Chance to Speak
I called Gerudo over to help with putting things back in order .
The Yellow Numbers’ manufacturing ability is surprisingly high . So I’ll have them work hard returning things to normal around here .
And though Gerudo was quite upset at having no opportunity to fight this time around, he happily accepted my request .
Thus, they quickly got to work .
The demon steel reinforced tunnels we had built proved unnecessary, so I’ll have them fill those in as well . Since demon steel is very useful, we can’t just leave it lying around, now can we .
And that’s the thought that made me realize,
Thad I had forgotten about a very serious matter .
「Crap… I forgot about Veldora…」
The moment I thus muttered, the surrounding Department Heads all froze .
They exchanged glances as if seeking advice from each other with their eyes .
The knights looked at us with a face full of suspicion, but we have no time to alleviate their worries .
Now then, what to do…
Whenever I tried making eye contact with any department head, they would turn away .
How reliable! I get it, you hate it .
Well… it is really hard to come up to a guy who was raring to go and tell him「Just kidding, we’re done already, all good!」
He’ll definitely rampage .
Not that there’s another choice here .
「It can’t be helped, I’ll go and explain . The rest of you return and rest up .
The knights too, take a bath and relax .
Those with ruined equipment will probably need no clothing too…」
The knights looked at me as if they could not understand what I was saying .
Well, I guess bath culture exists only in Ingracia Kingdom, so it’s not a surprise if they don’t know…
And they probably can’t imagine monsters taking baths .
Hmph, prepare to be surprised! Our baths are far better than the ones in any royal capital around .
We have great reviews, so rest up .
As for clothing… Those partnered with Ranga have lost everything but underwear .
To advertise our country, let’s give them some of our newly developed hemp jackets .
The girls can choose to wear a yukata, so there’s plenty to choose from .
Seems like with effort we can eventually restore their armor, but that’s impossible right now . Not that it will stay like that for long .
From the looks of it, Shion is also not wearing armor . Though she seems to be able to call up clothing at will .
It’s just a feeling, but she probably had some grand battle with the knights .
Those that can’t walk are being carried by Ranga’s pack .
I decided to leave the knights with Hakurou and had Souei deliver a message to Rigurdo .
Rigurdo can probably manage to prepare baths and clothing for all of them .
Now it feels like we’re preparing for a banquet… well, I guess it’s fine . I mean, we’re always at it anyways, and we recently expanded our fields as well .
It’s that, you know? Party after some big event?
I think it’s a custom basically wherever you go .
Thinking these things, I ventured off to Veldora .
Afterwards, out of rage, Veldora destroyed the tunnel in an explosion and flew into the sky .
Aiming for the tired Knights from above, he gracefully aimed at them .
He’s been releasing his aura the whole time in dragon form, so his anger seemed to have abated slightly .
Good thing I had him release it before he started his assault on the knights .
Basically, this old geezer (not that he is actually) just wants to rampage . He’s only dangerous if he doesn’t get to unwind once in a while .
I think we’ll need to prepare such a place for him for future use .
For us, though, this was all a story we could laugh about .
For the knights he attacked, it was a nightmare .
I mean, imagine being completely drained, and then having a nightmare-like being descend upon you .
They screamed .
What a funny reaction they showed .
I would have loved if you could see it, but I guess I also felt sorry for them .
Well, I wanted to make sure they would not assault us every again, so this might have been perfect timing for his appearance .
Hmph, I wonder if Raphael had also planned this? . . Nah, I guess not .
There’s no way Raphael could have predicted this far, so let’s not overestimate Raphael too much .
I mean, the fight with Hinata had gone completely according to plan, so this was just a thought I had .
So with this and that, I guess we can close this confrontation story by saying that it was our complete victory .
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When I returned to the city, the knights were already taking a bath .
Rigurdo, as always, was running around handling food preparations and the like .
Souei should have notified him a while ago, so there’s no need to rush, I think… it’s probably just his personality .
But to think that he even ran around asking whether there was any food they couldn’t eat because of their religious preferences! Really have to respect him for his diligence .
I bet that he’s been talking to merchants and adventurers learning about the human culture for a while now .
Rigur, after making Gobuta the garrison squad leader, has been supporting his father Rigurdo . Isn’t he a fine successor for Rigurdo?
But who’d believe that he was a simple goblin until not too long ago?
The banquet hall .
We’re often having banquets, so make it! I declared a while back, and they quickly built the building .
It’s about the size of a gymnasium, and is dome shaped .
The inside has wooden floors with a tatami floored seat of honor .
In worst case scenario, since this building can house so many people, it can be used for evacuation purposes .
The building is quite large so it had to be built sturdy .
The skeleton of it we had reinforced with steel, but we’re planning on changing that to demon steel eventually . If I think about it, just how privileged is our country?
Just when I began thinking this, I saw food brought out on waiter tables .
Well done . As you’d see in an expensive restaurant, the food is inside a hand crafted bowl .
When I had some time, I tried baking one out of clay, and the children, who saw me do that, decided to imitate me .
As a result, every house now uses such bowls made by children .
Moreover, the bowls have gotten rather pretty recently .
Their vividly colored, whether using medical herbs or some other dubious method, and appear truly grand .
Seems like a lot of experimentation went into making them .
The table they are carried on is also an example of intricate craftsmanship .
To think that it was made with the leftover material…
Looking at all of this, from the onsen to the tableware, my tastes are reflected in all their actions .
Considering my current pleasant lifestyle, the time I spent munching on grass seems unbelievable .
I can also enjoy food now . I’ve really been working hard, right?
Today’s menu is tempura . Wonderful .
Looks exactly right, and the taste is great . Made by Shuna . Not, I repeat, not by Shion .
Shion’s all brawn and no brains, and even if she has a cook skill, I cannot leave everyone’s meal to her .
This Tempura was slowly developed after showing Shuna my memories .
She’s worked really hard . But, it was only possible because I had memories, albeit vague, about its taste .
Even Ingrasia Kingdom, which had an abundant variety of food, did not have Japanese meals .
True Japanese meals, even among the World Travelers, must be truly rare .
She really has worked hard .
I mean, in order to make something like dried bonito, we’ve gone off to the sea to catch fish in large quantities .
And since we can easily transport it while preserving its freshness via spatial travel, we’ve gotten our hands on a great variety of ingredients .
We are at the pinnacle of food culture .
I, personally, think that a country that has a poor variety of food is pointless .
Among the three basic necessities–Food, Water, Shelter–the most important one is food, after all . Though I guess that might depend on the person .
Which is why, even by going to absurd lengths, we’ve developed many dishes .
The current problem is white rice . Wheat, on the other hand, we’ve easily acquired .
I mean, I’ve seen rich people eat white bread in the royal capital . So, we’ve been able to reproduce that product easily .
The problem is: rice .
I couldn’t imagine that this grass family did not exist, so I passionately set off to look for it .
But, compared to millennia of selective breeding that Japanese Rice had undergone, what we found was no where near as tasty .
But that’s only to be expected . I didn’t think this would be easy .
So, we’re currently in the middle of modifying the plant .
The thing is, my plan is actually really simple . I asked Raphael if there was a way to quickly fix it, and a simple answer was presented before me .
That was: altering the plant’s properties using Shion’s『Cook』skill .
But how will that go? I can’t imagine the properties taking root permanently .
So, I’ve been doing that with my ability to change just a small portion of the rice (in fact, just my portion) .
Shion would get a big head if I let her do it, so I did it myself .
This time, however, I had Shuna allow me to do it to the knights’ portions as well .
Today is special . They don’t know the beauty of my country, so I plan to show it off to them .
Carrot and Stick . Crush them with overwhelming power and then treat them very nicely .
The knights might not be that easy to sway, but I have a feeling that this will be pretty effective .
Well, white rice is my obsession though, so maybe the knights will hate it .
Tempura is widely popular, with Adventurers and merchants loving it .
By the way, we also tried growing some rice on magic energy-rich water .
The result was a pitch black rice, as if squid ink was mixed into it . It’s also unbelievably tasty .
But it doesn’t look very appetizing . And it’s poisonous to humans .
We called it demon rice, and it has a surprisingly high nutritional value (for monsters) .
At some point it has become the primary food of Tempest .
And just the fact that it can hold that much magical energy makes it a rare good .
Thus we finished the preparations for the banquet and were awaiting the knights’ return from the baths .
The knights got out of bath, dressed in either the yukata or the jacket and came to the banquet .
It wasn’t clothing they were used to, but they seem to have taken a liking to it .
Well, that jacket is basically like a jersey–really comfortable to be in . It’s the best type of clothing to wear indoors .
Some fear on their faces, they were guided to their seats .
The Goblinas leading them weren’t at all worried, and moved naturally . They are surprisingly good at this .
The knights are also surprised I bet . There’s no extraneous movement about them .
And, thanking the Goblinas, Hinata seemed to have made up her mind as she looked at me .
「This incident… I bear sole responsibility for the trouble we have caused you, and wish to apologize .
I do not believe I can be forgiven for this, but please treat my subordinates leniently…」
She said, bowing before me and lowering her head .
And when she did… that .
I could see . Two gentle slopes within her yukata .
Crap, things are getting heated up here . Though I wish it was my son that was getting heated up… real shame .
But, nothing I can do about that . Men are creatures who can never forget the heat of an “adventure”!
At times like this I am truly glad this body doesn’t get nosebleeds .
But, yukata, huh . Amazing, I must say . It has terrifying potential .
And the sight of a woman right out of a bath is the best .
Compounded with the fact that this woman is a beauty… the combined effects are truly terrifying .
I lost… I’ve been defeated . Complete defeat .
Everything is forgiven, so I say .
「Rimuru-sama, whence would you be looking?」
Shuna asked with a smile on her face .
Hmm? Her words are kind, so why do I feel a chill…
Why… how did she know?!
「No no, I’m not looking at anything .
Do not apologize to me but to Shion and the Yomigaeri .
They are the victims」
I said, pointing at them .
There’s no reason to deceive them .
Shion jumped in surprise . She hadn’t expected to be called .
And to her,
「I’m sorry .
I have convinced myself that monsters are evil .
That they will attack you when you least expect them, and that they cannot be trusted…
Please forgive me…」
Hinata said, bowing even deeper .
When Hinata did so, the other knights followed .
All together, they cried『We’re sorry!』
Shion started fidgeting, making a distressed face .
「Shion, forgive them . I understand your anger and pain .
But, they are not completely evil .
Just so you know, humans are beings that surpass the errors they make .
So do consider them thoroughly . There are noble humans as well」
Shion’s discomfort intensified with my words .
She probably thinks humans are evil incarnate .
But, I wouldn’t want her to think that all humans are like that .
Her discomfort lasted a second longer,
And then with a resolved face,
「Okay! Whether a person is good or evil, I’ll decide after seeing their soul!」
She said, and faced me with a cheerful smile .
She seemed as if she had conquered some inner demon and was now cheerful again .
The Yomigaeri also forgave them .
What a good bunch . They are my pride and joy .
Let bygones be bygones .
What can and cannot be forgiven is hard to decide, but this time we were able to reconciliate .
If you meet people who listen to what you say, you can almost always learn to understand their point .
And thus, one problem was solved .
Now then, it’s not a good idea to stay gloomy .
The delicious food will get cold .
Besides, the agitated Veldora just might get even more agitated .
In fact, he’s currently occupying my clone and enjoying a meal .
He doesn’t need to eat just like me, but has been stricken by the beauty of cooking .
Now he’s just as fussy about his meals as I am .
And thus we began the banquet .
After a good bath a cold beer is must .
Of course, we have it . It’s our country’s special alcohol .
Made perfectly .
Ingracia Kingdom specializes in wine .
They do have beer, but it’s not very good . It lacks a punch… or maybe it’s not carbonated enough?
Or maybe the fact that it’s lukewarm makes it unpleasant .
Anyways, we have greatly improved upon it .
Don’t underestimate my passion for food even for a second .
In fact, if I say “I want this!” everyone immediately gets to work on making it; aren’t I scary?
I guess this is proof that I have become a demon lord, huh? . . Wasn’t it like this before?
Ah, whatever .
Thus the alcohol diversity of our country has also increased .
We import the wine and produce the beer .
Along with potato and barley shochu .
So it’s natural that the frequency of banquets has increased . My orders are faithfully being carried out and our food has gotten seriously delicious .
Even if I say let’s have a dinner, it’ll just become another banquet . No question about it .
I don’t even need Raphael’s input on this to predict the outcome .
It’s just that obvious .
The knights are awed by our dishes . I mean, for seafood, we have even made sashimi .
We don’t yet have soy sauce, but we have made a similar spice .
It’s a bit lacking, but soy sauce is currently being researched . In the meantime, we might improve this to perfection .
Oh, and then a knight who got interested in trying the black rice put some in his mouth and screamed,
「T-this! Recovers magical energy?!」
Hmm? That wasn’t a shriek I was expecting .
It’s supposed to be poisonous to humans, but I guess it is akin to medicine for those stronger?
Actually, they were essentially exhausted a second ago, so maybe that’s why .
While I was thinking these things, the other knights also expressed interest in the black rice .
It can’t be helped, let them have it .
To think that I went out of my way to make white rice and they preferred the black one…
Well, the appearance of it is bad but the taste is good . Those without extreme prejudice just might eat it without a complaint .
Tempura, Sashimi, and restorative rice has shocked them… I am looking forward to the tales they will spin about my country .
Moreover, I’m just happy to see templars and monsters enjoying a meal together .
It’s a good scene .
Maybe alcohol had a role to play here, but if such a scene can become the norm, maybe we can truly befriend each other one day .
Eat good food and spend days happily .
Such is my goal, for which I ardently struggle .
Protecting this kind of sight is my job .
So I decided yet again .
We got drunk and everyone was pretty merry .
Arnaud, a person said to be the next most powerful after Hinata, said
「By the way, Rimuru-san . Who’s the strongest in this country?」
A truly ridiculous thing .
Of course, Veldora and I were excluded from this question .
But the monsters, all immediately rose .
Arnaud said a simple phrase with no real intent behind it, but the monsters didn’t take it that way .
Chances are, there’s secret hierarchy battles going on behind my back, or maybe they decided that a strength-based ranking was a taboo .
Actually, if they made it a taboo that doesn’t solve a problem in the slightest .
At the time, even though I don’t get drunk, I think I was drunk .
Cause Veldora and I suddenly began to add oil to the fire .
「Kuahahaha! Shouldn’t that question be solved with a battle?」
「Hmm? You planning to argue about it? How about having a tournament?」
I wasn’t drunk… well, I was drunk on the atmosphere .
I just said the first thing that popped into my head .
And the moment a tournament was mentioned, the light in their eyes changes .
Though the atmosphere was light until then, things suddenly got serious .
「Kufufufu, what a wonderful idea!」
Diablo decided to join in,
「Isn’t it fine? I’m personally not against it」
And then Benimaru . And following him,
「I guess I’ll go all out」
「You guys . You’ve done well, I guess I’ll let you taste some extra training」
「I-I will also participate!」
「I’m also in~su! I’ll seriously aim higher~su!」
「Sounds good . I’ll cut everyone down!」
「I haven’t had enough fun . I want to fight proper opponents!」
「I as well, rather than constantly leading my men, want to test out my powers!」
In short, everyone wanted to participate .
By that moment, I noticed my mistake but it was far too late .
Veldora’s also having fun, and frankly, I don’t even care anymore .
Thus, the Tempest Tournament has been decided .