I woke up in my private bed in the barracks and went through my daily training routine. By the time the sun comes up, my body is nice and awake.
--Good. I'm feeling good today.
You finish your workout and take a shower to wash off the sweat. Your body is ready. When you're refreshed, you go to the mess hall.
The guards are already eating their meals.
--But there was something strange going on.
There was something unsettling about the atmosphere.
"Mr. Zeke! Oh my God!
As I tilted my head in discomfort, a panicked Seira came running up to me. She came to me at once and opened her mouth in rapid succession.
You know what? I'm in big trouble!
Calm down. You need to breathe.
Ceila put her hand on her chest and breathed in. Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh. Every time she breathed deeply, her full breasts, covered by bikini armor, rose up.
"You seem to have calmed down. So? What's going on?
Look at this!
Sayla held out to me a newspaper.
It was dated this morning and brought to the city by Denshovard. It contains information about the world situation and events in the city.
As soon as I saw the article on today's front page, my heartbeat hit the floor.
"What the hell is ......?
What was written there was.
"The city of Esthar has been destroyed by an attack by someone. A demon?
I couldn't believe my eyes.
"The city of Estor is the city that Zeke was in before, right? I saw that and thought I should tell you about it. ......
"...... Oh. This is the city that I was in, no doubt about it.
I'm not sure what to make of it.
It's a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your time with your family and friends.
It was destroyed overnight. ......?
...... Yes. They say it was a terrible thing. They say the whole city was burned to the ground and most of the people who lived there died.
But there are adventurers in the city of Esthar. But there are adventurers in the city of Esthar, including those of the Red Lotus Fang. Are you saying they were all killed as well? ......?
I don't know. I don't know. But if they've been destroyed, then it's probably ......
I pressed my forehead with my hand on the table and shut my eyes tightly.
I'm not sure what to make of this.
Nahato. Haruna. Irene.
They all changed their personalities at the same time as the Red Lotus Fang became famous, but to me, they were friends that I spent a lot of time with.
I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it's worth it.
"Mr. Zeke. Are you okay,......?
"Oh. No problem.
I open my eyes and look at Sayla.
There's nothing we can do about the past.
Now I have to deal with what's in front of me.
If they've defeated every single one of the ...... adventurers, then they're pretty good at what they do. If they destroyed an entire city in one night, they must be A-ranked.
"Probably. Could it be a dragon or a wyvern? No, but it's unnatural for them to suddenly appear without any sightings.
Observation teams are always stationed in dragon and wyvern habitats. If they appeared, the city would have been warned in advance.
The city of Esthar was devastated overnight.
This means that the enemy appeared out of nowhere without warning.
"...... We don't know who the enemy is. But if it is a demon, this city is in danger. The orb of light is enshrined here, you know.
The orb of light in the capital is a natural enemy of demons.
After all, it's a wedge that seals the Demon Lord who rules over them.
I don't think they'll leave it alone.
Anyway, we'll have to be on our guard. We'll just do what we can as guards.
The news from the city of Esthar spread quickly among the guards.
Commander Bolton instructed all the guards to be on maximum alert so that they would be ready to meet the demons no matter when they attacked.
We, the 5th squad, were assigned to guard the front line in front of the gate.
"A demon that can destroy an entire city in one night. ....... I'm not sure what to make of that," Spinoza muttered, letting out a sigh.
I'm not sure what to make of it. I'm not drunk at all. I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but it's a good idea.
"Uh-huh. We simply didn't have the money to drink, did we?
"In any case, we have to be careful. We can't let such a powerful demon into King's Landing.
Seira looked at me seriously.
I nodded, "Right.
"Oh. It looks like someone's here!
Sayla shouted, pointing ahead.
The members of the 5th squad, including myself, braced ourselves. We're ready to intercept them at any time. However, that caution was soon broken.
"Looks like you're a traveler.
Approaching them were two figures.
They were walking slowly, occasionally staggering.
The closer they got, the more clearly I could see them.
"That's ......! Isn't that Haruna and Irene ......?
There was no way I could mistake them.
It was Haruna and Irene who were coming towards the gate.
"Mr. Zeke. Do you know them?
"They're my old friends. We used to party in the city of Esthar. ...... I see. So those two survived.
But they're very weak. We need to get you patched up right away.
Hey. Haruna! Irene!
I left my post and ran over to them.
When both Haruna and Irene saw me, their eyes widened. They looked as if they had found a thread of hope hanging in hell.
"......, long time no see. It's good to see you.
I heard. I heard the city of Esthar has been destroyed. ...... Good. I'm glad you guys survived.
I said, and asked about the other fellow who wasn't here.
What happened to Nahat?
Irene was stammering.
Is it possible that he's already been killed?
I'm not sure what to make of this, but I'm sure it's a good idea.
"Zeke. Listen to me. It was Nahat who destroyed the city of Esthar.