[A/N: Erm, I should probably write who’s talking when there’s a conversation going on, I guess. ._.]
“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?
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)
“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)
“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.
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.
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)
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)
“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)
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)
“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.
“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)
“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)
“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)
“I pity the fool who would dare incur his wrath.” (Fel)
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