenly disappeared.

"Arisa, can you tell?"
"Nope, I can't see her--Tama!"
『Nyu~, she's here, but not here~??』

Both Arisa's space magic and Ninja Tama's perception can't seem to detect the demon lord.

『Above! Nanodesu!』

Just as Pochi gave the warning, the demon lord appeared on top of Throne and thrust at it with two holy daggers.
Holy daggers and the defensive barrier protecting Throne clashed, scattering intense sparks and flashes everywhere.

"No way!"

Arisa screamed out loud seeing it unfolded.
The defensive barrier protecting Throne was broken off with a single hit.

"Emergency evacuation!"

Nana slided Throne out of the demon lord's attack.

"Giant Shield."
"Hyper Deracinator."

Hikaru and Arisa's defensive magic counterbalanced demon lord's attack before falling apart.
Snake beam flew off from her direction.

"Phalanx!"

Just when the defensive shield installed in Lulu's armor got all used up to defend against the beam attack, Nana's Throne defensive barrier managed to get rebooted.

After seeing that, the demon lord wrapped herself in a dark blue light before disappearing once again.

Nana moves around in the air randomly to avoid getting ambushed by the same trick.

"Tama, bring everyone back here."
『Aye aye sir~』

Liza and Pochi leaped out of Tama's shadow, and after a slight pause, she came back along with the two heroes.

"Uwaa, where is this?"
"Gaudy armor, purple hair--Hero Nanashi!"
"Then are we inside that sphere?"
"Oh my? You brought these kids along with you--"

After thinking a bit, Arisa throws a question.

"--Got any idea where the demon lord is?"
"Seigi."
"I do."

Hero Seigi who's good at searching nodded when Hero Yuuki replied as such.

"That's Fuu's Unique Skill the demon lord has snatched away."
"Snatched? Weren't the demon lord and Hero Fuu working together?"
"Yup, my 『Evil Search (Where's the bad ones)』 can tell the locations of monsters and evil beings. I knew that Fuu was inside the demon lord until a moment ago, but then he disappeared once those blue lights lit up... The demon lord probably ate him."

Seigi speaks with a gloomy expression.

"Requesting the current position of demon lord, so I tell."

There, Nana made a demand without reading the mood.

"Ah sorry, the Unique Skill 『Existence Pending (I'm nowhere)』 the demon lord is using is apparently an omnipresent power to dilute one's existence over a wide area. And--"

Hero Seigi got clad in blue light in the middle of his speech.

"--It's catastrophically ill matched with my Unique Skill 『Truth Eye (There's Always One Truth)』."

Hero Seigi usually only used the Unique Skill to see through evils, but when combined with [Evil Search (Where's the Bad Ones)], it will display another power.

"You're over there!"

The demon lord showed up at the location where Hero Seigi pointed at.
This was something Hero Seigi found out by chance when he couldn't find Hero Fuu during training and pointed out randomly.

Right as the demon lord showed up, fire gushed out of Lulu's Floating Fort's secondary armament, while Liza and Pochi unleashed Magic Edge Cannons with their weapons.

The demon lord immediately put up Aegis, but she was hit by the attack aimed at her lower half and got blown away.

"Fuu had four Unique Skills."

Hero Seigi begins explaining without minding the atmosphere.

"『Existence Pending (I'm nowhere)』 the demon lord used just now."

Lesser Fenrir bit off the demon lord's neck as she fell face up.

"A Unique Skill that allows one to warp everywhere within their sight when combined with Existence Pending, 『Free Warp (I'm Over Here)』. It also barely uses up any mana, apparently."

While chanting an anti-demon lord forbidden spell, Hikaru thought to herself that the Unique Skill sounded like a lesser version of Satou's Unit Arrangement.
Slightly after Hikaru started, Arisa also began chanting an anti-demon lord forbidden spell next to her.

"I don't get how it works, but a one-hit sure kill 『Underhanded Life Snatch (I Hate Your Guts)』. It was probably used to break through the barrier earlier. Since you could counterbalance that, does it mean this thing is a hero's Unique Skill?"
"It's equipment created by Master, so I respond."
"For real?! Your master is awesome."

Nana and the beastkin girls smiled delightfully when they heard Hero Yuuki's praise.

Apparently this Underhanded Life Snatch cannot be used regularly, the demon lord is stabbing repeatedly at the Lesser Fenrir's body as the Snake Beam turns it into stone.

"An area attack to clear up weaklings, 『Slaughter Resonance (Everyone Die)』. This can break through force and holy magic barriers, so be careful."
"That one was wild. During the initial test, not only the test monsters, that also got to several of the recording officials and maids who were watching. That was the reason why Fuu started to shut himself indoor."

Arisa and Hikaru thought that wasn't Hero Fuu's responsibility alone to bear, but they couldn't exactly stop chanting so they ended up feeling bad instead.

"No, wasn't it the fault of that idiotic attendant who insisted to put the blame on Fuu?"
"Yeah, and his father, that stupid prime minister too."

After finishing off the Lesser Fenrir, the demon lord erased her figure once again with the [Existence Pending (I'm nowhere)].

"Chanting complete."
"I'm done here too."

Arisa's and Hikaru's wands are clad in dangerous-looking lights.
Looks like it's quite a risk to defer the activation of Forbidden Spells.

"Seigi-cchi, can you do that move once again?"
"I can do it as many times as you want, but since the enemy can see us too, it's just gonna put up Aegis again won't it?"
"No worries. Green, please summon the dummy fenrir. Three of them if possible."
"Nn ■■■■■■■ False Magic Wolf Creation <<Create Dummy Fenrir>>"

A Dummy Fenrir appeared before Throne to act as a decoy.

It looks exactly like Lesser Fenrir earlier. If you line up the two together, you could see that its platinum fur lacks the sublimeness compared to the real thing, but it's hard to tell the difference apart normally.

The chant to summon one is incomparably shorter than the chant for the forbidden spell [Mythology Eater] and [<<Create Lesser Fenrir>>].

Mia called forth two more Dummy Fenrir.

"False Twilight of Fallen God (Dummy Ragnarok)?"
"Yep, have it as a decoy as well."
"Got it."

Mia gave an instruction to the dummy fenrir, and they opened their mouths wide, then six impressive-looking magic circles manifested, and then a gigantic magic circle got produced inside the six magic circles.
The magic circles are reproducing illusion just as they have been programmed with beforehand.

"All done now. Once Hero Nanashi and I are gone, make the demon lord show itself like you did earlier."

After confirming Hero Seigi's nod, Arisa turned to Tama.

"Pink, take us behind the shadow of the broken tower over there."

Arisa pointed at positions where they could catch the demon lord in a crossfire.
Looks like doing the warping herself while putting forbidden spells on hold is a tall order even for Arisa.

"Aye aye sir~"

Hero Seigi activated his Unique Skill once the two disappeared.

Right as the demon lord appeared, she deployed Aegis in front of herself.

"Fire."

With Mia's order, the Dummy Fenrir shifted their illusion of killing blow move into the firing phase.

Right then, Arisa and Hikaru who have been relocated by Tama's ninjutsu recite the forbidden spells' activation phrases.

"Mythology Extinction."
"Mythology Down."

The two girls cast their anti-god magic.

Next to them, Tama is squatting down while putting her hands on her ears, with eyes shut tight.

With a thunderous sound, the two forbidden spells exploded on the demon lord.

Innumerable glittering rainbow-colored lights coil around the demon lord, binding while also eroding the its body.
Arisa's Mythology Down reached the demon lord as it was screaming, blasting away the upper half of its body.

"I aimed a wee bit too high."

Even before Arisa could finish reprimanding herself, the demon lord has already started regenerating from its remaining tail.

"Don't worry be happy~"

Tama jumped into the shadow below her after saying that.
In order to accomplish her duty.

"Well, I'm sure it'd be fine."

Hikaru observes the regenerating demon lord while comforting Arisa.

It has already regained its former form.

Looks like it's incapable of regenerating the lost equipment, but the naked body it showed when it first appeared stood there.
Though, as its face and and skin are pulsing and distorting, there's no trace of its amorousness left.

――LWUHUAMZIEEA。

Four fragments of blue lights separated away from the roaring demon lord before disappearing.

Three shadows approach the demon lord that got off debris.

"First Sword~? 『<<Dragonic Eater>>』"

Ninja tama who split herself into countless body clones cut away the defensive barrier that protects the demon lord's body with her finisher.
The demon lord didn't turn its Aegis at Tama as it was still wary of Dummy Fenrir, instead it used snake beam petrification shower at Tama's clones as if mowing down bugs.

Pochi charged at the openings.

"Second Sword, 『Vorpal Strike Excelion』 nanodesu!"

Pochi who had latched on the white dragon Lyuryu with her dragon fang sword at the ready rushed out using the golden armor's accelerated board, piercing through the demon lord that had lost its barrier from above.
The demon lord shrieked out and shot out petrification breath at the white dragon.
Of course, there's no way an ordinary breath could catch up to the White Dragon's flying speed as it misses its mark.

Liza zeroed in from behind the demon lord.

"Third Sword, 『<<Dragonic Penetrator>>』"

Liza who had accelerated herself with her Powered Exoskeleton penetrated and gouged out the demon lord's medulla oblongata.

In reality, Pochi also had a finisher called [<<Dragonic Acceleration>>], but she didn't manage to master it before the dispatch this time.

"I'm shooting!"

Aimed at the demon lord that had fallen down listlessly, Lulu unleashed all the armaments of her Floating Fort to launch a saturation attack.
Flesh got gouged off, bones were broken down off the demon lord.

"Uwaah, savage."
"Girls are scaryyy."

Hero Seigi and Hero Yuuki were taken aback by the display of complete lack of mercy.

"Have a go~go~?"

Tama who had gone back to Throne asked the two heroes.

The two heroes looked at each other and nodded.

"Right. I've got to avenge Fuu. I never got to talk much with him, but he was still a classmate."

Hero Yuuki fired his fire magic White Inferno at the still surviving demon lord despite all the wounds.
As the demon lord lost its regeneration from Lulu's bombardment, the magic burn down the flesh left in its body.

"Sorry, but could you take me there?"
"Aye."

Escorted by Tama, Hero Seigi appeared on top of the demon lord that had turned into nothing but bones and hair.

It should have not survived no matter how you look at it, but the demon lord is yet to cease moving.
It's truly persistent as expected of a demon lord that had been turned into undead by Hero Fuu.

"Hot, hot hot--Huh, it's not?"
"Water release jutsu~?"

Oh yeah, there was a ninjutsu like that I think? Such was Hero Seigi's impression, being one ignorant of ninja ways.

"<<JUDGE>>"

Hero Seigi's holy sword shined blue once he recited the holy verse.

"--Evil Perish (Justice Wins)."

The holy sword clad in Unique Skill power got lodged into the demon lord's cranium.
Its strength was nothing compared to the absurd firepower of the golden knights, but it was apparently enough to finish off the demon lord whose life force had been completely deprived off.

The demon lord stopped moving as it crumbled down from tips.

"Good bye, Fuu."

Hero Seigi murmured with a languid expression while looking at horizon.
The white bone crumbled down and disappeared into black mist.

Which includes Hero Seigi's footholds.

"Uwawawa, I'm falling. I'm gonna die. Save meeeeeeeee."
"Don't worry be happy~"

After watching Hero Seigi panicking for a while, Ninja Tama took him to a safe spot.

"I guess this means it's over here?"
"Yup, all's that left is over there."

Arisa and Hikaru stretched out after they joined up with other girls.

"Disaster relief still remains so I inform."
"Aah, that's right. Even if we leave the relief to Shiga Kingdom and the neighboring countries, seems like several shelters have their roofs collapsed in, let's go take care of those. We're all going together since Master may send a request for help okay."
"Hear hear~?"
"Yes nanodesu!"

With Arisa's encouraging yell, the girls begin to move out.

"Hey, Yuuki."
"What."

The two heroes lying in exhaustion on top of a huge debris are exchanging words.

"Who do you think the master of those monstrously strong party of heroes?"
"Who knows? Probs God or something?"

Hero Yuuki responded to Hero Seigi randomly, laid down his body sprawling and fell asleep just like that after declaring, "I'm tired."

"Get it together you. Well, I'm all worn-out too."

Hero Seigi then proceeded to lie sprawling next to Hero Yuuki and closed his eyes.

There should be no one complaining.
After all, Their battle at the Imperial Capital is over.


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--Time goes back a bit.

"WOOOOOOOOOO"

The emperor reflexively screamed out when a quake big enough to almost threw him off his throne hit.

"Damn you demon lord... Don't think you can run around rampaging forever."

What brought about the quake was actually the attacks on demon lord unleashed by heroes, not the demon lord itself.
The emperor would have known that fact were he kept the city monitoring system on, but right now he's fully focusing on the function given to him by someone who called themselves God.

That function is using up all the resources of a City Core that reigns over an entire empire, it's truly dreadful.

"Just a bit, just a bit more."

In front of the delirious-sounding muttering emperor, rainbow-colored lights gathered to form something resembling an orb.
If people who were present during the event in Parion Holy Land were here, they would have noticed that the orb gave off an aura that resembled that of [God-Sealing Rainbow Gem] capable of sealing even gods.

Eventually, the orb transformed into the shape of a huge key.

The once beautiful rainbow-colored key has turned dark before anyone noticed.

"The world is for us humans to take. I shan't let you lots have your ways."

The emperor broke out a ferocious smile as he reached out to the key.

"O Guardian Spirit (Mitama) of Saga Empire---"

The emperor brandished the key like a wand as he called out to the City Core.







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Okami wa Nemuranai 3.10_11_12_13

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When Lecan went to the Adventurer Association the next day, several adventurers were waiting in a line, but Aira called out to him.

"Ah, Lecan-san! Please wait for me a bit okay. There's something I need to ask."

Aira entrusted the queuing adventurers to her coworker and beckoned Lecan into a room inside the building.

"I'm sorry for calling you here. Actually, I've got a request for you. Ah, before that, I've got a message. From Shira-san, she said you've passed the test."

Lecan was surprised at this news. He thought the test would continue on for much longer.

"And also, I'd like to ask you something. A certain quest has come in yesterday, I'm wondering if Lecan-san could take it."

Aira presented a quest tag, so Lecan read it.

The subject is <Take a Stroll with Magic Beast>.

It was a quest asking someone to take a longarm ape (Zanbald) that's being tamed on a whole day stroll in the forest.

"The client is Doni-san, he's a famous tamer whose family has been living in this land for generations, he's also a honest person. However, there has never been a quest like this before. Taking longarm apes on a walk should be usually done by Doni-san himself or his apprentices. Moreover, the reward is one big silver coin. That's too high. This quest is weird. But since we had no reason to deny the quest, the association had no choice but to accept it. That was when the chairman mentioned this. 'An adventurer capable of making a short work of a hundred magic beasts is currently staying in this town' he said."

"I see."

They probably heard the matter about a hundred magic beasts and stuff from Chaney when he was recommending Lecan to the chairman.

Lecan is pondering.

Shira already gave her approval.

Therefore, he doesn't need to take this quest.

But, on the other hand, what would Shira do were she heard that Lecan declined this quest.

In addition, if he's going to learn under Shira's wings, he's going to stay in this town for some time. He will be earning his keep from this association's quests and monster mats sales during the time. It's preferable to keep a favorable relationship with the guild.

The reason why they're pushing this quest to Lecan is probably because they're afraid that letting other adventurers take it may end with them getting attacked or killed by the longarm ape.

It's decided.

"I'll take it (yale)."



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Doni the tamer's residence is located in a village called Rumoi. There are several farming villages around Vouka, all of them are inside the town lord's territory. Rumoi is one of such villages.

Doni is a man in his 30s.

"I'm sorry about this. I'd love to let Parade run around to his heart's content, but our training ground is just not big enough and there's no enemy."

"I assume Parade is the longarm ape (Zanbald)'s name."

"Yes."

"The quest was about taking him on a stroll in the forest, should I let him engage in battle."

"Aah! I'm sorry. I must forgot to write it. Yes. If possible, I want you to let him fight, or is it too much to ask."

"No. But, what do you want me to do during the battle? Should I help. Or give instructions."

"No. You simply need to watch in silence."

"Fumu. How many times should I let him fight?"

"Well... That depends on how many enemy you meet along the way."

"How strong of hostiles should I let this longarm ape called Parade fight with? Should it be one as strong as this Parade. Or ones slightly weaker."

"Eeeh? Y-you can't choose such things can you?"

"No. It's doable to a degree, and if the enemy is stronger than the ape, I will simply take care of it myself."

"T-take care? You're going to beat enemy stronger than Parade? W-well. I'll trust your decisions on that. At any rate, I want you to let Parade run around and fight as much as he wants."

"Got it. I'll go with that."

The things he should do will probably become clear naturally.


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Parade turned out to be an extraordinarily huge longarm ape. He's only slightly shorter than Lecan. He probably weighs about twice of Lecan. About four times an ordinary longarm ape.

Doni hugged Parade, fed him, looking very intimate, or rather loathe to part.

"Ah, Lecan-san. This is Parade's meal."

"You're telling me I've got to carry all this huh."

"Yes. Parade is a big eater, so this much is just right."

"Got it."

Lecan carries the bag. Running in the forest while carrying this thing is quite a demanding request.

Doni whispered something in Parade's ear. Since there was mana emitted, it was probably an order.

And then, Doni pointed at the forest and loudly gave an order.

Parade ran out. That's some speed.

Lecan followed along leisurely.



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"Why... Why did you come back?"

"Do you even need to ask, it was in the quest desc."

"Why did Parade come along too?"

"Parade was intending to stay deep in the forest, but I ordered him to go back."

"But, you don't have a magic whip with you."

"Once I pressured him to show who's stronger between us, he displayed a pose of obedience. Afterward, I just ordered him to go back here."

"P-pressure? You were able to pressure Parade? That can't be."

"With this, this quest is done. I'll have the coin."

"Yes... no! T-this is not good. Please redo it again tomorrow."

"Well then, tell me what's not good. Was there a condition in the quest I wasn't able to accomplish?"

"T-that's..."

"Was it because I didn't let Parade run off in the forest?"

"Eeh? No, that's."

"Tell me the truth. Why were you trying to let Parade go."

Doni the tamer was someone weak at getting pushed.

He confessed the truth shortly.






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"Sorry, could you run that again."

"Like I said, your next service quest is to play with the temple orphaned kids for the whole day."

"Can I take other quests instead."

"Just between you and me, to tell you the truth, Shira-san actually put this quest in herself."

"Got it."

Honestly speaking, even the garbage collecting job Lecan did in Pirariko's mansion yesterday was already quite difficult for him. He would have thrown in the towel midway through if it wasn't a test to become an apothecary apprentice.

But children.

And playing with them.

If he were told to kill, he might feel a bit conflicted, but it's not like he couldn't.

But, playing.

What was playing again.

"Must I work on this quest today."

"You don't have to. This quest is a permanent quest. You can go tomorrow or the day after tomorrow if you want."

"Then I'll do it tomorrow."

"Understand. So you'll be taking it tomorrow. Please go to the site after breakfast."



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Lecan is heading into the forest.

There's a gateway check to go out of the town.

"Show me your Adventurer Badge."

Lecan took off the badge hanging on his neck and handed it over, then the guard observed the back of the badge, and wrote something in the register.

By doing this, it's possible to skip paying as long as you go back within the day.

Everyone who's going in from outside the town is obliged to pay tax. Free passes are issued to the citizen but everyone else has to pay tax.

However, adventurers who have got inside the walls are exempt from paying tax if they get back right after going outside.

Since this was the first town that required Lecan to pay admission fee, he's not sure if it only applies to this town, but he's just happy that he doesn't have to cough up for this.

Lecan proceeded into the forest. And went around killing magic beasts. He thought that he could get a good idea in the middle of doing it. Lecan's heart was healed by the long-awaited hunt.


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"Attention please, every~body. This gentleman here is Lecan-san, he's going to play with you today, you know~"

The apprentice priestess introduced Lecan as such, but the children were looking at Lecan with stiff expressions.

"Name's Lecan. Nice to meet you."

Lecan spoke with deep stern voice. But no one is making a sound.

Having no choice, Lecan approached a slightly older girl, squinted his right eye and broke his ace-up-sleeve smile.

The girl's face warped in fear before she was in tears. Anxiety and fear are contagious. All the kids began to cry out all together.

The apprentice priestess who couldn't bear to watch any longer was going to say something, but Lecan gestured her to stop.

And then Lecan did something unusual.

He leaped at the spot and somersaulted backward in the air.

They're in an open space behind the temple, there's more than enough space here. Using all that space, Lecan leaped around left and right, rising while somersaulting high in the air.

The children finally stopped crying as they watched Lecan's action with awestruck expressions.

Lastly, Lecan somersaulted twice in the air before landing.

"Uwaaa"

"Awesome"

Several kids cheered.

Lecan waved at the kids with his big right hand. And once the kids' attention was gathered on him, he put his clenched right hand in front of his chest. And then he slowly opened that right hand.

A beautiful red flower was in it.

Lecan gave that flower to the girl who cried earlier.

This time he swung his left hand. And then he produced a yellow flower and gave it to the next girl.

Of course, these flowers were flowers he picked up in the forest yesterday that were put in <Storage>.

Eventually all the girls got their flowers. They stared at the flowers happily and turned their attention back at Lecan, waiting for his next act.

This time, Lecan knocked his palms together to make a sound. The children twitched in surprise. However, none cried this time. Since there are two green round things on top of each Lecan's palms. The children were curious about those things.

Lecan handed over the two round things to two boys. The boy were timid at first, but soon enough, they boldly touched the round things all over the places.

"This thing's soft."

"It's flopping around."

"Try squeezing it, so weird!"

Lecan produced out more and more round things. He gave them to all but one boys. That boy is among the oldest here.

Lecan did not hand over the round thing to him, instead he retreated around five steps back and threw it at him.

The boy caught the round thing with both his hands.

Lecan faced his palm upward, and beckoned with his middle finger.

The boy figured out what that gesture meant and threw the round thing at Lecan. Lecan caught it with his left hand, and tossed it back at the boy with his right hand.

The boy caught the round thing cheerfully, without a trace of anxiety from earlier. Urged by Lecan, he threw it back again.

Lecan turned around showing his back, and caught the round thing with his left hand behind his back. And with his back still facing the boy, he raised his right hand, and threw the round thing over his head.

When the boy caught it, Lecan turned around and clapped his hands.

The kids around them gave an applause.

Then Lecan spread and swung his arms wide.

"Now then, play all you want!"

The children immediately began to threw the round things at each others in a variety of ways. The girls also took part before long.

After watching the children playing and shouting out cheerfully for a while, Lecan clapped his hands to get their attention.

"Wonder what's coming out now?"

While saying that, Lecan thrust his hand into his breast pocket, and then dragged something out. Of course, in reality he was taking it from <Storage>.

It was a short piece of wood.

Lecan swung around the stick with his right hand.

And then he instructed a boy with gestures.

'Throw that round thing at me'.

The boy threw the round thing, and Lecan sent it flying with the stick.

'Waaa' a cheer erupted, and the boy ran after the round thing.

Lecan took five more sticks from his chest pocket and handed them over to the children.

"Think up many ways to play with."

The round things were made by rolling up elastic ivy he found in the forest.

The short sticks were some random dried wood lying around, shaved to shape.

Children are exceptionally gifted in playing.

Once you give them some toys, they should come up many ways to have fun with those themselves.

Before long, it was meal time. This orphanage serve three meals a day, even though the amount is not much. They understand that it's good for the children's growth from experience, Lecan finds that out much later.

It was siesta time after the meal. Lecan slept together with the children.

After the nap, one of the girls demanded Lecan to piggyback her.

One Lecan complied, the girl got in high spirits like 'kyakkya, kyakkya'.

"Yay. Yay. I'm the tallest~~"

Naturally. There's probably not many opportunity to get a piggyback from a human as tall as Lecan. The view from there must be quite spectacular.

A queue has formed for piggyback applicants. As Lecan piggybacked the children one by one, a line of applicants followed behind him, and they all paraded around.

The lively boys came up with many new ways to play with the round things and sticks.

By evening, the time for him to leave, the children have become completely attached to Lecan.

"Uncle wolf, come again okay!"

"You've gotta to."

"Thank you!"

"See you!"

After leaving the orphanage with a smile, Lecan went to report his quest completion at the Adventurer Association, then he got back to the inn and flopped down to sleep like a log.

Completely worn out.







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