V7 Chapter 9. Demon Lord Subjugation

 

 

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Translator: Eternia

Editor: Vakkerbela

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Gorius beheld an unbelievable sight.

The metal giant that had descended from the sky was staring down at the Demon Lord.

It was made of various precious metals that only appeared in legends and myths, making Gorius wonder how the materials were even collected.

There was little room to doubt that this metal giant was at a higher level of existence than itself.

Furthermore, this lump of metal seemed very much alive, almost as if it had a will of its own, and it was watching over Liam, who was its master.

Gorius knew instinctively that it would lose if it challenged the metal giant.

It knew that it would be extinguished, never to be revived again.

Heck, even if it did manage to revive, Gorius wasn’t confident of winning the next time.

But enough about the giant.

What Gorius refused to believe, or at least what it didn’t wish to believe, was the nature of Liam’s sword.

(N-no way. That weapon. A weapon like that shouldn’t be allowed to exist!)

Its fear stemmed from a certain type of metal mixed in with the sword.

Said metal was much like gold, but beyond that of gold—it was a type of metal that should not have existed in this world.

At the very least, Gorius didn’t want to be at the receiving end of a sword that contained this metal.

It was like having a nuclear missile aimed at an ant.

The term “overkill” would be an understatement.

The biggest problem, however, had to do with Liam.

(What’s up with this guy!?)

He rambled on about how humans were the root of all evil and how he was an evil being himself, but behind him stood the shadows of tens of billions that were supportive of Liam.

Prayers from those that had once received his help shone like gold particles as they blessed him with strength.

A sacred force was protecting him, and he was subconsciously drawing out and manipulating some of its power.

The sacred weapon in his hand was acting as a catalyst and empowering him.

(He’s not a human.)

Gorius had never encountered a human like this before. It was its first time facing someone far superior to itself.

It wasn’t just the living.

Even the dead and the stars above were backing Liam.

He was being showered by divine light, and when he drew his dangerous-looking sword, it appeared as if the blade shone gold.

Although the light was harmless to Liam and the others, it was a big threat against Gorius.

In fact, Gorius could feel its existence fading out because of the blinding light.

“—Evil? You must mean—”

Before it could finish its sentence, however, Liam swung his sword, having grown tired of listening to Gorius.

“Zip it. Our conversation here is over.”

With that sword swing, even the evil aura surrounding the Demon Lord’s castle was blown away and purified.

Liam did not wish for its revival, so he had completely erased Gorius from the world.

I’ve just eliminated a Demon Lord wannabe.

“—To think I’d be forced to use my favorite sword against a small fry.”

Although it declared itself to be a Demon Lord, it was quite weak, so weak in fact that I’m ashamed that I had to pull out my trump card.

“An existence that couldn’t be cut down…”

I’ve heard of enemies that can’t be dealt with through physical or magical means, but they can be easily eliminated by machines that are found in interstellar nations.

But that won’t do.

I must find a way to deal with them even if I’m by myself.

“How can I slice something that can’t be sliced—”

Ellen jumps down from the sky just as I’m contemplating this question.

“Master!”

She’s crying her eyes out with a runny nose.

She must have been quite worried as she’s refusing to let go after clinging onto me.

“I’ve worried you. Who else have come to pick me up?”

Gusu—Amagi-san, Brian-san, Nias-san, and—”

“Huh? Why are they here? And why Nias? Were Tia and Marie not free?”

Eh, why is Nias here as well?

It’s not like it would matter to her whether or not I disappear.

Actually, never mind.

Nias is probably the type of person that screams when she loses a sponsor.

“What a pain. So Amagi and Brian are here as well? I was treating this as a short break, but—”

I’m in for a round of scolding, I guess.

Kunai appears from my shadow.

“Lord Liam, the head is here.”

“Hmm? Kukuri came as well?”

A bulky man wearing a mask appears from the shadow of a pillar that’s standing amidst the rubble.

Kukuri approaches us with a weapon in hand.

I stop him with my right hand to protect Kunai.

“Lord Liam, I’m glad to know that you’re safe. On that note, please do not stop me from getting rid of a worthless subordinate. Kuhihihihi.”

Kunai’s on her knees, and she has her neck out for Kukuri.

“I’ve forgiven her, not to mention I was the one who got her involved in the first place. You should spare her.”

“—If that is Lord Liam’s wish, then I shall obey.”

“She has worked hard for me, so I’ll be rewarding her later on.”

Kukuri stares down at Kunai.

“You should be grateful to Lord Liam.”

“Ha!”

After making sure that Kukuri has put away his weapon, I hug Ellen who’s still crying.

Kunai bows deeply, but that’s not what’s important right now.

“Kukuri, has anything changed?”

I ask him if anything had changed while I was away.

Kukuri tilts his head to the side.

“Yes. The territory has fallen apart, some aristocrats have raided the mansion, and a successor has been declared. Some members of the Cleo Faction have betrayed us and are planning to plunder the territory after allying with the pirates.”

“—Huh?”

“Those idiots!”

By the time I returned to the palace, mobile knights have come down to occupy the Kingdom of Aarl.

The spaceships hovering in the sky are blocking the sunlight from reaching the ground.

It’s around noon, and the sky should be clear, but it’s dark outside because thousands of battleships have come to pick me up.

That’s not why I’m mad though.

After all, I expected no less from my subordinates.

The reason I’m mad is because I’ve been told that Tia and Marie have risen up.

They’re apparently going around the territory claiming that they’re my successor.

“And I was just starting to see them in a new light… Really, what am I going to do with them?”

Things shouldn’t have escalated this far even with my absence.

It’s because of those idiot underlings of mine that things have grown to this point.

Also, who the heck is Isaac!? I refuse to have a nobody like him named as my successor!

“I’ll deal with Tia, Marie, and Isaac when I’m back, but for now—”

Some of my knights are following behind me as I walk down the palace corridor.

They’re part of the Liam retrieval force, and they seem to have taken control of the kingdom’s palace.

When I enter the audience hall, I’m greeted by an empty throne.

The heavyweights of the kingdom have been handcuffed, including the Queen that was responsible for summoning me.

The same goes for the kingdom’s knights.

Some seem to have resisted and were consequently beaten up.

It feels nice seeing them like this.

While the majority of my subordinates look relieved that I’m back, there are still some that appear agitated.

“Speak the truth! Such a primitive magic circle couldn’t have penetrated our barriers! You’re hiding something, aren’t you!? Spit it out! If you don’t, I’ll force you to—”

“P-please! Have mercy!”

The magicians under me are surrounding a summoner named Citasan and interrogating him.

They’re apparently having a hard time believing that such a primitive magic could bypass their barriers.

I feel a bit sorry seeing everyone so agitated.

After all, I could’ve easily escaped from the summoning circle if I really wanted to.

“You guys are being too loud.”

“Lord Liam!? Please accept our sincere apologies. We’re willing to make up for this mistake with our lives, so please have mercy on our families!”

To the inhabitants of this planet, these magicians must look like otherworldly sages.

The heavyweights of the kingdom finally come to a realization of what’s going on after seeing the magicians begging for forgiveness with their heads touching the ground.

Kukuri looks at me and asks, “Lord Liam, how should we dispose of them?”

“—You better make this the last time that something like this happens. Go over the mansion’s defenses again when we’re back.”

“W-words cannot express our gratitude, my lord!”

I was the one who got caught up in it on purpose, so it would be too cruel to execute them.

When they hear that they’ve been forgiven, they begin thanking me profusely while banging their heads on the floor.

—It’s a bit disturbing to watch.

My knights kneel down before me as I sit on the throne with crossed legs.

The officials that have come to pick me up are glaring at the kingdom’s inhabitants with cold eyes.

“They’re calling it a Hero Summoning, but what they did is no different from kidnapping. Lord Liam, I believe it’s necessary to put these people in their place.”

A lot must have happened while I was