271 – The Ominous 10th Army
Vampire girl’s lips are trembling, pointing at the 10th Army members who are standing to attention in front of us .
「What, are they?」
Even if you ask me what they are, they’re still the 10th Army though .
「Are my eyes mistaken I wonder? It seems to me that everyone has status values exceeding 1000 though?」
Ah, I see . I can’t use Appraisal anymore so I can’t see their status values etc . Still, 1000 huh . How weak . I thought I had trained them pretty vigorously, but if it’s like this they would even lose one-on-one against a higher ranked drake, huh .
「It’s strange, right? It’s because goshujin-sama’s standard is strange, right?」
「It’s pointless to use words like “standard” and so on with this person . 」
To vampire girl’s exclamation, Felmina-chan replies while having eyes like that of a dead fish .
「What the, how did your status values reach around 2500?」
While vampire girl is in shock, Felmina-chan ignores it with nothing more than a dry laugh . As if guessing something, vampire girl stares at her with a look of pity .
Unlike vampire girl, I couldn’t train Felmina-chan since she was a child, so only this much progress could be made . Even so, she had more time to develop than the average soldier here, so she should be able to fight on a par with a higher ranked drake . Naturally, she’d be no match for a dragon though . Since they’re swaming with them over there, the 9th Army sure is unfair .
「Waldo, are you okay?」
「I’m fine . If it’s for you sake then I shall endure any kind of special training . 」
For vampire girl’s reverse harem members, after her Charm was released, the only one who continued to stay with vampire girl like before was Waldo-kun . Since vampire girl was forcibly moved to the 10th Army, Waldo-kun came together with her as well . In addition, with several other graduates from vampire girl’s generation added, the 10th Army has reached the full quota . There will be no further increases until the war starts . Around the time the new recruits get used to the environment of the 10th Army, the preparations for war will truly begin . Saying it the other way, it means I have until then to train the new recruits . I can’t wait to get started!
So, while I was tormenting the 10th Army, a certain incident occurred at the human academy . Maybe it could be called an incident, or maybe something else . Yamada-kun acquired a Ruler skill . It would be a lie to say that I hadn’t expected this, but when he actually acquired it I was surprised . Of course, I shall be making full use of this . The hacking of the System will take a big step forwards with this . Afterwards, if I can do something about Potimas and the pope, I should be able to somehow scrape together the remaining Ruler skills .
Apart from that, there’s been no movement amongst the elves so far . Potimas’s clones are secretly doing things within Yamada-kun’s country, but I plan to use Natsume-kun to make a clean sweep of them later, so there’s no problem . At that time, I shall put imouto-chan to work in a major way .
The humans have at last realised that the demons are going to make a full-blown invasion, so they’re massing troops along the border . Amongst them, is a proper unit from the Divine Word Religion . It appears that the pope has chosen to fight . However, there’s no sign of any of the generals I saw during the conference, so I guess they’re reserving their important troops for the following war .
Which reminds me, I realise that I forgot to tell them to have the Hero participate in this war, but perhaps the Demon King skillfully talked to them about that, since he’s properly participating . The Hero Julius and his comrades have gathered at a fort . So that I can be certain to deal with the Hero, I spoke with the Demon King about having the 10th Army’s target destination be the fort the Hero is at . Naturally, this was easily accomplished . Since the 10th Army has always had fewer personnel than the other armies, they’ve been treated as a reserve corps anyway .
While the other armies were also still preparing for the invasion, the army commanders were called to the Demon King’s castle . It appears that the final conference is about to begin . Well, rather than calling it a conference, it’s just about getting the final confirmations, so it’s basically like a debriefing session I guess .
On entering the conference room, the other commanders were already gathered . When I entered Argnar briefly glanced at me, but showed no other reaction apart from that . Naturally the other commanders don’t know about my connection with him, let alone the Demon King . Mera had a similar reaction to Argnar . Oni-kun made a short bow . Kuro didn’t even glance at me .
The other commanders took their seats in silence . The boobian 2nd Army commander made suggestive glances towards the other commanders, and the idiot giant of the 3rd Army was cowering . Perhaps because the mock-samurai of the 5th army is a Demon King supremacist, he’s keeping an eye out for any commanders being unfavourable towards the Demon King . To put it bluntly, whether you do that or not the Demon King won’t be shaken either way so it’s just a meaningless action . The shota from the 6th Army appears to be composed, but I can tell that he’s nervous inside . The hoodlum of the 7th Army, is noticeably sullen .
The Demon King’s Army, is overly blessed with individuality . Though not a single one of them are talking, the room is noisy .
Even though I want to go back already, I settle down in the empty seat next to Kuro . The gazes from the boobian and the shota are painful .
The ones here who don’t know much about me are, the boobian, the idiot giant, the mock-samurai and the shota . In the meaning that he doesn’t know my true ability, the hoodlum is similar . Amongst the army, I know that there’s rumours that I’m like a tagalong of the Demon King, or that it might be a case of nepotism . Because of which there’s various doubts raised about my ability . As a result, the boobian and the shota are turning their inexpressible grudge from the Demon King and onto me you see . What a pain . There’s been harassment and so on towards the 10th Army, so to avoid that I had to conceal the activities of the 10th Army .
Perhaps it’s due to that, or perhaps it’s a byproduct, but for whatever reason there’s actually rumours going around that the 10th Army is a secret force that is conducting top secret missions for the Demon King . At first glance, we actually are extremely shady . Because our activities are even being hidden from Balto, that lent unnecessary extra credibility to the rumours . Also, because the hoodlum had the misunderstanding that I was an intelligence specialist, it seems that became a contributing factor . All we were doing was just some special training though, okay .
Hey, just when I was thinking back through the strange rumours drifting around the 10th Army, the Demon King enters . That instant, the mood in the room becomes even more tense .
「Then, I shall start the conference . Balto . 」
「Yessir . 」
With that exchange between the Demon King and Balto, the conference began .