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I also let them know that I am aware of the cockpit’s situation.
As expected of the aviation warrior elites.
They moved exactly as I had predicted. A smile appeared on their faces–as if to show that they were excited because this boring flight turned into something fun.
More than anything, using my name was important.
It was an order from the top of the top of their companies.
Of course they would be in high spirits.
After that, things progressed smoothly.
“Hyaaahhaaaa! You see, I am in need of some strong subordinates. You people, you young and talented people! If you become my subordinate, I will spare your liiiiiveeess!!”
I understand you’re completely on board with this but can’t you do something about how you talk?
If he keeps on doing this every time and if by chance someone were to know that he is my underling……
No, let’s not think of something so far ahead.
More importantly, I should enjoy this moment.
“Y-you bastard! To do this to an honourable teacher of Tempest Development of Human Resources Academy—Guhaa?!”
A brave teacher challenged Laplace as he was getting too excited.
But, needless to say, he was beaten up.
The teachers are more or less brilliant but even the head of the year is about A rank at most.
Normal teachers like these are of about B or A rank so there’s no way they could win against Laplace.
That teacher has good prospects. It would be troublesome if he were to quit so I guess I will go visit him later with some gifts.
“Fuffuuuunn~ I am the strongest! Did you think you could win against me with just that? Naive~ Naive, naive, naiveee!”
Laplace got passionate with his acting.
He was glancing towards me, as if he wanted compliments or something.
I hurriedly averted my gaze.
That idiot, what does he plan on doing if they know we are allies? On top of that, the sign he slightly made with his hand was saying that he wanted more chips as reward. It is true that his acting is quite good but what a cheeky little brat.
And well, I was exasperated by Laplace but the same couldn’t be said of the other passengers.
They were just about to panic.
“Alriiightt, stopp! I just checked up right now but it looks like there are quite a few students aboard, huh? Captain, how about we kidnap these kids this time? Even if we kidnap that old man over there…… doesn’t feel like he will be of any use even if we train him from now.”
It seems like she came over to this side after the linking with the ship was done.
In the end, no more fights broke out on the ship.
Because Tia came in with two passed out ride conductors.
They were actually acting passed out.
As even B rank experts were no match for them, even the academy’s teacher group gave up.
After all, there’s a fear of the ship itself getting destroyed if a serious fight broke out.
They probably made their decision considering that.
And like that, they obeyed Laplace and the students got on Laplace’s ship.
“Listen here now, don’t you kids go around and be riotous on the ship, alright? If you do, I will be supeer angry, you know!”
That’s probably him being serious.
This ship is extremely precious to Laplace. He probably would rampage immaturely if even the insides of the ship got damaged.
Or rather, I am impressed he even agreed to using this ship. It seems like there are more reasons behind it other than the letter of marque I suggested… ah, he was probably intimidated by Diablo.
Laplace was aware that he had a hard time dealing with Diablo so he probably went for the letter of marque rather than trying to defy him.
If so, then I should think that this situation is completely within Diablo’s prediction.
As expected of Diablo–seems like he read my movement quite accurately.
After this and that, the students all got on board Laplace’s ship.
Even the ones from the luxurious rooms. It looks like Tia went ahead and made them shut up beforehand.
And like this, just as I had expected, we succeeded in getting everyone related to the academies on Laplace’s ship and headed towards Maldorando island.
By the way, this is what happened on the ship after we had left.
“—We are extremely sorry for the commotion. The air pirates just now were just a side show our leader, Rimuru Tempest had thought up of. It was planned to have the passengers enjoy this entertainment on this boring flight. Moreover, we haven’t let the people related to the academies know of this to have them learn how to deal with emergencies. We are extremely sorry for the troubles–”
Such a broadcast was circulated.
With this, the passengers’ anxiety and fear was rubbed off and a sense of relief brought on a feeling of excitement for them.
There was no complaints as my name was said.
Well, there was no damage or problems either so…
It can’t be helped if people associate this incident with the rioting Laplace later on.
If that time comes, I swore to myself to declare that they are copycat criminals.
—-Besides, them associating this relation is also within calculations. After all, it would turn out to be an implicit threat that Rimuru-sama won’t permit anyone else to fly these skies—-
I felt like someone chuckled a bit but I guess it’s just me imagining things.
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“As I thought, you’re planning on using my ship–”
“This is a message from Rimuru-sama but… he said if you’re able to complete the mission, he would even prepare a letter of marque–”
“I will do it! Please leave it to me!”
Laplace’s whole face was lit up with a smile and he took Tia and happily rushed out.
It would be better to limit the use of Spatial travel so that Milim doesn’t notice. Souei had already decided that this mission would best fitted for Laplace when Souei received the mission from Rimuru at first.
However, it was their blunder that they didn’t know there was such a rage among airships currently.
Diablo and Souei reflected on that.
And after that, the two of them began discussing about the second objective.
It had been a while after the ship had taken off.
Although the duration of flight is affected by the weather, the plane would arrive at Ingracia Academy City within 10 hours.
However, this time, a certain event will soon commence.
And exactly when I was thinking of that, Laplace came.
The announcer had announced that the plane was now entering a state of emergency.
Magnus kept on talking to me frequently so Laplace really saved me.
Why do I need to tell this guy about my favourite food or hobby and stuff?
He isn’t trying to hit on me, is he?
I don’t think so ‘cause I look very plain now as I was wearing round spectacles, a mask and also had black hair.
Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter since Laplace is here.
After all, starting now, he won’t have the leeway to be hitting on people.
“Hyaaahhaaaa!! This ship is now under the rule of the air pirates–Greed Circus!! Cry, scream and despair as you please!”
A cheerful voice echoed inside the ship.
Laplace, that bastard, looks like he’s enjoying this to the fullest.
He wanted a letter of marque because he wanted to do this, eh?
Well, it doesn’t really matter as it won’t really affect me.
He won’t dare attack any of the Tempest Airline’s ships and it isn’t really fun seeing the ships the other countries develop emerge into the sky.
For what it matters, I have already confiscated all the techniques related to airships from the Empire.
It was among one of the conditions to acknowledge the Empire as independent. After all, I would like the monopoly of the sky to remain under Tempest.
Although I don’t think it will ever happen but, to prevent the usage of airships in wars between countries, this matter was one of the highest importance.
After all, if you were to get rid of the skies among sky, land, and the sea–there’s only limited area where you can fight.
Although I don’t think there are any idiots out there who would come picking a fight with us, it would be difficult to stop other countries from fighting amongst each other. We can be the mediators but intruding in their problems even before a war breaks out would only buy their animosity.
And when I thought about it considering all that, to have those wars not affect any civilians, removing flying forces would be the most effective.
Airships are inventions which completely change the concept of wars. And because of this, there was a need for us to keep it to ourselves.
As such, there was also a need to crush the airship-related inventions made by other countries. And so I was thinking of coming up with something to stop that. So if I were to just leave it to Laplace, he would happily do these tasks.
All that’s left is to make sure they don’t find out I am the one behind this. I should be careful to not leave any evidence behind.
While thinking of such things, I was observing the course of events.
“You can rest easy. I will protect you!”
This Magnus dude took my hand and said so without even feeling the least bit embarrassed.
What’s this, what’s this?!–I felt like shouting that out loud.
What ‘you can rest easy, I will protect you’, huh?
Don’t shit around with me, you idiot. In the first place, I told you I’m a guy.
My heart is undoubtedly that of a guy. This Magnus dude really doesn’t listen to other people.
I ended up grumbling about him. I guess I will let it rest since I didn’t say it out loud.
Putting Magnus aside, I should go and do my job.
A jolt raced through the ship, signifying that Laplace’s ship had connected.
The cockpit is probably in a state of panic right about now.
First, let’s rest at ease.
I predicted such situations to occur and installed emergency transmission devices in every ship.
I brought out a ‘sticky steel string’ from my fingertip and promptly connected to one of those devices.
With this, I can produce letters on the monitor using transmission codes.
It would have been easy if I used ‘Thought Transmission’ but……
I decided to not use skills which leave traces behind as much as possible but this is turning out to be quite difficult.
Or so I am complaining but actually, I installed these devices ‘cause I wanted to enjoy moments like these.
I am glad they are coming in handy. I will keep it a secret that I am having fun feeling like a spy.
My message was shown on the cockpit’s monitor.
It seems like the aviation transmission decoder is reporting that to the captain with a pale face. I can perfectly grasp the situation with my Spatial Grasp.
“Don’t go provoking him like that, alright? I would even probably throw up if Diablo-sama were to intimidate me.”
Being called in, two beings walked in.
A man, having a laugh at Souei’s mistake, and a young lady, deeming it inevitable.
It was Laplace and Tia.
“Shut up. Diablo joining was also part of the plan. We don’t have time. Let’s get this program together.”
Souei casually made it so that it looks like he didn’t make a mistake and Diablo joining in was part of the plan from the start.
“Wha?! Souei-han, glossing over your mistake lik–”
“Souei-sama said ‘shut up’, didn’t you hear?”
Souka said, holding a kunai to Laplace’s neck.
Laplace, now having cold sweat, laughed and closed his mouth.
Completely ignoring all that, Souei began explaining.
“It is true, as you have predicted, I have received a secret mission from Rimuru-sama. And that mission is–”
Souei told Diablo everything about the mission he received from Rimuru without hiding anything.
He was thinking that he would need reliable pawns either way.
The most important part of the mission was to not let Shion, Shuna, and even Milim know of his whereabouts or his movements.
Although Shion and Shuna were already distracted by the body he left behind, Milim might come down from the sky to play like she does sometimes.
Souei explained that Rimuru was worrying that if Milim was to find out about this when she comes, she might spoil everything.
“Well, if it’s that Milim-sama…… If she were to know that we are hiding something…”
“Hmm. That is certainly true. So that’s why he went so far to not leave any traces.”
Diablo and Laplace understood.
With that as the base, the group began discussing on how to progress with the mission.
The mission objectives were the following:
First, kidnapping only the students riding on the plane as Rimuru and take them to the Maldolando island.
There, they would release all of them and reform them thoroughly with actual battles.
Second, investigation on each academy’s corruption.
The main point of this part was to confirm if there was anything wrong with the academies which might be the source of the students’ corruption. And upon confirming that, he also said to inform Ingracia that the students will be a week late.
There was a need to proceed with these two simultaneously.
And the problem was that the plane Rimuru was on had already taken flight.
It was a battle against time–to not only catch up to this plane, but to also bring along a plane which could take in all the students.
“Laplace, do you understand why I called you now?”
“Wha?! Don’t tell me you plan on using my air pirate ship–?!”
“What else is there? You were bragging about it happily before, weren’t you? Use it now.”
Laplace became pale.
It seems this air pirate ship was quite important to Laplace.
“By the way, what is this air pirate ship?”
Diablo asked Laplace as he was curious.
And immediately, as if he had regained his spirit, Laplace began explaining happily.
“Are you intrigued? Actually, I made it with the parts Rimuru-sama created, with my refined knowledge! I also had a battle with Benimaru-han’s ship the other day and it ended in my overwhelming victory, ya know? Rimuru-sama had said that it would increase the speed by three times if I dye it red so I did that half in doubt but doing that was the correct move! Moreover, I also used the chip from Rimuru-sama which I received as reward for the underworld job and got a high speed autocannon! And its majesty, man! It is definitely what you would call an air pirate ship. I am planning on installing electromagnetic weapons next but this needs optics weapons which can produce high output heat–”
“Wait a minute.”
Laplace was bragging on about his ship but Diablo stopped him.
There were many points to be concerned about but there was no time to be spent on Laplace at the moment.
“I feel like there are quite a few things I should be concerned about right now but did you just say that Rimuru-sama was also involved in this air pirate ship thing you made?”
“Oi, now’s not the time for that, is it?”
“No, it’s important, Souei. This chip point you used–you can get stuff like that from it? And Benimaru-dono is also in this?”
“Yes? There’s also Gabil-han and Gerudo-han. If nobody wants the object within a certain amount of time, the one who goes to ask for it the quickest wins. And if more than one person wants it, then they have to bid on it. It’s the most popular hobby these days! Gerudo-han is starting by polishing his keel–that man is an expert. And–”
Ignoring Laplace as he happily kept going on, Diablo turned around to face Souei.
“Did you know of this, Souei?”
“I did know that they were doing something but…… to think it had spread that much……”
Even Souei was not amused.
“You and I, the people who are supposed to be most knowledgeable about Rimuru-sama–but it seems like we still have ways to go. Well, that’s fine. Let’s leave that aside for now and move on with the mission.”
“Right. I shall investigate this properly once we are done with this.”
“At that time, I would like an explanation as well.”
Diablo and Souei nodded and moved forward with the plan.
They made Laplace shut up and gave him the job of kidnapping the students with the air pirate ship.
Chapter 259 – Side chapter – Rimuru’s Elegant Escape – 03
After pondering for a while, Diablo set out without hesitation.
He hurried towards someone who certainly knew about Rimuru’s whereabouts.
And the place Diablo arrived at was the Information Control Room–in other words, Souei’s room.
As Diablo knocked, Souka answered the door and asked what business he had.
“Kufufufu. I have something to request of Souei-dono. I want you to convey the message.”
“Souei-sama is currently busy. Please come again later.”
Souka went and rejected his request straight out.
However, Diablo wouldn’t give up just like that.
“Now, now, don’t say that. Or what is it, you plan on getting rid of me by force?”
Diablo radiated overwhelming intimidation while still having a smile on his face.
Souka tried to endure it even while biting into her lips and making a grim face but–
“Stop it, Diablo. If you want to come in, just come in.”
As a voice came from inside, the tense air was also lifted.
“Yes, then I shall intrude.”
And like that, as if that was the natural procedure of things, Diablo casually went in and sat down on a sofa with an air of composure.
As Diablo relaxed, a demon chevalier appeared out of nowhere and began serving tea on the table.
Seeing all these with a side glance, Souei coldly asked,
“What do you want?”
Diablo did not answer immediately–he first took a sip of the black tea the demon chevalier prepared.
And then, he surveyed the room.
(Hmm. Now then, judging from his subordinate’s (Souka’s) actions, it seemed like he was having some sort of a conversation with Rimuru-sama just now but–)
Souei is tight-lipped.
There was no way Diablo would get an answer if he asked normally. However, he could try going straight ahead this time on purpose.
Diablo decided on that after thinking a bit.
“Kufufufu. It’s simple. Where is Rimuru-sama at the moment?”
“What are you talking about? Shuna and Shion are with him.”
“Surely you jest. If it’s you–you probably know where the real Rimuru-sama is, don’t you?”
As Diablo went silent after saying that, Souei also looked at Diablo in silence.
And at that moment, both of their calculations intersected.
As for Diablo, he planned on following around Souei wherever he went.
As long as Souei doesn’t confess, he just had to follow Souei around.
And Souei had accurately read Diablo’s thoughts and instantly came to the conclusion that that would prove to be an obstacle to what he was going to do now. However, it would be difficult to say the least words to get rid of Diablo and he isn’t someone Souei can deceive easily either.
“I don’t think I need to say this out loud, but you do understand that I won’t leave you until you answer me, right?”
“Thought so. You won’t believe me if I said I didn’t know, would you?”
“Of course I wouldn’t. There’s no way you, who is connected to Rimuru-sama physically to always be able to have contact, doesn’t know of his location, right?”
Diablo answered with a smile.
And in fact, Souei indeed was the only one who had a physical connection to Rimuru among other connection methods so that he can make contact if by chance things were to go wrong.
And that physical connection method was a connection formed with ‘Sticky Steel String’ and ‘Shadow Space’.
It is an application of the string telephone method but with this, it is possible to convey thoughts even faster than normal conversation with the help of complicated encrypted transmission.
As there are some beings who can trace communication between the subordinates who use ‘Thought Transmission’, they came up with this analog method.
It is something Rimuru came up with in case of the worst case scenario but Souei was supposed to be the only one who knew about it…
“How do you know of it?”
Souei was menacing.
In response to that, Diablo was still composed but, unusually enough, he laid bare his emotions. And in his beautiful face, he deepened the devil-like smile.
“Kufufufu. So it really exists? I had thought Rimuru-sama would come up with something like that. I didn’t feel the need for it till now so I didn’t bother but the situation calls for it now so I had to confirm it.”
‘He got me’–was what Souei thought.
To fall for a leading question–an unlikely miss for Souei.
However, it wasn’t just a miss on Souei’s part, it was also the result of Diablo’s skillful ‘Thought Guidance’.
Souei wouldn’t have fallen for it under normal circumstances but the situation was different this time.
Souei was in no situation to have a prolonged conversation with Diablo–he needed to act immediately.
As such, he fell for it due to a slight impatience.
Souei clicked his tongue and sunk in his chair.
“You will have to cooperate as well then, is that fine?”
“Yes, of course.”
Souei asked Diablo with a sour expression, to which Diablo replied with a satisfied nod.
And like this, Diablo and Souei began to cooperate and move accordingly.
Giving up on trying to evade Diablo, Souei decided to insert him into the plan.
As soon as Diablo accepted, Souei called out to the next room as they didn’t have much time.
“Hahhahha, Souei-han still has ways to go, huh? Being completely trapped by Diablo-han like that.”
“Ah, alright. Yes, yes. Why does he want to become the lord of the Helan territories? I wanted to ask that.”
“The Helan territories. I don’t know why you want to know that, but I will answer. It is an important place for the boss.”
“Important place? It’s not because the Dartanel family wanted it?”
“No. It’s nothing so stupid as that. That place… Yes, Nuno and Tristana are from there. Three years ago…well, you probably don’t know.”
Oomph. He thinks I don’t know anything now.
However, I had heard about it recently.
“There was some incident in the Helan territories, wasn’t there? I know that.”
“Oh, that’s a surprise. Yes, the people of Helan were suffering. That’s when I built the company. I made donations with the profits, and then Nuno and Tristana approached me. They wanted to work for me as a show of gratitude. Ever since then, they have continued to protect me.”
“That’s a nice story.”
The man in the coat laughed with a little embarrassment. I could only hear him, but I could tell.
Still, I learned something important.
The Gap company wasn’t trying to go against the Dartanel family. They had been helping the people who lived in those lands from a long time ago.
Then I had no reason to meet him now. I was sure that the people would be satisfied if such a man became the new lord.
“Thank you. Now, my purpose is complete.”
“Yes. I came to ask the motive for wanting the Helan territories. If your boss has no disgraceful intentions, then I have nothing to say to him. And so, I think I’ll just escape from here now.”
“Should you really be telling me this? What if I told Nuno?”
“Please don’t. We’ve become such good friends.”
“I suppose you are right. And I don’t have many people I can talk to, so I will save you the trouble. Alright, but wait a moment. I’ll give you some of these medicinal herbs. It will help when you have a cold. Just drink it. And if we meet again, let me know how it worked.”
“Why are you so secretive about doing this? You could have the others help you.”
“This is too fun to share with other people.”
“What the hell?”
The man in the coat was picking the herbs. I couldn’t see him, but I think that he was enjoying himself.
It was something that I thought from when he first came in, but he really likes medicinal herbs. In fact, he was touching them even while we were talking. And now the smell of the herbs was filling the entire room. He touched them every day, so I suppose the smell had soaked into his skin and was difficult to get rid of at this point.
But I liked people like that.
We would have probably become good friends if we had met somewhere else.
Well, unfortunately, it was time to make my escape now.
I created a blade of wind and cut my way out of the prison.
I had met someone nice in the end, and so these two days had not been a waste.
After I was out, I sensed a presence nearby. It was the man in the coat.
He took my hand and filled it with the herbs.
“You should grind it up and drink it. It’s a little bitter, but who doesn’t like that?”
“I guess so.”
Medicine is better if it is bitter. It makes you think that it’ll be more effective.
“Alright, I’m going now.”
I said goodbye to the person whose face I could not see.
He now moved to the far corner of the basement. He would continue to fidget with the herbs even after I escaped, I guess. He really loved them.
Before going through the door that led to the first floor, I decided to ask a final question.
“What is your name?”
“I…Tristana has forbidden me from saying it. But, I feel as if I can tell you anyway.”
“Don’t worry about it. My name is Toto Gap.”
Toto Gap… Wait? Wasn’t this company called the Gap company? Was that a coincidence?
“Are you related to the boss by any chance?”
“No, I am the boss.”
“Ah, I see.”
That was a surprise. So I was talking to the boss the whole time. I wish I could see his face, but I needed to escape. Hmm, I’ll give up on the face then.
“So, I can believe what you said about Helan, right?”
“Without a doubt. That was my true feelings.”
“I see. As a thank you for telling me your real name, I will tell you mine. I am Kururi Helan. I am a blacksmith. See ya!”
I opened the door and ran.
The other employees were shocked to see me, but I just kept running.
I knew that their boss was a nice guy, and I did not want to use violence against them.
I was able to go outside after running.
When I turned around, Nuno and a man in a hood were there. Perhaps it was the boss who had been in the basement.
But this was goodbye.
I used the small imperfections in the wall to climb up and waved at them with a smile.
Now, I guess I’ll go to the king’s castle next.
Expecting to Fall into Ruin, I Aim to Become a Blacksmith 114
My first day in prison.
They serve free meals here. There is also a bed. But it is underground, and I don’t like that there no sunlight.
Sometimes a person I know will come to visit.
It is Nuno. What I like about his visits is that he brings light. That is all. Really, that is all.
“Yesterday, if we had continued to fight. Which of us would have won?”
His talks are so boring.
I roll around in bed and converse with Nuno, who comes to have boring conversations.
“I would. You’re hardly a match for me.”
“Then you should have, then you could have gone to see the boss.”
“That’s because I didn’t come to fight. I just wanted to see him.”
“I see. I am still talking with Tristana about how to deal with you. So don’t think of escaping. If you do, we will execute you without question.”
“Heh. Can you really?”
This place really causes you to lose heart.
After Nuno left, I seriously considered escaping.
On my second day of imprisonment.
The food came on time again. It’s pretty tasty, so I thought that I wouldn’t escape just yet.
Boring Nuno has not visited me today.
Instead, some short guy came to visit.
I saw him through the dim light when he came down the stairs, but he was wearing a coat and a hood.
Unlike Nuno, he did not bring a light with him. But it was so dark that you could barely see your own feet. Was he alright?
And why had he come down here?
He sat down in front of my cell.
“What are you doing?”
He looked like he was about to die of shock when I spoke to him.
“There is someone in there?”
“Yes, I was caught yesterday and thrown in here. That voice, you are neither Nuno or Tristana.”
“Hm? Ah, yes, I am neither. So, you were caught by them. Are you an assassin?”
“No, I am not. I’m just being kept in here temporarily.”
“Oh, that’s too bad. But there are so many assassins, and you cannot be too careful. Don’t hate us too much.”
“I don’t. The food is delicious. And if it gets too bad, I’ll just escape.”
“Hmph, you’re very confident. Oh, I shouldn’t even be talking to you.”
“Oh? You didn’t come here to see me?”
“Indeed. I have some other business.”
He moved away from my cell and continued to walk on.
I couldn’t see him at all after he took several steps. There was only a little light that leaked from the upper floors, and so I couldn’t see very far away.
“Were you just letting your eyes get used to the darkness?”
He said from a short distance away.
I couldn’t see him, but your voice echoed well down here, so I could hear him clearly.
“Is there a reason that you aren’t using a light?”
“There is. You know what the company is doing here, don’t you?”
“No, I don’t.”
“Huh? Oh, really? That’s unusual.”
I couldn’t see him, but I could tell that he was taken aback. I’m sorry, but I had little understanding of what was common knowledge!!
“We sell medicinal herbs. And other healthy diet products. And we’ve been spreading towards other fields recently.”
“You don’t seem very interested. Well, that is fine. Every floor of this tower is developing these products. And it also functions as an exchange. But production happens in a different location.”
“You really don’t care. Well, this basement is the exception. After all, you can’t plant any herbs down here, as it gets no sunlight.”
“So that is why it is a prison. And also a storage room I suppose?”
“Yes, but we’ve recently been trying to create new varieties. Seeds that don’t need the sun, or hate light. If that goes well, we will be able to produce them in more locations.”
“Oh? You are finally interested then?”
Both of us could only hear each other, but it almost felt like we were enjoying a conversation face to face. I got along with this guy. That’s what I thought.
“It’s strange. I generally hate people, but it feels natural to talk with you.”
“I was thinking the same thing.”
“I hope that you are proved innocent soon, and are able to get out.”
“I agree. But do you know anything about the boss here? I came here to find that out.”
“Well, yes, of course, I know.”
“What kind of person is this boss?”
“What kind… Not very friendly.”
“The boss hates people too. That seems pretty bad for the company.”
The boss and employees hated people. And many of them were fighters. This company was weird.
“Anything else? What do you know?”
“Hmmm, what do you want to know? I know a lot about the boss, so you can ask me anything.”
The unexpected answer came from the dark.
This was surprising luck. My guess is that they got along due to both hating people, and he rose to a high position.
Magi Craft Meister 347
11-49 When the Incident has Ended
Now to Lishia and Pascaud.
The golem horse that they had borrowed from Jin was beyond description, and they arrived in Toka village in less than half a day.
There were three people in the village who felt weak, so they used a magic tool to treat them.
“We can still go further.”
Lishia and Pascaud went on to Rakuno, then stopped at Doppa, and then reached Sharuru by evening. This meant that they traveled 150 kilometers in one day.
During that time, they treated four people at Rakuno and six people at Doppa. Still, there was no one who had any symptoms that were more serious than tiredness.
And now they were in Sharuru. Here, they used medicine to treat feverish patients for the first time. Pascaud was skeptical, but Lishia had faith in Jin and used it without hesitation.
The result was that the patients quickly recovered, and Pascaud was both surprised and now aware of Jin’s abilities.
They went around the town until late in the night, treating people and giving medicine to those who were sick.
“We ended up treating sixty-two people and using medicine on fifteen people here. It does seem that it has been increasing the closer we get to Rakham.”
“Indeed. At least, there is no doubt that the illness seems to be spreading. Miss Lishia, I think that you should add this to your report to the Kingdom.”
“I will do that. …We will be leaving early tomorrow morning, so we should get some rest now.”
The time was already eleven o’clock at night, and considering that they had been up since four in the morning, this had been a tiring day.
“Oh, yes. The Pelshika juice that Jin gave us. Let’s drink it before going to bed.”
“I’m going to bed first. I’m too tired.”
Lishia went out to the front of the inn and retrieved the juice from the golem horse and took a sip. She felt as if her body felt lighter now. She drained the rest, and it was as if all of the fatigue that had been stored in her body was now gone.
“Jin, thank you…”
Lishia thanked Jin, who was surely in Kaina village right now and went to her bed, feeling very relaxed.
They set out the next day at five o’clock in the morning.
Pascaud looked like he was still tired, so Lishia suggested that he try the Pelshika juice.
Pascaud tried it skeptically and was surprised that not only his drowsiness but the tiredness of his body had also vanished.
“…Really, who is this Jin…”
And he finally started to feel more accepting of Jin.
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On the previous day, in the Cline Kingdom
“There’s an emergency message by pigeon from Farheight, who was sent as an ambassador to Kaina village?”
Prime Minister Powell looked through the message from Lishia that the pigeon had sent, and his face darkened.
“…Mana depletion fever? And it is starting to spread?”
If this was true, it was a disaster. The Prime Minister pulled his hair.
The Cline Kingdom was suffering from a chronic lack of personnel. He could count the people that could treat this illness on one hand.
With this, it would be all that he could do to have them stationed in the capital. The smaller locations would not be possible.
“…What am I supposed to do…”
In the letter, Lishia had written that Jin cooperated with her and gave her medicine. She and Pascaud were on their way back to the capital and treating people along the way.
“Still, it will take five to six days no matter how fast they ride…”
There was nothing to do for the people who had already gotten sick.
“…Hundreds, maybe thousands would die…”
Prime Minister Powell said and buried his face in his desk.
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“Alright, Presos is finished. Next is Gaara.”
According to Capela 2, who was the Quinta in charge of Rakham, there were reports that the patients that were suspected of having mana depletion illness were completely recovered after being irradiated.
Jin’s speculation that if medicare could nullify it, then Genesung would work, even more, was correct.
Jin, Elsa, and Reiko rode on Pegasus 1 and traveled to the towns, starting with Rakham, and continuing to Dagurozu, Thaw, and Zuku and treated the people there.
According to a report from a Quinta who was sent to the capital, Gaara, which was its neighbor, had not been affected yet, but that measures would be taken there and in the surrounding areas as a precaution.
Additionally, there were also stories that people who were ill with diseases other than mana depletion illness were cured by using the treatmentor. This would end up being the root of an incident later on, but no one could have known it now.
“…That should be good for now. Just contact them and say that the preventive treatment is complete. Use the ‘Deus Ex Machina’ the name.”
“You don’t want to use Jin?”
“Yes. I don’t want to stick out any more than I already do.
“…That’s so like you.”
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Lishia and Pascaud were in Rakham.
On the way, they stopped at a small settlement that wouldn’t even appear on a map. And five people had fallen ill there. But they all recovered after taking the medicine.
However, since Rakham was considered to be the point of origin for the illness, they expected to see many people that were sick…and they stepped foot into Rakham with heavy hearts. But they were pleasantly surprised.
“You are saying that people suddenly became well yesterday?”
“Yes, that is right.”
Lishia was inside of Earl Walter’s mansion. She was talking with the butler who had received her the last time that she had visited.
“Well then, please tell me what you know about the illness.”
Lishia said in a slightly harsh voice. And the butler confessed it willingly.
“…It was a guest of the Earl. I do not know anything else.”
The butler explained that he had been ill until yesterday, but was willing to help them ask around.
After all, Earl Walter, who had made the order, was no longer alive. And so there was no one left for him to be loyal to.
“This guest was following the Earl’s orders. And he used some kind of method to spread the disease with my pigeons?”
“Yes. …The Earl, I suppose you could say that he reaped what he sowed. He was punished.”
“You, will you be willing to testify at the royal court?”
And like that, Earl Walters crimes were exposed.
At the same time, the fact that he had purposely allowed the criminals of the Inado mines to escape, and that he had bought all the salt illegally tried to prevent its distribution, all of it was made public.
But it seemed that there were many other crimes as well, and Lishia and Pascaud were exasperated as they heard them.
“We-well then, Pascaud, you will have to keep watch over them now. Is that alright?”
This was because there were no soldiers or knights from the Cline Kingdom in Rakham. And so Lishia had no choice but to have Pascaud monitor Earl Walter’s men.
Now that Earl Walter was dead, there was little chance that they would try to escape, but still, they could not risk them getting out into the wild.
Pascaud left the medicine on the golem horse. This was done in case the illness started to spread again.
However, Lishia had a feeling that no one would get sick after this. She didn’t know how, but she was sure that Jin had cured them.
Before separating from Pascaud and leaving Rakham, Lishia bowed to him.
“Pascaud, I’m very sorry.”
“…It is my fault for ignoring your advice when you said that you would not recommend it. If we hadn’t stopped that time, they wouldn’t have been able to spread the disease to the pigeons…I…”
Pascaud looked at Lishia and said flatly.
“Is that what you were worried about? But they would have carried out their plans whether we stayed there or not. There is no need for you to worry about that! If anything, it is because of you that we were able to return so quickly while dealing with the problem!”
His voice was becoming more passionate.
“Be-besides, I, no, I misunderstood Jin. In spite of the fact that you trusted him so much.”
Pascaud scratched his head with an apologetic expression. Lishia looked at Pascaud for some time, then chuckled.
“…Thank you, Pascaud. That made me feel a little better.”
And with that, Lishia left for the capital.
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“A letter from Deus Ex Machina?”
In the capital of Alban.
Morning of the 19th.
Prime Minister Powell had stayed up all night without being able to resolve the problem of the mana depletion disease, when one letter was delivered to him.
It was no surprise that he would raise his voice like this.
He had thought about it all night, and now he was reading that the treatment and preventive measures had been completed.
“How can this be…who is this Deus Ex Machina…”
He was honestly happy that it had been solved. However, at the same time, the Prime Minister felt something like fear, that this mysterious person had so much power.
On the 20th, the following day, Lishia arrived in the capital.
She made a detailed report to the Prime Minister about Kaina village, about Jin’s hospitality, about Earl Walter’s evil deeds and its connection to the disease.
According to the report, Jin was somehow connected to this Deus Ex Machina. This was no surprise to the Prime Minister, who knew how capable Jin was. If anything, it made perfect sense.
“…Jin, huh…It would be best not to anger him for now. I will have to consider what to do in the future…”
But the thing that needed to be dealt with now was Earl Walter. The Earl was already dead, but his deeds had been so monstrous and senseless.
Pascaud was currently watching the butler and other subordinates who would testify in court. And so he sent out the fourth knights division to round them up immediately.
“You worked hard, Lishia Farheight. That is enough for today. You can go home and rest up.”
“Yes, thank you. I will take my leave now.”
When Lishia left the castle, it was already evening.
She looked up at the rose-tinted sky and recalled just how eventful her journey had been.
She said without thinking.
Lishia was thinking of Jin, who would be far away under the same sky.
Chapter 179 Tanya’s adventures
…Before that, there was something I needed to finish.
Usually milady’s orders were top priority for me.
This was the only thing that she didn’t know I was doing. She probably didn’t have the faintest clue.
Right now my destination was the Langley family mansion. My invitation had come from milady’s dear friend herself, Miss Mimosa.
I picked up the pace.
Because of a short encounter with Milo, even though I had set out quite early, I was in a rush to get there on time.
The mansion I arrived at was quite different in style than that of Duke Armenia.
Under the guidance of several servants I was ushered in, finally arriving at Miss Mimosa’s private guest room.
“I’m sorry for making you wait.”
“No, I’m sorry for summoning you here so suddenly. Please, sit there.”
“No, someone like me…”
“I’m the one who summoned you. Plus, this makes talking easier. Please, sit down there.”
I had already refused her once. Refusing her again might come off as rude, so I just sat down on the chair instead.
“What is the purpose of this summoning?”
“Iris trusts you deeply.”
Miss Mimosa’s words didn’t make me feel any less confused.
“I heard a lot about you from her in the academy. You, Dida, Ryle, and so many others…she told me that you grew up with her. How excellent all of you were, how deeply she trusted you. But among those people, the only female who has met me before is you. I’m about to be married. Even if it is just a servant, summoning a male out here to meet with me would be quite taboo. That’s why I summoned you.”
Miss Mimosa spoke cautiously.
“I have something I need to ask…not just you, but all of you.”
Her expression was very serious.
“Iris seems to want to do something about my engagement. I hope that you can stop her.”
“Why? Please forgive me for being straightforward, but…right now, don’t you need the power of Duke Armenia’s family?”
I wasn’t going to fool around with my words. I picked the most direct way to ask her, because I wanted to know her intentions.
I had followed milady’s orders and investigated her engagement.
What I had learned was that this wasn’t something that she wanted for herself.
The prospect she wished to marry, the person she had mentioned in letters to milady, was someone else.
But before the wedding, Queen Ellia had interfered.
If they had already been married then there were plenty of ways to get out of Queen Ellia’s proposal, but since she hadn’t been married yet there was no way out.
The man Mimosa loved was a knight. He had a good reputation, but wasn’t of noble birth.
Whether it was Mimosa’s family, or the other party, none of them could counter an order from Queen Ellia…or her flourishing family.
With tears streaming down her face, Miss Mimosa married the man recommended by Queen Ellia.
If milady knew about this, it wasn’t hard to guess what kind of action she would take.
That was why I wanted to know Miss Mimosa’s thoughts on the matter.
“…Yes. So it seems that Duke Armenia’s family already has that information on hand.”
Miss Mimosa laughed bitterly.
“Well then, there’s even more need to entrust this to you. She is gentle, with a strong sense of responsibility…so she’ll probably plan on doing something. If that happens, however, her situation will become even more difficult than it already is. That’s why I don’t wish for her to get involved in any of this.”
“You understand her well.”
“We are friends. Although I said some outrageous things to her, she’s really very important to me. That’s why I don’t want anything to happen that might interfere with her future progress.”
Every word that came out of her mouth seemed filled with some kind of determination.
She didn’t even seem like the same girl whose eyes had shone with excitement just because of some treats at a shop owned by the Azure Conglomerate.
“I was always prepared for this possibility. Since I am a noble, marriage comes because of political alliances. Right now, all that’s happened is that this possibility has turned into reality. That’s why, Tanya, if she acts out in some way, I hope you can stop her.”
“…I’m just a servant. Even so, you think I can stop her?”
“I think that if it’s you, someone who has her complete trust, you’ll be able to do it.”
It’s not a common situation for a servant to be in the place to advise their master.
Even so, Miss Mimosa seemed to be determined in her cause.
She wouldn’t throw aside our word, the words of people who grew up alongside Miss Iris.
“In terms of what action is best for her…I think that doing nothing would be most beneficial. You care for her deeply too, so I believe that you would stop her from doing anything rash.”
Her perspective was quite insightful, I thought to myself.
As a matter of fact…me and several other people viewed milady as all we had in this world.
If it was for her, we could face any kind of difficulty, abandon anything that she needed us to abandon.
In terms of Miss Mimosa’s situation, what happened to her was immaterial to my mission. If I were thinking for my mistress’s sake, Miss Mimosa was right in predicting my mindset of not wanting to get involved.
“Please forgive me for speaking out of turn, Miss Mimosa. You are not the only one who views the other person as an important friend. Milady, the other people involved in all this are acting with the intention to understand how true your engagement is. No matter what, for Miss Iris’s case, we would obviously want to stop her from getting embroiled in something that might bring her more trouble. But ultimately, she is the only one who can make that final decision. If she wants to know the truth, then it’s our job to respond full-heartedly to her wish. This is why I cannot promise you anything.”
“Is that so…your bond is deeper than what I imagined.”
Miss Mimosa’s expression looked quite conflicted.