The next day ———-
When I arrive in Deruzogedo’s 2nd training hall there’s a different person than normal sitting in the seat to my right .
“Good morning” Sasha says to me with a natural expression on her face .
“Was your seat here before?”
“I changed it . It easier since we are in the same group . Right?”
It does remove the trouble of having to get up and move any time we need to discuss something .
I take my seat and call out to Misha who’s on my left .
“Yo . ”
“…… . Good morning……” Misha replies in her usual indifferent voice .
“That reminds me . What happened to the people that were my members?”
“Because I entered your group there should have been other people trying to join as well . ”
That’s right, some people did call out to me .
“I refused . ”
“Haaa!? Why? Isn’t it better to have a large number of people?”
Even if you ask why .
“None of them gave off the right feeling . ”
Sasha is dumbfounded .
“Not like it’s a problem anyway . I can win with only you 2 . ”
If I’m blunt I only need myself to win .
“There will be other group tests . A lot are aimed at 5 people and when you move up a grade it can be for 7 or more people . ”
I see . Was there such a rule?
I can’t win if I cant participate .
“I didn’t know that . ”
“What are you going to do?”
“It’s fine . I still have time . I’ll think about it . ”
“You sure are easygoing . ” Sasha said in amazement .
As the bell starts ringing the classroom door opens and Emilia enters . Entering behind her is a man wearing a black robe, cloak and hat . Well, the word man is misleading . It’s more of a skeleton .
If I’m not mistaken he’s one of my 7 subordinates though apparently now an undead . So this is Aivis Necron .
One of the old 7 demon emperors . They seem to wield considerable power and influence even in this age . The usually noisy students fell silent when Aivis appeared .
No . That’s not right . They got hit by the magic power this guy is emitting . It’s pretty powerful . It’s causing them to unconsciously fear him .
The same thing would happen if I emitted my magic . Or rather, it would have done once but the mazoku in this era are way too weak .
Now, if I emitted my magic it would cause their magic senses like their demon eyes to become temporarily paralysed and they would feel nothing at all . They wouldn’t be able to sense my magic at all .
Oh well . If they actually could sense my magic those with weak anti-magic capabilities would die . Perhaps this temporary paralysis to their senses is actually a defence mechanism now .
“As I said last time, today we will be training to use a grand magic . Please listen very carefully to the old Seven Demon Emperor Aivis Necron as this spell approaches the depths of the abyss of magic . Especially-”
Emilia looks at me
“You Arnos Voldigod-kun . Please don’t be rude . ”
Good grief . Did you really have to warn me expressly?
Do they really think I’m impolite?
“You didn’t need to waste your breath . I know that much . ”
“That’s good then… . . ”
Yare yare . What are you worried about?
Aah, this is an opportunity . Should I say hello?
I stand up .
“Yo Aivis, long time no see . ”
“………… . !!!!!!?”
Emilia’s mouth falls open like its ready to drop off . Seems like an extreme surprise .
“A… . A… . . A……A…… . Arnos Voldigod-kun! This is Aivis-sama! Don’t speak so familiarly!!”
I can hear the whispering of the students .
“…Crap!…… . . This is bad! That fellow……he’s definitely dead now…… . ”
“If Aivis-sama gets angry we will be caught up in it . ”
“Ask for forgiveness inept person…… . ”
I ignore the noise and use my demon eyes on Aivis .
The magic is familiar, I’m sure it’s one of my subordinates made from my blood . But, there’s something… .
“Aivis-sama, I’m sorry! Arnos Voldigod will be expelled immediately…… . !!”
“It’s fine,” Aivis said in a generous manner . “You said it’s been a long time?”
Aivis turns to look at me .
“Aah, 2000 years in fact . Don’t you remember me?”
“2000 years? I see, that explains it . ” Aivis nods having reached an understanding .
“Unfortunately, I lost my memories from 2000 years ago . All I can remember is my lord the Demon King of Tyranny . ”
“Then you should remember me . ”
“…… . . Are you related to the founder?”
Fumu, I see .
He remembers the Demon King of Tyranny but doesn’t understand who I am . In other words, he believes the Demon King of Tyranny is someone other than me .
It might be related to his lost memory but it’s certainly a strange story . The top of the academy is the old 7 Demon Emperors . Even if Aivis really lost his memory it’s impossible for all 7 of them to lose their memories . This is no coincidence .
Has his memory been tampered with? Or are you pretending not to remember?
“Certainly, I feel a sense of nostalgia from your magic . ”
“Aah . I have no doubt that we were acquainted 2000 years ago . ”
In any event, I can’t understand anything from this conversation only .
“Do you need something from me?”
“I do, but first I’m going to try to make you remember . ”
All the students, Emilia, Sasha and Misha all watch me anxiously as I walk straight over to Aivis .
I slowly grab the skeletons face causing the whole classroom to panic .
“Wha wha wha wha wha Arnos-kun!!”
“He’s done it… . . that fellow!!”
While the noisy students yammer on I draw a magic formation in my palm .
“Remember . Your lord . My name is Arnos Voldigod . ”
The magic that I used was Recollection . It recalls distant and far off memories .
However, there’s no answer .
“… . . It’s no use . The memory no longer exists in my head . I can’t remember it because it’s gone . Recollection cannot return that which is lost . ”
“Then how about this?”
I develop multiple magic formations and use origin magic Time Manipulation and stack up multiple Recollections .
“… . . This is…… . what are you doing… . . ? In my head… . . an image is emerging……”
“If the memory is completely gone from your head then Time Manipulation will go back in time in a limited way . In this case 2000 years ago then Recollection will recall the memory from there . ”
“… . Impossible… . . ! To go back in time…… Is there a grand magic to transcend time…… . !?”
“It’s a type of origin magic though it’s usability is quite strict . ”
The origin of Aivis’ memory of the Demon King Arnos from 2000 years ago . By following the flow of time back using I can let it form .
In the head of Aivis, the experiences from 2000 years ago should be flowing like a revolving lantern .
“… . . Certainly, I’ve gone back 2000 years in my memories… . . ”
However, it’s not there .
Even 2000 years ago there is no memory in the head of Aivis of the Demon King Arnos Voldigod .
Of course can only pull the memory out if it exists in the head of Aivis . I can only read the surface but my name should be there at the very least yet when I looked not even my name existed .
What came out instead and it came out many times was the name Demon King of Cruelty Avos Dillheavia .
“Why? Why is my memory not returning?”
“Your memory from 2000 years ago has been beautifully erased and I don’t know when from exactly . ”
Simply put, the past has been tampered with . In the head of Aivis, the memory of the Demon King Arnos was forgotten right from its start point .
This was done by magic .
Yare yare . What a nasty story .
I can’t fight it either . Not from 2000 years ago .
“I see, however, thank you Arnos . It’s a fine crop just knowing this much . It means someone is hostile against me . ”
Are you serious or pretending ignorance? It’s possible he tampered with the past himself .
I have no way of knowing .
“Don’t mind it . Let’s start the class . ”
When I go back to my seat the students start whispering again .
“What was that…… . !?”
“I don’t know! He grabbed the head on one of the old 7 Demon Emperors and got told thank you!!”
“Why a thank you…… . !?”
“Perhaps that was his plan . ”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean he got thanked by one of the old 7 Demon Emperors!!”
“That fellow…… . Is he really an inept person?”
“…… . Amazing…… . I have no idea what’s going on at all… . . it’s too much!!”
I pull out my chair and sit down . Misha leans over and speaks to me .
“…… . I’m glad you are okay……”
From my other side, Sasha says .
“I cannot believe you . ”
Yare yare . So much noise over the dullest of things like usual .
However, Avos Dillheavia .
I had thought that my name got corrupted by mistake over the years but it’s darker than that .
The old 7 Demon Emperors, this Academy and me being branded an inept person .
All of it appears to be intended .
I’ve got no proof but I know it to be true .
Avos Dillheavia . Someone is trying to replace me .