The country of the flügels, Gjallarhorn .
Because of wing color, conflicts had continued from the past…This caused the capital city to be divided into the east and west districts . Currently, a non-flügel girl was standing in the white town .
A young girl with ocean-blue hair that reached her knees and eyes of the same color, Dina .
She stood in front of the clock tower in the center of the white town, crossed her arms, and pouted her lips .
“…So slow . ”
She was waiting here to exchange information with a certain person . The necessary information had to be clearly acquired while hiding her own vital information and misleading the other party to think that he was the one who benefited . She repeatedly practiced going through the conversation in her mind, but when it came to the actual event, the other party did not appear .
“Seriously, making a lady wait for so long . That’s why this race is…”
Complaining, Dina walked off . It could not be helped if the other party did not come . She did not want to move recklessly, but now she could only go and find the person . While walking around the town where there was nothing but whiteness, she observed the people living in this country .
As a flying race, the flügel’s way of life was fundamentally different from humans . It was natural for buildings to have entrances on the second or third floor . Of course, there were also stairs or ladders on the outside . Although a misstep would send one falling off the cliff, the inhabitants did not seem to be bothered by it .
On the other hand, the walkways were unnecessarily wide when compared to a human town, since flügels were more likely to collide into each other because of their wings . Everything, both good and bad, began with the wings .
This was what made flügels flügel . There was actually a saying in the world that a flügel without wings is just an ordinary person . This was why they were so fixated on the shape and color of the wings, despising those that deviated from the conventional forms .
As she was observing the town, a strange figure came into Dina’s view . It was a suspicious person who was completely covered by a cloak, similar to what Ruphas used to wear . Although the color was completely white, the purpose of hiding his face and wings should be the same as Ruphas . After observing Ruphas for so long, it was evident that hiding the wings would make the cloak bulge unnaturally . Still, it wasn’t something that could be noticed with a glance . Only people like Libra could see through it with one look .
—Could this be an opportunity to get unexpected information?
Sensing the strangeness of the white-cloaked person, Dina’s beauty distorted with a mysterious smile . Although she was currently waiting for someone, the man was the one who failed to arrive on time . She was there at the prearranged time and place, so he would have no cause for complaints . Making her conclusion, Dina changed her goal to follow the white-cloaked person .
The cloaked person moved to a relatively deserted area, while Dina followed carefully to avoid being noticed .
No problem, there was no chance of being discovered .
To deceive, cheat, and infiltrate without being noticed were Dina’s specialties . She was confident that she could even deceive people like Ruphas Mafahl or the Demon King without being noticed . Therefore, it was not difficult for her to follow the white-cloaked person since he was an easy target .
The white-cloaked person entered a small, dusty hut . Dina moved in front of the hut and opened the door slightly . She narrowed her eyes and looked inside .
Besides the white-cloaked person, two, three, four…five people in all . Based on the clothes they are wearing, they seem to be of the upper class .
These six people were probably very influential and authoritative in this capital city . For them to gather secretly in such a place, wasn’t this really suspicious? Dina placed her ear outside the door and concentrated on listening to the conversation within the hut .
“You are late, Reid . ”
“Sorry . The other meeting took too long . ”
It seemed the white-cloaked person’s name was Reid . When he took off the cloak, white wings appeared as expected . He had a well-trained body and appeared to be in his mid-forties by human standard . He had a sharp look in his eyes that revealed his unusual presence . He was obviously not an ordinary citizen .
“So what did the king say?”
“It’s no good . We cannot rely on that opportunist king as expected . He repeatedly ignored my advice . He just doesn’t understand that those filthy wings would keep increasing if the situation remains like this . ”
Dina realized that this was a gathering of people who were dissatisfied with the black town . It was a faction that adhered to the traditional white wing supremacy and refused to acknowledge the other wings . They had no doubt about their own nobility and looked down on people with mixed wings . Therefore, it was unbearable for them when the mixed wings—or filthy wings, as they called them—built their own town as if they were peers .
“Then, as expected…”
“Yes . We would have to crush the growing filthy wings with our own hands . ”
While listening, Dina covered her mouth with her hand . This was a dangerous topic . For them to use the word “crush”, it might be impossible to calm them down . It seemed the extended period of tolerance had reached its melting point .
“Of course, this would dirty our hands, but someone has to do it . Justice could not be defended with only pretty words . Even if someone has to become evil, we must complete our mission . Did we all not gather here today with that determination?”
Justice . This word was a joke to Dina . Apparently, these people were the self-indulgent types . In the name of justice, one could be forgiven no matter what was done . They must have thought that they were so noble to do what others dare not do and to dirty their hands to enforce justice .
Ah, how ridiculous . There was no evil as unscrupulous as those who would cloud their eyes with the word “justice” .
“Besides…We have information that the filthy wings are preparing for war against us . It would be too late for us if they attack first . ”
Eyes clouded with justice, hearts filled with suspicions…This is getting serious, Dina thought .
They were convinced that they were right and that they would become victims of the other party’s attacks . They had become like a bomb on the verge of explosion . It was unclear if Merak was aware of this or not, but the fuse of this country’s destruction had already been lit .
“I have already called for our comrades who shared the same ambitions, forming a volunteer army . Everyone is of one mind . There is no difference in our concerns for this country . ”
Reid’s powerful speech stirred the people here to raise their voice in cheers . If they were the minority, it might be possible to stop them . But if they were the majority, it would be impossible to stop . Group psychology could corrupt one’s normal judgment, causing the erroneous belief that one was absolutely right . And so it was the final countdown to chaos .
“In addition, we have an ally from outside . Although he belongs to a wingless race, Jupitar-dono agrees with us . In fact, the information provided by him has been a great help to us . ”
Jupitar—Was this the criminal responsible for lighting the fuse?
Dina concluded thus, but it felt strange that the principal person was not here . For an important meeting like this, he ought to be here to urge them on . Yet he was absent . Was it really okay for him to stop at this point?
Well, whatever . She got some interesting information anyway, so there was no need to stay here any longer .
This would be a good present for Ruphas .
Without messing up her gentle smile, Dina vanished like a fog from that place .
Jupiter unleashed blades of wind at Libra’s face, arms, legs, and chest . But she remained unharmed . As a demon of the Seven Luminaries who threatened the world, Jupiter was attacking with all his might . However, Libra continued to advance expressionlessly as if it was just a light breeze .
It might be possible to scratch the machine guns a little after they were deteriorated over two hundred years . However, Libra’s body was fully repaired by Ruphas . In her current state, she did not receive a single scratch .
It was a tornado that could uproot huge trees, yet she ignored the wind bullets coming from all directions as if she didn’t even know they were there . His most powerful skill, which reduced his own HP to use, could not even move her one bit .
On the other hand, Libra’s attacks were all instant-kill . If he was hit, Jupiter would surely die . A scattershot of instant-kill attacks was no joking matter . And the accuracy was rising as time went by . She was learning her opponent’s movements and making adjustments to compensate . Even so, this fragile balance was maintained only because Libra was not going all out .
If she activated Brachium, everything would be over in an instant . Yet, she did not do so because Libra decided that Brachium should be kept in reserve . In other words, there was no need to use Brachium because the gap in their abilities was too wide .
Everyone in Gjallarhorn, including the king, could become Ruphas’ enemies . Libra always thought so and prepared herself to respond accordingly . In other words, if she activated Brachium, it would be targeting the entire country of Gjallarhorn instead of Jupiter . If they became her master’s enemy, she would instantly target the capital city with Brachium and erased the entire country .
For that reason alone, she kept Brachium in reserve so she can activate it when necessary . Of course, there was probably nothing they could do when if the people of this country became her master’s enemies . They were on completely different levels in the first place . However, reality sometimes exceeded expectations . There could be unexpected strength when the masses were united .
A one-in-ten-thousand chance . Libra was already familiar with such unreliable and unreasonable reality two hundred years ago . Therefore, she would not make the same mistake again . She would not let such one-in-ten-thousand chances happen again . If it began to germinate, she would immediately pull it out by the roots . Therefore, she did not activate Brachium, allowing Jupiter to hang onto his life by a thin thread .
“This is unacceptable . Our compatibility is terrible . ”
Jupiter smiled like a wild beast enjoying a fight as he murmured calmly . His body was full of injuries . The injuries were light, but they were accumulating . The attacks did not hit him directly . He fully utilized his evasion skills and dodged the attacks perfectly . But even so, the shockwaves alone were enough to damage his body .
On the other hand, Libra was hit directly several times, but she merely poised without taking any damage . It was as if she was saying that she did not even need to dodge .
Metal—in other words, steel .
A body as hard as steel . A blade that could cut down trees . A heavy weight that could not be moved by the winds .
Steel could be melted by fire, but never hurt by the wind . Against Jupiter, Libra was a natural enemy that would not be damaged and could kill him in one hit .
However, only Jupiter could have continued fighting until now . Among the Seven Luminaries, he was the best in terms of evasion and movement . Besides, he could still make attacks of his appropriate level . If he was one of the other Seven Luminaries, such as Mars, he would be a corpse already . Even so, being good at fighting was not the same as victory . At most, he could continue to fight, but his chance of victory was basically zero .
“I can’t win this . Although it’s frustrating, I will have to retreat . ”
Hearing that the enemy intended to retreat, Libra withdrew her left arm and readied her machine gun . If the enemy continued to attack, she would defend with her steel-like hardness and defeat him with the Right Scale . But if the enemy escaped, flight would be required .
Libra’s maximum flying speed could reach Mach 5, but this was provided that she moved in a straight line and only after sufficient acceleration . In other words, her initial velocity was not as fast and she was not as maneuverable as someone who could control the winds freely .
If he intended to escape, it would be very difficult to catch him . It would be impossible to pursue and capture him . Therefore, it would be better to switch to long-range attacks and shoot him down from behind the moment he tried to flee .
“Unfortunately, I’m more familiar with this town than you!”
In cold sweat, Jupiter ran towards the exit of the city . Libra immediately gave chase, but the buildings in this city were too densely packed . This inconvenient situation was due to the flügels assuming that people wouldn’t be walking along the streets . This became a maze for Jupiter to flee and hinder Libra’s pursuit .
He fled into the corners, hid inside buildings, and got lost in the crowds . The tight corners were advantageous to Jupiter, who had high maneuverability . In addition, Libra had not acquired information regarding this capital city . Given the difference in speed, it was impossible for Libra to catch up .
For example, an Olympic gold medalist, who knew nothing about the city, would have a hard time catching a kid, who was very familiar with the city streets, in a game of hide-and-seek . This was known as a geographical advantage .
Further pursuit was a waste of time—based on their speed and maneuverability, her calculation determined that the chance of a successful capture was abysmally low . Without sufficient information on the city, further pursuit would only end in failure . It would be more meaningful to bring the information acquired from this battle to her master quickly . Libra thought so and terminated her pursuit .
A metallic sound was heard as Libra moved her head . She could hear the sound of a pebble from two hundred kilometers away . She searched for Ruphas’ voice and breathing sound and located her . As for Jupiter…it was useless as he was blocking sounds with wind walls . It would be impossible to track him with sound .
“Current location, black town…temple . ”
Libra discovered the location of her master, who did not seem to be in a battle for now . She listened for other voices to check if there were hostile people .
Yesterday, her master woke up at night with an irregular heart rate . Libra did not really understand, but she knew people could have dreams . This was her master organizing her memories . In some cases, one could remember some painful memories . Based on her master’s reaction…Libra thought that she probably saw some unwanted dreams .
As expected, this country had bad influences on her master .
Thus, she concluded that she must eliminate all obstacles to her master while they remained in this country . Libra could not be affected by emotions . She would not be influenced something as surreal as dreams . She would not lose her normal composure . She was essentially a tool . Her existence was meant to benefit her master and remove any obstacles .
The enemy’s appearance and combat style were recorded . He was a low-level, troublesome opponent who used evasion to run around everywhere . She would not lose . A victory would be easy if she had a reliable method to capture him . Unfortunately, he escaped this time, but the next time would be different .
She had to prepare weapons and strategies to deal with his speed, so she could reliably deal with him in their next encounter . She could eliminate him with Brachium, but she thought it was unnecessary . At the most, it would be enough to use it as a bluff and a threat . There was no need to fire .
As a doll who regained her owner, Libra pondered .
Weapons to defeat the enemies, methods to eliminate them, and actions from the previous battle .
She reviewed, calculated, and repeated simulations, searching for that which would benefit her master most .
This was the meaning of her existence as a doll that was created .