“The deepest part has been breached, huh……”
Fenrir muttered through the white fog.
A pool of blood and two footprints remained in front of the intact device.
“The device should have been destroyed. Maybe they realized they didn’t have enough magic power…..no, but even if they did, they could have destroyed it.”
The bloody footprints lead through the device to the door at the back.
“The door will not open unless the seal is broken. Why did they break in for, I wonder. ……”
Fenrir walked to the door where Diabolos’ right arm was sealed.
Then he realized that the defense device had been activated.
“Maybe Lili turned them away.”
That was about the only reason he could think of.
In any case, Shadow Garden would show up again. There was not much time left.
“….. seems like you are in trouble.”
At that moment, a voice echoed from the white mist.
Fenrir immediately reversed and fired his sword. The fog was broken by the pressure of the sword.
There was a priest.
He gives a thin smile.
“Petos huh…… at least say hello. I almost killed you.”
“It’s been a while, Fenrir-sama, fifth seat of the Rounds. I’m so proud of your swordsmanship. You’ve chilled my liver.”
Fenrir released the blow just now with the intent to kill. If he had been as strong as he was, Petos would not have been able to prevent it.
But Petos was unhurt. He is an unpleasant man.
“If we were to fight properly, I wouldn’t be able to win.”
“I don’t think you’re the kind of man who would fight properly. tenth seat of the Rounds, Petos-kun.”
Fenrir said as if to throw up.
“So, what can I do for you?”
“I saw that you were in trouble. I thought I would lend you a hand.”
“Do you think I’d rent to an outcast like you?”
“Oya, to say I’m a outcast is an understatement. I am only loyal to the Order.”
Petos’ smile deepened.
“…… I ask you again. What brings you here, Petos? We are not supposed to make small talk.”
The smile disappeared from Petos’s face as Fenrir put on a deadly face.
“The repeated blunders of Fenrir faction have become a problem at the Round Table. It seems that the release of the Right Arm has also been delayed.”
Petos glanced at the cylindrical device.
“I’d say we’re about sixty percent of the way there.”
“Sixty percent? …… As you may know, the collapse of the sanctuary has freed the left arm. This year, the number of drops is predicted to decrease even more.”
“As I thought, Aurora is still refusing?”
“Yes, more than usual. She continues to refuse. Perhaps her ego is returning to her now that she has been liberated.”
“That’s a hassle……. So, how many drops?”
“Nine drops…… I would say, but it might be eight. Fortunately, thanks to the Shadow Garden, the number of Rounds itself is decreasing. …… oops, that was uncalled for.”
“If there are fewer drops than expected……or if a new Rounds is appointed. Fenrir-sama, you will not have this year’s drops.”
“You’ve grown up, Petos.”
Fenrir unleashes a killing sword.
It sliced through Petos’ jacket, creating a thin streak of blood around his neck.
“You think you’re my equal as a newcomer?”
“This was decided at the round table. I only came to tell you that. Fenrir’s blunder was taken very seriously by the Round Table.”
Fenrir suppressed his killing intent with a small click of his tongue.
“…. Did Loki proposed this?’
Loki is the head of a faction that has long been hostile to Fenrir.
“Loki-sama was…… also present at the meeting.”
“You agreed with him, Petos. You might lose your share of the drops.”
“No, I am always on Fenrir-sama’s side.”
Fenrir snickered at Petos’ words.
“It was the Order’s fault for neglecting the Shadow Gardens. It was first reported about five years ago. An incident in which a demon-possessed carriage was attacked by an unidentified group. If we had responded there, we wouldn’t have let it escalate as much as it did.”
“……that kind of thing did happen.”
“As a result of sitting on its laurels of eternal life, the Order became as dull as a fattened pig. In addition to the twelve seats that were originally vacant, Nelson and Mordred have fallen. The quality of the rounds has declined tremendously. You are just a replacement for the ten seats that Shadow killed two years ago. You should never have become a Rounds member.”
“I am, in a way, a Rounds thanks to Shadow Gardens. I am grateful to them.”
Petos said mockingly.
“Excuse me, I slipped up,…… but the Round is finally doing the heavy lifting. They mean it.”
“The plan …… [Shadow hunting] huh”
“Will it work?”
“I don’t like the idea of Loki as our ally, but it’s a good start. We will have to wait and see. Whether or not Shadow’s really good ……”
“….Do you think he’s faking it?”
“I didn’t say that. But if it’s real, it’s too far from reality. It could be a legendary artifact, or perhaps a person from the demon world, or perhaps it has the same technology as the Order…….”
“What if he is an ordinary human being?”
“That would be a true warrior’s crowning achievement. If he is real, I would like to see him. In any case, it’s been hundreds of years since the Round Table has cooperated. You will learn the meaning of this in time…”
Fenrir smiled wryly.
“I see…Then, as a newcomer, I will quietly follow. I am part of the plan, after all.”
“Don’t get muddy, Petos.”
“You too, Fenrir-sama. If you fail to free the right arm and the ruins fall into the hands of the Shadow Garden…….”
Petos stopped talking and prepared himself.
The overflowing of the evil magic power from Fenrir was a real disaster.
“Petos, who are you talking to— I am Fenrir, I have been in the fifth seat of the rounds for a long time. I am proud of that. I will surely free the right hand of Diabolos.”
“…That’s what Fenrir-sama is.”
“I will resurrect the demon Diabolos and bring it to full life. Whatever it takes to make that happen, don’t complain. Even if this country collapses. ……”
“….. results are everything. I came here to help you, Fenrir-sama.”
“I told you, I don’t need your help. “
“This is a decision of the Round Table. Please use this artifact.”
“It was a collar with clock-like hands.”
“…… what’s this?”
“It is the latest artifact developed in the laboratory of the Order. It seems that Fenrir-sama is having a hard time collecting magic power. I think it will be useful.”
“……I’ll use it when I feel like it. But still, I didn’t expect you to come all the way out here to send me this. What kind of a windfall is this?”
“I was just following orders. I am a man loyal to the Order. As we are changing the subject…… I hear that a golden beastman has visited these ruins.”
Petos asked in a casual manner, as if making small talk.
Fenrir, however, sensed something in the tone of his voice and knew that this was the main topic of conversation.
“The golden beastman, huh? I wonder ……”
Of course, the golden seven Shadows was still in Fenrir’s memory.
But he wasn’t going to tell him kindly.
Fenrir’s gaze crossed with Petos’.
“If you find anything, please let me know.”
Petos was the first to remove his gaze.
“Is there something about that beastman?”
“No, nothing worth telling. Excuse me.”
With these words, he disappeared into the mist.
“The golden beastman …… Petos obtained a sample by annihilating the Golden Leopard Tribe. That was his stepping stone to promotion to the Rounds. No way,…… the survivor of the Golden Leopard Tribe.”
He looked at a cylindrical device with a sixty percent accumulation of magic power.
“This is going to be interesting”
Fenrir laughed with his fangs peeled.