The words that reached
Storm Dragon Veldora has been reborn .
This report caused a great panic within the Western Saint’s Church .
The connection that was lost with the subjugation team was quickly discovered .
They were strictly ordered to report at regular intervals, so a loss of connection indicated some misfortune .
So upon hearing this report, Hinata immediately decided to set off to Tempest .
But, at that moment came the surprising news of Storm Dragon Veldora’s revival .
Which resulted in Hinata, who was preparing to set off, to be summoned by the Holy Empire Ruberion’s most influential officials .
The Seven Celestial Sages these wisemen are called .
It is said that each has transcended a hero-class existence and is a legendary being that is often in charge of rearing new heroes .
These beings are completely secluded and never appear in public,
And are only discussed as legends in fairy tales and other such stories .
Nor are the Seven Celestial Sages an existence that Hinata could talk about .
Obviously, they are not an existence that the Templar Knights would know about .
So why does Hinata know of them…
Because she is the last disciple of the Seven Celestial Sages .
They typically train their successor personally, and no one knows when the successor takes over .
In other words, the fact that they all trained one person is beyond unusual .
Hinata was just that excellent .
And because she was so excellent she was able to learn all the skills and battle abilities that they could teach her .
In a sense, you could call her a work of art .
Few people from the Holy Empire of Ruberion could order Hinata around .
In other words, you could even say that all power was vested in her .
After inheriting her post from her predecessor, she began her reign in the top echelons of the country .
Who could order her?
The current emperor and the Seven Celestial Sages .
Furthermore, only the Seven Celestial Sages can directly meet with the emperor, so Hinata has never met him .
Nor has she even heard this voice .
Which is why, when discussing beings who can order her, only the Seven Celestial Sages remain .
This time, she was summoned directly by them via telepathy .
And she was told about Storm Dragon Veldora’s rebirth .
Thus, though she had prepared troops to set off to Tempest, she decided to put that order on hold .
As a result, her attack on Tempest while Rimuru was away did not occur .
Which was fortunate .
Had she attacked Tempest along with her Knights Templar while he was away, there’s a high chance the battle would have went in her favor .
Anyways, Monsters’ Country Tempest narrowly escaped death .
Was this a failure on Hinata’s part? By no means .
What surprised her, that is, wasn’t only the report she received from the sages .
As a messenger she sent to Tempest, Reihim, has returned .
But his appearance was completely different . A thin layer of dirt and tattered clothing covered his body .
His eyes darted, his body vehemently convulsed .
He looked as if he tasted unimaginable fears .
100 trusted Knight Templars guided Reihim into the main chamber .
Cardinal Nicholas also came to hear his report .
Reihim was brought into the chamber as he was . He was offered to change, but he adamantly refused .
And, insisted that he had urgent information that had to be shared .
Thus he stood in the main chamber, inside the towering cathedral in the center of the Holy Empire Ruberion .
In all of the empire, this was the most holy and impregnable place .
And there he knelt .
Hesitantly, he lifted his face to confirm Hinata’s presence .
He seemed a little relieved seeing her there . And then he stood, his expression quickly turning into even a deeper despair .
Reihim removed the tattered clothing that covered his body .
Seeing what was beneath, the Templar Knights covered their faces .
Even Hinata looked repulsed .
Everyone’s gaze was focused on Reihim’s exposed body .
As a myriad of faces were protruding from it .
Still alive, some showed anguished expressions, others of despair . There were even some mad ones smiling…
As if mocking the holy land upon which he stood .
「First… behold my body . It is the punishment for evoking their King’s wrath…
I was a fool . A terrifying, a truly terrifying enemy I have made!
A demon lord .
By our hand we gave birth to a new demon lord!」
Perhaps even proudly, Reihim declared in a loud voice, his eyes bloodshot .
And thus he told them of the terrifying demon lord and his birth .
Without concealing any of Reihim’s wrongdoings .
He was not ordered to do so . Rather, he himself was obsessed to disclose all this .
To free himself from the torment, to be forgiven by god .
He thought he needed to confess his sins . But… surely he could not be forgiven with just this much…
The templars trembled upon hearing of a new demon lord’s birth .
And when they heard about his absurd power, they could no longer hide their astonishment .
Before his light attack, every anti-demon barriers, large scale magic barriers, and even holy barriers are utterly foolish .
And none have ever heard of such magic .
If faced with an attack that cannot be blocked, even those gathered in the room could not survive it… perhaps .
But Hinata did not tremble .
Based on what Reihim reported, it was an attack that used the rays of the sun, she figured .
And if you understand the nature of the attack, it’s easy to counter it .
Seeing the stoic Hinata reassured the Templar Knights; thus, they calmed down .
If their commander Sakaguchi Hinata did not fear the demon lord, then there was no chance they would be defeated .
Their confidence was directly tied to their unwavering faith in her .
The report continued .
The news that Arch Demon had appeared again provoked an uproar .
This wasn’t something they could ignore any longer .
It is absolutely crucial that an arch demon, which harbors the Demon Lord Seed, be immediately destroyed .
Besides, if it was a simple Arch Demon that was born depending on abilities, three Knights Templar should be able to destroy it .
And if they brought five knights, there was no way they could lose .
But this would prove difficult if they allowed it to continue existing and accumulating experience .
They had to destroy it now . Such was the rule regarding dealing with an appearance of an Arch Demon .
「Hinata-sama, this is an urgent matter . My team will subjugate this demon . Please order us!」
「In that case, we shall also go . Please order us to attack!」
The young templars exclaimed following their elders example . The others too, in lieu with common sense, did not oppose the measure .
After all, the sooner they subjugate the Arch Demon the better .
Reihim’s story did not end .
He still had things to say .
… Rather, he hasn’t even mentioned the main points yet .
But the templars could not have known of this .
Which is why they could discuss such pointless things as subjugating an arch demon .
「Please wait a moment . Do not pay any heed to the Arch Demon subjugation .
The light magic I mentioned . As I just said, when it hit us, we were completely wiped out .
However, that doesn’t portray the scene appropriately .
There were 15 thousand of us . And this elite force was completely destroyed by a single monster’s terrifying attack .
I meant that literally .
Not as an army, but every single individual…
Massacred . That’s no exaggeration . That’s exactly as it happened」
Silence enveloped that holy room .
A heavy atmosphere in which no one could utter a single word .
A monster which could massacre 15 thousand men . It made them recall a certain legend .
A legend speaks of a monster which became a demon lord after destroying a city .
Truly, the monster fit the description of the word “Demon Lord” . The monster sowed chaos and destruction .
Beings that exceed human capabilities are usually limited to the Special S Class Dragons .
Currently, three of them remain and one has been sealed until now .
These three beings are designated Special S class .
But in reality, it wouldn’t be unusual to recognize two more special s ranked individuals from among the demon lords .
The reason they are not recognized so is simple .
They were mostly active before the church has been formed and have yet to produce any further causalities .
In other words, should they resume their rampage, they will be recognized as Special S ranked beings .
They will be recognized as a being that cannot be defeated by human hands . That’s what Special S rank means .
As for their activity before the church had been established, that’s a tale of a thousand and a few hundred years ago .
According to traditional records, it would have been a thousand and two hundred years ago .
Even then, two beings called demon lords and which would now have been recognized as Special S rank existed–Lord of Darkness Guy Crimson and Destroyer Milim Nava .
Furthermore, some believed that other demon lords awakened as true demon lords, but none of these openly wrought havoc .
Which is why, in order not to increase the people’s anxiety for no reason, every demon lord has been classified as S ranked .
A being that can’t be opposed with human strength alone .
Because when a generation lacks a hero, they had to declare that humanity would not lose against demons .
But, this new monster…
Just became a demon lord but may be immediately recognized as a Special S rank .
Heavy silence continued to rule the room .
A silence which displayed a desire to reject accepting the birth of a new demon lord .
Simple demon lords and true demon lords are an existence that towers over humans .
「Hmph, it’s pointless to stand here in silence .
Hey, Reihim . Did you see it awaken?」
Ending the silence, Hinata asked .
「Yes . I believe an offering of 15,000 lives was sufficient…」
He replied, confident .
「Is that so…」
Hinata muttered and began to think .
As things stood, she was fortunate not to have gone to Tempest yet .
If her opponent was an awakened, if he turned into a True Demon Lord, then the number of troops didn’t matter .
Even if you gathered powerful soldiers, should they lack the strength to oppose that monster directly then they are useless .
The subjugation army’s disaster only proved this point .
Moreover, even though the monster hasn’t awakened by then it was still capable of destroying the army alone .
From time immemorial a hero and her carefully selected team would venture to defeat the demon lord .
And since that’s the case…
「I guess I’ll have to go, huh?」
She muttered .
If the opponent is a demon lord, Hinata would have to go herself .
And since there was no need to further increase the number of corpses, there was no need to send out normal soldiers .
An elite few .
Perhaps… a hundred knight templar could win this battle and have a higher chance of victory than a larger force .
Hinata accelerated her thoughts .
Again and again and again .
Because she had to ascertain her victory .
And as if interrupting her thoughts a pained expression appeared on Reihim’s face .
And, from within his chest a new face arose .
Reihim’s pained expression quickly turned serene…
「Ah ah, test test test . Can you hear me?
(It’s already recording)
(Eh? Already? Seriously?)
… ah, whatever?
Should I say: pleased to meet you? I am the lord of Tempest, Rimuru .
I’ll say this in advance, this is a message .
Even if you address this messenger, I won’t hear you, so keep that in mind」
The face said .
A number of soldiers came at Reihim sword drawn but were stopped by these words .
That’s a speech they probably had to hear .
The Knights Templar couldn’t hide their surprise .
Whereas Hinata’s expression did not change . She was merely awaiting the next words .
Her head was calculating various possibilities . But her expression did not show it .
That’s just how much control she had over her heart and mind .
「Did the messenger suit your tastes?
Good taste, right? Oh, but I didn’t design him .
Don’t get any weird ideas .
(Umm~ this wasn’t my idea either…)
(Shut up . They might be listening in on this!)
(Is that so . Good thing they didn’t hear this)
But let’s forget about tastes .
Let’s get to the question at hand . I’m wondering how much you’re planning to pay me to end this fight .
I’ll say this in advance: you started this fight .
I have witnesses so you can’t overturn this fact . So what will you do?
Personally, if you apologize for this incident, I am willing to forgive you this time .
But, should you refuse to make amends with “monsters”, then we will crush you with our entire force .
Without any reserve, without any mercy, without a second thought we shall crush you .
(Eh? Even if a time to rethink this comes up?)
(Didn’t I tell you to shut up? What will you do if they hear you? I won’t look cool anymore!)
Which is why, I ask you to carefully consider the next step
That being so… is Hinata there?
This message will only be played if your presence is recognized .
But that aside, here’s what I wanted to say .
Well done attacking a person without listening to a single thing they had to say .
A wonderful funeral you planned for me! But, too bad .
I am alive .
The next time you come at me, I will respond with my true power .
But… I want to hold a serious conversation before that .
So I’d appreciate it if you gave it some thought .
If you still desire to fight me after that, then that’s that .
Let this messenger know your response .
The ones embedded in his body are the Blood Shadows–I think they are called .
They killed my friends so I cannot forgive them .
So, I killed them and embedded their heads into this guy .
This messenger is also dead . Yet I made him undead so that “they” continue to suffer .
After receiving your reply he will come back to me, so don’t worry about that .
Should you decide to dispose of him, he’ll automatically disintegrate thanks to your skill that I analyzed .
But if you choose to only half kill him, that’ll only increase his suffering so keep that in mind .
Currently, I’m headed off to the Demon Lords’ Walpurgis Banquet .
So if you want to talk, decide upon it, and we’ll talk after I return from there alive .
Chances are it’s going to be a week from now, so keep that in mind .
Well then… I’m looking forward to your reply!」
And ending this monologue, the message conclude .
The templars, their mouths agape, looked at their trusted Hinata .
Without being perturbed by it, she met their gaze .
She was busy processing the newly obtained information .
There were a few things worth of note but there was not time for that .
Though he had an aloof attitude, the message’s content could not ridiculed .
The most important point was that “Disintegration” had been analyzed .
Now, should she fight, she probably wouldn’t be able to use it on him .
Perhaps he was only bluffing, but she could hardly depend on such empty optimism .
Her biggest mistake was that she didn’t notice his survival during their last battle .
She felt a sense of… regret! Yes, that rare feeling burned in her chest .
He also mentioned other important things .
When he spoke of making amends with monsters, he must have had the Church’s doctrine in mind .
So he’s probably searching for a chance to make peace with them .
But that’s something that everyone, Hinata included, would describe as naive .
That, monster Rimuru was most definitely not lying during their last meeting .
The fact that he was also a World Traveler and that he reincarnated as a monster .
That… was probably true .
His Japanese was far too natural .
That was the nostalgic Japanese that could only come from that world .
At some point in time Hinata had opened her previously closed eyes .
And, without a word, she erased Reihim with Disintegration .
If Rimuru’s words were true, then quickly erasing him would be his salvation .
「Do not be tempted by him . Our creed is absolute . We should pay no heed to some lowly monster!」
She declared to the knights .
Though she may have just contradicted herself, that wasn’t something she could admit to .
That is, if they were to ignore the monster’s words, there was no need to disintegrate Reihim .
It was because she believed him that she did it, but the knights didn’t notice it .
She was the “Emperor’s Personal Guard Captain” and led the knights herself .
As their captain she had to serve as the absolute example .
Thus leading the hardened templars was the reason for her previous words .
(Now then, what should I do…)
She wasn’t sure she could win this time .
Though Hinata fell into melancholy, her face did not show it .
What a difficult dilemma befell her!
But for Hinata, this was something she could just solve by continuing her calculations . So she thought .