Chapter 99 – Impurity


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The voice I heard is…
The voice of the feudal lord of this place, Earl Makfol.
To his left is his adjutant Bimiyal.
To his right is the middle-aged, hat-wearing bird knight who had a flashy showdown with me.
Behind the knight, his subordinate soldiers, who had a red feather emblem imprinted on their chests, tagged along as well.

“… Makfol-sama. What’s wrong?” (Shuuya)

“Ohh, isn’t that you, Shuuya!? Don’t “what’s wrong” me. After receiving an emergency report that the Large Tree of Holker revived and that a huge magic beast appeared all of a sudden, I rushed over here.” (Makfol)

I guess it was reported by the people who ran away after getting surprised by Rollo’s gigantification.
After sending a silent glance of “Do not transform” to the black cat on my shoulder, I say to deceive the feudal lord.

“… A huge magic beast? It disappeared as if the earth had swallowed it, but… more importantly, I completed the request of the priestess. As you can see, the Large Tree of Holker has revived.” (Shuuya)

The feudal lord stares at the revived Large Tree of Holker.

“I-It seems so… However, for it to really revive. It’s a vibrant and splendid large tree.” (Makfol)

“Yes, it is indeed.” (Bimiyal)

The female adjutant standing next to the feudal lord agrees as well.

“Shuuya, you are a man who keeps his promises. That’s cool. I’m currently very deeply moved. As expected of my friend.” (Makfol)

“No, not at all. I just did my job.” (Shuuya)

“How upright. Leaving that aside, I heard that a magic beast… a huge magic beast appeared, but where is it?” (Makfol)

“Who knows. Given that it vanished in an instant, I feel like I saw huge shadow over there…” (Shuuya)

I shamelessly point my look and index finger in the opposite direction.
The priestess watches Rollo and me with a wavering gaze, but remained silent with her mouth in the shape of へ.

“What? East, you say? Got it. Bimiyal!” (Makfol)

“Yes, Makfol-sama.” (Bimiyal)

“You will head east. If it causes harm to this city, you will defeat it. And, if you capture it, I will be able to add it to the collection with the magic tool I possess. It might be possible to turn it into my family’s, no, my city’s guardian sacred beast!” (Makfol)

Makfol talks in an excited manner.

“””Ooohh!!”””

The female secretary Bimiyal and the soldiers cheer at the words of the feudal lord.
But, does such a magic tool exist?
Which reminds me, there were various collections in the feudal lord’s mansion.
The feudal lord’s party dashes away with a force that lets a cloud of dust rise into the air.

“Phew, there they go, finally gone. Thanks for staying silent.” (Shuuya)

While smiling I turn towards Priestess Marin.

“No, rather than that, we were talking about defeating the impurity, but…” (Marin)

“Yeah. It seems this wood splinter that was left behind by the gods will lead us to the defiled places.” (Shuuya)

Thereupon, Holker’s wood splinter gave a reaction by trembling.
The wood splinter rotates like a compass on my palm. It points at a direction similar to an arrow.
While the tip of the wood splinter blinks with a green light, it points towards the west.

“… The wood splinter moved. Well then, I will go defeat the impurity for a bit.” (Shuuya)

“Ah, please wait a moment. You are talking without care as if you are going on a stroll, but will you be really all right?” (Marin)

“It’s fine.” (Shuuya)

“Really? Then I want to come along as well.” (Marin)

Even if you say that.
The priestess is probably incapable of fighting. It would be the best if she waited here.
Besides, we have to talk about the reward as well.

“You must not, priestess. You have to protect the Large Tree of Holker. Besides, the request reward was the Sacred Flower of Holker, right? Won’t I get that?” (Shuuya)

“Uh, t-that’s right. Then I will wait while processing the Sacred Flower of Holker.” (Marin)

The priestess agreed reluctantly.

“Yea, well then.” (Shuuya)

I start running towards the spot indicated by the wood splinter.
As I’m running, Rollo, who was on my shoulder, jumps down.
At the moment she landed on the ground, she changes into the medium-sized black panther mode with a billowing.
From that size, she grows even further.
It became a shape that was a combination of lion and thoroughbred horse.
She turns into RollodeenHorse Lion Mode.
That’s nice, isn’t it? Her body is bigger than her usual combat modeBlack Panther Mode.
A few of Rollo’sBlack Cat Mode facial features remain on her aerodynamic face, but the black hair that’s covering her entire body is glossier than before. The chest, which has a size that can be understood even through the fluffy black hair, has become thick and the lion muscles are imposing and ferocious… she looks like a particularly wild beast.
Her long tail, which is stretching out erectly, curves cutely like the handle of an umbrella.
Since its tip is trembling slightly, it can be considered as proof of trust.
Going by an overview, Xiang Yu’s Zhui, Cao Cao‘s Shadow Runner, Lu Bu’s Red Hare and Maeda Toshimasu’s Matsukaze.
And the Black King edition which was mounted by Rao○.
The favourite horses of those great commanders, brave generals and strong warriors…
It’s not like I have actually seen them, but Rollo brings about an air that surpasses those famous horses.
The six tentacles growing from around Rollo’s neck are also cool.
When I was staring at the gallant running figure of her horse lion mode, she smoothly extends two of the tentacles, which grew at the nape of her neck, towards me.
The tentacles twine around my torso by going around my waist and forcibly placed me on top of her back which turned into the size of her horse lion mode.

“Nyanya.” (Rollo)

I see, ride on my back, huh?
In addition, a tentacle extends in front of my hands like reins.
Steer with this?
The instant I grabbed that tentacle, the tips of two tentacles tightly clung to the back of my neck.
Oooooh, got it. This is amazing.
It’s a sensation like sharing the consciousness with RollodeenHorse Lion Mode while running as one body.
※Piiing※ ※Divine Beast Riding※ Permanent Skill acquired.
※Piiing※ ※Unity of Mount and Rider※ Permanent Skill acquired.
※Fusion of <Magic Beast Riding>, <Divine Beast Riding> and <Unity of Mount and Rider>※
※Piiing※Divine Beast Serene Mind ・ Soaring※ Permanent Skill acquired.
Wow, amazin’. I even acquired skills.
Something like that is possible as well, huh?
My head can’t catch up with understanding the skills.
Anyway, rather than that— she’s fast.
The black cat that transformed into a size equal to that of a horse, or rather, the horse-like black lion is fast.
A tentacle is closely sticking to my body so that I don’t fall off due to the speed. It’s a strangely fitting feeling making me believe that a saddle and stirrup are unnecessary.
She runs as if weaving her way through the crowd.
Moreover, barely avoiding people, she skilfully dodges the crowd of people.
We passed through the congested west gate in the blink of an eye.
There RollodeenHorse Lion Mode eases up on the speed and starts to walk comfortably.
Rollo is definitely a sacred beast.
She possesses great speed with stability.
She easily exceeded the speed of Popobumu and the full gallop of a horse.
It feels as if she has the ability to accelerate like a large motorbike with rocket engines added to it while at the same time having an excellent braking function.

『It’s a wonderful speed, Rollo-sama.』 (Helme)

『Yeah, it’s really great.』 (Shuuya)

At the moment we leave the west gate and are praising Rollodeen, Holker’s wood splinter changes direction from left, which is the western direction, to north.
— North, eh?
The moment I consciously thought of north, Rollodeen turned north and headed that way.
Even without me handling the tentacles that have become reins, my thoughts have gotten through to her.
She runs north following along the west gate’s wall.
Before long, on the left side, an area with many dead trees and a graveyard became visible.
After we advance up to the graveyard, the blinking green light of the reacting wood splinter lights up once more and then turns dark.
The wood splinter radar repeatedly trembles with a *guiin guiin* sound.
It seems that around here we will find the place to allow us to go underground.
Large crows are sitting on the withered trees. They glare at me as if monitoring me.
A graveyard that’s disconnected off the city, huh…?
It really has an ambience of being impure.
I raised my legs and turned around as if dismounting a horse saddle, and jumped off Rollodeen.
I firmly land on the ground of the gravesite, which is showing signs of the surface depressing, with a perfect posture.
The crows, who sit on the branches of the dried trees, all at once take off, as if running away, as they are seemingly surprised by me who descended in a grandiose manner.
RolloBlack Cat Mode chased after the fleeing crows, but giving up in the middle of it, she returned to my shoulder.
Even while such things are going on, I haven’t forgotten to use my Magic Observation and Grasping Perception.
Omitting the dead trees, I search underground…
Oh? The wood splinter once again reacts by lighting up.
The trembling of the splinter becomes even stronger with a *bweeeh*.
— Found it.
Longboards have been laid out in order to cover the hole leading underground.
It’s blocked by boards, but this is the hole continuing to the underground.
There’s probably only one entrance.
I hit the cover of longboards with my Magic Halberd and destroy it.
A pit became visible below the destroyed boards. Since the hole’s dark, I activate <Night Vision>.
The bottom seems to be a short distance away. It doesn’t look like it’s that deep.

“Let’s go. Helme, just in case be ready to come out, okay?” (Shuuya)

“Nya.” (Rollo)

『Yes.』 (Helme)

I jump into the hole.
I landed at the bottom with both feet on the ground.
Due to the sensation of the soil, there isn’t much of an impact towards my feet.
I confirm my surroundings. The pit has a height of around 5 m.
A slightly smelly and moist air is blowing through.
With wind passing through, it means that there’s several other holes as well.
Although there’s a mud wall to the left and right, the cave continues to the front and rear.
The reaction of the wood splinter still comes from the front.
I walk forward in the cave while staying careful.
It has a width to the extent that two people can walk side-by-side…
Oh? There’s a mark.
Some kind of symbol is drawn on the mud wall with blood.
There are several earthen hallways besides this one, I guess?
However, this wall, feels like soil, or rather, hard rock.
It seems that it was created by digging through hard bedrock.
It’s a cave that was likely made artificially and not naturally.
The remains of mines, I suppose.
We head towards the spot inside the cave indicated by the green light of Holker’s wood splinter.
Mmh? There’s a magic source response.

『Helme, lend me your sight.』 (Shuuya)

『Yes!』 (Helme)

Grabbing the deformed Helme that appeared, I activate Spirit Sight.

『A…』 (Helme)

The voice of Helme, who vanished from my view, became a lot quieter.
It seems she’s doing her best in her own way.
I grasped something moving sluggishly from the area where I got the magic source reaction.
The shape shown by the temperature sensor is still unclear.
Then, as if reacting to the sight, countless squirming hands start to grow out of the hard walls and ground.
The manifested, filthy hands are deprived of nails, but without minding that, they start to dig up the surrounding soil.
Before long, a large amount of soil was gouged out and the faces of people that got crushed on one side became visible. Naked torsos with rotting intestines jumped out.

“Ugooooo.”

“Oveeeeeer.”

It’s groaning and wriggling corpses. Living Dead. Zombies.
A large amount of zombies started to appear.
The zombies are rotting corpses with maggots squirming within them, but they are breaking through the tough ground…
They have blood-stained, smelly mouths.
Their groaning is annoying.
The movements of the zombies, who crawled out of the ground, are slowly approaching us.
It’s scary as it seems I will be zombified or get infected with a disease if bitten by them.
Thus, it will be a ranged battle.
I want to put on a cowboy hat like a former police officer. (T/N: Most likely reference to some zombie movie)
Instead of a magnum, I will use <Chain Spear of the Ray System>. I swiftly use the skill.
— <Chain Spear of the Ray System>, <Chain Spear of the Ray System>, <Chain Spear of the Ray System>, <Chain Spear of the Ray System>.
Next I activate five instances of the skill in succession.
The heads of five zombies are pierced by light spears in one go.
After showing a reaction as if numb from getting stabbed by the light spears, the zombies are destroyed by a fire with a bluish-white, phosphorus effect.
Turning into blue dust, their entire bodies vanished.
That’s a cool way of disappearing.
Well, I guess that being weak to light is only natural, huh?
Rollo changed into the middle-sized panther mode and shot her six tentacle bone swords over and over again like a gatling gun.
The zombies get skewered by the bone swords.
Those bone swords are shining as if their colour has changed from white to silver?
Furthermore, it seems like their blades became sharper and longer.
However, the zombies don’t die since she’s stabbing the torsos and necks, not the heads.

“Rollo, the head’s their weak point. Pierce their heads several times.” (Shuuya)

“Nn, nya.” (Rollo)

Just as instructed, Rollo killed the zombies by aiming at their head.
A skill, which shoots light spears is still not usable.
Thus I will use <Chain>.
The chain released from my left hand pierces the head of a zombie and smashes it.
Sometimes I delay the zombies’ advance by crushing their legs.
However, as of yet…
Zombies continue to be created from the walls and ground.
Just like in zombie movies, they are persistent.
I liked Romero’s works, but I’d like you to excuse me from getting attacked in reality.
Though it’s little by little, their numbers decrease and we advance while annihilating them.
Which reminds me, at the time when I just came to this world—
I fell into a deep underground hole—
And had to defeat zombies in such manner as well, didn’t I?

“Nuooo—”

An eerie voice reverberates from behind me when I was reminiscing on the past while shooting <Chain> like a gun.
Fuck! Enemies are also gushing out from behind.
Front and back. Tiger zombies at the front gate and dragon zombies at the rear gate, that’s the feeling I get here, I guess?

“Nn, nya, nyaa.” (Rollo)

As I’m pondering about such forceful pun, RollodeenBlack Panther Mode steps out in front of me as if telling me 『Leave them to me nya』 without retorting with “They are all normal zombies, aren’t they?”
Oh? Will you do something about them?

“Gooowwwrr!” (Rollodeen)

At the instant she raised a throaty growling voice— a large and wide flame breath is released from her panther mode mouth.
— Uhyaa, the sound is amazing as well, but will that be alright in this cave?
Something like carbon monoxide poisoning due to the sudden loss of oxygen…
It has a power to the extent that gives me such anxiety.

『— T-This is… Rollo-sama, amazing. It’s a grand flame spell that has the power of around Extreme Class, no, King Class top-ranking magic.』 (Helme)

It’s as Helme says.
Although I’m right behind RollodeenBlack Panther Mode, my entire body is wrapped up by a hot wind.
Oh, the ceiling ahead shakes loudly.
It looks like the fire blew away boards which were covering another hole above.
Oxygen won’t be a problem anymore, huh?
It seems like there are plenty of entrances like the hole I entered through in this cave.
However, as it seems that Rollodeen’s flame breath reached all the way inside the cave, the zombies that were gushing out in front vanished after turning into dust once and for all.
The wall, which makes popping sounds as steam rises from it, has changed into a melted, sticky fluid due to the heat.

“… Amazing, Rollo-sensei! You are the Flame User Rollo, aren’t you!?” (Shuuya)

“Nyao.” (Rollo)

She wears a triumphant look.
However, let’s allow her that for this time.

“Rollo, you are remarkable. However, be careful with its use from now on, okay?” (Shuuya)

“Nn, nya!” (Rollo)

Once Rollo gave me a reply that sounded like 『Roger nya』, zombie voices resounded from behind us.
I will ignore the zombies in the rear.
RollodeenBlack Panther Mode and I advanced into the cave following the response of the wood splinter.
Once we leave the twisting and turning cave, we come out in a vast area.

『Your Excellency, the intersticeVeil is thin around here. It’s a special place where it’s easily influenced by the power of the gods living in Sebdola and Seuros. Please be careful.』 (Helme)

It’s that kind of area, eh?
The centre of the vast underground area is brightly illuminated by what seems to be a bonfire.
I cancel <Night Vision>.
I walk towards the light centre.
The impurity; is it this light?
There’s also a magic source response. The wood splinter’s reaction is already at MAX.
The colour of the wood splinter that’s trembling completely changed into green.
The response of the magic source is strong as well. A nasty stench hung in the air… the full details became visible once I approached.
Guehh… What’s dat…
Are those perhaps women who died?
A lump of corpses? A lump of piled-up female corpses like puppets…
The shape is that of a tree? An ominously swaying darkish aura and smoke rose up from the entire distorted corpse tree.
Guehh… how disgusting.
This has been made as a copy of the Large Tree of Holker?
Don’t create some objet d’art by putting together corpses.
No matter which corpse, all of them have their hearts pierced with the left nipple missing. Although they still got their heads, they have been stabbed in the eyes and skulls.
For some reason there are many black, irregular lines sewn on the corpses’ heads.
Reality is stranger than fiction.
Then, as if the spot with the accumulated corpses is moving, the sound of something crushing reverberates with a swoosh.
I felt a powerful magic source response.

“… Who are you?”

“The sanctuary has become remarkably weak. Is this the guy who violated our sanctuary?”

There are two voices.
The voices came from the sinister, tree-shaped objet d’art that’s made out of corpses.
And then two people wearing simple black clothes appeared from within the ominous, swaying black smoke.

“Same to you, who are you guys? What kind of place is this?” (Shuuya)

I asked the two who appeared in front of me.

“Pftt, such a question especially after entering the sanctuary? Oh well, it’s fine I guess. I will make an exception and tell you. This place is Holkerbaum’s under-city which has existed for a long time now. Home-town and pleasure garden of criminals, people with incurable diseases and the dead. Being a place where corpses are abandoned by murderers and undertakers, it’s our sanctuary.”

“What the…? What are you?” (Shuuya)

I understood that there’s an underground, but…

“… I’m someone called Southermens of 【Apostles of the Blood Mark】 who are apostles of the King of the Ten-Layered Hell Totogudius.”

Going by their appearances, they are heretics who believe in the King of the Ten-Layered Hell.

“… The ones who gathered the female corpses are you?” (Shuuya)

“Yes, of course. These corpses are important sacrifices. Including myself, the members of 【Apostles of the Blood Mark】 gathered them with strong desires. This is the sanctuary of Totogudius-sama and also the place where the Blood-Marked Intestines TreeGadozer absorbs the power of the holy precincts released by the Large Tree of Holker.” (Southermens)

He politely explained everything.
Sacrificing women, huh?
The ones who stole Melissa’s left breast were those guys, too, I suppose.
She said that she was attacked by 【Apostles of the Blood Mark】 of Totogudius.
The man standing next to the man who explained fluently takes off the hood of his simple clothing.
A human male. His eyes are bloodshot like those of the zombies and clouded with a yellow colour.
On his face there are wound-like smile lines and his cheeks are fallen in.

“Southermens, you are always honest to a fault, aren’t you? I think it’s unnecessary to explain things to a guy that will die?”

“Egaras, although he might be a heretic, his deceased spirit will be added to the power of Totogudius-sama if he dies here, won’t it? In that case, I have the duty to earnestly explain things to him.” (Southermens)

“I see. It’s fine to be faithful to the doctrine, but let’s stop it at this point. With this guys timing of invading the sanctuary, I believe that he’s the main reason for the Blood-Marked Intestines TreeGadozer weakening. He has to die.” (Egaras)

Barrier of the blood mark?
I think it became fragile due to the revival of the Large Tree of Holker, but…
Probably these guys still don’t know that the Large Tree of Holker above ground has been revived.
Besides, the impurity the gods talked about is the barrier of the blood mark those guys mentioned, I believe.

“I understand. Then let’s put an end to him. Let’s get it done in time for the sacrificing.” (Southermens)

The fluently-talking man also exposed his face by taking off the hood.
His eyes are also bloodshot and clouded with a yellow colour.
However, his face is that of a still young man.
The two men slowly approach by walking.

“— Sacrifice, huh? Good grief, how disgusting. That’s a crazy new religion. And the sinister objet d’art…” (Shuuya)

I spread the overcloak left and right as if tearing it apart and speak while gesturing with both hands.
I made fun of them while preparing the Magic Halberd in my right hand.

“What did you say!? I won’t allow any mockery towards Totogudius-sama. An heretic is a heretic after all, huh…?”

“Yes, yes. Heretic, heretic.”

I look at those guys with a faint smile.

“Tsk, you and your damned composure. Seeing that axe spear, you are an adventurer, aren’t you?”

“… Who knows? Rather than that, I’m angry. Just how many lives of precious beauties did you guys steal?” (Shuuya)

I mutter while looking at the sinister objet d’art behind the men.

“How many? Don’t know. Not like we counted them. However, it’s a blessing for them since they became Totogudius-sama’s spirits of the deceased.”

“Haa? What kind of blessing is that? You psycho bastards who can’t be even called people, prepare for an end suiting heretics of an outdated religion like you fuckers.” (Shuuya)

“… The sacrifice has a cheeky mouth. We will chop up your entire body, including that mouth, toss the pieces of meat into a gold bag, put dung into it, let it pickle in that dung and then smear it with excrements. Hear, the bells of hell have rung!!”

“…”

The fluently-talking man and the taciturn man are floating eerie smiles and come attacking after taking out their arms from within the simple clothing.
They hold strangely shaped swords in both arms. Are those sickles?
However, those swords are irrelevant.
They don’t amount to being my opponents.

“Rollo, burn everything. — It’s a sterilization of filth!!!” (Shuuya)

“Nyagoooaahh— gruuhh!” (Rollo)

A directional, violent flame breath sweeps the area once again.
The running men were swallowed up by the flames as if receiving head wind.

“Gyaa, boooooooooooooo.”

“Aaaahhh.”

The evil apostles of Totogudius carbonize while raising screams in death agony.
The flames also spread to the large tree-like corpse objet d’art and it burns vigorously.
Amazing, as expected of a power that’s classified as superior magic…

『… Scary. If I received that, I would end up getting evaporated…』 (Helme)

『As I also feel like it’s not someone else’s problem, as it could have been very well me, I will pay attention at the time when you appear and fight, Helme.』 (Shuuya)

『Yes.』 (Helme)

At that moment the trembling of the wood splinter suddenly stops.
As the corpse objet d’art burns, the blinking green light lessens and weakens.
Eventually, the sinister objet d’art, which was formed out of countless corpses, is completely destroyed by fire and changes into burning residue.
At the same time the green response of Holker’s wood splinter vanished.

“With this the impurity of this city disappeared, huh? Rollo, we’re going back.” (Shuuya)

“Nya.” (Rollo)

A black hole still continues towards the interior of the cave, but I decide to return since we finished our business here.
It will be instantly if I use the gate.
I take out the 24-faceted Trapezohedron.
Tracing the first symbol, the gate was activated.
Just as usual, a ring that was wrapped in grey light appears.
It reflects the room where I was staying at.
My body might be stinking, but, oh well, I will pass through the gate.
Phew… I was able to return to the high-class inn. Let’s return to the priestess’ place for now?
Exiting the room right away, I left the inn.
Without mounting Popobumu who’s standing in front of the stable, I make the black cat change into the horse-like lion size.
I jumped on the back of RollodeenHorse Lion Mode and departed on the main street.
When I pass through the plaza located at the crossroads, there’s a gathering of people.
The residents and travellers seem to look at the revived Large Tree of Holker.
Among them there are also those who are shrewdly selling things on the road.
This place might become a new sightseeing attraction.
The transparent flowers, which grew from the Large Tree of Holker, have already disappeared.
It seems that the priestess collected them properly.
Escaping the crowd of people on the plaza, I arrive in front of the run-down temple house.
I dismounted from Rollo’s Horse Lion Mode.
RolloBlack Cat immediately becomes small and follows me beneath my feet.
I enter the temple after opening the door of the run-down mansion.
Did the priestess wait for our arrival as she’s standing in front of the altar? Once she saw me entering, she ran up to me.

“Ah, Shuuya-san! You were all right.” (Marin)

“Yea. Of course. I got rid of the impurity. Though I got attacked by guys calling themselves 【Apostles of the Blood Mark】. And, though I don’t know whether it was for the sake of a ritual, there was a sinister corpse objet d’art which imitated the Large Tree of Holker. I disposed of it by burning it together with the fellows who attacked me.” (Shuuya)

“Such a thing has…” (Marin)

Marin opens her eyes widely and mutters while covering her mouth with a hand.

“Yeah, it’s been 【Apostles of the Blood Mark】 who killed them, but… they said that they were sacrifices for Totogudius, the King of the Ten-layered Hell of the Spirit World.” (Shuuya)

The priestess shows an angry expression for a change.

“… Is that so? The lot of 【Apostles of the Blood Mark】 are the enemies of father and mother. It’s the true identity of the evil ones.” (Marin)

“Probably. I think it’s fine since the impurity’s response vanished completely, but since it’s not like I killed all of their members, it might be necessary to stay cautious.” (Shuuya)

“Got it. I will protect the Large Tree of Holker.” (Marin)

Marin’s eyes have power dwelling within.
I guess it’s all right to leave it to her.

“Yeah. It might be best if you hired some guards. Well, I will leave it to you.” (Shuuya)

“Yes. Then I shall give you the promised reward.” (Marin)

The priestess handed me three earthenware jars with a small potion inside, and a high-class parchment with characters written on it.

Permeated Drops of the Sacred Flower, which is a precious healing potion made out of Holker’s Sacred Flowers is inside these three jars. And, this parchment is the title deed of this mansion. Lastly, I have also already prepared my body… ufufu.” (Marin)

Umm… I don’t need your body.
Marin’s face has become red and she’s squirming with her inner thighs.
As I receive the healing potions, for an instant, I imagined a future with the 5th Element-like priestess Marin where we encounter the unknown.
Let’s stop with that since I felt the fear of the cosmos in my spine.
There might exist a world line with a future route where I would possess a space alien wife and family, but for now I will politely but firmly refuse it.

“… Sorry. As I don’t want your body, priestess, I will simply take those three jars. Priestess Marin, it would also be best if you held on to the title deed as well.” (Shuuya)

I return the title deed to her.

“But, the promise…” (Marin)

“Well, at very last the Large Tree of Holker revived. I think the believers will grow in numbers from now on. Besides, you will protect the Large Tree of Holker, right? You have to properly protect it after making this place your base.” (Shuuya)

When the priestess heard my words, she nodded as if agreeing.

“Yes… that’s right, isn’t it? I will protect it.” (Marin)

These three jars.
Is it a super-healing medicine that cures all kinds of sicknesses? I will confirm it since we talked about it before.

“Is the medicine in these three jars really effective against all kinds of sicknesses?” (Shuuya)

“Yes. Ah, no, it’s not all. It’s just a minority, but according to the scriptures it won’t work against sicknesses you possess since birth and divine punishment.” (Marin)

Hee, so it can heal everything besides those.
Still, if that’s true, it’s amazing. Let’s keep them in reserve.
I will put them into my item box.

“Got it. I will gratefully accept these. Well then, I will go back. From now on various things will happen I think, but do your best. Cya.” (Shuuya)

“N, nyanya.”

Rollo purrs with a feeling of 『Bye bye nya』.

“Ah, yes. I pray that you, Shuuya-san and Rollo-chan, will be able to get the blessing from Holker’s Spirit. — Goodbye.” (Marin)

At that point I part from the priestess who looks at me disappointedly.
Leaving behind the temple, we leisurely advance through the plaza, where the revived, lush and powerful Large Tree of Holker stands, while I’m riding on Rollodeen (Horse Lion Mode).
Somehow it’s deeply emotional.
It means that I have done something that will leave its record in history, doesn’t it?
After looking at the leaves growing from the large tree, I look up at the dark violet night sky.
It felt as even the two moons and the twinkling stars were blessing the Large Tree of Holker.
Well then, tomorrow I will go to 【Belgart】 in the early morning…
Do I call the lovely Melissa after a long time once I return to the inn?

 

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Having returned to the high-class inn, I swiftly nominate Melissa.
I chatted with Melissa while having a delicious meal.

“Good grief, you surprised me. Just when I was nominated after a long time, I’m told about an impossible revival. Something like having revived the withered Large Tree of Holker.” (Melissa)

“… Haha, the word impossible doesn’t exist in my vocabulary.” (Shuuya)

“Fufu, geez, expressly making a weird expression… how very like you, Shuuya. Besides, is the rumour about the appearance of a huge magic beast true?” (Melissa)

I wonder whether she will believe me if I tell her that the huge magic beast is in reality the transformed Rollo?
Oh well, let’s stay silent about that.

“Huge magic beast? Don’t know. A black shadow appeared and left though.” (Shuuya)

Seemingly not agreeing with my deceiving words, Melissa stares at me fixedly.

“Suspicious…” (Melissa)

“Well, isn’t it fine? Rather than that, it’s tomorrow you know, tomorrow. The introduction to the leader of a major company promised by the boss of 【Belgart】, Dino-san.” (Shuuya)

“Yes. The preparations for that are in order. It seems that the party of the major company will arrive tomorrow morning.” (Melissa)

“Ooh, I look forward to it. I will head over in the morning as well.” (Shuuya)

“Yes. Ah, do you want me to guide you by going together to 【Belgart】 tomorrow morning?” (Melissa)

Melissa’s cheeks got a slightly red tint.

“Mmh, no, I know the place, but, ah, I will rely on you after all I guess.” (Shuuya)

“That’s great…” (Melissa)

She’s a cute woman who sends signs while blushing.

“Well then, let’s go to my room?” (Shuuya)

“Yes.” (Melissa)

“Nnn, nya.”

Did Rollo read the mood? She leaves by herself while seemingly complaining about something.
Somehow, I’m sorry, Rollo.
Let’s carefully groom her later.

『Your Excellency, I will go outside, too…』 (Helme)

Helme seems to be considerate as well.

『No, as long as you don’t appear in my field of vision, it will be fine for you to stay. But, don’t talk to me in the middle of it, okay?』 (Shuuya)

『Yes… but, take care of me some day, too.』 (Helme)

『I know, next time, okay?』 (Shuuya)

 

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We have passed the second round…
At the time when we are taking a break, I suddenly remember after seeing Melissa’s naked body.
Permeated Drops of the Sacred Flower.
The super-healing potion I received from the priestess.
It’s a precious medicine of which I only got three.
Maybe, if I let Melissa drink it…
The missing breast might return to its original form.
Accordingly, I operate the item box and take out one jar of Permeated Drops of the Sacred Flower.

“Shuuya-san? That is?” (Melissa)

“Yeah, sorry for being so abrupt. Can you try drinking this?” (Shuuya)

I give her the jar with the medicine inside.

“Is this some kind of medicine?” (Melissa)

“Yea. Well, try drinking it while thinking that you were tricked into it.” (Shuuya)

“Then—” (Melissa)

Melissa drained the jar with a *gulp*.
At that instant— Melissa’s naked body shines in a golden colour.
The shining naked body collapsed being hit by a wave as if vibrated with a thumping.

“— O-Oy, Melissa?” (Shuuya)

I immediately hold Melissa in my arms.

“Y-Yes…” (Melissa)

Melissa opens her eyes and rises.
Oooh… hooray. Amazing, the scar vanished and the breast returned to its original state.
It was really effective as medicine. I once again feel that it’s a really great medicine.
Though I lightly considered testing it, it’s even effective against loss of body parts…

“E-E-Eh?” (Melissa)

Even while feeling shaken, Melissa looks at her own chest and touches the new breast with her hands.

“It’s healed, it has returned to its original shape—” (Melissa)

Melissa ended up bursting into tears at that point.

“… It’s really great. It’s as beautiful as the other.” (Shuuya)

“T-This is… Shuuya-san, is this a miracle?” (Melissa)

“That’s right. It will be fine if you think of it as such. Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with your body, right?” (Shuuya)

“— Yes. Somehow my body feels wonderfully light. It feels as if my skin, the skin of my entire body has become young… amazing. This medicine is…” (Melissa)

Melissa touched and examined her own naked body.
And then, seemingly swallowing her saliva, a *gulp* resounded from her throat.

“Was the medicine, I just now swallowed, maybe a medicine with an effect equal to God Class healing magic? Is it the legendary divine medicine Elixir?” (Melissa)

There’s an item called elixir.

“No, I think it’s something else. It’s a medicine called Permeated Drops of the Sacred Flower.” (Shuuya)

“Really? It must certainly be tremendously expensive… Even though it’s close to impossible to recover the loss of a body part once a wound has been closed once. It’s an amazing medicine. There’s an old tale saying that even Extreme Class and King Class healing magic won’t recover lost body parts, but, is it really all right for me to drink such precious and expensive medicine?” (Melissa)

I gave it to Melissa because it’s her.
I wasn’t able to directly tell her that though.
Man, I have just done what has to be done.

“… That’s correct.” (Shuuya)

“… Thank you. However, with such covering up, I’m going to want stop working, even though I got finally promoted, and follow you wherever you go, Shuuya-san. Uuh, really thank you very much…” (Melissa)

Large drops of tears pill down Melissa’s cheeks.

“Don’t cry, it’s fine if you don’t quit your job. After finally getting promoted, you became busy. I might leave this place soon as well. … Besides, you have been now taking care of me as my sex partner like this, right?” (Shuuya)

In order to make her tears stop, I transform into an oppai sage.

“How about it? This place here, it feels good, right? Look, how do you want it the next time?”

“Ahn, g-geez. You are lewd. However, tonight I will do my best. That’s why let me be on top next.” (Melissa)

Like this and that, we finished two more rounds in the end.
She was in high spirits to do her best, but she went down first after all.
Currently she’s sleeping while apparently feeling good.
She has a happy expression.
Well then, should I sleep some in preparation for tomorrow as well?

 

 


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