26-26 Role of the Princess

 After watching him defeat the black dragon, I worked with Inez to remove the miasma using wind magic combined with purification magic... After a while, we were finally able to move around.

 Until then, we had been unable to move at all, protecting the horses pulling the carriage - but we had witnessed the entire battle from afar.

 It was a battle that could only be described as horrific.
 The earth was gouged out by the rampaging black death dragon, and the claws that were madly launched at high speed made a roar that sounded like the earth shaking every time they were flicked and shattered.

 It was hard to believe that this was a battle between a man and a dragon.
 Not a single step was taken, and it was a head-to-head battle... and the last person standing was a man. And the last person standing was the man.

 Who would believe him if he told such a story?

 Surprisingly, after the battle, the doctor took the boy he had saved and walked over to us as if nothing had happened.

"Sir! Are you okay?
Yeah, I'm fine.
But there's blood all over me...!

 When we got closer, we saw that there was so much blood that it was a wonder he hadn't bled to death...
 There's no way this isn't a problem.
 We'll have to start treatment right away.

"Oh, you mean this blood? This is nothing. It'll go away if we just let it... or at least it will.
"No, that can't be... doctor, you have to treat it right away...?

 I ran over and touched the doctor's body for treatment.
 But when I looked for the ...... bleeding spot, I couldn't find it anywhere.

"Are you sure it's healed? Not a scratch...

I told you, didn't I? I told you I was fine.

 I can't believe it.
 Apparently, the doctor didn't feel any discomfort from the loss of blood.
 Even the miasma didn't seem to have any effect on his body at all.
 It's hard to believe, but that's the truth right there in front of me.

"I'm sorry, sir... you really seem to be all right.

"Well, I'm not proud of it but I'm pretty good with poison.

 I'm not proud of it but I'm pretty good with poison.
 That was definitely the miasma.
 Not only was it a deadly poison, but it was the ultimate poison that could even consume the earth.
 It was almost like a curse tinged with the magical power of a dragon species.
 There's no way I could take a direct hit like that and be so calm...

 No... there's one thing I can think of.

 The strangely serene feeling that's coming from you right now.
 I've seen something like it before.
 It's a sign of the same quality as the one that Sein-sensei of the [Healing Sect] once showed me when I was in training school.

 Do you have holy spirit?

 It is produced from a body and mind that has been sharpened to the point of being considered a saint, and is said to purify everything it touches and heal any wounds in no time at all.
 However, it is not a skill that can be acquired easily, but rather a skill that can only be attained after an unbelievable amount of training, such as overcoming multiple deaths, and only a few saints in history have been able to attain it.

 Even the [Healing Sage] Sein, who is said to be a "living legend" in the clergy circles, spent more than forty years to completely master the [Holy Qi].

 And this person has already mastered it...?
 And at such a young age, ......?

 No, it's possible that this is Dr. Noor.

 What kind of a man is this?

Leanne, I need you to take a look at this boy. He's looking a little pale.

 As I stiffened in surprise, the doctor put his hand on the shoulder of the child standing next to him.

 I'm pretty sure this kid is...

"Don't worry, I'm ...... fine, too.
But you look a little pale.

 The doctor's words startled me.
 This is a characteristic of this child.
 I'm not sure if you've seen this before, but I've seen it before.

"That's because I'm a demon. ......
I see.

 I'm sure you'll agree that this girl is a demon.
 I'm not sure what you're talking about.
 You'll be able to find a lot more than just a few of them in the market.
 I've heard that there are very few of them left. .......

I'm sure you've heard of it.
Yes, he is. How did you know, Leanne?
Yes, I knew exactly what I was talking about.

 You knew that, too.
 So you're here to help him?

What do you intend to do with the boy, ......?
"I'd like to put him in the carriage with you... no?

 I was a little surprised.
 The demon race is a dangerous race that many countries recommend defeating.
 Even if we help them here, after that... 

"......! Are you sure you want to do this? That child is a demon. ...... The demon I was carrying just went on a rampage a few minutes ago...

You're right, but we didn't suffer any damage, did we?
 It's a shame that the wheat fields around the area are a bit ruined,......, but if anything, we've taken away his work.
 I thought I'd do something about it.

 I was surprised again.

 He said that he hadn't done anything serious.
 The doctor was obviously physically damaged - as if he was trying to pretend that it all didn't happen.

"Work ......? What the hell was that kid doing there?
He was carrying that poisonous toad into town.
The Black Death was on its way to the city. ......?

 He called the Black Death Dragon a "poisonous toad" just as he called the Goblin Emperor a "mere goblin".
 If you're as strong as you are, there may not be much difference between a black death dragon and a poison toad, but we're different.
 Normally, when a black death dragon appears in a city, the people who live there will not be safe.

 But this boy must not have been safe either.
 What is this boy...?

You said you were doing it because you were told to. Who was the client?

 In response to Dr. Noll's question, the demon boy looked down and shook his head.

I'm sure you'll be able to figure out how to get the best out of it.

 Inez stepped forward to speak to the boy, who remained silent.

I'm sorry, but it doesn't do any good to hide it in this situation. ...... It would help us if you were honest with us.

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 I'm not sure if it's a good idea.
 I thought it might be possible, but I'm pretty sure it's not.

 This child is a slave.

 Slaves are not very common in the Kingdom of Crais, but they are common in other countries.
 In addition, this child is probably a disposable boy soldier who takes advantage of the weak position of the demon race as a species.
 Is the Magic Empire even involved in such things?

I'm sure you're not the only one. Can't you get home by yourself?

...... I don't know that either. ...... I was brought here blindfolded. ......

In other words... you can't go home.

 This is a great way to make sure that you are getting the most out of your money.

You'll be able to find a lot more information on this. If possible, I'd like to give him a ride to safety.

 After hearing that much, I finally understood the teacher's intentions.
 He was trying to save this poor boy, knowing that he was a demon.

 He is trying to save him even though he knows that if he sides with him, he will be in conflict with everything.

 I'm ashamed of my own small capacity.

 How can you call yourself royalty?
 I was very timid just because I was dealing with a demon.
 My father had admonished me at every turn, telling me to believe only what I saw with my own eyes and not to be misled by knowledge and rumors.

 I also don't believe that this boy is as evil as he has been told.
 In my eyes, he's just a boy who has nowhere else to go.

 If you can't save one boy like him, what kind of family are you if you're an adventurer king?

"Inez ......, I'm asking you too. Can't you give him a ride?
"Mr. Linneburg, but right now...!

 Inez's gaze traveled back and forth between me and the demon boy.
 She seemed to be lost.
 Her job is to keep me safe, I understand that. But...

"There's still room in the carriage. I think it's safe to board. Is there a problem?

 Dr. Noll's words were met with a bitter look from Inez.

There is certainly room in the carriage, and normally a soldier like me would take care of a man like him.
 But it would be difficult to take him with us in this situation. In the first place, the Mithraic Kingdom is inaccessible to demons... it's best to leave him here.

 What Ines said certainly made sense.
 This boy is the kind of person who would normally be held as a prisoner of war.

 If we take him with us to Mithra, the worst that can happen is that we'll be accused of a crime.
 We can say that we're going to Mithra to offer the bounty on our heads, and maybe we can even get in, but...
 I don't want to do that, and I'm sure my teacher won't allow it.

Even if we left him in the middle of the city it would probably be difficult for him to survive on his own. ...... I'd rather leave him here in the middle of nowhere.

"Well then, how about we go back to the capital?

 You'll be able to get a lot more than just a few of these.

I'm not sure what to say.

 It's a good idea to have a good idea of what you're looking for.

I'm sure you'll be happy to know that I'm not the only one who has a problem with this.

Oh, yes. I've heard that you can't go with them, and I thought it might be a good idea to send them back to King's Landing.

"...... No. ......

 The boy held his shoulders and began to shiver.

"What's the matter, are you cold?

No, ...... no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

What do you mean?

He told me we were pawns to draw the soldiers away from King's Landing.

 After all, what this boy was doing was a diversionary tactic to draw the forces away from King's Landing.
 My brother's reading was correct.
 It seems that he was lucky enough to prevent the Black Death Dragon from running rampant in the neighboring cities, but...
 Perhaps a similar situation is developing in other places.

Then we should go home even more.

No, ......, that's not what I mean. ......! It's dangerous. ......!


"I heard that guy ...... say that the biggest guy in the city is going to King's Landing ...... and when he does, "it's all over for that city. ...... I heard him say that.
 ...... "It's a spectacle that's nothing compared to the Black Death Dragon," ...... he said, laughing. ......!

What are you talking about, what is it?

What are you talking about? ...... That's why you shouldn't go there. ...... I'm sure ...... you'll die too... ...!

 The three of us looked at each other.
 The boy was crouching, shaking.

"Ines... we must return to King's Landing at once. Doctor, may I?
"Yeah, I don't know what's going on, but I don't think this is the time to be traveling around aimlessly.

...... Wait a minute. I don't agree with you. ......! I am... 

 I interrupted Ines.

"I know. Your brother told you to do this, didn't he?
 If anything happens to King's Landing, you are to take me and flee to Mithra.

"Mr. Linneburg, ...... why do you know that?

You don't have to ask me that.
 I'm her sister too, so I can guess what my brother might be thinking.

Well, then, why...

I thought it might be better that way.
 My brother is not the kind of person who gives orders without thinking.
 I think he has an agenda that I can't fully understand.

Then there's ......!

But... not now.
 We've gotten information from this boy.
 We should go back and tell him right now.
 There's a crisis in King's Landing.

...... Mr. Linneburg.
 I understand how you feel.
 I understand how you feel. But for now, you must think only of your own safety.
 I'm sure Master Raine had to make a difficult decision. ......!

I'm sure you're not the only one. I'm sure you're aware of how the demon tribe lost their country, right? I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that.

 Even if you can escape, you will probably end up suffering the same fate as them.

 Inez crouched on the ground and stared at the trembling demon boy as I spoke.

I understand. Let's go to King's Landing. But, Miss Linneburg. But, Linneburg-sama, please do not leave my side... As a [divine shield], I will protect you with my life.

"Thank you, Inez.

...... Speaking of which, what's your name?

 The teacher called out to the trembling demon boy.
 The boy looked up and muttered.


Lolo, or ......, is a nice short name. Very easy to remember.

 The teacher laughed, perhaps as a joke.
 The teacher laughed, perhaps as a joke, and then asked the boy.

What about you, Rollo? I heard that if you are afraid to go with me, it would be better to leave here.

 The boy looked a little lost, but shivered and muttered quietly.

I'm going with you, .......

 The answer was a little surprising to me, given the way he had been acting.

"I may not be able to do ...... anything, but I'm sure it's my ...... friends who are doing it.

I see.

 The teacher was silent, as if thinking about something, and turned around.
 He looks at the wreckage of the Black Death Dragon, occasionally looking sad, and shakes his head quietly.

 I'm sure he's thinking about the boy's background right now, and it's hurting him.
 I didn't even notice that, I was just worried about myself.

 The four of us quickly got into the carriage.
 As Roro, the demon boy, had said, there would probably be great danger awaiting us in King's Landing.

 I feel uneasy.
 But... or if this person, Dr. Noor, is here.
 He might be able to break through this difficult situation.
 That's what I'm hoping for.

 Well, my job now is not to run away.

 I have to send this person, who seems to have jumped straight out of this heroic tale, back to King's Landing.

 Even if it costs me my life.

Inez, hurry as fast as you can.

 We drove the carriage in the opposite direction from where we came and headed for King's Landing.