Alliance of Three Kingdoms
Hinata and Ruminas were in chairs awaiting our arrival .
From the looks on their faces, something must have happened .
Well, I guess it’s a good thing they don’t know I’ve been just playing around the whole time . It certainly wouldn’t go over well if they knew .
「Fuze-kun, come on in」
I said, having Fuze join us in the reception room we prepared .
Without me needing to say anything, Shuna had already prepared tea .
She really is a well-disciplined Ohime-sama . Completely different from a certain regrettable secretary, but that secretary does get serious when training the subordinates and the guards .
But considering that I’ve been slacking off lately, I have no right to complain .
No, actually, I haven’t been playing around! I was studying!
Can’t be getting this distinction wrong myself; or else someone will find out .
Alongside Fuse, I sat on the sofa whilst facing Ruminas and Hinata .
A cushion made with material of the highest quality gently caught my body .
「Hey Hinata, it’s been a long time . Ruminas-san, nice to meet you… no, we have met before . It’s been a while .
This is Fuse-kun . He’s the Freedom Association Branch head in Burmund . 」
I introduced Fuse to the two ladies .
「N-nice to meet you! I, within the Burmund Kingdom, work as the head of its Freedom Association branch .
To be able to meet Hinata-sama today, the highest tactician of the Western Church, I am truly honored .
And to this beautiful lady, it’s the first time we’ve ever met, but you must be someone of illustrious prestige .
I am uneducated in these matters so please forgive my ignorance!」
Greatly nervous he greeted them .
Completely ignoring him, however,
「Rimuru, was it? ‘Tis been a while, since Walpurgis that is . Glad to see you healthy . But, that man must not remain here . Freedom Association is the enemy . Or have you not noticed?
The identity of he who manipulated Hinata .
Knowing this fully well, why do you still associate yourself with someone from the Freedom Association?」
(Translator’s/Editor’s note: the word Ruminas uses to address Rimuru is 貴様 kisama which in modern time is an insult, commonly translated as “bastard . ” Centuries ago, however, it was used to address a person politely, and this translation Clown feels fits better with Ruminas’ mannerism)
One of the primary Demon Lords–Ruminas asked with an accusatory tone .
She is a cute young girl silver hair, and heterochromatic eyes giving off a gold and silver shine .
Why is one of the Octogram here?
It’s also strange that she’s by Hinata’s side; the worst thing I could do here though is act hostile and make her an enemy .
Besides, forging an alliance with the Western Saint’s Church will probably allow Tempest to fully integrate into human society .
And that’s something I earnestly want to achieve . Hinata and Ruminas’s relation is yet uncertain, but perhaps its best to speak openly rather than keep secrets .
But considering that Ruminas probably knows everything Hinata knows, perhaps it’s better to keep certain things hidden .
But first, let’s get them to trust Fuse .
Right when I needed it, Shuna entered the room with the tea prepared .
Shuna handed out the tea, and left the room after taking a bow .
I glanced to the side and confirmed,
「Hmph . Now then, doubling as an introduction to Fuse-kun earlier, I would like you to have a look at the report」
After saying so, I beckoned Fuse .
With that alone, the endlessly anxious Fuse seems to have caught on .
「Understood . Apparently, it would seem that I am under suspicion . So as to clear myself from that suspicion…」
Saying such, he begin explaining the current internal situations of the Freedom Association .
Fuse’s report was simple and concise .
Yuuki has taken over 90% of the Ingrasia Headquarters .
The female Submaster Kagari is also under his direct command .
In addition, High ranking adventurers with abilities on par with Branch heads has also sided with Yuuki .
And thus, with the Organisation currently so, it would prove difficult to denounce Yuuki . However, it would appear that those outside the headquarters are not affected .
Since it seems that his brainwashing and thought manipulation isn’t omnipotent—something we can be happy about .
Better yet, the citizens do not appear to be under his influence .
The only thing they have been convinced of is that monsters are the cause of most calamities and are the enemy .
If it’s to this degree, and considering my current progress, building a relation of mutual trust not impossible .
I mean, think of the satellite city built around the labyrinth—there orcs, goblins, monsters, and adventurers are able to sit in a pub and share a meal .
We’re certainly making progress towards building trust between us; I have proven that it is possible for humans and monsters to understand each other .
「However, any further investigation is impossible . The person who went to investigate the Submaster Kagari alone, had his memories erased .
He was crippled and wandered the town as if protecting it . He even forgot his own name .
There’s no proof that Kagari did it, but considering the situation it’s pretty obvious .
Besides, she probably knows that we’ve been investigating her; I have no excuses, I have failed there」
It seems anything outside of this is out of his hands .
However this is enough .
If that’s the case, then that would make saving the children a problem .
If I make a move, there would be the problem of it being pinned as a kidnapping by the demon lord . However if I ask Masayuki then there’s probably no problem . Fortunately, there’s a convenient reason to every one of his actions, making him suitable .
Since it’s absolutely impossible for Yuuki to control him, there’s no need to be reserved .
After rescuing the children, I’ll immediately dissipate the effects of any mind control . But I can’t have them think that I’ve been playing around here the whole time, so I should make it look like I’ve done a lot .
However, about the erased memories . It’s troublesome… but if it’s me, then I might be able to restore it .
「Fuse, I’ll try to heal those who had their memories wiped .
If their soul and their brain is intact, I might be able to somehow . 」
「What? Is that true? Please, do it somehow!」
In response to my offer, Fuse looked at me with expectant eyes .
They have been acting by my order so they are essentially my subordinates . If there’s a way to cure them I have an obligation to do it .
He had a happy look on his face and readily accepted the proposition .
But to think he trusts me so much to accept a deal with a demon lord! Makes me kind of happy . 、
And so, overlooking our exchange,
「Rimuru, do you really think that you can coexist with humans?
Human are creatures whose thoughts cannot be read simply though their words .
‘Tis it not better for them to be controlled by us?」
Ruminas gives me a cold look .
That girl seems to have thought over this, however her opinions conflict with my own .
Considering all the risks, it’s certainly an option, but―― .
「“Oi oi, young lady . In spite of your beautiful face, you say some terrible things
Control humans, who do you you are?
Even if you are a noble, isn’t it bad to look down on ordinary people?」
Fuse got angry and snapped at Ruminas .
Oh right, I still haven’t introduced her to Fuse . Well, I guess his ignorance led him to step on a landmine .
「Now now, Fuse Kun, Calm down .
This person is Ruminas .
One of the Octogram Demon Lords .
This is my second time meeting her, and the first time we’ve spoken to each other .
First thing first, lets leave behind all truculent behavior and have a constructive talk .
And, this is Hinata .
But you should know more about her than I . She’s the Knight Leader of the Western church . 」
I’ve briefly introduced the two .
Ruminas and Hinata, after listening to Fuse’s report as per my request, had judged that he was no friend of Yuuki’s .
However, putting Hinata aside, Ruminas didn’t seem trust in humans in general rather than Fuse himself .
「Eh, what? Demon Lord? Who?」
Looking back and forth between Ruminas and I, Fuse was in a state of confusion .
Remembering his earlier belligerent remarks, his face instantly paled .
I feel slightly sorry for him, and responded .
「Ruminas, this man is my companion .
Firstly I want to establish some trust .
I don’t agree with your opinion on humans, and please don’t force it onto me .
If you do, you will be judged an enemy . 」
「What was that? Are you trying to lecture us despite being a newcomer?
If you seek a war then shall get it . 」
Ruminas stood up, and took up a stance with both hands .
I had planned to diffuse the situation but now I feel like taking this outside .
How should I put this, contrary to her appearance, she’s rather short-fused . Times like this constantly remind me that all demon lords are selfish and whimsical .
But I’d rather not fight in this room, though…
「Stop this Ruminas, didn’t we came here for an alliance?
Why are you adding to our enemies?」
Hinata coaxed Ruminas with a hint of irritation .
As if she was never serious to begin with, Ruminas’s anger dissipated .
And she sat back in her chair,
「True, we do not wish to increase our enemies .
Our aim for coming today, is to propose an alliance between Tempest, Holy Empire of Ruberius, and Western Saint’s Church . 」
She declared with a thin smile on her lips .
Clearly she was trying to gauge my reaction .
It’s hard to imagine that she was a demon lord with a bad personality from her appearance .
Putting that aside, we have introduced ourselves once more, and began examining the details of the alliance .
That means, Ruminas was the ruler of the Holy Empire Ruberius?
The conversation continued after we calmed down, but was a revelation!
It seems this was too much of a surprise for Fuse, and he looked as if his soul had flown out of his mouth .
(TN Note:…I hope most of you seen enough anime to know what that means . If you haven’t I recommend those from the slice of life genre . )
Well, that’s to be expected .
The Holy Empire Ruberius where the sacred ones reside, where the Pope of the Western Church lives .
Who would have imagined that it was all under control of a demon lord!
In that case, who is the pope?
「Old man, they seem to be wondering about the pope」
In response to Ruminas’s words, the butler behind her bowed respectively .
「If I’m not mistake, the current pope is currently 47 years old . 」
I thought he muttered, and the butler transformed into a youthful figure .
「This is the first time we’ve met . I am the current pope, Gilles Lila Ruberius . 」
In this youthful (… nah, he’s still middle aged) appearance, he turned into a butler clad in pure white, radiating a divine aura .
His figure has become a man in his prime . In terms of human years, he would be around mid 40s .
So… this butler has pretended to be the pope of every past generation?
Looking at fuse with a glance, he was stunned with his eyes wide opened .
This guy’s a skillful one, I’m actually impressed .
「Hey, isn’t this weird! Why’s the pope a follower of the demon lord! What the hell is this?! Are you a monster? Why do I feel a divine presence?」
Uh oh, instead of fainting, Fuse acted as if a switch has been pressed as he started causing a ruckus .
「Fu . Gilles, explain . 」
「As you command, milady」
The pope, no, Gilles the butler nodded respectively .
Since it feels really weird I’d much rather he stop these extravagant butler behavior, but I’ll keep my discomfort a secret .
It began thousands of years ago, before the creation of the Holy Empire of Ruberius .
When the evil dragon Veldora destroyed the Vampire Kingdom, without killing anyone, though .
It was then, that Ruminas and Chloe met, so it seems they’ve been through a lot .
Even though she protected Chloe, even if she hadn’t, she probably would not have been injured anyways .
To Ruminas, Chloe was probably the embodiment of idealized beauty .
Oh, and though Veldora probably thought it was a friendly squabble, in reality it was just a one-sided rampage .
However, being done in would be unpleasant, so the survivors hid and lived on in silence .
However, there’s the Demon Lord Ruminas .
She wasn’t interested in simply hiding, and built an underground empire .
And on the top she created an empire to sustain her underground empire .
At the time, due to poverty caused by the conflict between angels and demons, there were few mighty nations . And the eastern empire had barely taken form .
They couldn’t even send forces to protect the people from the threat of monsters .
Naturally, almost everyone was a refugee or a bandit, and the world was even more confused and in turmoil .
Precisely because it was such a time that she, with the power of a demon lord, was able to control monsters and easily control humans .
Those who sought salvation came to her .
Ruminas granted mercy to those who gathered under her . Using blood (Life) as bait, she granted them protection .
And so, all within Ruminas’s calculations, a country was formed this way .
And thus it appeared, the Holy Kingdom Ruberius .
Thus, allowing humans to live freely would lead to endless war—the reason behind Ruminas’ opinions was history itself .
I don’t think I can refute her . But that doesn’t mean I agree with her .
If they want to fight, let them fight; if they want to rampage let them .
Then they could reconcile and seek to create peace .
But this kind of outcome could not come about through a controlled experiment . And precisely because this was voluntarily, it was interesting
And that’s how it is .
Now that country was born it would inevitably be controlled by some ambitious or greedy man—the cause of Ruminas’ next worry .
Therefore, the Greater devil Gilles acted as her right hand .
Butler Gilles is not only a vampire, but also a first-class holy sorcerer thus making him someone who can walk under the sun .
It seems that including Ruminas and Gilles, there were few others who could walk under the sun despite being a vampire .
At the time, since Gilles was such an individual, it was inevitable for him to become the priest .
So he used clones and played many roles all by himself all to manipulate the empire… it must have been difficult .
Well, and thus, Gilles who acted as the pope that was also said to be the incarnation of light, had obtained a unique ability
It is the unique skill “Hierophant” .
―― An ability that allows a patron to dominate the will of those who seeks salvation and protection ――
In an sense, this was a ridiculous ability that is nothing but high level fraud .
And so the people were able to live peacefully without any suspicion thanks to his ability .
To be frank, for a dark-dwelling monster to gain a light based ability is ridiculous in itself .
Whilst listening to all this from the side, it was interesting how Hinata made a bitter face .
“The creed is everything!” I guess it sounds cool, but then you learn the dark history behind it .
When I looked at Hinata while grinning, our eyes met .
I was looked at with a cold stare that made me think I was going to be killed . Scary… I guess I shouldn’t tease her about it .
I guess I’ll just pretend I know nothing about it at all .
And so, ended Butler Gilles’s description with such feelings .
And Hinata’s turn followed, explaining why she sought an alliance .
About her bold plan to save the children, and her fight with Yuuki .
Her death, and the awakening of the hero .
And Hinata’s resurrection by Ruminas, and the meeting between the hero Chloe and Ruminas .
As well as the need for the alliance due to the hero’s current situation as well as a countermeasure against Yuuki .
I see .
It seems Hinata had went to rescue the children in my stead .
It is a welcoming story .
「So, what happened to the children?」
「They are wandering around Tempest sight-seeing . Kenya, though desperately wants to catch up to Chloe’s strength .
They are all rather upset that Chloe left without saying anything . 」
I am satisfied with Hinata’s explanation .
However, I can sympathize with Chloe .
It must have been painful, not only being forgotten, but being the only one who’s an adult .
As a hero, when the experience of the past awakened in her body, she would become an unrecognizable existence that would be swallowed by the shadow of the hero .
Only those who have reached the pinnacle of power—an ultimate skill—could recognize her existence .
She must have felt completely lost .
With the power from Hinata’s soul, the journey to the past . How much struggle and how harsh the journey must have been .
「Rimuru, the copy of the Sacred armament that was given by you .
It was given to Chloe . It came along us to the past, protecting us .
The armor has helped greatly . Thank you . 」
Hinata looked straight at me, and thanked me .
I’m feeling embarrassed so please stop .
But, is that so……
「So you too, had traveled to the past alongside Chloe .
Thank you for looking after her . 」
「Please stop, there’s no need to thank me . It was natural for me to do so . 」
Hinata sidestepped my thanks .
After handing over the energy of the hero’s soul, all that’s left now are the residues ―― even so, I still think that Hinata too is a hero .
Hinata lost in the battle, which I must say was a little sad, however I do not believe Hinata’s heart is weak .
Unlike before, she had acquired true strength; she also has grown .
I could not even imagine such a long journey .
Hinata’s explanation has also ended .
But damn her story sounds real dangerous .
With Hinata undergoing such ordeals, I couldn’t possibly say I’ve been playing around .
I’m glad I was able to cover it up well .
I mean, I don’t think it would be a big deal even if I did appear to be playing as long as I actually got serious when I needed to, but considering that I appeared to seriously be doing work when they came, I think I was able to fool them .
Good thing I decided not to disclose everything .
Now then, we began thinking about the contents of Hinata’s explanation .
And the most unbelievable part of the explanation is, Chloe seems to have become a hero .
However, she was being manipulate by Yuuki, and had her freedom bounded until three commands are given .
According to her explanation, her abilities could be considered as the strongest . She may not be able to manipulate time, however she can come close to stopping it .
In order for the strongest hero to be born, she traveled through time, huh .
Moreover, the world is heading towards destruction, and I died in that timeline .
But, I wonder?
Certainly, if it was the initial fight with Hinata, defeat is guaranteed . There’s no doubt .
However, I could have survived .
If that’s the case……no, lets stop .
Conjectures on this topic would not help the current situation .
Anyway, Chloe’s safe . Our priority should be to rescue her .
Ruminas’s purpose was also to rescue Chloe; I will not hesitate to form an alliance to that end .
The rest of the children were also brought here, so there’s no need to worry anymore about the Ingrasia kingdom .
There’s now nothing stopping us from waging open war against Yuuki .
「Yosh, I now understand the situation .
We too would like to form an alliance」
In response to my worlds, Hinata and Ruminas nodded .
Fuse appearing quite disheveled,
「Oh my god……this just became insane .
Besides, how come every time I came it’s always this kind of impactful serious talk .
Each and every time, this isn’t funny .
I’m just a simply branch head……
This isn’t something I should be taking on with such low pay!
What terrible burden now weighs on my mind…」
He grumbled as his face kept turning paler .
Come to think of it, he does take on this role every time .
I can understand your feeling, but lets pretend we didn’t hear it just now .
He still has a lot to do in the future .
Thus, ignoring Fuse’s wailing, the tripartite alliance of the holy kingdom Ruberius, the Western church, and the Monster Country Tempest has been formed .