“Eh? What? That power is resistible?”
Gula was as confused as Mammon . Unlike the powers of other Evil G.o.ds, Mammon’s power wasn’t the offensive type, so she had always thought that it couldn’t be resisted . Yet Loren’s greatsword wasn’t s.n.a.t.c.hed away, and he was able to continue attacking Mammon . This completely overturned her belief that the only way to fight against Mammon’s power was to dodge .
After failing the first time, Mammon tried using his power on Loren again . But his power continued to fail without showing any effect for the second, then the third time .
“The atmosphere is kinda strange . ”
Gula folded her arms and turned to Lapis, who was hopping over . Her face was still red because of whatever Mammon had s.n.a.t.c.hed from her, but Gula couldn’t afford to tease her right now . She had her own pants s.n.a.t.c.hed away and if she made fun of Lapis, the counterattack would be very harsh .
“Isn’t that power too unfair? Even if he can’t see it, as long as he knows it’s there, he can s.n.a.t.c.h it . It’s just absurd . ”
“Well, aren’t we Evil G.o.ds? Our very own existence is absurd to begin with, isn’t it?”
Losing before Lapis’ threatening att.i.tude, Gula uttered those excuse-like words while wondering why she had to give excuses .
But as Lapis reached Gula’s place, she decided to bury the hatchet .
“But why wasn’t Loren’s greatsword s.n.a.t.c.hed?”
“I wonder why? Even if it’s a magical equipment, as long as it’s a sword, it shouldn’t escape Mammon’s recognition, and his power shouldn’t fail . ”
Lapis nodded in agreement at Gula’s reply, but she suddenly recalled something and asked again:
“Is it correct to say that if Mammon can’t recognize something, he can’t steal it?”
“Yeah, that’s correct . For example, if he thinks your jacket is your breast cover and exercises his power on it, he won’t be able to s.n.a.t.c.h your breast cover . ”
“You feel like attacking me while talking about examples?”
“Let’s stop here, Lapis-chan . I don’t think I can handle your attacks right now . ”
She was dead serious . Gula, who had her hotpants s.n.a.t.c.hed away and had nothing but her arms to cover her fully exposed lower body, was in no state to respond to Lapi’s attacks . If Lapis went serious, she might even send her flying in her half-naked state . Gula wanted to avoid that as much as possible .
“Leaving that aside, according to your explanation, it’s very likely that Loren’s greatsword isn’t actually a sword . ”
“Eh that’s stupid . No matter how you look at it, it’s a sword, right?”
Even Lapis had the same opinion . But from the fact that Mammon’s power failed to work on the sword, the most probable explanation Lapis could think of was that it wasn’t a sword .
“What the h.e.l.l is it then?”
“I took it from my parents’ warehouse . I don’t know its true form either . ”
Loren’s greatsword looked like any other greatsword that could be found in any weapon store in Kapha, but it was an open secret that it came from Lapis . Loren knew it, but still continued to use it . If even Lapis, who brought that sword here, didn’t know its true form, then no one did .
“What’s your appraisal of it?”
“It’s expensive . ”
The truth was, Lapis, despite being able to appraise all kinds of goods, didn’t really know much about Loren’s swords . She had given it to Loren knowing only that it must be a very good item to be carefully stored in the deeper part of her parents’ warehouse . She had never truly tried to get information about it .
While Lapis and Gula were talking, Loren continued to attack Mammon to prevent him from directing his attention elsewhere .
“Even though my power doesn’t work, the lack of progress on your end is irritating . Don’t you think so, onii-san?”
“I do not notice you injuring me either!”
In return for Mammon’s provocation, Loren provoked him right back . Even though he was the one who started it, Mammon’s face still twisted in anger . Loren was amazed at his lack of patience . He found a small opening in his storm of attacks, probably caused by anger, and threw a kick to take advantage of it . It hit Mammon, who had been focusing on repelling his sword, on the side .
Being a magical being, Mammon didn’t sustain much damage despite Loren putting his strength into the kick . In fact, it didn’t seem to have much of an effect at all, except for inciting a grunt from the Evil G.o.d . But the kick did halt his movements for a moment, and Loren seized it to strike with his sword .
Unable to put up a defense on time, the sword struck Mammon’s shoulder, but the blade wasn’t able to cut into his flesh . The Evil G.o.d had quite a high toughness, which made Loren reflexively click his tongue, but Mammon let out a painful groan at the first strike he received since the battle started .
“So it does hurt when you get hit!”
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“This… Don’t make fun of me!”
“I’m sorry, but can you let him off? I’ll take responsibility, and will take him away, so I want you to spare his life . ”
“Keeping him alive gives me no benefit, doesn’t it?”
“Just make it work somehow . ”
Gula prostrated herself before him . Loren’s expression turned troubled, and he looked at Mammon behind her . He was still crying from the pain of his wounds even now, and was looking at Loren with frightened eyes . But he endured the pain, sat up, then kneeled down like Gula .
“S… Sorry . ”
No matter what Mammon really was, Mammon’s appearance was still that of a child and of one covered in blood, at that . The sight of such a child kneeling before him and apologizing… It somehow felt like he was the bad guy here . Loren lowered his sword .
But Lapis and Tizona also had their feelings hurt because of this . Loren turned towards them, but Lapis just shrugged without saying anything in particular . And Tizona, who was wrapping herself in the cloth Loren had given her, gave him a single nod . It seemed like they had let him make the decision . Loren looked down at the Evil G.o.ds prostrating before him .
“Can you promise that you will break up the bandit gang, and will not be hostile towards us?”
“Apologize to those you stripped too . Then let them hit you a few times, alright?”
To Loren, it was unforgivable to strip someone naked or steal someone’s pants . Mammon nodded multiple times at the punishment Loren had issued for him .
“And we’ll confiscate the goods and treasures you’ve collected . I really thought this was a ploy from some countries… I’ll report that you’ve escaped . ”
Their purpose was to obtain the treasures inside the ruin, not to subjugate the bandits or to hand their head over to the kingdom . Loren believed that it was good enough to get the money and goods to fulfill Tizona’s purpose . Anything else was just extra, and thus inconsequential .
The bandits wouldn’t be able to cause much damage by themselves . Their leader, an Evil G.o.d, was now Gula’s responsibility, and would be under her supervision . Loren thought that it should be safe .
“If we hand defeated Evil G.o.ds over to the kingdom, they’ll either destroy the kingdom or will be used by it, which could turn out to be even more troublesome . ”
“It’s alright, isn’t it? As for hitting him, let’s wait until his wounds are healed . If we go at it now, he might die . ”
Lapis declared with an ice-cold smile . It seemed like she was still holding a grudge over her stolen chest cover . Mammon looked at her with a tear-stained face, his eyes were as frightened as when he looked at Loren .
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