The sun had gone down and night had come to the mountains.
“······ So, by the way, can I settle down and stay here for a while?”
I had no intention of leaving this place until the successor issue was settled, so I asked for Ben’s understanding.
There was no particular reason, but it was enough to make it. That it was to find more traces of the demons who gave him strength.
Ben readily agreed, as if he had no intention of arguing.
“Do as you like. But there is no room for all three of you to stay in the cabin…”
“It doesn’t matter, I’ll stay outside the cabin.”
It’s homeless. I made it all the way here, so there was no problem.
We settled down some distance from the yard of the cabin.
After dinner, I had a conversation with the warrior.
“So, have you thought about how to take the heir?”
The hero, who was staring at the blazing bonfire, shook his head.
“I don’t have much time. I can’t stay here forever.”
“Don’t you want to tell the truth first? I don’t see any other way.”
It was something I had to do anyway. The successor couldn’t inherit the holy sword without knowing anything about it.
“If there is really no way, then it should be. But once it is said, it cannot be undone. I want to think about another method a little more.”
The warrior’s words were right. To her, who had almost no basic common sense about her world, she was a holy sword, so she was her successor, so she had no idea what kind of reaction she would get if she told her story.
“Then putting that aside, do you have any plans on how to fulfill the conditions for succession?”
“No… no. That’s a more difficult problem than persuading.”
I glanced into the warrior’s eyes and asked.
“What do you think of artificially constructing the situation to satisfy the succession condition?”
“I don’t think it’s possible. And even if it were possible, I have no intention of doing it.”
The hero answered with a firm cut.
Seeing that the answer came back immediately, it seemed that she had thought about it too.
Artificially creating a situation to satisfy the conditions for succession of the Holy Sword.
that is what it is
Forcibly making allies for the heirs, forcing them to build bonds with them, sacrificing them, causing rifts, trampling on their hearts and emotions, bringing despair…
It’s literally like manipulating and ruining the life of an heir at will.
Heirs needed a lot of experience and adventure, but we couldn’t force them to fill it.
“Even if the invasion of demons or the resurrection of the demon king is right around the corner?”
Even if he spewed out the worst future in his mouth, the warrior’s straight eyes did not waver.
“If that time comes, the succession will be fine. I’ll head to Ortero to finish everything myself.”
Olteroro, the land of demons.
The Pandemonium War is infested with the sealed demon king, the original demons who protect him, and numerous other high-ranking demons and beasts.
What holds the current hero with little time left is the hope of ‘succession’.
If even that hope faded, she had no other options.
At that time, as I just said, they will definitely try to end it by going over to the territory of the demons. Even in the story of the game, it ended up like that.
Silence fell for a moment, and the hero opened his mouth again.
“But after talking, it seems that I learned a little about the successor.”
I was listening intently from afar as the hero had a conversation with the heir earlier.
It seems that there was no content. Didn’t the successor chatter excitedly about the world outside the mountain range?
“He seemed to be interested in the outside world. I felt like he wanted a friend in particular.”
“I guess so. Since I was little, I’ve only been living in this mountain.”
The warrior hesitated for a moment, then continued.
“So I have an idea, but…”
“······In order for that child to meet the conditions for succession, he needs to experience a wider world and feel many emotions and realizations. To do so, he must go out from these mountains to meet many people and build bonds with them. .”
“I thought about what the academy would be like as the most suitable way for that.”
I couldn’t help but be taken aback for a moment by the somewhat sudden statement.
“After talking with the heir, he seems to be particularly interested in the academy.”
“It must have been a story I heard from that Lodiven.”
“Yes. Anyway, if the heir wants it himself, it will be easier to convince her.”
What the hell are you talking about?
“So, are you saying you’re going to have the heir enrolled in the academy and meet the conditions for the holy sword there?”
The warrior nodded.
“That’s what I thought about once. There are many children of the same age as the heir there. Isn’t it the best place to make friends?”
“Yeah, but… no matter how much, that’s it.”
It’s definitely an academy, a place that’s no different from a school, so the hero’s words aren’t wrong.
But isn’t it a little too much to expect that the succession conditions will be met?
“Then, do you have any other plans in mind? Seven Lords.”
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Of course not.
I was immersed in a brief thought.
Come to think of it, the warrior’s opinion had its own truth.
Thinking step by step on the road to succession, the first priority is for the heir to make allies.
And it’s true that joining a group is the best way to make friends.
Then the problem is where the group is… There was definitely no other option that came to mind.
‘Is the real academy the best?’
It’s also a good excuse to take her out of the mountains if the heir really wants to.
I was dumbfounded and shook my head.
“Of course, it would be difficult to expect that the conditions for the succession of the Holy Sword could be met there.
“Yeah… Come to think of it, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”
Of course, there was the most crucial problem.
Will there be a big event that meets the conditions of the holy sword in a place like the academy?
And before that, can heirs make friends there with whom they have built such a deep bond?
However, that uncertainty was a problem that there was no way to solve even if it wasn’t for the academy.
Even the warrior knows that, so he says that.
“Then, how about using the academy as an excuse to convince the successor?”
After organizing my thoughts, I said.
“Once you can take the heir out of the mountain range, that’s enough. Let’s take some time to think about the next thing…”
The warrior nodded as if agreeing.
“I’ll have to convince not only the heir, but also her father. I’ll talk to him as well.”
Yeah, that’s a problem too.
Until now, he had raised his heir alone in this mountain, almost cut off from the outside world.
To convince him, you probably need to know why. It was unlikely that such a person would willingly send her daughter out of the world.
As the day dawned, I went straight to the heir with the hero.
“Don’t you have any thoughts of wanting to enter the academy?”
She was sweeping the yard and looked at him with a puzzled face.
“What is admission?”
“You become a student at the academy. I’m asking if you would like to live with other students there and learn various things.”
The warrior explained in a calm voice.
“Why are you making such an offer to me all of a sudden?”
“It’s because I thought that your talent was a waste to live in the mountains like this. As I said yesterday, your talent is very good. If you go out into the world and learn more things, you will be able to properly blossom your abilities.”
That’s how the hero and I arranged various stories to convince the heir.
But for some reason, she only showed a flat reaction with a strange expression.
“Well, I’m interested… but I don’t want to leave the house.”
I asked, feeling somewhat weak at the reaction below my expectations.
“Do you want to stay only in these mountains?”
“It’s not like that, I don’t know.”
The heir scratched his head.
“I’ve never really thought deeply about going outside.”
“But I don’t think I’m very inclined right now. I have a father. So I’ll decline.”
After failing to convince him like that, he returned to the road.
The hero and I stood side by side silently, lost in thought.
‘Do I have to convince my father first?’
From what she said, her father’s presence seemed to play a part in her reluctance to leave the mountains.
Originally, I tried to convince the heir first and then convince him, but would it be better to change the order?
“Why don’t you go talk to her father first?”
The warrior must have had similar thoughts and said so.
It was then.
I lowered my head at the light shining from the bracelet on my wrist.
This bracelet was ordered by the butler to bring before leaving for the mountains this time.
I don’t know how long I’ll be away this time, so in the meantime, if something urgent happens to the Monarchy, to receive a signal.
The signal was that something had happened.
I couldn’t guess anything. Is it related to the Overlord? Or something related to demons?
‘At a time like this…’
I frowned. Because at this point, I was unwilling to return to the monarchy with an heir.
However, there was no way the signal was sent for something insignificant, so there was no choice but to check it.
I looked at the warrior.
As for the successor’s safety, there is nothing to worry about because she is there.
And I believe her He won’t try to stab her in the back while I’m away. Because she could have done that long ago.
“I think I’ll have to go back to the monarchy for a while.”
“······Enlock? Is something urgent happening?”
At my words, the warrior nodded.
“I understand. The successor has nothing to worry about, so come and go. I won’t betray your trust.”
Since the hero said that directly, I could feel that she certainly thought of me as a colleague to some extent.
So, Asher and I got on top of Tiyong to return to the monarchy.
“Let’s go home.”
Return to the monarchy as quickly as possible.
The atmosphere of the monarchy was nothing different from usual. It didn’t seem like they had been attacked, or that overlords or other lords had come to visit or anything like that.
When we got down to the castle, the butler immediately came out to greet us.
“Are you here, my lord?”
“What’s going on?”
When I asked what the hell was going on, the butler answered with a firm face.
What came out of his mouth were unexpected words that had nothing to do with the overlord or the demons.
“It’s a problem related to the Earth Hill Kingdom.”
“Fifteen days ago, Kacholl declared war on Earth Hill.