“You did it; it was a success!”
The kingdom of swords—Lævateinn .
Its center, the royal capital, was itself centered on the audience hall of the royal castle .
It was normally forbidden to make a fuss in the audience hall of the king . However, that place was currently engulfed by continuous cheers of delight . At the center was a black-haired youth in his mid-teens . He was confused by his current situation .
How did it all begin?
The youth, who lived in Japan, was following his routine after school, participating earnestly in his club activities and then going on his way home . However, his ordinary life was interrupted by a voice calling him to the extraordinary .
“Whoever can hear us . Please help us . ”
It was a call for help . The caller’s identity was unknown . The situation was unknown . Even the kind of help required was unknown . Normally, there was neither duty nor obligation to respond, especially when the voice eerily echoed inside one’s mind .
A normal person would feel fear and suspicion more than a sense of justice . He could not be blamed even if he ignored it and ran away . After all, people feared that which was unknown . It wasn’t a bad thing even if he was afraid and escaped .
However, he was such a nice guy that he could be considered sick . His screws were loose, or perhaps his hoop was off . He wanted to help whenever someone was in trouble . He wanted to reach out whenever someone was lost . This was virtue and benevolence .
The wish to help others unconditionally and without hesitation, or the spirit to help others without the slightest suspicion, was the quality of a hero . But in terms of his own security, it was a reckless and thoughtless reply . Or rather, he had given up thinking at all . Therefore, the summoning, which required a heartfelt acceptance, was established and he vanished from Japan .
—The hero summoning succeeded .
This news immediately spread throughout the country .
It was a dark place .
No light existed in the darkness, as if the surroundings were completely sealed off . Even so, I could unbelievably see in the darkness . I could see my hands and feet clearly . I walked on without hesitation . So I thought, “Oh . This must be a dream . ”
As I walked on in the darkness, a familiar room eventually appeared . It was not like what I saw recently in the world of Midgard, but rather it was the room of a house in modern Japan . Surrounded by white walls, this common room was littered with daily items all over the floor, while comic books and light novels lined up on a bookshelf .
Certainly…yes, this was “my” room . The arrangement of the furniture, the computer on the table, everything matched my memory .
Why did I not feel a sense of belonging in this room?
It was not nostalgic . It was not familiar . It was not comforting . I certainly knew this place, yet it was severely discomforting as if I was visiting the room of a stranger .
Strange . I wondered what was going on .
Even though I felt nostalgic when I saw Aries, why did I not feel the same for this place where I lived?
I looked at the computer that was still on .
X-Gate Online…The screen of the game I knew so well was displayed . But it was strangely hazy and odd…as if it was forcefully placed on a completely different game, losing all sense of familiarity .
That was not all .
It was displayed on the window . I was absorbed in it without a doubt . But looking at it again…—
Suddenly, something grabbed my shoulder from behind . There were thin white fingers . The grip was chillingly strong and irresistible . It was too late when I tried to resist .
Time ran out the moment it was discovered . I would just have to wait for the next opportunity .
And so my consciousness was forcefully “pulled up” from the dream .
…And I woke up .
The first to enter my vision was Dina, who was shaking me . Next were Aries and Libra, who were standing by the side .
“Ah . Please get up already, Ruphas-sama . Aren’t we going to Vanaheimr?”
“…Oh . That’s right . ”
Hearing Dina’s words, my hazy consciousness became clearer .
Oh, right . That was the next destination .
I felt that I was sleeping quite deeply .
“Sorry . I had a strange dream . I apologize for not waking up . ”
“—What was your dream?”
“…Oh, that…Ah, what was it…Sorry, I can’t remember . It seems to be a strangely important dream, but I can’t remember it at all . ”
What the heck . I had an important dream, but I couldn’t remember it .
Well, I knew dreams were like that . Humans would forget their dreams in about five and a half minutes after waking up . This dream seemed quite important to me . Then again, it was not really a big dream, so maybe it was nothing to worry about .
Traveling in Tanaka, our destination was my hometown—Vanaheimr .
This was a small nation in the mountains where the flügels, self-proclaimed people of heaven, lived in small numbers…Rather than a nation, it was more like a settlement . My setting was such that this was also my birthplace . Even though my black wings…
It was just a minor detail, so I didn’t think too much about it back then . It wasn’t hard to imagine being persecuted for it though .
In the game, besides my black wings, there were wings of diverse colors . Now, that would be the subject of persecution (