Note, the Samurai Man doesn’t look like a Samurai, he just has a Samurai Haircut: A Topknot . But it’s annoying to write that over and over again, so hes the samurai man until named otherwise .
With APs around the corner, I may have to take an extended break soon .
“I can’t… let you kill him . ”
The boy speaks, as if unaffected by Liliyn’s bloodlust . Hiiro’s attention was captured by the young man’s strange actions .
From the samurai-ish man’s atmosphere, and actions, it was likely that he was a man of some power . But Liliyn was head and shoulders above him . With the way things were going, Liliyn’s claws would definitely found their way into his heart . The man himself was unable to keep up with any of her movements, and he probably had resolved himself for whatever fate awaited him . Even Hiiro could barely follow Liliyn, and that was only because he was a distance away .
But he could barely trace them . If he were to go against speed like that, it would be difficult .
(But that boy easily followed them)
Right, the boy was easily following the two’s fight with his eyes . He had perfectly timed himself when he used both of his arms to throw his curved blade, and put a hold on the fight . To be able to do that, the boy must have been quite powerful himself .
While Hiiro wasn’t looking, the Samurai man was by the boy’s side . And surprisingly, he lowered himself to his knees .
“I-I apologize, chief!” (Man)
Hiiro was startled at hearing the word, ‘chief’ . . Liliyn was the same, and her eyebrows twitched for a moment . But she quickly nodded as if to accept the fact .
“Hmmhmmmm . I realized that quite a powerful person had been hidden in the sand, but I never expected the brat to be the head here . ” (Liliyn)
“So she noticed…” (Man)
The samurai man remorsefully spits out his words . In reality, their group had noticed the moment Hiiro’s group had set foot in the desert . They had hidden several of their companions under the sand in order to initiate a surprise attack . But it seems that Liliyn had already noticed as such .
It was at that time, that hiiro started to understand the words she said . At that time, she had suddenly signaled Shamoe to stay by her side . And she also cautioned Hiiro himself . She had already noticed that they were surrounded by enemies .
“If you don’t want me to fight that man, does that mean you’ll take me on? Hmm?” (Liliyn)
A fearless smile floats on Liliyn’s face, but the boy shakes his head .
“Did you come… to… lay waste to our desert?” (Boy)
“We had no such intentions . ” (Liliyn)
“Then… why are you here?” (Boy)
“We’re just travelling . We’re escorting that brat . ” (Liliyn)
Liliyn signals to Hiiro, and the boy shifts his gaze to him .
“Are you… from the 『Ashura Tribe』?” (Hiiro)
When asked, the boy gives a firm nod .
“I see . It seems that you really do live in this desert . By the way, do you have any plans on letting us pass peacefully?” (Hiiro)
Hiiro grips his sword, as he lets out his words . The boy reaches for the pair of blades on his back, and slowly draws them . But the second both blades had come out of their sheathes, Hiiro knit his brow . The reason being, that instead of the edges you would find on a normal sword, the ends of the blades were cur rectangular, like building blocks . They clearly lacked the ability to cut .
The dropped the items, which were difficult to even call sword, to the ground, and they immediately sunk into the sand . They probably weighed quit a lot .
And he took the two black swords held by ths samurai man . Hiiro noticed it now, that the black swords the man held were of the same Japanese Katana Design as 『Piercer』 . The boy pointed the blade of the two weapons at Hiiro, and prepared himself .
“You shall… not pass . ” (Boy) (TL: I couldn’t help myself)
“… I see . ” (Hiiro)
Hiiro put even more power into the hand grasping his sword . The boy was probably restricting his own movements by carrying around those large slabs of metal on his back .
He removed those restraints, and took the swords, no, katanas, of the samurai man . And the fighting stance he took was well refined . Hiiro determined that the true owner of these two swords was probably the boy .
(It’s as if he wasn’t the slightest bit serious until now… interesting . )
In order to confront his enemy with his full might, he prepared to use his 《Word Magic》 .
(The thing I’ll need to be careful of is his speed . I don’t know how heavy those swords are, but seeing as he could keep up with Aka-Loli’s movements, I should assume he can move at that speed as well…)
Without taking his eyes off of the boy, he put his right arm behind his back, and wrote 『Speed(速)』 . He set it to activate remotely with his invocation management .
Perhaps the other side noticed him using magic, but the boys actions grew more vigilant .
“Wait a second, brat . ” (Liliyn)
That one was directed at Hiiro .
“What? I’ll be the one to take him on . Don’t step in . ” (Hiiro)
If Liliyn tried to KS him, he wouldn’t get any EXP . For Hiiro, who wanted to raise his level all at once, fighting a strong enemy was all that he could wish for .
(TL: KS = Kill Steal)
“Just wait . There’s something I want to ask . ” (Liliyn)
Saying that, she turned her head to the boy .
“Oy, you . Why are you relentlessly purging trespassers? It’s not like this desert belongs to you or anything . ” (Liliyn)
Her words were on the mark . Though they had heard rumors of the 『Ashura Tribe』 rejecting intruders, that was just because they wanted to protect their territory .
The boy spoke of laying waste to the desert . But when they tried to precede any further, the boy persistently barred them . As Liliyn was curious as to what he was hiding in the desert, she pressed him with question .
“As if you, who are blessed with ignorance, would understand our feelings!” (Man)
The Samurai Man suddenly shouts out in an angry voice . But as if she didn’t feel any rage at all, Liliyn returned her words .
“Hmm, are you a fool? That’s why I’m asking . Just answer already . ” (Liliyn)
“What!? You bastard!” (Man)
The boy raised his hand to order the man to silence . Understanding the meaning of the gesture, the samurai man closed his mouth . And the boy turned to Liliyn once more .
“… Got it… will speak . ” (Boy)
A dark expression clouds the boys face and he slowly opens his mouth .
“In this desert… no, in the heart of this desert… a certain monster lives . Intruders… anger him… no good . We… in trouble . So… here, I eliminate you . ” (Boy)
His peculiar speech patern made is hard to understand, but after a bit more conversation, the meaning got across .
“To summarize, you 『Ashura Tribe』 are making sure that monster doesn’t get angry . So you’re trying to prevent those that don’t know anything from wandering around here?” (Hiiro)
“Yes . ” (Boy)
“And that monster is very tough, so you can’t do anything with your own power?” (Hiiro)
“Don’t want… anyone to die . ” (Boy)
If they fought without heeding the casualties, then perhaps they would have a chance of victory . But the 『Ashura Tribe』 are few in numbers . Among them, many are too old or young for battle . They especially didn’t want to expose their children, who shouldered their hopes for the future, to battle . That’s why they were living inconspicuously as to not do anything to provoke the monster .
“But can’t you just leave the desert then?” (Hiro)
The one who answered Hiiro was the Samurai Man .
“We can’t do that . ” (Man)
With a somber expression, the man clenched his teeth .
“The desert is our home . We’re a race that lives and withers with the sand . Also… here lies the grave of the 『Ashura Tribe』 . We can’t abandon it . ” (Man)
Near here was the 『Ashura Tribe』 settlement . From the days of old, they had lived here . And this goes without saying, but plenty of them met their ends here as well . For them, a grave stone was erected . That place was called 『Grave Tower』, and it was made by carving out a large formation of rock .
To the 『Ashura Tribe』, relations within the clan came before all else, and they respected their dead more than anyone . When one died, they believed that, while the body became an empty husk, the soul wold return to the clan . They were unable to abandon their grave along with the desert .
“Then can’t you just take that grave marker with you?” (Hiiro)
“Don’t speak the impossible . Do you think we could violate our precious treasure like that!?” (Man)
Well, once you’ve buried a man, you can’t really dig him up to move him .
“And preventing you from passing is also for your sake! You’re no match for that monster! If you don’t want to die, then leave quickly!” (Man)
“I refuse . ” (Hiiro)
“… What?” (Man)
Hiiro’s prompt decision was shocking, but moreso was the fact that it was a refusal .
“Why must I, for some monster I’ve never even met, abandon the road I came down?” (Hiiro)
“W-weren’t you listening to what I was saying!? I don’t care whatsoever if you’re killed by that monster . But what do you plan on doing if that monster comes at us in its rage!?” (Man)
“Hmph . Then we just have to kill it, right?” (Hiiro)
“Wha… Y-you can only say that because you’ve never seen it! It’s to late to run once you’ve gotten it angry!” (Man)
“I’ll say it as many times as I must . We will cross here . If you plan on getting in our way, we’ll cross blades too . ” (Hiiro)
The Samurai Man gave Hiiro, who wouldn’t listen to a word he was saying, a scornful glare . But the boy by his side simply silently looked in Hiiro’s direction . And he put his hand on the man’s shoulder, that was trembling with anger .
“… Stand back . ” (Boy)
“U-understood . ” (Man)
Following the boy’s words, the man stepped back .
“Oy, Aka-Loli . As I said, I’ll be the one taking him down . ” (Hiiro)
“… Fine by me . But I don’t know if he plans on fighting . ” (Liliyn)
The boy returned the swords in his hand to their sheathes .
“What are you doing? Are you saying we can pass?” (Hiiro)
The boy silently stares at Hiiro again . And he quietly opens his mouth .
“Are you going… no matter what?” (Boy)
“Yeah, taking a detour would be a pain . ” (Hiiro)
“… Got it . Then… I follow . ” (Boy)
“C-chief! Are you sure?” (Man)
The man raises an alarmed voice at the boy’s proposal . But the boy gives a light nod, showing his intent .
“… Understood . Then I’ll return, and inform our comrades of these events . ” (Man)
“Yes… be careful . ” (Boy)
“Yes . Then . ” (Men)
After the samurai man left the area, the boy turned to Hiiro again .
“Introduction… late . I… Camus . I’m the『Ashura Race』… Chief . ” (Camus)
(TL: If you didn’t know, Camus is pronounced Kamyu . It’s a French name . For more information, just google ‘How do you pronounce Camus?’)
By his disinterested expression, and his youth, one wouldn’t think him to be the head of a race . Even if, as an『Evila』, his age conflicted with his appearance, looking at a boy that looked to be of a similar age to himself, Hiiro couldn’t help but doubt his chiefhood .
“Now, I’ll take you… to home . There… please determine . ” (Camus)
“Determine What?” (Hiiro)
“… Monster’s… terror . ” (Camus)
For the first time, a speck of fire glowed in the back of the young man’s eyes . He was definitely showing his anger . Though Camus appeared to be devoid of emotions, he harbored quite a resentment for the monster .
Hiiro crossed his arms, and though of whether or not to follow the boy . Seeing the 『Ashura Tribe』’s settlement was definitely one of the goals of this journey . It would be beneficial if they had someone to lead them there . Of course, there was no need to drop their guard .
“Isn’t it fine?” (Liliyn)
Liliyn said as such, so Hiiro directed his gaze to the others . Silva nods with a slight smile on his face . Shamoe is fidgeting by Liliyn’s side, and it seems that her mind was unable to keep up with the sudden development .
Putting the maid aside, it seems the other two will follow without complaint . With Liliyn’s strength, no matter how strong the opponent, she should be able to take them out if they show any signs of deceiving the group .
“Got it . Then I’ll have you be our guide . ” (Hiiro)
The boy nods, turns his back to Hiiro’s group, and starts walking . His men also get into rank and file behind him, and quietly follow .
(A monster of the desert… I bet it has quite a bit of strength . )
The strong Camus is taking such an attitude, so the monster should be something ferocious and uncontrollable, even for him .
As they walked, Hiiro approached Silva to see if he had any relevant information on the monster, but he didn’t know anything . Liliyn’s answer was the same .
“But doesn’t it sound interesting? Things like this aren’t bad for entertainment . ” (Liliyn)
“You’re one to talk, after you holed yourself into that mansion for so long . ” (Hiiro)
“Mu… listen here, brat! I only stayed there to accomplish my own ambitions! Don’t forget that!” (Liliyn)
Liliyn insisted this while pointing her finger at Hiiro, but Hiiro closed his eyes halfway, and let out a light sigh .
“More importantly . How does that guy look from your perspective?” (Hiiro)
“Hmm? So you want to know? Hm?” (Liliyn)
An irritating smile manifested, so Hiiro got slightly pissed off .
“Just answer the question . ” (Hiiro)
“Hmhmm . Let’s see, he was the Chief, right? I think he at least has the power to back the title . ” (Liliyn)
“So he has something of that level?” (Hiiro)
“Don’t play dumb . Since you also use a katana, you should understand that better than I . ” (Liliyn)
Right . After seeing Camus’s strength firsthand, Hiiro had a slight grasp of it . Neither side was serious, but still, it was apparent that he had a considerable amount of power .
“In regards to physical ability alone, you wouldn’t stand a chance . And his magic is still a mystery . It may be good that you didn’t 1v1 him there . ” (Liliyn)
Liliyn makes an ecstatic grin as she speaks .
“Quite joking around . If we fought, I would have won . ” (Hiiro)
“Kukuku . Where does that confidence come from… Well, when that battle actually comes to pass, make sure to entertain me . Kukuku . ” (Liliyn)
Her phrasing made it seem as if she had seen through Hiiro’s true strength . It’s true that she said she was accompanying him to find out his secrets, and to reveal his identity . The feeling of having her stare at him while he fought wasn’t a nice one . It felt as if he was being strip naked, and examined .
(Come at me if you will . I’ll look for a time when this one isn’t around . )
With that decision, Hiiro stared at Camus’s back as he walked ahead .