166 . A COUP D’ÉTAT IN THE IMPERIAL CAPITAL .
Having received Yuuki’s orders, Kagari had immediately jumped into action .
On that very day, 300 of Yuuki’s personal troops had gathered in a mansion in the Imperial Capital .
A mansion was easy to prepare with the funds left over from the Freedom Association days, and with the Damrada’s connections .
The ones who gathered had absolute fealty towards Yuuki .
It didn’t work when it was unstable children, but when the summoned happened to be adults, they were unknowingly put under the ‘Curse of Domination’ .
Those summoned through the Unique Skill, ‘Summoner’ became, in effect, subordinates of Yuuki against their wills .
Yuuki wasn’t the only one doing this however . All the summoning done in this world had similar practices .
On a side note, sometimes, there are those who try to summon Devils because they think they can put them under the fealty curse .
Aside from humans, or Angels or Spirits with weak egos, Spirit Forms like Devils, who have strong egos, will often Resist the curse .
There are such arrogant fools who delve into the forbidden summoning arts putting too much confidence in their skills .
Yuuki’s coup d’état has been in preparation for quite some time now, so the people gathered were vaguely aware of what was going on .
A majority of them were ‘Otherworlders’ who had shown talent in the military .
They had climbed up the ranks relying on their own power .
Having no loyalty towards the Empire from the beginning, there were those among them who were excited at the prospect of a revolution .
There were others who were mix-breeds created by mating strong individuals of different races repeatedly, and still others who were slave warriors that Yuuki had procured .
In the Empire, might was right, so given the chance, even a slave could take hold of his freedom .
The Monster slaves gathered by Damrada were also present .
Such a thing would be preposterous in the Western nations, but the Empire simply had a different set of values .
For this reason, Yuuki had ordered the battle-oriented monsters that showed potential to be brought into the Empire .
Breaking it down: 30 ‘Otherworlders’, 50 devils, 100 mix-breed warriors, 100 slave warriors .
In the Mixed-Corps, they were the ones on the stronger side .
With Otherworlders, Devils, and Officer-class individuals, it wasn’t an exaggeration to say that they would be members of the Mixed Corps headquarters .
Ascending the stairs from a large open lobby, they arrived at the large room built for conferences on the second floor .
As all of them had sat down, Yuuki and Kagari, and finally Damrada entered the room .
“Hey, everyone .
So today, I think we’ll kill the Emperor .
The enemy are 100 Royal Knights (TN: change; Emperors Personal Guards -> Royal Knights)
Some of you have already fought with them in hopes of raising your ranks, so you know they’re pretty strong .
But we have 100,000 troops on our side, so it’s a no brainer .
I just got the report that the Mixed Corps have successfully stationed themselves on the outskirts of the capital .
We’ll close off the 4 gates, and erect a force field to prevent escape .
And when that’s done, we’ll be scorching the place, and broil the Emperor .
So today, you can fight the Knights without holding back at all .
They will likely have Legendary-tier gear on them, so capturing them alive is probably impossible .
So don’t worry and go kill them .
Yuuki casually talked about killing the Emperor as if discussing the weather .
The ones who gathered now had eyes full of ambition .
Their hopes becoming reality, they were ecstatic with being able to finally take action .
It was now time .
On the outskirts of the capital, Black Knight Claude had secretly gathered the Mixed Corps troops .
They were positioned there over the course of several days so that nothing would seem unnatural .
Just moments ago, Yuuki received report through ‘Telepathy’ that all preparations were complete .
It was proceeding smoothly .
According to the plan, the Mixed Corps would flow in after breaking through the 4 gates, and they would supervise from the mansion .
The Empires strength was the 100 Royal Knights, and 2000 guardsmen .
And around 20,000 from the Military Police Division?
Though, the difference in power between the army and the police was very large .
A difference similar to that of an adult and a child, they would only slightly slow them down .
The real threat was, in fact, the Royal Knights and the 2000 guardsmen .
The Mixed Corps would be pit against them while they watched the movements of the Knights . Then, they would target the ones who are isolated, and slowly wean out their numbers .
In other words, the Mixed Corps would serve as bait and rampage all over the city .
The Royal Knights were a threat to Yuuki, so with luck, he could turn them into pawns using Overwrite .
Their fealty to the Emperor would be then directed at him .
For that reason too, they needed to be reeled in after biting into the bait .
The troops Yuuki had gathered fell short in strength compared to the Royal Knights .
But by cornering them in greater numbers, and Yuuki stepping in from that point, he could increase his number of pawns without much effort .
Like that, they would not only overwhelm the Empire with numbers, but also turn their forces against them .
At that point, it would be check and mate .
There were no reinforcements coming for them, and rather easily, victory would draw closer .
“A coup d’état, I see .
It’ll fail, don’t you think?”
As if pouring cold water on his head, denying Yuuki’s ambitions, Damrada stated .
He was a man who had a big role in building the Freedom Association and ‘Cerberus’, and had essentially become Yuuki’s hands and feet .
He could make calm judgements, and had a strong nose for money .
Having unbelievable skill at determining the success rate of things, this statement of his was not to be dismissed .
“What do you mean, Damrada?”
“Exactly what I said . Just now, they got Miranda . ”
He took off his necklace as he spoke .
It had a charm shaped like a three headed dragon on it, but one of the heads were broken .
It was a charm that all three Bosses possessed, a Magic Item that allowed them to confirm each others’ survival .
“The fact that this piece got broken, means that Miranda was killed .
Which implies that the whole plan was leaked to the Emperor .
And now that failure is all but confirmed, going through with this plan is plain suicide . ”
Damrada explained calmly .
He had spoken in his usual tone, but Yuuki sensed something fundamentally different about it .
Damrada’s words stirred doubt into the hearts of those who had gathered .
Their faces that were brimming with confidence and excitement, now showed anxious expressions .
Yuuki looked at them with an unsatisfied expression and,
“Then we can just attack before they’re ready right?”
He spat out .
If their plan was leaked just recently, they had the upper hand in acting first .
It would be out of order, but they would have to kill the Emperor first .
And if push came to shove, Yuuki would go personally .
As if denying Yuuki’s countermeasures,
“It’s too late . You’re severely underestimating the Information Bureau, Yuuki-sama .
Your plan is too naïve .
This is not a children’s game . ”
Damrada replied, casting a cold gaze at Yuuki .
“Bastard, you dare show Yuuki-sama such disrespect!”
Infuriated, Kagari thrust a hand towards Damrada’s neck .
But Damrada gently gripped her wrist, and, manipulating the flow of power, directed the force back into her wrist .
The force converged into a singular point, and the bones in Kagari’s wrist easily broke .
Kagari groaned, and took some distance from Damrada, rubbing her wrist .
Yuuki narrowed his eyes in confusion .
Damrada was certainly a master of martial arts, and his offensive strength was high .
But, Kagari was an ex-Demon Lord, and wasn’t someone so meager so as normal humans could pose a challenge .
As far as Yuuki was concerned, it was impossible for Damrada to win against Kagari .
“Damrada, are you betraying me?”
Yuuki asked quietly .
Depending on this answer, Damrada needed to be killed then and there .
“Betray? You say strange things .
I have already been cooperating and have sworn loyalty to you to a certain extent .
But I only did this temporarily .
That would be that case yes?
There’s a saying, ‘The rich have many friends’ . (TN: Originally, ‘The end of money brings the end of the relationship’ . )
In my case, I was being useful to the Emperor by being useful to you . ”
Damrada’s cold voice echoed .
The tension in the room was thick, and no one raised a word .
Damrada was looking down on Yuuki’s friends in the army who stank of greed .
But that Damrada had brilliantly gave the fearsome Kagari a run for her money .
Their impression of him changed drastically .
You were planning to use me from the beginning……”
“Can’t deny that . It’s something like a specialty of mine . ”
Yuuki now understood everything .
Whether is was the establishment of the Freedom Association, or ‘Cerberus’, everything went according to the Empire’s plans .
The organization known as ‘Cerberus’ was, originally, a base created with people that Damrada had gathered .
It worked as an Intelligence Division in the Western Nations .
It collected secrets, and sorted them by usefulness .
It dealt mainly with Nobles to get a hold of their weaknesses .
When the Empire decided to take over the West, these secrets would become power . Power enough to fell countries solely through blackmail .
Damrada who was entrusted with carrying all this out, had set his sights on Yuuki .
Damrada would stand out too much as himself .
Yuuki thus acted as a beacon that attracted all the attention .
In other words, Yuuki had been used when he wanted to do the using .
A tiny flame of anger was born in Yuuki’s heart .
It was a flame called humiliation .
“So you’re the Empires dog .
Good job on deceiving me .
But to reveal it all by yourself right here, wasn’t it a bit premature?”
“Exactly, I’m going to end you here and now, Damrada!!”
Kagari agreed with Yuuki .
And she launched towards Damrada, still in rage .
Being an ex-Demon Lord, her speed surpassed that which humans could follow . Damrada was supposed to have no way of reacting .
“Too slow . ”
Easily deflecting both sets of Kagari’s sharp Demonic Clawed hands thrust towards him, Damrada closed their distance in a natural movement .
He didn’t let down his guard just because he had broken her wrist earlier, and attacked mercilessly .
For monsters, a fracture could be healed in moments .
One had to have that mindset, or else they wouldn’t survive long in this world .
Having gotten close enough, he applied his hands softly to the center of Kagari’s chest .
“Spiral Penetration Break!!” (TN: “Rasen shintō yabu!!”)
He released the power accumulated in his hands into the enemy .
It was a Secret Technique that destroyed the enemy’s body with its explosive penetrative power .
Damrada’s body glowed thinly, as if emitting a concentrated battle-spirit .
Kagari fell into a crouch, vomiting blood .
Her legs lacked the strength to even stand .
Being a ‘Drifting Spirit’, Demon Lord Kazaream didn’t have the power to maintain a spiritual body . It was impossible as he wasn’t a Spirit Form .
Which is why, he relied on a body of flesh .
To compensate, he transformed the body on the Elven female he possessed similar to that of a Demon, and trained it to be peerless in strength .
Yet, she was disabled by a single hit from Damrada .
“I-impossible! A mere human can’t possibly-!!”
Kagari cried out while spitting out the blood overflowing from her mouth .
A Demon Lord being surpassed by a human should not be done .
Kagari glared at Damrada with such thoughts .
“Fu, you should think more before you act, lady . This is why you lost against Demon Lord Leon .
You, being a yet unawakened Demon Lord, can’t even hope to beat me .
Even that old man called Hakurou was much stronger .
I wanted to go all out on the old man, but unfortunately, I missed my chance .
Compared to that, you, lady…… aren’t worthy of my full strength .
Sure, demons are unbelievably strong, but humans aren’t as stupid as you think .
There are of course fools who rely only of their Skills, but with the right training, one can endlessly get stronger .
Like me . ”
Saying so, he looked away from her .
‘Otherworlders’ could be killed by snapping their necks just like anyone else .
Having uneventfully killed quite a number of them, Yuuki was admittedly one of the strong .
Damrada possessed a Unique Skill that hid his presence and muffled his movements, specialized in assassination, it was called ‘Killer’ .
Being dedicated to killing, it was an almost invincible Skill .
He was an aberrant who liked killing too much, and with help from Yuuki’s Skill, had returned to a calmer, normal state of mind…… but Damrada could easily revert back .
“See, relying on Skills too much will leave you vulnerable at critical moments .
If you don’t train your body more, you guys are all useless . ”
The gathered ones, who never faced ridicule from any trainer, were being spoken to as if they were utter weaklings, and couldn’t help but get angry .
All of them reddened, and directed their murderous intent at Damrada .
Damrada felt no responsibility for the feelings of those he had betrayed .
Even if he had been a boss they looked up to as if worshiping .
If it was by order of the Emperor, he could even kill his own blood relatives .
Kagurazaka Yuuki was, for Damrada, a fine master .
He had a naïve childlike though process, but also had a cold-blooded outlook .
He had good ability to analyze, which Damrada was fond of .
He was different from the ex-Demon Lord crouching on the floor .
For that very reason!
Royals Knights No . 2: Damrada wanted to finish him with his own hands .
That was Damrada’s final act of loyalty towards Yuuki .