Translator – Agni
Ok, now then, I will start by posting Ch 312 because I ended up translating it anyways and noticed my translation was quite different in several places from the version of my co-translator .
There was movement within the Victorias’ army at the【Mutich Bridge】 .
While appearing to have a gorilla-like physique, Iraora was glaring grimly in a displeased manner .
He was an ex-member of the ≪Cruel≫ and the man who was entrusted with the job of protecting this bridge by Eveam . But he who supported the ways of the previous Demon Lord Avoros betrayed Eveam, killed ≪Rank 6≫ Graywald in the previous battle and also wanted to take care of ≪Rank 5≫ Shublarz .
「Tch, that bastard Rushbelle had won」
The sound of clicking his tongue rang from his big mouth and he shrugged his shoulders in an exaggerated manner .
「Even that is according to plan」
Saying so in an uninterested manner without any trace of undulation in his manner of speaking was the one next to Iraora, Abyss . He is the 『Spirit of the Dark』who once had a chance meeting with Silva and Liliyn .
Both clad in black, Iraora had a pattern of fist on his back while Abyss had a single red eye drawn on his .
「Oi, what happens now?」
「Obviously asking because I don’t」
「Why are you the one getting pissed?」
「Whatever already, just tell me 」
「Haa… . listen up ok? Our goal is… . to spend time here」
「Ah? Is that so?」
Abyss swam his gaze in the direction of【Victorias】 .
「Aa, our job is to preserve the line until they arrive」
「Haaa~ Cant we not do such a troublesome task and just kill all of them?」
Clearly, Iraora was filled with arrogance as he looked down on his opponents .
「Don’t be naive . Rushbelle is the ≪Head Commander of the Demon Army ≫and is widely hailed as a prominent ≪Cruel≫ candidate . Besides, that earlier display of power is a threat」
「Hah! I can take care of him one-handedly 」
「Besides, there is also that Shublarz you failed to catch」
「I did not fail . I let her go」
「Well, let’s put it that way……hm?」
At that time, Abyss directed his gaze towards【Victorias】again . He was gazing fixedly at an existence that had caught his attention .
「What happened, Abyss?
「……I see, that guy is on that side」
「Huh? that guy?」
「……Well, whatever . As time passes, I will also get moving」
「Oi Oi, where do you intend to go?」
「You……really need to listen to what people are saying . From here on out, we keep them confined here and after ‘that’ thing arrives, I alone will return to my country . You will continue battling here, capture the bridge and invade the Demon continent . Continuing like that, you can just trample all over『Evila』 . 」
「Hohou, so it is ok to do whatever I please! Gufufu!」
「……don’t break the bridge at least . It is the only means of passage」
「I know that! Well then, it is going to be a riot!」
Iraora crackled his knuckles and expressed his enthusiasm .
When war was breaking out on the two bridges, Hiiro was in the downtown of【Victorias】along with the people who came with him .
But anyone could notice the abnormality in the air .
「The people……aren’t here?」
As Hiiro muttered, there was not a single trace of any human activity in the town . As if the place had become a ghost town, silence pervaded .
「What in the world happened? As per the prior investigation, the citizens should have been leading their lives normally without knowing anything」
Liliyn crossed her arms and narrowed her eyes . Just like she said, the investigation other day showed no signs of a war in the town and the people just living their lives nonchalantly .
Perhaps having received a brainwashing of some sort, they were supposed to have been living normally, unaware of the world’s situation .
But in reality, what lied before Hiiro and the others was a world devoid of any life, like one from a painting .
「Oi Judom Lankers, what do you plan on doing now huh?」
As Liliyn directs her gaze to Judom who came with them, she was met with a man making a bitter face . It could be seen even he did not predict a situation like this .
「Right now our comrades in the human realm, spread over at different locations of the rebel army should be making their way towards here by repelling the enemy . They might be able to give us an explanation, but we don’t have the time to wait」
「Then, what to do?」
「In any case, there is something I need to get back . Our target is that castle」
He glared at the Imperial Castle .
「Hiiro, what will you……looks like you are already decided」
Hiiro was also staring at the castle . Even if not put into words, it was clear to Liliyn that they were heading towards it .
「Ojou-sama, what should we do?」
Silva asked as he scrutinized his surroundings with caution . Originally, Liliyn and the party were supposed to support Hiiro by attracting the attacks of the enemy .
As to why Liliyn was proactively participating in the war, it was because of the contract with Leowald . When Leowald tagged along for the War Council to【Xaos】, he who had some spare time came to Liliyn wanting to talk about【Paradise】 .
Of course, the centre of the talks was what Hiiro had talked about earlier, the location for constructing【Paradise】 . Since the【Valar Wilderness】in the beastmen’s country seemed to be a land with the best conditions, they talked regarding the handing over of the land .
However, at that time, Leowald had withheld his decision . The contents were attractive but as a king, he could not make a hurried decision in his own discretion .
Hiiro said that is a matter they can eventually decide upon discussion . So Leowald spared some time to discuss about it with Liliyn .
What seemed to have become of that discussion was that the land can be transferred when this war ends successfully . But there was a condition attached thereto .
That was for her to lend her power to win the war .
If Avoros won the war, the dream of creating【Paradise】will be a pipe dream . Even if to just materialize the dream, her power was necessary .
But then, Liliyn had also put forward a condition . What she will do was only support Hiiro . Having heard that, Leowald stared in wonder and seemed to have laughed like a broken man but it looks like they came to an understanding .
Hence, she tagged along . But upon coming across the lifeless eerie situation of the town, she was pondering as to what should be done .
「What do you mean? What we have to do does not change . We support Hiiro so that he can reach his target . Shamoe and the others too, don’t fall back . 」
「Ku, kui~ 」[TN – confused what SFX this is, probably mikazuki the bird making a bird sound]
Shamoe’s voice trembles in anxiety as Mikazuki is clinging to her .
「Kuzel-dono, shall the two of us protect Shamoe and the others?」[TN – in case you are confused, he is Cruzer Jio, the blacksmith . I have no idea how クゼル became Cruzer, so I will stick with Kuzel]
「Yes, but…… . 」
There, Hiiro noticed the unusual stiffness on Kuzel’s face and asked him what happened .
「N, no, this chilling sensation in the skin……like Hiiro-san said, as if that person is really……?」
「……as expected, it is that race huh . you are feeling it, which means he is here……that bastard」
「Hold on, listen carefully!」
As if noticing something, Judom asked to quieten down . Everyone stared in puzzlement for a moment but then they realized the meaning behind his words . A faint sound of firmly treading footsteps could be heard .
It looked like there is still some distance between them, but the sound kept getting louder . And it was coming from the direction of the castle they were heading for .
The earth faintly trembled . Then, in front of their eyes, a cluster of black was swarming towards them . It was a collective body of people . Like armed forces, they were lined up in columns and moved in an orderly fashion .
「Oi Oi, that damn Avoros, doing whatever he pleases!」
Judom’s resentment came across in his annoyed grumbling . It was understandable . Because, the group of people heading towards here were undoubtedly ―――――――――――――――――――――
―――――――――――――――――――――citizens of【Victorias】 .