Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 02 – Doll, comply with my commands

Just like the other ones, I’ve made the second Orphen book available in PDF, Epub and word document. Either download or read online through Google Drive. Have fun.

If you have any questions regarding the translation or want to ask me about anything, just leave me a message or comment and I’ll get back to you. See ya.

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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 01 – Beast, respond to my call

I’ve fixed some things up and compiled the translated chapters into a word document, PDF and epub. You can find all three versions of the first book in the link below, you can also read it online if you don’t feel like downloading.

Recent Developments

Just a little FYI for all those that actually read these posts, I have started a new job and naturally this means that some projects will be getting either stalled or dropped altogether. I’ll list them below:

Gilgamesh – Stalled.
Cantarella – Stalled.
Guyver – Dropped.
Those Who Hunt Elves – Currently working on releasing the entire of the next volume since it’s one big chapter, should be out before the end of this year.
Oldman – Will be released as usual.
Novel Translations – Whenever I have time.
Alpen Rose – Next episode out within a week.
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair – Got to fix some mistakes in the earlier episodes, will get that done by the end of next month.
Robotech Remastered – I’ll try and get the next episode out within a week or two.

Anything that I haven’t mentioned is either okay or will have releases delayed for a little bit since I’ve got less spare time. If you’ve got any questions then just send them my way and I’ll get back to you.

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 03 – Spectre, Sleeping on My Chest – Chapter 7 – Epilogue

Chapter 7 – Epilogue

Tap……tap……tap……
The footsteps were slow and rough. It was dark everywhere, looking into the darkness you would stare into nothingness.
The smell of the charred wood was intense, the entire mansion had been burned down to the ground, the only thing that remained was the basement. The smell of sewage remained, even though the heat evaporated the sewage water, the air was filled with a rancid smell. On the floor was pieces of a broken sink, shards of glass were everywhere, a peculiar body laid on the floor.
Tap……Tap……
The footsteps stopped at the entrance to the basement. The owner of the footsteps lifted his right arm, and chanted:
“I give birth to thee, tiny little spirits.”
With the sound of the incantation, a small fire appeared in his hand. The room was illuminated——and so too was the person. It was a young dark haired man, probably around twenty years old. Large bags were under his eyes, they had a sinister look, as he squinted them. The youth had a quiet demeanour, the air around him was strange.
His mouth slowly opened.
“I think something is wrong……”
He said in a questioning tone. Then someone answered.
“……You mean me?”
The voice came from a huge fish on the floor. It lay there motionless, its lower abdomen was torn off, blood was all over the floor, the air smelled a little like gas.
“You really are alive, Fonogorosu. I’ve got questions, three in fact.”
The youth——it was Orphen. He scratched the headband on his forehead.
“I’m guessing you don’t have much time left for questions, I’ll try and be quick. About the statue of the goddesses, I want to hear you say it, what meaning does it have?”
“…………”
Fonogorosu was silent for a moment, then he said:
“I was a heretic, an apostate——are you satisfied with that answer?”
“So you wanted the statue of the goddesses to be destroyed, I thought this place was originally some kind of religious meeting place. Maybe you cursed the gods, or lived in fear of them.”
Fonogorosu didn’t answer, he angrily asked the next question.
“I’ll ask the second question. Why did you want to make man-made beasts? Even the dragon race has exceeded their fighting abilities, and there isn’t even any war now.”
“……Like the previous question and answer. I’m afraid……an equal fighting force is needed.”
“……What are you afraid of?”
“I can’t say. He said I would die. Speaking of the dead——in any case, my body has already perished. Death no longer matters, but I want to die in their hands. I don’t want to know if the soul is destroyed. If you think you know the words——”
His voice was filled with emptiness, it echoed throughout the room.
“Then you might be able to understand it. I was in Kimurakku.”
“The Churches Headquarters in Kimurakku……?”
Orphen asked, but Fonogorosu was silent. Orphen sighed deeply, he also wanted to ask him about Ramon Fonogorosu.
He asked another question.
“……How are you able to speak?”
The fishes body lay there motionless, there was no sounds coming from it. It was exactly like a corpse. But then a sound echoed in the basement……
Fonogorosu didn’t answer. Orphen suddenly noticed that the belly of the fish was cracking open, he could see a vague silhouette——it was a skinny withered old man, he was wrapped in robes, he looked afraid. In the blink of Orphen’s eye, it disappeared.
……Maybe, maybe he became a true undead.
Orphen thought, as he quietly clenched his right hand. The fire in his hand disappeared.
“……Goodbye, Fonogorosu.”
Orphen said, he then turned around. He footsteps echoed in the basement as he walked away.
The only thing that was left in that room was darkness, pieces of glass, rubble, water marks, the dead body of a man-made fish beast, the lonely souls of the undead, and many lost secrets.
***
“Well, Dortin! Let’s take advantage of this opportunity!”
Vulcan shouted. He ran out of the Inn, jumping onto the road leading to the next village, Dortin chased after him. He whispered:
“……Who would have known things went so smoothly?”
Vulcan intended to get away scot free from the loan shark, as to avoid paying him the money he was owed. However, he was caught and mercilessly beaten for thirty minutes to the point where his joints were dislocated, but now he has recovered, and started running as fast as a rabbit.
Though his brother wasn’t as fast.
“Slow down, brother!”
Dortin was slowly catching up, but Vulcan wasn’t slowing down.
“Must we escape from this village?”
“That goes without saying!”
Vulcan simply answered. He held one finger in the air.
“Onward, to the hope of tomorrow! I am the Masmaturian Bulldog, Volcano Vulcan, I will be victorious!”
“In other words, that won’t happen.”
Dortin looked helpless. Vulcan hesitated for a moment, he was going to reprimand him, but he thought of something else.
“However, my brother!”
“Hey!”
“Listen to me!”
“Back at that place——
“What!”
“They tied a rope to your feet!”
“My feet?”
“Yes, a rope……”
By the time Vulcan knew what he was saying, his face hit the ground. It seemed someone pulled on the rope.
“You are such an idiot……”
“I’m sorry, but you didn’t give me time to tell you.”
Dortin said, staring at Vulcan on the ground.
“What bastard did this prank……I’m going to dice him up and cook him with some dried mushrooms……”
Vulcan slowly stood up, and grabbed hold of the rope, it was tied to a black silhouette not far away.
“Hehehehe……”
“L-Loan shark!”
Vulcan shouted. The silhouette——Orphen, grinned wildly.
“Seems like you forgot about someone.”
“D-Damn you, Dortin! You were the one who said I wouldn’t succeed.”
“When did I say that……?”
Dortin said, but no one was listening.
The loan sharks eyes were full of energy, he lifted his arms up.
“Okay! You owe me money plus interest! If you don’t pay me I’ll be forced to have you arrested.”
“You should have some compassion when it comes to money.”
Dortin whispered to Vulcan.
“Come on, a little further and we’ll be out of here.”
“No.”
“Hey……just give me a second to……”
“I don’t think so.”
The black sorcerer smiled. Vulcan looked very frightened.
“I know, you can use my body as payment.”
 “Sure, I’ll bring you to a butcher and sell you.”
The sorcerer smiled.
Vulcan was so scared he couldn’t talk.
At that time——
A black figure suddenly appeared on the road. The persons long black hair was full of sheen, the tall beautiful woman was wearing a full body leather outfit. Orphen noticed her, he turned away.
“Don’t bully him, pity him.”
The woman threw a flirtatious wink towards Orphen. Vulcan thought this beautiful woman was here to save him.
“It’s a goddess!”
Vulcan said to her, she lifted her leg and kicked Vulcan in the face. Her hand moved to her mouth, she couldn’t hold back the laughter, the sound of a metallic object came from her bag.
“I want you to have this. Stop avoiding me.”
“What is this, Hirietta?”
The sorcerer asked. Hirietta replied:
“It’s your reward for helping me.”
“Oh……”
It was a leather bag, it was full of coins. The coins looked a little different from what was normally used on the continent, regardless of this fact, the value isn’t diminished. He didn’t know if they were copper or gold, but he didn’t care as the bag was full of money.
The sorcerer wondered for a moment, but he shook his head.
“I don’t want it.”
“Me me me me me……”
Vulcan said.
“I bet you don’t need a woman to give you money. Stop trying to be such a gentleman.”
Hirietta shot Orphen a puzzled look.
“Just take it, this isn’t dubious money. It’s money that I’ve saved since running away from home.”
“Dubious money, that sounds about right.”
Vulcan was now trying to stand up, he tried to reach for the money, Hirietta kicked him back to the ground.
“It’s alright, I don’t need it.”
“Why is that?”
“Because I didn’t do this for the money.”
Orphen got closer to Hirietta, nearing Vulcan on the ground. 
At that moment——
“I have you now!”
Vulcan jumped to his feet, he hit Orphen in the foot with the blunt side of his sword. The sorcerers face instantly turned white, the pain was intense, he groaned out aloud.
“Hurry, Dortin!”
Vulcan screamed, as tried to break free of the rope.
“I should have expected a move like that……”
“The money……”
“I’ll make you scream so much you’ll be having nightmares in the middle of the night……”
Hirietta then stepped in front of Orphen, but he shook his head.
“How about I make it more interesting.”
“What have you got in mind?”
Dortin said, wondering if it was something mischievous. Hirietta smiled.
“Well, this man——he is very talented, even though he’s a little awkward. Help him out a little.”
Orphen was perplexed.
“No, I won’t accept any kind of him from them two. Besides, I’ve already got a partner.”
Orphen flatly refused. He then looked around, he saw that the rope was cut, and Vulcan had already started running away.
“…………?”
Orphen smiled.
“Hey, Majic! Did you get that rope ready?”
“Yes!”
There was a tree across the road——a rope was tied to the tree, it lead to another tree across the road, Majic pulled it and Vulcan ran straight into it, sending him face first into the ground.
“You beast!”
Vulcan struggled, but he was too exhausted to move.
 “It worked? It worked!”
Hirietta and Orphen laughed together, this would probably be the last time they did this. Nevertheless, both of them valued and cherished the moments they spent together. Later in life Orphen would reflect on this village, and the scary ghost stories that he left behind for all the children of the village.
End of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 03: Spectre, Sleeping on My Chest
Translated by Ciaran Hillock aka Dirk Diggler
Do not replicate or copy this work without permission.

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 03 – Spectre, Sleeping on My Chest – Chapter 6 – The idiot who stops an idiot

Chapter 6 – The idiot who stops an idiot

“Sword of Light, whom I do release!”
A wave of light and heat hit the “snake” in the head. The snake man acted as if he was hit by a large hammer, it was knocked to the floor. Orphen continued:
“——Sword of Light!”
A white light cut vertically into the snake man’s body. Then——
“Sword of Light, whom I do release!”
Whack! The snake man was hit with a wave of light and heat three times, it was now consumed in a raging inferno. But——amidst the fires, Orphen could see that the snake man didn’t suffer any major injuries.
Orphen could sense it’s eyes looking at him, he jumped backwards. After he jumped, he continued to jump out of the basement, slamming the door after he exited. With his hands firmly holding the door in place, he shouted:
“I close thee, border of fate!”
Thud——the heavy door shook. Now, the door wouldn’t be opened so easily. And——
“I giveth thee, giant’s fortune!”
As he shouted, the door began to shake. He could see that the door was swelling little, expanding into the surround wall. The door and the wall were now melded together.
Orphen breathed, and wiped the sweat from his chin.
“It’ll be impossible to open that without some explosives——Samii and that suit of armour should be okay, but if that snake tries anything, he’ll surely suffocate in the raging fire……”
Orphen was finished, all he had to do now was climb the dark stairs. However, Orphen was scared, he hands were trembling. He reached down to the floor, he was going to rest——but ——
Hissss!
A shrill voice could he heard from the other side of the door, small gaps started to appear in the door and the wall——yellow venom oozed out. It had a strong odour. He could see that parts of the wall and door were now being dissolved.
A moment later, the door fell down.
“Ahhh!”
Upon seeing this, Orphen jumped backwards. The “snake” stood at the entrance, there was residual venom hanging from its mouth. Behind the snake, there was no flame, just a gas lamp lighting the room.
“Bastard……”
Orphen cursed under his breath.
“How the hell are you still alive?”
Orphen could feel his scalp itching, he remembered.
(This guy’s skin……and Hirietta’s clothing. Are they the same thing?)
He thought. If the snake man’s skin was the same as Hirietta’s leather clothing, then physical attacks won’t do any good. If that’s the case——
Just as Orphen was lost in thought, he heard a hiss, the snake man raced towards him.
(No way——Hirietta. She can’t be a man-made beast, can she?)
The “snake” opened it jaws.
It was clear to Orphen, it was going to spit venom, he was going to jump backwards, but suddenly——it was like his right foot was nailed to the floor.
(————!)
A deadly chill raised throughout his body, he couldn’t move. Looking down at his sturdy boots, he saw something——there was a knife lodged into the sole of his right boot, the “hand” was holding it tightly.  
Then, he got a taste of the venom.
“Ah————!”
He lurched his head to the left, he was able to avoid some of the venom, luckily none landed on his face. However, there was a strong odour coming from his left shoulder and abdomen, he could see smoke rising——his clothes were being dissolved, the stench was intense, his entire body was instantly wrought with pain. He could see parts of his skin being dissolved, the pinkish muscles beneath the skin were now visible. Yellow smoke started to rise from his wounds, his blood and the snake’s venom had intermixed, creating an unbearable stench.     
“I heal thee——”
Orphen put his right hand over his wounds, he screamed the rest of the incantation.
“——scar of the setting sun!”
Physical pain is very dangerous, more dangerous than even spiritual damage. Treating the trauma is simple, but enduring the pain is not an easy task. Especially when the state of the wound is very bad, scaring yourself to death is always possible.
Once the incantation is said, the wound will be reversed due to the manipulation of time using magic. His clothes are easily repairable, but new flesh had to be laid on his body due to the damage. After his wounds were healed, Orphen waved his hand towards the snake man, and cried:
“I call thee, sisters of rupture!”
An invisible shock wave struck the snake man, at the same time, Orphen was also affected by the shock wave——he had trouble breathing, his body was going numb, he threw his body backwards, he was trying to get free of the grip of the “hand”.
He violently fell backwards onto the stairs, Orphen then tried to climb the stairs. At the same time, he pointed a finger towards the “snake”.
Guide me, O Starling of Death!
A burst of sound waves struck the “snakes” body, its body was twisted all over. It was like a piece of clothing being wrung dry, it then smacked the floor.
(For Hirietta and that snake guy to have the same kind of protection, it’s got to be more than a coincidence.)
Whatever it is, he’s got to find its weakness.
(Since these are test subjects, that means they aren’t the finished product, so they’ve got to have some kind of defect.)
“Come on, Samii! I’m Fonogorosu! I’m escaping!”
Orphen ran up the stairs, yelling at the unseen creatures behind him. He made every effort to run as fast as he could, stumbling all the while. He could hear the sound of a whip behind him, the armour downstairs must have released its black tentacles. Orphen barely dodged the first attack, it sunk deep into the wall beside his head.
“————!”
Orphen silently screamed. He could now hear the armour thrashing behind him, he didn’t want to look back, for he knew it was right behind him.
Whoosh!
Suddenly, the suit of armour jumped in front of him using its tentacles. He saw its helmet open up a little, Orphen shouted:
I dance in thee, mansion of heaven!”
Bang——flash. In a moment, he jumped ten meters ahead of the armour. It uttered a sharp sound from its helmet, and in a flash, wires appeared in front to blow Orphen’s path.
(Steel wires——)
If Orphen didn’t time this right, he could be cut into shreds.
(Damn it, these monsters are tough.)
He could feel a stinging sensation coming from his head, he must have been scratched by a steel wire. Orphen felt his head get wet, but he didn’t let this get to him. Remembering his training in the Tower of Fang brought him great pride, he wasn’t going to let something like this put him to shame.
(Now……I feel weakened.)
But——
“You killed Cleo, I should let you have a taste of hell!”
He said angrily, the “armour” was ready to launch a second attack, Orphen stretched his arm out.
“Sword of Light, whom I do release!”
The “Armour” swallowed the attack, Orphen turned immediately, and jumped into the hall.
(Damn it, looks like I’ll be fighting near the Goddess’. However——)
However——will he rely on someone else to win? He thought.



(I seems I might need some help……Cleo——)
Orphen said inside himself, while running.
***
“Really, he’s here? Business member A.”
“My name is Louis.”
“What?”
“I said……my name is Louis.”
Vulcan stared at the names of the children, he certainly recognized the name of business member A.
He then snorted, and said: “You don’t have a past anymore! Abandon your name!”
(These guys are pests……)
Dortin looked anxious, he was silent. He looked at the flag made out of sheets that his brother made. He didn’t know where he got it from, but apparently he had got more bed linen, he used paint to write “Master of our destiny, Vulcan’s chamber of Commerce. Never apologize to the loan shark”.
Then Louis said: “Give up your name, do you want to join?”
“Business member A.”
Vulcan pointed to one of the children. The child stood still for a moment, he said:
“I am Davis. Louis——”
“Yes, just like that.”
“My name is Mike……”
“Continue.”
“I am Lambert.”
“What about you?”
“Toby.”
“My goodness, this is taking forever!”
“I have the cool name of Kaufman!”
“Nina.”
Vulcan continued to look at the kids, while Dortin stood behind his cloak. He quietly whispered into his ear.
“Brother, we’ve got more names than people.”
“…………”
After listening to Dortin for a moment——he looked towards the sky, it was the afternoon, the sun was shining, there was a cool breeze, and birds were chirping. For a while, he wanted to learn more about them. However, Vulcan had business to attend to.
“You! Are you kidding me!?”
Vulcan waved the flag at the kids, four of the children screamed and ran away. He stared coldly at the children that remained, then he turned around and faced a mansion——
The building was known as the “haunted mansion” by the locals, all the windows were boarded up, nobody could see inside. From the information Vulcan had obtained, he summarized that this place was the hideout of that spectre.
Then——
“You guys, behave yourselves, if you don’t value your lives, you will die!”
Vulcan then swung the flag, and went on to say:
“Listen up! We have a task, it’s related to my fate! That bastard loan shark, that heartless bastard. If he comes near us, let’s hang him upside down from a bell tower!”
Just then, the front door of the mansion opened. A blonde kid ran out of the haunted mansion in a panic——it was Majic.
“Huh?”
The young boy had just noticed them.
“What are you doing here?”   
“Ah, well……”
Dortin was hesitant to answer, he pointed towards his brother. Vulcan stared at Majic. Meanwhile, the sheets with blue painted words fluttered in the wind.
“Oh…..never mind.”
Majic said breathlessly. Then he said:
“Did you see a woman come out before me?”
“A woman?”
“Her name……is Hirietta. She looks very dangerous. We got separated on the way out.”
“No, we didn’t see anyone else come out.”
Dortin said as he shook his head, Majic was frustrated.
“This is trouble……I might be scolded by master.”
“We’ve been here for a while though.”
Then——
Smash!
Overhead——a window was broken, someone came flying out and glass fragments flew everywhere.
The body rapidly fell down, like the person was thrown out the window. Like a stone, the person whacked the ground with a loud thud.
“Ah, it’s an assassin!”
Dortin cried. The assassin——a man called Kozen, his face was full of fear, he pressed down on his left shoulder. He then noticed Majic and the others, he looked curiously at them.
Kozen slowly, angrily said:
“In the end, that woman……”
“Hey!”
Dortin shouted. Kozen stumbled as he tried to stand up, Vulcan and his chamber of commerce (plus one) stared at the assassin.
***
While running down the hall, Orphen managed to avoid the whips of the “armour”. If he stopped or messed up even once, he would surely be cut into pieces by the numerous whips. The only thing that could be heard in the deserted mansion was Orphen’s footsteps and the Armours movements.
Finally——Orphen had reached the main hall. He ducked under the state of the goddess’, this served as an obstacle to block the “armours” attacks. Also, the state was four meters tall, which gave him a sense of security.
However, it wasn’t the suit of armour that came after him——it was the snake, it rushed towards Orphen’s position.
(Damn it, that bloody came can probably smell me.)
Orphen left the shadow of the statue, he rolled on the floor and shouted the following incantation:
I see thee, Lady of Chaos!
Like being surrounded by a lady wearing a black dress, shadow-like swirls of gravity struck the snake man to the ground. It wouldn’t kill the snake, but it was more effective than using physical attacks. The snake tried shooting venom as it saw Orphen running towards it.
He jumped on top of the man-made beast, putting his hands on the snake’s throat.
“I tear thee, wall of the earth!”
Whack!
It was like a giant sickle hit the snake man in the head, it opened its mouth and screamed——Orphen quickly stuffed his left fist in its mouth.
“Goodbye.”
Then, he immediately cried:
“I call thee, sisters of rupture!”
——In an instant, the snake man’s body rapidly expanded, whether it was its eyes or nose, fluids and flesh began to pour out of all its holes. The shockwave was tearing apart the snake man’s organs. Orphen used his right hand to wipe the blood from his body, and pulled his left hand from its mouth. His leather glove had been eroded by the snake man’s horrendous venom, while the venom hadn’t reached his skin, Orphen threw the glove to the floor.
“First I’ve got to——”
He saw the armour standing at the entrance, it lunged towards him, almost like giving his lover a hug.
“What?”
Orphen muttered, as the “armour” opened up its helmet.
Numerous metal whips made out of steel began to form a human shape. Then——
Orphen didn’t even have time to think, as the assault began.
“You idiot!”
Orphen blurted out, he grabbed the corpse of the snake man and flung it towards the “armour”. He could hear numerous puncture sounds as both bodies flew across the hall.
Taking advantage of this opportunity, Orphen started moving. He looked at the suit of armour, stretch out his right hand, and exclaimed:
“Sword of Light, whom I do release!”
A wave of light and heat flew from Orphen’s hand, and hit the “armour”. Although it struck the armours chest, the result was no different than before——the “armour” calmly stood up. The snake didn’t move one bit, it was certainly dead.
(How the hell am I supposed to destroy this “armour”.)
Although it wasn’t entirely impossible——
Orphen’s heart was beating wildly, he ran back behind the statue of the goddess’. Blood rushed to his face, sweat was dripping from him uncontrollably, and he was out of breath.
(I’m almost at my limits——I don’t think I can use much more magic.)
As a result, he’d need to avoid unnecessary attacks. If he made any hasty movements, the last of his strength would be wasted.
Orphen put his hand on the statue. Then suddenly——
“——I’m done for!”
The hand came out from inside the statue of the goddess’, it seized Orphen’s left hand. It’s thick fingers dung into his skin, causing his hand to go red. The “hand” had a surprisingly strong grip, it was like it was made out of stone.
Orphen tried with all his might to remove the hand, but he couldn’t make it budge one bit. The suit of armour then began to stand up, it turned to face Orphen. Numerous whips flew out from it’s body, and went towards Orphen.
(This is it.)
Orphen determined, with the hand stilling holding onto him, he shouted:
I dance in thee, mansion of heaven!”
In an instant, Orphen teleported not far from the ceiling of the hall. It was such a long distance——moving ten meters isn’t that easy. Orphen didn’t even know if he would succeed, but he’d rather suffer a fall than he hit by the “armours” attack. He looked over at the “hand”.
It was still stuck to his left arm. The hand was very hairy, he thought that it belonged to an ape or some other creature. What looked like veins stretched for about half a meter from the hand, at the end was a “brain” the size of a fist. It was the “hand”, and the rest of Kenkurimu.
Orphen didn’t want to teleport again, he was afraid of appearing inside a wall or in the floor…
Right now he was in the air, he couldn’t escape. Orphen grabbed the “hand” as he fell, and reached towards the brain, he crushed it with all his might, the “hand” then let go of Orphen.
During this, he continued to fall——he was directly above the statue of the goddess’, he saw the “armour” waiting below.
(I hope this works…)
“Sword of Light, whom I do release!”
His target wasn’t the armour, but the feet of the goddesses——the lower part of the statue exploded, the statue began to tilt——
Orphen’s feet touched the head of the statue, his body was like a pendulum, in a flash, he jumped along the heads of the goddesses, almost superfluously. In short, he wanted the statue to fall upon the “armour”.
Orphen flew from the statue and landed on the floor, breaking a few ribs in the process. He looked up, the armour had been crushed by the statue, an invisible shadow moved through the dust, Orphen’s breathing was intense, he though:
(Great, so that leaves……)
Orphen said, as he stood up, and looked around the hall.
At this time——
A shadow stepped out from a corner of the hall, it moved towards him. It had a slender figure, it’s long black hair swinging wildly, as it started clapping.
Orphen whispered:
“Majic?”
“I let him go outside, then I came back.”
The figure——it was Hirietta, she was smiling.
Orphen angrily wiped the sweat from his forehead.
“So you’ve been hiding in the dark watching from the side-lines?”
“I wanted to see how things played out.”
Hirietta said, as she looked at the statue of the goddesses.
“You seem very happy.”
Orphen touched his inured left hand with his right hand, he didn’t think the wound was that deep, there was excessive bleeding and paralysis setting in. If possible, he wanted to use magic to heal his injuries, but he didn’t have the strength to do so.
“It seems I was right.”
“About what?”
Orphen asked. She replied:
“You really are a strong sorcerer, one of the best on this continent.”
“……So what.”
Orphen unhappily said:
“I’ve defeated those man-made beasts, all that’s left is Samii. But I don’t have the power to——”
He said in a very small voice.
Thud!
They both heard the opening and closing of a door, it sounded like it came from the second floor. Tap, tap……he could hear soft footsteps, Orphen’s ears stood up. It was coming from the second floor balcony, he glanced at Hirietta, she heard it too, but she just stood there with her arms folded.
Orphen whispered:
“It can’t be Samii, he can’t make noise walking. It must be another man-made beast.”
Hirietta shook her head. She then spoke in a calm tone:
“Do you know why they call Samii the strongest man-made beast?”
“Why?”
Orphen was confused, she kept talking:
“He can appear anywhere, and attack from anywhere. He also has the ability to control other man-made beasts……and more…”
“That means……”
Orphen had a surprised look on his face, Hirietta pulled a dagger from her leg.
“I don’t know how he does it, but Samii can possess any creature, and control it. That kid Majic, didn’t he say something about Cleo being dead?”
Just then, the footsteps stopped.
They looked up——at the top of the stairs stood a girl, her petite body was standing still.
Orphen felt his heart wavering.
“Cleo?”
It was her, she stood at the top of the stairs, holding a blade in her hand. Her eyes were dull, like she had just been woken up. Since Orphen used so much magic in the windowless hall, the air in the room was hot, it produced some airflow. 
Hirietta suddenly said:
“I don’t think I need to remind you, but she is still alive. Don’t be too reckless, or you’ll injure her.”
“That goes for you too——”
Then——
Thud! Something landed behind them, they turned around and saw Cleo on the floor.
(Did she jump from the stairs?)
Orphen instinctively jumped backwards——Cleo threw her sword at him, and quickly ran towards him. Orphen easily rolled out of the way, Cleo immediately picked up her sword, and attacked again.
Orphen ducked——he just barely avoided her attack. He could hear the sound of the air above him being cut, the sound was slightly painful. It was like being in a dream, a hot, slow moving scene, Cleo attacking without the slightest pause, her blade reflecting the coldness——
(She’s trying to kill me!)
Orphen cried in his heart. Since his opponent was Cleo, he decided to attack her eyes with his right hand——
Suddenly, Cleo disappeared.
He looked around, he saw the girl lying on the ground. Hirietta had kicked her from the side.
“You okay?”
Hirietta asked. Orphen stood motionlessly as he looked at Cleo in horror, and said:
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
He took the sword from Cleo’s hands. Her hands were cold.
Hirietta put her dagger back in her sheath, she sighed, and said:
“It looked like you were going to die, and I thought you were good.”
“Sometimes, I forget to use my reflexes.”
Orphen unhappily said, as he threw the sword to the second balcony.
“Since I left the Tower of Fang five years ago, my combat skills aren’t what they used to be.”
Clatter, the sword landed on the second floor. Orphen smiled.
“Anyway, Hirietta……what is Samii really?”


“Huh?”
Orphen left Hirietta puzzled, he the pulled Cleo’s body closer. He touched her belly like a doctor, tapping it slightly——he stopped.
“Here?”
Orphen threw himself backwards, Cleo silently wailed.
————!”
She began to cough. Lying on the floor, she wanted to take a deep breath, but she couldn’t, she could only keep coughing. Orphen observed this, and wiped cold sweat from his head.
A black mist then began to form around her face, it swirled around her and then dissipated.
Cleo stopped coughing. She lay there motionless, her face buried in some dirt on the floor.
Orphen felt uneasy, as he quietly watched her.
“Hey……Cleo?”
“You did a good thing!”
Cleo suddenly stood up, she then slapped Orphen’s face. Facing such an attack, he took a few steps backwards.
“Is this how you treat your saviour!”
“Saviour? I was coughing wildly! I even saw my father waving to me on a flower filled shore!”
“Well, I——
Cleo silenced him with a movement of her hand, she pointed at him and angrily said:
“And you had the nerve to hit my stomach! If something happened to me, you are the one to blame, Orphen!”
(I’m the one to blame?)
Orphen thought.
“Listen, I——
“Where’s your common sense? How could you hit me?”
“But I was——
“I was out for a long time, you could have kissed me. One time I fell down the stairs and hit my head, I wanted to live in a monastery! Heck, I even got some brochures!”
“Shut up!”
Orphen was running out of patience, he tripped her with his foot.
“If I really wanted to do some damage, I would have hit your stomach or uterus, that way you would be vomiting blood right about now.”
“Listen——
Hirietta spoke.
“What can we do to get her back to normal?”
“Well, your guess is as good as mine.”
Orphen said, as he scratched his head.
“Anyway, we should be able to handle any attack she throws at us.”
The girl was sitting on the ground. Orphen shrugged as he continued
“However, when I was almost killed last night, I think Samii was trying to control my consciousness. I was unable to breath, I think Samii’s body is some type of gas that enters the lungs and dominates the body——he possesses people and makes sure they don’t suffocate, I suspect he is also made out of a high concentration of oxygen.”
After he had finished speaking, Cleo spoke with a sinister tone:
“That’s just speculation, why don’t you try hitting me again?”
Orphen looked at her, and said:
“Even if I can’t force you out from her lungs, there are a couple of other methods I could try.”
Cleo momentarily had a puzzled expression, but it quickly turned into a mischievous smile.
“If you want, you could help me find a certain place.”
“……Cut it out, you damn five year old……”
“But——”
Hirietta interrupted them.
“If Samii is actually gas, how do we fight him?”
“Simple, we just gather him inside something.”
Orphen joked. He then turned to Hirietta.
“One way or another, we’ll think of something.”
“…………”
Hirietta didn’t say anything else, she took a deep breath and looked around, it was like she was looking for something.
Orphen sighed.
“Come on, let’s get out of here. We’ll need to prepare to remove Samii.”
Orphen said, helping at the dust off Cleo. Much to her dismay.
“This place is full of dust, I can’t stand it.”
“……If you two want to go, you can leave first.”
——Listening to her words, Orphen couldn’t help but feel that something bad was going to happen. Unexpectedly, he put his hand on Cleo’s shoulder, his hand was bright red.
“Cleo, can you do something for me?”
“……What is it?”
“You leave first, go outside and see if Majic is there.”
“Alright, but aren’t you coming?”
He looked directly at Cleo, then simply pointed at Hirietta.
“This mansion, these monsters lived here. It’s too dangerous for you to stay, but me and Hirietta should be fine.”
“…………”
Orphen avoided direct eye contact with Cleo, he went on to say:
“Once you find Majic, tell him to put oil around the house and set it on fire, that should be enough.”
“Fire?”
Cleo said with a puzzled expression.
“If we set the mansion on fire, what about you?”
“We’ll find a way to escape, don’t worry about us.”
Orphen finisehd talking, he the pointed towards the exit and told Cleo to leave.
“Please, don’t leave too late. You’ve got to get out before all the exits are blocked.”
“I know……”
Orphen pushed her, and turned his head. She took a couple of steps forwards, she stopped——turned her head, and gently said:
“Orphen, am I a burden to you?”
“Yes, most of the time you are a burden to me……”
Hearing this, Cleo was instantly hurt, her face became distorted. Orphen looked at her face, and said:
“Not in that way, both you are Majic are burdens that weigh me down——without you, god knows where I’d be drifting.”
“…………?”
Cleo didn’t say anything. She quickly ran towards the exit, she turned back, with mixed feelings, she said:
“Don’t get burned.”
“……Huh. No matter what you say, she still listens.”
Hirietta joked. Orphen was too lazy to correct her.
(If I go back to being Krylancelo——I will return to the life of a combat black sorcerer. But since Cleo is still alive, I will remain a loan shark for the time being.)
In short, he’s doing it all for her.
“……Is this it?”
Orphen crossed his arms. They were on the second floor. After a decade of no one cleaning the house, dust piled up everywhere, though this room was fairly clean. It didn’t feel natural at all, all the rooms windows were nailed shut, the room was very dark. They could make out a bookcase, an empty vase on a table, also on the table was a black and white photo. The bed in the room had a doll in the shape of a bear between the two pillows.
“Yes. I forgot something.”
Hirietta said as she stepped into the room, Orphen followed her, and said:
“Is this your room?”
“Yes. Here……look, I found it.”
On the table was a beautiful diary, she picked it up. Then he patted the dust off of it, and held it close to her chest.
Orphen was more interested in what was next to the diary, it was a picture frame——an old black and white photo, it was a man and a woman standing together. The tall young man looked familiar, upon closer inspection, the girl beside him looked like Hirietta. She hadn’t changed much over the years, but for some reason the girl in the photo looked more mature, she had long hair, some flowers, and was wearing a long bow.
Both the young girl and man stood side by side, they had their hands on each other’s shoulders and were smiling. Orphen could tell that the man was Samii, he had changed much from his picture.
“Is this you in the photo?”
“……Yeah.”
Hirietta then turned towards him, exposing a sarcastic smile.
“I bet you want to ask me some questions.”
“No, none.”
Orphen shrugged. After he regained his strength, he healed his wrist injury. Even though his entire body hadn’t fully recovered, this was no problem for him.
“For some reason, I feel like I can’t let this place go.”
“……Can you think of a reason?”
“Maybe its Samii, maybe I want to burn with him in this place.”
After he listened to her words, for a slight moment, her lips trembled.
“I think its my duty, I need to be here until his very last moment.”
“Is it because you love him?”
“Yes.”
“I was just fifteen years old at the time.”
“Its because you were a young girl.”
She touched the cover of her diary——then looked around for a place to sit, she sat on the dust covered bed, and continued talking.
“Samii was really good to me——I was just some wandering homeless girl. This diary, he gave it to me for my birthday——he prepared everything in this room, Samii said he got mostof the things after the death of his sister, I could tell that he missed her dearly, but I tried not to think of myself as her replacement. You know, he taught me everything from reading to writing, he even got me to live here with Fonogorosu……”
“Regardless of Samii’s intent, Fonogorosu had his own plans.”
Orphen knew Fonogorosu had ulterior motives——he took the words right from Hirietta’s mouth, she wanted to say this, and Orphen could see the rising anger in her eyes.
“It’s obvious that a man like Fonogorosu would not feed and clothe someone he didn’t know for no reason.
“That’s right, he wanted to use me for an experiment, not Samii.”
A sarcastic smile went across her face, as her fingers touched the cover of her diary.
“As far as common sense is concerned, no one would willingly sacrifice their body. All the assistants were afraid……and then Fonogorosu went mad, when it came to my clothes——”
She was referring to her black leather clothing.
“This is something that was involved in the development of a man-made beast, it was made for my fifteen year old self, now it’s a little uncomfortable. Fonogorosu wanted to use this for killing sorcerers.”
(Is this what happened to Hirietta after being merged with a man-made beast?)
Orphen thought, but he didn’t want to ask her if it was true. He decided to ask something else.
“In the end, you weren’t transformed?”
Upon hearing this, she laughed out loud.
“No——when I was thrown into the culture tank, Samii pulled me out at the last moment. However, he fell into the tank while pulling me out, Fonogorosu then transformed him instead of me.”
At the same time, she hit the bed with her hand.
“There was nothing I could do——every day I went down to the basement and looked into the culture tank that held Samii, on the last day, before he lost consciousness——he said to me, kill me now. Right after that——”
A cold smile froze on her lips.
“He became the first client of the foolish dog Hirietta, and the last.
“I see……you’ve had a lot to think about.”
After Orphen said that, she laughed.
“Don’t take me for a fool, I wasn’t born yesterday, Samii is——he’s just a memory of my first love. In the eight years since I lost him, I haven’t really loved another man. But even so, I couldn’t let him suffer like that, that’s why over these last eight years I’ve been looking for a sorcerer that could kill him. When I heard news that you disappeared from the Tower of Fang, I became overjoyed, I knew that would be able to kill Samii. I didn’t hesitate using Ostwald to help find you, because I couldn’t afford to fail in my endeavour.”
“There’s something I don’t understand.”
Orphen sternly said. He asked:
“After Samii left Cleo, I didn’t see him go anywhere. Where is he now? You know, right?”
“He’s somewhere in this house, probably waiting to seize an opportunity.”
“Why hasn’t he come to attack?”
“Since you killed all the man made beasts, he’s probably confused. He must have believed that such a thing was impossible. You said that you were going to burn the mansion, will that kill Samii?”
Orphen felt that she wanted to take revenge. He replied:
“If he’s dispersed throughout the house, then nows a good time.”
He then went towards the barricaded window——he punched through the wood, opening a hole in the window, dazzling white light shot into the dark room. It was the afternoon, there was some time before it was evening——
Smoke could be seen from outside the window. Orphen waved the smoke away, and said:
“It’s begun. Cleo has done her job, Majic and Vulcan have been mobilized. Vulcan is just like a child……he’s quite the fire starter.”
“Will this fire kill Samii?”
Hirietta asked, Orphen said that it would.
“His body is composed of gas, though its probably closer to oxygen. This buildings made out of wood……his body will surely react with the flammable substances. If he can’t get out, he’ll turn back into dust.”
“…………”
Hirietta swallowed. Orphen said to her:
“We can escape using my magic. If you want to witness Samii’s last moment, then I won’t stop you. If you stay here, you will die within ten minutes.”
After listening to Orphen, Hirietta nodded——she didn’t say anything. Orphen didn’t know if she was going to stay or not.
Hirietta——eight years ago he died, even if you don’t want to admit it, what’s left of him will die. You will be burdened no longer.”
“You know, there’s something I want to say to you.”
“What is it?”
“Thank you.”
“Huh?”
Orphen shrugged.
“After listening to what you said about Fonogorosu and Samii, it made me happy.”
“……Listen……”
Orphen clenched his fist, and said:
“If you really want to stay here, then——I won’t stop you. People die all the time for nothing——but I’d rather have you listen to my opinion on the matter——”
“Your opinion?”
She asked, Orphen didn’t speak for a moment, he didn’t know what to say——
“I don’t want someone like you to die.”
Unconsciously his face went serious.
Then——
She laughed out loud, she found this hilarious. Orphen maintained a look of displeasure on his face, he regretted uttering such words.
***
“Haha, haha!”
Vulcan was swinging his arms like a mad man, as he laughed in front of the burning house. His flag was sitting on his shoulder, it read: Vulcan’s third Chamber of commerce, let’s laugh as the marvellous fire consumes the monsters and the loan shark!
Vulcan proudly shouted:
“This is it! This is what I’ve been waiting for!”
“…………”
The assassin Kozen watched as Vulcan directed his brother Dortin and the children to pour oil around the house.
“Hey! Don’t get too close to the fire! Lloyd!”
Cleo skilfully ordered the children, Majic stood behind her. Dortin tugged at the hem of his shirt, the blonde haired boy turned around.
“What?”
Dortin anxiously said:
“Ah……is this okay? Will the  village people just let us burn down this house……”
“I don’t think so……”
Majic said, with a blank expression on his face. Dortin then whispered:
“Although I’m not my brother, it wouldn’t be good if the loan shark burned to death. Especially if you guys were to blame us.”
“You really do talk too much……”
Majic stopped talking, he saw that the flames were now reaching the roof.
“I hope Master knows what he’s doing……he’s responsible for all of this.”
“You really have no sense of responsibility.”
Dortin said, Majic disagreed with him, he said:
“How can you say that? This whole thing was Master’s idea, he should be the one to take responsibility. This is a very rational way of thinking.”
“Really? Because that sounds like something Vulcan would say.”
Dortin asked, he was puzzled. Suddenly, he heard a scream, it was his brothers voice.                 
“Whaaaaaaaat?”
Looking back, Dortin saw the little children pouring oil around Vulcan, it seemed they wanted to take revenge. One of them threw a match, the oil was set alight——
“Fire.”
“Fire!”
Majic and Dortin shouted, Vulcan ran around in a circle, desperate to escape.
Cleo saw this, and quickly said:
“Ah! Kaufman, get some water!”
“Yes, sister.”
“I poured some! Uh, ah! My mistake, that was oil.”
The fire grew larger, Vulcan was flung into a frenzy, Kozen then walked towards Majic. The assassin had bloodstained clothes from a previous battle, however his injuries weren’t deep. He said:
“If it’s alright with you, I’m going to leave.”
“Um, okay……”
Majic said, he was surprised, and asked:
“But, aren’t you going to help?”
“…………”
Kozen deliberately ignored him, then a moment later, he spoke:
“No, I’m not.”
His gaze drifted in the direction of Cleo.
Majic noticed this, and said:
“Well, if you are interested in Cleo I suggest you give up, you’ll find out she’s nothing but trouble.”
“I’m not interested  in a little girl like her!”
Kozen shouted in a loud voice. Dortin and Majic were both visibly shaken.
Dortin looked up to the assassin, and said:
“Anyway, please take care, mister.”
“Call me Kozen.”
“Hey.”
Majic interrupted.
“No matter what you do, your still a good for nothing assassin. Your kind is despicable.”
“……That wasn’t very nice……”
Dortin said. Kozen squinted, his face was difficult to see, but he only sighed, he quickly forgot about it and turned around.
“Maybe……”
Majic said slowly.
“That man has no sense of presence, something in his life would need to chance before he stopped being an assassin.”
(Though I think that’s highly unlikely.)
Dortin didn’t answer, he just watched Kozen walk further away. Now the house was completely on fire, the only thing that could be heard was the burning of the house, and the yelling of Vulcan.
***
He knew that he could just leave these people——
However he couldn’t feel any pain, but that was exactly what he needed to remember.
Over time, he had the feeling that he was getting “thinner”, the howling flames were all around him, taking apart his body——there was no way of knowing where it would go.
He only knew that his body was destined to go somewhere. But after he departs, what would he be leaving behind? This vague question plagued his thoughts. However, he knew that his true self died long ago, what remained was only that shell that wouldn’t last much longer. After one hour, the big house burned to the ground, and what was left of him disappeared.
He didn’t know where most of his body has gone, but his consciousness remained.
………
“Ever since I came to this village, it’s really been a nice long day.”
He heard those words before, it was a familiar voice, a voice that filled him with nothing but horror and despair, but he couldn’t remember it. Who are you? Fonogorosu? This world, will it end because of him?
“I intend to repay you, Orphen.”
That voice was also familiar, upon hearing it, it filled him with grief.
“It doesn’t matter, I wasn’t expecting any kind of compensation.”
“Your welcome to it. Anyway……the house has been completely burned down.”
“It was old, and the wood was very dry.”
“Huh?”
“Look, it’s him.”
“…………”
Naturally, he was speechless.
“Samii doesn’t seem to be completely burnt.”
“……Only a little.”
“Its possible that he regenerated, or maybe there wasn’t any combustible materials near him to burn him.”
“……There was some.”
“Hey, Hirietta?”
She pulled on the back zipper of her outfit, she pulled it down and a handful of mist fluttered into the air——It was the part of Samii that didn’t burn, Hirietta held it in her arms like a mother would hold a child, she the picked up a red hot iron from the still burning rubble, and plunged it into her chest.
Hirietta!”
Someone screamed behind her.
She refused to respond to him——she just wanted to think of that vision she had in her mind. In that vision she saw the hot burning iron burning her skin, her body sweating——the pain was getting more intense, but her brain could only think of one thing.
(I will never forget about you——)
Her chest was badly damaged——but in this wound she saw Samii disappearing, she said:
“Rest in peace, in my chest.”
The fog then dissipated, it was gone.
She looked back, Orphen looked like a fool, she said to him:
“Could you do me a favour and heal my wound?”

She propped up her upper body, pulled the zipper back up, and smiled.



Rune Soldier Louie Book 1 Chapter 3 – Broken Wand

Chapter 3 – Broken Wand

1. Ancient Wood
“You broke your wand?”
Louie’s door was suddenly opened, and the female magician called Ila rushed in.
Louie was doing abdominal exercises, his entire upper body was naked.
(This woman, she just walks in casually.)
Though, Louie never does lock his door.
Seeing the glasses lying on his bed, Ila relaxed herself. Meanwhile, Louie got up and put on a shirt.
“You have such a great physique, why do you still exercise?”
“Oh, I’m not exercising.”
It seemed she didn’t understand that he was simply keeping in shape.
“Anyway, I’m not interested in muscular men……”
Ila said to herself. She then closed the door behind her, and walked straight over to Louie.
“What’s this I hear about your wand?”
“Oh, I broke it.”
Louie had a helpless look on his face.
He used the wand when he fought the goblins, he bashed the goblins in the head with it, thus breaking it two.
“It broke into two halves!”
After listening to Louie giving his explanation, Ila didn’t want to believe it.
“Your wand is broken, just like how I broke my hand.”
Ila was dressed in the usual magician garb, except she had her sleeves rolled up, she was pointing to her wrist.
Her skin was white, it was really quite fine.
“A wand is very important!”
A magical wand is proof that you belong to the Magician’s Guild, it could also be said that it’s the spirit of a magician. Without a wand, you might as well resign from being a magician.
“What will you do?”
“I’ll get a new wand made.”
“Do you want me to get Mr. Carwes?”
“No way, my grandfather is also my mentor.”
“You need a 500 year old ancient wood to make a new wand, and three days or more for the magic ritual!”
“Since my grandfather is Headmaster Carwes, he can help me get that old wood.”
“500 year old wood just doesn’t grow anywhere!”
As precious as ancient wood may be, you wouldn’t find it by just looking in the outskirts of the Kings forest.
“The only place where you can find some is Tartious Forest (森ターシャス), and that place is filled with all kind of dangerous monsters.”
“However, the forest is so big that I probably won’t encounter any.”
“Tell that to all the people who lose their lives there every year.”
Ila’s tone was dire.
“I’m not afraid. Monsters or demons, I’ll defeat them all, just like how I defeated those goblins.”
“Yes, but you broke your wand in the process, didn’t you?”
Louie was left speechless.
“T-This time I won’t be so careless. I’ll be using a sword to fight.”
“And you can’t use magic since you don’t have a wand. Anyway, will those adventure companions you met go with you?”
“No!”
Louie said defiantly.
The three women didn’t want anything to do with him anymore. Since Louie broke his wand, they took him for a walking joke. On the way back from the ruins, the trio constantly called him a pig.
“Well, are you going alone then?”
Ila’s eye’s blinked widly.
“Yes.”
“Ah, I see……”
Ila seemed to be thinking, then she went silent for a moment.
Then——
“You……can accompany me tonight……”
She said to Louie.
“What’s got into you all of a sudden?”
“I might never see you again, so I’d like to create some fond memories.”
Silence filled the room for a moment.
“That’s just like you.”
Louie said, while laughing.
“I’m just kidding! I just want to accompany you, so I can hear about your adventures.”
After that, Ila left Louie’s room, regardless whether they reached a decision or not.
Louie stared blankly at the wall, he really enjoyed having fun with women, but now he was really tired.
“If someone is envious of my life, then I’d happily switch with him.” Louie said inside himself.
2 – Companions
“……He even broke his wand.”
Said Melissa the acolyte, her eyes were filled with tears, High Priestess Jenny looked at her with remorse.
“He used an important symbol of a magician to beat goblins in the head, and when his wand broke…he used his fists……”
Then, Melissa repeated “This is against my will” five times.
(She can’t be serious……)
Once known as the “sword princess”, the High Priestess listened to Jenny, although her face was calm, she was actually very angry.
Melissa didn’t say it, but she wanted a different hero from the God of War. From Jenny’s point of view, Louie was her friend’s son, she known him ever since he was little.
“He is always shirtless in front of women, that kind of behaviour is barbarous. He doesn’t discuss anything with us, clearly he is a man that thinks for himself, he could have caused serious harm to his companions. If God doesn’t give me some inspiration soon, I’m afraid my faith in God may waver.”
Jenny could understand how Melissa was feeling, but she didn’t want her quitting the faith over this.
(Louie shirtless in front of women…)
When the King founded the country of Ohfun, one thing was always certain, men would exercise topless to try and attract members of the opposite sex.
A strong burly figure, of course women admire this, but most women still prefer a gentler man. However, most men don’t understand this.
(When it comes to a beautiful physique, Louie clearly excels in that area.)
Jenny thought.
When Jenny was young, she always held the firm belief that a strong body was needed for fighting.
As a woman, she always maintained a well-proportioned body, using a dancing sword technique with an elegant posture, she gained the name “sword princess” through defeating opponents.
“How can you say that……?”
Jenny said to Melissa.
To qualify as a member of the clergy, you must get an evaluation from Jenny. Whether you are strong or weak, you will learn fighting skills so you can defend yourself.
In Melissa’s case, she always helped out in less physical demanding tasks. For example, she would always help out with sermons for the younger believers.
In the future, she would most likely be teaching large groups of people, but now she was too young, and she needed to learn to control her temper.
Melissa always fantasied about getting a hero, one that was perfect in every way, someone that would be worshipped like an idol. Unfortunately, such people do not exist in this world, hero’s come in all shapes and forms.
“What should I do?”
Melissa asked Jenny, with a puzzled look on her face.
“I am willing to listen to the High Priest’s instructions.”
“Rather than listen to my opinion, you should follow the mission God has given you.”
Jenny then spoke in a commanding voice.
“God has given you a mission, you were told to follow your magician hero Louie. Even though he doesn’t have the qualities of a hero yet, you should embrace your duty, not run away from it.”
After listening to Jenny, Melissa couldn’t help but feel disgusted.
Jenny knew that Melissa could endure, even if Louie didn’t have the qualities of a hero.
(Louie was always such a gentle child.)
Jenny thought, thinking about the times she spent with Louie when he was a child. 
Seeing that Melissa was trembling in front of her, she thought of some encouraging words.
“You should reach out to him, try to understand more about him from his daily life, maybe then you’ll find out if he is the hero you are meant to serve.”
“……I will.”
Even though she promised her, she couldn’t help but show that she was unhappy.
Then, she unsteadily stood up, and left the chapel.
***
“He broke his wand.”
Merrill was recounting their adventure to the information broker.
“I can’t believe a magician even did that.”
“Why not? He’s an idiot.”
Merrill laughed. She then took two steps towards Shamsul (沙姆斯).
“What do you want?”
He continued to watch her, a smile appeared on her face.
“Thanks to your lousy information, we almost ended up dead!”
The smile on her face disappeared in an instant, she was furious, but so was the broker.
“Hey! You know full well how dangerous it can be going on an adventure!”
The broker found Merrill’s expression offensive, he could only think of defending himself.
“Everyone knows it dangerous, but don’t you feel uneasy knowing this?”
Merrill’s face relaxed, she was calm once again.
“I would certainly feel uneasy.”
“Well, now that you feel that way, don’t you think you should return our money?”
He couldn’t afford to lose money, or even give it back for that matter. Unfortunately for Merrill, she was flat broke and needed the money.
“No refunds.”
After Shamsul finished, he felt a pair of small hands touching his.
“But……”
“But what?”
Little Merrill’s eye’s sparkled, she moved her face closer to Shamsul’s.
“That may apply to other people, but I am an only child. Don’t you want to help me?”
“Of course, you’re my friend after all.”
Merrill waited for an answer from the broker.
“Then……”
He started to smile.
“What’s that look supposed to mean?”
Merrill leaned back from the brokers face.
Shamsul smiled like a wild dog.
“Hey, smile for me again……”
“You’ve got to be kidding.”
Merrill cried, she then followed that with a roundhouse kick to Shamsul’s face, his body flew through the air, impacting the floor of the bar.
“Don’t be so impulsive, I was only joking.”
Shamsul staggered as he got up, as he looked at Merrill.
“You try something like that when I was being sincere, that was a bad joke.”
Merrill confidently said.
“But thanks to your joke, I’m feeling a little better.”
“That was rude……”
Shamsul patted the dust off his clothes, Merrill then sat down on a seat at the counter.
“This time you’ve really done it.”
“Well, you can’t please everyone.”
Shamsul put his elbows on the counter.
“What was your friends name again, Louie, wasn’t it?”
“What are you talking about, did you forget or something? You were the one I bought the information about him from.”
“Ah, yes, he’s the adopted son of Headmaster Carwes at the Magician’s Guild.  That guy really doesn’t behave himself, he’s got into fights with our people several times.”
“Don’t tell me you want to introduce him to the thieves’ guild?”
“Maybe, though he does have a great physique, he could become a great man…maybe even a hero one day.”
“The guy is still useless.”
Looking at his performance in their last adventure, little Merrill didn’t think Louie had what it takes to join the thieves guild.
“Anyway, I’ve got some other information about him. In fact, I forgot to tell you last time. ”
“I’m not paying.”
Merrill made this very clear, even if she wanted to buy the information, she wouldn’t be able to since she doesn’t have any money.
“Alright, I’ll give you this one for free, as well as a little gift.”
“Good, what’s the information?”
“Well……it’s related to his background. No one knows who his biological parents are.”
“Okay.”
The broker peaked the interested of Merrill.
The thieves’ guild has extensive information on everybody, they know everybody’s biological parents, except for Louie’s.
“And……”
Merrill smiled, and reached her hand out to Shamsul.
“I want to know more about that guy, Headmaster Carwes. He may be a great man, but I’m sure you’d be able to learn more about him if you got closer to him.”
“Come on.”
Shamsul said, as he put a jewel into Merrill’s hands.
(Oh, this must be worth at least 200(0) silver coins……)
As soon as Merrill had the stone in her hand, she started thinking about how much it was worth.
(Anyhow, since Louie is our travelling companion, it should be easy to glean some information from him.)
Merrill had got a task that was too simple, she liked it that way. She then put the jewel into her bag, said goodbye to Shamsul and left the underground bar.
***
“He actually broke his wand.”
After Genie finished speaking, a mocking smile was on her face.
Genie was talking to one of her former colleges from the mercenary guild. His name is Barb, he’s about thirty years old, but you wouldn’t know that by just looking at him.
“That magician is unbelievable.”
Barb said, as he drank from a glass.
“By the way, I didn’t expect you’d become a knight of the Kingdom of Ohfun?”
Barb was previously a mercenary, strictly speaking, his type of character isn’t’ generally allowed to become a knight.
Genie didn’t think he’d become a knight either.
“The Kingdom hasn’t been around that long, they had a shortage for talent. When I was in my third year as a mercenary, I did some fencing and found success.”
“Yeah, I understand.”
If Ohfun was a normal country, knights would be from the royals of the country.
However, since Ohfun was created recently, they had to choose their talent from people who might not have been eligible in another country.
“With your abilities, you’d make……”
“Women can’t become knights.”
Genie said coldly.
In the past, someone had said something similar to her. The faces of a group of men emerged in her mind, men who were of nobility, they tried everything in their power to stop her.
“Let me be very clear. I don’t have any interest in serving the royals.”
“Then what do you want to do?”
“If you’ve been listening, I’m currently and adventurer. I think I’ll continue doing that.”
“That is a possibility, but you’ve got to think about your future.”
“I was young once, but it’s too early to be worrying about what I’ll be doing when I’m old.”
“You mean you won’t become a mercenary again, not even for the Kingdom of Ohfun……?”
Currently there is no war, so any tasks a mercenary gets would be easy.
“I don’t have the motivation to fight for the kingdom, I’d rather fight monsters, mostly because it’s more interesting.”
Genie shrugged.
“Is that so?”
 Barb looked disappointed, he then stood up.
“I have to go back to the city, what about you?”
“I think I’ll wait here for my companions.”
“My house is on Mayor Street, if there’s anything you’d like to discuss, you know where to find me. Hopefully I’ll be seeing more of you…anyway, I wish you the best of luck.”
Genie saw through his words, she though they had a hidden meaning.
“Why? Is there something you want to tell me?”
Genie was being frank.
“Yes, you’re always welcome.”
“However, you’re a knight now, and you don’t even have a wife, I feel sorry for you.”
In an instant, Barb’s face became very stiff, then he smiled.
“Well, you could always take that spot.”
Barb laughed, then he said his goodbyes and left the bar.
3 – Awkward encounter
“Why are you here……”
Louie and Ila appeared in the bar wearing their casual clothes, however, when he stood in front of the three women, Louie couldn’t believe his eyes.
All of them had the same look on their face, they didn’t welcome this chance encounter.
“You! You shouldn’t be here!”
Genie said with displeasure.
Indeed, Louie visits this place regularly, the alley of Joy Street. But today he took Ila with him, it wasn’t very convenient for her to be in this place.
“Are these your companions?”
Ila said to Louie.
Louie nodded his head, he looked very troubled.
“Yeah, but they don’t seem to want me as their partner anymore.”
Ila listened to Louie’s words, she sighed, then looked at the three girls.

“Each of them is a great beauty. They are like a harem from the Kingdom of Sand and Dust.”
A harem from the Kingdom of Sand and Dust refers an elite selection of women from around the continent, they are generally used as the Kings personal concubines.  
Louie wanted to supress the screaming he held within himself, they may seem like a harem, but he thought that they were torturous demons.
If Louie said what he really wanted to say, the bar would most likely be turned into a bloodbath.
“We have somewhere to go.”
Louie whispered in Ila’s ear.
“Why? This is nothing more than a chance encounter, we shouldn’t have to go somewhere else.”
Ila quickly replied, then Genie immediately pulled a chair to their table.
“Good evening.”
Ila greeted them politely, then everyone looked at Genie. 
(This is hell……)
Louie felt himself fall into a deep sleep.
But since he was in a bar, he realized he could eat and drink.
(This is going to be boring.)
Louie walked unsteadily, he sat down on the seat between Ila and Merrill.
Everyone then began to introduce themselves, meanwhile Louie ordered some food and drink.
The atmosphere of the next forty minutes was very strange.
Louie did his best to avert the gaze of the three women, but Ila on the other hand was looking at all three of the women.
Genie had a look of displeasure on her face, they all continued to silently eat and drink, Melissa looked like she could endure the silence.
The only exception was Merrill, she had been looking for opportunities to speak, but the atmosphere was too glum. Thus, she didn’t utter a word. 
“These girls seem very quiet.”
Ila observed them for a long time, with a look of satisfaction on her face, she turned to Louie and said:
Louie didn’t answer, he didn’t’ want to be cursed by Genie for breaking the silence.
Ila started to ask about their adventures.
Genie sat in front of her, she found this a very good topic. However, when she mentioned the battle with the goblins, Louie could feel the blood surging in his body.
“A large group of goblins came at us, and in the midst of the fighting…Louie was using his wand to bash the heads of the goblins, then…”
All the women then spoke in unison.
“He broke his wand——”
“Yes.”
Louie said.
“And now he’s got to get some wood to make another one.”
Ila explained this to the three women, she had a very happy look on her face.
“His destination is the Tartious Forest, the demon forest.”
“The Tartious Forest!”
The three women repeated.
“There’s an old tree that grows somewhere deep in the forest.”
“I doubt he’ll come back alive.”
Genie mercilessly said.
“It’s suicide.”
Merrill said.
“I’m going to have a bigger headache is he does come back alive……”
Melissa said.
Louie wanted to shout at them.
“So, ah ……”
Ila said, she put her hand into her purse, and started looking for something.
She pulled out a couple of items and put them on the table.
“A flute, wooden sticks, and some cloth?”
Louie said, as he looked at the items on the table.
Everything Ila had were magical treasures, since that was her special field of study.
“This cloth is a “forest fairy cape”. If you wear it and chant the magical incantation, the cape will turn you invisible. However, there’s no way for it to stop smells and sounds from getting out from the cape, so it’s useless against animals.”
Merrill looked the most interested out of the three women, she leaned from her chair and reached for the cape.
Although Merrill and Louie were sitting right beside each other, such a move put her breasts in front of Louie’s face. Upon closer inspection, her body wasn’t fully developed yet, so her body was petite, such an image reminded Louie of the body of a fairy.
“Next is the two sticks, when you are lost in the forest, just insert one end into the ground, and throw the other in the air, then it will show you what direction your companions are in.”
Merrill looked at the sticks, and examined them closely.
“I’m not seeing any marks on these sticks, what if I accidently walked in the opposite direction?”
“Ah, you have a keen sense of observation.”
Ila then explained what would happen.
“That’s where the problem lies, if you get lost there’s a fifty percent chance that you’d head in the right direction……”
“We can’t use that thing.”
Genie said with distain.
“Cant’ you just paint some kind of marker on the sticks?”
“No. I’ve tried, it emits some faint kind of magic if someone tries to tamper with it……”
“That’s enough!”
Louie said. If Ila went on to explain all the magical treasures, then they would probably be here for a while.
Moreover, Louie wanted to prevent any needless quarrels with the three women.
“What is this flute?”
Merrill said, as she picked up the little flute.
“That’s called a Magical Flute.”
“And it does what……?”
“It summons demons.”
Ila smiled.
“It will be more effective in the Tartious forest.”
“Once you summon the demons, will they do whatever you say?”
Melissa asked.
“Nope, if it was that powerful, it would have been locked away with all the other magical treasures.”
“So, when should we use it?”
“I think you could use it when you want to practice martial arts……”
Ila said, as she nodded.
“I love to practice martial arts, like me at them!”
Louie’s mood improved, he was ecstatic now.
“Just make sure you use it when the moment is right.”
After Ila had finished speaking, she moved her hair out of the way so she could drink.
“Regardless of the matter, it could come in useful.”
“I don’t think so.”
Genie said, her face was full of disdain.
When Ila heard that, she turned to Louie and said:
“Is that right? Looks like you’re still needing a stronger partner.”
She deliberately didn’t look at Genie’s eyes, she was trying to provoke her.
Of course, it worked.
(Forgive me.)
Louie wanted to shout from the bottom of his heart.
“My special magic glasses and its last ability could come in useful.”
Although Ila wasn’t wearing those glasses now, nor would she ever use the fourth ability due to it being lethal.
“Hey, Ila, can we change the pace and continue to drink?”
Louie knew that if this continued, a bloodbath would ensue.
“What? Don’t tell me you wanted to go somewhere else alone with me?”
Louie wanted to say something that would derail this provocative conversation, he didn’t want to tangle with Genie on a day like this.
So Louie just smiled, he then forced Ila off her chair.
Ila was very fit, but she started enthusiastically holding Louie’s arm.
Louie pretended that nothing happened, he said his goodbyes then left, taking Ila away from the bar with him.
4 – A change of heart
“Well, that wasn’t fun.”
After Louie had gone, it took a while before Merrill said anything.
“Obviously.”
“It was boring.”
Melissa agreed with them.
“The nerve of that women, how dare she insinuate that we need a stronger companion! If I ever meet her on the road I’ll…”
Merrill moved her fingers across her throat.
“It’s his fault that his wand broke, it’s not our responsibility to fix it.”
“That women is also an idiot, is she trying to cause more problems between us and Louie? I don’t know, but I get a weird feeling from her.”
Then, the three women cursed Ila’s name. And then they cursed Louie’s name, and sighed deeply.
Now the three women’s throats were dry, due to the excessive cursing.
“……Those two, they must think the Tartious forest poses no threat.”
Merrill said to herself, as she finished her drink.
“Even the hunters only go to the edge of the forest, they are afraid of going any deeper. Anyway, I heard a rumour that there’s some ruins of the ancient kingdom deep in the forest, but adventures don’t dare to go there.”
“But then again, he’s just not anymore ordinary person.”
Genie said, then they all began to think about Louie.
“Do you think he’s actually going?”
Merrill murmured.
(No wonder the broker Shamsul payed special attention to him.)
“What if he actually becomes a hero……”
Melissa staggered as she remembered the revelation from her God.
The three women then looked at each other and sighed.
“This is boring.”
They all said at the same time.
“Hey, ladies, looks like your all in a bad mood. Why don’t you drink with us?”
Two drunken men said, as they approached them.
At that moment, Genie decided to vent out her anger on them.
“You’ve got to be kidding!”
Tables were overturned and glasses were sent into the air.
The bar was turned into a battlefield.
***
The next day——
Ila and Louie are walking down South Street.
He stressed to Ila that he didn’t want to walk with her, but she insisted.
Of course, Ila brought her magical treasures with her.
After walking for a while, they discover the three women in front of them.
“Hey!”
Merrill greeted them.
“What brings you here?”
Louie stood still for a moment, it was like he had seen a ghost.
“After you left, we got into a fight at the bar.”
“A fight?”
“Yeah, it was just some riff-raff so we’re okay.”
Although Merrill was a lovely little girl, Louie sensed something was off about her.
“Actually, we were looking for you.”
“For me?”
“Yeah, we want to go with you.”
Louie never thought he’d hear those words.
“If you two go alone, there’s no way you’d make it back alive.”
“If something happened, I wouldn’t be able to fulfil my obligations to my faith.”
Melissa said, looking to distant hills.
“We were also looking for a certain troublesome magician.”
Genie said.
(I never expected such kindness from them.)
Then Louie thought that they would be asking for favours as compensation.
However, he knew this was a good thing. Because he has heard all kinds of stories about the Tartious forest, and none of them good, so more people in his party is better.
But, there was a problem……
Louie looked to Ila, who was wearing the magic glasses.
“Isn’t this great?”
Ila smiled, and began to talk.
“Since they are willing to go with you, you won’t be needing my help. Anyway, I’ll head back to the Magicians Guild and prepare for you guys coming back.”
Ila put a bag on Louie’s back, then waved goodbye.
“The material needed for the creation of a new wand doesn’t necessarily have to be a big stick, twigs and branches can be used. But still, ancient oak is the best thing to make a wand with.”
Ila then turned and left, Louie stared blankly as she walked away.
“Don’t go!”
Genie then spoke with an impatient voice.
“Let’s get there and back again, before we change our minds.”
Merrill started laughing.
Melissa didn’t speak, she didn’t even look Louie in the eyes.
“Alright.”
Louie replied, and then all of them followed Genie out of the city.

With the warm sun on their back, they headed towards the Tartious forest. 

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 03 – Spectre, Sleeping on My Chest – Chapter 3 – Stupid Rumours

Chapter 3 – Stupid Rumours
Orphen felt desperate——the is what he felt like as he patrolled the messy room. The wardrobe was twisted beyond recognition, wax from the candlestick was all over the floor, the iron that held the bed together was bent, a burning smell came from the wallpaper, and Vulcan had kicked in the door. The compensation that would have to be payed would be extraordinary, he didn’t want to know the exact amount. Orphen had more important things to deal with, even if he wanted to leave, he had a plan ready.
The day after, Orphen was brought to the local Police for interrogation.
 “What a disaster. Ahem, how much compensation can you pay?”
“Ah?”
Orphen was confused. Because he knew the amount would be extraordinary,
(He asked me how much? Does he even know if I can pay?)
Orphen was surprised, he then tried to talk as calmly as he could.
“Well, I’m not too familiar with that kind of thing. What was it priced on the market?”
“Market…price?”
The old white haired officer slightly moved his skinny lips. He was wearing a brown vest, and had the face of a kind old man. In the corner of the cramped office there was a coat hanger, a large wide brim hat sat on top. The only furniture was a small wooden table, the man put his old thin elbows on the table, his lacklustre eyes staring at Orphen.
“Three years ago, a woman staying in that room awakened a ghost.”
Orphen crossed his arms, and suddenly thought——
(That man, he said Fonogorosu……)
This whole ordeal requires a detailed investigation. But who should he ask?
After what happened last night, there was an official investigation into the disturbance. Knowing this, Orphen wondered if they would dig up any worth information.
Exiting the police station, he saw Majic squatting on the side of the road, he looked very happy to see him.
“Master!”
Orphen waved as he ran towards his student.
“I told you to wait at the hotel. Did something happen?”
“No, it’s just——“
Majic’s eyes blinked with hesitation.
“We……simply can’t stay there.”
“…………?”
Majic sighed.
“While you were away, that person called Hirietta went to get something to eat in the hotel……and then——”
“What happened?”
“Cleo was there, she was sitting at a table. I don’t know if they said anything, but both of them were staring at each other.”
“This is just great.”
Orphen and Majic simultaneously sighed.
Last night in the hotel, it was extraordinarily quiet. After what happened, they had boarded up the broken window and wall with wood. Other than that, it was the same as the day before.
The entrance of the hotels eating area was pushed open, the air was quiet and cold. In the middle of the room was a table, Hirietta with her full body leather outfit was staring into Cleo’s eyes. She looked angry, so did Cleo, but oddly her cheeks looked a little swollen. She was wearing a shirt, the buttons were out of place, there was a knocked over chair lying on the floor——if Orphen didn’t know any better, they had a catfight.
After Orphen opened the door, Hirietta gently smiled. As for Cleo, her body didn’t move, her blond hair was obscuring her injury.
“I want to——”  
Just as Orphen spoke, Cleo kicked the foot of her chair and knocked it over as she stood up. Her face contorted as she angrily shouted at him.
“Idiot!”
She then turned to head upstairs. Orphen watched her every move, until she disappeared from his view. Behind him, Majic quietly said: 
“I’ve never seen her so angry. Have you, Master?”
“Oh, really?”
Hirietta spoke——as she touched a black scabbard beside her right leg.
“What do you mean by that?”
Orphen said, as he slowly approached the table.
Hirietta didn’t look at him.
“I think that kid has the right to know. You still haven’t told her the truth, right?”
Orphen picked up the chair Cleo kicked over, he then sat down. Hirietta went on to say:
“I told her, that I was a professional anti-sorcerer assassin, and that I was hired to kill you. You should have seen the look on her face.”
When Majic heard those words, he took a few steps backward, bumping into a table behind him.
“One thing lead to another and I hit her, you’re lucky that’s all I did.”
“You shouldn’t have done that, it was my call to make.”
Orphen said, Hirietta simply laughed.
“How can a first-class black sorcerer be worried about a little girl, it’s very unbecoming of one such as yourself.”
Orphen then looked over to Majic.
“Go upstairs. Tell her not to worry.”
Immediately, Majic raised his hand and said:
“B-But Master, I can’t do that!”
“I’ll owe you one.”
Orphen winked at him, and said:
“It’s far too dangerous for her to be left alone, that spirit that attacked last night could come back.”
“……She’s still upset, I don’t know if I’ll be able to calm her down.”
Majic whined, as he went upstairs. Orphen and Hirietta went into the kitchen, since it was morning, the fires weren’t lit, and it was a little dark.
“I just want to ask you one thing.”
“What is it?”
Orphen said, as he leaned backwards.
“Are you an enemy……or friend?”
“Can’t you distinguish from friend and foe?”
She jokingly said.
“Okay, I’m not an enemy. Though if there’s a ploy against you, I’ll provide you the necessary information.”
“Well then, out with it.”
“You’re really impatient. Don’t you want to talk some more?”
“No.”
“What’s wrong, didn’t you enjoy that passionate kiss yesterday?”
“Enough flirting. Let’s get down to business.”
Hirietta put her elbows down on an old mottled table.
“Alright……I hope you’re still willing to meet my client.”
“How do I know I can trust you?”
“Fine. If you don’t trust me then you can forget about it.”
Listening to her, Orphen wanted to say something sarcastic, but then he remembered something. When he looked at her, he thought of the name Foolish Dog Hirietta, he had heard all kinds of rumours about her, he didn’t know what to believe.
“By the way, you should know this about my client. He’s dead, he’s been dead for a long time, and I was the one who killed him. But he still exists……in this village.”
***
“He’s such an idiot!”
In the back room, Cleo was angrily shouting, she took a pillow from the bed, threw it into the air, and kicked it. The room was unlike any other, mostly because it had no wallpaper and it was a mess.
Cleo then picked up the pillow, sat on it and started staring at the wall.
“You idiot……of all the people to engage with!”
Outside the window came a cry.
“All right, we’re all done!”
It was the voice of Vulcan. Cleo’s eyebrows move a little, she calmed herself down and went towards the window. Putting her hands on the windowsill, she could see Vulcan standing under the window. From Cleo’s position you could only see his head, from the sound of his voice, it seemed he was in a good mood. Behind Vulcan was Dortin, he didn’t look like he was having fun.
Cleo didn’t know much about Vulcan and Dortin, all she knew was that they owed Orphen money.
Five children stood in front of Vulcan, they looked around ten years old.
“Okay! It’s time for all of you to join and run my new commerce guild! Fear will keep you together!”
Without looking behind him, Vulcan took Dortin’s sword and pointed it into the air.


“Times are tough, but we’ve got to make a living somehow!”
Cleo put her hand over her mouth, she almost busted out laughing. The little children winked to each other, as Vulcan was giving his speech.
“Those who suffocate easily from sweeping chimneys are excluded from the group! Everyone must be careful not to get sick, and——”
Cleo closed the window.
“Those guys sure do like to have a good time.”
(But then again, I can kind of relate……)
She wondered when she began to change——even since she left home, she could feel something eating away at her, she couldn’t help but just worry about it. 
(When did it all start to go wrong……)
She thought, as she looked at the celling.
(I know Orphen is technically my guardian while travelling, after all, I am a minor. I just feel like he won’t let me bear some of the responsibilities…)
She then spoke:
“As long as Orphen agrees, I could be a competent partner, helping him out with his work.”
Tap, tap, someone knocked on the door.
“Cleo, it’s me……can I come in?”
“Yeah.”
When the door opened, it was Majic who entered. Cleo was slightly disappointed.
(I thought it would be him……)
Cleo’s heartbeat intensified, a jealous flame arose in her eyes.
(That idiot, how dare he look down upon me! This is all because I can’t learn magic.”
The blonde girl gave Majic a sharp look, he was frozen with fear.
***
“……This is troublesome.”
A few kilometres away from the village in the forest, a man whispered. He looked around 30, he had unkempt hair and a stubble. He was wearing combat fatigues——hidden behind his clothing was a chain that was specifically used to deal with sorcerers, around his waist was a knife. He pulled out the knife and examined it, it reminded himself of how many times he’d been scarred by knives.
However, this wasn’t the one man in the area, several men approached him from behind——their ages and uniforms were not consistent, it was clear this was a gathering of assassins. One of them replied:
“……What’s the matter, Mr. Kozen?”
“The other party failed to assassinate the target. We must remain vigilant, we’ve got to wait for the proper time to attack. But first, we’ve got to find his whereabouts, it shouldn’t be hard.” 
“Indeed……though he is from the Tower of Fang, so——”
Another assassin timidly said.
“Are you saying the other’s asked for it?”
“Well, it seems apparent.”
“I admit that sorcerer is a crafty man.”
Kozen put his hand on his chin, and pulled a hair off.
“Listen, he may be from the Tower of Fang, but that doesn’t mean you should believe every rumour you hear about him. I don’t believe he’s as powerful as they say. After all, he’s got such a silly name——Orphen, what a terrible pun.”
“Even so, to deal with an enemy like him……”
“Enough. No matter how powerful he is, he’s too young to have perfected his combat skills. His lack of courage and experience will be his downfall.”
One of the men with long hair looked at his right arm, it was wrapped in bandages. He was knocked out of the tree by Orphen, he saw him interrogate his comrades. He didn’t agree with the others.
“You didn’t see him last night, he——”
The long haired man half finished his sentence, he suddenly started having a spasm.
“————?”
All the people around him watched in amazement. They saw the long haired man’s eyes widen, he acted like a ventriloquist’s doll.
“Ah——ah——”
His hands went to his throat, as he said:
“I——find——the——”
It was an unusual situation, but the assassin’s reaction was very fast. Kozen stuck out his hand and said:
“Open!”
A sharp whirlwind struck the man, it opened up a large wound from left shoulder to his right abdomen. A large amount of blood shot out from the opening, enough to fill a bucket. Then, the man stumbled to the ground, he wasn’t getting up again.
Then……from his wound, what looked like a black fog, crawled out of his corpse——it slowly started to take human form.
“What the hell?”
A slender assassin cried out. A knife trembling in his hand, as he stared into the black void.
“Finally——I’ve——found you——Fonogorosu!”
“F-Fono?”
Kozen was baffled.
“Fonogorosu——the debt——must be——repaid!”
Begone!”
Kozen desperately shouted the incantation. He stretched forth his hand, and lighting flew straight towards the foggy figure, it disrupted the black mist for a moment, but after a few seconds, it reformed itself.
“Damn it——”
“It’s a ghost!”
An assassin shouted. Then——
“Ah……?”
The slender man uttered. He looked down at his chest, he could see blood all over his torso. At the same time, other shouts rang out.
“It hurts!”
Men were falling to the ground, some guy’s ankle disappeared, everyone was terrified.
“What the hell is going on?”
Men were covered in blood, nobody knew what was happening.
Kozen looked around, everyone was scared.
In this situation, magic was useless.
“It’s not a ghost, it’s——”
Turning around to the few that were remaining, he shouted:
“It’s a monster!”
It was useless, they were all dead quiet, and they were standing still. Then he noticed he, there was some type of corrosive acid burning away at their heads, one guy had half a head left.
“Damn it!”


Kozen ran away as fast as he could. Behind him, he could hear the falling of men, and the slicing of feet.