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Okami wa Nemuranai 10.10_11

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He opened his eyes at the sound of crackling fire.

A campfire.

A forest.

It's bright even though it should be night.

Multiple <Lamplights> are floating about.

There are humans. Two of them.

It's Nike and Eda.

"You came to? Lecan! You're awake?"

It's Eda.

What a noisy woman.

That noisy woman is clinging to him while bawling out.

"Thank goodness. Really what a relief. You were about to die and I, I."

"Quiet down."

"Just what on earth happened. You don't lose to anyone ever right? You're stronger than anyone right? And you're also hateful, and impudent."

"You're heavy. Get off me."

"Always acting so aloof, unwavering no matter what's going down."

"Don't use my neck to wipe your snot, you."

"Trampling down any enemy coming your way, no matter who they are."

"I rarely ever do that."

"Puffing out your chest proudly no matter how painful it is, you refuse to change your way."

"...."

"I. I've always envied you."

"I'm telling you, get off me."

"I wanted to be a strong adventurer just like you. And then, even I."

"...."

"And then, even I'll live my life without getting mocked by anyone, without getting pushed around by anybody."

"...I see."

"And besides, you're kind."

"I'm cold to you though."

"There's thoughtfulness within that outward coldness. You won't do unfair or unjust things."

"That's a misunderstanding."

"You never look at me with obscene eyes."

"...."

"You're a man among men. You're how an ideal adventurer is like. So I thought, even I could probably change if I stay where you are."

"...."

"I'm so glad you're alive. So so glad."

Eda clung tighter on Lecan's neck.

He could feel her wiping her tears.

The situation he was in was very uncomfortable, but even Lecan wouldn't forcefully tear Eda away here.

"Lecan."

It's Nike's voice.

"You've really got to thank Eda-chan this time."

"Hum?"

"You got done in by a Curse-laden Graced item and were on your deathbed."

"Curse...  You said?"

That's weird.

Lecan had the silver ring equipped. The ring has been enchanted with <Abnormal Status Resistance>, <Posion Resistance>, and <Curse Resistance>. It should be hard for curses to affect him.

"It's Curse Resistance Purger and Poison Resistance Purger curses, y'see. Along with a coat of venom. <Five-headed Serpent (Gavanurin)> venom. It's an awfully rare deadly venom that costs a fortune to get."

"I see."

The <Curse Resistance> on Lecan's ring was incapable of resisting that <Curse Resistance Purger> then. When objects of opposing forces clash, the more powerful one will win. It's only natural.

"The Graced dagger is attached with a thread of <Spotted Spider (Hadrin)> to a black instrument. What a repulsive weapon. Mastering it must have been pretty tough though."

"Hold it. Eda saved me who was afflicted by a curse?"

"Yup. She kept desperately casting <Recovery (Kirim)> over and over on you."

"You told me that <Recovery> won't lift curse off though."

"Yup. Ordinary <Recovery> cannot undo a curse. But there is one case when it does."

Lecan felt like not listening to what was coming. But he knew he couldn't just shirk this out.

"In what case."

"In case the user has a talent in <Purification (Fira)>. When such a user frantically cast <Recovery> on a patient afflicted by a curse, the effect of <Purification> will be added to their <Recovery>. It's really rare though."

Nike should be able to use <Purification> herself, but she would perish if she did.

Which means, Lecan would have died were Eda not here and her latent talent didn't awaken.

"Oh and the venom too. I made you drank a green potion I had, but Eda-chan's <Recovery> was probably more effective toward the venom. She's really such a wonderful girl."

Green potions are antidote. But Eda's <Recovery> had a bigger hand in this case. <Recovery> is effective on symptoms caused by poison, but it has no power to erase the poison itself. It's thanks to <Purification>.

"Lecan. Even an adventurer of your caliber will die when they're killed. Graced Goods can have some strange effects on them, you can never let your guard down against one."

"I'll take it to heart."

"Why did you fight assassins in a grove of trees."

"...Right. I should have lured them out to a more open space."

"Since you seem to have a high precision detection ability, and quick on your feet, you must be good at melee in a cramped space, no?"

"Yea."

"That confidence will be your undoing."

"Nike-san. Isn't that enough. Lecan is reflecting on it already ssu."

"Since Eda-chan told me so, I guess I'll let you off tonight."

"I owe you one ssu."

"I'm starving over here. Why don't we get some grub."

"Oh that's nice ssu."

Lecan thought about the necessity to freely wield <Flame Spear> with his left hand while his mind was still a bit vacant. Thinking again, there's no merit in being able to use both swords and magic if he can only shoot powerful <Flame Spear> from his right hand.

He also needs equipment to resist curse. He's got to obtain one ASAP.

Equipping <Guardian Jewel of Zana> will give him <Curse Annulment> effect. Considering the jewel's power, it's most definitely highly effective. However, Lecan intends to temper himself in daily life without relying on the jewel. Hence, he desires for another equipment to resist curse.

In the world Lecan came from, curses were something that take time and effort to cast, and in most cases, he would notice it before getting afflicted by one. The effect was not that dreadful either. At the very least, the curses that Lecan knew were like so.

As such, he wasn't too eager in pursuing equipment to resist curses. In fact, the silver ring was the only equipment intended to deal with such he had before he got here.

However, it seems these stuff are a bit different in this world.

Curses with instant effect exist aplenty, and the effects themselves are dramatic.

But he would have never imagined that <Curse Resistance Purger> curse even existed.


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Lecan only lost consciousness for a short while.

Nike and Eda immediately rushed to him right after the battle ended, and his treatment didn't take too long either.

His cheeks and the inside of his mouth really hurt for eating. Putting his hand on his cheek, he found a huge scar left on it. But it should have been torn off worse, with his shaved bone on display, yet the wound isn't that serious now.

"It's all thanks to Eda-chan, you see. She carefully and gently healed your cheek over and over again."

"I see, Eda. Thank you."

"Ehehehehe."

"You should regularly heal him over the course of the entire day tomorrow. The scar will most likely disappear completely. It'll be a good practice for Eda-chan too."

"Ehehehehe."

"I suppose Eda-chan is already better than Lecan at <Recovery>."

"Ehehehehe. Ah, right. Please hear me out, you two."

"What is it, Eda-chan."

"I've been thinking, it'd be nice if this party got a name."

"Ah, that's a nice idea."

"What do you even need name for."

"You can use party's name instead of individual's for accepting quests. It's handy in all sort of ways."

"Fumu."

"So, Eda-chan. Have thought up a good name for our party?"

"What do you think about this."

Eda carefully took a small bag out of her chest pocket. And from inside a bag, came out small small pebbles.

"Those are, <Rainbow Stones (Wyllard)>."

"They're <Rainbow Stones of Happiness> ssu."

"Wyllard?"

"Meaning Wyll <Stones (Ard)>."

"I get the stone part. But what is Wyll?"

"It's that seven colored rays of light phenomenon you see in the sky after a rain."

"Ah, I see. Rainbow (Wyll). <Rainbow Stone (Wyllard) huh. I got it."

"The white milk stone and the red, and green crystals can be bought on store. You've got red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, a nice set here. With white, it'll be seven colors. Hmm. They're quite unusual, these stones."

"They're <Rainbow Stones of Happiness> ssu."

"Just what are those?"

"Good things happen if you carry these stones with you."

"Did someone give you those?"

"Dad gave it to mom, then mom gave it to me ssu."

"So did your father, mother and you find happiness?"

"We did. Dad got to marry mom. Mom gave birth to me. Then I got to meet Lecan and Shira and Nike."

That may seem like three, but it's actually only two persons, thought Lecan but he said not out loud.

"I see now. These stones sure have a good history behind them. Sure then, I don't see a problem. From now on, <Wyllard> is our party's name."

"Yeay! Yaay ssu."

"Eda."

"Un? What is it, Lecan."

"How old are you?"

"Eh? I'm fourteen."

"Eeeeh? Are you telling the truth, Eda-chan."

"I am ssuyo."

"I thought you looked 15 at most, but it was 14 huh."

"Wait a minute. You can't get Adventurer Badge issued if you're 14, can you?"

Nobles are considered an adult at 14, commoners at 15.

"Ah, I told Adventurer Association I'm 15 ssu."

"Dearie me."

"Your father has passed away already, hasn't he?"

"Un."

"Is your mother still among the quick?"

"The quick?"

"Is she alive?"

"No. Mom died, then that idiot son of village elder tried to force his way on me, so I walloped him real hard and left the village."

"You took the quest to escort Chaney's wagon with me, didn't you."

"Un."

"How many quests have you taken by that point?"

"That was my first quest!"

Why are you throwing out your chest.

Lecan felt a bit of headache.

"Humm. Eda-chan's stones might very well be stones that bring good fortune for real."

This ignorant 14 year old young girl with no power, no knowledge, no support who left her village by herself has managed to gain an ever increasing footing as a competent adventurer without getting tricked or meeting with a disastrous end along the way. She got a magic tool <Bow of Isya> and a magic mentor. What can you call that beside good luck.

"So you think so too ssuka! It must be true then!"

"You must have absolutely no clue what it means."

"That's okay! It's because I'm lucky that I'm happy now."

"That's right. That's what important."

"Yes."

"My head hurts. Gonna sleep."

"Ah, Lemme cast <Recovery> on you before you go to sleep."

"...Please."

Lecan thought while sleeping.

What was that attack about really in the end.

Zack made Dovor present in the same room while he had a meeting with Lecan.

In order to inform Dovor about Lecan being his father's nemesis.

As a result, he assaulted Lecan together with Gido.

Did Zack let Dovor in that room to instigate the attack.

Or perhaps, Zack wanted Dovor to have the resolve even after knowing that Lecan was his father's nemesis, otherwise he wouldn't make it in the future.

Lecan doesn't get it.

He doesn't have enough lead to draw a conclusion.

What's clear is that there is no more obstacle for Zack to hire Lecan now.

Zack Zaikaz does not make decisions based on likes and dislikes but purely on loss and gain. No matter what kind of history there is between him and Lecan, Zack would pay Lecan fittingly so long as Lecan could prove useful to him.

Or perhaps, he found Dovor to be too much to handle after the death of Marakis and used Lecan to get rid of him.

In any case, it's an exceedingly heartless approach.

But as an adventurer, a heartless client isn't all that bad. As conversely, even though passionate clients may be fine if you have a good relationship with them, they would turn to be extremely troublesome when you don't. While heartless people will keep their promise regardless of the change in situation and relationship. As it's a relationship bound purely by promise.

He's got a strong inclination toward Zack Zaikaz to begin with. The man has a strong emotional attachment toward prospering his lands and fortune. Humans with strong emotional attachment will occasionally take actions that go beyond reason at time.

It's not that Lecan likes Zack. He probably won't ever accept a quest from Zack either. However, he's understood Zack enough that he probably wouldn't mind taking one or two quests from him depending on rewards and as long as it doesn't directly harm Chaney. At that point, Zack will probably pay reimbursement fee for Dovor's attack this time.

That he managed to make Lecan understand that is a sign of victory for Zack in this chance meeting.





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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 301

Chapter 301 Strongest Sage, Looks for Lead

 

"Ah Mathias-san and his party. Welcome."

"Yeah. We just got back."

Then we went inside Grevil's room.
...There's a lot more stuff inside Grevil's room.

The majority is related to teaching materials.
Looks like he's been busy as an educator.

"I also saw Gene... That light. I assume it must be the shockwave from the destruction of [Broken Star]?"

"Yeah. Something like that... What effect did that light have?"

"There is no problem at all, nothing to worry in that regard... Actually thanks to the procurement of a massive amount of materials for free, the town is in a slight festive mood right now."

Festive mood huh.
Come to think of it, there was a lot of clatter in the town on our way here.
That was because of monster materials huh.

100 kilometer radius is a decent size after all.

"...They don't know the cause right?"

"Of course, the cause remains a mystery... Some people are suspecting that it has something to do with Mathias, but since they have absolutely no basis at all, you can rest easy."

"Are they doubting me?"

"Rather than doubting... It's more like they'd just automatically assume Mathias-san is behind it whenever something magically unexplainable occurred. And since that fits the bill this time..."

I see.
Blaming me whenever something weird happened is pretty harsh.
I mean the one who did it was a long gone mage, Gaias, not me.

"What caused problems is the lights that followed."
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"...The lights that followed?"

"It's those lights that poured down towns all over the world after the demise of monsters. It caused a huge uproar due to the dead of many."

The light following monsters' demise...?
Ah, he means [Eyes of Heaven] huh.
I made that magic to only hit demons though... Don't tell me someone got caught in it?

"What kind of people died?"

"Well... The casualties were all demons that were disguising as humans. Everyone is in uproar once they realized that demons had slipped in all over the places."

So only demons died after all.
We'd beat any demon we came across to... But we've only been to an extremely small percentage of towns that are in this world.

There must have been many demons that were still lurking in towns all over the world then.
Guess things are in chaos cause they were purged all at once.

...I said all and all, but demons above middle rank are still around.

"None of the ordinary populace fell victim then?"

"Yes. I haven't received any report of anyone other than demon dying... Truly a mysterious light that was."

Grevil muttered with a completely flat look on his face.
Naturally, he would know about [Eyes of Heaven].

"Have you gathered any lead from the dead demons?"

[Eyes of Heaven] abruptly fell down and deprived demons of their life without giving them any chance to even process it.
In other words, they had no time to hide information.

"Lead... You mean like from documents and stuff?"

"Yeah. We might be able to figure out their movements if we found some sort of documents."

Demons are fundamentally a race that doesn't keep documents... But they do and have used paper to transmit information in some occasions.
To communicate between places too far away to do with magic, to send a huge amount of data, and to impart something that absolutely needs be passed down for when they die... Those such cases.
The last case in particular usually has the stuff encrypted with code, so you can't read it just like that.

"We have received a few bundles of documents... But they're in a language I don't know. And none of First and Second Academy teachers could decipher it either."

Language Grevil doesn't know huh...

As a member of royalty, Grevil received a very high level of education in language even by previous era standard.
There were around 30 kinds of languages in the era I lived back then.

The languages in this era are covered by Second Academy's teachers.
Royal Magic Academies are top class educational institutions even in linguistics.
Which means...

"It's been encoded huh?"

"That might be the case."





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Okami wa Nemuranai 10.9

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Eda was bemoaning about wanting to stay at Kogurus town for several days.

She's in an unfamiliar town after having just been paid a handsome sum. Understandably, her instincts as a girl is urging her to look and shop around.

However, Lecan wanted to quickly end the bothersome thing.

Even if the enemy most likely won't rough up their own town, assassins are just the kind who would do the unexpected. Fighting back would be hard if they got attacked in the middle of a town like here.

"Okay then, let's go our separate ways. I'll leave this town by myself."

"Let's do that. That's a good idea. You're with me right, Nike-san."

"That won't do at all."

"Eeeh?"

"Eda-chan, you want to go shopping around in this town right?"

"That and food ssuyo. I wanna eat tasty stuff ssu."

"The food at Golbul inn was really good, wasn't it."

"It was the best ssu!"

"Why don't we do the shopping and eating at Golbul then."

"That's nice ssu. But staying at that inn and paying for real seem like it'd be super expensive ssu."

"I'll cough up my own if you don't have enough."

"You sure? But unn. I didn't catch a sight of nice dresses when we passed through Golbul then."

"That's because that town is not a place where girls would want to dress up. But then, you can't expect much from this town either. It's located in a backwater after all."

"Eh? Is that true?"

"I believe Vouka actually has much more fashionable clothings even. And Eda-chan, have you ever taken a peek inside high-class clothing stores in Vouka?"

"I haven't ssu."

"Then you should use your money at Vouka."

"I gotcha ssu."

Thus, Lecan's party departed Kogurus even though it was already near evening hour. They got hit with an egregious amount of tax at the town's gate for leaving.

Lecan's party moved at a quick pace and arrived at the mountain.

When they reached a comparatively open space, Lecan halted.

"Alright. I'll set up a camp here. You two go on ahead."

"Eeeh? Why would ya do that. We're gonna camp here too then."

"You can't, Eda-chan."

"What is it that I can't?"

"We have to go on ahead."
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"But why?"

"I'll keep you company with your magic practices."

"Let's go ssu."

"Alright then, first, let's start from <Lamplight (Parm)>. Light one, 20 steps ahead of you and another two steps ahead, move them matching with our walking speed. Have a go now."

"I gotcha ssu."

Eda walked off happily while practicing Lamplight.

Nike left a word before departing herself.

"Do yer' best."

"Yea."

Lecan swiftly gathered firewood and ignited it with magic.

Just as he sat down on a fallen tree and hovered his hands over the campfire, two red dots displayed on <Life Detection> began moving closer toward Lecan.

The silver ring on Lecan's left middle finger gleamed dully. He's been having it on often lately.

Lecan's ears couldn't pick up any suspicious sound at all. It's very unusual for him to be unable to detect things at this distance. These two must be extremely extraordinary assassins. Or perhaps they posses some kind of skills that allow them to erase their presences.

When they got 30 steps away, Lecan could finally hear their footsteps and rustling leaves if he just concentrated. But even that would have been inaudible had it been windier.

His opponents took their time to get close to him. They're very good at picking the timing to close in.

And just when they were 20 steps away, they stood still there. The other red dot took a roundabout way heading toward the opposite side.

"Marakis was your father huh?"

Lecan's question got sucked into the depth of darkness. Just when Lecan started thinking that they would not reply back, Dovor's face suddenly surfaced up on the darkness.

"I have never thought of that man as my father."

"Yet here you are for revenge."

"I suppose you can call this a revenge. However this is not for Marakis's sake. Zaikaz Company had spent many years, great labor and money to build our foundation at Vouka town. You broke that foundation down into pieces. I must settle the scores with you to make things right."

"I have no grudge nor debt toward Zaikaz Company. Neither did I do anything to break foundation or something."

"Vouka Branch Manager died because of you."

"Isn't that guy in custody, under an investigation right now?"

"And we have also lost eight people, valuable forces due to your actions."

"Eight people?"

"Even if I was only a temporary branch manager for a short time, I cannot just let you off without proper recourse."

"Did Zack order you?"

"No. This is my own volition."

"<Flame Spear (Bandroux)>!"

After confirming that the other opponent was rushing straight to Lecan from right behind him, Lecan unleashed <Flame Spear> from his loosely hanging right palm toward his back.

Then he abruptly turned his right hand to draw his sword and attacked Dovor in front of him.

However, Dovor turned around and disappeared into the grove of trees. Lecan was about to give chase and jump into the grove when something came flying toward his head.

He reflexively dodged but the object changed its trajectory, homing to him. Lecan twisted his head with his beastly reflexes, but that weapon managed to graze his forehead.

Lecan who had greatly leaped back was getting attacked from behind this time.

The assailant behind Lecan had managed to dodge his <Flame Spear> and survived.

Lecan twisted his body to dodge the dagger that was flying from behind him. The move wouldn't have been possible if not for <3D Perception> informing him of his opponent's movements.

A weapon flew at him from the front.

At this point, Lecan had roughly found out the identity of this weapon thanks to <3D Perception>.

Dovor is controlling something that looks like a thin thread. There's a sharp weight-like object attached to the tip of this thread.

The changing trajectory earlier was done by him bending the thread on the tree grove. In other words, they had already anticipated which one Lecan would try to deal first.

Lecan daringly closed in the distance to the enemy ahead of him. A knife came flying from behind, but he kept advancing on without dodging.

Lecan's action apparently slightly took Dovor by surprise, he got slightly delayed at throwing his weapon. That slight delay was fatal from the point of view of someone as skilled as Lecan. The knife hit Lecan's back dead-on, but his overcoat made from <Overking Bear> fur did not allow it to pass.

Lecan dodged the weapon coming from ahead and slashed at the thread.

But he couldn't cut it off. It was a terribly durable thread.

However, Dovor lost control of his weapon for an instant. Lecan closed the distance between him and Dovor in that instant and swung his drawn sword down.

Suddenly his whole body felt numb.

(Impossible!)

The silver ring Lecan wears on his left hand is enchanted with <Abnormal Status Resistance>, <Posion Resistance>, and <Curse Resistance>. How could he feel numb with this ring on.

Was the poison smeared on Dovor's weapon more powerful than the resistance granted by his ring. Or perhaps there was something more than poison to it.

Of course Dovor wouldn't let his chance go. He drew his dagger and thrust it toward Lecan's face. Aiming at his face instead of his overcoat was a sound judgment.

Moving his numbed face away was the biggest defense Lecan could muster up at that point. His cheekbone caught the dagger, averting the blade away.

His attempt was partly successful.

The dagger Dovor thrust didn't manage to stab Lecan right in the face.

In exchange, a large portion of meat on Lecan's cheek has been gouged out, his cheekbone shaved down.

This  dagger must have been coated with poison as well. If his silver ring had truly been annulled, then Lecan would soon lose his ability to move at all.

Dovor jumped into Lecan's bosom. As if they were lovers embracing each other.

"<Flame Spear>!"

Lecan shot <Flame Spear> out of his left palm. The magic flame opened a huge hole on Dovor's chest before disappearing into the forest.

The enemy behind him swiftly approached. With a thin sword-like object in hand.

"UOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Lecan swung his sword greatly as he turned around. Lecan has a big stature and long arms. As such, the reach of his sword is abnormally huge compared to ordinary humans. The rushing opponent crouched down in an attempt to dodge the sword, but Lecan changed the trajectory of his sword by knocking his own body down.

The opponent behind him got split in two on the chest, dying instantly.

It was Gido.

The old man who served as the wagon's coachman on their way here.

Lecan had surmised that the old man would be skilled in the art of assassination, but never would have thought to this degree.

His body is burning hot.

He tried to to fetch potions, but his body wouldn't listen to him.

He cannot afford to faint now.

Someone is coming closer.

Who.

It's Nike and Eda.

Lecan lost consciousness.





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Okami wa Nemuranai 10.8

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The emptied teacups were taken away and replaced with new cups with the tea refill. Piles of cake put on a huge plate was placed in front of Lecan. Lecan moved that plate before Eda. Eda swiftly took a piece, but then it looked as if she was brooding over something.

(This girl. She must be thinking about taking this cake back.)

"Zack Zaikaz."

"What is it, Lecan."

"Can we take this cake home."

"Hou? No, we'll prepare the share for you to take with. Don't worry and eat that."

"Sorry for the trouble."

Zack sipped the hot tea, leaned his body on the sofa and shut his eyes.

Eda made a revering stance toward Lecan before gleefully reached her hands toward the cake.

"Zaikaz House of old was the lord of Kogurus."

"Hou."

"Were you not aware then. You must hail from a distant land. Somewhere awfully far and away."

"Right."

"But a certain man betrayed the lord, deceived him, killed all members of his family and snatched the lord's position. The king gave his approval since the man went about it cleverly."

"I see."

"The lord had several concubines. One of them was sent back to her parental mercantile home, she secretly gave birth to a boy."

"Umu."

"That was my grandfather."

"Hou."

"My grandfather had a talent in the art of dealings. He opened his own shop, grew it, and built his powers."

"And then."

"Grandfather reached the point of exerting complete control over Kogurus Town's economy. He eventually succeeded making that usurper's household fall into a trap, slaughtered them all and regained his rightful property and authority."

Perhaps that usurper also had a reason to exact revenge on Zaikaz household himself, thought Lecan, but he kept that to himself.

"However, it proved difficult for the king to change the lord once again. Further, grandfather had too many restrictions in all sort of ways imposed on him to seize the lordship."

"Those things happen."

"Hence, grandfather revived Zaikaz house and made my father the family head, then he voluntarily put his company under Zaikaz House patronage. He instated someone from a house related to the usurper as the lord and sent his trusted retainers to be the lord's aides."

"That's quite an undertaking."

"It was. It was a gigantic undertaking. Grandfather managed to accomplish that in one generation."

"Glad for you."

"House of Zaikaz do business like it's no business."

"Hou?"

"To Zaikaz House, business is war."

"I think there's many companies with the same idea though."

"Zaikaz House do business without getting caught up in classic business ethics and practices."

"You're saying you don't mind dipping in crimes?"

"Long before Zaka Kingdom was founded, town rulers would go to war with each others, competing for domains to take over."

"Figured."

"Now that we are under one country, one cannot make their enemy yield, rule over them and seize lands through sheer force. This is an age where you fight with material and money."

Lecan understood what Zack was trying to say.

<Business> to Zack is not a contest between stores. It's a struggle between individuals over power and fortune. Where they bite into each other's territories, where the loser has to yield to the rules of the winner. They use force in the unseen parts. It's exactly what makes war war.

Since it's a war that decides on one's survival, naturally spies and assassins would be involved. He would lie and break promises. He'll go on the offense when his enemy shows any sign of weakness and deploy strong individuals. Zack does not think of any of that as a bad thing, not in the slightest.

"Fumu. I get your thinking. But I don't see why you would go out of your way and use your time to tell me your story."

"My enemy employed an unknown mighty adventurer whose capability exceeded that of which I prepared. I wish to employ that adventurer in the next fight. For that reason, I wanted to make it known to him, the fact that I bear no grudge nor hatred whatsoever."

Lecan was completely taken by surprise by his word. But he couldn't detect a lie.

Suppose it costs one coin to employ one force, 100 forces will mean 100 coins.
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In contrast to his enemy who has gone with five forces, he's spent extra to employ 100 forces.

Yet, despite having prepared many tens times the enemy's forces, he came out as the loser.

All because of a foreign element who had slipped in.

As such, he intends to employ that foreign element this time.

That's what Zack is telling him.

"Understood."

"Good to hear that. I had been wanting to talk to you face to face. However, I could not come up with a way to summon you here. Having you taking on Dovor's escort job was truly a windfall for me. I had a hunch already, but you really are a staunch adventurer. A man who weighs his loss and gain."

Lecan understood Zack's line of thinking. But there's an obstacle to Zack hiring Lecan. It's Dovor. Dovor most definitely doesn't think well of Lecan. Lecan himself can't possibly work in peace at a place where Dovor is. Zack must have perceived that. Thus the reason he make Dovor participate here. This is absolutely not a coincidence.

Lecan decided to go for a push.

"Does a man by name of Marakis, have a son."

Marakis was the real name of Eifun, a former coachman of Chaney Company. He's a criminal with the nickname <Coldblooded>, and even though he supposedly had been executed, he somehow survived and snuck in Chaney's Company to leak information.

Dovor's and the butler's faces tightened up. Zack's eyes opened wide ever so slightly, but that was the extent of emotion he showed on the surface.

"That's a name that takes me back. Why would you, someone who came from a faraway country, know that name."

"That's what the person in question called himself."

"Is that so. However, I can assure you that you must have misheard it. Or perhaps, he had the same name by coincidence. The Marakis I know was a faithful right hand of mine. His loyalty was of such zeal that he carelessly laid a finger on those who attempted to harm me. I had no mean to cover for him as there were too many witnesses. These eyes of mine personally saw to that man's execution."

Of course, it's a lie. Not sure what trick he used, but Zack had made sure Marakis escape alive, and sent him to Chaney as Eifun.

"He even got the alias <Coldblooded>. His carelessness must have known no bound."

Zack did not reply to what Lecan said this time.

A weird sense of strain is adrift in the room. In the meanwhile, Eda flipped over the emptied plate and gathered the cake scraps in her hand.

"You haven't answered my question. Does Marakis have a son."

"...He might have."

So Dovor truly is Marakis's son then. Perhaps he agreed to look after Marakis's son to reciprocate Marakis's loyalty, or perhaps Dovor was a hostage to Marakis who had snuck into an enemy's lair. Considering the disposition of this man called Zack, both are most likely mutual shackles. It doesn't really matter.

What can't be taken lightly is the glances Dovor is pouring at Lecan.

This is no trivial matter.

Zack talked to Nike.

"I would have never imagined that <Nike the Comet Cutter> was this young."

"Is that so."

"I heard you're Apothecary Shira's granddaughter, is that true."

"I guess so."

"I have offered Apothecary Shira business opportunity many times over, but I could never get a positive reply from her."

"Apparently so."

"There may come times when we will need your assistance with work. I hope for your cooperation then."

"We'll see about it when that time comes."

Afterward, the talk died down.

"Thanks for treating us with tea and cake. We're leaving."

Lecan stood up, so did Zack.

"Surely we'd meet again."

"Beats me."




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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 300

Chapter 300 Strongest Sage, Back to Capital

 

"Oh and also, there's a talk about creating Rank S right now!"

"Rank S?"

"It's a rank above rank A! It's just a rumor making rounds for now though."

Above rank A huh...
Well, it's got nothing to do with me.

Either way, we probably won't go out of our way to get to rank S unless we've got a reason to.
I'll leave the serious adventuring to the aspiring adventurers from Second Academy.

I accepted the guild card while thinking that.

"I'll be cheering on you guys! Please do your best!"

"Yeah, thanks."

Thus we left the guild.
Now then... Time to go back to the capital.



A few hours later.
We're back at the capital, and are headed to the Second Academy.
On the way there... I heard a voice.

『That [Genesis] and [Eyes of Heavens]... That was Gaias-san right?』

It's Grevil's voice.
Looks like he noticed us and talked to me through comm magic.
Doesn't seem like the girls are included as recipients in the magic.

『You realized huh.』
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『Of course I did. Even in my era, the only one who could use those magic was Gaias-san... So, is the one returning right now... Gaias-san?』

Grevil asked me with a serious tone.
I see. He went and used comm magic to confirm me that huh.

『Nah, it's Mathias... Gaias only got resurrected for six seconds.』

『Six seconds... is it.』

『Yeah. Since nothing left of my previous body, I did the revival through my soul... But resurrecting only my power proved impossible with this body of mine.』

An instability had occurred centered around Crest.
Were my Crest the same as my previous life, the revival could probably work permanently.
My reincarnation would have been meaningless if I got the same crest as my past life though.

『R-revival via a soul!? That's... Wouldn't that kill you?』

『Of course, I would have died if I made even a tiny mistake. Hence the six seconds time limit.』

『You're doing these dangerous stuff again... I believe Mathias-san will be fine, but please take care of yourself more. If you were to die now, this world's mankind will most likely go extinct.』

Extinct huh.
Even after the Mana Fusion Reactor meltdown catastrophe that resulted in a huge decline of civilizations, humanity still survived somehow.

So I feel like they'd probably somehow manage by themselves even if I were to disappear... But even I am not willing to die without reincarnation magic.
I won't be able to fight anymore if that ever happens.

I tell Grevil while thinking that.

『We'll be heading there for now. Pretend that you have no clue about the revival of the past me.』

『I understand... Revival magic goes against common knowledge of magic. It's a good idea to pretend as if revivals through [Broken Stars] never existed.』

『Yeah. Let's go with that.』

The core of revivals that I and Anmorr brothers employed, [Broken Star] is [Supra-natural Art], a fundamentally different thing than magic.
But there's no guarantee that the present world is able to accept that fact.

Propagation of chantless magic is slowly happening in this world right now, the once-lost magic is now usable.
And if revival magic were to come into the picture then... it might give birth to a misunderstanding, [Magic can be used for revival].

Anyone would have someone they would want to revive.
There's a possibility many would go on a fruitless labor researching on it if they were led to believe that.
Hence, it's better to put a zip on the revival things.

I arrived at the Second Academy while thinking.

"First thing first, let's report to Grevil... Also we should not say a word about revival magic."

"Not a word?"

"Yeah. That 『Supra-natural Art』... is an entirely different thing altogether from magic. If the existence of that becomes well known, it will only delay progress of magic development."

"I mean I guess the idea of reviving the dead would make people go crazy..."

I knock on the door to Grevil's room while conversing.





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Okami wa Nemuranai 10.6_7

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Kogurus was a big town. Area-wise, it's about as big or a bit bigger than Vouka. Complete with a rigidly built front gate and solid outer walls.

Gido the coachman had a talk with the guard, then they just let both Lecan's group and the wagons pass without paying tax.

The town's bustling.

With lots of shops around.

The wagon halted after advancing a little.

"Lecan-san. You have accomplished our contract. And with that also your escort duty. Thank you very much."

"Where's this Zaikaz Company?"

"All of it."

"All?"

"All the stores in this town belong to Zaikaz Company."

"Hou."

"Our headquarters are located a bit further in the back. Please follow after us, we will pay your reward there."

"Got it."

Gido drove the wagon off.

They eventually got to an area filled with prosperous-looking houses, the wagon continued inside.

And then they stopped at a mansion that didn't look like it was made to do business at all.

It's no commoner's house. It's built like that of a noble.

Gido showed something to the guard, then they opened the shut gate.

There's a side gate next to the main gate, with traffic of people going in and out. This looks to be quite a busy mansion.

After idling for a while in the waiting room, they were led to the present family head's room.

There, Lecan, Nike and Eda met face to face with Zack Zaikaz.


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"Have a seat. You must be Lecan."

"Correct."

"I'm Zack Zaikaz. Why don't you introduce the other two to me."

Zack is an old gentleman of quite an advanced age, sporting a skinny and bony figure, he's got an aura like that of a bird of prey. An old man with a very distinctive persona.

"The one sitting on my right is Nike, on the left is Eda."

"Fumu. <Nike the Comet Cutter> and <Eda of Thousand Shots> and then, <Overlord Lecan> huh. Dovor."

Dovor is standing to the right behind Zack. He's probably also acting as Zack's bodyguard.

"Sir."

"Quite an entourage you got there as escorts."

"My deepest apologies."

"It's fine. That's how much it's worth this time. And besides, I was just thinking of having a look on Lecan myself."

Dovor replied not with word, instead he put his right hand on his chest and lightly bowed.

"Now then, first an apology is in order. Lecan. Nike. Eda. Our employees, Nozz, Ritz, and Numes had assaulted you in an attempt to steal your valuable equipment. I must apologize for that. Oy."

With Zack's order, a person who appeared to be a butler standing by behind his left put three small bags in front of Lecan, Nike and Eda.

"Each has three gold coins inside. One is your reward for this quest. The second one is an apology for our blunder this time. And the last one is the value of those three's belongings."

Normally, the belongings of those who made an attempt at someone else will fall to those who got attacked by them. Per Dovor's suggestion, they agreed to calculate the share for later this time.

"T-three gold coins."

Eda was in shock.

It's probably the largest sum of money she's ever seen in her life yet. Lecan is not too well versed in the market price, but normal escort jobs probably give one silver coin if meals are included or at most two silver coins. Three gold coins are worth as much as 150 or 300 days of labor.

"I hope we can bring this matter to a close with these. Bring the tea in."

"Sir."

The butler walked toward the door soundlessly and called outside, then four maids entered the room and put some cake and tea before Lecan's group before leaving again.

"Have a sip."

"<Appraisal (Abel)>."

Lecan appraised the tea without warning.

"Now this is a surprise. You can use <Appraisal> huh. And without Preliminary Chant even. Lecan. Just who are you?"

"I am me."

"I see. So did you find out the quality of our tea with <Appraisal>?"

"I see that it's made with a tea leaf called Chimney, but I've no clue about tea quality or anything."

"Hou? Then what did you find with <Appraisal>?"

Lecan took a sip of the tea before giving his answer.

"I found that this had no poison mixed in."

This is practically a declaration straight to Zack's face that he is someone who would serve poison to his guests. Dovor and the butler had a stern look on their face for an instant, but Zack himself reacted differently.

"Fufu. Fufufu. Hahaha. HA HA HA HA."

He giggled at first, but soon couldn't bear it any longer and laughed out loudly.

"Pardon. That was some good laugh. I see. So that's how you're gonna introduce yourself."

Nike is quietly sipping her tea and biting on the cake like she's got no interest in Lecan and Zack's conversation.

Eda has finished her share of cakes, and is now glancing at Lecan's.

"My plans have been overturned because you showed up at Vouka."

Lecan sipped his tea once again without replying to this.

"This Dovor here was working away at a distant land, but I had to call him back to settle the affairs at Vouka. I have been informed on the gist of things, but Lecan, there was nothing about you."

Lecan kept silent.

Eda reached out to Lecan's cake.

"It was you three who undertook the job to escort Chaney Company's wagons to Vantaroy, was it not."

"Yeah."

"You defeated <Bufuz of Crushing Hammer> and <Jiba of Evil Eyes> along the way, and got Bito the Magic Beast User arrested. Those three had had a long association with Zaikaz Company. We lost so many valuable pieces at one fell swoop."

"Sorry about that."

"Fret not. They have committed the crime of raiding wagons, naturally they have to be arrested and face the punishment. I just cannot fathom why would they resort to such folly."

"What a mystery."

"We also heard a piece of info about a certain wandering adventurer escorting Chaney Company's wagon even before that."

"Hou."

"Apparently he was a big man dressed in black, with terrifying swordsmanship and extraordinary out of this world nimbleness."

"Just where did you obtain that information."

"Fumu. You got to pay up one gold coin if you wish to know the answer to that question."

"No need then."

"Fufu. Apparently, the coachman of that wagon, a man called Eifun, was a secret agent from somewhere. His identity was seen through, and he got his right arm cut before getting caught."

"Hou."

"This must have been the doing of that big man in black as well."

"Might be."

"I cannot believe how Chaney would trust an enemy spy to hold an important position for so long. Is he even aware how much of his company's secrets had been leaking out just from that alone."

"Indeed."

"I know not whom this Eifun worked for, but he must have given his all to accomplish the duty given to him by his master. It's a great shame that this has gotten to a point for such a man to have to die."

"He's not dead yet though."

Lecan was fully focusing on Dovor during the whole exchange. Dovor's expression turned stiff and he let out a stabbing killing intent for an instant in the middle of the conversation, but he got his calm look back in the next instant. Yet that was enough to tell Lecan what he wanted to know.

Lecan drank up the little of his tea left.

"Now then, is that all you have to say. We'll excuse ourselves here."

"Now now, hold your horses. There's still some things I need to talk to you about. We'll prepare a refill for your tea."

Lecan looks at the cake dish in front of him. It's empty. Eda has eaten the content.

"Can you make that with the cake too."

"You needn't ask."





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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 17-24

17-24. Indictment

 

※We're going back a bit in time.
Arisa's perspective.


『Looks like I got caught in God Zaikuon's trap for a bit.』

That's not a bit!

I threw a quip in my mind when I heard Master through Familiar Link.

『Okay, we really should be going there.』
『It's fine. I'm not into getting caught in the same trap twice.』
『But--』

Familiar Link got called off while we were still conversing.

『Ah hey! Master! I'm not done talking to you yet, Master!』

I kept shouting, but there was no sound at all coming from Master.
Even though Familiar Link hasn't been severed, it's as if my words are getting blocked by some sort of thin film.

"Arisa."
"Did something happen to Satou?"

Mia and Mito are looking at me with worried expressions.
Right after Master called Aze-tan's name and teleported away, I went and brought Mia with me back to the capital's mansion and joined with Mito who had gone back ahead of us.

Since Liza-san and the girls have gone to a sub-space created specifically for training by Master's Unique Skill, I asked Nana to go fetch them through Solitary Island Palace. She's probably about to join up with them now.

"Master is currently fighting God Zaikuon. He declined when I suggested us going there to help though."

Geez, he's just way too overprotective.

"Mwu."
"Even after reaching level 99, I guess we still look like children prone to danger from Satou's point of view."
"You tell me, wish he would rely on us more."

I sigh together with Mia and Mito.
Well, guess there's no helping it since that's just how Master is.

"Arisa, how about Aze?"
"Master didn't mention anything about Aze-tan, but considering he sounded like his usual self, I believe think she didn't have any major injury or something."

I narrated my conjecture based on Master's voice to Mia who was worrying about Aze-tan.

"Nn, good."

I nodded to Mia who sighed in relief and proceeded to the next preparation.

We moved to Duchess Mito Mitsukuni's mansion and transported out a large airship out of the space created from space magic [Garage] to the mansion's huge yard.
Even though I don't believe the neighboring mansions could see here since the duchess mansion is surrounded by thick hedge-like outer walls, I've put up [Camouflage Field] just in case.

Apparently Master developed this airship as a light aircraft carrier to launch Liza-san and the girls in their Powered Exoskeleton suits with catapults.
I've been pestering Master to make it so my and Mia's Wand Warships, Lulu's Gunboat and Nana's Shield Ship can combine into one, but I'm yet to succeed getting his approval even now.

Wish Master would see the romance in these combinations.

"Arisa, what are you gonna do taking out this big thing here?"

"This is the only ship fitted with an access point to the man-made satellites, you see."

I concisely answered Mito's question.

I'm sure the satellites launched to monitor jellyfish for the elves can also be used to survey the ground.
Since the resolution of those satellites telephoto lenses aren't too good, they can't resolve images of people on the ground well, but it should suffice to find big accidents happening on the ground.

Master has given me this ship when I wanted wide-area searching capabilities without relying on him, this is the time to make use of it.

I mean, even Tina-sama's Drone Golems' search areas are limited to a few cities at most.

"Mia, help."
"On it."

We need Mia's authentication to access the satellites.

"Let me help with something too."
"Unn, Mito, help me check the monitors please."

I can't possibly check all of those by myself.

A vermilion gale blew past as we were about to board the airship.

"Arisa! What about Master?!"

It's Liza-san.

"Emerrgen~?"
"Emergency sortie nanodesu!"
"Arisa, requesting status update."

Tama, Pochi, Nana joined a moment later.
As for the silver members, Zena-san came flying first, followed by Karina who leaped down here with the help of Raka's reinforcement, and Tina-sama on board of a flying golem.

"You're all here, everybody. Master is currently locked in a fight against God Zaikuon."

The looks on everyone's face changed.
There are those who are simply surprised, those trembling in excitement before battle, and those anxious but the majority are concerned about Master's safety.

"There's nothing to worry about. Cuz Master is fine, okay."

The anxiety on everyone's faces thinned a bit after I said that.

"The reason why I called everyone here is to look for any accident happening in the world and deal with it accordingly while Master is busy. Please change to your hidden equipment and get ready to sortie out."

Afterward, everyone rushed toward the locker room.
Nana, Liza and the girls were going to change in the courtyard, but they got scolded by Zena-tan and Sera before getting dragged away.

Since Mia and I have already changed, we head to the light aircraft carrier's bridge ahead of them.

"Anything odd?"
"Nowhere to be seen."

I observe the many images shown on the front main panel while asking Mito who had stayed behind at the bridge.
Unluckily for us, there's a lot of areas covered by clouds.







"Oh no, oh no~"

Tama came out of the shadow below me and pointed outside.
Looks like she jumped here in the middle of changing, she hasn't finished wearing her golden armor.

But, I'll postpone straightening her out for later.
Gotta check out outside first.

"--Public Channel?"

Mito who peered outside first muttered.

Public Channel is a magic tool by the king to send announcements, usually used for new year's greeting, formal greetings and emergency announcements.

"Three dimensional images in the sky?"

What's shown is a deep dark purple figure.
The face is indistinguishable. It looks like a silhouette--.

"That's the demon god."

It's exactly how Master described demon god is like.

I tried to contact Master through Familiar Link to inform him this, but I still couldn't connect to him.

"What is he trying to do showing up now?"
"No clue here."

I turned on the external mic to pick up external sounds.

『My dear people living in this world. I shall now impart upon you the truth.』

Demon god's voice resounded.

"--No way."

Mito's face is turning pale.

"His voice sounds just like Ichirou-nii's."
"Really? But Master sounds higher pitched and clearer though?"

That shota voice is so precious.

"No, I mean--"

『The Seven Pillar Gods bear no love for you. No, they only see you as mere crops or livestocks.』

Mito's voice got drowned in demon god's speech.
I don't get what's bugging her, but that can't possibly be Master anyway, and we need to prioritize in dealing with demon god's scheme now.

『As a proof allow me to show you the folly of gods.』

A screen appeared next to demon god, showing a figure of person emitting yellow lights and Master in his Nanashi form.
Everyone sighed in relief when they saw Master safe. So do I.

『Let me show you the forbidden power!』

Just as the yellow-light figure screamed, the sky inside the screen darkened. It's a solar eclipse.
I looked up at the sky, there was no eclipse. Looks like the eclipse only occurred in the area where Master is due to god Zaikuon's power.
It's a phenomena that completely turned science on its head, but this isn't the time to give retorts on that.

"Geh, what's that thing?"

Shown on the screen, black sludge fell off the black moon that was hiding the sun, and then got caught inside a golden chalice Zaikuon was carrying.

At this point, I thought, "This video must have been tampered" since the sense of distance was just too weird, but the fact that it was not a live broadcast but an edit compiled by demon god never crossed my mind. I only learned that after reuniting with Master.

『The yellow light persona fighting Hero Nanashi is God Zaikuon. The forbidden power he referred to is a combination of Miasma and Divinity, force of destruction that will destroy this world--a power that the Dragon God and I, Demon God, have sealed in the moon. Me being sealed in the moon is nothing more than a fabrication spread by gods. As a proof, I'm here as you can see for yourself.』

While demon god was saying his pieces, god Zaikuon who was covered in black sludge roared toward the sky.
Yellow lights that seemed to be god Zaikuon's familiars were also covered in black sludge, and knocked master down.

My vision turned white from anger and worry.

『Satou-san!』
『Arisa, let's hurry and go to Master's rescue.』
『It's okay~?』
『Clothes.』

Zena-tan and Liza-san were panicking and shouted, but Tama and Mia pointed at the fact that Master's clothes weren't torn, indicating his safety.

I see, he was just pretending to have been done in.

I secretly canceled [Over Boost] which I had inadvertently activated.

『GET WASTEEEEEEEEEEED』

The screen displayed a city somewhere, then a moment later, black balloons-like things floating in the sky burst open assaulting the city.
The city turned into a mountain of rubble in an instant, gardens, laundries, storefronts and merchandises got turned into dust.

『ANNIHILATIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON』

God Zaikuon and his familiars were laughing loudly.

『Gods hand down harsh punishment to those who slight their feelings. Surely you have learned of the destruction of Weasel Empire for violating the gods' taboos. Gods teach not what those taboos are to people and destroy those who violate them with nary an explanation nor leeway. That is how gods do things.』

Images of the destroyed city panned over behind the demon god as he denunciated.
Ruins of people's daily lives and burning broken puppets were shown. It's a cunning direction often used in TV and movies, but I believe it must be immensely effective in this world where the people are not used to media.

"T-that can't be true! Tenion-sama preaches about loves to people!"

Sera, a miko of god Tenion shouted toward demon god.
Priests all over the world probably have done the same.

"I don't see any dead body."

Tina-sama pointed out the fact that there was no dead body on the screen.

"Of course~?"
"It's only natural cuz Master is there nanodesu!"
"Nn, reasonable."

Unn, I think so too.
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『You fools! Stop killing lower people so recklessly!』

We could hear god Zaikuon rebuking his familiars.

『Eh, why~?』
『Why, can't we kill 'em?』
『Is it cuz their lives are important?』
『Is it cuz it's bad?』
『What an obvious question! Why would I care about the lives of lower people!』

God Zaikuon made a declaration when asked by his familiars.

『Senselessly killing those unenlightened masses would lessen divinity harvested from them!!』
『So the important thing is just divinity~?』
『Not the lower people's lives?』
『Of course! Those ignorant masses are nothing but tools to produce our divinity!』
『Tools huh~』
『You don't love 'em huh~』

The conversation between god Zaikuon and his familiars echoed in the sky.

"The way they phrased it sounded weird."
"Yes, it's almost like they were inducing God Zaikuon."

Sera nodded to me.

"But it's strange, why would the gods allow this theatrical by demon god?"

It hit me when Mito said that.
She's right, it's weird.

Why did they allow him do this broadcast that would definitely lower people's faith to them.

"Maybe they're preoccupied on something else?"
"It's obviously because the shifty demon god is hiding from gods' eyes!"

Sera snarled.
She probably had no basis in that, but it's very much possible that demon god is preventing the gods from getting in his way.

『What you heard is how gods truly feel about you. To gods, you are nothing more than objects to harvest faith from.』

The voices in the screen disappeared, replaced by demon god's.

『There must be some among you who are saying, "I don't believe what demon god says", or "It's a false image fabricated by demon god." But try to look back at the annals of history. Was the world at peace before monsters and demons came into existence?』

Demon god made his speech.

『--The answer is nay. The world was full of wars and poverties. All for the sake of gods collecting prayers from people. Falling into despair from profound misery, people's negative emotions turned into miasma that then filled the entire world.』

I'm not sure how much of that is the truth, but I think I've read the first half in books from Lalakie Era Master has.

『The ever increasing miasma violated people, transforming some into grotesque beings. --Demons. I hid those poor souls, and devised a way to collect miasma, so that those tragedies won't repeat. And the living things I managed to complete at the end of my research were monsters. Monsters would gather miasma inside their body, converting it into mana through an organ they posses called magic stone.』

Did he get the idea from some insect-infested rotten forest from somewhere or something?

But the story differs a bit from the one we heard at the Sage Tower back then.
Kind of feels like he's glossing over things to make him look good.

『People would fear the grotesque demons and monsters, and prayed to gods to escape from those fears. Delivering faith, not dissimilar to one caused by war and famine, to gods. Satisfied by prayers they obtained without any labor, gods gave me an order. [Maintain people faith by regularly inflicting fears upon them]. That which came to be the [Seasons of Demon Lords], the very existence of Demon Lords themselves.』

As someone who got turned into a demon lord, I'd like to say, 'Screw that!'

『O people, cast away those false gods. Live your live under the guidance of wise kings without relying on gods. You are not gods' puppets. Now is exactly the time to regain your [Freedom].』

Once demon god was done with his incitement, the screen behind him became active again, showing god Zaikuon and his familiars' voices.

『GUOOOOOOOOOOOOOO』
『『『Destroy Cities!』』』
『『『Destroy Humans!!』』』
『『『Destroy Everything!!!』』』

It's kinda looking bad over there.

『Weren't you saying you wouldn't indiscriminately kill people?』

It's Master's voice.

『Now that I have this mighty power in my grasp, slightly fewer places to collect Divinity pose no problem. These humans will multiply on their own left to their own device anyway.』

Looking closer, you can see tattoo-like things on god Zaikuon's body now.

『...I see. That's it. Humans multiply. Then there is no need to hold back. They may not be as enriching as nymphs, but country-wide amount of lives should serve as a nourishment to strengthen me. I shall destroy outside invaders when I get stronger. No need for deceptions nor trickeries. For I am fit to be the Gods' Top Seat. If I just get stronger.... stronger, even stronger, and for that sake the world must--<<PERISH>>』』

God Zaikuon was wrapped in a jet black aura inside the screen.
Doesn't it kinda look like he's falling to the dark side?

"--Owa"

The screen turned pure white.
Images reappeared moment later, blinding lights and soul-shaking vibrations infringed upon the lands and the skies far and wide. The earth had been gouged greatly, earth and sand were blown upward forming black bulky clouds.
The dark clouds turned into a whirlpool, fiercely raging winds blew away the rubbles on earth.

--What is that?

It's like dozens, no, hundreds time the power of my Mythology Down.

"So this is a god..."
"It appears that we have misjudged gods' powers."

I nod to Liza and the girls.

Perhaps they dispatched some poor quality avatars to pinch on divinity during the Divine Punishment.
They could unleash such an incredible attack with the divinity they got from Purple Towers huh.

『It appears those merciless gods have decided upon your annihilation. For the sake of saving you from ruins, I will bet all the power I hold and resist those evil gods. Do not pray to the seven pillar gods if you do not wish for ruins. Head to towers if you choose to fight alongside me. I shall bestow you my Divine Protections.』

The footage on the screen changed into demon god's purple shield blocking the mighty attack God Zaikuon unleashed toward a city.
It's 100% an act, or rather it's most definitely a made-up footage, but it must look real to the people of this foreign world.

"Arisa, is master safe?"
"Un, I think he's fine."

At the very least, my Familiar Link is still intact.

--Ah.

"My link to master has been reconnected!"

The film-like thing that was obstructing Familiar Link is gone.
My voice should reach Master now.

『Master, it's terrible! Demon god in the sky!』

I shout toward Master.

Judging from the footage earlier, I don't believe it ever got to Master.

『Got it! Be right there!』

Right just as he said that, Master appeared in front of me.

I have no idea what demon god's real objective is, but it's our victory now.




※ Next update is planned for 7/28
I've got to take a break next week since the manuscript for the published version is nearing its deadline.
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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 299


Chapter 299 Strongest Sage, Ranks Up

 

The receptionist turns over the document once again.
Then she starts murmuring.

"Err... Demons are Disaster class aren't they?"

"Yeah. The branch head and receptionist who were here back then said so too."

"Right? I'm sorry, I haven't had much experience in jobs involving Disaster class monsters..."

Then the receptionist turns over the document.

...She must be a newbie.
Thanks to sending all the competent veteran staff to the busy temporary purchasing counters... They've left the newbie here to house sit huh.
While I was thinking that the receptionist suddenly raised her voice.

"C-could it be... You're going to get promoted straight to Rank A!?"

"Probably yeah... Isn't that how it's written on the reference?"

"Y...Yes. And the fact that Mathias-san has defeated many demons is well known to everybody after all..."

The receptionist showed me the [Rank Up Prerequisite Table].

Rank Up Prerequisite Table
To Rank E - Completes 50 Rank F Quests
To Rank D - Completes 200 Rank E Quests
To Rank C - Completes 500 Rank D Quests
To Rank B - Completes 2000 Rank C Quests, or participate in a Disaster class monster subjugation and play an active role in it
To Rank A - Participate in a Disaster class monster subjugation and play a leading role in it

We've cleared the prerequisites for rank D and C with these quests.
Rank B should be cleared as well since we had defeated many demons back when we were at Second Academy.
Rank A should be cleared since we had defeated demons independently.

"It's gotta be Rank A no matter how you look at it! Congratulations!"

The receptionist opened the guild's drawer while shouting that.
She took out something written with [High Rank Promotions].

"Err... It will take eight hours to prepare your cards, is that fine with you?"
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Eight hours huh.
That's quite a long wait.
I'd like to get back to the capital quick and report to Grevil about [Broken Star].

"That long?"

"Yes... Rank A cards are complex, even creating one takes time. And since we need to make four cards, it will take around eight hours..."

The receptionist opened a rectangular box at the guild's back.
Looks like there's a magic tool inside that box.
There must be many procedures in the making of these high-ranking cards to prevent forgeries and stuff.

Guess I'll just ask the capital's guild to make the cards.
Not like we're in a hurry anyway.

The receptionist shouted in surprise while I was thinking.

"Ah! These cards... They've got Mathias-san and his party's names on them! There's ones for Ruli-san, Iris-san and Alma-san too!"

"Ours?"

"Yes! ...And there's a memo! Looks like the branch head-san and the others had anticipated Mathias-san's party rank up and made these in advance!"

...I see.
The branch head and co. had preemptively issued these cards under the assumption that we would clear those quests we took.
We really ought to thank that branch head.

"Which means... Congratulations for the rank up! It's the fastest record of rank A promotion you know!"

The receptionist handed over four guild cards to us.
On top of being gilded... These rank A cards are adorned with fine engravings and ornaments.
Big difference from our old student IDs we had been using in place of guild cards.

"These cards are extravagant indeed..."

"Rank A means becoming adventurers that represent their country... It also has to be foolproof against forgeries, so of course it's gotta be extravagant!  Normally it takes 20 years to get to this point just so you know!"

20 years huh...
If you started out when you're 18, you'd be 38 by then.

Even forgetting the numbers of quests needed, the time it takes to clear the Disaster class condition could very well be that long.
But...

"I feel like many Second Academy students will reach that point."

Right now those students are getting lectured on chantless magic.
They must be getting better each day with the efforts of Second Academy instructors.

Which means subjugating a Disaster class monster with a group of few should be doable to them before long.

"You're exactly right! Several of the higher ranked ones among Second Academy students are already at Rank C... They're breaking the guild records left and right with Mathias-san leading the pack!"

Figured as much.
...This country can't hold their own against demons if they can't do that much at least.

Years later down the line, there may come an era where graduates of Second Academy getting to Rank B and A.
And in the meanwhile, chantless magic should begin spreading among common adventurers.
Would be nice if that's the case.





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Okami wa Nemuranai 10.5

5



"My oh my, I was completely clueless to the fact that Lecan-san is the first conqueror of Golbul Dungeon."

Dovor had undergone a 180 degree change compared to yesterday as he affably talked to Lecan with all smiles.

They're at the entrance to a mountain path off the beaten roads. The group is currently taking a break now.

"But you must have some dependable companions with you, don't you. Did Nike-san accompany you in your conquest?"

"Naw, I wasn't with him then."

"Hou. Which means, you have other companions, where would they be now?"

That he just nonchalantly removed Eda out of the realm of possibility might be rude, but he's exactly correct.

"Who knows."

Lecan has an idea about the reason for Dovor's sudden shift in attitude.

Lecan obtained a certain information during the get-together yesterday. There were records of Bufuz the <Crushing Hammer> diving into Golbul Dungeon. He hunted a huge amount of Wrinkle Man on floor 21, and Creeping Ivy Trees on floor 22. Those are some tough magic beasts, one has to posses incredible fighting prowess to hunt them so readily.

Bufuz attacked Chaney Company's wagon Lecan was escorting to Vantaroy. According to Chaney's information, the raid must have been instigated by Zaikaz Company.

Lecan had a hunch.

(Zaikaz Company got in contact with Bufuz at the dungeon city.)

Hiring an adventurer capable of diving deep in dungeons requires a huge amount of money. However, those same talents are also a necessity in other facades. Especially for merchants who dabble in dirty works for enormous gains, there will be many facades where their skills are needed.

The reason why Dovor believes that Lecan has companions and want to know about them is most likely because he wants to form a tie with skilled adventurers who can be of use when the time calls for one.

Dovor is very good at faking smiles. Lecan would have surely thought of him as a good person were he saw this side first.

Suddenly, it hit upon Lecan whom Dovor is similar to.

But then, if that's really true, why would he act cordially to Lecan.

Would someone in the position of a temporary branch head of Zaikaz Company's Vouka branch not know that tidbit.

"By the way, Lecan-san. Zaikaz Company may have withdrawn from Vouka Town, but of course that doesn't mean that any connection we have with the town has been cut off. Many business there have great relationship with us. I believe there may come times when we will ask you for another job through those. We hope for your continued patronage in the future."

"Yeah."

Since Lecan is a Golbul Dungeon Conqueror, his fighting prowess is authentic. He must be thinking that he could use Lecan as a potent pawn when the time comes.

Everyone surrounded the same campfire on this day. Dovor even treated all of them to meals. Dovor also instructed all six to participate in the night watch.

"Eda-san. The skill you showed to finish off that Spider Monkey (Lind) was awesome."

"So that's the rumored Magic Bow huh."

"Sorry but couldcha let me take a look at that magic bow for future reference."

Nozz, Ritz and Numes were asking to be shown <Bow of Isya> that night.

At first Eda refused, but she got carried away by Nozz's flatteries and took the magic bow out of storage.

"Eda-chan. <Bow of Isya> is a property of Lecan. You're only borrowing it from him. You've got to ask Lecan's permission first if you want to show the bow to others."

"Eh? Ah, oh yeah. My bad, Nozz. Go ask Lecan for permission."
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"Eh?"

Nozz's villainous face shifted to a dumb-looking one. Ritz and Numes were also at a loss for words.

"E-err, so uh hey."

Nozz attempts to speak to Lecan. Lecan puts bloodthirst in his right eye.

"N-nah. It's nuthin'."

He gave up. Lecan hasn't demonstrated his fighting prowess to these bunch yet. But they're not thickheaded enough to miss the intense pressure coming from Lecan and most importantly, they've begun fearing him after knowing about him being a Dungeon Conqueror.

The next day, they camped in the mountain at night. The trip is going well, hence this will be the last night.

This day, the three night shifts were done in pairs, Nike and Numes, Lecan and Eda, Nozz and Ritz. At first Nozz suggested him be paired with Eda, but Lecan rejected the idea.

That day Nozz and his gangs excessively came into contacts with Lecan and co. all while keeping profile so low you could call it servile, they would continually flatter and praise Lecan and co. all day.

And sure enough, Nozz and Numes crept over when Lecan was pretending to be fast asleep. Ritz was coming for Nike.

Lecan nonchalantly blocked the down-swung daggers with his <Overking Bear> overcoat.

And just as the daggers got flicked away, he grabbed his two assailants' arms.

"<Bright Light (Teraparm)>"

As Lecan recited the spell, the surroundings got filled in a bright light.

Looking at Nike, Ritz is staying still like a statue while still in the pose of swinging a dagger in his hand down. It's <Petrification (Gast)> magic.

Lecan appraised the daggers. They've been lacquered in poison as expected. <Flat White Snake (Urasurin)> poison.

"Dovor, wake up."

Lecan called him, yet Dovor wouldn't open his eyes. Of course, Dovor is awake. A question popped up, why did Dovor who was trying to form a connection with Lecan not stop Ritz, but he probably thought that if Lecan were to die, he would get his hands on unimaginable treasures inside Lecan's <Storage>. With no idea that only Lecan is able take things out of his <Storage>. Or maybe he wanted to see how Lecan and co. would deal with Nozz and his gang's attack. Either way, it's an extremely unpleasant way of doing things.

Lecan grabbed Nozz by his neck and put his face in the campfire.

Nozz let out a fierce scream as if this world had ended.

"Keep it quiet please."

Dovor gave up pretending to be asleep.

"Nozz, Ritz and Numes attacked me and Nike with poisoned daggers. Mind if they die?"

Dovor surveyed the surroundings without answering Lecan.

"Bright Light magic is it. Simply splendid. Lecan-san. So you can use magic."

Dovor knew that it was Lecan who recited the spell. This is also an admission of him being awake, but he probably won't acknowledge it.

(I see. This guy wanted to ascertain my ability.)

You can call it his nature as an assassin.

Once an assassin has caught sight of a tough opponent, they would go out of their way to find out their traits and weaknesses even if they're not to be their target. Of course he probably didn't have even a shred of confidence in Nozz succeeding in the attempt.

"It cannot be helped. Kill them."

Killing Nozz and his gang without first getting permission from Dovor would have afforded him a reason to censure Lecan. He might even be accused of crime.

Lecan might find a way to blame Dovor as their employer were he spare Nozz and his gang's lives. But that would take time and effort.

Lecan disliked either. Since it's bothersome.

By dawn, Nozz, Ritz and Numes had their lives taken by their own poisoned daggers. Eda who couldn't understand the situation made a bit of racket.

The party departed before magic beasts gathered.





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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 298


Chapter 298 Strongest Sage, Learns Way to Distinguish Impostors

 

"...There are?"

"Yes. I think there were several of them already... The more famous an adventurer, the more people will try to impersonate as them. They got exposed quick though. And Mathias-san is especially popular among those individuals."

"Popular...?"

"Since you don't show yourself much in public, not many people are familiar with your face. I think there were already around five known impostors... It's okay though since all of them have probably been found out already."

I see...
I'm a Rank E adventurer, yet some will still try to impersonate me.

Well, guess it's not a problem if they're exposed already.

"By the way how do you distinguish those impostors?"

"Err... All of those impostors are ordinary persons, so we know at once!"

"...Ordinary persons?"

"Yes! They avoid taking on dangerous quests, worry about money problem and such... The point is, they're just common men! Second Academy's principal has also sent a directive, [If anyone with common-sense shows up claiming to be Mathias, that person is an impostor]."

...Anyone with common sense, an impostor...?
I don't get what does that even mean.
Can you even pick apart those shams with that?

As I was thinking that, Ruli and Alma whispered in earnest.

"Wow that's pretty clever..."

"...In the first place, the real one wouldn't have been caught and got interrogated anyway..."

Looks like the two are in agreement with the method.
I thought this party had come to one understanding... but a divide in opinions had been born in unexpected parts it seems.

"...The real one is also someone with common sense, you know?"

"I thought the same until just now myself... I was wondering if they had caught the real Mathias-san by mistake..."
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"Yeah. Your worries are warranted."

"No, I was wrong... No ordinary person would beat 700 monsters in one day and bring all the subjugation proof parts with them. Besides... Just look at these parts!"

The receptionist took a subjugation proof part--a horn of a monster of some sort.
I've sliced the horn clean to compact our luggage.
Normally I'd have cut it more roughly... but we had a strict requirement for our load this time.

"What about those? ...Since we're carrying a lot with us, it's only natural to cut them as small as possible right?"

"Err, the size itself is weird for sure... but just please look at these cross-sections! These couldn't have been done by a human!"

The receptionist said that while showing the horn's cross-sections.
...I sliced this horn with a sword Ruli made.

Swords made by Ruli are on a different level of sharpness compared to common swords.
Hence, you can make real clean cross-sections if you're skilled at it.
The receptionist must be referring to that.

Well, whatever.
This is actually mostly thanks to the weapon than my skill... but it doesn't seem like she'd get it even if I explain that anyway.
Let's just get on with the quest report.

"...Can that horn be used as a subjugation proof part?"

"O-of course it could! It's the very bestest kind of proof part!"

Looks like we don't have to worry about it getting rejected then.
Lucky us, would be bothersome if they mistook it for monsters killed by [Genesis].

"Okay then. Then please proceed with the report."

"I...I understand! I'll put them in the storage as I count so please put them on the counter one by one!"

"Yeah."

I gradually stack subjugation proof parts on the counter.
The receptionist wrote and counted everything before stuffing them in boxes.

The work continued for a while...

"This is the last one... Is it enough for the quests?"

An hour later, all the parts were finally done counted.

The problem is number.
I didn't count how much monsters I defeated.
Rather... I couldn't since a [Warmonger] participated in the battle.

Would be nice if it's enough.
The receptionist spoke while I was thinking.

"I've finished counting the total! It's 320 Rank E monsters, and 862 Rank D monsters... The reward will be 204,400 elmi, you've cleared the requirement for Rank Up to Rank C!"

...Seemed it sufficed.
Now I can safely rank up.

"Err... Please wait a moment. Just how far up the rank will this go...?"




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Okami wa Nemuranai 10.4

4



They arrived at Golbul on the second day.

"Head to <White Pavilion>."

"Got it."

Dovor looked slightly bewildered when Lecan didn't ask for its location.

Of course Lecan knows <White Pavilion>. It's the highest class inn in this Dungeon City, the place where Lecan stayed when he was here.

"O-oy. It's the <Overlord in Black>."

"Y-you're right. Overlord-sama has graced us with his presence once again."

"So that's a Dungeon Conqueror. That's one hella expression and crazy body he got."

There were people who pointed at and gossiped about Lecan on the way, but none dared to approach nor talk to him.

"Welcome."

Lecan nodded as a reply to the doorkeeper and led the way into <White Pavilion>. He then observed Dovor walking toward the receptionist while scanning the surroundings vigilantly. Nozz follows behind him. Nike and Eda are watching the wagons together with Ritz and Numes outside. Gido is on the coachman's seat.

"Welcome to our humble abode, Dovor-sama."

The one who's doing the greeting is the manager of <White Pavilion>, Lecan knows the man.

"We'll be staying here. Put me in the same room as Gido our coachman. We'll be carrying our luggage in, so please prepare a spacious and safe room."

"With pleasure."

"My subordinates will bring in our luggage, please tell where the room is to the ones near our wagons outside."

"With pleasure."

"There will be three of my personal bodyguards. Put them in a room close to mine."

"With pleasure."

"We'll be eating dinner inside our own rooms. We'll depart by dawn tomorrow. Prepare takeout for two."

"With pleasure."

"There are three temporary escorts. They will consult to you about their rooms and meals themselves."

"With pleasure."
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"These temporary escorts will pay for their own expense."

"With pleasure."

After concluding that there was no more additional order, the manager called his employee.

"Jumu. Lead Dovor-sama to his room."

"Yes. Dovor-sama, if you would please."

Dovor stopped in front of Lecan.

"Lecan-san. You're dismissed of your escort duty until we depart. We're leaving by dawn tomorrow."

"Got it."

"However, you must not stay at any other place than this inn."

"Got it."

"Would be nice if the room met your standard, wouldn't it."

After saying that, Dovor headed toward his room while faintly sneering and walking like some nobleman would.

This inn is expensive.

It's hopelessly out of reach for adventurers who do escort jobs just to put food on the table. Perhaps, Dovor is expecting Lecan and co. to come crying to him and ask to cover their expense.

Once Dovor left, Lecan turned toward the manager.

"Welcome to our humble abode, Lecan-sama."

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

"It would be our honor to."

The manager put his right hand on his chest and bowed deeply to Lecan.

Lecan was perplexed for an instant at this treatment. But thinking again, of course the fact that Lecan is a Golbul Dungeon Conqueror must be known to him. Those who cannot get hold of such little information can't possibly run a high-class inn in a dungeon city.

"I'll take the same room as before. My companions, Nike and Eda are both women. Rooms near mine would be good."

"Our pleasure. But if I might be so bold."

"Hum?"

"A certain gentleman would like to provide rooms for Lecan-sama and his companions as a celebration for the first Conqueror of Golbul Dungeon, would that be satisfactory to you?"

"Hou. Sure."

"Thank you very much. Please excuse me, but all expense is to be a token of congratulations from that gentleman."

"Got it. You have my thanks."

"I'm unworthy of such words."

Afterward, the manager nonchalantly spoke about how Zaikaz Company was a top customer of <White Pavilion> and that they had a contract for several years of lodgings for cheaper. By becoming a regular customer of this high-class inn, they intend to show off the nobles around here of their level.

Lecan couldn't get a good sleep this night. Doug the commander of Security Guards came over. As well as the lord's eldest son, knight Tomaj Douga and his two aides. Tomaj incessantly invited Lecan to the lord's mansion, but Lecan declined since he was still on the job. In that case, allow me to entertain you at <White Pavilion>'s dining room, offered Tomaj.

As they had some drink together, Lecan found that Tomaj was not a bad person. He's someone quite hearty and tolerant, very much a good-natured man. Despite his headlong impulsive personality, he might be a good lord if he were blessed with good aides.

Looking from his angle, Golbul isn't that bad of a town as Chaney had told him. However, Chaney has his own position and perspective to look from. From his point of view, this town is terrible. Chaney must have experienced enough to form that opinion, and that will persist in the future.

However, it's not the case for Lecan.

Lecan has no reason to hold the same sense of value as Chaney. The face this town shows to Lecan differs from that's shown to Chaney.

That said though, Lecan has no intention to stay long in this town. Comfort-wise, Vouka Town is still far better.

In the end, Lecan's inn expense was paid by the lord as a show of hospitality. The dungeon went into hibernation for seven days after he defeated the dungeon master, but the news about an advent of a conqueror has prompted many skilled adventurers to come over to this city, as such it's currently enjoying an unprecedented boon.

Eda went to bed early. Nike also went back to her room after having enough. Lecan was made to accompany the guests till late at night.





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