In a Different World with a Smartphone Chapter 269
Second chapter of the last week.
Arc 26: What can be done for tomorrow
Chapter 269: The King of Slaves, and the Overwrite
The coach rattles through the streets of Kyurei, the capital city of Sandora. I can’t say that the hardened road is first-class even
if that comment is just
flattery, but it seems that the
suspension of the coach, which was
specifically made by Rosetta, absorbs a nice amount of shock.
Looking at the streets visible from the window,
I then notice how
they look old-fashioned. There are worn-off walls and collapsed roofs here and there.
that look like huts
among houses made of reddish-brown bricks.
It looks this place is
residential district for
lower classes, the area where people called “second-class citizens” are living, or so it seems.
「People here doesn’t seem to be
「Well, it’s no
t a surprise given the
these people have
Lance, the novice
knight sitting opposite of me, states his impression while looking out
the window same as me.
When I told Prime Minister Kousaka-san about m
y plan on
going to Sandora as an envoy, he said to take this person along as my chaperone. He doesn’t believe me… despite the fact that I don’t really behave
if the other side doesn’t try to pick a fight
Truth be told, it looks like
vice-commander Nicola-san to tag along with me, but it would’ve been unreasonable for a person
with a rank higher than an
envoy to come as a guard
I’ve ended up with this guy.
There are also four more people
with us other than Lance
, but all of them are riding
the other coach
want to immediately travel to Sandora using[Fly] or
a spell similar to it
, but I am tentatively acting as [an envoy of Brunhild who was entrusted with
written protest of the Tribe of the Tree King]
. As such, I’ve traveled to this place using an ordinary means of transportation
Although, we’ve arrived at
the outskirts of the royal capital
Pam entrusted us with the written protest, she had a terribly menacing look as if saying “we don’t care
, so go and punch the face of
Sandora King”, but
will unmistakably lead to war
against Sandora with
the other tribes
Pam might’ve wanted to come along with us
bringing just herself
, but she
can’t do so due to her position as a matriarch
The number of slaves are just as many
as I thought
a lot of them are malnourished — is it because they are not
being fed properly just
as His Majesty said?
combat-slaves appear to be given proper meals
「Well, that’s because they are slaves used for battles
ll be useless if they can
t fight when the time comes
hunger. Instead, the
be used as a shield
and nothing else
I could confirm their appearance here and there in the whole city, meaning that even a second-class citizen can own slaves. The robust-looking slaves guarding the stores are probably combat-slaves.
There are also demihumans such as beastkin
among the slaves. They might have been brought here from somewhere
. All of them are wearing crude torn clothes, and their
arms and legs
thin and worn-out.
「That reminds me, don’t address me with “Your Majesty”, Lance. We don’t know
when someone might hear you say that from whatever places we are planning on going to
「I-I am extremely sorry. How should I call you then…
When a terrified Lance asks me that, I notice that I haven’t decided on what name to use. Hmmm.
「Should I introduce myself as Doran? It’s
name of Mika-san’s father though」(Touya)
「Hey, Your Majesty?! Mika-san
aren’t like that!」(Lance)
Lance raises his reddened face. Fu-fu-fu. I
‘ve already seen
through that you pal
visiting the[Silver Moon] all the time! Mainly through Karen-nee-san.
Well, I think I should stop
me an idea…
「… Shall I introduce myself as [Robin Hood]… no, as [Robin Locksley?」(Touya)
「Robin Locksley? Then
, will I
to call you “Ambassador Locksley”?」(Lance)
「Guess so. I
m weak with bows though」(Touya)
This name somehow came out of my mouth due to the light green clothes that I’m wearing.
my whole body
with a phantom image using[Mirage]. I’ve just changed a
little my hairstyle and the color of my hair and my eyes.
give quite a different impression
to the other party
. Well, I think there won’t be a lot of people around this
through the second-class district and arrives
the gate leading to the first-class district.
Soldiers wearing superior leather armor stand in our way and stop the coach.
ntrance is allowed only to people with authorization
from beyond this point
! Where are you from
「My, oh my. We’ve arrived here from the Brunhild Dukedom. A notice should’ve come to your honorable country in advance about our arrival」(Touya)
「Brunhild…? Chi~, wait over here
this to the higher ups
Having peeked in
the coach through the window, the soldier call
out to us in
high-handed manner and then disappear
the interior of the gate while clicking his tongue.
「Such an attitude toward
an envoy of a foreign country
… I wonder what
kind of training did they have
「Sandora has almost no relations with foreign countries.
manners may just
be the result of
Even so, I still get offended even for a bit if someone shows an insolent attitude simply because his or her work increased despite the said work being part of his or her job.
We’ve finally been allowed to enter after they kept us waiting for a while.
You may go, but don’t cause any ruckus
even though he
knows that I’m an official envoy, huh? He’s totally making light of me. Sandora is a geographically isolated dominion, and it hasn’t been invaded by foreign countries thus far.
That attitude of his will disappear if I say that it’s due to Sandora’s isolationism for a long time, but it might also be possible that he’s just not thinking about the impression that attitude will show to the envoys of other countries.
When the coach starts to
due to how the streets here look different from the ones before. The change, in comparison to the second-class district from before, is sudden
— the road is paved with
stones being properly maintained
, and a row of houses is built with dazzlingly white walls. The inhabitants
here have good-looking appearances since they
are wearing luxurious ornaments
. They are also
walking through the streets while
The slaves themselves are different from those I saw in the second-class district before — they aren’t wearing worn-out clothes — but they don’t
look like they
「I’ve heard that
between the two districts
is severe, but for it to be this much…」(Lance)
Lance mutters while looking through the window.
a world of difference between the first-class district and the second-class district.
t the end of the road, a
magnificent castle, built with solid stones, is erected on a gently elevated slope. Having a square form, this castle has cylind
towers rising up in every direction of the ramparts, bringing about an atmosphere of majesty.
Even this castle
probably built by slaves.
When we arrive at
castle gates, we are let through without a stitch.
already reach this place
? The gatekeepers still glared at us with a scowl though.
Having gotten off the coach, we are
guided by a displeased-looking man in a robe who came from the castle through the corridor of
I, Lance and the four knights following us from behind
have our weapons
, except daggers,
away from us
right before the audience hall.
They’re being careful. Well, we will be meeting their king
from this point onwards,
so it’s not like I don’t
understand their caution.
audience hall, we are
made to kneel. Those in the vicinity are most likely chief retainers and generals of Sandora
guarding the royal palace
lined up in a row. Since there are so many of them here, they probably
won’t go down with just
one or two swords. Well
, I guess the confiscation of our weapons from before is just them making sure
「So, is this person an envoy which is said to
sent by Brunhild? I hear that he has arrived carrying a demand
citizens of the forest sea. What troubles they have gone through」(Prime Minister)
A bald man
who seems to be a prime minister and who’s wearing a red and black robe
opens his mouth. His
tone seems sarcastic
The one sitting on a gaudily shining throne in the inner part of the room is a bulging plump man who’s smoking a pipe with sleepy eyes. For a moment there
I thought he was an orc…
Standing beside the throne is a slave woman with
a[Subordination Collar] wearing
clothes so thin that
she looks almost half-naked. This woman is kneeling while holding an ashtray.
A pure golden crown is placed on top of
that orc’s light hair
. So this guy is Abdul Jafar Sandora the 3rd,
the king of the Sandora kingdom,
huh? He doesn’t
a wise ruler no matter how I look at him. Though I think that it’s not good to judge a person by his appearance.
The throne is
flashy armor with
on one side
and a sword
on the other
. The sword is too inlaid with jewels, but
that sword looks like it can be used in battle.
Say, won’t that orc be absolutely unable to wear that armor?
I mean the
size in particular.
my impolite thoughts, I
start talking while facing the king of Sandora.
「My name is Robin Locksley. I’m sorry to get straight to the point, but it’s about the demand made by the citizens of the forest sea. A request for you to immediately release the tribe folks captured by
order of magic beast warriors
from your country
has been… 」(Touya)
Interrupting me who is stating
business, the king slaps the pipe on the ashtray held by the slave woman.
tobacco leaves, receives
lighted pipe, and starts to breath
out its fumes.
After he rubs the face of this young slave woman in a repulsive way, he expresses a faint grinning smile and
without looking our way.
「The number of
slaves is insufficient. We
「… Are you implying that you’ve attacked the tribes of the forest sea with the intention
them as slaves?」(Touya)
「And what’s wrong with that? There
s no reason for us to be ordered by other countries. You
say that it’s not something a small country that has just been created can butt in 」(Abdul)
The King of Sandora
words at us while
So it’s a premeditated crime, huh?
As I thought, the invasion of the forest sea was
done by the
order of this country
「… are you wishing for a war with the tribes of the forest sea?」(Touya)
「War? There is no way it will
After all, those guys
are only a gathering of small tribes. Will they really be a match to our order of magic beast warriors?」(Abdul)
Tribe of the Tree King has friendly relations with our Brunhild. Do you intend to take an aggressive stance toward us as well?」(Touya)
King’s brow jumped up with a twitch, as he inclines forward while still sitting on his chair.
「You’re getting carried away, you know? Your king seems to have some
misunderstanding, but it has nothing to do with how many
those giant soldiers you possess. If you say that you
‘re going to
then you will
first of all
need to be careful not
scratch the head of a sleeping dragon. We’re also keeping every single proficient assassin as our subordinate. We can kill your bastard king at any time」(Abdul)
The people in the surrounding area chuckle
due to the words of the
ing of Sandora. Those guys are hopeless. Both them and their king have only
nothing but foolishness. It looks like they’re filled with hostility from the start.
‘t stop wondering
where their self-confidence comes from — it
like they really
have no idea as to
what has been happening in the world.
The king of Sandora cracks his fingers, and all the combat-slaves in the vicinity pull out their swords.
We also stand up, and the guard knights
, which are the only weapons they have left
「What sort of pretense is this?」(Touya)
? We’ll just say that no envoys came to this country.
After all, t
number of slaves is insufficient after Astal city was destroyed. We have been gathering them from other countries, but all of you will be born anew as docile slaves if we work you for about a month. We have every superior trainer at our country’s disposal, you see」(Abdul)
too dumbfounded and don’t say anything towards the laugh the king
As I thought
t seems that those guys have been kidnapping people even from other countries.
the other rulers have said.
This country is not decent, and I’m the foolish one
expected a little something from them… however small it
It’s not like I’ve lost my temper, but I’m
to keep kneeling
after being made fun of
much. I suppose there
s no need to restrain myself
because of how rudely the other side behaves.
of the other side
for some more, but the
turned up to be a bigger fool tha
I had thought.
「… How ridiculous」(Touya)
a sigh, I
take out a splendid coach from [Storage] which doesn’t lose to the throne the
ing of Sandora is sitting on.
I sit down on it and stretch my legs while looking at the king, I
cross my legs and rest my arms on the armrests.
(Black: “As I” means that he’s doing something while he’s doing another thing. He can’t stretch his legs while crossing them. He has to do one first before the other. That’s why I changed it to “after”.)
「It’s getting absurd for
you as an opponent because of just how foolish you are. Ah
. Let’s wrap up the play — it looks like the other side wants to have a war with us 」(Touya)
「Bastard… don’t you understand the state you are in?」(Abdul)
The king stands up and glares at us.
O-o-o-o, I wonder if
he’s getting angry.
His face has
‘ve already understood the situation
and everything else. You may say that it
s good that I
understood the true nature of this country. An extremely foolish king accompanied with his idiotic retainers. Say, do you know the proverb ”
well knows nothing of the real world”? It means that an aforementioned frog from
well doesn’t know the vast ocean, but… 」(Touya)
「Kill those guys!」(Abdul)
「You can listen to me, you know?」(Touya)
The combat-slaves coming to cut us down are stopped by an invisible barrier in about two meters around us.
I’ve placed a magic similar to [Shield]
he one called Robin or something! Who are you?!」(Abdul)
「Ah, that’s an alias. My real name is Mochizuki Touya
he sovereign King of Brunhild
and the one that you’ve said you can kill anytime
. I’m glad to meet you, Your Majesty The King of Sandora」(Touya)
I cancel [Mirage], reverting the color of
hair and pupils
back its original color
s no need to hide any longer if they
this level of
Sovereign King of Brunhild?! No way
king of a country come th
an adventurer, so I’m quick on my feet. I think it’s better if you moved around a bit more, you know? You’re obviously too fat」(Touya)
Seeing the orc king grinding his teeth as he
the pipe, the combat-slaves show an expression of dread while backing away.
「What are you doing?! If this guy is the real sovereign king of Brunhild
then it will be convenient! Go kill him! 」(Prime Minister)
The combat-slaves and the generals come at us once again, having received the orders of the bald prime minister, but [Shield] repels all of their half-baked physical attacks.
「Oh Fire, come forth, crimson flying bullet, Fire arrow!」(Magician)
A magician fires a flame arrow after reciting a fire-based spell, seeing that physical attacks are ineffective.
to him with reflection magic. Three rebounded flame arrows hit the magician and the retainers on both of his sides, blowing them off.
「You attack me after knowing that I’m a king
May I presume that you have definitely provoked a war to start?」(Touya)
「This fool. We will do whatever we want once we kill all of you here and cover
up. There is no way anyone would guess that
Sovereign King of Brunhild is in this place, right?」(Abdul)
The King of Sandora declares so with a cramped smile.
Is he an idiot?
have no idea
that I can use [Gate]
nd that it’s easy for us to escape
? Well, I won’t escape though.
「I’m asking you once more. Do you want a war?」(Touya)
「Our country has the order of magic beast warriors and combat-slaves. They are soldiers who will continue fighting to the death. Do you think that you can come out unscathed after you make our Sandora your enemy?」(Abdul)
Oh my, oh my. It looks like he is a real idiot.
「I’m sorry, but Brunhild has no intention to make Sandora its enemy. No, I suppose it has no need to make you an enemy, accurately speaking」(Touya)
「What did you say?」(Abdul)
uzzled king glares at me.
While sitting on the coach, I raise my hand toward the
ing of Sandora and invoke a no-attribute magic.
A [Subordination Collar] appears in my hand. The slave woman
who was making sure to hide behind the gaudy armor
away from the
ing of Sandora was surprised at the feeling of a necklace suddenly disappearing. Seeing this, the king
looks very surprised, doubting his eyes.
「It’s a [Subordination Collar], but…
I’ve understood that those collars are made to memorize the wavelengths of magic power
are said to belong to the highest standing master aside from the direct owner. In other words, it’s the wavelength which belongs to you, the
ing of Sandora」(Touya)
I explain it
ainly to the combat-slaves who are surrounding us
while spinning the collar on my finger.
It’s obvious if you think about it.
laves are absolutely obedient to their masters. Those who obtain a large number of those slaves may start a revolution against
which in turn
become a grave situation.
person whose orders stand way above those of the owners themselves, he
a special wavelength of magic power in all
of the[Subordination Collars].
This wavelength is probably something that
s inherited by the
for generations by means of some artifact.
the set-up doesn’t work that way,
then a new king
won’t be able
to rule over the slaves when it
a previous king
the succession is
only memorized by blood, it
ll be possible to control them even if
is just a descend
the royal family.
An ability which can be said to be
secret art of
royal family of Sandora
foundation of the country,
encompasses two things: an artifact which can bestow orders onto the slaves and the wavelength of
magic power of the royal family.
「In other words, you are the [Slave Master] who can order all
in this country
「… That’s right. By my order
all slaves will bear their fangs
you bastard. You better give up 」(Abdul)
It’s certainly a dreadful ability. Although it’s a good thing the [Subordination Collars] have not been mass-produced until now
nce it’s mass-produced, it will inevitably be scattered into other countries.
People will enslave other people according to their desires. It will bring forth nothing but new slaves for the
ing of Sandora
, and it
birth of a global kingdom of slaves.
However, I won’t allow that to happen.
「Then, I wonder what will happen once this authority of a master is taken over?」(Touya)
I have been
slaves in the capital of Sandora with [Multiple] from my smartphone for a while
here are so many of them that it took
preparations are complete
ime to invoke it.
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