(399) Hero Alessio
“Hn? Ah, you’re the Demon Lord. I see, although your form has changed your aura remains the same as before. However, you have lost your magical power and you’re barely standing.”
“ … How did you come here? Even a Hero shouldn’t have a technique to tear apart space.”
It was as Miri asked. Apart from those I permitted to enter, only the Goddess-samas can enter here.
“I certainly do not possess that ability. I have a collaborator.”
Miri said with a look of suspicion – and then.
“Minerva, what is the meaning of this!”
Setolance shouted furiously.
A rift in space suddenly manifested and Minerva-sama appeared. Along with something unexpected.
“I lend him my strength. Sorry, Suke-kun. Kaguya-chan. I am your enemy.”
Minerva-sama was our enemy? – More importantly, why was it here?
Why was Centaur here?
Centaur appeared floating in the air beside Minerva-sama trapped in some sort of lightbox.
“Fufufu, Suke-kun, and Kaguya-chan never realized the true identity of this child until the very end.”
“Yes. That said, Centaur is a wonderful name. Perhaps you heard of the name Chiron?”
Chiron? I never heard of it. I thought that Keroron sounded like a frog but it was definitely not related.
“ … The name of the Centaur Sage that appears in Greek mythology. Sagittarius, one of the twelve constellations, is modeled after it.”
“You’re right. Well, you should know that much. He is said to be the ancestor of medicine. He was also the master of Asclepius, the staff that Suke-kun used previously. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he is Tet-sama and my ancestor, as we are experts in drugs and medicine.”
“No way – are you telling me he is inside Centaur?”
Setolance-sama said as she generated a new spear of light and attacked Centaur. But her strike was blocked by a light barrier and she was blown back.
“It’s useless. Setolance, your strength was absorbed by the Salamander so it was linked with that red spear. With the red spear broken, your strength is below a third of what it usually is – you won’t be able to break my barrier.”
Why was Setolance-sama so impatient?
What does it have to do with Centaur’s true identity?
“Onii, attack Minerva! Now!”
“ – All right!”
It seemed that only I was able to take action now.
I nodded and was about to cast offensive spells –
“I would be troubled if you forgot about me – Paralyze Sword.”
A severe numbness struck my body and I collapsed to my knees.
I had forgotten about the Hero due to the rapid turn of events – no, perhaps deep down I didn’t think that the Hero would resort to surprise attacks.
Alessio cut the string of the item bag on my waist, took it, and tossed it at Minerva.
“It’s mine – return it.”
I thrust Guardian Sword on the ground and raised my upper body.
“Oya, you can still move? My Paralysis Sword … hmm, to express it for an otherworld person like you, even an elephant won’t be able to move for three days … or something like that? Elephants are like Ganesha, right? That might be an overstatement but it is that powerful. I see, you’re at least above me in terms of status.”
Hero Alessio said and kicked away my sword.
Without my support, I fell prone.
“But your experience related to battle is lower than an amateur. But, with your status now, you look like you can move in a few minutes so please end it quickly, Minerva-sama.”
“Yeah, I know. Hero-chan.”
Minerva-sama said and took out a large nut from my item bag.
Fruit of the Earth – the source of power born from the Golden Tree.
“Golden Tree – an object of worship that the Dark-Elves deem as their guardian deity; a sacred tree that has the same power as the Goddesses, capable of sealing the power of a Great Spirit. Using this power, I will be able to amplify my holy power.”
Minerva-sama said indifferently.
“However, if used differently, it can seal holy power instead. Seal the power of the Holy Beast!”
Minerva-sama’s hand went through the light barrier and forcibly stuffed the Fruit of the Earth into Centaur’s mouth.
Black mist suddenly poured out from Centaur’s mouth.
“ … It’s the end.”
Setolance-sama said with despair.
The black mist formed the shape of a human.
A girl dressed in black – I have seen her before.
I never met her in person but I have seen her Goddess Statue.
“ … Goddess Metias-sama.”
Right, she was the seventh Goddess – Metias-sama.
“Wrong – that is not a Goddess. She is the same as Tet now, a Demon God.”
“Koshmar-sama! And Torerul-sama as well.”
All six Goddesses had gathered.
“You’re late, Koshmar. What were you doing?”
Setolance-sama complained at Koshmar-sama.
“Humans impeded me.”
“That magician called Hagg used a troublesome spell. I didn’t expect a human to be capable of sealing a Goddess’s movements.”
“Actually, I am even more surprised that Minerva, the person who keeps saying she wants to die, is betraying us. I thought you were the same as me but aren’t you quite a hard worker.”
Torerul-sama said as she glared at Minerva-sama but she ignored her and knelt in front of Metias-sama.
“It’s been a long time Koshmar. And Setolance. Oh, I wonder if Libra is asleep.”
Metias-sama said with a smile.
“Do you know how much I suffered because the three of you sealed me?”
The three of them sealed her?
Tet-sama said that Metias suddenly disappeared but behind the scenes, three Goddesses were involved.
The reason was the same as Tet-sama.
Metias-sama was a Demon God.
“Metias. Be thankful that I didn’t kill you.”
“Kill – aren’t you mistaken? Setolance – when have you ever won against me?”
It was a hair-trigger situation.
It was infuriating that I could not move at such a time.
“Hey, Ichinojo. I feel like I am outside the loop. I have completely no clue why Metias who should be missing is here and why she is a Demon God.”
Torerul-sama sat beside me and complained.
“ … I see.”
Well, going from the flow of the story, it seemed that Torerul-sama became a Goddess to close the hole that Metias left behind.
“Hmm. Well, I recently discovered that your Jobless skill comes from Metias so Koshmar and I may have done some investigations.”
“Torerul-sama – Koshmar-sama probably knew from the start that my skill was set by Metias-sama. After all, she said in Florence that it was the criminal’s objective to set the Jobless skill.”
“What – it wasn’t just a feeling, I was completely left out of the loop!?”
Torerul-sama was stunned.
“Unfortunately, I will be withdrawing. Thankfully it is easy to escape this unstable space and I have to treat this child.”
Metias said and she floated the immobile Tet-sama up by magic and pulled her closer.
“Don’t dream of escaping.”
When Koshmar-sama said that, a barrier appeared around Metias-sama, Minerva-sama, and Tet-sama.
It seemed far more powerful than my Holy Mirror but Metias’s smile didn’t fade.
“Eh, you don’t know? This space is originally my world. Even when I was sealed inside the Holy Beast, I was still able to cause a rip in the barrier.”
Suddenly a door appeared within the barrier.
“It’s easy to escape.”
Minerva-sama disappeared as well.
“Well then, I should withdraw too. – ”
The Hero whispered something into my ear before disappearing in an instant.
And then, only Miri, the four Goddess-samas, Centaur and I were left.
【Ichinojo leveled up】
… The experience I gained from defeating the snake born from miasma probably just entered.
It was also the signal that the battle was over.
I seemed to have learned a few skills but I couldn’t think about them.
I’m still alive.
But I don’t think my life would have peace.