Sivan guided Hiiro and his companions to a single yurt (
The residence seemed to be three times bigger than the rest they have seen . When they entered inside, they frowned as the smell of antiseptic and blood entered their presence .
Ten men and women were lying in beds built out of grass and leaves . However, they were not simply lying down . No matter who you looked at, a part of their body was wound by blood stained bandages . Upon closer inspection, the ground seemed to have been drenched by blood in several places .
As the others saw this spectacle, Shamoe trembled while covering her mouth with both hands . Liliyn also frowned unpleasantly .
“This is one of the reasons why we cannot move . ~ja” (Sivan)
If it was only one or two injured, then it would be possible to somehow carry them . However, as the seriously injured were well over a dozen, one could comprehend that carrying them out would be no easy feat . Furthermore, from what Hiiro had heard, there were also those whose condition was so critical that moving them would prove dangerous .
“Of course, another reason is because the 《Grave Tower》 is near here . That’s where the deceased family members are buried ~ja” (Sivan)
“You don’t have a cure for this?” (Hiiro)
Hiiro voiced the doubts in his mind .
“Yes we have . However, the medicinal herbs don’t seem to be effective on the wounds given by the monsters in this desert… also, all of the villagers in here need the cure . Even if they searched for the cure in this desert, it’s risky to send out combat capable people right now ~ja~” (Sivan)
Now that Hiiro thought about it, it was uncertain that such a cure would grow in center of the desert . The
cannot go out into desert to search for the cure as a brutal monster was lying await outside the village perimeter . If they were to send out an ordinary person, it would take too much time . Thus, they needed a strong person to move .
Yet, those that fit the criteria within the
are very few . Of course, strong people like Camus exist . However, they are in charge of preventing other intruders from passing through the desert,so they cannot risk decreasing their gatekeepers in this desert .
“Even so, in this Oasis, medicinal herbs grow and are used to treat the injured . Yet, this is still a terrible situation for us~ “ (Sivan)
“ It really is terrible . ” (Hiiro)
Hiiro crosses his arms and shuts his eyes . He was sure Liliyn and Silva were looking at him, thinking that Hiiro could cure them as they had witnessed Hiiro’s recovery magic that he had showed them previously . However, Hiiro ignored them as he had no obligation to cure them .
Among the two, Silva in particular was looking at Hiiro, contemplating whether he should ask Hiiro to help the injured . He also understood that Hiiro was concealing his magic . However, many people here were on the verge of death .
In reality, Hiiro wanted to bend his principles slightly and cure these people . As Liliyn stared at Hiiro, she noticed him giving off an atmosphere that indicated he would not speak any further . She shrugged her shoulders as she made a wry smile .
“ Oi Sivan . ” (Liliyn(
“ ~ja What is it Liliyn? “ (Sivan)
“There are other reasons right? Even if the opponent is a Rank SSS monster, the 《
would be able to manage if you poured all your efforts into it . So why didn’t you? “ (Liliyn)
“ …… . . “ (Sivan)
“There’s also another thing that’s strange . Even though you do not possess the power to return to active duty, I do not believe that you would be beaten by such monsters . Even if you were carrying the burden of this Tribe . Though I do not know what happened to your right leg, I did not expect you to be defeated, not to mention you lost both of your eyes… What are you hiding? “ (Liliyn)
As Liliyn spoke those words, her eyes sparkled momentarily . Camus and the topknot man was at a loss for words upon hearing Liliyn’s inquisition . Seeing their appearance, Liliyn understood that her speculation was right on the money .
Following this, Sivan took a deep breath and finally opened his mouth .
“As one would expect of the
《Red Rose Witch》
. I’m really astonished by your perceptiveness . ” (Sivan)
“ ~fufun, Naturally “ (Liliyn)
Liliyn proudly puffed her chest, her face slackening slightly .
“ ……… The monster in the desert . It is…… . . The Previous Chief of this Tribe “ (Sivan)
“ Previous Chief of this Tribe? What do you mean, Sivan? “ (Hiiro)
Liliyn knitted her eyebrows suspiciously .
“ ~unja~ that child . It happened when Camus was little . ” (Sivan)
Sivan soberly moved his mouth .
30 years ago, an incident occurred in the desert . It started from just one monster . That monster was a species that made the desert its natural habitat . Following this, that monster mutated and changed its form .
The name of that monster is
. That monster’s defining trait is the big shell on its back . One day, the
who should have skin tinted green, was now filled with a hue of a toxic deep purple .
What’s more, the
was not an aggressive monster . Yet, it began to attack other monsters . Moreover, the demon wouldn’t just attack . It would devour any of its defeated prey .
Following this, the attributes of the monster it had devoured would surprisingly begin to alter the body of the
《Desert Tortoise》 .
The monster it had devoured was named
《Mad Scorpion》 .
The attribute that had grown onto the
was a poisonous tail .
Furthermore, another monster, the
possessed rugged skin as its trait . In the same way, that monster was also devoured . The
body began to mysteriously change .
assumed that, should this continue, not only would the monsters in the desert be devoured, but it would soon bear its fangs towards them . As such, they decided to take this chance to slay it, while it was still underdeveloped .
The Chief of the
at that time was Rigund . He was Camus’ real father . His ability was also well known throughout the Tribe . Especially in combat, he possessed the strength that others yearned for . That kind of person was Camus’ pride .
Rigund, along with his companions, headed forth to slay the
《Desert Tortoise》 .
If it was him, the people believed that he would certainly kill it and return back safely .
However, after coming back, Rigund was in tatters . He was covered with wounds all over his body . Others were stunned by his appearance . Even Sivan could only blankly stare at him in surprise .
The people knew that the
was strong . Yet, they did not expect Rigund’s following words .
“That existence is not a naturally born
《Desert Tortoise》 .
There is a puppeteer on it’s back” (Rigund)
Everyone was taken aback by Rigund’s word . Yet, one person moved . Sivan asked Rigund again with a stern expression . However-
They heard the roar of the
assault them .
Moreover, the mysterious person clad in a black robe was seen standing on its shell . As everyone witnessed this, they understood that what Rigund said was true .
Camus saw his father was completely exhausted . However, seeing his comrades, anger swelled within him as Camus faced the demon . Even though his father was the strongest in the Tribe, there was no guarantee that Camus would be able to win .
Rigund turned pale as he saw Camus’ actions . He desperately moved his aching body . However, he was unable to shield Camus from the attack of the
. Sharp fingernails approached Camus mercilessly .
Camus, for the first time, felt the murderous intent behind an attack that could kill him . Camus froze in fear . Everyone thought Camus was going to die . However, at that time, Sivan appeared, barely protecting him in time .
It was because of this that Sivan’s right leg had suffered injury . Furthermore, the attack of the
had not yet ended . This time, the monster used its poisonous tail to attack . Sivan used what little strength he had to carry Camus away from that location .
Even though they dodged the tail attack by jumping backwards, in that moment, vines grew out and clung onto their feet . Sivan’s movement became restricted . He determined that this was caused by magic . Following this, he traced the flow of magic and understood that the robed person was the one who had cast it . Moreover, as tremendous magic was imbued into the vines, they would not budge at all .
Sivan struggled desperately . Following this, the poisonous tail shot something at Sivan . The discharged venom splashed onto both of Sivan’s eyes . He felt pain in his eyes, as if they were set on fire .
used its tail again, aiming for the killing blow . In that instant, however, the tail was cut . The vines restraining Sivan were also severed . The robed person saw this and expressed their admiration .
Having saved Sivan was Rigund, his breathing disordered from pain and exhaustion . A black sword was gripped in both hands . However, in the following instance, Rigund sheathed his dual katanas and threw them to Camus . He then grabbed a curved sword beside him as he poised himself .
He spoke to his comrades, telling them to take Sivan and run away . They proceeded to recover Sivan . Camus simply watched his father’s back, silently .
“ Go already! “ (Rigund)
“ Father! “ (Camus)
Camus did not want to go . His father was covered with wounds . There was no chance of him winning this . Camus also understood that his father was buying time for the others to escape .
“ Do not hesitate! “ (Rigund)
” …… !? ” (Camus)
” You are my son! That’s why you should not hesitate on what you are doing! ” (Rigund)
” F… Father… . ” (Camus)
Camus trembled from his father’s words . He stood up and picked up the dual katanas before leaving with heavy steps .
” hou~ Are you running away? ” (???)
A dark, low voice entered Camus’ ears . It belonged to the robed individual standing on the shell of the
” Abandoning your father, you choose to ungracefully escape and survive… . ? Amusing . ” (???)
” … . You … . ” (Camus)
Camus looked back and clenched his fist . Though the person was covered in a hood, Camus was able to confirm that there was a cross wound on his cheek .
” Camus! ” (Rigund)
Camus regained his senses upon hearing his father .
” … . Listen well Camus… The Tribe… and those dual katanas… I will entrust it to you ” (Rigund)
” Fa… . ther ” (Camus)
Following this, he broke his difficult expression and smiled wryly .
” Do not forget! You are my son! Therefore, you must do it without fail! ” (Rigund)
” … . . ” (Camus)
” Without fail, … . you must become a good man ” (Rigund)
Tears began to overflow in Rigund’s eyes .
” Go… . everyone…I entrust them to you” (Rigund)
Camus did not turn back any longer . He parted ways, desperately running with the dual katanas in his hands .
The oasis they lived in was abandoned and was considerably far to the new oasis they had found . Thus, they began to live there . Everyone waited for Rigund to return home . However, they were shocked by the new information they received from the comrades who were patrolling the area .
An existence that resembled Rigund was found . Everyone was pleased to hear that he was alive, yet, they were soon betrayed by the following words .
” A poisonous tail has grown from Rigund ” (Scout)
When they investigated this, they determined that Rigund had been devoured by the
《Desert Tortoise》 .
Moreover, it’s appearance had greatly changed . Though it still had deep purple skin, it seemed to have morphed into the appearance of Rigund with a poisonous tail and sharp nails .
Everyone who heard that fact could not hide their shock . When the companions discovered him, he seemed to have a slight bit of consciousness remaining inside of him . They had told Rigund that they had found a safe place for the Tribe .
Following this, Rigund had apparently squeezed out his last ounce of strength in order to successfully limit the
range of action
Due to his magic, he was able to place a barrier where the
could not escape from that place .
Camus and the others were unaware of how long it would last, as there were a lot of monsters to be absorbed in that place . However, they did not find what they were looking for . The robed individual . Though, according to the report, he spoke the words “My Business here is done” before disappearing . For now, it seemed that they could experience relief .
However, even if they didn’t search for monsters within the barrier, the monsters themselves would try to break out . It is possible that their instincts of survival had been stimulated by the
causing them to grow violent . Yet, Rigund said that they should just leave it alone .
Sivan examined Rigund’s story . They tried to not aim for the
However, it was just not possible to ignore it for such a long period of time . They decided to think of a way to cure him .
Yet, Travelers began to show up after a while . As a result, they entered the barrier of the
, they and incurred its wrath . The
on watch at that time saw the
had killed the travelers .
After that incident, they prevented people from entering the desert . Supposing they made the
angry, the barrier would become ineffective . As a result, there was the possibility of it baring its fangs on them sooner .
It is for this reason that the
created the role of a gate keeper . They believed that Rigund will return to his former self once again . As such, they have continued to search for a method that would return him to normal .