Translator: Kurehashi Aiko
Volume 4 Chapter 22: Dragon-san and the White Youma
Even if the tears did not flow, you could clearly see that the Emperor was moved by Senjiro's pa.s.sion.
「I see. Maybe some extra people would be a nice addition?」
For a while Senjiro was seriously considering the offer, but ultimately decided to turn it down.
「Umm. Are you really sure that's okay?」
「What is it, G.o.d from the foreign land?」
You, you could seriously stop calling me that. Oh well, whatever floats your boat, I guess.
「For the time being, what should I call you?」
Hearing my question, the Emperor looked at me in a really interesting way.
Then he took his time wondering about that question.
Now that I look at him, his height was about the same as Nectar's.
「You truly are an interesting one. You can call me whatever you like. It doesn't really matter to me, because I am bound with no such thing as a name.」
Hm? What does that supposed to mean? He has no name?
I decided to ask Senjiro about that later, but for now we had more pressing concerns to focus on.
「Okay. Mikado-sama it is, then.」
「Hm, It's a name I've never been called before. But it has a nice ring to it. I'll allow it.」
Said Mikado-sama with a entertained expression, and then he let out a sigh and I decided to change the subject.
「We came to Towa with a certain purpose in mind, and so we cannot afford to waste too much time. That "travelling permit", for how long is it going to last?」
It was a matter that we needed to clear, especially since we didn't know who had the greater influence here: the Taisha or the Emperor?
For now it looked as though the two had no connections to each other, but it was still good to be just a little bit suspicious.
It is precisely because of that reason, that it would be best to avoid talking about important matters with the Emperor still around.
Aru and Mikoto's safety comes first and foremost. To that, I will do whatever it takes.
「If you ask me, for as long as you need. When it comes to us, we are travelling the land and exterminating the youmas, and I would surely like to see the results of Senjiro's training.」
Hearing such an answer I bowed my head just a little bit, seeing as Mikado-sama was also pleased for some reason.
「So, are you finished with your youma hunting for now?」
「Oh, there are just a few small fries that are left. Nothing like the big game we were hoping --」
My spine shivered.
It wasn't the usual unstable sensation that accompanied the leylines whenever the monsters would appear. It was something different. A complete magical anomaly, spreading throughout the region.
Besides, I could never possibly hope to forget this mixture of fear, grief and anxiety stirring deep down inside of me.
Nectar must have also noticed the change in the surrounding magic. He also noticed that my face was pale and asked me:
「Lava, what's wrong?」
「The 'Eclipse' is somewhere nearby.」
Hearing me say that, expressions on Nectar and Senjiro's faces tightened instantly.
Why was it here of all places!?
…… In any case, now was not the time for wondering.
For the time being, we needed to locate the threat and remove the Emperor to somewhere safe.
But before we could actually do that, his va.s.sals spoke to him.
It didn't look like it, but I got the feeling that they have just received a message on their own somehow?
He exchanged a few quick words with them, and then the Emperor turned towards us again.
「So, you felt that just now as well……?」
There was so much that I wanted to ask Mikado-sama right now, but before I could do that he turned back towards his va.s.sals and began shouting orders.
「We have a white youma in the vicinity! So let's ma.s.sacre them and collect as many Light Stones as possible!」
They began to mobilize instantly, and seeing that I couldn't help it but to ask Mikado-sama.
「You guys are you…… seriously going to fight against the white youma!? In that case, please let us accompany you!」
「Is the purpose of your coming here somehow related to white youmas?」
It was precisely because of that, but I was still a bit reluctant to admit it.
Mikado-sama looked as though he understood something, and his face was now sparkling with excitement and expectations.
「You truly are an interesting bunch. I see we have nothing to worry about. As for our numbers…… Some of you guys shall go with Senjiro here. I will take a few men and go ahead.」
It seems that Mikado-sama was overcome with enthusiasm, which was already beginning to show on his face.
「You can come with me as well, G.o.d from the foreign land. I shall show you how people of Towa take care of youmas.」
We ran through the woods together with Mikado-sama and his men, and after a short while we arrived.
After all, the only thing we had to do was to follow this nasty feeling.
It was a small meadow situated in the basin between two mountains, but the scene that was spreading in front of us was something otherworldly alright.
The women who were standing there, wearing white hakama pants and blue coats were most likely the Shrine Maidens.
They all looked as though they were suffering greatly, but they managed to maintain a huge barrier that was erected right in front of us.
It was a semi-transparent one, shaking and swaying while we were looking at it.
Inside of it, there was the "White Youma" thrashing about and attacking the barrier fiercely.
In terms of shape, it looked strangely similar to some of the monsters we encountered before.
It was a truly bizarre creature, which was really huge and ma.s.sive, but its body was almost entirely composed of the white fog.
It wasn't the same one as I saw in the dungeon near Melias, but it was close enough.
And even though there was a barrier separating us from it, the negative emotions emanating from it were so strong that they were permeating the skin of the people outside of the barrier.
「So, it really appeared here……」
I could understand Nectar feelings all too well.
After all, I had some doubts about it, too.
Even though I knew that it wasn't the scale of the actual 'Eclipse' from Melias, still, having but a fraction of it here was certainly unnerving.
I took a step forward, thinking that I needed to do something about, but then I felt someone putting their hand on my shoulder.
It was Mikado-sama who stopped me, showing me that I can leave this to them, and then he started instructing his subordinates.
「Shrine Maidens, good work containing it! On my signal remove the barrier, Light Stone at the ready. You lot, I'm counting on you!!」
「Senjiro, I hope you didn't forget how to fight those b.a.s.t.a.r.ds after five years!」
「Of course not!」
Senjiro responded enthusiastically, shaking his spear and activating the spell it was enchanted with.
Also, the tattoo on his arm began to glow. It was said that it was a spell that would boost his physical abilities tremendously.
「This is the first time we have ever shown the secrets of our country to foreigners. Watch closely.」
Even in this situation, Mikado-sama was smiling as he shouted loudly:
At that moment, there was a magical circle forming at the side of Mikado-sama, and what appeared from inside of that circle was a creature resembling a monster or even a demon.
She was a beautiful woman with a brown skin and silver hair reaching out a little bit below her jaw.
She was also wearing gla.s.ses and an intricate purple kimono. She slowly descended until she was standing right next to Mikado-sama and glaring at him.
「For the last time, my name is not Karura but Caleilavile. My contractor…… Wait a minute, why do you have foreigners with you!?」
She seemed like a really cool and composed person, but when she saw us, her mask fell off almost instantly.
Ah, no. It's not like that. I could guess she was like that. I mean, with her being a demon and all that, they were pretty bipolar.
Seeing how Karursan was trembling with anger, Mikado-sama raised his brows, clearly astonished.
「Do you know that G.o.d-person here by any chance?」
「…… G.o.d, yes, I'm a G.o.d alright. Oh well, not that it matters right now. You should be grateful that I don't feel like killing you all on the spot!」
Said Karursan and then turned towards Mikado-sama, probably as to not look at me all that much. She seemed to be having a huge headache for some reason.
「Anyways. Contractor. It looks like the time has come to get ourselves rid of some pests.」
「That's right. I'll let you handle the half to the right.」
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「Then I'll trust you with handling the other half to the left.」
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