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To the Underground World 


PartI 

Sunday, July 4 

To the five Sun Rangers, the Forthorthe weapons they had been 
loaned were complete mysteries. While they had only been issued 
with non-lethal weapons to keep the conflict from growing larger, 
they were still far more excellent than any of the weapons on Earth. 
The five could not do anything but be amazed. 

"What the heck is this... I've never seen a taser gun that fires bullets" 

"ITayato-niichan, this looks like a bazooka, but is it seriously non- 
lethal?" 

"Kenichi, wouldn't this suit you? Supposedly it's a shock sword" 
"You're right. Daisaku, could you spar with me a little?" 

"Yeah, sure. Let's confirm all of their uses" 

While they had been shocked at first, they couldn't stay surprised 
with a battle so close. In preparation for the the real battle, they 
began some light sparring battles. 

"ITow is it Daisaku?" 

"Timm, it seems like there's a bit of delay between a hit and when 
the zap comes" 

"I see. So I need to correspond faster than with the usual blade..." 




A bang rang out. 


"...A direct hit. Well done, Hayato-niichan" 

"What an unpleasant gun. It hits exactly where I am" 

"So that's why you hit slightly above the mark" 

"It looks like I won't need to make any corrections with this" 

The practice continued for a while, and just as the practice was 
about to end. 

"Oh?" 

Megumi spotted several small silhouettes behind some drums. 
These silhouettes belonged to the children of the underground 
people. The Sun Rangers were currently in the conservative 
faction's stronghold, and these were their children. 

"What are you doing here. We are practicing fighting here, so it's 
dangerous" 

"...Are you heroes of justice?" 

One of the children behind the drums timidly asked Megumi. They 
had overheard the adults speaking about transforming heroes and 
came to take a look. 

"I always wish to be one" 

"...Are you going to defeat the underground people?" 



That was what the children worried about the most. Still unaware of 
how the world worked, the last thing the children wanted was to 
become the enemy of heroes of justice. 

"No, that's not it. It doesn't matter if you're surface people or 
underground people. We are only going to stop those that would 
hurt others" 

"Then... you're our allies?" 

"Are you bullying someone?" 

"No, we wouldn't do that. We all get along!" 

"With the surface people too?" 

"Yeah! We went together to a festival the day before yesterday!" 

"I see. Then we are your allies" 

As Megumi smiled, the children let out sighs of relief. From there, 
children came out from behind the drums, one after another. In total 
there were seven of them, and they looked at the Sun Rangers with 
sparkling eyes. 

"You transform right!?" 

"Yes, we do" 

"I want to see it!" 

"ITmm, let's go ask the others... Everyone, could you come over!" 


"Yeah!" 



Kenichi and the others approached the children after Megumi called 
for them. As they did, Kenichi spoke to the other Sun Rangers with 
a serious expression. 

"...Everyone, our responsibility is huge" 

"I know. We're not the same we were last year" 

"I can't just sit around eating" 

"It's a little embarrassing though" 

The Sun Rangers were different from what they had been a year 
ago. While their abilities were still in development, but they were 
now well aware of what they couldn't let down. 

That's why they made up their minds. 

That regardless of outcome, they would fight in a way the children 
would be proud of them. 

Part 2 

Koutarou and the others were currently in the stronghold of the 
People of the Earth's conservative faction. This stronghold was a 
refuge facility that had been prepared in the case of an unexpected 
situation. Koutarou and the others had gathered there to swiftly 
decide on a strategy and prepare their equipment for the coming 
battle with the radical faction. 

They were currently in the conference room, in the middle of a 
strategy meeting. Those related to room 106 and those in important 
positions amongst the conservative faction had gathered and had 
been discussing for a quite a while now. Only professor Roppongi 



was present for the meeting amongst those related to the Sun 
Rangers. Since the Sun Rangers were training with their weapons, 
the meeting was left in Roppongi's hands. 

"...Then let's go over what's been decided" 

Kiriha, who was the commander of the entire operation, was 
leading the meeting. Once the entire strategy had been decided on 
she explained it part by part with a severe expression. 

"Theia-dono will be the surface troops. Ruth, Shizuka, Maki, the 
Sun Rangers and 80 of the conservative faction's combat unit will be 
part of this, for a total of 89 men" 

Koutarou and the others had decided to divide their troops for the 
upcoming battle with the radical faction. There were the surface 
troops that would seize control of the earthquake weapon, and the 
underground troops that would capture the radical faction's 
leaders. 

Members that could use large-scale attacks were primarily chosen 
as members of the surface troops. Such as Theia and Ruth who 
could use their battleship, the Blue Knight, and Shizuka who held 
the power of a dragon inside of her. And based on the information 
they had gathered, there was a chance that Maya had cast some 
kind of spell on the earthquake weapon, so Maki would be tagging 
along with them. 

The Sun Rangers were chosen for the surface troops, not only 
because they were more suitable for a surface battle, but also 
because of political reasons. Rather than intervening in foreign 
political matters, dealing with a threat on the surface was closer to 
their original duty. This was decided to keep the surface and 
underground from conflicting. 



On top of this, 80 members of the conservative faction's combat unit 
would join as well. Because the conservative faction's forces were 
small, this number was about the maximum amount of soldiers that 
could be mustered. Any more than this might also cause troubles 
with movement, so it was considered an appropriate number. 

"The underground troops will consist of Koutarou, Yurika, Harumi 
and Sanae under my command. On top of that another 15 of the 
conservative faction's troops will join, giving us a total of 20" 

The underground troops instead had a very flexible composition. 
With the calm and quick-witted Kiriha in the lead, Koutarou who 
fought using all kinds of powers, Yurika and Harumi who could 
use magic, and Sanae who could sense and detect enemies better 
than anyone with her spiritual powers they could adapt and avoid 
fighting as much as possible with their smaller numbers. 

With 20 of Kiriha's subordinates with them, they were still just a 
quarter of the ground troops numbers. But underground, in narrow 
spots, having a larger number was often wasted, that's why 20 was 
considered the optimal balance between fighting power and stealth. 

"Clan-dono will standby in the sky in the Cradle and cover where 
needed" 

Clan was an exception who wasn't part of either troop. She had two 
primary jobs. She would communicate with the surface and 
underground, and support them in their battle. 

Since the battle would take place on the surface and underground it 
would normally be impossible to communicate, but it was barely 
possible through the use of Forthorthe's gravitational wave 
communications. Yet even then it would be hard to connect to those 
underground. So Clan would standby in the Cradle, relaying 



communications from her position. With that, it should be possible 
for the two troops to cooperate flawlessly. 

On top of that she would support both troops, from analyzing 
information to transferring supplies. 

While these two jobs might seem plain, they were incredibly 
important. 

"The underground troops will move first, and once we have located 
the enemy's base, both troops will begin their attack 
simultaneously. Since both sides will act as a diversion for the other, 
the timing of the attack is of utmost importance" 

Currently, the position of the earthquake weapon was all but 
confirmed, however, the radical faction's base still hadn't been 
determined. While there are some leads, they would have to search 
as they headed underground. 

Once the radical faction's base has been found, a simultaneous 
attack would be launched on the base and earthquake weapon. 

"The mission will begin as of 1900 today, we will begin after the sun 
sets" 

As the season was drawing near summer, the sun would set around 
7PM. An attack would stand out less after the sun had set, and since 
neither side wanted to be seen, taking action after sunset was 
inevitable. 

"That is all for the outline of the strategy. Any questions?" 


After finishing reviewing the strategy, Kiriha looked around the 
room. Her eyes were more serious than ever, today she simply 



couldn’t smile, and that wasn't limited to just Kiriha. The same was 
true for the other girls as well. This was their first time ever 
launching a full-scale attack like this. 

"...Then this strategy meeting is now over. Begin your preparations" 

There were no questions regarding the strategy. Everyone had fully 
grasped that what lay ahead of them was a battle more fierce than 
they had ever experienced before. 

Part 3 

As someone who led many, Kurano Kiriha had very few who she 
could show her true self to. One of those few was her father, Kurano 
Daiha, and she was currently in her own room, in the middle of 
speaking with Daiha. 

"...The radicals have come telling us to surrender right away, 
dangling the existence of earthquake weapon of theirs" 

"So that really was their goal" 

"By feeding you information directly, they omit the need for us to 
confirm it, not allowing us to buy any time... Maguz is tough" 

"What are you planning on doing?" 

"I can't tell you over the phone... What a pitiful story. I'm not even 
able to speak frankly with my daughter" 

"I agree" 

As they faced this important situation, Daiha couldn't even tell his 
daughter the truth because the existence of magicians and out of 



fear of informers. And the same was true for Kiriha. Even if she was 
talking to her father, she couldn't tell him the plans for the mission. 
It was pitiful and sad. As a result her expression remained serious, 
it was an expression that was unbecoming of her. 

"I will convey the details at a later date. Until then, act upon your 
own judgment, Kiriha" 

Daiha didn't know that Kiriha was going to launch an attack on the 
radical faction. However, he was able to grasp something upon 
seeing the determination in her eyes. He was still a parent, and he 
was able to imagine that Kiriha was planning something big. Things 
made a lot more sense when he began thinking that this call was 
related to that. While Daiha might look calm on the surface, he was 
uneasy on the inside and wanted to encourage his daughter in some 
way. 

"Thank you very much. Chief" 

"I'm glad I could get a look at you. By the way, Kiriha, there's talk 
about arranged marriage—" 

"I don't need it. I'm capable of finding my own fiance" 

"You still remain unmoving on that point... You look just like her" 

Daiha smiled. Regardless of the severe situation, Kiriha showed a 
more feminine expression upon marriage being brought up. While 
this was the best he could do over a call, Daiha felt satisfied being 
able to act like a father at least a little bit. 

Once the call was over, Kiriha leaned back on her chair and let out a 
sigh. She had been able to get a look at her father before the battle, 
all that was left was to do her best. 



"...So that's your father, Kiriha-san" 


That was when a voice called out to Kiriha. It was Koutarou who 
had come to her room, looking for her. 

"Koutarou... you were listening?" 

"Sorry. I didn't intend on eavesdropping" 

Koutarou presented a document to Kiriha. He had come to her 
room to deliver this to her. There were a lot of items in the 
document, and all of them signaled that preparations were 
complete. This document was telling her that all that was left was 
waiting until the mission began. 

"From where were you listening?" 

"From your arranged marriage" 

"Then you didn't hear anything" 

"I did. Talks of your marriage is a major point of interest" 

"Does it worry you?" 

"The only thing that worries me is your happiness" 

"Then you don't need to worry. Plans for the future have already 
been laid out" 

"Then that's good" 

Kiriha smiled, and upon seeing that smile, Koutarou felt like there 
was no more need for him to say anything. He had been worried 
that Kiriha was feeling down all by herself again. Either her talk 



with her father had cheered her up, or she had never been feeling 
down in the first place. Either way, there was no need for Koutarou 
to worry. 

"But still... it's pretty weird" 

Koutarou decided to change the topic, he didn't mind if it was 
something insignificant. 

"What is?" 

"At first you came to invade, and now you're working your hardest 
to stop an invasion" 

"The invasion I desire isn't one based on stealing" 

"But because you never quite showed those intentions of yours you 
ended up sending me for quite a loop" 

Kiriha's invasion wasn't one that harmed life or dignity. While the 
People of the Earth themselves were practically illegal, and they 
were unable to obey the law, she didn't want someone to get hurt. 

But at first, Kiriha hadn't told Koutarou that. That was both to buy 
time, and because she didn't know what kind of person Koutarou 
was, but as a result, Koutarou ended up having quite a hard time. 

"Thinking back to it now it was quite strange. While claiming that 
you knew how it felt to be stolen from and be hurt, you claimed you 
would be mass producing weapons like those haniwas to invade... I 
should have put more thought into it back then" 



"I'm sorry for deceiving you. But because of that I was able to 
silence the radical faction for a while. And most of all... I was able to 
reunite with the person I love" 

Kiriha smiled as she spoke and put her hand on top of her chest. 
Past her hand was that card. It was the card she had gotten as a 
present from the person she loved back when she was a child. 

"I'm not angry. I know you were in a tough spot" 

"Thank you, Koutarou" 

To Koutarou, Kiriha's smile overlapped with the smile of the girl he 
had met eleven years ago. The girl whose eyes had sparkled upon 
seeing the surface world for the first time, and who had gotten 
disappointed because she hadn't been able to ride the roller coaster. 
Because of that, a certain wish grew inside of Koutarou. 

"Hey, Kiriha-san" 

"Hm?" 

"Once all of this is over... let's go ride the roller coaster again" 

Kiriha kept herself from being selfish, ever since she was a child. 

She might be holding something in even now. But once the battle 
was over, there was no need for that, and Koutarou felt like the 
roller coaster was the perfect first step to let her do as she pleased. 

"...Koutarou..." 

But that was when something unexpected happened. Still smiling, 
tears streamed down from Kiriha's eyes. 



"H-Hey, what's wrong?" 


Not having expected Kiriha to cry, Koutarou looked at her with 
worry in his face. Kiriha looked up at Koutarou with her eyes full of 
tears. 

"You just said something that can never be taken back... are you 
aware of that...?" 

Kiriha put her hands in front of her chest, holding back the feelings 
that were on the verge of bursting out. 

"Kiriha-san..." 

"You... shouldn't be dense enough to not understand what saying 
that means to Kiriha and Kii..." 

Inside of Kiriha were two girls. They were Kiriha herself, and the 
lonely little Kii who rarely showed herself. The two of them each 
had their own feelings regarding that roller coaster. So they couldn't 
help but expect something special upon being asked to go ride on 
the roller coaster after everything was through and done. 

"I know. But... I couldn't find any more suitable words" 

Koutarou was well aware. Well aware, yet he couldn't find any 
other words. Considering the relationship they had built up, there 
weren't any words more suitable than these . 

"Then... there's something I want to ask" 

"What?" 


"Would you mind if I hugged you right now...?" 



"...Is that something you even have to ask?" 

Koutarou smiled wryly at Kiriha's question and spread open his 
arms. 

"Koutarou!!" 

Kiriha sprung of her seat and leaped into Koutarou's arms, 
embracing him. Koutarou responded by hugging her back. Kiriha 
then continued crying, with her shoulders trembling. 

"There you have it, so let's go solve these problems" 

Koutarou patted Kiriha on the back. Kiriha continued crying inside 
of Koutarou's arms for a while. 

"Yeah... I love you, Onii-chan..." 

Kiriha had gotten another goal. For its sake, she would give it her 
all. 

While she continued to cry, strong positive emotions filled her 
chest. 

Part 4 

As the clock turned 7PM, it was time for the mission to start and 
Koutarou, the girls of room 106 and the Sun Rangers gathered in the 
entrance hall. Koutarou and the others of the underground troops 
would be the first to depart. The others were there to see them off. 

"Koutarou, you get it don't you? You're only allowed to lose against 
us. I won't forgive defeat against anyone else. Win, and come back 
unharmed" 



"Don't be so unreasonable. That aside, Theia, you be careful too. 
You already stand out enough as it is, so don't get reckless" 

"Kiriha-sama, please stay safe. And please take care of Master" 

"Thank you, Ruth. I've looked through the manual for Koutarou's 
armor, there's no need to worry" 

"Sanae-san, make sure you come back in one piece so you can wear 
the band of knight's uniform" 

"Yeah! ...So Maki's is indigo. I wonder what color I should be... 
fufufu-" 

"Ugh, my stomach hurts..." 

"Oh, even Yurika-chan is nervous?" 

"I-I ate too much.... uuhhh" 

"Let's go on a diet together once everything is over" 

"Harumi, PAF will last for at least another 24 hours, but bear in 
mind to change your power pack while you can" 

"You mean to always be prepared for the unexpected. I understand. 
I'll be careful" 

Koutarou and the nine girls wished each other good luck and said 
their farewells. If everything went according to plan, they wouldn't 
meet again until the battle was over. That's why their farewells 
today seemed to have a more lonely atmosphere to them than usual. 



I guess it can't be helped. Even though they're all strong, they're still 
normal girls... 

Koutarou could easily tell the girls were nervous. It was the same 
nervosity he had felt before major battles in the past Forthorthe. 
Amongst the girls, only Clan knew of this nervosity. 

"Sun Rangers, take care of everyone. They're all strong, but they 
don't have a lot of actual combat experience" 

Koutarou lowered his head to the Sun Rangers. Since they were part 
of the surface troops, they would accompany Theia and the others 
instead of Koutarou. While the Sun Rangers had less power than 
Theia and the others, they were far above them when it came to 
actual experience. Koutarou wanted to rely on that experience this 
time. 

"Please leave it to us, Baron-san. The only thing we five can take 
pride in is our experience" 

"Baron-sama is relying on me!! Relying!! I'm soooo haaappyyy!!" 

"Megu-chan, this important so let's step over here for a while" 

"I think about it from time to time, but... Megu-neechan is a big 
shot, isn't she" 

"She's the same as always even in this kind of situation... you might 
have a good point" 

"I'm counting on you. Sun Rangers" 


"Yes" 



Koutarou and Kenichi gently bumped fists. A promise between 
soldiers stayed the same regardless of the era. 

"Koutarou" 

As if waiting for that moment, Kiriha called for Koutarou. As he 
looked in the direction of the voice, the underground troops were 
all gathered. 

From room 106 were Kiriha, Sanae, Yurika and Harumi. On top of 
that were 20 of Kiriha's subordinates. With Koutarou, they were a 
total of 25 heading underground. 

"Then we're going. You guys be careful" 

Koutarou bid his farewells to those that would remain behind and 
headed towards the rest of the underground troops. 

"Make sure you return!" 

"Master, leave everything here to me during your absence!" 

"Nijino Yurika! Be careful of Maya-sama!" 

"Kii, you are not alone! Rely on your allies!" 

"Everyone, stay well!" 

Many voices rang out to the departing underground troops and 
Koutarou. They were all voices that made him want to stay, but 
Koutarou joined the rest of the underground troops without looking 
back. 


Thus, Koutarou and many more headed underground. 



Koutarou and the others were using a passage that had been sealed 
for several decades to travel underground. There were many 
passages that led underground, but one of these led to an old city 
where no one lived anymore due to the population decline. You 
could call it a place forgotten by time. It was a perfect place to 
infiltrate from as long as the seal could be broken. 

Kiriha didn't want the radical faction to figure out her plans for the 
use of military force, so the troops were headed underground 
through a hidden route, rather than an official one. 

"Alright, I'll take a look on the other side" 

Having been a ghost, Sanae was able to leave her body and observe 
the other side of the sealed door. 

"Come back soon, Sanae-chan!" 

The other Sanae that had been left behind, in other words, the Sanae 
that had been hospitalized, saw her off with a worried look. Aware 
or not, the ghost Sanae passed through the door. 

"How does it look?" 

"U-Uhm... it doesn't look like there's anyone nearby" 

As Koutarou asked her, Sanae-san who had been left behind 
reported on what Sanae-chan saw. The two hadn't completely 
divided and were still connected through spiritual energy. While it 
looked like they had split into two, their soul was one, and their 
memory was shared. They were two in one. 






"It looks like there are bats, moles and bugs though" 


"Hiiiiii!!" 

Upon hearing the use of the word bugs, Yurika let out a scream. She 
hated bugs. 

"You were fine with beetles weren't you?" 

"I hate spiders, crawly ones and those that are venomous-" 

With her eyes moistening, Yurika sprayed about her insect 
repellent. When she learned that she would be going underground, 
this was the first thing she prepared. 

"Karama, Korama, open it up" 

"Got it Ho-, Nee-san!" 

"Leave it to us Ho-!" 

While Yurika was still spraying away, Kiriha gave the haniwas the 
order to open up the door. First Karama connected its personal 
spiritual energy generator to the door via a cable and supplied it 
with energy. This revived the door's panel, which Korama analyzed 
and removed the lock. In total it took them about ten seconds. Since 
there was such a gap in performance between the old door that had 
been abandoned for decades and the haniwas, they seemingly 
opened the door up without any problems. 

"Koutarou, please open it Ho-!" 

"We'll leave the physical labor to you Ho-!" 




"Okay, okay" 


Since he couldn't help but stand out when wearing it, Koutarou still 
didn't have his armor on. But even then, Koutarou was the strongest 
of the group. 

Koutarou grabbed the door and pulled it open with all of his might. 
As it moved it made an irritating screech while slowly opening. 
Sanae-chan returned through the gap of the open door. 

"I’m back!" 

With a cheerful smile she hugged Koutarou's back. 

"Sanae, this isn't where you should be returning. It's over there" 
Koutarou pointed in the direction of Sanae-san. 

"Hurry and come back, Sanae-chan!" 

Being timid, she couldn't help but be embarrassed by standing next 
to her beloved Koutarou, and she wanted to merge with Sanae-chan 
as quickly as possible. 

"...If you love him then just say so" 

"Don't be mea~n" 

"Sanae hurry up and go back to normal. We've got to go" 

"But this way, you can see better in the dark, Koutarou. Look" 

Sanae understood the situation as well, and wasn't actually playing 
around. Since Koutarou's ability to see spiritual energy came from 
Sanae, she was far superior at it. But if she clung onto his back, her 



ability was conveyed to Koutarou. It was indeed convenient when 
walking down a passage without light. 

"I see. Then let's go like this" 

"If you get it then praise me" 

"You did good, very good" 

"Fufu~n" 

"In this state, I should take the lead. Everyone, follow me" 

"Let's go!" 

"Wait! Don't leave me behind!" 

Koutarou entered the passage with Sanae-chan still on his back and 
Sanae-san panickingly chased after the two. Seeing Koutarou and 
the others like that, Harumi and Kiriha smiled at each other. 

"What a mysterious sight" 

"I never thought I'd get to see the definition of getting ahead of 
oneself play out before my eyes" 

"Really. Fufufu" 

"P-Please waiii~t!" 

Flarumi, Kiriha and her subordinates followed after Koutarou. 

Like that, Koutarou and the others stepped into the domain of the 
People of the Earth. 



Part 5 


While the design of the passage leading to the underground world 
was old, it was firmly made. The walls and floors were built with 
something similar to concrete. Despite not having been used for 
decades there was no sign of decay. It was a structure that showed 
off the People of the Earth's constructional skills. 

"...It has a similar atmosphere to Kiriha-san's room" 

That was the impression Koutarou got upon seeing the passage. It 
was simple, but had a sturdy make, and it felt similar to Kiriha's 
room underneath room 106. 

"It's built using the same traditional method after all" 

"I see... with more advanced construction techniques even stuff like 
concrete is considered a traditional construction method" 

"We excel at technology that can endure moisture and pressure" 

"You might do well to patent future advances in that field" 

"I see. I'll keep that in mind" 

The party progressed down the old yet modern passage. In the lead 
was Koutarou, carrying Sanae-chan on his back. After him came 
Kiriha, Sanae-san, Harumi, Yurika and finally Kiriha's 20 
subordinates. Normally travelling in a group of 25 would be quite 
noisy, but thanks to Yurika having cast a spell to erase the sounds of 
their footsteps, there was not a single noise to be heard. They were 
scanning for enemies using spiritual energy and using magic to 
conceal their presence. It could be called an ideal infiltration 
method. 



"Koutarou, stop!" 


"There's something there!" 

As Sanae-chan leaned forward from Koutarou's back and peered 
forward, Sanae-san grabbed Koutarou's hand and stopped him. 
Being two in one, their coordination was perfect. 

"Sanae, what's that something?" 

"It doesn't seem to be human. It feels a bit like Karama-chan and 
Korama-chan" 

"Further ahead of this passage are two comers and its just past that. 
It's getting closer but it doesn't seemed to have noticed us yet" 

"Kiriha-san, what do you think it is" 

"It's probably an automated spiritual energy weapon like Karama 
and Korama. They're perfect as guards for remote places like this" 

Spiritual energy weapons like Karama and Korama used the 
spiritual energy their own souls emitted alongside the spiritual 
energy around them to move. As a result, they practically never 
needed to replenish until their parts and catalysts were consumed. 
They were very useful for guarding places where intruders were 
very rare but not unthinkable. 

"Are you good with these kind of places?" 

"No Flo-. We don't like dark and narrow places Flo-" 

"The radical factions have some that do though Ho-" 



"You mean like the clay dolls that attacked at the amusement 
park?" 

"Probably. The radical faction probably placed guards here just in 
case" 

The spiritual energy weapons that the conservative faction used 
were primarily used as daily guards and servants, and were given 
souls similar to humans. Because of that they felt lonely when left 
alone. Karama's and Korama's tendencies for this was especially 
strong, but this kind of tendency was common amongst the 
conservative faction. 

However, the radical faction only used them as pure weapons. As a 
result their souls were far more mechanical. They were closer to a 
computer program than a soul. That's why they never complained 
regardless of what job they were given and didn't feel lonely. While 
they were efficient, the radical faction had no attachment to their 
tools. The People of the Earth shared the same idea as the Japanese 
that a soul would eventually reside in a tool was used for many 
years 111 . Comparing the two factions, the radical faction was literally 
in too much of a hurry. 

"So what do we do, Kurano-san? If we don't decide soon that clay 
doll will come" 

Like Harumi pointed out, the assumed spiritual energy weapon of 
the radical faction was closing in. A measure needed to be decided 
on swiftly. 

"Let's go back and take a detour. I don't want us to be found, and 
we can't go and destroy it" 


Kiriha quickly decided. 


She believed that the reason for the spiritual energy weapon being 
deployed in this area alone was to detect intruders, rather than stop 
them. There was no need for them to go out of their way to destroy 
it. 

With that in mind it was best to just pass by the clay doll. Being 
found or destroying the clay doll would just let the radical faction 
know of their existence. 

"Alright, let's go. And Yurika, could you power up your 
camouflage spell just in case?" 

"I got it" 

Upon Koutarou's directions, Yurika readied her magical cane. 
Koutarou and the others waited for Yurika to finish her spell and 
then turn back the way they came. 

Part 6 

Like Kiriha had expected, Sanae had detected a clay doll spiritual 
energy weapon. It was several times larger than Karama and 
Korama, and it had a sharper shape fitting of a weapon. With their 
superior numbers they could easily overcome it, but one on one it 
was a dangerous opponent. 

Koutarou and the others avoided contact with the clay doll and 
detoured around it. With the help of Yurika's spell, they got past the 
clay doll undetected, and now Koutarou was in the lead again as 
they continued walking down the passage. 


"Hey Kiriha, how far are we?" 



"Just a little further up ahead there is an elevator. If we go down 
that we'll be able to reach quite deeply. Distance we are probably 
less than half ways, but we should be there shortly" 

"Hmm, so it's a little longer. Hey Harumi, are you okay?" 

"I'm okay. Thank you, Higashihongan-san" 

"If anything happens you let me, the leader, know right away 
okay?" 

"Okay. Fufufu..." 

After passing by the clay doll the group had been able to progress to 
their next destination without running into any more threats. There, 
there was a transportation elevator that led to the underground 
world. Since the clay doll was using it to transport, there was light 
at the operating panel. 

"So we're getting on this?" 

Reaching the elevator, Yurika was about to casually push the 
elevator call button. 

"Wait, stop!!" 

Koutarou grabbed Yurika the moment before she could touch the 
button. 

"Kyaa!? W-What is it!?" 

Yurika was surprised by the sudden event and stared at Koutarou 
with eyes wide. After confirming that the button hadn't been 
pressed Koutarou let out a sigh of relief. 



"Give me a break, Yurika. If the elevator moves they'll notice us" 


"Ah, r-right, sorry" 

Yurika realized the circumstances and blushed. 

If the radical faction were to ambush them, just past this elevator 
would be the ideal. If they realized that Koutarou and the others 
were onboard the elevator, it was obvious that they would attack 
the moment the elevator reached its destination. 

"We're already in enemy territory, be careful, Yurika" 

"Y-Yes..." 

Seeing Yurika nod, Koutarou let her go as he dropped his 
shoulders. Being set free, Yurika chased after Koutarou with her 
eyes with her cheeks still flushed. 

Couldn't he have had more of a reaction... he just hugged a girl after all... 

Yurika was well aware that now wasn't the time to think about stuff 
like that, but she felt sad that Koutarou wasn't giving her more 
consideration. 

"Kiriha-san, we can do something about it, right?" 

Unaware of Yurika's thoughts, Koutarou called out to Kiriha. After 
looking at Kiriha for a while, Yurika looked down on her own chest 
and sighed. 

"Indeed. It does seem to have some security on it, but it's decades 
old. It's no match for our present technology" 



"Ho-, leave it to us Ho-" 


"HoHo-, now it's our time to shine Ho-" 

Karama and Korama began messing around with the elevator's 
panel. It was troublesome that involved deceiving all kinds of 
surveillance systems, but as Kiriha had said, the haniwas didn't 
seem to struggle in the slightest. 

Part 7 

An hour had passed since passing through the first door, and after 
riding the elevator down, walking down some stairs and through a 
passage, Koutarou and the others reached the underground world. 

"So this is Kurano-san's hometown..." 

Having seen the underground world for the first time, Harumi 
stared with her eyes wide open. She was seeing a splendid view of a 
town at night, which at first glance didn't look like it was 
underground. There, Kiriha smiled and called out to Harumi. 

"That's right... this is the largest city the People of the Earth has 
built up over hundreds of years, the town of Sial" 

Her proud smile showed that this city held a special meaning to the 
People of the Earth. 

According to the People of the Earth's legends, their ancestors were 
chased away from their homes after committing a cardinal sin. At 
the end of their exodus they reached the area around 
Kitsushouharukaze city, and established their new hometown. 

While they held advanced technology, looking back at their sins. 



they kept away from power. As a result, they limited themselves to 
a small area. 


Supported by their advanced technology and culture, they lived 
peacefully for a long time. However, as time passed, the civilization 
of the people living around them advanced, and their territories 
clashed. When that happened, friction between the two civilizations 
naturally occurred. Once that friction crossed a certain line, the 
People of the Earth's ancestors decided to move underground. 

While it wouldn't be hard for them to suppress the opposition with 
their advanced technology, their legends and myths claimed that 
domination and power would lead to ruin. So the majority of them 
decided to move underground, with only a few leaving behind their 
technology and remaining on the surface. Thus, the civilization that 
moved underground became the People of the Earth. 

Life after that was far from easy. However, the People of the Earth 
united to face their problems, and built the splendid town of Sial 
underground. After hundreds of years of building onto the town, it 
evolved into a modem city. As a result, the People of the Earth 
prospered after abandoning conflict. That was why this city was not 
only the hometown of many, but a symbol of unity. 

"But... this side is dark" 

The People of the Earth's hometown was built inside of a massive 
cave, filling it up entirely. As it was currently night, there were 
lights keeping the city bright, and light leaked out from the 
windows of the various houses, creating a beautiful night view. 
However, that was limited to the northern side of the city. In the 
southern side where Koutarou and the others were, it was for some 
reason almost no lights. That confused Sanae as she looked around. 



"This is the old district... with the decrease in population, this side 
isn't being used" 

Kiriha answered Sanae's question, but her expression was lonely. 

Even the prosperous People of the Earth had suffered a decrease in 
population as the surface developed. Their current population was 
less than half of their prime. As a result the southern district of the 
city had been abandoned. Thanks to the excellent construction 
however, the district remained the same despite no one living there. 
It was an afterimage of their prime, the old district was proof of the 
People of the Earth's decline. To Kiriha who was a bom and raised 
People of the Earth, looking at this uninhabited district made her 
sad. When she looked at the empty district she felt like their unity 
and pride had been lost. 

"So where do we go now?" 

"We'll group up with our allies at an old guard room. This way" 

Kiriha led the troops and walked down a road in the old district. 
Their destination was what had been a staff room for guards in the 
past. On the surface, it was something similar to a police station. 
There they would join up with the conservative faction forces 
underground, and prepare for the battle with the radical faction. 

"Clan, Clan" 

As Koutarou followed Kiriha, he opened up a channel to Clan 
through his bracelet. 


"What is it?" 



A hologram of Clan soon appeared. Since she was on standby as 
everyone's backup, her response was quick. 


"We've reached the People of the Earth's city. Can you pick up the 
signal from that transmitter?" 

The transmitters that Koutarou was referring to were something he 
had attached to five trailers in the radical faction's factory. One of 
the trailers had been confirmed going underground, and Koutarou 
wanted to know where it had gone as there was a high chance that 
it led to the radical faction's base. 

"Please wait a moment" 

Clan remotely controlled Koutarou's bracelet in an attempt to pick 
up the signal. 

"It seems like there's still some distance left, as all I can give you is 
that it's somewhere to your north. If you give me some more time, I 
can analyze it fully though" 

But sadly, she couldn't clearly calculate its position. Either Koutarou 
would have to get closer to the source, or more time needed to be 
spent analyzing the signal. 

"Keep taking data and analyze it please" 

"I'll contact you once I've got something" 

"Please do" 

Just as Koutarou and Clan had finished the call, an explosion 
happened to the north, on the still populated side of the city. 



It wasn't that large of an explosion, but it wasn't a single one. Like a 
roar of thunder, the explosions happened one after another. 
Surprised by this, Koutarou and the others stopped and looked 
towards the northern district. There they saw a furiously burning 
fire had replaced some of the night view. It was fire that had 
occurred from the explosions. 

"A fire... was it an accident?" 

"You're wrong Harumi-chan Ho-! There's nothing over there that 
could explode Ho-!" 

"Ane-san, based on the distance and sound it's very likely that it 
was an explosion from portable firearms Ho-" 

"Not good... the radical faction made the first move!" 

Kiriha's expression turned severe. It was hard to believe that this 
was an attack by the conservative faction at this timing. Based on 
their policies, the conservative faction wouldn't attack until they 
rejected the radical faction's demands of surrender. It was more 
natural to assume that the radical faction had launched an attack as 
the conservative faction was taking such a long time to respond. 

"Kiriha-san, let's hurry and meet up with our allies! We'll start from 
there!" 

"You're right. Thank you, Koutarou.... Everyone, follow me!" 


The situation was growing tense and Koutarou and the others had 
no time to hesitate. 



Sortie 


PartI 

Sunday, July 4 

30 minutes after Koutarou and the others departed, the surface 
troops led by Theia began moving out. Their destination was an 
uninhabited island off the coast of Kitsushouharukaze city. On that 
island was the radical faction's secret base. And on it, should be a 
weapon of mass destruction that would cause massive damage both 
to the surface and to the underground. Theia's surface troop's 
objective was to destroy that weapon, the Earth Dragon. 

The girls of room 106, the Sun Rangers and 80 of Kiriha's 
subordinates were waiting to arrive at their destination onboard the 
Cradle's cargo compartment. Everyone had stern expressions as 
they were all aware that this battle would decide their future. 

"...This is the first time I've seen this kind of vehicle" 

"We have a bunch of strange tools too, but... this is on a league of its 
own" 

Amongst them, the Sun Rangers seemed the most shaken. But that 
wasn't because of the coming battle, but because of the strange 
vehicle carrying them. 

It had a design they had never seen before that relied heavily on 
curves. While they had heard the sound of boosters at take off, they 
were flying far quieter than a plane. On top of that the flight was 
incredibly stable, and it hardly shook at all. The guide onboard was 
filled with characters and signs they had never seen before, and not 
even the international standard of english could be found. 




At first the Sun Rangers believed that it might be a secret weapon 
designed by a different country, but that confidence gradually 
vanished. It felt like they had been thrown into a different world, 
especially the more intelligent Kotarou and Hayato. 

"Everyone, I know it's strange, but let's not think too much about it. 
Everyone has their own circumstances. The important thing is that 
we can land on that island without being detected thanks to this 
thing" 

Kenichi was filled with doubts as well, but he had no intentions of 
pursuing the matter. 

The Sun Rangers would participate in this battle, but it was 
unofficial, and they couldn't make their circumstances public. It 
wouldn't be strange for the others to be in a similar position. As 
long as they were allies, it was best for both sides not to touch the 
subject. 

"...Sorry for making you take us into consideration. Red Shine" 

Theia smiled wryly. Truth be told, overlooking it all, Theia was an 
invader, and the Sun Rangers enemy. It would be difficult to gauge 
whether they would understand even if she told them the truth. So 
Kenichi's consideration was a welcome thing. 

"No... that goes both ways" 

"Our positions might be complicated... but there's one thing that's 
certain" 


There was much she couldn't say, but there was something she 
wanted to mention. That was that Theia and the others were the Sun 
Rangers' allies. 



"We will only fight against those that Koutarou has decided to 
fight. We won't fight against anyone else" 

"Those Baron-san has..." 

"You don't have to believe us. But... at least believe in his honest to 
a fault side. We are all in consensus of that" 

What supported Theia's and the others relationship was the time 
spent together and memories they had gained. There had never 
been any real reason or cause for it. Getting others to understand 
that would be hard. That's why she wanted them to believe in 
Koutarou, who was the central figure. She didn't have any other 
means of showing that they were the Sun Rangers' allies. 

"If it's up to Baron-san's judgment, then we can relax" 

Kenichi nodded with a smile. Theia's words were easy for him to 
understand as well. His goal was simply to become a splendid hero 
that could fight against Baron Demon. And if it was up to that 
Baron Demon, then there was no need for doubt. 

"That's right everyone S' The moment Baron-sama showed that 
serious expression of his, it no longer mattered who these girls are f 
You're both so silly, Kotarou and HayatoJ'" 

"The preserved food on this vehicle is really delicious. Someone 
that can make food this delicious could never be a bad person" 

Megumi and Daisaku remained consistent from beginning to end. 
These two had completely trusted Koutarou from the very 
beginning. While they could be called easily deceived, their 
judgment this time was correct. 



"We'll want to avoid any developments that would make the 
children cry, right?" 

"Yeah. Since we're going by the name of the Sun Squad, we have to 
walk the path of justice" 

Kotarou and Hayato soon gave up on thinking of the true identity 
of the Cradle. Neither of them wanted to doubt Theia and the 
others. They had simply been shaken up by seeing something they 
had never laid their eyes on before. Nor did they want to let down 
the underground children they had met just a while ago. 

"Thank you. Sun Rangers. You really are... the real deal" 

"We still have a long way to go" 

"Naturally. The real deal always aims for new heights" 

"Devil Princess-san..." 

"I'm counting on you today. Sun Rangers" 

"Yes, please leave it to us!" 

While the tension couldn't be concealed, the unity and morale of the 
89 troops led by Theia was high. It was clear how fierce of a battle 
they would be in soon, but not having to worry about any problems 
amongst the troops was a positive factor. 

Part 2 

The surface troops landed on the southern coast of the island in 
question. The radical faction's base was on a hilly mountain north of 
this point. While Clan's Cradle was highly adept at stealth, it was 



best not to get overconfident and move on ahead on foot from here 
on. That's why the Cradle hurriedly flew off after unloading Theia 
and the others. From here on out, they would need to advance on 
their own. 

While approaching the base they needed to stay as hidden as 
possible. So they started by securing their surroundings. 

"...There's no sign of the enemy" 

Shizuka reported as she checked her surroundings. Though it was 
dark as the sun had set, it didn't matter to Shizuka who held the 
Fire Dragon Emperor, Alunaya inside of her. On top of that, her 
ability to sense presences gained through her martial arts training 
covered quite a wide area, and she was able to sense all creatures 
around her. But she didn't sense any other humans. 

"I can't sense any magical power either" 

Maki who was next to Shizuka added onto her report. According to 
her examination of the area through spells, there were no signs of 
magic. Maki had been worried that Maya may have cast a magical 
defense network around the area, but that didn't seem to be the 
case. 

I can't imagine that Maya-sama would let her guard down... is it that 
much harder for her to use magic with her mechanical body, or does she 
have some other goal...? 

Maki knew her master better than anyone. Though she didn't sense 
any magic around her, she wasn't going to let her guard down. 


"Ruth, how does it look?" 



"There are no reactions on the EM, gravity waves or spiritual 
energy sensors. It seems like this region is outside of their area of 
precaution." 

Ruth was in charge of the scientific approach. She was operating a 
device floating overhead and searched the area. This device had 
been modified to detect auras, so it could detect spiritual energy 
technology as well. However, there was no reaction on any of the 
sensors, so the area seemed safe from a scientific standpoint too. 

"Hmm... so that's a successful landing" 

Upon hearing the three's reports, Theia nodded approvingly. As she 
did, the Sun Rangers that had remained quiet gave their opinions. 

"It's probably because there's a mountain in the way" 

"But we can't let our guard down. If it was me. I'd monitor this side 
of the island using cameras from the top of the mountain" 

Though small, there was a mountain on the island, making it 
inefficient to survey the entire island. The Sun Rangers experience 
told them that it was most likely that the northern side was being 
properly monitored, whilst the southern side was being surveyed 
through cameras. 

"Devil Princess-san, let's hurry on ahead. Though it might be night, 
we'll stand out in this place" 

"You're right. Men, advance without letting your guard down" 

Theia listened to the Sun Rangers advice, swiftly made her decision 
and led the way forward herself. If everything went according to 
the schedule, Koutarou and the others would arrive at the 



underground world in 30 minutes. Their attack shouldn't begin 
until after that, but she wanted to have room to spare when the time 
came. 

Part 3 

Though it was an uninhabited island, it was still just off the coast of 
Japan, and there was nothing special about it. The local fauna and 
animals were familiar, and the climate was the same. It also seemed 
like people had lived here before as there was a gravel road left 
behind. 

The surface troops calmly advanced. The members, apart from 
Ruth, had a reputable athletic capability, and their steps were light. 

"It's at times like this where I'm grateful that there's magic" 

Yet even Ruth could keep up with the troops. This was thanks to 
Maki's spell. She had cast two spells on Ruth. One was a spell that 
slightly raised her physical capabilities, and the other was a spell 
that slightly lowered the environment's temperature. Both effects 
were minimal, but when used together there was a synergy to it. 
Thanks to that, Ruth could follow the others without running out of 
breath. 



















"I'm glad I could be of help, vice captain" 


"It's a big help. Indigo Knight-dono" 

While the Satomi band of knights sounded impressive, being 
formed by the Blue Knight, there were currently only two other 
members apart from Koutarou. Currently, the band of knight's only 
weapon was their teamwork. But fortunately, that teamwork was 
excellent. 

"How nice, it looks so fun... I should join too" 

Shizuka sent the two an envious glance. Shizuka was part of the 
cooking society in the school, but its activities stopped at cooking. 
To Shizuka, the Satomi band of knights looked like the activity of a 
sports club. 

The captain, Koutarou, and the vice captain, Ruth, were both 
without a doubt knights, but Maki was closer to an accountant. And 
soon, Sanae and Harumi were hoping to join as secretary or in 
charge of chores. At this rate it wouldn't be long before a liberal arts 
band of knights. Theia who believed a band of knights should be 
just that, wanted more soldiers' to join. 

"Then how about you join with the princess knight, Theiamillis?" 

"The mysterious and beautiful knight that appears in the Satomi 
band of knights' time of need. And her identity is princess 
Theiamillis of all things... Hm, that route wouldn't be too bad 
either" 

In Theia's mind she was wearing a cute armor with a flower motif 
as its design and a mask studded with jewels concealing her eyes. It 



wouldn't feel too bad protecting Koutarou, rather than only being 
protected. 

"Wait, Theia-chan" 

But the next moment, Shizuka's smiled instantly vanished. 

"...There's something there. Behind the bush in front of us" 

Shizuka's sharp senses picked up someone's presence. There was 
something holding hostility on the other side of a bush slightly to 
their left. 

"Nobody move. Ruth, 50 meters away in our 11 o'clock direction" 

Theia signaled the 85 behind her to stop using her hand, and had 
Ruth search the point Shizuka had mentioned. Since Shizuka's 
expression had changed, it wasn't just some critter. Danger was 
approaching. 

"Your highness, it seems to be a pack of medium sized beasts. Four 
in total" 

"Not good... there's a magical reaction. They were either made from, 
or strengthened by magic" 

Ruth and Maki quickly identified the enemy. 

"Everyone, get ready for combat. Don't assume they're simple 
beasts. Defeat them on sight!" 


Theia judged that fighting could not be avoided any more. 



The southern side has been turned into these magical beasts' territory, and 
they patrol the area. They'll catch their own food, and would heal from 
minor wounds... they're ideal for guarding a large area for a long period of 
time. 

While the radical faction had spiritual energy weapons that could 
guard an area, but having them patrol a large and irregular area 
would create a problem with maintenance. While they could gather 
spiritual energy from their surroundings, the parts would gradually 
be worn down. 

On that point, creatures controlled by magic didn't require 
maintenance. Turning the area you wanted them to guard into their 
territory, they would continue guarding the area until they died 
without the need for supplies or maintenance. Since magic was 
manual labor, large numbers were difficult to prepare, but that was 
no problem for this kind of usage. The radical faction was putting 
the magical technology that they had gotten to good use. If that line 
of thinking was correct, a delay in preparations would be fatal. 

Part 4 

"Spread out into squads and combat under the commands of the 
squad leaders" 

The girls of room 106 spread out, each of them leading 20 
conservative faction soldiers. This was how the surface troops 
fought. 

"Sun Rangers, I'll leave you to your own. Fight according to your 
own judgment" 


"Roger that" 



The remaining five, the Sun Rangers, were treated as a flying 
column. This was both because of their political position and in 
order to make use of their plentiful experience. 

"They're coming. Everyone stay calm" 

Before Shizuka finished speaking, four beasts leaped out from the 
bushes. They looked like dogs at first glance, but they were far 
bigger. They were biological weapons created through magic. 

"Gaaoooo! Gaaoooo! Grrrrr!!" 

Angered because their territory had been invaded, the beasts 
charged towards the surface troops as they roared loudly. They 
moved far quicker than dogs, if anything it was closer to cheetahs. It 
also seemed like they possessed some intelligence as they zig¬ 
zagged like gazelles to avoid the guns. Their targets were the girls 
in charge. Their instincts had correctly seen through who the 
leaders were. 

In response the surface troops formed two lines and faced off 
against the beasts. However, because of the beasts' swift 
movements, the spiritual energy beams fired missed and flew far 
off. 

Having evaded the rain of fire through their extraordinary 
movement abilities, the beasts closed in on the girls. 

"Blue Knight! Emergency deployment of the distortion field!" 

But if you were to call the beasts extraordinary, then so were the 
girls. The first among them to go on the counter offensive was 
Theia, with her excellent sense for battle. While blocking the claws 
aimed at her with her barrier, she scolded the 20 restless soldiers . 



"Men, don't try to take aim, simple fire straightforward! Seal of the 
area it can move through! Fire!!" 

Having recovered through Theia's voice, the soldiers fired their 
rifles as one. 

The sound sounded almost like a single shot. Because they had all 
aimed for the beast last time their arc had simply been 20 lines. 
However, since they fired straight forward this time their attacks 
covered an entire plane and assaulted the beast. 

"Graaaaa!!" 

The beast jumped into the air without hesitation. Thanks to its 
speed it escaped with just some burnt fur, but its pride had been 
crushed. Determined to crunch down on the arrogant human, 

Theia, who had burnt its prideful fur, the beast scanned the area for 
her in the air. Once it landed it was going to attack her again. 

"Hmm... even though you might be strengthened, your instinct 
when faced with danger is still that of a dog's" 

However, by the time it found Theia, the beast realized its own 
defeat. She had a fearless smile and a powerful shine in her eyes. 
The beast had made a great mistake by assuming she was the 
smallest and weakest of them all. The beast's instincts told it that it 
was facing a wolf in sheep's clothing. 

"Blue Knight, Recoilless Pile Driver" 


"As you wish, my princess" 



That golden wolf's mane fluttered as she attacked the beast. In her 
front legs, golden thick and bulky claws appeared, and the beast 
that was free falling had no way to avoid them. 

A kaboom rang out. 

The wolf's claws, the mechanical pile driver, was a weapon that 
shot a hammer head out by detonating gunpowder. Simply put, it 
was a cannon used at close range. The hammer was driven into the 
beast's side and it's incredibly destructive power was demonstrated 
as the beast was beaten down in a single strike. 

"...As expected from Theia-chan. You beat it right away" 

Impressed by Theia's work, Shizuka wielded her own fists. When it 
came to pure combat capability, Shizuka was stronger with the Fire 
Dragon Emperor within her. But when adding in their 20 
subordinates as well, Theia was stronger. Shizuka was an amateur 
at commanding, and she would end up focusing on herself, she 
wasn't able to make full use of her squad. That's why Shizuka was 
impressed by Theia. 

"I can't stand here admiring her, I have to work hard too!" 

Shizuka swung her leg and kicked the beast attacking her. The kick 
struck the beast's front leg, but the beast readjusted its posture and 
landed as if nothing had happened. It lightly dragged it's foot, but it 
hadn't suffered any decisive damage. 

"Everyone, please!" 

With distance having opened up between them again, the 
conservative faction began their attack once more. A bunch of 
spiritual energy was fired from the rifles and poured down towards 



the beast. Several of the attacks hit, probably because it had slightly 
slowed down from Shizuka's attack. The hits stripped the beast of 
its stamina, but it wasn't enough to defeat it, and it opened its jaws 
to crunch down on some of the nearby soldiers. 

"I won't let you!" 

Not going to let that happen, Shizuka rushed towards the beast. 
This had repeated itself a couple of times. Shizuka would protect 
the soldiers from the beast, and the soldiers would cover Shizuka's 
openings. Because of her lack of experience, she naturally stayed on 
the defensive. 

"Should I help?" 

"It's not your turn yet, uncle!" 

Shizuka's fist struck the beast's face. Starting to panic from the 
accumulated damage, the beast's urge to attack grew stronger and 
Shizuka's fist completely threw it off balance and the soldiers' that 
the beast had aimed for escaped danger. Confirming that with a 
side glance, Shizuka continuously attacked. 

"What does gaining a little weight do. It's not like it actually increases" 

"I don't want others to think I've gotten heavier!" 


The dragon inside of Shizuka offered to help, but she felt it wasn't 
the time for that yet. Considering what was going to happen today, 
she wanted to avoid wasting magical power and her circumstances 
as a maiden were probably mixed in as well. 



"Won't you be more well liked by the other sex with some more mass on 
you ?" 

"That's only common sense for you uncle!" 

Fortunately, Shizuka's decision was correct. Having accumulated 
enough damage, the beast was no longer able to avoid Shizuka's 
attacks. Once that happened, the fight tilted towards Shizuka's 
favor. 

"A human girl is more well liked when she's small and cute!" 

The last kick using all of Shizuka's strength struck the side of the 
beast's head and lost consciousness. 

"...I don't believe you could be considered small and cute from the moment 
you could defeat monsters without weapons" 

Thus, the fight ended with Shizuka's victory, but she didn't seem 
very pleased. 

Shizuka fought by standing on the front lines herself, Maki on the 
other hand, did the opposite. The magician Maki fell back and 
focused on supporting the soldiers. 

"Keep it up. Everyone stay calm and continue attacking" 

Maki's most skilled type of spells were mind manipulation and 
reinforcing, simply put they were spells dealing with the mind and 
improving people's conditions. Using that, she increased her 
squad's combat capabilities, and obstructed the beast. 


" Gaaoooo! Grrrrrrr!" 



The soldiers attacked the beast. Only about ten percent of the 
attacks hit, but they were far more accurate than the other squads. 
This was the result of Maki's spell that increased the soldiers' 
reaction speed. As a result, only Maki's squad weren't overwhelmed 
by the beast's movements and gradually damaged it each time they 
attacked. The beast was so focused on dodging that it never found 
an opportunity to charge forward, all it could do was letting out 
roars of anger. 

"...Amplify - Fear" 

Maki unleashed a spell that limited the beast's movements even 
further. Maki's spell didn't deal direct damage, but rather affected 
its mind. The spell amplified its fear, fueled its irritation and robbed 
it of its calmness. This proved very effective against the beast and its 
movements visibly grew worse. Once its movements worsened, the 
soldiers' attacks hit. There was no need for Maki to attack herself. 

"Force Field - Modifier - Area Effect" 

Maki would protect the soldiers with a defensive spell from time to 
time. It wasn't that hard to block an attack from a slowed beast, and 
Maki safely enclosing the beast's attack. 

While it wasn't a flashy way, the beast couldn't attack or defend. 
That amplified its fear and irritation even further. The more it 
fought, the more it drove itself into a comer. It was a frightening 
strategy fit for a mind manipulating magician. 

"Grrrr, Gaaaaaaaaa!!" 

Eventually the beast completely lost its calm and charged at Maki. It 
ignored the fire raining down on it and forcibly broke through the 
line of soldiers to leap at Maki. 



"Tiny Memory Flash - Modifier - Touch Trigger" 


Maki on the other hand remained calm. She calmly chanted a spell 
and an indigo light wrapped around her cane. Holding the cane as a 
spear she faced down the beast charging her. 

"Goooaaaa!!" 

"I'm sorry... that said, you'll forget it in a moment" 

The tip of Maki's cane touched the beast. As it did, all of the magic 
cast on the cane flowed into the beast. The spell in the cane was 
Maki's speciality that erased memories for a few seconds. The beast 
that had no knowledge of that spell had lost sight of Maki despite 
her being right in front of it. Having its memories rewound by a few 
seconds, it looked like she had instantly changed her position. 

"I'll leave the rest to you" 

Maki walked away from the beast that was at a loss. The next 
moment, the soldiers fired a rain of spiritual energy beams at the 
stopped beast. Not even the beast could do anything about this and 
it collapsed, no longer moving. 

While three of the girls were fighting well, Ruth was being pushed 
back. Since she was better at managing information than moving 
her body, she was a bad match for the swift beast. 

"Everyone, please don't step out of the distortion field!" 

Ruth was wearing a powered armor, acting as a shield for her 
squad. Compared to standard barriers, the armor's barrier's output 
was higher. It performed more than well enough to block the beast's 
attack. Her squad attacked from behind. Since Forthorthe's barriers 



couldn’t block spiritual energy, the attacks passed through the 
barrier, making a one-sided attack possible. 

"Gaoo, Grrrr!!" 

However, the beast moved swiftly, and soldiers' attacks couldn't hit. 
As a result, neither side could seize an advantage. 

This isn't a good situation... 

Irritated by the situation, the beast moved around Ruth in an 
attempt to attack the soldiers behind. Ruth desperately tried to 
prevent it, but since the beast was faster she was at the mercy of the 
beast. At this rate Ruth would run out of stamina before the beams 
would hit. 

"Are you okay!?" 

"Sun Rangers!" 

Having noticed that Ruth was having a hard time, the Sun Rangers 
moved to back her up. 

"Megu-chan, drive it away with your gun!" 

"Be careful, Daisaku-kun" 

Red, Yellow and Pink placed themselves in the way so the beast 
couldn't get around. 

"The wind is south-southwest, wind velocity one meter. Humidity 
is 68%. There's no need to correct with this wind speed and 
direction" 



"Roger, moving to shoot... firing!" 

Attacking was left to the remaining two. Blue and Green. The two 
were partners and they sniped the beast at a distance. It should be 
difficult to avoid this attack. 

"Gaooo!!" 

"Miss!" 

"Damnit, it's too fast!" 

"Hayato-niichan, nothing will come from complaining" 

"I know. I'm loading the next bullet!" 

However, it was virtually impossible to hit the swift beast. It was 
difficult just finding it with the scope. Before they could even get to 
the problem with the beast dodging the bullets, they ran into a 
problem of aiming at the beast. 

"We have to stop it from moving somehow..." 

"There's no need to worry, Red-san. Now that you are here we can 
win" 

"Eh?" 

"Please use this data" 

Ruth sent data to the weapons that the Sun Rangers were using. The 
weapons that the Sun Rangers were currently using were borrowed 
Forthorthe weapons. It was only natural that they could share data. 


"This data is?" 



"It's a simulation model of this monster's habits. Though accuracy is 
low, you should be able to get a grasp of the timing of when it 
stops" 

Ruth had been gathering information on the beast while staying on 
the defensive, creating a simulation model on its movements. She 
was originally planning on using it herself to go on the counter 
attack, but fortunately, the Sun Rangers that were better at attacking 
than her had appeared. There, Ruth provided them with her 
simulation model and left attacking to them. 

"We can do this, Hayato-niichan!" 

"Alright!" 

When Green's shooting support computer executed Ruth's model, a 
prediction of where the beast would be in two seconds appeared in 
Blue's scope. According to Ruth's calculation, the prediction had a 
60% probability. But that was enough. 

"Nii-chan!" 

"Firing!" 

"Miss!" 

"Reloading!" 

Blue's first shot missed. ITowever, Blue reloaded his gun without 
getting depressed. Then, the beast moved just as Ruth's simulation 
model had predicted, and the beast slid into the center of Blue's 
scope. And in that place it stopped for a moment. The two didn't let 
that opening slip by. 



"Now!" 


"Firing!" 

The bullet fired from Blue's rifle hit the center of the beast's body 
just as aimed. The bullet fired was a special taser bullet that 
discharged a high voltage upon hitting its target. Overcome with 
such high voltage, the beast's body stiffened up and stopped 
moving. A single taser bullet wasn't enough to incapacitate it. 

"Megumi, the legs!" 

"Got it!" 

However, the Sun Rangers didn't stop their attack there. Using a 
gun, she shot the beast's legs. With its legs injured, the beast fell 
towards the ground. 

"Let's go, Daisaku!" 

"Yeah!" 

Finally was Red and Yellow. Yellow acted as a step and threw Red 
high up into the air. After flipping once through the air. Red held 
his sword in both hands. Below him was the point where the beast 
had collapsed. 

"This is the end!!" 

Red brought down his sword onto the head of the beast that was 
struggling to get up. As he did, electricity was discharged just like 
Blue's bullets. Suffering from both the sword's strike and electricity, 
the magically strengthened beast lost its consciousness. 



Part 5 


The four beasts were defeated a few minutes after Shizuka had 
sensed their presence. All four had lost consciousness and laid 
collapsed on the ground. 

"Devil Princess-san, I know how this might sound but... was it 
really okay to not kill them?" 

Though they were originally dogs, they were now modified 
weapons. Once they regained consciousness they would probably 
still be hostile, and they must be miserable, living as weapons. The 
Sun Rangers point was quite justifiable. 

"They're unfortunate dogs... but strategic convenience wins out this 
time. Though they might not be intelligent enough to contact their 
owners on a regular basis, they've probably been made to let them 
know of their deaths" 

Theia had avoided killing the dogs because she was thinking ahead. 
Her intuition told her that they shouldn't kill the dogs. If the dogs 
died then there would be an absence of guards. In that case, there 
might be a mechanism to let the owners know if that happened. 
Theia's and the others goal was just to reach the secret base, and for 
that purpose, risks needed to be kept at a minimum. 

"I see... that does seem like a possibility" 

The Sun Rangers seemed convinced, but Ruth who was listening 
nearby wasn't. She smiled and spoke to Theia. 

"Your highness, you can admit that it's just because you felt sorry 
for them" 



"I don't really..." 


"Really?" 

"...I-It's because I felt sorry for them" 

Theia had another reason for not killing the dogs other than the 
strategical one, and with two reasons there was no reason to go out 
of their way to kill the dogs. 

"Satomi-kun would surely praise you" 

"Yeah, Satomi-kun looks like he likes be— animals" 

"W-Well, I guess everything worked out alright... That's right, Maki. 
Could you keep them asleep for a while?" 

If the beasts woke up they would very likely become a threat again. 
That's why Theia wanted to keep them asleep until the battle was 
over. 

"For better or for worse, that's the kind of magic I specialize in" 

Maki was a magician who focused on mind manipulating indigo 
magic. Causing someone to fall asleep was her specialty. But the 
current Maki felt somewhat saddened by that. Maki having a wry 
smile as she nodded couldn't be avoided. 

"That would really help. Please do so right away" 

"...As you wish, princess" 

Theia's bright smile felt reassuring as it was like Theia was saying 
that Maki was fine the way she was. 



Maguz's Identity 


PartI 

Sunday, July 4 

As Koutarou and the others were running through the old district to 
meet up with their allies several explosions happened in the new 
district. For each explosion the fire got worse, lighting up the city 
even more than the lights in the windows. If they strained their ears 
they could also hear something sounding like gunshots every now 
and then. Sensing how fierce the battle must be, the party grew 
tenser. 

"What is the meaning of this, Maguz..." 

Kiriha mortifyingly bit her lip. 

The radical faction had demanded that the conservative faction 
surrendered by threatening to use the earthquake weapon, so at the 
very least they shouldn't be attacking until the conservative faction 
has responded. Yet, the battle had begun before an answer was 
given. They didn't know the reason, but it was clear that Kiriha and 
the others were being led by the nose by the radical faction's leader, 
Maguz. 

"Calm down, Kiriha-san" 

Koutarou said as he placed his hand on Kiriha's shoulder. Fie was 
calm and composed. 

"In large-scale battles, unexpected events will happen. The 
commander's job is to adapt to that and make adjustments to the 
plan. Not make sure the battle follows your plan" 




Amongst the underground troops, only Koutarou had experience 
with large battles. He hadn't taken part in modern wars, but while 
weapons and strategies changed, the commander's attitude didn't. 
As a result, Koutarou calmly reacted to the situation. 

"...Thank you, Koutarou" 

Upon hearing Koutarou's words, Kiriha took a deep breath. 

Showing a small smile, she held onto Koutarou's hand resting on 
her shoulder. 

"I'm glad you are with me" 

"Everyone's like that at first. Me too. Besides, having you rely on me 
is not a bad feeling at all" 

While Koutarou nodded back to Kiriha he was thinking about 
something else. 

If anything, the radical faction are the dangerous ones... 

The radical faction lacked experience in war as well. Having hidden 
underground for hundreds of years, they haven't done battle for at 
least that long. While they might have experience with using 
weapons through skirmishes, there was no one that knew what 
would happen when an army faced another army. 

That's why no matter how much the radical faction acted like 
warriors, and spoke of honor and justice, it was all just theoretical. 
While they might believe they understand war from watching 
footage and reading documents, they don't actually understand 
anything. It was a war between novices. The radical faction was 
getting excited from their war game. 



That's what Koutarou feared. In a war like that, they couldn't pull 
their punches like a fight between children. If they took action, 
Koutarou felt like they might even do something that can't be 
undone without hesitation. In truth, they had created an earthquake 
weapon. 

"But Kiriha-san... in order to end this battle, you'll need a 
considerable resolution" 

"I know. No... I believe I understand" 

Kiriha nodded. She was well aware of how dangerous the radical 
faction was. And that control of the situation might be slipping out 
of her hands. 

"That’s why..." 

Kiriha stopped speaking there. She couldn't show any further 
weakness in front of her subordinates. In return, she strongly 
squeezed Koutarou's hand. 


Koutarou couldn't say anything. But her feelings conveyed to him, 
and he squeezed her hand back just as hard. 

Part 2 

The guard house where Kiriha and the others would meet up with 
their allies was a small building built several decades ago. By the 
time the old district was abandoned, its walls still had a beautiful 
white color, but now it had turned into a reddish-brown from dirt 
and dust. There were cracks in the concrete and windows, clearly 
showing how much time had passed. While it hadn't deteriorated as 



much as an equivalent building on the surface would from the wind 
and rain, it still fit the description of an abandoned building. 

"A-Are you fine with this, Sakuraba-senpai?" 

"Fine with what?" 

"The insects! There's a bunch of insects inside this building!" 

"Ah... well, the insects coming straight at me are scary, but other 
than that..." 

"I hate the crawly ones and the ones with lots of legs!" 

"Like this one?" 

"Kyaaaaa!! Satomi-san, Satomi-san, save me!!" 

"Sanae, play with Yurika later, now's not a good time" 

"Okay" 

As Koutarou and the others entered the building they found the 
contact representatives from the conservative faction already 
waiting for them 

"Kiriha-sama!" 

Upon spotting Kiriha, they ran up to her. Their job was to report the 
underground situation to Kiriha and tell the main force what Kiriha 
and the others will be doing. 

"Thank you for your trouble. How's the situation?" 



Keeping the greetings brief, Kiriha urged them to report as they 
were short on time. There, the leader of the group stepped up to 
report. 

"About that. The radical faction has raided our base. It seems like 
they got impatient waiting for our answer to their demand of 
surrender..." 

The contact representative debriefed Kiriha on the situation. 

Yesterday, the radical faction revealed the existence of their 
earthquake weapon, and demanded that the conservative faction 
surrendered. If they surrendered, the radical faction would attack 
the surface in high spirits, as a result, they could not choose 
surrender. The conservative faction had reached a consensus that 
attacking the surface would eventually lead the People of the Earth 
to ruin. There, the conservative faction replied that they would 
examine the question further in an attempt to buy time. If they 
rejected, the radical faction might use their earthquake weapon, or 
they might seize control of the conservative faction through military 
force. The conservative faction had to complete their preparations 
before that happened. 

However, they were not given that much time. Either the radical 
faction got impatient or they realized that the conservative faction 
had no intention to surrender. Regardless of reason, once 24 hours 
passed, the radical faction attacked the conservative faction's base. 

They attacked the executive branch and the legislature, the army 
base and the offices and homes of those influential in the 
conservative faction. 



The attackers were armed radicals, and a part of the army under the 
radical faction's control. While it may be small scale, it was without 
a doubt a military coup. 

The attack began as a surprise attack, which allowed the 
numerically inferior radical faction to overwhelm the conservative 
faction. With the attack, the conservative faction's chain of 
command was cut off and forced the troops to act individually, 
which meant they couldn't make use of their numbers. On top of 
that, the radical faction was using weapons that the conservative 
faction had never seen before, and the overall combat power of each 
individual radical faction soldier was higher than each individual 
conservative faction soldier. At this rate the conservative faction 
would be dismantled, they had to regain control of the situation or 
defeat was inevitable. 

Fortunately many of the influential people had managed to escape. 
Not even the conservative faction would move ahead without plans 
when their surrender was being demanded. They were currently 
moving to hiding places prepared in case of emergencies in order to 
regain control. If things went well, the tides might even turn. 

Once the contact representative finished their report, Fiarumi who 
had been quietly listening tilted her head and pulled on Koutarou's 
sleeve. She was curious about the difference in what the radical 
faction was saying and what they were doing. 

"Satomi-kun, why did the radical faction go ahead and attack? They 
even threatened that they would use the earthquake weapon if they 
didn't surrender" 

"I can think of two reasons" 


Koutarou raised two fingers and showed ITarumi. 



"The first is that they might not be able to use the earthquake 
weapon yet. However, that isn't very realistic" 

"Why is that?" 

"If it wasn't they wouldn't bother giving Kiriha-san that 
information. It would only be when it's complete or close to it that 
they would inform Kiriha-san" 

If the earthquake weapon. Earth Dragon, was incomplete, there 
wouldn't be any point in informing Kiriha as the risk of them being 
attacked would increase. It wasn't until the weapon was complete 
or close to it that it would function as a threat. 

"I see... then what about the second reason?" 

"If they use the earthquake weapon they'll be unable to use the 
underground's manpower and production facilities. The radical 
faction must want to be able to make use of those if possible" 

During the war in the past Forthorthe Koutarou had experienced 
that from time to time. Involving a village or town in a battle would 
cause a loss even if you won. It was common sense for a competent 
commander to avoid such loss. 

As expected, leaving his minion Tayuma aside, we should be cautious of 
the mastermind, Maguz. Maguz is thinking ahead... 

If that was the reason as to why the earthquake weapon wasn't 
being used, then combined with the magical weapon Yurika had 
brought with her, the utmost care is needed to be taken when 
dealing with Maguz. 


"Which means, wouldn't this situation be bad?" 



"What do you mean with bad?" 

"If the evil underground people start to lose this fight, won't they 
cause an earthquake" 

"Ah" 

Yurika's eyes opened wide. Sanae was right. 

The radical faction was currently winning, and they're not using the 
earthquake weapon as there's a chance they can make use of the 
production facilities and manpower. But if the conservative faction 
were to regain control and started pushing the radical faction back, 
that might no longer be the case. By that point they might revert to 
their original goal of invading the surface and use the earthquake 
weapon to lay ruin to the underground. If they couldn't win, 
production facilities and manpower meant nothing. 

Kiriha replied to Sanae's doubts. She had already found the answer. 

"In other words, everything relies on our underground troops and 
Theia-dono's surface troops. We must suppress the radical faction's 
base while Theia-dono and the others destroy the earthquake 
weapon. Earth Dragon, at the same time. And as quickly as possible 
at that. That is our only remaining chance of victory" 

The radical faction still wasn't aware of the existence of Kiriha and 
the others. That's why they might be able to launch a surprise attack 
on their base. By doing that, the battle underground would reach its 
conclusion, and if Theia and the others destroyed Earth Dragon at 
the same time, they could avoid a tragedy. 

"The problem is how we find the radical faction's base but —" 



"There's no need to worry Kii. I have already located the 
transmitter" 

Clan's voice came from Koutarou's bracelet. Koutarou had activated 
the comms to let her listen in on this conversation as well. 

"Onee-chan..." 

"I promised you right? That I would let you win" 

Koutarou operated his bracelet and revealed a hologram of Clan. 
Her expression at the time was fit for a princess, it was a prideful 
and powerful expression. 

Part 3 

After getting the coordinates from Clan, Kiriha took action right 
away. She told the contact representatives the details of her plans 
and left a message for the conservative leaders that they should 
refrain from swiftly winning once they regain control of the main 
forces. She then took her 20 subordinates, and Koutarou and the 
others with her and headed towards the coordinates she had gotten. 

"That's a gloomy face you've got there Kii. Is there something on 
your mind?" 

"Onee-chan, to what extent does the margin error for these 
coordinates reach?" 

Kiriha whispered to the comms device connected to Clan. She didn't 
want her subordinates to hear so she spoke so that only Clan and 
Koutarou could hear. 



"Well, they are jamming on their end so the analysis isn't that 
accurate... at most it's plus minus 15 meters" 

"15 meters..." 

"Is that a problem?" 

"Actually... a retainer that has served my family for ages lives in the 
coordinates you gave us. It's someone you and Onii-chan have met 
before" 

"Could it be that old man from back then?" 

Koutarou joined the conversation. He was standing a bit away from 
Kiriha but the comms were connected to him as well. 












"Yeah..." 


Kiriha nodded lightly. 

The 'old man from back then' as Koutarou put it was the elderly 
man that had come to the surface when Kiriha had ran away from 
home. 

Kasumi Kouma. 

The Kasumi family had served the Kurano family for many 
generations. Kouma was not exempt from that, and he had served 
as Daiha's attendant for many years. He had served as Kiriha's 
guardian eleven years ago when she had lost her mother, but once 
she grew up he returned to his former position. He also had many 
children and a splendid successor by the name of Raiga. It was said 
that eventually Raiga would serve as Kiriha's attendant. 

Kiriha couldn't imagine that Kouma would wish for the surface to 
be ruined. She could confidently say that he was the most loyal of 
subjects. 

"Clan, didn't you just miscalculate?" 

"I wish that was the case..." 

Koutarou and Clan both understood how Kiriha felt. They didn't 
want to believe that the gentle old man they had met back then was 
plotting behind everyone's back. However, Clan's analysis of the 
transmitter said that the trailer was parked by Kouma's home. And 
if Kouma was working with the radical faction it would explain 
why they had been unable to find any leads on Maguz. If 
information was leaking from Daiha's aide, it was only obvious that 
the radical faction would stay one step ahead. 



"I wish it was just some kind of mistake..." 

Kiriha bit her lip. She was in a tough position as one of the people 
she trusted the most told her to doubt another of the people she 
trusted the most. 

"It's still not certain yet. Let's hurry so we can confirm it" 

"Yeah. Sorry for making you worry Onii-chan, Onee-chan" 

"We don't mind. It's just between us, right, Bertorion?" 

"Yeah, of course" 

"Thank you... both of you..." 

"It's about time for the commander to return" 

"Yeah!" 

Kiriha wiped away her tears and raised her head. Kouma's home 
was right around the corner. 

Part 4 

As the Kasumi family was a distinguished family that had served 
the Kurano family for many generations, their gate was large. The 
large, traditional Japanese-style gate welcomed Koutarou and the 
others who were rushing towards it. Strictly speaking, the gate 
didn't compare to the Higashihongan family's gate. But since they 
were underground things simply ended up becoming smaller. The 
status of the family was certainly not inferior to the Higashihongan 
family. 



"I just hope someone is still here... Excuse me!" 


Kiriha knocked on the gate with a stem expression. Her anxiety 
could still be seen however as she was facing a very difficult phase. 

"...Yes, do you have some business— Kiriha-sama!?" 

A male employee of the Kasumi family peeked through a small 
window. Since this was a pressing time he seemed quite timid. But 
upon confirming that it was Kiriha, he hurriedly opened the gate. 
Since Kouma had served as Kiriha's guardian, the relationship 
between Kiriha and the members of the Kasumi family ran deep. 

"Is uncle... is Kouma at home?" 

"The master just returned. However, he has said that he will leave 
right away" 

Fortunately, Kouma was at home. When the radical faction had 
launched their surprise attack, Kouma had been at the legislature. 
He escaped from there and moved to a safehouse, but on his way 
there he stopped by his home. And through sheer chance, Kiriha 
happened to catch him in. 

"My lady!?" 

That was when Kouma himself appeared from the mansion. A large 
bag was hanging down from his shoulder, filled with important 
documents. Kouma had braved the risks of returning home so he 
could take these documents with him. 

He's gotten a little older, but it's the old man from back then... 



Koutarou had seen the man before. Like Kiriha had said, he was the 
elderly man that they had met eleven years ago. While Koutarou 
was surprised by that, Kiriha ran up to him. 

"Uncle!!" 

Kiriha ran towards Kouma, and Kouma did the same. The two 
faced each other just past the inside of the gate and Koutarou and 
the others soon approached. 

"Why are you here!? No, more importantly, it's dangerous here!! 
Let's escape together!!" 

"Uncle, I have something important to talk about. That's why I'm 
here" 

Kiriha skipped the greetings and moved directly onto the main 
topic. Kouma was an influential person in the conservative faction. 
Since he had been at the legislature his home hadn't been attacked, 
but if the radical faction found out about it, they would surely 
come. And then there was the more unthinkable reason that Kouma 
might have connections with the radical faction. There was no time 
to spare either way. 

"Something important? Is that more important than escaping from 
here?" 

"That's right" 

Kiriha nodded with her stern expression. Sensing that, Kouma’s 
expression naturally grew sterner as well. The two had been 
together for so long that they could understand each other's feelings 
right away. 



"Uncle, we are currently looking for the radical faction's base. 
There's no way to stop this battle other than to strike at the heart of 
the radical faction" 

Kiriha's voice was firm. The reason for that was because she wished 
for it to all be a mistake. 

"I understand the circumstances, but... why are you at my home?" 

Kouma inclined his head in confusion. Koutarou couldn't sense that 
he was lying or acting unnatural. If he was acting, he was quite the 
actor. 

"...We attached transmitters to the five trailers in the radical 
faction's weapon factory. And one of them points to this place" 

As Kiriha said that she stared at Kouma's expression so she could 
read what went on behind it. 

"What!? So my lady, you're saying that I'm working with the radical 
faction!?" 

Kouma's suddenly enraged. His face turned red as he appealed to 
Kiriha. 

"That's not it! There's a chance that this is all one of the radical 
faction's plans!" 

Upon seeing Kouma's reaction, Kiriha gradually grew more 
convinced. Kouma really was just Kouma. He wasn't part of the 
radical faction. But even then she had to make sure of it. 



"That's not it, but it's the truth that the transmitter's signal is coming 
from this place! Please let us search the mansion, Kouma! This is 
our only lead!" 

Before knocking on the Kasumi family gate they had confirmed that 
the signal really was coming from the mansion. Regardless of the 
reason, if the checked out that source they might find a clue that 
could lead them to the radical faction's base. Though she believed in 
Kouma she couldn't back down. 

"I understand. This Kouma has nothing to hide from my lady. If 
you say it will help in the battle against the radical faction then 
search to your hearts content" 

Kouma gave his okay right away. He didn't seem shaken up in the 
slightest. To Koutarou the elderly man only looked like a loyal 
subject displaying his innocence. 

Having gotten Kouma's approval, the party quickly began 
searching for the transmitter. The one in charge of searching for it 
was Clan. Koutarou and the others followed her directions and 
moved towards Kouma's garden. 

"Kii, please continue straight forward. The transmitter's signal is 
coming from 70 meters up ahead" 

"So that's it... I've found a building that seems to fit the bill" 

"Be careful, Kii. The radical faction might be lurking around" 
"Thank you" 

In the garden behind the house were several large warehouses. Clan 
was guiding Kiriha to one of those warehouses. 



"It seems like this is the place. Kouma, could you open it up?" 

Standing in front of the warehouse in question, Kiriha looked up at 
it. Like the mansion, it was built in the same traditional Japanese - 
style, and was several dozen meters large. It was large enough to 
conceal the trailer in question without any problems. 

"My lady, are you sure this is it?" 

Having come up to the warehouse, the calm Kouma's expression 
started clouding up. 

"It seems like it. Is there a problem?" 

"No..." 

With his expression still clouded, Kouma stepped up next to Kiriha 
and put his hand on the door in order to unlock it. The building was 
old, but the lock was computer controlled. Kouma input the 
password like in a familiar fashion. 

"The password is incorrect" 

"Oh?" 

However, the door didn't open despite Kouma entering the 
password. The panel beeped and displayed that the password was 
incorrect. 

"That's strange..." 

Kouma attempted to enter the password again, but the results were 
the same. 



"What's wrong?" 


"Well my lady... it seems that the password has been changed" 

"The password has?" 

"I haven't heard about this..." 

Since family heirloom and the likes were placed in the warehouses, 
so Kouma would receive a report if the password was changed. Yet 
it had been, it was an impossible situation. 

"Could this be..." 

"What is it, Kouma?" 

"No... since it's come to this, let's destroy the door" 

"Uncle, you don't have to do that. I'll open it from the inside" 

Quick to the punch, Sanae split into Sanae-chan and Sanae-san. She 
was going to open the door in her ghost form. Seeing her 
appearance, Kouma's eyes opened wide. 

"Just what is..." 

"Or do you need a password from the inside too?" 

"N-No, you can open it from the inside normally" 

"I see. Then wait. I'll get it open right away" 

"Be careful, Sanae-chan" 


"I’m fine. I’m fine. Well I’m off" 



Sanae-chan passed through the door as Sanae-san worriedly saw 
her off. 


A few seconds later the sound of the door's lock being undone 
could be heard. Sanae-chan's face peeked through the door and she 
beckoned the others over with a smile. 

"Okay, everyone come in" 

"Thank you, Sanae... Then let's go" 

Kiriha thanked Sanae and took the lead as she opened the door. So 
the party entered the warehouse in question. 

The inside of the warehouse was dark and it wasn't possible to see 
anything. However Kouma flipped a switch on a nearby wall to 
light up the old lamps in the warehouse. That was when Koutarou 
and the others could finally see what was inside. 

Like the outside, the inside was of a traditional Japanese-style. With 
the light, the entire warehouse gave off a warm impression. 
However, something that contradicted such warmth was at the 
center of the warehouse. It was that trailer that Koutarou and the 
others had seen in the radical faction's factory. 

"Satomi-kun, this is that trailer, isn't it!?" 

"Yeah, there's no mistaking it" 

Since Harumi and Koutarou had seen it in person at the factory they 
could tell right away. Especially since Koutarou had seen it up 
close. Koutarou approached the trailer and removed the transmitter 
that had been attached under the main body. It was proof that this 
was indeed the trailer. 



"It's the transmitter I attached. Then it's certain" 


"But... how can!" 

Kouma panickingly ran up to the trailer and opened the trailer's 
container. The moment he saw what was inside he greatly shook his 
head and rejected it. 

"Impossible, this can not be! It's a lie. Tell me it's a lie!" 

The majority of the contents had already been carried away. 
However, since some of it still remained, one could imagine who 
the owner was. What was left were firearms, armor, tactical vehicles 
and the like. It was the same equipment the radical faction was 
using against the conservative faction at this very moment. 

"...I-If this is here then... if this is here then..." 

Kouma sat down on the spot and began shedding tears. He wasn't 
shedding tears because his connection with the radical faction had 
been revealed. He didn't have any connection with them. Instead, if 
this trailer was in this warehouse it pointed to someone else having 
connections to the radical faction. And that fact was unbearably sad 
for Kouma. 

"...Raiga... why did you... didn't we both swear... to serve the 
Kurano family... why would you... join the likes of the radical 
faction..." 

Kasumi Raiga. A smart and considerate man, loved by those around 
him, and was expected to become the Kasumi family's successor. He 
was Kouma's pride and joy. The radical faction's trailer had been 
brought into his personal warehouse. 



Part 5 


Assuming that Kasumi Raiga was part of the radical faction would 
answer some questions. Such as why the conservative faction 
couldn't find any leads to the radical faction, or why the password 
to the warehouse had been secretly changed. If Raiga was leaking 
information there was no way that the radical faction would slip up 
easily. And since it was his personal warehouse, changing the 
password was easy. There were also many more questions that 
would be answered under this assumption. That's why Raiga's 
involvement was almost certain. All that was left was how deeply 
involved he was. 

"Uncle, cheer up. It's still not certain that Raiga is part of the radical 
faction. He might be forced to cooperate under threat" 

"...I just hope... that is the case..." 

Even if Raiga had a connection to the radical faction there was a 
considerate difference between being threatened or joining through 
his own free will. In order to get more details, Kiriha and the others 
were headed towards Raiga's private room inside of the mansion. 
They were going to look for information regarding the radical 
faction there. 

"...I feel bad for him" 

Yurika mumbled as she stared at Kouma's back. Harumi who was 
next to her nodded. Being very sympathetic, tears were forming in 
her eyes. 

"...Just how painful would it be... to learn that your own family 
might be an enemy..." 



Imagining her own parents becoming her enemies, Harumi couldn't 
bear it. 


"But, Koutarou. That's not his fault is it?" 

Sanae also felt sorry for Kouma, but that was more because she felt 
sorry that the parent was blamed for their, now adult, son being 
reckless. It was a very simple concept that fit Sanae. 

"I imagine it wouldn't be that simple when it comes to your own 
child. But I bet it's hard for us to imagine as we're still children" 

"Hmm..." 

Sanae crossed her arms and began thinking. It was a problem that 
was quick and easy to accept. That was where Sanae-san called out 
to Sanae-chan. Sanae-san had a different way of thinking about it. 

"Uhm, Sanae-chan. If Koutarou-san was suddenly revealed to be an 
enemy one day, how would you feel?" 

"How... that would never happen" 

There was absolutely no way that Koutarou would ever become 
Sanae's enemy. That had become common sense to Sanae-chan. If he 
was ever to become a bad guy, so would Sanae. 

"But that's just what happened to uncle Kouma" 

"...I kinda feel like I understand" 

To Sanae, being left behind was more problematic than Koutarou 
suddenly becoming a bad guy. Thinking that something like that 
had happened to Kouma was easier for Sanae-chan to understand. 



Having understood, Sanae-chan merged with Sanae-san and held 
Koutarou's hand. 

"What's wrong?" 

"Koutarou... if you ever become a bad guy... then make sure you 
take us with you" 

Sanae tightly squeezed Koutarou's hand. 

"Okay. When that time comes I will" 

Koutarou nodded and squeezed the worried Sanae's hand back. 

Part 6 

It had been a while since Kouma last visited his son's, Raiga's, room. 
He had been busy dealing with the radical faction, and when 
needed Raiga would come to his room instead. As a result, there 
was never a need for Kouma to visit Raiga's room. 

"...Just when did Raiga grow up so big..." 

Kouma picked up a photograph of a younger self and a small boy. 
That was how Raiga had looked 20 years ago. He was currently 
over 30 years of age, but to Kouma, that image of a young boy had 
never left him. Because of that he would sometimes inadvertently 
make Raiga angry as he treated him like a child. But now even those 
were good memories. 

"...I guess he's grown up to become an independent adult..." 

He was sure that he knew everything there was to Raiga when he 
was young. But now that confidence was waning. Inside of his son 



was something like a fog that he couldn't see past. And that made 
Kouma uneasy and sad. 

"Uncle... Raiga is still your child. You can believe in him" 

"Thank you, my lady..." 

Kouma wiped away his tears and returned the photograph to its 
former place. After that, Kouma looked around the room. He found 
mostly tools for work, but he could see some items of remembrance 
mixed in. Like the game board they had played together, his sports 
uniform or the book he had read to him. Since Kouma had lost his 
wife early on, he had given his all to spend as much time with his 
son as possible. These memories filled this room. That's why when 
he stood here, he simply couldn't believe it. That Raiga was related 
to the radical faction. He couldn't help but pray that Raiga was at 
most being threatened and forced to cooperate. The young boy in 
Kouma's mind was still showing his innocent smile. 

"Let's believe in Raiga, Uncle... I'm sure he will answer your 
expectations" 

"My lady... yes..." 


Kouma nodded and sat down on the sofa that Kiriha had led him 
to. Kiriha had to search for clues, but she couldn't leave the 
depressed Kouma be. 

"...Uncle Kouma..." 

Sanae stared at Kouma and Kiriha. 


"Alright, I’ll do my best!" 



Kouma wanted to prove his son's innocence. Having understood 
that, Sanae was more enthusiastic than normal. Normally she 
would claim that looking for things are too much of a bother, but 
unusually enough, she took the lead to search for clues. 

"Yurika, can't you do something with your magic?" 

"Do something, like what?" 

"If he's being threatened couldn't there be something like a hidden 
camera or microphone? I'm asking if you can find something like 
that with magic" 

"I see... you're awfully clever today, Sanae-chan" 

"I'm a captain after all. So, can you do it or not?" 

"I'll give it a try. I believe I can find out if I follow the flow of 
electricity" 

"I'll leave it to you private" 

At first Sanae wasn't very interested in proving Raiga's innocence, 
but now she was really getting into it. By understanding Kouma's 
feelings, Sanae's matured a little more. 

Looking at Sanae like that, Harumi smiled. 

"Satomi-kun, we can't lose either" 


"You're right, let's give it our all" 



"But... rather than aimlessly searching for clues, we should narrow 
down what we're looking for like Higashihongan-san and Nijino- 
san" 

Raiga's room was large, since he was helping Kouma with his work, 
he had a lot of documents regarding the politics and history of the 
People of the Earth. So it was clear that it would be a waste of time 
searching through everything one item at a time, even with 20 
something people. 

Sanae and Yurika are working under the assumption that he is being 
threatened. In that case, we should... 

Koutarou decided to work on the opposite assumption of Sanae and 
Yurika. In other words, he would search for clues on the 
assumption that Raiga was voluntarily working with the radical 
faction. Sadly this was something that had to be done, but not 
something he wanted to push onto Sanae or Kiriha. So Koutarou 
believed it would be best if he and Harumi did it. Truth be told he 
didn't want to involve Harumi in something that required her to 
suspect others, but there was a limit to what he could do on his 
own. 

"...Senpai, we should look for clues using the opposite method as 
Sanae and Yurika" 

Koutarou whispered to Harumi. He didn't want others to hear. 

"...You mean we should look for clues that Raiga-san is voluntarily 
cooperating with the radical faction?" 

"...Yes. It's not something I'd like to do, but... please lend me your 
help, Sakuraba-senpai" 



"...I understand. It's something someone has to do" 

When Harumi showed a sad smile she looked like a different girl to 
Koutarou. It was a girl with silver hair and blue eyes. But that was 
for just a moment. The silvery sheen vanished and she returned to 
her original appearance. Koutarou was taken aback by that for a 
moment, but quickly recollected himself. 

"...Sakuraba-senpai, I'll examine the history books. The radical 
faction should have some interest in that" 

"...Then I'll take a look at the accounting books. If he's working with 
the radical faction in secret, there should be some kind of deception 
in it" 

Koutarou and Harumi split up to look for clues. The two hoped for 
the same thing. That there wouldn't be any clues that Raiga was an 
enemy. They only hoped to find clues that lead to the radical 
faction's base. And it wasn't just the two of them. Everyone in the 
room wished for the same thing. 

Several tens of minutes after the group had split up to search 
Raiga's room, a contact representative from the conservative faction 
jumped into the room. 

"Kiriha-sama!" 

"What is it?" 

Leaving the searching to Koutarou and the others, Kiriha 
approached the contact representative. There, the representative ran 
up to Kiriha and whispered in a quiet voice so only she could hear. 
The moment she heard what the representative had to say, her 
expression changed. 



"Aaaaaaahh!?" 


But at almost the same time, Sanae let out a loud voice, so there was 
nobody to notice her change in expression. Everyone naturally 
turned to look at Sanae. 

"Koutarou, Koutarou, look! I found a weird button!" 

"What!?" 

Sanae picked up a thick book and opened it to show to Koutarou. 
Inside was a small box made out of plastic. 

Sanae had found a button hidden within the book. Since it had been 
concealed by hollowing out a book there was no way of knowing 
the button was there until you opened the book. In her quest for 
hidden cameras and microphones, Sanae happened to pick up the 
book by chance. 

"...I don't know anything about this... Raiga, are you really..." 

Kouma unsteadily approached Sanae and grabbed the book, and 
with a trembling hand he pushed the button. With a click the button 
starting glowing red. 

Then the bookshelves moved to the side. Since they were moving 
full of books, it was a very heavy sound. Once moved, a large safe 
could be found built into the wall behind the bookshelves. 

"Sanae, can you open it?" 


"I think this one is impossible" 



The safe had been locked through a mechanism, and Koutarou 
hoped that Sanae could open it the same way she had with the 
warehouse door, but she shook her head. There was no way to open 
the safe from the other side, and it was a lock Sanae couldn't do 
anything about it. 

"Then I'll do it" 

Instead, Yurika rose her hand and walked up next to Koutarou. She 
spoke in the same tone as always, but a strong light resided in her 
eyes. They were the eyes of a magical girl. 

"Can you do it?" 

"I think it will work if we dissolve the area around the lock with 
acid" 

Saying that, Yurika held her cane, Angel Halo, in both hands. 

Seeing her appearance full of confidence, Koutarou moved away 
from the safe to open up room for Yurika. 

"Then please do it" 

"Yes! ...Acid Splash" 

Yurika pointed her cane towards the safe's lock and spoke a very 
brief incantation. It was a basic spell that created and launched a 
strongly acidic liquid. 

Since it was a basic spell, the liquid only remained acidic for a short 
period of time. However, it was enough to destroy the lock's 
mechanism, and since the acidity ran out, the other parts were left 
untouched. Yurika had chosen an appropriate spell. 



"It's open" 


The acid melted away the lock surprisingly quickly. As a result, the 
safe was half opened and its contents could be seen through the 
gap. Inside of the safe were some kind of documents. 

"Kiriha-san" 

"Yeah..." 

Kiriha moved in front of the safe. Picking up one of the documents, 
her eyes opened up wide. It was a large map with many signs and 
characters written all over it. 

"...Phew... sadly, the worst possible situation is progressing..." 

That map was part of a plan for a military invasion of the surface. 
Part 7 

Apart from the invasion plans, there was sensitive information from 
the conservative faction hidden within the safe. A person being 
threatened wouldn't go out of their way to build a safe, and in that 
scenario it was also hard to believe that he would be in a position to 
come into contact with the radical faction's strategist. Thinking 
about it normally, it seemed like Raiga was stealing conservative 
faction secrets from under Kouma's nose and using them to form 
plans. In other words, it was very likely that Raiga was voluntarily 
cooperating with the radical faction, and that he was in a very high 
position at that. 

"Clan, the situation's bad" 


"What's the matter?" 



"It seems like the son of the Chief's aide is working with the radical 
faction. There's most likely many more inside the conservative 
faction" 

"Which means we'll have to do this alone. And quickly" 

"Yeah. Where are Theia and the others right now?" 

"From their report just a while ago, they would soon arrive at the 
decided point" 

"When they reach it let me know right away" 

"I understand" 

Koutarou showed a bitter expression after his talk with Clan. The 
situation was exceptionally bad. The radical faction held the 
advantage in battle, and the conservative faction couldn't fight back 
seriously until the earthquake weapon was dealt with. And with 
Kouma's son working with the radical faction, there was most likely 
many more accomplices within the conservative faction. Because of 
that they couldn't work together with the conservative faction to 
find the radical faction's base. If the conservative faction made any 
moves the radical faction would quickly find out about it. 

"Satomi-kun, what do we do now?" 

"Well... let's start by examining the strategy plans, we might be able 
to derive the radical faction's base from them" 

The strategy plans included plans for the battle occurring right now. 
For a logical plan where soldiers could be swiftly deployed, the 
locations of the enemy base could be narrow down. Hope still 
existed. 



"Kiriha is good at that kind of thing after all" 


"All that's left is a race against time..." 

Even after narrowing down the spots, it wasn't certain how much 
time it would take before it was found. Luck would play a big part 
in it. 

"Yurika, could you call over Kiriha-san?" 

Kiriha had left the room to escort the greatly shocked Kouma to his 
own room. She needed to return right around now. 

"Okay!" 

Yurika put away the documents she was looking at and accepted 
with a smile. She was starting to get a headache from looking at all 
the numbers and symbols, so she welcomed the change in work and 
she jumped out of a Raiga's room while humming. 

"Satomi-sa~n! Bad news!" 

Yurika returned a few minutes later, but her expression was the 
opposite of the one she had left with. 

"Kiriha-san is not here!" 

The reason was revealed right after, Yurika couldn't find Kiriha. In 
this situation, that was a major problem that could have fatal 
consequences. 

"She's not here? Yurika, explain it properly!" 



"I don't really understand either! But the people of the house said 
that they saw Kiriha-san go outside a little while ago!" 

"Why would she...?" 

Koutarou had no ideas as to why Kiriha would vanish. He couldn't 
imagine that there was a need for it. If anything it was the opposite, 
as now was when Kiriha's knowledge was needed. Doubts and 
impatience came over Koutarou. 

"Everybody... may I have your ears for a moment?" 

That was when Kouma who was following Yurika entered the 
room. While his depression from learning of his son's involvement 
was large, he was the man who had served as the Chief's right arm. 
He had switched gears in order to play his own role. 

"...I see, you do indeed look familiar... how strange..." 

"Kouma-san?" 

Kouma stood in front of Koutarou and looked over him, yet that 
was just for a moment. He soon moved onto the main topic. 

"My lady, Kiriha-sama, has left for the radical faction's base" 

"What!?" 

Koutarou's eyes shot wide open. Going into the radical faction's 
base on her own was nothing short of suicide. Besides, Koutarou 
and the others were having a hard time even finding out where said 
base was. 



"Using Daiha-sama's life as a shield, they asked for Kiriha-sama to 
make an appearance" 

"Preposterous! Why didn't you stop her!?" 

"I tried many times. However, Kiriha-sama said this was the only 
way..." 

"But..." 

Koutarou grinded his teeth in frustration. Knowing her personality 
she would appear, knowing full well the danger she would be in. 
That was the kind of girl she was. 

"Koutarou-sama, I have received something from my lady" 

As Kouma spoke he pulled something out from his pocket and 
presented it to Koutarou. It was a silver colored card that had lost 
it's sheen. 

"This is..." 

"My lady told me to return this to you. And she left a message, 'I 
will leave the rest to you'" 

This was the card that Koutarou had given to Kiriha eleven years 
ago. He was very well aware of how much Kiriha treasured this 
card. Yet she had given it back to him, and Koutarou knew just 
what that meant. 


"...Kiriha-san is prepared to die..." 



Kiriha had resolved herself to die before she headed towards the 
enemy base. That's why she returned the card she treasured more 
than her life to Koutarou. That was the safest way of protecting it. 



The Invaders' Battlefields 


PartI 

Sunday, July 4 

Theia and the surface troops got into position 15 minutes after 
Kiriha had vanished underground. They had sneaked up to the 
northern part of the island, near the radical faction's base, and were 
observing it. 

"...It's smaller than I thought" 

That was Shizuka's first impression upon seeing it. The base 
surrounded by a steel fence was larger than Corona House, but far 
smaller than Kitsushouharukaze high school. Shizuka's image of a 
base was something gigantic like you'd see in the movies, so this 
was kind of a let down. As it was night, lights were lighting up the 
base, giving it a lonely impression and making it look even smaller. 

"Shizuka-sama, that is just the entrance. Most of it is built 
underground so that it won't stand out" 

Ruth smiled and showed Shizuka a hologram on her bracelet. It was 
an estimated 3D model of the base that Ruth and Clan had built up 
through analyzing the information they had gathered. This showed 
that the top part was just the tip of the iceberg and the remaining 
90% of the base was underground. 

"I see, it's a secret base after all" 

Since it was base where a weapon of mass destruction had been set 
up, it was build to stand out as little as possible. Taking observation 
satellites into consideration, it was only inevitable that the majority 




of the base would be built underground. Since aircraft or other 
vehicles weren't intended to be used at the base, there was no 
inconvenience in it. 

"Things won't go as they have up until now. Men, are you 
prepared?" 

Theia and the others would be raiding this base and destroying the 
earthquake weapon. Earth Dragon, that should be inside. They had 
avoided contact with the enemy until now, but that wouldn't work 
any more. They had to defeat the enemies in their way and 
complete their objective. 

"I'm ready at any time. I'm ready to fight. Even if I'm going up 
against Maya-sama" 

Maki strongly grasped her cane and nodded. Since the moment she 
had landed on this island she had prepared herself for a battle 
against her master, Maya. There was no sign of hesitation in her 
eyes. And if she lost against the radical faction's soldiers, there was 
no way she could win against Maya, so she didn't fear them at all. 

"Leave it to me, Theia-chan. I'd rather move my body than 
anxiously sneak around like this" 

Shizuka was already ready to fight. With her invincible body, and 
the mind of a high school girl, she felt less tense fighting than 
having to sneak around and worry about the entire plan failing. 

"I'm starting to get nervous" 

"Calm down, Kotarou. If you're like that, you won't even be able to 
do something you normally can" 



"But you're trembling too, Hayato-niichan" 

"Kotarou, Hayato, we're all scared. That's why we fight together. 
Right?" 

"Kenichi is right. Let's focus on doing what we can" 

"Yeah. That way the triumphant celebration feast will taste more 
delicious!" 

This battle was different from the small skirmishes the Sun Rangers 
had been in before. It was a battle that would determine the future 
of both the surface and the underground, and the Sun Rangers 
couldn't hide their nervousness. However, they were confronting 
that trial through the support of each other. That sight gave courage 
to the conservative faction soldiers who were around them. That 
was probably the essence of heroes, but the Sun Rangers seemed 
unaware of it. 

Next, reports that preparations were complete came from one squad 
after another. Confirming that all 89 of them were ready, Theia 
nodded. 

"...We were all bom and raised in different places, but we must win 
this battle no matter what, and that is what ties us together. Let's 
forget about those differences! It doesn't matter how ungraceful our 
fight is! We will destroy the Earth Dragon and come out victorious!! 
Men, follow me!!" Theia loudly declared, and her 88 allies replied in 
unison. 


""Yeah!!"" 



Aliens, a magical girl, a normal high school girl, a sun squad and 
the underground people. There were all kinds of people gathered, 
but they all shared a common goal. 

Part 2 

Theia made the first attack. Overwhelming the others in scientific 
power, she was capable of just that. That's why she began her attack 
as she jumped through the bushes. 

"Blue Knight, Multi-Launching Ground to Ground Missiles! 

Destroy that annoying fence!" 

"As you wish, my princess" 

According to Theia's orders, two large hexagons appeared slightly 
behind her shoulders. They were missile launchers, and as they 
appeared their launch ports opened and fired the missiles within, a 
total of twelve. First they headed straight up from Theia before 
curving and heading towards the radical faction's base. 

The missiles were targeting the fence around the base and, along 
with loud booms, the steel fence was blown away, removing the 
obstacles from Theia's and the others path. 

"Ruth!" 

"Yes! Deploying Distortion Field!" 

Ruth took over as the frontline and widely deployed the barrier 
built into her armor. She would serve as the shield until they 
reached the entrance to the base. This was a fitting role for Ruth, 
who had the title of Guardian Knight. 



"Mirror Image - Modifier - Area Effect - End - Effective Area 
Large!" 

Maki's specialization, mind manipulation magic, extended to 
illusion magic as well. She created copies of all 89 allies and placed 
those copies around the real one. Doing this made it seem like a 
much bigger force was attacking, and it also lowered the chances of 
someone getting attacked. It was a probabilistic way of defending. 

"Let's close in before they can recover! Run as fast as you can!" 

Following Theia's orders, the surface troops advanced as one. In 
total there were about ten radical faction soldiers protecting the 
entrance. They had been thrown into disarray from Theia's missiles, 
but they wouldn't stay panicked forever. Once they recovered they 
would call for backup and counter attack. Before that happened, 
they needed to close the distance. 

"Your highness, they're firing!" 

About 100 meters away from the base site, small sparks hit Ruth's 
barrier from time to time. It was the light from bullets striking the 
barrier. Having recovered, the radical faction soldiers noticed Theia 
and the others and began their attack. While it wasn't much of a 
problem right now because of their few numbers, once the backup 
arrived, that might not be the case. Having judged the situation 
thusly, Theia gave her next orders. 

"Blue Shine, shoot that cable that's coming out from the lookout 
post!" 


"Leave it to me! Kotarou!" 



"Got it! Live ammunition loaded, night vision scope activated, 
distance 180, the wind is north west, wind velocity two meters, 
humidity is 55%!" 

Blue and Green temporarily left the file and entered a sniping 
position. It may have been because they were using a Forthorthe 
weapon, but their preparations were swift. Seconds after leaving the 
file they already had the target in the scope. 

"Niichan, that weapon doesn't need corrections so just shoot!" 

"Firing!" 

The bullet shot left the rifle along with a solemn sound. Since the 
bullet speed exceeded a velocity of 1000 meters per second, by the 
time the sound could be heard, the bullet had already hit its target. 
The bullet didn't stray off target and destroyed the cable coming out 
of the lookout post. 

"Direct hit!" 

"Alright! Let's go, Kotarou!" 

"Yeah!" 

Done with their sniping, the two rapidly stood up and chased after 
Theia and the others. That Theia had a satisfied smile and she gave 
them words of appreciation. 

"Well done. Sun Rangers! With this, their reinforcements will be 
delayed!" 


The cable that Theia had them shoot was used for communication. 
The cable was used both for calling for reinforcements and for 



sending camera feeds down. With that destroyed, they can slow 
down the reinforcements as they switched to an emergency line. 
That time should be enough to let Theia and the others reach the 
entrance to the base. 

"Your highness, I'm detecting metal up ahead! It's a minefield!" 

Ruth's computer was giving out warnings. On the outside of where 
the fence had been were landmines. They covered a distance of 
about ten meters, which was enough to blow away problematic 
intruders. 

"What a nuisance! Blue Knight, fire the remaining missiles! Create a 
path for us to take!" 

"As you wish, my princess" 

The missile launchers, floating behind Theia, fired a large amount of 
missiles once more. Like before, it was a total of twelve, and they 
rained down on the minefield. 

This caused even grander explosions than before and kicked up a 
cloud of dust that hid the entrance of the base from sight. The 
ground shook like it was an earthquake and the blast shook the 
surrounding trees. 

"The course is clear!" 

"Men, we're pushing through!" 

Theia and the others charged towards the minefield before the 
cloud of dust and fire had settled down. The shockwave assaulted 
them, but thanks to Ruth's sturdy barrier they were unharmed. 

With the minefield blown away there was no longer anything in 



Theia's and the others path and they were able to successfully enter 
the base site. 

"Theia-chan, they're lying in wait for us!" 

But they were still in danger, as Shizuka sensed enemies past the 
cloud of dust. Having seen Theia's missiles clear the minefield, they 
lay in wait for them to come from that way. 

"Don’t worry!" 

As Theia shouted that, ten radical faction soldiers appeared past the 
cloud of dust. They weren't incompetent. Having seen Theia deal 
with the minefield, they had changed their weapons to grenades 
and bazookas. Ruth's barrier was powerful, but it couldn't protect 
against attacks from below or above which was their goal. 

"Maki!" 

"Flash!" 

The next moment Maki, who had been in the rear, unleashed a spell 
that created an intense flash. Having all been looking at Theia and 
the others as they approached, the radical faction soldiers all saw 
this flash and the night vision goggles they were using ceased 
functioning, leaving the soldiers blinded. 

"Now, attack!" 

The soldiers' hurriedly removed their night vision goggles, but it 
was already too late. The soldiers were all shot and lost 


consciousness. 



As the troops entered the base they found a tunnel heading 
underground. The tunnel had a gentle incline and stretched 20 
meters wide. The tunnel also had lights set up intermittently, 
lighting up the entire thing. Assuming that trailers would carry 
goods to and from here, it was a very appropriate make. 

The large weapon on Theia's left arm, the mechanical pile driver, let 
out lots of exhaust. She had just used the weapon to destroy the 
entrance gate. Using the weapon at full power created a lot of steam 
as exhaust, and made Theia give off an even more powerful 
impression. 

"Uhm, Devil Princess-san, Wouldn't it be better if we infiltrated the 
base more quietly as according to plan?" 

Overwhelmed by Theia's appearance, Red Shine timidly gave her 
his opinion. According to their original plan, Theia and the others of 
the surface troops would be infiltrating the base more slowly and 
carefully. Since they were entering an unknown base, it was 
considered best to move forward carefully. However, they had 
forcefully broken through. While the results were a success, they 
had already had several dangerous moments. 









"I would like to do so as well, but., hearing how the situation 
underground is going, I can't" 

"Is it that bad?" 

Blue Shine joined the conversation. Amongst the Sun Rangers, Blue 
had the most knowledge of the military. 

"Indeed. The radical faction lost their patience waiting for an 
answer and attacked. If we don't destroy the earthquake weapon 
before the conservative faction get into position for a proper counter 
attack things will get problematic" 

"...That said, the conservative faction can't keep themselves from 
counter attacking, huh" 

"That's right. It seems like we don't have the time to take it slowly" 
"Hayato" 

"Steel yourself, Kenichi. This is the eleventh hour" 

"...Okay. Let's do our best. It does seem like we don't have any 
time" 

Once Blue supported Theia's opinion. Red stopped his objections. 

He trusted in Blue's decision. Besides, they were already on enemy 
grounds, doing things casually could prove fatal. 

"Men, from this point onward we move in squads. Do not move on 
your own" 


When they were moving they had prioritized everyone moving 
together, but now they would need to stay in formation. Each girl 



from room 106 would lead 20 conservative faction soldiers. These 21 
would be the smallest unit from now on. The only exception was 
the Sun Rangers who would act as a flying column, striking at 
enemy weak spots or backing up allies. Not destroying this 
composition was essential to come out victorious. 

Having formed in squads of 21 the surface troops continued down 
the tunnel. After going down for about 100 meters, the tunnel ended 
and their view opened up. The tunnel was connected to a wide 
space. It was a large cave created by the People of the Earth's 
technology. It was several hundred meters large, and despite being 
underground it was properly lit up. A globe like the sun itself was 
lighting up the entire vast cave from overhead. 

"It seems like the earthquake weapon. Earth Dragon, is in there" 

In the middle of the cave, underneath the globe was a building 
resembling a base. It was over a 100 meters large, and since Earth 
Dragon was, according to the design plans, several tens of meters, it 
seemed like the ideal size for the weapon. 

"I'm getting a big energy reaction as well. It is most likely that 
building" 

The computer in Ruth's armor calculated an estimate of energy 
within the building from the trace amounts leaking out. It was 
enough energy to support a city and it seemed to be generated from 
within the base. 

"It looks like they're getting serious as well" 

In front of Shizuka's glance were armed radical faction squads, 
standing between them and the base. They far outnumbered the 
guards on the surface. Normal soldiers numbered over a hundred. 



and then there were mechanical soldiers, automated soldiers and 
assault vehicles. Their formation was solid as well with mechanical 
and automatic soldiers in the front and assault vehicles behind 
them. The soldiers were positioned to give these back up. 

"It looks like they never intended to back up the ones on the 
surface, but rather settle this down here" 

Looking at the same thing Shizuka was looking at, Maki reached a 
conclusion. 

The girls had believed that it would be problematic if the radical 
faction had blocked them off at the tunnel leading to the base and 
attempted to break through before that happened. But there would 
only be a point in doing that if their forces rivalled each other. If the 
radical factions forces far outnumbered their enemy then they could 
fight in an open space to make use of their superior numbers. There 
was no point in fighting in a narrow space and limit their forces. 

"So they figured they could win in a frontal attack. Hah, I'll make 
them pay for underestimating me" 

Theia showed a chilling smile as she spoke. While Theia had grown 
physically and mentally, she still had a lot of pride. Nowadays she 
could mostly forgive what people say to her as long as they're on 
friendly terms, but she couldn't forgive those hostile to her for 
making fun of her. Theia felt like she was being made fun of in this 
situation and was enraged. 

"We are not underestimating you at all, princess Theiamillis" 

"This voice is!?" 


"Elexis!" 



That was when a voice could be heard from a nearby speaker. It 
was a voice that wasn't just familiar to Theia, but to Ruth as well. 

He was Ruth's previous fiance that had turned into an enemy, and 
he was someone that Ruth couldn't forgive. 

And almost at the same time as his voice, a half transparent 
hologram of Elexis appeared in front of Theia and the others. He 
was as refined and handsome as usual. However, that rubbed both 
Theia and Ruth the wrong way. 

"It is because we are not underestimating you that we chose to fight 
in this place where we can use our full force. Doing it on the surface 
would simply make us stand out too much" 

Theia and Ruth were surprised by Elexis' sudden appearance. 
However, at the same time there were a lot of things that hadn't 
made sense until now, such as the production technology for their 
weapons being so exceptionally high. 

"You bastard... how dare you appear in front of us. And working 
alongside the radical faction at that" 

Theia angrily glared at the hologram. To her, Elexis wasn't simply 
just an enemy. He was someone who had tried to kill Koutarou, 
which was something she could never forgive. As a result, her sharp 
glare pierced through the camera and reached Elexis directly. 

"I must have misjudged you. Goals and means aside, I believed you 
at least had your pride" 


The same was true for Ruth. She sent a chilling glance at Elexis. 



"That smarts. However, we have a goal as well. It's something we 
have to accomplish, even if I have to somewhat throw away my 
pride" 

"We? Could it be... are you working together with Maya-sama?" 

Maki had quietly been listening in, but she sensed the presence of 
Maya from Elexis' nonchalantly words and couldn't stay quiet. 

"Whoops, you were Maya's apprentice weren't you... what a 
careless thing of me to say" 

Elexis had a happy smile on his face. He had taken quite a liking to 
Maya. With her unexpected things happened, one after another, 
even Maki's appearance felt like it. 

"Is Maya-sama here!?" 

"That's not something I can say. Koutarou-kun has gotten angry at 
me for not treating my allies well before. But I think you'll find out 
if you make it all the way to me" 

"Then I'll be right there. So just you wait" 

"There you have it, so brace yourself, Elexis! Now that we know 
that you're here too, we definitely won't back away. We'll make you 
regret making an enemy out of us!" 

"I'll prepare some snacks and tea and await your arrival, princess" 

With those words as his last, Elexis' hologram vanished and the 
speakers turned off. At the same time, the radical faction began 
moving towards Theia and the others. Seeing that, Theia ordered 
her allies to advance. 



"Let's go men! We'll disperse these pests, beat down Elexis and 
destroy Earth Dragon!" 

Like that, the surface troops' battle began. 

Part 3 

The underground city built by the People of the Earth, the town of 
Sial. It was intended to become the People of the Earth's second 
hometown, and its name was taken from the name of their original 
home. And in fact, many considered it their home. Their pride and 
traditions existed in this place. 

Now that town of Sial was burning. While Kiriha was being taken 
to the radical faction's base she could see it burning through the 
window of the car. 

Bullets flew through the streets and many people could be seen 
lying down in the alleys, untreated. The executive branch had been 
hit first and the city was left paralyzed. Explosions were occuring 
all over, and more than half of the temples for the goddess of 
creation had been blown away. 

The nation, the traditions, the history, the belief and the people. The 
very identity of the People of the Earth was being trampled and was 
being led down the path of ruin. However, what made this problem 
more complex that it was yet another part of their identity that was 
ruining it. 

To the radical faction, the town of Sial was not a symbol of tradition, 
but a symbol of defeat and humiliation. Despite having superior 
technology, the People of the Earth had been robbed of their 
territory and chased underground. That was a prideful choice of not 
picking up arms, but the radical faction didn't think of it that way. 



To them, the town of Sial was a prison for the defeated. That's why 
they believed returning to the surface and reclaiming their home 
was absolute justice, and for that sake they wouldn't mind using 
military force. In fact, it was their right. On top of that, being ruled 
by superior people would make the people on the surface happy as 
well. That was the correct tradition and pride of their people. Or so 
the radical faction believed at least. 

The radical faction rejected their history as being false ever since 
they were driven underground. They also couldn't see any value in 
the town of Sial. To them, this was just a refugee camp. That's why 
they wouldn't hesitate to destroy their own hometown as long as 
they secured enough of a productive capability. 

This battle was between two parts of their identity. A tragedy bom 
from their collision. It was something that they hadn't been able to 
solve while keeping it contained. If left alone, this tragedy would 
spread to the surface as well. 

And in order to avoid that, she didn't fear for her own life. Looking 
at the state of the town, Kiriha's resolve grew stronger. That was 
why a strong light resided in her eyes even after arriving at the 
radical faction's base and standing face to face with Maguz. 

Kiriha was taken to the radical faction's base which was located in 
an area with the oldest buildings in the new district. The radical 
faction had been formed a long time ago, and their secret base had 
been around for ages. Originally this area was supposed to be 
designated as part of the old district as well, but those in the radical 
faction that were on the administration had secretly removed it 
from the list, because it would stand out if people visited a certain 
area of the old district time and time again. The conservative faction 
also had a preconception that if a new secret base was going to be 



made, it would be in the old district. Thanks to that, this place was 
in their blind spot, and they could continue to hide from the 
conservative faction. 

"...Kasumi Raiga... to think you were Maguz..." 

"If you stand behind the light, nobody can see you... it's a proverb 
from this cursed underground, but it is unmistakably true" 

Meeting Kiriha in the deepest portion of the radical faction's base, 
the command room, was Kasumi Raiga, the man suspected of being 
related to the radical faction. The truth was that he wasn't just 
related to the radical faction, he was in fact their leader, Maguz. 

Kiriha stood in the center of the command room, facing Maguz who 
was sitting on the commander's seat. Her hands and feet were 
chained and she was unable to move. On top of that, there were 
armed soldiers surrounding her. As a result, the chances of her 
breaking free from this situation were all but zero. 

"Have you ever even thought of how that light felt?" 

Kiriha glared at Raiga, at Maguz, with anger filled eyes. Despite 
being in such a disadvantageous situation, her resolution remained 
firm. She was the commander left in charge of the surface invasion, 
she couldn't show weakness to the enemy. 

"I have. That's why I spent time trying to make him understand" 

Being showered with Kiriha's glare and words, Maguz showed no 
signs of minding it, instead he smiled. In a few years he would be in 
his forties, but his smile was overflowing with the innocence of 
youth. Sensing that, Kiriha felt like a lot of people had been 
attracted by that innocence. 



"However, I have run out of time for that. In the end, my message 
couldn't reach my father's heart. How regrettable" 

Maguz sadly dropped his shoulders. He wasn't lying. The man 
known as Maguz truly felt it was regrettable. 

"Of course. How could the distant words of some unknown 
stranger reach Kouma's heart. If you had spoken to him closely as 
Raiga, they might have reached" 

"What did you say!? You impudent little girl!!" 

The words unknown stranger didn't anger Maguz, but Tayuma 
who was standing next to him. He shouted at Kiriha like he was 
about to bite down on her. Faithful dog were apt words to describe 
him. 

"To call Maguz-sama a stranger!!" 

"I don't mind, Tayuma" 

"But—" 

"It's fine, Tayuma. Her words are true" 

"Maguz-sama..." 


However, Tayuma was stopped by Maguz, and he reluctantly 
closed his mouth. He looked like a dog scolded by his owner. 

"Indeed, it is as you say. If I had repeatedly tried to convince my 
father, he might have understood our justice. But coming to 
understand your child's selfishness is not the same as true 
understanding. That is unfortunate for anyone. Is it not?" 



Maguz struck back. He seemed neither angered nor shaken up. On 
top of that, his argument was proper. A character fitting for the heir 
to to Kasumi family could be felt from Maguz. That rubbed Kiriha 
the wrong way. 

"That kind of argument doesn't work. It would only work if you 
have directly spoken to Kouma. Not having done that, your words 
are nothing but feeble" 

"As expected from the daughter of the Kurano family, how strict. 
However, if I spoke to him directly my father would find out about 
my identity even if I hid my face. As such, if I failed, I would be 
over. That's not acceptable" 

"You've shown your true colors, Raiga" 

With her strict eyes still on Maguz, Kiriha smiled. It was a callous 
smile she would never show Koutarou and the other girls of room 
106 . 

"There is no justice with you. You are only using it for your own 
convenience" 

Fearing for his identity to be known, Maguz never tried talking 
with Kouma. From that moment there was no justice to be found in 
their cause. It was impossible for justice to exist if you gave up on 
trying to converse with someone before even trying. That was 
something even children knew. 

"Kuh..." 

There, confidence vanished from Maguz' expression for the first 
time. Unable to come up with a rebuttal to Kiriha's words, he 
showed an obviously unpleasant expression. To the radical faction. 



justice was a very important factor. It is because they had absolute 
justice that they could permit their own use of military force. Yet 
when Kiriha pointed out Maguz' flaw, he was shaken up. 

"...Then I shall do so the next time I meet with my father" 

However, Maguz soon recovered. Having helped with Kouma's 
work for a long time, he was skilled at dealing and bargaining with 
people. He wouldn't stay shaken for any noticeable period of time. 

"So you'll capture Kouma and forcibly make him listen. That's some 
justice you have, Raiga" 

"That sharp mind and solid judgment of yours... I should have 
talked to and made you an ally sooner" 

"It's useless. That would only have been possible more than eleven 
years ago" 

From the time Kiriha met Koutarou, any kind of persuasion would 
be meaningless. Kiriha would never try to harm the surface. So she 
would never have followed Raiga, who would permit such a thing. 

"Hmm, more than eleven years ago... I wouldn't have thought to 
make you an ally back then. And in that case... we would have 
ended up like this anyways" 

"You being taunted by a young girl was something that was 
decided eleven years ago" 

"Then let us stop this roundabout discussion. It seems like I'm the 
only one losing out on it after all" 



Maguz' smile vanished and he stood up from his seat to face Kiriha. 
Being taller, he ended looking down on her, which gave him an 
even more overpowering impression. 

"We have captured Chief Daiha. Surrender at once and have your 
surface and underground troops seize their attack at once. If you do, 
I guarantee yours and Chief Daiha's safety" 

"What value does a guarantee without justice behind it hold?" 

"...However, you have nothing you can do except believe in that" 

Maguz' glance grew colder and colder. His feelings towards justice 
were strong. 

"Before that, is the Chief even still alive?" 

That was the most important point to Kiriha. Nothing could start 
before she confirmed that. 

"A most just point. Tayuma" 

"Yes Sir... Indigo Soldier, bring Kurano Daiha to us" 

Tayuma called to outside the room, a door opened to the room and 
a lone woman entered. 

"Okay, okay, you sure work a woman to her bones, really... go on, 
it's your turn" 

The woman wore a very exposing, indigo colored outfit. Kiriha 
couldn't help but feel that she had met this woman before. 


"Father!" 



"Kiriha!?" 


But that was for just an instant. The next moment, she lost all 
interest in the woman as she saw Daiha entering after the woman. 
Her heart was filled with emotions from having been able to reunite 
with her father. 

"I'm glad, you look fine..." 

Confirming that her father was safe, Kiriha let out a huge sigh of 
relief. 

"Why did you come, Kiriha!! You knew what would happen if you 
came!!" 

However, Daiha's reaction was the opposite, and he was in a panic 
seeing that Kiriha had come. He wasn't the kind of father that could 
remain calm after seeing that his daughter's life was in danger. 

"But even then, you are my only relative" 

"I see... you're right, Kiriha..." 

But in the end he ended up accepting it. Having lost her mother 
early in life, Kiriha could never abandon Daiha. Kiriha's feelings 
towards family was far greater than a normal person's, and Daiha 
knew that better than anyone. 

"I'm sorry Kiriha... because of me, even you've gotten..." 

"No, it's fine this way..." 



Relieved upon having seen her father's face, tears formed in Kiriha's 
eyes. Regardless of what fate they faced, one thing was for certain. 
Kiriha and Daiha wouldn't return alive. 

"Now then, let us hear your answer, Kurano Kiriha! Do you 
surrender, or do you choose death!" 

"Surrender is not an option. We are proud People of the Earth. If 
you want to kill us then just go ahead" 

Kiriha was in a serious situation, but fortunately she had been able 
to reunite with Daiha. Having succeeded with that, she wished for 
nothing else. She couldn't allow their lives to turn both the surface 
and the underground into battlefields. Kiriha was planning on 
dying together with Daiha. 

"...What a foolish choice, Kurano Kiriha" 

Maguz was astonished by the unexpected development but soon 
collected himself and sent a sharp glance at her. Maguz was getting 
frustrated that things weren't proceeding according to plan. 

"If my choice is foolish, than what about yours? If surrender is so 
wise, why attack the surface? You don't even know what you're 
doing!" 

Kiriha wiped away her tears and calmly laughed. She was a 
descendent of the proud People of the Earth. While they might 
disperse for the sake of the weak, they would never given in to a 
villain's threats. She was the very definition of a dignified ruler. 


"Wahahaha, well said, Kiriha! Raiga, that is your limit!" 



Daiha joined Kiriha and laughed loudly. He felt the same way 
Kiriha did. Neither of them never had any intention of bowing 
down to this villain. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. 

"Curse you! Very well. I'll grant your wish right now!" 

Enraged that Maguz was being taunted yet again, Tayuma pulled 
out his pistol and pointed it at the two. He was about to pull the 
trigger. 

"Wait, Tayuma. You can't kill them" 

However, Maguz stopped Tayuma yet again. 

"Why, Maguz-sama!?" 

But this time Tayuma didn't stop right away. Overly excited, he 
questioned Maguz for his reasons. 

"We are people on the side of justice. Even if they are enemies, 
killing them because of personal emotions is absurd" 

"F-Forgive me" 

Noticing that Tayuma himself was about to harm Maguz' honor he 
hurriedly apologize. He was moving to kneel, but Maguz beckoned 
him closer before he could do so. As Tayuma rushed forward, 
Maguz whispered something so only he could hear. 

"I see... that is a good idea" 


Upon hearing Maguz' instructions, a vulgar and cruel smile 
appeared on his face. 



With Maguz' giving the order, Kiriha and Daiha were moved from 
the command room to a different place. That duty fell onto Maya. 
Despite the seriousness of the situation, she seemed to be having 
fun, and her existence caused Daiha to become puzzled. 

"Where are you taking us?" 

"To your execution chamber" 

"Execution chamber? Didn't Maguz say he wouldn't kill us?" 

"Yes. That's because there were a lot of soldiers around at the time" 
"I see, that makes sense" 

"You and your daughter will be executed. But you will be 
announced as having fled overseas. Rather than having you die at 
the hands of the radical faction, it would be more convenient if you 
abandoned the conservative faction and fled" 

"So you'll drag our reputation through the mud as payback for 
before" 

"So it seems. While he's got a sharp mind, Maguz is quite a petty 
man..." 

Secretly executing the two and announcing that they fled was a 
method to lower the conservative faction's morale, but Maya 
believed that his urge to retaliate for before played an even bigger 
part of this decision. He wanted to lower their reputation as 
payback for hurting his pride. While Maya didn't object to the 
actions themselves, she couldn't feel any pride in his words, and she 
didn't feel very good about it. As a result, she seemed ill-humored 
for just this moment. 



Kiriha stared at Maya from the side. She looked familiar to Kiriha, 
but she hadn't seen her lately so she couldn't be sure. Filled with 
doubt, she ended up staring at Maya's face. Eventually, Maya 
noticed his glance and approached Kiriha. 

"Now that I think about it... you were Kii, weren't you. How 
nostalgic, it's been about eleven years since we last met" 

"So you really are the soldier from back then..." 

"You remembered. Allow me to reintroduce myself. I am Maya, I 
am Maki's master" 

"Maki’s...?" 

Upon hearing Maya's self introduction, Kiriha's brain started busily 
working. 

If the zooman from eleven years ago is Maki's master then... 

Kiriha began thinking of the relationship of herself, of Maki and the 
people around them. Dissident magic users and the underground's 
radical faction formed a connection a long time ago, and the victims 
of that time were Sanae and Kiriha. Maki was Maya's disciple and 
fought against Yurika. People who were first believed to be 
unrelated appeared to have a complex connection. 

Depending on the circumstances, our fighting over room 106 might also 
be... no, that’s overthinking it... 

Kiriha felt like the seemingly random pieces of a puzzle were 
coming together. Kiriha didn't know what its whole image would 
look like, but she was certain that it would be completely different 
from what she had imagined when she first arrived at room 106. 



"But still, to think I'd end up killing you again..." 


"What!?" 

Daiha who had been quietly listening in shouted in surprise. He 
had heard what had happened eleven years ago, but he was 
surprised to hear that the culprit was in front of him. 

"Fufu, it's like that time all over again. In that case... that boy might 
be making his way here" 

"Boy..? You mean Koutarou" 

When Maya mentioned Koutarou, Kiriha stopped her train of 
thoughts. He was something she couldn't ignore. 

"Koutarou won't come. He has an important mission. Even if he 
came here, it would be to save me" 

Kiriha clearly shook her head. 

Kiriha had actually come with the radical faction for one more 
reason on top of seeing Daiha. That was to find their base. If Kiriha 
went along with the radical faction, Sanae would be able to track 
her with her ability to see auras. Sanae could easily pick up the trace 
of someone she was familiar with, and Kiriha had left behind her 
card that she was so deeply connected to. Sanae's abilities are far 
above what Koutarou's were eleven years ago, so they should be 
able to find this place right away. 

However, this was a very dangerous act. Kiriha couldn't think of 
any conclusion other than being killed, once captured by the radical 
faction. In return for leading Koutarou and the others to the base, 
Kiriha would give up her own life. She had come, prepared for that 



ending. If she didn't, both the surface and the underground would 
be turned into battlefields. All she could do was to bet on this 
method. 

All that was left was for Koutarou and the others to attack this place 
after making proper preparations. Though Kiriha and Daiha 
wouldn't survive, everything else would go well. Kiriha had also 
left her card behind to let Koutarou know of her intentions. She 
wanted him to forget about her and save what should be saved. 
That devoted desire of hers hadn't changed since that day eleven 
years ago. 

"You really are a strange girl. You'll do the same thing you did 
eleven years ago" 

Maya smiled at Kiriha. Her expression was less that which should 
show an enemy, and more that which you'd show to an old friend. 

"...People don't change in just ten years" 

"I think so too" 

There, Maya stopped their discussion and thought about the 
continuation of their conversation in her mind. 

That's right, people don't change over something like that. And in that 
case... 


And Maya smiled, things had been developing in ways she didn't 
like, but she felt like that was about to change. 



Part 4 


Despite being tied to a pillar in the execution chamber, Kiriha was 
calm. She had been prepared for this from the very beginning. 
Instead, it was her father, Daiha, who was getting upset. He had 
prepared himself for getting killed from the moment he was 
kidnapped, but with Kiriha joining him, the circumstances were 
different. It was painful for him as a father to be unable to do 
anything as his daughter's life was in danger. 

"I'm sorry Kiriha... please forgive your useless father" 

"It couldn't be helped. But Kiriha is happy to be your daughter" 

With Daiha apologizing for the umpteenth time, Kiriha showed a 
gentle smile. She had no regrets in this situation, there was nothing 
she could do but this. She neither resented Daiha nor was she angry 
at something else. She had no regrets about any the choices she had 
made until today. 

I returned to the surface and reunited with Onii-chan... I no longer have 
any regrets. And I'm sure Onii-chan and everyone will be able to defeat the 
radical faction. There's nothing to worry about... 

Kiriha's eyes were clear. But Daiha felt deep regret for having his 
daughter show such eyes in this situation. She should be able to live 
as a normal girl. He felt it was far too cruel for her to die after 
shouldering all of their tribe's problems. 

"...Me too. I am proud to be your father" 

However, Daiha endured those feelings and spoke his farewells. He 
didn't want to bother her by saying something that neither could do 



anything about. He at least wanted the two of them to go out 
smiling. 


Kiriha and Daiha spoke, full of love, but Tayuma who was watching 
over them didn't feel even an inkling of affection. He had the eyes of 
a stray dog staring at its prey. 

"Fufufu, Hahahaha, Maguz-sama, finally the time for the accursed 
Kurano family to meet its end!!" 

Tayuma, Maguz and Maya looked into the execution chamber from 
observer seats built so they could look down from above. Tayuma, 
who was overly excited, clung to the window as he stared at Kiriha 
and Daiha. Because he had been betrayed by the Kurano family 
over and over again, he felt immense joy. 

"The Kurano family are both the conservative faction's leaders and 
at the same time their mental support. With them gone, the 
conservative faction will collapse from within. Our victory is near" 

In contrast to Tayuma, Maguz' glance was chilling. But even then, 
he felt not an inkling of affection. While there might be a difference 
in hot and cold, it didn't change that Kiriha and Daiha were loathed 
enemies. 

"Hmm... you sure seem to have quite easily decided to have them 
killed despite having served them for so long" 

Compared to the other two, there was still some affection within 
Maya. Maya prioritized herself, while Kiriha and Daiha prioritized 
the whole. While there was a difference in their priorities, she could 
sympathize with them sincerely facing their problems. In her 
words, good and evil both had their own ways of blooming. 



"Indeed, I have served the Kurano family for over 20 years. 
However, they were just days of submission. I have continued to 
sharpen my fangs during those days" 

Maguz, or Raiga, had served the Kurano family together with his 
father Kouma. Their family had done so for over four and a half 
century. But to him, those days were nothing but humiliating 
memories where he had been forced to serve. He felt the same way 
towards them as the radical faction felt towards the town of Sial. 

For better or for worse, Maguz was the embodiment of the radical 
faction. 

"...You have a lot going on too" 

Maya didn't try speaking any longer and ended their conversation 
with vague words. As expected, its content was nothing but 
undesirable. That was the only way Maya could interpret it. 

Maya had saved Maki from the slave merchant because she needed 
her talent, but looking back at their relationship now, she felt like 
that hadn't been all there was to them. That's why Maya would give 
it her all and crush Maki if she stood in her way as an enemy. That 
was Maya's way of living. 

That was why Maya didn't like that Maguz held no emotion 
whatsoever to the underground world and its populace. Maguz was 
already on the footsteps of entering his middle ages, but based on 
the way he spoke, he had spent his years without even looking at 
his surroundings. There was a big difference between an action 
taken after learning everything, and knowing nothing. To Maya, 
Maguz looked like a child. 


Elexis would never act like this... I guess it's because he shut himself in, in 
this small underground world... 



While she didn't like it, pointing that out would only result in a loss 
for her. Instead she chose not to continue on that topic but to switch 
to something else. There was actually something she wanted to ask 
of him. 

"By the way, may I ask you something, Maguz?" 

"I don't mind" 

"Does that codename of yours... does Maguz have some kind of 
origin?" 

"It does. I took it from the name of our ancient leader. That leader's 
name was forbidden to speak as he strived to use military force to 
obtain supremacy. As a result, there are now very few that now of 
the origin of that name" 

The People of the Earth's ancestors were chased out from their true 
homes as criminals. The reason for that was a leader by the name of 
Maguz. Using force, he tried to rule the world. For that reason, he 
was stripped of his position and exiled. The ancestors of the People 
of the Earth were those who had exiled him, that was why they 
always sought to avoid conflict, because the knew of their own sin. 

"That was why I chose that name. Using force, I will reclaim our 
home. He was ruler at the time, a legend who bravely chose to fight, 
and his name was—" 

"Maxfern?" 

Maya spoke the name Maguz tried to say before him. Hearing the 
name spoken, Maguz was horribly surprised that she knew of it. 


"...I am amazed you know of that name" 



In the legend of the People of the Earth, that leader's name was said 
to be Maguz Fern. Though the pronunciation was different, it was 
only natural for change to occur from having been passed down for 
so long. In fact, the difference made it sound truer. Because you 
could tell it wasn't stolen information. 

"We have a similar legend too. Though speaking of it is also 
forbidden" 

Maya showed the surprised Maguz a cheerful smile. 

So that really was it... 

That was what Maya wanted to hear. She wanted confirm the 
legend shared between her people and the People of the Earth. 

"Now that I think about, you were from the lost seventh tribe. It 
wouldn't be strange for you to know" 

Maguz quickly remembered Maya's place of origin and accepted it 
as fact. It wouldn't be strange for her to know, considering they 
shared the same roots. 

"We both have a hard time with worthless ancestors" 

"I just don't have to worry about it" 

"...I expect high things from you" 

As the two reached a pause in their conversation, the soldiers in the 
execution chamber gave the sign that preparations were complete. 
Seeing that from the window, Tayuma turned to look at Maguz and 
Maya. 



"Maguz-sama, it seems the preparations for the executions are 
complete" 

"Then let's begin right away" 

"Yes Sir... Begin with away!" 

Receiving orders from Maguz, Tayuma gave the soldiers the signal 
to begin through the window. 

Thus, Kiriha's and Daiha's execution began. 

Part 5 

The execution method underground didn't differ much from that on 
the surface. Since this was a military base, they chose the simplest 
execution method. Which was execution by shooting. There were 
four men for each person to be executed. Amongst the four guns 
they used, three would use blanks and only one would have a real 
bullet. This was a method to treat the shooters' mental health by 
making it unsure who was the actual shooter. 

"Finally, huh..." 

Daiha mumbled while looking at the four shooters lining up in front 
of him. Death was near, but he had no fear. Fie only felt chagrin for 
not being able to protect his daughter. 

"Father, keep your head up until the end. You can't show weakness 
to these people" 

Kiriha kept her firm attitude. Despite death approaching, she felt 
neither fear nor regret. She simply stood there in a dignified 
fashion. 



"...You are strange, Kiriha" 


His daughter's appearance was a saving grace to Daiha. If she had 
been screaming out and crying, he could surely not remain calm. 
Though at the same time he was saddened by this. He was happy 
that she had matured, but he still wished for her to remain a child. 

"No, I was simply thinking that soon I will be able to meet with 
mother" 

"You're right. I'll think about the same" 

Kiriha and Daiha smiled at each other one last time. 

Eleven years ago, Kiriha had lost her mother, and Daiha his wife. 
That's why, while they felt sad that they would die, those feelings 
were softened up when they thought that they'd reunite with their 
lost family member. 

Onii-chan, I'll leave the rest to you... I'm sure you can protect the People 
of the Earth and the surface... and all the girls of room 106... 

Kiriha's only wished that she could take responsibility until the end. 
She simply didn't have the time to find the radical faction's base, 
and ended up having to rely on Sanae's abilities. She also left the 
fighting itself to Koutarou. While she felt bad that her all hadn't 
been enough, she didn't regret anything. The person she left the rest 
to was someone she trusted more than anyone. She had no worries 
about the future. It was because of that, that she had been able to 
choose such a reckless strategy. 


"Take aim!" 



Following the captain's orders, the either shooters aimed their guns. 
Four muzzles were pointed at both Kiriha and Daiha. While staring 
into those muzzles, Kiriha thought back to everything that had 
happened until today. 

The meeting in room 106. The days when they had fought over that 
small room. When they had gone to the beach to take a break, Sanae 
had been kidnapped and the girls worked together for the first time. 
Next, when they were doing the play, they had learned of each 
others unexpected sides. Christmas, the second play, the ski trip. At 
first they had only fought, but as time passed Kiriha could only 
remember the happy memories. That's why she thought that she 
had lived a happy life. 

I was able to find Onii-chan and learn that he is living happily, and while 
for a short time, we had been able to support each other. That's enough. 
Onii-chan, please protect the others... 

Her bonds with her friends had grown deep, she had spent every 
day happy and experienced a love unlike all others. Kiriha had been 
happy. That was what she truly believed. That's why she had to 
stop this fighting as quickly as possible. Kiriha wasn't the only one 
that had spent this year happily. The happiness that overflowed 
from both the surface and underground couldn't be allowed to be 
lost. 

"...I love you, Onii-chan..." 

Kiriha smiled as she whispered and closed her eyes. The muzzles 
were already aimed at her. Once the captain gave the order to fire, 
Kiriha would lose her life. 


"Fire!!" 



And just as the captain gave the orders, a loud sound came from 
above and the ground shook a little. The shooters fired at the same 
time, but for some reason, the bullets didn't harm Kiriha and Daiha. 

"...J-Just what...?" 

Confused, Kiriha opened her eyes. In front of her she saw a familiar 
back. It was a large back clad in blue armor. Kiriha would never 
mistake that back. It was her beloved, Koutarou. 

What had protected Kiriha and Daiha from the bullets was the 
barrier created from Koutarou's armor, after he had destroyed the 
ceiling and entered the chamber, and Harumi's and Yurika's 
defensive spells. They had made it in time, though only barely. 

"I'm sorry for being late. Are you okay, Kiriha-san?" 

Koutarou slightly turned to look behind him so he could confirm 
that Kiriha was alright. The moment their eyes crossed, large tears 
fell from her eyes as she cried out loudly. 


























"Onii-chan!? Why did you come to save me!?" 


"...It's been a while since I heard you say something like that" 

Those were words Koutarou had heard eleven years ago. They were 
words Kiriha had thrown at Koutarou when he prioritized her over 
his mother. 

"The people close to you will fall in danger for my sake!! And 
there's also the people on the surface and underground!! Do you 
understand!?" 

Kiriha feared that many would be sacrificed for her sake. That's 
why she wanted Koutarou and the others to take more certain 
actions. She wanted them to take their time to prepare and 
challenge the radical faction once their defeat was a certainty. A 
certain victory would be the method to protect the most people. 

"I don't get it at all" 

Despite Kiriha's desperation, Koutarou disappointedly shook his 
head. 

"I... We are stupid, so we only get one thing" 

"What do you understand!?" 

"That is that Kiriha-san and Kii are important to us" 

When Kiriha had disappeared, knowing she would die, Koutarou 
and the others' opinions were all the same. That was to save Kiriha 
as quickly as possible. They knew that Kiriha wanted a certain 
victory, but they still couldn't bear it. 



"And I would never accept it. There is no way that a small 
happiness should be sacrificed for a bigger one!" 

Ever since Koutarou had parted with Alaia in the past Forthorthe, 
he had always been thinking about whether the few should be 
sacrificed for the many or not, like how Alaia had sacrificed herself 
for her people. However, no matter how hard he thought about it, 
Koutarou couldn't accept it. That's why he wouldn't allow the same 
unhappiness to repeat himself in front of him. 

"I will beat down these guys and bring you back safe and sound! I 
will protect the surface and underground on top of that! There's no 
correct path, other than this!" 

In order to obtain a correct result, he couldn't choose an incorrect 
method. If he did, the results would be the same as the radical 
faction's. The correct result had to be gained through the correct 
method. That was the justice that Koutarou had accepted. 

If he didn't, he would surely fail somewhere along the line. A result 
built upon a lie didn't have the power to grant people happiness. In 
order to obtain a long lasting happiness, he would need to travel 
down the correct path, no matter how difficult it may be. That was 
the path Koutarou would travel down. 

"...Onii-chan... okay, I understand..." 

Thanks to Koutarou's decisive words, strength returned to Kiriha's 
eyes. To obtain correct results, she had to travel down the correct 
path. Just a while ago, she had been so rushed that she hadn't 
chosen that path. However, now she believed that she should have. 


"Lend me your strength, Koutarou!!" 



"That's more like it, Kiriha-san. Everyone, you got it!?" 

"Leave it to this Sanae-chan!" 

"The time has come for the magical girl to fulfill her role!" 

"Let's do our best, Kurano-san!" 

The path Kiriha was about to choose was an extremely difficult one. 
However, she had those who would walk down that path with her. 
Koutarou, Sanae, Yurika, Harumi and Theia and the others on the 
surface. As long as she was with them, she firmly believed that she 
could reach the goal. 

Part 6 

Maya's eyes shone when they laid eye on Koutarou, standing 
magnificently behind his bright shining barrier. 

You did well to come, my boy! 

Maya didn't like Maguz' way of doing things, so while she didn't 
say out loud, she welcomed Koutarou's appearance to the execution 
chamber, to the point where she would dance out in joy if she could. 

The radical faction soldiers weren't smiling like Maya was. Lrom the 
moment Koutarou and the three girls had jumped in, the radical 
faction soldiers had fallen into chaos. 

The majority of the soldiers were a disorderly crowd with no actual 
combat experience. Not only were there very few who had fought 
against an anti-invader squad like the Sun Rangers, even those who 
did had little experience. The Sun Rangers who had a shortage of 
manpower and had therefore been able to gain a great deal of 



experience made a nice contrast to the soldiers. As a result, it would 
take a lot of time before the soldiers could recover. 

"What are you doing! Get it together!" 

"E-Everyone, reload! Switch over to real bullets!" 

Upon hearing the irritated Tayuma's voice, the captain of the 
execution squad hurriedly ordered his men. Their weapons were 
loaded with a mix of blanks and real bullets. They wouldn't be able 
to put up a proper fight like that. So they hurriedly changed to real 
ammunition and reloaded. 

While the shooters were confused, the haniwas cut the rope that 
had been used to tie up Kiriha and set her free. 

"Thank you, Karama, Korama" 

"Ho-, we're glad you're alright Nee-san, Ho-!" 

"Take us with us the next time you are kidnapped Ho-! Don't be so 
reserved Ho-!" 

"Yes, I will do that. I'm sorry" 

"We and Nee-san are as one Ho-!" 

"We will die together Ho-!" 

Meanwhile, Sanae, Yurika and Harumi set Daiha free. This was 
their first meeting, but Daiha looked at them like friends, having 
guessed from the circumstances. 


"I am sorry, girls. Are you Kiriha's friends?" 



"Yeah. We didn't get along well at first, but now we're friends" 
"Kiriha-san was kind from the start" 

"I was surprised to hear she was from the underground though" 
"Thank you, it seems my daughter is blessed with good friends" 
Next, Daiha looked at Koutarou's back. 

"...And he is Koutarou, huh" 

Koutarou stood between his allies and the enemies, protecting them 
with the barrier created from his armor. While the soldiers may 
have been confused, the party had only been able to rescue Kiriha 
and Daiha because Koutarou was standing in the enemy's way. 

"You know him?" 

"Yes. I have heard of him from Kiriha. A weak yet strong man, 
unable to live his life skillfully. It seems like he is exactly like I was 
told" 

Looking at Koutarou as he spoke with Kiriha without dropping his 
guard, Daiha felt like he was the kind of man that was only able to 
go straight forward, and when the world turned, he would 
repeatedly crash into the wall, hurt himself all over, but still 
continue walk straight forward. 

As Daiha was looking at Koutarou, Kiriha lined up next to him. 


"Koutarou" 



"I'm really glad you're okay... Don't go too far ahead, you'll step 
outside of the barrier" 

"I know. I will always walk by your side" 

"I don't want any more repeats of today okay?" 

"Yeah. I'm sorry" 

Kiriha looked up at Koutarou with eyes filled with trust. That much 
was obvious even to Daiha. 

Of course Kiriha would fall for him. While she looks skillful, she can only 
walk straight forward as well... 

Daiha held complex feelings for his daughter's beloved. However, 
Koutarou had saved Kiriha several times, and this time he had 
saved him too. That's why he didn't want to intervene with Kiriha's 
decision any more. Daiha's only saving grace was that Koutarou 
was someone he had a good feeling about. While the world might 
think of him as a doting parent, Daiha truly felt relieved. 

"Fire! Fire! Don't leave any of them alive!" 

That was as long as Koutarou and the others could rejoice together. 
From the observer seats, Tayuma flew into a rage and gave the 
order to attack. In response, the soldiers in the execution chamber, 
the eight shooters and their captain, and an additional four guards, 
pulled the triggers of their guns at once. 

The bullets fired from these 13 men rained down on Koutarou and 
the others. However, all of the bullets were repelled by Koutarou's 
and the others' barriers. The distortion field from Koutarou's armor, 
the Spiritual Energy Field from the haniwas, Harumi's and Yurika's 



defensive spells all of different characteristics formed a composite 
barrier, which simple firearms lacked the power to penetrate. 

"Damnit, once again!! Curse you, you little brat!!" 

Seeing the bullets get easily repelled, Tayuma grinded his teeth as if 
he was being personally insulted. Those feelings were directed 
towards Koutarou who had turned the tables on this definite 
situation. Since the same thing had happened several months ago 
when he had attacked the surface, Tayuma, with his pride, was 
enraged as he glared at Koutarou. 

"Calm down, Tayuma. Did you forget why we gathered that data at 
the factory?" 

In contrast to Tayuma, Maguz was calm. With a nonchalant gesture, 
he waved his right hand and sent a signal to his subordinate 
standing by in a comer. The subordinate then quickly operated a 
nearby panel. 

"R-Right!" 

Realizing Maguz' intentions, Tayuma barely managed to regain his 
calm. At the same time, the large door leading to the execution 
chamber opened and a radical faction combat squad entered. 

The squad consisted of 24 mechanical soldiers created through 
spiritual energy technology, behind them were 24 infantry armed 
with heavy weaponry, and eight large machine guns that would 
automatically attack targets. From the combat data taken from the 
factory, this was believed to be enough firepower to defeat 
Koutarou and the other four. 


"Maguz-sama, please run away" 



"Abandoning our stronghold, where exactly should I run to?" 


"T-That's... it's indeed as you say..." 

"We'll finish this here! We're going too, Tayuma!" 

"Yes Sir!" 

On top of the original 13 soldiers, and the additional 56 that had 
entered, Maguz and Tayuma also headed for the execution 
chambers. The two of them were armed with spiritual energy 
technology and magic. 

The two wore armor made using spiritual energy technology. The 
armors were decorated in traditional People of the Earth fashion 
and their design was based on old documents regarding war. 

They wore large helmets, strong armor covering their entire body 
and each held their own weapon. Maguz had a longbow and 
Tayuma had a long sword. They were both weapons made through 
magic just for them, and held power that surpassed modern 
weaponry. Since Maguz and Tayuma both came from families 
known for their bravery, they were quite skilled at handling these 
kinds of classic weapons. Thanks to that, they were much more 
dangerous than the soldiers armed with firearms. 

Adding together the soldiers and weapons there were 69 plus 
Maguz and Tayuma making for a total of 71. That large force were 
pointing their weapons at Koutarou and the other five. Considering 
the battle at the factory, Koutarou and the others had no chance of 
winning. 

"Don't think you'll be able to get out of here alive, brat!" 



Tayuma threatened Koutarou full of confidence with an 
overwhelming force at his back. But even in this situation Koutarou 
remained confident. 

"Tayuma, just getting out alive wouldn't be that hard" 

"What!? You sore loser!!" 

"I'm not a sore loser, you'll find out soon enough" 

"As if I'd let you! I'll crush you!" 

"The fact that it's not difficult is the difference between Kiriha-san 
and you guys... not that you would understand" 

"Then I'll start by killing that girl!" 

Tayuma roared as he dropped Kiriha's name. However, Kiriha 
didn't seem to get shaken by Tayuma's threat either. In fact, she was 
pretty much ignoring his existence as she called out to Maguz. 

"Raiga... is there no way to convince you to stop this battle?" 

"Having abandoned battle for several thousand years is what's 
really unnatural. It's not like I wish for the battle to continue on 
forever, but there should be some kind of reaction" 

Throughout their long history, the People of the Earth had avoided 
fighting. Maguz felt like that was unnatural. With humans being 
living creatures, it was only natural for friction to occur. If you 
continued running away whenever that happened, you would 
eventually run out of places to run and be ruined. Just like how the 
People of the Earth were now falling into ruin. There were times 
when people had to use any means necessary to remain in place. 



The People of the Earth should return to that natural state, though 
that was Maguz' idea of their natural state. That was Maguz’ true 
desire. 

"Before that reaction settles down, we will be ruined! That much is 
obvious if you observe the history on the surface!" 

Kiriha also knew that there were times when you had to fight. 
That's why she picked up weapons to stand against the radical 
faction. However, in the history of the surface, every single nation 
that had turned their weapons on their own people had without 
exception been ruined. Kiriha and the conservative faction believed 
that battle should be limited to some conditions. It was the same 
reason why the People of the Earth had avoided battle for all this 
time. 

"We are different from the surface dwellers. We are superior to 
them" 

Domination by the superior and obedience by those inferior. 

Maguz believed that was the real duty of the People of the Earth. 
However, their ancestors had not done so and instead headed 
underground to avoid battle. Those who remained on the surface 
threw away their culture and assimilated into the surface dwellers. 
They feared taking responsibility and delayed mankind's leap 
forward by some several hundred years. But if the People of the 
Earth ruled the surface, they could make up for that lost time. A 
future that was bright for everyone would open up. 

"Who determines who is superior and who is inferior! Are you 
going to chose the path to ruin because of your elitism, Raiga!?" 



In history there had been many who believed that a superior leader 
should rule the world. However, there were many large pitfalls 
when it came to just that. Those superior would need to stay 
superior at all times. And even if they did, they would eventually 
age and die. When that happened, was there an heir just as 
superior? And what happened if someone even more superior 
appeared? 

"There's no need to determine. I will forever rule under the name of 
Maguz! When combining our spiritual energy technology with 
magic, it wouldn't be impossible!" 

Those many problems caused these rulers to hold foolish wishes, 
including eternal life and omnipotence. From past to present, many 
rulers had been possessed with those wishes. That could be said to 
be a waste of time. Ironically, attempting to remain superior got in 
the way of just that. That was true even in the 21st century. 

In short, domination by the superior was flawed and contradicted 
itself. That's why, during a longer period of time it would inevitably 
fail. Of course Kiriha would never choose that. 

That same had been true for Maguz at the time, but once he found 
out about magic, his pride and ambition flared up. Immortality and 
omnipotence might not be an impossibility when magic and 
spiritual energy worked together. The development of Earth 
Dragon was yet another test case for it. Maguz ultimate goal was to 
raise himself to become a truly greater existence and rule the world 
of all eternity. 

"That kind of rule would only lead to battle between immortal 
monsters!! Why don't you show your superior intellect before you 
get started on that, Raiga!!" 



If there truly was a way to obtain immortality and omnipotence 
then others would eventually reach that same stage. If something 
was shown to be possible, it would be as difficult to reproduce it. 
Not only that, but it would be hard to protect a secret for all 
eternity. There was also the possibility that the techniques were 
stolen. And eventually a battle between immortal and omnipotent 
monsters would begin. In the end, there would still be misery. 

"Oh I am showing it! This is the most superior of choices!" 

Maguz believed that absolute justice was on his side, and for its 
sake, he would do anything. Surprisingly enough, beyond the calm 
in his eyes burned insanity beyond even Tayuma's. 

"If that is possible, then someone, even if it's not us, will reach it! In 
that case, we must reach that stage before anyone else, or we will 
ourselves be ruled! We need the power to protect ourselves!" 

"So you would rather open the gates to hell yourself than let 
someone else do so... how foolish..." 

Even at this stage, Kiriha wished to reach a conclusion through 
conversation. But there was no way she could convince Maguz to 
stop in such a short time, not when he was so certain of his own 
justice. Before she did, the conservative faction would be defeated. 

It was just as Theia-dono said... there is not enough time to reach your 
ideal... we are fools who can do nothing but push forward... 

Thus Kiriha finally made up her mind. She would defeat Maguz 
and put an end to his ambitions. She had to stop him from opening 
the gates to hell. Even though she might stop Maguz here, the same 
problem might occur somewhere else. But that wasn't right now. 
There was no reason to bring about a nightmare yourself. 



"Maguz, I understand what you want to say. However, I can't allow 
that" 

Kiriha readied her own weapon. It was a long naginata capable of 
manipulating fire and lightning that Clan had sent over for her. 

"You would do well to remember this, we are prideful People of the 
Earth! Maguz, we won't let you rule over anything!" 

Kiriha looked magnificent and beautiful with her naginata in hand. 
The radical faction soldiers that were faced with her appearance 
instinctively held their breaths. Ironically enough, Kiriha who had 
rejected a forced domination had the true qualities of a ruler. 

Part 7 

Listening to Kiriha's words, Maguz lost his temper and grew ever 
enraged. 

"Then I will bring ruin to you right now, and begin my rule! My 
soldiers, kill them!" 

He no longer had the expression of a calm leader. That was now the 
expression of a cold-blooded cruel beast baring his fangs. His heart 
was as twisted as Tayuma's. 

"...I'm sorry, uncle Kouma. Your son has gone to a place from which 
he can no longer return..." 

Koutarou mumbled sadly as he looked at the attacking crowd of 
enemies. He had no sympathy for Raiga. However when he thought 
about his father, he felt incredibly sad as he strongly valued family. 

"What are you mumbling about, brat!" 



However, Tayuma erased that sadness. Standing at the front of the 
soldiers, the sight of Tayuma's desire to rule by force and only 
caring for his own egotistical justice filled Koutarou's heart with 
anger which grew even greater because of this sadness. 

"Did you lose your mind from this difference in power!?" 

"I'm glad you are here Tayuma! Thanks to you I remembered my 
role!" 

Angered, Koutarou extended his right hand forward and he took a 
stance as if he was going to attack Tayuma, but what he did next 
was not an attack. 

"Cradle, give me my sword!" 

Koutarou gave orders to Clan's spaceship above the surface through 
his bracelet. 

"As you wish, my lord" 

Clan's spaceship, the Cradle, obeyed those orders without delay. 
"Comeeee!! Signaltiiin!!" 

"Call sign confirmed, coordinate axis fixed. Commencing transfer of 
Signaltin" 

A black hole appeared in front of Koutarou's extended right hand. It 
was a hole in space-time created so that the Cradle could deliver 
Koutarou his sword. 


"Hm...?" 



When Koutarou grabbed a hold of Signaltin's handle in the hole, he 
noticed something strange. Apart from the first space-time hole, an 
additional six had surrounded him. Inside the additional holes were 
devices each larger than a soccer ball and they left the holes and 
approached Koutarou without permission. 

"Clan, what is this?" 

"It's additional equipment for you that Theiamillis-san and 
Pardomshiha prepared for you. It's name is Garb of Lord" 

"Theia and Ruth-san did?" 

While he understood the situation, Koutarou was still puzzled. That 
was when a hologram with two choices appeared in front of him. 
They were 'Become the emperor' and 'Do not become the emperor'. 

"It seems like Elfaria-san was also part of the development" 

"...It sure looks like it" 

Koutarou touched the 'Become the emperor' choice while wryly 
smiling. It was the startup order for the additional equipment, but 
Elfaria had put her own twist on it. It was almost certainly some 
kind of joke or prank. 

"Engaging Legendary Weapon System series 01-A, Garb of Lord. 
Garb of Lord has been put under control of the maneuver suit" 

Through Koutarou's selection, his armor and the Garb of Lord 
connected through gravitational waves, and was put under control 
of the armor's AI. That was when the independent parts began 
connecting to the armor. The pieces of Garb of Lord flew around the 
air and automatically attached to each part of Koutarou's armor. 



"I see, so this is what the Garb of Lord is..." 

The additional equipment named Garb of Lord strengthened the 
functions of Koutarou's armor. There were mainly six parts that 
made up the Garb of Lord. Shoulder armor that covered left and 
right shoulder, armor that covered his chest, armor that covered his 
back and armor for each leg. From his back hung a decorative 
mantle. Its overall design was a Forthorthe-style, filled with curves 
and it used blue and white colors like the Satomi band of knights. 

As a result, Koutarou's armor became more extravagant, to the 
point of looking regal. 

"Your excellency. Blue Knight, this ship, the Cradle, will pray for 
your fortune and glory in place of the nation of Forthorthe" 

"Hahaha, you're full of openings brat!! Did you give up already!?" 

The ten something men around Tayuma all trained their guns on 
Koutarou. These guns were different from the weapons used for the 
executions as they were all larger calibers intended to be used 
against vehicles. No matter how strong his barrier was, it shouldn't 
be able to block this many shots of that caliber. 

"I don't know about that, I'm simply dumbfounded from my 
friends mischievous trick" 

Koutarou readied Signaltin and closed in on the soldiers before they 
could attack. 

"Detecting that armed force is being used on the enemy force. GOL 
will begin its attack" 


"H-Hey!?" 



However, the first to attack was neither the enemy nor Koutarou, 
but GOL, the additional equipment on Koutarou's armor. Garb of 
Lord. 

"Activating laser cannon on right shoulder. Neutralizing the enemy 
forces" 

The combat algorithm that Ruth had created was based on Theia's 
mind. As a result it was quick to decide and it didn't hesitate to use 
force. 


"Wai— 


// 


Before Koutarou could finish saying anything, GOL expanded the 
right shoulder armor and began its attack using the built in laser 
cannon. 

The laser cannon swiftly altered its aim and intermittently fired 
laser beams. This looked like the laser cannon was disorderly firing, 
but it was actually focusing on the enemy weapons and robbed 
them of their ability to attack. The accuracy of its aim was also 
inherited from Theia. 

"Could this be from back then..." 

Before Koutarou could do anything, the additional equipment had 
defeated the enemy on its own. Koutarou remembered its concept 
from before. This was ' The Super Koutarou I've Thought Up' plan 
that Theia had tried creating in the past. Of course like Kiriha had 
predicted, its scale had been made much smaller but more realistic. 
However, it seemed clear that Theia had brought that concept to 
life. 

"Curse you brat! Mechanical soldiers, move up front!" 



With GOL having blasted the weapons away from the heavy 
infantry, the mechanical soldiers created using spiritual energy 
technology stepped up to the front. These mechanical soldiers were 
equipped with the same kind of Spiritual Energy Field that Karama 
and Korama had. Since GOL had restricted its firepower to only 
blast away the weapons, it was blocked by the mechanical soldiers 
barriers. 

"Exchanging right shoulder weaponry, activating High 
Convergence Beam Cannon, beginning bombardment" 

"I said you're too fast! Clan, what is going on!?" 

"GOL is a completely automated system! You just fight against the 
enemies you want to fight against! GOL will carve open your path!" 

"I see! I'm not sure if I like it or not!" 

GOL would create a path for the emperor. At the same time 
Koutarou understood the circumstances, the weapon on his right 
shoulder was changed and began its attack. The weapon this time 
was a highly powerful beam cannon. 

The beam wasn't as accurate as the laser, but it had a lot more 
power. While it didn't have enough power to destroy the 
mechanical soldiers, it could overload their barriers and cause it to 
lose its function. 

"Sanae-chan God Arrow!" 

"Thunder Lance - Modifier - Change Element Mana Energy!" 

"Gather, spirits of the wind, gather as an arm and destroy my 
enemy!! Roar!! Air Sledgehammer!!" 



However, if their barriers were down, the girls attacks could reach. 
And once GOL's beam had struck the mechanical soldiers the girls 
unleashed their attacks. The mechanical soldiers excelled at both 
offense and defense yet they didn't stand a chance. In no time at all, 
three soldiers had been turned into scrap. 

"Impossible, this easily!?" 

Seeing this result, Tayuma's eyes were wide open. According to 
their calculations, they should be able to win with ease with this 
force. Yet five heavy infantrymen had lost their weapons and three 
mechanical soldiers had been destroyed before they knew it, 
decimating their forces. This was a result nobody could believe, and 
the soldiers were just as shaken as Tayuma. 

"Let's go, Koutarou!" 

"Yeah!" 

"It's our turn Ho-!" 

"It's finally our time to shine again Ho-!" 

Not missing that opening, Kiriha and Koutarou stepped forward. 
Since both of them were protected by strong barriers, they were 
suited for cutting into an enemy line. Their targets were Tayuma 
who was leading in front of the soldiers, and Maguz commanding 
them from behind. If those two were defeated this battle would end 
sooner. 


"Fire! Fire! Don't let them get close!" 



But by the time they had gotten half the way, Tayuma and the 
others recovered. 19 infantry with heavy weaponry and the eight 
large machine guns opened fire at Koutarou and Kiriha. 

As the 27 weapons opened fire it sounded like the earth itself 
roared. These weren't the rifles used for execution but large caliber 
weapons used for battle. Koutarou's and the haniwas' barriers 
wouldn't be able to stand up against this for long. 

"Protection From—" 

Yurika tried putting a spell on Koutarou and Kiriha that would 
protect them from the bullets. 

"Look out Yurika!!" 

However, just before she could, she was pushed away by Sanae. 
And the next moment a rain of bullets showered down on where 
Yurika had been standing. It was an attack from the 13 shooters in 
the execution chambers. 

"Owowow..." 

"Get up Yurika! I won't last for long!" 

"Sanae-chan, thank you!" 

Sanae jumped over and lent Yurika her hand. The shooters 
continued their firing during the time, and Sanae was repelling it 
with her powers, but since her powers were strong but rough, she 
drained quickly. Standing still for too long was dangerous. 


"Sakuraba-senpai, protect Satomi-san and Kiriha-san!" 



As she stood up, Yurika called out for her other ally, Harumi, to 
back up Koutarou. However, Harumi confidently shook her head 
while smiling. 

"Satomi-kun and Kurano-san will be okay. Let's calm down and 
deal with our own opponents... Come, spirits of earth, meld into 
rock and become an armor to protect us!! Block it!! Armor of the 
Earth!!" 

With Harumi's hair glowing silver, she cast a defensive spell on 
herself and the others. This defensive spell was powerful and easily 
repelled the shooters' bullets. 

"Sakuraba-senpai!? Satomi-san and Kiriha-san are in dang— eh? 
Huh?" 

Yurika had been surprised by Harumi's actions, but when she 
looked back at Koutarou and Kiriha she saw that they were 
continuously advancing, not even caring about the fire raining 
down on them. 




"W-Why?" 


"To put it briefly, it's the mania's victory" 

Sanae called out to the confused Yurika. 

The GOL that Theia and the others had built didn't just have 
weapons built into its right shoulder, but had several special 
abilities. One of which was the large barrier generation device in his 
left shoulder. 

Koutarou's barrier also had a generation device built in into it, but 
since it was designed using ancient armor as its basis, it couldn't 
find that large of device. The design took priority over its functions. 

However, that wasn't the case with GOL. It had been designed with 
the purpose of fitting large weapons on the right shoulder and a 
large barrier generation device on the left. The shoulder parts 
weren't large just because they looked cool, but to draw out the 
maximum possible performance. 

The barrier generation device got its energy supplied to it by the 
power plant built into the back armor. As a result it had far stronger 
defense than before. Normal firearms had no effect on it at all. 

"Karama, Korama, limit the Spiritual Energy Field to only defend 
against spiritual energy! Let the rest to Koutarou!" 

"Roger! Changing attributes to prioritize spiritual energy defense!" 

"We'll show you what we can do when we get serious Ho-!" 

Forthorthe's barriers, the distortion fields, were weak against 
spiritual energy, but the haniwas would block that. Since the 



Spiritual Energy Field normally worked against all kinds of 
attributes, limiting it to just spiritual energy raised its potency 
considerably. As a result, attacks from standard spiritual energy 
weapons wouldn't break through. 

"I'm counting on you, Signaltin!" 

And the other weakness, magic, would be protected against using 
Signaltin's ability to dissolve magic. The spells that the heavy 
infantry were using were limited to the bullets they fired. Their 
effects were to increase the firepower and improve the accuracy, so 
there wasn't all that much magical power in them. So the moment 
they entered Signaltin's sphere of influence, they turned to normal 
bullets, which were no match for the barriers. 

"...and that's how it works, we'll defend Kiripapa and defeat the 
ones over there. Once we're done we'll go help Koutarou and 
Kiriha" 

As she finished speaking, spiritual energy overflowed from Sanae's 
body. This was her mimicking Harumi's PAF, strengthening her 
body, but the spiritual energy was so concentrated that her body 
emitted light. When it came to power from within, Sanae was 
second only to Shizuka. 

"O-Okay" 

Realizing that Koutarou and Kiriha wouldn't need help, Yurika 
pointed the tip of her cane towards the nearby soldiers. These 
thirteen were their first priority. 


"So I'm Kiripapa, huh... fufufu" 



Daiha smiled happily as he readied his own weapon. It was the 
Kurano family's treasure, a Japanese katana, that Kouma had left 
with Koutarou and the others. From the moment Daiha held the 
sword, it started to faintly glow. This katana was also covered in 
spiritual energy. 

"Let's go everyone. Don't overwork yourself, let's start with what 
we can" 

Finally was Flarumi. Her hair shined silver and she silently stared at 
the thirteen soldiers without fear or hate. To her, the radical faction 
was still Kiriha's countrymen, so she didn't feel any hostility 
towards them. She had simply recognized that she had to stop 
them. She held her hands in front of chest and focused magical 
power into them. 

No wonder Kiriha always looks like she's having so much fun. In this 
group, being from the underground is next to nothing. It might be because 
they're all special that they can truly understand each other... 

When looking at the three girls Daiha, he felt that Kiriha truly was 
lucky, and that she truly had some good friends. 

"...I'm sure they'll laugh at me for being a doting parent..." 

That's why he would protect the girls, he wouldn't let the radical 
faction lay on finger one them. Daiha was determined to protect 
Kiriha's friends for the troubles he had caused her. Filled with 
determination, he gripped his katana firmly. 

Part 8 

Realizing that normal shooting wouldn't be effective, Tayuma had 
his subordinates reorganize their formation. The remaining 21 



mechanical soldiers would take the front while the accurate but 
slow moving automatic eight machine guns stayed behind. The 
remaining 19 heavy infantry split into groups of ten and nine and 
spread out around the flanks. They would put as much stress on 
Koutarou's barrier as possible, and finish this up close with the 
mechanical soldiers. 

"As always you are at least cunning, Tayuma!" 

Koutarou readied Signaltin and faced the incoming mechanical 
soldiers. In total ten of them were closing in, five for Koutarou and 
five for Kiriha. Attacking with any more than this would only work 
against them, so the remaining eleven stayed back to open fire. 

"Quit your crap! Is that something you can say when you're relying 
on great powers!?" 

"Is that something you can say when you rely on a truly great 
power like that earthquake weapon!?" 

"Justice is with us! For the sake of justice, any and all means are 
forgiven!" 

Falling for Koutarou's provocation, Tayuma held his large sword 
and stepped forward. As a result, the mechanical soldiers' 
formation became slightly disordered. 

With this it's a little bit easier to fight... 

The mechanical soldiers' weapons were magically enchanted 
blades. If they touched Signaltin he could erase that magic 
temporarily, but they still functioned as normal blades. If the 
magical blade broke through the spiritual energy, and physical 



barrier before being erased, Koutarou and Kiriha could still be 
harmed. 


On top of that, the mechanical soldiers further away had hand 
cannons he could sense magical power from. Since he could only 
sense the magical power he didn't know its effect, but it would be 
troublesome if they opened fire in the middle of a melee. 
Fortunately, considering they weren't using them before, there must 
be limited ammunition. 

Since Koutarou sensed danger from the mechanical soldiers he had 
chosen to taunt Tayuma. If Tayuma joined in then it would be 
slightly harder to use ranged weapons. 

"Koutarou, we have to work together to do this!" 

"Koutarou, we have decided to synchronize and move together 
with your armor Ho!" 

"Take care of Ane-san Ho! Show them how well you get along Ho!" 
"Alright! Let's go together!" 

Koutarou and Kiriha advanced while repelling the enemy fire. The 
mechanical soldiers met them on their way. The first to enter their 
range were the four mechanical soldiers that had been the closest. 

"Moveeee!!" 

Using a naginata, Kiriha had the longest reach, which allowed her 
to make the first attack. She swung her naginata as she screamed 
loudly. Since she was going up against mechanical soldiers there 
was no hesitation in her swing. Reacting to Kiriha's intention to 



fight, electricity formed in the blade and she struck the approaching 
mechanical soldiers. 


Among the two in front of her, one was split in half. Since the 
naginata was covered in spiritual energy and electricity it had 
exceptionally high attack power. But having cut through the first 
one, it lost too much power, and the second one could block it. 

"I guess it won't be that easy!" 

Koutarou clicked with his tongue as he crossed swords with the two 
that had approached him. Alone they wouldn't be all that 
impressive, but they had bigger numbers. It was difficult to not 
show any openings to all enemies. 

"Maybe it will be" 

However, Kiriha still seemed confident. And that reason soon 
revealed itself. 

Koutarou's right shoulder began shining and the three mechanical 
soldiers in front of Koutarou and Kiriha were smashed into pieces. 

It was a bombardment from the beam cannon built into Koutarou's 
right shoulder. Since the opponents he was just about to defeat were 
smashed into pieces, Koutarou instinctively felt let down. 

"...It looks like the armor will this on its own" 

If the radical faction showed any openings towards Koutarou or 
Kiriha, GOL would finish them off. They were swift and accurate 
attacks that made Koutarou wonder if he might actually win just by 
standing there. 



"GOL will wipe out our openings! We're pushing through, 
Koutarou!" 

"Yeah!" 

Koutarou and Kiriha wiped out the oncoming mechanical soldiers 
as they continued their advance. 

"Not good Ho-! We're losing to this armor's decoration Ho-!" 

"Guts Ho! We won't lose to some soulless machine Ho!" 

Thanks to GOL, the haniwas following after the two were given 
some space to attack and not just focus on defending. They fired 
beams from their mouths that knocked the soldiers out and attacked 
the mechanical soldiers with fire and lightning. Thanks to GOL's 
defense and counter attacks, Koutarou and the others became more 
aggressive overall. With that, their attack speed increased and the 
defeated enemy after enemy. 

"C-Curse you, damn brats!! Don't get full of yourselves!!" 

Tayuma excitedly stepped forward and swung at Koutarou with his 
long sword infused with spiritual energy and magical power. It was 
only obvious for Tayuma to get so excited as at this point, he had 
already lost 30% of his forces. Despite having an overwhelming 
advantage in numbers, 71 vs. 6, neither Koutarou or the others had 
been harmed, yet they had lost over 20 soldiers. Thinking about that 
normally, this was a disastrous defeat, but Tayuma was frantic to 
not let it end like this. 

"Koutarou, leave the small fry to me!" 


"Please do!" 



Up until now they had been working together, but they would need 
to split up when dealing with Tayuma. So Koutarou would deal 
with Tayuma while Kiriha restrained the surrounding troops. 

"Dieeeeee!!" 

Tayuma's sword broke through the armor's distortion field and the 
haniwas' Spiritual Energy Field. Koutarou's and Tayuma's swords 
clashed with a loud noise. While Signaltin temporarily erased the 
magic when they collided, Tayuma was wearing a powered armor, 
so his blow was still heavy. Koutarou \s armor had to use its 
maximum output to block it. 

"The hell I will!!" 

Koutarou used both hands to push Tayuma back. When it came to 
the armor's physical strength, Koutarou's was superior. Forthorthe's 
generators were superior in output. 

"Braaaat!!" 

However, Tayuma was more agile. He quickly fixed his posture and 
attacked Koutarou again. Since his armor was made using spiritual 
energy technology, it was superior when it came to replicating its 
user's movements. On top of that, Tayuma was a master with the 
sword. His armor reproduced his sword handling and swung down 
the sword towards Koutarou. 

"No you don't!!" 

His own sword wouldn't make it in time, so Koutarou focused on 
his left hand. He was still wearing the gauntlet that let him create 
fire and lighting. Using its power, Koutarou created fire to launch a 
counter attack at Tayuma. 



However, Tayuma's armor was equipped with a Spiritual Energy 
Field, the underground's version of a barrier. That barrier worked 
excellently at dealing with natural phenomenon. Since the flame 
was a natural phenomenon created through converting spiritual 
energy, it didn't harm Tayuma. 

"Guh!" 

However, with the flame blocking his view, Tayuma interrupted his 
attack and distanced himself. Humans were living creatures of 
nature, they too were instinctively cautious of fire. 

"You're pretty good, brat..." 

After distancing himself a little, Tayuma turned the tip of his sword 
towards Koutarou once more. 

"That's my line. Aren't you pretty old" 

Koutarou also pointed his sword towards Tayuma. As they turned 
their swords against one another, their fighting spirits increased. 

"I can't retire until I fulfill my duty for our great cause!" 

"Then we'll make you retire!" 

"You're full of crap, brat!" 

Having run out of patience, Tayuma attacked Koutarou again. 
Koutarou calmly looked at the approaching Tayuma while holding 
Signaltin ready. During that time, GOL was actively assisting 
Kiriha, but Koutarou himself was focusing only on Tayuma. 


"What's the matter!? Weren't you going to make me retire!?" 



Tayuma unleashed a series of attacks to comer Koutarou. Since 
multiple enemies were surrounding Koutarou, his barrier and 
weaponry couldn't focus on Tayuma. On top of that, Harumi was 
busy dealing with other enemies and couldn't assist him. Because of 
that, Koutarou could only use his sword skills to fight against 
Tayuma. Tayuma was bom from a warrior family, and his skill with 
this sword was considerable, on top of that, his armor made him 
more agile than Koutarou, so Koutarou was on the defensive and 
being cornered. 

"That's my intentions. However, there's no reason for me to go out 
of my way and make you retire on my own" 

However Koutarou smiled, and he had a proper reason to do so. He 
had realized that he couldn't lose. 

"Sorry for keeping you waiting, Koutarou!" 

"The Kurano girl!?" 

In the next moment, Tayuma's sword was intercepted by Kiriha's 
naginata. Tayuma looked at her with surprise. She should have 
been busy dealing with the surrounding enemies. 

"Don't forget about us Ho-!" 

"The brothers of flame and thunder, Karama and Korama are here 
Ho-!" 

While Tayuma was stopped, Karama and Korama assaulted him 
with fire and electricity. Since this was just as Tayuma had launched 
his attack, parts of his spiritual energy barrier had been undone. 

Part of the haniwas attacks reached one of those unguarded areas. 



"D-Damnit!! You damn automated dolls!!" 


Tayuma's armor was scorched and he had received a slight shock, 
but it wasn't enough damage to take him down. As expected, just 
having part of their attack go through the barrier wouldn't be 
enough. However, disliking Kiriha and the haniwas attacking 
together, Tayuma leaped backwards and greatly distanced himself 
from them. As he did, he realized why Kiriha had been able to go 
support Koutarou. 

"Impossible! This easily!?" 

What he saw was the thirteen shooters in the execution chambers 
collapsed on the floor. This was Harumi's and the others' doing, and 
defeating these thirteen with such weak firepower wasn't all that 
difficult. Once that was over with, Harumi and the others moved to 
help deal with the other enemies. With that, a huge load was taken 
off of Kiriha's and the haniwas' shoulders and they were able to go 
back up Koutarou. 

"Tayuma, our real fight starts now" 

The beam cannon on Koutarou's right shoulder turned towards 
Tayuma. At the same time, the barrier generation device in 
Koutarou's left shoulder adjusted its output. With Koutarou and 
Kiriha close again, GOL shrunk the barrier's effective area, and 
made it thicker. 

"What!?" 

"We're angry... at how you radicals do things" 

Koutarou pointed the tip of his sword towards Tayuma once more. 
That was when Tayuma shouted out in rage. 



"So what if you're angry!?" 


Kiriha readied her naginata and faced Tayuma. 

"Therefore, brace yourself, Shijima Tayuma! We're going to 
completely destroy that justice that you speak of!" 

The two haniwas were by Kiriha's sides. Both she and Koutarou 
were serious. All of that equipment was pointed towards the enemy 
in front of them, towards Tayuma. 

"...Then I'll have to join in as well" 

"Maguz-sama!?" 

"I have protect my own justice. From people like you, that would 
look away from reality..." 

Maguz who had been surveying the battle from behind advance to 
right behind Tayuma. Fie was holding a large bow in both hands 
and was aiming at Kiriha. 

"It's dangerous, Maguz-sama!" 

"Tayuma, its even more dangerous if you fall. We should work 
together here" 

"...I understand. But please focus on protecting yourself. You are 
our hope" 

"I shall" 

Koutarou and Kiriha. Tayuma and Maguz. The two groups pointed 
their weapons at each other. The groups couldn't come to an 



agreement. There was no peaceful solution to their current standoff. 
Kiriha had desperately been trying to avoid that, but there was no 
longer anything she could do but fight. 

"Let's go Koutarou!" 

Kiriha took the front and began running. Even as she did, she had 
her naginata at the ready and kept her surroundings in mind. Kiriha 
was a pacifist, but now that she had decided to fight she was 
definitely going to win. 

"I'll adapt to you, so just do as you want!" 

Koutarou followed after Kiriha. As he did, he gave orders to the AI 
in his armor. Since he was going to let Kiriha do as she pleased, he 
needed to give the armor and GOL more detailed orders rather than 
just to support them. 

"I won't let you!" 

Maguz fired an arrow at the approaching Kiriha. The arrow was 
infused with pure spiritual energy and had spells cast on it that 
raised its speed and the strength of the arrowhead. Since the bow 
had been made under the premise that it its user would draw it 
while wearing powered armor, it had the power equaling a cannon. 

"Nee-san!" 

"It's not a problem!" 

The haniwas moved to protect Kiriha, but before they could the 
power hidden within the naginata was unleashed. What she 
unleashed was the power of electricity and a huge electromagnetic 
field was created which threw the arrow of its trajectory. 



When the arrow passed by Kiriha's arrow the sound it made was 
less that of it cutting through the air, but rather the air being tom 
apart. While nothing had happened thanks to the electromagnetic 
field, if the arrow had hit Kiriha would have been blown apart. 

"Now it's my turn, Maguz!" 

"I won't let you little girl!" 

Kiriha moved to counter attack Maguz, but Tayuma stood in her 
way. He greatly swung his sword to cut her in half. 

"Tayuma, your opponent is me!!" 

Koutarou swiftly swung Signaltin and a crimson blade was formed 
from the arc he had cut. It was a basic attack spell, and while its 
power was weak and it couldn't reach far it was enough to slow 
down Tayuma. 

"Curse you brat! You're always getting in my way!! I hear you got 
in the way in the incident eleven years ago too!!" 

"That's because you're always working on your evil schemes" 

"Justice is with us! You are the evil ones!" 

"I don't care who justice is with! As long as the many can live 
happily!" 

While the crimson blade was stopping Tayuma, Koutarou stepped 
between Kiriha and Tayuma. At that time Kiriha swung down her 
naginata and unleashed a lightning bolt at Maguz. 


"I won't let you do as you please, Maguz!" 



"It's no use!" 


However, Maguz didn't even try avoiding the lightning as he 
nocked a second arrow to the bow. That was only natural, as the 
moment Kiriha's lightning bolt touched Maguz' barrier it easily 
dispersed. Maguz' armor had been created with defense as its 
number one priority. Not only was he the commander, but he was 
also using a weapon that required him to be stationary. A strong 
barrier that didn't require him to move was necessary. 

"That might be the case if it was just me" 

"What!?" 

"Ho-! You've forgotten about us Ho-!" 

"Raiga you still have a long way to go Ho-!" 

The next moment, Karama's and Korama's attacks assaulted Maguz. 
Karama used flames and Korama used lightning. 

"Guaaaaaaaaaaah!?" 

Scorched by the flames and shocked by the lightning, Maguz let out 
a scream. 

Karama and Korama who lacked in power had been able to attack 
Maguz because Kiriha had drawn away his attention and because 
their bodies were small. While Kiriha was attacking Maguz, the 
haniwas landed on the ground nearby him. They then walked up 
closer to him and unleashed their attacks by his feet. Even the 
powerful barrier created by his armor didn't fully protect his feet in 
order to not obstruct his movement. With Korama's and Karama's 
size, it was possible to launch an attack from under that gap. 



"Guuh, c-curse you!! You are but mere automatic dolls!!" 


While the attack had reached inside Maguz’ barrier, he was still 
wearing a sturdy armor. While he felt pains from the burns and 
numbness from the shock, he hadn't taken enough damage to dull 
his movements. If anything it was his pride that had been harmed, 
and with a red face he moved to counter attack the haniwas. 

"He's angry Ho-!" 

"I'm sure he has a scary face Ho-!" 

The haniwas swiftly flew up into the air and fled out of Maguz' 
reach. Their humorous speech and behavior hurt Maguz' pride even 
more and stripped him of his calm. He sent arrow after arrow after 
the haniwas, but since they were swift and small he couldn't hit. 

"Maguz!" 

"Kuh, what an oversight!" 

Kiriha's naginata collided with Maguz' barrier. The blow wasn't 
enough to break his barrier, but it allowed Maguz' to calm down. 
With that, he gave up on chasing after the haniwas and focused on 
Kiriha again. 

"Are you in a fluster because things aren't going to plan, Maguz!?" 

"That's not true at all! If I kill you here, the plans will work out just 
nicely!" 

Maguz' drew an arrow with all of his might and fired it at Kiriha 
just past his barrier. Since she was so close its power wouldn't fall 



off. This was the most powerful attack Maguz' longbow was 
capable of. 


"That's what you call being in a fluster" 

Kiriha didn't even try dodging the arrow and simply smiled as she 
stood in place. 

"What!?" 

The arrow pierced Kiriha's chest, but in that moment, she vanished 
like smoke. At the same time as she vanished, another Kiriha 
appeared from some dozen centimeters to the side. This was the 
real Kiriha. The arrow had been fired at an illusion. 

"That's why this happens to you" 

Kiriha thrust her naginata forward, through the hole in the barrier 
that had been opened for the arrow. The naginata passed through 
the hole and struck Maguz. 

"Guaaa!? Impossible, how could I possibly be led by the nose!?" 

The naginata struck Maguz' left hand holding the bow, this blow 
shattered the armor and the bow, leaving Maguz' left hand exposed. 
While the hand was bleeding, the armor had protected it from the 
worst of it. Maguz quickly readied a new weapon. 

"But it won't go like that this time!" 

Maguz pulled out a large gun. Like the mechanical soldiers' guns, 
this could also fire magic. It was also a gun specially made for him. 
It was his ace in the hole. 



"Take thiiiisss!" 


Maguz fired his gun three times. For some reason he wasn't firing at 
Kiriha but in a direction where no one was standing. But the fired 
bullets, the fired magic, suddenly changed direction after leaving 
Maguz' barrier and came after Kiriha. At the same time the bullets 
changed into several lightning bolts. The gun fired lightning magic. 

"Hahahaha, surely you can't avoid this!!" 

Maguz laughed loudly, convinced of his victory as six lightning 
bolts rained down on Kiriha. Maguz was blinded by the flash and 
lost sight of Kiriha. 

"They'll keep on coming, Kurano Kiriha!!" 

Despite that, Maguz didn't stop attacking. Before the flash died 
down, he put his finger on the trigger. Once the flash vanished he 
was going to attack again. 

"Though you can use magic, you're a novice when it comes to 
magic battles, Maguz" 

But that was when something surprising happened. When the flash 
vanished, Kiriha suddenly appeared in front of Maguz. 

"What!?" 

Maguz' eyes shoot open wide in surprise. Kiriha didn't seem to 
have been hit by the bolts, on top of that she was inside the effective 
area of his barrier. He didn't know how, but Maguz had allowed for 
Kiriha to get inside of his barrier. 


"This ends here, Maguz!" 



Kiriha swung her naginata at Maguz. 


"I won't let you!" 

Maguz pulled the trigger to stop her. 

At this distance, even if it hits us both I'll come out on top because of the 
armor!! 

He fired three times just like before. He wouldn't miss at this close 
of a range, and just as he had aimed the bullets headed straight for 
Kiriha. According to his calculations there was no way he could 
lose. 

"...That's why I said you're a novice, Maguz" 

"Whaaat!?" 

That was when Maguz was surprised once more. The Kiriha that 
had been attacking him vanished like smoke once more. In her 
place, a new Kiriha appeared where Maguz had fired his first 
lightning bolts. The Kiriha that had been attacking him was yet 
another illusion. Of course, the bullets fired passed through her and 
flew off somewhere. 

"Hahaha, which one of us is the novice!? You're hurt all over from 
the lightning!!" 

But this time, Maguz wasn't shaken. He knew that Kiriha had taken 
damage from the lightning bolts. Her protection had been imperfect 
and some of the electricity had burnt her. That's why Maguz 
laughed at Kiriha, once again convinced of his victory. 



"A magic battle is a battle of creativity, Maguz. Since you can only 
think of conventional ideas, you will lose" 

Despite her deep burns, Kiriha was smiling. At this point, the battle 
had already ended in her victory. 

"Guaaaaaaaaa!!" 

The next moment, an explosion occurred in Maguz' armor. What 
exploded was the pipe supplying the armor with power from the 
generator. This was one of the few weak points in the armor. 
Having taken an attack there, Maguz' armor suffered severe 
damage, the barrier vanished and the armor seized its functions. 

"Nee-san is a genius Ho-!" 

"Nobody else could come up with this kind of strategy Ho-!" 

The ones that had attacked Maguz were Karama and Korama who 
had snuck into his barrier. Everything had gone according to 
Kiriha's plan. 

"Kuh, I see, so that's what the second illusion was for..." 

Maguz realized he had fallen for a trap. 

The second illusion was to get Maguz to open up a hole in his 
barrier. With him firing his gun, the armor's system automatically 
opened a hole in the barrier. If they could find out where that hole 
would open, the haniwas could infiltrate it. That was where the 
second illusion came in. Koutarou had created it according to 
Kiriha's wishes. 



What Kiriha needed to fight against Maguz were two basic spells. 
That was all she required to overcome Maguz who was repeatedly 
firing higher level spells. This was a complete victory for Kiriha 
thanks to her creativity. 

"Surrender, Maguz. Surely you can't move anymore" 

Kiriha walked up to Maguz and turned the naginata on him. Kiriha 
was burned all over, but it didn't seem to have impeded her 
movement. Maguz on the other hand was unable to move now that 
his armor had lost power. The armor he wore was now nothing but 
a shackle to him. 

"You should know my answer, Kurano Kiriha" 

"You say the radical faction will continue fighting even without its 
leader?" 

"That's right. While I might not be able to rule, at least we will be 
able to reclaim our home" 

Maguz had accepted defeat but a dark flame continued burning in 
his eyes. His insanity continued smoldering on as embers. 

"I'm sorry to hear that, Kasumi Raiga" 

"No, I am Maguz. The leader of the radical faction" 

"Then, Maguz, take your responsibility" 

Confirming that insanity, Kiriha swung her naginata down towards 
him. While the blow was light, the unleashed electricity caused 
Maguz to faint. 



"...Why didn't you use that indomitable spirit for the sake of your 
people..." 

Thus Kiriha defeated Maguz and came out victorious. However, her 
expression was far from bright. 

Part 9 

With Maguz falling, the radical faction soldiers' movements grew 
noticeably duller. There were still twelve soldiers fighting, but 
having lost their commander, unrest spread and their morale 
plummeted. There were still several mechanical soldiers and 
automatic machine guns, but with the people using them in a panic, 
they couldn't exhibit their full strength. They became unable to 
endure Harumi's and the others' attacks and routed. 

"Why, why can't we win!? We should have had enough forces!! We 
analyzed the data from the factory and gathered a sufficient force!! 
Yet why does this happen!?" 

Maguz falling came as a huge shock to Tayuma. To him, Maguz 
was the symbol of absolute justice. He was a savior that would use 
his vast knowledge and excellent leadership to cut open a path into 
the future for the People of the Earth. Having lost Maguz, Tayuma 
was greatly shaken. Looking at Maguz and the other fallen soldiers, 
Tayuma recoiled and stepped backward. Unable to accept reality, 
all he could do was scream and shout. 

"It's only obvious. You didn't take one thing into consideration" 
"What is that!?" 

"Kiriha-san's feelings for her friends, in other words, love" 



"Love!? Preposterous!! That kind of thing is unnecessary!! Absolute 
justice is with us!!" 

"...You lost because you don't understand that. If you had 
understood how prideful of a leader Kiriha-san was you would 
have won" 

When Kiriha fights she always tries to make sure her allies comes 
out as unscathed as possible. And since her enemies this time 
around were the radical faction, one could say that they are her 
allies in a roundabout way. She never forgot that. Kiriha had 
continued fighting so that neither ally nor enemy would suffer any 
casualties. 

However, this fight had been different. Having been cornered, with 
no way to back down, she had prepared herself for some casualties 
both among her enemies and her allies. That was of course not her 
intention. If she was going to force others to sacrifice themselves, 
she would prepare to sacrifice herself as well. That was the only 
choice Kiriha could make. 

As a result, Koutarou and the others were far stronger than they 
were in the battle at the factory. Since they didn't fear themselves or 
their allies getting hurt they could cross the dangerous bridges as 
well. That was the reason why Koutarou had said that escaping 
alive would be easy. 

"Or maybe it's the other way around. You don't care about the lives 
of your allies, so you're always fighting at your limits. You're 
fundamentally different from Kiriha-san and the others who control 
and save their powers for others" 

"As if I could accept something as vague as that! All that is needed 
is absolute justice! Rule under that will lead to eternal prosperity!" 



Tayuma believed in the radical faction's justice and that Maguz 
would become their ruler. But with Maguz broken, his belief was 
starting to waver. Since he didn't want to accept that, Tayuma 
raised his voice. He feared the collapse of the world he believed in. 

"Surrender, Tayuma. The justice you believe in is not absolute" 

Koutarou turned his sword towards Tayuma who was reeling. At 
the same time Harumi and the others lined up behind Koutarou. 
Their battle had ended a short while ago. All radicals in the 
execution chamber, aside from Tayuma, had been neutralized. 

"D-Damnit! But if I call for reinforcements —" 

Tayuma began calling for reinforcements through his armor. He 
simply couldn't accept defeat. 

"Why!? Why is nobody answering!? This is an emergency!!" 

However, he couldn't hear any voice from the command room he 
was supposedly connected to. Since he was Maguz' right hand, the 
operator always answered as quickly possible. 

"It's no use. This base is already under the conservative faction's 
control" 

Kiriha answered Tayuma's question. She then placed herself as to 
block off his retreat. She had no intentions of letting him get away. 

"There is no longer anyone who will stand with you. Surrender, 
Tayuma. The battle is over" 

Kiriha indifferently declared that the battle was over, and it wasn't 
just limited to the execution chamber. At the same time Koutarou 



and the others barged into the execution chamber, a conservative 
faction force infiltrated the base. They cut off the communications 
from the inside and occupied the command room and neutralized 
the base in its entirety. This base no longer had any fighting power 
left. 

"No, not yet! This isn't over yet! Maya!" 

"...Yes, yes, you really do work me to the bones..." 

However, there was still one left capable of fighting. It was a 
woman wearing an indigo outfit. It was Maya, a magician of 
Darkness Rainbow who had replaced her body parts after being 
seriously injured and returned to active service. 

The magicians and the radical faction shared technology, but they 
had taken a stance to not intervene with each others battles. This 
was a measure to make sure that they didn't get in each other's way. 
That's why Maya hadn't taken part in the battle, both here and in 
the factory yesterday. 

But there was an exception to everything. Maya had two favors she 
owed the radical faction. One was that they had restored her body, 
the other was that she had received information pertaining the 
People of the Earth from them. In return, she had promised to lend 
her aid if they really needed it. She had lent her aid to rescue 
Tayuma, and she would lend her aid now. 

"Maya!?" 


"It's been awhile, boy" 



Maya seemingly appeared from Tayuma's shadow and brightly 
smiled at Koutarou. Her smile was so cheerful that Koutarou almost 
forgot the situation he was in for a moment. 

"But sadly, I don't have the time to play with you..." 

"Maya, help me and Maguz-sama escape!" 

Tayuma had called for Maya so that she could help him and Maguz 
escape. If they used the power of magic then they might be able to 
escape from this situation. 

"It would be impossible for me to save two in this situation" 

However, Maya shook her head. In the past she might have been 
able to help both of them escape, but having lost the majority of her 
body she no longer had that much magical power. As a result, she 
had lost much of her ability to respond to unexpected troubles. 

"...Guess it can't be helped, just save me then!" 

"Oh, you'll leave Maguz behind?" 

"I still have a mean to turn this around! I can take him back later!" 
"So that's what you mean. I understand" 

Having realized what Tayuma meant, Maya nodded and raised her 
right arm. A miniature cane had been built into her right arm. She 
was going to cast a spell and escape. 

"Koutarou!" 


"I know!!" 



Noticing that Tayuma and Maya were going to escape, Kiriha and 
Koutarou charged towards them. They had to catch Tayuma to 
truly end this battle. 

"Recall - Precast - Teleport" 

However, Maya unleashed a spell she had cast ahead of time. As a 
result, it activated incredibly quickly and by the time Kiriha and 
Koutarou arrived, Tayuma and Maya were already wrapped up in 
the light of the spell. For the same reason, Harumi's and Yurika's 
jamming spells didn't make it in time. 

"Fuhahahaha, this isn't over yet brat! We will definitely win! 
Because justice is with us!!" 

"...Good bye, boy. Let's meet again" 

Tayuma and Maya vanished, leaving behind only the blue light of 
her spell. Maya had used a teleportation spell, and while she didn't 
have the same range on it as before, it was more than enough to 
escape in the case of an emergency. 

"Damnit, they got away!" 

"Koutarou, we can't give up yet! They should be headed towards 
the island!" 

"I see, they're going to use the earthquake weapon!" 

Tayuma's goal was to use the earthquake weapon to cause 
catastrophic damage to the town of Sial and to the conservative 
faction. At the same time, a war would break out with the surface, 
so the conservative faction would have no choice but to give in to 



the radical faction. Which would naturally force them to release 
Maguz. 

"Let's go after them right away! There's no time to lose!" 

"Yeah, everyone, let's go!" 

Right after Tayuma and Maya had vanished, Koutarou and the 
others dashed out from the execution chamber. They had to join up 
with Theia and the others as quickly as possible and stop Tayuma 
from using the earthquake weapon. 



The Ends of Ambition 


PartI 

Sunday, July 4 

The battle between Theia's surface troops and the radical faction 
soldiers protecting the earthquake weapon. Earth Dragon, was 
going back and forth. 

The surface troops consisted of Theia, Ruth, Shizuka, Maki, the Sun 
Rangers and 80 conservative faction soldiers for a total of 89. This 
was a considerable force, but the enemy had more than twice their 
numbers. First of all they had close to 100 normal soldiers. Then 
there was also about another 100 mechanical soldiers and assault 
vehicles. The latter was on the offensive, putting the surface troops 
in a very dangerous situation. 

Fortunately, the surface troops consisted of those who excelled at 
fighting several enemies. There was of course Theia and Ruth who 
could fight using space battleship weaponry, but there was also 
Shizuka who could fight against many on her own if she assumed 
her half-dragon form. Maki could use her mind manipulation magic 
to confuse the enemy, making them unable to use the full extent of 
their strength. As a result the battle was progressing evenly despite 
the enemy's numerical advantage. 

"Ruth, have you been able to pinpoint Earth Dragon's location!?" 

Theia called out to Ruth as she targeted a large tank with her large 
caliber beam cannon. This tank was an unmanned automated 
vehicle, and the moment it detected the energy from Theia's beam 
cannon it activated its barrier. 




"Your highness, I can't detect the energy that Earth Dragon should 
be radiating. Considering its size, that should not be possible" 

"How insolent!" 

Theia repeatedly fired off beams. While the tank could withstand 
one shot, it couldn't withstand the second and third. The strongest 
land based weapon hadn't considered that it might by attacked by 
space based weaponry. The tank's turret was blown off and its 
movement stopped. 

"I believe it is being shielded to keep us from detecting it" 

"...So they know what we're after... curse you, Elexis..." 

In order to break free from this situation, Theia wanted to destroy 
Earth Dragon by bombarding it with the Blue Knight's main 
weaponry. However, bombardment from space stood out quite 
considerably, so she wanted to finish it in a single attack. For that 
reason, they needed to pinpoint Earth Dragon's location. 

The unmanned fighters that Ruth was controlling had the ability to 
detect and analyze energy radiated from its surroundings. Using 
that ability, it should be possible to locate Earth Dragon even from 
outside the building. 

However, when Ruth tried examining it, she couldn't detect any 
energy from the building believed to be containing Earth Dragon. 
Since not even electromagnetic radiation from basic electronic 
equipment could be detected, it was likely that the building 
contained its radiation. 



This meant that the building had been made on the basis that it 
would go up against Forthorthe's scientific analysis, but it was a 
possibility if Elexis was involved. 

"I also have bad news, your highness" 

Theia could see Ruth in the corner of her eye, manipulating her 
unmanned fighters to take hits for their allies. The barrier created by 
the fighters working together was powerful, and it repelled the 
bullets fired from the automated, heavy machine guns. 

"Did something happen to Koutarou and the others!?" 

Theia's expression froze. She wasn't worried for her own fight, but 
for Koutarou and the others who were out of her reach. 

"No, that's not it. The battle underground ended in Master's and in 
our victory. ITowever, one of the enemy officers escape and is 
headed this way. It is someone we have fought before, a man called 
Shijima Tayuma" 

"That awfully vile man huh..." 

Theia frowned as she remembered Tayuma. It wasn't just Theia, but 
none of the girls of room 106 thought well of him. Fie was someone 
that wouldn't hesitate to attack civilians. Since Theia had been like 
that in the past as well, she felt very unpleasant as he reminded her 
of her foolishness. 

"Not good, if he's coming here after losing, he can only have one 
goal" 


Theia also understood what he was trying to do. He would 
indiscriminately use the earthquake weapon to destroy those he 



didn't like. It was an attack that the Theia of the past would also 
make. 


That's right... my invasion urns wrong... however, thanks to everyone else I 
was able to correct myself... I have to stop him! 

Tayuma's desires was like a ghost of Theia's past. Because she felt 
like that, she was determined to stop Tayuma's ambition at all costs. 

"Your highness, is something the matter?" 

"There's no time to be dawdling around. We're forcibly breaking 
through" 

As Theia said that she exchanged her weapon to a rapidly firing 
paralysis gun and fired at nearby radical faction soldiers. Her aim 
was accurate and the bullets were headed straight towards their 
bodies. 

However, the bullets were blocked by the soldiers' barriers. But 
Theia had taken that into consideration. 

"Haaah!" 

With the firing stopping the soldiers in their tracks, Shizuka thrust 
forward. She was using the Fire Dragon Emperor's powers to 
transform into a half-dragon form, and was now even stronger than 
usual. Her powerful kick sent all soldiers in its path flying. Spiritual 
energy barriers were useless in front of her. 

"I would love to hurry this up!" 

Shizuka supported Theia's opinion as she looked for the next enemy 
to defeat. There was a time limit to Shizuka's power. While she was 



stronger than anyone else, she ran out of fuel quick. And once she 
used up her powers, her weight increased. In order to avoid that, 
she had to end this as quickly as she could. 

"I think that's good too. It seems like reinforcements keep on 
coming, and there's a limit to my magic as well" 

As a voice came through Theia's bracelet, Maki appeared quite far 
ahead. At the same time, her 20 conservative faction soldiers 
appeared as well, and began attacking together with her. Their 
target was the squad commander in the rear and the soldiers 
around him. The goal was to confuse the enemy by sneaking 
around them and attacking their commander. 

"Please attack! We Sun Rangers will serve as the rear guard!" 

The Sun Rangers were restraining the enemy through gunfire and 
bought time for Maki's squad to fall back. Thus all of the surface 
troops came to an agreement. 

"Alright, then it's decided! Ruth, I'm using Combat Dress!" 
"Combat Dress? But it is still in its test stage..." 

"If I don't use it now, when will I!" 

"As you wish, my princess. Transferring the Combat Dress" 

Ruth operated her bracelet and a large space-time hole appeared 
behind Theia. The Combat Dress the two were talking about was 
Theia's new weapon. This new weapon was a machine that covered 
about half of Theia's body, and had a resemblance to a dress. The 
pure white and gold colors strengthened that impression. 



The Combat Dress covered Theia's body and began tightening up. 
At the same time, Theia's bracelet began blinking as it began 
communicating with the dress. 

"Engaging Legendary Weapon System series 02, Combat Dress. The 
dress has been put under control of the bracelet. Princess, select 
your accessory" 

"Assault Red" 

"As you wish, my princess" 

A red line was added to the Combat Dress, and several weapons 
appeared from black holes. The newly appeared arms attached to 
the dress' hard points prepared for this scenario. Theia now wore a 
white dress with streaks of red and gold, with large cannons by her 
shoulders, missile launchers by her waist, a large caliber beam rifle 
on her right arm and a recoilless pile driver on her left arm. This 
was Theia's new weapon, the Combat Dress. 

Strictly speaking the Combat Dress wasn't in itself a weapon. It 
simply allowed Theia to fly through a flight unit on her back and 
served as a hard point base for the various weapons to attach to. 
Since the actual weapons were the same as they were before, her 
actual attack power hadn't changed. But wearing this dress she 
could use multiple weapons at the same time, and she got far more 
mobile. 

When Theia summoned her weapons, it was difficult for her to 
move them around. There were some weapons that moved on their 
own, but there were few of those, and since they moved at various 
speeds it was difficult to get to them properly cooperate with her. 

So there, Theia made this Combat Dress. She gave it the ability of 
flight and fixed the weaponry to it. By doing that she could freely 



fly around with her weaponry. At the same time, the restrictions on 
the weapons lessened. In other words, the dress changed Theia into 
a small fighter plane. 

Through the power of gravity control and boosters, Theia's body 
lifted up from the ground. At the same time, the safety devices on 
her weapons were removed. Theia was now a beast that had been 
unleashed. A golden king of beasts with both power and speed. 

"Men, follow me!" 

Quick to act, Theia charged towards the radical faction troops in 
front of her. Her royal crest that had been engraved into the dress 
stood out, even from afar. 

"Leave the big threats to me! Don't bother with the small fry! 
Advance!" 

"Theia-chan is as hasty as always..." 

"Let's go, Kasagi-san" 

"I'm sorry for causing everyone trouble" 

Shizuka, Maki and Ruth chased after Theia. Behind them were the 
Sun Rangers and the conservative faction soldiers. This was the 
decisive moment for the surface troop's battle. 

Part 2 

The anti-material guns that Theia was firing had enough power to 
pierce through the barriers of the tanks and destroy them 
completely. If people had been inside it would have been terrible, 



but fortunately, they were automated vehicles. Theia could 
bombard them without concern. 

"That makes eight!" 

Theia's bombardment destroyed yet another tank. The battle was 
progressing very one-sidedly as the tanks were unable to shoot at 
Theia who was freely flying through the air. They were easy targets 
to Theia. 

"Your highness, gunfire is coming from the two o'clock direction!" 
"Whoops" 

However, she couldn't let her guard down. Since the soldiers and 
mechanical soldiers were using handheld firearms, they could 
target Theia. That said, they weren't using anti-air weaponry, so 
accuracy was low and so was the power. Ruth would also restrain 
the enemy forces with her unmanned fighters at appropriate times, 
leaving Theia unhurt. 

"We're going to keep on pushing!" 

Theia destroyed powerful weapons one after another as she 
advanced. On the battlefield she stood out very much. Many of the 
radical faction soldiers were completely focusing on her as she flew 
through the air at high speeds destroying the major threats. 

"Everyone, take care not to split up!" 

"Thank you, people from the surface" 


"Surface and underground doesn't matter! Let's just hurry on" 



"Yes" 


The conservative faction soldiers pushed up the path that Theia had 
carved for them. The Sun Rangers headed to the back of them and 
served as the rear guard. The conservative faction soldiers and the 
Sun Rangers protected each other as they continued on ahead. 
Thinking of them as an anti-invasion squad and invaders from the 
underground, this was a bizarre spectacle. However, no one here 
thought it was strange as they were all working together to destroy 
Earth Dragon. 

"Hey, Aika-san" 

Shizuka looked over the conservative faction soldiers and the Sun 
Rangers as she was running. A smile formed on her lips and she 
liked what she was seeing. 

"When you look at them like that, don't you feel like Kiriha-san's 
invasion of the surface succeeded a long time ago?" 

"You're right, it certainly feels that way..." 

People from the surface and the underground held hands as they 
were working together towards a common goal. Neither side was 
attempting to rule over the other. They all respected and helped 
each other. It was the result of Kiriha's long, hard-fought invasion. 

It hadn't been a mistake to protect the pride of both parties. 

"That's why we have to win this battle" 

"You're absolutely right, Aika-san. Justice always wins!" 

Strangely enough, Shizuka spoke the same words Tayuma did. 
However, their meaning greatly differed. And now was the time to 



protect those differences. Shizuka and Maki took those feelings to 
heart as they continued running. The entrance to the building was 
right in front of them. 

Since Earth Dragon was inside this building it had been built extra 
strong. That was also true for the main gate as a thick metallic door 
blocked intruders from entering. However, after the joints had been 
shot by beams several times each, followed up by a recoilless pile 
driver, not even the strongest of doors could endure. Before the 
steam exhausted from the pile driver could condense, the door fell 
inwards towards the building. 

"We've finally reached it..." 

As expected, Theia was the first to step inside the building. Up until 
this point, Theia hadn't taken a single hit, as a result, her Combat 
Dress was still white as always. 

"Ruth, how does it look?" 

"I have a reaction. But it's still shielded, so all I can tell is that it's 
forward" 

The hologram that Ruth was projecting from her bracelet showed a 
large circle drawn. That circle represented Earth Dragon's expected 
position, but it wasn't all that reliable. 

"For starters, we only need to go straight forward? I like it when it's 
simple to understand" 


"You're right. That might be just like us" 



Shizuka and Maki nodded at each other. Aside from Ruth, the girls 
of room 106 gathered here all preferred simple thinking. To them, 
only having to move forward was a welcome development. 

"Devil Princess-san, we can't afford to take our time!" 

"Hurry, Devil-neechan!" 

The Sun Rangers who were serving as the rear guard took cover 
inside the building and were fighting against the radical faction 
forces. The enemy were chasing after Theia and were pouring in 
towards the building. 

"Alright, let's go men! Keep up with me!" 

"Theia-san is so reliable at times like these" 

"Before she had a strange force behind her, but now its working for 
her in a good way" 

"Her highness is maturing after all" 

Theia and the others soon took action once more. With Theia in the 
again, they ran down a passage. Since they would be able to get a 
more accurate reading on Earth Dragon's location the closer they 
got, nothing good would come from standing around. 

"You've finally made it inside, princess Theiamillis" 

That was when Elexis' voice could be heard from a speaker in the 
passage. When she heard that voice, Theia didn't stop, but her 
expression grew more severe. 


"What is it, Elexis!" 



"It's the host's duty to invite his guests. Well, it might be a little ill- 
mannered to do so through speakers though" 

"Quit spouting your nonsense!" 

"For the time being, I have prepared a little entertainment. Please 
enjoy" 

Elexis' sounded awfully cheerful. Fie had an atmosphere to him as if 
he really was inviting guests into his home. That might really be his 
intentions, but Theia and the others felt nothing but enmity towards 
him. 

"We don't have the time to play around with you. We're in a rush" 

"Then please reach me within eight minutes" 

"What a detestable fellow, just you wait. I'll be over there to punch 
you soon!" 

Theia was getting irritated. She didn't like Elexis' playful attitude 
nor the time limit he had given them. Theia understood that he 
meant that the earthquake weapon might possibly be used at this 
moment, but she didn't understand his motive for telling them. 

Since she didn't believe he was actually advising her, she only felt 
like he was making a fool of her. 

"I will await your arrival" 

With that, Elexis stopped speaking. At almost the same time, 
Shizuka, with her strengthened senses, felt the presence of 
something approaching them. 


"Theia-chan, something is coming. It's just around that comer" 



"I'm detecting many metal and energy reactions, I believe it's 
automated weaponry intended to defend the building" 

"So this is the so called entertainment..." 

Before long, Elexis' automated weapons appeared from around the 
comer. It was a crowd of robots like the clay dolls and haniwas, 
wearing armor. They were of a luxurious make, having been 
created through the underground's spiritual energy technology and 
Forthorthe's science, while also having magic imbued into it. They 
were specially made robots designed to defend truly important 
sites. 

"...Not good... they're robots, the magic I specialize in hardly works 
on these..." 

Maki frowned as she saw the robots. She specialized in mind 
manipulation, which had little effect against that without a mind of 
its own. In other words, she would have to fight without relying on 
her expertise. It was a rough fight for Maki, but that wasn't the only 
problem. 

"Fu, fufu, fufufufu" 

Ruth's low laughter echoed through the passage. Ruth was 
normally quiet and serious, and her laugh was cuter. That's why 
nobody could hide their shivers as they heard this strangely 
oppressive laughter. 

"I've fo~und yo~u" 

Before anyone knew it, Ruth was holding a metallic handle in each 
hand. 



A glowing blade slowly rose from those handles. This was a 
treasure that Ruth always kept on her at all times. The swords of 
light that her ancestor Flairhan used in the legends of the Blue 
Knight, two beam swords. 

"Vice captain?" 

"Not good! Ruth, keep it together!" 

"I am keeping it together, your highness. I am well aware of the 
situation, oh yes, very aware" 

" Aa~h, I'm staying out of this" 

"...I am really glad that Master isn't here..." 

Ruth swung her beam swords around like a tornado. Nothing 
caught in that tornado would survive, that was how sharp her 
swordsmanship felt. 

"...If he had seen some specimens this big. Master would certainly 
be captivated by them..." 


Ruth stopped rotating and glared at the group of robots. A 
dangerous light filled her eyes. 




"That's why I will send you to hell together with the rest of these 
things before Master sees you!! Hercules-chaaaan!!" 

Ruth was exuding a strange obsession. The target of that obsession 
were the automated weapons that happened to have the shape of 
beetles. In front of that overwhelming pressure, the robots beetles 
that should have been simple mindless robots instinctively flinched 
and stepped backwards. 

"Divine retributioooon!!" 

Ruth charged in with her two beam swords. Her movements were 
completely different from normal, as she moved like a predator and 
with overwhelming speed 

"It can't be helped, men, support Ruth!" 

Theia hurriedly began giving Ruth covering fire. She couldn't 
abandon her childhood friend in this dangerous situation. 

"...I don't think she needs support" 

Shizuka smiled wryly. 

Ruth had a talent for the sword thanks to her lineage. Moreover, she 
never missed a day of training, so her physical strength and 
capability had risen. The only reason she wasn't suited for fighting 
was because of her peaceful attitude. So once Ruth spotted the 
beetles, she lost her temper and removed the problem with her 
personality. Transforming her into a master swordsman. Right now, 
she was without a doubt above Koutarou when it came to 
swordsmanship. 



Knowing that, Shizuka smiled. However, there was still the one in a 
million chance, and nobody knew what would happen with Ruth 
enraged. So Shizuka chased after Ruth with movements surpassing 
the limits of man. 

"So the vice captain is actually really strong with the sword..." 

Maki felt admiration as she cast reinforcement and defensive spells 
on the two that charged in. 

Maki respected Ruth as an excellent superior, but that was only 
respect for her ability to gather and analyze information. But right 
now, Ruth was swinging her two beam swords and fought 
splendidly. Seeing that, Maki reevaluated her opinion of Ruth. Her 
standing as someone from a distinguished family of knights wasn't 
just for show. 

"...It's just when she's going up against beetles though" 

In contrast to Maki, Theia was dumbfounded. As her childhood 
friend, Theia knew better than anyone that Ruth was incredibly 
scary when she was angry. However, she felt like Ruth went too far 
when beetles were involved. That was just how much Ruth loved 
Koutarou, but her expression of love was a bit too extreme. Theia 
was normally extreme herself, but she had an old outlook for 
expressions of love. 

"You still continue coming!!" 

Whilst being supported by Theia and the conservative faction 
soldiers, Ruth destroyed beetle robots one after another. Facing her 
ruthless attacks with the beam swords, the robots were unable to do 
anything as they were dismantled. Only remains of robots were left 
behind Ruth. She mowed down the robots like a real tornado. 



"...O-Oh? Why am I holding beam swords...?" 

In total there had been 36 beetle robots blocking the passage. 
However, Ruth had destroyed all of them in just over three minutes. 

Part 3 

Thanks to Ruth's unexpected performance, Theia and the others 
managed to get near Earth Dragon before the time limit. 

"Your highness, there's no doubt. Earth Dragon is just past this 
door" 

"I see. Men, you did well to get all this way! We're almost there 
now!" 

The results of the energy analysis indicated that Earth Dragon was 
just past the door in front of them. As long as they destroyed that, 
their long day would come to an end. The conclusion was right 
before them. 

"I know that it's rough. However, we're one push away! We'll 
destroy Earth Dragon and return triumphantly! Are you ready, 
men!!" 

Without waiting for her allies' reply, Theia user her cannons and 
pile driver to destroy the door. Her allies' morale was high so there 
was no need to wait for their response. They were covered in 
wounds, and their clothes were dirtied, but knowing that their 
battle was about to end, their feelings were uplifted. Without 
forgetting their strong sense of duty, they jumped into the room. 

"Welcome, princess Theiamillis. And everyone else too" 



Elexis' bright voice welcomed the troops. Elexis was sitting in front 
of a giant device, that looked like a building, in the center of the 
room. That gigantic device was Earth Dragon that Theia and the 
others had to destroy. 

"Elexis!" 

"...Such a bare faced lie. You're far from welcoming" 

Upon seeing Elexis' face, Ruth's and Theia's expression grew stern. 
To Ruth, Elexis was her former fiance who conspired together with 
her rivals. To Theia, he was someone who had been after hers, 
Koutarou's and her friends' lives. 

"How harsh" 

Elexis still had his confident smile. However, this wasn't because he 
had a means of defeating Theia and the others. He truly welcomed 
them in. 

Indiscriminate destruction won’t bring anything. I'm truly glad you came, 
princess Theiamillis, Ruthkania-sama... 

According to Elexis' sense of beauty, senseless destruction of the 
surface and underground was undesirable. While restoration 
followed destruction, it wasn't efficient to restore something after 
completely destroying it. Destruction without creation, destruction 
simply for the sake of destruction was something that Elexis 
detested. However, since he had a contract with the radical faction 
to supply them with technology, he had to do what he was told. 
Now Theia and the others had appeared in front of him, which was 
why he welcomed them. 


"Elexis was it!? Where is Maya-sama!?" 



Maki held different feelings from Theia and Ruth. If she came her, 
she might with her master. That personal desire of hers served a 
stronger driving force than her sense of duty. That's why Maki spat 
out her words at Elexis. 

"So you're Maki... You're a serious and strong minded, just like she 
said" 

"I'm not here to play with words! Where is Maya-sama!? She's here 
right!?" 

"She’s—" 

Elexis was about to honestly answer Maki's question. He had 
promised to tell her when she came after all. However before he 
could, he was interrupted by someone else's voice. 

"I'm here, Maki" 

Maya herself appeared in the room. She had been underground for 
a while, but she had returned right now. 

"Maya-sama!?" 

When she saw her, Maki's eyes opened wide. Maya was Maki's 
savior and her master who taught her magic. She was also the 
previous Darkness Navy. While they were now enemies, Maya was 
a special existence who she couldn't ignore. 

"You're hasty as always, Maki... I even told you I'd prepare a stage 
for us to fight" 

Maya felt the same way about Maki. While fate had turned this 
apprentice master pair into enemies, Maya had no intention of 



denying their relationship up until then. The People of the Earth's 
radical faction denied their history underground, and abhorred the 
conservative faction. Maya's and Maki's relationship was clearly 
distinct from that. 

"Are you planning on destroying the surface and the underground, 
Maya-sama!?" 

"I don't really have any intentions to do that... but my accomplice 
seems to, so I probably will end up doing so" 

"That’s right!" 

One more appeared in the room. It was Shijima Tayuma. The 
radical faction commander who had escaped from underground 
with Maya. 

"The surface and the underground will be destroyed and a new 
history will rise from the ruins! The People of the Earth will reclaim 
their home and lead mankind to the next stage! What a brilliant 
history it will become!" 

Tayuma was set on using Earth Dragon. By spreading mass 
destruction throughout the underground and surface, the People of 
the Earth will be forcibly dragged into war. Doing that will remove 
the meaning of the People of the Earth fighting amongst themselves. 
Doing that would allow for Maguz to return and with him in the 
center, a new order would be constructed. A correct rule by those 
superior which the inferior would obey. A bright future supposedly 
awaited the People of the Earth. 

Achieving that future was justice. And for the sake of that justice, 
any and all means were allowed. The sacrifices created from the use 
of Earth Dragon was but a small problem for the great cause. 



"We won't let you, evil invader! We Sun Rangers will stop you for 
the future of both the surface and the underground!" 

As Red Shine bravely spoke, the five Sun Rangers took a stance. 
Their appearances wasn't as awkward as they had been before, but 
was now the unmistakable appearances of heroes. 

"The sun will light up our future!" 

"Fuhahaha, if you want a bright future then just shut up and watch! 
Well, either way you're already too late! Earth Dragon is already 
activating! You were too late!" 

Tayuma grinned a laughed triumphantly. The time limit Elexis had 
mentioned was almost up. Once it had finished charging. Earth 
Dragon would activate, and this battle would end with massive 
sacrifices on both the surface and the underground. 

"Sorry for keep you waiting, Theiamillis-san" 

"I was running out of patience, hand it over to me!" 

"I'm already working on it" 

However, Theia hadn't given up yet. She was talking to Clan about 
something. 

"What are you trying to do little girl!? Even if you attack now, you 
won't be able to destroy Earth Dragon before it activates!!" 

Small attacks wouldn't stop the earthquake weapon now. Even if 
everyone joined up to attack, they wouldn't make it. Tayuma who 
was convinced of the radical faction's victory sneered at Theia. 



"No, we've won" 


"What!? What's the point of a loser barking now!?" 

"Your highness, the coordinates have been input into the fire 
control system" 

"Fool, did you think that what you see is all there was to my 
power!?" 

Theia smiled. It was a violent predatory grin she'd only show to her 
enemies. That wasn't the smile of a loser, but of a beast. 

"Blue Knight, bombard the surface coordinates! Give them a taste of 
your main weaponry!!" 

"As you wish, my princess" 

Since the people on the surface weren't stupid, repeated attacks 
from space would cause them to notice the Blue Knight. That's why 
the Blue Knight only had one shot at bombarding. And in that one 
shot they had to make sure they destroyed Earth Dragon. For that 
reason, Theia and the others needed to get closer to the weapon so 
they could send the geographical data to Clan who would calculate 
the bombardment point. And now, the steel knight floating in space 
swung down its sword towards the surface. 

Rather than a sound, it was more like a shockwave and vibrations. 
The main weaponry that the Blue Knight had fired was a massive 
beam cannon. The fired beam came from straight above and pierced 
through the roof of the building and through Earth Dragon. Since 
the beam far surpassed the speed of sound, the air moved at 
supersonic speeds and created a shockwave. As the beam impacted, 
the ground shook violently. It was like an earthquake had struck. 



"W-What is this!?" 


While being shaken by the shockwave and vibrations, Tayuma 
stood aghast. He couldn't believe what he was seeing. A massive 
pillar of light had pierced through the ceiling and Earth Dragon. 

The pillar of light had only appeared for a short moment, but the 
results of it was anything but minor. Black smoke rose from the hole 
the pillar of light had tom up, and it was obvious that the inside 
had suffered massive devastation. In fact, the control computer was 
screaming that Earth Dragon had lost its function. 

"Just what is going on!? Is this truly reality!?" 

Tayuma stepped backwards and fell onto his butt. Tayuma couldn't 
believe it, and admitting this to be reality was the same as Tayuma 
admitting that the radical faction had lost. It was only obvious he 
couldn't accept it. 

"There was neither an explosion nor any spreading. The results are 
just as Clan-sama simulated" 

"Splendid indeed. Well done. Clan" 

"This might sound strange coming from me but... I can't forgive 
someone who would attack their own home country. I'd help as 
much as I could" 

Blue Knight's bombardment had been elaborately calculated by 
Clan. 

Since Earth Dragon was a weapon intended to create a massive 
earthquake it stored extraordinary amounts of energy. When 
bombarding, one had to take care not to cause an explosion. 



After analyzing the blueprints they had found in the factory 
yesterday. Clan had determined where to shoot to avoid causing an 
explosion while causing it to lose function. Once Theia and Ruth 
determined Earth Dragon's position. Clan obtained the data needed 
and she forwarded it to the Blue Knight. Clan's calculations were 
accurate and the fired beam caused Earth Dragon to seize faction 
and it also didn't cause any secondary damage. 

"How does it look Elexis" 

"It's no use. They've hit only the magical power and spiritual 
energy converter. With this it won't be able to properly move due to 
insufficient energy. Even if we activated it... it would only have an 
intensity of two on the Richter scale" 

Elexis who was operating the control computer dropped his 
shoulders as he gave up. What the Blue Knight had shot was the 
part that converted magical power into spiritual energy, it was 
essentially the heart of Earth Dragon. According to Elexis it would 
take at least two weeks to repair. Earth Dragon had practically been 
rendered useless. 

"N-No way, I won't accept this kind of result!" 

"Woah" 

Tayuma pushed Elexis aside and began messing around with the 
computer. Elexis made room for Tayuma and dropped his 
shoulders once more as he looked at Maya. Maya herself smiled 
wryly and tilted her head. Unable to accept reality, Tayuma 
desperately tried to move Earth Dragon. But to Elexis and Maya 
knew that his efforts were in vain and the results were just as the 
two had expected. 



"Damnit! Why, why won't it work!!" 


Tayuma hit the panel he was operating. The panel broke and was 
rendered unusable, but it wasn't really a problem since Earth 
Dragon wouldn't move anyways. 

"Why does everyone side with them!? We're the ones who are 
right!! This is just the oppressed trying to reclaim their rights!!" 

Tayuma finally accepted the reality that Earth Dragon had been 
destroyed, but his feelings were still rampaging. Tayuma couldn't 
accept that they had lost. 

"Surrender, Tayuma!" 

"There will be no surrender! We are prideful People of the Earth!" 

Tayuma clearly rejected Theia's demand of surrender. He would 
rather choose death than be humiliated. Tayuma and Kiriha were 
the opposite on everything, except for their pride. 

"Elexis, Maya, can't we do something!? Is this it for the radical 
faction!? Do we have no choice but to vanish as we're chained to the 
underground!?" 

The days of glory should have begun from this point on. The People 
of the Earth would return to under the sun and they would prosper 
for all eternity under their ruler, Maguz. That would then lead all of 
mankind to the next stage. 

Yet that future was about to be sealed away. At this rate they would 
have to return to the darkness or merge with the people on the 
surface and vanish. Both ways seemed like ruin to Tayuma, so he 
continued struggling to avoid that conclusion. 



"...There is one way" 

"Maya?" 

Elexis looked at Maya, who had suggested an alternative to Earth 
Dragon, with a perplexed expression. He hadn't heard anything 
about this. 

"That's it! I'm counting on you!" 

In contrast, Tayuma had a pleased expression. He wanted to rely on 
any hope he could. Regardless of the outcome, as it was better than 
losing to the conservative faction. 

"However, I can't guarantee your safety. With that you might win, 
but you won't come out unharmed" 

"I don't care! Losing here is the same as dying anyways! I would 
gladly give my life for the glory of the People of the Earth!" 

"If you have that kind of resolution. I'll do it" 

Maya raised her right arm over her head. As she did, her magical 
power began flowing out from the miniature cane built into her 
right arm. And using that overflowing magical power, she called 
forth even more magical power. That magical power was what they 
would have used to create an earthquake with Earth Dragon. 
Enough magical power to shake the earth had gathered. 

"Not good! We have to stop Maya-sama!" 

The magician Maki knew just how terrifying that much magical 
power was. It was clear that just causing it to explode would cause 
something terrible. That's why Maki transformed her cane into a 



sword and charged Maya. Since she was using magic to strengthen 
her body she moved as quickly as a bullet and she instantly closed 
in on Maya. Maki raised her glowing red sword and swung it down 
towards Maya. 

"Maya!" 

However, before the sword reached Maya, Elexis stepped in front of 
her to cover her. He used the barrier generation device he was 
wearing to protect Maya. 

Maki's sword and Elexis' barrier collided. Unable to withstand 
Maki's blow, Elexis' barrier collapsed. It had exceeded its damage 
tolerance and the generation device broke down. Since it wasn't the 
kind of barrier used in armor, it couldn't withstand Maki's attack. 

"Move!" 

"Woah!?" 

Maki pushed away Elexis and attacked Maya again. 

"Permanent Metamorphose - Modifier - Over Drive" 

However, Maya finished her spell before Maki could attack. All of 
the magical power that Maya was manipulating poured into 
Tayuma. 

"Kyaa!?" 

The aftereffect of the activated spell blew Maki away. That was just 
how massive the magical power that Maya was controlling was. 
Tayuma who was now in the center of that magical power didn't 
know what was happening. 



"M-My body is hot!! Maya, what is this!?" 

Enveloped in orange light, Tayuma anxiously looked around him. 
Since he had no knowledge of magic, he felt some fear regarding 
this unknown phenomenon. 

"Tayuma, your body is changing into something else. Imagine what 
you desire. The spell will respond to it" 

"So that's how it is! Fuhahaha, I can tell that there's an enormous 
power inside of me!" 

By understanding and accepting the situation he was in, the magical 
power started flowing into his body. His body began glowing 
orange as he absorbed the magic. And once he had absorbed all of 
the magical power, the glow reached the point where no one could 
look straight at it. 

"I can win, with this I can win!! I have obtained the ultimate power!! 
I have become the true supreme existence!!" 

What Tayuma desired was immortality and omnipotence, and 
finally overwhelming power to force others to obey him. They were 
the three required elements for a dictator to rule forever. 

Tayuma's body grew stronger in accordance to his ambitions. The 
orange colored magical powered altered his body and made it 
larger. In that process, the armor he was wearing broke. However 
he no longer needed armor. He had gained a power that far 
surpassed his armor. 


"Maya, what did you do to him?" 



"I allowed him to freely use the magical power that had been 
gathered within Earth Dragon. Nothing more, nothing less. He's 
free to do whatever he wishes. His appearance is what he himself 
desired" 

Elexis and Maya gazed at Tayuma who was transmogrifying 
together. Even as they talked, Tayuma's body swelled greatly. He 
was already over ten meters tall. Tayuma's desire for power didn't 
know when to stop. 

"I see. But Maya... why did you feel like helping him again? I 
thought you didn't like the way he did things" 

"I still don't. However, if he's going to take the risk himself it's not 
as bad. And besides, we've known each other for a long time" 

"So it's something like your final parting gift?" 

"Oh? Do I look like someone that is so considerate?" 

"Yes. I also like that strange sense of obligation you have" 

There, the two turned their back on Tayuma. They were going to 
leave this to him while they escaped. They already fulfilled their 
obligations to them. The rest was Tayuma's problem, and besides, 
the two had their own goals. Now was the time for them to leave. 

"Are you serious? I'm sure you've tricked a lot of women with that 
side of you— what's this!?" 

However shortly after the two had started walking away, Maya 
sensed strange presence behind her and hurriedly turned around. 
Her eyes shot wide open in surprise. She saw Tayuma, but his 
appearance had far exceeded Maya's expectations. 



"What!?" 


Noticing Maya's behavior, Elexis turned around as well. As he did, 
he too saw Tayuma's appearance. The light from Tayuma's body 
had at some point changed from an orange light. Though calling the 
light black might be wrong, that was the only way it looked like to 
Elexis. Inside that black light, the giant Tayuma was changing from 
human into something else, seemingly a four-legged beast. 

"I don't know what he did, but Tayuma is summoning power from 
a higher dimension!" 

"A higher dimension's power?" 

"I think it's the power of a god or a devil! Or he himself might be 
trying to turn into one! Either way, this is dangerous, we should get 
away from here right now! Air!" 

"Okay, let's go!" 

Maya and Elexis turned their back on Tayuma again. They didn't 
know what he was trying to become, but it was clear that staying 
her could only have a negative outcome. 

Maya hadn't been the only one to notice the abnormality with 
Tayuma. Once he surpassed ten meters in length, Theia ordered her 
allies to retreat. The room where Earth Dragon was in was large, but 
it was still too small for them to run away from a giant, and once 
Tayuma's body began emitting black light, she didn't hesitate to 
order a retreat. He was now an unknown opponent, and his 
gigantic figure was over ten meters tall. If they were going to fight, 
they would need to do so in a more open place. 

"A-Aika-san, what is happening to that Tayuma person!?" 



The half-dragon Shizuka noticed the abnormality with Tayuma 
right away. Because she did her confusion was far from small. 


"It seems like Maya-sama used the magical power within Earth 
Dragon to transform him... but during the transformation it seems 
like some other power has begun influencing him... it seems like 
he's turning into an unexpected monster..." 

Maki was puzzled too. While the magical power was vast, Maya 
had only used a transformation spell. The activated magical power 
had been the correct orange color. However, for some reason the 
power changed to black during the transformation. An impossible 
event when it came to normal magic. However, Maki recognized 
this impossible event. 

That black magical power... it looks like when I stole the power of room 
106 , but... could this be the same...? 

The black power enveloping Tayuma looked familiar to Maki. Last 
year, when Maki attacked room 106 for the first time, she had 
managed to gain control of a fraction of the power gathered there. 
The color of the magical power at that time was black. 

But why is that here... no, it's too rash to assume they're the same... but 
it's the truth that a massive amount of magical power and a twisted desire 
has summoned forth a similar power... could I have been turned into a 
monster as well...? 

Back then, Maki had come into contact with black magical power, 
though at a smaller scale. She also felt a lot of hatred and anger. If 
Maki had used the magical power on herself rather than others, she 
might have transformed into a monster like Tayuma. She felt chills 
just thinking about it. 



"What is it Maki? You're falling behind" 


"Theiamillis-san..." 

Deep in thought, Maki's running speed slowed down. Noticing that, 
Theia grabbed Maki's hand and began running together with her. 
Feeling the warmth from Theia's hand, Maki let out a sigh of relief. 

The current me is alright... I won't become absorbed by that! 

In the past when Maki had come into contact with the black magical 
power, Theia had bombarded her with the Blue Knight. But now, 
Theia worried about her when she was feeling anxious and held her 
hand. Hate begets hate and friendship begets friendship, knowing 
that no longer had any fear. She squeezed Theia's hand back and 
increased her running speed. 

Theia and the others encountered several squads of radical faction 
soldiers before they could reach the exit of the base. However they 
knew that Maguz had lost, that Earth Dragon had been destroyed 
and that an unknown monster had appeared inside the building. 
Moreover, their chain of command was in disarray, so they didn't 
know what to do. So they decided to stay a certain distance away 
from Theia and the others and escape the building. They wanted to 
avoid the risk of battling against Theia and the others when they 
didn't understand the situation. The radicals had families too, and 
they wanted to avoid dying for no reason. Of course, Theia and the 
others wanted to get away as quickly as possible so they didn't 
attack. 

"Phew... we finally made it outside" 


"Ah!?" 



"Kenichi, where are you going!? That monster is coming!!" 


Once they got outside the building. Red Shine parted with the 
others in the group. Blue Shine hurriedly tried to stop him but he 
didn't return. 

"There are injured people here! Help me out!" 

Red Shine had parted with the others because he had found injured 
people that couldn't move. Since it would be dangerous leaving 
them be right now, he had rushed over to help. 

"But Kenichi-niichan, those are radical faction soldiers" 

"And what about it!?" 

The other four Sun Rangers hesitated for a moment because the 
injured were radical faction soldiers. However, after Red scolded 
them, they soon came to his side. That was when many conservative 
faction soldiers joined them. 

"Sun Rangers, we'll help too" 

"That’ll help!" 

The Sun Rangers and conservative faction soldiers worked together 
to carry the injured. Since there weren't that many injured, there 
wasn't much of a problem. The one to stand out the most at this 
time was Yellow Shine. He carried an injured on each shoulder. 

That was when one of the conservative faction soldiers looked up at 
him with admiration and called out to him. 

"...You Sun Rangers are a strange bunch" 



"How so?" 


"To think you'd help not only us conservatives but also these 
radicals..." 

"Ahaha, that's thanks to Kenicihi-kun's influence" 

"Red-san’s?" 

"When we'd do something that would make children cry, Kenichi- 
kun would get furious" 

"Make kids cry... you really are heroes of justice" 

"We always strive to become that. Now, let's go! We can't fall 
behind!" 

"Yes!" 

Having picked up the injured, they began running away. While 
they should have supposedly slowed down from carrying injured 
people, their steps were surprisingly light. 

Part 4 

"The outside of the building was bright. While they were still in the 
cave, there was a large light in place of the sun, so it was actually 
brighter than inside the building. Theia and the others continued 
running while lit up by that strong light, but they stopped half ways 
to the exit. 


"Maki, how does it look?" 



"He should be coming out soon. His magical power is still 
increasing" 

"The problem is how big he'll be when he gets out..." 

Theia and the others had stopped because they were going to 
intercept Tayuma here. If they continued escaping, Tayuma would 
follow suit and reach the surface. If that happened it was clear that 
there would be a lot of casualties. So Theia and the others had to 
defeat Tayuma here. 

"I've got a reaction on the sonic sensor! Your highness, he's 
coming!" 

The next moment, the front half of the base collapsed together with 
a roaring sound. With that, Theia and the others could see Earth 
Dragon from where they were standing. And from the rubble of the 
collapsed building, something was slowly standing up. 

"How could this be..." 

"What is that!? He's over 50 meters no matter how you look at it!!" 

Theia was at a loss for words and Shizuka screamed. That was only 
natural as what stood up was just too large. Since he was able to 
cover Earth Dragon which was right behind him, it was clear that he 
was over 50 meters tall just like Shizuka had said. 

"According to the observation results he is 55 meters tall. His 
weight seems to be around 3,000 tons but because of gravitational 
interference I can't get an accurate figure" 


What once been Tayuma had now transformed into a black hound. 
His sharp fangs and claws, and muscular body gave him the 



silhouette of a hunting dog. That alone was a surprise, but his size 
was abnormal. The black hound far exceeded the size of living 
creatures. Alunaya who resided within Shizuka was also quite 
large, but this was twice his size. 

"...What a monstrous dog... it at least seems his loyalty towards 
Maguz was real..." 

According to Maki, Tayuma had transformed into the appearance 
he himself desired. In that case, Tayuma might have chosen the 
appearance of a dog as a display of his loyalty. Theia believed that 
while Tayuma's soul was stained by elitism and dictatorship, his 
loyalty towards Maguz was the real deal. 

"However, we can't let him prove his loyalty! Blue Knight, bombard 
the surface 15 meters south of the previous coordinates!" 

Theia ordered her spaceship to bombard the black hound. Just one 
glance at his gigantic stature was enough to tell that the black 
hound's strength was beyond common sense. So Theia wanted to 
defeat him before he started moving. 

"Please wait, your highness! If you bombard the surface so many 
times then the people of this planet will—" 

"Now isn't the time for that Ruth! Believe in me!" 

However, that was a big gamble. Repeated bombardments would 
attract the attention of the people on Earth. Theia was of course well 
aware of that. However, she believed the bombardment was 
needed, regardless of the risk. 


"Fire! Blue Knight!" 



"As you wish, my princess" 


Theia pushed away Ruth's objections and forced the bombardment. 
Ruth didn't try stopping Theia any further. She understood that 
Theia had put some proper thought behind her actions. 

The air trembled as the second bombardment arrived. The beam 
opened up another hole near the first one and poured down on the 
black hound. 

"Gaaaaaaaaa!!" 

However, the black hound wouldn't go down without a fight. After 
roaring, a disc made from black energy appeared above it. It was a 
shield created using the black magical power. The shield stood in 
the way of the oncoming beam. 

That was when something unexpected happened. The black shield 
reflected the beam like a mirror reflects light. 

"It was reflected!?" 

"Your highness, the beam is headed towards the Blue Knight!" 
"Impossible!" 

The beam travelled back the same route it came and hit the Blue 
Knight. 

"The Blue Knight automatically deployed its distortion field, there 
is no damage" 

"Theiamillis-san, it seems like that dog twisted space to change the 
direction of the beam" 



"...Geez... what outrageous things he can do..." 


Theia smiled wryly at Clan's explanation. While there hadn't been 
any direct damage, if the Blue Knight's main weaponry wouldn't 
work, it was hard to imagine normal attacks would. That meant that 
Theia's power wouldn't be able to defeat the black hound. 

"Fuhahaha, that won't work! I'm the strongest! I've obtained an 
invincible body and I have become one of the chosen ones!!" 

Tayuma's body endured an attack that could destroy Earth Dragon 
in a single hit. Unable to hide his excitement for his new power that 
surpassed his own expectations, Tayuma instinctively let out cheers 
of joy. 

"I will crush you, and make a new world! The powerless surface 
dwellers won't be able to stop me!!" 

His voice didn't come from his throat. Having become a dog, his 
throat lost the ability to use human speech. Instead his voice spread 
throughout the area using magic. 

"...You fool. Even if you've gotten a large power, who would obey 
you when you look like that..." 

Theia looked at the black hound, at Tayuma, with pity in her eyes. 
Looking back at history, there had been no cases where rule 
through fear had lasted for long. Tayuma's current appearance 
couldn't be seen as anything but a symbol of fear. So even if he were 
to rule the surface, he wouldn't last for long. Both Forthorthe's and 
Earth's history proved that. 

"...Having obtained a great strength, you've closed the path to rule 
on your own..." 



Victory was no longer an option for Tayuma. Even if he beat Theia 
and the others, and ruled the surface, it wouldn't be anything but a 
short-term victory. Theia thought that was just so pitiful. However, 
she was happy at the same time. People would be happier if they 
remained unaware that their future had been closed off. 

"Maki, don't you have any counter measures?" 

However, Theia had no intentions of being dragged down with 
Tayuma after he had chosen ruin on his own. She would defeat him. 
There, Theia sought Maki's advice as it seemed like physical attacks 
wouldn't work. 

"Either we could dispel the magic or break through with spiritual 
energy" 

Seeing the black hound twist space with a spell, they could either 
dispel the magic itself, or attack using spiritual energy which was 
less affected by the twisted space. 

"I think only Kasagi-san can fight against him right now" 


"Eh? M-Me!?" 


"More accurately she means me. I'm going at this with all my might, 
Shizuka!" 

The Fire Dragon Emperor Alunaya far surpassed the human limits 
when it came to both magical power and spiritual energy. The only 
way to overcome this situation was to have Alunaya go all out. 


"I guess we have too... do it, uncle!" 



Shizuka steeled herself. While she would end up in a bothersome 
state if Alunaya used up all of his magical energy, now wasn't the 
time to be concerned with that. If they left the black hound be, the 
surface would become a mess. 

"...I just hope I alone will be enough..." 

Alunaya activated his stored magical power and enveloped 
Shizuka's body, and using her body as the core, he created his own 
gigantic body using magical power. At this stage, Alunaya was in 
control of her body while Shizuka's mind would give advice. In 
other words, they had control of their body when it came to their 
own sizes. Thus Shizuka turned into a red dragon over 20 meters 
tall and caused the ground to shake as she landed. 

"Looking at him like this he sure is spectacular. This is the first time 
I've seen a land-dwelling creature larger than me" 

Facing the black hound, Alunaya instinctively sighed. Alunaya was 
close to the physical limit of land-based creatures. Yet this black 
hound was twice his size. It was an abnormal gigantic body forcibly 
created through magic. Since this existence was outside of the rules 
of nature, even Alunaya couldn't hide his surprise. 

"Uncle, we have to hurry" 

"You're right, I can't just be surprised" 

Alunaya couldn't maintain his dragon body for that long. He had to 
finish this before he ran out of magical power. Alunaya took a deep 
breath and took one step forward towards the black hound. And 
just as Alunaya was about to throw himself towards the black 
hound, something happened. 



"Please wait, Alunaya-san" 


"Oh, princess Clan?" 

"Reinforcements, Bertorion, has come" 

"Curse you Blue Knight... you've left me behind to go ride 
something so fun-looking again" 

Passing through one of the holes in the ceiling, an airframe with 
very sharp angles flew into the large cave. While it might have been 
20 meters big, that was only its longest part, and it was far too small 
to compete with the 50 meter tall black hound. The signs and 
characters engraved into the airframe belonged to the People of the 
Earth. This airframe was a mobile weapon intended for air battles 
that the conservative faction had developed just in case. 

Part 5 

Upon entering the cave, the surroundings grew bright. Since they 
had been flying through the night for a while now, the sudden light 
stung Koutarou's eyes. 

"Ho-, applying the filter Ho-" 

"We'll remove it when your eyes have gotten used to it Ho-. Don't 
worry Ho-" 

However,, Karama and Korama who were attached to the airframe's 
computer lowered the brightness of the monitor, which helped 
Koutarou's eyes adjust. 

"So that's Tayuma, huh... he's completely turned into a monster" 



"I'm sure its a sign that he wanted great power, and to show it" 


Thanks to Clan's detailed reports, Koutarou and Kiriha knew what 
had been going on inside the cave. That's why they had come over 
on this airframe. 

"Koutarou, it looks like Yurika joined up with Theia and the others" 

Saane who was sitting on the operators seat reported on Yurika's 
whereabouts. Koutarou looked at the monitor near Sanae and saw 
Yurika and Theia and the others happily reuniting. It was footage 
from a camera attached to the outside of the airframe. 

"Good, it looks like everyone is okay" 

Harumi showed a smile of relief as she saw everyone was still full 
of energy. 

There were a total of four humans on this airframe. First there was 
Kiriha who was sitting on the pilot's seat. She was in charge of 
controlling the airframe. Next, Sanae was sitting on the operator's 
seat. Flowever, Sanae was simply sitting there, Karama and Korama 
were the ones doing the actual work. Since the haniwas were 
directly connected to the computer this airframe didn't need an 
operator. The remaining two, Koutarou and Flarumi, were sitting 
on spare seats. The two were so-called passengers and were 
unrelated when it came to controlling this airframe. 

Kiriha and her two haniwas were in control of this airframe. That 
was the design in mind when it was being developed. 

While one might be fooled by their cheerful personalities, these two 
haniwas that had served the Kurano family for generations had 
accumulated a huge amount of combat data. Therefore, giving them 



appropriate armament, they would be able to fight incredibly 
effectively. And this mobile weapon was that 'appropriate 
armament'. It was a warfare module the haniwas would use in the 
case of large-scale combat. 

That warfare module had been given the name O-hime. This 
airframe that had been given the name of the goddess of creation 
was the conservative faction's ace in the hole. Their goddess of hope 
that would allow them to witness the sunrise of tomorrow. 

"But we can't get carried away Ho-. The output isn't increasing Ho- 


"Our souls aren't enough Ho-. We're a hundred years too early Ho- 
// 


However, this airframe was still incomplete. As a result, the main 
systems and spiritual energy generator couldn't be turned on. It was 
currently moving using its subsystem and a standard generator, 
and it was only barely able to fly. While it wasn't too far off, it 
wasn't in a state where it could be used to fight. 

The reason why the main systems and spiritual energy generator 
couldn't activate was simple because there wasn't enough spiritual 
energy. The spiritual energy of the two haniwas serving Kiriha 
wasn't enough to awaken the systems. At this rate, the airframe 
would prove useless, with its only use being to crash into the 
enemy. 

"Don't worry, that's why Sanae is onboard" 

"Me? Why?" 



With the topic having suddenly turned to her, Sanae blinked in 
confusion. The haniwas on the other hand knew just what she 
meant, and began dancing cheerfully like they'd already won. 


"I see, as expected of Nee-san Ho! I never thought of that Ho!" 

"With Sanae-chan's maiden powers it might move Ho-" 

"Sanae, could you touch the magatama in front of you and 
transform into Kabutonga?" 

"Sure... but would that do something about the design error?" 
"Probably. Please, Sanae" 

"Okay.... Traaa-nsform!! Kabutongaaa!!" 

Along with an energetic cheer, Sanae's body was wrapped in a vast 
amount of spiritual energy. It's massive density turned a portion of 
it into light and caused Sanae's body to glow. What Kiriha meant by 
transforming into Kabutonga wasn't to have her change her outfit, 
but to enhance her physical strength with her spiritual energy. 








"It's coming, it's coming online Ho-!" 

"The main systems have activated Ho-!" 

Sanae's vast spiritual energy passed through the magatama and into 
O-hime's systems. That was when the panel that had been inactive 
began lighting up one after another. 

"It works Ho! The spiritual energy generator is active!" 

"Its output is rising, it's gone critical, it is now self-sufficient Ho-" 

As the spiritual energy generator began moving, the airframe 
vibrated a little. 

At first it was a gradual vibration similar to a human's pulse, but it 
soon hastened into something more like an alarm bell. Once the 
vibration reached a certain point, the shake stopped all at once. The 
vibration control device was cancelling the vibrations. 

"Output is still increasing, 30... 40... 50... switching the generator 
from normal power to spiritual energy Ho!" 

"Ane-go!" 

"Yes! Mode change, change O-hime from cruise mode to combat 
mode!" 

"Roger Ho-!" 

"Leave it to us Ho-!" 

O-hime had two modes of operation. One was a cruise mode where 
most functions were limited. The other was the combat mode which 



required an enormous output of energy from the spiritual energy 
generator. 

"Let's go everyone, make sure you're strapped in!" 

Kiriha changed O-hime into combat mode and removed all 
restrictions. As a result, its speed rapidly increased and it moved in 
a complex way similar to a roller coaster. 

Part 6 

Since he had once been Tayuma, the black hound had knowledge 
about O-hime that was approaching. It was information gained 
through Maguz. That's why he knew that Kiriha was onboard the 
moment he saw it. 

"You've come, Kurano's daughter! You dare stand before me 
again!" 

The giant black hound shook his body and roared. It was a roar so 
loud that it shook the entire cave. Tayuma's voice could be heard 
from that roar, but since he had lost the ability to use human 
speech, it was spread through the use of magic. 

"As long as you would harm people, I will stand in your path as 
many times as I have!" 

"Harm people? You're wrong, I am trying to lead the People of the 
Earth! To reclaim our former days of glory!" 

"You haven't noticed!? You are trampling the people that you are 
trying to lead!!" 


"What!?" 



The black hound looked down at his feet for the first time. Many 
corpses lied buried in the rubble of the collapsed building. They 
were all radical faction soldiers that had been entrusted to defend 
the building. 

"You are not trying to lead anyone! You are only using them as a 
footstep!" 

"What about it!? I am a chosen ruler! Together with Maguz-sama I 
will rule everything! I decide who lives and who dies!" 

However, the black hound, Tayuma, had no remorse over killing 
his own allies. Having transformed into a magical beast due to his 
distorted wish and gained enormous power, he single-mindedly 
strived to fulfill his own desires. To Tayuma, the radical faction's 
justice, his loyalty to Maguz and his ideals of dictatorship were 
nothing more but tools to justify himself. He would bring it out 
when he had to, and put it away when it got in his way. He was 
now a horribly distorted personification of selfishness. 

"...Have you degenerated this far, Tayuma..." 

Kiriha couldn't help but feel disappointment in Tayuma. Maguz 
also had distorted, insane, thoughts, but he still felt a connection to 
the other radical faction soldiers. While he had twisted goals and 
thoughts, he still had the pride of a leader. But Tayuma did not 
have that. He did everything for himself. If there was a truth he 
didn't like, he would use any means to force it away. Against a 
person like that, words had no effect. Kiriha felt her own limit and 
decided to defeat Tayuma. 

"Kurano's daughter, I decide if you live or die as well! And you will 
die hereee!!" 



The black hound roared again. As he did, several black orbs 
appeared around his body. Once the black hound roared once more, 
the orbs charged straight at O-hime. They were energy balls created 
using the black magical power. 

"I won't let you! This world is not your playground!" 

Kiriha piloted O-hime to evade the oncoming black orbs. O-hime 
moved like a roller coaster and the contrail it left behind were like 
the rails. 

"Come on, what's the matter!" 

While Kiriha evaded the black orbs, the black hound created new 
orbs constantly with no end in sight. As a result, Kiriha had to 
constantly focus on evading. 

"Emergency alert Ho! The spiritual energy generator is becoming 
unstable Ho-" 

"At this busy time!?" 

And then additional problems pile on. Having sortied with the 
incomplete O-hime, troubles occurred as it was suddenly forced to 
fly at full power. As a result, O-hime's movements became much 
simpler as abnormalities occurred in the generator, leaving O-hime 
without the power needed to make drastic turns. 

"Fuahahahaha, dieeeee!!" 

Black orbs assaulted O-hime in that state. Their numbers were twice 
what they had been before. The black hound was going to use this 
chance to completely destroy O-hime. At this rate most of the orbs 
would score a direct hit. The black hound had the power to reflect 



the Blue Knight's beam, so if this many orbs were to hit, O-hime 
would be completely blown away without leaving a trace of its 
existence. 

"Restarting the spiritual energy generator Ho!" 

"Sanae-chan, please Ho-!" 

"Guuutsss!" 

There, Sanae still sitting on the operator's seat raised her spiritual 
energy and sent in a vast quantity of spiritual energy into O-hime, 
waking up the generator. 

With the generator activated, O-hime began accelerating rapidly, 
with the help of Sanae's spiritual energy, its speed even faster than 
before. As a result they left most of the assaulting black orbs in the 
dust. 

"Not good Ho!" 

"There's one globe we just can't evade Ho!" 

But there was just far too many orbs and they couldn't shake off one 
of them. The orb charged at O-hime at full speed. 

However in the end, the black orb didn't hit O-hime. An ultra high 
temperature flame had evaporated the orb before it could hit. 

"It’s our ally Ho!" 


"It's the monster uncle Ho!" 



The haniwas displayed the origin of the flames on the computer's 
monitor. There they saw crimson dragon flapping his large wings. 

" Alunaya-dono!" 

"Blue Knight, I shall fight with you" 

While they were some distance away, Alunaya's voice came from 
the crest on Koutarou's right hand. The Fire Dragon Emperor 
Alunaya had come to help Koutarou and the others. In this 
situation, having someone with great power like Alunaya helping 
was really reassuring. 

"Curse you, over and over again..." 

The black hound raised an irritated voice seeing Alunaya and O- 
hime line up next to each other. Tayuma couldn't conceal his anger 
as certain victory was stripped from his grasp. Since similar things 
had happened several times today, he was especially angry. 

"Now it's our turn! Open the port to the Spiritual Energy Cannon! 

"Yes ITo-! Transmitting power to the cannon, five seconds until 
fully charged!" 

"Sanae-chan, we're counting on you again ITo-" 

"More spirit?" 

"No, not that ITo-. You can guide the cannon with spiritual energy 
Ho-" 


"I don't really get it, but I only need to hit him right?" 



"Yes Ho-" 


Being a warfare module for the haniwas, O-hime was of course 
armed. Its main weaponry was the Spiritual Energy Cannon. O- 
hime had two of this weapon installed into it. This weapon was a 
beam weapon that directly fired the massive amounts of spiritual 
energy being generated. Since the fired beam was raw spiritual 
energy it should work on the black hound. 

"Alunaya-dono, we'll attack first! Please back us up!" 

"Understood" 

Alunaya could fly fast for a living creature, but it was slower than 
O-hime. So the highly maneuverable O-hime would take the front 
and Alunaya would cover for them. 

"We're charging in! Fire the cannon as we pass by!" 

Typically speaking, energy weapons lost power the further they had 
to travel. So Kiriha decided to make use of O-hime's mobility to 
bombard the black hound from point blank. 

"Sanae, please!" 

"Roger that! Sparkling Sanae-chan Cannon charged up to 120%!" 

Kiriha accelerated towards the black hound. In response the black 
hound created black orbs in an attempt to keep O-hime away. 
Standard weaponry had no effect on the black hound nor the orbs 
so Kiriha would need to evade it all with her piloting skills. 

No matter how much power you 've gained, your mind is still human... 



Having transformed into a black hound, Tayuma had obtained 
massive powers and an accurate perception. However the mind 
controlling it was still that of a human. Kiriha read Tayuma's habits 
and evaded the orbs by moving around bewilderingly. 

With Alunaya covering them from orbs that they couldn't fully 
evade, O-hime closed in on the black hound without getting hit. 

"Now, Sanae!" 

"Hiiiiit hiiiim!!" 

Fire spewed from the two Spiritual Energy Cannons. These 
weapons which were directly connected to the generator of O-hime 
held exceptional power. While they can't be repeatedly fired, their 
power is comparable to the Blue Knight's secondary weaponry. 

"As if I'd let you!!" 

The black hound created a jet black shield protect itself like it had 
from the Blue Knight's attack. However, that was where something 
unexpected happened. The two beams changed their trajectories as 
if they had a will of their own and went around the shield to 
directly impact the black hound's body. This was thanks to Sanae's 
guiding. 

"Guhaaaaaaa!?" 

Suffering direct hits from the beams, the black hound let out a roar 
of pain. A large hole opened where the beam had hit and a large 
amount of blood came pouring out. The beams had more of an 
effect than expected. 


"It's working Ho! But this is bad Ho!" 




"A new barrier has come out Ho! It's black, but it looks like Spiritual 
Energy Field Ho!" 

A black fog spread out as if to cover the black hound's body. It was 
a new means of defense that the black hound had devised after 
being unable to stop the attack with his shield. If the haniwas were 
correct if was a spiritual energy barrier, but it was pitch black unlike 
the yellow colored barrier the haniwas used. As a result the black 
hound looked even more eerie. 

"What!?" 

Blood drained from Kiriha's face. If the black beast was being 
protected with shields against both magic and spiritual energy there 
was nothing they could do. When it came to total energy, the black 
hound overwhelmed them, so if two energies of the same type 
collided, the black hound would come out on top. 

"What do you mean!? He wasn't just strengthened by Maya's 
magic!?" 

"Satomi-kun, that Tayuma person has knowledge about spiritual 
energy devices, so I think he has recreated them using ma— 
Kyaaa!?" 

A big impact shook O-hime. Kiriha hadn't been the only one aiming 
for her opponent as they passed by each other. The black hound 
fired an orb he had prepared before hand towards the rear of O- 
hime as it passed by. 

"The Spiritual Energy Field has collapsed! The first and second 
layer of armor on the starboard rear side have suffered serious 
damage, but it was just the primary armor Ho!" 



"We barely safe, but we're out if another one hits Ho! Be careful 
Ho!" 

Fortunately, O-hime had survived the blow. They were lucky that 
O-hime had a barrier of its own and that only a single orb had hit. 
However, this kind of luck wouldn't last forever. If the same thing 
happened again, they would be shot down for sure. 

"Sanae, please!" 

"Leave it to me!" 

Kiriha turned O-hime around and fired the Spiritual Energy 
Cannon at the black hound again. Though there was a bit of 
distance, the beams easily diffused and disappeared as they came 
into contact with the new barrier. 

"Karama, Korama, how does it look!?" 

"Calculations complete Ho! I've been able to calculate the field's 
strength from that attack Ho!" 

"We're in a pinch Ho! Even if we fire from point blank with 
maximum power, we can't break through that field Ho!" 

The second attack was performed to decide on how they would 
fight. The results looked back and even if they continued to try and 
bombard the black hound, there was no hopes for victory. 

"Kiriha-san, what do we do!?" 

"If we fight individually we have no chance of winning. We'll need 
to work together" 



"...It’ll be hard" 


"I know. But we can't let that up on the surface" 

Koutarou and Kiriha both understood the situation. In order to 
defeat the black hound they would need to walk a very thin line. 

But even then they couldn't allow the black hound up on the 
surface. The two nodded and made their final gamble. 

Part 7 

The plan Kiriha had thought up was extremely rash, and well suited 
to be called a final gamble. That's why when Koutarou conveyed 
the plan to Theia and the others, what he got as a response was 
dumbfoundedness. 

"Are you an idiot?" 

"Would you rather I act smart and let that up on the surface?" 

"Well, that's true, but..." 

"We have to try something. Please help" 

"Okay. But don't forget" 

"Forget what?" 

"That there are many that would grieve if you four were to die" 

"I'll keep that in mind" 

The plan Kiriha had come up with put the four onboard O-hime in 
the greatest risk. That's why Theia worried for their safety. 



"The other side is okay. All that's left is us" 


After finishing talking to Theia, Koutarou stood up from his seat. 

He had an important job to do. As Koutarou headed to leave the 
cockpit, Kiriha called out to his back. 

"I'm sorry for making you do something like this, Koutarou" 

Kiriha spoke with an apologetic tone. She couldn't stand that the 
plan she had devised put Koutarou in danger. However, she had no 
choice if she wanted to protect everyone. She hated herself for 
having created a situation where she would have to see Koutarou 
off. 

"Don't worry about it" 

Koutarou on the other hand seemed carefree. A person he treasured 
said she needed him. So Koutarou would do it. If he didn't he might 
be able to stay safe, but he would surely regret it. Perhaps even 
more than if he were to die. Knowing that, he had no problems 
accepting this risk. 

"Aren't you scared? If you fail you'll—" 

"That's true for anyone when that time comes. In that kind of 
situation, you wouldn't say anything irresponsible" 

"Koutarou..." 

"Besides, I've decided to believe" 

As Koutarou opened the hatch to the cockpit, Koutarou turned 
around for a moment and smiled at Kiriha. Seeing his expression, 
Kiriha felt just how determined Koutarou was. 



"That our future definitely won't be a dark one" 


That was something the girls of room 106 had told Koutarou. 
Treasuring someone meant believing in their future with them. You 
don't just have to protect their lives and promises with them. It 
doesn't matter what you do. The most important thing of all was 
hoping in a future together in the process of it all. And those 
emotions were properly conveyed to Kiriha. 

"Then I will believe as well. That yours and mine, and everyone 
else's future will be a shining bright" 

That's why Kiriha saw Koutarou off with a smile. 

There was no way this was the end. 

Kiriha's and everyone's happy days would begin from now. 

That was what Kiriha now firmly believed. 

Having exited the cockpit, Koutarou went on to leave O-hime. 
Using his armor's gravity control he walked on the airframe itself. 
His goal was O-hime's nose. Being 20 meters, it didn't long for 
Koutarou to reach it. 

"That said, this still is reckless" 

With Koutarou walking on top of the airframe, O-hime's velocity 
dropped quite a bit. But even then it was still several hundred 
kilometers per hour. While he wasn't blown away thanks to his 
gravity control and barrier, this was normally a place you wouldn't 
stand on. The cutting sound of winds past the barrier were already 
thunderously loud. 



"It's not like this is the first time" 


"That’s true" 

As Koutarou got into position, Sanae-chan clung onto his back, 
leaving Sanae-san behind in the cockpit. As Sanae clung onto 
Koutarou, O-hime made a sharp turn and the black hound came 
into sight. That black hound, Tayuma, had two barriers around his 
body, with many spheres floating around him, as he waited for O- 
hime and Alunaya to come. Having confirmed that, Koutarou 
extended both hands towards the black hound. 

"Blue Knight, give me my swords" 

"As you wish, my lord" 

"Come! Signaltin! Saguratin!" 

"Call sign confirmed, coordinate axis fixed. Commencing transfer of 
Signaltin and Saguratin" 

A black hole appeared in front each of Koutarou's hands. One 
sword appeared from each of the holes. From the right hole was the 
silvery sword Signaltin. From the left hole was the golden 
Saguratin. They were the swords Koutarou used. 

"It is possible to use Garb of Lord" 

"Give me that too" 


"As you wish, my lord" 



Having grabbed a sword in each hand, another six holes appeared. 
What appeared from those was GOL split into six parts. The parts 
flew out from the holes and merged with Koutarou's armor. 

"Master, this ship, the Blue Knight, will pray for your fortune and 
glory in place of the nation of Forthorthe. And Princess Theiamillis 
and Guardian Knight Ruthkania both await your safe return from 
the bottom of their hearts" 

Communications with the Blue Knight ended with a message from 
Ruth. 

"Thank you" 

Koutarou gave his thanks to the message and readied his swords. 
He held Signaltin in his right hand forward, and Saguratin in his 
left hand slightly behind it. The tips of both swords were pointed 
towards the black hound. 

"Theia, how does it look on your end?" 

With his own preparations complete, Koutarou called out to his 
friends. 

"There are no problems. We had some problems with getting the 
timing right but it looks like it will work out" 

"How about Alunaya-dono?" 

"I only have to rampage, so my job is easy. Though Shizuka is 
crying that her weight will increase" 


"I'll comfort her later" 



"Please do" 


With his friends preparations also complete, Koutarou finished by 
calling Kiriha. 

"Kiriha-san, the preparations are done" 

"I understand. I'll be ready in just a moment as well" 

As Koutarou reported that preparations were complete, Kiriha 
replied with a firm voice. As expected, since this would determine 
the faith of the People of the Earth she couldn't hide her tension. 

"Don't get too over eager, you're not just too kind, but you're too 
serious too" 

"You're the only one who'd say that" 

"You can rely on others every once in awhile too" 

"I’ll do just that" 

Some of the tension left Kiriha's voice. Satisfied by that, Koutarou 
glared at the black hound in front of him. The black hound was 
about 50 meters tall, but when it came to length he reached almost 
100. The black hound was about five times bigger than O-hime. It 
was like an adult and a child. It wasn't someone they could beat if 
they went at him from the front. Koutarou and the others had to 
gather their strength to stand a chance. 

"Koutarou, my preparations are done as well" 


"Then let's start" 



"Everyone, here we go! This will put an end to all of it!" 

Along with her powerful declaration, Kiriha began accelerating O- 
hime. Her target was of course the black hound. Kiriha charged at 
him with O-hime at full speed. 

"So you're coming, Kurano's daughter! I don't know what you're 
planning on doing, but it's all useless! I am stronger than anything! 
Not even the goddess of creation could defeat me!" 

The black hound slammed one of his large legs down as if to 
threaten Kiriha. The black hound and O-hime were some hundred 
meters apart, but with O-hime's speeds it wouldn't take many 
seconds to reach the black hound. 

"Maki-chan!" 


"Yes!" 











"Magic Shield - Modifier - Effective Time Twice!" 


"Greater Lightning Reflexes!" 

As Kiriha charged in, two spells were cast on Koutarou. They were 
cast by Yurika and Maki and increased his armor's defenses and 
Koutarou's reflexes. Both were needed to protect him. 

In that moment, O-hime reached the speed of sound and broke 
through the sound barrier. The roaring sound created by this shook 
the entire cave and enlarged the holes in the ceiling. 

"Then I shall go too" 

Using that as his signal, Alunaya took action as well. A blue light 
suddenly enveloped his crimson body. It was a magical light that 
Alunaya had activated. The light grew stronger and stronger and 
eventually covered Alunaya's entire body. 

"Here I come" 

The blue light suddenly vanished and Alunaya who should have 
been inside had vanished as well. 

"W-What!? Why is he here!?" 

"Isn't that obvious! It's to defeat you!" 

Alunaya had used a teleportation spell. Using that spell, he had 
jumped inside of the barrier to challenge the black hound to close- 
combat. 

"I was surprised by your sudden appearance but in the end this is 
the extent of your powers huh!" 



"Nuuuuu!!" 


However, in close-combat, Alunaya was a disadvantage from the 
very beginning. Being half the hound's size, there was a clear gap in 
power. There was also a limit to how much magical power he could 
use, so filling that gap with magic was difficult. 

"How foolish, to think you'd challenge me with such weak 
powers!!" 

Because of the overwhelming difference in physical strength and 
weight, Alunaya was easily shaken off. The black hound distanced 
himself and was going to finish Alunaya off with his black orbs. 

"You are the foolish one... No, that girl's head just might be too 
sharp.." 

"What!?" 

"Tayumaaaa!!" 

That was when Kiriha flew past Alunaya and charged towards the 
black hound. 

"It's no use! Your attacks have no effect on me!!" 

The black hound sneered at Kiriha. His magical and spiritual energy 
barriers were sturdy and had the power to block any attacks Kiriha 
and the others could use. That's why there shouldn't be any 
problems even if O-hime was charging him. 

"I don't know about that! A few seconds ago, nothing we could do 
would have any effect!!" 



"What are you say— What!? How!?" 


Something impossible happened in front of the black hound. The 
barrier had indeed stopped O-hime's charge. But the supposedly 
stopped O-hime was gradually pushing through the barrier. 

"What did you do!?" 

"I haven't done anything. This is your doing, Tayuma" 

"Mine!?" 

"That's right. It's nothing special. You undid your own barrier. To 
throw away Alunaya that is" 

This was the reason why Alunaya had challenged Tayuma to close- 
combat. 

If Alunaya made it inside the barriers, the black hound would 
without a doubt throw him out of it. Taking plasma flames at that 
close of a range, even the black hound would take serious damage. 
And in order to throw Alunaya out, part of the barriers needed to 
be undone for a moment. All of that was part of Kiriha's plan. 

And before the barriers could completely recover, O-hime would 
charge in through the gap. Koutarou was standing on the nose of O- 
hime, wielding his two swords. The two swords were gradually 
dissolving the barriers. 

If the barriers had been complete, the two swords probably 
wouldn't have stood a chance. But thanks to Alunaya, the barriers 
had been opened. In other words, this was a strategic victory for 
Kiriha. 



"So that's how! However, I haven't lost yet!" 


The black hound ordered the black orbs floating around to attack. 
O-hime had stopped moving to break through the barrier. If 
attacked now, it would definitely be destroyed. 

"...Winning in the true sense of the word is not allowing for your 
opponent to realize that they have lost until the very end" 

However, the black hound had already fallen for Kiriha's trap. As 
the black orbs were sent towards O-hime a bright flash occurred, 
blinding the black hound. It was a flash that Harumi, still onboard 
O-hime, had created. 

"Guaaaa!?" 

The black hound himself was the one guiding the black orbs. 
Having suddenly lost his sight, he was unable to lead them towards 
O-hime. As a result, the majority of the orbs flew into unrelated 
directions. A few remained on a collision course with O-hime, but 
Alunaya erased those with his flames. 

"Theiamillis-san, the space distortion rate has fallen. Attacks should 
be able to hit now" 

"So it's finally time for the star's appearance" 

Theia had waited for this moment from the very start. While Theia's 
attack power was high, her weapons wouldn't work until the jet 
black shield was broken. However, now the black hound's 
impregnable defenses were on the verge of collapse. With a fearless 
smile, Theia ordered Ruth. 

"Ruth, we're using the Blue Knight's anti-surface missiles" 



"What about the settings, your highness?" 


"Leave guidance to optics and gravity, AI will be in charge of the 
detonation. I'll leave the other parameters to you" 

"As you wish, my princess" 

Eight space-time holes appeared around Theia. The next moment a 
missile flew out from each of the holes. The missiles were far bigger 
than Theia. These were powerful missiles normally used against 
bases or large-scale weaponry. 

"Greater Enhance Weapon - Modifier - Multiple Targets" 

"Anti-Magic Shield - Modifier - Area Effect Large" 

Yurika and Maki cast spells on that group of missiles. Maki used a 
spell to increase their attack power and Yurika used a spell to 
protect them. The already powerful missiles grew even stronger 
thanks to the effects of the spells and flew straight towards the black 
hound. 

"...You might think..." 

While seeing the missiles off as their rockets ignited, Theia folded 
her arms and spoke. 

"That we look dangerous, having powerful weapons or capable of 
using magic" 

The orbs rushed towards the missiles to shoot them down. 

However, the missiles were not that big and they had a defensive 
spell cast on top of them. As a result only two of them were 



destroyed. The remaining six soared through the air and directly 
struck the black hound in an instant. 


"But in reality, the most dangerous one is Kiriha. While she has 
almost no power of her own, she comes up with these extraordinary 
ideas, one after another" 

The black hounds barrier had weakened but still functioned to a 
degree. As a result, two of the six missiles were redirected and sent 
flying back towards Theia and the others. 

"If it's Kiriha, she might be able to beat 100 armed men with a stick" 

However, the returning missiles changed direction once more on 
their own. Being guided weaponry, all they had to do was rely on 
their guidance. The jet black shield was close to invincible against 
beams, laser and bullets, but less so against missiles. 

"I'm glad Kiriha-sama is on our side. It would be a nightmare to go 
up against her..." 

Having made it through the jet black shield, the group of missiles 
headed towards the next layer of defense. It was a spiritual energy 
barrier made from a black fog. However, spiritual energy barriers 
tended to be quite weak against physical attacks. There, the AI 
ordered the missiles to detonate before coming into contact with the 
barrier. 

"You're not kidding. I'm sure he feels the same way right about 
now" 

Amongst the two redirected missiles, only one managed to make it 
back. As a result, five missiles exploded near the black hound. 

These missiles had been designed to direct all of their explosive 



force forwards, and while these missiles were powerful to begin 
with, with the help of magic they were even more so, and these 
explosions now assaulted the black hound. The group of missiles 
turned into five spears of flames and pierced through the black mist 
and the black hound himself. 

Part 8 

The black hound, Tayuma, couldn't believe what had happened to 
himself. He was supposed to obtained great power and transcended 
the powers of man. In fact, he was overwhelming all his enemies. 
They were easy to destroy were he to fight them one by one. Yet 
Tayuma had been struck by an attack and had fallen to the ground. 
The damage taken was severe and he couldn't even create a barrier 
to protect himself. 

"It can't be... this can't be reality! I've obtained great power!! I was 
chosen by god to be a ruler!!" 

Tayuma screamed out, not because of his injured body but because 
of his injured pride. He would rather die than not have everything 
go his way. For that sake he had obtained power to fulfill his selfish 
desires. Yet he had still fallen, and that reality seriously hurt his 
pride. 

"This is some kind of mistake, this can't be happening! It's all a 
mistake!!" 

In order to protect his pride, Tayuma tried his best to stand up. He 
could still stand his body's pain. He had to beat down his enemies 
to wipe away the harm done to his pride. The black hound's body 
obeyed his will and staggeringly got up. 

"Tayuma, you still plan on fighting?" 



Kiriha who was looking at him from her cockpit inside O-hime felt 
like he was no longer in a state where he could fight. And him 
choosing to fight once more wouldn't affect the overall outcome. As 
a pacifist, Kiriha didn't want to fight any more. 

"Of course I will! I'm the ruler!! I won't ever back down!! I won't 
cajole anyone!! Because I am a hero of the People of the Earth!!" 

However, Tayuma was set on protecting his pride. Not the pride of 
the People of the Earth, but his own. 

Before, Kiriha and Daiha had refused to surrender because it might 
affect the outcome of the battle. What they protect 

protected where the People of the Earth, and the pride of not 
betraying their own comrades. That's why if the conditions had 
been different, Kiriha and Daiha might have surrendered. 

But that wasn't the case for Tayuma. He would rather die than 
accept defeat. He was like a child that would flip over a game board 
because he hated losing. Tayuma would probably never surrender 
regardless of the situation. 

In the end, Tayuma was just a child. That's why he was desperately 
searching for a method to avoid losing even now. Her moved his 
dog head around in an attempt to find something he could use to 
turn the tables. 

"T-That's right!! You were here!!" 

What Tayuma found were the radical faction soldiers that had been 
guarding the building. The soldiers hadn't joined in the battle, but 
rather watched over it from a distance. 



"What are you doing! Hurry up and fight! Protect me, kill them!" 

There were still plenty of soldiers left. If they were to attack Theia 
and the others, the situation might be overturned. 

"Aaahhhh, the monster turned this way!!" 

"Isn't he after us!?" 

"We'll be killed!! Just like the second platoon!!" 

However, the soldiers didn't try fighting. In fact, they did the 
opposite as they ran away in all directions in fear. Not a single one 
remained to fight for Tayuma. 

"Where are you going!? Stay and fight!! Did you get scared of the 
enemy!?" 

Tayuma didn't understand what was going on. Just a while ago, the 
soldiers had moved like a part of his body whenever he gave them 
orders. The respect, loyalty and tinge of fear he directed towards 
him felt comfortable. However, that didn't happen now. Instead 
they scrambled to get away. All Tayuma could imagine was that 
they couldn't hear his voice, or that they had gotten scared of the 
conservative faction. 

"You don't understand, Tayuma?" 

Kiriha knew just what the soldiers were so scared of. She also felt it 
was pitiful that Tayuma couldn't. 


"The soldiers... are afraid of you" 



Tayuma's voice had reached the soldiers. He had enough magical 
power for that. However, they didn't know that voice belonged to 
the monster in front of them. Since they didn't know Tayuma had 
transformed into a monster, they ran away, scared of the giant, 
roaring hound. What was worse that they had witnessed the black 
hound trampling their allies when it broke out from the building. 
That's why the thought that the black hound was on their side never 
entered their minds. They had only been observing the battle in 
hopes that the black hound that had killed their allies would be 
defeated. 

"You're lying!! I am a ruler!! A hero of the People of the Earth that 
will lead mankind together with Maguz-sama!! And they fear me!?" 

"If you cared even the slightest for your allies, this wouldn't have 
happened. Yet you chased after your own justice and power. That's 
why no one will obey you" 

When Maya had given Tayuma power, he had only thought about 
himself. That's why he chose a massive body and frightening 
appearance. It was the image of Tayuma's rule. The appearance that 
embodied violence and fear. The soldiers couldn't stand it and ran 
away. 

That's why Kiriha believed that if Tayuma had held back on his 
power a little and shown some consideration to his allies, he might 
have become a ruler in the true meaning of the word. 

"Lies, all lies!! You guys, stop running!! Come back and fight!!" 

Tayuma repeatedly called for the soldiers. However his shouts 
turned into roars in the hound's throat. To the soldiers it was the 
howl of a devil. Tayuma's voice was erased by that howl and was 
unable to reach the soldiers' hearts. 



"I will execute all of those that will not obey the ruler of absolute 
justice! I can still forgive you now, so come back and fight!" 

Having gained the black magical power, Tayuma accomplished his 
ideal rule in an instant. However in the blink of an eye, the heart of 
the people left him and his rule collapsed. Tayuma had only been a 
hero or a ruler for a few minutes. It was all too transient. 

"You don't understand even after I say this much!? Then die!! All of 
you die!!" 

Tayuma spit black flames from his mouth and attacked the escaping 
radical faction soldiers. 

He might have already lost his sanity. Despite having power fit for 
a ruler, he couldn't win against Kiriha and his allies were running 
away. He didn't like anything of it. That's why he wasn't even 
aware that he was attacking his own side. He was simply trying to 
deny all of reality. 

"Kiriha-san!" 

"I know!" 

Koutarou's voice coming from the comms happened at almost the 
exact same time as Kiriha sharply turned with O-hime. She was 
going to protect the radical faction soldiers. Though they had been 
enemies just a moment ago, the radical faction were still People of 
the Earth. 

"Karama, Korama, remove the limiter from the Spiritual Energy 
Cannon!" 


"Roger Ho!" 



"But it will break right away Ho!" 


"That's fine! I am not alone!" 

Those words were the defining difference between Kiriha and 
Tayuma. Kiriha loved people. She knew the meaning of loving and 
being loved. That's why people followed her. Theia and the others, 
the Sun Rangers and the conservative faction soldiers all followed 
her. They were all moving to protect the radical faction soldiers 
before Kiriha could say anything. On top of that, the radical faction 
soldiers that hadn't been attacked joined in as well. They also 
wanted to save their allies. 

"Why!? Why don't you obey me!? Why obey that girl!? Don't 
misunderstand. I'm the stronger one! I'm the amazing one! Swear 
loyalty to me!!" 

The peoples actions rubbed Tayuma the wrong way. All of the 
people there now rejected Tayuma. Or more accurately, they 
affirmed someone other than Tayuma. The reason for their rejection 
of Tayuma was as a result of wanting to protect their allies. 

Part 9 

Surprisingly enough, standing at the front of the people were the 
Sun Rangers. Being an official anti-invader squad, they had received 
official training, including training in rescue and first aid. Amongst 
the people present, they were the most skilled and they were taking 
the lead in treating the injured. 

"Daisaku, can you help me move that rubble? There are people 
under it" 

"Okay. Kotarou-kun, can you help Megu-chan in my place?" 



"Hayato-niichan, can you carry this person on your own?" 


"Leave it to me. I'm stronger than I look, I'll be fine" 

"Okay, so leave Megumi-neechan to me" 

"Thanks, Kotarou-kun. Can you clean that person's wounds?" 
"Kenichi-kun, let's go" 

"Yeah, let's!" 

Theia and those not injured were protecting the Sun Rangers and 
the others. They were carrying rifles and fired at the approaching 
black hound. 

"Hey, Theia-chan, do guns even work against someone that big?" 

"We can save thinking about that until later. Or would you rather 
we run away without doing anything and let them die?" 

"...I understand. I'll work hard too" 

"Vice-captain, are you sure we should have given the radical faction 
weapons too?" 

"Let's think about who they are after we've survived" 

"You're right. I'll think about it then" 

Those who protect and those who are being protected, their 
standpoints varied. The conservative faction, the radical faction, 
underground people, magicians, aliens. All kinds of people stood 
there without any difference between them. Who they were was no 



longer a problem. They would protect those around them in order 
to save as many lives as possible. 

"Why does no one listen to what I say!? Don't you understand that I 
am an absolute existence!?" 

Tayuma grinded his teeth as he looked at the people. Not wanting 
to accept what he was seeing, he spat out black flames towards 
them. 

"You don't get it at all. Tayuma, you're a good for nothing whining 
about nothing going your way" 

O-hime stood in the way of the flames. Koutarou who was standing 
on the nose of O-hime swung Signaltin and erased the black flames. 
Signaltin broke down the magic making up the flames. 

"Brat, everything started going wrong when you appeared! It's all 
your fault! If only you weren't here!!" 

"Now it's my fault? You're not even going to consider reflecting on 
your own actions?" 

"I am justice! Absolute justice does not require reflection!" 

"...There really is no saving you..." 

Koutarou sharply glared at Tayuma and readied his two swords. 

He wouldn't allow Tayuma to do anything else. He wouldn't let 
him touch Kiriha, or anyone else. A fierce anger surfaced inside of 
Koutarou as he faced Tayuma. 


"You're the one who can't be saved! Dieee!!" 



Tayuma felt the same way, and the selfish anger inside of him 
turned into black flames and was spewed from his mouth. 


"Kiriha-san!" 

"Here we go, Koutarou!!" 

The next moment, O-hime charged towards Tayuma. O-hime flew 
at full speed as it bombarded using the Spiritual Energy Cannon. It 
was a continuous bombardment far faster than before thanks to the 
limiter being removed. It was only a matter of time before the 
circuits of the cannon fried. However, Koutarou made his next 
move before that happened. 

"Satomi-kun, attack whenever you like! I'll match your timing!" 

"Koutarou, Love Love Sanae-chan Sword is charged to 500%! 
Leelings wise!" 

"Blue Knight, allow me to lend you my remaining magical power. 
I'll pour into the crest" 

"Karama, Korama, reverse the spiritual energy generator circuit! 
Supply Koutarou with energy through Sanae" 

"Got it!" 

"Leave it to us Ho-!" 

The two swords in Koutarou's hands began glowing. It was a 
dazzling silver and gold light. However, for some reason that light 
had a gentleness and warmth to it. It was the opposite of what 
could be felt from the black flames. 



"Die, die, dieee!! Fall before the great ruler!!" 


Grudge, jealousy, hate, greed, insanity, and many more dark 
feelings shone in Tayuma's eyes. The black flames that he spewed 
were like his exposed soul. 

"Alone, no matter how great power you've obtained! Or what you 
intend to do with that power!" 

Koutarou raised both swords above his head at the same time. 

Silver and golden light stretched from his sword and extended 
towards the surface. After ascending for several hundred meters 
they spiralled together and formed a single pillar of light. The gold 
and silver colored mixed together shone as brightly as the sun. 

"You are no match against the hundreds of us!!" 

Koutarou then swung the swords down towards Tayuma. As he 
did, the pillar of light fell down towards Tayuma. It was a sword of 
light formed from the power of many. The light of dawn that would 
tear up the darkness. 

"This is a lieeee!!" 

Tayuma screamed. The flames he spat out were erased in the blink 
of an eye. He tried creating another barrier, but the magical power 
itself that he needed was erased by the light. 

The power of the sword of light exceeded Koutarou's and the others 
powers. Even if Koutarou's and the others energy was gathered, the 
total energy of that sword of light was in a different league. It was a 
power that responded to the calls of their gathered power. Or it 
might be like Koutarou said that it was the light of hope bom from 
the people desperate to survive. 



"I stand at the top of all things, I will become the great ruler!! The 
name Shijima Tayuma will be engraved in the annals of history!!" 

"Don't worry. That wish will come true. You will be recorded in 
history... as a bad example that is" 

"Uaaaaaaaaaaa!!" 

The sword of light swung down on him. The light had no attack 
power whatsoever. However, it was very effective against the black 
magical power that Tayuma was using. Tayuma's black hound 
body was created through that black magical power. As the light 
came into contact with his body, they were both annihilated and 
Tayuma's body was erased. 

Part10 

Since Tayuma's body had been completely changed by magic, once 
his magical power was counteracted by the light, his body was 
completely dissolved and he lost form. However, his obsession with 
living barely kept him existing in the world of the living. 

"Haa... Haa... Haa... I refuse, to die... Haa... Haa..." 

Having lost his body and existed only as a soul, as a ghost, Tayuma 
didn't need to breathe. But his obsession with living made him do 
so. As such he had a ragged breath as if he had barely escaped with 
his life. 

"...I won't die... Haa, Haa... I'll survive, a-and stage my comeback. 

I'll eventually kill, Kurano's daughter, and that brat with my own 
hands... Haa, Haa..." 



That strong grudge, desire to live, and obsession with power were 
more than enough to allow him to exist as a ghost. At this rate it 
seemed like he would be able to become an evil spirit and realize 
his desires. 


"Hmm? Who is that, calling for me...?" 

That was when Tayuma turned around as he felt like someone was 
calling for him. 

"There's no one here... oh, what's this?" 

There was no one behind him, but instead there was something 
strange. It was a small, black whirlpool floating in the air. The 
whirlpool was only a few centimeters big at first, but it gradually 
grew bigger. As Tayuma peered into it, confused, it was already 
close to a meter in size. 

"...What is this... I can tell it's a whirlpool, but..." 

With a perplexed expression on his face, Tayuma heard a voice once 
more. 


"Eh? Is this whirlpool talking? Or is someone inside?" 


// 


// 


"Collecting? What are you talking about?" 



"A reaction to the alteration of the principle of causality? 
Replenishing expended energy? Don't tell me that. That has nothing 
to do with me" 


"Quit messing around! I have things I have to do! I'll kill them 
and— Uwaaaaaa, stop, stop it!!" 

The black whirlpool began spinning faster and dragged Tayuma's 
body in. At first he had resisted, but as the speed went up, the 
strength of the force dragging him in increased. 

Finally, Tayuma was dragged into the whirlpool. The ever growing 
whirlpool was now over ten meters big and Tayuma spun around 
the whirlpool as he was slowly dragged towards the center. 

"Noooo, Maguz-samaaa!! Kurano's daughter!! I don't care who, 
someone save me!! No!! I want to continue living!!" 

Tayuma desperately struggled to break free from the whirlpool, but 
its force was overwhelming and his efforts were in vain. Fie 
repeatedly screamed for help, but no one appeared in response to 
his calls. Tayuma slowly fell towards the center of the whirlpool. 


"I... I don't... want to—" 


Reaching the center, Tayuma suddenly disappeared. Flaving 
reached the center he was dragged under. Tayuma was dragged 
into somewhere not here and completely vanished from this world. 


// 


// 



Having dragged Tayuma in, the whirlpool began shrinking. From 
ten meters to five, and eventually reaching a few centimeters. From 
there, the whirlpool vanished in an instant. Either it shrunk to the 
point where it could no longer be seen or it simply disappeared. All 
that was clear was that the black whirlpool took Tayuma out of this 
world. 

Tayuma probably didn't even have the time to realize what had 
happened to him. However, that might have been for the better. He 
was probably happier not knowing that he had died. 



Kiriha's Invasion 


PartI 

Saturday, July 10 

As a result of Tayuma's disappearance, the radical faction's armed 
uprising began reaching its end. 

The leader, Maguz, was captured and their ace in the hole, Earth 
Dragon, was lost. Having lost two pillars of faith, the radical faction 
rapidly lost their morale. 

Moreover, the radical faction soldiers that had played a part in the 
decisive battle regarding Earth Dragon had agreed to disarm 
themselves, which also played a big part. They seemed to have 
realized something in that battle and became strangely cooperative 
with the conservative faction. It also seemed like their hate for 
people on the surface had lessened and they had stopped claiming 
that all surface dwellers should be killed. 

While the soldiers that had taken part of the decisive battle were an 
exception, this spread to the soldiers in different places that disliked 
fighting. As the radical faction fought, they realized that they were 
pointing their guns at their own people. In other words, the People 
of the Earth finally understood what war was. 

If Maguz and Earth Dragon had been present then the radical 
faction's morale might have been sustained through charisma and 
power. But sadly both had fallen into the hands of the conservative 
faction. In that situation there were few of the opinion that they 
should continue fighting and the desire to reach a ceasefire 
increased. As a result, about one week after the armed uprising, the 




battle between two factions of the People of the Earth reached its 
conclusion. 


Though the battle had ended, Maguz hadn't bent his beliefs. His 
belief that a military invasion and a rule by those superior was 
necessary hadn't changed just from losing to the conservative 
faction. 

But upon learning of the fate Tayuma met, he toned down a little. 
The fact that the radical faction soldiers had rejected rule by one 
with superior strength shocked him. Even if the reason for that was 
in Tayuma, it was true that Maguz had worked Tayuma into his 
system of rule. Regardless, it was a serious problem that shook 
Maguz' legitimacy. Because of that, Maguz stopped his aggressive 
assertion of his theory and indifferently waited for his punishment. 

It wasn't until then that Maguz, that Raiga, finally responded to his 
father's request to meet. Those who heard about that whispered that 
Raiga might still barely have the heart of a man. 

Kouma had been horribly depressed since he learned that his son 
was Maguz. To the point where he had attempted suicide as an 
apology after learning that Raiga had been captured. However, 
Karama and Korama had been able to stop him just before and his 
attempt ended in a failure. Having failed his suicide, Kouma 
requested to retire. By leaving his position as Daiha's attendant, he 
wanted to take responsibility for his son's actions. However, Daiha 
and Kiriha stopped him. There was no one as excellent as him 
around, and both Kiriha and Daiha wanted Kouma to continue 
working for the sake of the People of the Earth. Kouma accepted 
that and continued his work as Daiha's right hand. Yet Kouma 
decided to return his salary, this was the least he could do to take 
responsibility, as a father. 



The government on the surface honored their promise. That 
promise was that in exchange for their cooperation with the 
conservative faction being small scale and unofficial, the 
conservative faction's existence would be tolerated in the case that 
they won. 

As the Sun Rangers reported on the conservative factions victory 
they were told that their vacation was over and to return 
immediately. As a result, the Sun Rangers left at the same time the 
battle ended. Their reason aside, the way they left was very hero¬ 
like. 

As the Sun Rangers left, the government really left the People of the 
Earth alone. As a result, the People of the Earth and the government 
on the surface distanced themselves from each other, and paid 
consideration to one another to not cause any disturbances. 
Disturbances wouldn't benefit either party. In other words, they 
were neighbors who didn't associate with one another, but it was 
also the best means to allow both to prosper. 

Like that, the relationship between the People of the Earth and the 
surface government reached a conclusion, but the Sun Rangers 
would come visit the underground from time to time. This wasn't 
something their superiors had ordered, but rather they had decided 
to cooperate with the People of the Earth on their own. They didn't 
want to abandon something part-ways through, so it was also for 
their own sake. With their battle with the People of the Earth, they 
had spare time on their hands again. Rather than twiddling their 
thumbs at their base, they wanted to help the People of the Earth. 
While they no longer had any enemies, they still remained hero¬ 
like. 



And perhaps that was why whenever they would visit, many 
would welcome them, the children in particular. The children had 
been told of the Sun Rangers' heroism from the adults and had 
respected them like true heroes. While that embarrassed the Sun 
Rangers, since the children always smiled at them, they motivated 
themselves by saying that they would protect those smiles. 

Part 2 

With the radical faction's armed uprising, the People of the Earth 
had reaffirmed that battle wouldn't give birth to anything. That's 
why they would continue peacefully invading the surface, but with 
even more eagerness than before. At the same time, the radical 
faction had surrendered and they could now explore a more 
realistic way to protect the pride of the People of the Earth. 
Apparently the radical faction would be putting effort into passing 
down the People of the Earth's unique culture. 

Thus, after surviving many dangers, the People of the Earth 
returned to their peaceful everyday life. And thanks to that, Daiha 
and Kiriha could spend more time as father and daughter. 

"Kiriha" 

"Yes" 

"Now that the battle has ended... what will you do now?" 

With the radical faction's riot having died down, the current state of 
tension had vanished, and someone other than Kiriha could serve as 
the commander for the surface invasion. That's why Daiha wanted 
to return his beloved daughter to a life fit for someone her age. 



"I will return to the surface. I have an important job, and important 
friends there" 

However, Kiriha was intending to continue her job as commander 
of the surface invasion. That was the most important thing to Kiriha 
right now. Having heard his daughter's answer, Daiha burst out 
laughing. 

"Hahaha, be honest. You want to return to that Koutarou boy" 

"I'm going back to Koutarou. My place is by his side" 

Kiriha clearly asserted herself without hesitation. She had spent 
more than ten years for that cause. She would also sincerely work 
towards their peaceful invasion. It wasn't something that Kiriha 
needed to hide from her father and she smiled proudly. 

"Then go. With that reason, she would surely be satisfied too" 

Daiha nodded and looked at the photo hanging off the wall. 
Pictured was a younger Daiha and Kiriha, together with the woman 
that was Daiha's wife, and Kiriha's mother. 

He had complex feelings as a father, but if Kiriha was heading for 
the surface because of her first love, then it could be called a life 
fitting for a girl of her age. With that reason, even Kiriha's mother 
would have approved of Kiriha continuing her position as 
commander of the surface invasion. 

"Yes, then I'll be going" 

Kiriha smiled and looked at the photo together with Daiha. Her 
mother was smiling in the photo, and Daiha and Kiriha smiled the 



way they had in that photo. That's why Kiriha believed that her 
mother was smiling at them from the heavens. 


Ever since the battle with the radical faction had ended, Kiriha 
hadn't shown herself in room 106. It was clear that this was because 
there was cleanup to do. But after a week had passed, even 
Koutarou began feeling lonely. 

When he woke up or got home from school, Kiriha wasn't there. 
When tea was poured up, a cup would be left over. The score 
calculation after dinner was also different from normal. 

Everyday life wasn't as engaging as always. Koutarou felt that was 
lonely. That's why he found himself staring at the first tatami when 
entering the inner room. Couldn't Kiriha just flip that over and 
appear from below. That was what Koutarou hazily thought. 

"Satomi-sa~n" 

That was when Yurika appeared in Koutarou's eyes. Having just 
gotten out of the bath and having changed into her pajamas, she 
held squatted down, holding her knees and looked into Koutarou's 
eyes. 

"Are you thinking about Kiriha-san again?" 

Yurika had a small smile and warmth and gentleness in her eyes, 
something she rarely showed. She was worried about Koutarou's 
low spirits. 

"Something like that. I feel like seeing her face you know" 

Koutarou honestly admitted and smiled wryly. Koutarou's and 
Yurika's relationship had changed quite a bit, and when it was just 



the two of them it wasn't rare to hear them talking about serious 
topics like this. 

"You don't have to worry, she'll come back soon. The problems 
were safely resolved after all" 

Yurika gently smiled and slightly tilted her head. 

"I'm not worried about that. It's just that I want to see her face" 

"That will happen soon too. Kiriha-san must want to see Satomi-san 
and everyone as well" 

Koutarou and Yurika were currently alone. Yurika felt like it was 
her job to cheer Koutarou up as she showed a cheerful expression. 

"Yurika..." 

"She might already be on her way here. So—" 

And just as Yurika mustered her courage and tried to approach 
Koutarou. 

"Kyaaaaaaaaaa! ?" 

The tatami underneath her shot up and sent her flying. 

"Gyafu!?" 

Yurika continued rolling until she rolled into a comer of the room 
and stopped moving. Koutarou had been surprised by the 
suddenness of it all and all he could do was quietly watch the 
situation develop. 


"...I did it again, huh..." 



However, when he heard that voice he hurriedly looked back 
towards the tatami. 


"Hey, Koutarou" 

There, he saw the face of the girl he wanted to see. 


"What?" 

Since Koutarou remained silent, Kiriha tilted her head in confusion. 
As she did, the accessories she was wearing lightly rubbed against 
each other and produced similar to that of a bell. 

"I was just thinking this is nostalgic. When you first came here it 
was like this too, remember?" 

Koutarou had been quiet because he had been surprised that Kiriha 
had appeared when he was thinking about how he wanted to see 
her. However, being embarrassed he was unable to honestly say so 
and spoke what he felt second to that. 

"You're right..." 

"Yurika still has terrible luck too" 

Partly to hide his embarrassment, Koutarou walked over to the 
fainted Yurika and lifted her up. He then carried her to her bed in 
the wardrobe. 

"Back then... I needed to be annoying so I didn't bother checking if 
there was someone above or not" 



"And this time?" 


After pulling a blanket over Yurika, he closed the sliding door to the 
wardrobe. Since she didn't seem to be hurt, she would probably 
wake up like usual tomorrow. 

"I seem to be feeling nervous, so I didn't think of checking" 

"Nervous...? Wait, why? You're not coming in?" 

Koutarou turned back towards Kiriha and for some reason only her 
upper body was sticking out from the hole leading underground. 

"You don't mind me intruding?" 

"You ask that now? ...What's the matter, really?" 

"I told you. I'm feeling nervous" 

Koutarou had returned to normal after seeing Kiriha's face, but 
oppositely, Kiriha was getting even more nervous. Her stiff 
expression easily showed that. 

"It's rare to see you be so nervous... anyways, come on in" 

"Thank you, Koutarou" 

Kiriha finally entered room 106 and she returned to tatami to its 
former place in an accustomed manner before turning back towards 
Koutarou. 

"Huh?" 

That was where Koutarou finally noticed that Kiriha's outfit was 
completely different from normal. 



The overall atmosphere was similar to the shrine maiden outfit she 
normally wore. The outfit was mostly white, but had red and gold 
threads used in abundance, it seemed simple yet at the same time 
elegant and luxurious. These clothes were quite obviously not 
everyday wear. 

Moreover, as Kiriha stepped into the light Koutarou could see that 
she was wearing make-up that matched her clothes. This too was 
simple but it brought out her beauty. 

On top of that, Kiriha was wearing golden gleaming accessories 
over her body. Since she normally wore accessories she didn't give 
off the impression of wearing more of them, but they had clearly 
been exchanged for higher quality accessories. 

No matter how you looked at it, her outfit and accessories were not 
cheap. Even Koutarou who had no real knowledge of this kind of 
thing could tell that each piece she was wearing had an 
extraordinary price. Yet at the same time, her overall appearance 
was simple and clean. 

"That's an unusual outfit. Isn't that the first time you wear it?" 
"Fufu, this is a keepsake from my mother" 

Kiriha put her hand on her chest and smiled proudly. 

"Your mom's..." 

Koutarou knew of Kiriha's family circumstances. Having lost his 
own mother, he understood the special feelings put into those 
clothes. 



"Yes. This is the traditional outfit that we, the People of the Earth, 
wear when getting married" 

"So thats a wedding dress?" 

Koutarou's eyes opened wide. He vaguely understood that it was a 
special outfit, but he hadn't expected it to be a wedding dress. 

"Kiriha-san, are you going to get married?" 

"No, I’m not" 

"Yeah, I haven't heard anything about that after all. Then why are 
you wearing that? It would be terrible if it got dirty, right?" 

Kiriha had no reason for wearing a wedding dress. Then there had 
to be a special reason. Wearing her mother's keepsake for fun wasn't 
in Kiriha's character. 

"I came here to invade" 

"Invade... this room?" 

"No, I don't need this room anymore. The reason to invade this 
room has been lost" 

"Oh yeah, you're right" 

Kiriha invading room 106 had been a measure to keep the radical 
faction from rebelling. With the problems regarding the radical 
faction resolved, Kiriha no longer had any reason to invade room 
106. Yet Kiriha said she was here to invade. Koutarou didn't 
understand what was going on. 



"So what are you going to invade" 

"About that, there is something I need to talk to you about" 

Kiriha moved up to straight in front of Koutarou, sat down formally 
and straightened her back. Her expression was stiffer than ever 
before. Seeing that, Koutarou understood that Kiriha was serious. 

"What now, all of a sudden?" 

In that situation Koutarou couldn't be standing up so he too sat 
down formally, facing Kiriha. After confirming that Koutarou had 
sat down she placed her hands slightly in front of her knees and 
deeply lowered her head. 

"Satomi Koutarou-sama, I wish to request something of you" 

Her overly formal words and serious voice, her mother's keepsake 
and her lowered head. Seeing all that, Koutarou understood that 
Kiriha was about to ask something special. 

"Kiriha-san?" 

But just what could it be that required her to go so far. Slight unease 
swelled up in Koutarou's chest. He began worrying that she might 
say that she was going to return underground. 

"Please allow me to invade your life" 

However, Kiriha said something that greatly deviated from 
Koutarou's imagination. 


"W-What...?" 



His unease and everything else just vanished from his mind. It was 
as if Koutarou had no understanding of what Kiriha was saying 
whatsoever. 

"If you don't permit it, then I won't appear in your presence ever 
again. That is the resolution I made before coming before you" 

Having finished everything she had to say, Kiriha kept her hands 
on the tatami, raised her head and stared into Koutarou's eyes. 
Kiriha had come here looking for Koutarou's answer to these words. 
And since the answer might not be what she hoped, she had been 
feeling anxious from the very beginning. That's why Kiriha now 
paid attention to every word Koutarou spoke and every action he 
took. Her everything relied on this moment. 

"T-That’s..." 

At first Koutarou had been nothing but confused, but as he peered 
into her eyes he gradually understood her intentions. What she 
meant by invasion, and why she had chosen to use that word. 
Having understood those circumstances, Koutarou couldn't help 
but find it funny. 

"...Geez..." 

Having reached his limit, Koutarou began smiling. While he was 
impressed by the strength and depth of the feelings she directed 
towards him, he was also amazed by her meticulousness. This 
wasn't a request, but a terribly clever and roundabout threat. 

"Kiriha-san, you really understand me well" 


Koutarou smiled wryly as he dropped his shoulders. 



What Kiriha wanted hadn't changed a bit since eleven years ago. It 
was to marry with Koutarou, forever supporting each other. That's 
why she had visited Koutarou wearing a wedding dress. 

But if she had said those words directly, Koutarou could refuse. It 
was still too early for that, and the problems with Theia and Yurika 
hadn't been resolved yet. That's' why Koutarou would have refused 
in the present situation. 

That's why Kiriha hadn't used the words 'Let me marry you', but 
'Let me invade your life'. She was attempting to blur her intentions 
while trying to create a reason to forever remain by Koutarou's side. 
It was difficult for Koutarou to refuse this request because she was 
threatening to never see him again if he did. He would feel lonely if 
he couldn't meet her again. So would the other invading girls. In 
that situation, there was no way Koutarou could reply with 'No'. 

"You've said many things to me up until now... but this is the 
cruelest" 

"The time I have waited over ten years for is right in front of me. I 
have no intentions of letting that chance slip by. Even if I have to 
use underhanded means..." 

"And that's... why you'll invade" 

"Yes. I will invade your life. At any costs..." 

If Koutarou accepted Kiriha's request, it would mean allowing her 
to always be near him no matter what life he chooses. That was 
practically the same as marrying Kiriha. Her request was either a 
clever threat made through the use of human relationships, or it 
was very transparent and pure means of invading created through 
bonds and love. 



"...You've taken the political implications into consideration right?" 


"Of course. I have no intentions of forcibly staying by your side to 
the point that it becomes a problem for you" 

"So everything is thoroughly thought out, geez..." 

Kiriha had no intentions of forcing their relationship. To her it was 
important that Koutarou allowed for her to be by his side. You 
could say she was similar to Maki and the band of knights in that 
she wanted a place to call her own. 

"...Okay, I get it. I lose. Invade to your hearts content..." 

There, Koutarou gave up. He couldn't refuse, and truth be told, he 
didn't want to refuse either. Just not being able to see Kiriha for a 
week was lonely. But he was too mortified and embarrassed to 
admit it to her face. It couldn't be helped that his words became a 
bit more blunt. 

"Thank you very much. I will invade with heartfelt sincerity" 

Kiriha smiled while large tears rolled down her cheeks. The eleven 
years she had spent since their first meeting had finally been 
rewarded. The person Kiriha loved needed her. To her, there was 
nothing more happy than this. And so her tears continued falling 
without end in sight. To the point where she could no longer even 
see Koutarou's face. 

"Oh yeah, I forgot. Here" 

Koutarou pulled something out of his pocket and put it in Kiriha's 
hand. 



"...This is..." 


Though Kiriha couldn't see from her tears, she could tell what it was 
by touch alone. It was a rare Kabutonga card with her name written 
on it. The treasure she had gotten from Koutarou eleven years ago. 

After Daiha had been taken hostage, Kiriha had returned to card to 
Koutarou, prepared for her own death. Koutarou safely cared for it 
and now returned it back to Kiriha. 

"...Uhhh, this... this... I... uhhhh..." 

Upon obtaining the card, Kiriha started crying even more than 
before, sobbing like a child. 

"H-Hey, why are you crying so much?" 

Koutarou had given Kiriha the card to stop her from crying. Yet the 
result was the opposite. Instead of stopping her, he fanned the 
flames. 

"You don't get it... uhh... Onii-chan, y-you don't, get, anything" 











"Eh?" 


"If you give me this... right, now... uhh, then I'll, then I'll 
definitely.... uuuuaaaaaa!!" 

From that point on, Kiriha couldn't form any words. An intense, 
endless love overflowed from her heart. However, since those 
emotions turned into cries as they reached her throat she couldn't 
properly convey them to her beloved. 

"Uaaaaa, aaaaa, uwaaaaa!!" 

That's why Kiriha jumped at Koutarou and embraced him. That was 
the only way she could convey her feelings right now. A complex, 
delicate love whirled inside of Kiriha's chest. But Kiriha felt irritated 
that the only way she could convey it through the strength of her 
arms. 

"...Even though you've gotten big, you're still like a spoiled girl" 

Koutarou firmly hugged Kiriha back. Up until now, Kiriha had 
always been in a position that required a lot of responsibility. That's 
why Koutarou wanted to let Kiriha do as she pleased until her 
desires turned into something definitive. 

Now, that I think about it... 

As Koutarou spoke, Kiriha's gaze was naturally drawn to his 
moving mouth. And as she stared at that she remembered a 
promise they had made before. 

"Once this is all over, I'll be satisfied as long as you give me a kiss with a 
smile" 



"Fufu... now you've said it. Then let's hurry up and end this so I can rain 
kisses down upon you " 

Having remembered that promise, Kiriha finally realized. 

That when tears prevented you from using words, embracing 
wasn't the only way to convey your feelings. 

Part 3 

As the season turned to summer the daytime temperature exceeded 
30 degrees. That said, this was Kitsushouharukaze city. Once the 
sun set the temperature dropped and became a lot more 
manageable. But there is always an exception to things. 

"...I-It's hot..." 

As Koutarou muttered his face fell down onto the tea table. His 
forehead was covered in sweat. Even at night the temperature in 
room 106 didn't drop. The reason for that was the too high 
population density. In the small room there were ten people and the 
body heat they exuded added up. It is said that the body heat was 
the equivalent of about 100 watt. So with ten people that was 1000 
watt. Power equivalent to a large-scale home appliance was heating 
up the room. 

"Stop being so stubborn and have Maki cast a spell" 

"I'll make it cheap" 

"...When it comes to magic, there's nothing wrong with not using it" 

Many apart from Koutarou had means of managing the heat. The 
Forthorthe group used personal air conditioners that they could 



wear. Harumi's PAF also had this function. Shizuka could head out 
into space if she so pleased, so the summer heat was nothing. Maki 
used her own spells to cool her body, and Sanae had her use the 
same spell on her. 

The only ones without means were Koutarou and Kiriha. Koutarou 
was just being stubborn, but Kiriha had been bom quite resistant to 
heat. That's why Koutarou seemed to feel hot, while Kiriha was 
herself. Neither of them were cooling themselves, but their 
appearances contrasted. 

"If you're too stubborn you'll end up like Yurika" 

Sanae pointed to a comer of the room as she spoke. Yurika had 
refrained from casting magic on herself as that would constitute as 
private use of magic. As a result, she lost to the heat inside the 
wardrobe and her eyes rolled back. 

"It's fine. People shouldn't try to take the easy way out anyways" 

Koutarou was actually avoiding to have magic cast on him because 
of Yurika. He didn't want her to be the only one enduring it. But 
since his pride was involved he didn't want to admit it. He would 
simply have to endure. 

"Fufu..." 

Kiriha who wasn't using any cooling either smiled at Koutarou. 
That smile was incredibly gentle. Ever since the battle with the 
radical faction, Kiriha had been showing expressions fit for a girl of 
her age more often. While there was seemingly no difference on the 
surface, the expressions she showed those close to her had become 
more uninhibited. None of the girls of room 106 pointed that out, 
but they all welcomed it as a good thing. 



"Then Koutarou, how about this?" 


Kiriha pulled out a paper folded four times from her pocket and 
unfolded it in front of Koutarou. On it was a blue sky and sea 
coupled with white sand and a shining sun. It was a pamphlet from 
a travel agency in the mall. 

"You wouldn't mind if we went out to play at the beach right?" 

A three day, two nights travel plan was recorded on the pamphlet. 
Play at the beach during the day, have a luxurious dinner in the 
evening and finally enjoy the hot spring in the hotel at night. That 
was indeed an attractive proposition. However, Koutarou also had 
his worries. 

"But, it's not like we won the lottery, so it'll cost money right?" 
"Don't be so cheap. You still have all of the salary I've paid you" 
"But that’s—" 

"What are you saving it up for? Knowing you, you probably won't 
use it for anything" 

Koutarou still hadn't spent a single yen from the salary he had 
received from Theia. He held back from using it as it was money 
that had come from his relationship to Theia. 

"Okay, I get it. It's definitely better to use it so that everyone can 
have fun than to save it up for no reason" 

Koutarou soon made up his mind. He believed Theia was 
absolutely right. 



I only need to use it like this in the future too. I guess I was overthinking 
it... 


Using his salary for Theia and the others close to him wasn't a bad 
way to use it. If anything it was an ideal usage. 

"Alright! The beach!! Yurika, Yurika, we're going to the beach!!" 

"Zzz... Zzz..." 

"Yurika-chan is still sleeping Ho-" 

"She's such a sleepyhead Ho-" 

"Zzz... Zzz..." 

"Geez, she's so carefree, even though we have to go buy new 
swimsuits!" 

The first one to let out a cheer of joy was Sanae. Last year she had 
been a ghost and a sickly girl, so she had the strongest desire to 
swim of all. 

"Harumi, the beach. Do you swim?" 

"I swim, but... I don't know if my stamina will last" 

"Don't worry. You can use PAF in water too. That said, I haven't 
tried any experiments of it being used in water, so please let me 
take some data" 

"Yes, by all means!" 

Clan and Harumi were going to run experiments on the beach. 
Their relationship so far had greatly improved on Clan's invention. 



and once they headed for the beach it would surely improve even 
more. 

"The beach..." 

Maki on the hand had a puzzled expression. Having caught onto 
that change in expression, Ruth and Theia called out to her. 

"Maki-san, is this your first time going to the beach?" 

"Yes... the idea has never occurred to me before this" 

"I see, you were bom in a magical country weren't you" 

Maki was bom in the slums of Folsaria, and having been battling for 
her entire time, the idea of going to the beach had never occurred to 
her. 

"Then this is a good opportunity. Satomi-kun is that kind of person 
so he often goes to the beach. So you can't be a great vassal if you 
don't go too, right?" 

"You're right. I'll give it my best!" 

"Good, that's the way. He's an idiot, so I can rest easy if I know 
you're with him" 

"Do your best to carry out your duty, Maki-san" 

However, thanks to Shizuka's follow up, the atmosphere around 
Maki brightened up. Using the expression, Koutarou's vassal, Maki 
suddenly got a lot more cheerful. They were magical words that 
would help whenever she got depressed. 



So this really was the right answer... 


Koutarou satisfyingly looked on as the girls erupted into 
discussions about the beach. There, Kiriha who was sitting next to 
him pulled on the sleeve of his t-shirt. 

"Koutarou, what kind of swimsuit do you think I should wear?" 
"Why are you asking me?" 

"There's no reason. I just want you to decide. Do you not want to?" 
"T-That's not it, but..." 

"You don't have to decide right away. Just tell me what kind of 
design you'd like" 

"Yeah..." 

Thus it was decided that Koutarou and the others would go to the 
beach. They had gone the year before as well, but their numbers and 
their atmosphere was completely different this time around. They 
were noisy but seemingly endlessly cheerful. But there was no one 
that stopped to think about that change. Because everyone knew 
that it was more fun causing an uproar with everyone than to think 
about that. 



Afterword 


Long time no see, it's the author, Takehaya. 

This time I've been able to safely deliver volume 16. This time I'd like to 
talk about the anime for Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? once more. But 
since I have a very limited afterword this time around I will make it quick. 

This half year has been very busy with the anime related stuff, but as we 
approach the start of the broadcast I've gotten more time. This is an 
obvious development as the work I need to do as we get closer to the 
broadcast date is less. I am both grateful and sad for this. As this volume 
goes on sale the anime won't have gone on air yet. But depending on when 
you read this book, the anime might have already stalled. Anyways, like 
everyone else I am also eagerly awaiting the anime. 

Now then, leaving the anime aside, I would like to touch a little more on 
this volume. In this volume the curtain finally rises for the People of the 
Earth's civil war. Having reached a point where neither the conservative 
faction and the radical faction can agree, there is no longer any option left 
than to use violence to get their opinion approved. Since the conservative 
faction is filled with people who love peace, this situation is very painful to 
Kiriha and those she leads. From the point the conservative faction picked 
up arms they had essentially lost. Despite that, Kiriha and the others picked 
up arms, and as to what conclusion they reach, I would like to let you 
readers confirm for yourselves. To those of you have already read it, I hope 
you enjoyed it. 


Finally, I'd like to give my usual greetings. I would like to thank the 
editorial department for helping with the publishing of this book and for 
their help with the anime, and those related as well, to Poco-san in charge 
of illustrations, all of the voice actors and finally to all you readers who 
have bought this book. 

Then let us meet again in the afterword of volume 17. 


June, 2014 Takehaya 



Translator's Notes and References 


• This refers to the Tsukumogami 
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukumogami) 


Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? Volume 16 

Author : Takehaya 

Illustrator: Poco 


Translation: Wamis 
PDF: Evoeden