Conquest of the alternate world
I begin my conquest of the alternate world.
Originally, the story was about the middle stage, where the battles become more intense, and Mel, feeling the growing sense of crisis, returns to the alternate world alone to conquer the temple and obtain the power-up item.
However, a twist in the story disrupted that plan, so now I need to quickly secure the item. Speed is crucial, and this time, it’s not about sightseeing; Mel and I are here for a specific purpose.
So first, we arrive in the alternate world. After that, we’re supposed to greet the king…
“You’ve come a long way, hero from another world…”
The king of the country where Mel lives in this world, King Melphy. Well, I still see him as just a middle-aged man with wings on his back, and that perception hasn’t changed from my past life to now.
Now, after listening to his words, I should head to the temple, and Mel will guide me there.
“There’s a temple, you see. But to get there, you have to pass through the Forest of Perdition. It’s an unexplored area that no one has conquered as of now. To find the correct route, you need to decipher the inscriptions on the shrine in Artemis. Furthermore, this is called the ‘World Quest of the Star’s Great Trial’ given by the spirits to the fairies, and no fairy has managed to conquer it.”
“The Forest of Perdition is a place where if you don’t walk the right path, you’ll be sent back to your starting point, and to know that path, you have to decipher the inscriptions at the shrine in Artemis. Furthermore, furthermore, this is a ‘World Quest of the Star’s Great Trial’ given by the spirits to the fairies, and no fairy has managed to conquer it.”
So now we’ve arrived at the Forest of Perdition. It’s filled with dense mist, giving the impression of a deep forest. As Mel mentioned earlier, you need to follow the path marked on the shrine to reach the temple, but… I’ve read the scene where Mel conquers this area multiple times, so I’ve memorized the route perfectly.
“Hey, don’t just start running like that!!!”
I sprint while clad in magic armor. The route is a straight path. Just straight. Even if there’s a rock wall suddenly appearing, it’s just an illusion, not real, so there’s no need to worry. Furthermore, in this forest, if you exceed a certain amount of time, you’re automatically sent back to the entrance, so I need to be careful.
This is a straightforward run, so I just run desperately.
And so, we arrived at the temple. Numerous mystical pillars are placed here, covered in moss, and it’s a sanctuary with beautiful creatures resembling fireflies flying around —- a true sanctuary. The temple is divided into five types, each with its own trial:
Temple of the Abyss – Trial of Shame
Temple of Lightning – Quiz
Temple of the Deep Sea – Dungeon
Temple of Roaring Flame – Battle
Temple of Glory – Puzzle
Now, let’s start with the Temple of Glory. Though it’s covered in moss…
There are five types of temples, each built side by side. In the middle of them all is the Temple of Glory.
Now, this temple requires deciphering the codes surrounding it and then correctly pressing the various switches in order.
In the story, Mel spent a considerable amount of time conquering this temple. The code changes based on the time and weather.
Furthermore, there are three different codes written beside the panels, both horizontally and vertically. Each has a mysterious code in this world’s ancient language, but I don’t understand it. Normally, light novels don’t explain the details of the languages in other worlds, after all.
However, in the light novel, Mel’s actions of pressing the switches were described in detail. Assuming the top-left one is number one, the one beside it is number two, and the one beside that is number three. Similarly, the one on the left in the bottom row is number four, like that.
That’s how it was described.
So, readers found it easy to understand which switch Mel was pressing at any given moment due to the way the author described the scenes. Kudos to the author’s skill.
And as for the codes, they change depending on the time, but there are only five types.
Using the hypothetical numbering theory from before…
5 7 8 5 5 6 8 7
5 7 9 9 6 8 7 5
1 2 6 7 5 9 9 7
4 6 7 6 2 8 5 9
5 9 2 7 9 5 8 8
Pressing the numbers in this order opens the temple. Alright, it’s open. It opened with the third set of numbers!
Maybe I was a bit unlucky? My luck is usually good, so I thought I could get it in one shot, but oh well, it’s fine.
Now, the interior of the temple is also quite mystical in design. After walking for a while, I see a pedestal with a holy sword inserted. As I try to pull it out…
“Wait a moment.”
A firm voice echoes within the temple. However, I ignore it and pull out the holy sword.
“Eeh!? Hey, didn’t I tell you to wait!?”
She’s a star spirit. However, she no longer has the power and isn’t very useful, so I’ll just let her be.
“Hey, hold on! Listen to me! We’re star spirits, the great beings who saved this world a thousand years ago! Don’t you want to hear our story? It will surely be a great discovery passed down to future generations… Wait, you aren’t a fairy? Eeek!? Who are you!??”
In simple terms, she’s a young girl. About as young as a kindergartener. Personally, I don’t dislike her as a character, but I’m not as fond of her as the others, so I decide to ignore her.
“Listen to our story!!!!”
“And what is that story? Are you star spirits born from the faith of fairies, and now you’re becoming useless as the belief diminishes? Did you overuse your power a thousand years ago?”
“Why… why do you know about that?”
“Fufufu, well then…”
I dash out of the temple at that moment.
The Temple of Roaring Flame involves a battle with a giant magical automaton. However, I already knew that the one controlling it was in the corner, so I crushed it and dealt with them in an instant.
The Temple of the Deep Abyss is a vast dungeon, and it takes quite a bit of time to conquer it. However, the star spirit here is kind, so when I was ready to leave, she connected the entrance room on the right with the deepest part to ensure a quick return. Passing through there results in a clear.
The Temple of Thunder involves some nonsensical dolls presenting quizzes, but I already know the questions that will come, so the moment the doll said the first character, I answered it.
The Temple of the Abyss is about the star spirit reading and overcoming your trauma as you place your hand on your head. Furthermore, this star spirit is of poor quality, so she keeps reading the trauma forever. However, my traumas are quite eccentric, so it ended up making the star spirit embarrassed instead.
Recalling the time I fell for an online scam and seriously discussed it with my family, the awkward atmosphere that ensued, the moment in elementary school when I loudly said the opposite of “comma” as a prank by an older student and they promised to give me candy if I did it, and various other moments like forgetting to lock the bathroom door… Such unusual traumas.
The star spirit seemed to have never felt the embarrassment of an alternate world, and her retreat marked the end of that.
Alright, should I head back to Mel now?
“What!? You’ve conquered it already!!!!!!!!!!? Only seven minutes and seventeen seconds have passed since you entered!”
“Is that so? Well, it’s not that big of a deal, is it?”
“Annoying!!! Who is this guy, seriously?”
――With the five intermediate power-up items in hand, I quickly returned to the present day.
Kuroda Izayoi had obtained the weapons at lightning speed. However, numerous problems still lay ahead.
His relationships with the heroines.
Yes, this was just the prologue. From here on, his peculiar behavior would escalate rapidly.
Fantasy events would occur more and more.
Still just the prologue. No one yet knew how dramatically his relationship with the heroines would change very soon.
End of Conquest of the alternate world