After the meeting at Princess Sylvia's castle, Prim and I returned to the frontier via the magic circle transfer.
We were there to discuss Princess Carol's Hostage Exchange Plan.
When we returned home, Lisette, Haruka and Yukino were waiting for us in front of the magic circle.
"Welcome home, brother!
"Hey, hey, what kind of help am I supposed to do now?
I'm not sure I'll be able to do that. How can you handle it so easily? ...... That's my true master .......
Well, let's talk about it over dinner.
So we decided to sit around the dinner table and share information about Princess Carol and the people trapped in the Gurutra Taira.
"......Have Princess Sylvia's family been held captive in the Grand Protectorate of Gurtra? ......
After listening to me and Prim's explanation, it was Lisette who spoke first.
She wrapped a cup of soup in her hands and opened her eyes wide.
She was so startled that she didn't even notice how hot the soup was...or maybe her dragon scales were protecting her from the heat.
Before you know it, you'll be "awakening the dragon general". To prevent burns.
But Lysette doesn't understand. I'm sure you'll be able to find something that will help you.
I'm sure you'll be able to understand why. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not.
I replied as I peeled Lisette's fingers from the cup.
"I think Princess Carol is believable. I think we can trust Princess Carol. The beastmen testify that she is a good person, and more importantly, she came all this way to warn us of the danger.
I agree with you. Besides, Princess Carol respects the Dragon Emperor, doesn't she?
I'm sure you're not the only one who has a problem with that.
I've heard that the Dragon Emperor was kind to both humans and subhumans. I've heard that the Dragon Emperor was kind to both humans and sub-humans, and Princess Carol practices this herself, right? I think it's okay to believe her. I don't think she's lying about her loyalty to the Dragon Emperor. I am.
...... I'm a little afraid of that loyalty, though.
I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to get the best out of it.
She is a self-proclaimed "Dragon Emperor's Priestess" who can easily risk her life like that.
I can't wait to see how she'll react and change when she realizes that she's the "heir to the Dragon Emperor" = (equal to) the "King of the Frontier".
She may be disillusioned as a strange king who transforms four times, or on the other hand, she may be absurdly impressed. .......
Of course, Princess Carol is a nice person, and I think she'd make a great ally. ...... Personally, I'm a little wary of her.
But you have decided to cooperate with Princess Carol, haven't you, Shoma?
Yeah. If possible, I'd like her to get rid of her brother and become the next "Gurutra Patriarch".
I replied to Yukino's question.
Lysette and Prim nodded approvingly.
Haruka is kind of nodding her head. I guess I need to explain.
Even if the hostage exchange goes well, I don't think the current Gluthras and Ten Sages will leave Princess Carol alone. Because thanks to her, their plan will be ruined. If we're not careful, they could get even with us.
"But Princess Carol is very popular in the Grand Protectorate, isn't she?
Yes, she is. I'm sure she'll be well-liked on the surface. But...
"They'll pretend she's sick and imprison her. Or you can use black magic to control them.
Prim took over my words.
If you're prepared to do that and leave your territory, you're a great person. ...... Princess Carol is a great person. I'd love to see her become the next 'Grand Patron of Gurtra'.
I agree. If she becomes the lord, the alliance of the three lords of Kittle and Glutra will be formed. The Ten Sages and the other lords won't be able to touch her.
"I know it's great! Brother!
Haruka's eyes lit up.
So you and Lysette have to think about what happens after the hostage exchange succeeds.
That's right. If possible, right after the hostage exchange, I would like to sneak into the Castle of Fangs and activate the magic circle.
The hostage exchange will probably take place halfway between Kittle and Glutra. In between, the soldiers in the Castle of the Fangs should be few and far between. I think we'll have a chance to sneak in.
"...... I see. Brother.
I'll activate the magic circle, send in the guards, and ask Princess Carol to live in the Castle of Fangs. That way, there will be less danger, and we can always come rushing to her. We can also use it as a base to activate the magic circle of the Grand Protectorate of Glutra.
"...... my king.
What is it, Prim? Let me know if there's a problem with my plan.
...... No, there's no problem at all. Rather...
Prim nodded her head.
Rather, if you repeat the ...... process, you could turn the entire continent into the king's territory.
「「「「...... ah 」」」」
I'm sure you've heard of it, but I'm not sure what it is.
(1) Sneaking into someone's territory and activating a magic circle.
(2) Use your transference ability to send in the Soldiers of Will.
(3) Take over the place where the magic circle is located (castle or ruins).
(4) Use it as a base to attack the next magic circle.
It's true that you can expand your territory by repeating this pattern.
You can, but .......
You can do it, but you'll have a hard time maintaining it.
Do you think so?
You have a collaborator, Princess Sylvia, in the Grand Protectorate of Kittle. Princess Carol can take care of the Grand Protectorate of Gurutra. But there is no guarantee that the other territories will have such a person.
"Is ...... not enough for Lisette?
No, I need Lysette and the others to stay by my side.
I'm not sure what to make of this.
When I'm with you guys, I can be the otherworldly Kiryu Shoma, not the "King of the Frontier".
So, you need to be around everyone as much as possible.
...... Yes, that's right. I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.
That's right. The world is more important to you than your brother.
I'm your personal subordinate, Shoma. I'm your personal subordinate, and above all, I'm your apprentice from the original world.
...... It's complicated as a military strategist, but I'm glad you said that.
They are all drinking tea after dinner with embarrassed looks on their faces.
It's been a long time since I came to another world, and before I knew it, this house in the middle of nowhere had become my place.
This table is my family's table, and everyone around it is my family.
...... I guess that's what it is. I'm sure.
"But, my king. "But, my king, the Castle of the Fangs seems to be a very guarded castle.
Prim cleared the plates from the table and placed a large wooden board in their place.
There was a figure drawn on it in ink.
This is a diagram of the ...... castle.
"This is a simplified diagram of the Castle of the Fangs, based on Princess Carol's testimony.
The Castle of the Toothless is ...... double-walled, isn't it?
Yes. Mistress Lisette. There are so many watchtowers that even I and the king's wings would have a hard time getting close without being spotted.
"But aren't there fewer soldiers during the Hostage Exchange?
Yes. Yes," said Haruka, raising her hand.
I'm sure you'll be able to find something that works for you. I'm sure it'll be a piece of cake, since the castle's guard has been relaxed for that reason.
I understand what you are saying, Haruka-sama. I understand what you're saying, but we have to sneak in with a small number of people and reach the place where the magic circle is. Even with a few less troops, it will still be dangerous.
You know where the magic circle is, don't you?
"Yes, my king. According to Princess Carol, on the top floor of the tower in the Castle of the Fangs, there is a mural of the Dragon Emperor and ...... strange figures.
So we should be able to get there without being spotted. ......
This is not a battle. We don't need to overrun the tower by force.
All you need to do is reach the tower without being detected by the soldiers and activate the magic circle.
Then we can send the Soldiers of Will to protect Princess Carol. With infinite runtime.
That would be .......
"Brother? "Brother? You have a plan. Mr. Shoma.
Lysette, Haruka and Yukino are leaning forward.
"Actually, I came up with an item the other day that could be used for covert action.
This is something that can be made now that Hazama Village has become a Priority Enhancement Area.
It's a little different from the naming breaths we've been using, so we'll have to experiment.
Lysette, would you mind picking up some of the Touca Seeds from the window over there?
"Yes, sir. Brother.
There's a big tree I'm pointing at. There's a big tree with a bunch of peach-colored fruits.
Lysette leans out of the window and a branch naturally comes down to make it easier to pick the fruit.
The fruit is beautiful and looks just like a peach.
In this world, it's called "Touka no kane".
Me, Lisette, and Haruka took a vow of brotherhood in front of this tree.
It's an important fruit for us too.
...... Amazing. We've just harvested it, and now the next flower has already begun to bloom.
Yukino looks out and is surprised.
A small flower is peeking out from where Lisette peeled the fruit.
This is a priority reinforcement area full of magical power. The fruits and crops grow very fast.
This will allow you to use enchantments that require a lot of fruit.
Activate. Naming Breath - The Great Fruit of the Toucan.
I wrapped the fruit in my hands and activated the skill.
I'm not sure what to do with it. I'm not sure what to do with it.
The fruit of the toka begins to glow.
I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, but it's a good idea.
I've been thinking about this attribute for a long time.
I've been thinking about this attribute for a long time.
Until now, I couldn't use it because the fruit hadn't grown yet.
No matter how powerful an item is, if it can't be replenished, it's useless.
But now it's different.
Now that the village has become a Priority Enhancement Area, I can use this fruit as much as I want.
The Toucan Fruit shall be known as the Fruit of Transparency. Accept the king's naming! Naming Breath!
A blue-white line will run across the surface of the Touka-no-Mi.
A blue-white line runs across the surface of the Toucan Fruit.
I'm not sure what to do.
Everyone is puzzled.
Maybe it was a disappointment. But that's not the end of the effect.
You'll have to go to ...... and do a 'dragon seed awakening'. .
I crushed the fruit with my dragon claws.
I'm not sure what to do with it.
My hand became (・・・・) transparent (・・・・・・).
「「「「 yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah! 」」」」
This time, Lysette, Haruka, Yukino and Prim shouted out.
I shake my juiced hand. Yeah. I still can't see.
I can see the hand, I can see it's moving, but I can't see it. So this is the effect.
I used the "Naming Breath" to give the "Toka no Mune" the "Transparency" attribute.
The meaning of "transparency" is literally "to be able to see through".
That's why the juice and pulp of the fruit have been given the ability to become transparent.
I've never 'enhanced' food before. I need to experiment a lot.
For example, what will happen if I mix it with the "magical hot spring potion"?
For example, what would happen if I mixed it with 'magic hot spring potion'? If it works on the body, what would happen if I ate it?
If you put the juice on a cloth and smear it on the soldier of your will, will he become a transparent fence?
Invisibility of weapons. Invisibility of armor. There are many ways to use it.
In addition, since "transparent" means "to pass through," ...... you may be able to move without regard to walls.
So, do you think you can sneak into the Castle of Fangs with this 'penetration ability'?
「「「「 Of course you can! 」」」」
I'm not sure what to say.
They all put their faces so close together that their foreheads were almost touching.
I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who has a problem with this. I'm a military strategist! I am a military strategist, but... Really, really!
Prim's face is bright red and her cheeks are puffy.
I'm a warlord, but I'm so stupid! I can't keep up with his plans. I can't think of anything else.
"This is the forbidden fruit of AmBrother. It's a fruit worthy of the deformed High King. ......
You'll have to experiment before you can use it for real. Yukino.
I know, I know! I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure I'll be able to do it.
Yukino puffed out her chest.
A witch who turns invisible when she takes off her robe sounds really cool. Please let me try out the Fruit of Transparency. Shoma-san!
That's not fair, Yukino! Me too. I want to try it too!
Okay, okay. Then we'll draw lots. Lysette, may I join you?
Yukino and Haruka are excited, and Lysette nods her head in agreement.
Haruka went outside and picked up some leaves and made three lottery tickets.
The one with a circle drawn in ink on the back is said to be the winner.
I'm not going to participate because I have to check my abilities, and Prim is a soldier so she's not participating for the same reason. In the end, Lisette, Haruka and Yukino drew the lottery, and the result...
"Ahhhhhh... We didn't get it. ......
"Too bad, Yukino. I'm the creator of the raffle, so I'll draw last. What about you, Liz?
Lysette turned over the leaf in her hand.
It was warped, but it had a black circle on it.
"I like ....... Lizette.
You're a lucky girl, aren't you? Then, brother. Have her try the fruit of transparency. We'll see to it!
...... My luck of the draw is ......
I'm not sure what to do.
I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's a good idea.
You've been swept away, haven't you? Lysette.
I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that. ...... No, I was going to experiment on myself.
"...... No. Lysette will do it!
I'm not sure what to do.
I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure it's a good idea. It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.
"...... You know what, Lisette?
It's decided! I'm sorry, please, nii-sama. I'm sorry, I can't help you!
I'm sure you'll be able to understand that I'm not the only one who has a problem with this.