“I see, the Gabranth are finally moving . ”
The king of < >, Rudolf van Strauss Arclaim had a somber expression on his face .
He had just heard the news from his office . The state of affairs in the country . The Gabranth had finally declared war on the Evila . Of course, he had expected this, but the Gabranth’s speed had surprised him .
“Is that so… it seems the world is on the brink of chaos . ”
“Training a Hero at a time like this is absolutely necessary to up our war potential for the upcoming battle . ”
The minister’s was Dennis Norman . Dennis had also served the previous king .
“Hopefully, they’ll both fall together, then we can seize power . ”
“That seems unlikely… the way the Gabranth are, defeat is inevitable . The Evila are quite strong . ”
, the elite serving directly under the Demon-lord . Fighting against them is insane . Each of them is said to be able to fight of thousands at once . ”
“No, those are rather the Gabranth’s < > . They are beyond the ‘Cruel’ . Someone who could stand against them…”
“Yeah, if it’s him, even the
could be defeated . However, he’s only one person . There are few things one can accomplish alone . ”
Really, no matter how strong one is, there’s no way you can win a war alone .
“If they come up with good strategies, couldn’t it work? They aren’t foolish enough as to fight a losing war . ”
“True . They may have a plan, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Evila are stronger . ”
Rudolf folded his arms with a stern expression .
“Hypothetically speaking… if the Gabranth were to win… what would happen?”
“I wonder . The animosity between the Humas and Gabranth runs deep . ”
“What about if the Evila win?”
“Hey, shouldn’t we check the authenticity of ‘those’ letters?”
“Ah, those letters . We’ve been receiving for a while now . Since last year . But as we couldn’t determine their real intentions, we’ve been leaving them alone . ”
“If that letter is indeed genuine, I doubt they plan on wiping out the Gabranth . ”
“That’s just wishful thinking . ”
“Assuming it is fake, they will exterminate them… right?”
“Whether it’s forged or not, the chances are quite high . Since we don’t know anything about the new Demon-lord, we should probably remain as spectators in this war . ”
“Either way, we still have our trump card . ”
“In the meantime, let’s wait for more news . Their country might get shaky, but I’ll leave you to deal with it . ”
The citizens will surely start hearing talk of war . They’ll probably get anxious then . But he thought that letting the minister deal with them would suffice .
“Speaking of which, where are the Heroes right now?”
“At < >, with Vale . ”
“Woah, doesn’t a Dragon live there? They’re gotten quite strong…”
“They must become stronger . For our sake . ”
“To your right Chika!”
The Heroes were facing a group of demons . Taishi had sheathed his sword and was firing off blasts of magic . Meanwhile, Chika, with her quick movements, was cutting them apart .
The other two, Shuri and Shinobu, were supporting them from behind .
The magic Shuri cast was
. The demons were, bound, swept up, then dropped .
Using lightning magic, Taishi and Chika’s movements were sped up .
With their increased movement speed, they continued to hack and slash at the demons . In a matter of seconds, the battle was over .
*Clap clap clap clap
“An excellent job everyone!”
That was Vale . He had only just been teaching them combat the other day, but there was no need for it anymore . He doubted he could win against the Offensive-Type Taishi and Chika in a straight out fight .
“As expected of Heroes! Those B-rank demons didn’t stand a chance!”
“Haha, are we really that strong?”
Grinning, Taishi scratched his head .
“Hey! Don’t get cocky . Didn’t you get careless the other day and take some damage?”
“Ah, haha… did that happen?”
He replied, glaring at Chika .
“Still, we’ve really gotten stronger!”
“Right, but are we going for the real thing now?”
Shinobu stared at Vale . Vale nodded with a serious expression .
“Errr… anyways, after this is the < > . Rank-S… A formidable foe . ”
Taishi laughed to break the tension .
“Alright! Rest up, we’re finally going to fight it!”
Everyone answered Taishi . Using pots, they restored their HP and MP and began to ascend the pass . They had heard that no more monsters could be found beyond that point, as they were all scared away by the dragon .
Upon reaching the top, they found a sleeping dragon . Taishi glanced at Vale . He nodded quietly . They had found the < > .
It was massive . Its scales were green, claws sharp, with two giant wings on its back . In addition, its mouth was huge . Dragons were known for their
Trying to catch it off guard, they quickly cast offensive magic . However the dragon had noticed them . It opened its eyes, startling them .
The dragon opened its mouth and sent out a gigantic sphere of compressed air .
Most of their attacks were swept away . Only a few were able to reach its body, but it still did quite a bit of damage .
“Let’s go Chika!”
The two of them drew their swords and jumped to the front line .
Shinobu instantly raised their speed .
They slashed the dragon .
Blood sprayed out of the wound .
“Dammit! Too shallow!”
It’s scales were quite thick, so their attacks weren’t very effective . The dragon, enraged, took to the skies and charged at them .
Shuri’s water magic managed to protect them . However, the dragon fired off another
. Shuri’s magic was dispelled and the two in the rear were sent tumbling .
Taishi cried out, but
Chika warned him, this time the dragon slashed at them with it’s claws . Fortunately, they managed to scramble away in time .
“Shit! Eat this! < >!”
A blast of lightning flashed toward the dragon . Hitting it with a loud crackling sound . The dragon cried out in pain .
“It looks like magic is more effective than our swords!”
“Oh! Then next is this! < >!”
“Me too! < >!”
The two spears combined into one and hit the dragon, burning it .
Crying out in pain, it tumbled onto the ground .
The two rushed forward to deal the finishing blow . But the dragon opened its mouth . < >
At that moment,
Two shouts came from behind them . Shuri and Shinobu . The girls’ magic succeeded in stopping the dragon .
“Guys! Attack now!”
Taishi and Chika nodded at each other . They focused their magic on their hands . And…
They thrust their fists forward, letting out of a burst of light which turned into an arrow . The arrow pierced through the dragon’s body . After letting out a shrill cry, the dragon died .
Taishi and the other three cheered . Though they weren’t hurt, the release of tension from their battle caused them to sit down .
Though they had certainly gotten stronger, it was inevitable to receive high damage front a direct attack . Thanks to their experience, they were able to continue fighting .
“Though there were a few close calls, you performed magnificently!”
Vale was quite ecstatic .
“Alright, let’s get the drops and head back . ”
When they approached the body, a shadow fell upon them .
When they looked up, they saw a shadow descending toward the dragon . Vale’s face paled .
“W-who are you?!?”
Taishi shouted . The figure crossed his arms, and opened his mouth .
“I’ll be taking this . ”
With that, the man unfolded what appeared to be his wings . He couldn’t be human . He was clearly a birdman .
“Wait a second! We’re the ones who defeated it!”
The person stripped the dragon of its scales and tossed them their way . He glanced at them, as if saying ‘With this there should be no complaints . ’ His attitude filled him with the same rage he had against ‘that’ classmate .
“Aaah, argh! Anyways, don’t just do as you please! Give us a reason, you!”
When Taishi raised his finger, Vale calmed him down .
“W-what are you doing, Vale!”
“It’s fine! We got what we wanted . Don’t mind him . ”
Seeing the two arguing, the bird-man grabbed the tail of the dragon and lifted off . Flying away with the entire dragon .
“A-amazing . The dragon’s massive . ”
As Shuri was saying, he was holding the dragon in one hand . In addition to his vice-like grip, the strength of his wings was spectacular . Everytime the wings moved, a gale could be felt below .
And like that, the birdman disappeared into the sky .
“…Hey, Vale, he’s gone, but are you okay with that?”
“I-it’s fine . Right now, you wouldn’t stand a chance against him”
Seeing Vale sweating bullets, Shinobu asked .
“By any chance, is that Bird-san strong?”
“… Yes, that was Bird, and as you can see he is < > . ”
“Well, anyone would be able to tell at a glance that he was a Gabranth”
“Why didn’t we fight him? Wasn’t it 5 on 1?”
Taishi’s question was natural . They had managed to defeat the S-rank dragon . In addition, Vale was with them, they should be able to defeat Birdo . However, Vale shook his head .
“There are many factors . The beastman is unlike any other . ”
“What do you mean?”
“He is one of Passion’s < > . He serves directly under the King . If we fight, the Gabranth will not stay silent . ”
“Th… that guy was from the top brass?”
“Yes… and I’m afraid his power exceeds ours… He should be at least Rank-SS . I’m sorry, but we wouldn’t last a minute against him . And besides…”
Vale put on a difficult expression and closed his eyes, as if hesitant to say it . Then, he slowly opened his mouth .
“The fact that he’s gathering monsters means… the war has started . ”
They were stunned . Finally, Shinobu asked .
“W-war? Are they going to attack us?”
“When I first saw him, I thought so . However, he didn’t show any signs of aggression . ”
Vale looked up .
“If they were waging was on the Humas, he would have finished us off here . There’s no reason to let us live . ”
“So you’re saying…?”
“Yes, their enemy is the Evila . They are moving faster than expected . ”
Taishi was told that the Gabranth would soon be waging war against the Evila .
However, the King had said that there was still some time . But in fact, it would start soon .
“C-couldn’t this be a misunderstanding, Vale?”
Taishi asked . But Vale shook his head .
“No . Do you know why he’s gathering monsters?”
Everyone shook their heads .
“They have a method for reanimating demon corpses . ”
“Doctor Yuhito . He is said to have researched the < >, < >, and even the < > . There are rumors that he’s been working on a method to turn dead demons into zombies . ”
Taishi and the others shivered at the thought of zombies .
“However, it doesn’t last too long . And I’ve heard that the corpse must be fresh . I guess that’s why he’s been collecting them . ”
“War… . huh”
“Yes . They seem to be gathering dead demons to increase their forces . ”
“That’s pretty serious… are the humans safe?”
“…Most will probably stay as spectators . ”
“We won’t participate?”
“Yeah, since we aren’t allied with them, if we went and messed up, we’d be attacked by both parties . ”
“Besides, we’re still in the middle of training right now! It’s not like we’ll send you off to your deaths . ”
Hearing the word ‘kill’, the four paled . They had clearly been preparing to fight, but hadn’t really given it much thought .
Suddenly, they didn’t feel like it was their problem anymore . As Vale had said, if they joined now, they’d be killed immediately . The heaviness of the thought left their throats dry .
“If it’s you, Hero-samas, you’ll be able to become stronger than anyone else . Now is the time to train . ”
The four looked at each other and nodded .
“We understand, Vale . We know that we can’t take it easy anymore . ”
“Yes! Let’s get stronger than anyone else!”
The four had once again regained their motivation . Vale looked up at the sky, to where Birdo had disappeared .
(However, no matter who wins, the world will definitely fall into chaos . )
Thinking of the fate of the world, he too, vowed to become stronger .