Demon Lord’s Gambit Arc
136 . Eastern Empire
The Eastern Empire .
One of the oldest countries .
It’s official name is Sovereign Alliance of the Naska-namrium Ulmeria Empires . (SAN-NUE)
People say that it has been two thousand years since the records first speak of nations managed by San-nue .
Managed under its overwhelming strength .
And for two thousand years, San-nue did not allow a single rebellion to go unpunished .
Under its sole emperor, Ludora Nam Ul Naska .
Who ruled with an iron fist .
And thus the empire eventually came to be called simple Eastern Empire .
Eastern Empire is a homogenous state .
They rule through power, conquer and pillage, complete battle maniacs .
Their only creed [Power is Everything] allows anyone to achieve greatness as long as they are powerful .
There’s only one reason why this empire has yet to invade the Jura forest–they are in the middle of preparations .
Three-hundred fifty years ago, they attempted to subjugate Veldora and lost a city because of it . A whimsical dragon destroyed it before they could as much as regret .
Around a hundred thousand lives were lost that day, and that was a city fortified to be the gateway for invading the forest . They have built it up over a hundred years .
“Build up your forces, conquer that forest, and expand our dominion . ” That was the Empire’s burning wish since then .
Expand beyond the Jura forest–their failures pained them for a hundred years .
But why would a country as bountiful as the Empire need to expand?
Only because the Emperor wanted it to be so .
That was the only reason, but no one complained .
And as the invasion plan progressed, the Empire build up its forces and weapons .
And hundreds of years ago they announced its invasion plan .
Who would have thought that a single foolish idea that commanders had would cause that plan to crumble?
The forest needs a master . Those lizards are no threat to us!
This foolish thought let them to their doom .
They hardly know what actually happened . The books, the record keepers, and anyone who knew was reduced to ash .
Their dreams, their ambitions, were reduced to ash .
And time passed .
The Empire continued with an additional creed: “Never invade Jura Forest . ”
Veldora’s anger left it’s scars; his power revealed how wide the world really is; the Empire could never as much consider an invasion .
There were those who resented Veldora, but not one of them would disobey a superior–each of whom forbid an invasion .
As such, voices of young warhawks never reached the upper echelons . As such, the army solidified even further, regaining control superior to before the invasion .
They could not allow the second invasion to fail .
For them, this was an opportunity to prove their loyalty to their Empire .
And two years prior, they received those news .
Storm Dragon Veldora disappeared .
The Empire rejoiced . The time has come! Drums of war beat now even in the hearts of the commanders .
These were not brash youth; they were hardened soldiers, so the fires in their chests burned all the brighter .
Moreover, they could hardly allow their Emperor to wait any longer .
And the Emperor blessed them with a single word,
The Empire was ablaze in activity .
The Empire, you see, has a Political and Military branches . Both are managed directly by the Emperor .
No one else has any real power there .
There are nobles, but their only boon is a fancy name and ability to enter the parliament without an election .
Perhaps some of them do own and manage property, but such would be a rare and special person .
In other words, the Emperor has absolute power .
This Feudalistic state listens to the wishes not of the people but of the Emperor . Every soldier pledged his loyalty to the Emperor .
Even Imperial Guard is but a position that is rotated between various troops .
Can you believe it: a single person is managing every aspect of such a large nation .
But regardless of how bizarre it may seem, the truth is thus: the Empire has enjoyed many years of prosperity .
And the Emperor gave his orders .
Surely everyone was elated to hear them, but no one rushed–they meticulously carried his orders out .
And soon the preparations were complete .
A single carriage was heading towards the capital .
Inside, among the baggage, an armless man lay and two women sat .
The carriage was driven by a knight clad in black .
Yuuki’s entourage .
「By the way, shouldn’t we restore your arm?」
Kagali asks Yuuki the most obvious question in the world .
A loss of body part, albeit significant, could be treated with a high level potion . Even Kagali’s magic could restore that kind of wound .
There’s hardly a reason to remain armless, at least no reason Kagali could think of .
「Hmm? It’s fine, no problem!
They say the blacksmiths are awesome in the empire, so I was thinking of getting myself a metal arm!」
「Haaah?! The hell you dare to say, after losing to that bastard Leon!
What? “I’ll surely win!” you said?
Instead you suffered a terrible defeat and we barely escaped with our lives!」
「Ahaha . For you to be that angry . He was stronger than I thought, so what could I have done about him?
Besides, it’s not a loss if you live to see the morn! *snicker*
I got an ultimate skill and stole the power of a Chaos Dragon .
Also took that Red Knight’s teleportation power, so what’s the big deal?」
Yuuki casually responded to Kagali’s grumbling .
He’s totally not reflecting . Realizing that, Kagali decided to give up .
The fact is, Yuuki suffered a crushing defeat before Leon .
His trump card was useless, and the abilities he gained were not worth the loss .
Luckily, when the Chaos Dragon’s power was taken it disrupted the magnetic field in the atmosphere allowing Yuuki and the rest to escape by teleporting away .
Even so, Kagali could not bear to see Yuuki remain as he was, so
「Yuuki-sama, are you sure you would not like me to lend you a hand?
Leon was far stronger than I remember him .
As such, I must take responsibility for my mistake, but I must ask…
Why did you hold back against him?」
When Kagali finished the sentence, Chloe opened her eyes and glanced at Yuuki,
For but a moment, Chloe was able to “see” into Yuuki’s actual strength .
Since it was but a moment, Chloe was unable to measure his actual strength and could only curse her inadequate analysis abilities .
Even so, it was clear that he had another ultimate skill .
And this was not something Chloe could ignore .
「Ahahaha, what did you expect? I can’t go around parading my power in front of Chloe .
We’ll fight eventually, and, although she may suck at analyzing, she could always just let Demon Lord Rimuru know–who clearly excels at it .
I mean, I have to keep at least one hand in check, right?」
「Oh, I see… just a beaten dog making excuses, huh」
「Hey! That’s mean, Kagali!」
Always hiding his true intentions under the guise of a clown .
But this time he may have spoken his mind, so thought Chloe .
He truly is an enigma–Kagurazaka Yuuki .
His words are fraught with lies and deceit .
Like that time with the kids,
『Oh, did you not know?
When a child’s body is on the verge of collapse the energy it releases is just right for another summoning .
In other words, you can just try redo the summoning!』
Without a question, that was a lie .
Yuuki the 『Summoner』–such is one of his unique skills– has no need for that energy .
He can continue summoning as long as he wants . Well, considering the necessary requirements he would have to wait a month, but still . .
There’s no need to recycle the kids .
From the time Chloe observed him, she has noted how bizarre he really was .
He hopes for the world to crumble, but handled his Guild duties admirably .
He said he was exploiting the kids, but he built them a nice school .
He doesn’t hesitate to do evil, and would probably go all the way without any hesitation . Even when opposing the Demon Lords, he causally used hostages and stole Claud’s heart…
Even so, if he truly desires to destroy this world, his method is haphazard at best .
「Hey, why didn’t you take that Red Knight’s life?
If you wanted to, you could have taken the energy of her soul, right?」
Without breaking her gaze, Chloe asked Yuuki .
「Huh? What do you mean? I took everything .
If any was left that would be because I can’t use the skill very well, yet .
Damn, I guess I should have pulled more」
Yuuki replied, laughing cheerfully .
Chloe concluded that getting a straight answer out of him was impossible . If so, she could do naught but continue observing him .
An enigma–Kagurazaka Yuuki .
If he truly desired to destroy the world, then he was, without a doubt, Chloe’s enemy . For that reason she would continue to watch him .
Rimuru, Leon, Ruminas, Hinata, and the kids .
She had many people she cared about .
If Yuuki sought to destroy their world, she would mercilessly slaughter him .
But what if he sought something else?
Before she finished thinking, the city they would stay in came into view .
The Capital of the world’s strongest military state, Naska .
Chloe again closed her eyes .
There was a lot to consider, and Chloe was bad at thinking things through .
She would observe first and think later . About Yuuki, and about his goals .
In the end, Chloe could only observe .
Empire’s military was split into three divisions .
The Armored Corps–a marvel of technology by Imperial engineers . They ride modern tanks and symbolize the Empire’s technological prowess .
The Beast Corps–from the four corners of the world, the Empire brought beasts of wonderful strength and forced them to obey . They symbolize the Empire’s strength .
And the Mixed Corps–a group of engineer rejects and beast exiles . These members are too powerful and too smart to work as a single organization .
If their power was combined they would become the most potent threat .
They represent the Empire’s heart . Young as it may be .
Their armies are not something one could achieve without otherworld’s influence .
Otherworld’s technologies and skills are interwoven to create an army of never-before seen prowess .
The Empire did not just collect beasts from the four corners of this world .
People with various skills and knowledge .
The Empire welcomed world travelers with open arms, and most of them by far reside there .
Which is why their influence changed the empire so .
Of course, there being many in the Empire who possess a unique skill, these too have been assembled into an army .
The Empire has grown too strong .
And behind the scenes another army is protecting the Empire .
But calling it an army is too much, it is at most a unit, but its strength is far beyond that of the three armies’ .
In other words, they are powerful enough to be called an army despite being a single unit .
The Empire is founded upon the maxim that strength is everything .
There are two beings of absolute power who have authority over the rest  .
The Emperor himself, the generalissimo is one .
The other is the de facto commander over the armed forces, the being whom the Emperor himself trusts . That being also has the duty to protect the Emperor with the Guardsmen .
That being is so powerful he is said to surpass the demon lords, and has ensured the Empires safety for hundreds of years .
Next, there are three generals . These three command each of the three armies .
These four men are the pillars of the Empire .
Each has been given the Empire’s treasured God-tiered equipment . Equipment of unbelievable power .
The strongest equipment before which no man can be an equal .
And then the Guardsmen .
A hundred individuals of great power join the Guard; their strength is legendary .
Of course, many of them are from another world .
The Empire does not discriminate against world travelers, and recognizes only strength .
To these one hundred the Emperor bestowed legendary equipment . These one hundred are the Empire’s strongest force .
But how are the one hundred selected?
Through inter-army duel and combat .
A system where the young may usurp the seat of the elder . Though forbidden during marches, any member of the army could challenge a superior to a duel . .
If they were defeated, they would have to wait a year before they were permitted to challenge him again . As such, everyone continuously sharpened their skills .
Such was the best system for a country where strength was everything .
In place of a captain, Guardsmen would serve . As a result, if you wanted to rise in status, you would wait for an opportunity to defeat them .
A general was replaced for the first time in many decades .
A single lad had made history .
This lad reached the pinnacle of the Empire .
With a metal arm, Kagurazaka Yuuki became a General of the Mixed Army in the shortest time .
A warrior of legends .
In a blink of an eye he built up support for himself; and though there were already some who supported him from the beginning, no one seemed to mind .
The Mixed Army consolidated under a single will .
The legend will go down to say that the Empire’s invasion began on the day Yuuki gained power .
End of the Demon Lord’s Gambit Arc
——————————— Played around with acronyms . What do you guys think? [2} I know this seems contradictory, I think so too… probably will be edited out in the Light Novel .