“I’ll come with you.”
“Are you sure? It might be a long way, you know?”
“I just feel like I should know who you are.”
She knew about the Spirit School so far, and she was about to meet the Spirit King.
If she can remember her memories, it might give her a clue as to who the Spirit King is.
Since it was unclear whether the Spirit King was a friend or foe, it wouldn’t hurt to have that information.
Smiling, Rina proceeded up the invisible stairs.
I thought she would head up the stairs, but the stairs were going down.
“…I guess we’ll have to take the long way around to get to the top…?”
“Well, Lay and the others are on their way. It’s not a bad idea to find out what’s here.”
Rina suddenly came to a halt.
Quickly, she reached out in front of her and touched something she couldn’t see.
“I think there’s probably a door here.”
“Let’s try to open it.”
I switch positions with Rina and reach out into the empty space.
Sure enough, I felt what seemed like a door.
Groping, I find a knob and turn it.
With an old-fashioned squeak, it opened.
I stepped out through the door.
As if the world had been painted over with a brush, the entire area was transformed into a field of flowers.
Reds, blues, yellows, flowers of every color I’ve ever seen were blooming in profusion.
A wooden door stood alone at the top of the hill where we were standing.
If we opened it, we might find our way back to our original place.
“Do you remember anything?”
Shaking her head, Rina stared dumbly at the flower garden in front of her.
How long had she been doing that?
A teardrop spills from her eye.
“…Ah, that…? That’s strange… what’s going on?”
Rina wipes it away with her hand, confused by the overflowing tears.
“I don’t know… I can’t remember at all… but I feel like I’ve been here many times before.
She walked away, as if sucked into the memories.
Rina stared back at me curiously as I grabbed her by the shoulders.
“I know you’re there. Show yourself.”
I stare into the flower garden with my evil eye.
Then, a black mist gathered in one place, and a six-horned demon tribe emerged from it.
It was the Curse King, Kaihilam Jiste.
“Sorry for startling you, Demon King-sama.”
Curse King said in a feminine tone.
Was he still in his Jiste persona now?
“I was hoping someone would show up. Here, the great trees of Eniyunien will not notice us, and we can escape the watchful eye of the Spirit King-sama.”
There was no sign of hostility.
To begin with, his magical power was weaker than Kaihilam’s when he was in his Jiste persona.
No matter what he’s planning, he can’t harm me.
“Hmm. You sound like you’re against the Spirit King.”
Jiste replied with a nod.
“Curse King-sama, is in a hidden state. He didn’t flunk, but Spirit King-sama ordered us to do what he wanted if we wanted to get Curse King-sama back, so Gerad-sama, who works for Curse King-sama, went to Delzogaide.”
I was in a hidden place, huh?
The body of Curse King Kaihilam is the same as Jiste’s right now.
How is it possible that only the root of the body could have gone into hiding?
Well, the Curse King himself is special, and the other party is also a spirit.
It’s not impossible.
It’s also possible that Kaihilam’s personality was sealed to prevent it from coming out.
Regardless of his true intentions, the Scarlet Monument King is definitely under the control of the Spirit King at the moment.
If the Spirit King threatened the Curse King’s subordinates, it’s reasonable to assume that the Spirit King’s intentions influenced the three demon tribes that came to Delzogaide.
“Does Dark Lord Eges also have something to do with the Spirit King?”
“Dark Lord-sama probably has his men as hostages. I think that’s why he’s reluctantly staying in this Spirit School, just like me.”
According to Dark Lord Eges, the Four Evil Kings were fighting together because of the work of the spirits.
If he wanted to save his men, he should have explained the details to me, but then he would have put his men’s lives in danger.
Well, Eges is a proud man.
In any case, he’s not the kind of character to show me weakness.
“Gerad, a servant of the Curse King, had half a magical sword, the Looting Sword Gillionjess, which belonged to Shin Reglia. Do you know where he got it?”
“…Spirit King-sama gave it to him, I think. He told us to lure Misa Ilioroagu out.”
Shin is in hiding.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Spirit King took half of the magic sword and gave it to the Curse King’s subordinates.
“Who is the Spirit King?”
Jiste shook his head from side to side.
“…I don’t know… But it seems he’s been here in Aharthern for a long time, for two thousand years, and I heard that shortly after Demon King-sama was reincarnated, the Great Spirit Reno disappeared, and he replaced Reno, protecting the spirits.”
Jiste draws a magic circle.
Particles of magic gather and a human figure appears.
“I’ve only seen Spirit King-sama once. He looks something like this.”
Jiste used his magic to draw a jet-black full-body armor and a hideous mask.
He was the man who had broken into the made by Merheis at that magic sword tournament.
To his surprise, the man in the unidentified mask is an unidentified spirit king. (Oi…)