Diablo looked at him as if he could see right through his skin, and yet Godama did not seem to be moved as he replied.
And so Diablo had continued bluntly.
“Hahaha. It is true that we received funds, but that is a separate matter! In fact, it offends me greatly that anyone could suggest that our opinions were bought. Please refrain from insulting us further. I believe that learning about how to act towards nobles is necessary. That is why I agreed to it!”
Godama explained. His face had become a little red, but he was still composed.
It was true that the nobles of Ingracia had offered funds for research, but it was not related to the talks between the three schools. That was what he was insisting.
Even when looking at him with his Demon Eye, he could see nothing unusual in Godama’s breathing or heartbeat.
He was either saying all of this from the heart, or there was an entirely different motive for accepting the money.
Yes, for instance–putting the blame on the nobility of the Ingracia Kingdom, etcetera.
Diablo had already looked through Souei’s investigation data and confirmed that Godama was not suffering from a lack of funds.
All of this suggested that the latter theory was the correct one.
There wasn’t likely much more to be learned by talking with Godama, and so Diablo asked his final question.
“We’ll talk about that in depth some other time. I have just one more question. The thing is, something rather important has happened…”
He prefaced, then Diablo laid out the scenario that he and Souei had agreed upon.
It was a made up story that he had repeated many times at the Tempest Development of Human Resources Academy and Ingracia Academy.
–On the surface, it was just some entertainment for the Great Demon Lord Rimuru, while in fact it was training for the students.
And so the students had to be protected, and they explained to everyone that there was no need to worry.
But things were different this time.
“We had already contacted you about that before, so you must be aware. But this is where things are different. The thing is, we have lost contact with them.”
He said, then inspected Godama with the demon eye.
“What…!? Is that true?”
Godama asked in amazement.
But in spite of his words and attitude, Godama was quite calm.
(So he isn’t moved at all. In other words, he knew. I see…)
Anyone else would have been fooled by his acting surprised, but it did not work on Diablo.
Godama was a former warrior who had conquered many trials in the past, and he had a personality that was not easily shaken.
That was the kind of man he way, and now, he had made a terrible mistake.
If he wasn’t surprised, he should have accepted it and moved along.
But acting like this had made Diablo’s suspicions turn into conviction.
Perhaps this just meant that this was the limits of Godama as a man.
At this point, while Diablo didn’t think Godama was the mastermind here, he did believe that he was part of the ‘Humanity Emancipation Alliance.’
Godama’s mistake was thinking that he could fool Diablo.
He would protect himself with an expensive magic item and toy with Diablo with a skill he had honed over the years. He would lead him into thinking the nobles of the Kingdom of Ingracia were the enemy. That was what he thought, and it would end up leading him to his ruin.
“You aren’t surprised. Could it be that you know something?”
Diablo continued to smile as he asked this.
“Haha, hahaha. Lord Diablo, what are you…”
Godama finally looked a little flustered.
At the same time, he seemed to have become aware of that fact, and it shocked him even more.
He was supposed to have been perfectly protected by magic, and yet with Diablo in front of him, it seemed to not have any effect. Such were the anxieties that plagued him.
And it was true. As Diablo said, Godama had been informed of this news earlier.
Just this morning, Magnus and the others who were his comrades, had sent him a long distance message. It was a simple message that contained the information about the crime at the survival place and data showing their location. There was also a rescue request.
On the seventh day–in other words, tomorrow, they had plans to meet a mysterious pair known as the Greed Circus. They would defeat these two and steal their airship. However, there was a possibility that they could fail and the ship would be damaged. It was also possible that the Greed Circus had more than two people, and so they wanted reinforcements as well as a rescue team.
That was the summary of it.
Within this report, there was a line that said that they had gotten rid of those who would interfere.
It was because Godama had read this that he understood the meaning of Diablo’s question.
If this whole abduction was done spuriously under the Great Demon Lord Rimuru’s orders, that meant that the Greed Circus were working for Rimuru.
And as long as they acted under their watchful eye, it meant that the Great Demon Lord Rimuru would have been notified of the events.
This information had to be relayed to his comrades who were yet unaware. It was when he had been thinking this that Diablo had visited him.
(This was bad. Very bad…)
The likelihood of him being suspected was very low, that was what he had thought, and yet he had still brought his magic weapon as a precaution.
It was the ‘Staff of Heart Protection’ that he had carried for many years.
As long as he carried it, his heart would be protected. He had been so confident in that fact.
And yet now, the effects of that magic had been lost.
And there was enough reason here for Godama to lose ability to think calmly.
While this was happening, Godama received a message from his secretary.
–Diablo’s energy is estimated to be at 7,000–
Godama saw the message and returned to his usual calmness.
The arch demon who had plunged the empire into the pits of terror many times over in the past was at about 10,000. And so he had used a machine that calculated the energy of others to calculate Diablo’s energy.
And just now, he was informed of the results.
7,000–that was quite strong indeed.
However, it was not so strong that he was unbeatable.
In fact, the empire boasted royal knights who were strong enough to kill arch demons alone.
(What, so the rumors were just rumors then. I had heard that he was beyond comparison with arch demons, but that is hardly truel! So this is what I was afraid of all along? He is nothing. Still, at least it means I need not fear.)
And with that, Godama smiled mischievously.
And then he signed the order that would mean his own execution.
“Lord Diablo, no, Diablo. I think I want you to die right here.”
“Hehehehe. Is that a joke?”
“That pompous slime who calls himself a Great Demon Lord seems to have stretched himself too thin. I think it’s time we cut some of it away. Don’t worry, I’ll make up some excuse, so you can die in peace.”
He turned to Diablo and said exactly what one should never say to Diablo.
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Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 274
Rimuru’s Elegant Escape Play – 18
Four days after Rimuru’s escape.
Diablo and Souei were preparing to leave the Kingdom of Ingracia.
They were in the middle of investigating all of the western countries, but as they would not be traveling through ‘teleportation,’ they decided to put it off for now.
Because of this, Souei made several ‘clones’ and sent them to each territory so that they could investigate more efficiently.
On top of that, he had also mobilized their subordinates.
“Normally, it would be better to take our time in the investigation…”
“Yes. However, we have an idea of who is behind all of this, don’t we?”
“Yes, I have an idea. I think that we would be wasting time by going to the west side. Besides, it will be troublesome, Souei.”
“I don’t agree. This is the information departments fault for being negligent and missing accurate information.”
“Hehehe. But we are not so familiar with financial issues, so I don’t think we can be blamed for not seeing how important that information was. However…”
“Well, maybe you’re right. Even if we missed it, he would have noticed it, I think.”
“Exactly. So there is no problem. If anything, there is reason to start moving now. That’s how we should look at it.”
For Diablo and Souei, not being able to reach the person who was behind it all was not necessarily a problem.
This was because they were sure that as long as they identified the unnatural flow of money and figured out who or what organization was responsible, then they would eventually see who the mastermind was as well.
Rimuru’s command to them was that they remove the corruption from the academy.
So that meant they had to investigate to see which schools were corrupted and then remove any corruption they found.
Thankfully, they had not seen any sign of corruption in the Tempest Development of Human Resources Academy. And so they had concluded that they were receiving no illegal financial aid.
Tempest was closely associated with Rimuru, and if they were known to have done something wrong, it would be a huge incident that could not be swept away as mere scandal.
As for the Ingracia Academy, only a few of the noble teachers were involved in corruption.
As it was very light, it was a level where they could deal with it themselves.
They had already made a list of these aristocrat teachers who were accepting funds, and so Souei’s clones had arrested them in order that they could trace where the money had come from.
They would use every method: power, authority, money, people, and things to push the enemy to the brink.
It was a direction that you might call a money game.
Diablo believed that the money was not coming from the western countries.
The empire to the east–from those loyal to the old emperor. That was where Diablo’s suspicions lay.
And they had received a report to support it.
That morning, Moss had contacted them and told them that the situation had suddenly changed.
All of the students were safe, but a group of them had formed a ‘Humanity Emancipation Alliance’ and left the others.
And they had attempted to kill any teachers and talented students that got in their way…
With the situation as it was, it was obvious what needed to be done.
Just in case, they decided to have Souei’s subordinates continues their investigation of the eastern countries.
They finished the procedures and had two airship tickets prepared for them.
And after that, Diablo and Souei headed for the Nasca Namrium Ulmeria Eastern Alliance Union Empire.
Six days after Rimuru’s escape.
Diablo had entered the NNU Magic and Science Investigation Academy alone.
Souei had sent out his clones into the immense territories of the empire, and it was from there that he gathered information.
He had gathered much information in the past two days, but this was the first time they had made contact with the NNU Magic and Science Investigation Academy, which was the most important thing to do.
Souei did not like that Diablo was to go alone, but ultimately, he accepted Diablo’s reasons for it.
“You won’t run wild over there?”
“Hehehehe. You’re really persistent, Souei…”
They had argued, but in the end, Diablo was able to get this most coveted role.
The sofa was simple but comfortable as he sat on it and brought the tea to his lips.
He had arrived on the first airship that morning, and so it was still about midday.
“Why, Lord Diablo. I have heard the rumors. You are most esteemed among Great Demon Lord Rimuru’s subordinates…It is a great honor.”
“Heheheh. Hello. It seems that I won’t have to introduce myself then. You must be the headmaster?”
“Yes! My name is Godama Silver. I am in charge of this academy.”
The person who appeared before the relaxing Diablo was a nicely plump and noble-looking man.
He looked like he might have been muscular at one time, but age had caught up with him, and his waist was starting to grow thick.
However, his eyes were very sharp, and he exuded energy from his whole body.
The staff he carried was not to aid him while he walked, but it was a high-quality magic rod used to control magic.
It looked rather plain, but upon appraising it, it proved to be most unique.
In other words, he was either rich or very capable. Perhaps he was both.
(Surely, he did not think I would not notice it…)
Diablo was a little confused, but he did not show it.
Diablo was wondering why anyone would come before him while carrying a weapon.
He could understand why someone might be cautious, but holding a weapon meant you were resolved to fight, and that suggested you actually believed that you could win.
He didn’t want to think that this man was so stupid as to think that this disguised weapon could fool him, but if that was the case, he had made a big mistake.
After all, it would mean that such fools were a part of the human resources operation within the three great academies that Rimuru cared so much about.
In any case, coming before Diablo with a weapon was outrageous in itself…
While Diablo rarely did so, this time he decided to hold back his impulses and discuss the subject at hand.
“Yes, you have done good here. Lord Rimuru is very excited to see the growth of the students.”
“It is an honor. By the way, on what business have you come here today?”
“Yes. Well, I happened to have heard that there is a trend of revering nobles within the school.”
Diablo smiled beautifully as he stared at Godama.
“I know of it. Indeed, there was a request from the Ingracia Academy. It was suggested that the students learn how to deal with nobles before being sent out into the world. And we thought that this opinion had enough merit to be taken seriously.”
“Oh? Was it accompanied by financial aid? Taking advantage of the equality of the three schools like that will result in their ideal losing all substance. Am I wrong?”
(Lord Rimuru. Sorry that I’m late. The matter has finally been settled! The ruler of this island, the Rock Elephant, that is, has more than just instinct. There is intelligence as well. However, not much common sense. It took so much time for it to understand my ideas. Still, eventually, it accepted my talk of the building of the secret base. So everything is fine!)
I received a thought transmission from Laplace.
But wait, Laplace? How far are you taking this negotiation?
How about a little restraint?
It seemed like Laplace had just interpreted my orders in the way that suited him best.
(What! You even negotiated about building a secret base?!)
(Of course! And it was readily accepted. Ahh, it was a lot of work, you know? I had to make it understand my power and then took four days to teach it. Thought transmission is very useful. Thanks to it, this Rock Elephant gained quite a lot of knowledge!)
Laplace proudly made the report.
This seemed completely different to what I had intended when I said ‘greeting’…but it was too late.
In any case, this was fine in its own way.
(Well then, can you order all the monsters on this island to stop attacking the humans?)
(Very easy! They are like my underlings now. The will listen to anything I say.)
I hadn’t sensed any great movement of mana, so Laplace must have showed his power very carefully.
It was rather clever, I guess?
Or maybe he was just that passionate about this secret base?
Well, it didn’t matter what it was.
If a base could be built, then my plan to build a giant leisure land should also be fine.
Oh, I was about to forget our main objective.
Magnus was the problem we had to deal with first.
(Alright, Laplace. You continue to wait there. I still have some things to deal with. I will clean that up first.)
I had decided to prioritize the Magnus matter, and ordered Laplace to wait.
I looked at the reactions of the students.
As I thought, it would not be easy to think of an alternative.
Everyone’s expression was dark, as if they were once again locked in the shadows.
My complete rejection of their plan had made their outlook turn very tragic.
“Then Master Satoru, what will you have us do!”
“Even if we can’t win, is it so wrong to want to fight back?!”
“Do we have to obey Magnus and the others…?”
The mourning voices rang throughout the group.
They weren’t wrong. I would cry too if I were rejected so bluntly.
I had thought that buying time was the best strategy…
Ciel had also suggested taming the Poison Tiger–
“Poison Tiger, huh…”
It was easy to say, but asking these students to capture a semi-demon lord ranking monster was insane.
It was impossible, reckless and unreasonable. Yes, all three of those things.
But, just then.
“–Did you say, Poison Tiger…?!”
Marsha had heard my muttering.
And she shouted as if coming to a realization.
“Could it be…! Satoru…Master Satoru, are you suggesting that we should capture that monster?”
“Are you stupid, Marsha? There is no way that we could do that.”
Aina said as if to calm Marsha down.
Indeed, you would think it was impossible.
“But, wasn’t this Poison Tiger weaker than Magnus? In that case, maybe it will be the perfect practice partner for us to judge our teamwork?”
That was what I had thought, but Marsha continued with bright eyes.
The students reacted in their own unique ways, but they were all against it.
“I told you, it’s impossible, Marsha! You say that it’s weaker than Magnus, but don’t you know, that monster is so strong that you’d have to call the Knight’s Order in order to do anything!?”
“That’s right, Marsha. And since we cannot communicate, the burden will be heavier for the vanguard. That’s not going to buy us any time.”
“In the first place, Magnus has a time limit, but the Poison Tiger does not. Do I really have to say which of them is more dangerous?”
That’s how it went.
It was nice that they said everything that I had wanted to say.
But Marsha did not back down.
“We have lots of meat to feed the monster. We can get it used to feeding like that maybe? And besides, if I combine these magic cards, I might be able to control the monster.”
She began to say.
Indeed, if she could use anagram magic, then the forced control of monsters would be possible.
However, that required a lot of understanding and immense magic–
That being said, Marsha did have a lot of magic. And I think she still held the original cards?
It seemed unlikely, but what if she did understand it? If so, she wasn’t so much a genius, as a child prodigy who would one day represent the age we lived in.
<<Finally, a student appears who understands what you were thinking, Master.>>
Ciel said with satisfaction.
This confession from Ciel meant that Marsha was–
She was moving just as Ciel had thought she would. And so I decided to believe in Marsha and keep my mouth shut.
Marsha’s words reignited the heated debate.
They argued about whether it was possible and what the success rate would be.
And then they assigned roles in the event that they would carry this plan out.
The result was, that their eyes burned with enthusiasm and their faces were filled with hope and expectation as they looked at me.
Julius began, representing the others.
I nodded for him to continue.
“–that is our new plan. May we hear your opinion on it?”
It all came together very nicely.
<<It is rather good, but if I could make a suggestion–>>
I repeated Ciel’s words to them.
It hurt that their expressions were filled with such awe and respect.
I was hiding most of it with my swirly glasses, but my cheeks were quite red with embarrassment.
It really was not good to pass on other people’s ideas off as your own.
I would be more cautious about it in the future.
The direction they would go in was decided during the night, and it was the sixth day that it was put into action.
They went outside of the barrier that Magnus had placed around the camping grounds and cooked some meat with herbs that would attract monsters.
After a short time, the monster they were after appeared.
The Poison Tiger.
It looked just the same as on the night of the attack, but the fiendishness in the eyes were now gone.
From what I saw, it actually looked like it was wagging its tail.
It seemed that Laplace had convinced the Rock Elephant to send out the message. That was a relief.
The students carried out their plan to capture the monster, and they succeeded.
At this point, all of the surviving students had exceeded 100 points.
After all, they had not only fought an A-Rank monster, but had captured one.
So they had all exceeded the passing mark.
And their preparations were complete before the day of the battle.
Now, it was time to end things with Magnus–
Q & A
Q: Did Milim get a makeover?
A: She did! There will only be one goth loli.
Q: What color is Milim’s hair?
A: It looks like an ordinary pink, but it is supposed to be platinum pink.
After all, silver hair sounds night, but I was told that it’s actually kind of dull…
And there are already many characters with silver hair.
Q: What about Milim’s clothes–
A: Clothes change. There will be many types!
The end. Sorry for hurting your eyes.
Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken 273
Rimuru’s Elegant Escape Play – 17
It seemed that they had understood my explanation up until this point.
To be honest, it wouldn’t be surprising for the remnants of the empire to have those kinds of skills.
Though, it was really something so poor that it couldn’t be called a secret art in the truest sense…
However, I could at least admit that it was a true and stable art.
It wasn’t as if you were always assimilated to the demon. And it was an interesting idea to be able to use that power only when you needed it.
For instance, looking at the power that Guy gave to Leon’s subordinates–’Secret art of Hybrid Soul Fusion,’ is was the fusing of two demons with equal strength.
This secret art allowed the party with the stronger will to take over. It was like poisoning someone.
It was a forbidden art. And of course, you could not undo it.
It was all or nothing.
It was dangerous, as you had to have the resolve to wager your own soul.
On the other hand, Demon Fusion, which was the art that the empire had developed, was founded on creating manageable contracts with demons who were willing to serve.
Once safety had been guaranteed, it was possible to fuse when needed.
Unlike fusing with spirits, you could gain power easily without strengthening your own astral.
That seemed very convenient.
It was a mistake to use demons.
The price that was to be paid was a fixed sum of magic power. But with that, you could at least feel that pleasure of using the power of the demon that you fused with.
If you could not honor the contract, then the demon would just leave.
In other words, when you are unable to go up against stronger opponents.
It was convenient for opponents that were weaker than you…but it was not very reliable when it mattered.
Also, the demons left when you were out of magic.
There were even demons who hurt their summoners because they were bored.
In the case of Magnus and the others, such actions were prevented by the contracts…but it was likely impossible to control the actions of the demons once you had no magic to use as payment.
You could not make them work if you had nothing to offer.
In that case, I could think of a number of ways to beat them.
They all listened to my explanation and their expressions brightened.
Up until now, they had despaired because they thought they had no chance of winning.
Damn it. It really was too bad that they were so quick to give up.
“That Magnus. To have such dangerous power… When it is so dangerous for us to fight even a Greater Demon…”
Julius and Karma muttered with pained expressions.
With this much of a discrepancy between them, they were still serious about fighting. So I could understand why they were so self-pitying…
–Still, it’s not like it was necessary to fight head-on through conventional means.
But they still wanted to fight properly after hearing my explanation. I didn’t know if I should call it honest or just stupid.
“Hey, hey. Have you been listening to what I’ve been saying? Didn’t you understand that you cannot win by fighting head on, like some honest idiot? Then start thinking differently! Are those heads on your shoulders or just decorations? Why don’t you use those brains!”
I blasted them a little.
At these words, the faces of the students became animated again after having been full of despair.
And then all at once, they began to discuss possible ways of beating them.
“Usually, when you summon a spirit or demon, it requires a lot of magic. According to a story that I heard, even an advanced summoner can only summon a Greater Demon for about ten minutes at the most!”
“I heard that too. Though, they do say that an Elementalist that is recognised as the contractor can have spirits materialize for much longer…”
“I never heard of a demon recognizing a human. And if it’s done against their will, it should only be for a short-”
“Hold on? Does that mean there is a time limit to Magnus’s power?”
The discussion was getting rather heated in a good way.
There were advanced demons like Venom, who had recognized Masayuki, but let’s forget about that for now.
It seems that the students had realized that there is a time restriction to Magnus’s strength.
And now that they had realized it, the discussion was becoming more lively.
“In any case, we need to buy more time. Once we confirm that the devil’s power has been activated, we need to draw out the fight to be as long as possible.”
“I see. So that’s what all this physical training was for. Right, Master Satoru!”
It’s just revenge.
As if you guys would get stronger after running for one day.
The only thing you’ll get is aching muscles.
“So you noticed. You guys sure grew a lot in one day!”
I suppressed my true feelings and nodded heavily.
And with that alone–
Several of the idiots shouted with emotion.
They were too simple… Well, that part of them was also a little cute.
After that, the discussion continued. And they eventually had an outline of their new strategy.
“…So, like that. The combat types will rotate as teams and push Magnus back. The magic types will support them while also disturbing Magnus and the others. What do you think about that?”
Julius represented the others and explained their plan to me.
This plan was created with consideration to advice from the other teachers as well.
It seemed that they believed that this was the best thing to do at the moment. And I could see that Julius’s expression had regained much of its confidence.
I see. Yes.
Well, it’s definitely well thought out.
For the most part, it matches my own thoughts on the matter.
<<It’s no good at all. The important thing is their direct combat ability against Magnus. It’s completely inadequate. This rotation idea has a zero percent success rate. They won’t even have time to activate any disruption magic. If Magnus gets serious, he will kill their entire vanguard in ten seconds. >>
My own thoughts had been way too sloppy.
“That’s no good. This plan will end with Magnus and the others killing everyone.”
I didn’t actually think that Magnus was that ruthless. That’s why I had thought this plan would be fine…
But Ciel disliked taking the emotions of enemies into account while making calculations.
She wouldn’t rest easy unless she considered the worst possible scenario, so she could be ready for anything.
<<Damn it all. Why don’t they use their brains and at least think of something, such as taming the Poison Tiger.>>
What? You can do that?!
And, ‘at least?’ Is there something even higher they can aim for?
Well, it would be easy for me, I guess…
<<Master, you sent Laplace all the way here to settle things with the owner of the island, but… It is just deplorable that these students are incapable of thinking. Don’t you agree, Master?>>
So that’s what it was…
Had I been giving Laplace such orders without knowing it?
I had sent Laplace to greet the Rock Elephant that ruled the center, and told him to be careful not to be rude…
But in Ciel’s mind, I had been reading much further ahead.
I understood everything, she seemed to want to say.
Well, I didn’t understand it myself. But it was probably better to be quiet about that.
These people, despite being human, become able to utilize the power which has the same nature as magic.
That might sound good at first but taking in that kind of energy into one’s body is extremely difficult.
Or rather, it’s impossible for your general public.
And that’s exactly why they train their bodies into a suited vessel, discipline their mental capabilities and strengthen their spiritual body.
It seems like the demon lord Ruminas optimized this and has already created a breeding ground for producing quite strong Holy Knights.
However, even then, apart from a portion of the prodigies, others only can go as high as to borrow a portion of lower rank elemental spirits’ strength.
And that too comes with a time limit.
They momentarily exceed human limits and overwhelm the enemy.
That’s one of the many techniques which make the Holy Knights the strongest knights.
The strength of a spirit and the techniques of a human.
That’s the secret to the strength.
Once you are able to completely use the strength of a higher ranking spirit and the strongest techniques devised by mankind, that’s the hero level.
Shizu-san fused using a skill but she had reached this territory.
The reason I won was only because I was lucky.
To be completely frank, it was because my compatibility against her was good.
When I inspected the fight later on, I was told that by the Great Sage.
Say that earlier!–or so I thought then but I wouldn’t want to hear something negative like that during a fight. And so it was all good as a result.
Kenya and the others fused with the spirits at the soul level.
Their bodies grew and got used to that power.
—Putting aside exceptions like Shizu-san and Kenya and the others.
I kept on explaining these to them while keeping the concrete stuff hazy.
Now then, it’s about time.
Let’s change the topic here.
“I think you now properly understand that it is extremely difficult to freely handle a spirit’s powers in a human’s body. If so, then acquiring this strength in a human’s body—in other words, being able to use this mysterious power, what must one do to be able to do this?”
I looked around at everyone listening to me while asking that question.
Being asked a question suddenly, they were perplexed.
However, there were those who were fast in catching up too–
“The way Satoru-sensei phrased that right now—not use the spirit’s strength, but use the mysterious power. In other words, if it’s a high ranking being other than spirits, it might be easier to use even in a human’s body?”
He came presenting a conjecture coming straight for the core.
I smiled and said,
“As expected of the prodigy of Ingracia Synthesis Academy. That’s quite some insight you have there, Julius-kun. Or is it that since the royalty of Ingracia kingdom are well acquainted with spirits, it is only natural for you to know? Then, let me ask specifically. What do you think that is?”
Before I realized, Julius’ noble-like attitude of looking down on me had disappeared.
His anger probably disappeared too while he was listening to the explanation.
It seems that he has acknowledged me as a teacher—no, maybe as something more.
Julius looked hesitant to answer to my question.
However, the answer was already in his mind.
As if he didn’t want to speak of it, he opened his mouth only to close it again. But then he drastically went ahead and said it.
I deepened my smile and applauded.
Not angels, but demons.
There’s also a reason for that.
As angels are pure, it is harder for them to exist in places other than the heaven.
Although the situation has somewhat changed now.
In the first place, demons were more suited for battle.
Well, there are a few more reasons to it other than that…
There are quite a few who can employ a demon.
Most of them do it by a ritual summoning but there are also some who summon demons with magic.
First class wizards, called the Dark Summoners.
The limit for the employment is up to greater demons but a human’s body is enough for that.
On top of this, if the vessel is trained…
They can acquire extraordinary strength without training like a Holy Knight.
“If I were to add, there’s an effective way to strengthen one’s body. Surely there are people here from NNU Magic and Science Investigation Academy who know of it?”
As if the NNU students were nervous, they flinched.
But no one answered.
“Armored Corps—one of the previous Empire’s 3 biggest army corps. The soldiers who were enlisted there seemed to have undergone black magic remodeling surgery and became super soldiers but—”
After I said that much, the instructors also realized.
“You don’t mean…”
“Black magic remodeling surgery is supposed to be forbidden due to inhumane methods… Besides, the surviving scientists are—don’t tell me, those scientists are…?”
“No, even if it’s so, it doesn’t make sense. Even if black magic remodeling surgery can strengthen the body, it would only go as high as A rank at most.”
As expected of a researcher, he knows more than combat types.
“Exactly. Certainly, from the information I gathered, there are very few who have gone up to A rank. And that strength wouldn’t come close to a semi-demon lord class. However—what’s important here is, strengthening the body.”
After I hinted that much, Heinrich also realized.
“I… see, a demon only wants a strengthened body, eh… If a demon dwells in a strengthened body, even if it’s a greater demon, they might have the strength to beat a holy knight. And that—”
In other words, that’s Demon Fusion.
Well, that’s about right.
The strong being of this island, Poison Tiger, who has little combat experience, seemed crude considering it is a semi-demon lord class.
In contrast, if Magnus, who has a ton of combat experience, were to acquire the strength of a demon…
It wouldn’t be weird even if he acquired strength exceeding that of Poison Tiger.
Moreover, the chances of black magic remodeling surgery progressing in these past 10 years is quite high.
There’s probably no mistake in thinking that Irina, the researcher who seemed to be the mastermind behind this, is the leading person behind that research.
“Well, that’s about pretty much it. With this, Magnus’ strength should be easy to comprehend to a certain extent.”
Saying that, I brought the talk to a finish temporarily.
Julius probably thinks he has been made fun of.
However, one would understand it if they thought about it normally.
There’s no way they can get stronger just by running.
That’s just proof that they are shocked by many things and can’t think straight.
Inversely, it can also be said that by just running all day long today, they have regained their presence of mind.
“–In other words, this was all to have us regain our calm, Satoru-kun?”
“Well, it’s fine if you take it that way. Also, call me sensei, Mondo.”
“Uh, yes. Understood, Satoru-sensei.”
There’s no need to add that it was all a revenge plan for getting back at Julius for his poor treatment towards me.
After all, the other students would just think they just got mixed up in it.
Besides, it seems everyone is content with that answer so I will just go along with it.
“Now then, it seems like you guys were able to cool off your heads. Then let’s start the strategy meeting.”
After the meal, we gathered around by a camp fire to discuss strategy.
Julius and Karma also seemed content with that explanation and didn’t complain.
It’s weird for me to say this but they are quite simple.
Now then, let’s start.
“First off all, lets talk about Magnus’ strength. Is there anyone who realized the secret behind it?”
Everyone seemed agitated in response to my question.
Not only the students, but also the instructors.
“Instructors as well, if you noticed something, please speak up.”
I also urged the instructors to talk about their observation.
Is there anyone who has noticed?
“Now that I think about it… Magnus was a very excelling guy but it didn’t seem like he was hiding that amount of strength…”
Karma, who seemed to have been in good terms with him, muttered.
I guess that’s true.
If someone has that amount of strength, a portion of it would show when they are taking the lessons.
At the very least, even if the students didn’t realize, the instructors would.
If a instructor didn’t even notice someone so strong, then they fail as an instructor.
“I don’t want to make excuses but I didn’t think he would be that strong of a student.”
“Rig…ht. It didn’t seem like he was hiding his strength, more like he suddenly gained strength—or rather, it felt like he borrowed strength.”
Jiddah, a combat type instructor of NNU muttered.
Heinrich, who had been observing the combat agreed with him.
As expected of researchers, they make good observations.
“Borrowed strength, you say? That makes it sound like—”
“Sounds like Element Fusion?”
I cut off sage William.
And the place fell silent at once.
And that’s only natural too, since, Element Fusion is–
Using a superior elemental spirit, the final hidden technique for an elementalist
It’s truly what can be said to be the strongest technique known to mankind, only permitted to those who are worthy of being called ‘hero’.
The only ones who can use this as a group are the strongest squad known to mankind, the Holy Knights.
“There’s no way a student can perform Element Fusion!”
“The only ones who can probably do that are the legendary hero “Ruler of the Flames” or the new-generation hero and his allies!”
“Exactly. It’s not something a mere student can pull off!”
The discussion turned vigorous at once after that.
A display of denial rather than a discussion.
However, we won’t get anywhere if we were to discuss things here.
After all, even the instructors don’t really comprehend what actually is Element Fusion.
“Calm down. I will first explain what Element Fusion exactly is.”
The moment I said that, the noisy ones went silent at once.
They all turned to me in unison.
The instructor group’s gaze were more piercing than the related students.
“If possible, maybe we can get close to that secret ourselves”–it’s clear that they were thinking as such.
Well, that’s fine too.
After all, it’s not something you would be able to use immediately even if you were to understand it.
“Element Fusion is—”
And like that, I started my explanation.
The most easy to comprehend example would be Shizu-san.
She had fused with Ifreet and had transformed into a demon of flames.
Although in Shizu-san’s case, it was due to a unique skill called Deviate so she might be an exception.
It would be extremely difficult for a normal person to fuse that much with an elemental spirit.
Ifreet, the superior flame spirit, possesses energy equal to a semi-demon lord class.
Fusing with that is basically becoming as strong as a semi-demon lord class while being human.
If I were to give that a human rank, then it would be an A+.
S rank is given to demon lords so that is the highest ranking.
Anything above this can only be a ‘hero’.
An existence completely opposite that of a demon lord—those who can be said to be the strongest beings in humankind, also get the S rank.
In fact, at this rank, it is also possible for a hero to fuse with the strongest elemental spirits, the light spirits.
That’s different from an awakened hero in sense.
To awaken, one needs the “hero’s egg” and other factors also come into play so that’s more complicated.
At the very least, I haven’t heard about Kenya’s “hero’s egg” hatching.
Although it does seem like he has acquired it.
That ‘blessing’ thing Ramiris was talking about was a ceremony to ascertain the adaptability percentage with the spirit.
The ones who can make the spirit’s strength their own and use it freely are the strongest of these practitioners.
Now then, about the ones below that…
Lower ranking Holy Knights would be a good example.
They are the people who have become able to borrow a portion of the spirits’ strength who are compatible with them.
The mysterious power these spirits possess.
Rimuru’s Elegant Escape Play – 16
The course of education for the students who use magic had been decided.
And right in time, those students came back, all worn out.
About an hour had passed in real time, so it would have been quite a tough long run for the students who mainly use magic since they don’t have much stamina to begin with.
The magic users also need stamina but this should be sufficient.
Leaving the rest to the instructors, as we planned in the meeting, I turned to look towards the leading actors, the combat-type students.
“Run, run! Even in your dreams, you can’t even win with Magnus and his party like that!”
The combat type instructor Brown shouted passionately, as if he was a different person. Even the three other accompanying instructors also looked like they were having a hard time. Instructor Brown’s last spurt was that bloodcurdling.
One of the instructors, Peter, even said,
“B-brown-sensei, the-there’s no need to be that intense from the start now—”
And acted as proxy for the students.
However, such a remark from instructor Peter too was thrown away easily.
“Be quiet! If we’re doing this, we’re doing this to win! Shouldn’t we make frantic efforts with that spirit? Am I wrong? If you’re going to be like that, you’re never going to get the reward from Rimu—Satoru-sensei!”
But still, this guy…
Hasn’t his objective changed?
Moreover, wasn’t he just about to casually call out my name? That is kinda worrying.
“Right, it seems I was in the wrong. Rimu—I mean, Satoru-sensei is watching. We are not allowed to be lenient—You guys, get psyched up!!”
“That’s right, Peter-sensei! We are in no position to be compromising! Now, you guys—run as if your life depends on it!”
It seems instructor Peter was also the same.
Why are the instructors being all serious?!
You’re leaving the students behind.
But, that’s fine.
That’s fine but… the students, did they get brainwashed over this past week or something?
Their eyes fired up and they started running desperately.
They ran at full speed, using all their remaining strength and even more perhaps.
Using the optimum distribution of their energy and magic to reduce their exhaustion simultaneously.
What is it that’s stirring up these students this much?
Don’t tell me… they aren’t aiming for the reward I talked about… are they?
I could only pray that it was my imagination that made it look like they wanted the reward more than letting Magnus and the others have a piece of their mind.
Until night came that day, they had been doing the long runs.
As expected, everyone was completely exhausted.
They were flat out empty of mana and couldn’t even stand up properly.
But after drinking the drink I made, with a hint of the restoration medicine mixed in, they were able to recover enough to at least walk.
One shot for stamina!
I didn’t add taurine in it but seems like the effect was amazing.
Not only did it heal wounds, it also recovered their stamina.
“Satoru-san, this is…?”
“Ah, it’s a drink I made with a secret recipe. I had the ingredients so I prepared enough for everyone.”
I answered with a smile.
It’s a complete lie but I can’t really say that “I made it by mixing with the restoration medicine I had on me all this time” so I don’t really have a choice.
Ah, that reminds me, this is a bit late but I am glad that the “monsters can’t lie” thing has no effect on me.
It’s not like I like deceiving people or anything but considering my personality and position, I am in situations where I can’t say the truth a lot.
….No, it isn’t really a lie either, is it?
If you were to broadly interpret it, “secret recipe”, “I had ingredients”, or “I prepared for enough for everyone”–all these aren’t really lies.
Just the “I had ingredients” part would be more accurate if I had said “I had it in my Imaginary Space so that might just be a bit strained.
Well, that stuff doesn’t really matter either way.
The moment everyone recovered from their exhaustion after drinking the beverage I prepared, they realized that they were starving, as well.
And it immediately became time for the left over squad to prepare dinner.
It seems the group in charge of cooking gave it their all so the dishes this time around were satisfying, as well.
I had the magic using students go through practical training of making containers using earth magic and tempering using combustion magic.
As a result, everyone’s tableware was also prepared.
Although there are some which are oddly-shaped, they have their own attractiveness.
And like this, we were able to enjoy a good meal on the night of the 5th day as well.
Now then, hunger has been satisfied but…
It is about time their ability to think also recovered and they start to feel discontent.
“Satoru—sensei…. there’s something I would like to ask.”
Julius said and stood up.
It seems he had some resistance in calling me sensei but he appears to have suppressed his pride and acknowledged me as their teacher.
A more honest guy than I had first thought.
“What is it?”
“We didn’t really do anything other than running today but will we really be able to beat them like this?”
“You stupid? Of course you won’t get strong by just running. If you could win with just that, nobody would have to work hard.”
It seems my words offended him as he looked on the verge of losing it.
We made them run all day long without letting them think. And on top of that, I just said something that could also be interpreted to mean that there’s no point in running.
In a manner of speaking, it is like saying that you wasted the entire day.