Status Update

Well, I’m pretty busy nowadays. I’m working on an internship and pretty soon, will be trying to finish up my thesis.

However, I plan to continue this in the future. Rather, I want to rewrite it from the very beginning to fix some things here and there.

I also got RPGMaker MV so there’s that too.


Origin Story: Order of the Seven Nights

[A/N: As I said, I will be writing this as part of my finals in one of my subjects as well. Two birds with one stone. :D]

Claravall, John Enri

A regal carriage of high quality wood, lined with silver on its joints, was being pulled off the beaten path by two horses with a breed comparable to large war horses. Even if it weren’t for the mud that sullied the surface, that also covered the emblem adorning the side of the carriage, one can easily tell that it was owned by a person or high standing, or perhaps of a high material need.

The driver of the carriage was the only person seen outside. They were garbed in leather armor, with few metal pieces of armor covering the vital parts. A cloak and hood draped over them, hiding their face.

“How irksome.”

Inside the carriage was a rotund man, wearing a regal red attire. On his chest was an emblem, the same with the one emblazoned on the outside of the carriage. Each of his fingers were adorned with a gold ring, each with a large jewel on it. His face showed clear irritation at the discomfort of the current journey.

“Is this person even real? This is just a waste of time.”

Though, despite his irate attitude, beads of sweat trickled down his round face. The violent shaking of the carriage hid the trembling of his fingers. There was a reason he had agreed to this plan in the first place.


“We have no other choice.”

Beside him was the head of his council, or rather, the only one left. A wise old man who had been the head councilor for three generations now. Just as he was going to retire, such a thing occurred.

Was it the insurrection or the invasion?

As if fitting into the stereotype, the current duke ruled quite horridly. It was not a surprise that a rebellion would take place. At the same time, an invasion from the neighboring country occurred. The old man guessed the insurrection was supported by this country as well. If only this noble did not do such foolish things. Taxes were raised yet the conditions of the citizens worsened. If there was one thing to sum it up, the current duke was full of greed and lust.

As he thought that, the old man turned to the woman in front of him.

She was a breath of fresh air on this journey. Long silver hair that was captivating, a sign of high magical potential. Red eyes that unintentionally added allure. Just a simple eye contact was often enough to leave one breathless. A fairly pale complexion that added a sense of fragility.

She was already the third wife. Her current husband was one to exercise their power to obtained anything and anyone he desired. She was the daughter of an earl that was pressured into an arranged marriage.

She still wore her wedding dress, as they had just escaped from the already crumbling territory. To think it would occur as they were doing their vows. She spoke nothing as she stared outside. One might wonder if she wished the chaos occurred before she had been tied to this… this creature that was supposedly her husband.

It wasn’t as if they were the only ones that escaped. The first and second wives, along with their children were able to escape as well. The old man arranged for it. However, they were going through this path because this stubborn noble refused to let things be and wanted to take back the territory. So here they are, following rumors, myths and legends. Whether it was true or night, they sought the help of the Order of the Seven Nights.

After a while, the carriage stopped. The old man and the noble heaved sighs of relief. The driver could be heard alighting outside and the carriage door was opened. What they saw was the end of the barely visible path they had taken. It was a strange sight but it did coincide with the rumors.

In front of them were rectangular blocks buried on the ground and arranged into a circular pattern. There were six pillars that lined the outer circumference of the circle. If one were to connect them all, they would be able to form a six-sided star.

“Now what?”

The noble asked, though now that the carriage had stopped, the trembling in his voice was a bit more obvious. It was coupled with impatience and the worry that all of this was for naught.

“Place the gold pouch at the center as we stand on the platform.”

The noble sighed and nodded. Though greedy, he had agreed to that course of action. It was because this was no ordinary driver, but a personal bodyguard. He was a skilled person capable of gathering information. He was the key reason they were able to escape in the first place. He was not by any means an honorable person. His services always went to the highest bidder.

After stepping on the platform, the pouch that contained a hefty amount of gold coins was placed in the middle. The noble was ready to voice his dissatisfaction at the waste of money but before he could do so, the area around them was engulfed in a bright light. As the light faded, they saw the clear sky above them and clouds around them.

The driver walked towards the edge of the platform and carefully peered down. Fighting the sudden weakness in his knees, he stepped back and took in a deep breath. Noticing a path connected to the platform, his eyes followed where it led to.

As the rumors, myths and legends had foretold, he saw the fortress in the sky, Arkwyrsigel. A towering and impregnable fortress. Walls as high as one can strain their neck. Archers lined the top of those walls. Several towers can be seen, each with a ballista stationed on it. If this were instead on the land below them, it would already take a considerable force to even stand a chance of breaching its defenses. But it was above the clouds. It was even said to be capable of moving between one place to another.

Rumor has it that during the attempted siege of Idia, the castle itself went and landed on the enemy forces. Those were just rumors, of course. Anyone that saw a sight would think they have gone insane. There were no surviving enemy forces either. Even the court mages were unable to peer and use clairvoyance magic. It was as if the castle itself was protected against such things.

“Let’s go.”

The driver beckoned to the three that were still in a bit of a shock. At least, the two of them were. The woman seemed to have no expression on her face. At the end of the path, huge metal gates opened, as if to welcome them inside.


The noble muttered under his breath as they had walked inside. It was almost inaudible. Almost. The old man heard it and he almost wanted to told off the foolish noble. Anthros, or demihumans, were a variety of races. From elves, to dwarves, to those with mixed animal traits with them. The term in itself was derogatory.

They were mostly considered to be lower beings by most higher ups, especially those with an ideology that humans are superior. Demihumans in the territory were mostly treated as slaves, and as objects.

The old man’s eye twitched a bit when he saw the noble’s look of disgust slowly turned into something malicious. Curious, he took a look around them as they walked along the path to the inner sanctum of the mythical castle. The demihumans were all female. Nearest them were troops of feline women. Behind them, lines troops of vulpine women. Along the walls were female elven archers.

However, the air they had around them were by no means inferior. They were each garbed with high quality outfits and armors. They were given weapons to fit their roles and were by no means subpar. Demihumans were often sent to the battlefield as meat shields or with the purpose of being left behind to slow down enemy troops. But this group was different.


Eyes that focused on the new visitors, armor that was battle damaged, showing off the experience in battle, and stances that were relaxed but void of openings. Even the driver felt like he would not be able to win against any one of them.

“Rumor has it,” he started to talk to ease his companions. “One member of this guild is equivalent to a hundred royal guard soldiers.”

The old man gulped upon hearing that. The royal guard were known to be the elite of the elite. They were trained to protect the king of the land at all costs. Each were deemed an army of one on their own. A hundred of those equivalent is… insane.

“Welcome, travelers.”

Waiting for them at the end of that path was a vulpine woman who had an aura about her beyond that of the demihumans they have come across so far. She had pure white hair and red eyes. Her allure was furthered by fluffy ears on top of her head. She wore a blue garb, similar to the regal outfits of those from the east. Her thighs and cleavage were given a generous amount of exposure, especially more so as she had bowed.

While the third wife remained expressionless, the others had already frozen in their spot. Only when she snapped her fingers did they snap back to reality. That gesture was not for them, however, and it was for those around them that bowed the same and went off to their own devices. The elven archers, however, remained vigilant.

“Follow me.”

They were led through the grounds and into the heart of the fortress. The old man could not help but be in awe. This place seemed to rival, no, it was leagues higher than the royal palace.

The driver’s attention flew elsewhere when they had passed the training grounds. Curious, he took a look at the fighting style of the demihumans. The feline women seemed to lean more on quick and melee combat. The troops were just about to begin. They paired off with each other and bowed before they began. The moment they did, he could not believe his eyes. No, his eyes could barely follow their movements in the first place. One hit already meant a loss for the receiving person. If they were using real weapons, that one hit already decided the difference between life and death, after all.

The noble stared at one thing during the whole time, the vulpine woman that led them.

After a while, they were led into a small office. The old man was expecting something like a throne room but it was more like a chamber for council. A large oval table surrounded by chairs. At the seat of honor was a young man. He had black hair and blue eyes. He leaned back on the chair as he had his feet up the table. He wore a similar leather outfit to those members outside, except his was in black and was trimmed with silver. The mysterious guild master fiddled with gold coins that came from a pouch on the table. It was the same pouch they had used in the beginning.

“Good work, Mio.”
“Thank you, Master.”

The vulpine woman who was now known to be named Mio, bowed and left the visitors. The gaze of the noble followed her until she had left.

“Take a seat.”

Upon being told so, they each took their seats. The noble seating himself opposite the man. The old man was to his right, with the wife to the left. The driver stood behind the noble. He was still employed, after all.

“I can pretty much tell what you’re here for,” the guild master said as he played with the gold coins that he arranged into a pile on the table. “So which is it? Protection as you start new lives? Or…”

He tossed a coin into the air and caught it nimbly without even looking at it. “…the more expensive option?”

That was, of course, to take back the territory. That notion in itself was absurd. But then again, have they not gone beyond the realm of common sense by now?

Upon the offer of taking back the territory, the noble seemed to have regained his senses. The old man was actually worried that this noble would suddenly want to obtain the woman from before.

“How much would it take to take it all back?” The noble’s voice trembled for a bit as he asked.

“There are various ways and the price is set for each.”

The young man placed a gold coin on the table. “Let this represent a thousand platinum coins.”

The driver and the old man gulped. A platinum coin was worth a thousand gold coins. It was enough for a man in his early twenties to live well until he retired at an old age. A thousand of that is equivalent to the coffers of a country.

“I can send in my guerrilla unit of a hundred to take them down from the inside,” he said placing a gold coin on the table.

“I can send my sniper unit of a hundred to take them out from afar,” he placed a gold coin beside the first one.

“I can send my mage unit of a hundred to bombard the place,” he placed another gold coin beside the first two. “But nothing might be left so it might be a problem.”

A hundred of those units which were each equivalent to a hundred royal guards that were each an army of one by themselves. The magnitude of this scale was difficult to comprehend.

The noble was about to complain about the unreasonable price. Only now did he comprehend the absurdity of such a price. However, the man took out more gold coins from the pile.

“I can send my three generals to take back the country with as minimal damage as possible,” he said and piled six gold coins on the table. Three generals were priced double than the entire units combined. That means that each general was twice as strong as a hundred of the unit they handled. That in itself sent a shiver down the spine of the driver.

“You’ve already met one of them a while ago.”

That vulpine woman was a general. The old man broke in cold sweat. What if the noble had done something foolish? Would have they been killed on the spot?

“Or,” he said as he piled twenty gold coins on the table. “I take back the territory myself and make sure the country prospers beyond how it is now.”

Himself. The man said he would take care of it himself. And yet the price was double than the previous offers combined. The absurdity of the offer made one guess if this was but a scam. Twenty gold coins that represented twenty thousand platinum coins. That would be rivaling the coffers of the kingdom itself.

“Impossible. No. That’s insane. How can one man take down an entire country by himself?!”

“I took down yours, didn’t I?”

The atmosphere became heavy upon those words. The young man took out a scroll from under the table.

“Nothing personal. It is business. My services are not biased. As long as you can pay, of course.”

“W-who?! Who was it? Who did this?!”

“Unfortunately, it is unprofessional to reveal my contract partner. But you know… a person’s head can be settled with a price as well.”

The noble trembled. His eyes looked at the pile of gold coins on the table and what they represent. He was being hinted that he can not only take back his country but also get his revenge. But at what cost?

“H-how much?” He said in a hesitating voice.

The young man pushed all the arranged coins back into the pile and took a single gold coin. He then tossed that coin in the air but at an arc. It landed in front of the noble’s wife.

“Her. I want her.”

The noble clenched his fist and trembled. Things got more and more absurd. While bound by his anger, he was also bound by greed and lust as well. His greed was a bit sated, as he didn’t seem to have to pay any monetary amount. However, in exchange was his newly wedded wife. A beautiful woman that he had yet to touch even. It infuriated him.


He schemed a bit. He conceded his wife to this young man. The woman remained expressionless as she looked towards the man that had gave her away before looking at the young man that she was given to.

The young man took a scroll from under the table and tossed it towards the other party. It stated that he, Reiku, would take the country back by himself and make it prosperous. He would also enact revenge against the ones that plotted for it in the first place. In exchange was ownership of the noble’s wife, Tisiphone.

Strange how it mentioned names that were never discussed in the first place. Along it was a quill ready to be used. As the noble was signing his name, he felt a slight pain on his wrist. There was no wound, but he noticed that the ink was of a red hue. He took note of the young man’s name and vowed never to forget it.

After it was signed, the contract rolled up and was sealed with an insignia that could only be assumed to be that of the guild’s. It moved on its own towards Tisiphone. She looked at it before looking at Reiku, to which he responded with a nod to beckon her to come over. She then took the contract and lowered her head as she stood up from her seat. She then went over to his side and offered the scroll but he did not take it.

“You may leave. I shall handle this affair accordingly. Mio.”

Upon calling for the vulpine woman, she entered the room and bowed, captivating once more the sights of the men.

“This way, gentlemen.”

Obviously, Tisiphone was to be left behind. The three men had no choice but to follow the woman’s lead. The noble remained silent. He was nervous but also frustrated. Looking at the behind of Mio that was leading them added to that. His wife was now owned by another person. He wondered if he was truly insane for going along all of this.

Meanwhile, the old man was nervous as well, but only because he could see the expression the noble was making. He had an ominous feeling that something terrible would occur.

Upon being led back to the platform, as it had to be activated differently, Mio had informed them that she will bring them back before going back herself. The driver assumed that it was of a magical nature and did not ask for any more. The noble himself, though, seemed to be relieved.

After the platform activated, they were once more greeted with the scenery that they left. The carriage was still there, empty, of course, as they had left it.

Suddenly the noble reached into his pockets and threw a vial at Mio. It shattered immediately. By instinct, the driver had pushed the old man back and covered his nose. It was a solution that was highly efficient at robbing one of consciousness.

“What have you done?!”

Realizing this, the old man shouted as Mio slumped onto the platform. The driver looked around, nervous, as if at any time they would end up dead.

“You bumbling fool!”

“Shut up old man! You, carry her to the carriage.”

However, the driver refused and shook his head.

“I’m not going to be involved with this any further.”

“You’re supposed to be a high ranking adventurer, are you not?”

“I am. I’ve survived all this time because I pick the best strategy for survival. Going against that man, no, that monster, is the complete opposite.”

During the time of the discussion, the driver had been eyeing the young man called Reiku. He seemed lax but there was an overwhelming feeling that he could not placed a finger on. Perhaps it was because he could not gauge this man’s strength. He concluded that it was beyond his own comprehension and left it at that.


Annoyed, the noble tried desperately to carry Mio by himself. The feeling of her limp body in his arms just made him excited and devoid him of all reason. It was his plotted revenge for being deprived of his wife. In turn, he himself would gain the more alluring and attractive woman. He already planned to turn her into a slave, using a collar imbued with magic and geass to restrain her.

Though he fumbled a bit, he managed to carry her into the carriage. He could not wait and immediately went in to close the door.

“T-that fool. May the gods have mercy on our soul.”

As the old man muttered such, the platform glowed. Petrified by fear, the two men froze and awaited their fate. Instead, what greeted them was the smiling expression of Tisiphone, still holding the contract. It was unusual for the woman to portray any sort of emotion on her face and the two were thus further crept out.

“I have come to pick up Mistress Mio,” she said with a bow.

At this time, the carriage door was blasted open by an explosive magic. Slowly, with an exposed leg first, Mio alighted from the carriage covered in blood. She exuded an overwhelmingly dangerous aura yet the blood that wet her clothes further accentuated her alluring figure.

“To be touched by a filthy creature, how disgusting. Surely, Master would reward me for this job.”

Her lips formed into a grin mixed with a thirst as she thought of her master, the young man and leader of the guild. She had an intoxicated expression as she let her imagination go wild, her cheeks further turning red despite the blood. She placed her hands on her cheeks and giggled as she turned from side to side.

“Fufufu~ I will have Master embrace me tonight~”

She walked passed the two men and onto the platform where Tisiphone stood waiting and smiling.

The inside of the carriage was covered in blood and the noble was nowhere to be seen. Although his fate could already be determined. Terrifying, was what the two men thought. The driver could not help but leak himself.

“I have taken the liberty to dissolve that disgusting pig. Ah, but I made sure his perception of time was slow enough so he’d probably experience the last few seconds of his life as an entire excruciatingly painful year.”

After Mio bowed, the platform glowed and the two women were no longer seen.

After getting back to the fortress, Mio decided to head to the bath. Tisiphone knew where she was to go. She made her way towards Reiku’s personal chambers. The members that saw paid her no mind. After all, they already knew who she was.

Upon reaching the door, she took it upon herself to knock.

“Come in.”

She opened the door and bowed her head. She then handed over the scroll that was the contract.

“This contract states that you are to be mine and that I am to enact my judgment on that which had first hired me to take down your country.”

“Yes. You may do anything you want with my body as you wish, Master. You may kill me if you wish.”

“Are you satisfied with that?”

“Knowing that pig suffered is enough for me.”

“I will ask you again. Are you satisfied with that?”

Her lips trembled.

He opened the previous contract that started it all. The inciting of the rebellion. The invasion of the neighboring country. The downfall of the noble family. Even the deaths of some of the nobles were there.

The contract was signed by none other that Tisiphone herself.

“P-please… allow me to serve you with my life. Please embrace me once more. Once more, just like that night.”

It was during the time when he was visiting the small country. It was of course for his own pleasures. For him, there was always the request for information. That was how he made a living. He had no allies or enemies in the war between humans and their countries. He was but someone that provided services for the right fee.

Of course, that didn’t stop him from engaging in his own pleasures every now and then. If it wasn’t apparent already by the fact that his units were all female. However, that is for another story.

Moving on, it was this time that he was gathering information about the politics of the country. He never really likes these things. It was almost always the same thing. Faction against faction. But in these times, information was very valuable.

It was at that time that he caught of the news that the duke were to marry his third wife. He decided to investigate.

During one night, he entered her room with barely a sound. When she had seen him, she did not scream. She barely reacted.

“Are you here to kill me? Please do it swiftly.”

As he figured, there were those that were against the noble that would want such. Whether it was to thin the bloodline or cause some strife, it didn’t matter. It might not even be a surprise for him if the father of this woman would hire an assassin just to save his daughter from such a fate.

“I’m here because I’m curious.”

“Do you know who I am?”

“Of course. Your house was pressured into this wedding, correct? Did you know it’s easy for the higher ups to manipulate things to threaten your family? Ah, of course you do. You’re a smart woman, after all.”

She smiled, albeit sadly.

“If you were an assassin, I would have welcomed you more.”

“Ah, but I am, among other things. But you know, even if I were hired to kill you, would that not be a waste?”


“I have an offer that you are unlikely to refuse.”

To take down this country. To remove all influences of the corrupt noble faction. To kill the noble that pressured her house. To ensure the safety of her family. That was what he offered. When she had asked for the price, he simply stated that it would come at a later date. She just had to endure until the wedding night.

As he turned to leave, she called out.


“What is it?”

“I might be able to endure but… the man betrothed to me is…”

“Ah, I see. Then, I shall consider this an advanced compensation.”

He was not a knight in shining armor that maidens might wish for. He even gave promises that seemed impossible to keep. But she let herself believe in his words greatly simply because of one thing.


So she gave herself to this man for that night. Whether those words of him would hold true in the future was of little value. At first she offered her body as a means of depriving the noble the opportunity to take her first. But as she ended up experiencing such pleasures for the first time, she took it upon herself to reminisce the night, and the promises, for whenever there was something she had to endure. So it came to pass that she was known to never show any expression on her face.

“I shall enact my judgment according to the contract. Tisiphone, you are hereby to serve me with your life.”

“Yes, Master!”

“Now, do call Mio or she might get jealous.”

“Erm… a-as you wish.”

A couple of days later, the old man and the driver made it back to the bordering villages. It seems that order was brought onto the country and a new duke was seated. Prosperity did indeed come to the country as reforms and reparations were made. The territory had changed since the rule of the noble, whose death was a mystery still.

Only two people knew of what happened, as the rumors say, of course. The now current head of the council, who was a wise man capable of making great decisions for the good of the country. He would laugh it all off as a rumor.

The captain of the duke’s guard would do the same. He was said to be a high ranking adventurer that was supposed to retire. However, he was scouted by the dukedom to serve. He was personally recommended by the head of the council himself. He said that the third wife of the previous duke might know something but she has been missing ever since.

Now that he thought about it, wasn’t she the one that suggested for them to follow that urban legend during that time?

Chapter 29

Part I

Training grounds were fairly commonplace, especially in the capital city. Given that it is in this city where the main hall of the adventurer’s guild was located, there are many aspiring individuals that set their sights on it. Of course, one of those training grounds have been utilized in the past by by the hero that is already being given recognition by the kingdom. The queen herself was making sure to provide ample rewards and benefits, though that is for another story.

As of current, that same location was being used by the heroes of the empire in order to train and polish their coordination. Though one of them was using it to vent some steam, while the other three simply tolerated that behavior. Of course, the remaining one would find that justified instead.

“Hmph, just you wait. I’ll be the strongest hero.” (Bakahiko)

The world they came from was quite peaceful, relatively speaking. It was normal, as is the template for such things. Upon arrival in this world, if not for the blessings of the goddesses, they would not have been able to survive or fight as they are. Their bodies were capable of learning quickly and they gain higher stats compared to the normal residents of this world.

“You’re really not going to give up on that, huh?” (Satoru)
“Of course not! Did you see his party?” (Bakahiko)
“Won’t your girlfriend be jealous?” (Satoru)
“It’s fine since Ta-kun is the hero!” (Megumi)

Satoru was certain that it was going to be pointless trying to argue so he simply sighed and shook his head. While it was true that the two started to become a couple, their reasons vastly differed from each other. However, they were both drunk on the fantasy world. One deemed himself deserving of the hero role while the other clung to the idea of being with a hero.

“Still, I’d rather not make enemies with people that we should be working with.” (Satoru)

He muttered to himself. They had been training for a while so they were in the middle of a break. At least, four of them were. During this time, the party leader (self-declared) continued to train with sword swings. The other two females were going around the city, trying to get information. They should be back soon.

Part II

“You know, isn’t it about time you lighten up a bit?” (Fianna)
“Hm, huh? What? Oh, my apologies.” (Kiryuu)

We had already gathered to move to the room before the boss room. I was still a bit affected by what had transpired a while ago. I closed my eyes for a bit and took in a deep breath.

“You know, that was actually terrifying now that I think about it.” (Fianna)
“Really now? I thought that it was kind of normal for a man to react that way when some idiot starts claiming idiotic things such as—” (Kiryuu)

Oops. I got carried away from a bit. Vena had taken hold of my wrist and that prevented me from going off just then. Shino, on the other hand, seemed to be a bit lost in thought.

“No, I meant I just realize that we never really saw you being serious during the dungeon run. Thinking back, we were all fighting for our lives and you were going about so casually. And what you pulled off during the midboss room was hard to digest as well.” (Fianna)
“Well, about that—” (Kiryuu)
“Well, whatever. Common sense doesn’t apply to heroes chosen by the goddesses anyway.” (Fianna)
“Is that so? Well, I suppose that’s true…” (Kiryuu)

In the novels that I’ve read, well, a lot of the protagonists of these kinds of stories break common sense on a daily basis. Often it’s best to ignore common sense when it comes to dealing with those kinds of people. Well, I’m one of those people now as well so I’m not really sure how to feel.

After a while, we were finally back to the boss room. It was the same as before, just another huge cavern room with illumination from a mysterious source above. I wasn’t able to get a better look since Fel and I were in another dimension when we fought. Also, after that, I was enjoying the lap pillow (Shino) and hug pillow (Vena) combo so you could probably understand why my attention was elsewhere.

Further back though, hidden a bit by the stalagmites, was a metal double door.

“This would be where the dungeon master’s room would be. Hm?” (Dessa)
“Anything wrong?” (Kiryuu)
“It’s a little thing. Best not to mind it.” (Dessa)

Dessa was sniffing the air a bit. I thought that she was sensing something and I was ready to go into battle mode just in case. However, she had a smile on her face. I wonder what it was that she found out.

After opening the double doors, she turned to us and bowed her head slightly.

“As the vessel of the demon lord Asmodeus, I shall now provide the rewards for the adventurers that were able to conquer this dungeon.” (Dessa)

Part III

Going back to when it was ‘revealed’ that Fel and Dessa were vessels that had been rescued from the clutches of the demon lords. It was a discussion that took a while when we had returned. It was a discussion that transpired between the party leaders and the involved parties.

So it would be me, Fianna and Zefania to represent the parties. Dessa was also there but as the vessel of the demon lord Asmodeus. Fel, for Lucifer. Rionna-san, Raful and Hilde were there as well.

Since it was strange that it was Lucifer present in the boss room, I was first inquired how I came across Asmodeus and rescued her vessel.

First, it was then that it was revealed that Asmodeus was laying low in the city, using her vessel as a guise, while waiting for the revival of the GDO (Great Demon Overlord). Since my exploit with the greater demon was fairly known, the fact that the scent of blood on me was what drove Asmodeus to attacking checked out. Besides, that was the truth anyway.

Anyway, as for how we were able to convince them about the whole vessel thing, I owe that one to Rionna-san. She explained that during the attack, Asmodeus’ spells had backfired on her and I was able to subdue her without resorting to killing. Given that they knew Dessa’s specialty was buffs, debuffs and crowd control, that made sense. Also, despite looking like a hammer, her weapon is technically a staff. Or at least, she uses it that way. Though getting close to her is still dangerous as she has enough strength to swing that weapon with easr anyway.

Back to the vessel concept.

Rionna-san explained that due to that backfire, I ended up absorbing Asmodeus’ magic power. Because of it, the hold on her as a vessel was lifted. As a vessel, she has a fragment of Asmodeus’ power and her memories. However, her loyalty was towards me as her savior.

Fianna then brought up the issue with me gaining magic power. They already know that I have zero magic power, after all. Rionna-san said that after that incident was the case of me paying for the repairs to the inn. That incident has been called the Hero’s Honeymoon. Though, because of it, the popularity of the inn increased. They say that it was the place that the hero took his brides for consecutive honeymoons and is said to bring good fortune to couples.

It was so embarrassing that I ended up placing my palm to my face. Hilde turned a bright shade of red as she was teased by Rionna-san until she caved. It was Raful that got punched though. Fel had a dumbfounded look on her face while Dessa started to reminisce those timeshey, you’re drooling! You’re drooling!

Fianna was amused, it seems. However, Zefania had completely surpassed my action and had proceeded to hit her head on the table. I’m sorry. I’m not really a pure kind of guy and I have my own needs as well.

With that, it pretty much came to a close. The other party leaders were free to inform their members but were given caution as to who else they would spread this information to. They also understood why I had kept it a secret and that was something I apologized for.

Since it was a bit of a new development, it was an issue that needed to be dealt with quickly. Rionna-san said that the information is being passed to the queen already so we should find out in the future if there are certain actions that we would be asked to take.

That was the scenario, at least. Rionna-san was able to handle it well. I’m quite glad that she was there or else it would have been a pain to deal with. She’s probably getting aid from Maia. Maia wasn’t against the demon lords being my subordinates since it ‘wouldn’t be a surprise if that occurred anyway’. That woman really peeked through a lot of my memories, huh?

Part IV

“As for the rewards, I will craft each and every one of you a unique equipment. Since it would take time, I would have to limit it to accessories. I shall be placing enchantments to your liking, though only to the best of my abilities.” (Dessa)

That sort of announcement was something that got the others excited. After all, Dessa was certainly famous for being a very skilled blacksmith as her cover. I say cover but I recall that it was her forte anyway. She was a craftswoman that would not take in any apprentice despite many that would offer even a fortune. It was assumed that a specialized and uniquely accessory made by Dessa would be of a legendary grade. I am not yet sure how they rate equipment but I’m certain that the reward would be sufficient.

“Rest assured, Kiryuu-sama will be aiding me as well.” (Dessa)
“Wait… what?” (Kiryuu)

Ah, I said that out loud, didn’t I?

Part V

 Satoru had been tinkering with the status menu for a while now. In essence, they were given the ability to understand how the world works in a way that would be familiar to them. In this case, it was as if they were in a game. Though, it was also because the concept of transported and reincarnated heroes run deep in this world’s history. He had studied up on that. Meaning, not only would they not be the first heroes, they were in fact a common occurrence and thus dubbed the current generation of heroes. It was because of it that he couldn’t understand just how deluded his friend had become.

“We’re back.” (Saki)

Though they could not tour the entirety of the capital city, they tried their best to gain the necessary information that they could. In particular, information about the dungeon, the demon lords, and, of course, the hero that they had encountered. Despite the unwillingness of Takahiko to pause his training, it would seem that information about ‘this Kiryuu fellow’ was enough to persuade both him and Megumi to join in on the group discussion.

“It is as they say, the Forest of Blood was the result of his fight with a greater demon.” (Saki)
“A greater demon, huh?” (Satoru)
“We haven’t come across demons yet so we’re uncertain of its power. However, the greater demon was only summoned after they raided five orc camps and rescued prisoners.” (Saki)
“Five orc camps?” (Satoru)
“Yes. There were Magus class orcs as well.” (Miki)

Magus class orcs. Even they had encountered them during their hands-on training. Although they were being watched over by several of the Imperial soldiers, they fought against a group of orcs. The numbers weren’t an issue but the Magus class orcs were not only difficult to deal with but also needed to be dealt with quickly. They barely pulled it off.

“Wait, you said ‘were’ so there was more than one?” (Satoru)
“This is the part where it gets strange but everyone that were rescued and the guild itself confirmed its legitimacy.” (Miki)
“With only a party of two, Kiryuu and Shino infiltrated five orc camps and rescued all the remaining survivors. And from what we gathered…” (Saki)

It was quite an absurd story that Saki couldn’t help but pause. Of course, this made the others more curious and hold their breathe for a bit.

“From what we gathered, all of the orcs were eliminated all at the same time. It was after the deaths of the orcs that some sort of spell triggered and the greater demon was summoned.” (Miki)
“Impossible… no, if he truly was a summoned hero then that sort of thing should be no surprise.” (Satoru)
“Pft. I don’t believe it. I mean, if someone claims to be a hero then wouldn’t they be able to craft up stories for their own benefit?” (Bakahiko)
“Are you saying that if you were in that spot, you wouldn’t be able to do it?” (Satoru)
“Of course I can! I’m a hero” (Bakahiko)
“Then you just contradicted yourself, you idiot. If you’re a hero and you can do it, then it should not be impossible for another person that’s also a hero to accomplish the same.” (Satoru)
“That’s different. I’m the main hero of this story. That makes me—ugh!” (Bakahiko)

Suddenly, Takahiko felt a similar pressure that made him sick. The air suddenly felt cold and it was as if he was being suffocated.

“I’m telling you now, that if you can’t even stand my own killing intent then you don’t have a chance against that person.” (Saki)
“Sa-chan…” (Megumi)
“Oi, what was that for?” (Bakahiko)
“During that time when you gloriously wet the floor, I unconsciously shifted into a fighting mode. That included exerting this sort of murderous intent towards that hero, Kiryuu-san.” (Saki)
“I was ready to fight as well but we were stopped by Seiji-kun here. Though, I’m surprised you can exert that much killing intent, Saki.” (Miki)
“I am thankful for what Seiji-kun did, honestly. And I keep telling you that this isn’t a game or a fantasy story, remember? How can we face the Great Demon Overlord if we’d immediately collapse from simple pressure?” (Saki)
“So you agree with me that we could not win that fight?” (Satoru)
“One of the women in his party went into a fighting stance almost immediately. I thought that if we were to take a step forward, she would have cut us down in an instant.” (Saki)

Saki noticed it. When she and Miki had poised to strike, she felt a wave of murderous intent directed at her. Although it wasn’t from Kiryuu but from the black-haired woman in his party. She didn’t succumb to it as Takahiko had but she froze on the spot. It wasn’t Satoru’s actions that stopped her. No, it was her survival instinct telling her that if she took one step forward, her head would immediately bid her body farewell. She swore that she hallucinated being beheaded as if it were a foresight of what might have occurred then.

She also gathered information about the members of that party. Quite frankly, this was only the tip of the iceberg. This discussion would certainly continue for a while. But the person himself, Kiryuu, was still shrouded in mystery. Despite the confirmation of his achievements, there was little to no information on how he fights or what abilities he uses. The only thing she got was from the envoy of the goddess and from the slave trading house.

“That woman, Shino Tsubasa, is confirmed to be the war criminal that almost eliminated the entire royal family. She was sentenced to a lifetime of slavery but she was a troublesome person to handle. As of current, she is both slave to and a mistress to Kiryuu Himitsukami, one of the seven heroes of this generation.” (Saki)

From the expression on her face, Satoru felt as if there was more to come. He was bracing himself to hear more information about the people they interacted at the adventurer’s guild. Miki and Saki both heaved a sigh but that did not mark the end of the discussion. Indeed, it was just the tip of the icebeg. Quite frankly, both Miki and Saki were exhausted in trying to keep their wits about them when they heard such absurdities. Satoru lightly chuckled as a means of accepting defeat.

“Honestly… what an absurd name…” (Satoru)


“Achoo!” (Kiryuu)

Chapter 28 | Table of Contents

Chapter 28

[A/N: Erm, I should probably write who’s talking when there’s a conversation going on, I guess. ._.]

Part I

“Already? That’s… fast.” (Satoru)

Oh? It seems that the news had a bit more impact than I thought, especially to the mage boy, seeing as he said his thoughts out loud suddenly. Even the idiot warrior kid froze a bit. That aside, the cleric is still distracted but even the ninja girl and the archer girl are now looking at me.

“Since there was no direct relay from the Empire to the Kingdom, we had to stop in between teleportation locations.” (Satoru)

Since there exists the convenience of teleportation, there also came the risks of those being abused or used by the wrong people. As such, there are people employed to make sure that it doesn’t occur. Hence, some relays would be guarded heavily, especially at the borders. Also, you either need a permit from the head of the village where you’re coming from. In the case of those with adventurer ID’s, those are a necessity. Large troops have also been forbidden to use relays except in emergency situations.

It’s actually quite a complicated system that’s been polished to what it is now. I am quite impressed. Not only is it implemented in the Kingdom but to the neighboring countries as well.

“Since the news of the dungeons rebuilding themselves was fairly recent, we gave ourselves some leeway.” (Satoru)
“Wait, so why did you head for the this dungeon in particular?” (Kiryuu)
“Ah, it’s because we heard a hero was also here!” (Bakahiko)


Without warning, the mage boy had smacked the idiot warrior boy on the back of his head. The cleric girl gasped and slapped the mage boy’s shoulder.

“Ow! What was that for?” (Bakahiko)
“Sa-kun!” (cleric girl)
“Idiot, don’t cause misunderstandings!” (Satoru)

The mage boy heaved a sigh and bowed his head towards me for a bit.

“My apologies. This idiot couple is the reason why it’s exhausting to travel. Ah, yes, this girl is Megumi. The one beside her is Saki and the one behind me is Miki.” (Satoru)

The ninja girl just bowed but the archer girl doesn’t seem to like being addressed as such and flicked the mage boy on the back of his head. Though, that was promptly ignored despite the discomfort on his face.

“Pardon me, what we heard was news that there was an adventurer with great exploits. It was just inferred that quite possibly that the adventurer may be a hero.” (Satoru)
“Ah, well, that’s a more plausible scenario. I was about to ask how you would know when I’ve only been contacted by the Goddess Maia just recently.” (Kiryuu)
“I see. So you were not a summoned person?” (Satoru)
“Yes and no. It’s complicated. It would be good if we leave that for a more convenient time.” (Kiryuu)

At that point, someone had walked up beside me. Several other people had followed and it was a bit of a gathering of high ranked parties now. Though, the first person to have come forward was none other than Hilde.

“It’s fairly interesting that you were able to hold a conversation for this long with a male person.” (Hilde)
“Ho? You’re right, Hilde-sama. It is certainly rare for Kiryuu-sama to get along with males.” (Dessa)
“Oi, there’s—” (Kiryuu)
“Raful-san does not count, Kiryuu-kun.” (Vena)
“Vena-dono, that sounds as if Raful is not considered a man.” (Shino)

I… don’t get it. Why are you all exuding a dark aura when I was just talking to the mage boy? It couldn’t possibly be jealousy of all things, right? There are females in their group but in this template, wouldn’t they pair off with the other guys in the group?

“!” (Kiryuu)

Hilde had stomped on my foot and smiled at me. She then turned towards the hero party but did not say a word. Ah, I’m an idiot.

“Forgive my rudeness.” (Kiryuu)

Although that was mainly directed to the women that had gathered around me and not towards the hero party. However, I feel that this would end badly for me regardless of what I do or say it. Well, I’m just going to brace myself for this.

“T-then allow me to introduce them. Hilde here is the guild master of the adventurer’s guild. She’s quite reliable despite how she might look or act—” (Kiryuu)

This time I was elbowed.

“M-moving on. The other members of my party would be Vena, Dessa and Shino.” (Kiryuu)

Upon introductions, they would bow their heads a bit. Fianna leaned close to me and whispered something in my ear.

“Kiryuu-sama. Aren’t you forgetting something?” (Fianna)
“Hm? Am I?” (Kiryuu)
“Of course.” (Fianna)
“Do I have to introduce the others as well? I mean, we did make a raid group but I thought I should only introduce my own party.” (Kiryuu)
“Not that. I mean, you know…” (Fianna)
“Do I really have to?” (Kiryuu)

I think Hilde had enough of my suspicious whispering with Fianna and elbowed me once more. I had to take in a deep breath. Certainly the hero party was looking at me strangely, in fact the ninja girl might be glaring at me for a while now.

“It may come as a surprise but these four are, in fact, my wives.” (Kiryuu)

I felt piercing stares all over. H-hey… even Ruki and Iris. No, the entire party I had been with. In fact, aside my party, Hilde and Fianna, everyone else was glaring at me. Rionna-san and Raful were having the time of their lives. Actually, the idiot warrior boy who was just keeping silent was suddenly making a surprised face. Before long, he uttered words that made me want to hurl him into a black hole.

“Eh? That’s not right, is it? I’m supposed to be main hero. Shouldn’t I be the one ending up marrying them?” (Bakahiko)

Part II

“Oi… what nonsense are you talking about?” (Satoru)
“I mean, in scenarios like this, I’m obviously the main character, right?” (Bakahiko)
“Nonsense. This is different from the stories you’ve been reading.” (Satoru)
“Even the goddesses told us that we are chosen ones, right?” (Bakahiko)
“Oi, you guys, help me out here…” (Satoru)
“Ah~ I don’t mind as long as I’m the legal wife~ Mi-chan, Sa-chan, you can be Ta-kun’s partners too~” (Megumi)
“That’s stupid.” (Miki)
“I’ve got more important things to do.” (Saki)

As I thought, this cleric girl is head over heels. But to think they were this delusional. I thought the idiot warrior boy was just being eccentric but does he actually believe that this is one of those written fantasies? It would seem that the other bystanders can sense the gravity of that declaration and have either gone outside or distanced themselves.

I looked at my companions’ reactions. Fianna seemed to be surprised at what she was hearing. As if she was not sure if she were to take it seriously or not. She looked at me as if looking for an answer. However, when she saw the expression on my face, she smirked a bit.

Hilde had her eyes closed and it looked like she was going to pop a vein. She kept silent but her furrowed brow would clearly show that she was getting annoyed.

Dessa was looking at me with curious eyes. She seemed to be asking ‘what is he going to do?’ or ‘how will he react?’. It was as if she was expecting the answer on my face already. Like with Fianna, it seemed that she saw the answer.

Shino just sighed and shook her head. From what happened before, when I first purchased her as a slave, she evaluates people that would go for her. Let alone buyers, but lovers? Her face showed disappointment.

When I looked at Vena, she was smiling at me. As if giving me permission, yet at the same time, telling me not to get carried away. Ah, she understands. That gives me a bit of a relief. Although this is supposedly a hero we are talking about and while the adventurer’s guild played a role in aiding them, right now, she is my wife first and foremost before an employee.

“Ugh… I feel like we’re better off running the dungeon again.” (Ruki)

When Fianna turned towards the idiot warrior boy, she was meet with a pumped up yet delusional boy that boldly showed how he was drowning in his own fantasy.

“Princess Fianna, don’t worry. I will marry you too!” (Bakahiko)

Part III

“Ah… ah…” (Bakahiko)

What could be seen was the idiot warrior boy on his hands and knees. Beads of sweat poured from his body and a pungent pool of liquid gathered under him. I… may have overdone it a bit. Oops.

Right after that declaration, I had merely focused my murderous intent at the idiot warrior boy. It wasn’t a skill nor an ability. It was simply pure killing intent. But it was probably so strong that someone had to remind me. I felt a hand grip my wrist. It was Fianna. She probably meant to tell me that it’s enough.

“Ta-kun!” (Megumi)

The idiot cleric girl (also upgraded nickname) seemed to be the first to react in the hero party. She immediately went to assist the idiot warrior boy. The other two girls had taken a stance. The ninja girl took out daggers and the archer girl was preparing her bow. However, Satoru (who is considered decent enough to be addressed by name) raised his hand to stop the two.

“Enough!” (Hilde)

At the same time, Hilde pinched my ear and pulled me down a bit. Though the members of the hero party did stop in their tracks, I think she was more intent on reprimanding me instead.

“Heroes, you may be new to this world so allow me to tell you beforehand that this is not like those stories of fantasy that you may have read. This is all real. Please keep that in mind.” (Fianna)

She let go of my wrist after then and had bowed towards me.

“Kiryuu-sama. Allow me to apologize on their behalf. They are summoned by the Empire court mages and I bear some responsibility to their actions.” (Fianna)
“Princess Fianna, I think it is unnecessary seeing as this person is at fault too.” (Hilde)
“Ah, but isn’t it normal for a man to act when faced with such words? Aren’t you glad to have such a man as your husband?” (Fianna)

Hilde was a bit flustered and decided to let go of my ear after that. She murmured to herself but I could make out a few of those words.

“Geez, what a troublesome man.” (Hilde)

Just then, from under the hero, a bright spell circle appeared and seemed to have relieved him of his condition. At first, Satoru had looked towards the idiot cleric girl but she shook her head. That kind of recovery skill though, I’ve experienced it before. It seemed to let the idiot warrior boy be able enough to stand up but the mess he made was still there. The source of that spell stepped forward.

“Heroes should not fight amongst each other, Kiryuu-san. Although I understand your feelings but you shouldn’t get carried away, especially against young ones.” (Rionna)
“My apologies, Rionna-san.” (Kiryuu)
“Since Fia-chi was willing to bear the responsibility for the new heroes, then I shall also take responsibility for Kiryuu-san’s actions. Seeing as I am serving under the Goddess Maia, it would be logical.” (Rionna)
“I see. That’s certainly a fair point.” (Fianna)
“Then we shall discuss upon your return.” (Rionna)

Somehow, I have a feeling that I don’t want to know the contents of that discussion but I felt like if I don’t, they will catch me off guard with something again. Also, I didn’t realize that they were close enough for Rionna-san to address Fianna like such. Rionna-san is fairly connected with a lot of people, huh? That’s a former adventurer for you, I guess.

“Wait a minute! What just happened!” (Satoru)
“Ugh…” (Bakahiko)

Of course, let’s not forget the actual cause of the incident. Although the idiot warrior boy suffered the full brunt of it, in a sense. The other party members probably have no idea what happened but the more experienced seemed to be able to tell what had occurred. No, there was one member that could tell what it was.

“I couldn’t detect any spell or skill being used. There were no hidden weapons either so it was most likely killing intent.” (Saki)

Clever girl.

“It is as you say. Forgive me, but declaring the intention of marrying women in front of their husband was a tad bit unforgivable. I couldn’t help myself.” (Kiryuu)
“I see. This really is another world, huh…” (Saki)
“Still… I’m the hero so—” (Bakahiko)
“Oh shut it, will you? You’ve gotten us into a lot trouble as it is!” (Satoru)
“He’s right. We shouldn’t treat it as a fantasy story or a game. This is real life.” (Saki)
“Ugh…” (Bakahiko)

Somehow, that ninja girl’s words hit me as well. I did treat this as some fantasy story. In fact, I inserted myself into this world. Damn it, now I feel a bit bad. Had I been their age, would I had acted the same? No, I had intended to do so. Only recently did I really decide not to treat this world lightly.

Still, for killing intent to be that strong. I wonder how used he is to killing. Also, that woman… (Saki)

Saki’s eyes had met with Shino’s. Was it because they held a similar profession? I know that Shino was an assassin and that may coincide a bit with the ninja girl—no, with Saki. Although they really look similar.

“I would have to cut this meeting short. We still have business in the dungeon.” (Kiryuu)
“That’s…” (Satoru)
“Let us talk after it. And perhaps put this foolish incident behind us, hm?” (Kiryuu)
“Hah… I suppose so.” (Satoru)
“Then, if you’ll excuse us.” (Kiryuu)

After bowing, we headed out. We made sure not to step on that pungent puddle though. Fianna and Dessa seemed to be in high spirits. Hilde still had some business at the dungeon so she was accompanied by Raful. I still can’t believe that guy is a priest. Though I do think his secondary specialty was close combat so it would be safe to say he’s sort of a monk. Sort of because he prefers to wear those garbs and is actually very talented with holy spells. He says that melee combat would be his last resort.

Part IV

“Ugh… I can’t believe I lost.” (Bakahiko)
“Lost? I don’t even consider that a match.” (Satoru)
“Sa-kun, isn’t that a bit harsh?” (Megumi)
“In all honesty, I think we got off rather easy.” (Satoru)
“I agree. For someone who can exude that strong of murderous intent, it’s obvious that he’s way more experienced than us.” (Saki)
“Are you saying that he has killed before?” (Miki)
“Most likely. In fact, if we weren’t heroes… well…” (Saki)

“If you weren’t heroes, you might have been killed on the spot or left barely alive.” (???)

A winged woman would approach their table and bow her head.

“Greetings, summoned heroes. I am Myrina, envoy of the Goddess Maia.” (Myrina)
“If I recall, the Goddess Maia is the one that Kiryuu-san represents, right?” (Satoru)
“Indeed. I have witnessed his skills on the battlefield and he is truly a terrifying force. No, beyond that, it sends chills down the spine even of the likes of myself.” (Myrina)
“How come? (Saki)
“Because even while he fought against the demon lord, it was as if he was toying with her.” (Myrina)

In fact, when one of his wives were insulted, he immediately suppressed two envoys and a goddess in mere seconds. No, we were close to being killed at the time. (Myrina)

“That doesn’t sound like a hero at all. Hmph.” (Bakahiko)
“And declaring to take another person’s wives is? Just how much pride have you built up, I wonder?” (???)

Another woman had approached their table it would seem. A silver haired beauty with a garment that would look out of place in this gathering.

“I am Fel Ruic, rescued vessel of the demon lord Lucifer. Because of Kiryuu-sama, I have been freed from the clutches of the demon lords.” (Fel)
“Vessel?” (Satoru)
“Yes, the demon lords can reincarnate through vessels. As such, there are those they would kidnap in order to preserve their lives. Kiryuu-sama has freed me and I am indebted.” (Fel)
“Wait. We never heard anything about vessels.” (Miki)
“That is because it was only recently discovered.” (Fel)
“By Kiryuu-san?” (Satoru)
“Yes.” (Fel)
“Even the priestess of the Goddess Maia has confirmed this to be true.” (Myrina)
“What does that have to do with my pride?” (Bakahiko)
“I have but a fragment of demon lord Lucifer’s abilities but all of her memories. I can tell by now, that pride of yours will be your downfall. But I couldn’t help but wonder if it is truly pride or maybe senseless delusion.” (Fel)
“W-what did you say?!” (Bakahiko)

The boy deemed Bakahiko stood up but bith that, Fel simply turned around and parted with the hero party, as does Myrina. However, Fel believed that she should least give them some survival tips.

“Just so you know, Kiryuu-sama seems like a person that would take on even the gods just for those he cares for. Do you have that kind of resolve, I wonder?” (Fel)

After that, they left the hero party to their own devices.

“That was quite nice of you, demon lord.” (Myrina)
“You know as well as I what would happen, envoy.” (Fel)
“Indeed.” (Myrina)
“I pity the fool who would dare incur his wrath.” (Fel)

Chapter 27 | Table of Contents | Chapter 29

Chapter 27

Part I

“That’s unusual.”
“Is it really?”
“Of course. Back in the day, a certain rash individual that would rush straight in at every opportunity.”
“Sometimes that individual would jeopardize missions that require teamwork and coordination.”
“Yet, your eyes immediately went over to him instead of me. Do you trust your master that much?”
“Yes. I want to be someone worthy of walking alongside him.”
“You’ve grown, Shino-chi.”

With that, old acquaintances reminisced their past. On the other hand, on another corner of the room, a demon lord and a goddess’ envoy were both being pressed by another demon lord with a thirst for knowledge. Things were a bit less pleasant and a bit more awkward. The contents of their ‘discussion’ were made known to me after the discussion with regards to my troublesome title.

As it turns out, Rionna-san was given an oracle by way of a dreamlike method by the Goddess Maia this morning. She made sure to mention specifically that Maia seemed to be different today and she seemed to be glowing. I felt a pinch on my right side and a solid elbow on my left.


Hilde is occupying my left side. After I’ve comforted her and we had a bit of a talk about her past, she’s gotten a bit more affectionate. Although, it wasn’t like she completely changed. No, she had been holding back because of her responsibilities and I really was a troublesome fellow. My apologies.

Still, I was hoping that she was going to join up our party but unfortunately, it might take a bit more time before that would happen. Raful was called in after a while and when I had thought that Raful already seemed more like the guild master anyway, I got glared at by Hilde.

Honestly, woman, your intuition is scary. But I love you all the same.

That aside, it was explained that given this generation of heroes, there seemed to be some rivalry between some of the sisters. Hence, there was nothing to worry about my title as being the complete enemy of the goddesses.

However, when it came to explaining the source of said title, Maia (I’ve gotten used to calling her by name since I kept whispering it in her ear last time anyway) seemed to have conveyed that our first meeting had a bit of friction but it was already resolved. Though she and I have resolved that issue, it would seem that either some of the other goddesses and/or their attendants may hold some form of hostility towards me. Although as to who it might possibly was not disclosed as she was quite exhausted and wanted to take the day off.

Honestly, I think I got elbowed around four times already.

Anyway, it was still a bit of an issue so it was decided that I were to keep said title a secret. Though, I was soon pressed with as to how I was able to hide titles completely. I did show them before that I was able to hide my level, stats and skills to a certain degree but they did not expect it to apply to titles as well.

When I said something about getting to trust everyone a bit more, all the while looking at Hilde, it warranted a blush and a punch to the arm. Honestly, that was worth it, even though my arm and her cheeks were of the same shade of red. I realized that when she was defending me against that trash luggage noble, it was her own way of showing her affection. It also showed a bit of her admiration of heroes which she was unable to keep in check at the time. It was true that I achieved amazing feats—reckless yes, but amazing. That sounded like a line from a book somewhere. Oh well.

Still, healing and regenerative capabilities are a truly blessing.

Part II

The next day, we were preparing to head back into the dungeon. The other parties that were with us during that time were also present. It was with regards to the rewards of the dungeon. Since the premise was that Dessa was the vessel of the demon lord Asmodeus that I rescued, they understood why it was supposedly a secret. They found it credible as it was supported by both Myrina and Rionna-san, who were both greatly acquainted with Maia.

As such, the parties were gathered beforehand at the adventurer’s guild. Although we had plenty of time getting acquainted with each other during the dungeon run, it was the first time we were having a meal together that wasn’t from camping out. For some reason, Iris was looking at Myrina with eyes of adoration. I would have thought that they were of the same race and was about to ask when Dessa had contacted me mentally and said that they were different. It was because envoys and vessels were created by the goddesses themselves so they were on a completely different level.

Also, they might represent various other races depending on the preference of said goddess. In the same way, they can be thought of like familiars or servants of demon lords. I was thinking that it meant that Myrina would be below Dessa or Fel but I was corrected in that the power of a goddess greatly exceeds that of a demon lord.

That said, she shot me a wink and smiled as she said that she was completely impressed at how I was able to subdue even the goddess herself. Ah. Oops. Busted. She probably read the memories of the other two.

Anyway, it seems I’ve been neglecting her a bit so I guess I’ll give her some attention later as well. Since we’re going to her dungeon anyway, there’s something I wanted to discuss when we’re alone, ‘that’ aside.

While we were eating, a commotion seems to have started to stir outside. Given at how trouble would come to find me. I suddenly felt a foreboding sense of it. Also, both Hilde and Vena felt it as they both heaved an exasperated sigh. It certainly does feel like trouble will come bursting through the door at any given moment. Thankfully, nothing happened while we were eating.

It was while after that we were at the lobby when it occurred, in the form of a group of adventurers making a grand entrance. A party of five people, two boys and three girls. Should I aptly mention that they seem quite young? I mean, I’m immortal but I look around nineteen years of age usually but these people look more around fifteen to seventeen years of age.

At first, I thought they were young aspiring adventurers. Their leader was a proud looking young man with a fiery short red hair that spiked up a bit and eyes that had the same spark. He had a huge sword on his back and had a gait of the proud fighter on the front lines. He was probably around just five or so feet tall. Actually, they all were around the same height, more or less.

One beside him donned a plain looking robe. Black unkempt hair, drowsy eyes. He carried with him a book and I assumed that he was a the magician of the team. He would occasionally sigh and shook his head. I have a feeling that this person is the more collected and wiser of the team.

As for remaining three girls, the first one just behind the warrior kid has some sort of white garb with gold trimmings. She a one piece dress with a tiered skirt. She had with her a staff with some sort of symbol at the end. I can only assume she’s the support of the team. She seemed to cling close to the warrior kid. She also had black hair like the mage boy, except of course, hers was longer and reached up to her back. Wait, they all had black hair. Actually, I subtly squinted to get a bit more detail and have come to the conclusion that warrior kid dyed his hair. Yep. I can see some of the hair near the roots as black.

The other one beside the girl almost had no presence, actually. If anything, the others might just stand out quite well or just that she blends well into the surroundings. Or she’s doing it on purpose. From her attire and the mask that covers the lower half of her face, she’s probably the ninja or thief of the team. She also had her hair in a ponytail. Huh, she kind of looks like a very young Shino. I wonder how cute Shino was when she was still young.

The one behind them had a longbow on her back. With black hair that reached up to her shoulders in a sidetail, and eyes that paid more attention to the surroundings than anything else. If this was a game, she would be the ranged DPS probably. Or the scout, but there’s the ninja girl. Or maybe she specialized in just archery? Well, I wouldn’t know. I’m just inferring a bit from here.

“Rejoice! We, the heroes, have arrived!”

Ah. What?

Part III

The lobby was silent for a bit. One might think they were stunned but it wasn’t actually the case. Certainly it was true that this was the new generation of heroes chosen by the goddesses. It was also true that a hero’s appearance is something to be excited about. One might assume that it was because of such a childish remark that people found the whole thing absurd. The mage boy seemed to be shaking his head. It was probably from embarrassment of their party leader. The cleric girl’s eyes were shining. She was probably thinking warrior kid was being so cool just now.

Heroes, huh? Wait, these are the people I’m supposed to be acquainted with? Somehow, my head started to hurt. I feel old.

The real reason why these people aren’t reacting much is probably because this is pretty much the place where I started out my adventures. Of course, those with normal analysis skills would already be able to see my title. Karlann was certainly pleased with it, as his shop got more business since I had frequented it a bit.

Also, I was probably famous for other things like that time with the inn and the fact that I had to pay some costs for repair. Erm. I apologize. I should probably invest in a place for myself. Ah, that was what I wanted to talk to Dessa about.

Speaking of which, even the other parties that were with us during that dungeon run had various expressions, though none were that of awe as of yet. Ruki, the mage obsessed with firepower, was looking at the party of heroes then at me. She then seemed to ponder on something before looking at me and nodding several times as if coming to some form of conclusion. I want to know what that is but I felt like I shouldn’t.

I can see that Fianna blinked a couple of times before looking at me with apologetic eyes. That’s… not very assuring, you know. I honestly have no idea what you two are thinking about but I don’t have a good feeling about it.

Hilde was sighing and shaking her head for a bit. It seemed that she was indeed on the spot with her intuition that something greatly troubling will be brought about by said commotion.

There was a bit of an awkward silence in the large lobby and the one that broke it was the mage boy.

“You idiot. Announcing something like that is just like you.”
“Eh? But aren’t people supposed to be excited about the arrival of heroes?”
“You weren’t listening at all, were you? There was also a hero here so our arrival shouldn’t have made that much of an impact.”
“Eh? When was that said?”
“When we were traveling here! Honestly… you… probably don’t even know what the hero accomplished while we were training. The news was all over the place…”

“Ah, so the hero summoning succeeded. I may have forgotten to tell you that during the dungeon run. My apologies.”

This, I heard from Fianna, who muttered at me before stepping forward and bowing her head slightly. Also, you don’t sound apologetic at all. But she was probably not apologizing to me but instead to the hero party which she completely forgot.

“Greetings, heroes. It seems that you have come as I was told. Although I did not expect for there to be… five of you. I thought the court mages were only planning to summon one.”
“Ah… hey, Satoru, who is she again?”
“You bumbling…argh, let me do the talking, Takehidiot!” (Takehiko + Idiot or also Bakahiko)

We can hear you, you know. Fianna just forced a smile on her face.

“Princess Fianna, I assume? It is a great pleasure to meet you.”
“It was also unexpected but we were all caught in the metastasis event that occurred from the hero summoning and found ourselves in front of five goddesses, each bestowing us gifts and such… that sort of thing.”
“You don’t seem too enthusiastic.”
“Please blame it on this Bakahiko. I’m exhausted.”
“Hey! I’m right here! Plus, shouldn’t you be excited? We’re heroes, you know!”

Thus, the exchange between Satoru and Bakahiko started once more. That nickname, I like it. I was also correct in assuming that this aloof person has more wits about him than the others. When our eyes met, he seemed to scrutinize me for a bit, before his eyes would widen.

“Princess Fianna, may I ask a question?”
“You already did but you may ask another.”

I chuckled a bit and got elbowed again.

“Is that person over there a hero?”

After turning towards me, Fianna gestured with a subtle motion of her head for me to introduce myself. Stepping forward, I bowed for a bit before introducing myself.

“Greetings, I am Kiryuu, the hero of Ma—the goddess Maia.”
“As I thought, your title is such. But your magic power. I can’t feel it. Rather… it isn’t there at all?”
“Ah, that’s because I have completely zero magical energy.”
“Eh?! That’s… strange…”

When I used my own analysis skills, I can see that their magical energy ratings are off the roof. Should I say it? Well, almost all of them had over nine thousand, which was definitely beyond normal. And they all seem to be around just levels fifteen to twenty, meaning their growth will most likely increase that energy rating.

“How so?”
“The goddesses that we met all gave us a high amount of magical energy to utilize this world’s mana, as they said. Because of it, we are capable of using a lot of magic and abilities.”
“They said that? I just figured they’d give us cheat-like stats.”
“Shut up, Bahakiko!”
“Ah, I am able to use such as well, except unfortunately, the resource would drain my health instead. However, I was bestowed with a higher regeneration ability so that would balance it out a bit.”
“I see… interesting.”

I can probably get along with this fellow a bit, I think. He seemed to want to ask more but the idiot warrior kid (new nickname upgrade) interrupted us with stomping his foot and clenching his fist. The ninja girl was still silent and the archer girl was now observing the other people in the lobby. Oi, cleric girl, your eyes are starting to turn into heart shapes from staring at idiot warrior boy, you know.

“It seems that we arrived here just in time. You all seem to be ready to head out.”
“That’s right, hero, we are heading for the dungeon along with Kiryuu-sama.”

Oi, when did you start using honorifics again? Is it because it’s in front of the other heroes?

“Don’t worry, princess! We will aid you in subduing the dungeon for sure!”

Ah, I have a bit of a sly grin on my face right now. Don’t look at me like that, Fianna. Go on. Tell him.

“Actually, Baka—erm, hero-sama. Kiryuu-sama has already defeated the demon lord.”

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