145 Episode 144-Fall-.txt

The only reason you are where you are now is because of all the things she taught you, I hear. He also said he helped you escape. The hypocrisy of putting others first when your life is in danger. ...... That's just like him.

Crowe snickered at that.
Perhaps it was because of the fact that there had been a lot of deliberate crow in particular lately, but he was somewhat moved by the tongue that he hadn't heard in a long time.

'Occasionally, Akira, about that assassination squad, have you had a conversation?'

I thought for a moment and shook my head.

'Nope. I mean, I didn't know which one was from that assassination squad. The soldiers who surrounded me when I left that castle certainly didn't look familiar, but maybe I just didn't see them.

It would have been nice if the "Night Crows" unit was dressed in recognizable attire, but unfortunately, there were no such people.
It's the nature of an assassin to blend in inconspicuously, so the name of the royal family will cry if they are found so easily.

''Actually, I found out something interesting while researching Gram.

Crowe, who had been thinking about it, looked up at me.
I tilted my head to look at Crow.
His mouth is unusually curved in an arc.

I'm sure you'll be able to find a way to make it work. I've learned two things about this "enhancement drug": its performance and its export routes. It's performance and its export route.

What does this have to do with the assassination squad?

First of all, the 'enhancement pills' are designed to increase a person's ability to fight in any combat or non-combat occupation, but instead make him lose his joy, anger, and sorrow, and turn him into a battle dummy that will do his bidding to the letter. We don't yet know if this happens after a single dose, or if it needs to be taken continuously.

Seeing me and Amelia nodding, Crow continued.

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that I'm not the only one who's been using the "enhancement potion" mercenary for Gram, but I know that the "enhancement potion" works on the human race as well, and according to my research, it was only exported once to the human race's Leytis nation about ten years ago. The recipient was apparently just a simple apothecary, but he is now an aide to King Leytis and is in the castle.

So the recipient of the medicine was practically the king.

''Saran was strong enough for the Demon King to recognize. There was no way he could lose to a mere human race. Not to mention, the light magician's specialties are warding and purification. There's no way he could succeed in a single ordinary assassination in ten thousand. ...... If it is possible, it's only a human who has been enhanced with drugs.

I bite my lip.

"...... So you're saying that the 'Night Raven' assassination squad is just like Gram's mercenaries, but with enhanced drugs as battle dolls? ...... But if so, does that mean that it was King Leatis and Gram who created the egoless puppets that killed Saran Misrai?

My eyes widened at the words Amelia casually muttered.
When I looked at Buck Crow, his mouth was studying my face with an arc.

'You, is this why you've been gathering information so often lately?

He glared at Crow and Crow cowered his shoulders as he stared at him.

'I've been gathering information on you, but I must admit I was surprised to learn earlier that you knew Saran. It's interesting to see how well the story connects so well.

What's funny.
I frown.
Amelia can't seem to read what's being said, her gaze darting back and forth between me and Crow.

'Did you think I wouldn't notice the vengeance-obsessed human light in your eyes? I'm sorry, but I don't have time for this. I can't pretend.

His eyes took on a ruthless color, a change from when he was talking about Commander Saran.

''I've come all the way here. I'm going to let you fall.

Amelia, who huffed as if she noticed something in those words, looked at me.

''Akira, don't tell me that Crow is an alternative condition for guiding you through the demon territory: ......

I stare at Crow instead of answering.
Instead of me, Crow answered Amelia's question with a sneer.

''Yeah. The condition I gave was the assassination of Gram. You must avenge your sister's death in place of me, who can no longer fight. But if Gram is the avenger of your mentor Saran, wouldn't that make things easier? And it was Gram who brought the demons into the Brute Labyrinth where the princess there was taken away, right?

Crowe makes eye contact with me as he shuts down.

I'm sure the hero of the story would deny Crowe's words here.
Revenge is only futile.
The dead don't want that, so I'm told to reconsider.
But I can't do that.
I'm not a character in a novel.
From Mari to Uruk, I've worked with Crow, and I've learned that Crow is just a kind person who is awkward with humans.
I've learned that he's a friend of Commander Saran.
I've learned of the disappointment of wanting to avenge my sister's death, but not being able to move my body.
Now that I know, I can't look away and say it's not my problem anymore.
Truly, emotions are a pain in the ass.

But even if that was the case, was King Ratis's assassination squad driven mad with an enhancement potion, did Gram or someone close to him make the potion, or did he bring in the demon tribe that hurt Amelia?
That's all the information we got from Crow.
We'll have to corroborate it.