19 Episode 19

 The next morning.
 After breakfast in the living room, I tell my students.

"Okay, today we're going to wrap up the week by actually doing the job of a Demon Lord Hunter. All three of you, are you ready?

 As I announced this, the three students standing in front of me all gulped and spit.

 I had already told them that yesterday, and all I'm doing is confirming it again.
 I continued.

I'm sure you'll be able to do it, but I'll be there to help you if you need me. Don't get overwhelmed, just do what you can.

 Even after I told them that, the three of them did not lose their seriousness.
 Even Maifa seemed to be nervous.

 Well, that's to be expected.
 In fact, if there were any students of the hero academy who were not nervous in their first real battle, and who underestimated the work of a demon king hunter, I would have to give them an hour-long lecture.

 But in this respect, my students do not show any sign of disrespect.
 You would think that they would get carried away because they are geniuses, but surprisingly they are not.

 I once wondered about this point, and asked them about it in a casual way.

No, we've always seen how great you are. If someone who is more amazing than you is right beside you, you would think that I am not good enough at all.

 And so it goes.

 Perhaps it is because they have extraordinary talents that they can see their teachers as people who are on the same stage as them.
 Well, whatever the case may be, it's frightening.

 Nevertheless, I feel that the three of them are a little too self-conscious right now.
 They can't give a high performance if they are too tense, so they need to loosen up a bit.

 I walked up to the three girls and patted their heads to put them at ease.

"It's okay. Rio, Iris, and Maifa... you can do it now. As I said before, I'll help you if you're in real danger. You guys don't have to worry too much, just go at it with confidence.


 The three of them responded cheerfully this time.

 By the way, Meifa doesn't usually seem to respect me very much, but at times like this, she switches to student mode, which I think is a big deal.

 It's a good thing.

 So we headed to the nearest town.

 When we arrived at the city, we entered the heroes' guild.

 In the corner of the guild, there was a bulletin board with some information about the Demon Lord posted on it.
 I take a quick look around at the postings.

It would be best if there was some information on the Goblin Lord. If so, this is the next best thing.

 I picked up one of the posters on the bulletin board and headed for the reception counter.

 Incidentally, my three students were watching me closely, as if they did not want to miss my every move.

 I really like their attitude of trying to learn what they can without being taught.

 The teacher only needs to give a little help to these excellent students.
 I show the three of them a piece of paper I picked up.

"This time, you will be challenged to defeat this Demon Lord.

 The information on the Demon Lord that I showed them contained the following information.


 Demon Lord: Oaklord
 Estimated monster level: 8
 Confirmed subordinates: Four or more Orcs
 Confirmed location: A cave north of Fable Village
 Reward for defeating: 60 gold coins


 Then Iris saw this and immediately asked me a question.

You see, sir. It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

You're right, Iris. You have a keen eye.

 When I patted Iris on the head, she mumbled, "Oh, ......," and her cheeks turned bright red.

 The way she looked up at me, checking me out, was super cute.
 What an angel.

 Anyway, I'm going to answer the question.

In answer to Iris's question, the first thing to look at in the Demon Lord information is the 'estimated monster level'. You'll be able to get a lot more than just a pair of shoes. It's a good idea to avoid monster lords with monster levels over ten at first.

I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's a good idea.

 Rio asks me.

 It was difficult to reply to this question.
 I choose my words carefully and answer.

"Well, yes. He's a weak Demon Lord. But for Rio and the others right now...

I know. I'm not going to underestimate you.

Okay, okay. That's good.

"Mmm. ......

 As I nudged him, Rio turned a little red, closed one eye, and seemed to accept my actions with pleasure.

 It may be my imagination, but I feel that Rio is becoming a little more submissive than before.

 Anyway, let's get back to the subject of the Demon Lord's strength.

 I told Rio and the others that they should avoid demon lords above the 10th level.

 The Goblin Lord, often seen as one of the weakest Demon Lords, is estimated to have a monster level of five.

 This is the lowest rank, so the minimum required ability for a Demon Lord Hunter is the ability to defeat him in a party of several hunters without danger.

 And the minimum level of ability required of graduates of the Academy of the Brave is also at this level.

 If you don't have at least that level of ability, you won't be able to do anything.
 Of course, since it is the minimum, it does not mean that all graduates are at that level.

 If you think about it, the estimated monster level 8 of the "Oak Road" that we chose this time is a fairly strong opponent for inexperienced people, even for brave people who make their living as Demon Lord hunters - that is, professional Demon Lord hunters.

It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for. ...... You don't have to be afraid, but you can't be careless.

 That's how Maifa summed it up.

 I give her a pat on the head as well.
 I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that.

That's it. So, once you've decided on the Demon Lord you want to defeat, you'll need to bring the Demon Lord information sheet to the reception desk. Do you understand?


 The three of them replied cheerfully.

 By the way, this educational environment that seems to resonate as soon as you hit it is wonderful. .......

 If I teach in such an environment all the time, I'm afraid I'll become corrupt.
 Usually, things don't go this fast.

 I think my students are a little too cute for their own good.