5 Advanced Chapters
“He’s looking for the succubus himself…?”
Adelaide pushed him away and answered in a bewildered voice.
What the hell do you mean he’s looking for a succubus? Usually, succubi belonged to the Association and lived in the dormitory they provided. There were succubi who lived in dungeons like Adelaide, but not many. Usually, contracts with dungeons were also made through the Association, and in those cases, the lodging and meals were provided by the Association. This was because staying in a separate dungeon could be dangerous in many ways.
So Adelaide thought that the adventurer would not have a hard time looking for the succubus. How likely was it that the succubus he was looking for was a demon working in a dungeon without the protection of the Association?
However, the information brought by Caladium pointed to possibilities that Adelaide did not think of.
“What do you mean by himself? Are you saying that he’s searching dungeons without other adventurers?”
“There’s that, too.”
Caladium peeked at her expression. She had her eyes wide open and looked very anxious. He didn’t want to make her more uneasy, but he was compelled to pass on the information, so he told her as carefully as possible.
“I feel like he’s wandering around the Demon Realm. So, outside of Mediar.”
Despite his efforts, Adelaide could not help but be surprised. Her jaw was hanging.
“That’s… can he?”
No matter how great an adventurer was, humans were humans. It would not be easy to endure the thick demonic energy let alone demonstrate his skills properly. It was for the same reason that adventurers did not leave the Mediar area.
“It’s not impossible if he was that strong. It was also like that hundreds of years ago. Before dungeons operated as they do now… It was for the same reason that adventurers did not leave Mediar.” Caladium answered.
Mediar fell into the hands of humans before he was born, so he also did not know the truth of it all. He said yes because he had heard the story in the past.
He was then interrupted by the devil who had experienced the events from that time.
“At that time, the demonic energy in the air was lighter than it is now. The demon population itself was small, so the energy was certainly weak.”
It was Lisianthus, who was wearing navy blue checkered pajamas. “Your taste is consistent.” Caladium murmured.
“Lisian, you haven’t slept yet?”
“I woke up.”
“I heard a sound.” Lisianthus answered. He had just woken up, so his voice was particularly hoarse.
Adelaide looked apologetic. She intended to be as quiet as possible because she knew that a devil’s hearing was good, but she didn’t realize it was this good. When Lisianthus read her expression, he smiled slyly which seemed to convey that she need not worry. He went on and explained.
“Even at the time when the magic was light, there were not many adventurers who could cross Dathanos and come to Belial. Even if they came over, most of them would battle the Demon King in groups. However, as far as I know…”
Lisianthus glanced away and glared at Caladium. He wanted to tell Adelaide tomorrow because he was worried that she might not be able to sleep, but that punk was of no help again.
“They said that the adventurer was alone.”
“Alone? He’s that strong?” Hic. Adelaide gasped in surprise. Her pink eyes trembled violently.
Her worries flooded in. It wasn’t due to concern for her own safety. She had Lisianthus and Caladium, so she had nothing to worry about. The only thing she was worried about was the fact that other succubi could be in danger.
‘Of all things, why a succubus?’
Succubi were ignored everywhere. Will other demons pay attention to their safety? Having spent a long time in the Association in Belial, she didn’t have much trust.
‘Will Pippa be okay?’
Penelope, her most precious friend. A being who she met and had cared for her during her most difficult times.
Penelope’s appearance was far from the succubus that the adventurer was looking for. However, as long as he continued to scour the Demon Realm in search of that succubus, she would not be at ease. Her heart began to pound as the thought of Penelope being in danger ran through her mind.
Adelaide bit her lip. Blood oozed out from her rather strong bite. Lisianthus comforted her with a sympathetic face, as if it was his own lip that was hurting.
“Don’t worry too much, Master. There was no news of a succubus being captured by him yet.”
“It’s late, so go to bed first. I will confirm the information as soon as we hear news about him. If you are concerned, you can write a letter tomorrow.”
“Yes, I should.”
“It will be fine.”
Hearing his soft voice calmed her down a little.
‘Yes, everything will be fine since Lisianthus said it would be. Moreover, Penelope is a very strong demon, and Maximilian is there too… Yes, it will be fine.’ Adelaide repeatedly convinced herself.
It was Caladium who was more anxious at her worried appearance. ‘I shouldn’t have brought it up.’ He scratched the back of his head and briefly regretted it.
Just before Adelaide entered her room, Caladium carefully called out to her. When she turned around, he said with a slight smirk on his face.
“That… I don’t know who she is, but if you’re really worried, I’ll go and check on her. Whether it be in Belial or anywhere.”
Comfort was not his area of expertise. ‘Why is it so difficult? The manager b*stard is doing well!’ Caladium clicked his tongue.
“So, don’t worry too much.”
“Thank you, Caladi.”
Adelaide smiled softly. His tone was awkward, but his heart was well communicated. He was so busy with his work these days that she was just grateful to hear him say that.
But despite his consolation, Adelaide could not sleep that night. Whenever she would fall asleep, ominous dreams woke her up. Although she was not the type to worry, as long as the demons precious to her were involved, she could not relax.
The next day.
Her anxiety suddenly became a reality.
With a sharp sound, the glass in Adelaide’s hand was broken into pieces and scattered on the floor.
“Adele! Are you okay?”
Lisianthus quickly examined her hand. His well-groomed eyebrows twitched wildly as he saw the bright red drops of blood running down her white fingers.
“Pia, treat her—”
Adelaide interrupted him. Her pink pupils quivered. Lisianthus lowered his gaze and looked at what she was reading. It was the Dungeon Newspaper that was delivered this morning.
“The Legend, the Association, attacked.”
Her lips shook and could barely speak. Her eyes were fixated on the newspaper.
<「[Breaking News] ‘Legend’, Succubi Association Attacked!」
A ‘legendary’ level adventurer who appeared like a comet a while ago and took the top spot in the adventurer rankings attacked the Succubi Alliance early this morning. The coalition that was attacked was the ‘Gyrus Association’, a small Association based in Dathanos. With this attack, rumors that the ‘Legend’ was wandering around the Demon Realm without going through dungeons turned out to be true.
There were many casualties, but strangely, there were no dead demons among the succubi belonging to the victims’ Association. The succubi involved unitedly said, “The Legend didn’t attack much. He just checked each one’s faces and left after asking a few questions. It looked like he was looking for a succubus with black hair and pink eyes. Fortunately, there were no demons like that among us, so we were able to keep our lives.”
After reading the article, Adelaide took a deep breath. It was not Morpheus who was attacked. No succubi were injured. After checking this, her tension was relieved. She then felt the pain in her fingers.
“Adelaide, it will sting for a while.”
Pia quickly approached and unleashed her healing powers. Adelaide looked at the newspaper again. An interview with a member of the victims’ Association continued.
<Go Il: Is it true that the ‘Legend’ left only after seeing your faces?
Ms. A: It’s true. After checking all the faces of the succubi present, he asked a few questions and left.
Go Il: What kind of questions?
Ms. A: Do you know of a succubus with black hair and pink eyes? He also asked if there was such a demon in our Association. Of course we said no. There really wasn’t.
Go Il: Why was he looking for that succubus?
Ms. A: He did not explain the reason. But it certainly didn’t seem like he had a good purpose. His eyes were full of hatred.
Go-Il: What did the ‘Legend’ look like?
Mr. A: He’s just as rumored. He had black hair, blue eyes, and was incredibly handsome. Enough to compete with an incubus. He made me feel… (omitted). Oh, and he was a swordsman. He didn’t have big muscles for a swordsman, but his body was still amazing.>
“What the, why are you praising the looks of an adventurer?”
Caladium clicked his tongue and sat down next to Adelaide. Then he continued with a light smile.
“That legendary guy, seeing that he didn’t harm other succubi, I don’t think he’s the type to just kill. The damage is small compared to his strength.”
He turned the newspaper to the next page.
“The demon you are worried about, does she have black hair and pink eyes like you?”
“…No. That’s not it.”
“Then don’t worry. He seems to have a clear purpose so he won’t bother attacking other demons. Unless the demons attack first.”
“I know because I’ve fought a lot of adventurers.” Caladium added playfully.
Adelaide nodded her head slowly. Then, with an impatient voice, she began to speak.
“I want to go to Belial… ”
“That’s not possible.”
Lisianthus answered firmly.
“Master’s appearance is an exact match to who he is looking for. I’ve heard that Belial’s response to succubi who looked like that wasn’t good. Master and her friend could be at risk.”
Adelaide bit her lip. He was right. If she went there, she would only endanger Penelope. In the first place, she wasn’t strong enough to face such a legendary adventurer. But even knowing that, she couldn’t help but worry.
“Why don’t you just invite your friend?”
“Yes. I’ll try…”
Adelaide added a few lines to the letter she had already written. She told her to come to Greenville and hide, just for a little while. But since she had known her for decades, she could already foresee Penelope refusing. She would say that she couldn’t be indebted to her friend, and that she would overcome it alone. She was that type of demon.
`It’s okay… Miss Maximilian is smart and takes good care of her affiliates.’
Knowing that Morpheus could also be attacked, she must have prepared a countermeasure. She also had a connection with the Demon King, so she might get some help from there. Adelaide relied on this faint glimmer of hope.
But unfortunately, things got worse.