Hey. You okay? What the hell happened?
I ask as I run to the knight.
"Why were you all out of control?
"...... I don't know. I don't know. By the time I realized, I had lost all reason. I was a knight and I wanted to kill Her Highness.
The knight said as if to spit.
This is unbecoming of a knight.
Don't talk too much. Don't talk too much. You'll hurt yourself.
"Don't talk too much.
...... I guess you guys had some sort of pride in being knights. I thought that you were soaking your toes in personal greed.
"Don't worry about it. You were robbed of your reason. And now I'm alive.
Sonia said to the knight.
If you have time for regret, use it for the future.
Her words seemed to stop the whirlpool of repentance swirling around the knight's man. Seeing that he was finally listening, I asked him.
"Did anything strange happen?
"...... Something strange?
"Yeah. I've seen your symptoms before, when you were out of control. I've seen similar symptoms in adventurers who've run amok in the city.
I recall his testimony.
"The doctor who saw him said. "The doctor who saw him said it looked like he'd ingested demon blood. Demon blood is poisonous to humans and if ingested will cause them to run amok. I thought you knights might have ingested demon blood too. Does ...... ring any bells?
"...... Demon's Blood. Such a thing is ......
The knight man spoke once, then said.
"No, maybe, at that time.
But it can't be.
But that can't be ......!
Do you have any idea what's going on?
...... I'm sure I'm imagining things. I must be imagining things.
We'll be the judge of that. Just tell me what's going on.
Get the f*ck out of here. Hey!
Mr. Spinoza! Stop grabbing the wounded man's chest!
I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I'm sure you've.
I'm not sure if you've heard of it or not, but I'm sure you've heard of it. I was wondering why the commander, who usually moves precisely to the minute and second, pulled a fast one today, so I followed him.
Then I saw that the Commander was pouring something into the lunch drinks that had been served in the cafeteria.
"It was demon blood.
It's not impossible.
It's not impossible. The adventurer also said that he had demon blood in his wine.
Perhaps he's right.
Eleanor said, reinforcing the knight's story.
Eleanor said to reinforce the knight's story, "By the way, Eleanor is safe.
She has kept her sanity in the Order.
"Yes. I skipped lunch today to lose weight. That explains why I was the only one in the Order who didn't go berserk.
He put demon's blood in the knights' drinks.
If that's the case, then .......
If so, then it's possible that he's the one who invited the demon into King's Landing. The timing of the attack is too good to be coinciding with the knight's delirium.
Are you saying Mr. Gregor is the inside man?
It's possible. If he's the one who laced it with demon blood, then he must have connections to get it.
"He hasn't shown up in King's Landing even though it's in trouble. So he was a traitor after all.
"Well, I've had a hunch about that. He's got an insider's look. He looked like he was in league with the demons.
I don't care what you call it, rock-paper-scissors.
You can say whatever you want in a game of rock-paper-scissors." Fam cowers and complains to Spinoza, who makes a smug face.
I'm not sure what to make of this. He was just practicing before the real thing.
Demon's blood is rare. There are only a few people who can get it.
"...... In any case, we need to know where Gregor is. He hasn't been seen in all this turmoil.
Is he hiding out somewhere, watching the world go by?
Or is he lurking somewhere, watching from the sidelines?
Just as we were contemplating our course of action.
"Oh. Zeke. I found you.
The doors to the King's Chamber opened to reveal Bolton.
And beside him are Haruna and Irene.
"Commander. And you're all right too?
Of course. A demon like that is no match for us.
It'll be fine with us.
But, Zeke. You're a stubborn son of a b*tc*. These ladies tell me. You broke out of jail, didn't you?
Yes. I heard it was a crisis in King's Landing.
Huh. Well, I knew you wouldn't go down so easily. But I never thought he'd break out so easily. That's impressive.
Bolton laughs and pats me on the back.
"Anyway, Commander Bolton. What's the situation in King's Landing?
"Yes. I'm sure you're not the only one. I'm sure the knights have been calmed down by this.
"Actually, I have something to tell you.
"Something you want to tell me?
"It's about Gregor. I think he might be in contact with the demons.
Apparently Bolton's come to the same conclusion we have.
What's your evidence?
I saw him leave the capital with the Orb of Light.
"At first I thought he'd recovered the Orb of Light from the bandits who stole it. But no. He didn't come back to King's Landing, he went from King's Landing to another place. Even in the borderlands.
"You were trying to keep the orb of light out of the hands of the demons, weren't you? Seira says.
"That's unlikely. The Orb of Light was stolen by disabling the Knight on Watch. If that's what you're after, just tell them.
Bolton nodded at Sonia's words.
"Besides, the guards who tried to stop Gregor were cut down. He's clearly doing something against humanity.
"He testified that Gregor mixed demon blood in the knight's food. It looks like he's the one who sent the knight running amok," I say.
"Then we're almost there.
It's all been in his hands from the beginning. Zeke was framed and thrown in jail for a crime he didn't commit. He brought the demons into King's Landing.
Why did you do that, Gregor? ......
I don't know. The only thing I know is that he's an enemy of humanity. He plotted to throw King's Landing into chaos and kill the princess.
He's a real jerk, that one. I'm going to have to give him a good choke.
Spinoza snaps his fingers in anger.
"Commander Bolton. I heard Gregor left in a carriage with the Orb of Light. Do you know where he was headed?
"I don't know that much. I think it was northwest of here. ......
If that's the case, he probably went to the Lost Forest.
"If he's taken the Orb of Light, he's after the Demon Lord's resurrection. That place with the thickest miasma is the best place for that.
"Good. Let's head for the Lost Forest.
I said, and my friends nodded with enthusiasm.
Bolton chuckled as he watched them.
The only thing they miscalculated was Zeke's escape from the prison. If you had been locked up, the princess would not be alive today. There's an opening. If the princess is still alive, the Orb of Light cannot be unsealed.
Bolton placed a large hand on my shoulder. He says as if he's thinking of you.
"Zeke. Go kick that a**h*le's ass. He's been disrespecting the guards for so long, he's got a lot of resentment.
"Yeah," I nod. I intend to.