Age 17 . Height 170 (centimeters) . Weight 60 (kilograms) .
This was an average body shape . Also, he didn’t have anything that he was particularly good at, or bad at . His results were slightly above average . He was decent in sports, but he was not the best in his class . Be it studies or sports, he was merely slightly above average . His looks were well featured . Although it was not the type of face like an idol which would cause commotion wherever he went, he was still one of the good-looking guys in his class .
Such a guy was currently being troubled in a place far from Japan—or rather, he wasn’t even on Earth, but in the other world of Midgard .
There was a voice in his head, asking for help . He answered, seeking the person in distress . If that person was injured, he would call an ambulance . If that person was assaulted, he would rush to the scene . He would answer a call for help, no matter who it might be . But all those worries came to an end when he was asked to defeat the demons and the Overlord in another world .
He could not understand . He was so perplexed that he thought it was a joke .
It had been more than forty years since the great accomplishment of landing Apollo 11 on the moon in 1969 . Science and technology had advanced by leaps and bounds, but humans had yet to leave the solar system . Even so, by means of an occult power like magic, he landed in another world without wearing a spacesuit .
Even though the situation was beyond his understanding, he quickly adapted . Or perhaps he was just a fool . He was in the unprecedented situation of being summoned to another world by himself, yet he neither cried out to return home nor became angry . Instead, he calmly listened to the people around him and the young elf (who was actually more than two hundred years old) that summoned him . They explained the reason he was summoned and what he needed to do . All these, he obediently accepted .
It was not that he did not fear combat . However, he had a dream, a reckless ideal for the future, guided by the optimism of youth . Since he was little, he wanted to be a policeman . He longed to be a modern hero that helped people . It was a blueprint for the future drawn by a child who knew nothing of corruptions and under-the-table dealings .
He grew up watching the back of his father who was a policeman . He was proud of his father whom people could always count on . Therefore, he wanted, longed for, and aimed to be like that . Even now, this dream had not faded .
It was honestly unimaginable to fight the Demon King and the Overlord in another world . He did not want to kill anyone even now . However, he simply could not ignore the hands reaching out to him for help . If he abandoned them here, the future he dreamed of would never come to pass . This was the reason he answered the pleading of the people from another world . The hero (father), who was still shining in his heart, would not simply abandon them .
“…Although I tried enthusiastically, I wish I have the abilities to accompany it . ”
Sei muttered in a whisper while matching swords with the swordsmanship teacher Friedrich in the training area . However, being distracted during training was suicidal . All the more so when his opponent was the much stronger Sword Saint—the world’s strongest swordsman .
Friedrich sent Sei’s sword flying and pointed his own sword to the latter’s throat . And that was game over . Sei raised his hands to surrender and looked at his teacher once more . Due to the cool nickname of the Sword Saint and the resounding name of Friedrich, he had originally imagined a handsome knight . Instead, his appearance was very different . If one was to describe him in a word, it would be…tiger .
This was not a figurative description . His face was really a tiger . No, not just his face . His entire body was covered in orange fur with black stripes . He was over two meters tall, and he wore armor while swinging a sword . His powerful presence was certain to bend one over at the waist on the first encounter . Indeed, Sei was bent over .
Moreover, he had cat-like habits, such as squeezing into a box smaller than himself for no reason . When he had free time, he was always stuck in a gap or he would enter a box from which he could not get out .
But he could not be described as a bipedal cat . His pride as a tiger was strong . Even if he had cat-like reactions, he was still a great tiger beastkin . Even if he brought home a mouse, he was still a tiger .
The Sword Saint growled loudly . Sei strongly wished that he could speak in a human language . It was not that beastkins could not speak human languages . He had heard them converse normally before . However, the Sword Saint only growled like a tiger . He could probably speak in a human language if he wanted to . That was what the young elf said, but Sei had never heard him speak .
“The captain seems to be angry that Sei-sama is distracted during a mock battle . ”
The person who was translating the Sword Saint’s words was the female vice-captain . A female knight should be a beauty…It should be like that, but the reality was different . That crude facial feature was…more like a female gorilla . Her muscular, dark skin with hair in dreadlocks, along with her thick lips and big nostrils, crushed the image of the “female knight” to pieces . She was most certainly not an Amazon . Also, if you looked closely, you could see the nasal hair sticking out of her nose . This was the reality .
“The captain says that he wants to eat chicken today . ”
“No, even if you tell me that…”
“The captain says he wants to go outside, so today’s training is over . ”
“…Isn’t the Sword Saint being a bit too whimsical?”
Friedrich was really whimsical . A while ago, he dreamed that he was playing with a ball, so he abruptly ended the training and ran off somewhere else . Perhaps he was just a big cat . Sei held back the urge to say it out loud . Even so, he was the Sword Saint, the only sword master in the world . He was a symbol of this country, so one could not speak ill of him .
“Oh, Cruz-san? What is it?”
As Sei stared helplessly at the back of the Sword Saint, a young elf came running towards him . He was the one responsible for summoning Sei to this world . Despite his appearance, he was already two hundred years old and was serving as the king’s adviser . His full name was Cruz Northern, wasn’t it?
“The traveling members have been assembled . Please present yourself before the king along with Friedrich-dono . ”
Hearing this, Sei tightened his expression . It finally came, he thought . Despite being a hero, Sei had been an ordinary person living peacefully in Japan until recently . Even though he had been training swordsmanship since then, traveling alone would still be suicidal . Therefore, it was necessary to make proper preparations for his companions and equipment . The king told him to train while they made the preparations . Now, it seemed those preparations were complete . This implied to start of his journey .
“I understand . ”
“Hero, the time has come for departure . ”
Sei and Friedrich kneeled and bowed their heads before the king . A few strangers were standing beside the throne . Sei thought they were probably his future comrades .
“Equipment, human resources . I am confident that the best of what is currently available has been procured . First and foremost, the pride of our country, the Sword Saint—Friedrich . ”
He answered as the king called his name .
No, at least speak before the king . Isn’t this rude? Sei thought . However, this seemed to be usual and nobody said anything .
“Master of divine magic, my adviser, the acolyte—Cruz . ”
“I will put my life on the line . ”
The next to be called was the young elf . He must be strong for his name to be called here . It was said that he was one of the few survivors from the battle with Ruphas two hundred years ago . He should be an acceptable candidate .
“The valedictorian from Svalinn’s arcane magic academy, Alfie . She was also trained in swordsmanship by her father, Gants the mercenary . Her abilities would be helpful to you . ”
“It’s an honor to be chosen, Your Majesty . ”
One of the people standing beside the king, a seemingly strong-willed girl with brown side-ponytail hair responded . Like a mage, she wore a black cloak, covering her white shirt and red skirt . Well, whatever, but her skirt was a bit short . Was she being seductive?
“Also from Svalinn, the Wisdom King Megrez-sama’s steel golems . Most of the golems were destroyed by Aries of the Twelve Heavenly Stars . Even so, upon hearing of the hero’s departure, he hurriedly created these . ”
Kacha, kacha . The golems stepped forward with a rough noise . Their intimidating auras were not inferior to the Sword Saint’s .
“And in case of emergency, there are ten rangers of the covert team to support you from the shadows . Each is an elite over Level 50 . ”
Suddenly, there was a group of men in black next to the king . Their faces were completely covered . When they noticed Sei’s gaze, they gave a thumbs-up .
“Next are the four members of Hawkeye . They brought the treasures of the Overlord from the Black-Winged Royal Tomb . We have specially selected your weapons from them . ”
Hearing the king’s words, the eyes of the Sword Saint, Cruz, and the girl shone . Sei didn’t really know, but they seemed to be of considerable worth . Anyway, it seemed that they weren’t going to just send him off with just a cypress stick .
Alfie, Cruz, and the tiger were genuinely happy about the weapons presented to Sei and the rest . Even Sei, who was unfamiliar with weapons, could tell with a glance that they had a strange presence . Indeed, the pure warriors and mages, who were residents of this world, were really pleased .
“Come, it’s time to start the journey . Hero and his companions, be sure to defeat the Demon King and the resurrected Overlord and clear the dark clouds of our time!”
Ah, so the journey had already started . As he thought this, Sei stood up hurriedly . At the same time, the others also stood up and Alfie joined in . The surroundings echoed with the sound of trumpets . The noisy cheers of the citizens were heard from outside the castle .
With Sei in the lead, they marched forward as if it was a parade . As they left the castle, people flocked to see them .
Damn . This is super embarrassing .
Sei blushed and walked quickly . He wanted to leave the capital as fast as possible . The next few minutes were like a parade for public execution . Eventually, Sei and his companions finally reached the city gate .
Now, it begins . An adventure to save the world .
He used to think that this only happened in video games . It was a heroic saga that one would watch in safety through the screen . Yet he was currently in such a situation, being the protagonist himself . The only difference was the ability to continue from a saved game . With increasing nervousness, he started sweating .
Don’t be afraid . Don’t be frightened . Now, look ahead and step forward .
Although he thought that he was unsuitable for this and that there were more qualified people around, he was currently the hero . Therefore, to avoid worrying his companions, he—looked and black feathers entered his field of vision .
Immediately after, a black angel descended as if it was a dance . A crimson cloak covered her pure white dress . The ominous black wings on her back were a symbolic presence . Her golden hair, mixed with a tint of vermillion, danced like the flames . Her beauty could not be described as anything but peerless . Even though she merely landed, the ground cracked . Her forceful presence alone suppressed the ranger team .
“Eh? This can’t be right . That’s…”
“Ru, Ru, Ruphas Mafahl!!?”
Alfie muttered in fear, while Cruz screamed . Sei thought, As I expected .
His legs were shaking with only a glance . His entire body was overwhelmed by fear . There was no mistake . It was “her” . This woman was—the Black-Winged Overlord!
—A wild Ruphas Mafahl appeared!
Even though he thought of such silly notifications, it did not diminish the fear .
Fear . Yes, Sei was currently feeling fear that was unprecedented since his birth . Even his teeth were rattling .
No . We cannot fight this .
This was a monster that merely looked human . There was nothing in this dimension that could challenge her .
But, ah . Why is the reality so heartless?
To encounter the Overlord on his first step of the journey was already the worst scenario, yet the nightmare still continued .
Ruphas looked up into the sky . Following her gaze, Sei also looked up…and saw another person—no, monster . It was a man . He was a good-looking guy with blue skin, which no human would have . His black hair was fluttering, while his eyes were golden . A black cloak covered his entire body . The air around him was distorted like a mirage . And…despite any reluctance to admit it, his presence was not inferior to the black-winged woman .
He slowly descended and touched the ground . His position was on the opposite side of Ruphas . He stared at her with Sei in between them .
Stop it, you fool . Don’t flank us . Sei wanted to shout it out .
“Ah, ah…Idiot, no…a, a thing like this…”
Cruz’s face was so white that the others worried if he was dead . Tears flooded his eyes as his face distorted in despair . It seemed Cruz recognized the other guy as well . It was someone he knew and feared from the bottom of his heart .
“Demon King…! Why is the Demon King here…!?”
—A wild Demon King appeared!
It was just the first step of their journey .
The hero and his companions were sandwiched between the two bosses—the Overlord and the Demon King .
What sort of penalty game is it?
And Sei thought:
…We are dead, right?