Prologue: The old is entrusted with a divine sword

Sorry for the long wait! I am officially back from my holidays and the releases will resume. Next chapter should be out on wednesday.

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When I realized that Lutra was going to continue travelling with us as Selene, I couldn’t help but feel extremely happy about it. Not just me but everyone seems felt the same way as Luna and Til, who were usually the ones to devour our food within seconds, had served the dish to Lutra instead. Even more surprising, that dish was a large bowl of chicken stew.

  [The last dish is for Selene to eat!] (Luna)

  [I’m grateful for your consideration.] (Selene)

Selene smiled brightly as she received the dish. As someone who had been together with us for a long period of time, she knew how special Luna’s gesture was

  [It’s great that Selene is finally going to be with us for sure. But it may become complicated now that my oneechan’s rival is back.] (Til)

  [Til, you’ve been saying that a lot recently. I wonder if you’ve started to develop an interest in romance? Continuously teasing me while watching Yuuya’s reaction closely. You’re starting to develop a bad habit.] (Phil)

  [Ow- Ouchie, you’ve got it all wrong. What’s wrong with playing around with my own elder sister.] (Til)

  [I see. In that case please listen closely. If you inflict pain onto others then you should expect to be shot back. Speaking of yesterday night, while everyone was sleeping….] (Phil)

Phil looked straight into Til’s eyes with a smile and eyes which didn’t look harmless at tall.

Frankly speaking it was horrifying.

  [Wa-, Wa, Wa, Wait a minute, oneechan you noticed that!?] (Til)

Til’s face turned completely red as she began flailing her hands around.

  [Well.. What is this about?] (Yuuya)

Truth was, both me and Phil had noticed it. Unlike Luna who slept like a pig, Phil and I were in a state of half-conscious in our sleep to keep a lookout for any potential assailants in the castle.

However, I pretended that I didn’t know anything in order to protect Til’s purity.

  [Yuuya-niisan, Uhm, its….] (Til)

  [What are you talking about? I slept really well last night so I don’t know what happened.] (Yuuya)

  [Eh, really. Thank god. Oneechan, make sure you never say a word!] (Til)

  [That’ll depend on your attitude from now on.] (Phil)

  [Grrr, Oneechan is a vicious person!] (Til)

Til began scowling towards Phil as the two of them had a heartwarming relationship. Not only was Phil her older sister, but it seems that she had taken good care of her sister as well.

  [It’s about time for us to head back. We have plans in the morning after all.] (Yuuya)

Since the celebration was completed a while back, the new king had been officialized. However, we had several unrelated errands to perform before departing the city. At the very least, I hope to have a nap before the day begins.

  [Uhn. But before that, is dessert! Luna wants a super duper gigantic extra sweet pancake with lots of fresh cream! No, Luna wants three of them!] (Luna)

  [Uwa~, there are so many fruit-based desserts here. I want a mixed berry tart. No I don’t want a cut, I want the whole thing!] (Til)

  [Having something sweet after a heavy meal like this sounds amazing. In that case, I would like one of your signature oversized parfaits with additional melon toppings please.] (Phil)

Luna, Til and Phil ordered their desserts right after the meal. I could feel the heartburn in my chest just from listening to their names as all three of them ordered something that was meant to be shared among several people..

  [….I’ve been thinking about this, how does everyone eat this much but not seem to get fat from it.] (Selene)

  [Demihumans and Elves aren’t as proficient as humans in storing fats in their body.] (Yuuya)

Since their bodies were built for efficiency, unlike humans, they were less prone to producing excess flesh that hindered their movements. They, like humans do store fat as well, however their fats were much easier to convert into energy thus making it much easier to burn. 

This was why no matter how much Luna ate, she never appeared to gain any weight. There was still a downside to this “blessing” though, as they would not be able to efficiently store energy in their body. Once they ran out of food, they were extremely vulnerable to starvation. Although that couldn’t specifically be said as a disadvantage.

  [That… Sounds really nice.] (Selene)

Selene looked hesitant as she stared at the dessert section on the menu. She probably wanted to order a dessert as well but she was afraid of getting fat.

  [It’s fine for you to eat more you know. Aren’t you going to be an adventurer together with us? In that case then we’ll continue our training tonight.] (Yuuya)

  [… That’s true. I won’t get fat so long as I keep my body active. In that case is it fine if I got the chef’s signature cake?] (Selene)

Selene asked for a normal portion of cake unlike a ridiculous amount like Luna. Since it felt uncomfortable to be the only one without dessert, I ordered the same dish as Selene. 

Although the sight of Selene continuing to death stare Luna who seemed to gobble down the mountain of sugar easily made me laugh out loud.

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The next day, we returned to our room in the wee hours of the morning and took a quick nap before packing our belongings and heading towards the top floor of the royal castle.

  [The current Yuuya looks so cool!] (Luna)

  [Really. It’s embarrassing wearing something like this.] (Yuuya)

My current attire was the uniform worn only by the senior officers in the Laluzulu Knight Order, as well as a ceremonial uniform meant for battle. Thus, its design was fairly sophisticated and quite expensive. Since it was a battle uniform, it’s decorations were kept to a minimum as well as it’s material to reduce its user’s silhouette as much as possible. Thanks to its minimalistic design, it gave off an extremely dignified look.

  [Luna looks cute too. The outfit suits you.] (Yuuya)

  [It’s too tight and hard to breathe. But if Yuuya says so then Luna likes it too.] (Luna)

  [Hey hey, what about me, what about me?] (Til)

  [Til looks cute too. If you went out like this, then people might mistake you as a princess.] (Yuuya)

  [Fu fu. Yuuya-niisan is incredibly sensible at times like this. I’ll give you a free service. Luna, you should do a spin too, your skirt will twirl along with you! This will make any man’s heart flutter! Although don’t twirl too much, you’ll expose your underwear. My mother used to tell me that it’s much better if you can barely see it.] (Til)

  [If Yuuya likes it then Luna will do it too!] (Luna)

Luna and Til began spinning around and twirling their skirts provided by the royal family which would be considered the finest and most fashionable clothing that any noble could wear. Luna and Til were wearing a red and green dress respectively which looked good on them as they looked much cuter than usual.

  [You look beautiful in that dress.] (Yuuya)

  [Really? I should wear this sort of clothing more often then.] (Phil)

I complimented Phil’s dress as her face became completely flushed. Unlike the duo who wore fluffy and colourful dresses, she was currently wearing a sleek black dress which fit her small stature and although her chest area was slightly lacking, she was still extremely charming.

  [The two of you, it’s about time for us to head out. We’re approaching the promised time.] (Yuuya)

  [Uhn. Understood.] (Luna)

  [If the leading role is late then it’ll be extremely lame. Let’s hurry!] (Til)

The two of them pulled my hands as Til reminded me of my role today.

Let’s pull off the best performance ever.

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Guided by the servants, we headed towards the king’s chamber where we could directly converse with the King. The servants entered the room ahead of us as they ensured that everything was prepared.

  [Now then, please enter this way.] 

  [Ahh, Okay.] (Luna)

After everything was prepared, I separated from the girls as they went to another door while I waited next to the front door. My turn came next as the front door opened shortly after.

  [Yuuya Grandwood is entering.] 

The servant raised his voice as trumpets were being played in the room. Following the servant’s instructions, I stepped into the room. 

At the back of the chamber, Prince Aleck.. I mean, King Laluzulu was sitting on the throne while Lutra was sitting next to him without her hairpin. The red carpet covered the path to the throne with numerous high profile nobles being lined up on either side, with the exception of Luna and the girls who were currently pretending to be my relatives. As I walked to the end of the red carpet, I started to kneel on one knee as I lowered my head. 

King Laluzulu nodded his head in satisfaction.

  [From this point on, Yuuya Grandwood will be appointed as an official knight of the kingdom, as well as the title of an honorary noble.] (King Laluzulu)

This entire ceremony was only possible as King Laluzulu was finally appointed as the ruler.

Although I had participated in the tournament for knights, I was merely Lutra’s knight in name as knights could only be admissioned into the tournament directly by the royal family. 

I was given the status of a noble, but since I wasn’t going to remain in the kingdom, the king avoided giving me land as a reward as I wouldn’t be around to govern it. Instead, he decided to provide me a monthly wage to act as a knight and an honorary noble since it didn’t come with any obligations to a land or any unnecessary work.

Prince Aleck had informed me about his decision before the inheritance ceremony as a reward due to the fact that I was Lutra’s benefactor regardless of the outcome. And above all, this was necessary to bestow one of the divine treasures of the country, the Divine Sword. Unless I was an official knight of the kingdom, merely gifting me the sword wouldn’t be possible.

Truthfully I had received a similar proposal previously but I chose to decline as I wasn’t able to stay by Selene’s side nor did I feel like I had the ability to receive the blade. However, this time I will continue to protect Selene by her side and I would gladly receive the power that came along with the blade. I had zero reasons to decline.

I still remember that day. After refusing the offer, Leonard continued to mumble on and on about how it was a waste that I refused it and that I would never be able to get a second chance for it. It was really noisy, but I had zero qualms about rejecting the gift and that had saved my life. It was because I had endured his complaints and was insecure about my inferior stats that gave me this second chance.

A wave of nostalgia hit me as I wondered what could change Leonard this much?

He was a good person which was why I accepted him as a disciple and even entrusted my back to him. I didn’t want to limit his limitless potential and left the party the moment he thought about challenging the Tower of Trials. I still can’t believe that he would say something as headstrong as taking Phil back by force with all his strength.

  [Raise your face, Yuuya Grandwood.] (King Laluzulu)

  [Yes your majesty.] (Yuuya)

After a short delay, I raised my face immediately as I realised that my mind was drifting off.

  [Before I appoint you as a knight. Tell me. For what reason does your sword exist?] (King Laluzulu)

  [To protect my princess.] (Yuuya)

  [Are you willing to stay true to your word? To protect your princess even with your life?] (King Laluzullu)

  [Yes, I would.] (Yuuya)

  [Now, I officially appoint you as a knight of Lutra Laluzulu as well as the title of the Strongest Knight in the Laluzulu Kingdom.  I shall bestow upon you the title, Knight of Oaths as well as the divine blade, Dainsleif.] (King Laluzulu)

Following his words, Lutra walked down from the throne holding a sword with a pure white sheath.

  [My beloved Knight. Accept this blade. And swear on your life, that your words are true and pledge your loyalty.] (Lutra)

I accepted the blade as I took Lutra’s hand and kissed her hand.

  [A pledge has been made here and the divine blade has been bestowed. The divine blade has been passed down to the strongest knight of the kingdom. The knight of Princess Lutra, the Knight of Oaths. Yuuya Grandwood. You are a knight, it is your duty to honour your title.] (King Laluzulu)

  [I understand, your majesty.] (Yuuya)

Voices could be heard as an applause could be heard propagating throughout the chamber.

Being entrusted with this sword as well as being officiated as a knight was something to be proud of. 

However, more than that, I had a strong urge to test out this Dainsleif since like Renoir’s shield, it was a god-tier weapon. It was even better than Renoir’s shield in performance as it originated from Scandinavian mythology. 

… After the ceremony, we would have a lot to talk about during lunch regarding Princess Aure’s punishment as well as the organization behind the evolving monsters.  It was impudent for an adventurer to talk to the king directly about matters such as this, however it was necessary.

I continued to hold that thought as we headed for lunch.

The organization which created the evolving monsters as well as Princess Aure were important pieces. Especially the former which felt extremely ominous.

Epilogue: The old man goes drinking.

It was finally the final match of the tournament. My opponent was Leonhart, the personal knight of Prince Aleck. He had always accompanied Prince Aleck even during his journeys into the dungeon resulting in his high level along with the prince, however he wasn’t just high-leveled. He had also joined the prince and his training with the sword, resulting in a similarly fast and sharp battle style. It could be said that he was the other half of the prince.

  [His blade is too honest.] (Yuuya)

If he was battling a monster, then he wouldn’t have any problems. However, against a human opponent that was capable of reading his attacks, his attacks wouldn’t connect easily. Similarly to Prince Aleck, he lacked experience against other human opponents. His preliminary movement was minimal and he hadn’t made that many unnecessary movements, however his movements were far too linear which was why I could defend against his attacks easily.

On the other hand, Leonhart had problems reading my movements as he was consciously forcing himself to follow my movements. Everytime he tried to block my attacks, he was slowly losing his sense of balance as his movements became more and more limited until finally, his blade flew out of his hand into the air.

  [You got me, Yuuya-sama.] (Leonhart)

The winner was decided as the referee announced.

  [The winner is, Yuuya Grandwood! With the title from his previous victory, the title of the strongest knight in the Laluzulu kingdom goes to the knight chosen by Princess Lutra, Yuuya Grandwood! The knight who triumphantly returned to the kingdom after saving his princess and overwhelmed the competition. He is no longer the Weakest Strongest Knight, he is officially the Strongest Knight!] 

The audience started a standing ovation as everyone recognized my strength in the competition. The earnings in the finals was 1.2 times your original bet. More than half of the audience believed in my victory rather than Leonhart. 

Leonhart’s handsome fact distorted as he forced out his voice.

  [I wanted to win, for that person’s sake.] (Leonhart)

  [You’re strong. If I had battled you ten years ago instead, then I wouldn’t have won. You’ll win it next year.] (Yuuya)

  [I thought that would be the case this year. I never would have thought that you’ll have become even stronger as you age. You’re a monster… However, I learnt a lot from this battle. Thank you very much for this valuable match.] (Leonhart)

Leonhart bowed respectfully before leaving the ring.

If Prince Aleck has a loyal subordinate just like him, then I’m sure he would be safe. 

Interrupting my thoughts, the referee requested a speech for the audience. As I felt slightly annoyed at this, I answered without thinking. However, it wasn’t too difficult to choose my words as there was only one thing to say here.

  [I dedicate my victory to my princess, Princess Lutra.] (Yuuya)

It was extremely cringe-inducing and embarrassing, but I am Lutra’s knight. This was definitely something I had to do. It felt like the audience was riled up as their cheers became much louder, especially the women who let out loud pitched screams.

However it just made me more embarrassed and I wanted to run away as soon as possible.

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After exiting the ring, the ceremony to celebrate the new ruler had begun.

For the ceremony, the new ruler would greet the royal family in the ring before exiting through a special gate leading to the city. and enter a gaudy carriage to perform a parade throughout the city. The audience would then return to the city where a city-wide celebration would begin. Just for today, the stores would be open all night long and the party would continue all the way till sunrise. This was the Laluzulu Kingdom’s most renowned holiday as well as its number one tourist attraction as the city was filled with tourists.

The ceremony began as Lutra entered the ring, followed by the flamboyant carriage for the parade. She was wearing an elegant white dress with full makeup and hair full of ornaments befitting a new queen.

  [Lutra, she look beautiful!] (Luna)

  [Uwaa, she looks just like a princess.] (Til)

  [I expected her to be beautiful with makeup but I didn’t expect it to be this beautiful.] (Phil)

Everyone was admiring Lutra who was fully dolled up, including me. It felt like we were reminded once again that her true identity was a princess.

…. Or rather, she was a queen now. That Lutra begun to speak as her words were fully audible by the entire audience with the magical loudspeakers.

  [There is something I want everyone to know. I’ve won the succession ceremony and gained the right to inherit the throne. It is my genuine feelings that I’m elated to be given this opportunity.] (Lutra)

The voices of the audience could be heard congratulating Lutra as she continued her speech.

  [However, I am currently lacking as a queen. A true ruler isn’t just about their strength. This country will not prosper just because I bested my siblings in a duel. This will not result in the happiness of the kingdom. Which is why I decided to concede the throne to my elder brother, Prince Aleck, and crown him the king of the Laluzulu Kingdom. His abilities and experience is what the Laluzulu Kingdom requires to prosper.] (Lutra)

As Lutra’s speech ended, Prince Aleck appeared behind her wearing the crown, the proof of his succession. 

Although it was supposed to be a touching moment, the audience’s response varied as some people did not support having the loser of the ceremony succeed the throne as it did not follow the Laluzulu tradition.

  [Just as Lutra as said, I will become the new king. However, this will only be a temporary arrangement until Lutra is ready to take over the throne. On the other hand, I intend to put my heart and soul into turning the kingdom into her ideal form…. This is the end of our petty sibling rivalry. From this point on, we will combine our strength to make this country, and the people in it prosper from now until forever. Everyone, please lend Lutra, and I your wholehearted support.] (Prince Aleck)

Someone somewhere began clapping their hands as the applause began to spread until the entire audience roared in support. There were even people who began admitting the fact that Prince Aleck would be a splendid king. 

So this is the answer that Lutra and Prince Aleck chose. 

 It felt like there are still too many things lacking if Lutra succeeded the throne, which is why they decided that Prince Aleck would become the king and provide guidance to Lutra until the day she reclaimed the throne….

I didn’t think that Prince Aleck would be supportive of these conditions which felt way too beneficial to Lutra, however it felt like the right decision regardless.

  [Then, our party..] (Luna)

  [Let’s celebrate the birth of a new Laluzulu Kingdom.] (Yuuya)

Prince Aleck and Lutra lined up on the ring as they declared the birth of a new era as the people began to cheer, “All hail the Laluzulu, all hail King Aleck, all hail Princess Lutra’. When the special gate opened and the two of them entered the carriage, everyone began to rush out of their seats as the carriage headed towards the city. It was the beginning of a long night.

  [Lutra has gone on her way. Luna feels lonely.] (Luna)

  [She has always been with us hasn’t she.] (TIl)

  [Kyuii..] 

Luna whispered in a low voice as Til and Erik’s expressions sunk. 

Once again, everyone realised that we would be parting ways with Lutra.

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After the ceremony, instead of returning to our room in the castle we decided to head out into the city to enjoy the festival in order to forget about our farewell with Lutra.

The city was burning with a festive mood as the stores’ services were extremely good and were much more generous than usual. Thanks to our gambling in the coliseum, we had a large sum of money to spare as we bought several things.

  [Yuuya, that food in that stand looks extremely delicious!] (Luna)

  [It’s a fruit that I’ve never seen before.] (Til)

  [It’s seasoning tastes just right.] (Phil)

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, however it still felt a little forced as Lutra’s absence still left a large hole in the party.

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After touring a majority of the city and a bit of shopping, we entered a bar.

There were many shops which were full of people likely looking for a break from walking. 

We had entered the bar for a break, however the food and alcohol in the bar was much more delicious than we expected as we continued to eat to our heart’s content. The alcohol in particular was amazing as I was drinking lager rather than my usual ale. Typically, lager was undrinkable due to its bad taste at room temperature but the lager here was surprisingly good. Furthermore the drink was served chill making it much more refreshing in this heat.

  [This meat, is delicious!] (Luna)
  [This coconut juice is so cold its cooling my entire body!] (Til)

  [Wheat based alcohol aren’t my specialty, but this is extremely delicious.] (Phil)

We enjoyed the bar’s cooking and their drinks as we ordered their specialty, a beef stew made with cow innards called “Laluzulu”. It also went well with the alcohol. There are very few towns which rear livestock as a lot of meat was available in the dungeon. This meant that very few towns served animal visceras in their dishes. Regardless of the quality of ingredients they used, this store’s cooking was without a doubt, delicious.

As we talked about our plans for the immediate future, our stomachs were becoming swollen.

WIth this, our adventure in the castle, has come to an end. We’ll be leaving this city after sending our greetings to our companions as well as paying a visit to Prince Aleck to check if he has gotten any leads on Princess Aure’s situation.

We are adventurers after all. There isn’t any reason for us to stay in a single place for too long. Our main topic for today were the matches that occured today as I began chatting with the girls. Our dinner was fun as we continued to chat while having good food and alcohol.

However, it wasn’t enough as everyone seemed to think so.

It felt much emptier since Lutra wasn’t around.

It was at that moment.

  [Is it alright for me to have this seat?] 

I heard a soothing voice from behind me as we were currently seated at a six seat table, which meant that two seats were available.

  [Go ahead. We plan to continue enjoying ourselves for a while.] (Yuuya)

  [Looks like you’re having fun even with just four people.] 

  [Well, it’s enjoyable even with four people. But it’s still better if we had five… Lutra.] (Yuuya)

Even without turning back, I could recognise her voice.

  [Lutra!] (Luna)

  [You actually managed to sneak out!] (Til)

  [Kyu!] 

  [I’ll order a drink for you immediately.] (Phil)

Everyone seemed to return to normal as compared to their forced expressions from earlier.

  [I’ll prefer it if you stopped calling me Lutra since it’ll attract attention. Furthermore, my identity right now is Selene.] (Lutra)

While pointing to her black hair, Lutra… No, Selene smiled back.

  [Are you sure? Being here.] (Yuuya)

  [Yes, the parade has ended and I’m already done greeting the nobles.] (Lutra)

  [I see. I’m glad that we’ll at least be able to have a farewell dinner for you. I didn’t think we would have another chance to enjoy a drink like this with you for the last time.] (Yuuya)

  [Farewell? Why are you pushing me aside out of a sudden? I wouldn’t want to be kicked out like this without my consent.] (Lutra)

Lutra let out a mischievous smile.

  [We’ll welcome that idea anytime, but is it really okay?] (Yuuya)

  [Yes. I’ve already talked to my elder brother. I’m sure far too inexperienced nor do I know about the outside world. Which is why I’ve been allowed some time. To explore the world and experience the vast world before I return to the Laluzulu Kingdom…. Yuuya-ojisama, most important of all, I still want to continue travelling together with everyone. Is that okay?] (Lutra)

  [I’ve already said it didn’t I? We’ll welcome you with open arms.] (Yuuya)

  [Hurray, we’re back with Selene!] (Luna)

  [We’ll always need a tanker with us!] (Til)

The glutton duo got up and hugged Selene as Erik landed onto Lutra’s head. It was a sight for sore eyes.

It was great that we would still be able to travel with Lutra.

  [Oh right, I have a letter for Yuuya-ojisama from my elder brother.] (Lutra)

I took the letter sent by Prince Aleck from Lutra as I looked to Lutra who seemed curious about its contents before opening up the letter. 

Just what does he think of me? Even if he didn’t mind that I reached out to Lutra, I wouldn’t lay a hand on a girl like her. Besides, I already have a lover.

  [What’s written in the letter?] (Lutra)

  [It’s too early for you to read this letter.] (Yuuya)

I stuck the letter in my pockets as she didn’t have to read this.

  [Yosh, let’s ring the bell and order more food. Oh, looks like Selene’s alcohol has arrived. Just in time, let’s have a toast.] (Yuuya)

I raise the glass as the girls each raised their respective glasses while Lutra raised the glass tha the waiter just delivered.

  [Cheers!] (Everyone)

It looks like we will continue to travel with this five man party from now on. I was so happy that I couldn’t help but smile. Although there were several issues with this, let’s forget everything for now and enjoy the moment and lucky for us, tonight is a good night for us to party till the morning.

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With this, it’s the end of volume 4!

Hope you enjoyed this volume even though my understanding of the language became really rusty. I’ll be taking a break for awhile, since I’ll be on a holiday until next month so the next chapter will most likely be in November once I get back.

Also, I’ll be activating my patreon once again although there won’t be anything there… Yet. It’ll be updated once I get back.

Edit: I’ve uploaded Volume 5’s prologue onto my patreon! I’ll be posting it on this site once I’m back from my holiday.


Chapter 21: The old man enters the old man battlefield.

Note: this chapter may be a little iffy since I had trouble understanding the chapter. Do let me know if there are areas that are confusing or require editing.

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With Lutra’s victory, the inheritance ceremony has come to an end.

The right to the throne was given to Lutra and although she hadn’t told me about her decision, I’m sure that she would make the right choice.

After waving to the audience, the audience cheers became even louder as Lutra had proven herself with her strength, as the second coming of Senki Renoir making her popularity rise higher than before. Even after exiting the ring together with ger, the cheers continued on.

  [I won. Yuuya-ojisama, it’s your turn now.] (Lutra)

  [Of course. Do you think that I would lose?] (Yuuya)

  [Fufu, that’s true. I can’t imagine that at all.] (Lutra)

That was an overstatement as I’ve lost countless times in my life until now… Though I don’t recall losing a single match ever since I reset my level.  Lutra’s work wasn’t over yet as there was still a ceremony to celebrate the new ruler of the Laluzulu kingdom later.

However its preparations took awhile to complete as the victor wasn’t known until the finals, thus another event was hosted to keep everyone occupied. It was a battle to determine the strongest knight in the kingdom. The strongest knights sent by their units as well as knights sent by the royal family would be competing in the tournament. 

Of course, I was being sent as Lutra’s knight. 

The rules of the battle were to land a hit on a vital point on the opponent’s body using a dull blade. This was the tournament that I won previous with a heavy heart as the rules made it possible. With these rules, ending the battle in one hit was possible as someone who focused on polishing his swordsmanship.

This was how I was dubbed the Strongest Weakest Knight as someone who won the tournament, but could never win in a normal fight. This made me feel as if I had disrespected the knights while making them regret that they could not win the tournament. This was why I decided to overwhelm my competitors convincingly as the strongest knight.

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The battle of the knights was about to begin in thirty minutes as me and Lutra parted ways in the coliseum. Lutra went to prepare for her ceremony while I went towards the waiting room. Right before we separated, Lutra grabbed my hand and stopped me before kissing me on my cheek.

  [Ma-.. Maybe, since I just won my match, I could share some of my luck with you. So, Yuuya-ojisama. Good luck.] (Lutra)

Lutra began to walk away with red ears.

  [Another reason for me not to lose huh.] (Yuuya)

Since I’m her knight, I just couldn’t betray my princess’s expectations. Since I received a blessing from the goddess of victory, then I wouldn’t be a man if I lost.

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There were about twenty people who were considered the strongest knights in the kingdom competing in the tournament. The moment I entered the waiting room, everyone’s eyes turned to me. The competitors who had participated in the previous tournaments had looks of admiration, some had looks of hostility and people who directed their curiosity towards me.  I walked towards a chair in the corner of the room and sat there as I observed everyone in the room.

As expected of the knight order, only the cream of the crop was present as well as the personal knights of the other royals.

… That’s why I was burning with excitement.

I look forward to the start of the tournament.

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Since a knockout stage with twenty participants would take too long, the first four matches were qualifying matches with several people instead. Dividing it’s participants depending on their achievements and levels, we were divided into four groups of five participants.

Each battle would be a battle royale and the last man standing would move forward to the knockout stage. Since the ring was too small for twenty people, the ring was currently being expanded and separated with partitions to allow the four groups to battle simultaneously.

The audience’s excitement reached its peak as the knights began walking onto the ring. Although this battle received a lot of attention, there was another reason for it. Since this tournament wasn’t a sacred ceremony like the inheritance ceremony, placing bets was allowed as aristocrats and rich merchants began betting ridiculous amounts of money into the battles.

Since large sums of money was involved in these battles, the audience’s enthusiasm was increasing at an accelerated rate. 

By the way, I was allocated the number one and would be participating in group A. Since the number was allocated depending on the person’s achievements, I was placed number one not due to my ability but my achievement as a previous victor. Since it was a gambling session recognized by the kingdom, a magic tool projecting the bets as well as the possible payout amounts for each group was used. Currently I was the third most popular knight while the most popular knight by a large margin was the vice leader of the fifth knight order in the group. Although it was more common to bet on the stronger participants aka the lower numbered participants, battle royales were valued differently.

The best strategy for upsetting the tournament was to form a united front and defeat the favourites of the tournament. In addition to that, I was an outsider when it came to the other participants as the other four participants were all part of the knight order who were trained to cooperate, making it easy for them to form a team. It was painfully obvious that a one versus four battle was about to occur in my group which meant that the audience were less inclined to bet onto me.

  [Well, it could also be because of my class.] (Yuuya)

Since the person’s class was listed next to their name, my popularity was much lower due to my class as a magic knight. Since this was a tournament to determine the strongest knight, skills were allowed whereas magic wasn’t. Since a magic knight was strictly inferior to a normal warrior in close combat, this was a huge handicap for a magic knight. The referees from each group began to confirm their respective participants as the battle started.

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The battle has begun. 

In group A, the other four knights lined up in a semicircle around me without hiding the fact that I was the main target. The vice captain of the fifth knight order was an excellent commander while the other three looked oppressing.

  [Is fighting a magic knight in a four to one battle the pride of a knight?] (Yuuya)

  [Yuuya Grandwood, I admire you. Previously, the participant who was weaker than everyone stood above everyone else purely with his skill with the sword. It was someone who was adored and admired by everyone, including me.] 

I did think that he was familiar, it turns out that he was one of the squires who were watching me in the tournament. That young man has already become a vice-captain of a knight order.

  [Somehow, you’ve managed to become stronger than before. This is our only way to win… I need to spare my knight order the humiliation of losing to a foreigner. It doesn’t matter what methods we resort to, we will win!] 

With perfect coordination, the knights began closing in on me as the semicircle began to shrink. I was surrounded on all sides by the top knights, making it difficult to defeat even a single one of them. To top it all off, I wasn’t able to show my full ability against them unlike the level fify monsters. It was difficult for me to defeat two level fifty monsters with Lutra, much less hide my true abilities against them for the tournament. 

However, my trump card wasn’t shown then as I began to breathe deeply.

The ability I uncovered when I face death in the eyes, and had honed for more than a decade. After obtaining the ability to perceive the blessing of the status in my body, I began to notice the white aura flowing and overflowing in my everyday life, gaining the ability to control it. 

By pulling my consciousness deep into my psyche, I forcefully pull out the white aura from my body and pushed it into my legs, pushing up my status.

This was something I called “opening the door”, the only thing I would call my trump card.

  [Sorry.] (Yuuya)

The vice captain of the knight order was blown away as he collapsed onto the ground.

Opening the door and concentrating the power on my legs, I released the fastest Shukuji possible while thrusting my blade forward as quickly as possible with a single hand resulting in a dash that doesn’t even get perceived by my opponents. Using this, I took out the vice captain while his subordinates were focused on surrounding me.

  [Vice captain!] 

  [I-, I couldn’t even see it. Is that even possible?] 

  [Don’t panic, there’s still three of us left.] 

I closed the door as the white aura was as exhausting as it was powerful. I would have to conserve my stamina for the battles after this as I’ve already defeated the vice captain responsible for their cooperation. This battle can be won even without opening the door as I continued to walk towards my next target.

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The qualifiers has been decided as the winner of each block has been confirmed.

The winners for each block were me, Prince Aleck’s knight, the captain of the knight order and a young knight of the knight order. Every block ended as expected aside from block D as cries of joy and frustration could be heard. With this, the matches for the final knockout stages were announced with a projection magic tool. 

The participants for the first round was me and the captain of the knight order while Prince Aleck’s knight was battling against the young knight. Among the audience, foodstands were loudly advertising their food and alcohol as the final rounds were announced. People were running around placing bets on the matches while buying tickets to the actual matches themselves.

  […. That was dangerous.] (Yuuya)

As expected of the elite knights of the Laluzulu Knight order. I was completely pushed to a corner.

Having a numbers advantage in a battle was tremendous as I immediately took out the enemy’s leader and removing their chain of command. I would have lost otherwise as there were several dangerous moments even after defeating their leader. Since the allocated break was increased to an hour to allow the audience to place their bets, it was possible for me to return to the VIP seats to meet up with the girls while catching my breath.

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Returning to my seat, the girls were still there as I realized that they were watching my battle.

  [Yuuya, that was amazing! Luna has never seen such a fast and powerful thrust!] (Luna)

  [Yes, you’ve never showed that to me either.. Yuuya, you can’t explain that without saying that it’s a skill. Even so with your current status, the calculations aren’t right. Thinking about it, there has been several times you’ve showed us things that aren’t possible with your stats.] (Phil)

As expected of Phil, she deduced it right away.

  [Right before I reset my level, I had obtained a power to increase my stats equal to an average person. Since it was something that couldn’t be detected just by my status alone, it gave me the chance to defeat the vice captain immediately who had grasped the limit of my status.] (Yuuya)

  [What the. That’s amazing!? Yuuya-niisan, teach me that too!] (Til)

I shook my head as I refused to explain the white aura for two reasons.

  [Luna gets it somehow. The moment Yuuya became fast, everything turned white!] (Luna)

  [Lies, I didn’t see anything you know.] (Til)

  [Same for me.] (Phil)

Shockingly, it seems Luna was able to see the white aura. 

The first reason why I didn’t want to teach anybody about the aura, was because it was extremely dangerous to do so. It took a near-death experience for me to recognize the aura flowing out of my body.

  [If you can’t see the aura, then I won’t be able to teach you. Luna on the other hand might be able to do it.] (Yuuya)

  [Uhn! Yuuya, teach me!] (Luna)

  [Ughh, this is frustrating. I’ll definitely learn to see it!] (Til)

Til looked frustrated as she squeezed Luna’s nose.

  [You may have the talent, but it’s still too early for me to teach Luna. If used incorrectly, you won’t be able to move a single finger. Think back to what happened in Rumberg with the Killer Ape. That wasn’t because I took too much damage from its attacks, but because I had overused the white aura.] (Yuuya)

That was the second reason. You wouldn’t be able to move after using it. Although there was a limit to how much you could use, it varied depending on your physical condition and strength. Unless you could gauge your own physical condition perfectly, it will be dangerous.

  [Yuuya, it’s too early but once Luna grows stronger, will you teach me?] (Luna)

  [Ah. Sure, I promise. If that time comes I’ll teach Luna.] (Yuuya)

  [Hurray!] (Luna)

I had told the girls to bet on me yesterday as I was familiar with the gambling culture. At the very least, I made sure to keep a reserve of cash we would need for our journey. However, it was a little worrisome as we had a large amount of money hence the amount we had placed was large as well. Since this was the biggest event of the kingdom, there were many aristocrats and rich merchants participating and placing large sums of money into the pool, which drastically reduces the amount we could earn by winning the bet.  However, it was still a profit.

That’s why the magic knight’s rating was low.

However, unlike the qualifying round, the knockout stage consisted of one versus one battles.

  [It’s time for me to head back. I’ll do my best for the rest of the tournament. When I come back, I’ll be the strongest knight.] (Yuuya)

  [Yuuya, do your best!] (Luna)

  [If you win, then you can get a nice private reward from me! Yuuya-niisan, I’ll let you look at my chest every now and then.] (Til)

  [….Til. By a reward you mean a punishment right?] (Phil)

  [Hiiieee. Oneechan, forgive me it’s just a joke.] (Til)

It’s nice to hear that they are still full of energy. I’ve gotten a good break before the final although it’s a shame I didn’t get to meet Lutra.

Let’s be sure to win the two remaining matches convincingly.

Chapter 20: The old man becomes a knight.


Thanks to the effect of the Eternal Ring, I teleported towards the surface as I landed not in the ring, but in the middle of the audience. The ideal situation would be if Lutra managed to defeat Princess Aure, however I fully intend to interfere with the battle even at the cost of her victory if it meant saving her life. In order for Lutra to have a chance of victory, Princess Aure had to be in the dark about our activities.

  [Such a waste of an amazing item.] (Yuuya)

It seems that the item only had a single charge left as the moment my Teleportation ended, the ring shattered. This answered my question about the man’s hesitation in using the ring as he wouldn’t be able to teleport the monster to Princess Aure if he had used it against us. A nearby spectator was surprised by my sudden appearance as I continued to inch towards the ring. Meanwhile, an attendant who was nearby noticed my presence and began approaching me. However I kept him away by informing him that I was under orders from Prince Aleck, as a hero of the kingdom was conducting a secret investigation. He was clearly one of Princess Aure’s underlings, but Lutra’s safety came first.

When the ring came into view, Lutra and Princess Aure were already facing each other as the referee gave the signal. I prepared myself to jump out at anytime while carefully observing the ring.

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(Ten minutes earlier, Lutra’s waiting room)

Princess Aure and her escorts entered the room. 

Immediately after noticing her sister, Lutra got into her battle stance as she grabbed her shield, suspecting that she came to finish the job before the match started.

  [Lutra, you don’t have to be so alarmed by me.] (Aure)

  [I’ve already decided to be vigilant against you. Aneue, I trusted you. Yet why?] (Lutra)

Rather than hostility, Lutra’s tone was filled with sadness and loneliness. Even after being eaten by the Starfish Larvae, even after she knew that her own bodyguard tried to kill her. Even after encountering the trap placed for her in the royal dungeon, she had a glimmer of hope as she tried to find evidence against her sister’s motive.

 Previously, her siblings had prevented Lutra from obtaining any information about her surroundings. However thanks to her sister’s absence and her brother ceasing his obstruction, she was able to finally understand the situation with the help of a certain hero. Although she set out to prove her sister’s innocence, she managed to justify her murderous intentions instead.

  [Since you’ve discovered the truth, I will not make any excuses. It was all done for me to become the queen. If nothing was done, aniue would be the king with you by his side. Then there would be no place in the Laluzulu Kingdom for me. For my own sake, I had to eliminate you and aniue.] (Aure)

Aure’s face remained calm with a smile as bright as the sun.

  [Aniue, and I, we both needed you. Aniue even said it, he would have needed your power if he became the king. And I told you that I would have placed you on the throne if I had won!] (Lutra)

  [It’s a sad turn of events isn’t it. Before the incident with the Starfish Larvae you didn’t tell me that you were going to push me to the throne. The incident in the royal dungeon, was also your doing wasn’t it? “If aniue was his old self and better than me in all aspects, you would put him on the throne over me.” You said it yourself. It’s a shame but he hasn’t changed at all nor am I on his level in any aspect. Which means that both of you must be erased.] (Aure)

  […. how did you come to  such a conclusion.] (Lutra)

  [Lutra. All I am doing is answering your question. Abstain from the tournament. You don’t have any hope of winning.] (Aure)

Lutra knew.

She had seen them begin to move when Prince Aleck’s battle had ended. She trusted her reliable allies to change the situation somehow.

  [I might not be able to defeat you. But that doesn’t mean that I’ll lose to you.] (Lutra)

  [No. There is no hope left for you to win. If you don’t withdraw right now, the situation will be worse. Remember how I wasn’t in the castle recently at all? Well I’ve managed to find a suitable marriage partner for you. If you’ll remain outside of the kingdom, then I’ll revert to the kind and loving sister anytime.] (Aure)

Even though she wasn’t bright when it comes to politics, Lutra knew that she would just be used to reap profits for others.

  […Thanks to this, my mind has never been clearer. I’ll win. The reason why you’re here, is because you’re not confident in your victory. You would never waste time performing meaningless actions, this is enough for me to know that I will not lose.] (Lutra)
  [I can’t believe that my Lutra has become this twisted. I’m incredibly saddened by this.] (Aure)

  [Then you can continue doing so. Aneue, it’s about time for you to return. The match is about to begin. I won’t be misguided anymore and I will beat you in the match.] (Lutra)

‘I won’t be misguided anymore’. Her words were filled with conviction but unknown to her, Yuuya had already created the key to her victory. In order for her to win, then she couldn’t hesitate and move forward.

  [I’m sad that I’ll have to lose my sister this way.] (Aure)

  [And so do I… There’s just one thing I have left for you. Thank you for everything until now. Even if it was just a lie, I would never had survived and stand up on my own two feet, if it wasn’t for the kindness you showed me.] (Lutra)

Looking at Lutra’s face, Aure turned back without saying anything as the conversation she intended went completely awry. She intended to ask Lutra to repay her graciousness at the beginning by surrendering or take advantage of Lutra’s naivety and disrupt her thoughts right before the match. All to gain benefits for herself.

However, there was something in her heart that couldn’t let her say so. She felt that if she said that, then that important thing she had left, would break into a million pieces.

Her battle with her sister was inevitable, and in a few minutes, one will be the winner who has everything.

And the loser will be left with nothing.

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  [It is time for the final round of the succession ceremony! Competitors, enter the ring!] (Referee)

Lutra and Princess Aure were facing each other in the center of the ring.

The distance between them was only two metres as both of them waited for the referee’s signal.

The moment the signal was given, the two fighters began moving. Princess Aure took a leap backwards while Lutra charged towards her at full power.

Both parties knew that this was the deciding moment in the battle. Lutra’s only chance of winning was to defeat Princess Aure before she activated her *Summoning Magic* while Princess Aure jumped back to gain as much distance as possible. Although Lutra’s exclusive class, Crusader didn’t have any increase in speed when compared to an average person, her fully charged rush forward was still fast enough to mistake her as a Thief. 

It was the movement technique called Shukuchi which was thoroughly beat into her by Yuuya. It was a movement technique which converts the user’s potential energy into kinetic energy for an instant, allowing them to travel at a higher speed than they normally could. While using Shukuchi, a sword was simultaneously being quickdrawn as her sword was pulled out of its scabbard and stuck out with all of her strength, erasing the two metres as well as the distance gained by Princess Aure’s leap. However, Princess Aure was still calm.

Note: Shukuchi is called Ground Shrink or something similar to the sort in other novels. I’m unsure on what to name it so I’m leaving it as it is for now.

She had expected this the moment her magic was exposed as it was a crucial weakness to a magic user, which allowed her preparations to bear fruit. Her battle dress wasn’t particularly strong in defense, but it provided an additional effect that was crucial to magicians. The defense of a magic user was so ridiculously weak that it didn’t make any sense to reinforce that tiny amount, but it was possible to supplement it with something else. Which is why they had this special ability.

It was a passive ability that nullifies any attack inflicted on an hourly basis and attacks the source of the damage. The moment Lutra’s blade touched her dress, the sword began to crack and shattered, nullifying her sword thrust.

It was a legendary equipment hidden in the castle’s vault, the Siren Dress. The armour was capable of rendering other legendary equipment unless for a period of time, and if the weapon used wasn’t on a similar level, then it would be destroyed instead.

  [Looks like it’s my victory.] (Aure)

Princess Aure said with confidence as she completed her summoning magic while Lutra lost her weapon. Although her alarm was instantaneous, Teleportation took five seconds to cast and one second to take effect. Taking into account the guard’s reaction and other possible human errors, it took a total of eight seconds. In other words, it would be her victory once eight seconds was over.

However, nothing happened after eight seconds.

Instead of panicking, Princess Aure immediately assessed the situation and assumed that something happened to the monsters. She had expected that Yuuya or Prince Aleck would be able to see through her plan and immediately activated her second alarm, extending Lutra’s time limit by another eight seconds. 

Another set of monsters would be summoned in eight seconds whereas it was impossible for Lutra to get a replacement weapon and strike at that time which meant that her victory was just delayed by another eight seconds. All she had to do was to endure the attacks of the Crusader class which had weak offensive power for eight seconds.

She looked into Lutra’s eyes which were filled with even more vigor than before as Lutra threw her broken sword aside, continuing to rush forward while thrusting her shield forward.

Princess Aure was taken by surprised by her sudden actions as she couldn’t understand her thought process.

 ‘Shields aren’t meant for attacking, even if it was used for that it wouldn’t be lethal’.

  [Are you that desperate to resort to a shield? Clear Wall.] (Aure)

As a precaution, Princess Aure casted a barrier-spell which blocked physical attacks. However, Princess Aure didn’t know. The trump card Lutra had, was being trained by Yuuya.

The legendary battle princess, Senki Renoir’s battle style was forgotten over the years and revived in her.

  [Shield Bash!] (Lutra)

Her cold voice resonated throughout the ring.

Lutra’s flawless movements was mesmerizing even though it was refined purely to strike others. Placing her entire body’s strength while amplifying her body further with a rotation, she thrust her shield forward. It was the thrust that Lutra was forcefully learnt, her speciality that was refined by the one and only Yuuya Grandwood.

The shield which moved forward at an extraordinary speed continued to pursue Princess Aure who was trying to escape.

Princess Aure smiled as the shield was going to miss by just an inch. Even if she miscalculated and the shield was going to land cleanly, it was just an attack by a crusader. The Clear Wall let out a screeching sound as it got struck by Lutra’s shield. So long as the shield held up, then her monsters would arrive. In otherwords, it would be her victory.

However, her delusions were shattered.

Right as Lutra arm extended forward, Princess Aure saw the tip of the spike in Renoir’s shield appear out of the shield as the spike was forcefully pushed out of the shield at a speed exceeding the speed of sound due to it’s activation as well as Lutra’s speed and rotation on top of it.

Clear Wall was struck down as if it were made of paper as Princess Aure couldn’t even catch what happened next as she flew out of the ring, landing onto the wall next to the audience seats.

  [Aneue, you aren’t the only one with a trump card. In the past, I would have told you about it. But this time, it would have been my loss if I did. That’s why I kept the spikes hidden while I was in the castle. Just for this moment.] (Lutra)

Although she was the winner of the battle, Lutra’s voice sounded somber as the audience began to confirm Princess Aure’s condition, who had let out a huge gasp.

  [This is-, the winner is, Princess Lutra!] (Referee)

The referee declared Lutra’s victory as two monsters appeared in the ring, as the audience began to panic in confusion. The supposed summoner was unconscious, which meant that her chanting should had been interrupted.

  [I may have won, I wonder if I’ll survive this.] (Lutra)

Lutra said with a weak voice.

Two monsters in their fifties, was far too difficult for Lutra. 

But retreating would expose the audience to them instead.

The bipedal giant rhinoceros and giant cyclops was rushing towards Lutra as Lutra already had one foot into despair.

It was that moment…

  [You will survive, I am here.] (Yuuya)

The back of the most reliable person in the world appeared in front of her, as the battle was practically over. With this person’s help, the battle wouldn’t be worrying in the slightest.

  [Yuuya-ojisama!] (Lutra)

Yuuya completely deflected the two giant monsters’ attacks as he performed his signature. The ability created from the warrior who was, status-wise at the bottom of the barrel and was willing to show it to the whole world. Any anxiety she had was blown away as cheers rang out from the audience.

It was as if everyone knew that she wouldn’t lose with him here. Or rather, it could even be perceived as an exhibition.

  [Perfect timing. It’s time to show off your newfound abilities.] (Yuuya)

  [Yes, I’ll definitely do it.] (Lutra)

Yuuya and Lutra stood back to back while facing each of the monster. The appearance of the two gigantic monsters facing off against the two warriors caught everybody’s attention as her appearance was not just beautiful, but so was her movements. In fact, the most mesmerizing fact wasn’t her abilities nor his, but the perfect collaboration between the two.

  [You would have lost if you hesitated. You performed perfectly.] (Yuuya)

The key created by Yuuya, was the additional eight seconds from when Princess Aure’s first summoning had failed. If he hadn’t found the monsters, then Lutra would had lost right after eight seconds. Although he had gone through so much trouble in that short amount of time, he had only earned her another few seconds. If she had hesitated even for a moment, then the key would have been gone.

  [I decided to win, even if it meant harming her. I didn’t have the intention of killing her since I truly believe I was saved by her. Even if it was a lie. I had already decided a long time ago, to win without killing her. I was prepared from the beginning.] (Lutra)

Yuuya let out a smile as he had witnessed the moment Princess Aure was sent flying

If she had used her spike, Princess Aure would had definitely been blown to bits. Her spike was made of a special magical metal which could be shaped into anything it’s user wanted.

This time, her spike was much rounder than usual making it more similar to a rod instead. Furthermore, her thrusts were usually slightly inclined towards the ground, but she had aimed it slightly higher this time, causing the impact against the terrain, the wall to be softened as some of the energy was wasted blowing Princess Aure away. If she had aimed lower, then she could have been killed instantly with the shock of being slammed on the ground.

Lutra had made her preparations, both mentally as well as meticulously because of her conviction to not kill but defeat her sister.

The battle dance performed by the princess and her knight, Lutra and Yuuya ended as the giant rhinoceros and cyclops began fading into blue particles.

As it ended, Lutra’s strength was clearly transmitted to everybody present as the audience began to cheer and stood up in awe.

  [Lutra, wave to the audience. It’s your first job as the heir to the throne.] (Yuuya)

Lutra nodded as she turned to the audience, waving back with a dignified smile which riled up the audience further causing everyone to become even more enthusiastic in response.

Her silver hair shone brightly in the sunlight as the setting painted a beautiful sight, signalling the end of the inheritance ceremony.

It was the birth of the new queen.

Chapter 19: The old man creates the key for victory

The chapters were shorter than usual so I was able to finish this chapter fairly quickly. Enjoy the double chapter~.

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We finally found where the monsters were hidden based on my theory behind Princess Aure’s “Summoning Magic”. If my guess behind the “summoned monsters” was correct, then defeating this monster here would help Lutra’s odds of victory as I ran at full speed while preparing a chant. I told everyone else to focus on the human guards as our goal would also be achieved if the person activating teleport was incapicitated as well.

Among the three mercenaries, one of them wore a robe which covered his entire body whom began chanting as another mercenary equipped with powerful enchanted metal armour stood as his guard. In an attempt to interrupt the magician, Phil and Til fired their arrows to him but the guard’s armour was extremely sturdy as their arrows couldn’t put a dent into it.

Although we began chanting nearly simultaneously, the magician’s spell was completed before me as it began to cast the advanced magic Purgatory. It’s main feature was its explosive power and wide radius as flames began to fill our surroundings turning it into a fiery hell, making it impossible to dodge in this narrow corridor. It was an ability strong enough to eliminate us in a single blow.

However there was no need to panic.

I had reliable teammates.

  [Icy Veil] (Phil)

  [Kyu!]

Phil activated her spell which reduced fire damage while Erik granted flame and ice resistance to our entire party with his Blessing of the Dragon.

With these, we wouldn’t receive fatal damage from the flames as I continued to run through the sea of flames.

My skin continued to burn as I continued suffering damage to my body, however I could still fight. This was the specialty of the Magic Knight.

Despite having low defense, magic knights had exceptional magical defense. Along with my dragon leather armour, I was confident I would be able to endure Purgatory without any buffs but with Erik and Phil’s support, then I’m extremely confident.

Luna began smiling from behind me. Since day one, I’ve always instructed Luna to hide behind me or Lutra if we were attacked by a wide area spell since Thieves had extremely low physical strength, physical and magical defense.

  [Now it’s my turn.] (Yuuya)

My chant completed at a good moment as I casted my customized version of Lightning storm made into a sniper-type spell.

  [Superconductive Bullet!] (Yuuya)

Lightning storm which was compressed into a single bullet penetrated the wizard at light speed. Furthermore the paralysis effect of the lightning affected his consciousness as he fell to the ground. The other two consisted of a large man and a thin man as the both of them came within my sword’s range. The thin man was rushing to open the door of the cage which pushed me to target him first. In order to defeat him, I turned towards the thin man.

  [War Cry!] 

The moment I raised my blade, the large man used War Cry which had a small effect onto other humans. However it still had an effect as my movements came to a halt while my mind was struggling to fight against the rage I felt towards the large man. Taking advantage of that moment, he swung his blade towards me.

As if he was used to being in combat with other people… He knew how to take advantage of his skills. Although my judgement was halted in that moment, I had the technique to compensate as the large man screamed.

  [OUHHHHHH! BASH!] (Yuuya)

Since there wasn’t a timing for me to dodge, I twisted my body to receive the blade on the hardest part of my body, the leather armour covering my shoulder. Since the armour covering my shoulder was round, by adjusting my body at a specific angle I deflected the slash by jumping up at the moment of impact, reducing the slash to a dull impact. 

My Deflect wasn’t limited to my blade. It was my special technique derived from utilizing my body movements, making it possible to deflect so long as I had my body. 

Being guided by my sudden jump, the blade was guided down to the ground as the large man’s face distorts in pain while grabbing his wrist. 

From the range of a blade, I took one step in reducing the distance to an arm’s length.

I didn’t have my sword in my hands, however there was no problem as I channeled my power from my feet up all the way to my palms, shoving his chin upwards in an instant. The large man fell to the ground in an instant as his body began conversing. This wasn’t a skill but a martial art which had significantly weaker power compared to skills. However this meant that it could be utilized even without dealing any damage by rattling your opponent’s brain and cutting their consciousness.

This was another way I utilised to close my status gap in the past as it allowed me to defeat stronger warriors with a single blow with the exception of exclusive classes depending on their ability.

  [Assassinate!] (Luna)

The sound of ringing resonated in the room as Luna’s voice could be heard. The thin man shifted Luna’s point of impact from his chest to his shoulder similar to how I did but with his back facing Luna. As expected, these men were experienced in man-to-man combat. However, as a result of the dull impact he was pushed onto the cage and dropped the key onto the ground. Following the small stream of blood from his shoulder to his hands was a ring. It was the Eternal Ring which was capable of casting Teleportation.

This is bad, he’s intending to open the door and teleport the monster away. It would be dangerous if the monster was transferred into the coliseum before the battle between Princess Aure and Lutra begins. Luna was hesitant on attacking an incapcitated opponent to death as he began casting Teleportation. The moment he was going to succeed, a blade flew towards him as it penetrated his head.

It was a brilliant display of accurate sword throwing, however it wasn’t me..

  [Prince Aleck, I’m sorry.] (Yuuya)

  [No, it seems the best was saved for last just for me.] (Aleck)

He took the Eternal ring from the dead man’s body, throwing it to me while letting out a laugh. In contrast, Luna was depressed as her tail deflate down to the ground. I walked up to her and patted her head.

  […Yuuya, Luna could have killed him, but Luna couldn’t do it. Luna expected that he shifted the impact… But Luna’s body couldn’t move. When he reached out for the ring, Luna still couldn’t move. Sorry, the plan nearly failed because of Luna.] (Luna)

  [Killing monsters is different from killing people. Hesitation is a real thing.] (Yuuya)

Luna was hesitant about taking other people’s lives even though the other party was definitely a villian. From a different perspective, it may seem weird to hesitate against a villain but killing was still something you had to get used to.

But it was something you shouldn’t be used to.

Luna began to cling onto me as I hugged her on her shoulders. 

It’s been awhile since we slept together but we might have to tonight. 

She may be feeling depressed, but it just goes to show how good-natured she was.

  [Yuuya, it’s great that we managed to neutralize them without killing excessively.] (Phil)

  [That palm technique is so cool, teach it to me next time! I want to try it.] (Til)

Phil and Til came over as Phil had already tied up the magician and the fainted man while she began performing first aid onto the big man.

We have already recovered the Eternal ring making it impossible for the monsters to escape the cage and with two minutes to spare.. With this, Princess Aure has lost her hand.

  [Prince Aleck, what will you do with that monster? Are you going to kill it. It shouldn’t be able to escape the cage without the ring.] (Yuuya)

  [If possible, I hope to keep it alive. If I have my alchemists perform research on it then we might be able to discover something.] (Aleck)

  [I understand. Then I’ll leave this to you.] (Yuuya)

Since my job is done and I want to support Lutra, we might be able to make it to the beginning of the match. In that case, let’s do what we have to do.

At the moment, the large man whom Phil tied up woke up. He started grinning as he laughed out loud. In this situation where his ally died, he and his remaining ally was tied up and both the key and Eternal ring was taken away from him.

  [What’s so funny?] (Yuuya)

  [Haa, you really think I’ll answer?]

  […. Then would you rather have it beat out of you?] (Yuuya)

That wasn’t an empty threat. It was something I would do if necessary.

  [No, that’s unnecessary. Prince Aleck, how about a deal? Princess Aure told us that you’re a siscon. I’ll give you the information on how to save your cute sister. In exchange, release me. Even if you were to torture me, I would never open my mouth. Furthermore, this information is something that you should never know.] 

Prince Aleck placed his hand to his chin as he immediately came to a decision.

  [Sure. I guarantee your life as the first prince of the Laluzulu Kingdom, Prince Aleck Lazule. My conditions are for you to be restraint for a week and for you to answer my questions. Also, I’ll have you reveal your organization’s goals and forbid you from returning to your base and have you monitored for several years.] (Aleck)

  [Your decision was quick. I admire your additional conditions.. Oi oi.Don’t look at me with such suspicious eyes. I would never tell a lie in front of such a scary uncle. I’m not hoping for a death wish this early. If I don’t meet the conditions, I can tell from his eyes that I would be lucky to be killed in the future.] 

He was talking as if I was a madman or a psychopath. Although I don’t deny his assumption since I would do it if necessary. And I was confident in spotting a lie when I see one. I turned to the prince.

  [Let’s believe him.] (Yuuya)

  [Then, let’s talk about what you hope to hear the most…. There is another location where monsters are being held as well as another person capable of using teleportation. They would teleport the monsters once Princess Aure sends a signal using an alarm. If no monsters were sent once she activated the alarm, then she would sound the alarm a second time which the guys in the other location will teleport monsters.] 

We were done in. Princess Aure was one step ahead of us as she had not just one group but two group of monsters.

  [Where is that location!] (Yuuya)

  [I don’t know. Princess Aure is more paranoid than anyone else. She doesn’t trust her organization. Heck she doesn’t even trust her own brothers and sisters. Ahahahaha. Just how was she raised as a child. Was that castle a hell?] 

I began to think as if my life depended on it. It was impossible for us to find another hidden room when we had one minute left before the match started to prevent teleportation.

In that case, there is only one thing left to do.

  [Everyone, I’ll begin heading towards Lutra. Even if she loses the battle, I can’t allow her to lose her life.] (Yuuya)

I strongly asserted that fact as Lutra would most certainly die if she faced up against several levels fifty monsters alone. I hope that if that happens, that she would surrender but the Lutra I knew would never surrender. And even if she did, Princess Aure might attempt to kill her in the guise of an accident just like what happened with PRince Aleck.

.. In fact, it looks like Princess Aure planned to begin her rule by killing her other brothers and sisters.

  [But Yuuya, how are you going to get there in time? There’s only thirty seconds left.] (Luna)

  [I have this.] (Yuuya)

The Eternal Ring which allows a limited number of teleportations. I’m sure that the thin man hesitated using the ring immediately due to its limited uses however there should at least be one use left for a monster.

  [Uhn. Please take care of Lutra!] (Luna)

  [We’ll join up with you as soon as possible.] (Phil)

  [Yuuya-niisan, hold out until we get there!] (Til)

  [Kyu!] 

I had reliable friends as I whispered before activating the ring. 

  [Yuuya-dono. I leave my sister to you.] (Aleck)

  [I intended that from the beginning. Although, it may not be my time to shine. We may have created a situation for Lutra to win. Princess Aure may have outsmarted us, but our trip here wasn’t a waste. The key to victory has been set.] (Yuuya)

It was definitely not a waste for us to come here. We were able to create a situation for Lutra to win if she chose correctly without hesitation. The rest depends on her shoulders now. If she was right, then she deserves the praise. However, if she fails, then I’ll save her as her knight. The moment Princess Aure becomes the queen, then she will definitely attempt to kill Lutra. In that case, it might really be better for us to take Lutra with us on our journey.

The teleportation was completed five seconds later after my chant as I began teleporting towards Lutra.