The Ogre Tribe
All monsters within the cave now run away at the mere sight of me .
Probably the result of my aura .
Pleased, I left the cave .
So I planned, but…
「Gu, who is it! Pursuers?」
「Young master! We’ll only slow you down! Please escape with the princess!!!」
「Wicked demon! Don’t try to deceive our eyes!!!」
And other similar grand statements I could hear from a group at the entrance of the cave .
Height surpassing two meters, a group of large monsters looking like a ragtag militia . Their bodies a lump of muscles, the ogres .
Aren’t these the self-proclaimed rulers of the forest? They look exactly as Rigurdo has described .
So, what are they afraid of, some demon? What’s with that? Scary!
A bit bewildered, I plan my escape .
I check behind me, but don’t feel any presence . No heat signatures either .
So the ogres can see it but I can’t! This might be bad…
Just when I thought I had gained new abilities… I guess I am still far from true strength .
「Ku, a demon? What kind? My bad, but I don’t see it… where is it now?」
While on my guard, I begin to make retreat to ogre’s side .
But they still haven’t responded to my question .
Moreover, they are keeping distance from me .
What? Are they planning on using me as a bait?
The moment I thought so,
「What are you saying? The wicked demon is none other than you, slime! You have not fooled our eyes!!!」
One of the ogres called out .
To call such an adorable slime a wicked demon? That’s not a nice thing to say!
「Oi . Oi! Wait a second . I am a the wicked demon?」
「Are you trying to play dumb? That aura unbefitting of a slime! Did you think you’d fool someone?!」
Hmm? Oh… I was enjoying freaking out the cave’s monsters too much and kept it open, huh .
So I quickly pull back the aura . And,
「I don’t have anything like that! You must’ve imagined it!」
Of course, I couldn’t fool them .
But, after insisting that it was just a misunderstanding for a while, I somehow managed to have them lower their guard .
In the first place, why are they even here?
When I so asked, they told me that they had escaped here .
Looking closely, there are many injured, with some gravely so .
A normal monster would have died by now .
The only reason they are still standing is surely due to the extremely high vitality of the ogre race .
Still, I proceed to spit out some restorative medicine and treat their wounds .
With their high vitality, even the diluted medicine quickly restores them to perfect health .
While appearing surprised for some reason, they thank me .
Now, although their wounds are healed, they are nonetheless clearly exhausted . So I decided to have them rest at my village .
After all, I need to find out what had enough power to so decimate the ogres .
They are a B rank monsters; but, from training, they can raise that to B+ or even A- .
The rulers of the forest . The strongest beings around, or so I heard .
In any case, I’ll guide them to the village .
Deciding to carry them over there, I summoned Ranga .
When called, he appears from within my shadow . That is, I finally succeeded at summoning him .
My pride simply didn’t allow the fact that Gobuta succeeded where I couldn’t . Thus, I practiced .
And good thing I had done so–considering the current situation .
There were six ogres .
Mimicking the black wolf, I carried three and left the remaining three to Ranga; thus we returned to the village .
By foot it would have taken more than a day, but at our pace we managed it in under an hour .
As expected of ogres! Unlike the dwarfs who fainted, they were merely impressed with the speed .
Thus, we escorted the ogres to our village, where I invited them to my tent .
Well, in place of the tent stood a log cabin when I arrived .
Looking just like the blueprint I had suggested .
Seems like while I was away practicing my skills, they quickly set it up .
While thanking the dwarfs and goblins, I enter it .
Looks just like I had imagined . Amazing .
The blueprint I made by drawing on a plank with some charcoal, and, along with measurements, I passed it all to Mildo .
After looking it over, “Got it!” he exclaimed . By the results . seems like my handwriting effectively communicated the design .
Furthermore, the room was furnished just as I had previously requested .
As for the ogres, I show them to the reception room .
And, asking them to wait inside, I head over to the dwarfs .
To pick up the clothing I had requested from Garm, of course .
Assuming my child version, I tried the clothing on .
Steelthread underwear, and fang wolf outerwear .
The materials used, of course, came from the previous pack leader . But, for some reason, the fur had turned black .
Putting on pants and overcoat, I felt like I dressed to impress .
As an extra bonus, it seems that the fur had quite some magical energy stored in it .
「Danna, this seems to have tremendous defense power . It ain’t just some normal fur!」
Satisfied, Garm gave his approval .
The final item was not armor, but a piece of clothing . Which is fine . I’d fine without it, but I guess having it is better .
So I thought, until I heard about,
「Ah, by the way, this attire just happened to have become a magic item . It will always perfectly fit the one who wears it!」
Such wonderful news! In other words, even if I turn into my adult version, the clothing won’t rip!
Well done, Garm-kun .
Chances are, the fur, that had been constantly floating inside my magical energy (stomach), was thus strengthened . So, if I come across any good ingredients, I should remember to allow them to mature inside .
Let’s make a mental note about that .
Now then, I shouldn’t make them wait too long .
Having found a fitting spot, I asked Haruna to prepare tea for seven people, and returned to the ogres .
The ogres patiently waited . Perhaps finding things unusual, they were looking around the room .
Sadly, as the building had just recently been finished, it lacks any decoration .
Haruna brought in tea, and immediately left .
I guess it’s now time to try out my human sense of taste .
I take a sip of the tea . Delicious .
To someone who never made a fuss about taste or anything, this world’s palette has already been able to impress me .
It tastes like matcha–a bit bitter . I also feels its warmth . Not the effect of warmth, but just warmth itself .
A bizarre feeling .
The ogres too seem to enjoy the tea .
And after we had all calmed down, we began the discussion .
Half way through, I called for Rigurdo . And, I also had the remaining four clan chiefs also attend .
Kaijin also just started his break, and came over . Perfect .
Rigurdo and Ririna immediately came over .
The rest are apparently very busy, so we decided to continue the conversation with the five of us .
Why did I call for them?
Because of the gravity of the situation .
If I had to summarize the ogre’s story, it would be simple: a war . And the ogres were defeated .
Just that .
At the same time as we fought the Flame Giant Ifrit, the ogres were caught up in their own war .
Who could have taken on the rulers of the forest? And to win, at that…
The goblin chiefs were just as shocked .
In a instant, their expressions tightened .
The enemy was?
「They suddenly attacked our village . With overwhelming strength…! Those bastards… Orcs!!!」
Unlike humans, monsters don’t have any rules stipulating a declaration of war .
But, although they can’t badmouthed for the surprise attack, the fact that the orcs even attacked the ogres in the first place is strange .
Orcs rank between C~D . Stronger than your average goblin, but pose no danger to veteran adventurers .
However… these weaklings attacked the strongest, and even managed to win…
Thus, I asked for details .
The ogre village, though perhaps it was too small to call it that, only housed 300 ogres .
300 B rank monsters .
That is the size of a country’s knights order . If you are planning on subjugating such a village with rank B- knights, you’d need about 3,000 of them .
And the orcs possessing that much might? We all have expressions of disbelief .
Considering that nearly every villager was slaughtered .
The village chief and a small group apparently opened up a path for their young master and the princess to escape .
With a pained voice, one ogre said,
「Had I had more power…!!!」
He must be their young master .
The last scene they had seen was that of their chief falling to the orcs .
Also, a giant orc was releasing some strange aura .
There were there others like him .
While the elite warriors of the village approached those four, the remaining orcs invaded the village .
They numbered around a ten thousand . Of course, he did not count each one, but rather felt that there were at least that many .
But regardless of method, there was an absurd number of orcs .
And each one, like the humans, was fully armored in plate mail .
Should that be true, then this was certainly not planned by orcs alone .
Perhaps some country is using the orcs…
「Hmm, perhaps, they have become pawns of the “Demon Lord”」
Kaijin muttered .
Does that possibility exist…?
I thought that the Demon Lord avoids the forest on priniciple .
Beyond the forest spreads the demon’s continent .
With fertile land, production is undertaken by the enslaved masses and golems .
Thus, the demon’s country does not starve, and cares little for humans .
And for that reason, a demon lord desiring conquest would be most likely to attack the humans .
However, there could surely be a demon lord who, out of boredom, decides to start a war .
The disappearance of the Jura Forest’s guardian – Veldora – also meant that this particular type of demon lord would no longer be deterred .
I see .
In that case, I probably have to put more thought into the defense of the forest .
Now, what happens next…?
I asked for everyone’s opinion .
「I believe the orcs intend to capture our lands!」
Rigurdo answers on everyone’s behalf .
They look at me, waiting for my opinion .
Fight, run, or join them?
The ogres, after all, would immediately become prisoners depending on my decision .
Quickly, the tension rises .
「Well, how about we request some more tea!」
Having said that, I called for a second serving .
As everyone sips their tea, their expressions loosen .
Now, then .
「What are you planning on doing?」
I ask the ogres .
「Isn’t it obvious . Look for a chance, and charge right in!」
「Of course . I have to take revenge for my master!」
「Me too! While I am yet powerless, I can’t let those pigs live!」
「「「We shall follow our young master and princess!」」」
Huh . They know they’re going to their deaths, but…
「You guys . Not interested in becoming my subordinates?」
「What did you say?」
Yeah . Even if they do, the goblins won’t be enough to sway the course of battle .
We need to increase our fighting strength for when the orcs arive .
「If you guys support me, I think I can fulfill your wishes?」
「What are you saying?」
「Simple . I’ll help you guys . Well, I’ll be fighting them anyways eventually . 」
「I see… the goblins will help us fight, and we’ll be used to protect this place… right?」
「Exactly . By the way, it’s fine if the agreement lasts until we defeat the orcs! Afterwards, I don’t mind if you request your freedom .
You can stay with the goblins and create a country! Or, you can set off on your own! How about it?」
The ogre called “young master” stopped to think upon hearing my offer .
As expected of a B rank . This “young master” clearly has the abilities of a B+ . I can see intelligence in his eyes .
He slowly closed his eyes, and then opened them wide . And,
「Understood! We shall become your subordinates!」
To raise their chances of victory if even a bit, they decided to serve me .
I’m glad, to say the least .
Perhaps I can save these guys too .
I hadn’t known at the time, but the ogres often served as mercenaries .
And, the vanguard army that demon lord had sent out, just happened to be of the same occupation .
They easily accepted my offer .
When I had heard it then, I accepted them as friends without question .
「Alright! Now then, let’s name you guys!」
「Huh? What are…?」
The usual naming .
While the ogres are bewildered by the turn of events, I don’t mind at all .
I’ll quickly give them some names!
Today, I feel particularly creative .
I looked at the color of their aura .
Young master will be “Benimaru” .
Princess will be “Shuna” .
Their guard as well, Kurobee, Hakurou, Souei, Shion .
So I called them .
And then I entered a state of low activity…
Hey, for that to happen from just six of them… what’s with that?
When I awoke (well, I was awake, but…) the following day, I got my answer .
With hair burning like a crimson flame, Benimaru .
Although he used to be big and bulky, his height decreased to 180 cm, and his body tightened .
However, his magical energy changed, enough to mistake him for a different being…
Eh? They evolved that much?
That, of course, was my intention .
Clearly, they surpassed A rank . Truly, Onibito . (TL note: Ogre-men sounds weird)
Two black horns protrude from below the hair . Glowing more brilliantly than obsidian .
Though I bet he’d find it unpleasant if I called him a beauty .
Shuna and Shion are women . If the princess were a guy, I’d be complaining .
Ogre women were surprisingly beautiful, but the evolution made them gorgeous .
What’s with this? Where did these idols come from?
No, no, they aren’t that good!
From within her long, wavy, pink hair, two white horns could be seen . White skin and pink lips .
What a beautiful girl!!! Her height is about 155 cm .
Crimson eyes, with a gaze filled with passion, stare at me .
The other, Shion .
Purple, dark, straight hair, with a single purple horn . White skin, and red lips .
Purple eyes, as if looking into my soul . A height of 170 cm…
Licking her lips as models sometimes do, a true beauty .
I want her as my secretary .
So I thought from the bottom of my heart .
Kurobee is in his prime . A dandy uncle .
Hakurou is a middle-aged man . However, you can’t underestimate him for it .
Souei is the same age as Benimaru .
Darker skin, and dark blue hair . A beautiful man with a different air around him; 190 cm tall .
Blue eyes, that suit him well .
And all surpass A rank!
I’ll say it again . They all surpass A rank!!!
That’s why I had to use that much magical energy!
If you asked me, I’d tell you that all the strongest ogres had fled here…
And they probably already had names .
But really, if they betray us… that ain’t going to be anything to laugh about!
And, as if ridiculing my worries,
「「「Rimuru-sama! We humbly wish for You to listen to our request! If You are so kindly disposed, please accept our loyalty!!!」」」
And, they simultaneously bowed before me!
A reason to refuse…? I have none .
Thus, I obtained new comrades!
… the fact that I slightly feared their strength, we’ll keep a secret!