Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? - Volume 22
■ Whereabouts of the Meteor
■ Meanwhile, Elsewhere
■ Father and Daughter
■ At the Barrier
■ Bitter Enemies in the Same Boat
■ The Silver Sword
WHEREABOUTS OF THE METEOR
Whereabouts of the Meteor
Saturday, November 20
The planet Alaia was the sixth planet from the sun in the Forthorthe solar
system. It was originally a barren planet without life, but as the Holy
Forthorthe Galactic Empire entered the space age, it was terraformed, and
now allowed for people to live on it.
However, as Alaia was the first planet to be terraformed, many parts of it
were made very simple. In particular the ecosystem, and there are were few
types of flora and fauna on the planet. Only the bare minimum was brought
to the planet, such as plants to create breathable air, farm products to
support the residents and scenery to calm the mind.
As a result, Alaia's environment looked faintly similar to what one would
imagine the countryside to look like. Though flora and fauna that originally
weren't present continued to grow as people came and went due to
interplanetary travels, it was still very simple. It would most likely take over
another 1,000 years before it became a true, complete ecosystem.
However, some people showed up that would be ever so slightly delaying
that completion. They appeared on the sky as a blue meteor.
The meteor screamed as it came into contact with the ground and tore up
its surroundings for dozens of meters before finally stopping. While the
destruction wasn't that widespread, it would likely take a few years for
nature to recover.
Once stopped, the meteor in question lost its blue glow, and its true nature
was revealed. The meteor was in reality a boy and two girls.
“Ow ow ow, l-l thought I would die...”
WHEREABOUTS OF THE METEOR
’’Koutarou, let up a little. I really will die”
“There's no need for apologies. You've done a good job”
The meteor was actually Koutarou, Theia and Yurika. During a battle in
space they had been caught by gravity and entered the atmosphere. It was
a very dangerous situation, but they somehow managed to descend to the
“Are you okay?”
”Yes, you protected me after. How about you?”
“I'm fine too. I'm not hurt...Though it doesn't look like I can say the same
about the armor”
“Fufu, as long as you are safe. The armor can be replaced”
”P-Please whorry abouht me too-”
Koutarou and Theia smiled at each other and swiftly stood up to pull out
Yurika whose face was buried in the ground. Fortunately, none of the three
had any major injuries, with the largest one being Yurika's nose being
grazed. They had avoided any injuries that would prevent them from taking
“... Uhhh~... that was scary... I thought we would die...”
“We're fine now, so calm down, okay?”
’’That's a lie. Even if you say that we're fine, I won't believe you anymore!”
’’Okay, okay, I get it, just turn this way for a moment. Your face is a mess”
If anything, Yurika's mental state was a bigger problem, but as Koutarou
was wiping her face, she gradually returned to normal.
“... But still... to think we'd be okay after falling all this way...”
While waiting for Koutarou to finish wiping Yurika's face, Theia blocked the
sunlight as she looked up at the sky. In response to her voice, Yurika turned
WHEREABOUTS OF THE METEOR
her eyes to Theia's direction.
“Are there a lot of hellish places like that in Forthorthe?”
“Like I said, it's the upper layer of the atmosphere. Most planets with people
on them have one”
“Eeeeehhh!? You're kidding!! If they're all like that, wouldn't spaceships just
’They're made sturdy to avoid that”
’’Strictly speaking, the hull isn't made that sturdy. It's being protected by a
distortion field after all. Moreover, as they fly controlling inertia and gravity
the re-entry speed is slower, and there's not as much heat”
“See-!! I'm sure that it only happens here!!”
“Theia, don't make it any more complicated”
Koutarou and the others had fallen from orbit without any spaceship.
Normally, they would burn up like any other shooting star. The fact that they
had escaped with minor scratches and burns was not just because of them
combining their powers, but also due to a great deal of luck. It was a
situation so dangerous Yurika would prefer to think that is something unique
to the planet of Alaia.
“However, it will be more dangerous from here on out”
Theia waited for Koutarou to finish wiping off Yurika's face before dropping
her smile and explaining the situation to the two with a serious expression
and tone of voice. As a result, Yurika's and Koutarou's expressions were
dyed with tension.
“Is there still something else?”
“The enemy will be coming. The imperial army will surely know we've
landed in this area. If we waste too much time, we'll be surrounded before
we know it”
“Don't be so loud. What will you do if the enemy hears you”
“Alright, the two of you, follow me”
While they had safely gotten onto the surface, the danger was not over yet.
They would need to leave before the imperial army sent pursuers after
In the Forthorthe solar system, there are another seven planets, excluding
the main planet of Forthorthe. And those seven planets were individually
managed by one of the seven royal families.They were territories under
their direct control. In other words, the royal families of the Holy Forthorthe
Galactic Empire each held territories on the planet of Forthorthe, and a
planet of their. Being more specific, the royal families had other planets in
other systems, but those circumstances will be omitted for now.
As one could tell from how strong the support for Elfaria is on the planet of
Alaia, this planet is under direct control of the Mastir family. Because of that,
Theia had a lot of knowledge in regards to this planet. That knowledge
included information such as where they could conceal themselves.
“Let's hide here for a while”
“Shouldn't we be trying to group up with Kiriha-san and the others right
“We've only just arrived here, so the imperial army will be gathering nearby.
It's dangerous to move around right now”
While they didn't know who for certain, someone in Forthorthe's imperial
army should have been observing this area. They would of course send out
troops to capture anyone entering the planet illegally. As a result, the guard
around the area would be tight for a while. But as time passed, the army
would expand their search radius assuming that Theia and the others
moved, leaving the guard around the area looser. They would be safer by
not moving until then.
However, Theia still felt anxiety.
If that person reports in, there's a chance the guard will never ease up...
but if I keep thinking about that, nothing will come from it...
If the pilot that had been saved reported to his superiors about Theia, then
a large amount of forces would be gathered in the region. If that happened,
they would be in an extremely dangerous situation, but they wouldn't be
able to move right away regardless. Besides, Theia didn't regret saving the
pilot. That's why she would think about it when the time came.
“So Theia, what kind of place is this?”
Koutarou twisted his head and looked around. Theia had taken the two to a
building hidden half underground so that it blended in with the forest. Part
of the building was collapsing, moreover it was covered in moss and ivy,
showing that it hadn't been used for many years. As a result, it was
impossible to tell what kind of building it was just by looking at it.
“This was a building used in the first stage of development for this planet. It
was a forward base for the afforestation project. But as you can tell, the
afforestation was a success, and the building fell out of use. After that, it
appears to have been used as a hiding place for anti-government forces,
but as development advanced they moved to a different location”
“So an afforestation base and a bandit hut, huh... so this is a place with a
lot of history”
“That's why we have data on it”
As the Mastir family were in charge of the terraforming, they had the most
information about the region. Even more than the imperial army that came
later. Theia used that information to pick up a couple of hiding places, and
chose to hide in a place the military had no information on.
“Then that means we're safe for a while!? We can rest right!?”
"... Pheeew.... thank god...”
Yurika sat down on a large block. As she had remained tense ever since
the atmospheric re-entry, she bent over forwards in an exhausted fashion. It
didn't look like she'd be able to stand up again for a while.
“You can rest easy. They won't find this place right away”
The building was hidden by the surrounding forest and melted in with the
environment. The building was half underground and covered in moss and
ivy, camouflaging it. Moreover, it wasn't on the army's map. Unless they fell
for a series of misfortunes, they wouldn't be found right away.
Koutarou and the others decided to take a meal as they were resting. That
said, their menu was a simple one. As it was food pulled from the survival
kits from Koutarou's armor and the remains of Star Purple it was just high
calorie conserved food and coffee.
“Thank you for the foo~d!
“Thanks for the food!”
“Thank you for the food”
However, Koutarou and the others didn't have any complaints about the
menu and they silently carried the food to their mouths. They knew what
time it was, and their stomachs were empty. Instead, Koutarou was thinking
about something else.
“But still... Theia, your eating manners have become completely Japanese”
Koutarou was thinking of how Theia's manners had changed. When
Koutarou had been in the past Forthorthe, he learned the difference. When
he returned to Japan, he couldn't help but feel Theia's Japanese manners
"... That might be true. I spent a long time there after all”
Having had that pointed out to her, Theia found it funny as well and smiled.
Theia was now aware of her change. Having been able to see parts of it
with her own eyes, her conviction grew stronger.
“Just make sure your political maneuvers don't become Japanese style as
“I know. In fact, I'm more worried about you”
Having had the topic turned on him all of a sudden, Koutarou's eyes
opened wide in surprise. As if directing an orchestra, Theia pointed her
finger at Koutarou and stared at him.
“If you act too much like it, they'll find out that you're the Blue Knight”
She wanted to keep a secret but reveal it at the same time. Those two
feelings were constantly struggling within Theia's mind. Hearing her words,
Koutarou broke into a smile again.
“Hearing you say that is funny”
“You're the one who put me through such hard training”
“Fufufu, that's true”
The one that beat the manners and heart of a knight into Koutarou was
none other than Theia herself. So having her tell him not to show it was
strange. That fact matched with the struggling feelings within her, and she
couldn't help but find it funny as well.
“We both have to work not to show the habits we've picked up”
“Yeah. Let's watch out”
As the two laughed together, the chat reached an end for now. And without
anyone initiating it, their expressions turned more serious. The two, or
rather, the three of them, weren't in a situation where they could just be
focused on getting better along.
“So Theia, what do we do from now on? Well of course group up with Elle
and the others”
Grouping up with the others was their top priority. If they didn't, they
wouldn't be able to protect Forthorthe. It was only natural that they would
get more serious.
“Normally, I'd like to communicate first, but in this situation, that's practically
“We can't use radio or gravitational waves, since Elexis is involved, we can't
use magic or spiritual energy either”
For communications, some form of wave would be required. But if any wave
was broadcast, the imperial army would come knocking in large numbers.
“Since communications are no good, that of course means that a gate is out
of the question”
“We'd probably get surrounded by unmanned aircrafts long before any gate
For similar reasons, a gate, like the one used to travel instantly between
room 106 and the Blue Knight couldn't be set up.
As it would take at least an hour to setup a gate safe enough for people to
travel through, the army would surely detect it and flood the area with
unmanned aircrafts. As they were replaceable, they could be sent through
swiftly gates without fear of failure. That's why chances were high they'd
get surrounded by unmanned aircrafts long before they could use a gate.
The problem was the same with Yurika's teleportation, as it would bend
space, the results would be the same.
“So we'll have to escape on our own. We'll set out at night”
If both communications and gates were unusable they couldn't rely on their
allies to help. They would have to get out themselves. That was the
conclusion Theia reached.
“Don't we have to hurry?”
Obviously, they'd want to group up with the others are quickly as possible.
So Koutarou believed it would be better to wait a few hours so that the
guard around the area would loosen up a little and then leave. Flowever,
Theia wanted to wait until night, which confused him.
“I would love to, but there's probably satellites and unmanned aircrafts
above us. It would be difficult to escape their watch during the day”
Theia essentially felt the same way as Koutarou, but had her reason for not
wanting to rush it. That reason was the surveillance network that was
surely set up above them. Because of that, it would dangerous to move
when normal optical observation was possible.
“So it would be better at night when the cameras can't see, huh”
“Yes... however, even then there's still a risk”
“What kind of risk?”
“We can still be seen by infrared cameras”
“Wouldn't the forest and animals let out heat as well?”
“This is an artificial forest, so there's not many large animals. There's a
chance they could just check out all the larger heat sources”
“So we'd need to go deep into the forest”
At night, optical cameras wouldn't work, but infrared cameras or heat
sensors could still be used. That said, animals normally lived in the forest,
so one wouldn't get found right away. But the circumstances for the forests
of Alaia was different. As the forest had been created artificially, the number
of animals were far less than in a natural forest. Especially the larger
creatures. Which meant that chances were that they'd be found in this
forest than in a natural one.
The safest way to avoid detection was to move along regions where trees
grew in abundance. The infrared cameras and heat sensors wouldn't be
able to see through obstacles.
“However, the army knows that as well, so there will be probably be a lot of
personnel and unmanned aircrafts stationed in the deep parts of the forest”
"... I see... that's rather troublesome...”
Koutarou agreed with Theia's clear explanation and racked his brain over
what to do. Rather than going out without a plan, it'd be best to have at
least one insurance in place.
So the first insurance that popped into Koutarou's mind was Yurika.
Having suddenly been called, Yurika had a confused expression as she
looked up with her mouth full of food. Having been so focused on food, she
hadn't listened to Koutarou's and Theia's conversation at all.
“Can't you use your magic to hide our temperature?”
“It's not like I can't, but for how long?”
While she wasn't following the overall discussion, she had a spell in mind to
hide temperatures. It was a spell she had been thought as it was often used
during stealth missions.
Koutarou's armor and Signaltin, and Theia's Combat Dress had practically
used up all of their energy. Moreover, since Theia had cut Star Purple loose
during re-entry, only the basic equipment of the actual dress remained. As a
result, they couldn't do something that required a lot of energy or relied on
too much equipment. If they could, then Yurika probably wouldn't have had
to land on her face. Because of that, they would have to walk.
For the time being, Koutarou and the others would like to get to somewhere
where the Elfaria faction had a lot of power. The city on the horizon was
100 kilometers away. Even if they moved at full speed, it would take two
days at best to reach, if they wanted to preserve some stamina in case of
an emergency it would take three to four days.
“So during the middle of the night. Yurika, can you do it?”
“If it's just me I can do it, but with the three of us it would be hard”
As the spell to hide temperature was an intermediate class spell it wasn't
suited to be used over a long period of time. Yurika had been born with a lot
of magical power, but it was far from easy to hide the temperature of three
people for several hours.
“Besides, since I need to conceal my magical power so Darkness Rainbow
find us, I don't think I could last more than two hours with three of us...”
Even if they hid their temperature with magic, Darkness Rainbow could
detect the traces of magical power used for the spell. Which meant that
Yurika would also need to cast a spell to conceal that, roughly draining her
of twice as much energy. In other words, she'd need to conceal the
temperature of three people and conceal the magical power, which doubled
her use, so a total of six times the magical power of what it would normally
take for just her. As a result, something that Yurika could use on herself and
last for half a day would at best last for two hours with six times the energy
“If we can only move 2 hours a day, it would take ten days. We wouldn't be
able to escape them”
Theia reached her conclusion after counting on her fingers. Another
problem that made this situation more complicated was that they couldn't
take too much time.
“I'm sorry... I just wish I was an amazing magical girl...”
Yurika still wasn't following the discussion all that well, as she dropped her
shoulders apologetically. She could tell that the situation was serious from
how Theia and Koutarou were behaving.
“How troublesome... I guess we'll have to go without magic”
“I'm sorry... I'm really...”
The discussion reached a standstill, but unexpectedly, Koutarou's flash of
brilliance was what broke through the situation.
“That's right, Yurika, wait a minute!”
“We don't have to fully hide our temperatures! We just need it to look like
it's not human, would that work, Yurika!?”
“That's what we could do! Good job, Koutarou!”
That was when Theia caught onto Koutarou's intention and showed a big
smile. Yurika had said that she'd only last two hours by completely hiding
their temperatures. That's the kind of measures that would be required to
sneak into a place with a solid detection network without getting caught.
However, that wasn't the case this time around, there was no need to
completely conceal it, an incomplete form was fine as well. They only
needed to be indistinguishable from the animals of the forest. That should
reduce the required amount of magical power, and make it harder for
Darkness Rainbow to sense them.
“What do you mean?”
Having only listened to the latter half of the discussion, Yurika tilted her
head in confusion. Koutarou grabbed her shoulders and explained it simply
so she could understand.
“During the night, the imperial army will be looking after our heat signatures
at night. They'll probably use infrared cameras and heat sensors to gather
information in the forest and filter out anything that wouldn't come from a
human in order to locate us. Are you following me this far?”
’’Alright, then I'm continuing... So what if we let out half the heat we normally
’’They would... filter us out?”
“That's right! Well make the army think were just some dogs or cats
Yurika clapped her hands together as she finally understood what Koutarou
meant. It was something even she could understand as long as she
“If it's just half I think it will be okay. Though it might be best to take a rest
every now and then just in case”
The amount of magical power drained to hide the temperature increased
exponentially the closer the spell got to fully hiding it. That's why, allowing
heat to leak through would reduce the amount of magical power needed by
quite a bit. Letting half of it through meant that even a rather haphazardly
cast spell would work. Being an elite, an arc wizard, Yurika should be able
to last for half a day.
“Alright, then it's decided! We'll move out at night!”
Thus, Koutarou and the others formed a plan of escape. They were
currently isolated in a dangerous situation but there was still high chance
for them to group up with the others. Thanks to that, the expressions and
voices of the three had turned brighter.
Saturday, November 20
For the people on board the O-hime, it really hurt as the imperial army
detected just before their descent to the surface of Alaia. Because of that,
the descent that was supposed to have been done in secrecy was
imperfect, and as a result, after they entered the atmosphere and slowed
down, they were attacked by the army.
“Emergency alert Ho-! We've detected four fighters approaching Ho-!”
’They're fighters that scrambled from a nearby base Ho-! The other nearby
bases have probably launched fighters aswell, there will be more of them
’’Everyone, grab onto something! I'll be driving a little roughly!”
As Kiriha said that, she set her engines to maximum thrust and twisted the
control stick to the side. If they flew in a straight path, they'd be easy
pickings for the fighters. In order to avoid that, they'd need to make evasive
“Change the Spiritual Energy Field to combat mode! Deploy Active
Distortion Field! Active the interception system, start up the jamming! Help
out too, Maki-chan Ho-!”
’’Okay! Greater Mirage!”
As Kiriha was performing evasive maneuvers, various defensive measures
were being activated. Spiritual energy and scientific barriers, jamming to get
in the way of guidance systems for any missiles, and machine guns to shoot
them down. Maki also used her illusionary spells to create a fake O-hime.
With this many powers, the O-hime's defenses were solid. Even against
four fighters, they wouldn't go down right away.
“Sanae, I'll leave the bombardment to you!”
’’Roger! Galaxy Sanae-chan Buster charged to 120%!”
’’The name is different from before Ho”
“It's the same in my soul so it's fine!! Goooooooooo!!”
Along with Sanae's yell, four beams were fired from O-hime. These were
beams formed from a mix of the O-hime's spiritual energy generator and
Sanae's own spiritual energy. Thanks to that, the beams could be bent by
Sanae's will. The beams curved and flew towards the fighters behind the O-
This surprised the fighter pilots. The beams reflected off of something was
one thing, but they had never heard of beams that curved on their own.
Having been caught off guard, they followed their instincts and banked to
the sides to avoid the beams.
“It's okay. I won't hit you yeti'”
Sanae hummed as she curved the beams to chase after the fighters. The
attacks moved less like beams and more like missiles, despite that, the
normal means of defense against missiles didn't work. Irritated by the
beams chasing after them, the pilots decided to take action.
“Kiriha, it looks they're getting irritated and are shooting”
“I got it. Keep it up like that
Each of the four fighters fired two missiles each. Though as they fired them
while being chased by beams, three of the missiles flew off in unrelated
directions. Out of all missiles, only five chased after O-hime. However, since
Sanae had warned Kiriha beforehand, she didn't panic.
“Now then, I wonder what they're using to track us”
Kiriha operated her panels and fired off flares. At the same time, she
reduced the output of the thrusters and turned to the side.
“So they were guided optically after all”
The missiles ignored the flares and continued chasing after O-hime. That
made Kiriha conclude that the missiles were guided using optics. As they
ignored the flares they weren't using thermal guidance. Moreover, jamming
was in place and if they used spiritual energy, they would have a different
reaction to Sanae's beams.
“Maki, can you make it look like the ship blew up?”
”Yes, I've done things like that before”
“Then do it grandly”
“Okay, leave it to me”
“I know what you want to say. Just leave it to me”
“Fufu, then I'm counting on you”
O-hime fled from the missiles for a while, but in the end it was unable to
shake them off and got hit.
With a loud boom the missiles exploded upon impact and destroyed O-
hime's frame. This caused the generator to detonate as well, creating a
very big explosion so large it could be seen from far away.
“Sanae, how's it going over there?”
“It's going good. Looks like they think they got us”
Of course, the O-hime that exploded was a fake. After using Clan's
invention to make O-hime transparent, the illusionary O-hime that had been
created as a defensive measure was made to explode.
“But we'll need to get out of here fast. They'll find out soon”
They still couldn't let their guard down. The device used to make O-hime
transparent was something Clan had made for herself, it wasn't built with
this kind of large object in mind. That meant that the effect was temporary,
and it would appear again after some time. Even if it didn't, the army would
notice that there are no remains soon enough and send out pursuers again
“Don't worry, let's hide over there for a while”
Kiriha's plan had taken that problem into account. With a confident smile
she pointed at a large lake.
Strictly speaking O-hime wasn't a spaceship, but additional equipment for
the haniwas. It was made to make use of the combat data the haniwas had
accumulated, and it was made to allow it to traverse any place that they
themselves could go. So it could of course travel through space and air, but
also underground and underwater. Of course, its combat capabilities were
reduced as a result of this, and they'd want to avoid fighting a craft of the
same size specialized for combat. This time, their opponents were four
fighters, and even more were expected to arrive, so Kiriha had chosen to
“How is it going?”
As O-hime stopped moving, Elfaria who had been in the residential section
up until now poked her head into the cockpit. As expected, she couldn't sit
still while Theia was missing.
“How are Yurika-chan and the others?”
Nana was also next to Elfaria. She was especially worried about Yurika.
Her circumstances were the same as Elfaria, and she couldn't help but
worry for her pupil and friend.
“For starters, we shook off our pursuers and escaped underwater. Sadly,
we haven't heard anything from Theia-dono and the others”
The original plan was to lay low in a lake after descending to the surface
disguised as a shard of ice. Even if the army arrived to investigate anything
they found strange, they would never imagine that the O-hime would be
underwater. That should have allowed them to get in unnoticed.
While they had been detected just before their descent, the enemy still
didn't that they would hide underwater. With her flexible thinking, Kiriha
adapted to part of the original plan, using an illusion to fool the army and
safely hiding at the bottom of the lake.
“I see... I just hope they are safe...”
Elfaria showed an expression that seemed to be a mix of both relief and
disappointment. The others could sympathize with those feelings. Kiriha
and the others all couldn't help but feel anxious by the fact that they couldn't
contact the three.
“I just wish there was a way to confirm that all three of them are okay”
Nana looked up as she mumbled. Above her was just the ceiling, but her
focus was on the lake past that, and the army beyond the lake.
"... If we use communications now, the army will find us right away”
Contacting the three wouldn't be that hard. As they knew the rough area of
where Koutarou and the others had fallen, they could just use high powered
radio or gravitational waves. The problem was that if they did, the army
would find them. The problem at hand now was to figure out a way to
communicate without being detected.
“Uhm, can I say something?”
Everyone racked their brains to come up with a solution to the problem, and
after the cockpit had fallen silent for a moment, Harumi raised her hand and
requested permission to speak. As she did, all eyes in the room naturally
gathered on her. Normally, that would be enough to overwhelm Harumi a
little, but they were in an emergency right now. Pushed forwards by her
strong emotions, Harumi continued to speak.
“I can sense Satomi-kun's presence through Signaltin. I'm certain that he's
Harumi was constantly connected to Signaltin through a faint flow of
magical power. Because of that, she could naturally tell the state of
Signaltin without having to do anything. Currently, Signaltin had used up a
lot of magical power during the re-entry, but was keeping up its defense as
usual. That was proof that Koutarou was alright.
“Are you sure, Harumi-san!?”
“Yes, Your Majesty. Satomi-kun is safe, so the other two should be as well”
As there were no healing spells being cast, the remaining two shouldn't
have any serious injuries either. As long as they weren't killed instantly, that
“I see... then we can rest easy for now”
Thanks to Harumi's report, Elfaria's expression eased up. Following that,
the atmosphere in the cockpit eased up a little as well. While they might be
powerful, they were still normal girls. Knowing that their friends were safe
was a huge plus to their mood.
“Sakuraba-senpai, can't you use Satomi-kun's sword to talk to him?”
With the tension easing up, their minds began to work. Shizuka believed
that they should be able to speak with Koutarou using Signaltin's magical
“In terms of if I can or can't, I can... but I feel like I shouldn't”
Harumi shook her head impatiently. If she could, she'd love nothing more
than to speak with Koutarou. However, there was a reason for why she
“Why is that?”
’’Shizuka, if the magical power flowing between Signaltin and here gets
stronger it will reveal our positions to Darkness Rainbow. With that man
involved, that possibility needs to be considered”
The man that Kiriha was referring to was Elexis. As the fighters they
encountered in space were equipped with spiritual energy sensors, Elexis
was most definitely involved. Which meant that chances were high that
Darkness Rainbow that went missing with him were also involved.
“Aika-san, do you think Darkness Rainbow will appear above?”
“The leaders probably won't, but I think some that can detect magical power
As the magical power flowing between Harumi and Signaltin was weak, that
alone wouldn't get them detected. But if that flow increased to the point
where communication was possible, they would most likely get found. The
same went for radio and gravitational waves.
“Should I go?”
Radio, gravitational waves and magic were all no good. In that case, all that
was left was spiritual energy. Sanae believed that her astral projecting
herself to go look for the three would be the fastest way.
“No, let's keep that as our last resort. Your spiritual energy is too powerful”
However, Kiriha shook her head at Sanae's suggestion. As the enemy had
gotten their hands on spiritual energy sensors, if Sanae were to fly around
in her astral form, there was a chance she would get detected.
“Then, what do we do, Kiriha!? We can't do anything like this!!”
“We'll start by moving away from this place underwater. We won't be able to
do anything with the army so close”
Kiriha had chosen to descend by this lake because it was very large. If they
moved underwater, they would be able to safely leave their landing point in
secret. While she was also worried about Koutarou and the others, the first
thing they had to do was to escape from the army.
On Earth, the imperial army of Forthorthe had lost to Folsaria's group. That
was not just due to equipment and fighting power, but also strategically.
Bandarion's aim for dispatching the soldiers to Earth was not just to capture
Elfaria, but to have her retaliate, and get the soldiers killed in the process.
That would drastically reduce Elfaria's support. However, in the end there
had been no casualties on either side. That proved the ability and nobility of
the Elfaria faction and instead helped to raise her reputation and increase
Of course, Bandarion tried to control the information regarding the entire
event. But with the information being so noteworthy, it spread by word of
mouth, and it was too late to get under control. Moreover, as freedom of
speech was guaranteed in Forthorthe, there was a limit to how much the
information shared between individuals could be controlled.
As a result, it was a complete victory for Elfaria in all meanings of the word,
and Bandarion ended up being led by the nose. With this outcome, the
prideful Bandarion decided to team up with Elexis. It wasn't hard to imagine
that Bandarion was burning with rage deep inside. On top of that, having to
pay respects to a youngster like Elexis was nothing short of pure
That was just as Elexis had planned when he leaked the information, but he
didn't know how Bandarion would react when he faced him. That was
Elexis' biggest cause for concern when he had been called for a conference
by Bandarion. At the same time it was also the reason for Elexis'
“You've done well to come, Elexis-kun”
In contrast to Elexis' expectations, Bandarion welcomed him with a smile
into a luxurious salon. Besides him was his aide, Granado as well. He also
welcomed Elexis with a calm smile. Only Bandarion and Granado were
present in the salon that would be used for the conference. Elexis figured
that it was a sign that they trusted him, and that the conference would delve
into complicated topics.
“I am greatly honored to have you personally welcome someone as
inexperienced as me, Lord Bandarion”
Elexis bowed while still standing in the doorway. He didn't break his smile
either, but on the inside he was extremely nervous. Bandarion's behavior
here would greatly affect his future, so close attention would need to be
paid to all things.
“I owe a debt to you. A debt for letting us know of the capabilities of the
Elfaria faction right away”
“Hearing you say that makes it worth sharing the information with you
Elexis laughed like a carefree and inexperienced young CEO, while
carefully observing Bandarion's words and actions.
It seems like he has far more frightening than I thought...
At this point, Elexis had a high evaluation of Bandarion. You could even say
he feared him. If Bandarion was not a fool, he had probably seen through
the intentions behind Elexis' information leak. That even with the
information, he still lost, so he had no choice but to cooperate with Elexis,
yet knowing that, Bandarion still had a confident attitude. That meant that
Bandarion had a good control over his emotions, and was capable of
calculating losses and gains in a cool-headed manner.
While it's going as planned, I doubt he'll let it continue like that... who
knows what'll happen if I let my guard down...
Elexis was trying to team up with Bandarion for the sake of his own goals.
However, upon actually meeting Bandarion, he felt like he would be the one
ending up getting used if he didn't maneuver well enough. In order to keep
that from happening, Elexis braced himself once more.
“If you stand there, we won't be able to come. Come this way, Granado's
gone out of his way to prepare tea too”
“Okay... then excuse me”
Heeding Bandarion's words, Elexis headed towards the seat prepared for
him. The salon's thick carpet was soft, and his foot sunk in with each step.
Now then, this is where it gets hard...
However, at the moment, Elexis didn't have the room to feel the softness of
the carpet. Bandarion and Granado acting so friendly was just a superficial
thing. In truth, it was more like he was standing before wild beasts with their
jaws primed wide open. That's why Elexis focused all of his nerves so that
he wouldn't miss the slightest reaction from either of them.
While Elexis and Bandarion were having their top-level talks, the
subordinates of both sides were having a business conference. Even if the
top's conference was going roughly, the meaning for both sides was great.
They did stuff such as establishing simple information lines, deciding on
how to respond in emergencies and dealing with information and supplies
that should be shared.
And having mixed in with the subordinates who were negotiating was the
magical girls of Darkness Rainbow who had their own mission to attend to.
Thanks to magic, they were skilled at disguises and information gathering.
They constantly changed their appearance with magic and easily infiltrated
places that they normally wouldn't be able to enter, and stole a great deal of
information about Bandarion's side. Moreover, they could also eavesdrop,
hypnotize and directly read the mind. They got in the way of the information
gathering that Bandarion's side was performing without being noticed while
one-sidedly returned with a great deal of information. As expected, the
unknown technology known as magic gave them an overwhelming
“So, how were Bandarion and Granado?”
Maya, who had been leading Darkness Rainbow in their information
gathering welcomed Elexis who had just finished his conference with a
smile. She had been on a mission where she had to put her life at stake,
but that couldn't be felt at all from the way she was smiling. It was as if she
had just gone out to play.
“Oh, they were quite scary people. I probably would have been devoured if I
let my guard down for even a moment”
’’They must be quite the people if they can make you say that”
Elexis on the other hand was acting the opposite of Maya. The moment he
saw her face, the exhaustion and tension he had been hiding until then
appeared on the surface. Even though he had just gone to speak to two
people, Elexis felt like had just run through a battlefield. Of course, this was
partially because of the sense of security he felt with just the two of them
inside of the waiting room that had been assigned to him.
“I should have made a deal for equal cooperation but... I feel chills down my
spine when I imagine if all of you hadn't been here. I am truly lucky”
The conference between Elexis and Bandarion had ended on a peaceful
note. It had been decided that both sides would work together closely in the
future. He had also gotten conditions that were equal. That likely bolstered
his reputation as a business man. However, Elexis wasn't being optimistic.
The conference seeming peaceful, and conditions being equal was
probably just on the surface. If he didn't make a move right away, he would
likely end up in a horrible disadvantageous position. In that sense, having
Darkness Rainbow with him was very reassuring. Not even Bandarion
would have a response to magic. In fact, even now Elexis was being
protected by it. So despite being inside of a building belonging to the
Bandarion side, there was no fear of being eavesdropped on.
“You're putting them up on quite the pedestal”
”It's my honest impression. If you meet then, you'll understand”
’’That's awfully timid. In the past you were planning on dealing with them on
your own, weren't you?”
’’Right now, I am really glad that never happened”
Elexis was serious, he wasn't complimenting or flattering them on purpose.
Elexis seriously needed Maya and Darkness Rainbow in order to go up
against Bandarion as equals. That's why Maya picked up that Bandarion
must be terrifying from Elexis' appearance. And because of that, she had
something to say to him.
“I wasn't quite sure before hearing your story... but, since there's no doubt
I'll let you know now”
Sensing the change in the air around Maya, Elexis' expression sharpened.
It was the expression of the partner that Maya chose. Satisfied with that,
she continued speaking.
“They're planning on wiping out the people of the Elfaria faction and take
out everyone around them as well”
Elexis froze on the spot from surprise. He had thought of Bandarion and
Granado as fearsome, but he didn't think they'd go that far.
“That possibility appeared upon seeing the data inside of the computer, and
from the behavior of Bandarion's subordinates. And your impression of
Bandarion and Granado removed all doubt. There's most likely no doubts”
Maya's expression was stern. She hadn't expected them to go that far
either. And upon hearing Elexis' impressions, Maya determined that they
most likely wouldn't hesitate.
“What a foolish thing...”
’’They don't have any aesthetics. Their actions are incoherent and off
Elexis and Maya didn't hesitate to use twisted means for the sake of their
goals. However, there was no meaning in doing that without restriction. As
Elexis took action according to his beliefs to create his ideal society, he
wanted to keep civilian casualties low. Maya wanted to let the people of
Folsaria to return to Forthorthe with dignity, so she didn't want them to
return to a barren wasteland.
“So in the end, they're the same as Tayuma...”
“They're a little different. If anything, they're ideologists, through and
through. Though letting them be is equally dangerous”
People were necessary for an ideal society and a country to return to.
Because of that, they couldn't accept the way Bandarion and Granado
thought. To them, evil had its own way of blooming.
FATHER AND DAUGHTER
Father and Daughter
Saturday, November 20
Fighters from nearby bases had scrambled and gathered around the area
where O-hime had descended. Fortunately, the explosion had served as
concealment as expected, and O-hime was able to escape into the nearby
lake, and remain hidden. The army never would have imagined that a
spaceship had fled into the water, and they assumed that it had exploded.
Even if they realized that the explosion was an illusion, they wouldn't search
the lake until quite a while later. By that time, O-hime would no longer be
there. It would have escaped a long time ago.
“So Kiriha, what do we do now?”
Having used her powers to detect auras and serve as a radar for a while,
Sanae lazily leaned into her seat. O-hime had safely escaped from any
pursuers. Sanae could no longer sense their presence nearby. She could
finally relax for a moment.
“I'd like to go look for Koutarou and the others, but we can't in this situation.
We'll head to the Elfaria faction's base as planned”
Kiriha seemed to feel a little relief as well, as her expression eased up
slightly. That was her first re-entry so it was only obvious.
“Is that really okay?”
“Yeah. Koutarou and the others won't be able to find us either. They're
probably headed towards a base on their own”
“Then we can contact them”
FATHER AND DAUGHTER
In Kiriha's mind, the fastest way of finding Koutarou and the others was to
head to the Elfaria faction's base as planned. As Koutarou and the others
were far away, going to look for them directly or contacting them was
dangerous. As the army was on high alert, they would respond immediately
and surround them. As neither side could communicate with the other, they
would need to follow the plan they decided on beforehand. As the bases
were connected through a secret communications network, as long as both
sides arrived, they could confirm each other's safety.
“In that case, it's my turn”
That was when Ruth who was sitting in the operator's seat joined the
discussion. She was the most knowledgeable when it came to the Elfaria
faction's bases. She was knowledgeable about this area, not only because
it was Forthorthe, but for yet another reason.
“We're finally meeting with Ruthpapa”
“Yes. I just hope he's full of vigour”
They were headed for the largest base the Elfaria faction had on Alaia. The
base is within the Pardomshiha family's territory. As this was the space age,
they had received the enclave as a separate addition to the territory they
already had on the planet of Forthorthe. Because of that, they were able to
secretly construct a large-scale base. The commander of said base was
none other than Ruth's father, Lord Pardomshiha. In other words, by
heading towards the base, Ruth would reunite with her family.
“Hey, what kind of person is Ruthpapa?”
"Well... I think he's serious, just like me”
”So that's part of your genetics”
"Yes. But maybe because of his age, but he is also flexible. To the point
where he can't be coaxed into something by Her Majesty”
Lord Pardomshiha continued the family's tradition of 2,000 years and was a
typical Pardomshiha knight. Very loyal to the royal families, the strong and
silent type, and capable in both literary and military arts. Excluding the Blue
Knight, the Pardomshiha knights were the model images for knights. Even
amongst them, he was an outstanding individual.
“...I hate him”
Elfaria who was listening in began pouting. It was a very childish expression
that made one doubt that she was actually a mother.
The reason for the high praise that Lord Pardomshiha received was
because he had excellent intellect and patience which allowed him to not be
fooled by Elfaria. The only one capable of evading the verbal attacks of
Elfaria, who was known as a vixen, while carefully looking for weak points
to counterattack was Lord Pardomshiha. When troubled, turn to
Pardomshiha had practically become a slogan.
"... In short, the empress trusts him so much that she has no problems with
openly declaring that she hates him”
“That would be the case”
Kiriha let out a cheerful laugh. As did Clan who was next to her.
“This isn't a laughing matter! Geez...”
Elfaria was only able to declare that she hates Lord Pardomshiha because
she trusted him. The feelings involved were probably similar to those
towards an uncle. Agewise was the same. The relationship between the
two was well known through the media, and was the cause for why they
were so beloved.
O-hime had travelled several dozen kilometers after entering the lake by the
point of descent. From there, they ascended to the surface and proceeded
another several dozen kilometers while being extra careful not to get
detected by the imperial army. The Elfaria faction base was located in an
area surrounded by high mountains and deep valleys. The base had been
built underground and the entrance was concealed by making use of the
complex valleys. It would be very difficult to find the base without very
The inside of the base was similar to the Blue Knight and made use of a
unique design of smooth curves. However, There were also parts where
steel was left exposed. That was because the base had been built in a
hurry, and the parts where strength wouldn't be an issue were left as they
were. In that sense, the atmosphere was different from the usual facilities
the imperial army used.
“Your Majesty! I am so very glad you are safe!”
Confirming that Elfaria had gotten off O-hime, Lord Pardomshiha ran up to
her at full speed. It was like a child running up to his mother, or perhaps a
father running up to his daughter who had run away from home.
“I've caused you a lot of trouble, Pardomshiha. Did you get any more gray
“Hahaha, a lot of things have happened here as well. I'm glad to see you
haven't changed, actually, you seem more energetic than before?”
“A lot happened here too. I'll tell you the details at a later time”
Elfaria was so energetic because she had brought the Blue Knight with her
to Forthorthe, life on Earth was more fun than she had expected, and for
various other reasons as well. However, she couldn't reveal that here in
public, and right now there were other things to be concerned with.
“Yes. From what I heard, Her Majesty Theiamillis is missing?”
“Let's start from there. Oops, before that”
Elfaria suddenly pulled the hand of the girl near her and forcibly pushed her
in front of Lord Pardomshiha.
“Kyaaa!? Y-Your Majesty!?”
Elfaria had pulled out Ruth. Lord Pardomshiha and Ruth, father and
daughter who had been separated for a long time were now facing one
“Let's start with doing what you have to. Both of you are too distracted right
now to do anything else, are you not?”
Elfaria wanted the two to talk things out before they started on any
complicated discussion. She had noticed that Ruth wanted to speak with
her father but found herself unable to do so, and that Lord Pardomshiha
couldn't speak with Ruth due to his position.
“Your methods are forcible as always... but I am grateful”
Both Lord Pardomshiha and Ruth bowed to Elfaria before facing one
“Father, I am back”
“Long time no see, Ruth. Did you grow a bit taller?”
“Just a little bit”
Ruth and Lord Pardomshiha had an excellent relationship. That's why
neither of them minded the time they had been apart and exchanged smiles
like normal. In fact, it seemed like the time apart had made them even
“Maybe it's because of that, because you've gotten a more mature
expression. You're slowly but surely turning into an adult lady... I don't know
whether I should feel lonely or happy”
Lord Pardomshiha watched his daughter with a dazzled glance. The
atmosphere around her now was slightly different from what it had been
since he last saw her some months ago. Ruth was maturing into a splendid
woman, day by day. That's why he felt like his daughter had left him behind
and was maturing on her own, while he was happy to see her growth, he
wanted her to remain as his sweet young daughter.
“I'm still far away from being an adult lady”
While part of it was a doting parent, Ruth didn't feel bad about having her
growth praised. She was embarrassed but she was still at an age she
wanted to rely on her father. Ruth shook her head while blushing.
“Girls really do change when they fall in love”
Lord Pardomshiha crossed his arms and nodded repeatedly, seemingly full
of understanding. Seeing her father like that sent Ruth into a fluster.
Her face dyed beet red and she let out a panicked scream. At the same
time she began worrying about the surrounding glances.
“Based on that reaction, you really do have a boy you like”
Seeing his daughter's reaction, Lord Pardomshiha grinned. He had
suspected that she might have someone she likes ever since the whole
“I see, I see, even you, who were so devoted to being serious...”
While Ruth was a woman, she had matured to become someone suitable to
succeed the Pardomshiha family. She was deeply loyal to the royal families
and a knight that had sworn to abide to justice. However, that might have
been a misfortune as a woman. Being too serious, Ruth didn't try to chase
after her own happiness and simply served as the shield of the royal
families and the future successor of the Pardomshiha family. It somewhat
pained Lord Pardomshiha to see his daughter like that. While it had ended
in a disaster, the arranged marriage between Ruth and Elexis had been his
attempt to show consideration for his daughter.
Yet it seemed Ruth had already fallen in love with someone, and Lord
Pardomshiha was in a great mood as it seemed his worries would solve
themselves. Normally he wore his unbendable loyalty and manliness on his
sleeves, but right now he was nothing but a doting parent.
“What kind of man is it? No, don't get me wrong, since it's the man you've
fallen for I have no intentions of stopping you! I was simply curious. So what
kind of man is it!? Is he as strong as me!?”
“U-Uhm, t-that's not, uhm, you see... that's right, please don't bring up a
topic like that in a place like this!!”
Ruth on the other hand had been completely knocked off of her rhythm.
Ruth was someone that was upfront about everything, but she still had an
appearance to uphold. Talking about the man she loves in a place full of
people like that was out of the question.
“I see... so you're not denying it?”
“Please be more serious!!”
“Ah, I'm sorry. Princess Theiamillis is still missing after all”
Having cooled his head a little after Ruth's severe reaction, Lord
Pardomshiha admonished himself and returned to normal. He too was very
concerned of the missing princess. Seeing her father like that, Ruth was
also able to return to normal.
"... We know she is safe as she is with a knight who is guarding her”
“Is that for certain?”
“Yes. It is a person who does not make mistakes”
Ruth vouched with confidence. While she didn't know what kind of situation
they were in, she had absolute confidence that Koutarou would protect
"... I see... a guarding knight, huh...”
For some reason, Lord Pardomshiha nodded his repeatedly in
“It's the man you fell in love with. It just hit me as you were speaking of him
Lord Pardomshiha sensed that Ruth fully trusted the guarding knight she
had mentioned. It was far from normal for the serious and stubborn Ruth to
leave Theia to someone else, and feel relieved about it.
“Thinking about it, it's the man that you, the shield of the royal families, has
accepted. You wouldn't be able to entrust Her Highness to him unless he
was as trustworthy as you, or even more so. Moreover, you wouldn't fall for
him either. I see, I see, so that's what it was”
“J-Just stop it already!!”
“You found a good man, Ruth. Yes, very good, I'm happy for you”
“I really will get angry, Father!!”
Ever since her reunion with her father, Ruth had been continuously
knocked off her rhythm. Thanks to that, the distance between the father
and daughter that had been so far apart shrunk in an instant, yet she didn't
seem to notice that at all. That's why she would spend a little while longer
As the girls that had gotten off of O-hime were warmly watching over Ruth's
misfortune, only one wasn't looking at her. That was Maki, who had once
been an evil magical girl.
"... So this is Forthorthe... our true home...”
When Maki had gotten off of O-hime and her feet touched the ground, she
held different feelings from the other girls. The magical kingdom of Folsaria,
where Maki had been born, had it as a goal to someday return to the their
true home, Forthorthe. Those feelings were no longer as powerful as they
once had been, due to the passing of time, but it was still engraved into the
very souls of all Folsarians. And for Maki, that goal had finally been
accomplished. While looking at it from a planetary level, she was still far
away from Forthorthe, but this planet was without a doubt part of the Holy
Forthorthe Galactic Empire as well.
“We've made it here without dying, Nav— no, Maki-san”
However, there was one who could understand how Maki felt. That person
was Nana, another Folsarian.
“It feels kind of strange”
“I think I understand you. Fufu...”
In the magical kingdom of Folsaria there was a unique saying that was
sometimes used during a fierce battle. That was 'die and return to your true
home'. In the past, Maki had said those words to Koutarou. It's meaning was
something to the point of 'I'll definitely kill you', but the desire for their true
home was mixed in. It also had a meaning of, even if you can't return in
reality, you can at least return in death.
That was the kind of emotion they held towards it, but now they had
actually reached their true home. They were truly standing on the land that
they could only see in their dreams. That strange feeling was something
that was hard to describe.
“I wonder if Maya and the others are feeling the same thing”
Nana took a few steps out on the deck where O-hime had landed, and
looked up at the sky outside the window. There she saw the planet of
Forthorthe being lit up by the sun.
“I think so. I'm sure Maya-sama and the others have already gone to the
planet of Forthorthe”
Maki lined up next to Nana and looked up at Forthorthe alongside her. She
thought of Maya, who was most likely on that planet. Since she had been
her apprentice for so long, she could faintly imagine what Maya was
“And they'll be even more motivated than before, huh”
”Yes. They'll build a base and expand their power here, before repressing
Folsaria and boldly returning to Forthorthe. I'm sure that's the plot of the
story they're working on”
Maya was awfully prideful. That's why she ultimately wasn't planning on
returning to Forthorthe while being protected by him. She simply treated him
as an equal. In preparations for their grand return, she had now touched the
ground of Forthorthe, and her desire would surely be stronger than ever
“We can't underestimate them”
"Yes. I think they'll be fundamentally different enemies from before. Maya-
sama and the others now have a clearly defined goal”
Up until now, Nana had specifically avoided using the term enemy. But Maki
spoke that word herself. Since that was something very important, Nana
decided to confirm it once more.
"... Enemies is fine, isn't it?”
Maki clearly nodded her head to Nana's investigative words.
Maki had hardened her resolve a long time ago.
“I'm sure if we make the effort, we can come to an understanding with
Maya-sama and the others. We might even be able to walk along the same
path for a while. But—”
“— at the very end, we'll choose different paths?”
“Yes. The thing we value the most and the thing Maya-sama and the others
value the most are different. That's why the very final choice will be
Maki wanted connections between people. Darkness Rainbow on the other
hand fundamentally wanted freedom. Ultimately, Maki and Darkness
Rainbow would never be able to see eye to eye, as she wanted
connections between people, while they wanted to be free from even the
bonds to others. Sadly, harmony and freedom was something that was
difficult to have coexist in their purest forms. Just like how Maki had been
unable to tie down Crimson, who only wanted to fight, with friendship
“It'll be a hard fight”
“I'm prepared for it. Besides... I'm not alone anymore. I have Yurika and
everyone with me”
”1 see, so that's why”
Nana seemed satisfied and smiled.
”It's just that when I was watching you fight back then, I saw that you were
far stronger than when you fought against me, and I wondered why that
In the past, Maki had always carried something like resignation with her.
However, the current Maki didn't have that. She had gotten an iron will of
never giving up. Since magic was affected by the strength of one's will,
Maki was now far stronger than before. And Nana had finally understood
the reason why thanks to what Maki had just said.
... It seems like you've found something to protect”
Yes, I'll protect it at all costs”
Maki nodded. She was fully aware of what she wanted to protect, and what
to do to protect it. She was ready to fight, even if she would go up against
Maya or Crimson. Nana sensed Maki's resolve and smiled bitterly in her
mind as she realized that there was no reason to worry.
“By the way, Maki-san”
“When this is all over, do you have any intentions of becoming a Rainbow?”
In the past, Maki had been a one-colored indigo rainbow. But now that she
had matured, she began carrying all kinds of colors, and had become a real
rainbow. That's why Nana believed that Maki would defend that beautiful
“No. The current you could definitely become one. You've got a splendid
rainbow color that wouldn't even lose to Yurika-chan”
"... I, hope so...”
In front of the two was the planet of Forthorthe. And as if wrapping around
it, was a beautiful rainbow.
AT THE BARRIER
At the Barrier
Sunday, November 21
While O-hime had reached the Elfaria faction base, Koutarou and the
others were still inside the forest. As expected, having landed within a
forest, and having to travel on foot made a big difference.
“Didn't something move over there?”
”... You're starting with that again?”
Koutarou, Yurika and Theia could only move at night. And Yurika was bad
at dealing with the forest at night. She was always scared that something
might jump out from the nearby bushes and attack.
“You really do become useless once you lose motivation”
’’Even if you say that, I can't help it! It's scary!”
That was when Theia snuck up behind Yurika and scared her with a loud
As Yurika suddenly let out a scream, Koutarou quickly covered her mouth.
AT THE BARRIER
“Theia, think about the situation we're in! What are you going to do if there
are enemies around!”
“I know, I checked the area with my sensors before doing it. There's no
"Mmmmmmm, Mhmm, Mmmmmmm!”
“But why would you do it right now!”
“I figured she might calm down if she got a little shock”
’’That just has the opposite effect on her!”
"... She's gotten quiet”
“Ah, Yurika!! Breathe!!”
While it was misfortunate for Yurika, the truth was that her constant fright
was useful for Koutarou and Theia. As they were in a bad situation where
they isolated from their allies, they were starting to get gloomy. But Yurika's
fear of absolutely nothing helped erase that. She was what was keeping
them together. But unfortunately for Yurika, none of the three realized that.
"... I think the both of you don't have enough consideration for me! I'm really
Even though the commotion had died down, Yurika was still angry. But as
the anger made her forget about her fear, she was walking like normal. So
in the end, it was just as Theia had planned.
“I said I was sorry. It wasn't on purpose”
“If you really feel that way, hold my hand harder”
“Okay, okay, you really are a handful”
That said, Yurika's anger was starting to die down. Because as an apology,
Koutarou was leading her by the hand. Thanks to that, Yurika's focus
shifted from the commotion just before to the sensation of Koutarou's hand.
When Yurika was holding Koutarou's hand, she was thinking back to that
kiss on the cheek. As she did, the feelings from back that filled her chest
and pushed out what anger she had left. It would only be a matter of time
before the anger was completely gone.
“... You little”
’’Then why did you kick me?”
“I said it was nothing!”
But for some reason, the anger within Yurika was moving over to Theia.
Koutarou would receive quite a few more kicks until he realized that and
properly dealt with it.
Koutarou's armor and Theia's Combat Dress had used up most of their
energy during the atmospheric re-entry, but the other parts were still
functioning. There were some parts damaged during the re-entry, but
nothing had ceased to function. So while they couldn't fly or put up barriers,
the other functions worked as normal. That's why both the armor's and the
dress' sensor picked up the approaching enemy.
“Alert, detected an approaching heat source. Distance 200 meters. Based
on the quantity of heat, there is a 70% chance of it being a pack of wild
While the planet's ecosystem was artificial it still had somewhat dangerous
creatures living on it. If they had no predators, the herbivores would
increase without end, and would eventually make the ecosystem
unsustainable. In order to avoid that, they intentionally prepared a top of the
food chain. That was the wolf. Wolves had the intelligence to realize it was
dangerous to approach people. Because of that, humans and wolves would
rarely cross paths, but that was just when they were in their own territories.
Right now, Koutarou and the others were in the middle of the wolves
territory. They were in a situation where they couldn't complain about being
“S-See, there really was something”
’’Stop clinging to me. I can't move”
’’Theia, why are you joining in!”
” It's a joke”
’’Jokes don't work on wolves”
”1 know, I know”
“You get off too, Yurika”
Koutarou and the others had panicked a little when they first noticed the
wolves existence, but they quickly recovered and began making plans. That
was probably thanks to their many battles worth of experience.
“We're the ones intruding on their territory... I wonder if there's a way of
avoiding a fight”
Koutarou could tell the killing intent the wolves were giving off thanks to the
powers Sanae had given him. They were angry at Koutarou and the others
for intruding on their territory. Koutarou and the others had just happened to
pass by the area, and they didn't know the rules of nature, so they had
ended up intruding. Koutarou wanted to avoid a fight.
“What can we do to make them forgive us?”
Yurika spoke as she squinted into the darkness. Because of the distance
she couldn't see them, but in front of where she was looking there were
without a doubt bared fangs. Yurika was scared.
“We should hurry and distance ourselves”
”lf we run away too quickly, they'll think we're weak and attack”
"Really? What makes you say that?”
“That's what I would do if I was a wolf
"Well, there's no doubting that”
”... If there's something you want to say, why don't you just say it out loud”
”Oh I wouldn't dare”
’’Then how about we run away slowly?”
’’That would normally be the way to do it. But there are exceptions”
“Like what kind of exceptions?”
“Like when they're starving”
In order to avoid fighting wolves, Koutarou and the others slowly changed
direction. As they did, the wolves changed direction as well, following
Koutarou and the others without closing the distance. It didn't seem like
they would attack, but they showed no signs of leaving either.
“So for now we're observing each other's moves”
“Can't we just hide and wait for them to go away?”
”l'd love to do that... but they are beasts with excellent senses”
”How about it, Yurika?”
In this situation, Yurika's magic was the most reliable thing they had. If they
used their weapons they would stand out too much.
“If I wanted too, I could get them to go away, but that would use up a lot of
’’Then Darkness Rainbow would catch on, huh”
“This is a painful problem”
They wanted to get away from the wolves pursuing them. But if they
carelessly used magic, they would end up calling forth Darkness Rainbow.
It was a rather difficult situation.
“Grrrrrr, arf a rf!! ”
That was when the wolves in the darkness began stirring up a commotion.
It was as if they had started a fight.
At first, Koutarou thought that the wolves had attacked. That was a natural
conclusion in their current situation. However, the sounds of the wolves
wasn't getting closer at all. They still kept their distance. That was where
the armor's Al gave them an answer.
“Warning, enemy craft approaching. There is a 95% chance of being a
small reconnaissance drone”
The wolves had started a commotion because a strange machine had
approached. Unlike Koutarou and the others, the strange machine, the
reconnaissance drone approached without giving a care of the wolves.
Because of that, they decided to stop worrying about Koutarou and the
others who showed no signs of approaching, and turned their attention to
“I see, so that's why the wolves—”
"Koutarou, Yurika, we're hiding right now!!”
Koutarou and the others hurriedly hid under a fallen tree. Right after that,
the reconnaissance drone appeared. Its design was similar to the fighters
that Ruth always used. The reconnaissance drone lit up the area with a
searchlight and gradually approached Koutarou and the others. Moreover,
behind was the pack of wolves. As the wolves were still raising a
commotion, Koutarou and the others couldn't miss them when they entered
the area lit up by the searchlight.
"... Did they find out that we were using magic to move around?”
Looking at the searchlight panning back and forth to the sides, Yurika
uneasily whispered. As she was always haunted by misfortune, Yurika's first
thought was that she had messed up her spell.
"... If that was the case, they'd come straight for us. It's either just a
coincidence or they found the situation suspicious”
Theia's battle hardened intuition told her that this wasn't Yurika's mistake. If
Yurika had failed, than the surveillance drone wouldn't be panning around
the area, but charge straight for them. Yet it had come into contact with the
pack of wolves first. Theia believed that meant one of two things.
The first was that the reconnaissance drone was simply on patrol, and
happened to encounter a pack of wolves. It then decided to examine the
nearby heat sources.
The second was that it came to investigate the area as the wolves were
acting strange. In the forests of Alaia, wolves were amongst the top of the
ecosystem. Yet that pack of wolves were following and keeping their
distance to three small animals, being Koutarou, Yurika and Theia who had
a much smaller heat signature, instead of attacking. Chances were that the
drone had come to investigate that strange event.
“...So they're not certain either?”
"... That should be the case. They shouldn't know that we are using magic
The surveillance drone had either come across the wolves by chance, or
come to investigate their strange movements. Either way, it wasn't here
because it assumed Koutarou and the others were near. It just came to
make sure that it wasn't that one in a million chance.
"... Then let's just keep hiding here”
”... Yurika, I find myself agreeing with you for once”
”... Aright, it's time to stop talking”
The three closed their mouths, held their breaths and observed the drone. It
was still spinning its searchlight around as it got closer. It was far from slow,
but it sure felt like it to the group. The few minutes it took for the drone to
get close felt like more than an hour. This was the first time any of the three
had felt like time was moving this slowly.
After what felt like an hour, the reconnaissance drone was now right next to
the three. As it was so close they could practically touch it if they reached
out, they could hear the small mechanical sounds coming from it. Theia and
Yurika silently held onto Koutarou's hands. Both of them thought that they
would be able to fool the sensor, but they weren't certain. Knowing what
would happen if they were found by the imperial army here, that small risk
created a great deal of anxiety. In order to erase that anxiety that they could
do nothing about, they needed the heat of someone else. That probably
would have been the case even if Koutarou wasn't with them. Having
experienced the same thing several times over on the battlefield, Koutarou
understood that feeling very well. That's why he firmly squeezed back.
Was the operator cautious, or had the Al been made to be thorough? In
order to examine the small heat sources under the fallen tree, the
reconnaissance drone reached out with a small arm.
Koutarou noticed those movements and sweat started dripping down from
his forehead. Theia and Yurika instinctively squeezed Koutarou's hands
harder. If the arm had a camera or a different type of sensor on it, they were
out. Steeling himself, Koutarou behind thinking of how he should protect
However, that was when it happened.
A small animal jumped from between Koutarou and Yurika at the
reconnaissance drone. The animal brushed the side of the arm and ran
past it, and the drone turned around to chase after the animal, and it
followed the animal that it had missed.
Come, both of you!
Not wasting that opening, Koutarou pulled on Theia's and Yurika's hands
and got out from under the fallen tree. While keeping an eye on the
searchlight, they moved to a different fallen tree in an area that had already
Fortunately, the reconnaissance drone hadn't noticed their movements.
After confirming what the small animal that had run off was, the
reconnaissance drone returned to where Koutarou and the others had
originally been. After examining the fallen tree until it was satisfied, it
disappeared off to somewhere. It seemed the pack of wolves were chasing
the reconnaissance drone as their howls grew distant.
"... Geez, it's finally gone...”
Koutarou was better at handling tension in battles than the kind he felt while
hiding. That\s why, once he was certain that the drone and wolves had
moved on, he leaned over the fallen tree and let out a sigh.
“Phew. We better grateful for that small creature...”
“That was scary-”
“Really, I thought my heart would stop”
Yurika was simply scared, but Theia felt the same as Koutarou and let out a
big sigh. Those few minutes had exhausted the three.
“Theia, there's still some time left before dawn, but how about we leave at
this for today”
’’You're right. It's best not to push our luck too far”
”1 can finally rest...”
Their exhaustion had reached its peak. There was still over an hour left
before first light, but nothing good could come from continuing to move
while their concentration was dulled. The three decided to find a place to
hide and rest.
Koutarou and the others slipped out of the forest on the night of the fourth
day after falling onto Alaia. They had in a straight line, travelled a distance
of 100 kilometers over three and a half days. Considering they had taken
detours to avoid coming into contact with enemies, that was rather quick.
Past the forest was a small town. Once they got past that town they would
enter Pardomshiha which would make things much easier for them. While
the people on Alaia were supportive of Elfaria, the people in the
Pardomshiha territory were even more so. The citizens felt that they were
members of the Pardomshiha family in spirit. As a result, the majority of the
local imperial army were part of the Elfaria faction.
However, it wouldn't be easy to get through the town. The town was on the
border to the Pardomshiha territory, and the soldiers here were under Lord
Bandarion's rule. Which meant that getting past this town was their last
“Can't we just take a detour around the town instead of going through it?”
’’The town is situated within a valley, if we want to go past, we'd have to
climb up cliffs. Moreover, the cliffs have various defensive means to keep
the animals from entering the town”
’’Would it shock you?”
“It would start with that and gradually get worse”
The devices made to keep the boundary between animal and man were
made by taking the creatures of the forest into consideration. At first they
would serve as a simple warning, and gradually get harsher. Sensing that
they were in danger, the animals would give up half ways through.
“How about we fly with magic?”
’’Flying in and infiltrating is practically a rule of magic, that would be one of
the first things they set up countermeasures for”
“I see... so we're all thinking the same”
Yurika's judgment was that they would do best to avoid using magic to fly.
As tactics using magic advanced daily, there had of course been attempts of
using magic to infiltrate using flight, and countermeasures for it existed. One
of the very basic countermeasures was antiaircraft magic monitoring.
Moreover, as there were less people flying in and out of the town, then
there were people entering from the surface, it was possible to check
everyone more thoroughly. Making their security even tighter, they might
even shoot down anyone without permission.
“In that case, breaking through the front without using magic is more
efficient against magic”
Normally, using magic for stealth was a battle between stealth magic and
detection magic. The stealth user would need to conceal their appearance,
erase their sounds and hide their traces of magical power. The detectors on
the other hand would need to detect them somehow. That's why not using
magic was an efficient way of avoiding the detection means.
That said, not using magic, chances were that they would get detected by
the army's surveillance at the gate leading into the town. As Theia was
famous, that risk was especially high. A disguise might be good enough, but
they didn't have the tools for that with them. Overall it was a tough decision.
“Or we might go all out and use a large spell to get us through instantly”
As detection using magic would need to be consistently used, excluding
times when the detectors are especially prepared, the effects were limited.
Because of that, using a spell at full force for a very short period of time
might make it possible to escape detection. While that might be impossible
in Folsaria, in Forthorthe where magic hadn't spread to the imperial army, it
was certainly possible.
“So Yurika... if you turned us into dogs or cats and erased the traces of
magical power, how long could you keep it up?”
Koutarou had chosen the latter option to get through the town, using a lot of
magic in a short span of time. As Theia was with them, breaking through
without magic would be difficult. And if they were to use magic, it would be
easier to turn themselves into small animals than to simply disguise
themselves. Animals wouldn't get checked out by soldiers after all. But
since that would use more magical power, there was still a risk.
“Well... with three people to transform and a need to conceal a wide area of
magical power... uhm... ten minutes, maybe...?”
Yurika used her fingers to count and figured she would last ten minutes.
Turning humans into a completely different creature required a high level
spell. Doing that for three people while also erasing any traces would use
up several times more magical power than just for one person. Even with
Yurika's ability, ten minutes would be around her limit.
“How many minutes are you absolutely certain you can last?”
“I'm certain that I can last five minutes”
Wouldn't using an illusion be better?
Theia felt uneasy after hearing that they might only last five minutes. There
was quite a distance from where they were currently hiding to the city, and
Theia felt like five minutes might just barely be enough. On top of that, not
knowing what the situation was past the gate was another cause for
concern. That's why Theia suggested that an illusion which would drain
less magical power might be safer.
“In that case, the observation devices at the gate would be a problem. I
think a transformation is the only way to fool them all”
“I feel the same way”
“Hmm, that is problematic...”
Illusions had their own limits. While they could fool humans, they couldn't
fool machines. Another spell would be required for that. Weight sensors, X-
rays, heat sources, voices were all devices that might be used. In order to
fool all of them, the amount of magical power would in the end be about the
same as simply transforming.
“Then how about we get close to the gate with an illusion before
Unexpectedly, Yurika came up with an answer to the problem. As she rarely
showed much intelligence on a daily basis, Koutarou and Theia looked at
“You're awfully bright today”
”Yes, that method would make full use of the five minute time limit of
The observation equipment was focused near the town. In other words,
they could use a more haphazard method until they got close before
“Ehehehe, I'm good at managing my small allowance”
How they would get past the gate with a limited amount of magical power
was similar to how to get by a month with a small allowance. Yurika had an
abundance of knowhow in this area.
"... That's definitely not a technique you can boast about”
’’Koutarou, why don't you praise when she's useful for once”
”... Good girl”
”Satomi-san, you can buy me food later if you wantJ'”
“You really are a strange girl”
”l'm a magical girl after all”
Thus Koutarou and the others decided on their plan. They would transform
into animals and go through the front. But with that decided, they still had
the problem of figuring out what kind of animal to transform into. Each
animal had its good and bad parts.
"... Yurika would be fine as a horse's rear”
’’Wasn't that your specialty”
“While I'm good at it, why would I just be the rear!? That's clearly strange!!”
While they would stand out less as small animals, but the smaller they got,
the shorter their legs, which meant it would take more time to travel. While
being larger meant longer legs, they would probably be stopped by soldiers
If they turned into birds they would be small and fast, but then they would
act suspiciously by going through the gate. They needed animals that
wouldn't be suspicious to the soldiers, but not too slow.
Maybe I want Yurika to become a horse because of my sentiment...
Koutarou was thinking back to the magician he met in the past who had
transformed into a horse. So despite knowing the circumstances, he had
suggested that Yurika should go as a horse. Realizing that was impossible,
Koutarou withdrew his opinion”
“Okay, okay, I'm sorry”
’’You're always quick to get so mean to me, Satomi-san, geez”
“Realistically speaking, cats and dogs would be the most appropriate”
When it came to being close to humans, and not being suspicious despite
crossing the gate, pets were the best choice. As there were cats and dogs
in Forthorthe as well, it was easy for Yurika to get a clear image in her mind.
“Satomi-san will be a dog, Theia-chan will be a cat, and I will be—”
”1 get it. Just make it a chicken”
”No way!! I'll be a cat too!!”
In the end, it was decided that Koutarou would be a dog, and Theia and
Yurika would be cats. All that was left was to walk alongside some people
entering the town and cross the gate. The soldiers would surely just
assume they were the pets of the person they were walking next to.
Up until now, Koutarou and the others had moved at night, but since they
would stand out when there were so few people out and about, they waited
for day before going into the town. Fortunately, unlike in the forest, there
were plenty of people around, so the chances of being spotted were low.
As the time came, the three first used an illusion to turn themselves into
different people and approached the town. Once they were close enough
they then transformed into animals behind some cover and headed towards
the town once more. As luck would have it, no problems occurred and
nobody was paying attention to Koutarou and the others.
Up front was Koutarou as a dog. He had become a Shiba dog with lovely
round eyes. Following him was Theia who had become a Persian cat with
beautiful golden fur. Lastly was Yurika who had become a cat with pink
color, her strange appearance looked like something straight out of a
Cats and dogs existed in Forthorthe as well. Strictly speaking, they were
different creatures, but in terms of pets with almost the same look, they
existed. Thanks to that, nobody seemed suspicious as the three
approached the gate to the town. At best, animals lovers snuck a few peeks
However, Koutarou and Theia were panicking. That might only be natural
as this was their first time turning into animals. Because of that, both of
them had trouble walking, as walking on all fours were harder than
expected. They were only somehow managing because they were athletic.
That's why they were always worried that someone might think their walking
Meanwhile, Yurika showed off some magnificent footwork. She had light
and delicate steps, and moved almost like a normal cat. That was because
Yurika's acting as a horse's rear had reached a master's level and affected
her walking. A horse and cat had different ways to walk, but Yurika had a
clear image of how creatures with four legs walked. That allowed her to
take such magnificent footsteps.
The situation was the reverse of normal. Usually it was Yurika who was
getting in the way, but there was no worry of that now. If anything, Koutarou
and Theia were the ones who would likely get in the way. Knowing that,
Yurika began taking the lead as they walked. While it hadn't been her
intention, it worked out in the group's favor. Yurika cheerfully walking in the
front and Koutarou and Theia following behind with awkward steps made it
look like the two were reluctant subordinates following their boss. As a
result, nobody held an unnatural impression of them, only a humorous one.
All three felt tension as they reached the town gate. It was open, but
protected by five soldiers. There was one soldier on either side of the gate,
one soldier in the middle and two in a nearby small outpost. The soldiers on
either side of the gate were holding weapons and keeping an eye on their
surroundings. The soldier in the middle was confirming the identities of
those entering the town. Finally, the two in the building were taking a break
while also confirming that the observation equipment weren't giving off any
The problem was if they could get past these five soldiers without being
questioned. While they were transformed into animals, it wasn't guaranteed
that the soldiers would let them past. They might get simply chased off, or if
they were bad soldiers, even put down. The three couldn't help but feel
nervous. Yurika who was a coward, who had been standing in the front,
was now frozen in place due to the tension.
Even with Koutarou pushing her from behind, she wouldn't move forward.
She had completely lost her nerve.
Sensing that nothing else could be done, Koutarou and Theia left Yurika
behind and continued. They only have a few minutes. It might have seemed
cruel, but they had no time to stand around.
Confirming that Yurika was chasing after them, Koutarou and Theia looked
at each other and called out. They had left Yurika behind because they
knew this would get her to move. Knowing her personality, Koutarou and
Theia knew that this would get her to act.
However Koutarou and Theia knew how Yurika felt. From the perspective of
cats and dogs, humans were very large creatures. The pressure from those
huge giants was overwhelming. That sensation grew stronger, the closer
they got. By the time they were right in front of them, their hearts were
beating extremely fast. Even the possibility that they might get crushed
cross their mind.
“Are you little things on your way back home?”
However, the voice of the soldier protecting the gate helped defuse the
“I've never seen them before, and they're of some unusual kind”
’’They probably left through another gate and just happened to come
Fortunately, the soldiers here were generous towards cats and dogs. Based
on their tone, it seemed like quite a few cats and dogs passed through the
gate. So even if some animals they didn't recognize came through, they
didn't think much of it.
“Oh, aren't you quite the polite one. Go on through”
Feeling relieved, Koutarou and the others passed through the gate. Joy
filled up their chest to replace the tension. Having suffered to get this far,
they felt like breaking out into dance. But if they did that now, everything
would go to waste. They would need to keep the joy bottled up until they
were out of sight of the soldiers.
“An unusual kind!? Where!?”
However, all of a sudden, an unexpected problem occurred.
“Look, over there. Just by that corner”
’’You're right! Species of cats and dogs that I've never seen before! I'll go
take a closer look!”
”Hey, wait! We're on duty!”
“It's just a little, just a little!”
The unexpected problem was one of the soldiers in the small outpost came
chasing after Koutarou and the others. The soldier was an animal lover,
and came flying out of the outpost when he overheard the others talking.
He was excited to see species of cats and dogs that he had never seen
before, and instinctively chased after them.
“Wait up! I'll give you some snacks! Woof woof, meow meow!”
Yurika was the first to run. Her decisions were swift at times like these. But
when it came to simple speed, Koutarou and Theia were a step above her.
They quickly overtook her and left her in the rear. The three dashed into an
alley in the order of Koutarou, Theia and Yurika.
“Nyaaaaaaa, Nya nyaaaaaaa!!”
’’Don't rampage about, I just want to get to know you better”
However, the soldier caught up to them, and Yurika was caught. She
desperately struggled to escape the soldier, but due the overwhelming
difference in physique, she was quickly lifted up.
“That's strange... Is this fur natural? It's awfully flashy...”
’’Don't get so angry. I'm not trying to be mean”
Koutarou barked to scare off the soldier, but he didn't seem to be letting
Yurika go. As expected, a small Shiba dog wouldn't scare anyone.
Realizing that intimidation wasn't working, Theia took direct action. She bit
on the soldier's sleeve and hung onto him.
Surprised, the soldier let go off Yurika. Yet Yurika displayed her very un
catlike ability as she landed face first into the ground.
“You guys are really tight-knit, aren't you?”
Yurika had somehow been able to escape, but this time Theia was caught.
Her fangs were caught on the soldiers sleeve, making it impossible for her
to run away.
“You're really energetic... and you're even more unusual than the last one.
Let me get a closer look at you”
Theia struggled even more than Yurika, but even then she couldn't escape.
The difference in physique between humans and cats really was
overwhelming. The sensation of going up against a giant wasn't wrong.
It was a very bad situation. Sensing the crisis, Koutarou headed towards
the soldier, knowing he was at a disadvantage. He had to rescue Theia as
quickly as possible. But—
Just as Koutarou was jumping at the soldier, their bodies was covered in
white smoke. Once the smoke vanished, Koutarou and the others had
returned to their normal appearances. Having been caught by the soldiers,
they'd wasted the remaining time they had, and the transformation spell ran
When the smoke dissipated, the soldier was first surprised by the cat in his
hands turning into a girl. He was stunned at the impossible spectacle that
had just happened before him.
“The cat, turned into a person!? W-What just happened!?”
The soldier couldn't believe his eyes. Since he couldn't tell even by
touching her, it wasn't just a hologram. In that case, it meant some other
scientifical technology had to have been used, but he didn't know of any
that could turn a person into a cat.
“W-Who are you guys— Ah!?”
However, his confusion was stopped by yet another surprise. Even more so
than a cat turning into a girl.
Princess Theiamillis!? How could it be!?
His voice faltered from the surprise. Golden hair, perfect features and eyes
full of power. The soldier recognized the girl the cat had turned into. It was
the seventh princess of the Holy Forthorthe Galactic Empire. Theiamillis
Is it the real one!? Oris something wrong with me!?
Encountering Princess Theiamillis while on duty on the sixth planet from the
sun was completely unexpected. Compared to his surprise from a cat
turning into a person, something more realistic was even more surprising.
While his confusion had settled down, he began worrying for his sanity.
But wait, if this is the real one, why is she here? I see! The report about
illegal aliens that landed a few days ago!!
However, the knowledge he had proved that the person in front of him was
Princess Theiamillis herself.
Afew days ago, an unidentified spaceship had landed on Alaia. And there
was a chance that some of the crew of that ship had landed in the forest by
the town. As a result, many of the soldiers stationed here had been sent out
to search. Even the ones that remained as guards at the gate had been
ordered to strictly check all who enter the town. And now, a girl that
appeared to be the wanted Princess Theiamillis had appeared before him.
The unidentified spaceship was part of the Elfaria faction, and for some
reason, Princess Theiamillis had gotten separated from it, and landed in the
forest. Many soldiers were mobilized in order to capture her. While he didn't
know how she had transformed into a cat, it seemed fitting that it was some
kind of technology protecting the royal family, and it would also explain how
they escaped the encirclement.
Thinking of it like that, the soldier became convinced that the girl in front of
him was none other than Princess Theiamillis. That was the most natural
explanation for the situation.
The knight protecting Princess Theiamillis instinctively placed his hand on
the handle of his sword. That was because if the soldier were to attempt to
capture the princess, things would get very bad.
“Well, isn't this an unusual species... such long and golden fur”
However, the soldier didn't try to apprehend the princess. He spoke as if he
was speaking to a cat, and slowly put the girl back on the ground.
"... What, are you doing...?”
The one surprised by that was the princess. They were still on enemy
territory. The soldiers should have orders to capture the princess on sight.
The soldiers had their own families to protect, so it would be difficult to go
against those orders. Yet the soldier let Princess Theiamillis go.
The soldier put his hand on his chest and deeply bowed to the puzzled
princess. While his words were aimed at cats and dogs, his behavior was
without a doubt aimed at a princess.
"... Thank you. I won't forget your loyalty for the rest of my life...”
The soldiers loyalty towards the royal families was unshakable, and he held
pride in that, he simply changed the words to be more suitable directed
towards a cat. Realizing that, Princess Theiamillis, thanked him in a gentle
“Go on, don't dilly dally. I hear the north side of town is a gathering place for
cats, so you'll do well to go there”
”Yes. Thank you for your troubles!”
Princess Theiamillis wiped away the tears forming in her eyes and turned
her back to the soldier, and she ran up to her guarding knight who had
watched over the entire thing. The knight had already removed his hand
from the handle of his sword and had a nostalgic look in his eyes as he
stared at the smiling princess coming running towards him, and towards the
guard behind her.
"... You've helped us again, Orion. Thank you”
Before turning his back to him, the knight threw those words to the soldier.
He left taking the princess and the other girl with him. The soldier stood in
place, looking at the princess and the others until they could no longer be
“Hey, how long are you going to be playing around”
”Hm? Ah, sorry, it was such an unusual cat, I couldn't help myself”
Just as the princess and the other could no longer be seen, the other
soldiers came running up to him, worried that he might incur the wrath of
their superior officer. The soldier looked in the direction of where the
princess had vanished one last time before returning back to the gate with
Why did that knight know my name... ?
As the soldier returned to his post, he kept thinking of why the knight knew
his name. But no matter how hard he thought about it, he couldn't figure out
the reason. He didn't know, but his heart leapt with joy for some reason.
That's why he was satisfied with his decision.
Wednesday, November 24
The animal-loving soldier had said that the north side of the town was
apparently a gathering place for cats. Koutarou and the others assumed
that meant that there was an Elfaria faction base there. As he needed to
maintain that he had only met a cat due to his position, that was the best he
could do. Because of that, Koutarou and the others had come to the
northern side of town.
“We managed to get here rather easily”
Fortunately, there had been almost no difficulty getting here from the gates.
Compared up until now, it had been almost too easy, and Yurika felt
“It's not like soldiers would be patrolling all over town. This is like a
developed country in an advanced nation in Earth terms”
“Besides, most of the soldiers here were sent into the forest”
It was very uncommon to see soldiers patrolling around the middle of a town
in a nation that has existed for a long time. That was because of the way
wars were fought had changed. Back when swords and spears were used
to fight wars, several percent of the population had been used as soldiers,
but as time passed and weapons changed, the number of soldiers dropped.
Even in Forthorthe where knights and distinguished military services were
respected, the number of soldiers didn't exceed 0,2% of the population.
Because of that, it was uncommon to come across a soldier when walking
around in a town. On top of that, many soldiers stationed in the town had
been sent into the forest to capture Theia and the others, leaving the town
“I got that, but how do we meet with our allies?”
’’You weren't listening at all, were you?”
“Don't worry, I've been told of how contact representatives come into
contact with one another”
As the Elfaria faction was currently being treated as an illegal organization,
their base and branches needed to be kept secret. Of course, they'd need
to take utmost care when coming into contact. As simply introducing
themselves was dangerous, there was a procedure that had been
determined beforehand. Theia and the others had been told of that method,
so getting a contact wouldn't be difficult.
“Koutarou, how does it look today?”
”lt seems like today's sign is belongings and password”
Contact representatives coming from out of town would stand in a decided
place at a decided time, with a specific belonging. In response, someone
from the local branch would bump into them by coincidence and give them
the password. If they could answer that correctly, they would be treated as
allies. That was the method for today.
By the way, there were also other methods of contact, which were different
every day. That way, even if one method leaked, it wouldn't have an affect
on the others.
The method of contact for today was to stand under a pillar with a clock
installed on it in the center of the park at 1:40PM holding a yellow bouquet.
"... I just hope everything works out...”
The time was now 1:35PM. Koutarou was standing under the pillar on his
own. He was wearing local clothes, and holding a yellow bouquet.
Meanwhile, Theia and Yurika were hiding in a different place. Once
Koutarou had contacted the Elfaria faction, he would call for them. That
was the best they could do to protect Theia.
“It's about time, huh”
Even if they followed the procedure, there was no guarantee that they'd be
able to come into contact with the local Elfaria faction. Information might
have been leaked or in worst case scenario, the entire branch might have
been destroyed. In that situation, it would be the imperial army coming
instead. While Koutarou figured that it would probably would be okay, he
still felt anxious. As the designated time drew closer, that anxiety grew
stronger. As he spent time feeling unsettled, the minute hand finally reached
That was when a ball intended for sports rolled up to Koutarou's feet. It's
size and material made it look very similar to a soccer ball. As Koutarou
instinctively picked it up, a girl wearing what appeared to be a sports outfit
came chasing after the ball.
“Is this yours?”
’’Thank you. 'My, a bouquet? Are you going on a date?'”
Surprisingly, the girl spoke the password. It seemed like she was part of the
town's Elfaria faction. Koutarou was somewhat confused as this active girl
didn't fit the image of being a member of an underground organization, but
someone doing sports probably wouldn't be suspected in the park. Pulling
himself back together, Koutarou gave her the answer he had been provided
“'That was my intention, but it seems like I've been stood up. I'd be happy if
you'd take these off my hand'”
“Ahh... I wish someone would say that to me outside of work”
“I do too”
’’Ahaha, welcome to the Goltrack branch”
After confirming the password, the girl showed a welcoming smile. However,
Koutarou was still on guard, he wanted an insurance that she was really on
his side. Theia's life was on stake after all.
“I know this is sudden, but has my friends left a message for me?”
“Ah yes, just wait a moment”
Adhering to Koutarou's request, the girl pulled out a small piece of paper
from her pocket. She then began reading what was written on it.
“Uhm... Atlas, Caucasus, Hercules. Kabutonga charge-up' is what it says.
What does that mean?”
“It's the sign that they're safe”
After hearing the girl read the text, Koutarou finally let his guard down. The
text the girl had read up was one of the codes that they had decided on
beforehand. That was a sign that they were safe and that the person in
front of him was worthy of trust.
While it was very regrettable, the people in the Elfaria faction couldn't
always be trusted. There was always a chance that their family had been
taken hostage. There was also a scenario where the enemy had gotten
ahead of an ally, and taken their place. In that case, Koutarou and the
others would need signs to let each other know if the Elfaria faction people
supporting them could be trusted in the case that they were separated.
That was the purpose of the code. This was Kiriha's idea, just in case.
If the Elfaria faction person supporting Koutarou and the others knew of the
code they had decided between themselves, they were most likely
trustable. The contents of the code that the girl had just spoken told them
that Theia and the others were doing fine. And since the girl had been the
one to speak it, it meant that she was connected to the people by O-hime.
In other words, the chances of the method of contact had been leaked and
an enemy had taken the place was very small. That was the reason for
Koutarou's relaxed guard.
Having safely met up with the local Elfaria faction, Koutarou met up with
Theia and Yurika and headed to the secret base. Though it was a secret
base, being in the middle of a town, it wasn't all that large. It was not much
larger than an office, and barely had any resemblance of a base. The
people inside numbered less than ten. It was a plain atmosphere, perfectly
fitting the title of branch.
“I'm sorry for it being such a shabby place. I just wish I could have invited
you somewhere more comfortable”
The elderly person serving as the head of the branch was aware that this
place was not all that good. He especially felt that it was extremely improper
for a princess of Forthorthe to be welcomed into.
“It's fine. We are the ones that disregarded your circumstances to come
here. Besides, we've been pursued in a forest for several days. Just having
a roof over our head is a big improvement”
Theia on the other hand didn't seem to mind, and in fact seemed happy.
Looking at her profile, he knew exactly what she was thinking about.
That face... she's definitely comparing this to that movie she saw the other
The war movie about a resistance that they had watched the other day had
a base that had an atmosphere just like this. Koutarou's intuition told him
that Theia was thinking back to that. In fact, Theia gave the entire room a
look around before glancing at Koutarou momentarily. She simply couldn't
say it out loud because of the situation and her status.
“I am so happy to hear you say that”
The branch chief seemed to think of Theia's words as a sign of her
generosity or kindness, and let out a smile of relief. In the end, there were
If anything's a problem it's...
Koutarou was more concerned about Yurika than Theia. Having been under
a lot of pressure for the past few days, her constant use of magic for
several days had finally caused her to reach her limit when she entered this
room, and she passed out. She was currently sleeping on a sofa in the
corner of the room.
Sleep well, Yurika. You did good...
Koutarou imagined that these past few days must have been really hard,
mentally, on Yurika as her personality was far from suitable for fighting. Yet,
she had fulfilled her job of protecting Theia with magic until the end. There
was a lot to praise, and nothing to complain about. Koutarou felt like Yurika
had earned her right to sleep.
“That aside, let's move on to the main topic”
’’You're right, there's no time to spare”
While Koutarou was looking at Yurika, Theia and the branch chief had
finished their greetings and moved on to a new topic.
“This is the fifth day since we landed down in the forest. I want to know
what happened during that time”
It had been five days since Koutarou and the others had been separated
from O-hime and landed in one of the forests of Alaia. From that point until
today, they had been isolated from society. That's why they needed to know
what had happened while they were gone before doing anything else.
"... Starting from the conclusion, war has already started”
The branch chief answered in a solemn tone. Very few people could be
happy about war starting in their own country. Theia of course felt that
same and she kicked away the chair she was sitting on and slammed her
hands onto the table.
“Is that true!? Tell me the details!!”
”Of course, actually—”
The branch chief began speaking on Theia's behest, and explained what
had happened since the day Koutarou and the others landed in the forest.
At first, O-hime's descent to Alaia was handled as an illegal alien's ship,
despite Lord Bandarion hearing from Elexis that Elfaria was onboard. Since
this was their chance to capture Elfaria, Lord Bandarion had kept that a
secret even from his allies, just so he could get a better position later on.
However the situation changed when the army let O-hime escape. Lord
Bandarion announced that Elfaria had escaped pursuit from the imperial
army and returned home, and he ordered the Elfaria faction to surrender
and hand over Elfaria.
As Elfaria had already been accused for embezzling a large amount of
public funds and of several murders, the Elfaria faction would normally have
no choice but to accept their demands. However, Lord Pardomshiha who
led the Elfaria faction bravely refused those demands. He claimed that he
wouldn't hand over the empress knowing that she would be framed with
false evidence. In other words, he indirectly pointed out that the crimes
were actually committed by top brass in the military.
With that, the public opinion was split into those who supported Elfaria,
those who supported the military and those who held onto their judgment in
a ratio of 4:4:2. Those who held onto judgment believed that right and
wrong should be determined in court. Thus the public opinion put Elfaria in
a slight disadvantage.
With the public opinion behind them, the army branded the Elfaria faction as
an anti-government organization and as terrorists for sheltering Elfaria and
obstructing justice, and they began taking military action. The public opinion
on using military force was negative, but passively supported it as they felt
it was unavoidable in order to get a trial. With that, everything played out as
Lord Bandarion had planned.
As the branch chief explained, Theia's expression gradually grew more
grim. That was only obvious as her mother was being framed for crimes she
hadn't committed, chased off of her throne and was about to have her
beloved country of Forthorthe stolen by a villain. By the time the explanation
was over, Theia was enraged.
“Curse you, Bandarion! I won't let you do as you please, you bastard!”
Having no place to take out her anger, she slammed her fist into the desk.
While her body was small, her punch packed a lot of punch and the table
bounced up and down, almost as if it had been surprised.
“P-Please calm down, Your Highness!”
“How could I calm down!?”
Being as enraged as she was, Theia lost sight of herself as she shouted.
The voice of the elderly person serving as branch chief didn't reach her
ears. Her boiling rage practically threatened to burn down her surroundings.
“Your Highness! Please calm your anger!”
”Do you know how I felt when I protected Forthorthe for so long! And—”
“Calm down, Theia!”
What returned Theia to herself was Koutarou's fist hitting her head.
The intense impact momentarily extinguished Theia's rage.
“Don't take it out on the branch chief!! Who is your enemy!?”
’’Shut up, shut up, you don't even know anything!!”
However, the flames of rage that had been extinguished quickly flared back
up. Half of them were now aimed at Koutarou, and Theia's fist was thrust
towards Koutarou's cheek.
Koutarou didn't try avoiding the fist as it hit him flat on. Without taking a
single step back he stared right at Theia.
"... Are you seriously saying that, Theia?”
Koutarou's next words greatly shook Theia's mind. Thanks to that, she was
able to calm down just a little.
Having calmed down, Theia felt warmth past her cheek. She also recalled
what the owner that warmth meant to Forthorthe. There was no way he
wouldn't know anything. If anything, he was involved as Theia, if not more
“I'm sorry, Koutarou. I formally apologize for my violent language. I'm also
sorry for hitting you in my outburst”
Theia finally regained full control of her heart. She also felt embarrassed
due to how foolish she had behaved. This failure wasn't something she
could cover up with a smile.
“It's fine, I know how you feel. Besides... thinking about it, it's my fault for
not settling it properly in the first place. In this case, you have the right to
complain about me”
Koutarou smiled wryly. Because Koutarou had been unable to settle the
score with Maxfern, the magical kingdom of Folsaria and the People of the
Earth had been born. Having obtained the power of both, Lord Bandarion
was doing as he pleased, and that gain in power was Koutarou's
responsibility. He also had a responsibility after abandoning Forthorthe to
return home 2,000 years ago. That's why Koutarou felt like he couldn't
“You idiot, how could I rely on you that much! The Mastir family won't be
protected by you forever!”
“...As you wish, My Princess”
“Grr... you are as inflexible as always!”
As a girl, Theia simply wanted to be scolded by the boy she got along with,
but Koutarou never forgot about his position, and continued his act as a
protector. Theia felt frustration as the girl within her felt sad, but the
princess felt happy.
“Make sure you apologize to the branch chief”
Confirming that Theia was back to normal, Koutarou turned his back on her
and approached Yurika. With her back in shape, the only worry he had left
was Yurika. Seeing him off with dissatisfaction, Theia took a deep breath
and faced the branch chief once more.
"... I'm sorry for getting upset. It was a mistake born from my inexperience”
”No, Your Highness is only human, you can't be perfect all the time”
”1 appreciate you saying that”
"And as a citizen, it is so reassuring to see you get so angry for the people”
Fortunately, the branch chief wasn't angry. He was well aware that Theia's
anger was for her country, Elfaria and the citizens. While he might have
been surprised, he truly felt reassured like he had said.
“More importantly, Your Highness, what house is that knight from?”
“You mean Koutarou? Is there something on your mind about him?”
“That type of knight is unusual in this day and age... excuse my
impoliteness, but there can't be many knights that would righten the wrongs
of a princess right before them in this era. That was what caught my
As far as the branch chief was aware, there weren't many that would scold
royalty when they made a mistake. Even five might be a stretch. Lord
Pardomshiha was famous for it, and Lord Wenranka might stake his life on
it if need be. A few others also came to mind, but none of them were allies
in the present situation.
In that case, it would be logical that the knight who scolded Theia,
Koutarou, was part of the Pardomshiha or Wenranka band of knights, but
the crests on the two swords on his waist didn't match either band. That's
why the branch chief was curious about who the knight was.
“Right!? You'd think so!”
The branch chief's question made Theia's eyes sparkle, and she showed a
very happy smile. It was as if she herself was being praised.
“He is a knight of knights to a fault! He is an absolute protector of the royal
family, and a model knight, but because of that there are times when he
won't listen to me! He is a very troublesome man!!”
Theia began explaining what kind of man Koutarou was with large,
exaggerated gestures. Once more it was as if she was boasting of herself.
“That makes him even more interesting. If it's not too much to ask for, what
house is from?”
“Sadly, I can't tell you yet. He's a man in a difficult position, so I can't reveal
his origin yet. I am intending on revealing it later when an opportunity
Revealing that Koutarou was a descendant of survivors of Forthorthians
who survived on Earth, and that he was the Blue Knight himself would send
major quakes throughout Forthorthe. That wasn't something that should be
done in the middle of a coup d'etat, in fact revealing that then would only
bring doubts to any credibility they had. If they were to announce it, Lord
Bandarion would need to be defeated and the coup d'etat stopped.
“Is that so. Then I will look forward to when the time comes”
The branch chief was interested in Koutarou's identity, but since the
princess was saying that she couldn't tell, he didn't pursue the matter any
further. Besides, he had already heard about half of what he wanted to
“Fufu, I'm sure you'll be so surprised your eyes will shoot out from your
“My, then I fear that my old heart might stop”
"You would do well to prepare a resuscitation kit kit. Fufufu”
’’Ahaha, I'll do just that”
The branch chief could imagine that Koutarou was a knight with a very
special background after seeing a glimpse of his relationship with Theia,
and from the fact that the swords on his swords had Alaia's crest and
Theia's crest. He was probably the person Theia loved. So if the branch
chief only waited until their wedding, he would automatically figure out who
Koutarou was. The riddle would solve itself even if he didn't rush it.
Koutarou and the others were able to get in touch with their friends on O-
hime some time after they had arrived at the secret base. An email aside,
speaking directly, face to face, would require various safety measures.
Because of that, they would talk right away.
“Ruth, how have you been doing?”
"Your Highness! Master!”
The first one to appear was Ruth. She had been with Theia for a long time
and they were connected through a master and vassal bond, so her worries
were more than just those of a childhood friend. As a result, the moment
she saw Theia safe, tears started falling.
“Is that something to cry about?”
Theia smiled at the hologram of Ruth. As the hologram was very precise it
showed every single tear staining her cheek.
“It is something to cry about! You are always so reckless!”
“I'm sorry for worrying you, Ruth”
Theia had been told that O-hime had safely arrived beforehand, so she
didn't cry as Ruth did. However, seeing the face of her safe childhood
friend, Theia felt deep relief. That's why she honestly apologized for
causing Ruth to worry.
“I am glad you are safe, Your Highness”
Having calmed down a little, the hologram of Ruth wiped away her tears
and smiled. As she removed her hand from her face, Ruth's glance shifted
off of Theia for a short moment.
"... Come on, get closer”
Detecting Ruth's minor movements, Theia pulled on Koutarou's arm and
had him stand by the communication device. Now both Theia's and
Koutarou's faces should be displayed over at Ruth's side.
“Go on, you say something too”
Since Ruth seemed to be thinking about Koutarou, Theia wanted them to
speak. However, Koutarou felt tightly squeezed having to have two people
standing in front of the communications device, and since it was an
emergency he wanted to leave the talking to Theia. Because of that, a face
practically saying 'Why?' stared at Theia.
Irritated by Koutarou not understanding the female mind as always, Theia
punished him with an iron fist.
“It's not like I'm telling you to casually chat with her! Just show her your
energetic face and let her hear your voice!”
’’Okay, I get it. You don't have to get so mad”
Realizing that this was probably a problem derived from the female
psychology, Koutarou decided to do what he was told. He sat down on the
chair in place of Theia and began talking to the holographic Ruth.
"... I'm safe too. Are all of you doing okay, Ruth-san?”
”Yes, Master. Everyone is full of spirit”
’’Well, I'd be worried about that too”
A bright smile appeared on Ruth's face. While she might have heard that he
was fine, it didn't feel right until she saw his face. It was at this point that
Ruth was able to accept that Koutarou was safe.
“Good, that's more like it”
Theia embraced Koutarou from behind and rested her head on his
shoulder. She looked like Sanae always did. That was when Sanae's voice
came from outside of the projected area.
“Koutarou, Koutarou, look! I caught a strange lizard!”
A small, unfamiliar reptilian was thrust out before Ruth's nose. Surprised by
the sudden event, Ruth leaned back and Sanae entered the holograms
“Isn't it amazing!?”
’’’’That's a big one, where did you catch it?”
“In the forest outside. There were a bunch of strange ones, but this was the
strangest so I caught it”
”1 want to see it when I get over there, so make sure you feed it”
With Sanae's energetic reply and the lizard's cry as their last words, Sanae
left the projected area. To replace her were Maki and Nana. The girls from
the O-hime side were planning on showing their energetic selves to
Koutarou and the others a couple at a time.
“Satomi-kun, how is Yurika?”
’’She's exhausted because she's been on edge the entire time and had to
continuously use magic for a long time. She's sleeping over there right now”
“Satomi-san, can I get a look at Yurika if possible?”
Being Folsarians, the two were worried about Yurika. They had heard that
she was safe, but she had been on their minds ever since they heard that
she was asleep.
Koutarou understood that the two were worried and wanted to show them
Yurika. But not knowing how to operate the communications device,
Koutarou stopped for a moment.
“Something like this should do it”
Sensing that Koutarou was having trouble, Theia stretched out her hands
and helped him. As she did, an extra camera moved and started filming the
"... Uehehehe, I won't give it to you, this is my baked potato...”
Yurika's mouth was half open, she had kicked away her blanket and was
sleeping in a grand posture as she scratched her stomach. She was saying
something, but her voice didn't reach the communications device. However,
anyone seeing her could easily imagine what it was about.
... Aaahh, uhm...
’’That's just like Yurika-chan”
Seeing Yurika like that, Maki and Nana smiled wryly. Having heard that she
was asleep, they had truly been worried. But her actual appearance was
completely different from what they had imagined, so the two weren't sure
how to feel. It was clear to anyone that she was just asleep because of
exhaustion, and there were no other problems.
"... Anyways, I'm glad to see Yurika-chan is safe too”
“Make sure you come back full of energy”
’’Thank you. Be careful”
”l'll let Yurika know too”
Maki and Nana disappeared with a mysterious expression that wasn't quite
a smile and wasn't quite a frown. Koutarou and Theia understood how they
felt, and for some reason they felt sorry.
Following Maki and Nana was Harumi.
“Sakuraba-senpai, long time no see”
”1 heard that you were wandering a forest for days, were you okay?”
’’Theia and I are at least confident in our stamina”
“... Koutarou, I'm confident in more than just my stamina”
”It's just a saying. It doesn't mean that you're ugly or that you're stupid”
“Then that's fine”
’’Ahaha, I'm glad to see you are healthy”
“What about you, Sakuraba-senpai? I'm sure you're not used to this kind of
To Koutarou, Harumi was probably the furthest away from fighting. When it
came to personalities, Yurika was probably less suited, but when taking
health and her lack of combat training, Harumi was the one he worried the
“At times like these, Alaia-sama's memories are a big help”
”1 see, no wonder you seem so calm”
But fortunately, Harumi had Alaia's memories. The memories of Alaia who
had overcome times like these before came as a big help to Harumi.
“Why don't you calm down already”
“Those words seem almost spiteful!”
Harumi laughed happily as she listened to Koutarou's and Theia's back and
forth before her hologram vanished. A seemingly ill-humored Clan appeared
to take her place.
"... You left me behind right away, didn't you, Bertorion”
“What now, all of a sudden”
“Even though you said you needed me”
’’This couldn't be helped”
’’I'm sure you'll continue to say that it couldn't be helped from now on too”
Clan saw herself as Koutarou's partner, so she was upset to have been left
behind. Her hologram was staring at him with a grudge in her glance.
Seeing her like that, Theia smiled wryly.
“Clan, you're better off honestly confessing that you were worried. For your
H | ))
“You were worried, right?”
“That's not true at all!”
“That's a lie”
That was when Kiriha appeared next to Clan.
“Clan-dono has been restlessly walking back and forth around this
communications device these past few days. Just like Koutarou had done
when Clan-dono was nowhere to be seen”
Kiriha revealed Clan's true intentions with her usual mischievous smile.
“Kii!? T-T-That's all a lie!!”
Clan complained to Kiriha her face dyed red.
“W-Weren't you always staring at that card of yours too!?”
However, Kiriha was unfazed. She seemed to enjoy herself as she cornered
“That sounds about right. Koutarou, why don't you say something”
For better or for worse, Koutarou understood Clan's feelings. He reluctantly
broke the stalemate.
“Clan, I'm sorry for worrying you. Everyone's doing fine. I'll bring you with
me next time, so cut me some slack”
"... It's a promise”
Clan showed a depressed expression as she left the projection area.
However, her feelings weren't as gloomy as her expression. Her outburst
towards Koutarou was because of her worry. Kiriha saw Clan off with a
smile, and turned to Koutarou.
“By the way, aren't you going to say something to me?”
This time, Kiriha's mischievousness turned towards Koutarou. In the past,
Kiriha had said that she would live together with Koutarou. So she too was
dissatisfied by having been left behind.
“You want me to say that here and now?”
However, Koutarou knew that Kiriha's mischievousness was ineffective at
truly important times. That's why this was just for show and it was just her
way of saying that she was happy they were safe. So Koutarou returned
her smile without being shaken.
“No, let's save it when it's just the two of us”
“Then I'll save it for later”
In the end, Koutarou was right, and Kiriha disappeared without much of a
fuss. But at the same time, that was a show of her intention to eventually
act like a spoilt child and to tease him. That scared Koutarou a little.
“Listen to this, Theia-chan, Satomi-kun!”
That was when Shizuka arrived. For some reason she was on the verge of
tears and she looked at Theia and Koutarou with moist eyes.
“Long time no see, landlord-san”
’’When I was helping out by carrying luggage I stepped through a floor
Shizuka's weight was the reason behind her tears. As they were reentering
the atmosphere Alunaya had used up a lot of magical power and Shizuka
now weighed past 150 kilos. Since she wouldn't be found out unless she
stood on a scale, she didn't mind too much this time either, but there was a
pitfall. A tragedy occurred as the wood used as a floorboard couldn't
withstand the combined weight of her and the luggage, and she fell down to
the next floor.
“Ever since then, everyone on this base seems to think I'm a heavy
Everyone else that was carrying luggage had been fine, and only Shizuka
had fallen. When they helped her back up she had been heavy too. So
because of that, rumors about her weight began being spread. Rumors of a
girl who weighed 100 times more than she looked. To Shizuka, that
situation was like a nightmare.
“I can't get married anymoreeee!!”
’’Now, now, calm down landlord-san. It's not like you really are heavy”
’’The people here don't know thatttt!! I just want to die!!”
’’Well, the other party will always have their own ideal weight”
7 told her the same thing but... she's been like this ever since”
“I don't want to be popular with Uncle and your kind!”
Koutarou found himself unable to do anything but cover it up with a fake
laugh. He had spent over a year and learned that women are extremely
dangerous creatures when they are like this.
“Now that this has happened, you'll have to take me as your bride, Satomi-
’’You don't have to worry, everything will be fine when you return to Earth,
’’Will you look after me if it's no good?”
”lf you're fine with that”
’’Okay, then it's a promise”
With that, Shizuka was finally able to regain her cool. Meanwhile, Koutarou
let out a sigh of relief. He wanted her to always been bright and cheerful.
“Well then, make sure you get over here quick, okay? Everyone's waiting”
’’Yeah, see you later”
Shizuka left the communications device with a smile. After seeing her off,
Theia silently stared at Koutarou's face.
“No, it's nothing”
If Shizuka were to intentionally keep other men away when she returned to
Earth, just what would happen?
Theia had noticed that the promise Koutarou and Shizuka had so casually
made was very meaningful, but she didn't try to let Koutarou know, since it
wasn't something that anyone would lose anything on.
“Finally, the last one to appear was Theia's mother, Elfaria. In her case she
didn't just want to rejoice in their reunion, but also to discuss the future.
That was why she had come at this timing.
“Mother! It's been so long!”
”l'm glad you're safe too, Elle. So this is to the point, but... are you okay?”
Leaving the greetings short, Koutarou got down to business. The bright
expression on his face he had shown when talking to the girls vanished. He
now had the expression of the legendary hero, the Blue Knight.
I tried my best to keep him from showing this kind of expression... in that
Elfaria's expression also returned to that of an empress, and began
explaining the situation at Koutarou's behest. They needed to resolve this
problem as quickly as possible.
“Sadly, the situation is not something you can call okay. I'm not losing when
it comes to support, but because of those who are indecisive, there are
more voices in support of the military's actions”
Koutarou had been told about this part as well. It was included in what he
heard from the elderly branch chief. The Elfaria faction and the military had
a practically equal support. However as those who are undecided believe
that this should resolved in court. As a result, as the Elfaria faction doesn't
want the matter to go to trial were at a disadvantage.
“If we go to court, I will lose because of false evidence. If we don't, the
military's use of force will be justified”
“There are already skirmishes breaking out in various places”
The military had taken action after forging sufficient evidence. Because of
that, the military was practically guaranteed a victory in a trial. The military
had created a scenario where Elfaria couldn't go to court just so they could
attack. Everything was going as they had planned. Battles had broken out
all over. These places are mostly outside of the main solar system where
the military has a small presence, but there were even a few in the
Forthorthe solar system as well. Amongst the planets, Alaia had the most
I think you said you had something you could do if you returned here?
“Yes. This is where the military made the evidence that keeps me from trial.
Since I've got a lead on that, we'll bring it all down”
“But won't they be on guard for that?”
’’They should. They'll probably go on a large offensive to seal our
movements. We need to appeal to the citizens and gather support to stop
the military from doing that”
In the past when Elfaria had been captured, the military had fallen into
confusion. They couldn't manage military gains as large as Elfaria. During
that time, the Elfaria faction had gathered information, some of which
contained fragments of the military's forging of evidence. The Elfaria faction
was analyzing that information and slowly but surely got closer to the truth.
However, the military would surely send in their forces before the Elfaria
faction had any clear evidence.
In other to counteract that, Elfaria needed to return home. By having Elfaria
herself appeal to the citizens and gathering support, they could restrain the
military's movements. By doing that, they would make the confrontation
between them and the military, who insisted that their cause was valid,
clear, and they would probably get more allies, and more time to reach the
core of the conspiracy. That was something Elfaria wouldn't be able to do
“I will probably hold a speech to the citizens before long. We're currently
making preparations for that”
’’That's a difficult fight. Thinking back to it, the fight against Maxfern was
simple. He was an easy to understand villain”
Koutarou crossed his arms and went deep into thought. In the battle 2,000
years ago, had staged a coup d'etat that anyone could understand. That's
why if Maxfern was defeated, the problem would be resolved. However, this
battle was different. It was a coup d'etat silently making progress under the
surface, and the citizens didn't know who the mastermind was. Nothing
would resolve from just defeating Bandarion. It was a battle completely
different from the past.
“Reios-sama only needed to be a hero after all”
’’This time I'm only a stagehand... Leave Theia to me. I'll bring her over to
Elfaria's Achilles' heel was her daughter, Theia. Elfaria had challenged it all
with indomitable resolve, but if her daughter's life was in danger, she didn't
know if she could make calm judgments. Whether Koutarou could protect
Theia or not would greatly affect the outcome.
“And what happens when I get over there?”
“Most likely, it will turn into a showdown with the imperial army sent by Lord
The best means of victory for the Bandarion side was most likely to
suppress Elfaria before she could appeal to the people. Even if they
couldn't stop Elfaria's speech, it would still take some time before the public
opinion shifted and the band of knights turned to Elfaria's side. If they
settled it before then, the results would be the same. Lord Bandarion would
surely go on the offensive.
"... Okay. Have everyone over there prepare for that as well”
His resolution weighed heavy on Koutarou as he spoke those words. He
was telling the people he wanted as far away from battle as possible to get
ready to fight. Ultimately, that was the best way to secure the peace for all
of them, but despite knowing that, it wouldn't work as an excuse. Koutarou
would use the girls' lives in order to win this battle. Koutarou felt it would be
necessary to take responsibility for that after everything was over.
That was when Theia, clinging onto Koutarou from behind, increased the
strength of her embrace, and she whispered into Koutarou's ears.
“Mother and I will share that responsibility. You don't need to carry it alone”
Theia's whispers were filled with an adamant will and deep kindness.
They would be together, win or lose.
That was what Theia had steeled herself for.
"... Yeah, you're right”
And Koutarou resolved himself as well, to win this battle alongside Theia,
Elfaria and his many friends.
Elfaria's story moved on from that to a more practical one. With that, Theia
and the branch chief were more useful. They went on how to safely
transport Theia and the likes. Apart from battles and rough strategy,
Koutarou wasn't all that knowledgeable of modern Forthorthe's situation.
Apart from answering questions coming his way, all he did was listen to the
discussion and take care of the sleeping Yurika.
”... You know, you're accompanying a princess, so could you keep it
together a little more...”
Koutarou wiped Yurika's mouth with a handkerchief. She seemed to be
having a dream about food, and based on Koutarou's experience she would
demand something to eat when waking up. So he had already prepared
food and a bottle and left them at her bedside. This was a form of care that
only Koutarou, who knew everything about Yurika, could do.
“Mother, we're already resupplied, so wouldn't it be best to head your way
on our own strength? If we attach a guard, the forces here will decrease”
“Theia, I know how you feel... but it will be dangerous if Bandarion finds out
that you're travelling on your own. You three alone will stand out too much.
So if a fight breaks out, there will be no point in not having a guard”
“Princess, please use our vehicle. I believe that would be the best for
"... Okay, we'll do just that”
It was decided that Koutarou and the others would use a vehicle prepared
by the Elfaria faction to group up with the rest from O-hime. Koutarou's
armor and Theia's Combat Dress had already been resupplied, so it was
possible for them to move on their own, but from a wider point of view, it
was decided that the Elfaria faction people would help them. One\s
movement becoming a problem was one of many difficulties in a war.
“Oh, you awake, Yurika?”
“Huh? This is...?”
As the discussion was reaching its end, Yurika who had been asleep ever
since reaching the branch office finally woke up. Having been asleep, she
had no understanding of the situation, and she looked at her surroundings
“This is one of the Elfaria faction's bases. You collapsed out of relief when
you stepped foot in her. Remember?”
“Uhm... ah, I think I remember something like that happening”
Koutarou's words helped clear up Yurika's foggy memories and got her
mind running. She barely had her memories of getting to the place. With her
head working again, she remembered that she had one thing she was
“Satomi-san, is everyone okay!?”
“Relax, we got in touch with the others. They're safe”
“Look over there, Theia is talking to her mom, right?”
“Ah, thank god~”
Yurika had always been worried about the others. That's why just hearing
that they were fine wasn't enough to allow her to rejoice right away, but
seeing Theia and Elfaria speaking let her get an actual feel for it. Thanks to
that, Yurika let out a sigh of relief and her usual smile appeared.
At the same time, it seemed Yurika's stomach required relief as well.
“You're the same old Yurika no matter where you go. Go on, eat”
’’Thank you very much, ehehehe”
Even Yurika felt embarrassed by having her stomach growl at this timing, so
she tried to laugh it off after receiving the food from Koutarou. However,
unable to resist the temptation of food, she began eating before long.
“Thank you for the food! Munch”
Just as Yurika took a bit of the Forthorthe-style sandwich, the door to the
secret base swung open and a girl jumped in. It was the girl that head
guided Koutarou and the others here.
Surprised, Yurika choked on the sandwich and began struggling.
“Here, drink this”
But Koutarou was used to it. He felt like she was going to choke on her
food, so he didn't panic and simply handed her the drink already in his
“Gulp gulp... Ahh~ I thought I was going to die-”
Thanks to that, everything was resolved without trouble. As Yurika got back
to her food, she began watching the girl that had just jumped in. Koutarou
did the same.
“This is terrible, uncle!!”
“Settle down. You are before Her Majesty and Her Highness”
”B-But it's really important!”
”It's fine, speak”
Normally a greeting to Theia and Elfaria would be required. The girl being
the granddaughter of the branch chief meant that she had been properly
taught manners. Yet there was a situation so urgent that the girl had
forgotten her greetings. Theia sensed that this was something important,
and urged heron, skipping over the usual procedures.
“The imperial army, I mean the coup d'etat army are apparently transporting
weapons using a trailer! They seem to be weapons to fight against us, but
they haven't been assembled yet! We got a message from the other
branches that we should attack the trailer now!”
The girl had come with information about the coup d'etat army's new
weapon. Asecretly developed mobile weapon that was being carried in
block components to be assembled in secret and used for a surprise attack
on the Elfaria faction's base. It was a good thing the Elfaria faction found
out, or they would have found themselves ambushed by a new weapon.
”It's possible! If we don't make the first move, something terrible will
Hearing the words new weapon, Elexis was the first person to pop up in
Koutarou's and Theia's minds.
If it's that Warlord and improved Motor Knights... the Elfaria faction will be
destroyed if they're not prepared!
The mobile weapons made by Elexis had put Koutarou and the others in
danger several times. Just having those alone on the battlefield was
dangerous, but Elexis now had access to magic and spiritual energy
technology. Who knew what kind of improvements could be made to the
machines. Just thinking about it made chills run down their spines.
“Mother, it's DKI's new weapon! We have to attack now! It will be
dangerous to leave them alone!”
”DKI... I understand, let's send out soldiers”
“Koutarou and I will go too!”
"Wait, Theia. You come over here as planned”
”lf they're still disassembled then there's no reason for you two to go. In
fact, it might even be a trap to lure you in”
“But we're going up against—”
’’Please calm down,. Princess Theiamillis. Her Majesty is correct”
With Koutarou speaking formally, Theia calmed down a little. She couldn't
disregard the judgement of the Blue Knight. Koutarou walked up to Theia
and began explaining the reason for his judgement.
“The timing is too good. It's information that leaked while we still haven't
Koutarou and Elfaria both feared that this was a trap to capture the three
that had descended to the forest. Whether the Bandarion side knew if
Theia was included in the three, they should at least know that they were
important allies to her. In other words, they were strong cards to play
against Elfaria and Theia if they could be captured. With that in mind, there
was a decent chance of the rumors of a weapons transport being a trap.
With Koutarou and the others being exceptionally strong, they might show
up after hearing those rumors.
“Along range attack will do fine if it's just about attacking a transport trailer.
If they could block that, then it would have been trap. In that case, I'll give
the order to retreat right away”
It wasn't like they were attacking the military. They would simply attack a
trailer disguised as a civilian vehicle carrying new weapons, so cannons,
missiles or unmanned craft should be enough. If the trailer had prepared
countermeasures for that, then there was a high chance of it being a trap,
and a retreat order would be given. In Koutarou's mind, there was no need
for them to go either way. If anything, them going would only increase the
"... Okay. Koutarou, you are probably right. We should prioritize grouping up
with Mother and the others”
Koutarou's thinking made sense, so Theia decided to hold in her urge to go
herself, and meet up with Elfaria and the others. Koutarou smiled slightly,
put his hand on Theia's shoulder and whispered so only she could hear.
"... I understand how you feel. You don't want to expose the soldiers, the
citizens to danger, do you?”
"... Then let's hurry up to Elle's place. If not, Bandarion and the others will
do stuff like this over and over”
If they got caught up on what was in front of them, the victims would only
increase. If they didn't want the citizens to get hurt, they needed to leave
this region as soon as they could.
“I'm sorry, I'm just a foolish princess who can only look at what's in front of
Having finally recollected herself thanks to Koutarou, Theia flashed a smile.
It was an embarrassed and self-ridiculing smile. Seeing that smile, Koutarou
moved away from Theia and his expression returned to that of the Blue
“It must be in the blood. The people of the Mastir family have been like that
since long ago”
Alaia, Chari, Elfaria, Theia. As far as Koutarou knew, all of them
desperately thought of how to protect the citizens. They also shed tears
when facing citizens they couldn't save.
“But, that is why us knights can take pride in being vassals of the Mastir
family. I'm sure the citizens feel the same way”
Because these royals felt for the lives of each and every one of their
citizens, there was meaning in staking their lives to protect them. So many
citizens rose to protect them 2,000 years ago because of that. Both knights
and commoners were the same in that regard. Koutarou believed that the
same would hold true today too.
“Thank you, Koutarou”
“You should tell your citizens that once this is over”
Theia's smile changed into something as beautiful as a flower. So beautiful
to the point that all Elfaria faction members in the branch were happy to be
the vassals of this princess.
Just who is this youth? Just what kind of experience does one have to go
through to turn into as splendid a knight as this?
At the same time, everyone wondered who the knight, that protected the
princess both physically and mentally, really was.
BITTER ENEMIES IN THE SAME BOAT
Bitter Enemies in the Same Boat
Wednesday, November 24
It seemed that the trailer carrying the disassembled new weapons was
passing through the region where Koutarou and the others were as they
headed towards a large city. As the Elfaria faction had a military base in that
city, it was believed that the aim was to launch a surprise attack on that.
“Why don't they just directly bomb it from the air?”
”It's too close to the urban area. An attack from bombers or battleships
would cause a lot of civilian casualties if they didn't announce it
”So if they announce it beforehand the people at the base would have time
to prepare. But that said, if they didn't announce it, the public opinion would
inevitably oppose it”
“That's right. Also, if there are civilian casualties, that would mean that there
was an attack on the urban area, which is a violation of the galactic treaty's
codes of conduct”
“So they'll lose their ability to claim that they are in the right”
“If a little more time passed and they gained complete control of the media
they might bomb without any hesitation, but that's not realistic right now”
”1 see, so that's why they'll attack with the newly developed mobile
Koutarou and the others were travelling with the squad that would attack
the trailer. The attack would be performed by a force gathered from the
area. As their path was the same for some of the way, they ended up
BITTER ENEMIES IN THE SAME BOAT
“Which means that you were doing some sketchy stuff in the past”
’’What sketchy stuff?”
’’You tried to blow up Corona House with the Blue Knight when we just met,
’’You also shot Maki-chan with a laser cannon-”
”Shh, shh! Shut up, that was just youthful folly!”
Koutarou and the others were using a transport truck to move around.
While it was a truck, it was different from that of one from Earth, it had no
tires and instead it floated through the air. Because of that, there was
practically no sound when it was running and it didn't get in the way of
discussions inside the truck.
“You better thank Ruth-san for stopping you”
”1 already have! Now let's stop talking about when I was stupid!”
’’Ahahaha... by the way, when are we getting to everyone else?”
”Hm? Uhm, the distance is about twice of that that we walked across the
forest, but I doubt it will take more than two hours”
The distance was about 200 kilometers, roughly twice the distance they
walked through the forest. If the truck they were on moved at full speed,
they would arrive within the hour. However, since they didn't want to stand
out, they were travelling at the same speed as commercial vehicles, so two
hours was the estimated time it would take.
“So twice of that would only take two hours... now I feel kind of sad”
’’That's just how it is. Her Majesty Alaia's travel would be over in an instant
with vehicles of this age”
’’The concept of travel has changed after all”
The planet Alaia was still under continued development, and its population
wasn't all that much. Because of that, there was desolate wilderness and
vast forest between the towns. The truck Koutarou and the others were in
was practically sliding over a thin road between the towns. Compared to the
forest, the time it would take wasn't all that long, and it was very calm. It
was only natural for Yurika to feel sad.
After travelling for roughly an hour, the truck carrying the three of them
stopped by the side of the road. There was a fork in the road here. It was
here that Koutarou and the others would part with the soldiers from the
“Everyone, return safely...”
Theia stepped outside the car and saw the truck carrying the soldiers off.
The truth was that she wanted to go with them and fight. But she had
reasons not to. Not being able to win by individual combat was what war
"... Koutarou. Would Her Majesty Alaia worry at times like these too?”
How did the legendary empress overcome that impatient desire. There was
someone next to Theia that had the answer to that.
“You already know the answer to that, don't you?”
“I want to hear it from your mouth. From your mouth as you've actually seen
and heard her”
"... In battle, soldiers die. The people suffer. If Mafxern wanted to establish
a good government, Her Majesty Alaia's desire for justice might just be self-
righteousness. Thinking like that, she considered not raising any soldiers”
Koutarou could clearly remember the night of the harvest festival 2,000
years ago. Alaia wanted to give up on the subjugation of Maxfern for the
sake of the citizens. To her, Maxfern was clearly an enemy. He had killed
her parents and was trying to take over the country. But even then, she
believed that it might be best for the citizens not to fight Maxfern.
“But in the end, she decided to fight. She understood that the citizens
wouldn't be happy if she left Maxfern alone”
The meaning of someone who loves peace like Alaia to decide to go to war
was heavy. Maxfern needed to be slain even if that meant forcing hardship
onto the citizens for a while. Because Maxfern wasn't intending on creating
a good government.
“Thanks to that, we have the current Forthorthe. This country's long history
and traditions are thanks to Her Majesty deciding to fight back then”
”Hmm... I see”
It was something she already knew. But hearing it from Koutarou, she was
able to renew her feelings. It was hard to imagine that Bandarion would
establish a good government after going this far. They were in a situation
where they had to fight.
"... Soldiers fighting alongside me... I wish you good luck...”
Even then, her feeling of impatience didn't go away. If it did, it would be the
start of a tyrant. That's why Theia would fight even with these complex
emotions, believing that the results would lead to a bright future.
Koutarou and the others had temporarily stop to allow for the scout to go up
ahead. As they were away from their many allies, they needed to stay on
guard. Because of that, Koutarou and the others didn't start moving until a
few minutes after the soldiers attacking the trailer had left.
While a scout had been sent up ahead, they were already in Pardomshiha
territory, so chances of a sudden attack wasn't all that high. The chances of
the enemy having any information that Theia was here was also low. It was
something done just in case. Because of that, their travel was quiet as
However, that silence was broken by the soldier driving the truck.
“Your Highness, the scout has detected flying object approaching at high
speeds! It's coming from our 11:30 direction!”
The soldier's voice was full of tension. As this was a mission regarding a
princess, he took someone approaching far more seriously.
“What kind of object!? An enemy!?”
”1 don't know! There's no mistaking there being a flying object, but the
sensors can't distinguish it! It could just be a big bird, or it could be a small
stealth craft, anyways it's not a normal weapon!”
The scout that had been sent up ahead sent a warning. The sensors of the
small car the scout was in had detected a flying object approaching.
However, the target was small, and he was unable to get a detailed
analysis. At best, he could use the data he had to determine that it was
larger than a meter, but smaller than two.
"... From this feeling, it's probably a human! I can sense willpower!”
Though there was still some distance between them, Koutarou could sense
that the approaching object was human. He had spiritual powers that he got
from Sanae, and those powers let Koutarou sense the aura of the flying
“Is it an enemy!?”
”1 can't tell. There's precaution and haste... but no clear hostility. It might be
a scout from their side”
Koutarou couldn't distinguish if the approaching human was friend or foe. If
it was someone that had been given an order to attack, he should be able
to sense those intentions. However, there was no trace of that. In that
regard, it was more likely to assume that it was a scout, rather than
someone flying without an objective.
"... No, this is an enemy”
However, Koutarou's guess was swiftly shot down by Yurika's words.
“Darkness Rainbow is coming!”
Yurika could sense magical power from the approaching object. As
Koutarou said that it was a human, that meant it must be a magical girl from
Darkness Rainbow. And if that was the case, Yurika would have to fight.
Yurika's current expression, shine in her eyes and the condition of her voice
were all that of a magical girl of love and courage.
“Please stop the truck!”
’’What are you going to do!?”
“I'll intercept her! Based on the situation, they know our position!”
Yurika believed that the enemy already knew their rough position. She
didn't know if that was because of simple information gathering or because
of forecasting magic, but there was a high chance that magic was being
used to fly towards them because their location was already known. It was
hard to imagine that they were just flying around all over the place in hopes
of finding leverage that can be used against Bandarion.
“Okay, stop the truck!”
”As you wish, My Princess!”
As the truck stopped, Yurika dashed out immediately. Her movements were
so fast it was hard to imagine it was Yurika.
“Yurika, wait! Don't go alone!”
Koutarou quickly jumped out of the truck and chased after Yurika.
Geez, when it comes to magic, Yurika is always like this!
While Yurika was acting correctly as a magical girl, as a girl, she was
incorrect. That's why Koutarou drew the two swords hanging off his waist in
order to resolve the problem driving her to fight.
“Blast Fireball - Modifier - High Concentration”
By the Koutarou readied his swords Yurika was already in the middle of an
incantation. She was casting an exploding fireball spell. This time she
compressed its to its limit and turned it into a highly destructive attack spell.
As this extremely hot fireball had quite the explosive force behind it, there
was no need to score a direct hit. It was an effective spell against someone
flying at high speeds.
How does it look!?
Finally, somewhat after the other two, came Theia. She had been delayed
because she was attaching the weaponry to her Combat Dress. Her
equipment this time was almost the exact same as Assault Red.
“We should be able to see her very soon. She'll come out from the curve up
Koutarou held his two swords, Theia pointed her large cannon forwards
and Yurika's incantation was finished, and her spell was ready to fire. They
had finished preparing for interception before the enemy arrived.
“Here she comes!”
Just after Koutarou raised his voice, someone appeared out of the trees
about 200 meters in front of them. As expected, it was a magical girl.
“Rainbow!! I finally found you!!”
The magical girl's identity was Dark Crimson. She had peculiar clothes
colored dark red and flaming red hair. It was the crimson magician who had
the highest attack power of all of Darkness Rainbow.
“Her, huh! No wonder she's coming from the front!”
’’The most problematic ones here!”
As her specialty was simply attack magic, allowing her to get the first attack
would cause serious damage. That's why Koutarou and the others decided
to attack right away. They had to defeat her before she began her
“Wait, I have no intentions of fighting!! There's something I want to tell
However, Crimson did something surprising. The girl who claimed fighting
was everything announced that she had no intentions of fighting, and threw
away her cane. She then defensively approached with her hands in the air.
She showed no signs of starting any incantations.
“Yurika, how does it look?”
“It doesn't look like she's intending to use magic...”
’’She doesn't have any hostility now either. I don't know her real intentions,
but it seems true that she has no intention to fight”
Koutarou confirmed that Crimson still wasn't showing any hostility, and
returned his two swords to their sheaths. Theia followed Koutarou's
judgment and lowered her weapons as well. Yurika continued pointing her
cane towards Crimson for a while, but as Crimson showed no intentions of
attacking, she eventually lowered her cane.
“You sure are suspicious, Rainbow!”
”1 just can't imagine a reason for you not to fight”
’’Well of course!”
With a wry smile, Crimson landed before Koutarou and the others. She still
seemed to have no intentions of fighting and her hands were empty. Her
cane was lying dozens of meters behind her.
“That's just how important this is!!”
Crimson began her explanation as she arrived. She didn't have much time.
She always seemed to be enjoying herself, but now she seemed to be in a
“Your friends are about to fall into a trap!! You should call them back right
Koutarou's eyes shot open wide in surprise. That was because, these
weren't words an enemy would normally speak. Especially not someone
who considered fighting everything.
“What do you mean!?”
Yurika's voice was stern. Like Koutarou, she was skeptic to Crimson's
“The imperial army aren't carrying mobile weapons, but a virus weapon!
Bandarion is planning on having your allies destroy that!”
That was the reason Crimson was here. She had searched for Koutarou
and the others in order to stop Bandarion's plans.
“You're being played by false information! The Elfaria faction will spread the
virus weapon on their own, destroy the base and take down everyone in the
surrounding area as well!”
Bandarion's plan was very systematic. When Alaia was first being
developed there were a lot of anti-government forces with bases set up all
over. They weren't in use any more, but when explored, weapons from that
time would sometimes be discovered. One of the weapons discovered was
a virus weapon. That was where Bandarion's plan began forming. In reality,
there was no virus weapon discovered, as it was something Bandarion had
brought in himself. Next he would give the order to 'dispose of the virus
weapon discovered in a facility that can do so'. As they wouldn't want it
stolen, they wouldn't report on the route they would use or the time
schedule, as it would obviously be treated as confidential information. Using
that, he then had information leaked that mobile weapons were being
transported over multiple channels. He also imported a new mobile weapon
to Alaia to give credibility to the information. However, what was in reality
being transported was the virus weapon. As they had been transporting
mobile weapons until arriving at Alaia, it would be difficult to see through the
Getting ambushed by mobile weapons would be a problem, and attacking
disassembled weapons being transported made a handy target. If left be,
the Elfaria faction would end up attacking the trailer carrying the virus
weapon and spreading it across the planet with their own hands. It was
clear what would happen to the nearby bases and the neighbouring
“Of course, Bandarion will twist the truth to shift the public opinion in his
favor!! The media will coincidentally be on place to take pictures!! This
matter will reduce the Elfaria faction's a lot!!”
He would have the media report on the matter, and then thoroughly criticize
them. The Elfaria faction will attack the trailer carrying a virus weapon
meant to be disposed, and spreading it. They might have at least have
some morals, but in the end the Elfaria faction was simply a terrorist faction.
Criticizing them like that after causing so many casualties, nothing the
Elfaria faction could say would work. This isn't terrorism, it's just a simple
miss', who would follow an empress like that.
The Bandarion side was expecting Elfaria's next move. But before she
could put that in motion, or maybe even after, this plan would greatly reduce
her support. Since it wouldn't hurt even if the Elfaria faction didn't fall for the
plan, there was no need to hesitate by putting it into action.
"... I understand what you're saying, but we can't just accept that at face
Yurika felt like Crimson was making sense. She couldn't deny the possibility
that it was true. But even then, she couldn't believe it right away. Crimson
was an enemy who travelled down a different path.
“I know that! That's why I came here!”
Crimson understood the circumstances regarding that as well. If their
positions were reversed, she would obviously be suspicious. That's why
Crimson earnestly tried to appeal to them.
“Think about it!! If I lose all enemies to fight, I would be troubled!!”
Crimson had come because she would be the most persuasive. To Crimson
fighting was everything. Looking at that from the other side, she was the
kind of person who would least want her enemies to be killed by plans or
It's her real intentions... she's not lying...
While he wasn't on Sanae's level, Koutarou could use his powers to read
the feelings of others. His power told him that this girl wasn't lying. Since
she hadn't use any magic apart from flying, she wasn't fooling them through
that either. Even without that, Koutarou believed that she was telling the
"... I'll believe you. But, why is Elexis trying to stop it?”
But even then, Koutarou couldn't take the last step. That was because he
didn't understand Elexis' intentions. While Crimson wasn't lying, Elexis had
been the one that sent her. Since he was on Bandarion's side, it would be
unnatural for him to take any actions that would help the Elfaria faction.
“Neither he nor any of us are trying to call ourselves good people! But even
then, we wouldn't use any means necessary!”
Just like how Crimson wouldn't want to lose opponents worth fighting,
Elexis had his circumstances for not wanting to cause a lot of casualties.
Elexis wanted to overthrow Elfaria because in his mind, Elfaria wouldn't
create his ideal society. Elexis was someone who wanted to improve the
world, and he had contributed a lot to society. Joining Bandarion's side was
just a means to that end, it wasn't his goal. He had the ambition to
eventually replace Bandarion and revolutionize Forthorthe.
As Elexis believed in that, he didn't want civilians to be sacrificed for no
reason. Humans were necessary in his ideal society. In the sense of a
businessman, it would be foolish to reduce the number of customers.
Elexis believed that sacrifice was necessary to change the world, and he
wouldn't hesitate to sacrifice people if it really was necessary. But the
sacrifices in this plan was not necessary. While it would be effective, but it
was far too short-sighted and the cost was too high. Elexis hated the
chaotic use of power. He wouldn't mind if it was for order, but he couldn't
forgive it if it was for chaos.
"... Now that you mention it, he's got a strangely strong sense of
Hearing Crimson's words, Koutarou remember what Elexis had done. When
he had been fighting against Koutarou and the others, he had tried to limit
the sacrifices as much as possible. He had also upheld his promise of
giving Koutarou clothes, which he made in the middle of a battle. From that,
Koutarou figured that while Elexis was evil, he had his own rules that he
was following. Thinking about it that way, it wouldn't be too strange for
Elexis to reveal this matter to Koutarou and the others.
“Besides, if Bandarion comes out victorious now, we'll have a bunch of
troubles too. Because Elexis still hasn't finished putting himself in a seat of
power, our plan of returning to this country as his cooperators will fall apart”
By cooperating with Bandarion, Elexis was planning on increasing his own
influence. But if the outcome was determined here, Bandarion wouldn't
need Elexis' cooperation. That meant that Elexis' chances of obtaining
authority would diminish, and at the same time it meant that there was a
much lower chance of the magical kingdom of Folsaria to return to the new
Forthorthe as its partner. In short, this was an important moment where
Elexis and Darkness Rainbow might lose their position. It was inevitable for
them to request the cooperation of Koutarou and the others.
“What do you think, Koutarou?”
"... Let's believe her”
’’Are you sure?”
”1 think we can believe in that resolute side she's showed from time to time”
Ultimately, Koutarou decided to believe Crimson. Considering how they had
behaved up until now, the chances of this being a trap was low. The risk
was too high to ignore her warning, only for it to turn out to be true. They
could believe her, and they couldn't afford not to. That was Koutarou's
“If you say so, then I'll believe her too”
’’I'm not satisfied, but I will do so too”
“That helps! Without your cooperation we have no way of stopping the
Crimson felt relief upon hearing Koutarou's answer. Her final reason for
coming was that just spreading information wouldn't be enough to stop the
Elfaria faction. In order to stop them, the information needed to reach
someone in a relatively high position, and have that person give orders. In
other words, they had no choice but to get into contact with Koutarou and
the others who would believe them and who had a high status.
Being cautious of the imperial faction, and in order to stop the planned
surprise attack, the Elfaria faction was going to make the first move and
launch their own surprise attack. In order to keep the opponent from
noticing that, they operated under radio silence. Because of that, even if
they were called for, there was a chance they wouldn't notice, and as Theia
was required to persuade them, they couldn't carelessly broadcast a signal
as the enemy would find her location.
So instead, Koutarou and the others decided to chase after the Elfaria
faction's strike force. But because of the low amount of time, they couldn't
use the truck they had been using up until now. Instead, they used their
own powers to fly. Those powers being the armor, the Combat Dress and a
magical broom. They moved quickly and since they didn't need to worry
about their magical power being detected this time, they could go at full
speed while concealing themselves with magic. Thanks to that, they looked
like they would make it in time before the attack was launched.
“If we for some reason don't make it there before it's time... it'll end up being
a big bet, but I am thinking of broadcasting a ceasefire over the entire
“If that happens, I'll protect you. So don't worry”
"That's my line. Don't slow me down”
"Okay, okay, as you wish”
Theia and Koutarou were joking around as usual, but contrary to the
contents, their expressions were anything but cheerful. If anything, they
were words to calm each other down.
“What kind of relation are those two in? They don't look like just master and
Crimson looked at the two in confusion. She already had knowledge on
how the class system worked in Forthorthe. But she couldn't feel any traces
of that system from the two in front of her. She couldn't help but feel
confused, and decided to ask Yurika about it, despite them strictly speaking
"... They were on bad terms at first. Then a lot of things happened and they
started getting along, after that Satomi-san became her vassal”
Knowing that Crimson was an enemy, she carefully chose her words as she
explained Koutarou's and Theia's relationship to her.
“So they're still dragging along those feelings from when they were
“I think so”
"... Is Maki like that too?”
That was where Yurika realized Crimson's real intentions.
Crimson-san is worrying about Maki-chan...
It was because Crimson worried about Maki that she was interested in
Koutarou's and Theia's relationship. Had Maki been released from the
shackles known as Darkness Rainbow, or were they still holding her down.
Even now that they were enemies, Crimson still cared for Maki.
"... Uhm, she's fine. There's no one among us that would criticize Maki-
chan's past. To begin with, everyone were enemies at first”
Crimson showed a small smile. Her smile looked so happy that Yurika
momentarily forgot that the girl in front of her was an evil magical girl.
“But I'm sure Maki is still stuck on it”
”Yes. Maki-chan sometimes seems to worry about nobody pressing her
about her crimes”
“Even though that's not necessary”
’’Maki-chan is serious after all”
”lf only that man would forcibly make Maki his woman everyone would be
’’That wouldn't be a fundamental solution”
”... For now I'll settle for Maki being with a group of friends that would say
It was extremely rare for Dark Crimson, who was even called an ogre within
Darkness Rainbow, to show an expression a normal girl would have. That's
why Yurika could feel how much Maki meant to Crimson, and at the same
time she felt sad that even then, she didn't choose Maki.
"... We're almost there”
However, Crimson's expression suddenly returned to normal.
“Look, reinforcements are here”
Crimson pointed behind them. As the surprised Yurika turned that way, she
saw five girls in colorful outfits, and a man slightly older than the girls, flying
towards them at high speeds. Yurika recognized that group.
“Satomi-san! It's Darkness Rainbow!”
”1 know. But I can't sense any hostility”
’’The way they're flying doesn't make it look like they're preparing to attack
either. At least for now”
Because of their previous experiences, Koutarou and the others
instinctively got more defensive.
“You don't have to worry, they're allies”
”1 do understand that in my head”
Koutarou and the others understood that Crimson was right. However, they
couldn't help but ready their weapons. If this was a trap, Theia's life was in
“We have no intentions of fighting you right now, Koutarou-kun!”
Sensing the atmosphere around Koutarou and the others, once he was
close enough, Elexis approached the group with empty hands raised up in
the air. The mechanical armored clothes he was wearing came equipped
with a lot of weapons, but they were all pointed upwards. Elexis was
showing that he had no hostile intentions.
“He's right. Without you we can't convince the Elfaria faction to stop their
Besides Elexis was Maya, shrugging her shoulders, her expression made it
clear that she felt dissatisfied. It was a sign that she'd never want to team
up like this if it wasn't for the current situation.
“I know! I'm just puzzled by the sudden situation”
Koutarou finally let go of the handles of his swords. Theia and Yurika
followed suit. They were still on guard, but the three of them understood
that they shouldn't be fighting the group now.
"... What a strange development”
Koutarou mumbled between his sighs. In response Elexis nodded in
“I feel the same way. I didn't expect that Bandarion would go this far”
Elexis and the others were puzzled by the situation as well. He wanted to
cooperate with the army to end the imperial reign and use the influence he
gained by doing so to create a new political system, and seize control of it,
so that he could create his ideal world. But with Bandarion going this far,
the military would gain complete control of the new political system.
Moreover, there was a high chance that it would be a reign of terror. In that
case, even if Elexis gained control, he wouldn't be able to create his ideal
“Wasn't it just that you poked Max— no, Bandarion, too much?”
’’Poke? What do you mean?”
’’That by skillfully selling yourself in, you made him feel a sense of danger”
”1 see, so that's why he would forcibly try to reach a conclusion. That's
certainly within the realm of possibilities”
Elexis was aware of what Koutarou was pointing out, so he nodded
understandingly. Maya had felt the same way, but her reaction was the
“El, you're too efficient. You should be a little bit more adult”
’’Okay, okay, I'll be careful. You mean to be more mindful when I create an
”... Geez... men really are..:”
Maya's and Elexis' back and forth seemed reminiscent of Koutarou's and
the girls. If that was an act it was quite impressive, and Koutarou was
starting to trust them, in a roundabout way. At least this time.
“But Koutarou-kun, when it comes to making him feel a sense of danger,
you and I are equally punishable”
”... That might be true”
Koutarou honestly agreed. He and the other girls had very one-sidedly
dealt with the soldiers that had been sent to attack them. So it wouldn't be
strange for them to get a sense of danger. So it might not just be Elexis'
fault, but Koutarou's and the others too.
“But with this, you understand too, right?”
’’What are you talking about?”
’’The reason why I believe Her Majesty Elfaria's reign won't work”
Elfaria's reign couldn't prevent the military from becoming arrogant. As a
result, they even took to such reckless acts such as using a virus weapon.
The royal families of Forthorthe had protected the country for a long time,
but even then they couldn't suppress karma built up over that long period of
time. Elexis believed that the system of rule should be reformed from
"... I understand, but I can't agree”
Koutarou understood what Elexis was thinking, he even thought he had a
point too. However, it was a difficult topic when it came to accepting that or
not. Elexis interpreted it as the age having continued for over 2,000 years
was too long, but Koutarou interpreted it as there being a reason for why it
had lasted for so long. Koutarou thought that the national traits and the
climate worked well together. That's why he believed there was a point in
reforming, but not that there was a need to end the imperial rule.
“That's enough for now, Koutarou-kun”
Changing someone's opinion was hard. The first step was getting them to
listen. As a businessman, Elexis understood that very well. There was also
no time to convince Koutarou right now.
“Hey, young master, sorry for interrupting your conversation, but shouldn't
we, like, start preparing?”
That was when Dark Orange flew up in front of Koutarou and Elexis. Like
Elexis, she was worrying about the time. But as expected of Dark Orange
who loved cute things. Her tone and gestures were all strangely cute, and
didn't convey any sense of seriousness.
“You're right, let's”
”... You're being called young master?”
“She won't change it no matter how many times I ask”
’’While reluctant, I understand how you feel”
Elexis laughed cheerfully as he signaled Darkness Rainbow with his hand.
They readied their canes, but that wasn't to attack Koutarou and the others.
The magical power was directed at themselves.
“What are you planning on doing?”
”lt would be very problematic if it's revealed that we are ourselves. So we'll
be going disguised”
Elexis put on the helmet that came with his armored clothes. His and
Koutarou's armors had similar functions. And by putting on the helmet, the
armored clothes changed into combat mode and transmitted energy to the
“Yes. Today, we are—”
That was when Darkness Rainbow was covered in white smoke. The
disguising spell had activated.
“— the Satomi band of knights!”
By the time the smoke cleared, the girls of Darkness Rainbow had changed
appearances. They had transformed into Kiriha and the others who weren't
around. Moreover Elexis' armored clothes had changed into a standard
imperial army armor. That meant that Elexis and Darkness Rainbow had not
come here, to this place, today. They would be acting as people under the
Satomi and the other two, plus the eight from the fake Satomi band of
knights, managed to catch up to the Elfaria faction's strike force just before
the scheduled time of attack. As they were hiding in the woods, waiting for
the trailer in question to pass through the road they were watching, they
couldn't directly see them. But as the cleverly camouflaged communications
antenna was standing in its planned location, there was no doubt they were
"... Geez, looks like we made it. The forecast of the trailer getting attacked
just wouldn't go away, so I couldn't help but feel nervous”
Green, disguised as Clan, let out a sigh of relief as they discovered the
antenna. As she had the ability of future forecast, she knew several of the
possible outcomes. Because of that, the sense of danger she felt was a lot
more grounded in reality than the others”
’’Princess, shouldn't you contact them?”
”1 was just thinking of doing that”
Urged on by Dark Orange disguised as Sanae, Theia ordered her Combat
Dress to communicate with the strike force. At first, Orange and Theia had
been hostile towards one another. That was due to their fighting back in
Folsaria. However, their common goal had resolved the hostility. They both
knew that now wasn't the time to argue about personal issues.
“This is Theiamillis! Can you hear me?”
’’Your Highness!? Why are you here!?”
The voice of the man serving as the strike force commander came
responding through the communications device. Theia was using laser for
communications, simply put it was like using a landline telephone, only the
landline is replaced by light. As laser communication was a simple form of
communication that required direct contact between speakers, it wasn't
suitable for communication with places out of line of sight or places far
away, nor was it good at transmitting images. Instead it came with the
superb characteristics of having little of risk of being jammed or intercepted.
As they could see the communications antenna, this was the safest and
most reliable form of communication.
“Don't worry about me!! More importantly, cease your attack right away!!
This is one of Bandarion's traps!! The trailer is carrying mobile weapons,
but a virus weapon!!”
Theia didn't say a lot, but it was enough for the commander to understand
the situation. The commander was a quick-witted man, suited for his post.
"... Hey, let all the men know that the attack is being cancelled! Don't shoot,
no matter what!”
Not even putting Theia on hold, the commander quickly gave out orders to
his subordinates. While it was disrespectful, it was preferable considering
“Did we make it?”
“Please rest easy, Your Highness. There is still five minutes left before the
attack, so there won't be any attacks made by mistake”
”.. .1 see... that's good...”
Theia let out a big sigh of relief as her tension eased. As expected, having
the lives of a lot people was tense, and the relief from it was deep.
However, it was not over yet. The Elfaria faction strike force needed to
retreat without being spotted by the imperial army. Having recollected
herself, Theia called out to the commander again.
“Anyways, we will head over there—”
Theia was planning on supporting the strike force on their retreat, when
Green raised her voice.
“Wait a moment! This is strange!”
Surprised by her sudden loud voice, Yellow, disguised as Harumi, furrowed
“Kyaa!? ...Wait, what happened?”
’’The forecast of the trailer being attacked isn't disappearing!”
Green's future forecast became clearer the more realistic they got. At the
same time, as the probability of the future happening dropped, the future
got hazier, until it could no longer be seen. In other words, the moment the
commander gave the order, the future of the trailer exploding should have
disappeared. Yet, Green could still see it.
“Maybe the trailer's driver will end up in an accident and charge into the
area where the Elfaria faction is and ending up forcing their hand, or
Blue, disguised as Ruth, spoke her own interpretation. Blue rarely spoke,
but when she did, she did so after thinking things through. Considering the
situation, it wasn't an impossible interpretation. However, Green shook her
“Even after a ceasefire has been given, the probability has barely dropped
at all!! So that can't be the reason!!”
If the trailer would explode because of an accident, there would be futures
of the accident happening, and the accident not happening, and the
moment the order of a ceasefire came, the future should get a lot hazier.
However, that hadn't happened, which meant that the explosion wouldn't be
The explosion won't be by accident, it will happen as it was meant to. And
since there has been a ceasefire ordered, it's not attack from the Elfaria
faction. Which means... I see!!
That was when Purple's brain reached the answer to the forecast not
changing. Just like Kiriha, whom Purple was disguised as, she was calm
“They're like us! There's some Bandarion soldiers disguised as the Elfaria
faction planning on attacking the trailer!”
Bandarion wanted to be certain that his trap succeeded. However, there
was a slight concern. They needed to take utmost care as they transported
the virus weapon. The container was of course sturdy, and the vessel
containing the virus itself was well made too. That's why there was still a
chance that the virus wouldn't be spread even after an attack.
What if the engine was destroyed and the trailer was stopped on the road?
What if the container broke, but the vessel remained intact?
In order to eliminate those uncertain aspects, Bandarion had soldiers
infiltrate the Elfaria faction, to ensure the attack went as he had planned.
They would know what kind of attack would destroy the vessel after all.
“So that's it!! Green, where are Bandarion's followers!?”
When it came down to it, Theia's mind worked quickly. Having quickly
realized the situation, Theia increased the output of the Combat Dress'
“They're probably by the woods over there! In the ten o'clock direction of
the communications antenna!”
"Let's go, Koutarou, Yurika!”
“And just in case, set the equipment for space use! We're dealing with a
virus after all!”
Their only lead was Green's future forecast. It was a very ambiguous lead,
but all they could do was believe in her and act on it. If Bandarion really had
men infiltrating the strike force, the outcome would be catastrophic.
Koutarou and the others could only wish that Green's forecast was wrong.
At the same time, they wished her forecast was accurate and that there
were enemies where she had directed them. The most frightening scenario
would be if Bandarion's soldiers really were here, but the location wasn't
were Green foresaw. With those complex feelings in mind, Koutarou and
the others flew through the sky at full speed to where Green had pointed
“El, we should go too!”
“Yes! In these situations the more hands and eyes the better!”
Elexis, Maya and the six Darkness Rainbow leaders chased after Koutarou
and the others. In order to accomplish their own goals, they couldn't allow
Bandarion's reckless actions.
A detailed strategy had been set up beforehand in regards to the trailer
attack. Because of that, the soldiers had been placed in according to the
region's geographical features. According to the strategy documents, there
shouldn't be any Elfaria faction soldiers where Green had pointed them to.
In other words, if there happened to be Elfaria faction soldiers where there
should be none, it meant they were Bandarion's disguised soldiers. And
they were objects of immediate elimination.
“Theia, I found them!”
’’Are you certain!?”
’’Probably! I'll send you the data right now!”
Koutarou could sense the presence of people with his spiritual powers. As
human intellect was high, humans had an aura distinctively different from
other animals. And those distinct auras could be sensed coming from within
the woods. Koutarou used his armor's sensors to get a rough scan of the
area, and sent the data to Theia's Combat Dress.
“These are the coordinates, huh... hm, I've got a hit on my sensors too!
There's no doubt!”
Using the data Koutarou sent as her basis, Theia pointed her Combat
Dress' sensors in the direction where the enemy was believed to be. The
sensors responded with people being present. As Theia's Combat Dress
was fully intended for use in combat, its sensors were somewhat better
performing than those in Koutarou's armor.
“Satomi-san! The trailer is coming!”
As Koutarou and the others discovered Bandarion's ambush, the large
trailer appeared on the road. As they could see from above, the trailer was
still far, but at this rate, it would be here soon enough. They had to get the
ambushers away from the trailer.
“Theia, have the Elfaria faction soldiers stop the trailer! We'll go eliminate
the disguised soldiers!”
Koutarou made a swift judgment and left the contacting to Theia while he
charged towards the area the soldiers were believed to be.
“I'm counting on you! I'll get there too as soon as I can!”
As Theia needed to contact the strike forces, she would end up following
after Koutarou somewhat later. That meant it would be more dangerous for
him, but there was no need to worry. There were some who were following
after him already.
“We will go back up Koutarou-kun!”
’’Everyone, be careful not to go too far and expose yourselves! I'm talking
about you, Crimson!”
”1 get it, Maya!”
Elexis, Maya and the six from Darkness Rainbow were following behind
Koutarou. With those eight backing Koutarou up there was no need for
Theia to worry. She had physically experienced how strong they were.
Meanwhile, Yurika decided to act alone.
“Satomi-san, Theia-chan, I will head to the trailer. We wouldn't want
something unexpected to happen”
The strike force was already headed to the trailer, but as this was
Bandarion's trap, there was no telling what could happen. As a precaution,
sending Yurika, who could adapt to most situations, was the best choice.
Koutarou agreed with Yurika's idea.
“We're counting on you!”
Yurika parted with Koutarou and turned in a large arc and flew towards the
trailer. After seeing her off, Koutarou put his hands on the two swords
hanging off his waist. That was just about when Elexis caught up to him.
“I'll help you out, Koutarou-kun”
Elexis had a cheerful smile as he readied the rifle in his hands. He was
planning on backing Koutarou up with that.
“I'll honestly thank you this time”
”1 might not look it, but I am good at shooting. Leave it to me”
”... I'm counting on you”
’’You won't regret it. This time”
After finishing their preparations they caught a glimpse of the Elfaria faction
soldiers in the woods. These were of course fakes. They were Bandarion's
soldiers who had imitated the strike force's armor and markings.
“I understand how you fight! So be as extreme as always!”
“You leave that to me! You just don't be too accurate! It's a bad habit of
In front of Koutarou were fake ’’allies”, and he alongside him were ’’fake”
allies fighting with him. It was a strange battlefield were neither were real,
but it was without a doubt the truth that he was now working together with
Elexis and the others whom he had always been fighting against. He was
well aware that it was only temporary, but Koutarou was honestly pleased.
There was basically no difference between how the imperial army and how
the Elfaria faction looked. As they were all originally imperial soldiers, they
had the same equipment. If there was a difference it was the markings on
armor and equipment each unit had. Because of that, it was easy to pretend
to be someone else, and all that really had to be done was change the
markings. It was a situation that was easy to make use of.
While both couldn't tell one another apart, there was a clear cut reason for
why these weren't Elfaria faction soldiers. That was the mobile weapons
protecting the soldiers.
“They have mobile weapons!! Elexis, do you know anything about them!?”
If they flew towards them, they'd be easy targets. So Koutarou descended
to the surface and charged the imperial army unit consisting of several
dozen members. As he did, and the distance to the imperial army
shortened, he could see not just the soldiers, but small mobile weapons that
had been deployed. This was Koutarou's first time seeing them, so he
asked for Elexis' advice.
“Of course I know. That's our product”
Elexis sniped the imperial army's communications antenna while casually
answering. That came as a surprise to Koutarou.
“It's your company's!?”
’’That's right. It's a frame we began delivering last month”
On the side of the mobile weapons was the mark of Elexis' company, DKI.
These mobile weapons was the latest model of Dragon Knight Industries.
“Do they have some kind of weak point!?”
Koutarou was confident that he could win against normal mobile weapons,
but hearing that they were from DKI, he started feeling uneasy. Elexis'
mobile weapons had put him through a lot of trouble.
“None. Since they were made using data gained from fighting against you.
While they don't have any core technology in them, they haven't been made
The new model mobile weapons made by DKI weren't all that difference
when comparing them to the design and role of the old models the imperial
army had been using. They still had a design and role somewhere between
a fighter and a tank. While it might look like nothing had changed, that
wasn't the case at all. The big changes were all on the inside.
These new weapons had been made using the data gained from battles
against Koutarou and the others, and from the technology that had been
used back then. While they didn't have any special technology such as
magic or spiritual energy, they included quite a few technologies designed
to defeat Koutarou. As a result, their performance was greatly improved and
were clearly distinct from the older models.
“They're not as strong as the combined force of Warlord II and the Motor
Knights, but you'll end up eating dirt if you take them for your average
You make it sound easy...
”Ah! They did have one weak point, Koutarou-kun!”
’’What, tell me now!”
“The running cost of lone units is poor. It's better to deploy lots of them to
reduce the operating cost. Like this”
“That's not a weak point!!”
With the communications antenna destroyed, one of the mobile weapons
noticed Koutarou's and the others approaching. Without missing a beat, all
mobile weapons moved at once. Their numbers totalled eight. Since they'd
be attacking in cooperation, they made a frightening enemy. What's worse,
they had data on Koutarou and the others so it was clear they would make
forced attacks from the start.
“Detected high energy signatures! Laser cannons will be fired in unison!”
The armor's Al gave out a warning. Having confirmed Koutarou's
appearance and assumed him to be a treat, the mobile weapons showed
signs of a synchronous attack. In order to defeat Koutarou, who was
moving at high speeds, in a single strike, they were going to perform a
simultaneous attack the weapon of choice being the fastest of them all, the
laser. That was something that Elexis in his Warlord II and the
accompanying Motor Knights were good at.
“You're always making such troublesome stuff!”
’’Ahaha, quite the masterpiece from myself!”
’’Now's not the time to laugh!”
“I know. Orange, Green, please do it”
’’Leave it to me, young master!”
”... Geez, at least prepare an emergency stop command...”
Orange and Green began their incantations.
“Twinkle Star Burst!”
The spell that Orange cast created a glittering material that altered the air
and diffused light. It was a flashy spell that Orange loved to use, but it also
served to rapidly weakened lasers.
“Perfect Illusion - Modifier - Area Effect - Large!”
With a frown, Green activated an illusion spell that covered a wide area.
Green was skilled at information manipulating spells, which included
illusions. With her skills, she could create illusions that even fooled
machines. Right now, she had used those illusions to shift Koutarou and
others several meters away.
“Warning, laser cannon attack beginning!”
Immediately after the Al's warning, the eight mobile weapon's lasers fired at
almost the exact same time. The laser instantly hit its target without sound.
That target was of course Koutarou, who was deemed to be the most
“The distortion field has been hit, energy loss is medium”
Fortunately, Koutarou himself didn't take any damage. Orange's spell had
greatly reduced the potency of the lasers, and Green's spell had messed
with the aim, leaving Koutarou largely unscathed. If the eight shots had all
hit the same spot, Koutarou would have defeated immediately, but at most
only one of the stray lasers struck the barrier.
“That was close...”
That said, Koutarou didn't feel good knowing he was being targeted by
something that could take him out in a single hit, so he increased his speed
even more. He needed to shorten the distance as quickly as possible and
seal off the synchronous attack.
“I'm coming with you, Koutarou”
Crimson followed after Koutarou. As she did, she smiled with Shizuka's
face. As their way of fighting and atmosphere was similar, Koutarou couldn't
help but feel that the smile looked natural. The smile also made him think of
wanting to meet his companions far away.
“Let's go, Crimson!”
’’I'll protect you because Maki's a friend!”
It wouldn't be until much later that Koutarou realized that Crimson had said
'because Maki's a friend'. Was that simply referring to him, or was it
referring to herself as well. That difference held a great meaning. Koutarou
regretted missing that.
As Koutarou and the others began fighting with the concealed Bandarion
soldiers, Yurika had almost reached the trailer. It was hers and the strike
force's job to keep the trailer from moving towards Koutarou and the others
"... So trailers were this big...”
Yurika was somewhat puzzled when faced with the trailer. It was far bigger
than she had imagined upon hearing the word.
That was because to Yurika, and to people from Earth, the trailer was to her
more like a cargo train. That impression was especially strong as it had no
tires and floated above the road instead. If one were to compare to an Earth
trailer, they would find that it was at least three times as long and wide.
Thinking about it calmly, it was only natural for the trailer to be large. While
they may have been disassembled, it was supposed to be secretly
transporting large mobile weapons, so it would need to be large itself.
Moreover, large trailers were a necessity for Alaia that was still under
"... We won't be able to stop it easily... but if we use a lot of firepower, the
virus' vessel might be destroyed...”
As it was a large trailer, some weak attacks wouldn't do much to slow it
down. Using enough force to stop the trailer ran the risk of destroying the
vessel for virus being contained within. That's why, before she attacked,
there was something she had to do.
I remember Satomi-san that nothing good will come from putting off things
that have to be done!
Yurika quickly decided on what she needed to do and operated her bracelet
to contact the commander from the Elfaria faction.
“What might it be, Yurika-dono?”
Yurika's position was a knight of the Satomi band of knights who were
under direct command of Theia. Because of that, the commander spoke
formally to her, as he would a knight.
“I will move over to the trailer and determine where the virus weapon is!
Until then, please refrain from using any large-scale attacks!”
At the present moment they didn't know where, or how many of the virus
weapon there was. If they had to attack the trailer to stop it, they needed to
confirm the situation inside the container.
“We will send several over as well! It is dangerous to go alone!”
’’Please do! We have to stop this no matter what!”
Normally, Yurika would have refused help. Fighting alone would reduce the
number of casualties after all. However, this time, that wasn't the case. If
they didn't find the virus weapon, there would be a large amount of
casualties. Yurika searching on her own was not a smart decision.
“Here I go! After I've gotten on, I'll secure the area, please follow after me
from where I got on!”
”Of course! Best of luck to you!”
After that short report, Yurika took the lead and flew towards the trailer on
her broom. The soldiers watched on, and began speaking about her.
“That's a rather cute Sir Knight... but she is very courageous”
“She was modest to boot. She spoke politely, and even said thanks at the
”As expected of Princess Theia's band of knights, I guess?”
“We're Princess Theia's and Empress Elfaria's military forces too! We can't
lose to them!”
Yurika's back was very small. But it was overflowing with seven colors of
love and courage. Guided by the light of that shining rainbow, the soldiers
advanced with force.
As they were pretending to be part of the Satomi band of knights, Elexis
and the others would need to fight following their policies. In other words,
fighting while limiting the casualties as much as possible, that policy was
something they inherited from Theia, who inherited from the royal families.
While they were the young CEO of an evil massive corporation, and evil
magical girls, it seemed like they would have a hard time with that, but that
wasn't actually the case.
“Couldn't you guys work as Rainbow Heart as well!?”
Looking at Crimson skillfully dispatching of the imperial army soldiers
without killing them, Koutarou felt surprise. In response, Crimson grinned as
she punched the next soldier.
“Just mowing down the enemy isn't enough for an organization planning on
overthrowing the government. Have you ever heard of an evil organization
that only assassinates?”
Darkness Rainbow mostly used magic to construct plots to move the world.
In fact, using direct force happened less often. That said, Crimson was
awkward when it came to that, so her allies had often ended up making
tools and weapons to keep her from killing the enemy. That was precisely
what the glove she was using was. It had been enchanted to knock out
anyone punched with it.
“So in purely numerical terms, you guys use more violence, but in terms of
ratios, Yurika and the others are more violent”
’’Well, keeping us under control is your job, so that's only natural. Ironic isn't
”lf you guys would just stop, Yurika and the others wouldn't have to use
’’Sadly, I want the opposite! Like this!”
After eliminating the soldiers before her, Crimson held her cane in both
hands. As she did, a brightly burning fireball was launched. Her next target
was the mobile weapons that were bombarding them from the rear. She
was allowed to blow them away to her heart's content.
“Well, that helps now!”
’’That's ironic too!”
As if chasing after Crimson's fireball, Koutarou charged. In his case, GOL
was blocking the soldiers from getting closer to him, so he could focus on
the mobile weapons. He came swinging at the mobile weapon hit by the
fireball and whose barrier was under heavy load.
However, Signaltin was suddenly caught by a glowing, cylindrical shaped
something that had suddenly appeared in front of the mobile weapon. As
Koutarou was surprised by that, he was fired at with a beam cannon
intended for close quarters use.
Koutarou twisted his body back on reflex. Thanks to Sanae's spiritual
powers, the speed at which signals from his brain moved had increased,
and his movements barely allowed him to avoid a direct hit. But it was still
an undeniable truth that he had gotten hit by a beam cannon at close
range. The attack stripped GOL's barrier of most of its energy. At the same
time, the glowing something had been thrust forward, but as Koutarou was
cautious of any further attacks, he dodged it.
“That was close! Elexis, what is this!?”
”lt was made to block your sword, it's a thin and narrow, concentrated
distortion field. It's like a knife used for both attack and defense in close
Energy was stronger when gathered in a small area. In that case, by
making the barrier smaller, Koutarou's sword, Signaltin, though Elexis didn't
know its name, could be blocked as well. That had been the thought
process behind the creation of this glowing pole.
This was a weapon that would be impossible for normal humans to use.
The glowing pole, or the knife, had a short reach, so blocking a sword was
difficult. Moreover, because of its small size it was lighter, making it difficult
to fully kill the impact from the sword. It was feat made possible only
through the eight mobile weapons observing Koutarou, calculating the
optimal place of defense and using their full power to maintain the knife's
“I call it the Field Knife. It's a superb creation if you ask me. It surprised you
“I was! But tell me that kind of earlier!”
While Koutarou and Elexis were joking around, they busily moved their
bodies. Koutarou dodged the enemy attacks while firing a lightning spell
from his sword. Meanwhile Elexis use his rifle to accurately snipe at mobile
weapons so they wouldn't get too close to Koutarou. The two fought like
El seems to be having fun...
The two's coordination deserved a special mention. The two moved as if
they had fought together for years, and the way they joked around only
strengthened that impression. In reality they were finding each others
openings and covering them, but even then Elexis seemed to be having fun
in Maya's eyes. And that put in her a bad mood. The feelings Elexis was
directing towards Koutarou was a kind he had never directed towards her.
“Sorry, sorry, but that doesn't work against your second sword, so I figured
there was no need to tell you”
"Like I said!”
Koutarou had one sword in each hand. In his right hand was Alaia's
Signaltin and in his left was Theia's Saguratin. When attacking the mobile
weapons this time, he swung his left sword instead.
“Tell me that earlier!”
The physical Saguratin's blade was stopped by the distortion field, but the
blade of spiritual energy created from it was not. The spiritual energy blade
passed through the knife and hit the mobile weapon directly.
The attack cut up the mobile weapon and caused heavy damage.
Explosions occurred one after another on the inside and it became
incapacitated before long. Looking on, the results were exactly what Elexis
... As expected, that's what happens with these specs
Magic could be stopped to some extent by scientific means, but it couldn't
block spiritual energy at all. Spiritual energy technology or magic was
required to block that, but production of either was poor, moreover Elexis
wanted to keep those a secret as a card to play against Bandarion.
Because of that, this outcome was inevitable. He was happy that Koutarou
could defeat the enemies, but he wasn't happy seeing his own creations
lose. Elexis was feeling both happy and disappointed.
"... El, if you space out, your lover will go off on his own”
"You're right, oh no!”
Having stopped to think, Maya admonished Elexis and he hurriedly moved
to supporting Koutarou again. Koutarou had already begun moving towards
the second mobile weapon. It would be dangerous to leave him be.
Men really are...!
Maya had been as sarcastic as she could, yet Elexis had left without
noticing. With her running in circles being added on, her mood was on a
“Stop playing around, and get to work!”
’’Sorry, but it's all okay now”
The battle in the woods was progressing in Koutarou's and the others
advantage. Koutarou and Elexis, and Darkness Rainbow's teamwork was
strong, and the enemy numbers gradually decreased. However, that was
when an unexpected tidbit of information arrived
“Koutarou, this is bad! Yurika is having a tough time!”
Theia who arrived late came bearing information that Yurika was in danger.
As Theia had been delayed giving out orders and sending information, she
had a better grasp of the overall situation than Koutarou and the others.
“What kind of tough time!?”
”lt seems like there were enemies hiding over there too! And large ones at
The Elfaria faction strike force and Yurika who were headed towards the
trailer found themselves struggling after an unexpected ambush. The
soldiers tagging along transmitted the information to the rear guard, which
was how Theia got her hand on it.
“Elexis, I'll leave this to you!”
”1 guess it can't be helped, go on ahead!”
’’Grab on, Koutarou!”
Koutarou and Theia made a quick decision. As Koutarou put his hand on
Theia's Combat Dress, the powerful thruster installed on it spat out fires
and the two flew up into the sky in no time at all. They drew a wide arc, as if
they were a missile, and flew towards the trailer where Yurika was.
What welcomed Yurika as she approached the trailer was a lot of defensive
weapons. While it may have been disguised as a civilian vehicle, it was
most definitely still a military one. It had heavy machine guns, small missiles
and other weapons used for defensive purposes. As there was some
distance, none of the attacks hit, but that might not be the case should she
continue approaching. Yurika wasn't foolish enough to continue a charge
“Multiple Energy Bolt - Target Option - Auto Homing!”
Using Theia's normal methods as reference, Yurika cast an attack spell to
destroy the weapons before she got shot. Yurika's spell created many balls
of energy that fired at their targets, and they travelled as if they were guided
missiles towards the weapons.
However, Yurika's spell dispersed before it reached the trailer.
The trailer was equipped with a barrier.
“It's impossible for me to break through that barrier!! What should I do!?”
Yurika's spells could easily break through a military grade barrier for
personal use. However, the barrier a military vehicle of this size came
equipped with had a generator on a completely different league, and
breaking through it with Yurika's magic would be next to impossible. The
Elfaria faction's soldiers had large anti-vehicle weapons, so those could be
used to break through the barrier. However, if they were too powerful, the
cargo on the trailer would get damaged as well. Struggling to come up with
a solution, Yurika distanced herself from the trailer. If she recklessly
charged in, she'd be nothing but a target.
"... In that case, I'll have to make a daring move!”
Yurika stopped to think for a moment, but she hadn't forgotten that a swift
decision would need to be made. Quickly reaching a solution, Yurika
contacted the commander once more.
“Sorry, where is the barrier generation device on that trailer!?”
”It's the dome on the rear of the body!”
“I got it!”
’’What are you planning to do!?”
”1 have a plan! Please continue forwards as you are!”
Yurika turned her broom around and headed towards the trailer again,
beginning an incantation.
“Recall - Precast - Teleport!”
High-ranking magicians like Yurika would cast spells that would take too
long to cast, or expended large amounts of magical power, ahead of time,
and maintain them in an idle state. The spell Yurika had activated was one
of those spells, the spell of teleportation. As using it for even short
distances put the user under a lot of burden, it was one of the most
common spells to maintain in an idle state.
Blue magical power concentrated on a point on the broom, before covering
all of Yurika's body.
The vast amounts of magical power around Yurika warped space, turning
into a space-time hole. The next moment, Yurika disappeared like fog, and
at the same time she appeared at the rear of the trailer, landing on top of
the roof. Yurika had successfully teleported.
“If I can only destroy this!”
At the same time as Yurika landed, her broom turned into a magical cane.
Holding that in both hands she pointed the tip at the dome-formed device.
That was the barrier generation device.
“Terrible Thunder Lance - Modifier - Empower!”
Standing on top of the trailer meant that neither machine guns or missiles
could attack right away. The safety measures needed to be deactivated,
and the weapons manually controlled. During that opening, Yurika cast a
potent spell. It was an offensive spell that created a powerful electric bolt.
The powerful lightning shook the atmosphere with a loud boom and it easily
pierced the trailer's armor, frying all of the circuits within. With that, the
barrier generation device seized to function, and the barrier protecting the
trailer vanished. The attack caused the components to explode, but there
was no large-scale destruction like one would expect from explosions. That
was precisely the result Yurika had aimed for.
Moreover, Yurika found herself unexpectedly lucky. After running through
the barrier generation device, it ran through the trailer's electrical system.
Thanks to that, the trailer lost its power and its buoyancy disappeared,
making it fall some dozen centimeters to the ground.
The intense impact made Yurika cling onto the barrier generation device
she had just destroyed. After scraping along the road for a while, the trailer
finally came to a stop.
“... D-Did it stop?”
Yurika opened one of her tightly closed eyes and confirmed her
surroundings. The trailer had stopped in the middle of the road and smoke
was rising from various parts of the body. However, it didn't seem to have
taken a lot of damage. That was because the trailer had been designed not
to take a lot of damage, even if it lost power while running.
“That's right, I have to hurry!”
Yurika didn't know the real reason for why the trailer had stopped. It might
have been completely destroyed, or its safeties might just have been
tripped by the high voltage, and it could start up again, sooner or later.
There was a lot of things to do before that.
“Commander-san, please come right away! It's safe now!”
"Well done, Yurika-dono! We'll be there in just a moment!”
Yurika contacted her allies with her bracelet and used magic to destroy the
machine guns and missile launchers. Once that was over, she hurriedly
headed towards the trailer's rear hatch. There, she was able to group up
with the strike force.
“Please wait a moment, I'll cut it open right away!”
One of the military engineers approached the hatch with a blowtorch,
reading cut off the lock to the hatch.
As the blowtorch spewed out extremely high temperature plasma, the
metallic lock of the trailer was cut open before their very eyes. It didn't take
more than ten seconds to cut off half of the lock. At this rate the hatch
would be opened. And that was when the hatch was swung open from the
The engineer cutting the lock was blown away and flew towards Yurika.
Yurika ended up being pushed down by the engineer and she landed on
her butt. The engineer's eyes were spinning, but fortunately, neither Yurika
nor the engineer were hurt. Relieved by that, Yurika looked up to figure out
what had happened.
Before Yurika's eyes, giant legs appeared. As she looked up further, she
saw a stocky giant in thick armor.
Unlike poison, a virus would self-replicate once it had infected someone.
That's why a large amount wasn't necessary when used in an attack. That's
why Bandarion had shoved a several meters tall giant into the open space,
in the case that the trailer was attacked before reaching the designated
location, or other various troubles.
“This is... the first giant!”
Yurika had seen the giant before. Not directly, but she had seen it on
documented footage. It was the large mobile weapon that Elexis had used
when he first appeared as Ruth's fiance.
Elexis had used multiple giant robots to attack, but there were many secrets
regarding the Warlord series, and it hadn't been supplied to the imperial
army. However, the first giant that had been used already had a product
model and was being sold. Like the mobile weapons that Koutarou and the
others were fighting in the woods, this giant didn't have magic or spiritual
energy technology, it had a great deal more power than the imperial army's
standard equipment. It was a very dangerous machine.
“Commander-san, fall back right away!”
’’But, leaving Yurika-dono on your own—”
“This isn't an opponent that will go so easy on you!”
Yurika's intuition told her that if it was just this giant on its own, she should
be able to win on her own. If there were two, she would still win with the
soldiers' backup. Three would put them on an even stage, while four and
beyond would leave them at a disadvantage. In total there were six giants.
There was only one in front of Yurika, but the other five were getting up
from the trailer.
“Retreat right now, and call for Theia-chan and Satomi-san!! We need their
Yurika quickly began incanting a defensive spell. If they fought them straight
on, Yurika and the soldiers would be destroyed in an instant. All she could
do now was to have the soldiers retreat and call for Koutarou and Theia
while she protected them.
Flying up into the sky, Theia and Koutarou could see Yurika struggling. She
was over a kilometer away, but their computers enlarged the image and
displayed her appearance.
Yurika was covered in scratches and dirt, and was desperately fighting. She
used defensive spells and illusions to hold off the attacks of six giants all on
her own. The shine in her eyes and her determined expression made a
clear distinction from her usual self.
“Yurika is getting beat up! Theia!”
“I know, cover your ears!”
Don't hit the trailer!
’’Who do you think you're talking to!!”
Theia repeatedly fired the large anti-material cannons above her shoulders.
The shells flew faster than the eye could see and assaulted the giant about
to attack Yurika. The shells didn't on impact, and instead destroyed the
barrier and crushed the giant's left arm.
“Theia, can you follow after me!?”
With Theia's attack, the giants, or more accurately their pilots, directed their
hostility towards Koutarou and Theia. To Koutarou, the hostility looked like
lines of spiritual energy, and avoiding those would allow them to dodge the
attacks. However, Theia couldn't do that. Her following after Koutarou
would allow her to dodge the attacks as well.
“Like I said, who do you think you're talking to!?”
Theia easily followed after Koutarou's complex movements. Thanks to that,
the two of them dodged all enemy fire. The only exception was guided
missiles, but Theia shot down them with her beam rifle as she dodged the
"... To my beloved princess”
The words that slipped out of Koutarou's mouth was how he really felt. That
was just how splendid Theia's moves were. Theia's athletic ability, kinetic
vision and reflexes were all beyond excellent. Moving like that while
accurately shooting at the same time was something only she could do.
“This isn't all I've got!!”
”Hey, don't get too full of yourself, that's dangerous!”
Eventually, Theia's and Koutarou's movements started to fall out of synch.
By doing that, Theia created openings to attack and back up Yurika. But at
the same time, it increased the risk that the enemy might be able to hit her.
This caused Koutarou to worry.
“You only feel like it's dangerous because you can only see spiritual
energy! Regardless of their intentions to attack, they can't attack at
tactically impossible timings!”
However, Koutarou's worry was for naught. Theia's announcement came
from the fact that her battle sensor had analyzed the giants' attack pattern,
and she accurately avoided the attacks while going on a counteroffensive.
Koutarou had nothing he could say as a comeback.
“...As you wish, My Princess”
Koutarou gave up on objecting and continued to avoid attacks so he could
be used as a reference for Theia. Satisfied with that, the edges of Theia's
lips lifted up into a smile.
“Fufu, that's more like it, my knight”
With Theia starting to attack back, the giants attack became less frequent.
Thanks to that, Koutarou and Theia stopped wasting time with dodging and
gained a few hundred meters in a short amount of time.
“Are you okay, Yurika!?”
Koutarou landed down on the ground and slid across it for a while using his
posture control booster to end up in front of Yurika to protect her.
“You did good, Yurika!”
Theia's voice came through Yurika's bracelet. She had stayed in the air to
make full use of the mobility of her Combat Dress.
Theia's attacks had benefited Yurika as well. Having taken an attack, the
giants had no choice but to attack Koutarou and Theia as well. Thanks to
that, the attacks on Yurika eased up, and Yurika was able to come back
from a dangerous spot.
“I'm okay, somehow! But I am so glad you came, I was almost at my limit...”
Yurika had injuries all over. Not only had she used up a lot of magical power
with her teleport, but she had also continuously protected the retreating
soldiers from the attacks of six giants. She had wounds all over her body
and her exhaustion made her steps sway.
“It's okay now. Just leave the rest to me and Theia... is what I would like to
say, but there's something you have to do too”
“The virus weapon?”
’’That's right! You enter the trailer and find the weapon while we are dealing
with the giants!”
Thanks to Yurika's efforts, the soldiers had safely escaped. With no need to
protect them any more, Koutarou and Theia should be able to handle the
six giants. While the two were fighting, Yurika could move over to their main
objective, to found the virus weapon. Looking at Yurika's state, this was the
most effective way to split up their roles.
“Okay, please start right away!”
Yurika nodded powerfully and her tired body readied her cane again. She
would now need to break through the openings that Koutarou and Theia
will open and get past the giants.
“Here I come!”
The first to move was, as expected, Theia. She fired several heat smoke
grenades into the area surrounding the giants from the cannons above her
shoulders. That caused high temperature smoke to wrap around the giants
and deprive them of their vision. With the high temperature, the heat
sensors wouldn't work. That was more than enough to conceal a person.
“Here we go, Yurika!”
Koutarou took the lead and began running. As his armor was starting up its
jamming, the giants couldn't tell that Koutarou was approaching.
One in the center, three to the right and two to the left. So the best would
be to pass through the left side of the middle one...
As the giants were mobile weapons with pilots inside, their auras could be
seen through the smoke. The loud operating sounds and footsteps also let
him know of their position.
“This should be enough of a handicap!”
As Koutarou passed through the gaps of two giants, he cut the giants legs.
Since the giants themselves had no aura, he couldn't accurately tell their
precise location, and couldn't cause a lot of damage. However, the two
giants ended up having to drag their legs.
“No, this is what you call a handicap!!”
The sound data of the giants approaching taken by Koutarou's armor was
shared with Theia who was flying in the air. Her Combat Dress' fire control
system analyzed that data to create holographic models and projected them
into Theia's vision. Now she too could see the giants.
Using that data for reference, Theia fired cannon shell after cannon shell.
She aimed for places where the pilots sitting in the center of the giants
wouldn't get hit. As a result, shells rained down on the shoulders and arms.
“Alright, we're past!”
“We did it!!”
While the giants were being stalled by Theia's bombardment, Koutarou and
Yurika safely made it past them. Fortunately, they weren't attacked by the
giants, and their defensive spell and barrier protected them from the heat of
“Go, Yurika! Don't worry about your back, I'll protect you!”
Koutarou stopped after getting past the giants, while Yurika continued
running. They each had different roles in this.
Yurika ran at full speed as she was told. Her role was to enter the trailer
and find the virus weapon. Koutarou's and Theia's roles were to stall the
giants here. Each of them fulfilling their roles was the condition for victory.
"... It's our turn now, Theia”
“No, it's my turn. You're only helping”
”So you really are angry”
”Of course!! Who wouldn't when your citizens and country is threatened by
”1 agree. As if I'd let Bandarion get his way!”
Yurika was convinced that she wouldn't get attacked from behind. Because
behind her was Forthorthe's strongest princess and the legendary knight
that had been revived after an eternity. That's why Yurika didn't show any
concern whatsoever to her back.
When the smoke cleared, what greeted the pilots of the giants was a
golden flag in the sky, drawn by lasers. The crest on that flag was a
gorgeous and beautiful flower in full bloom. The pilots knew very well who
that flag represented.
“It's Princess Theiamillis...”
“So the rumors of her going to the front on her own were true...”
The royal families had protected Forthorthe for over 2,000 years. So the
meaning behind one of their combat flags being raised was deep. It meant
surrender or lose, and the eyes of the golden haired girl, who had created
the flag, were saying the same thing.
“C-Calm down! Even if the royal family is undefeated, Her Majesty Elfaria
has committed crimes and will have her royal rights stripped! It's not like
we're facing real royalty!”
The squad captain called out to his subordinates over the communicator
and gave them words of encouragement. It was clear that he himself didn't
believe in them. His voice was trembling, and he was still referring to Elfaria
as Her Majesty. He was simply repeating his fagade, and couldn't even fool
“Besides, the battle has already begun! It's too late to beg for forgiveness
But even then, the squad captain pointed his large beam shotgun towards
Princess Theiamillis. However, that was not because of courage, but
because he had already attacked royalty and he was now feeling cornered.
The pilots didn't have to option to surrender.
“Follow the captain! Before we're all killed!”
The five subordinates followed after their advancing captain. They all knew
that the girl before them was not just lovely, but a natural born beast. If they
stood by idly, they would be devoured.
"... Even raising my flag only bought a few seconds, huh”
Princess Theiamillis readied her weapons with a fearless smile. Despite
facing six giants, her confidence remained unwavering, in contrast to the
pilots in the giants.
“Yurika got inside the trailer, that's more than enough, right?”
The knight guarding the princess readied a sword in each hand. He was
wearing a powered armor, but it couldn't compete with the giants. Normally,
they weren't opponents that should be feared, but the appearance of
Princess Theiamillis, and the coloring of the knight's armor made the pilots
feel a vague anxiety. The next moment, that anxiety became reality.
”As you wish, My Princess!”
The knight charged as he got backup by the princess. The missiles fired by
the princess kicked up a cloud of dirt, and the knight pushed through the
cloud and his dazzling sword approached. To counter that, the squad
captain leading his charge pointed his beam shotgun at the knight. He was
planning on shooting the knight point blank when the sword was repelled by
However, betraying the squad captain's expectations, the knight's right
sword easily cut through the barrier. As there was a vast difference in the
output from the generators that the armor and the giant had, this was an
impossible outcome. Next up, the knight swung his left sword, opening a
wide tear in the giant's thick armor.
“Uwaaaaaaaaaaa, don't come any closer!!”
Thrown into a panic by these attacks, the squad captain simply fired his
beam shotgun off repeatedly. Yet the knight easily dodged the scattered
beams fired from the shotgun.
“I can't hit!! I can't hit him!!”
As the shotgun fired scattered beams, it should be able to hit even fast
moving targets. Despite that, the knight didn't get hit. This was in part to the
knight reading ahead and dodging, but also because he was at such close
range that his sword could reach, so the beams didn't have enough time to
’’Don't just stand there and look, you fire too!”
Seeing the captain struggling to hit the knight, the other giants fired as one.
But the knight being too close to their ally, only few shots hit the knight. As
they were firing scattered beams, only having a few hit wouldn't cause that
much damage, and the barrier from the knight's armor blocked them all.
“They seem to be in a fluster”
“There's six of them, so if they used them well they could defeat us...”
Of course, the knight didn't continue to just take the attacks. In the brief
stops between his dodges he teamed up with the princess to attack the
giants weak spots, their legs. Because of that, the giants became visibly
“It's not like there are six of Elexis. And they're seeing us for the first time”
”So they're dealing with unfamiliar enemies while unable to make full use of
their units, huh”
While things were becoming one-sided, it wasn't that the giants were weak.
Nor was the knight and princess too strong. The problem was that they
were fighting against unknown enemies in crafts they hadn't mastered, and
worst of all, they felt immense pressure from fight against royalty.
“Hey, Theia, I said don't get reckless!”
”It's okay. This way—”
The princess who was supporting the knight from the rear was all of a
sudden really close. She pointed the large piledriver attached to her left arm
at the giant right in front of her.
“— they'll panic even more!”
The hammerhead sent flying by a loud explosion easily blew off the giant's
head. With the head blown off, the pilot inside of the giant could see the
princess with his very own eyes.
That's Her Highness, that's without a doubt Princess Theiamillis...!
Bathed in sunlight, the sight of Princess Theiamillis, equipped with a
piledriver that was spewing out steam, evoked a somewhat divine feeling.
She soon activated her boosters and vanished, but the pilot that had seen
her was overcome with a sense that there was no way they could win, and
began feeling regret.
Eventually that confusion and regret spread through the entire squad. With
that, both the offense and defence of the giants greatly fell, and the knight
and princess gained the upper hand. While the princess had been a
reckless, the overall outcome was in fact safer. The pilots had been
Just after Koutarou’s and Theia’s battle against the giants had begun,
Yurika successfully entered the trailer’s cargo compartment from the hatch
at the rear. The insides of the cargo compartment of a trailer in Forthorthe
was at least three times larger in every dimension than when compared to
that of one from Earth.
"... The virus’ containment vessel... the containment vessel...”
Yurika began exploring the cargo compartment. Immediately after entering
were six metal fixtures where Yurika believed that the giants had been lying
down. Believing that entering and leaving the trailer from that position would
be more convenient, Yurika headed deeper into the cargo compartment.
"... This probably isn’t it... it should be something more sturdy... besides, it
doesn’t have any ‘Danger!’ markings...”
Several large boxes were lined up deeper inside the cargo compartment.
However, none of them looked to be that sturdy. Not even Yurika, with her
lack of knowledge, believed that a virus would be kept in a wooden or
plastic container. She peeked inside of them just in case, but as expected
they were just food or other general merchandise, in other words, normal
“Ah, t-this is!?”
However, as Yurika was looking through the boxes of supplies, she
discovered a large white box that had almost been hidden by the other
boxes. The overall appearance of that box was completely different from the
other boxes. It was made completely out of metal, and sounds of machinery
came from it. It also had several red and yellow marks that really stuck out.
“This is it! It has to be this box!”
The marks on the box looked familiar to Yurika. It was a Forthorthe warning
mark, and she had come across several times inside of Theia’s Blue Knight.
It was the kind of ‘Danger!’ mark that she was looking for.
“I should open it up... right after, just in case...”
Yurika pointed the tip of her cane at the box. She didn’t know what was
going on inside of the box, so she was going to use a spell to find out.
Yurika cast a spell to let her see through things. That allowed her vision to
pierce the thick box and see what lay within.
“Could this black stuff be the virus weapon!?”
Inside the box was a metallic pedestal, and affixed to it was a cylindrical,
transparent case. The pedestal looked sturdy and some shaking or impacts
wouldn’t make the case fall. In fact, the case still looked unharmed, and
within it was a black liquid, and for each step a giant on the outside took,
the liquid shook. From the way it moved, it looked like it was very stick.
“It looks muddled and yucky... but, I should be able to open the box. I don’t
have any time so I have to be bold!”
After looking inside the box and confirming that it was safe, Yurika put her
hand on the grip attached to the box and pulled it down.
The side with the grip attached served as the boxes door, and the hinges
on the side creaked a little as it opened. As the door opened, large amounts
of cold air came spewing out. The mechanical sounds were to create this
cold air. The box functioned as a refrigerator.
"... There’s no doubt, this is it...”
Yurika felt something very ominous when she saw the black liquid within the
case with her own eyes, instead of using magic. That made her sense that
this was definitely the virus weapon.
“T-That’s right, I have to— eh, huh?”
Just when Yurika was about to activate her communications device to
report that she had found the virus weapon, she noticed something strange
attached to the cylindrical case containing it. It was a metallic box, and on
the surface were characters being displayed. Those characters changed as
“What is this...”
Perplexed, Yurika pushed her bracelet closer to the case and activated the
translation device instead of the communications device. A weak laser fired
out from the bracelet, and read the characters on the surface of the box,
rewriting them into characters she could understand.
“59, 58, 57, 56... some kind of numbers?”
What was being displayed on the surface of the box was numbers counting
down. Not understanding what that meant, Yurika tilted her head in
confusion. However, the shape of the box made her associate it with a
certain thing. This certain thing would sometimes appear in the anime and
manga she looked at.
“T-This couldn’t be... could it!?”
Yurika felt like this association was correct. And if it really was, things would
be really bad. That’s why this time she did activate her communications
device, and purposefully chose not to encrypt her message as she sent it
over all frequencies.
“I found the virus weapon!! But there’s a bomb attached to it!! It will explode
in less than a minute!!”
The displayed numbers were a countdown.
The small box was a bomb.
The virus weapon packed into the trailer had been set up to explode and
spread once the time was right.
Bandarion had schemed to use the virus weapon to corner the Elfaria
faction. However, the utmost care was necessary. If the virus wasn’t spread
at the correct place at the correct time, Bandarion would be the one who
would be cornered.
The first question was if the Elfaria faction would show up to blow up the
containment vessel. That problem was resolved with a fake Elfaria faction
squad. If the fake squad destroyed the trailer, the virus would definitely be
However, that alone wasn’t enough for Bandarion, and he prepared another
safety precaution. His worries weren’t just the one point above. If the
information that the trailer was transporting a virus leaked, the Elfaria
faction might try to stop it. Depending on the circumstances, the fake squad
might be defeated. And even if information wasn’t leaked, the fake squad
might be detected. In other to resolve those kinds of problems, a bomb was
set on the virus’ containment vessel.
The bomb had a very elaborate make, and based on the situation, two
different types of explosions were possible. The first was a small explosion
intended to spread the virus. The other was a large explosion to destroy all
evidence in the case that the virus weapon was taken away. The latter half
didn’t guarantee that the virus would be completely destroyed, but the
evidence of the virus being transported would be destroyed.
The countdown was currently working its way down for the former
explosion. It would be made to look like Koutarou’s and the others’ attack
had destroyed the containment vessel. Even if some were to see the
explosion, they would soon die from the virus. With the Elfaria faction
having an inferior force, they wouldn’t be able to secure the area after the
virus had been spread, allowing Bandarion’s side to cover up the evidence
at their leisure.
Hearing Yurika’s report, Theia quickly fired off a flare and shouted into her
“Everyone hearing this message, regardless of side are to withdraw
immediately! Get as far away from the trailer as you can! If possible, head
in the direction of the wind!”
The communications device delivered Theia’s words across all frequency
bands. The flare and her words shared the same meaning. With a bomb
attached to the virus, there was no longer any more time to fight. The
Elfaria faction obeyed Theia and began an immediate retreat. However, as
expected, the imperial army on Bandarion’s side didn’t move.
“And a time bomb!?”
”W-What do we do, captain!”
They had heard Yurika’s and Theia’s words as well. However, they couldn’t
just believe them right away. The fake squad in the forest had been told that
the Elfaria faction were carrying mobile weapons on the trailer. The giants
on the trailer were only being moved to the front lines. Neither of them ever
imagined a virus weapon being transported on the trailer. They knew they
had to escape right away if Theia and Yurika were speaking the truth.
However, if it was a lie to confuse them, and they believed it, they would be
responsible for a massive blunder. They would receive an intense scolding
and punishment. The imperial army couldn’t move.
“Driver, can you hear me!?”
The only one calm was the captain of the six giants. He quickly activated
his communications device and called for the trailer’s driver.
“Confirm it with the cameras of the cargo compartment!! Can you see
something like it!?”
“Wait a moment... I can see it! A refrigerated container with warning
markings over it, with its door open and a girl looking inside!”
The camera feed was sent to the giants’ cockpits. On it they could see a
girl, Yurika, staring into an open container.
The squad captain pulled on his emergency lever to blow away the
cockpit’s hatch, and hurriedly jumped out of his unit, before running towards
the trailer without a weapon in hand.
“Captain, where are you going!?”
“You guys fall back! I will confirm the truth!”
The captain’s actions were due to his sense of duty. Theia’s and Yurika’s
words were most likely the truth, but he couldn’t just withdraw like that
without any evidence. He needed to confirm the existence of both the virus
weapon and the bomb.
“Send out the retreat signal! And use all frequency bands to keep civilians
and allies from approaching!”
The squad of giants broke off from combat and began retreating in an
orderly fashion. The units that had taken a lot of damage were abandoned
and only the pilot transferred over to an ally unit. From their appearance it
seemed clear that they were seriously retreating.
“Theia, we’re going too!”
“Yurika, wait there! We’ll come to you!”
With the imperial army retreating, Koutarou and Theia could move freely.
The two turned their backs on the giants and headed towards the trailer’s
cargo compartment. As the two reached the hatch, Yurika appeared from
inside. She was carrying the containment vessel, but her steps were
wavering due to its weight.
“Miss, give that over here!”
“T-Thank you very much!”
Noticing that Yurika was having trouble, the squad captain received the
containment vessel from her. Upon receiving it, his expression turned grim.
A case containing something virus-like, with a bomb attached to it... they
were correct!! Which means that we were just some sacrificial pawns from
the very beginning!!
While it wasn’t certain if it was a real virus or not. However, with it being
placed within the trailer it was clear that Theia and Yurika weren’t lying.
Thanks to that, the captain lost all intentions of fighting. Being treated as a
sacrifical pawn, he was deprived of his will to fight. Instead, anger at the
upper brass of the military flared up.
“How does it look!?”
“Your Highness, there’s only 30 seconds left on the countdown!”
The captain obediently reported to Theia, as if he was an Elfaria faction
soldier. The anger he felt towards the military was what drove him to do so.
“Can’t you defuse it!?”
“There’s no time for that! If we had found it five minutes earlier...”
The bomb attached to the containment vessel wasn’t anything special. With
enough time, even the captain could defuse it. However, 30 seconds was
not enough time. Defusing it was impossible.
“Can’t we just remove the bomb and throw it away?”
“If we try to force it off, it will explode! It will only speed up the time we have
left before it explodes”
“Which means we only have one option”
Listening to the discussion, Koutarou opened the front of his armor and
quickly stepped out.
What are you going to do, Koutarou!?
“Let’s gather all explosives we can find to make the explosion bigger. We’ll
burn up the virus with that”
"... I see, it’ll be a wager, but that’s all we can do in this situation”
Koutarou’s idea was to burn up the virus. If they just waited for the bomb to
go off, they’d be facing a disaster. If they didn’t have the time to defuse it or
throw it into space, the only option they had was to make the explosion as
big as possible to incinerate the virus. By exploding the armor’s generator
and having the ammunition explode as well would rise the temperature at
the time of explosion. But even doing all of that, there was no guarantee
that the virus would be completely burned up. It was a wager with very poor
"... Please wait. I’ll do something about it!”
However, as they were about to execute their plan, Yurika stopped
Koutarou and the others. A strong determination resided within her eyes
Having been cornered, she had returned to her magical girl self.
“Can you do it, Yurika!?”
’’There’s no guarantee, but I think it will be better than just making the
’’Then we’ll leave it to you! Show us what you can do, Yurika!”
Upon looking at Yurika, Theia made her decision right away. She could
entrust it to Yurika the way she was. Theia knew that very well.
Yurika nodded firmly and held her cane in both hands. There was little time
left. She had to start right away.
“Everyone, just in case, get around be and put up your barriers. Even if I
fail, that might still work”
There was a mere ten seconds left. There would be no do-overs. This was
their first and final move. However, Yurika wasn’t losing her nerve. With
eyes and voice full of determination, she began her incantation.
“Perfect Force Field - Modifier - Maximize”
For some reason, Yurika was casting a defensive spell. Moreover, she
poured all of her remaining magical power into it. What was even more
perplexing was that the spell was cast on the containment vessel that had
been left on the ground.
“You’re planning to contain the explosion with that spell!? But even then—”
“No! The real battle starts here!”
Yurika interrupted Theia and brandished her cane.
Yurika’s spell wasn’t over yet. The defensive spell Yurika had cast created
a globe stretched over ten meters in diameter with the containment vessel
at the center. With Yurika’s follow-up incantation, that field began shrinking.
Ten meters turned to eight, eventually reaching six. It’s size rapidly began
“Yurika, it’s exploding!”
The bomb attached to the containment vessel exploded as Yurika’s
defensive spell reached a diameter of two meters. The explosion occurred
within that small space, and it glowed like a small sun. Even then, Yurika
didn’t stop shrinking her field, and its diameter was reduced even more.
“I see, Yurika, so that’s what you were thinking!!”
That was where realized what Yurika was doing. First off, Yurika created a
large globe-shaped defensive spell, and closed in a large amount of air.
Next she compressed the air as much as she could, and the globe was now
less than 1 meter in diameter. The explosion occurred in that small space.
The scale of the explosion was far from large, but due to the compression,
the pressure and temperature greatly increased. In other words, Yurika
made use of the compression and the explosion to create situation like the
nightmare she had experienced during the re-entry into the atmosphere.
“Naaaaaaaah, Aaaaaah, Waaaaaaah!!”
Of course, that put a great deal of strain on the defensive spell, and the
load on Yurika drastically increased. In fact, the defensive spell covering the
compressed air was blinking and looked like it would disappear at any
“Signaltin, give Yurika your power!!”
The one to save Yurika from the danger was Koutarou. He pulled out
Signaltin’s vast magical power and poured it into Yurika. The moment
Signaltin’s white magical power touched Yurika, it turned yellow and the
light of the defensive spell increased.
“How about thiiiiisss!!”
While borrowing Koutarou’s help, Yurika mustered the last of her powers to
compress the space even further. The space had now been compressed
into a spherical space just a few centimeters in diameter. With the
fragments of the containment vessel still inside, the actual available space
was even less. In that tiny amount of space was enough area to fill a globe
ten meters in diameter, and the explosive force of an explosion. With that,
the pressure and temperature generated inside had far exceeded that of an
atmospheric re-entry, for just a short amount of time. And in that harsh,
hellish environment, there was no way for the virus to survive.
By the time it was all over, Yurika had lost consciousness while stilling
gripping onto her cane. She had given it her all until the very end, and
literally run out of strength. The reason why she hadn’t let go of her cane
despite that was surely because she was a magical girl of love and
"... You did good, Yurika”
Koutarou held up Yurika and put her on his back. When Koutarou held onto
her, all tension left Yurika’s body and she simply leaned over his back. Even
though she was unconscious, she looked surprisingly a lot like she usually
did when she was lazily lying around.
“It looks like the virus was completely incinerated... Well done, Yurika”
In the direction Yurika’s cane was pointed was nothing but ash and a
melted containment vessel. Regardless of what was inside, it had all been
burnt up. That much was clear to anyone.
“Make sure you thank her properly when she wakes up”
”1 know. Don’t lump me in with you”
The atmosphere between Koutarou and Theia eased up quite a bit. They
had only just escaped a deadly situation, so it was only to be expected. The
captain who was with them felt the same, and he was lying down with his
limbs stretched out a bit further away from the others.
"... Phew, looks like it all ended safely”
That was when a voice came from above Koutarou.
When he looked up, he saw Elexis, Maya and six magical girls. With Elexis
at the lead, they landed one after another in front of Koutarou and the
others. They looked tired, but all eight were safe.
“Now then, Koutarou-kun, I believe we have a mutual problem”
”1 know. Whether to settle things with us or not, right?”
With the Bandarion’s virus weapon incident settled, Koutarou’s and Elexis’
groups would return to their normal relationship. That relationship being
enemies, and if they faced one another they had to fight.
“Honestly, us fighting here wouldn’t be good. There’s too many eyes on us”
Elexis shrugged as he spoke in an easygoing manner. The captain was still
plopped down a bit off, and Bandarion most likely had some intentionally
placed journalists recording them. Moreover, the army likely had some
satellites pointed at them. If they were to carelessly fight here, Bandarion
would find out that Elexis was involved, and their position would worsen. As
Signaltin couldn't dispel their disguises, it was a deadly weapon to them
"... And we have fewer numbers”
The problem for Koutarou and the others were simply that they lacked
forces. With Yurika unconscious, it would be a two vs eight.If they fought,
Koutarou and Theia would certainly lose. While they might be able to take
two down with them each, that was their limit.
“So as a proposal... why don’t we just get along for today? To avoid ruining
each others’ future”
Elexis suggested that they avoided fighting. Both of them had reasons to
not fight. If they got stubborn and fought anyways, the future for both sides
would be ruined. It would be a meaningless fight for both sides.
“What do we do, Theia?”
Hearing Elexis’ proposal, wrinkles appeared on Theia’s forehead. With her
personality, she didn’t like avoiding a fight. She believed that royalty should
break through the front.
“Princess, you should decide to get along with us fast. Crim-chan is just
oozing to get into a fight”
“How rude, I can think about the future too”
However, Orange’s and Crimson’s words made Theia calm down. Fighting
was easy, but thinking about the future, in other words, the country and its
citizens, fighting here was foolish. Even the legendary Princess Alaia threw
away her pride for the sake of her country and its people, and had tried to
stop the fighting.
“I got it. I’ll accept those conditions”
’’Thank you, Your Highness”
Maya flashed a smile full of meaning. If she were to be honest, she wanted
to fight. But she had accepted it. Her wish to let the people of Folsaria
return to Forthorthe was similar to Theia’s feelings. The meaning behind
Maya’s smile was very similar to something like sympathy for Theia.
“But tomorrow, we’ll be back to enemies. We’ll definitely defeat you!”
“Just the way we want it. And we will definitely win”
Theia and Maya had fearless smiles as they stared at each other. The two
felt the same way even here. Elexis who looked at the two let out chuckle
and whispered to Koutarou.
"... It looks like we’re both having a hard time thanks to women”
“... Looks like it”
Elexis was without a doubt an enemy, they usually never saw eye to eye on
something, and had been through a lot thanks to one another. However,
Koutarou forgot that and nodded. He truly felt that way thanks to having
overcome a danger so great he forgot about fighting for a while.
“I can hear you! You insubordinate fool!”
“El!! What is that supposed to mean!?”
They both had sharp ears, and they got angry the same way. Koutarou and
Elexis looked at each other and smiled wryly, before slumping their
shoulders and sighing at the same time.
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The Silver Sword
Wednesday, November 24
When first hearing the report from Granado, Bandarion didn’t believe what
he was hearing at first. That was just how confident he was in his plan.
“Is that true, Granado!? Was the spreading of the virus really prevented!?”
“There’s no doubting it. Princess Theiamillis herself took control of the
situation, and the virus was disposed before it had a chance to spread”
“To think she could see through all of that... curse it!”
Unable to hide his irritation, Bandarion slammed his large fist into his sofa’s
armrest. The sofa used high quality wood and was well made, but it
creaked under the force behind his fist. That was just how much frustration
was behind his blow.
“Get to investigating where the information leak came from right away!”
“I have already instructed an investigation to begin. But Bandarion-sama,
there is an even greater problem”
Bandarion was in a bad mood, and his tone of voice aggressive. However,
Granado who had known him for a long time remained unfazed and calmly
operated the panel nearby. Granado knew that Bandarion’s anger was not
directed at him.
“Please take a look at this”
Bandarion and Granado were in Bandarion’s private room. It was filled with
luxurious furniture and it was the room where Bandarion spent his private
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time. However, the room was often used for secret talks as well, and a
computer that allowed for the creation of a large hologram had been
installed. The computer turned some specific video in holograms.
“This is footage from news that was broadcast recently. Intentionally staging
the incident nearby journalists backfired on us. The battle on Alaia was
reported on in real time”
Appearing on the hologram was Princess Theiamillis and a knight in blue
armor serving as her guard, and they were fighting against giant humanoid
mobile weapons. The teamwork between the two was perfect, and despite
the numerical disadvantage of a six vs two fight, they gradually cornered
the giants. It was the sight of a princess and her knight that the people
The ones that recorded the video was a news organization that had been
there for an unrelated interview and were being escorted by the Elfaria
faction. The Elfaria faction would fall into a trap, and the media under their
protection would capture all of it. By doing that, the report would have
increased credibility, and should help corner the Elfaria faction, it could
even help change the media’s stance. That was the original plan.
However, the trap that had so many precautions had been seen through,
and what was broadcast ended up benefitting the Elfaria faction. The video
of the princess’ and her knight’s outstanding performance was broadcasted,
what’s more was that rumors that the Bandarion side were planning on
using a virus weapon starting arising. The news organization that had
noticed the fighting attentively listened to all communications, and even
though there was jamming in place, they would partially pick up Yurika’s
and Theia’s warnings.
As a result, a lot of things backfired. There was of course the miscalculation
with the news organization, but the explosion of the virus weapon had been
prevented, and it was safe to assume that evidence such as recordings and
remains of the explosive device had fallen into the Elfaria faction’s hands.
The public opinion would likely sway from this. Depending on the
circumstances, the aggressive strategies made possible by the backing of
the public might be impossible in the future. The entire thing could only be
called a big blunder.
My worrying of that kid’s rise to power was what caused this failure, huh...
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Bandarion was aware of the reason for this failure. Sensing danger as
Elexis distinguished himself, Bandarion forcibly tried to change the
situation. As a result, he had to pay a steep price.
"... Reckless pride will sweep the rug from out under my feet, huh”
“This time problems appeared from fundamental places”
“So even if it wasn’t for my pride, information would leak and the results
would be the same, is it... You sure are calm, Granado”
“In that sense, failing here might have been good timing. This failure can
still be recovered from”
The public opinion might change, but they were still overwhelming them in
terms of forces. There was also the fact that Elfaria was still running from
the trial. While it was an incredibly large blunder, it wasn’t a fatal mistake.
Like Granado said, they could still recover.
“Let’s recover from this situation immediately. We’ll stick to fair play for now”
“I believe that is for the best. Our openings will become smaller with that as
Satisfied that Bandarion had regained his cool, Granado nodded. Granado
was a man who rarely showed emotion, but he was clearly satisfied now. In
other words, he placed special importance on that part. Sensing that,
Bandarion showed a smile, something he rarely ever showed others.
"... Granado, I’m glad that you’re with me”
’’Your words are wasted on me”
”l’d like you to share some of that ice cold calmness of yours”
’’However, I don’t have willpower like flame as you do, Bandarion-sama. In
that case, it was only destiny that we would combine our powers of fire and
’’Well said! If that is destiny, then domination of the country will surely be
Bandarion’s calm had temporarily vanished, and he had lost sight of
himself. However, he had a trusted comrade and old friend in Granado,
which allowed him to regain his cool. Unless the cooperation of these two
was destroyed, Elfaria and Theia would be far from victory.
On the night after the fight had concluded, Yurika, Koutarou and Theia
safely reunited with their friends. The location was a base in Pardomshiha
territory. Koutarou and the others weren’t the only ones that had come
there, as captured imperial army soldiers had been taken to the location as
well. Upon hearing the circumstances from the soldiers, the whole content
of Bandarion’s trap became clear.
The soldiers on the trailer had only been told that they were transporting
giant mobile weapons to the frontlines, and the metallic box that contained
the virus weapon had been explained away as chemicals intended for
maintenance. That’s why when they were attacked, they simply believed
the Elfaria faction was attacking and went on a counteroffensive using the
giants. The thought of protecting the trailer never occurred to them. They
were sacrificial pawns that didn’t know the truth.
The fake Elfaria faction soldiers in the woods had similar circumstances.
They had been told that the Elfaria faction was transporting mobile
weapons, and they were given the order to disguise themselves and
approach the trailer to destroy it. They, of course, hadn’t heard anything
about a virus in the cargo, nor did they know that soldiers on their own side
was within the trailer. If Theia and the others hadn’t gotten a hold of the
information, they would face a fate worse than sacrificial pawns. They
would be framed as Elfaria faction soldiers that had spread a virus weapon,
and the virus would kill them. The disguised soldiers had been sent to be
framed as Elfaria faction soldiers, using biological weapons for terrorism.
Fortunately, they had been able to escape from Bandarion’s conspiracy.
Their testimonies and the large amount of evidence would prove the
existence of Bandarion’s conspiracy. Elfaria would use this conspiracy as a
weapon in her showdown against Bandarion.
“Curse you, Bandarion!! To think you’d use such a cruel plan... what do you
take the lives of your allies and citizens for!? Is that something a human
Upon hearing the report and fully understanding the situation, Theia was
enraged. Her loud voice echoed through the command room, and Koutarou
and the others sitting with her all opened their eyes wide.
“Calm down, Theia! They say the one that gets mad loses!”
”1 won’t lose!! As if I would ever lose!! I would never hand over Forthorthe
and its citizens to a heartless man like that!!”
Unlike Elfaria who was angry, but remained Calm, her daughter Theia was
erupting with rage. She couldn’t stand Bandarion using the lives of others
as pawns in a game. He wanted to trample everything Theia and the rest of
the royal families had desperately protected, the lives of the citizens.
Because of that, Theia completely lost sight of herself, and not even the
words of her friends could reach her.
“Theia-chan really is a princess, isn’t she... Did you feel the same way
inside too, Kiriha-san?”
“Well, my heart was certainly not calm when my hometown turned into a
battlefield, and many lives of the People of the Earth were lost. That’s why I
understand how Theia-dono feels”
“Me too. Alaia-sama felt the same way when she stood up. Her expressions
were a little more calm though...”
While the girls of room 106 might sympathize with Theia’s feelings, they
were unable to call out. Being from a different country on a different planet,
they couldn’t find the right words. The difference in thinking of history,
culture and political structure had reduced them to only being able to speak
with simple sympathy. It became a difficult problem because they were
considerate of her.
“Clan-san, you sure are calm, aren’t you? Is that a difference in
While everyone was struggling to say something, Maki could think of a
single person who might be able to call out to Theia. That was Clan,
another princess just like Theia. However Clan blushed with
embarrassment when Maki turned to her.
“Our personalities are different, but in my case, uhm... a year and a little
more ago, I was... what I mean was that I feel more regret, or shame, than
“I understand how you feel. I feel the same way about Darkness Rainbow”
In Clan’s case, she had been on the conspiracy side of things in the past.
That’s why upon seeing Bandarion’s evil deeds, she felt anger, but she was
also made to look at what she had objectively done herself and reflection
and regret accompanied her anger. In order to call out to Theia, she needed
to shelve her own past, which made her words more palpable. Having
formerly been in Darkness Rainbow, Maki felt the same way.
“Then it’s Satomi-kun’s time to shine”
“You’re the only one related to 2,000 years ago and now, right?”
Shizuka believed that Koutarou was the only one whose words wouldn’t just
be simple sympathy. In the past he had saved Forthorthe alongside Alaia,
and he had now risen up against another national crisis. At the same time
he was an example of how Forthorthians lived. Shizuka concluded that if
Koutarou couldn’t do it, nobody else could.
“Landlord-san, I’m not that great of a person. Besides, I’m an Earthling”
“Shut up! Get going!”
Shizuka refused to listen to Koutarou’s rebuttal and forcibly pushed him
forwards. Using the precise use of force made possible thanks to her
martial arts training, Koutarou stopped right before Theia.
“You feel the same way, don’t you Koutarou!!”
As Koutarou appeared before her, Theia sought after his agreement.
However, having not listened for a moment, Koutarou was unable to
answer. When he did, Theia’s anger turned towards him.
“What, you don’t!?”
“Calm down first, okay?”
“If you’re a knight, why won’t you say that you’ll defeat Bandarion!! Don’t
you have any pride!?
Up until now, Theia’s anger had been directed at Bandarion and had
nowhere to go. But now, she had obtained Koutarou, a proper place to take
her anger out on. Koutarou didn’t know if he could properly persuade Theia
or not, but she would likely calm down regardless in a little while. The girls
knew that, and they watched the situation unfold with smiles.
When confronted with Theia’s intense rage, Koutarou first tried to calm he
down. But after a few minutes, he had lost his patience and the two ended
up having a screaming match. That eventually turned physical and the two
got into a brawl.
At first Lord Pardomshiha tried to stop them. But before he could start, his
daughter Ruth stopped him. At first he didn’t know the reason why he had
been stopped, but as he looked at the two brawl, he began to understand.
“Dieee! Justdieee! You damned disloyalist!!”
“You crappy princess, I won’t forgive you today!”
”lf you think you can do something, then try it!!”
”l’ll beat you up so bad that washboard of yours starts swelling up!!”
’’Now you’ve said it, you hack knight! You don’t even know my chest has
Despite the intense screaming and attacking, there were no critical words of
attacks unleashed. Before she knew it, Theia’s anger towards Bandarion
had disappeared, and she was now single-mindedly throwing her emotions
at Koutarou. After looking at the two for a moment, Lord Pardomshiha
reached a certain conclusion.
"... So Her Highness Theiamillis is your rival in love. You’ve got a strong
Neither of them had any intentions of harming the other. Theia was simply
depending on Koutarou. That’s why Elfaria and her friends left them be.
Besides, someone who was able to get into a fist fight with the princess of a
country was definitely special.
“Father... no, Her Highness not an opponent”
Ruth’s eyes opened wide for a moment upon hearing Lord Pardomshiha’s
words, but she eventually blushed a little and shook her head.
“That’s awfully confident for you”
Lord Pardomshiha thought that her daughter was confident. He was
impressed by her reaction as she was always so serious and slow to
mature. However, Ruth smiled wryly and shook her head one more time.
“It’s the opposite. If anything I don’t have any confidence at all”
“In order to get him to turn our way, I need to work together with Her
“Is he that hard to deal with? He certainly doesn’t look like it...”
Ruth said that it was hard for her to get Koutarou to look her way on her
own. But upon seeing Koutarou for himself, Lord Pardomshiha believed
Koutarou to be a perfectly normal boy. While he might get laughed at for
being a doting parent if he were to say it out loud, he couldn’t imagine the
boy being able to ignore Ruth’s charm.
“He is more serious than me, firmly keeps to reason, and doesn’t even
hesitate to correct someone’s mistakes, even if they’re royalty... he’s like the
very model of knights. And because of that, nobody can reach him”
Deep trust and love could be seen in Ruth’s eyes when she spoke of
Koutarou. Lord Pardomshiha believed it was only natural for him to be
serious if Ruth had fallen for him. However, he objected to him being
“At that age, he looks like he’d easily bend over from some sex appeal...”
Ruth adamantly shook her head. If he was someone that could be moved
by something like that, Ruth wouldn’t have gotten this involved with
Koutarou. It was because he didn’t move at all that her feelings for him
“After all... not even the legendary Princess Alaia could stop him on her
Not even Princess Alaia, often spoken of as a legend, could get Koutarou to
stop being a knight. Ruth didn’t have to confidence to think she could do
something that Alaia couldn’t.
“Princess Alaia!? What are you say— Ah!?”
Lord Pardomshiha realized something and hurriedly looked at Koutarou. On
his waist were to swords, a golden and a silver one, he saw the crests
carved into them, and he saw his shining blue armor. If that wasn’t just his
hobby, but something born out of necessity, then...
A shock that shook Lord Pardomshiha’s entire body assaulted him.
“Impossible! Ruth, are you serious!? If that’s the truth, then is that boy!?”
Lord Pardomshiha was starting to understand what Ruth was telling him.
Though he couldn’t easily believe it. It was far easier to doubt his
daughter's sanity than to accept that as the truth.
“Yes, it’s just as you think”
”W-What!? Then he... is that man—”
“That man is Satomi Koutarou-sama. He wears a beautiful blue armor,
wields a dazzling silver sword, has defeated a giant dragon, and saved the
country in the middle of a coup d’etat. The legendary knight—”
In contrast to Lord Pardomshiha who was confused, Ruth was extremely
calm and spoke clearly of who the man in the middle of a fist fight with
“— whom we have called Reios Fatra Bertorion in the past, a man
everyone knows of”
Ruth was proud. She had been able to introduce the person she held dear
to her father. That’s why she puffed up her chest in a dignified manner and
“— Are you saying that he’s the Blue Knight!?”
However, to Lord Pardomshiha that was a big misfortune. Ruth’s words
made him feel like his heart was about to stop.
Using a private route, and the magic of Darkness Rainbow, escaping from
the planet of Alaia wasn’t all that difficult. DKI wasn’t a company that was
being especially watched. If anything, the guard around them was lessened
as they worked together with the army. That’s why Elexis had returned to
his company headquarters in Forthorthe, on the afternoon the day after the
“Looking at yourself in the news... haven’t you become quite the star?”
“Maya, you’ve been picking fights a lot since yesterday. Did something you
didn’t like happen?”
’’Not really. I’m the same as always”
Having returned to his private room in the company HQ, Elexis began
staring at his computer immediately after stepping through the door. He was
gathering information. He was in particular gathering information on the
battle yesterday. There was a lot of things he needed to know, such as how
the public opinion was moving, or if their disguise had been seen through
and such. He used all kinds of methods, such as reading news on the
networks, and buying information from acquainted informants.
“Just do as you please, you don’t have to think about me. I’ll do my own
Maya sat down on the sofa in the corner of the room and drank alcohol on
her own, in a foul mood. Elexis had noticed her bad mood since yesterday,
but he didn’t know the reason. But if he was the reason, she would have left
the room, so he figured something unpleasant must have happened. That’s
why Elexis thought of joining her drinking after he finished what he was
“Now, now, I’ll join you with your drinking, just wait a little more. There’s
something that caught my interest”
“Caught your interest?”
As if satisfied with Elexis’ words, or having had her own interest drummed
up by his, Maya picked up her bottle and glasses and headed towards
Elexis moved the hologram so that Maya could see, and replayed it from the
start. It was a news broadcast by one of Forthorthe’s networks.
“This is footage of the battle yesterday, isn’t it?”
Maya peeked at the video through the corner of her eyes, as she handed
Elexis a glass and began pouring. The alcohol was from Forthorthe and
made using fruits growing there, and a mellow smell filled the room.
“That’s right, but this is what I want you to pay attention to”
Elexis drank from his glass with his right hand while using his left hand to
operate the panel. As he did, messages appeared as if surrounding the
hologram. Information networks in Forthorthe allowed people to put
messages directly on parts of the video that stood out.
“What’s this? The boy’s completely buried in characters”
’’That’s right. Everyone is paying attention to Koutarou-kun”
As Koutarou appeared, his surroundings was completely covered in
characters, and he himself could barely be seen. His armor’s blue color
could sometimes be seen through the messages.
“I understand how they feel. Everyone looking at this video would be
reminded of the name of a certain individual who appears in our history”
Elexis operated the panel once more and removed the messages. Just
then, Koutarou was chasing away the giant mobile weapons. That was
when the video returned to the studio, and the news casters, and an
explanation of the details regarding the battle began. Since Elexis knew
about the details, he stopped the video, and started up a new one.
“And there are a lot of links from that video to this one”
”Oh... this is the boy too. And in private? Where did this come from?”
’’Based on the height of the camera and the surroundings, it seems like it’s
a child recording”
’’And that was leaked for some reason?”
“Something like that, I’d wager. Take a look, you can see a lot of inhuman
A video, most likely filmed by a young child, by the title of The Blue Knight
found’ had been uploaded to the information that connected all of
Forthorthe some days ago. The video was of one boy, jumping around. On
the video was the boy in question moving in amazing ways that one
wouldn’t expect from a human.
At first, the video had been considered worthless. As the moves recorded
were so far from what humans could do, it was suspected to contain
doctored footage. But once the battle on Alaia was broadcast, this video got
a lot more attention. The battle had been recorded by several cameras, and
showed the fighting prowess of a knight in blue armor. As a result, it was
proven that he could actually move like that.
“And this is what’s truly extraordinary”
Unlike the video of the combat on Alaia, where the journalists were far
away, the video The Blue Knight found’ was taken up close, and it showed
the boy’s expression and more detailed movements. As a result, the video
caught the interest of a lot of people. What attracted the attention of people
the most was his possession.
“The boy’s... sword?”
“That’s right. This silver sword... I hadn’t really thought about it that much
before, but if this sword is ‘that sword, then the situation will become a little
Thinking it over again, Elexis realized there had been a lot of hints.
A blue armor, the relationship between the boy and the princess, a giant red
dragon, the boy knowing that Folsaria consisted of the descendants of
Grevanas and his magicians. And most of all, the silver sword being
displayed on the hologram. Elexis had experienced the sword’s frightening
power first hand.
There was also a lot of circumstantial evidence. They were indirect, but
they all pointed to who the boy in question was. But because that was a
very bold line of thinking, the rational Elexis had eliminated that possibility
from his mind.
"... The treasured sword of the oracle, Signaltin. The sacred treasure that is
said to have been lost 2,000 years ago and serves as proof of the royal
authority of Forthorthe”
The boy might be holding the treasured sword, Signaltin. As the crest
carved into the sword was that of Alaia’s, many people who saw the video
began thinking that way. And Elexis was one of them.
"... Could Koutarou-kun be the descendant of the Blue Knight...? Or could
If the sword really was Signaltin, even if the boy in blue armor wasn’t the
Blue Knight, there was a high chance that he was a descendant. In other
words, an individual that could greatly influence the government of
Forthorthe had appeared.
Long time no see everyone, it’s the author Takehaya. This time I have
delivered Volume 22. I wonder if you all have 24 (25 if you have the anime
bonus) volumes lined up on your bookshelves? As the first volume was
released in February of 2009, this volume marks that seven years have
passed. Thinking that people who bought the first volume in middle school
have already begun their adult life is a strange feeling. As we enter the
eighth year with this volume, I will continue to work hard to make sure that
everyone can enjoy this series.
Now then, as for the contents of this volume, we follow the events of
Koutarou and the others who fell to the planet of Alaia in the previous
volume. There are enemies all over on the surface, but they have to escape
the encirclement somehow. The story progresses as they come across
unexpected encounters and events along the way.
A slight problem this volume is Forthorthe’s pet situation. Are there cats and
dogs on Forthorthe like there are on Earth? As the humans are almost the
exact same, we already know that mammals exist. That only leaves the
problem of whether they evolved to become like cats and dogs.
Unlike Theia’s worries regarding humans, there is no need for cats and
dogs to be exactly the same. They only needed to look roughly the same.
For example, a Bulldog and a Shiba dog are the same species, but they
look very different. So a difference of that level is acceptable. There’s no
need for breeding to be possible between them. Compared to Theia’s
worries, the conditions are looser.
There was no doubt that Earth and Forthorthe had a similar environment.
That leaves the only problem of whether or not similar creatures would
arise from similar environments. In this regard, there is already an example
on Earth. Long ago, separated by continents, there are traces of creatures
that evolved on their own, and ended up looking very similar. Mammals and
marsupials are like that. While they are on completely different places on
the evolutionary tree, there are several creatures that look the same. There
might be a form living creatures inevitably assume based on their living
The conditions on Earth and Forthorthe are similar. As a result, it was likely
that similar creatures existed. Of course, there are likely exceptions, but I
believe it’s safe to assume that there a creatures that look the same on both
planets. So from there, I decided that cats and dogs would exist. There’s a
chance they might have a pouch on their stomach for their children, or the
color and pattern of their fur might be dramatically different, but as they
were selective breed for the sake of pets, they would likely end up looking
That person also appeared again, and once you’ve read this volume I
believe you’ve gained a faint understanding of how the overall Forthorthe
arc will go down. I believe it might be fun to compare your expectations to
how the future volumes happen. Please look forwards to the development
in the following volumes.
That’s right, the other day I received several volumes of the Taiwan version.
The newest of them was Volume 20. I was surprised to see that they were
already at Volume 20, and what surprised me even more was that it came
with a drama CD. It used the Japanese voices, but with a translated script. I
wondered ’Is that really okay?’, but according to my editor, S-kun, the sub
culture following over there mostly understands Japanese. That was a
surprise in its own. But it also means there might be some that read the
Japanese directly. Hello, everyone from Taiwan. By the way, according to S-
kun, the Korean version looks like it's about to overtake the Taiwanese
version. So hello everyone from Korea, how is it going?”
Having my work read in different countries is a very rare experience. I’m
interested in finding out what they like about this work. I’m sure there’s a lot
that’s different in differing countries and cultures. I’m also curious about
what character is most popular in the various countries. There might also
be differences in how we experience the seasons. It’s an interesting theme,
so I wonder if there’s a way to find out. For starters, maybe I should probe
S-kun? (lol) I will do my best so that fans from other countries can enjoy this
work as well.
There’s one more thing I need to mention in regards to drama CDs. It’s
about the bonus drama CD attached to BOOK-frWALKER-san’s digital
edition. This was a first of attaching a drama CD to a digital edition, so they
didn’t know how many sales they could expect, there was an unease if they
could keep do this as part of their business. But fortunately, they far
exceeded the ’as long as we can sell this much’ line, and there are talks of
continuing to follow this format in the future.
During the end of March as I’m writing this afterword, it’s been decided that
on the digital edition of this volume, the drama CD that came with the
physical volume 18, will be attached. While I can’t go into details in this
afterword, please visit the official sites of Hobby Japan and
Personally, I would be happy if all four drama CDs were delivered. I’ve
heard of a lot that missed buying the special edition of the physical books,
so this is an excellent way of get the drama CD’s to their hands.
Will this form of offering the drama CD’s become more widespread in the
future of light novels, and the subculture in its entirety I wonder. I believe
spreading using this way will help reduce the local differences. That said,
I’m sure there are those who want the CD itself, so the physical version
itself would probably not be lost.
Lately one of the things I’ve been worrying about is that the world is
changing too fast and our response is delayed. The best example of that is
that we can’t listen to the correct proportions of the readers’ voices.
The majority of readers of light novels are middle and high students and it
gradually reduces until there’s only a few percentage reading light novels in
their thirties. We know that people really peter out in their late twenties and
their thirties from the questionnaires that come with related products.
However, we’re not able to pick up their voices. There’s few who use the
reader card that comes with the book, yet most of the voices from the
internet are in their twenties.
For example, in connection to net bookshops using credit cards, the users
are often past 20 years old. On social networking services or review sites,
many conceal their age due to their viewpoint of wanting to protect their
personal information. In that case, the age of the users are usually past
their twenties. Moreover, as the people who actively read books and put up
information about it on the net tend to buy a lot of books, the age groups
ends up being higher.
So because of that, while we might be able to hear the voices of the
readers from the internet, we can’t hear the correct proportions. It is difficult
to accurately know at what kind of rate, what each generation has to say.
We believe we have to do something about it, but it's difficult to make
something right away. There’s discussions on how to pick up the correct
proportions of voices. So in the end, we’ll need to rely on reader cards until
some measures are taken.
It’s ironic to rely on reader cards this highly informationized age, but at
present it's our life line. Submitting the reader cards you have at hand won’t
just help this work, but the entire industry. We can especially learn what
introduced the younger audience to light novels. That is something
necessary for the continuation of the light novel culture and a very valuable
lead. So please cooperate.
That’s right, I have one bit of personal information to share. The label for a
different publisher I wrote light novels for was ended due to operation
issues, so I’ve gotten quite a lot of free time. Of course, losing a job is not
good, so I am working on a new project. If I were to give a generic label to it,
it’s an adventure story. The main character isn’t satisfied with the life
provided for them, and leaves their familiar hometown to go on a journey.
From a technical standpoint, it will have the same feel as Rokujouma.
Starting simple, but revealing that there’s a lot of complexity behind it.
Because of various adult circumstances, I can’t go on for long. I believe I’ll
be able to announce the details at some point, so please wait a while
With that I’ve used up all of my pages, so I think I’ll wrap it up here this time.
Finally I’d like to give my usual thanks to everyone at the editing department
who do their best, to Poco-san for the various illustrations, and to the
readers who have joined me for eight years.
Then let us meet again in the afterword for volume 23.
Corona Convention | 2010/11/25
Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? - Volume 22
Translated by Warn is