The Netherworld King must have succeeded in rescuing them.
However, things are looking strange.
One of the demons stepped forward and unsheathed his demonic sword.
His name is Nigit. Under my rule, he was the second most skilled swordsman after Shin.
“At the command of my lord, I am here to obtain your source.”
With their voices as a signal, the demons all charge in unison.
At that moment, a crimson spear emerges from the void and strikes Nigit’s body.
He immediately deflects it with his magic sword and leaps back.
The advance of the demons halted.
“What a hassle. That’s why I said they underestimated the deity race.”
The one who showed up to intervene between us is the Netherworld King Eges.
“It seems that the Child of God has seized your army of 2,000 years ago. Half of them have already been transported to Delsgade. Along with the deity race that has taken over the body of the Blaze Death King.”
Does the fact that Melheis has joined the side of Avos Dilhevia mean that Nousgalia can also suspend the expedition test on administrative orders?
Avos Dilhevia, the Great Spirit, is conceived from the rumors of the Demon King of Tyranny, and also bears the order of the Child of God. Siding with Nousgalia would not be out of place.
“This is not the time to stand idly by. Hurry up and get going.”
Lowering the center of gravity, the Netherworld King leveled his demonic spear at the subordinates.
“I will take care of this. For your sake, naive one, I shall not annihilate them.”
“It seems that after two thousand years, you have grown a little more mature, Netherworld King.”
Without turning around, Eges said, “As I said before, it’s simply because of the situation. You and I have the same goal.”
Aiming his crimson magic spear at the floor, Eges pierced it.
The penetration was not at the base of Eges’ foot, but directly under mine.
A hole was made in the floor by the Dihiddoatem, revealing the lower floor.
“Watch out. My subordinates are formidable.”
“Don’t worry about me. I have not been playing around over the past 2,000 years.”
With magical light and magic spears intersecting, we leaped into the hole and descended to the lower level.
I was ready to keep going down the same path we’d come up when I came to a halt.
“… Hmm. The path has changed…”
To get here, we have been through a labyrinth of paths. Needless to say, even though I memorized it, my recollection is of no help if the labyrinth is continuously changing.
I turned toward the voice and saw Lina there.
“We’re going outside, aren’t we? I know the way.”
It must be Eges who rescued her from the concealment and told her to stay here to guide the way.
For someone who is known as the Netherworld King, he is a witty man.
“Unfortunately, things are a bit rushed. I need to get out of here as soon as possible.”
“Yeah. I have a rough idea about it. Come on, this way.”
With those words, Lina started to run.
She made her way through the intricate labyrinth without a trace of indecision.
“… Wait, what’s this…?”
Once halfway through, I caught sight of the transformation of the labyrinth ahead of me.
As new paths emerged, dead ends were formed, and the labyrinth was undergoing a rapid transformation.
“No problem. I can tell the way.”
Even though the labyrinth is constantly changing, Lina continues to move through it seamlessly.
Eventually, the floor begins to ripple and catches us off-guard.
Lina loses her balance.
A single white flower fell from her pocket, and the wall of the labyrinth swallowed it.
Lina reaches for the wall.
However, she is marginally slower, for the white flower has disappeared into the wall.
Lina came to a halt and stared at the wall.
“We must go quickly, or we will be trapped.”
When Eleonore says this, Lina nods as if to shake off her hesitation.
“Y-yeah. I’m sorry.”
As she is about to start running, I grasp her shoulders.
I transmit magical power to the wall front of me by touching my fingertips to it.
A white flower can be seen behind the squishy, deformed wall.
I use my fingertip to beckon it towards me, and I catch it in my hand as it flies toward me.
“It must be important, right?”
“… Maybe. Thanks…”
Lina took the white flower and slipped it back into her pocket.
Then she started running again.
She comes to a halt in front of a certain door as she makes her way through the ever-changing labyrinth.
When she opened the door, beyond it was the entrance to the great tree with drooping vines.
The sun is streaming down on the trees in the area.
Although we managed to get out of the great tree of Eniyunien, it seems that cannot be used unless we pass through this forest.
“Can we get out of this forest?”
“Right now, I doubt we can get out via normal means since Aharthern is blocking the way out.”
Lina casts her glance at her surroundings.
“Titi, are you there?”
Lina calls out to the fairies.
Yet, there is no reply.
“Please, I want to get out of here. There is someone I have to meet.”
“Even though they have their own personalities, Titi is also a spirit, isn’t she? I doubt she’ll cooperate with us in getting Anos out.”
Sasha’s expression suggests that it is not going to happen.
But in the next moment, a voice was heard.
“Are you in trouble?”
“Who’s in trouble?”
“Lina is in trouble.”
The fairy Titi and her friends show up along with the mist.
“Titi, thank goodness. We need to get out of here. Can you help me?”
Titi flies around Lina.
“I was told not to let you guys out.”
“Neither the Demon King nor any of his companions are to be let out.”
“For Avos Dilhevia has awakened.”
“Reno’s children must be protected.”
Titi and her friends do not appear to be ready to aid us.
Nevertheless, Lina appealed once again with an earnest expression on her face.
“Please, Titi. Please help us. This is the last time I request your help.”
Titi and the others gathered in one spot and stared at Lina’s face.
“I’ll have to be sneaky, then.”
“Have to be stealthy.”
“No one can know.”
“Don’t tell anyone.”
With a broad smile, Lina nodded.
“Yes, I promise.”
The fairies fly away to the inner part of the forest.
“This way, this way.”
As we follow Titi and her friends, a mist gradually begins to drift over the area.
The mist grows deeper and deeper, shrouding the trees and flowers of the forest.
“Can you see anything beyond the mist?”
“I see something.”
“Can you see the meadow?”
Before my eyes, a familiar place presented itself.
“See you later, Lina.”
“I’ll see you again.”
As Titi and the others disappeared, the mist gradually dissipated and they passed through the Great Spirit Forest.
The area had changed to Richards Meadow.