Chapter 22.1 : Goddess’s Holiday
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◆Goddess of Wisdom and Victory, Rena
That is the name of the fake goddess made with my hair as the material. In short, my clone.
If you ask why I know about her existence, the very reason was the person herself. Though it’s not like Modes was trying to hide her.
Though I don’t know the reason, someday she just appeared in my dream with me seeing her point of view.
Maybe because she is my clone.
Moreover, though I can get any information from her, she can’t do the same thing to me. Maybe that’s the distinguishing attribute between the original and the copy. It seems Mona doesn’t know that I can get information from her.
Thus, I know information about Nargol first hand while still remaining in Elios.
But then, I also come to know about information that I don’t want to know.
To make things worse, I am forced to see Mona and Modes having a s#x EVERY NIGHT. For some reason, I have to see the naked body of that ugly Modes even inside my dream; to be honest, it’s a nightmare to me. Why did it turn this way…
That’s why I summoned Reiji to defeat Modes.
But, my plan derailed since Modes also summoned Diehart.
Though I have consulted Casa, the goddess with the power to see the future, as to whether I can do something about Diehart, the result was nil. Casa’s power only enabled her to see a certain future amongst countless futures, so strictly speaking, she could only see into the future instead of predicting the future.
She can’t see the future that won’t happen or a future that doesn’t exist. Moreover, the ability itself is unstable and dangerous. That’s why I couldn’t rely on Casa beyond this.
I have no choice but to do this myself.
But, I only know the information about Nargol that Mona knows. It seems Modes doesn’t talk about too many things with Mona. Sometimes, the information was also unreliable.
The matter about Diehart’s summoning is also something that’s unknown to Mona until the very last minute. This is not because Modes didn’t trust Mona, he only wanted to find peace and comfort from Mona and didn’t intend to tell her about the problems in Nargol.
But, sometimes he informs her about some important information.
Thus, I knew the information about Diehart heading for the place of the silver holy dragon king to gain the ingredient to make my clone.
Thus, I decided to foil their plan.
But, Diehart is too powerful. It will be difficult to stop him with just me and my war maiden(Valkyrie) squad that’s composed of my subordinate female angels.
Their combat power is even weaker than the chivalric order of holy knights. Thus, I’m sure that they aren’t a match for Diehart who annihilated those holy knights.
That’s why I used Reiji.
That is the base of my plan.
I’m erecting a barrier at the entrance of the cave where the holy dragon king reside. This barrier will notify us when Diehart enters the cave.
And then, after Diehart trims the horn of the holy dragon king.
He’ll be stopped by Reiji when he comes out from the cave.
And then, my war maidens will snatch the horn while he’s distracted by them.
The bell that I gave to Reiji is to let them move toward the cave as soon as the bell notifies them about Diehart.
And then, when I received contact from a scouting war maiden that Diehart had already arrived at Rox kingdom, we came in a hurry to this land via a flying ship.
But then, though I contacted them yesterday, they just came today. I wonder what they did during that time.
Knowing their power, they should be able to come way faster than this.
Reiji aside, the people who came with him from another world are also powerful. To be honest, their powers rival the divine beings of Elios.
They’re treated as humans for the time being. But then, I’m pondering whether it’s okay to treat them the same way as humans.
Currently, they’re not treated as divine beings. Speaking of god, one isn’t a god unless one is nominated by the divine beings of Elios. One also won’t be treated as a divine being without the consent of the other gods of Elios.
And they won’t be treated as a superior race such as angel race or elven race since they have no special characteristics of those two races. That’s why, in the end, there’s no choice but to treat them in the same way as humans, a lower race. They have god-like power and yet they are humans. There was a time when we were troubled about how to treat them.
Now, I’m pondering about the reason for their tardiness. It might be due to Chiyuki. She opposed the idea of having Reiji fight against Diehart. Thus, I’m sure that she deliberately delayed their arrival.
I’ll be the one in trouble if they’re not going to clash. Otherwise, for what reason did I summon them, then?
If she becomes a hindrance, I have no choice but to use this…. I take a small bottle from my bosom.
The person who drinks this potion will fall in love with anyone they saw first. The magic potion has been further strengthened to an absurd level with charm magic. I will make Chiyuki drink this.
This is an extremely dangerous potion which will turn anyone who drinks this potion into a slave.
Though ruling magic should be enough in the case of a slave, the ability of the other party who becomes the target of this ruling magic is lowered as compensation… Though I want to use this magic, I don’t want to lower her ability.
But, this potion makes it possible for someone to rule over another without lowering the target’s ability.
And then, this potion was the potion that I was about to use on Reiji when I summoned him. It’s because the summoned target doesn’t necessarily act according to the will of the summoner.
Therefore, I prepared this potion in case things didn’t pan out as I wished.
But, I never had the chance to use this potion, since Reiji easily accepted my request. I guess I should have use this potion on Chiyuki from the very beginning.
But, there’s a restriction in the effect of this potion.
First, in regard to the target who drinks this potion, the other party must have some sort of affection toward the other party who they saw first. The magic potion will lose its effect if the other party’s race traits are too far apart. For example, a monkey who drank this potion won’t fall in love with a dog even if they saw a dog. Though it’ll be a different story if that monkey has some sort of strange tendencies. And then, even if both are of the same race, the effect will be greatly weakened if the target seen was extremely far apart from the preferences of the target. However, they’ll become good friends.
That should be enough in case I stealthily make Chiyuki to drink this. In short, it’s fine as long as she isn’t stopping Reiji from abiding my request.
Second, this potion will lose its effect in case the target is completely in love with another party. In short, this potion is ineffective after the the target drinks it once. At the same time, it will stop someone from loving a different person. It’s ineffective to someone who exists to love something from the very beginning or a familiar who exists to love their master due to the similar nature of love.
And, the effect of this potion varies depending on the magic resistance of the target and the quantity of the potion drank by them. The potion will lose its effect if a target with powerful resistance only drinks a small dose of the potion.
I wonder how much I should feed this potion to Chiyuki. The potion in my hand right now is an especially powerful magic potion, after all. One drop should be enough to make a normal human to love someone forever.
Then what dose should I use against a target whose magic resistance rivals those of divine beings?
This is the first and the last magic potion I can get my hands on. This potion is banned goods in Elios due to its extremely dangerous effect, after all.
Since the effect of this potion can’t be cancelled from outside once the target ingests it. One has to rely on their own magic resistance to cancel the effect of this potion.
Things won’t just end with banishment if it’s known that a divine being used this potion on their fellow divine beings of Elios. That’s just how dangerous this potion is.
It’s unknown how effective this magic potion is to someone who has magic resistant as powerful as the general populace of divine beings of Elios, since it’s never been used on any divine being.
The clash between Reiji and Diehart is a must.
I definitely mustn’t let him to cut the horn of the holy dragon king.
But then, Diehart isn’t making his move so soon. It seems he’s yet to cut the horn despite already having arrived in this kingdom. Though Reiji-tachi was late according to the schedule, they’re still not late due to the current circumstances.
But then, I couldn’t determine where Diehart is hiding right now.
My subordinate war maidens aren’t too skilled in tracking. Thus, they’re not a good choice for scouting.
Since they’re standing by in a flying ship in stealth at a different place in order to be not noticed by Diehart, I don’t know what should I do right now.
That’s why I’m sneaking alone into the Rox kingdom to scout the situation and make Chiyuki drink this potion.
Though my war maidens wanted to go along with me, it won’t be covert if I were moving along with them. Thus, I came alone. This way is at least inconspicuous than moving with them.
Though I’m not that skilfull in covert action, at least I won’t be found out by humans easily.
The problem is Diehart; I don’t know how powerful his detection ability is. He might be able to discover me with ease if his detection ability is as powerful as Reiji’s comrade, Nao.
In fact, even if his detection ability isn’t as powerful as Nao’s, he can still easily find my location with detection ability if it’s around Kaya’s or Shirone’s level. My invisibility magic isn’t that powerful.
Thus, I embarked on my journey to Rox kingdom while filled with such anxiety.
I went toward the direction from which I could sense the bell I gave to Reiji.
But then, someone is standing on my way.
I was quite surprised when seeing this person’s face.
Previously, I saw his face in the temple.
His two quartz-like pupils which adorned his well-ordered and slender face along with that black hair isn’t something that I can forget.
The person standing before me is Diehart.
No way, to think that he can so easily find my location.
「It’s been a while, goddess Rena」
Diehart sent his greetings to me.
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◆ Black-haired Sage, Chiyuki
The hot spring of the mansion is wide and comfy.
Though Kaya only managed to gain a relatively small hot spring establishment, it’s still on the scale where more than a few people can enter into the hot spring and there’re just six of us. Even with that, it’s wide enough for us to swim in it.
「What’s the matter, Nao?」
Nao is glaring at me as the six of us immerse ourselves in the hot spring.
「I just think that your hair is so pretty, Chiyuki-san」
「I see, thank you」
This is not the first time someone praised me for my hair. But, it doesn’t feel bad no matter how much someone praises my hair.
On the other hand, it then came to me that my hair is the only thing ever praised by someone.
「As expected of the only thing which made you famous as black-haired sage」
Black-haired sage is my nickname. And I’m not the only one who has such a nickname.
Shirone is ‘maiden of sword’ and Rino is ‘fairy dancer’.
Those two are also currently immersed within the hot spring. Those two give different kinds of aura when they let down their hair. There’s tinge of pink in their white skin.
When I look at them, they come to my side, too.
「Hey, what are you guys talking about? 」
Rino is butting into our conversation.
「We were talking about Chiyuki-san’s beautiful hair」
「Yes, Chiyuki-san’s hair is really pretty. It makes me so jealous」
「Come to think of it, Shirone-san’s hair is pretty too」
I shift my gaze toward Shirone’s hair. She has currently let her usual ponytail loose.
「Agreed. Her ponytail flutters around so beautifully, especially when she swings her sword. As expected from the sword maiden」
Shirone is blushing lightly after Nao praised about her hair.
「Sword maiden huh…. What a good name」
Rino is burning with envy.
「Ara, I think Rino’s fairy dancer is nice, you see」
「YUP!! Shirone-san and Rino-cchi have cool nicknames. I want one too….」
As a matter of fact, Nao has no nickname. I definitely won’t tell her the fact that she is nicknamed feral child back in our world.
「It’s good, isn’t it? At least it’s better than having a strange name attached to you」
Rino is looking at the two from a slightly distant place.
Then, there’s Kaya and Kyouka.
Kyouka’s nickname is exploding princess. It’s a nickname she got after she used explosion magic in the middle of the city. The person herself hates this nickname.
Nao agrees to her response.
「Speaking of nicknames, where is our white saint and hero of light right now? 」
Rino asks about the whereabouts of the two who aren’t here right now.
「Our white saint is preparing for dinner」
The one called white saint is Sahoko. We decided to let Sahoko handled the meal since this mansion only has a few maids currently. Moreover, I heard that the royal chef of the Rox royal palace also came over to help her.
Sahoko and Kaya are the only ones who can cook amongst us.