Every member of every department assembled in the large meeting hall .
As for Ranga, I had forgotten that he was sleeping within my shadow .
He’s in sleep-mode–conscious but unable to move .
I couldn’t measure his abilities, but it is clear that he’s undergoing some kind of evolution .
Well, he’ll probably come running out if I wind up in some perilous situation .
He’s rather uninterested in the conference but is nonetheless listening .
I guess it’s time to begin .
The moment I thought to declare that the meeting has begun,
「I apologize for the intrusion in the middle of the meeting!
Ladies and Gentlemen, a guest has arrived .
Here on an urgent matter and requests immediate audience with you…」
A soldier on look-out ran in and so reported .
Rigurdo was about to reprimand the soldier, but Kaijin calmed him down .
We haven’t begun yet, so it’s fine . However, it is troubling that people can so easily enter here .
「Rigurdo, we need to look into this later」
「Ay . I am truly ashamed of myself . 」
「Nah, we just got the idea and everyone’s working hard as is」
I replied, comforting him .
In fact, even if we find something lacking we only need to improve for later .
So it’s probably best to think of the long-term benefit .
I had that guest escorted here .
「It’s been a long time, Rimuru-dono .
We have come to aid you during your time of need . We hope it is not too late」
With these words, the Brumund Kingdom’s Freedom Association Guild Master Fuze came in .
Fully armed, prepared for battle .
If I think about it, it’s been what, 10 days since we had the 50 adventurers and merchants go?
And we had them deliver the information and request assistance, I think .
I am truly grateful, but are they okay associating with us?
「I apologize for disturbing you during your busy war preparations .
However, we found your defenses lacking . The Farmas Kingdom’s main force has yet to arrive, right?
According to our intel, a total of 15 thousand troops are coming .
Though it may improve your morale, I hardly see this as a right time to be merry .
Though we may lack in ability, we will support you to the best of our ability」
Clearly prepared to die, he delivered this heated address .
Yup . It’s really hard to tell him that the war’s already over .
「This is a good city .
Carefully built houses decorate your well planned streets .
The paved roads wouldn’t lose even to the Royal Capital .
I was surprised .
Hardly would I want to turn it into a field off battle . I suggest we launch a surprise attack to quickly destroy the enemy’s head .
We have heard the church backs the enemy .
So, we have brought over 50 B rank and above adventurers .
The country cannot openly support you . I hope you understand…
But the fifty of us will cut deep into the enemy ranks and slaughter… 」
The department members are staring blankly at Fuze, who is continuing the passionate speech .
To us it’s all… been there, done that type of thing .
But I had expected Brumund to abandon us . To think they really sent reinforcements…
Though we do have an agreement with them, surely there was a way out…
This makes me kind of happy .
But that being so .
「Yeah . I appreciate the sentiment, but it’s already over」
「Over? What do you mean?」
「How should I say this…
In other words . In a few words, I annihilated them!」
Although he was speechless, his face was clearly saying “Huuuh?”
Youmu came up to pat him on the shoulder and Cabal was saying something to comfort him .
Ellen and Gido were saying things like “Unbelievable, right!”
Well, I guess it is
I mean, not even two weeks have passed since they declared war .
They were probably expecting the army to take a week to reach here, us to buy two or three days fighting in the fields, and, if worst came to worst, hole up in the fort .
So when they arrive and saw us carefree, they seem to have convinced themselves that the army was running late .
Though we were so merry that they did suspect that something was off…
Anyways, thanks to Ellen’s and Cabal’s explanation, they seemed to have understood the situation .
So we had our soldiers escort the fifty men waiting outside to the inn–to relax .
Since it came to this, I might as well have Fuze participate in the conference .
Though he can’t represent Brumund Kingdom’s official position, he can at least offer a human opinion .
Now then, let’s begin the conference! I wanted to say, but
「Umm, would you have a moment?」
Bester asked, raising his hand .
Did something happen?
「What? Is there a problem?」
「Yes . The thing is, we finished developing the magic item long distance communication ball…
It is now possible to converse while seeing the other party」
A wonderful invention, but why bring it up now?
I thought, but
「When I reported the event to the Dwarf King, he told me that he had some things he wanted to say…
So since we are all gathered here, I kind of figured this might be a good time」
I see .
If that’s it, I don’t see a problem .
「Bester . I don’t mind, but shouldn’t the conversation be held in secrecy?
We have Youmu and Association’s Chief over here, so is it fine?
If it’s a private conversation, shouldn’t we hold it later?」
「Ah, not at all . The Dwarf King also wishes to mention some things regarding future international relations…
When I told him about today’s conference, he said that he’ll assemble his Ministers as well」
「So they are currently waiting over there?」
「Yes . That’s how it is」
I see… we never did announce the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Dwarf Kingdom .
The two contracts that we have are the non-aggression treaty and the technological cooperation treaty .
Though those would be meaningless if our country ceases to exist . However, we now have the advantage .
I believe that the previous events are of a magnitude that they cannot ignore .
If anything, we proved to be a country that can destroy and army of 15 thousand men .
Will they officially declare diplomatic relations between us or perhaps seek to destroy us as humanity’s enemy?
「Bester, I have to ask, did you tell him that I have become a demon lord?」
「Ah, yes . I told him everything」
Ah, as expected .
He should have only confirmed it this morning so for him to so quickly assemble the ministers only evinces how gravely he views the situation .
Well, if you were told that demon lord class monster created a city and evolved into a demon lord, surely you’d sweat a bit .
He would learn of this sooner or later though . So this might be a good chance .
So at this point, continuing the conversation as is will probably not cause any further problems .
I mean, while planning our next steps I did want to hear his opinion .
「Got it . Then bring the communication equipment and set it up .
We’ll wait for you and prepare for the emergency council」
I declared .
This is a sudden development, but also a good opportunity .
We’re deciding our future here, after all .
Thus, we decided to hold a global conference instead of meeting right now, scheduling it an hour away .
Right after relaxing, Fuze heard our conversation and with an amazing look on his face ran up to me .
「Hey, didn’t you just say something really important right now?
I might be wrong, but did you just say that you became a demon lord?」
He said, trembling .
Does he need to pee? No need to hold back man, we have bathrooms around .
「Hmm? Ah, demon lord, right?
I did become one, what of it?
But more importantly, before you piss yourself, shouldn’t you use a restroom? 」
「Are you an idiot?! There’s no time for that!
Became a demon lord, yo! What’s up with that?」
Eh~ . What a pain .
From the beginning? No good if I don’t explain it from the beginning?
Well, I did tell him I annihilated an army but I guess I can’t expect him to guess the rest .
I decided to summarize the events and explain .
And so, I explained it all to Fuze .
「Pardon the intrusion! Another guest seeks audience with Rimuru-sama .
How should we proceed?」
The same soldier as last time asked .
What’s with that . So many guests these days .
Leaving Fuze, who was saying something (grumbling) at the sky, I decided to meet this guest .
I headed for the room where the guest was waiting for me .
When I entered, I saw an exquisitely dressed gentleman and five men who had an air of experienced officers about them .
The gentleman was sitting on the sofa with the five officers standing behind him .
I could easily see that they were well trained .
The gentleman sitting on the sofa had a good face and could easily had been a model in his younger days .
His narrow eyes would be his distinguishing feature .
「Ah, good day . Sorry for the wait .
Pleased to meet you, I am Rimuru, currently working as this city’s King .
I hope we get along!」
I greeted them in a way I thought appropriate .
Though I became a demon lord, I have no clue about manners or formalities .
Nor does anyone around here know much about it…
Well, I do think that it would be nice to be taught these things, though .
Upon hearing my greeting, the narrow eyed man stood up .
And opening his eye wide with a Kuwa!,
「So thou art the demon who hath bewitched my daughter?
Hast thou said thy prayers!」
He said, beginning to chant an extremely high combustion spell .
Hey! This geezer is nuts .
From what I see, that’s the highest tier spell he got going there .
At this power level it would certainly cause some damage to the city .
Clearly a spell used against armies .
What’s this guy on? I have no idea what he’s saying .
I tricked his daughter? What’s that about?
Right as I was completely at a loss,
「Wait, Papa! Why did you come here?!!!」
Ellen came flying in .
And perhaps after realizing the spell from a single glance, she hit the gentleman squarely on the head .
A beautiful “Suppaaaa!” sound resounded through the room, and the gentleman regained his sanity .
It seems that this gentleman geezer is Ellen’s father .
And after hearing Ellen’s explanation, he finally calmed down .
What an annoying guy he is .
「My~, A ha ha ha . My bad .
I had heard that my daughter was captured by some demon lord so I was quite panicked!」
He said with a bright smile .
Even so, what point was there in preparing the highest tier combustion spell? What a ridiculous father .
「No, Your Excellency . The received report was correct but you jumped to a wrong conclusion」
「I knew it, Papa’s at fault here!」
A secretary-like person and Ellen ganged up on him .
That is kind of pitiful, but I don’t feel any sympathy towards him . He’s just paying for his own stupidity .
After things calmed down, he introduced himself again .
Ellen’s father, the narrow eyed gentlemen, is a high noble of Sorcerer’s Dynasty Sarion, Duke Elalude .
He’s related to the emperor, his uncle to be precise .
In short, he’s one of the three bigwigs of Sarion .
I can’t hide my surprise .
E-Ellen is a true ojou-sama?!
She can even be called a princess . To become an adventurer at that social status; she’s too free-willed .
I do think that those stopping her are correct, but I won’t do it myself .
I mean, she herself doesn’t seem to care . There’s probably people protecting her from the shadows as well .
They’ve done well not to let information slip .
Though that’s probably the result of Cabal’s and Gido’s hard work . Let’s thank them for it later .
But, now .
「So is the purpose of your visit limited to Ellen only?」
That wouldn’t be funny .
I glance at Duke Elalude,
「Fufufu . Of course, that’s not the case .
We are in considering how we should treat your country from now on, so I came to see it myself .
No need to worry believing I was careless . This body is only a homunculus . 」
I noticed upon his words .
For someone important from the Sorcerer’s Dynasty, his body houses very little magical energy .
Though the officers seem to be real, the gentleman’s body is not .
As expected of a high noble . He’s careful .
But more importantly .
I want to learn how to make homunculi later .
And that brings us to the next point .
We’ll have Duke Elalude participate in the conference as well .
An hour has passed by now .
It’s time to start the conference .
Returning to the large conference room I found everyone waiting for me .
I had the Duke’s group escorted to a set of empty seats .
It’s probably best to start with a self introduction . That is, there are many people here who have connections to large countries .
So, let’s start it thus .
First, we’ll have everyone not from Tempest introduce themselves .
Dwarf Kingdom, military nation Dwargon .
Representing them: their king himself . Gazelle Dwargo . Though only projected as in image, his dignity is impossible to hide .
Small country Brumund .
Unfortunately, we don’t have anyone representing them .
However, we do have Fuze, the Freedom Association’s Branch Guild Master .
And, he’s rather friendly with Baron Belouard .
Though he doesn’t have decisive say, his opinion should have some weight .
A sudden addition to our table, a high noble from Sorcerer’s Dynasty Sarion .
Duke Elalude is a no-good doting father, but his current face is that of a stoic noble .
And, via his position in the council, he holds sway over the whole country .
So no disrespecting him .
So looking over the guests, it’s clear that many distinguished individuals have shown up .
A monster only meeting may lead us to fall into some mistaken conclusion . Thus, I am rather thankful that we have so many participants from the human side .
Next, we introduced all the members from Tempest .
And, it was finally my turn .
「Ah, right .
There’s one person I want to introduce to you .
Though you have probably have heard his name already .
So please don’t be surprised .
Now then, come forth!」
I thus began the introduction .
Knowing what was to come, Gabil swallowed his saliva and tensed up .
The air in the room changed, and everyone turned silent .
「Kuahahahaha! I have been called and here I am!!!」
I called Veldora out via “Storm Dragon Release” .
Using my clone as a base, he appeared as a beautiful young man .
Giving everyone a sidelong glance,
「This is my best friend, Veldora . Please be kind to him!」
I introduced him,
「Veldora’s the name, though I’m called “Storm Dragon” . Pleased to meet you!」
Veldora greeted everyone .
Dead silence enveloped the room .
No one moved .
And, with a flop, Fuze and Ellen fainted, screaming “Ay!!” Rigurdo’s group and the hobgoblins fell prostrate before him…
It all turned very chaotic .
Of course, the conference was temporarily suspended for a break .
…We hadn’t started yet, had we… I couldn’t help but think .