It was a large field located sixty kilometers southwest of Geiradite.
The students of the Demon King's Academy and the Brave Academy had gathered in the place where the greenery of flowers and grasses overflowed and the nature was unspoiled.
In front of the students were three teachers.
They are Erdmeade, Shin and Emilia.
I'm going to have a physical education class today to prepare for the defeat of the dragon. You can't improve your physical fitness overnight, but there is a certain amount of gymnastics that is appropriate for fighting a dragon. The more you learn, the easier it will be to defeat them.
Eldmead spins his wand around and hits the ground.
'Let's start with a chase, shall we?
Then a sigh escaped from the heroic academy.
''What's that? We have to take out this monster called a dragon and you're chasing after it, it's not very long.
Lao interjects languidly.
'Really, really, it's a bit of a letdown because I thought you were going to do a bit more decent in the classroom,'
Heine said mockingly, and Ledriano scoffed up his glasses.
'I understand that the basics are important, but I don't think the pace is such that a dragon can be defeated in ten days. Would it help if you could make the lessons a bit more rigorous?''
Emilia glares at the three brave men who have complained, and Emilia glares at them with a snap.
'Lao-kun, Heine-kun and Ledriano-kun. You guys can't even listen to the class quietly?
He didn't tell Emilia.
Get a teacher!
Heine mouthed a 'yes, yes' and fluttered her hand to taunt Emilia.
'No problem, Emilia-sensei. Kaka, you're quite studious, aren't you?
As Eldmead said this, Emilia reluctantly withdrew as if to say.
I'm sure you'll be able to find it. The three of you are going to run to that single cedar. You will be able to get there in three minutes without using any magic, and I will give you a more rigorous lesson. What do you think, hmm?
Three minutes? Oh, come on, don't take us for granted, just because we're human? There's no time to spare for three minutes.
Lao says, as if laughing it off.
The Cutthroat King takes off his silk hat and takes out three hourglasses from it.
''Then the time is up when these sands fall off.
He turns the hourglass in the air and says
Then, Ledriano and the others ran unwillingly towards the single cedar.
Even so, they've only been training their bodies at the heroic academy so far, and are much faster than ordinary humans.
In a matter of about ten seconds, they had covered half the distance.
''Haha, it's already too late to walk, right?''
What does the Demon King's Academy want to do with such a simple exercise?
At that time, the ground exploded with a thud.
A green dragon with sharp horns, huge wings, and stubborn scales appeared with a thrust from directly beneath the three men who were running and flew through the air.
The huge body, which could have been as long as thirty meters in length, flapped its wings and floated in the sky.
「……はっ、ハイネ君っ？ ラオス君っ？ レドリアーノ君っ……！？」
He starts to run, but unlike earlier, there is no sign of the dragon jumping out at him.
''Then gradually the dragon becomes aware of what's going on up there and climbs up close to the ground. At that time, the ground will tremble slightly due to the huge body. You should be able to detect it with your feet.
If you elaborate on your demon eyes, you can see that the area around where Shin was running shook slightly.
''If the trembling gets louder and the dragon senses that it is coming up to the vicinity of the ground, then we can reverse it and lure it out by increasing the sound of its footsteps.
With a dunk, Shin snapped his feet.
In the next moment, with a zgo-oh-oh sound, the dragon jumped out of the ground and into the sky.
Singh retreated, with unstoppable speed, easily avoiding its assault.
'If you know it's coming, it's easy to avoid it. If we can get underneath it while it's flying above us, we'll be able to reach the single cedar in no time.
In no time at all, Singh had arrived at the lone cedar.
'This one, hopefully,'
Shin stared up at the sky.
The moment the dragon twisted its body to glare back at him, its wings stopped flapping.
A red line oozes down the dragon's neck, faintly. Blood.
As it hung its head, the dragon's head slumped down and then fell off in a blur, separated from the giant body as it was.
''Just when the dragon jumps out of the air, it's a good idea to attack it incidentally.
This time, the dragon doesn't even float up to the sky, but rather glares at our students as if threatening them on the ground.
'Kakkka. Do you understand? Then, you guys, let the deadly chase begin.
When Eldmead threw the silk hat, the fell out of it one after another and floated in the air.
There were as many of them as there were of all the students.
Go ahead. All of you must reach the single cedar or today's class won't be over!
The students of both schools were still scared out of their minds by the Cutthroat King's lines.
I mean, it's absolutely impossible to imitate Dr. Shin...
'So, but we can just run away and get to the single cedar anyway, right? If you have the hourglass, they'll let you recover...
'You say that but if they eat you it's the end of the world...'
I guess we're just not getting anywhere.
Hmm. I guess I'll just go on ahead.
'....I mean, you don't have to do Anosh, do you?
'What, I'd like to try a few things.
With that uttered, I walk loosely to where the three dragons are waiting for me.
'Oh, look, look, it looks like Anosh-sama is going?
Hang in there, Master Anos.
'Master Anosh! Look at me.
I turned around and raised one hand to answer the cheers from the fan unions.
Without missing the opportunity, the dragon at the head of the group set up a fierce charge, sounding the earth shaking, and raised its claws with great vigor.
''Ah, Anosh-sama! Back!
With a single glance, the dragon snapped its claws to a stop.
'You'll get what you deserve, vermin.
The moment I flashed my evil eye, the dragon let out the best possible cat-call, "Ku-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o" and turned over on its back.
That guy is showing his belly as if to show his surrender.
I'm sure you'll be surprised to hear Heine's astonished voice.
It's a good thing that you're not the only one who has a problem with this.
Lao looks at me like he can't believe it.
'Huh...? Surprisingly, dragons are not a big deal, are they? Like a figurehead or something?
I don't know what it is, but it's kind of cute, isn't it?
Can we handle it...?
No, no, don't be stupid. You saw those three men die in vain! It's Anosh!
Such impressions leaked out from the students who hadn't experienced the power of the dragon.
''.........What do I do, this is that thing......?''
Eren says seriously.
"........Did you think something strange again...?
Heh, it's nothing weird. Analysis!
Oh, yeah. So, what?
Ellen's eyes sparkle with a crinkle.
''Anosh-sama is so cute that just because our eyes met, the dragon fell in love with her!
Wait a minute... then that pose with the belly...?
You mean, hold me?
You've gone a little light on race, haven't you?
There's something noisy behind me, but well, I guess it's always the same.
I send a thought transmission to the dragon's head with my fingertips.
You can't understand the words, but the dragon is not so intelligent.
I'm sure the dragon can understand some of these thoughts.
--Guide me to your lair...
Instantly, the dragon raised itself up and rushed into the hole it had made.
＜I'm not going to be able to get a good idea of what I'm talking about.
The dragon is digging steadily through the ground with its horns and magical power.
"Anosu, wait a minute!
When I turned around, I saw Sasha and Misha chasing after me in
"Where are you going?
Misha asks as he catches up.
'I told you last night. The divine school Averast Anzeta is in the subterranean world. I wanted to make sure that was the case.
In the subterranean world, Arcana said, there is the City of God, Gaela Hesta.
If I don't know about it, then it must be the world I was born into after my reincarnation.
And Ahyde Arobo Agatse, who summoned Arcana, uttered that he was a cardinal of Geordal, the land of the divine dragon.
I do not even know the name of that country.
Then it is reasonable to assume that it is in the subterranean world.
The ring that Ahide wore was made of dragon material.
I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one.
For the last two thousand years, there was little evidence of them appearing on the ground.
Nevertheless, if the dragons were on the verge of extinction and were able to survive, there must have been an alternative food source for demons and humans underground.
In other words, near the dragon's nest, there must be a subterranean world that had been created over the past two thousand years.
''Can I go with you?''
You're in a strange place. We don't even know what's waiting for us. At least there are those who summon the gods.
I need to see the same thing Anos did.
Misha appealed to me with her expressionless, yet determined eyes.
''I want to go too. I know I'm a liability, and I know I'd be better off with just Anos alone, but...
He put a hand to Sasha's head in a teasing manner.
'I don't have a slow learner under my command. Come with me. I will be back before the end of today's class.
Misha and Sasha laughed happily.
We dove deeper into the ground than ever before, following the dragon as it dug in to lead the way.