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The Reborn Forthorthe Army
In the northern parts of Mastir territory, close to Pardomshiha
territory, lies a great plain called Raustor.
The name Raustor stood for “the goddess's resting place”.
With most of Mastir consisting of mountains, there was a
myth that Goddess of Dawn rested her legs here.
Since it was a plain within a mountainous region, it naturally
became a transport hub. As a result, a large amount of towns
that focused on trade were established, and an army to
defend them was stationed there.
Because of that, the reborn Forthorthe army ended up
clashing with the coup d'etat army in Raustor. It was an
unavoidable battle if they were to march on to the capital,
The reborn Forthorthe army was an army created by Alaia
after she had escaped to Pardomshiha territory. The
Pardomshiha family had deep ties with the royal family, and
with their band of knights at the core, they amassed to a
mere 500 men. There was a massive difference in the forces
compared to the coup d'etat army with the old imperial army
at its core. The Wenranka family, who were known for their
loyalty, had decided to join the newborn Forthorthe army, but
the army was expected to be crushed before they could join
However, the Forthorthe army had overturned that situation.
Although it was a siege battle with the defenders at an
advantage, their first battle against the coup d'etat
subjugation force had ended in a victory, and that was when
the Wenranka family reinforced them. The siege ended after
the Forthorthe army's second win.
After their second victory, the reborn Forthorthe army's
reputation began spreading like wildfire across the country.
As a result, they gained a large amount of recruits and
As their force grew past 3,000 men strong, Alaia finally made
up her mind. They would recapture the capital, Fornorn, and
defeat Maxfern. Several months after escaping from the
capital, Alaia had finally begun marching back to retake it.
And like so, the Forthorthe regular army and the coup d'etat
army headed towards Raustor. The regular army had 3,000
men and the coup d'etat army had 4,000. The coup d'etat
hadn't brought all their forces here as they had left soldiers
behind to guard the borders and in case of riots.
With management in disorder because of the coup d'etat, an
invasion from neighboring countries was likely. And having
suffered under several months of tyranny, the citizens were
about to explode.
Although they weren't able to bring their full force to bear,
the coup d'etat army was still superior in both numbers and
quality. Although the regular army consisted of 3,000 men, a
majority of them were untrained recruits. So in reality, their
actual force would correspond to roughly 2,500.
As a result, this would be a clash of 2,500 vs. 4,000 men.
In the current state, the regular army was going to lose if
their armies clashed. However, that is just in the current
Clan could be found in one of the tents in the regular army's
She was operating her bracelet and 3D images changed out,
one after another, in front of her. They were all images of
armies in formation.
Since this was Koutarou and Clan's personal tent, there was
no fear of the soldiers seeing what they were doing. Clan was
operating her observation device and scouting the enemy.
“How does it look?"
Koutarou who was right next to her was also looking at the
feed, and Clan began explaining to Koutarou.
“It looks like they are gearing up for a field battle. They've
left the fort and are taking formation in the plains."
“Since they have the advantage in numbers, they don't need
to rely on petty tricks, huh."
“Well, it is true that we are more like an unorganized mob."
The coup d'etat army had left the fort in the town and
deployed almost all of their troops onto the plains. If they had
stayed holed up in the fort, their defenses would rise
considerably, but they wouldn't be able to make full use of
their numbers. So the coup d'etat army decided to leave the
fort and crush the regular army in one fell swoop. They were
more likely to have less injured men by attacking with their
full force, rather than awkwardly defending the fort.
“Which means if things keep going like this, it would be bad."
“It would, indeed."
While looking at the footage sent by the observation device,
Koutarou and Clan got closer and continued their discussion.
Though they were supposed to be a knight and his servant,
they looked more like a general and his strategist.
“At this rate, we are almost certainly going to be destroyed."
“No matter how strong this armor is, it's not enough to defeat
several thousand men."
Koutarou knocked on his armor.
His armor had been created with all of Forthorthe's scientific
advancements, so in this age it held unparalleled strength.
He would never lose to normal soldiers. However, no matter
how strong he was, if all of his allies were to be defeated
before he could take down all the enemies, it would be
meaningless. He couldn't fight and just rely on the armor's
“Armor, huh... oh right, Bertorion."
As Clan said that, she looked at Koutarou's left arm.
“How's your left arm? Can you move it properly?"
“Hm? Yeah, no problem, I can move it just fine."
Koutarou brought his left arm in front of him and repeatedly
opened and closed his left hand.
During his battle with Clan, the armor around his left arm had
been destroyed and he had replaced it with Kiriha's gauntlet.
Clan had just recently repaired the armor and incorporated
the gauntlet in it.
“Can you use your fire and electricity even with the gauntlet
“No problem, it works just fine."
“Then that's good."
Clan smiled satisfied and readjusted her glasses. She had a
relieved expression on her face because she had been
worried about Koutarou.
His defensive and offensive strength would be greatly
reduced if the armor remained broken like that. And if it lost
its airtightness, he would be at risk when underwater or in
“Your repairs are perfect, thank you, Clan."
“...I feel like an idiot repairing something I broke myself.”
“That goes both ways. Anyways, you're a big help.”
Hearing that, Clan blushed and coughed a couple of times to
hide her embarrassment before returning to the topic.
“M-More importantly, about what to do next. We can't just
face them straight up. What should we do?”
"Fufu, that's where you come in, right, Clan-san?”
While Clan's face was still red, another girl in the tent called
out to her.
She was Lidith Maxfern. She was Maxfern's niece, but she
had parted ways with him and allied with Alaia instead.
Since she was a scholar who studied alchemy, she had
outstanding understanding and as she had been serving as
Clan's assistant, she understood that Koutarou and Clan were
using extremely advanced technology.
"Ahem, that would be the case.”
"...We could use a decoy to lure them away from the fort, raid
the defenseless fort and use it against them. By doing that,
we will gain access to the weapons stored in the fort and we
can reverse the difference in strength thanks to the sturdy
"Which means they will lose the supplies stored in the fort,
and without any siege weaponry, they'll be forced to retreat,
Lidith understood what Clan was after. Clan had gotten her
answer from a war support Al, and Lidith had understood
what that meant before Koutarou had. On the outside,
Koutarou devised the strategies, but in reality, Clan and Lidith
were behind them.
"I see, that's a good idea. So how would you do it, more
"Bertorion, tonight you will lead the soldiers and hide in the
“What about you?"
“I'll lead a decoy force and lead their main force away from
the town. If I succeed, I will contact you and you will raid the
“Then, I'll be in charge of communication."
“Alright, let's go with that. I'll report our plan to her highness,
Alaia, you guys work on the details."
Koutarou left the tent alone. Reporting to Alaia was his job.
That's because right now, Koutarou was the commander of
the reborn Forthorthe army.
“Contact all forces; tell them that if we are found now,
everything will be for naught. Proceed with caution."
“Understood, your excellency."
One of the recruits saluted Koutarou. He then left Koutarou
and disappeared into the dark woods. After seeing that,
Koutarou began walking again. His pace was much slower
Koutarou and the others were currently marching in the night
of the forest.
Koutarou was leading the march as he could see in the dark
thanks to his armor. Behind him were 2,500 men. Thanks to
his night vision, an accurate map and the observation device
covering for them, Koutarou and the others were able to
navigate through the forest at night without using any
However, people of this age had a tendency to use more light
than necessary in the dark. There were a lot of anxious
soldiers who wanted to light a fire, so in order to keep them
calm and to keep the army together, their marching speed
was slower than normal. They couldn't be too rash, as Clan
would start her diversion at dawn.
Speaking of Clan; she, Flair and Caris were on the opposite
side of the fort, deploying 500 men in a position where they
stood out. And through Clan's technology and Caris's magic,
they made the force look several times larger. Their plan
would start once the coup d'etat army took the bait and
deployed from the fort.
“Your excellency, may I ask a question?"
A young man who served as an adjutant whispered to
Koutarou. Hearing his words, Koutarou smiled wryly.
“I don't mind, but... I keep telling you that you don't have to
be so formal."
“Ha... but your excellency is our hope."
The young man was a few years older than Koutarou, but he
would always speak in a very respectful tone. The same was
true for the entire reborn Forthorthe army.
The reason for that was because Koutarou's achievements
had widely spread amongst the people of Forthorthe. Starting
with his defense of the farm village that had been poisoned
and attacked by a giant during its harvest festival, Koutarou
had repelled Alaia's and the others pursuers and safely
brought them to Pardomshiha territory. Koutarou had played
a large role during that time, and before long, rumors around
the name, Reios, a knight in blue armor began spreading
throughout the kingdom.
However, Koutarou himself was perplexed by this situation.
Originally, he was only supposed to be acting as a
replacement until the real Blue Knight was found. However,
they ended up reaching Pardomshiha territory without ever
finding him. And now they had taken to the offensive.
Koutarou's achievements were supposed to be the Blue
Knight's. And since he had practically stolen those, his
feelings were quite complex.
What made it worse was that Koutarou himself didn't really
have any power of his own to speak off. He had gotten his
ability to see auras from Sanae, he had gotten his armor from
Theia and his gauntlet that could create electricity and fire
was from Kiriha. And while he was unaware of it, he was also
being protected by Yurika's magic. They were all powers
given to him by others. Because of that, Koutarou wasn't able
to take pride in others showing him respect and only felt bad.
"...So, what did you want to ask me?”
However, nothing would come from worrying about that. He
couldn't tell everyone the truth, nor could he rely on just his
own power to fight. As he changed gears, Koutarou urged the
young adjutant to continue.
"Then I will ask... Your excellency, why do you not kill your
The young man's question was regarding his doubts about
Koutarou's way of fighting.
Even on the battlefield, Koutarou didn't kill anyone. Instead,
he used the powers of the armor and gauntlet to knock his
enemies out or injure them enough to incapacitate them. In
this age, that was only seen as making it harder for oneself.
"They're not the enemy."
This wasn't the first time Koutarou had been asked this type
of question. Clan and Flair had asked the same thing, so
Koutarou answered without hesitation.
Koutarou's answer was the same as the Blue Knight's line in
the play. In the play, the Blue Knight didn't kill his enemies
either, and there was even a scene regarding that in the
“They are not the enemy. They are all citizens of Forthorthe.
Her highness Alaia would mourn the loss of the life of any
Forthorthe citizen, regardless of the reason."
Koutarou had used the same line from the play, but in reality,
he felt the same way. He didn't want to make Alaia, or Theia
who was in a faraway place, sad.
“And just between us, there's a strategic meaning behind it
“A strategic meaning, is it?"
“Yeah. If we injure or knock them out, it would take more than
one soldier to carry them home. In other words, by not killing
them we're reducing their force even more."
This was a modern strategy Koutarou had learned from Clan.
By killing an enemy, their forces are reduced by the number
of men slain. However, by merely incapacitating them, more
men would be required to carry them in a retreat. So by
hurting one, it's possible to reduce their numbers by more
than two soldiers. Even in modern wars, weapons like
landmines are often designed to injure rather than kill to
increase the burden on the opposing force. It was a very
“That might be true... but, there's no point in that if your
excellency puts himself in danger!"
What worried the young adjutant was that Koutarou would
often end up in dangerous situations.
There were plenty of soldiers who faked being incapacitated,
and Koutarou had been attacked by several soldiers doing
just that. Fortunately, thanks to the power of the armor he
had been safe, but the adjutant was always on edge. He
didn't want to lose their symbol of hope over something like
that. In order to avoid that, the adjutant would rather the
enemies be killed.
“There's no need to worry. I made an oath to her highness,
Alaia, that I would protect her without fail. And in order to
fulfill that oath, I will never die.”
“...Excuse me, your excellency.”
“No, it's okay.”
An oath was the most important thing to a knight. Once
Koutarou brought that up, the adjutant had no room left to
argue. However, that was more like using the oath as a shield
to ward of any rebuttal. It was hardly an answer.
I'm sorry, here you are all worried about me too...
So while smiling wryly, Koutarou apologized to the young
man on the inside.
The capital, Fornorn, was a large city, though obviously small
compared to modern cities of today. However, it was one of
the largest cities existing in this age. That served as proof
that Forthorthe was a powerful country and that the royalty
protecting the city through the generations were wise.
However, right now, there was not a single royalty left in the
capital. There was indeed a palace in the center of the city,
but, the man sitting on the throne was not the emperor.
He was a member of the Maxfern family, famous for its many
scholars and politicians, and he himself once served the
emperor as a minister. However, he had assassinated the
emperor and started a coup d'etat because of his own
“So Raustor has fallen, huh..."
A man's voice echoed in the throne room.
Despite being middle aged, his voice was still powerful. He
also had a muscular body to match his voice. That was
“That was faster than expected."
Maxfern had his elbows planted on the throne, with his hands
clasped together as he thought.
“Yes. I thought it would take a little more time, but it seems
like they possess more power than expected."
The man who answered him was an elderly tall man with grey
hair. It was obvious that he was a slim man, even though he
was wearing a robe. He had the opposite impression that of
The head of the court magicians, Grevanas.
He stood at the top of the magicians of Forthorthe and had
served the royal family since the previous emperor. He was
the strongest magician in the country, and was one of the
seven arc-wizards. However, along with Maxfern, he had
incited a coup d'etat and betrayed the country.
“It seems that they fell for a feint in front of the fort, and
when they deployed all of their forces the fort was attacked
“That was quite a strategy from Alaia. She looked like she
couldn't harm a fly, but she's come a long way..."
Just a moment ago, Grevanas had gotten a report from one of
his subordinates. The contents of the report was that the
town of Raustor and the fort had fallen to the reborn
Though despite hearing that, neither Maxfern or Grevanas
seemed disappointed. If anything, it was seemingly the
opposite; it was as if they were welcoming Alaia's success.
“And it seems like the rumor of a powerful knight joining
Alaia is true."
“That Blue Knight was it...?"
“Yes. It seems he played a big part in this as well. Apart from
planning the feint, he also entered the castle on his own and
opened the gates from the inside."
“Oh... then our forces never stood a chance."
“Yes. It seems the fort was conquered in mere moments. Our
forces lost their base of operation and retreated."
“Hahahaha, splendid, very well done Alaia, and that Blue
Maxfern burst out laughing and praised Alaia and Koutarou.
He didn't seem to care that he had lost a vital base without
much of a fight and allowed the enemy to advance further
“There was no damage to the town, and almost no deaths. As
a result, the reborn Forthorthe army's reputation is
“That would be the case. It's a story the people would love."
Maxfern had nodded as he listened to Grevanas, but
suddenly he narrowed his eyes and showed a more serious
“...Grevanas, if they are able to produce such results, it must
mean that Alaia has broken the seal on the royal family
national treasure, right?"
“Well... it seems they have been winning repeatedly without
the help of the holy sword."
Maxfern was astonished and he slammed his elbows into the
throne and stood up. All of his confidence from before had
“Is that true!? You are certain of this!?"
“Yes. The seal at the temple of the Goddess of Dawn is still
intact. And there are no signs of the sword being removed.
My subordinates at the location have confirmed it."
While listening to Grevanas's report, Maxfern slowly sat back
down on the throne.
“To think... to think that Alaia is winning this well without
using the holy sword from the temple... it's hard to believe..."
“But it's the truth. They defeated the Diabolic Soldier and are
repeatedly winning despite the difference in forces, all that
without the help of the sword."
“It seems things have gotten quite complicated..."
Maxfern sighed loudly and his expression turned bitter.
Alaia's forces was putting up an unexpectedly good fight, and
Maxfern was both surprised and depressed.
“It looks like that Blue Knight is better than I thought."
Grevanas still looked the same, but his tone of voice sounded
“Which means that we'll have to change our approach too."
“I believe it is as you say. With this victory, I believe support
for Alaia's cause will rise. Supporters are already appearing in
our own ranks. I believe it is well within the realm of
possibility that they will muster an army that can rival ours."
“If that happens, our wish will never come true. I wonder how
we can stimulate Alaia's sense of danger in our current
Grevanas and Maxfern began planning their next step.
However, for some reason, it wasn't a plan for how to deal
with the reborn Forthorthe army, but rather a plan to
individually corner Alaia.
Oath and Insignia of Rank
Chari's golden hair swung as she ran.
“Blue Knight! Where are you!? Show yourself!"
She shouted out as she ran through crowds of confused
people. Compared to the people around her, she was
extremely short so she couldn't see ahead of her. The only
thing she could do was shout as she continued looking.
She was in the fort located at the town of Raustor. Just a
while ago this had been a base for the coup d'etat army, but
it was now under the control of the reborn Forthorthe army.
They had successfully driven the coup d'etat army out of this
fort just yesterday.
Because of that there were a lot of people in the fort. When
thinking of a fort, one would imagine lots of knights and
soldiers, but that wasn't quite right. When a military force
was on the move, they needed a similar number of men to
carry supplies. Since neither trucks nor aircraft existed in this
age, that was inevitable. Thanks to that, there were a lot of
civilian volunteers helping to support the army, and traders,
providing the actual supplies filling up the fort.
Their expressions were all bright, their morale was high, and
they all had a strong will to retake their home country.
The coup d'etat had begun with the assassination of the
emperor and empress. From there, the country's economic
situation and public order began deteriorating. The citizens'
lives turned for the worse over just a few months. However,
thanks to repeated victories of the reborn Forthorthe army,
the citizens felt like the winds were turning. As a result, a lot
of people began joining the army and decided to solve this
national crisis by gathering their power.
In the minds of the people, something that might be called a
hope existed. That hope was a single young knight.
He was peerless on the battlefield, but he never got full of
himself and even showed mercy to his enemies. He was the
model image of how a knight should be, and a loyal subject
who protected princess Alaia. When people called his name,
they made sure to show respect, as they said 'Forthorthe's
Blue Knight, Reios Fatra Bertorion'.
Princess Chari was able to find that Blue Knight in the soldiers
training area next to the ramparts of the fort.
“Your highness, if you're looking for Reios-sama, I saw him by
the training area.”
“Oh! You're right! Blue Knight is hiding all the way over
“Fufu, I don't think he's hiding... It looks like he's training with
the new recruits.”
“Mary, good work, allow me to praise you!”
“Aha, it's my honor, your highness.”
After hearing of his whereabouts from Mary, Chari ran
towards the training area. The people made way for Chari to
pass through. As she ran past, they couldn't help but stare at
her back and smile. The sight of a cheerful child had the
power to cheer people up in any age.
Chari shouted the name out loud. But it seemed like her voice
didn't reach all the way to the person she shouted at, as he
didn't notice Chari's existence. He was currently sparring with
Flair, a female knight Chari knew very well.
“Bertorion, your sword handling is too beautiful. I think it
would be harder to read you if you drop your shoulders a
“My teacher was very strict about that... so it's quite hard to
break the habit.”
Since Flair was from the Pardomshiha family, which was
famous for creating splendid knights for countless
generations, she was an expert when it came to swords. In
order to make up for her physique, she used a thin sword and
swiftly struck at her enemy's weak points. Her attacks were
sharp and fast.
However, her attacks didn't reach the knight in blue armor.
He was wearing a thick full plate armor and using a large,
traditional knight sword while she was wearing light armor
and using a thin sword. Despite the large difference in
mobility, the knight in blue armor evaded her attacks at the
last moment. On top of that, they had been at it for several
minutes already. The knight in blue armor must have an
absurd amount of stamina and skill with the sword. Of course,
the same could be said for Flair, as she hadn't taken a single
attack yet either.
However, when Chari called his name again, the fight finally
The knight who had been called noticed Chari's existence and
turned towards her.
“You're wide open!"
That was when Flair's sword approached, however, her sword
stopped just before reaching the knights throat. If it
continued any further it would have pierced right through.
“...That's why I keep telling you that you're too honest,
“Well done, Lord Flairhan."
Flair smiled wryly as she returned her sword to its sheath. As
she did, the soldiers who had been watching the two erupted.
Some rejoiced in Flair's victory, while others were bitter and
some praised their good fight. Having witnessed their
commanders' skills up close, their excitement was at its
“B-Blue Knight! Ah, ooohh! Hee~y!"
Chari forced her way through the excited soldiers and
appeared in the training area. She had lost her balance as
she was being pushed around by the soldiers, but she
cheerfully began running once more as she spotted the
knight in blue armor.
“I finally found you, Blue Knight! You've put me through some
Having finally found the person she was looking for after
searching all over the fort, Chari's smile at that time was so
bright it looked like it was shining.
Koutarou squatted and they stared at each other. As they did,
Chari suddenly dashed forward like a bullet.
As she got just in front of Koutarou, she kicked off the ground
and jumped forward. That was her way of expressing her
Koutarou caught her tiny body mid-air. Since Chari didn't care
that Koutarou was wearing his armor all the time, if he didn't
stop her like that, she would crash right into the plate.
Thanks to the power of the armor and his ability to see auras,
he managed to avoid getting Chari hurt, but it was a nerve
racking experience every time.
“...Your highness, I keep telling you. You should come over
more slowly or you will get hurt."
“Blue Knight... does that mean you don't want to catch me
Having been warned by Koutarou, Chari looked up at him with
a very sad expression on her face. Seeing her sad eyes from
up close, Koutarou felt like he was the one doing something
“That's not it, but—"
“Then isn't it alright. I will jump and you will catch me. Where
is the problem in that?"
“No, that's not it at all."
This kind of discussion had been repeated several times, and
it always ended with Koutarou backing down. In the end,
Koutarou was unable to reject Chari's straight and earnest
And this time ended up with Koutarou's loss once again. Chari
dismissed the entire discussion with her 'more importantly 1 ,
and jumped down to the ground. She then pulled out
something and presented it to Koutarou with both hands.
“Blue Knight, I will present you with this."
Inside her hands was a small ornament. It was a piece of
rectangular wood with a belt of wool around it.
“Your highness, what is this?”
Flair peeked into Chari's hands from beside Koutarou and
asked what it was with a smile on her face. In response, Chari
proudly puffed up her chest.
“This is an insignia of rank that sister and I made.”
“An insignia of rank you say?”
Having been told what the ornament was, Koutarou stared at
the wooden piece. On it was something written with ink.
Since Koutarou couldn't read Forthorthe, he tilted his head
and the armor began translating the characters on the
wooden piece for him.
“Insignia of Forthorthe's Blue Knight, Super Important
Bodyguard for Chari and Alaia.”
One could tell it had been written by a child at first glance,
but Koutarou understood that they had been written with
great care. A colorful, knit wool ribbon decorated the wooden
piece. While that too was simple, Koutarou knew that it had
been made by Alaia.
“Sister and I present you with this as thanks for your
Chari and Alaia had worked together to make this insignia
after Chari had asked for it. After staring at the insignia for a
while, Koutarou realized that and smiled at her.
“Thank you very much, princess Chari. Please give princess
Alaia my thanks as well."
“You can do that yourself later, Blue Knight."
Seeing Koutarou's smile, Chari's proud expression turned into
a cheerful smile. She then reached her hand up towards
Koutarou's chest and attached the insignia.
“There. Feel pride in it for a long time, Blue Knight."
“I will make it an heirloom, your highness."
Chari was an innocent yet clever girl, so she knew that it
wasn't guaranteed that Koutarou would be pleased with the
insignia. But she couldn't come up with another way to show
her gratitude. So she had presented it to Koutarou while
feeling a little anxious. Fortunately, Koutarou liked the
homemade insignia and as a result, Chari's smile was
brighter than normal.
“Alright, then let's go."
Satisfied, Chari climbed up on Koutarou's back as he was still
squatting down. And after securing her body on top of his,
she lightly tapped on Koutarou's shoulder twice.
“You can stand."
“I understand... but where to now?"
Koutarou held onto Chari and stood up. Chari pointed towards
a building in the center of the fort. It was a large and solid
building made out of bricks. It was a vital building of the fort
that served as the headquarters and barracks.
“Like I said. Tell sister your thanks directly."
“So, to princess Alaia?"
“Yes, sister needs you. And I had some business with you too,
so I came calling for you."
As Chari said that she wrapped her arms around Koutarou's
neck and held on tight.
Koutarou understood the circumstances. Alaia had some
business with Koutarou, so on top of giving Koutarou the
insignia of rank, Chari sent him to Alaia.
“Good. So as you can see, Flair, I shall be borrowing Blue
“Okay. Bertorion, take care of her highness."
“What's talking you so long? Let's go."
“Y-Yes, right away."
Koutarou was rushed by Chari and he left the training area.
And so, Flair and Mary were left behind in the middle of the
“Come on, hurry! Sister is waiting for you!"
“I understand, so please stay still!! Ah, look out!!"
Koutarou ran towards the center of the fort with Chari on his
back. The two remaining girls stared at them as they
continued their lively discussion.
After Koutarou and Chari had vanished, Flair smiled wryly and
“...And to think he's a peerless knight on the battlefield. The
world is full of mysteries."
As Flair stared at the two, she had almost forgotten that
Koutarou was a knight who played a big part in their victories.
Flair's instincts told her that he didn't possess the
atmosphere of a knight.
She couldn't help but feel perplexed as when Koutarou was
together with Chari, he didn't look like an impressive knight
at all, despite the truth that he was.
Meanwhile, Mary who was next to Flair had a slightly different
opinion. After Koutarou and Chari vanished, she looked over
at Flair and smiled.
“But, isn't that why we are winning?"
“What do you mean?"
Flair looked at Mary; she couldn't understand the meaning of
Mary's words. She believed the opposite of them to be true.
“If Reios-sama just went around slaughtering the enemy, we
wouldn't have this many allies, and we might not have
Koutarou didn't kill people. It could be that people died as a
result, but he hadn't killed a single person that had tried to
kill him. And since they still won, everyone praised and
imitated Koutarou. Therefore, the reborn Forthorthe army
tried not to kill too many of their enemies.
Since they didn't kill people for no reason, the reborn
Forthorthe army didn't become an object of hatred, and there
were plenty of people who switched sides to join them.
Regardless of justice, nobody would want to cooperate with
someone who would kill their family in cold blood.
As a result, as a peculiar knight in this age, Koutarou's very
existence led the Forthorthe army from victory to victory.
“That might be true. No matter how strong you are on your
own, it's not much help in a war..."
Flair nodded. She felt like it might be just as Mary said.
If Koutarou did the opposite of what he did and he just killed
all of his enemies, the reborn Forthorthe army might have
been suppressed by now. Even if he could kill hundreds on his
own, he couldn't beat the coup d'etat army alone. Without
the cooperation of the people, he wouldn't be able to protect
Alaia and Chari. Fie would just become an object of fear and
would eventually die, without finding any allies or supplies as
he marched on.
It might be effective to kill as many enemies as possible in
the short-term, but that overwhelming force might become a
problem later on. That could be seen in Earth's history as
well. The Roman empire was one such example. All the
nations that had slaughtered all of their enemies with
overwhelming force to expand had eventually perished.
Though it was an afterthought, Alaia and the others could
consider themselves lucky that Koutarou hadn't done so.
It was much warmer inside the building than outside. The
solid bricks trapped the warmth and blocked the cold winds
at the same time.
“Blue Knight, sister is waiting in her own room.”
After closing the door, Koutarou headed towards Alaia's room
with Chari on his back.
A metallic sound rang out for every step Koutarou took. The
sound rang out in the wide entrance, the long stairs leading
up to the third floor and the winding passage before stopping.
In front of him now was a large door. This room was originally
used as the headquarters by the commander of the fort. The
reborn Forthorthe army did the same, and the commander-in-
chief, Alaia, was currently using it. Koutarou had visited this
room several times both today and yesterday.
Before Koutarou could knock on the door, it opened from the
inside. Several government officials carrying a bunch of
documents came jumping out.
“Your excellency!? How very nice to meet you!”
“Lord Bertorion! We are in a hurry, so please excuse us!”
When they noticed Koutarou they hurriedly stood up straight,
but that only lasted for a moment as they soon began
“They seem awfully busy.”
“Yes. Sister has been working non-stop too."
Koutarou turned away from the government officials and
peeked past the door. Inside, he saw Alaia at a desk on the
far end of the room, surrounded by heaps of documents.
“Don't just stand there and stare, get in. I told you that sister
“As you wish, my princess.”
Koutarou smiled at Chari and knocked on the door a couple of
times. Although the door was already open, he felt he should
at least knock before entering.
“...You're so formal.”
“We didn't come here to play.”
“Yes, who is— Reios-sama!?”
After checking the documents, Alaia looked up. When she
saw Koutarou and Chari by the door her eyes opened wide in
“Princess Alaia, I am here to respond to your summons.”
“Eh? But I don't recall calling for Reios-sama...?”
Alaia blinked repeatedly with a confused look on her face.
That response confused Koutarou in turn.
“But... princess Chari came calling for me, saying that you
had asked for me.”
Koutarou and Alaia turned towards Chari, still on Koutarou's
back. As they did, Chari shut the door behind them, while
“I never said that sister was calling for you.”
"I merely said that sister needs you. You just misunderstood
that on your own.”
In other words, Chari had tricked Koutarou into coming here.
She had a big smile on her face as if to say that she got him.
"Chari, Reios-sama is very busy, you know?"
"That's why, sister!”
Despite being warned by Alaia, Chari showed no signs of
listening to her sister and cheerfully smiled at the two.
"All sister and Blue Knight ever do is work. You were more
relaxed when you were running away from the army! If you
don't rest a little you will get sick again!"
However, her appeal was serious. Chari clenched her hands
into fists and looked at Koutarou and Alaia with a serious
Alaia was planning on lightly scolding Chari, but after hearing
her reason her expression loosened up. She couldn't bring
herself to scold Chari for thinking of her and Koutarou.
So that's why... Now that I think about it, she did mention something about
coming here to play...
Like Alaia, Koutarou felt content after learning of Chari's
intentions, and at the same time he felt her consideration
was very unlike that of a child. When he thought back to the
time when he was a child, he couldn't imagine himself doing
“Come on, don't just stand there, go to sister.”
“As you wish, my princess.”
Koutarou readjusted Chari and approached Alaia.
He wanted to respect the young, gentle girl's straight and
earnest feelings, and it did indeed look like Alaia was feeling
fatigued. Koutarou believed she could use a break.
“Reios-sama... would that be alright?”
However, Alaia didn't feel the same way. She had an
apologetic expression, as she was worried that her little sister
was taking up Koutarou's precious time.
“I don't mind. This is part of a bodyguard's duty as well.”
As Koutarou said that, he pointed towards his chest. There,
an insignia of rank made from wood and wool shook.
“Insignia of Forthorthe's Blue Knight, Super Important
Bodyguard for Chari and Alaia.”
It was the handmade insignia Chari had made. Chari had also
pestered Alaia to help her make it.
Seeing that hanging off Koutarou's chest, a warm sensation
spread through Alaia's body.
An insignia made from wood and wool was just child's play in
the end. Although it might have been from royalty, not many
knights would rejoice at being given such a malformed
insignia. Alaia was happy that Koutarou was one of those few
“...Then let's take a little break."
Alaia began to feel like it was important to spend some time
together with Koutarou and Chari.
“As Chari said, it might be more tiring now than when we
were escaping from our pursuers."
“Sister! See, Blue Knight! It's just like I said, right!?"
“Very impressive insight, princess Chari."
“Fufun, you may praise me more, my knight."
“We don't stand a chance against Chari... fufufu...."
If she had noticed the insignia when she was alone with
Koutarou, she probably would have blurted out something
That was what went through Alaia's mind while Koutarou and
Chari were preparing some tea.
Chari had been speaking for the majority of Koutarou, Alaia
and Chari's tea time.
“...And then, Mary stopped me, saying that it would be
dangerous to ride such a large horse. Then I told her, what
horse should I ride then? There were no other horses smaller
than that. Isn't that rude?"
Chari chatted on about all kinds of things. Funny events, sad
events, recent events, what she was going to do later and the
likes. She spoke while excessively gesturing with her hands.
“Chari, you're still too young to ride a horse."
“Your highness, please settle for a pony."
“Blue Knight, is that an insult?"
“I wouldn't dare to insult your highness."
“Then, let me ride a horse next time. If you do then I'll forgive
“As you wish, my princess."
Koutarou and Alaia would listen to her while responding from
time to time. Fler stories weren't very important, but that
allowed for Koutarou and Alaia to rest.
That continued for about an hour or so. After bringing up
everything on her mind, Chari nodded off on top of Koutarou's
lap satisfied. She completely entrusted her body to Koutarou
and fell asleep with a relieved expression.
“...It looks like she fell asleep."
Noticing that Chari was sleeping, Koutarou stood up and
carried her to a sofa in a corner of the room. After Koutarou
laid her down to rest, Alaia covered her body with a blanket.
“...Thank you, Reios-sama."
After placing Chari's arm which had been sticking out under
the blanket, she stood up and looked at Koutarou. She looked
at him as if they were family, her eyes were filled with a deep
trust and love.
“...No, this is nothing."
Koutarou was almost sucked in by those eyes, but he soon
remembered his duty. After taking a look towards the door,
he whispered to Alaia in order to not wake up Chari.
“...Well then, your highness, this is a good time for me to
They had rested long enough. They best return to their jobs.
Both Koutarou and Alaia had lots of things to do. Alaia knew
that as well, but she chose to do the opposite.
“...Reios-sama, can I have some more of your time?"
“...I don't mind, but..."
“...Then this way."
Following Alaia's lead, Koutarou returned to the table with the
tea set on it. The two of them sat down facing each other.
Since this was a bit further from the sofa, they should be able
to speak without worrying about waking Chari up. After
looking towards Chari one more time, Koutarou turned to
“She sure is fast asleep."
“Chari is only able to sleep like that when she is by your side,
Alaia glanced at Chari at the same time as Koutarou.
However, by the time Alaia turned back to Koutarou, she had
a sad expression on her face.
“I'm sure... that Reios-sama reminds her of father. She's
depending on you just like she did with him. Although she
would never tell me out of concern for me, I'm sure she is
She's lonely too, huh... That's only obvious, isn't it...
Koutarou noticed the hidden meaning behind Alaia's words.
Alaia was also grieving the loss of her parents.
I'm powerless. I really can't do anything...
Koutarou had no power of his own. At first glance it looked
like Koutarou might be helping Alaia and the others, but in
reality, what was helping them was just borrowed powers. On
top of that, he couldn't console Alaia and Chari as they
grieved. Having lived peacefully for his entire life, Koutarou
couldn't find any words that would console the girls whose
parents had been murdered.
Koutarou himself was practically useless. He couldn't be of
help to Alaia or Chari, and that frustrated and saddened
As Koutarou was deep in thought, Alaia's words brought him
back to reality.
“After this war ends, I want you to continue to help us.”
Alaia had stopped Koutarou because she wanted to say that.
She couldn't tell him if they weren't alone.
Koutarou was puzzled by Alaia's words. He knew better than
anyone that he was powerless. And Koutarou had a place he
had to return to, things he had to do.
“I won't be of much help. I'm sure you're already aware of
that, your highness.”
Koutarou was convinced that somewhere through their
journey, this intelligent girl had noticed that he didn't have
And that was the truth. Having seen the way Koutarou fought,
and the weapons Clan used, she had understood that
something like that might have been the case. The fact that
Alaia didn't object allowed Koutarou to understand that.
“I'm not strong. It's only thanks to the power of many that I
can fight. But even that power has its limits. Eventually, I will
lose these powers and return to being a weak human. Once
that happens, I will only get in your highness's way.”
The ability to manipulate spiritual energy that Sanae had
given to him was gradually growing weaker. Sanae had
created routes in Koutarou's body in order for him to use that
power, but having separated from her, the powers gradually
And it wasn't like Theia's armor would work for all eternity.
There was nowhere in this age where they could find parts to
repair it. Clan was doing her best with the material she had at
hand, but eventually she would use up all of that and be
unable to continue her maintenance on the armor.
The same was true for the gauntlet from Kiriha and the magic
from Yurika. Before too long he would reach his limit.
Koutarou wouldn't be able to remain at his current strength
for too much longer.
That's why Koutarou believed he eventually had to part with
Alaia and the others, just like the real Blue Knight. The very
premise that his power worked on was dangerous, and he
didn't want it to become a seed of conflict. Since he himself
wasn't strong, he didn't have any other option.
"Reios-sama, it doesn't matter to Chari if you are strong or
not. She adores you because of who you are.”
Alaia responded, having understood all of that.
Chari wasn't so attached to Koutarou because of his strength.
She simply loved Koutarou, that's why she gave him the
"And she adores you because you still have that insignia on
The insignia of rank was still attached to Koutarou's chest.
Chari adored Koutarou because he was like that, because she
knew that he understood her feelings.
“The same is true for me too. If I hadn't met you, I probably
wouldn't be able to talk and smile like this."
Alaia had a similar frame of mind to Chari. Regardless of
Koutarou's strength, his moral support was far more
important. There had been several times where Alaia had
been discouraged. But every time that had happened,
Koutarou's words, his existence, they had supported her. So
knight that was simply strong wouldn't have been able to
protect Alaia. It was only possible because of who Koutarou
“Please be more confident in yourself. Reios-sama, if you
uphold your oath as a normal human, then you are a knight
we can put our trust in for all eternity."
The sword was a knight's soul. However, the oath sworn on
that sword was more important than the sword itself. So
based on that, Koutarou was without a doubt the strongest
knight in Forthorthe to Alaia.
“Your highness.... those words are too much for myself."
Having understood Alaia's feelings, Koutarou was so happy
he could cry. What Alaia and Chari needed wasn't his power,
but himself. Those words saved Koutarou as he grieved his
lack of power.
“Your highness, I will forever take pride in those words."
Alaia's expression brightened and she gently stood up. To
her, whether or not Koutarou would always be by her side
was a very important question.
“No, your highness. I can't do that."
However, Koutarou simply shook his head. That was all he
Alaia fell back down on the chair, her eyes wide open. Her
moist eyes questioned why Koutarou wouldn't stay by her
“I have a place I must return too. And there I have a promise,
no, an oath I must fulfill."
The strongest knight, the knight Alaia and Chari yearned for,
was a knight that always did their best to fulfill their oath.
Because of that, Koutarou had to return.
Koutarou had made a lot of promises and oaths. He had
decided that he would make Theia's trial succeed. He had
promised Kiriha that they would look for the person she loved
together. He was planning on graduating from high school
together with Yurika. He couldn't let Sanae be alone. And he
had shared an oath with the invading girls, Harumi and the
drama club; that they would make the play a success.
Because of those many promises and oaths, Koutarou
couldn't remain here. If Alaia and Chari yearned for the
strongest knight, if Koutarou was to be the strongest knight,
he had to return to the invaders.
Strength left Alaia's body and she leaned her body on the
chair. Her great disappointment was apparent.
However, Alaia understood the meaning of what Koutarou
was saying. His actions were consistent with what they had
always been. That's why Alaia loved Koutarou. And the part
she loved the most was the reason he would leave. So Alaia
couldn't stop him.
“I am sorry, princess Alaia.”
"It's okay. That's just who you are, Reios-sama...”
Alaia desperately kept herself from crying and smiled at
Koutarou. She definitely didn't want to become a burden for
"In... in exchange, please tell me something."
Alaia held back her sadness and love for Koutarou. However,
the feelings she was unable suppress left her in the form of a
"Anything you ask."
Koutarou was planning on truthfully answering anything he
was asked. He didn't want to lie to Alaia. Perhaps, that could
be called loyalty.
"Please forgive me for repeating a question I've asked
Alaia stared straight at Koutarou and asked.
"That royal crest engraved on your chestplate. Your
appearance and your behavior, and that noble prideful heart.
You are without a doubt a true knight of Forthorthe."
They were the words Alaia had asked him when they first
met. It had been several months since that day, but Koutarou
could clearly remember those words. It was an event that
had left a very deep impression on him.
“But... but I have no recollection of the crest on your sword.
Just where have you come from?”
Alaia wanted to know where Koutarou came from, and where
is he going. If he wouldn't stay by her side, then she at least
wanted to know where he would go.
a | //
Koutarou was hesitant. But it wasn't because he was
wondering if he should tell her the truth or not. It was
because he was thinking of how he would tell her without
letting her misunderstand. After thinking for a moment, he
looked out the window and up at the sky.
“I came from the other side of that sky... the world of stars...”
Through the window he could see the crimson evening sky,
and the first star shining. That wasn't earth, but Koutarou and
Alaia's glances were drawn there.
“...the world... of stars...”
That was what Alaia suspected might be the case. Every time
Koutarou looked up into the sky, he would show a very
nostalgic expression. But even though she had believed that
might be the case, she was still very surprised when she had
Koutarou removed the sheath and sword from his waist and
showed the crest on the handle to Alaia. On it, a golden
flower was engraved.
“This sword was given to me by princess Theiamillis Gre
Mastir Sagurada Von Forthorthe. The crest on the handle isn't
a family crest, but princess Theiamillis's personal crest.”
Alaia's expression changed, part of the name Koutarou spoke
“That's not... There is no one by the name of Theiamillis in
this Mastir family.”
Currently, there were only two people of the Mastir family
alive, Alaia and Chari. And since this was before the royal
families had split, Alaia and Chari were the only two of royal
blood. So the seventh royal princess from the Mastir family,
Theiamillis, shouldn't exist.
“But there is. Though, 2,000 years from now...”
The unexpected words from Koutarou's mouth left Alaia
surprised once more. If she accepted that a royal princess
called Theiamillis existed 2,000 years from now, it would
mean that she would accept another major problem. And with
Alaia's common sense, that was unthinkable.
“That's right, princess Alaia. I came from 2,000 years into the
However, Koutarou spoke of what Alaia believed was
impossible as fact.
After that, Koutarou told Alaia everything. All the details on
how he got here, without hiding anything. He believed that
Alaia deserved that sincerity.
He told her how he met with Theia, how after fighting they
began to live together, and eventually cooperate. He told her
how during his fight with Clan, they had been thrown to this
time and place by accident. He told her how he had gotten in
the way of her meeting with the Blue Knight and how he
acted as a replacement while working together with Clan.
Koutarou managed to convey his story to Alaia, despite its
hardships. He himself didn't have that good of an idea of
what had happened, and Alaia had next to no knowledge of
science. By the time he had finished conveying everything to
Alaia, it had already become night.
“That's why... I'm not even a real knight. I'm just a normal
student, without any special powers. I'm not even a noble,
but just a commoner."
To finish his story off, Koutarou revealed his identity. That he
had no powers of his own, and that he simply borrowed the
power from others. That was a harsh reality for him to face.
He had to confess to the person he respected the most that
he was just a worthless man. But Koutarou was happy at the
same time. With this, he no longer had to lie to Alaia.
“You are wrong."
However, Alaia smiled wryly and shook her head.
“You are without a doubt a knight. The feelings that
Theiamillis poured into that sword and armor are real. Since
we're both princesses, I can tell as much.”
Alaia was confident, even though she hadn't met this girl
called Theiamillis, but since they were both princesses she
could understand the feelings put into the sword and armor.
She probably trusted Koutarou as much as Alaia, and possibly
loved him just as much. Alaia believed that the golden flower
crest on the handle of the sword and the title of Theiamillis's
Blue Knight engraved into his chestplate proved that.
"Just what kind of princess would lend a sword that had been
created for her at birth to an unimportant man? If you were
truly so unimportant, she would just have given you one of
those swords lying around."
"And even if that wasn't the case..."
Alaia held her hands in front of her chest and smiled at
Koutarou. That smile was so beautiful that Koutarou forgot
what he was about to say.
"I and Chari appointed you under the name of the Forthorthe
Alaia pointed towards the insignia on Koutarou's chest.
"That you are Forthorthe's Blue Knight."
The insignia on Koutarou's chest had been made by Chari and
Alaia, and though it looked like a toy, it had the following
words written on it.
"Insignia of Forthorthe's Blue Knight, Super Important
Bodyguard for Chari and Alaia."
While that was on his chest, even if he was just a commoner,
Koutarou was a true knight, acknowledged by Alaia and
“Please take pride. You are a true knight, acknowledged by
four of Forthorthe's princesses."
Alaia, Chari, Theia and Clan.
Those four princesses acknowledged Koutarou as a knight.
Even in Forthorthe's whole history, that was an unusual
“I wonder about Clan..."
Koutarou smiled as he gave up. If he was declared a knight
by a princess like Alaia, he had no choice but to accept it. The
insignia of rank he had been given by Alaia and Chari still
hung off his chest. The only one he was uncertain of was
“Clan-sama acknowledges you as well. I can tell."
Alaia recalled when Koutarou and Clan were fighting the steel
giant. Back then Clan had said such.
"This is a royal decree. As a knight of Forthorthe, fulfill your duty!”
She was far away and had a hard time hearing it, but she
certainly remembered those words. They were words that
never would have been spoken if Clan didn't acknowledge
Koutarou as a knight.
Koutarou truly felt happy that someone of Alaia's caliber had
placed such deep trust in him. The only thing that bothered
him was that he was the Blue Knight's substitute. If he hadn't
been a substitute, he might have burst into a little dance.
“But, that's true... if you have made promises and oaths with
everyone in your hometown... then you have to return
Alaia herself was also happy. She felt like Koutarou had
revealed everything to her because he acknowledged her as
his true lord. She wasn't able to keep Koutarou by her side,
but that made her happy.
“...You believe such an extraordinary story, your highness?”
Koutarou couldn't help but be perplexed. He didn't think that
she would believe that he had come through the stars and
“A princess who doesn't believe the knight she appointed
herself is hardly fit to rule a country.”
However, Alaia could only believe in him. If it wasn't for
Koutarou, she might not have gotten this far. So she would
believe anything he said, even if that had been that the sun
would suddenly vanish tomorrow.
“...Your words are too much for me.”
If she put this much trust in him, there was nothing else he
could do. Regardless of if he was the real thing or a fake, he
resolved himself again to protect Alaia from Maxfern.
“Just... can you tell me one last thing, Reios—”
Alaia was about to ask Koutarou her last question, but then
she remembered that she had one more question to ask.
Alaia smiled and decided to pose that question first.
“Before that, sir knight, please let me hear your name?”
Once again, they were words that Alaia had spoken when
they first met.
Koutarou had told Alaia that he wasn't the real Blue Knight,
and she had believed him. So she realized that she didn't
know Koutarou's real name.
“This was rather rude of me. My name is—"
In response, Koutarou responded with the same words he had
used that day. But that was where they split.
“My name is Koutarou. Satomi Koutarou. I swear on this
sword that I will definitely protect you.”
Unlike before, this time, Koutarou revealed his true name. But
he swore on his sword just like then. And this time the
feelings behind his oath was far, far stronger.
“Koutarou-sama... so you are called Koutarou-sama...”
It was an outlandish name not heard of in Forthorthe.
Unaccustomed to speaking such a name, Alaia repeated it
“I am truly sorry for using a fake name up until now.”
“There was a time when I called myself Cigna, so with this
“Hahaha, that happened too, didn't it...”
This was during the dance at the harvest festival.
It was just a few months ago, but because so much had
happened since then, it already felt like years. But it was a
precious memory neither of them could ever forget.
“So, your highness, what was your last question?"
Koutarou and Alaia were both smiling. It was the same smile
they had during the dance that night. Ever since then, their
feelings had intertwined.
Alaia smiled and held her hands in front of her chest. She
then whispered to Koutarou in a very gentle voice.
“If I had met you first... if... I had asked you first... what would
you do, Koutarou-sama?"
Alaia knew that if didn't exist and hadn't occurred.
But, what if.
What if she had met Koutarou before anyone else? Would
Koutarou remain here, with her?
She was well aware that this was a foolish thing to ask, but
she couldn't help herself. That was how much she loved
“If that had happened... I probably would have served you for
my entire life."
That was what Koutarou truly believed. He didn't mind
swearing his loyalty to Alaia. She was such a splendid
princess that he couldn't feel any other way. And he had
made so many memories with her. He most likely felt the
same way towards her as he did with the invading girls.
“Koutarou-sama, please come meet me first next time..."
Alaia was satisfied. She had learned that Koutarou was
leaving because of the order in which they had met. It wasn't
as if her feelings hadn't been conveyed..
“As you wish, my princess...
But even then, Alaia shed her tears.
She had understood everything. Despite understanding, she
still couldn't keep herself from crying.
The Fire Dragon Emperor, Alunaya
Like on Earth, various creatures existed on Forthorthe.
But they were only similar to the ones on Earth at first
glance. Because of the environment of the planet, while there
were creatures that might have similar shapes, the details
were completely different. A good example would be the
horse. The ones on Forthorthe had horns and its hair grew in
There were also large beasts that grew over ten meters.
Though their numbers had diminished over the years thanks
to the climate change, they were active under the surface,
and would sometimes threaten the lives of the people.
But the creatures that people feared the most out of those
giant beasts were probably the dragons. Like the dinosaurs
on Earth, the dragons were on the top of the food chain.
Dragons were large reptiles that got bigger for each year that
passed, and in many cases exceeded ten meters in height.
There were plenty of dragons of the species known as the
elder dragons, those of which that exceeded even 30 meters
in height. They could freely move their gigantic bodies, and
accompanied with sharp fangs and claws, destroy any enemy
and devour them.
However, the dragons weren't feared for just their sizes.
Creatures larger than that existed. No, there were two other
reasons for why the dragons were so feared. The first was
that they could fly despite their massive size. And the second
was that they could spew out a special kind of breath.
Dragons had large wings on their backs, the shape of which
was very similar to the pterosaurs' on Earth. Using those
wings, they could freely fly across the sky. They were very
mobile despite their size. Of course, wings alone wouldn't be
enough to allow them to fly with that massive body of theirs,
so they used the magic power in their bodies as well. In other
words, though limited, they were also magicians.
There was also another scenario where dragons used magic.
That was when they used their special breath to attack.
Thanks to their massive figures, they were able to exhale
their breaths at unbelievable speeds. The dragons used
magic power to change the quality of that breath and then
use it as an attack. In most cases they spewed flames, but
there were also dragons that could spew ice, poison gas and
even acid. There were all kinds of variations to the breath,
and there were also dragons that would spew something
surprising out from time to time. It was possible to guess
what a dragon would spew based on the color of its body. If
its body was red it would tend to spew flames, if it was white
it would spew out ice and so on.
Dragons were feared thanks to these two special abilities.
They were next to impossible to run from thanks to their
ability to fly, and there was no way to protect oneself from
their breath. Amongst the dragons were highly intelligent and
peaceful individuals as well, but many of them were brutal
predators. When faced with a dragon, anyone would have to
make peace with their fate. So until the climate changes
reduced the number of dragons even further, they would
continue to stand on the top of the food chain.
The Fire Dragon Emperor, Alunaya, mentioned in the legend
of the Blue Knight was one of those dragons.
Its giant red body easily surpassed 20 meters, and it took to
the sky like a jet plane. However, its movements weren't as
sluggish as a jet, instead it was as quick and as agile as a
hawk or eagle. On top of that, this elder dragon could spew
flames so hot they could almost be considered as plasma.
As a result, when this dragon appeared on the horizon
seemingly flying towards Raustor, the fort got noisy fast. The
reborn Forthorthe army consisted mostly of volunteers.
Lacking any proper training, they were shaking in their boots.
They all knew just how frightening a dragon was, and
weapons of this age weren't quite able to bring down a
dragon. Like a storm, once a dragon appeared, they had to
hide until it passed.
"Bertorion, this is bad!”
Having received a report from the soldiers on lookout, Flair
burst into Koutarou's quarter in the barracks. The sun had
just risen, and Koutarou who had just woken up was in the
middle of changing.
As Flair burst in, Koutarou's upper half was naked, and he was
just about to put on a shirt. The surprisingly bashful Flair
would normally have run back out of the room with a
blushing face after seeing this. However, this wasn't the time
for that, and she was panicking.
"It's a dragon! A dragon is attacking! At this rate we'll be
destroyed before we even reach the coup d'etat army!”
"A dragon!? That kind of thing—no, that's right, if it's coming
now it must be AlunayaM”
Koutarou had been confused about hearing that a dragon had
appeared, but he quickly remembered that it had also
appeared in Theia's manuscript. The Fire Dragon Emperor,
Alunaya. It was the crimson dragon that Yurika had been
“What's the situation!?"
Koutarou forcibly put on his shirt and asked Flair. Now wasn't
the time to casually get clothed; he had to quickly prepare for
“The soldiers on lookout spotted a red dragon coming this
way! Because of the distance they can't tell just how big it is,
but with the dragon's speed it'll be here any moment!”
From the lookout tower, the horizon lied several tens of
kilometers away. If the dragon was as fast as an eagle or
hawk, or even faster, it would reach the fort within only a few
“I got it! You go on ahead, Lord Flairhan, prepare the soldiers
to intercept it! I'll be there as soon as I'm ready!"
“Good! Get out here as quickly as possible!"
Flair quickly dashed out of the quarters without saying
anything else. With a dragon approaching, there was no time
“Did you get that, Clan!?"
After changing his clothes, Koutarou called out to Clan on the
other side of the screen. As he did, he ran up to the armor
standing by the wall. Fie touched the right arm of the armor
and it opened up, as if welcoming him.
“Yes! I knew it'd be coming, but this timing is quite a pain!"
Clan was also hurriedly preparing her outfit on the other side
of the screen. If Alunaya was as powerful as the legends say,
it would be too much for normal soldiers. The only effective
way of intercepting Alunaya was for Koutarou and Clan to
come to the front.
“We just took this fort after all..."
Koutarou entered the open armor and showed a bitter
The reborn Forthorthe army had just captured the fort of
Raustor the day before yesterday. They were currently in the
middle of transporting men and supplies for the next battle.
Because of that, the soldiers hadn't properly rested since
they took the fort. This was the worst timing for an attack to
happen. And what's worse, their enemy was what the people
of Forthorthe feared the most, a dragon. If they were delayed,
there would be a massive amount of casualties.
As Koutarou closed up the armor and locked the various parts
in place, he brought up the system. As he ordered it to scan
for the enemy, he called out to Clan.
“Do you think this armor will be a match for a dragon?”
“I'm not sure.”
Clan answered Koutarou as she stepped out from the screen.
She was already holding a large rifle, and she approached
Koutarou after picking up Saguratin, which was leaning
against the screen.
“The dragon population steadily declined as the climate
changed, so in our age there's no record of any battles with
an elder dragon. There are records of battles won against
smaller dragons that survived, but—"
“That won't be of any help when dealing with this monster,
The armor created a 3D image in the air and displayed
information. Combined with the information from Clan's
observation device, the armor reported on the details flying
'26 meters long, flying at 198 km/h. Warning, high-density
energy reaction detected, be wary of energy weapons. Space
distortion detected. Take care when attacking.'
The report gave nothing but bad news. According to the
artificial intelligence in the armor, everything except the
speed was at the level of a fighter. Their chances of victory
were not high at all; this wasn't an opponent they could go
“That's right, sadly."
Clan nodded and handed Saguratin to Koutarou. Both of their
expressions were serious.
Koutarou hung Saguratin down from his waist and headed
towards the exit with Clan right behind him.
“This is the moment of truth."
“Whether we can return to our own world or not is all on this
Clan believed that Koutarou was the real Blue Knight, but it's
not like she had any proof of this. In Theia's manuscript, the
Blue Knight won against Alunaya, but she didn't know if she
and Koutarou could do the same.
And if they lost, history would greatly change. If that
happened, chances of Koutarou and Clan being able to return
home would be next to nothing. Of course, there was a
chance that they would die in this battle and not be able to
try in the first place.
“...What was your god called again?"
“The goddess of dawn."
“Then please pray for our victory to that goddess."
“I don't mind, but... why now, all of a sudden?"
Koutarou didn't seem very religious to Clan. So him praying
for god's help came as a big surprise for her.
“I feel like we should do whatever we can, even if it is
If only their own fate was on the line, Koutarou might not
have relied on prayers. However, if it was to protect Alaia and
the others, he would do whatever he could. That was just
how much he valued Alaia and her companions.
“...I understand how you feel. I will pray for us. But please
keep yourself together in front of the soldiers."
“Yeah. That's why I asked you, Clan."
“I'm not sure if that means if you trust me or if you don't..."
The two showed each other slight smiles and hurried out of
the barracks. The Fire Dragon Emperor Alunaya was almost
Once Koutarou and Clan stepped outside, the dragon was
already close enough to be seen with the naked eye.
“So that's the Fire Dragon Emperor, Alunaya, huh..."
“It really is huge..."
They both instinctively held their breaths as they saw
Alunaya's massive figure.
That thing's completely different from Yurika's disguise...
The real deal was on a completely different level from the
dragon that appeared in the play. Fitting of the name of Fire
Dragon Emperor, Koutarou could feel that the coming battle
would be intense.
“Bertorion, it's hard to tell if the weapons on this fort will
have any effect on it."
There were ballistae and catapults installed in the fort, which
were intended to keep attacking soldiers at bay and to
destroy siege weapons before they could be deployed.
Flowever, they weren't very effective against a flying enemy.
“So we have to do it on our own, huh..."
“And that's as fast as possible."
Fitting of its name, Alunaya spewed scorching hot flames. If
left alone, it would burn down the fort and town. If that
happened, any victory gained would be hollow. They had to
bring down Alunaya before it could reach them.
"Kou... no, Reios-sama!”
That was when Alaia appeared outside of the headquarters.
Beside her were Chari, Mary and Fauna.
"Your highness!? What are you doing here!?"
"With that thing here, it won't matter where we are! More
importantly, Reios-sama, I want you to position the men
closer to the town!"
She might not be able to prevent the dragon from attacking,
but as this country's royalty, she couldn't just watch the
attack happen. Aware of the possibly massive casualties,
Alaia wanted the soldiers to protect the town. Anything that
would allow for the people of the town to take shelter.
"Got it! I'll let Lord Flairhan know! Hey!"
Koutarou called for his young adjutant and asked him to
convey a message to Flair. Meanwhile, Flair was currently
busy moving the soldiers. If she heard of Alaia's wish, she
would be able to move the soldiers that way.
After seeing the adjutant run off towards Flair, Koutarou
looked up at Alunaya with a serious expression once more.
"Clan, how far can this armor fly?"
"There's no limit using the standard flight module, but there's
a limit on the propellant for the emergency boosters, so you'll
only be able to fly at max speed for about ten minutes.
Please be careful."
While responding to Koutarou, Clan readied the rifle she was
carrying on her shoulder. It was the large rifle she was always
using, but the bullets she was using this time were different.
They were bullets that she had prepared ahead of time as
she knew that Alunaya would appear sooner or later. These
bullets had high penetration and exploded on direct hits.
Since the explosion was a shaped charge facing the object it
hits, it would be able to pierce even the thickest of armors.
She wasn't sure if that would be enough to blast through
Alunaya's scales, but it was far better than trying to attack
using normal bullets.
“Ten minutes, huh... not sure if that'll be enough..."
The problem for Koutarou was whether he had enough time
to defeat something as massive as that dragon. He was
wearing extremely advanced technology, but in the end that
was just for personal use. His chances of winning weren't all
that high. However, since the Cradle had not been repaired
yet, he had to defeat Alunaya with the weapons at hand and
the time allotted to him.
Koutarou steeled himself. This was no time to be weak. This
wasn't a question of if he could do it or not, he had no choice
but to do it.
“Princess Alaia, please take princess Chari with you and hide
“Blue Knight, what will you do?"
Chari looked up at Koutarou with a worried look on her face.
“We're going to keep that thing from getting any closer."
“Please leave it to us, princess Chari."
Koutarou and Clan smiled at Chari, they were both ready for
what's to come.
However, Chari's expression didn't change. Thanks to her
good intuition, she could tell that Koutarou and Clan were
about to take part in a dangerous battle.
“You can't, Blue Knight! You and your underling can't win
against that thing on your own! You can't go!"
Chari grabbed a hold of the hems of Koutarou's mantle and
shook her head.
“Your highness, if I don't go, a lot of people will die."
The best case scenario would be if they could defeat Alunaya,
but they had to at least buy enough time for the soldiers to
be positioned around the town. If they didn't, there would be
a lot of casualties.
“I know that! But, I don't want you to go!"
Tears began forming in Chari's eyes and she strongly held the
hem of Koutarou's mantle. She would never release it, or let
him go. Chari was desperate as she didn't want Koutarou to
“Chari, you mustn't trouble Reios-sama anymore."
“Sister!! You don't care if Blue Knight dies!?"
Alaia smiled at Chari and gentle wrapped her hands around
the hand holding the mantle.
“Of course I do."
Alaia then removed finger after finger from the mantle.
“But Reios-sama made an oath that he would definitely
protect us. If he died here, he wouldn't be able to uphold that
oath. Chari, your Blue Knight isn't the kind to lie, is he?"
Alaia was well aware of how dangerous this fight was going to
be. There was even a chance that Koutarou might die. But as
a princess, Alaia trusted in the oath her knight had sworn.
And as a woman, she believed in the oath the man she loved
had sworn. She repeatedly told herself that if she didn't
believe in Koutarou, then who else would?
Understanding how her sister must feel, Chari let go of the
mantle. Having been set free, Koutarou smiled at her.
“Your highness, I will definitely return victorious. I haven't let
you ride on a horse yet after all."
“You better! You better return!"
Koutarou nodded and turned towards Alaia.
“I'm going, princess Alaia."
“I scorn the part of me that doesn't let me say 'don't go',
Alaia was courageously smiling, but her eyes were moist.
Though she believed in him, it wasn't like she wasn't worried.
In reality, she wanted to stop Koutarou more than anyone.
“No, that's how my princess should act."
But Koutarou wanted to repay her trust in any way possible,
precisely because of the way she was.
What let Koutarou and Clan float in the air was the power of
gravity manipulation. Because of that, there weren't any loud
sounds as those with planes. The two of them quietly flew
through the sky.
The season in Forthorthe was near the end of fall; winter was
approaching. Koutarou and Clan could feel a cold and dry
wind, and because of their speed it felt even colder. However,
the two of them didn't have the time to shiver, as in front of
them was a gigantic crimson dragon, Alunaya.
“You often see dragons in movies and such... but seeing them
in reality like this, it's almost like a joke."
“And it's that mobile despite its size... this is no laughing
Alunaya seemed to have noticed Koutarou and Clan as well,
as it turned its head towards them and changed its course.
Despite being over 20 meters in size, it maneuvered like a
comparatively tiny bird of prey. Clan had seen movies about
the Blue Knight, but Alunaya was never this big or quick.
Neither Koutarou nor Clan felt the winter cold in front of this
threat that was beyond all imagination.
“...I'll be lending a hand too, Blue Knight."
There was someone who had followed after the two. That
person was sitting on a flying long cane and had lined up
beside them without making a sound.
That person was none other than the magician, Caris. She
was using her own magic to make her cane fly. For a
magician like her, flying was but child's play.
As Caris's eyes met with Koutarou's, she smiled as her black
clothes fluttered in the wind.
“To think you'd go without telling me first, you must not trust
me at all."
“I wouldn't ask you for help if I'm not sure I could win."
Caris used to be one of the court magicians led by Grevanas.
She had left the group after Grevanas had tried to kill her
alongside Alaia, but she had no real obligation to help Alaia
nor Koutarou. She had been helping Koutarou and the others
to repay the favor for curing her when she was sick, but
Koutarou couldn't just ask her to fight against Alunaya.
“But with me here, we might have a bigger chance of
“...Are you sure?"
“Not really, but... after this is over, you'll treat me to a ton of
delicious food, won't you?"
To Caris who was an orphan, the court magicians had been
her family. But after being betrayed, she had no place left to
call home, and nothing to protect.
With that, all Caris had left was the days she had spent with
Koutarou and the others. To Caris who had a rough childhood
and busy life with nothing but missions, they were calm and
That's why Caris fought to protect them. As they might
become her new home and family.
“Leave it to me, I'll ask her highness once we're done."
“Alright, now I'm getting all fired up."
As Caris cheerfully nodded, Alunaya approached from directly
ahead and let out a loud roar.
It was a voice so loud it made even the air around them
tremble. It was intense enough to make them instinctively
“...But my, aren't you eccentric. To think you'd go up against
that of your own free will."
As Clan said that she pumped herself up. It's not like she
wasn't afraid. Her opponent was a legendary creature after
“You two were going to fight it on your own, weren't you? You
two sound much more eccentric to me."
Caris smiled wryly as she said that, but she secretly felt like
she may have acted too rashly. Her opponent was one of the
strongest elder dragons. No other dragon dared come near
Forthorthe because Alunaya was here. And she believed she
must be an idiot to want to fight something like that herself.
“That's enough chatting."
Koutarou flew up ahead of Clan and Caris. He was frightened
by Alunaya as well, but his many promises and oaths
“It's almost here."
Thanks to Sanae's powers, Koutarou could see Alunaya's
killing intent. Though those powers had weakened as time
passed, he still could clearly tell as much.
Koutarou pulled Saguratin from out of its sheath and pointed
the tip towards Alunaya. As he did, the blade reflected the
sunshine, and it was almost as if the many promises and
oaths were making the sword shine.
“...We don't have much time, so let's just settle for us both
“Let's do that. Let's save this discussion for lunch."
Clan readied her rifle and Caris began incanting a spell. In
front of them was a gigantic dragon, and as they looked at it,
their bodies began trembling on their own.
“...I'm counting on you two."
However, in front of them was the back of a young man
wearing a blue armor.
“Leave it to me."
“I know. Don't you forget your promise."
Looking at that back, their trembles settled down and
instead, they were filled with a strong fighting spirit.
Alunaya made the first move. The crimson dragon took a big
breath and spewed out flames from its mouth. It wasn't
something as plain as a flamethrower; no, this was as if a
giant pillar of flame flew out of its mouth.
Since Koutarou could see Alunaya's intent to attack, he knew
where the attack would hit. And thanks to Caris's magic
creating a mental connection between the three, they were
all able to avoid the flames ahead of time.
ROOOOOOOO O A A A A A A A A A A A R
However, despite their distance from the flames, they could
still feel the heat and the created shock wave. The glowing
white flame breath then continued flying through the sky and
vanished cross the horizon.
"...That's practically a plasma cannon. If we're hit we don't
stand a chance."
"Make sure you don't eat that, Caris."
"As if I would!!”
The temperature of Alunaya's flame breath was so high it
practically turned into plasma. The only thing Clan knew of
that could do that was a large-scale weapon on space ships.
The flame breath's power was enough to amaze her.
"Blue Knight, dragons only use magic to fly and for breath
attacks. However, with those restrictions, their power is much
more frightening. Be very careful!”
Caris knew that the flames had been created by altering the
dragon's breath using magic. As a magician, she could tell
just how massive the dragon's magic reserves were.
"I'll take the front! Cover me!”
Koutarou had used emergency boosters to dodge the flame
pillar. He then set them to full thrust and accelerated in an
instant. Drawing a curve in the sky, he approached Alunaya.
He was getting closer to the dragon so he could attack, while
at the same time making it hard for it to use its flame breath.
Alunaya responded by turning its head and opening its mouth
once more. It was planning on frying Koutarou before he
could get close.
”1 can't let you do that!”
However, before Alunaya could spew its flames, a small
explosion occurred near its face. The barrel of Clan's rifle was
smoking. The explosion had been created from a bullet fired
from her rifle. The relative speed between the two were
several hundred km/h, but the firearms control system
allowed her to accurately snipe at those speeds.
" ROAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR! ”
Because of the shockwave and fire from the explosion,
Alunaya temporarily lost sight of Koutarou. In order to regain
its sight, it shook its large head. During that time, Koutarou
was able to approach the dragon.
However, Alunaya quickly recovered and swung its giant
claws towards him. The attack produced by that 20-meter
giant was as powerful as a car smashing into something at
high speed. That attack that would certainly destroy Koutarou
if it hit approached him from the front. Since Koutarou was
moving at high speeds, dodging that attack was difficult.
“Sorry, that Blue Knight is a fake."
However, the moment those giant claws touched Koutarou,
he vanished as if he was a mirage. At the same time, a
second Koutarou appeared from behind Alunaya and aimed
for the dragon's neck.
The first Koutarou was an illusion that had been created at
the same time as Clan's bullet hit. And while Alunaya was
distracted by the fake, Koutarou got behind the dragon and
swung his sword.
Koutarou's sword struck Alunaya's neck. However, his sword
merely bounced off as if it had crashed into a wall. He had
gotten a similar response when he had fought the steel giant.
"It didn't work!? These scales are tough!!”
Because they were some distance away, Koutarou's thoughts
were directly transmitted to Clan's and Caris's minds. And in
response to that, Clan shook her head.
"That's not right, Bertorion!! It's being protected by a powerful barrier!!”
Clan's bracelet that was linked to the scope of the rifle had
captured the moment when Koutarou's attack hit the dragon.
In that footage, Koutarou's sword had been repelled before it
even reached the scales.
Koutarou was surprised by Clan's words while he was evading
Alunaya and trying to get into its blind spot without
separating from the dragon. Parting with Alunaya would only
put him at a disadvantage for both attacking and defending.
"Looks like it wasn't just flight and breath! That's a third spell!”
It was assumed that dragons only used two spells: flight
assistance and breath attacks. But on top of these, Alunaya
also used a spell to protect its body from attacks.
However, this was originally an ability that it had developed
to stabilize its body within air currents. By wrapping its entire
body in a streamlined barrier, it was able to fly at high speeds
despite its figure. On top of this, it was also able to briefly fly
at extreme heights where there was little oxygen.
Though the ability had been born because of that, it was also
good enough to repel attacks.
"Isee! So that's why it was completely uninjured from my attack too!”
Though Clan's bullet had temporarily deprived Alunaya of
sight, it hadn't injured it. The barrier had protected against
both the bullet and the following explosion.
"Clan, what do we do!? Don't you have any good ideas!?”
Koutarou repeatedly dodged from Alunaya's claws while
attacking from time to time. However, each of his attacks
were blocked by the barrier. Since they would be at a
standstill like this, Koutarou sought advice from Clan.
" Use your left arm! ”
"Left arm!? You mean Kiriha's gauntlet!?”
" That's right! Even though that barrier can block physical attacks, it
shouldn't be able to block electric and magnetic fields! Aim for its nervous
system from point blank!”
Clan's plan was to use the gauntlet built into the armor's left
Physical attacks might be blocked by the barrier, but
electromagnetism might be able to get through. If things
went well, they might be able to shock it from the inside of its
barrier, and even if they couldn't, they could expose Alunaya
to an electromagnetic field.
Since it was a living creature, Alunaya's nerves should
operate through electrical signals. And striking it with a
powerful enough electromagnetic field should be able to keep
it from moving properly. If they aimed for the cerebellum or
cerebrum, they might even be able to knock it unconscious.
At their current state, closing in and using the gauntlet at
point blank range was the best option they had.
"Got it, I'll give it a try!”
"I'll try using optical weaponry! The power will drop, but it just might
Clan had Alunaya in her sights. Therefore, if she used an
attack that relied on light, it might work.
Barriers in Forthorthe, 2,000 years from now, were designed
to block both physical attacks and the light from lasers.
However, Alunaya's barrier hadn't been developed to deal
with lasers, so it was quite possible that lasers would work.
"Let's do this, Clan!”
Koutarou pointed the tip of Saguratin towards Alunaya. He
then held the blade with his left hand and generated an
electromagnetic field. The field expanded past the tip of the
sword and became an invisible spear. Because of the
powerful electromagnetic field, electrons began gathering at
the tip of the sword. They began building up a huge, negative
charge, and the sword began sparking and glowing.
As Koutarou was about to charge forward, several more
young men in blue armor appeared around him. They all
looked like Koutarou.
“Is that you, Caris!? Thanks!!"
“It'll be hard for me to do any damage with my magic. So I'll
be in charge of defense and diversions. I'll leave the
attacking to you, Blue Knight!"
Eight more Koutarous appeared around him. They were all
illusions created by Caris. She had figured that her spells
wouldn't be able to do any damage to Alunaya, and
defending from the dragon's claws and flame breath would
be difficult. So she created a large amount of illusions to
protect Koutarou through diversions.
“Bertorion, here it comes!!"
Clan squeezed the trigger while warning Koutarou. As she
did, the barrel lit up for an instant. What was fired wasn't a
bullet, but light given a high amount of energy. The speed of
the laser was the speed of light; by the time you could see
the attack, it had already hit. No matter how mobile Alunaya
was, it wouldn't be able to dodge that.
“ ROAAAAAAARR! ”
The laser burned the crimson dragon's body. As she had
expected, Alunaya's barrier couldn't block lasers. Not even a
dragon could block something it didn't know off. Alunaya
twisted its body and let out a scream of pain as the laser
burned the scales and its body behind them.
"It's working!! Now, Bertorion!!"
Since Clan's laser was designed as an anti-personnel weapon,
it didn't have enough power to penetrate Alunaya's body.
However, the pain and surprise from having its body burnt
gave Koutarou an opening.
Koutarou charged with his sword thrust out in front of him.
Since he was already up close, the very next moment,
Koutarou's sword assaulted Alunaya. The sword itself was
repelled by the barrier, but the electromagnetic field passed
through. As the electromagnetic field pierced the barrier, the
gathered electrons scattered, however they gathered back up
once past the barrier.
“How about thiiiiiiss!!"
The moment the electromagnetic field reached Alunaya's
body, Koutarou focused on his left arm. As he did, his spiritual
power, enhanced by Sanae, began flowing into his left arm
and extended the electromagnetic field, which in turn created
a very big electric potential difference between the tip of the
sword and Alunaya's body.
A white flash prevented Koutarou from seeing anything. At
the same time, a sharp sound, as if someone cracked a whip,
shook the atmosphere. Though it might have sounded like a
whip, it was much, much louder. It was the sound of a huge
current flowing into Alunaya because of the potential
The artificial thunderbolt created by Kiriha's gauntlet struck
Alunaya and ran through its body. This attack was effective
even against Alunaya, especially since it had hit where
Alunaya's nerves were gathered. The artificial intelligence in
the armor had guided Koutarou to that spot after analyzing
Alunaya. As a result, Alunaya lost control of its body in an
The only miscalculation had been that Koutarou had been
unable to dodge Alunaya's tail. He had been unable to dodge
it as he had been temporarily blinded by the lightning. And
even if he could see where the dragon intended to attack, he
couldn't foresee the dragon swinging its tail by reflex.
Koutarou was struck by the tail and was sent flying, spinning
out of control. He had lost his bearings and had trouble
"Leave it to me!!”
Caris began chanting a spell to use on Koutarou.
“Gather, spirits of wind! Show your great power! Become a
whirl, dance with him and correct his rhythm!"
Caris cast a spell that would use the wind to decelerate
Koutarou. She had to start by stopping him from spinning.
Caris's magic activated at the same time as the armor's
control system. The armor used the gravity and boosters to
slow the spinning. And as Caris supported him, Koutarou was
able to stop spinning and falling.
“Ugh, d-damn it, what...?”
Though his body might have stopped spinning, Koutarou's
eyes hadn't, and he was unable to keep his balance. He
shook his head repeatedly in an attempt to stop his eyes
from spinning. At that time, the armor let out a warning.
“Alert message. High-density energy reaction detected.
Urgent evasion required.”
The thunderbolt from before hadn't been able to defeat
Alunaya. Now it had recovered and spewed out flames aimed
“I'll leave that to you!”
“As you wish my lord. Evading using irregular algorithms.”
However, Koutarou still hadn't recovered from the damage he
had taken. Knowing that it would be difficult to evade on his
own, Koutarou left evading to the armor. The armor began
accelerating and decelerating irregularly and dodged the
flames. However, since the armor couldn't see the intention
to attack like Koutarou could, it wasn't able to completely
dodge. Although a direct hit was avoided, Koutarou got
burned several times by the flames.
“I'm fine, don't worry!”
However, Koutarou was able to recover before taking any
serious damage from the fire. He used his eyes to read where
Alunaya was going to be attacking and dodged.
“...All this just for letting my guard down for a moment...”
Having gotten through the crisis once, Koutarou looked at the
damage the armor had taken and pulled himself together.
The armor had scorch marks and a dent from when he had
been hit by the tail. All of the attacks could very well have
"Theia... the real Alunaya is far stronger than the one you
Koutarou strongly gripped the handle of Saguratin while
looking at Alunaya's gigantic body.
Alaia prayed as she looked up at Koutarou's and the others
Koutarou's opponent was a monster well over 20 meters. It
was like a cat challenging a lion. No matter how strong
Koutarou was, he wasn't going to be able to overcome the
gap in strength of an opponent over ten times his size. Even
though Clan and Caris were helping him, it seemed to be a
At this rate, Koutarou-sama will die...!
That feeling slowly crept up in Alaia. When Alaia felt that, she
realized that she was feeling insecure for the first time in a
Ever since she had met Koutarou, Alaia had always felt safe.
She was certain that even if something were to happen to
her, Koutarou would protect Chari and support this country.
And that certainty had supported her.
On top of that, after losing her parents, Koutarou was the
only one who had learned of Alaia's feelings and understood
her. With full knowledge of all her worries, he had called her
actions correct, which had also supported her.
If Koutarou were to die, she would lose those two supports at
the same time. To her, that was something incredibly
frightening, and just imagining that made her thin white
“...I should have broken the seal on that sword before this
Alaia's anxiousness made those words leave her lips. Fauna
who was next to Alaia made a sad expression upon hearing
"Your highness... that's...”
As a priestess of the goddess of dawn, Fauna knew just what
those words meant. They were words that would never be
spoken if it wasn't for Alaia's overwhelming feelings for
"You can do it, Blue Knight! I'm with you!"
"Princess Chari, no! It's dangerous to reach your body so far
"Let go, Mary!! I won't hide!! My and my sister's knight is
fighting!! How can we not cheer him on!?”
However, Chari's powerful words helped ease Alaia's worries.
"Chari... you're so strong..."
At first, Chari had worried and didn't want Koutarou to go, but
after having let go, her belief in his victory was unshakeable.
"Sister! Please call out to Blue Knight too! If you do, Blue
Knight will surely return home safe!”
And in order to make her belief come true, she did whatever
she could. The only thing young Chari could do was cheer,
but she was desperate to be of Koutarou's help.
Chari... you might be more suited to be the empress than I am...
Chari's strong and prideful will dazzled Alaia.
“You're right Chari... I'll cheer for him too."
Taking a lesson from Chari, Alaia believed that Koutarou
would be victorious and cheered on from behind. She could
do other things after this.
Chari smiled at Alaia and beckoned for Alaia to stand above
her. Alaia nodded and stood at the same place as Chari.
“Blue Knight! You can do it! Sister is cheering for you too!”
“Reios-sama! Stay strong!”
They didn't know if their voices reached all the way to
Koutarou. However, they believed that it would and shouted.
That was the only way those two could fight right now.
Following their shouts, the nearby soldiers began shouting as
well. The shouts and cheers grew louder and filled the fort.
Koutarou was fighting several hundred meters away from
Alaia and Chari. On top of that, there was the sound of the
wind, his boosters and the dragon's roar as it spewed its
flames. Because of that, Alaia's and Chari's voices couldn't
“...I definitely can't lose!! Her highness and everyone is
waiting for me to come home!!”
However, their voices were the only thing that didn't reach
him. Their feelings had reached him, and he knew what the
people at the fort were saying.
Having played baseball for the longest time, Koutarou knew
that they were cheers despite not being able to properly hear
them. And the fact that the cheers reached all the way to him
summoned a powerful willpower in him.
“I can do this! It's not like the dragon hasn't taken any
Koutarou glared at Alunaya with his new found willpower and
pointed the tip of his sword towards its giant body.
As Koutarou said, Alunaya had gotten weaker. The damage
from Koutarou's gauntlet and Clan's laser had gradually
accumulated in its body. And having flown at full speed for
several minutes was taxing on Alunaya's stamina.
Sensing that, Koutarou threw away the notion that it was an
"Bertorion, only a third of the propellant is left! And the entire frame has
taken considerable damage. There's no time to slack off!”
However, Koutarou was taking damage alongside Alunaya.
And since he was much smaller, his damage was far more
The armor had taken hits from the flames and claws. The
intense battle had taken its toll on the armor and left behind
The armor's functions were currently making up for the
damage, but if he took any more, he would be in danger.
"My magic power is running low as well. I'm restricting healing magic to
serious injuries only. ”
And Koutarou himself had suffered damage. The smaller
wounds included cuts, bruises and burns, while the more
serious injuries included dislocation and fractures. Caris had
used her magic to heal that, but her magic power was now
running low, and she would have a hard time healing
"Leave that to me. Just focus on what you can do. ”
“I'll do my best. ”
“Sorry, but I don't have any room to think about that. ”
“You're reckless as always. ”
“This is not the kind of opponent I can beat without being reckless!”
Koutarou readied Saguratin with both hands, pointed the tip
towards Alunaya and charged. The eight Koutarou illusions
created by Caris surrounded him as he did so. The nine
Koutarous swapped positions and headed towards Alunaya.
Alunaya revealed its fangs and threatened Koutarou.
However, it wasn't trying to attack using its breath attacks. It
was well aware that the majority of Koutarous were fakes.
Not good, it's learning...
Koutarou clicked his tongue in his mind. Alunaya was calm. In
Koutarou's experience, the winner of a fight was always the
one who remained calm from beginning to end.
“Blue Knight, if you want to finish this faster, I have an idea. ”
Sensing that Koutarou was beginning to panic, Caris proposed
an idea to Koutarou.
“Tell me. ”
Alunaya waited for Koutarou to close in before swinging its
massive tail towards the nine Koutarous.
Koutarou responded to Caris while defending at once using
his sword. The moment he did, the armor's system let out a
“The first and third drive unit as well as the load bearing right
arm elbow joint have exceeded the maximum tolerance.
Bypassing circuits, readjusting balance of driving units. Left
arm output reduced by 20%, the degree of freedom in the
right arm elbow joint decreased by 14%. In addition—"
The armor reported on the damage. The 3D image displaying
the condition of the armor was being filled with red marks.
“That's enough with the detailed report! I am aware that I'm
in trouble! Just report on what won't move!"
“As you wish, my lord."
The next moment, the red marks on the 3D image all
vanished, leaving behind a yellow mark on the right elbow.
“Areyou okay, Blue Knight!?”
“ I'm still fine!! So what was it, Caris!?”
The illusions all vanished, leaving Koutarou all alone. If he
distanced himself from Alunaya like this, he would be
attacked by the flame breath. He was better off sticking close
and attacking. Deciding on that, Koutarou put his left hand on
the sword and generated an electromagnetic field. He was
planning on attacking like this.
"Strange magical power is gathering in the back of that dragon's neck.
Attacking there might be a good idea. ”
Just a while ago, Caris had used a spell to determine what
kind of magic Alunaya was using. As a result, she was able to
detect several active spells.
A strengthening spell surrounding its body and assisting with
flight, a defensive spell that blocked attacks, and a spell that
turned the breath its exhaled into a pillar of flame. Caris had
been expecting those three, so knowing the strength of the
spells would be of use to Koutarou.
However, in reality, she had detected another spell at this
time. Caris didn't know what kind of spell that was since it
was a spell she didn't know off. However, she knew where the
source of that magic power was, and that was at the back of
the dragon's neck. There, some kind of spell was active, and
attacking that might have an effect on Alunaya. It was a
gamble, but Caris believed they would have a higher chance
of winning by attacking that point rather than continuing
fighting like this.
"The back of the neck right!?”
Koutarou put his boosters to full thrust in order to get behind
Alunaya and get a shot at its neck.
"Be careful, Blue Knight! A flame breath is coming!”
"At this range!?”
Koutarou had assumed that Alunaya wouldn't be able to use
its flame breath once he was up close. So when Alunaya
inhaled and get ready to spew flames, he was greatly
surprised. Since Alunaya hated it when Koutarou got behind
it, it was willing to even scorch its own body to hit him.
"Leave it to me!”
As Alunaya opened its mouth to spew flames, Clan fired
several lasers from her rifle. The moderately spread out
lasers burned Alunaya's face. Up until now, that would have
stopped Alunaya in its track for a while, but this time was
different. It had expected this would happen and spewed its
flames while enduring the attacks.
The fire dragon's breath turned into a glowing white pillar and
approached Koutarou. Had it been at a longer distance, he
would be able to easily dodge it, but at this range evading
was impossible. And then, just as it looked like Koutarou was
about to be swallowed by the torrent of flames.
"Then I'll just do this!!”
That was an idea that had just popped into his head.
Koutarou altered the electromagnetic field generated in his
sword to envelop himself as well. And at the same time, he
poured all of his spiritual energy into his left arm. As he did
that, Koutarou accelerated even faster, like a bullet. His
speed was overwhelming and he instantly escaped from the
range of the flames.
"B-Bertorion!? You idiot!! Just, just how reckless can you get!!”
Since Clan was monitoring Koutarou's armor's condition, she
knew what he had done. Koutarou had generated a powerful
electromagnetic field using his gauntlet and forcibly
accelerated the armor. But by doing that, even an armor used
in space wouldn't be able to completely block the magnetism
and electromagnetic waves. Though the armor didn't break,
the system spat out errors all over and the armor stopped its
" You're wrong, Clan!”
However, Koutarou didn't stop moving. The armor's functions
had all stopped, but the gauntlet on Koutarou's left arm was
still working. Koutarou used that power and thrust his own
body towards Alunaya.
" This is what you call —”
Led by Kiriha's gauntlet, Koutarou flew towards Alunaya. His
sword was aimed at the back of Alunaya's neck, the point
where Caris had sensed the gathering of magic power. This
was his last chance to attack since he wasn't sure if his
armor's systems would reboot.
Koutarou's Saguratin clashed with Alunaya's barrier. In that
moment, Koutarou could see a large crystal attached to the
back of Alunaya's neck. It was the only thing glowing blue on
Alunaya's gigantic red body. Koutarou used his remaining
strength to unleash a thunderbolt directed at it.
A white flash. The largest thunderbolt in this battle passed
through Alunaya's barrier and attacked the glowing blue
Since Koutarou was exhausted, the electric attack he had
poured all of his power into wasn't enough to break the
crystal. However, after taking that hit, Alunaya seemed to be
in great pain.
Alunaya bent its body in pain. The painful voice it let out
reached all the way to the town and made the people there
shudder. Alunaya then lost its ability to keep itself in the air
and fell towards the ground.
D-Did that do it...?”
The exhausted Koutarou also entered free fall while gazing at
Alunaya. The armor still hadn't rebooted, and he no longer
had any more strength to use his gauntlet. At this rate,
Koutarou would smash into the ground at the terminal
velocity of 200km/h.
"Heh, hehe, i-it's our win... your, highness...”
However, Koutarou lost his consciousness before he reached
the ground. He had taken a lot of damage, and once he was
certain of his victory, he relaxed too much to stay conscious.
The Sword In the Temple
Koutarou had survived thanks to Clan and Caris, who had
accompanied him. Caris had used her magic to slow Koutarou
down and Clan had just barely managed to catch him.
"Geez... what a problematic Blue Knight...”
Clan had thrown away her rifle to catch Koutarou, and it had
ended up smashing into the ground and shattering instead.
However, that didn't seem to bother her as she was only
relieved that Koutarou was safe.
Koutarou was then brought to the infirmary in the fort and
was treated by Lidith, the alchemist, and Fauna, the
However, despite the treatment finishing, Koutarou was still
unconscious. Worried, Alaia asked Lidith at her side while
staring at Koutarou's face.
"Lidith, what is Reios-sama's condition?”
"He is injured all over, but there are no critical injuries. It
seems like Caris's magic was of great help."
As an alchemist, Lidith had knowledge of the most advanced
medical arts in this age. Alchemists were scholars who
studied everything from science and pharmacy to medical
arts and magic. As a result, she was able to give Koutarou
more adequate treatment than the so called home remedies.
The experience she had gotten from serving as Clan's
assistant also helped her.
“So Lidith, when will Blue Knight wake up?"
Chari climbed up next to the bed and gazed at Koutarou
together with Alaia. She had no doubt that Koutarou would
wake up since she firmly believed that Koutarou would let her
ride a horse. But even then she was worried, and she stared
at Koutarou's face while frowning.
“I can't say for sure... it all depends on Lord Bertorion."
"Princess Chari, I'll do my best to wake up Reios-sama as fast
"Yeah! Please do, Fauna!"
As a priestess of the goddess of dawn, Fauna could
manipulate spiritual energy. She had been using those
powers to activate Koutarou's body and speed up his
recovery for a while now. One could consider it to be a
stronger version of Sanae's massage. Since she had practiced
that as part of her priesthood, she should be able to speed up
Koutarou's recovery by at least twice as fast as normal.
By the way, using the medical kit on-board the Cradle, they
would be able to heal Koutarou even faster. However, in this
situation where they couldn't get a hold of supplies, there
was a limit of the amount of times they could use the medical
kit. So since these injuries could be healed using these aged
techniques, the use of the medical kit was put off.
"Thank goodness... Reios-sama is alright..."
Hearing her companions speaking, Alaia was able to relax.
She was able to feel that Koutarou was safe, not only from
just their words, but from their attitude as well. Alaia showed
a small smile and wiped off a tear that had formed in her eye.
When Koutarou had been dragged in unconscious, Alaia felt
like her heart would stop. It was as if she had witnessed the
end of the world. That was the moment she was reassured of
just how valuable Koutarou was to her.
Alaia hadn't been able to calm down until Koutarou's
treatment had ended and she could hear more details and
judge her companions behavior.
“What a lucky man. It's hard to believe that he would be okay
after fighting a monster like that."
“He's always been a lucky man. After all—"
Clan swallowed her following words. They would have been
After all, he was the man I tried to kill but couldn't.
However, despite that being the truth, saying that now could
only be a disfavor to her. And admitting that Koutarou was
her enemy was mortifying. Clan kept those words inside and
continued with an innocent look.
“After all, a lot of people are always praying for this man to
“Really. If Blue Knight doesn't stay alive, I'll be troubled. He
still hasn't fulfilled his promise of feeding me something
Unaware of Clan's feelings, Caris nodded repeatedly. Staring
at Caris's face, Clan repeated her words to herself.
A lot of people are always praying for this man to be safe, huh... Now that I
think about it, the same was true there...
As she did, Clan recalled Koutarou's life on Earth.
Koutarou lived with five girls in a small apartment. Clan's
rival, Theia, was one of those girl, and all of the girls had
been Koutarou's enemy to begin with. However, as time
passed, hostilities ceased and they began respecting each
other. The girls were probably even now worrying about
Koutarou. That was why Koutarou was trying to return.
I must be the sixth... fufufu...
And the same could be said for Clan. She had tried to kill
Koutarou, but now even she was worried for him. And what's
more, Koutarou had offered to let her live with him if she lost
a place to call home.
Koutarou was stupid, awkward and unable to live well. The
invaders attacked one after another, he had been involved in
their troubles, and in the end he had been thrown into a
different space and time. Even if he wanted to return, he
couldn't. If he had behaved a little different, this probably
wouldn't have happened. However, the awkward Koutarou
couldn't do that.
But he was a fortunate man. Someone was always worried for
him. That would become his power to survive. And knowing
that, Clan was certain that Koutarou would awake. While he
was himself, he shouldn't be able to stay asleep. And
everyone loved that awkward part of him.
“...He really is a lucky man..."
This man is probably the only one to have four princesses worrying about
Clan smiled at the sleeping Koutarou. She felt it was odd, but
right now she honestly admitted to worrying for Koutarou.
“This is bad, princess Alaia!! Flair-sama has come back with
The maid, Mary, entered the infirmary with her face pale.
Flair had found that man when she had gone to confirm what
happened to Alunaya.
Thanks to Koutarou's attack, Alunaya had crashed into a
forest south of the fort. In order to confirm Alunaya's state,
she had led a small force and entered the forest. However,
they couldn't find Alunaya, no matter how much they looked.
They had found trees they suspected Alunaya knocked over
when it crashed, but not the dragon itself. With its size, it was
hard to believe they could miss it, so Flair assumed that it
had flown off and called off the search.
On their way home, Flair come across a man she had seen
Since it was such an unexpected person, Flair wasn't sure
how she should deal with him. At first she thought of killing
him, but in the end she decided it would be best for Alaia to
pass judgment, and brought him back to Raustor's fort.
"...You have quite the courage to dare appear in front of us."
Flair brought the man to a meeting room near the entrance
to the fort. Alaia normally had a mild expression, but now she
showed an ice cold one instead.
Behind Alaia were Clan and Chari. However, they said nothing
and instead watched over the development. They were
planning on leaving this to Alaia and Flair.
"That's precisely why, 'princess' Alaia."
However, the man showed no signs of being shaken by her
cold glance. Instead, he smiled slightly as he stood there. It
was as if he didn't know he was in the heart of enemy
"Such a brazen attitude... what business do you have, copper
Copper knight, Dextro. That was a name Alaia and the others
would never forget.
Dextro was a knight of the Melcemhein family, and his title
was copper. The Melcemhein family obeyed Maxfern, and
made up a portion of the coup d'etat army.
In the past, he had taken on a mission of pursuing Alaia, and
launched an attack on them. At that time, the method of
attacking he used had been to poison the water source, an
indiscriminate attack that involved the villagers. Alaia and
the others had fortunately enough been able to survive that
danger, however, Dextro had been carved into their minds as
someone they would never forgive.
“Before we talk, take these off me. They're just so
Dextro showed the shackles binding his hands and feet. Since
he was an extremely dangerous man, they wouldn't bring
Alaia to him without restraining him this much.
“Don't be stupid. We're not foolish enough to set you free."
Flair rejected Dextro's demand. The reason was the same for
restraining him, she couldn't put Alaia in any danger.
“Geez... you really are a thick headed woman. I won't do
anything that would risk my life."
Dextro shook the shackles around his hands and dropped his
shoulders in an over exaggerated fashion. However, it
seemed that was part of what he had expected, as Dextro
showed no signs of caring and began explaining the
circumstances for appearing in front of them.
“I came here to make a deal with you lot."
Alaia narrowed her eyes, she felt something disturbing about
“Yeah. I have some information you would find important.
Moreover, it's incredibly urgent information. In exchange for
telling you, I want you to accept my demands."
“There is no way we would make a deal!"
Flair rejected Dextro's proposal once more. She would never
make a deal with a despicable man. That was both for Alaia's
sake, and for her own creed.
“What are your demands, Dextro?"
However, Alaia's judgement was the opposite of Flair's.
“Your highness!? You can't fall for this kind of man's sugar
“Flair, taking the reason for why this man came here on his
own into account, we won't lose anything from hearing what
he has to say.”
Alaia knew just how calculating of a man Dextro was. And he
had taken the risk of exposing himself to Alaia and the
others. Since Alaia valued the lives of her citizens, she
probably wouldn't kill him, but there was a chance that others
would. In reality, even Flair thought of it. Despite knowing
that, Dextro had come to make a deal. So the information
must have been worth the risk.
“As expected from princess Alaia. You're different from this
hard headed woman."
“Dextro, you bastard!!"
“Calm down, Flair."
Alaia held back Flair and stepped up to Dextro. She was
planning on hearing what he had to say.
“Tell me your demands, Dextro."
“I only have one demand. I want you to protect my position,
even if you were to win this war."
Dextro nodded and grinned as he said that.
“At first I thought it was only a matter of time before your
reborn Forthorthe army would be dismantled, but now you've
even taken over Raustor. Your numbers are still no match for
Maxfern's, but the same might not be said in the future. If
you spread the rumor of that Blue Knight defeating a dragon,
you would probably be able to gather even more soldiers."
“...So what about it?"
Flair glared at Dextro and he responded with a sneering.
“Kukuku, in other words, there's a chance you lot might win
this war. I'd say you're 50/50.”
“...I see, so that's why..."
Alaia realized the reason for why Dextro had appeared in
front of them. Fler expression then changed into an even
more serious one.
“Flonestly, I don't care what side wins, but if you lot do, I'd be
in a bit of trouble. You would without a doubt put me on a
trial, and punish me for war crimes. At worst, I might even
"Of course! That's what you deserve after what you've done!"
If Maxfern's coup d'etat army were to lose, Dextro wouldn't
just lose his position, but he would also be punished. His
indiscriminate attack on the village would be considered as
going too far, and he would subsequently be punished. It
would depend on the trial, but he probably wouldn't be able
to avoid the death penalty. If he was lucky, he'd spend the
rest of his life behind bars. Either way, Dextro's future would
be dark if Alaia's side was to win.
"So you're selling us information to buy amnesty in advance,
"Exactly, princess Alaia. I couldn't give a damn if you or
Maxfern win. But, I want to save my own life. So don't you
think it'd be in my interest to put myself in a secure spot, no
matter who wins?"
By secretly selling information, Dextro would be able to avoid
a trial in the case that Alaia's side won. By doing that, Dextro
would be safe regardless of if Alaia or Maxfern won. That was
why Dextro had appeared, knowing the risks. It had all been
to save himself.
"You're saying the information is worth that much?”
"Precisely. Both for this army, and for you personally. But you
better decide quickly, soon this information will be useless."
The information Dextro was trying to sell was urgent. Even if
they didn't buy it, they would eventually find out what it was,
but by that time it would already be too late. Dextro
requested a swift judgement from Alaia. Would she let it
happen or prevent it beforehand?
“...There is no other way. I will accept your deal."
After thinking for a while, Alaia decided to accept the deal.
Since Dextro believed it was information worth enough to
save his life, she couldn't just disregard it. In other words, she
believed in Dextro's calculations.
Of course, Flair objected. Letting someone who would
slaughter indiscriminately go free was unacceptable.
“I'm sorry, Flair. I just believe this would be the best for the
Flowever, Alaia shook her head at Flair.
“Just endure it, Flair."
Alaia felt the same as Flair, however even then, she believed
it was a necessary choice. She couldn't put the citizens at risk
just for the sake of justice. She felt the same as she did that
night at the harvest festival.
“You won't lose out on this. That's why it's a deal."
Dextro nodded in satisfaction. Like he said, Dextro wasn't
planning on having Alaia and the others lose out on the deal.
She had to protect Dextro's position because it was a fair
“The dragon that Blue Knight fought this morning...
supposedly it's called Alunaya... anyways, that's actually
“Impossible!? Are you saying that Grevanas can control
something like that!?"
Flair's eyes shot wide open in surprise.
The head of the court magicians, Grevanas. He was one of
the masterminds behind the coup d'etat and could also be
called Maxfern's right-hand man. However, even if Maxfern
was the strongest of the court magicians and one of the arc-
wizards, Flair couldn't believe that he could control Alunaya.
“Calm down, that's not the problem right now. The problem is
Dextro told Flair to calm down, and began speaking a little
faster as he felt pressed for time.
“Maxfern and Grevanas's goal has three stages. First they use
that dragon to bring out that Blue Knight. Not even he would
stay in one piece after fighting a dragon."
Dextro looked around the room, Koutarou was nowhere to be
If I had followed the plan it might have worked, but... oh well, guess it can't
be helped now...
Since it was only proper for Koutarou to take part in this
situation, Dextro sensed that Maxfern's plan had been a
“In that situation, I would lead a force to assault the fort. By
doing that, we wouldn't have to fight the Blue Knight.
However, I gave all kinds of reasons to delay the march, so
this attack won't happen."
“Why did you delay it?"
“I didn't know if that Blue Knight was incapacitated or not. I
don't have the courage of facing that Blue Knight in a fight.
I'd just lose.”
The assault force led by Dextro wasn't all that large. It was a
small force intended to invade the fort at night and sabotage.
Because of that, if they were to face Koutarou, they would
end up being repelled. Dextro had been planning on carrying
out the attack if he could confirm Koutarou's state, but in the
end, he didn't have enough information. So Dextro came up
with various reasons to stop his force, and met with Flair on
"Because of that, there will only be the third attack.”
Alaia urged Dextro ahead. Her tone was faster, as if she was
in a hurry. She had been feeling something ominous ever
since the words Blue Knight left Dextro's mouth.
"...Having lowered his guard, even just a little, after fighting
against the dragon, the Blue Knight will be assassinated."
By the time Dextro finished speaking, Alaia was already
running. It was almost as if she had forgotten about Dextro.
Alaia was headed towards the infirmary where Koutarou was
sleeping. Flair, Clan and Chari were all chasing after her.
Leaving a few soldiers behind to guard Dextro, they chased
In contrast to her graceful appearance, she slammed opened
the door and jumped into the room. In that moment, she
could see what was going on in the infirmary.
The infirmary was in a wretched state.
There were two people on the floor: the army surgeon who
worked here, and the guard who helped out with odd jobs.
They were still alive but critically injured, and a large amount
of their blood dyed the floor red.
Koutarou laid sleeping on the bed the furthest away from the
entrance. Three men surrounded that bed. They were
wearing Forthorthe army uniforms and holding swords
dripped with blood. They had attacked the army surgeon and
guard, and now they were going to attack Koutarou.
"I won't let you!!"
Flaving realized the situation right away, Alaia rushed
towards Koutarou at full speed. She desperately wanted to
save Koutarou's life. She had completely forgotten how
important her position and life was for Forthorthe. To Alaia,
Koutarou was starting to become more important than
“Your highness!? Damn, help me, Clan!!"
Seeing Alaia rushing towards the assassins, Flair hurriedly
drew a knife from her waist. And while asking for Clan's
assistance, she threw the knife towards the assassin closest
“As lively as always!!“
Clan had predicted this situation and already had her rifle
ready. She quickly took aim and squeezed the trigger. A bullet
shot out from the barrel and flew towards an assassin
different from the one Flair had attacked.
Flair's knife and Clan's bullet disposed of one assassin each.
Seeing that, the last assassin swung his sword down to fulfill
The riot in the room and Alaia's sorrowful shout woke up
As Koutarou opened his eyes he noticed the abnormal sight in
front of him. Alaia was running to get in the way of the
approaching silvery blade. The smell of blood filled the room
as four people laid on the floor.
Flaving just woken up, Koutarou couldn't understand the
situation. The only thing he knew was that at this rate, Alaia
would be slashed and killed.
“As if I'd let youuuu!!”
Fully intending to protect Alaia, Koutarou slammed his own
fist into the oncoming blade.
A dull sound and collision. Koutarou's left fist hit the
assassin's sword. Since it didn't hit the front of the blade, he
wasn't cut, but his fist crashed into a mass of metal, breaking
his bones. Koutarou took a lot of damage, but as a result,
Alaia wasn't harmed. The sword's trajectory was altered and
it only cut a little at Koutarou's foot.
The next moment, Alaia jumped on top of Koutarou's body
and held him. She was desperately trying to keep Koutarou
from being harmed.
The assassin's first attack had failed, but he quickly
recovered and took aim for a part of Koutarou's body that
Alaia wasn't able to cover. Because of the difference in size
between Alaia and Koutarou, she wasn't able to cover up all
of Koutarou's body. His arm, head, and most of his legs were
visible. By aiming there, it would be easy to kill Koutarou,
despite Alaia covering him.
“I won't let you do that!”
Clan's rifle blew out fire. As a result, the sword was blown
away from the assassin's right hand. Clan's bullet shattered
the sword and obstructed the assassin's actions.
However, the assassin didn't stop. Since his right hand had
gotten numb from the impact and wouldn't move, he pulled a
knife out with his left hand and attacked Koutarou.
“...Nice save, Clan."
However, that was all the assassin was able to do. The tip of
Flair's sword was pointed at his throat and completely
blocked his movements. If he moved any further, Flair would
surely cut his head clean off.
At that time, Flair was aghast when she saw the assassin's
face. She recalled seeing him before. He was a coup d'etat
soldier that had defected to the reborn Forthorthe army just
yesterday. Since Flair was in charge of the combat troops, she
had seen his face when he applied.
Flair struck the assassin with the handle of her sword and
made him faint, but her surprise still hadn't died down.
“Kukuku, this is what happens when you don't kill someone
you've pointed your weapon towards. That Blue Knight is too
Dextro jeered. Since he was wearing shackles he had only
arrived just now. However, since he knew of this
assassination plan, he was well aware of what had surprised
“...I wouldn't be so sure.”
“Look at it like this, I've tried to kill Bertorion in the past.”
Clan leaned her rifle on her shoulder and glared at Dextro. It
was an expression Koutarou would surely call sly if he could
“And because I was here, that giant was defeated... Who is
the naive one here? You? Or Bertorion?”
Dextro clicked his tongue. The steel giant he had made
Koutarou fight had been pierced by Clan's beam cannon. That
was a result of Koutarou not killing Clan and Dextro making
light of her. And being able to prevent this assassination plan
was thanks to Koutarou not killing Dextro. So one could
reason that Dextro was the naive one.
“...You're fine the way you are, Bertorion..."
Clan mumbled in a low voice and looked towards Koutarou.
Despite the assassination having ended, Alaia was still firmly
holding onto Koutarou. Her body was trembling and despite
being injured, Koutarou gently patted her back. Chari
worriedly watched over the two. And seeing that sight, Clan
was once again able to confirm her belief.
“...That is the path of, you, the Blue Knight..."
That Koutarou was indeed the actual Blue Knight.
The next time Koutarou woke up was three days later. It was
a result of the disgusting medicine Lidith had given him, and
his accumulated exhaustion and injuries.
"Where am I...?"
Having woken up, Koutarou looked around the area. The dim
lamp wasn't lighting up the infirmary; instead it was
Koutarou's room in the fort. With his treatment finished, he
had been moved from the infirmary.
The moment after Koutarou realized he was in his own room,
he noticed a person by his side.
Alaia was sitting on a chair next to Koutarou and leaning her
body on his bed, fast asleep. On the table next to her was a
container with liquid in it, bandages, a pitcher full of water
and more. Seeing that, Koutarou realized that she had been
She was grasping Koutarou's right hand with both of her
hands. Even fast asleep, she was firmly holding on, as if she
would never let go.
"Seems like I've made her worry quite a bit..."
Koutarou mumbled in a quiet voice and squeezed her hands
Alaia should be busy with her work as a princess, so she
shouldn't have time to attend Koutarou. Despite that, Alaia
had somehow made time and was now sleeping like this. She
had been so worried about Koutarou she felt the need to do
Noticing that Koutarou was moving his hand, Alaia woke up.
She slowly opened her eyes for a few seconds and the next
moment her body shot straight up.
“Good morning, your highness."
When she saw Koutarou smiling, her expression changed and
tears began streaming down her eyes.
“Thank goodness... you woke up..."
“I'm sorry for making you worry, and for her highness to have
treated me herself... I am truly honored."
“That's fine! They were all injures you got for my sake! I
should be the one apologizing and thanking you!"
Alaia hurriedly wiped her tears as she didn't want to become
a burden to Koutarou. However, her tears kept streaming
down no matter how much she wiped them away. Although
Alaia might be able to fake her expression and tone, she
couldn't manipulate her tears of relief.
Looking at Alaia like that, Koutarou felt truly grateful. Having
the princess of a country worried for you was a very rare
event. The only thing that saddened Koutarou was that those
feelings were originally supposed to be for the real Blue
Knight. As such, Koutarou felt a little guilty.
“...I'm sorry for crying like a little child, Koutarou-sama."
Alaia didn't stop crying until a while later. With her mind
cleared after crying her heart out, Alaia's normal calm smile
"I'll be sure to remember that, it's an expression you don't
see very often after all.”
"My... Koutarou-sama, you have quite a mean side to you."
"I get that a lot.”
While looking at Alaia, who was slightly pouting, Koutarou
remembered Harumi back on Earth.
" Satomi-kun, you meanie. ”
While the two would cheerfully chat, Harumi would often
condemn Koutarou by saying that. And the expression Alaia
had right now was the same as Harumi's was.
Princess Alaia and Sakuraba Harumi really do look very similar...
Thanks to that sensation, Koutarou hadn't felt lonely these
past few months. It wasn't just Alaia either; Chari, Flair and
the others all reminded him of his companions on Earth in
one way or another. As a result, Koutarou never felt lonely. He
believed he had been incredibly lucky to have been sent to
this time and place.
"By the way, Koutarou-sama."
Alaia stopped pouting.
"How are you feeling?”
With her expression back to normal, Alaia worriedly looked at
Koutarou's body. As she did, Koutarou nodded and smiled.
“I'm all better. It hurts in some places when I move, but the
biggest problem is my empty stomach.”
While Koutarou was sleeping, treatment was continuously
being performed. Thanks to Lidith's scientific methods,
Caris's magic and Fauna's spiritual energy, Koutarou was
quickly recovering. If he was to move, no part of his body
would scream out in pain. As long as he ate something and
let time pass, he would eventually fully recover.
"Oh my, Koutarou-sama...”
Alaia instinctively smiled as she heard Koutarou's tone of
voice. After having been so worried about Koutarou, Alaia
couldn't help but find Koutarou's innocent tone of voice funny.
"I-I'll have Mary prepare dinner right away, fu, fufufu."
While laughing at Koutarou, Alaia confirmed the warmth in
I'm really glad... Koutarou-sama is safe...
Alaia confirmed her own feelings through the warmth of
I... I definitely don't want to let Koutarou-sama die...
During these past few days, Alaia had learned just how much
Koutarou meant to her.
The despair she had felt when Koutarou had been critically
injured and carried into the fort. The irritation when she had
heard about the assassins. The feelings she had as she threw
her body in front of the assassin to protect Koutarou. The
impatience when all she could do was watch Koutarou sleep.
And the deep relief when Koutarou smiled again.
All those feelings supported Alaia. She definitely didn't want
to Koutarou to die, no matter what price she herself had to
Alaia knew that one day Koutarou would leave her. To the
princess Alaia, marriage was just a tool in politics. No matter
how much she loved him, there was never a chance of Alaia
being able to marry Koutarou. But if she knew that Koutarou
would continue living after they parted ways, she could stay
So, for that sake...!!
Alaia made up her mind, her determination was unwavering,
and it even surpassed her desire to protect her country.
“Koutarou-sama, once you recover, there is someplace I want
to take you to, would that be alright?”
As long as Koutarou was safe, she could protect the world on
At this time, Alaia was being driven by that powerful emotion.
Alaia took Koutarou to an empty temple in the mountains,
some distance away from Raustor.
The name Raustor meant the goddess's resting place. Having
traveled through infinite time and worlds, the goddess of
dawn rested her feet in these lands.
With that legend, Raustor naturally became a religiously
important place, and a lot of temples for the goddess of dawn
were built. Alaia had taken Koutarou to one of those temples.
It was the oldest of temples being managed directly by the
This temple was a very sturdy building made from stone.
Thanks to that, the temple's appearance remained the same
as it did when it was first built over 1,000 years ago. The only
change in appearance would be the plants growing on the
Fauna was the one who had guided Koutarou and Alaia here.
Fauna was a priestess of the goddess of the dawn, on top of
that she has been Alaia's friend since the two went to
seminars. Because of that, Alaia trusted Fauna, and she had
been left in charge of this temple.
"Alaia-sama, Reios-sama, this way.”
"Thank you, Fauna."
With Fauna in the front, they entered the temple. Since both
Alaia and Fauna had been here several times, they didn't
really think much of it.
However, Koutarou was different. As Koutarou entered the
temple, he was taken aback by a strange sensation. He had
been told in advance that this was a temple built for the
goddess of dawn, and even if he hadn't, he could easily tell
this place was sacred. However, that wasn't what Koutarou
was feeling. This was more a sensation of deja vu.
Have I come to this place before... ? Or is it this atmosphere that I
His sense of deja vu grew stronger the closer he got to the
center. Koutarou himself felt like he knew of this place, or
possibly the atmosphere surrounding this temple.
“I'm sorry for keeping you waiting. This is the place I wanted
to take you."
Koutarou's feelings changed into conviction when he reached
That destination was a large room made out of stone in the
center of the temple. Many red glass panes had been fitted in
the ceiling off the room, changing the light into the color of
dawn. And in the center of the room was a stone statue lit up
by the red light. Since the statue was placed on top of a large
stand, Koutarou was looking up at it.
In Forthorthe, that statue was called the goddess of dawn. It
had been made in the image of the goddess of creation, a
motif of a girl with her hands clasped in front of her hands,
praying. In the legends, the girl weeping in solitude turned
her own tears into threads and began knitting the world.
Because of that, tears had been carved into the statues face.
And surrounding the statue were several pillars. Transparent
globes had been installed on the top of them, and light
poured down on them from above, dying them red.
I... I know that statue and this place... but why? Why can't I remember it?
Koutarou was perplexed. He could recall having seen the
sight, this girl, the goddess of dawn before. Despite that, he
was completely unable to remember that event. Comparing
his memory to a photograph, it was like that part of his
memory had been painted over. He could tell something was
supposed to be there from the surrounding image, but he
couldn't see it. This was an impatient and strange situation
“Please come over here."
Koutarou was spacing out as he stared at the statue when
Alaia's voice snapped him back into reality. She was already
in front of the statue, and she called out to Koutarou.
“Please go right away, Reios-sama."
Next, Fauna called for Koutarou as well. She was standing by
the entrance and gazed into the room. She was going to
leave everything else to Alaia.
Fauna knew just why Alaia had taken Koutarou to this place.
She was in charge of this temple, and at the same time a girl.
For those two reasons, she wanted to keep leave Alaia and
Koutarou on their own.
“I understand, I will.”
Koutarou was gently seen off by Fauna as he approached
Alaia. Fauna retreated to the outside of the room and could
no longer see Koutarou and Alaia. As such, Koutarou and
Alaia were left alone in front of the statue.
“Thank you very much, Koutarou-sama."
Having been left alone, Alaia used Koutarou's real name. Ever
since Koutarou had told her the truth, she had used that
name when they were alone.
“No... so what is this place, your highness? And why did we
Koutarou was full of questions. Since his own memories were
so vague, he wanted to know more about this place.
“This is a special place to the royal family of Forthorthe. This
country's treasure is being held here.”
Hearing Koutarou repeat her words, Alaia smiled and turned
towards the statue's stand. She then placed her hand on the
silver place installed in the stand. The following words were
engraved in that plate.
'At the time of a true national crisis, recite thine true name'
They were characters Koutarou couldn't read, but the armor's
system quickly translated them for him. They were from the
ancient language that priests and magicians used.
“My name is Alaia. I am the silvery white snow of Mastir. The
crown princess of Forthorthe, Alaia Kua Mastir Signaria Tia
The moment Alaia spoke her name, white light began
shooting out from the plate. Eventually, it spread throughout
the entire statue and lit up the goddess. As it did, the plate
slid down and revealed what was behind it.
“This is... a sword...?"
Inside the stand was an old sword. The sword was stuck in
the stand itself and it, along with the stand, began to slide
out towards Koutarou and Alaia.
When the sword had first been placed in the stand, it had a
beautiful polish and sparkle, but now the blade and handle
were all rusty. It had lost its original splendor and now only
looked like a piece of junk.
“Yes. It has been passed down the royal family for
generations. It's been told it was given to the royal family by
the goddess of dawn herself. The very existence of this sword
is proof of the legitimacy of the Forthorthe royal family, and
at the same time, the power of this sword has protected the
country from its enemies."
Alaia explained herself proudly up until this point, but then
her expression turned darker.
“However... this sword itself was often the cause of conflict,
and 200 years ago it was sealed away here."
The owner of this sword was seen as the emperor of
Forthorthe. Because of that, a lot of fights broke out for this
sword, and a lot of blood was spilled.
That was when the emperor several generations ago hid the
sword. At the same time, the court magicians were mobilized
and tasked with creating a powerful seal to keep the sword
from falling into the wrong hands. The only ones who could
break this seal were those of the royal bloodline. On top of
that, not even royalty was allowed to touch the sword outside
of a true national crisis.
“So that's what you meant by the country's treasure... but,
pardon my words, it doesn't look like it holds that kind of
Koutarou understood Alaia's story, however what was in front
of him was just a rusted stick of metal. It didn't look like very
special at all.
“Fufufu, I'm sure it does in this state."
Alaia let out a small laugh and turned towards the sword
again. And like the statue in front of her, she clasped her
hands, closed her eyes and began praying.
“Past, present and future, oh mother of all things, goddess of
Alaia began speaking the ancient language in a sonorous
As she did, a shrill noise, like metal hitting metal filled the
room, and Alaia's forehead began shining.
“Your highness... what is..."
Before Koutarou knew it, a sword crest had appeared on
Alaia's forehead and light shot out from it.
“A descendant of Forthorthe, your faithful servant asks of
thee. Now is the time to break the seal, and give us power to
overcome this crisis."
Alaia was using an incantation to dispel the seal placed on
the sword. That incantation and her royal blood were the keys
to removing the seal.
“Wind of the heavens. Green of the ground. Water of the sea.
Fire of the mountain. Using my life as provision, reveal the
power to unify all things!”
The light shining from Alaia slowly filled up the sword. And as
the light touched the sword, the touched part regained its
appearance from the past.
The rust that had covered the sword vanished, like it had
been blown away by the wind, and the once rusted, warped
blade regained its former glory. The dirty and scratches
vanished and the sword shone silver. The sword had such a
beautiful sheen it looked like it had just been forged.
“My name is Alaia! The silvery white snow of Mastir! Oh holy
sword of the temple, carve my name into your blade and
When Alaia loudly declared that, the sword practically
exploded with pure-white light. That light was a transformed
portion of the sword's power flowing out. That massive power
shook the temple.
It continued on for several dozen seconds. Once that time
had passed, the swords light slowly weakened, before
vanishing, as if it had been absorbed by the sword itself.
However, though the light may have vanished, the swords
rusted appearance didn't return. The sword still had a
beautiful sheen as it was enshrined in front of Koutarou and
Alaia grabbed the handle of the sword as if nothing had
happened. And after she held up the sword in both hands,
she turned back to Koutarou.
“This sword is given the name of the person who dispels the
The sword crest on Alaia's forehead was still there, and like
the sword in her hands, its blade had a silver sheen. That was
the proof that she had dispelled the seal. It was a bond that
tied her to the sword.
“Because of that, this sword is given my name."
Alaia then presented the sword to Koutarou. And at the same
time she proudly stated the name of the sword.
“This sword's name is Signaltin. It means silvery white
That was the name of the most famous sword in the legend
of the Blue Knight.
“This is... Signaltin..."
Koutarou was surprised. He knew that Signaltin existed, but
he didn't think it would appear in front of him at this time. In
the manuscript Theia had written, there had been very little
mention concerning magic, so the sword had been easily
“Please take this, Koutarou-sama."
Alaia was planning on giving the sword to Koutarou. As long
as he held this sword, Koutarou would never lose. And as long
as Koutarou was alive, Alaia could stay strong. She believed
this was the best option for both herself and for Forthorthe.
“N-No, I can't take something so important...”
However, Koutarou couldn't simply accept something like
that. He could tell that the sword held immense power after
seeing the ritual to dispel the seal. Because of that he
couldn't easily accept it. And what's more, this sword was the
treasure of the royal family. That fact also stopped Koutarou
from accepting it.
Since Koutarou had reacted just like she had expected, Alaia
smiled and gently shook her head.
As I thought, I should leave this sword to Koutarou-sama...
Convinced that her choice was correct, Alaia revealed her
“In return, promise me one thing.”
"Koutarou-sama, when you return to your own world, make
sure you bring this sword with you.”
”1-1 can't do that, your highness!!”
Since Alaia's request was so unexpected, Koutarou's eyes
shot wide open in surprise. His surprise was even greater
than when Signaltin had appeared.
"It is best for you to keep it. This sword will become a source
of conflict. We know full well what fate a country that relies
on an overwhelming power meets. That's why this sword was
In contrast to Koutarou, Alaia was calm. She watched over
Koutarou with a gentle expression and continued speaking.
"And the safest way would be to take it away from this world.
By doing that, this country will never fight over this sword
Just like Alaia was trying to protect Koutarou, she was trying
to protect Forthorthe.
The existence of Signaltin had caused several civil wars.
Because of its strong power, there were countless people
after this sword, aiming to become the emperor. It wasn't
very different from terrorists in the current age trying to gain
control through the use of powerful weapons.
Though the conflict may have stopped once the sword was
sealed in this temple, there was no guarantee that it would
stay that way. The ideal would be to place the sword
somewhere far away where no one could get their hands on
it. However, that kind of opportunity hadn't shown itself until
now. That opportunity had appeared in front of Alaia, in the
form of Koutarou, who came through time from the world of
stars. And he would be sure to do it.
“If Koutarou-sama were to take it, the people of this world
would lose the chance to seize hold of this sword. This is the
perfect chance for us."
This sword would protect her loved ones, subjugate the
traitors and in the end, by parting with it, it would protect her
country. To Alaia, there was no action more meaningful than
“I see... so that's why..."
That was the true reason behind why the Silver Princess had
given the Blue Knight the sword, and why he had then
vanished. It wasn't just because the existence of the ultimate
hero, the Blue Knight, was making Forthorthe's political
situation unstable. This sword was also one of the causes of
instability. That's why the Blue Knight had vanished; to erase
the name of the hero and the powerful sword from
“I understand, your highness. I will humbly accept that role."
having realized the situation, Koutarou decided to accept the
sword. It was a job he had to do as the replacement for the
Blue Knight, and he felt he could do a better a job than the
Blue Knight by taking the sword back to Earth.
“Thank you very much, Koutarou-sama!"
Alaia felt an immense joy when Koutarou accepted the sword.
With this, everything will go well. That was Alaia's hope, and
at the same time her powerful driving force.
"...Koutarou-sama. From now on this sword will protect you.
From any enemy and any trial.”
"Then I will use my life and this sword to protect you,
Like that, Koutarou got Signaltin, and the gears of fate
On the night after Koutarou and Alaia returned to Raustor
with Signaltin, Alaia was in her office, suffering from an
Almost losing her balance, Alaia leaned her body towards the
wall. If she didn't she would fall right away.
Fauna who was in the room noticed that and hurriedly ran up
to Alaia to hold her. She had been worried that Alaia's body
might suffer from ill effects after breaking the seal, and had
stayed by her side.
"T-Thank you, Fauna... you're a big help...”
"Please stay still, your highness. I'll heal you right away.”
Fauna sat Alaia down on the sofa, and attempted to treat her
using her spiritual energy. Alaia's body had grown horribly
weak. Flowever, the spiritual energy being poured into Alaia
didn't seem to have much of an effect.
"I feel like a weight has been taken off my shoulders. Thank
However even then, after a while, color returned to Alaia's
face. With the order of her mind and body restored, Alaia
smiled and thanked Fauna. Alaia was really lucky to have a
friend like Fauna at a time like this.
“Your highness... didn't you give that sword, Signaltin, too
much of your life?''
Alaia was growing weaker, like a sick person. That was
because she had used more than half of her life as payment
to revive Signaltin. When breaking the seal, the more life paid
the more power the sword would hold. Because of that, Alaia
had poured as much of her life as she could into the sword.
The crest on her forehead was proof of that; even now, half of
her life resided in Signaltin.
“It’s fine that way."
Alaia's health had deteriorated as a result of the life
sacrificed, but her expression had no signs of regret. If
anything it was quite the opposite. She felt satisfied having
accomplished something important.
“By doing this, I can always stay by Koutarou-sama's side."
Alaia was fated to never be intertwined with Koutarou.
Flowever, with Signaltin by Koutarou's side, her life would
forever draw closer to him. As her position wouldn't allow for
her to speak it out loud that was the only way Alaia could
express her love.
Fauna couldn't say anything. When faced with Alaia's deep
and calm but intense expression of love, the one word she
could speak was Alaia's name.
“Even if... if he were to return to the other side of that
endless time and countless distance...”
No matter the time or distance separating Alaia from
Koutarou, she would forever be with him.
That was just how satisfied Alaia was.
The Silver Princess and The Blue
Ever since Koutarou obtained Signaltin, the reborn Forthorthe
army's advance had been unstoppable.
The rumor of Koutarou repelling the fire dragon emperor,
Alunaya, spread throughout Forthorthe like a wildfire, and
even more people and supplies gathered for them. At this
rate, the Forthorthe army would come out victorious. As a
result, the band of knights that were still on the fence joined
the Forthorthe army one after another, and their forces
drastically increased. Their force was now more than capable
of taking on the coup d'etat army.
Meanwhile, the coup d'etat's forces were constantly
diminishing. The worry that they would lose to an opponent
who could repel dragons and still carry on strong spread
throughout the coup d'etat army. As a result, morale dropped
and a lot of people defected. If Alunaya, who had gone
missing, reappeared, they would probably be able to overturn
their current situation, but there was no sign of that
happening. Because of that, the coup d'etat's army situation
Even though there was almost no difference in their forces,
with a low morale, even winnable wars would be lost. While
the Forthorthe army's proficiency increased, the coup d'etat
army was ill prepared and they lost battles all over the
country. And that just made the situation even worse.
As a result, the reborn Forthorthe army was able to smoothly
advance without Koutarou even needing to use Signaltin.
Because of that, by the time the first snowflake fell, the
Forthorthe army was approaching the capital, Fornorn.
Koutarou and Clan were staring at the 3D image created by
Clan's bracelet. There, they could see a brick cityscape. In
the modern age, it would be considered old-fashioned, but in
this age, it was beautiful and without peer. As expected of the
capital of an imperial country; the villages and towns they
had seen were nothing compared to this.
“So this is the capital Fornorn huh... it's quite large."
“It's the largest city on this continent. It's equipped with
water and sewage, and I've even heard there are street
The population of Fornorn was over 100,000. When compared
to historical cities on Earth it was a very large city. Before the
invention of the steam engine, there was a limit to how large
a city could become compared to the modern age. Because
of that, a population of 100,000 in this age was more than
enough to call Fornorn a metropolis.
And because it was a such a large city, the force stationed
there was large. Since it was the capital, around 10,000
soldiers should be waiting for them. If the coup d'etat army
was to mobilize all their forces, that number could become
several times larger, but since those forces were busy
suppressing riots and maintaining the borders, their number
wouldn't rise past 10,000. Even then that was quite the force.
“Still... it's strange.
“That's true. Why haven't they deployed any soldiers?"
“Who knows... but it would be troublesome if they used a
scorched earth strategy..."
The reborn Forthorthe army had deployed to surround the
city portion of Fornorn. Their numbers were around 8,000, but
with reinforcement on the way, that number would be closer
Despite that, the coup d'etat army showed no signs of
intercepting them. They should have around 10,000 men, but
they hadn't been deployed. They hadn't even set up a
position to defend.
“Princess Alaia doesn't want that kind of battle."
“Flow rude, the same is true for me too."
“Just how long is it going to take for you to acknowledge that
I am a princess?"
“I said I'm sorry."
What Koutarou and Clan worried about was that the coup
d'etat army had deployed their soldiers inside the city. If that
was the case, there would be a lot of damage if a battle were
to occur, and there would be no point in attacking Fornorn. If
the capital was reduced to ashes so the masterminds behind
the coup d'etat could be captured, the damage done would
be worse than when the coup d'etat had happened.
“More importantly, if that's their goal, we need to find a way
to attack the palace."
“...More importantly huh? Geez... Repairs on the Cradle will
be finished soon. If we use that, it might be possible.”
"Alright... gather some more information Clan. You should
focus on the barracks.”
"I understand. I'll gather more in-depth information before
the reconnaissance team returns.”
Because of those circumstances, Koutarou and the others
were careful in attacking Fornorn. Considering what would
happen after the war, it wasn't enough to repress the coup
d'etat army. That was the tricky part in civil wars: if they
fought in a way that could lead to further riots or uprisings,
the civil war would never end. Both Forthorthe and Earth's
history proved that.
At that time, the young man who served as Koutarou's
adjutant jumped into Koutarou and Clan's tent. Normally he
wouldn't do something like that, he would always stop by the
entrance. So the very fact that he had entered the tent
meant that something serious had happened.
"Calm down, what happened?”
Koutarou asked the young man what was the matter. Fie
could tell that it was something important, but he wouldn't be
able to understand with his adjutant panicking. In order to
settle him down, Koutarou replied in a calm tone.
"W-Well, the coup d'etat army has surrendered!!”
Flowever, upon hearing his report, neither Koutarou nor Clan
could remain calm.
The reason the coup d'etat army had surrendered was
because the masterminds, Maxfern and Grevanas, were
Maxfern and Grevanas had vanished a few days ago and had
never been seen since. At the same time, the alchemists and
court magicians had vanished as well. They had left, taking
only their proteges with them.
They had left the coup d'etat army without leaving any
specific orders. Like a child who had grown tired of a toy, they
didn't seem to care anymore.
"...And since we don't want to go to battle either, we are now
"Even if you say that, it's hard to believe..."
Though the coup d'etat army's messenger had explained the
circumstances, Koutarou was perplexed. He understood what
the messenger was saying, but it was hard for him to take
that as the truth.
"I can understand that you feel that way. But it is the truth."
The coup d'etat army's messenger seemed to be perplexed
by the situation as well. And he had been desperately
attempting to make Koutarou understand that.
"Your excellency, I have sent troops to confirm it. What he
said is all true. Maxfern and the others are nowhere to be
found in the palace, and the alchemist research facilities and
the magician's tower were empty as well."
The adjutant had confirmed that the messenger was
speaking the truth.
"Hmm... I understand. It seems like a problematic situation
for both sides.”
”1 am glad you understand.”
Even though it was an incomprehensible situation, it was the
truth. Maxfern and Grevanas had abandoned the coup d'etat
army and vanished.
Having understood the situation, Koutarou beckoned Clan
over. Once she came closer, Koutarou whispered to her.
"...What's going on? This is completely different from the
"...I don't know either. According to history, the Blue Knight
fought against Maxfern and Grevanas.”
In both Theia's manuscript and in Forthorthe's history, the
Blue Knight fought Maxfern and Grevanas. Though there were
differences in how the battle developed in each history book,
the fact that they fought was the truth.
Despite that, even though they had made it to the capital,
Maxfern and Grevanas were nowhere to be seen. Theia's
manuscript had been written using a history book where the
final battle took place at Fornorn. And based on how history
progressed, that was natural. Because of that, this end was
"...If history is different from the manuscript, what happens
"...It doesn't feel right, but Alaia has to become empress, so
let's start working towards that.”
“...Alright, let's do that."
After his private talk with Clan, Koutarou informed the
“We will accept the coup d'etat's surrender. Prepare to let us
in right away.”
“T-Thank you very much, your excellency!!”
Hearing Koutarou's answer, the messenger's expression
He himself was confused by the current situation. There was
a chance that Koutarou wouldn't believe him and suspect that
it might be a trap, so he had come knowing he might be
killed. So he was truly relieved. With this, the war was over
and he could return to his family. Those emotions turned to
tears and streamed down his cheeks.
Koutarou let out a small sigh and dropped his shoulders.
Seeing that, Clan furrowed her brows.
“It's still too early to relax, Bertorion.”
“Well, I know, but... it's better that the war ends.”
“That's true. It's not like I don't understand how you feel.”
No matter how many times he experienced it, Koutarou
couldn't get used to war. He felt it was best if he could carry
on without fighting anymore. Though the change in history
bothered him, Koutarou still couldn't help but feel relieved.
The same was true for Clan; though she said not to relax, she
was secretly relieved as well.
However, the battle wouldn't end yet.
"Bertorion, this is terrible!!”
The atmosphere in the tent was becoming more relaxed as
they could see the end of the war. That was when Flair
jumped in with the blood drained from her face.
"Princess Alaia and princess Chari have been kidnapped by
Flair delivered a message that would raise the curtain on the
While Koutarou and the others had been distracted by the
capital, Maxfern had ambushed Alaia's forces that were
positioned in the rear. With the entirety of the coup d'etat
army left in Fornorn, nobody expected an ambush at this
Maxfern had used a flock of abnormal-looking winged
monsters to attack. They had been summoned by Grevanas
and his court magicians, and attacked Alaia and her forces at
their command. Suffering an attack from the sky by an army
that shouldn't exist, the reborn Forthorthe army was broken
up and Alaia and Chari were kidnapped.
Alongside Alaia and Chari, Mary and Fauna had also been
kidnapped as they were all in the same tent.
After that, Maxfern left the Forthorthe army an odd message.
It stated that Koutarou should come to the castle at Nariachal
without moving the army.
“Oh yeah, what kind of place is the castle at Nariachal?"
While riding on a horse, Koutarou called out to Lidith who was
nearby. The name Nariachal hadn't appeared in Theia's
manuscript, so Koutarou was unfamiliar with it.
“Nariachal is northwest of Fornorn. It's an old castle that the
Maxfern family used to manage. It fell out of use around the
time Fornorn was being built, and now it should be empty."
Lidith answered Koutarou's question while skillfully controlling
her horse. She was a far better rider than Koutarou was.
Thanks to that, she was able to dexterously match Koutarou's
speed while speaking.
“It's without a doubt a trap, Bertorion.”
Clan was riding together with Flair on another horse as she
could only make a horse walk at best. She wasn't the best at
physical activities after all. Clan was desperately holding onto
Flair trying not to fall off. But even as she did that, she was
still worried for Koutarou.
'They're going to kill Alaia-san and the others either way.
They probably just want to get rid of you before that.”
To Maxfern and Grevanas who had started this coup d'etat,
Alaia and Chari were just a nuisance. To them, killing both
would be the most efficient way for their coup d'etat to
succeed. So Alaia and Chari would be killed eventually. It
didn't matter if Koutarou came or not.
Currently, Koutarou was in more danger than Alaia and Chari.
If Alaia and Chari were to die, Koutarou, as the army
commander, could declare an avenging battle and things
would become troublesome for the masterminds. It was
possible that the Forthorthe army would gain momentum,
rather than lose it. In order to avoid that, it would be better if
it was uncertain whether Koutarou, Alaia and Chari were alive
or dead. Even if they were actually dead, by making the
people believe that they might still be alive, they could avoid
the citizens' feelings concentrating on one point.
"Flowever, I won't let them do that! No matter what happens,
I'll save the princesses! Even if I were to lose my life!”
Flair's expression filled with rage and she whipped her horse.
Fler rage was intense. Since she was always so serious, she
held a strong hate for Maxfern who had taken her highly
esteemed master hostage.
“Please calm down, Lord Pardomshiha. If I let you die,
princess Alaia will scold me."
“But Bertorion, there's no point in being careful if princess
Alaia and princess Chari were to die!"
Flair was in a rush. To her, something that should never
happen had occurred. So not a trace of composure could be
found in the normally dignified girl.
“Slow your horse down a little please, Lord Pardomshiha. At
this rate, your horse will pass out before we get there."
Flair blushed a little, listened to Koutarou's advice and slowed
down. If she hurried her horse too much, she would end up
not reaching their destination. And if Flair tried too hard, she
wouldn't be able to accomplish her goal either. Realizing that
she was getting too flustered, Flair admonished herself.
“Still, what are we going to do, Blue Knight?"
Caris who was sitting on a flying cane came up next to
Koutarou. In her case, she was better at flying with her cane
than riding on a horse. She was flying backwards as she
“If we keep going like this, we'll walk right into their trap. And
there's just the five of us. There's a limit to what we can do."
In total there were five people heading towards Nariachal;
Koutarou, Lidith, Flair, Clan and Caris. There numbers were
far too few to save a princess. And knowing that they were
heading into a trap, anyone would be worried, not just Caris.
“Well, I guess we can't get too hung up on details... Clan."
“What's with that face?"
Clan was instinctively worried when she saw Koutarou's
serious expression. At times like these, Koutarou would
always say something reckless.
“You didn't come up something stupid again, did you?”
“It might be. Clan, we can't be picky in this situation. We'll
need to use any method we can to save princess Alaia and
“..Are you sure?”
Clan pointed at the surrounding girls with her eyes. Any
method meant using all equipment onboard the Cradle. That
would be the same as just telling Flair and the others who
they are. It was on a completely different level from being
seen flying and using some advanced weaponry. Doing that,
the chances of not being able of returning to their own world
were very high.
“Yeah. The end is near, and it's just like Caris said. There's a
limit to what we can do with just five of us.”
Clan nodded her head. Though there was a risk, Clan
believed that Koutarou's decision was correct. They could
trust Flair and the others, and they did have too few people.
They would rather accept the risk of having their identities
found out than losing Alaia and Chari.
“And prepare that too, we might need it.”
“T-That too!? I'm still in the process of adjusting it and—”
“Like I said, we can't get too hung up on details.”
Koutarou grinned as he said that. It was a mean smile he
would show when telling Clan a dark joke, but this time it was
a little different. Seeing that face, it hit Clan.
"...Bertorion, could you possibly be unbelievably angry?”
It looked like Koutarou was behaving calmly to Clan.
However, she could sense an intense rage hidden behind his
smile. Maxfern and Grevanas had touched something that
they shouldn't have.
"No, I'm calm."
Koutarou touched the insignia of rank on his chest as he said
"...Calm is it... Geez, this might not end so well..."
Now, Clan was certain that Koutarou was angry. He was only
acting calm so that he wouldn't worry the people around
I see, there was no way I ever had a chance of winning against such a
Koutarou must have been the same when she had fought
him. Having realized the reason for her own defeat, Clan
could sense that the battle they were riding towards was
going to be fierce.
Having been taken to the old castle at Nariachal, Alaia and
the others were confined in its dungeon. However, after
spending some hours in the dungeon, they had been taken to
the castle's garden.
It was a very lonely garden. Since it was positioned between
the gate and the castle, it had a lot of plants and statues in
the past, colorfully greeting the visitors. However since this
castle hadn't been used for a long time, there had been no
people to maintain it, and the garden was in ruins. The plants
had all withered, the sculptures were cracked, and sand had
filled the fountain. The ruined garden over 100 meters long
was exceptionally lonely.
Alaia and the others were brought onto the garden and
bound to wooden stakes driven into the ground. The binds
were strong, and Alaia and the others had no hope of
breaking free. In that situation, it was hard to remain calm.
This situation was especially taxing on the young Chari.
"...What's going to happen to us now?"
Filled with anxiety, Chari let out a small sigh and furrowed her
brows. Seeing that, Fauna and Mary smiled and encouraged
"We'll be fine! There's no way these villains can do anything!"
"That's right, Reios-sama will definitely come save us!”
That was all the girls could do as they were unable to move.
"I know! I know that! But..."
“Chari... you are scared that Reios-sama will come, are you
Alaia was painfully aware of how Chari felt. Neither Alaia nor
Chari doubted that Koutarou would come save them. That's
why they were scared.
“Sister! Blue Knight is an idiot, so he'll definitely come! And
he'll be killed trying to save us!”
Koutarou wouldn't be able to do anything if Alaia and the
others were used as hostages. Koutarou would face danger
for their sake, and would most likely be killed. That was the
unavoidable truth, and that terrified the two.
“It will be fine, Chari. Reios-sama will definitely win. Our Blue
Knight won't die that easily.”
Alaia continued speaking to Chari as if trying to convince
However, Alaia believed otherwise. Koutarou would definitely
come, and then let himself be killed without putting up a
fight. Alaia knew just what kind of person Koutarou was.
That's why she loved him. However, she couldn't tell her little
sister, who was trembling in anxiety, that Koutarou would
likely be killed.
Please, don't come, Koutarou-sama... I wouldn't mind, no matter the reason...
All Alaia could do was pray. She suppressed the feelings of
wanting to cry and desperately tried to show Chari a smile.
“There's no need to worry, princess Alaia, princess Chari. As
long as the Blue Knight listens to us, there won't be a need to
Before they knew it, Maxfern appeared besides Alaia and the
others. Biorbaram Maxfern, he had been a minister of
Forthorthe for a long while. However, he had been the person
who killed Alaia's parents and brought war on the country. In
front of a person like that, not even Alaia could conceal her
anger. Alaia's smile vanished in an instant and she glared at
Maxfern with a harsh expression.
“You're full of lies..."
“That's not true."
Maxfern brushed off Alaia's glare and showed what looked to
be a tender smile at first glance. However, it was obvious
that it was just for show.
“As long as the Blue Knight agrees to our demands, it'll be
impossible for him to bring harm to us. A lion has no reason
to crush a single ant."
At this time, Maxfern was overflowing with strange
confidence. He was convinced of his own victory. And he
didn't seem to be interested in Koutarou's life. His tone and
behavior sounded that confident.
Where does this confidence come from... ?
Alaia felt something eerie about that and was at loss of words
at the unspeakable uneasiness.
"Maxfern-sama, it seems the knight in question has come.”
The nearby former head of the court magicians, Grevanas,
pointed towards the gate on the other side of the garden.
"So you've come, Blue Knight... fufufu, he's an exemplary
knight alright. How excellent...”
Looking in the direction Grevanas had pointed, Maxfern
laughed, satisfied. The time he had been waiting for had
"...Ah... Koutarou-sama... why..."
By the wide open large gate was a knight in blue armor. Alaia
could tell it was Koutarou, even from afar.
Koutarou had come here alone. After getting off his horse,
Koutarou looked around the garden. During that time,
Koutarou and Alaia's eyes met for an instant. During that
instant, Koutarou showed a gentle smile before quickly
returning to his serious expression. Koutarou knew that now
wasn't the time to be happy.
"You can't, Reios-samaM This is a trap!!”
Koutarou walked straight towards the center of the garden.
His steps were slow but firm. Because of that, Alaia could tell
just what kind of resolution Koutarou had when he had come
“Don't bother with us!! Maxfern will kill us anyways!!”
Despite knowing that, Alaia shouted. She was desperately
trying to stop Koutarou.
“Please don't worry, I'll save all of you soon.”
However, Koutarou wouldn't stop. He continued walking
without breaking rhythm and he had now reached the center
of the garden.
“...I see he's brought that.”
Once Koutarou got closer, Maxfern stared at him for a
moment before smiling and stroking his beard.
“It looks like it. I can detect its magic.”
The magician, Grevanas, wasn't looking at Koutarou with just
his eyes, but also with his magic. He could see dense magic
power filling Koutarou's body. Everything seemed to be going
just like Maxfern and Grevanas had planned.
“Confirm if it's the real deal or not, right away.”
“As you wish.”
Grevanas raised his hand. As he did, an absurd looking
It had the body of a carnivorous animal standing upright, its
head looked similar to a reptile's and on its back were large
wings. It was an absurd appearance that looked like several
creatures mixed together. It was a creature that Grevanas
and his court magicians had summoned from a different
world they called Hell.
Grevanas swung his hand down towards Koutarou. The
monster flapped with its large wings and flew into the air.
Those wings weren't just for show.
Koutarou only first noticed the monster's existence when it
flew up. Even he was at a loss for words when he saw its
absurd appearance. However, Koutarou had seen all kinds of
creatures since he had come to Forthorthe. The horses had
horns, and the lizards had wings. And a while ago he had
seen a giant dragon. As a result, he had built up somewhat of
a resistance towards strange creatures.
”1 see, so that's the demon that kidnapped her highness and
Koutarou had heard about the bizarre monster, the demon,
from the men in Alaia's force. A flock of beasts that walked
upright and flew across the sky had kidnapped Alaia and the
others. Their description matched this creature perfectly.
"However, it's not something I can't defeat!”
Because of those various circumstances, Koutarou drew his
sword without flinching.
Compared to that dragon, this demon is nothing! Besides, I have this sword!
The sword Koutarou had drawn was Signaltin. His new power,
given to him by Alaia.
The demon screeched loudly, flapped it large wings and
charged towards Koutarou.
Koutarou shouted right back and pointed his sword towards
the demon. As he did, the silver sword felt Koutarou's will to
fight and began shooting pure-white light.
A pulse... I see, this is from princess Alaia...
Koutarou could feel a gentle warmth from the light. He had a
recollection of that sensation. It was the same warmth he had
felt during their dance, and when he had been injured, when
they had held hands.
“You're quite unlucky—"
Koutarou was confident that while this light was still glowing,
he couldn't lose. There was no way he could, because Alaia
was at his side, protecting him.
“—I'm in an extremely bad mood today!!"
Koutarou swung his sword down with all of his might. His
target was the demon's face. He was aiming for a counter
attack as the demon thrust towards him with its mouth wide
However, the demon's movements were swift. It skillfully
moved its wings and tail, dodging Koutarou's attack. As a
result, Koutarou's attack merely scratched the demon's tail.
The demon that had escaped into the sky looked down on
Koutarou and ridiculed him, taunting him, as if saying that his
attacks would never connect.
Koutarou looked up at the demon and felt admiration.
However, that wasn't directed towards the demon's
quickness. No, Koutarou felt admiration for something else.
That was when the demon noticed what Koutarou was looking
at, and that was its own tail. Strangely enough, about several
dozen centimeters had disappeared off the demon's tail.
What's more, that disappearance was continuing even now.
The section of the tail was shining white, and its glow was
gradually melting the tail. The light eventually ate up the
demon's body and spread to the demon's body.
“Guga, Aaaaaa, GugyaaaaM Ga—"
The demon's screams suddenly stopped. It couldn't scream,
even if it wanted to. The light had devoured the demon's
entire body and now only its head remained. The demon tried
to let out a fearful scream, but without a throat, it could no
longer do so. Eventually, even the demons head disappeared.
All there was left behind was a handful of ash. And as it fell
towards the ground, it was blown away by the wind.
Maxfern, who was watching that spectacle excitedly turned to
“Grevanas, did that demon die?"
In contrast to Maxfern, Grevanas was calm, and he explained
what had just happened.
“When a demon is summoned into this world, it creates a
body by hardening magic power. That sword eliminated that
magic and forcibly sent the demon back to hell.”
“Forcibly sent back to hell from just a scratch... how
“Of course, it might die as a reaction from that...”
“Either way, what splendid power! It's beyond expectation.”
“Yes. It seems to be the genuine sword.”
Despite their subordinate demon being defeated, neither
Maxfern nor Grevanas were shaken. If anything, they almost
“Just what are you doing sending something like that at me? I
came just as you told me too.”
Koutarou stopped and called out to Maxfern. Since he
couldn't tell what Maxfern was after, Koutarou proceeded
“Sorry about that Blue Knight. I couldn't tell if you were the
real one or not. I'd like to apologize for the rough welcome.”
“...So you are Maxfern?”
Koutarou didn't know what Maxfern looked like. He had been
told by Lidith that Maxfern was a middle aged man with a
long beard, but this was the first time they had met.
“Indeed. I am Biorbaram Maxfern. The man who will become
king of this world.”
Maxfern introduced himself in a dignified manner. His
majestic behavior was indeed fit for the title of king. If he
wasn't full of greed, that is.
“The king of the world... that's quite bold. Do you really think
you can become king?"
“Of course. That's why I had you come.”
Koutarou was perplexed.
Does he think he'll become the king of the world by killing me? That's just...
Maxfern had called for Koutarou so he could kill him, using
Alaia as a hostage. That's what Koutarou believed. But if you
could become king by killing an ordinary high schooler, the
world would be overflowing with kings. Koutarou couldn't
follow Maxfern's train of thought.
“It couldn't be...”
However, that was when Alaia's expression changed.
Koutarou didn't understand, but Alaia understood what
Maxfern was after.
“Maxfern, could it be that everything was just for that!?”
“But of course! As expected from the silver princess, known
for her wisdom! It seems princess Alaia understands
Alaia was at a complete loss for words, while Maxfern was
laughing out loud. He then reached his right hand out
towards Koutarou and declared.
“Alright then, Blue Knight, let's finish up our business! Once
that's done I'll give you back her highness!”
Maxfern's voice sounded like he was jeering at Koutarou and
“Now, hand over that sword!! That holy sword that will make
its wielder the king of the world!!“
It was as if he was trying to grasp the world with his extended
Maxfern's goal wasn't to take over the empire of Forthorthe.
His goal had always been Signaltin, or more precisely, the
holy sword that held the goddess of dawn's power in it, which
was said to give its wielder a claim to the throne. The royal
family's national treasure, the holy sword said to cut open the
future and lead its user to the throne. By obtaining that,
Maxfern would aim to become king of the world.
However, the seal used to confine the sword was strong, and
not even the combined force of the court magicians could
So at first Maxfern threatened to kill Alaia and Chari to make
the emperor break the seal. However, even then the emperor
wouldn't do so. Even if his daughters' lives were in danger, he
wouldn't assist Maxfern's ambition of using the holy sword to
rule the world.
So Maxfern changed his plans. The holy sword's seal would
only be broken if the country was in a true crisis. So he
assassinated the emperor and empress and started the coup
d'etat in order to create that crisis. The coup d'etat wasn't his
goal, but his method.
Next, Maxfern let Alaia, who had no idea of what was
happening, escape. Alaia and the others hadn't been able to
escape on their own, Maxfern had created an escape route
So when Maxfern's niece, Lidith, let Alaia escape, he felt like
hugging and praising her. Lidith's actions were exactly what
he had hoped for.
Ever since then, Maxfern had kept watch of Alaia, and at the
same time made sure she always felt a moderate sense of
danger. He would send pursuers after her, and even poison
the village she was hiding in. His goal of doing that was to
make Alaia believe that this was a true national crisis.
That's why Caris's mission had only been to monitor Alaia,
and why Dextro hadn't been permitted to directly kill Alaia. It
was all to make Alaia believe this was a national crisis, so she
would break the seal on the holy sword.
However, he had made one miscalculation, and that was the
Blue Knight's, Koutarou's, existence.
Ever since Koutarou had appeared, Maxfern's plans had
continued to fail. The pursuers were defeated, the poison was
treated and the steel giant had been defeated. Their attacks
on the base ended up as failures, and stopping the Forthorthe
army's advance was not possible. What's more, Koutarou's
existence gave Alaia hope, and she began believing that the
country could be saved as long as Koutarou was present,
even though Maxfern wanted her to believe the holy sword
So Maxfern changed his plans once more. He decided that
the best way to make Alaia feel a good sense of danger was
to target Koutarou's life.
Maxfern received reports from the spies he had planted
inside the reborn Forthorthe army that Koutarou and Alaia
were either lovers, or something close to that. If Koutarou's
life was in danger, Maxfern suspected that Alaia would break
the seal on the holy sword for the country's and for
Koutarou's sake. Sending Alunaya and the assassins at
Koutarou were all to that end.
As a result, the seal on the holy sword was broken, and the
sword was now within Maxfern's reach. Though he had hated
Koutarou at first, he now almost felt like thanking him.
The moment Maxfern demanded Signaltin from Koutarou,
Alaia let out a sorrowful voice similar to a scream.
“You killed father and mother for that!? You started a coup
d'etat, killed a lot of people, and cornered me, all to break the
seal on that sword!?”
To Alaia, that was a situation that made her despair.
Everything had been according to Maxfern's schemes. The
Forthorthe army's uphill battle, the large amount of people
dying and even Alaia's heart. Maxfern had manipulated all of
it just to make Alaia break the sword's seal.
“That's right!! If I didn't, I would never get my hands on that
sword!! And I would never be able to become king of the
world!! I served the royal family for decades, just so I could
get a chance!! Everything was all for this, princess Alaia!!”
This was the highlight of Maxfern's life. He had waited for this
chance for several decades. If he could get his hands on
Signaltin, everything would go as he planned. He could enjoy
eternal life gained from the sword's powers, or he could turn
his attention to world conquest. If he obtained the sword, the
possibilities were endless. Maxfern no longer had anything to
fear. The future was spreading out, infinitely, in front of him.
“...To think you were after this sword...”
This came as a surprise to Koutarou. In Theia's manuscript,
Maxfern's goal had only been to take over the country.
However, reality had been completely different from the
manuscript from the start.
“Now, give that sword to me, Blue Knight. If you do, I'll safely
return princess Alaia and the others to you. It shouldn't be a
bad deal for you either.”
Maxfern crossed the garden and casually approached
Koutarou. Maxfern was convinced that there was no way he
wouldn't accept this deal.
“If you'd like, I could leave Forthorthe alone for a couple of
hundred years. As long as I have that sword, I have all the
time in the world.”
Koutarou began hesitating.
Should he hand over the sword and save Alaia and the
others? Or should he defeat Maxfern here and save
Koutarou could only chose one of the two.
“You can't, Koutarou-sama!! Even if it's for us, you can't give
that sword to Maxfern!!”
Alaia wished for the latter, just like the former emperor had.
Flowever, then Alaia and the others would be killed.
If he chose the former, peace would return to Forthorthe for a
while. Flowever, if the sword had the powers Maxfern said it
did, Alaia and Chari's descendants would eventually be
trampled by Maxfern.
The end result would be the same, the only difference was
how long it would take.
“But, your highness—"
“If you're my knight, then please realize my wish!! Please
slay Maxfern and at least save yourself!!"
“That's right, Blue Knight!! You must live!! Live and protect
“Shut those women up, GrevanasM"
Grevanas signaled to several of his subordinates nearby. They
formed a circle around a big crystal in the center and started
chanting something. The next moment, that appeared.
Something huge came crashing towards the ground at an
incredibly speed. And just before it smashed into the ground,
it flapped its large wings, reduced its speed and landed.
However, even then, the sound made when landing was
It was the fire dragon emperor, Alunaya.
Its over 20 meters giant body made both the earth and air
“This is the dragon from that time!?"
Although Alaia and Chari had remained courageous up until
now, there was nothing they could do with Alunaya's gigantic
body in front of them. All that the bound girls could do was
hold their breaths with the dragon, who seemed to be
brutality given form, in front of them.
“So you've come, monster..."
Koutarou instinctively raised Signaltin. Seeing that, Maxfern
“Careful there, Blue Knight, you better not be thinking of
something stupid. If you do anything out of the ordinary,
Alunaya will bite down on the princesses with its sharp
As if hearing what Maxfern said, Alunaya growled. It then
opened its large mouth. If it were to close that mouth, Alaia
and the others would be torn apart instantly. Since Koutarou
was well of aware of their power, this threat had a big effect
Koutarou stopped and lowered his sword.
“Good, that's right. As long as you obey, the princesses won't
have to die."
Maxfern began walking again. He was now right in front of
Alaia bit her lips. As expected, Koutarou couldn't abandon
them. Him having pulled his sword was proof of that. In
reality, he should cut down Maxfern where he stood.
However, Koutarou couldn't do it. He would probably hand
the sword over to Maxfern. There was no longer any way to
Maxfern stopped in front of Koutarou and casually presented
his right hand. He had a triumphant grin on his face.
“Now, Blue Knight. The sword."
“...It's your win, Maxfern."
Koutarou made an unpleasant expression and nodded, before
extending his right hand and presenting Signaltin to Maxfern.
“Ooooooh, so it's finally in my hands, the holy sword!!”
Having received the sword, Maxfern raised it above his head.
He looked like a child that had just gotten a new toy.
“We're in position!! Go ahead, BertorionM”
Clan's voice could be heard from his communication device.
“You're late, Clan!!”
The moment he heard Clan's voice, Koutarou made a fist and
swung at Maxfern. His goal was of course to reclaim Signaltin.
The time for a counter attack Koutarou had been waiting for
was finally here.
“I can't help it! Since Alunaya appeared we had to change
“I don't want to hear excuses!!”
Distracted by the sword, Maxfern was unable to dodge
Receiving Koutarou's blow with his cheek, Maxfern turned
over and collapsed. Koutarou quickly rushed up to Maxfern
and tried to take the sword back.
“I won't let that happen."
However, before Koutarou reached the sword, Grevanas cast
a spell. His magical cane had a special magic built into it. It
required neither incantation or motion to activate. It was an
artifact that let the user cast a spell just by thinking it. The
magical arrow created rained down and kept Koutarou away
from Maxfern. Meanwhile, Maxfern got up and out of trouble.
“Damn it, kill Alaia and the others right away!!"
Maxfern was really angry after Koutarou's unexpected attack.
He ordered the murder of Alaia and the others as revenge.
The life of a princess was a price far too high to pay for a
single punch. However, Maxfern couldn't forgive Koutarou
punching him since he had now become king of the world.
Grevanas ordered his subordinates to kill Alaia. The ring they
had formed around the crystal relayed those orders to
“ ROAAAAAAAR. ”
The orders were swiftly conveyed to Alunaya and the dragon
let out a roar. Its loud voice shook the atmosphere. The
dragon opened his mouth wide and attacked Alaia and the
others who were still bound.
However, just before the dragon's fangs reached Alaia and
the others, a large explosion occurred by Alunaya's feet. The
unexpected explosion caused Alunaya to lose its balance and
it fell to the side.
The impact rivaled the explosion and Alunaya crushed the
stone pavement with its fall.
Thanks to the explosion, Alaia and the others avoided
Alunaya's fangs, but it wasn't all positive. Fragments of the
stone pavement Alunaya crushed shot towards Koutarou.
“Damn it, that's overdoing it, Clan."
Koutarou landed on his butt after getting hit by a ten
centimeter big rock. It was all thanks to the armor's barrier
that it ended with just him falling down. If it wasn't for the
barrier, something terrible would have happened to Koutarou.
“What was I supposed to do!? The dragon just suddenly
appeared so I couldn't make any fine adjustments!!"
The explosion had come from a bomb Clan had set. Clan
could become invisible using an invention she had made
herself. And while Koutarou was distracting Maxfern and the
others, she had snuck up and planted the bomb.
Using the opportunity give to them by the explosion, Flair and
the others used the same device as Clan to save Alaia and
the others. That was the rescue plan Koutarou and Clan had
come up with.
“Bertorion, we've saved princess Alaia and the others!!"
The plan was a success, and Alaia and the others were now
free once more. Koutarou could see everyone meet up at the
edge of his view.
All that was left was to reclaim Signaltin and defeat Maxfern.
Pumping himself up, Koutarou was about to get back up.
“Koutarou-sama, look out!!"
Alaia's screams could be heard through the old castle's
garden. The next moment, Maxfern appeared in front of
Koutarou with Signaltin raised above his head.
“Things won't go the way you want them, Blue Knight!"
Unlike Koutarou, Maxfern hadn't been showered with stones.
Seeing Koutarou fall, he didn't miss his chance.
Koutarou was still getting up, he was seemingly defenseless.
At this rate I'll be killed!!
Realizing the danger, Koutarou quickly ordered the armor.
“Raise the barrier! Full power!"
“As you wish, my lord. Commencing emergency deployment
of the distortion field."
The armor obeyed Koutarou's order and deployed the barrier.
Linked up white hexagonal tiles appeared in between
Koutarou and Maxfern and stood in the way of the incoming
The next moment the hexagons caught Maxfern's attack.
However, Koutarou fell over once more from the force. At the
same time, the armor's systems let out a cry.
“Alert message. Distortion field function has been stopped.
The damage is above tolerance levels."
“From one hit!?"
The hexagon tiles disappeared all at once. With just a single
strike, Maxfern had knocked out the armor's barrier. Even the
armor that had stood up against all kinds of attacks up until
now was powerless in front of Signaltin.
“Looks like the match is over, Blue Knight."
Maxfern raised the sword above his head once more.
Koutarou had fallen over and his barrier was gone. In the
current state, if Maxfern swung down Signaltin, Koutarou
would easily be cut in half.
“No, not yet!”
Koutarou focused on his left hand. He used his spiritual power
to create a large fireball and threw it Maxfern.
“Something like has no chance against this sword!!"
Maxfern swung Signaltin down without even flinching. The
sword easily cut through the fireball and continued towards
“So that didn't work either!?”
Koutarou had used all the spiritual energy he could muster to
create that fireball. However, Signaltin erased all of
Koutarou's efforts with ease. Neither his defensive or
offensive powers worked against Maxfern. He no longer had
any ways of defeating Maxfern.
I'm sorry your highness... even though I promised that I would protect you, it
seems this is as far as I go...
Death was inescapable as the blade came flying. Koutarou
was prepared to die.
However, even then, Koutarou faced Maxfern. Even if he was
cut and killed, he wanted to injure Maxfern as much as
possible and buy as much time as possible to allow Alaia and
Chari to escape.
Even if he couldn't avoid death, he wanted to fulfill his oath
to the very last moment. That was most likely the moment
Koutarou became the true Blue Knight.
Alaia screamed at the top of her lungs.
To Alaia, the sight in front of her almost looked like slow
motion. Koutarou had realized he was going to die, but still
faced Maxfern while Signaltin approached him. However, that
sight was intermittently replaced with memories of when she
had met Koutarou and the time they had spent together.
Koutarou would die. What's worse, he would die by Signaltin,
which she had unsealed to protect him. It was almost as if
Alaia had killed Koutarou herself. Alaia's heart couldn't accept
There was no way she could accept that.
Alaia's life had become part of Signaltin and would always
protect Koutarou. It would always be besides him. That was
her own oath, and her only wish as she could not live freely.
However, no matter how much Alaia screamed, that time had
come. Signaltin approached Koutarou and came in contact
with his hair. As that time approached, Alaia was full of
"Wahahahahaha, die, dieee, Blue Knight!! Accept the
punishment of defying the king of the world!!"
Maxfern was swinging down the sword with all of his power.
Everyone believed that Koutarou was cut in half.
Signaltin was what was split in two.
The moment Signaltin touched Koutarou's body, it broke in
half, making a shrill noise, leaving Koutarou completely
uninjured. It was like a paper-mache sword made from paper
Nobody could believe the sight of what had just happened.
And of course, the most surprised of all was Maxfern.
“As if something like this could happen!! Just before, just a
moment ago it had that much power!!"
Maxfern was in complete shock and stared at Signaltin that
had split in half. It had lost its shine and turned into some
rusty iron scrap. Even though it had been shining with such a
beautiful silver sheen just a few seconds ago.
“Wasn't I supposed to become king of the world!? Wasn't it
supposed have the power of the goddess of dawn in it!? It
was even supposed to be able to destroy the evil rooted in
people!! What is going on, Grevanas!? This is just some
Trembling with rage, Maxfern threw the remains of Signaltin
to the ground. When it landed, the rusted blade fully
shattered, leaving the handle behind as the only thing
recognizable. However, even the handle was cracked, and
looked like it might fall apart any second now.
"1-1 don't understand either! For it to suddenly lose its
"Now everything has been for nothing, GrevanasM”
Maxfern yelled at Grevanas, with his face dyed red with rage.
Even the calm Grevanas seemed to have lost sight of himself
at this sudden event.
.. .Signal... tin...'
Only Koutarou remained calm in the sight this surprising
event. He picked up the handle thrown to the ground and
looked towards Alaia.
Unlike everyone else, Alaia had her eyes closed and her head
turned down. At this point, Alaia ignored even what she
heard. She didn't want to see the moment Koutarou was cut
down. She didn't want to hear his last screams. Because she
was so intent on that, she was unaware that Koutarou was
"...So that really is this case... this sword, Signaltin... that's
what it is..."
The sword crest on Alaia's forehead was shining brightly. It
was almost as if that crest was the real Signaltin.
Having understood everything, Koutarou called out to Alaia.
While both enemy and ally were at a loss and the situation
had been brought to a standstill, it didn't change the fact that
they were still in the middle of enemy territory. In order to
escape from this crisis, her help was essential.
Upon hearing Koutarou's voice, Alaia opened her eyes. At
first, she believed that voice might have been an illusion.
However, when she opened her eyes to look, she could see
Koutarou standing there.
“I am sorry for making you worry, your highness.”
“Koutarou-sama, w-weren't you, killed, just now...?”
Koutarou who was supposed to have been cut down was still
alive. That mysterious and unexpected sight made Alaia blink
repeatedly. She was happy, but she was so confused she
couldn't understand the situation. She didn't know what kind
of face she should make.
“It seems like Signaltin was the one to break.”
“The sword... ah...”
Alaia looked at Koutarou's hand. There she saw Signaltin's
handle being held by Koutarou. The moment she saw the
ruined sword, she was reminded of what the sword had
looked like when it was first revealed at the temple.
I see... if I am part of that sword, that sword is also part of me. Then, my oath
Alaia's eyes lit up as she understood what it all meant.
“Let's go your highness. I will use my life and this sword to
“I believe in you, Koutarou-sama. And I will protect your life.”
The two nodded at each other before taking a pose. Koutarou
pointed the non-existent blade towards Maxfern. And Alaia
reached her arms forwards and pointed her palms towards
Noticing the two, Maxfern sneered.
"What are you going do with that scrap? Did you lose your
minds after that holy sword broke?”
If Maxfern had ordered Grevanas and his court magicians to
attack now, this outcome might have been different.
However, because of his shock, Maxfern overlooked Koutarou
and Alaia's actions. He was convinced that they couldn't do
"You weren't able to cut me because this seemed to be
Koutarou smiled as he saw Maxfern taken aback by surprise,
and he began charging towards him. The sight of him running
with the handle made it look like he really was holding a
powerful sword. As he did, Alaia began incanting.
"Past, present and future, oh mother of all things, goddess of
It was the incantation Alaia had spoken in the temple.
As she got further into the incantation, she sword crest on
her forehead began glowing, brighter and brighter. The light
covered her whole body and eventually it overflowed from
“A descendant of Forthorthe, your faithful servant asks of
thee. Now is the time to break the seal, and give us power to
overcome this crisis.”
The light headed towards the shattered fragments of the
blade lying on the ground. Once light covered all of the
fragments, they began floating up into the air, and were
drawn to the handle Koutarou was holding.
"Wind of the heavens. Green of the ground. Water of the sea.
Fire of the mountain. Using my life as provision, reveal the
power to unify all things!”
The fragments that flew to the handle began reconstructing
the blade from the handle and up. And by the time Koutarou
had reached Maxfern, the sword had regained its former
"My name is Alaia! The silvery white snow of Mastir! Oh holy
sword of the temple, carve my name into your blade and
Koutarou raised the sword above his head. At the same time,
the sword regained its silvery sheen and began emitting its
pure-white magic. The sword that had been a broken, the
rusted piece of scrap just a few seconds ago, was given its
name once more and regained its former powers.
The holy sword, Signaltin.
Now that Koutarou and Alaia's feeling were as one, more
power than ever before filled the sword.
"That's impossible! A broken blade regenerating is
impossible! Regaining its lost power is impossible!”
"Since you're not a knight, you would never understand why
this sword shines, even if it was something so simple!!”
What was important wasn't the sword. It wasn't a problem if
it broke or not; what was important was what was placed into
it. In fact, not even the power inside might have been a
Koutarou could feel the warmth emitting from the sword. This
sword would protect him, and all living creatures of this
"I won't accept this!! Just because I wasn't born a knight!!”
However, Maxfern didn't notice. He was too focused on his
lineage, and that the sword had broke and lost its power, that
he didn't realize what was truly important. If he had noticed
that, the sword might have answered to him.
"With this it's over, Maxfern!”
"Damn it! God damn it!!”
Koutarou brandished the sword and was about to attack
Maxfern. However, in that moment, he could sense the
intention to attack covering the entire area he was standing
in. Sensing that, he instinctively jumped back. The next
moment, giant claws slashed through the place he had been.
It was a strike from the fire dragon emperor, Alunaya. It had
fallen to the ground from Clan's explosion, but it had now
recovered was attacking Koutarou.
"Kill them, GrevanasM Don't let any one of them escape
Boiling with rage and his eyes bloodshot, Maxfern ordered the
deaths of Koutarou and everyone.
“Please stop it already, uncle! What more will come from
“Shut up, shut up! I'll kill you too!"
Not even Maxfern's niece's, Lidith's, words could reach him
now. That's just how intense the rage that made his entire
body tremble was.
Maxfern couldn't forgive the holy sword for not accepting
him, the man who was supposed to become the king of the
world. Nor could he forgive Koutarou who was using that
sword. Allowing those existences was the same as admitting
that his own existence was insignificant. That all of his efforts
up until now had been in vain. That was something the
prideful Maxfern could never do.
“Get them men!"
In contrast to the enraged Maxfern, Grevanas calmly ordered
his subordinates to attack.
As he did, a flock of demons sprang up from cover. Their
numbers easily passed 100. The demons appearances varied
greatly, but their eyes were all filled with the intent to kill.
And that wasn't all. Several of the steel giant Koutarou had
fought before could be seen amongst the demons.
This was Maxfern's current troops. No, these were no longer
troops, but a horde of monsters. In his pursuit of power,
Maxfern had resorted to using non-human creatures. They
were most likely reflecting the inside of him. Maxfern was
now but a monster with the appearance of a man.
And the horde of monsters attacked Alaia and the other
“Your highness!! Everyone!!"
Koutarou quickly moved to rescue the girls.
“Oh no you don't. Your opponent is right here!!"
However, Alunaya stood in Koutarou's way. After a roar,
Alunaya revealed its fangs and threatened Koutarou. As a
result, he was no longer able to head to the girls' rescue.
“Kukuku, Blue Knight, even if you're invincible, those girls are
normal humans. Can they last long enough for you to make it
to them? Wahahahahah!!”
Maxfern laughed at Koutarou.
With Signaltin, Koutarou was strong. He might even beat a
giant dragon. However, regardless of if he won or lost, it
would take time for their match to end. In that time, Maxfern
was going to kill all of the girls.
“...You're too naive, Maxfern."
However, Koutarou smiled. Despite Maxfern laughing at him,
he showed no signs of anxiety.
“Sorry, but things won't go as you planned."
Koutarou knew that those girls weren't some weaklings who
would go down without a fight.
As the demons attacked, the girls obeyed Flair's instructions
and calmly created a formation.
In the front were Clan and Flair. Skilled in fighting, these two
would create a shield wall. Clan was using her rifle like
always. Flowever, Flair's weapon was different from normal.
“You understand how to use that weapon, right?"
“I'm fine! The balance is slightly different, but since I always
used a thin sword there's not much of a difference!”
Flair was holding a sword made out of light. A shining blade,
reminiscent to a neon tube, extended from the metal handle.
This was a beam saber with a scorching hot blade created by
containing heavy metal particles within an electromagnetic
field, creating the shape of a sword. Flair had gotten two of
these from Clan and held one in each hand, and she attacked
the oncoming demons.
“Something like this?"
Flair blocked the demon's attack with one sword and attacked
with the other. The high temperature from the beam easily
cut through the demons and scorched their bodies. Combined
with Flair's own skills, she was like a tiny, glowing tornado
cutting through demons.
“That's very good! Please continue like that!”
Clan was shooting at the demons that Flair couldn't reach
with her sword. By doing that, Flair could take bolder actions.
And if Flair was about to get attacked, she would get in the
way to cover Flair. The barrier protecting her body was strong
and could easily brush off the demons' claws.
Behind the shield wall and in charge of attacking was the
alchemist Lidith and the magician Caris.
"Caris, it's time for the next attack!”
"Alright, I'm ready!"
Lidith and Caris were working together. Their two jobs were to
wipe out a large number of demons using large-scale attacks
and to defeat the steel giants.
Lidith had borrowed the strategical computer and observation
device from Clan and targeted a large amount of enemies.
Since Caris and Lidith had been linked through magic, the
target information was conveyed to Caris as well. Using the
information she got from Lidith, Caris repeatedly sniped
enemies she couldn't see herself. Since Lidith prioritized
targets that were entering Caris's range, the demons were
shot down before being able to do anything.
This was a strategy only made possible thanks to Lidith.
Normally, there wouldn't be anyone capable of using the
strategical computer in this age. However, having served as
Clan's assistant, Lidith had learned how. Thanks to that, they
were able to create a combination attack using science and
"Caris, the giant!"
"I know! I'm, currently planting it! ... Alright, detonate it!"
A steel giant collapsed alongside an explosive sound. There
wasn't that big of a wound on the giant. The damage was
limited to a small dent and scorch marks around its chest.
However, that alone was enough to the defeat the giant. This
too was a combination attack from Lidith and Caris.
After their first fight with a steel giant, Clan had prepared a
certain type of explosive. It was the kind of explosive that
was applied to the target before use, but it didn't cause that
big of an explosion. However, the explosive power turned into
a shockwave and destroyed a certain something inside the
target. Knowing the steel giant's construction, Clan targeted
the crystal powering them. Though the giant's armor was
made from thick steel, the inside was just a crystal.
Destroying the crystal was easy using this method.
Caris would use her magic to attach the explosive to the
giant and Lidith would use the computer to detonate it. Even
the mighty giants were powerless against this attack. Even
though their first battle had given them such a hard time,
they were now defeating the steel giants with ease.
Behind Caris and Lidith were Fauna the priestess and Alaia.
Fauna was in charge of using spiritual power to heal and
increase everyone's physical strength. With this, the four up
front could fight without reservation. Alaia was in charge of
command and support using magic.
“I'm gradually starting to understand how to use magic,
“You're doing great. This is very good for someone using
magic for the first time, Alaia-sama!”
Alaia didn't have the knowledge to use magic, but she was
currently receiving magic power from Signaltin via the crest
on her forehead. She then controlled it using the language
used for rituals that she learned during her seminars to cast
magic. As a beginner, she couldn't help with attacking, but
she could help with strengthening and defending. In parallel
to her commands, she used her newfound power to support
And in the rear were Chari and Mary.
“Please stand still, princess Chari."
“I know, I know.”
The young Chari didn't have much of a job, if anything it was
to stand still. If she wandered around, she would get in the
way of the others and cause everyone to worry. Being wise
for her age, Chari understood that and remained motionless
in the rear.
“...Uhm, your highness, I feel like I'm not being of much use."
“Don't grief, Mary. I'm completely in the way."
The maid Mary's role was to guard Chari. Though she had
learned martial arts for self-defense, she wasn't skilled
enough to take part in actual combat. As a result, she was
positioned in the rear to guard Chari. However, this job was
surprisingly important. Chari's safety had an impact on
everyone's morale. The job Mary was complaining about was
the most important of all.
Just like Koutarou had expected, the eight girls weren't killed
instantly. In fact, they had taken a counter offensive and were
reducing the number of enemies. Though they had gotten
weapons and equipment from Clan, they were firmly holding
the line against a horde of monsters.
“Grevanas, just what are they doing! They are just a few
“But Maxfern-sama, their weapons are—"
“Shut up! I don't want to hear any excuses!"
The current situation was making Maxfern angry. Nothing was
going the way he wanted it. He had gotten his hands on the
sword, only to lose it. He tried to kill his enemies, but it
wasn't going well. Everyone had been proceeding smoothly
until they reached this castle, but the moment they came
here their luck had run out. It was a nightmarish situation for
“It looks like your plan is falling apart, Maxfern. I guess you're
just a third-rate villain."
Koutarou readied his sword and kept Alunaya in check while
provoking Maxfern. His aim was to get Maxfern to focus on
him to reduce the pressure on everyone else. In reality, he
was terrified of Alunaya turning its flames towards the girls.
“Shut up! In that case, I'll at least kill you!! Do it, Grevanas!
Kill the Blue Knight!!”
Like Koutarou had planned, Maxfern focused on him. He
might not even have needed to provoke Maxfern in the first
place. Maxfern absolutely hated Koutarou for being able to
use the sword he couldn't.
“As you wish."
Grevanas ordered his subordinates to shift portion of the
forces attacking the girls onto Koutarou instead. And he
himself used his cane to control Alunaya and continue its
attacks on Koutarou.
“It went as planned... but at this rate I'll be killed. I should
change the battlefield."
Realizing that he would be at a disadvantage, Koutarou
dodged Alunaya's flames, activated his boosters and soared
up into the sky. He had determined that it would be too
dangerous to fight on the ground with a large amount of
magicians and demons targeting him.
" R O A A A A A A A A A A A A A R."
Alunaya chased after Koutarou whilst roaring.
Flapping its large wings, Alunaya's giant body flew through
the air. Those wings and the magic covering its body created
an immense amount of lift, allowing Alunaya to fly like a bird.
About ten or so demons followed after Alunaya.
Alunaya was being controlled by Grevanas while his
subordinates controlled the demons. In other words, the court
magicians were using their full force to crush Koutarou. While
that was Koutarou's plan all along, it was the biggest danger
he had been in so far.
“If I'm forced onto the defensive, I'll end up losing! In that
The armor's barrier still hadn't recovered, so taking on
continuous attacks in this state was very dangerous.
Koutarou quickly made up his mind and attacked with
Signaltin. His target was of course Alunaya. He had to beat
down the dragon and secure an escape path.
“Everyone! Please lend me your powers!"
Those words naturally slipped out from Koutarou's mouth. All
of Koutarou's powers were just borrowed. In the past he had
grieved about that fact. However, now Koutarou felt that was
for the best. He had noticed that if he turned into someone
like Maxfern, it didn't matter how much power he had.
It didn't matter if he didn't have any power of his own as long
as he could achieve his goal while working together with
someone. And he noticed that working together with
someone was the most important thing. The only reason
Koutarou was even here was because of all the cooperation
that had been accumulated.
"...I want you say those words to me first. ”
With the battle about the start, Alaia's voice reached
Koutarou's ears. It wasn't a voice created by sound. It was
conveyed to him through the glow of Signaltin.
Koutarou instinctively looked towards the garden. There he
saw Alaia with her hands in front of chest, praying, and
looking up at him. Just a few moments ago, that would have
been an incredibly dangerous act. However, with the reduced
number of enemies, the chances of her being attacked
“Koutarou-sama, I will fight with you. ”
"What do you—"
Before Koutarou could question Alaia, a demon appeared in
front of him. Koutarou left the question as it was and swung
Signaltin at the demon.
In that moment, a powerful glow emitted from Signaltin's
blade. At this timing, it was almost as if it had sensed
Koutarou's intention to attack. The demon was cut in half by
the light that shot out from the sword before the blade even
reached it. The next moment, Signaltin had passed through.
There was no feedback at all, it was like he had cut an
illusion. However, the demon turned into dust and
"Koutarou-sama, fight any way you want I'll time it from here. ”
“I see, so that's what you meant! I'm counting on you,
This phenomenon was caused by Alaia. Using the crest on her
forehead, she controlled the output of Signaltin. Normally,
Signaltin constantly emitted a certain amount of magical
power. But by controlling Signaltin, she could control when to
release the energy. By doing that, the amount of energy used
wouldn't change, as the magic power was released in bursts.
It wasn't as much a power up as it was efficient use of the
“Here I go, princess Alaia!"
"I'll protect your back! Just focus on what's in front of you, Koutarou-sama!”
Koutarou charged towards a nearby demon. Since Alaia
momentarily accelerated him, the distance between them
was covered almost immediately. To the demon, it must have
looked like Koutarou teleported. So even if the demon wanted
to dodge, it didn't have the time. Signaltin began emitting
light once more and the demon had been cut before it could
Two demons attacked Koutarou at once. One demon had an
insect's head and another a goose's. They aimed for
Koutarou's back with their sharp claws, planning on tearing
However, the demons were hit by a small shockwave before
their claws could reach Koutarou. It only had enough power to
slightly damage them, but it was enough to make them stop.
With their wings spread out, they were easily affected by the
shockwave. And while they had been stopped in their tracks,
Signaltin cut the two in half without any sound, and their
bodies were separated into magic power and dust. It was a
splendid combination attack by Koutarou and Alaia.
"I can do it! With this, I can do it!”
Thanks to Alaia's accurate control of Signaltin, the sword was
completely different from before. Its offensive power had
risen dramatically, and the leftover magic power was used for
acceleration, defense and various other things. As a result,
Koutarou was overpowering the demons all on his own. It only
took a few seconds before the ten something demons were
reduced to a number that could be counted with the fingers
on one hand.
" ROAAAAAAAAAAAR! ”
With the majority of the demons gone, Alunaya charged
towards Koutarou. Meanwhile, the remaining demons
retreated. Maxfern and the others had determined that the
demons didn't stand a chance against Koutarou.
"...Time for the main show.”
Koutarou wasn't going to use the same casual pose he had
taken when dealing with the demons; instead he grabbed the
sword with both hands and brandished Signaltin.
" Koutarou-sama, I'll keep an eye on your surroundings. You deal with
"Please do, your highness."
While Koutarou was fighting with Alunaya, there was a
chance that the demons might attack. So with Alaia watching
his back, Koutarou could focus on Alunaya.
" We're almost there! You can do it, Koutarou-sama!”
"As you wish, my princess!!"
As he shouted, Koutarou readied his sword and flew forward
at full speed. Alunaya's intention to attack was expanding
rapidly. It was either an attack with its tail or a flame breath.
If he sat still he would be a sitting duck, and if he closed in, it
would be harder for Alunaya to pull off such a large attack.
Alunaya unleashed its giant tail. The tail coming from the side
was like a massive whip that made the very air around it
"I can't take that!”
Koutarou made an overly large evasive maneuver to dodge
the tail. Without the barrier, a single hit would be fatal. And
without Caris's illusions, he had to prioritize safety over all
"Please leave it to me. ”
However, Alaia increased Koutarou's speed to make up for
what he lost in the maneuver and Koutarou charged towards
Alunaya with the same speed he had started with.
Alunaya had a powerful barrier protecting it. While Signaltin
had the ability to dispel magic, would it be enough to break
through the barrier? The only way to find out was to try.
Signaltin splendidly broke through Alunaya's barrier. One of
Alunaya's scales was torn off by the attack and it screamed
out in pain.
“It worked!? But it was too shallow!!"
Since Alunaya wasn't a creature summoned through magic,
its body wasn't composed of magic. Because of that, Alunaya
wasn't reduced to dust like the demons. The only damage
was the scale that had been torn off its body.
“So I can hurt it if I want, but this sword won't do that much
Koutarou dodged Alunaya's claws while racking his brain.
Alunaya was over 20 meters long. This sword was much too
small to cause damage to something so large. The results
would be the same if he used the weapons built into the
armor. It was like challenging a tank with a rifle.
“Do I have to rely on this just like last time?"
Kiriha's gauntlet, with Signaltin's ability to break through the
barrier, should be more effective this time around. And by
combining his attack with the armor's armament he should
be able to do a little more damage.
"If only it had a weak point... ”
“A weak point? Oh yeah, I think..."
Thanks to Alaia, Koutarou was reminded of the crystal on the
back of Alunaya's neck, and that he had been able to make
Alunaya retreat after attacking it.
“There's a point like that. A magical crystal is buried in the
back of Alunaya's neck."
"I see... then that would be the perfect target for this sword. By dispelling the
magic, we might be able to turn the tables of this battle. ”
“I'll give it a shot!”
Koutarou readied Signaltin and activated his boosters. The
propellant was quickly running out. Just like before, they
would be better off trying things that might work as quickly
Koutarou tried to use his mobility to get behind Alunaya,
however unlike last time, he was now all alone. Without an
opening from Alunaya, it wasn't very easy to circle around.
And without support from Caris, he was just wasting time.
“What should I... I don't have the time to wait for Clan's
Clan and the others were currently dealing with the demons
on the ground. Although the number of demons had been
greatly decreased, all the girls could do was send Alaia his
way. Any further reinforcement couldn't be expected, and
there wasn't enough time to wait for Clan and the others to
"Look out, Koutarou-sama!! ”
Immediately after Alaia's warning, Alunaya's flame breath
passed through right next to Koutarou. He had been so close
that some of his hair got burnt.
"Please be careful, Koutarou-sama! It's all over if you take that 7 ”
“Sorry, I was lost in thought... wait a minute?”
Making sure the flame breath had missed him, Koutarou
came up with a wild idea. He quickly confirmed it with Alaia.
“Your highness, can I cut through that breath?”
Alaia instinctively held her breath after hearing Koutarou's
”...It might be possible, but if it fails, there's no going back. ”
Alunaya's flame breath was a normal breath that had been
altered using magic. In other words, Signaltin might be able
to dispel it.
And when Alunaya was spewing its flames, it showed an
opening. It had to stop to spew its flames and part of its view
was covered because of the fire. By purposely taking the
flame breath head on and using Signaltin to dispel it, Alunaya
would lose sight of Koutarou.
However, if he failed, if he missed his timing or hit it at a bad
angle, Koutarou would be swallowed by the flames.
Considering that risk, Alaia couldn't agree with Koutarou's
Hearing Alaia's answer, Koutarou smiled and called her name.
" What is it?”
“What do you believe in? The fire breath? Or me?”
Alaia was at a loss for words.
" K-K-Koutarou-sama!! That's changing the topic!! That's unfair!!”
Alaia raised her voice and criticized Koutarou. To Alaia, that
question only had one answer.
Alaia didn't answer the question. Instead she continued to
criticize him like a child.
“That's poor manners, your highness... Clan, do you have any
Koutarou smiled and asked Clan using his communication
device. He also wanted to her the scientist's opinion.
”...l don't, stupid. If there was anything to say, it would be
that the flame breath is practically made out of plasma, so
using an electromagnetic field, you might be able to protect
yourself a little, stupid.”
In reality, Clan's advice would have been to stop. However,
knowing Koutarou's personality, she knew that he had
already decided on doing it by the time he asked her. So she
gave up and gave him the advice regarding the
electromagnetic field. However, this advice wasn't certain,
and if it had been anyone other than Koutarou, she would
have told them to stop.
When plasma is applied to an electromagnetic field, a
complex motion occurs. With that, the plasma coming from
the breath would diffuse and the field would serve as a sort of
shield. It worked the same as how Earth's magnetic field
protected against solar winds. However, if the momentum
was too great there wouldn't be that much of an effect. That
was most likely the case against Alunaya's breath, but it was
better than nothing.
"Alright, I'll give it a try."
Koutarou grinned and pointed Signaltin towards Alunaya's
"Koutarou-sama, please reconsider. ”
"Your highness, I still haven't heard your answer."
Alaia was hesitant to answer. And after staying quiet for
several seconds, she quietly muttered.
“...Make sure you come back, Forthorthe's Blue Knight. ”
"As you wish, my princess."
However, in the end, Alaia didn't answer the actual question.
When there was a distance between the two, Alunaya would
often use its flame breath. That's because it knew that
Koutarou was strong when he was up close. Because of that,
it wasn't that hard to bait out a breath attack.
Alunaya opened its large mouth and began inhaling.
Confirming that, Koutarou placed himself not too close, but
not too far away either. This balance was actually quite tricky.
If he was too close, Alunaya would switch to another attack,
but if he was too far, he wouldn't be able to use the flame
breath to cover his approach. Koutarou had to find the perfect
spot that was just the right distance.
“Now, Koutarou-sama /”
After confirming that Alunaya was using its magic power, just
before it spewed out its flames, Koutarou set his boosters to
maximum thrust and charged at the dragon. As long as he
could cross this distance, the rest should be easy, so
Koutarou was fine with using up the remaining propellant
The next moment, Alunaya exhaled its breath. It was an
extremely hot, white flame breath. Flames hotter than even
the surface of the sun attacked Koutarou.
“How about thiiiiiiiissss!!"
While using his boosters to adjust the angle of approach,
Koutarou thrust Signaltin forward, like it was an umbrella. At
the same time, he generated an electromagnetic field and
prepared for the plasma that Signaltin couldn't dispel.
Koutarou was wrapped in a pure-white light. Signaltin's magic
power covered Koutarou's entire body while his surroundings
were bathed in flames. However, while the sword might have
been able to dispel the plasma, it wasn't able to do the same
for the air that had been heated. The surrounding
temperature shot up and Koutarou felt like he had been
thrown into an oven.
Fortunately, his armor could withstand this temperature, both
thanks to the short time he spent there and the fact that the
armor was intended for use in space. The system reported on
several errors while the armor was gradually being discolored
by the high temperature, but there had been no major
influence on the armor's functions.
Koutarou dove out from under the flames and circled around
to Alunaya's back. Since Alunaya couldn't see Koutarou
because of its breath, it hadn't noticed his movements. As a
result, Alunaya was showing Koutarou its completely
And without slowing down his boosters, he charged straight
at the back of Alunaya's head. His target was the blue crystal
on the attached to the dragon's neck.
Signaltin pierced through Alunaya's barrier and struck its
target. As the magic inside the crystal was dispelled, it
shattered and scattered all over.
In that moment, Alunaya screamed in pain. Its voice was so
loud it was as if the entire world shook.
“Did I do it!?"
As Koutarou looked on, Alunaya was drawn in by gravity and
fell towards the ground. The moment the crystal shattered,
Alunaya lost control of its body. As it fell, it repeatedly tried
flapping its wings to regain control, but in the end, the
dragon crashed into the ground.
Maxfern had an expression of blank surprise as he stared at
Alunaya that had dropped into the garden. However, after a
short while, he began laughing very silently. It was a demonic
laughter that one could probably hear in the depths of hell. It
was a desolate voice that made anyone who heard it
"Ku, kuku, kukukuku, splendid... truly splendid... even though
you held the holy sword, to think you'd be able to defeat
As his laughter spread throughout the garden, the demons
surrounding Alaia and the others gathered and encircled
Maxfern to protect him. Around him were his loyal
subordinates, the alchemists, and Grevanas and his court
magicians. They would follow him until the end.
"Just give up already, Maxfern.”
After landing, Koutarou approached to within a few dozen
meters of Maxfern. However, the party surrounding Maxfern
showed no signs of attacking. Either they feared Koutarou, or
hadn't been ordered to do so. Either way, they didn't get in
the way of Koutarou and Maxfern's conversation. The eight
girls that had escaped from their danger watched the
situation develop from behind Koutarou.
"...That's true. I'll admit to that. It's your victory, Blue
Surprisingly, Maxfern seemingly accepted his defeat.
He had not obtained the sword he was after, and his ace in
the hole, Alunaya, had been defeated. All his plans had failed,
and now all he had left were a couple of dozen subordinates,
and a horde of monsters. Even the country of Forthorthe had
slipped through his fingers. Maxfern no longer had any means
of reversing this situation.
“However!! I have no intention of admitting that you own this
country, or this world, Blue Knight!! This world is mine!! I
won't hand it over to anyone!!”
Before anyone knew it, the demons were holding bottles with
black liquid inside of them. However, they weren't planning
on doing anything to Koutarou and the others, instead they
were about to fly into the sky.
"Do it, Grevanas!”
"Maxfern-sama, do we really have to go this far?"
"Shut it!! Can you accept everything up to now being for
"1-1 didn't say that, but..."
Grevanas, who had up until then had calmly obeyed
Maxfern's orders, was now showing hesitance. Seeing that,
Koutarou felt something was wrong.
"Then just do as you're told!!”
"What are you planning, Maxfern!?”
Koutarou questioned Maxfern in a serious tone. The ominous
feeling was rapidly growing stronger and stronger. He
couldn't tell what, but he felt like something bad was about to
happen. He couldn't just stay put.
“Like I told you, Blue Knight! I have no intention of giving you
this country, or this world!"
“So that's how it is MaxfernM"
In that moment, Alaia raised her head. Her face expressed
astonishment and fear. She knew just what Maxfern was
planning, just what he was going to have the demons do.
“That black liquid, it's that poison from before, isn't' it!?"
“That's right!! Well spotted, as expected from princess
The bottles the demons were carrying contained the same
fatal virus that Dextro had used on a village. It was a hellish
virus the alchemists had gathered, studied and produced.
Maxfern was planning on making the demons carry the virus
into the sky and pollute the entirety of Forthorthe.
“Are you planning on destroying Forthorthe!?"
As he understood Maxfern's goal, a chill ran down Koutarou's
The pollution might not end at just Forthorthe, it was possible
it could spread through the entire continent or even the
“Hahaha, isn't that how a country is originally captured!?"
Maxfern laughed and ridiculed Koutarou. Insanity could be
seen in his eyes. Before long, his smile vanished, his eyes
turned bloodshot and his entire expression showed his
“This country and this world are mine!! That sword might be
yours, but I will never give you this world!! I'd rather give it to
those who live in the darkness before giving it to you!!”
Maxfern was filled with such hatred and envy towards the
holy sword that hadn't chosen him, and towards Koutarou
that had easily been chosen by the sword.
If the holy sword chose Koutarou as king of the world, then he
would ruin this would, and make the very fact that Koutarou
had been chosen meaningless. All for the sake of rejecting
the sword's choice.
“Kukuku, Hahahahaha!! Nobody can stop it now! The world
will end! And you Blue Knight, you will reign on a throne of
“Maxfern, you bastard!!”
As Maxfern's mad laughter filled the garden, the demons took
to the sky, carrying bottles filled with virus. In total there
were over 50 of the demons, and Koutarou had no way of
defeating all of them while at the same time keeping the
“Clan, can't you do something!?”
“I can't come up with something right on the spot! If just one
of those bottles shatters, something terrible will happen,
there's no way to keep them all safe...”
Such a method didn't exist. If just one of those bottles were
to shatter, the virus would pollute this entire area, and
shortly thereafter, it would probably spread to Fornorn. The
capital would be filled with the dead, and with Fornorn at the
core, the pollution would spread further and further.
“Uncle! Please stop it!"
“Shut it, Lidith! I don't want to hear you calling me uncle after
you chose the Blue Knight!"
“MaxfernM There's no meaning in this!!"
“As expected of princess Alaia, you're correct!! The goal is to
There was no other way but to make Maxfern call the demons
back. However, having lost his sanity, he would never obey.
His only wish now was to take revenge on the goddess who
had erred in her judgement.
“It's no use, Bertorion! Forthorthe will be ruined!"
Clan could create a cure for this virus. However, the country
would be ruined before she could administer to everyone.
There was far too little time. It was completely different from
saving a single village.
“Blue Knight! Please do something! You must have something
you can do, right!? Please say there is!"
Koutarou grinded his teeth.
Damn it, is watching this all happen all I can do!?
In reality, Koutarou wanted to tell Chari that he could do
something about it, but he couldn't. As he had no idea of
what he could do.
“Caris-chan, can't you use your magic to do something?"
“It's impossible. They're so spread out that there's nothing I
"Flair-sama, what should we do?”
"I'm sorry, Mary. I don't know.”
The demons flew off one after the other in front of Koutarou
and the others. It was quite literally the sight of the world
This is the first time I see something so frightening... no, wait, is it really?
At this time, a small doubt entered Koutarou's mind. He felt
like he had seen this sight before.
When was it? When did I see this? What memory was it?
Koutarou desperately searched through his memories. That
memory might become the key to solving this problem. Right
now, he wanted to try anything he could.
Before long, Koutarou recalled the memory he was after. It
was back when he had fought against Clan. When she had
been about to unleash her final attack, he had heard a voice
from somewhere. And the owner of that voice had shown him
abnormal-looking monsters, taking to the skies carrying black
Koutarou's eyes lit up and he rushed towards Clan. He
grabbed her shoulders and shook her back and forth. Having
found a solution, he had lost sight of himself in excitement.
"W-What is it!?”
Having suddenly been shaken, Clan's eyes rolled in
“We'll use that! You know, that!"
“Please slow down, what are you talking about!?”
“I clearly mean that bomb that sent us here in the first
place!! Use that to blow those demons, along with the
That bomb, the super-space-time repulsion shell, was the
ultimate weapon Clan had developed. When activated it
threw everything caught in its radius outside of the universe.
Koutarou wanted Clan to use that to throw both the demons
and the bottles out of this world.
“R-Right, if it's that, then!! But that's still being adjusted, we
don't know where—”
“You idiot!! Now's not the time for that!! Hurry up and do it
before it's too late!!”
“I understand, I got it!! Cradle!! Prepare to launch the super¬
space-time repulsion shell.
“As you wish, my princess.”
Right beside the now desperately shouting Clan, a black hole
much larger than what she normally used to call out weapons
appeared. A rounded cone appeared from the black hole. It
was the missile's warhead. Clan had created two of those
missiles. The first had been destroyed by Koutarou, and she
was now about to fire the second. In reality, she had wanted
to use this missile to return to her own world, but she didn't
have much of a choice now.
“Fire as soon as it's ready, Clan!”
“At least let me do a final check!"
“Fine, fine, I got it! GeezM"
The repulsion shell was already fully charged. Since Koutarou
had said to use any means necessary, Clan had charged it
“It's too late, no matter what you're planning! Just sit there
and roll your thumbs!!"
Maxfern boasted as he said that. He didn't know what
Koutarou was planning or what Clan was about to fire.
Convinced that it was too late for them to do anything, he let
them try whatever they felt like.
“What are you trying to do, Koutarou-sama? What should we
However, Alaia was different. She sensed something serious
from Koutarou and Clan's behavior and asked him for
“Get down! There's going to be a big explosion!"
“I've finished inputting the target coordinates and
parameters!! Target has been locked! Here we go,
“Everyone, get down!!"
The girls listened to Alaia and threw their bodies towards the
The next moment, a missile as tall as her came flying out
from the black hole. The rocket engine spewed fire as it
headed straight towards the demons above Maxfern.
That's right, this is what it looked like...
The image of the rocket flying perfectly overlapped with his
This surprised Maxfern and his subordinates.
“What!? Grevanas, what is that!?"
Seeing something unknown flying towards them, Maxfern
questioned Grevanas. He believed it was a magical tool of
“I don't know! It might be some kind of weapon, but
something like that can't possibly defeat all the—"
Grevanas quickly started his explanation, however, he wasn't
able to finish it. The missile travelled faster than he could
explain, and it activated the super-space-time repulsion shell
at its target location.
The next moment, a large flash occurred and the horde of
demons were enveloped in a gigantic cube. The cube didn't
just extend to the demons, but also Maxfern and his party
and the castle.
The cube only appeared for a few moments. It then suddenly
vanished, taking everything inside along with it. The demons,
the bottles they were carrying, Maxfern, his subordinates and
even the castle behind them. After the cube had vanished, it
left behind a giant hole, and an earthquake accompanied by
a shockwave that felt like it shook the entire world.
Koutarou and the girls screamed. The barrier could block the
shockwave, but not the intense earthquake. Everyone
desperately clung to the ground. If they hadn't, they most
likely would have fallen over and been hurt from the severe
"...D-Did it stop?”
However, it wasn't a real earthquake, so the shaking soon
subsided. Koutarou hurriedly got up and saw a square hole
carved into the ground. The acute angles on the hole told him
just how powerful the super-space-time repulsion shell had
"Did, we do it...?”
"We did it, BertorionM They've all been completely erased!!”
The demons were nowhere to be seen, and neither were the
bottles they were carrying. It had all been thrown out of the
universe, and Forthorthe was saved from its crisis.
"No, not yet, Bertorion! Look at that!”
However, at that moment, Flair pointed towards the sky with
a serious expression on her face.
"Not good!! It looks like one made it!!”
A single demon could be seen where Flair was pointing. It
was still flying after being hit by the shockwave, though very
shakily. And it was still carrying the bottle in its hand.
Fortunately, the demon seemed to have absorbed most of
the shockwave as the bottle was undamaged.
“We can't let that one get away!! Hurry and—"
And as Koutarou was about to take to the skies and chase
“Koutarou-sama, it's falling!!”
The shakily flying demon suddenly began falling. The damage
from the shockwave had been too great, and it had finally run
out of strength.
“Oh no, the bottle will break!!”
Of course, the bottle fell along with the demon. If it broke, the
virus inside would spread, it would be the start of another
No good, I won't make it!
Despite knowing that something terrible would happen if the
bottle would break, nobody could reach it. The demon was
too far off and Koutarou wouldn't be able to make it. There
was no longer anything they could do.
“There is no need to worry.”
At that moment, something large blocked the sunlight and
cast a large shadow on Koutarou and the others. Looking up,
Koutarou was taken aback by surprise.
“Alunaya!? Y-You were still alive!?”
“You may be thankful for the fact that I am still alive.”
The next moment a white line of light shot through the sky.
It was the flame breath that Alunaya spewed.
The extremely high temperature flame burnt up the demon,
the bottle and its contents all at once.
The Golden Sea and Silvery White
Alaia was crowned as empress and her coronation ceremony
was held on a winter day, a few days after the new year.
With Maxfern and Grevanas thrown out of the universe, the
coup d'etat naturally came to an end.
It was originally an incident that Maxfern and Grevanas had
created behind the scenes, and with the incident cleared up,
there was no longer anyone that would stand up against the
royal family. The coup d'etat army surrendered, and Alaia and
the others finally returned to the imperial palace.
The month after that was incredibly busy. The collapsed
political system had to be restored and the national forces
had to recover after the civil war in order to keep the
neighboring countries from getting any funny ideas. Though
the coup d'etat had ended, Forthorthe was still just a single
country right now, so there were a ton of things that had to
be done. Through the help of others, Alaia cleared task after
About a month after the end of the war, the country was
starting to revive. By then, most of the disorder had
stabilized, and the industries ravaged by the war were
beginning to recover. Seeing her chance, Alaia announced
her grand coronation ceremony to the citizens in order to
give them hope. As a result, the entirety of Forthorthe was
celebrating the hardest they had since the foundation of the
“...The scars created by the war still haven't healed. After a
month, the country is finally starting to revive. However, I am
not being pessimistic. I was only able to return here thanks to
everyone's help. So there is no way that the scars of this
country can't be healed with everyone's cooperation. That is
what I firmly believe."
Alaia was giving a speech. A large crowd had gathered in the
imperial palace's courtyard to witness her coronation
ceremony. On her head was a beautiful crown made out of
platinum and decorated with jewels. That was the proof of
being the empress of Forthorthe.
Today, Alaia was becoming empress. Today, the Holy
Forthorthe Empire's gears of history turned once more. The
gears would continue to turn, and 1,000 years from now, the
Forthorthe would reach the space age, and become a galactic
empire. And in another 1,000 years, a lone girl would depart
from here to the outskirts of space in a blue battleship. This
day was the first step towards that. And at the same time, an
ending was approaching.
Alaia stepped off the platform after finishing her speech and
let out a small sigh.
After her sigh, she took several deep breaths. With Alaia's
weak constitution, the day of the coronation had a really
tough schedule for her.
“Good work, your highness.
As Alaia was breathing, Fauna came up to her. Fauna put her
hand on her chest and her painful expression gradually
“Fauna, I'm really glad you are here."
“Please take care of your body. Your highness, no, your
majesty, your body is no longer just yours."
“Thank you, Fauna. Please continue helping me from now on
As payment for awakening Signaltin, Alaia's health had
degraded. Because of that, Fauna would use spiritual energy
from time to time to heal her. This was a secret between just
the two of them; not even her own sister, Chari, had been
told of it.
And that Chari was now running towards Alaia, with Mary
right behind her.
“You can't, your highness, go slower! Your outfit will come
“It's fine! You're such a worry wart, Mary."
Like Alaia, Chari was wearing a formal dress for the
ceremony. Flowever, she didn't care about that as she
cheerfully ran. Meanwhile, Mary was worried that the dress
would tear or come off.
Chari threw herself at Alaia. Since she had entered her
growth spurt, Chari had grown quite considerably in a short
while. As a result, Alaia staggered when she caught Chari.
However, since Flair casually supported Alaia, she didn't end
“Thank you, Flair."
“Not at all, your majesty. This is my job after all."
Flair showed a calm and gentle smile to Alaia and Chari.
She had lately become more feminine; this was most likely
thanks to the war ending. Since she had the strongest sense
of responsibility, she had stayed alert ever since the day the
coup d'etat began. With that now over, her original
personality was now starting to show.
“So, why were you in such a rush, Chari?"
“Blue Knight isn't here! Sister, did you see him?"
Chari was in such a hurry because she was looking for
Koutarou. Having gotten bored after the ceremony, Chari
decided to go play with Koutarou. However, he was nowhere
to be found, and so she had decided to ask Alaia if she knew
where he might be.
“Lidith, what job was Reios-sama given?"
“Lord Bertorion hasn't been given a job today."
Lidith shook her head when Alaia asked her. She was wearing
a long robe that showed that she was a bureaucrat. Lidith
was serving as Alaia's court lady. In modern terms, she was
something like a secretary. And she was looking to become a
minister, just like her uncle had once been. Her uncle had
walked down the wrong path, but she sought to correct that.
“That's strange, he was here just a little while ago..."
Alaia could remember seeing Koutarou when the head priest
put the crown on her head. She secretly wanted Koutarou to
see her with the crown on, so there's no mistaking it.
"Hmm... Do you know, Caris?"
Chari asked Caris. She and Chari got along almost as good as
Chari and Koutarou. So she was someone easy to talk to.
“I didn't see him in the dining room.”
Caris shook her head as she was chewing on some bread in
She was now one of few remaining magicians in Forthorthe.
The court magicians had vanished alongside Grevanas. As a
result, only the magicians out on missions remained. Caris
was currently acting as their leader; she had now become the
head of the court magicians.
Alaia's policies had made it so that no new magicians were
recruited. She had decided to reduce the number of
magicians after Grevanas's violence. She was aiming to
create a country that didn't rely on special powers or special
people. So the court magicians would eventually disappear.
However, Caris felt that was for the best. To her, magic not
being needed was a proof of peace. Caris wanted her life of
eating something delicious everyday to continue. For that to
happen, a long-term peace was necessary.
"Hmm... Blue Knight, where did he go... does he really not
want to let me ride a horse again...”
When Alaia heard Chari say that word, she instinctively
"From an endless time and a countless distance. ”
The next moment, Alaia started running.
Chari immediately chased after Alaia. She knew that
Koutarou would be where Alaia was running.
It wasn't logic, it was just a hunch. But she had to go,
because if she didn't, she felt like she would never see him
again. And so she began running. She entrusted her body to
the strong feelings inside of her and moved her legs as fast
as she could. She had long forgotten about the coronation
Meanwhile, Koutarou was on a small hill in the suburbs of
Fornorn. Together with him was Clan, and a crimson dragon
over 20 meters long.
"I see, so you two are heading home too."
"Yes. We've already seen all the sights in this country."
The fire dragon emperor, Alunaya was welcome into
Forthorthe as a state guest.
Alunaya had been under Grevanas's spell and forced to fight.
That was what the blue crystal had been for. And Alunaya
had been set free from Grevanas's control once Koutarou had
destroyed it. That's why it had saved everyone with its last
flame breath. Alunaya wasn't a hostile dragon, but a peaceful
Flaving learned the truth, Alaia was deeply grateful and
invited Alunaya in as a state guest. Fresh food and alcohol
was brought in daily. Even bands and theatrical companies
would come and perform. That was Alaia's way of thanking
Alunaya, and at the same time apologizing for what Maxfern
and Grevanas had done to it. Alunaya accepted Alaia's
apology and became a friend of Forthorthe.
However, after the coronation ceremony, Alunaya had
decided to leave. Humans and dragons had their own
lifestyles. Alunaya had things to do, so it couldn't remain here
“Where will you go now, Alunaya-san?"
“To a new home. This world has grown colder, and it has
become much harder for us to live here. That's why we have
decided to travel to another world. The others are awaiting
“A different world... I see, so that's why.”
That had been the reason for why dragons had gradually
vanished from Forthorthe. They hadn't died out, instead they
had moved to a more comfortable world. The only dragons
that remained were those with a low intellect, those who
refused to listen and those who were against moving.
That was a shocking truth, but Koutarou and Clan both knew
how powerful Alunaya was. And they too had come from a
different world, so the two of them could easily accept what
Alunaya had said.
“Where will you two go?"
“We'll go back to the future."
“The future!? Fuhaha, no wonder you had such a strange
smell. I see, I see, so this is the smell of the future."
The same held true both ways, Alunaya was also able to
easily accept that Koutarou and Clan had come from the
future. They were all foreign to this world, so they were
connected by circumstance.
“But still. If you aren't from this age then... I'll have to thank
you as well."
Alunaya believed its gratitude towards the people of
Forthorthe had been destroying the bottle containing the
virus. However, that wouldn't apply to Koutarou who wasn't
from this world. So since Alunaya had a strong sense of
obligation, it felt that it needed to thank him in some way.
“There's no need for thanks. If Forthorthe hadn't been saved,
we would not have been able to return to our own world."
“Kukuku... Then think of it as a proof of friendship."
Alunaya laughed in a silent voice, and its eyes began shining
Then, a crest of a dragon's head was carved on the back of
Koutarou's hand. However, he couldn't feel any pain. It was a
special crest that Alunaya had carved using magic. If
anything, it was similar to the crest on Alaia's forehead.
“This crest is connected to me. If you ever require my
assistance, then speak your wish towards this crest. I will
certainly appear, no matter how far apart we may be or how
much time may have passed."
“You really don't have to do this."
“That's true. But in that case, just call me out to play before
“Would calling you out for such a reason be okay?"
“Like I told you, that's the proof of our friendship. Kukuku...
Alunaya spread its giant wings as it laughed and lightly
flapped them a couple of times. That alone was enough to
create a powerful wind that shook Koutarou's and Clan's hair.
"I believe it's time for me to leave. It's been fun, Blue
"Likewise. Take care, fire dragon emperor Alunaya.”
"Attendant, you stay healthy too."
"You've got it the wrong way around, Bertorion is the
"Kukuku, you've been a funny lot 'til the end.”
Alunaya flapped its large wings and flew up into the sky in an
instant. The setting sun shone its light on the dragon's
crimson body, and the red light made it look like the entire
dragon's body was on fire. Alunaya continued flying and
vanished past the horizon without looking back once. Alunaya
lived up to its name and showed a powerful and dignified
appearance as it left.
"...I guess it's time for us to go too, Clan.”
"Yes. We've stayed for quite long enough."
Once they could no longer see Alunaya, Koutarou and Clan
headed towards Clan's spaceship, the Cradle, that had been
summoned to the hill.
"Still, in the end, the real Blue Knight never appeared...”
"However, history has been more or less corrected. With this
we should be able to return to our own time and place.
I hope so...
Koutarou and Clan walked, shoulder to shoulder, their steps
were far from swift. At first they had just wanted to escape
from this age, but now they felt an attachment to it. And that
feeling slowed them down. They just wanted to see the
scenery of this age for a moment longer, to feel the wind
blowing for another second.
“By the way, how are we going to get home? I heard you had
found a clue."
“Right now, the Cradle won't be able to fly into space. So I
figured that we could use the ship as a literal cradle and
sleep until the parts necessary to repair the ship have been
“Even if we sleep, we'll just die before that. Those parts won't
be produced for another 2,000 years, right?"
“It's fine. By freezing the time inside the Cradle, time will be
stopped for us, but continue around us. Of course, I'll need to
do some adjustments first."
“...I don't really get it, so I'll leave it to you."
“Yes, yes. I'm always the one who has to do all the work..."
When they had first arrived in this age, they had been trying
to kill each other. However, now it was like they had been
friends for years. Their relationship had greatly changed
since they came here. That's just how much time had passed.
And that wasn't just for the two of them. They had developed
bonds with the people of this age. That's why they felt lonely.
They slowed down even more. The two of them loved the
people of this age.
“By the way... was it alright not to say your farewells to Alaia-
san and the others?”
"Yeah. If I did that, my decision would waver."
"I understand how you feel. I'm sure I'd just delay the date to
return by a few days at a time, and end up never leaving..."
"So you have a delicate and cute side to you too."
"W-What's that supposed to mean!? Haaa... Geez...”
The time to leave had finally come. It was the moment the
two should have been dying waiting for.
However, leaving behind the bonds they had formed was a
truly sad event for the two.
For the two of them to be able to sleep for 2,000 years,
they'd need to use a place that wouldn't be disturbed for
2,000 years. There weren't many such places. Fortunately,
Clan had a clue of where to find one.
Alaia had first gathered troops in the vicinity of a small fort in
the Pardomshiha territory. And 2,000 years later that place
would be known as 'Bertorion's special territory' and was very
heavily guarded. After the war, Alaia had given that territory
to the Blue Knight, and it was designated as a special
territory that not even the royal families could touch.
In that area, Koutarou and Clan would be able to sleep
undisturbed for 2,000 years. Neither investigations or
excavations would be held there. Though there had been
talks about examining parts of the area on the 2,000 year
anniversary of Alaia's crowning, but in the end, nothing was
Koutarou and Clan were now going to head to that special
territory in the Cradle. Though it couldn't fly in space, some
emergency repairs to let it fly through the sky had been
made. They should be able to reach the special territory
before the sun fully set.
"Bertorion, come up to the cockpit after you've taken your
”1 understand. I'll be there as soon as I'm done.”
After Koutarou had entered the Cradle, he had separated
from Clan, who headed towards the cockpit, and had gone to
the hangar. His job as the replacement Blue Knight had
ended, and he no longer needed to wear the armor. So he
was planning on removing it and getting lighter.
After entering the hangar, Koutarou walked to the area used
for space suit maintenance. The devices there began
automatically moving, and after determining what kind of
armor Koutarou was wearing, it reached it with its arms and
fixed it to a maintenance booth. After that, the armor opened
up and Koutarou stepped out from inside.
After getting out of his armor, Koutarou turned back towards
the maintenance booth. There was a lot of damage on the
blue armor. Dents, scratch marks, burn marks and more.
Every one of those wounds reminded him of fierce fights.
“You did well... thank you for your hard work."
Koutarou mumbled to himself and lightly tapped the chest
plate in appreciation.
Having spent this half year wearing this armor for most of the
time, Koutarou had gotten attached to the it.
“I am honored, my lord."
“Really, you're very well made."
Koutarou smiled as the armor replied and he then removed
the wooden insignia rank on its chest and the two swords on
the waist. Those three items were something he didn't want
to leave behind in the hangar.
Koutarou put the insignia and the two swords back on himself
and headed towards the hangar exit. At the time, he could
feel the floor rumbling and at the same time he heard a loud
“So we've set off..."
That was the vibration of the Cradle floating from the ground.
After a while, the shaking stopped and the noise died down in
the hangar. After lifting up a bit from the ground, the
spaceship didn't shake at all. Now all that was left was to
quietly fly all the way to 'Bertorion's special territory'.
However, as he was about to leave the hangar, another loud
sound rang out. That was the call sound for the panel right
next to the entrance, and the next moment Clan showed up
on the panel.
“Bertorion. The farewell party has arrived."
As Clan said that, a hatch on the stern side of the hangar
The first thing Koutarou saw through the opening hatch was
snow that had started to fall. Next he saw a meadow with the
wind blowing through it, being lit up by the setting sun.
And when the hatch had fully opened, he saw a silvery and
That was Alaia and Chari, still wearing their formal dresses
from the coronation ceremony. The wind blowing through the
meadow shook their hair, and the setting sun made it shine.
The Cradle had already reached quite a high altitude, but
Koutarou would never mistake the two, as he would never
“Empress Alaia! Princess Chari!"
Koutarou held on to the handrail by the hatch and shouted at
the two below him. As he did, their expressions brightened up
and they waved their hands.
I see... so they came to see me off...
Koutarou was overwhelmed and no more words could leave
his mouth. He just continued looking straight at the two who
were waving at him. However as he looked at them, his vision
was blurred as eyes began filling with tears. He wiped his
tears away so he could properly see, but his vision was
quickly blurred. Koutarou gave up on wiping away his tears
and instead raised his voice.
“Goodbye! Empress Alaia! Princess Chari!"
Why couldn't he come up with better words to say? Koutarou
was frustrated with his own stupidity. All he could say were
simple farewells. But in reality, he had a lot of gratitude,
friendship, and loneliness he wanted to convey to the two.
“Don't cry, Blue Knight!! You're a man, aren't you!!"
However, Koutarou's feelings were properly conveyed to the
two. They wiped their tears away and they ardently watched
as Koutarou was moving further and further away.
“Blue Knight!! Play with me if we meet again!! Stay well!!"
Chari had been in tears when she understood that Koutarou
was going home. However, now she was desperately making
a smiling and seeing him off. An unbearable amount of tears
streamed down her cheek, but Chari didn't care about that.
She continued moving her small arms and waved at
Koutarou. For each time she waved her arms, the tears
scattered off her cheeks shone like beautiful jewels.
Next was Alaia's turn. She spread her arms out and reached
towards Koutarou, it was as if she was trying to embrace him
as he was gradually moving further away. As she did that, she
opened her mouth in an attempt to make her last words
At that moment, the Cradle's boosters activated, and a loud
roaring sound occurred as the engines created a large
amount of thrust.
Because of that, Alaia's words were unable to reach Koutarou.
However, even if her voice couldn't reach him, he knew that
they were words of farewell.
Alaia continued moving her mouth, with large tears flowing
out of her eyes, and she reached her arms out towards
Koutarou. Her earnest feelings most definitely reached him.
Just how grateful she was towards Koutarou.
Just how sad she was that the day of their parting had finally
“Empress Alaia... Princess Chari...”
That's why Koutarou desperately waved his arms towards the
two who were getting smaller for each passing moment. That
was the only way for his feelings to reach them now.
The rocket created a strong wind that blew over the meadow,
and with the setting evening sun shining on it, it was like the
meadow had turned into a golden sea. And then the silvery
white snow began to properly fall. The contrast of gold and
silver was a beautiful and fantastic spectacle.
Alaia and Chari stood there, constantly waving their hands as
their hair fluttered in the wind. Neither words nor expression
would reach Koutarou now. Waving their hands was now the
last thing they could do.
While looking down at the two from the hatch, Koutarou was
also waving his hand. Even after he could no longer
distinguish them from the rest of the scenery, he continued,
and continued waving his hand.
The bonds that had formed over these months would not be
easily severed. Since he knew that their feelings were
connected, since he knew that the girls were even now
waving their hands, Koutarou continued waving his hand.
In front of him he saw a golden sea and silvery white snow.
And so, being held in a gentle, warm light, the legend of the
Blue Knight ended.
The Last Scene to You
'The Silver Princess and the Blue Knight, Chapter 2'
The play being held in the Kitsushou Harukaze high school
gym had reached the final scene and the finale was about to
begin. The backstage workers who had been working hard all
this time were now working their hardest on the preparations
to make this last scene as good as possible.
“She's in position! She can go at any time!"
“Has the lighting been changed to the evening color!? Don't
make a mistake here!!"
“He's already gone up!”
They all strived together to make this the perfect finale.
The curtain on the last scene was about to rise. Harumi who
was acting as the Silver Princess was standing by at the side
of the stage.
“That's strange... what happened to me...”
With the last scene almost upon her, she was unable to hide
her nervousness. She put her hand on her chest and took
several deep breaths. However, that alone wasn't enough to
remove her nervousness. Powerful emotions were welling up
from inside and she was struggling to keep them under
"I should just do it like always...”
She hadn't been like this just before. During practice, she had
no problems pulling off this scene. Her being together with
Koutarou put her at ease.
"Why am I suddenly so anxious about meeting Satomi-kun...
it wasn't like this a moment ago..."
But now, all of a sudden, Harumi was starting to feel anxious
about facing Koutarou on stage. When she thought of facing
Koutarou, her feelings ran wild. It's not like they had been in
a fight, and it's not like she had a change of heart. But
despite things supposedly being the same, she couldn't
behave the same way.
"What should I do... l-lt's starting..."
Just a moment ago, she had felt security in Koutarou's
existence, but now it was the opposite. It was like her feelings
had turned inside out, and she was now feeling very insecure.
"Sorry, I was a bit late!"
At that moment, Theia, who was acting as the Golden
Princess, arrived. In the last scene, the Silver Princess and
the Golden Princess would see the Blue Knight off. It was a
scene acted out by Koutarou, Harumi and Theia.
Theiamillis-san... she's already gotten into her role...
Harumi felt admiration for Theia as she saw tears streaming
down her cheeks. Theia had matched her feelings with her
role before she even got up on stage. And Harumi felt that
If I use these feelings, I can...
And at the same time, Harumi noticed that if she entrusted
herself to the feelings overwhelming her, she should be able
to perform well.
In the script, the Silver Princess could say her farewells to the
Blue Knight, but she believed that she would be able to meet
the Blue Knight again. So Harumi believed she could use the
feelings inside her to portray that anxiousness well.
Noticing that, Harumi began feeling a little better. She was
still anxious, but she felt like she would be able to act.
"Harumi-chan, Theia-chan, please go! We're raising the
That was when the drama club president gave everyone
involved the go sign.
The curtain began rising and a red light shone down on the
meadow set. And on the opposite end of the stage was a
large stand, and Koutarou was standing at the very top of it.
It was a scene where the Blue Knight was looking down
towards the two from the top of a hill.
And the moment Harumi looked up on Koutarou, all the
anxiousness in her chest vanished. Just like it had with Alaia
on that day.
When Harumi and Theia appeared on the stage, Koutarou felt
like they were the real Alaia and Chari.
Harumi didn't have silvery hair, and Theia wasn't as small as
Chari. There was also a big difference in the clothes they
were wearing. However, looking down towards them from a
high place like this, Koutarou was reminded of that day. It was
such a powerful feeling that Koutarou felt like if he just left
himself to those emotions, he would be able to return to that
And that feeling grew even stronger as he heard their voices.
Harumi and Theia began overlapping with Alaia and Chari.
Even the name of Reios had changed into sounding like his
own when it reached his ears.
Just what, am I seeing... ?
That was an illusion that had been created by Koutarou's
memories. Or it might have been Signaltin, hanging down
from his waist, responding to his feelings. Nobody knew the
"Empress Alaia! Princess Chari!"
The only thing Koutarou knew was that the words he had
spoken, and the hand he was waving came not from the
manuscript, but from himself.
I see... I really, really loved them...
And as Koutarou reconfirmed his feelings, the sight in front of
him greatly changed.
Before he knew it, the stage had changed into the real
meadow. The meadow reflected the red evening sun and had
a golden sheen., and a strong wind was blowing. It wasn't just
the sight, he could feel the wind and smell the grass. It was
all the same as that day.
Pure-white snow was falling from above. The snow was
showered in the evening sun and gave off a silvery sheen.,
creating a beautiful contrast with the golden meadow.
“Good bye! Empress Alaia! Princess Chari!”
Koutarou was no longer sure of where he was. Was he on the
stage? In a dream? Or had he really returned? He had met
with the people he never thought he would.
“Don't cry, Blue Knight!! You're a man, aren't you!!”
Tears naturally began overflowing from Koutarou's eyes. Chari
was complaining about it, but Koutarou couldn't hold it in.
“Blue Knight!! Play with me if we meet again!! Stay well!!”
Chari cried and waved her hand. Just like she had on that day.
That's right, Koutarou left Chari like this.
And Alaia called out to Koutarou with a nostalgic voice, and a
nostalgic smile. She spread her arms out and reached
towards Koutarou, it was as if she was trying to embrace him
as he was gradually moving further away. And she continued
speaking like that.
“Even if we are separated by an endless time and countless
They were the words that the rocket on the Cradle had
erased, and never reached Koutarou. And those words were
now reaching him. Koutarou was incredibly surprised, and he
kept listening to what Alaia was saying. While carving those
words into his chest.
"—these feelings will always be with you!”
That was a message from the past that had travelled through
an incredible amount of time and distance.
And with Koutarou and the others on the stage, the play
ended in a storm of applause.
And after 2,000 years, Koutarou had finally learned what
Alaia had said on that day.
Long time no see everyone, it's the author, Takehaya.
This time I have managed to safely deliver Rokujouma no
Shinryakusha!? Volume 8.5 The Silver Princess and the Blue
Knight, Chapter two 1 to everyone. I am grateful to everyone
for picking it up.
The contents of this volume is a direct continuation of volume
7.5. It's the equivalent of the manuscript that Theia wrote in
volume 7, and the second half of the legend of the Blue
Knight, or perhaps it could be called the Koutarou arc.
There are several highlights in this volume, but one of the
best might be the appearance of the dragon. The dragon is
sort of a cliche in fantasy stories, but in a novel with some
Sci-fi elements, they can't just be explained as existing for
the sake of it. So the dragon had to be persuasive in the
context to some degree. Because of that, the dragon was the
hardest part in the novel for me to write.
In terms of biology, a creature like a dragon has a rather
unreasonable body. There are two really unreasonable points,
and that is that they can fly with their gigantic body, and that
they can breathe fire.
There has been examples of large flying creatures on Earth
as well, such as the pterosaur. Specimens as large as 10
meters have been found. So there are thoughts that dragons
of that size would be able to fly as well, but that's not how
reality works. In reality, Pterosaurs were incredibly light and
they would only weigh between 20-30 kilos. Despite their size
they would only be about as heavy as a large dog. That's
what let them fly. But when looking at a dragon, one can't
imagine them weighing below 100 kilos. With such a
powerful, gigantic figure, they would weigh in the tons. And
when looking at dragon bosses in games, they would quite
clearly way above 20 ton. So with that, they would in no way
be able to create enough lift with their wings to get off the
And the other point being that dragons could breathe flames
would serve as a reason that would keep them from being
real. On Earth, there are creatures that could spew out
chemicals with high temperatures. However, the temperature
would only be around 100 degrees Celsius. When spewed,
the creature needs to be able to withstand the temperature
as well, so 100 degrees would be around the limit. A part of
the creature's body would have to be able to create such
heat, and the rest of the body would have to be heat-
resistant. So the question is if creatures like that could
naturally evolve. Thinking about it seems quite obvious that
the chances for that would be very low. Adding to this there
are dragons that could spew all kinds of things, from blizzards
or poison gas, to electricity. In fantasy works, a large variety
of dragons appear. So assuming that each of these dragons
naturally evolved down different paths, and then
coincidentally all appear in the same time period is a little bit
So, as I was troubled by this, I decided to make the entire
species magicians. Their bodies aren't much different from
dinosaurs, but they were born with strong magical power.
Using that power, they would be able to fly and spew their
special and powerful breaths. With that, I wouldn't have to
worry about any biological problems since magicians already
exist in this work. And from this, I reached the conclusion that
intelligent specimens would be able to use magic like normal.
In a normal fantasy, I believe it's perfectly fine for dragons to
have a flame sac or electricity sac. It would be fine if the god
of that world designed them as such. Once Rokujouma is
done, maybe I'll try my hands at a normal fantasy. I'm
starting to feel like fantasy would be a lot of fun to write. Of
course, that would be much later. Probably.
And I've just about run out of space, so I think I'll wrap this
afterword up here.
I would like to extend my warmest thanks to everyone at the
editorial department, Poco-san for always drawing such cute
illustrations, my friends for always going out with me for a
drink when I get stuck, and to everyone who bought this
Then let us meet again in the afterword of Volume 9.