The World of Otome Games is Tough For Mobs Vol 2 Chapter 11

Chapter 11 v2 Chapter 11 Part 1

Black Knight

The sky became a battlefield .

I spouted abusive language while inside Arroganz’s c.o.c.kpit .

“These guys!”

Gathering knights surrounded me in all directions and started a.s.saulting me with long distance attacks . When I showed my back to them, they would a.s.sault me with a blade .

If I tried to shorten the distance, they would spread out and flee .

[It seems they’ve trained quite a bit . ]

My armor repelled their bullets, and they couldn’t even scratch me in close combat .

There was no damage, but the problem was that it took time to beat them .

“Why aren’t they retreating?!”

[We’re indeed dealing enough damage to the point where it wouldn’t be strange if they were to flee . I have tapped into their communications, and it seems that there’s some reason for them not to retreat . ]

According to Luxon, there seemed to be many soldiers who had suggested retreat .

The commander rejected the idea .

“Hurry and retreat!”

I would be troubled if they didn’t retreat .

I accelerated Arroganz and pierced an opponent’s armor in the air with a blade . I stabbed in a spot where the knight inside wouldn’t get hurt .

Pulling out the blade, I kicked the enemy to the deck of one of their airships .

“Resistance is futile!”

While losing my cool over the thought of why they weren’t retreating, Luxon reported the state of affairs .

[Partner will begin the rescue operation . ]

Partner got into position to protect the waning luxury liner, and began handing out lifeboats for rescue .

“I suppose the luxury liner’s a lost cause . ”

Black smoke rose from all over, and its hull was already distorted .

“Let’s withdraw once everyone’s on Partner . How long can we keep this up?”

[──! Master, a new troop has gathered . Their exteriors are colored black . I believe these opponents are an elite force . ]

Bad memories resurged the moment I heard that they were black .

In my previous life──the strongest foe to appear in that otome game was the “Black Knight” . He was formidable, and I got many game overs having to fight him . The Black Knight was a broken character who was stronger than Chris in close combat, and Jilk was no match for him in long distance fighting either .

Just how hard was he? This guy was the main cause for the difficulty curve skyrocketing .

“Could it be the Black Knight?!”

Luxon emphasized caution .

[They have been avoiding Partner’s bombarding . They’ve also been destroying the drones . At this rate, they’re going to be a hindrance to our rescue attempt . ]

“He’s top-notch . I’ll be his opponent!”

I was currently on Arroganz .

Now I had Luxon, something even higher than a cheat, so I had nothing to fear!

I’ll throw down the Black Knight!

I saw an image of the Black Knight and his colleagues heading my way .

Thereupon, their black exteriors──h, hold on . There were five of them?

Wasn’t that a little too many?

Anjie moved into one of Partner’s rooms with Livia and Hertrude, meaning that there were three people inside .

Amidst the chaos within the airship, Anjie couldn’t say for sure that n.o.body would try to attack Hertrude, so she stood beside her while watching over .

The scenery of the battlefield outside the window had calmed down a bit, but hadn’t ended .

Anjie was irritated at the princ.i.p.ality .

“Why aren’t they retreating? They’ve already lost . ”

The restrained Hertrude seemed quite calm .

“I’m sure that I’ve said it already . The princ.i.p.ality will not cease . They will not fall back with just this much . ”

Livia prayed for Leon’s safety .

“Leon will be safe, right?”

Anjie replied while looking outside .

“I don’t think it’ll be easy for him to lose . However, you never know what will happen on the battlefield . ”

Looking across the window, she could see Leon charging forward with Arroganz──and black units of armor chasing him .

Seeing that, Hertrude was suddenly surprised .

“Bandel! Why──”

Anjie was shocked upon hearing Bandel’s name .

“The Black Knight? Could it be that he really appeared?”

Livia was confused at how the two reacted .

“U, um, who is this Black Knight?”

Anjie gave Livia an explanation .

“Before we were born, there had been an active knight of the princ.i.p.ality . He alone had sunken several tens of the kingdom’s airships . Perhaps even a hundred . His armor had slaughtered many . ”

Anjie briefly glanced at Hertrude, but her mouth was closed and she cast her eyes downward .

She looked sorrowful . Very different compared to just a while ago .

“His name hadn’t been brought up recently . The kingdom thought that he hadn’t appeared on the battleground anymore due to his old age . ”

Livia began to feel concerned after hearing that such a strong knight was now aiming after Leon .

“Can Leon win against such a powerful knight?”

“I antic.i.p.ate──”

Anjie was interrupted by Hertrude .

“Bandel will not lose! The princ.i.p.ality’s strongest knight would never lose to a despicable knight from the kingdom!”

Livia took offense when she called him despicable .

“Leon is not despicable!”

“You make me laugh . Did you forget what you did to the princ.i.p.ality twenty years ago? Or perhaps you people were taught that you weren’t in the wrong?”

Livia looked at Anjie after Hertrude said that .

Her face seemed to say that they were in the wrong, but Anjie replied while looking downward .

“It happened before we were born . The kingdom invaded the princ.i.p.ality . It wasn’t just once or twice . They invaded many times, and they drove the princ.i.p.ality into a corner . Each time, the princ.i.p.ality drove back the kingdom . ”

Livia was astonished .

“T, that . I never heard anything about the kingdom invading──”

Hertrude gave Livia a cold stare .

“It seems you know nothing . Nothing about how much we had been tormented by the kingdom . Anjelica, why don’t you explain?”

Anjie didn’t speak .

Livia had presumed many things based on Anjie’s att.i.tude, and felt down .

Anjie was deep in thought .

(There’s no point in saying anything to Hertrude right now . )

I readied my rifle and pulled the trigger in front of the approaching Black Knight──err, black knights before me .

However, perhaps being skilled, they all avoided the shots when they saw the muzzle .

“These guys are all broken characters!”

Flying backwards in the sky, I was overwhelmed by the vigor of the approaching black knights .

[──Their armor is performing better than any other I’ve seen so far . It seems that the princ.i.p.ality has a higher level of technology than the kingdom . Their airships, armor, and organizational structure all surpa.s.s the kingdom’s . ]

“A technological superpower? That doesn’t bode well . ”

[I believe that they’re harboring hostility . ]

Luxon didn’t have to say that out loud for me to realize it . They seemed compelled to kill me .

Even when I shortened the distance with one them and tried to attack with a blade, they would stop the blow .

“Fiend from the kingdom! I’ll have your head!”

After Arroganz’s power was repelled, I readied the rifle once more──but they immediately spread out .

Luxon spoke .

“It seems they resent you . ”

“Even if they’re digging up grudges from the past, that has nothing to do with me!”

They bore a grudge since the kingdom had invaded them in the past .

I wanted to question why that otome game used such a serious setting . However, since I knew the circ.u.mstances, from my perspective, it was annoying how they were playing the victim .

Anyways, if this was an otome game, then it should’ve had a lighter setting!

“Luxon, store away the rifle and blade . ”

[What are you going to use next?]

“I’m fighting bare handed . ”

When I emptied both of my hands, I could tell that the black knights were furious .

However, what bothered me was that a unit of armor, seeming to be the commanding officer, didn’t make any moves against me . He was obviously stronger than the others, but didn’t engage in battle with me .

I grabbed the hand of an opponent that Arroganz had shortened the distance with .

I was going to use the attack I had done to Julian──pulverization through giving the enemy a large impact . Arroganz had that kind of function built into its arm .

When I was squeezing with my might──

“How careless . Lie down!”

The opponent was pummeled by the impact, and the pilot inside the armor fainted .

Once Arroganz let go, the opponent’s armor plummeted towards the sea .

“You better hurry and follow your companion──”

One of the enemies broke off in order to help their falling teammate, reducing their numbers . I had hoped that they would feel disadvantaged and retreat, though .

[Master, behind you!]

Turning around, I saw a unit of armor swinging a sword down . Ignoring the attacks from the deployed drones, it had its sights on me while getting battered .

“──Tsk!”

Once I guarded with my left arm, the opponent’s sword broke .

I heard a voice when we clashed .

“Disappear, monster from the kingdom . ”

Immediately following, Luxon alerted me .

[──! Master!]

When Arroganz turned back, I saw the other three units of armor were charging at me . Right in front, I saw the commanding officer, the Black Knight, rushing towards me with a long sword──and as my monitors turned black, the tip of that long sword broke through and approached me .

Chris knocked down one of the princ.i.p.ality’s knights and searched for Leon .

“Their numbers have drastically decreased . Where is Baltfault?”

Popping out in front of Chris’ eyes was the sight of the Black Knight piercing a long sword into Arroganz .

“The Black Knight appeared!”

Chris’ household emphasized swordsmanship, and his father possessed the t.i.tle of a master swordsman . However, even his father wouldn’t be a match for the Black Knight .

Seeing the princ.i.p.ality’s strongest knight pierce through Arroganz, Chris clenched his teeth and hung his head, but immediately lifted it back up .

The evacuation into Partner had already been completed .

If worst came to worst, he could buy some time so that everyone would survive and return home .

If the Black Knight was left alone, he would hunt down Partner .

Chris resolved himself .

“Marie, sorry . It seems that this will be my final stop . ”

When he readied his sword and was about to head towards Leon, the black knights suddenly acted strange .

Arroganz grabbed an opponent’s armor with both hands despite a sword being stuck in it .

Immediately following, its hands glowed, and with the outburst of an impact, the black unit of armor stopped moving fell towards the sea .

Arroganz attempted to reach its hand out towards the Black Knight, but he extracted the large sword and took a distance .

When a tattered unit of black armor intervened in order to a.s.sist the Black Knight, Arroganz grabbed it, sent another shock wave, and hurled it away after being left unable to fight .

“He’s alive?!”

Chris was delighted to see that Leon was alive .

“Go, Baltfault! If it’s you──if it’s you, you can oppose the Black Knight!”

I used my hand to push aside a monster that had been pierced through .

Arroganz’s chest was open . The wind outside entered the c.o.c.kpit, creating a vast sensation of s.p.a.ciousness . At the same time, I was full of unease since my mortal body was exposed to the outside .

I had tilted my head to the right, dodging the Black Knight’s long sword by a hair’s breadth .

That sword had aimed to pierce my head .

I would have been dead if it was aimed at my abdomen .

“*huff*──*puff*──”

With my bare eyes, I saw the Black Knight readying his sword .

Luxon explained the conditions of my armor’s exterior

[Performance has been reduced by thirty percent . The amount of burden on the pilot has increased . I advise withdrawing . ]

“I never heard about Arroganz’s armor being penetrable . ”

[It seems that the sword your foe carries is made of a metal peculiar to this world, ‘Admatius’ . A fantasy-esque metal . ]

“Says the fantasy-like lump of metal . ”

It was a specially made large sword .

The Black Knight was a broken character wielding such a weapon .

“I mean, I do want to hurry and get out of here . What’s with this guy? He seems too strong . ”

Luxon’s reb.u.t.tal towards my complaints. .h.i.t a little too close to home .

[This is the result of not taking the life of your opponents, Master . Due to that, they’ve been driven to a situation where they won’t retreat . ]

How painfully true it was .

Thereupon, the Black Knight spoke to me .

“You’re young . Too young . Are you really a knight of the kingdom?”

I wasn’t really too sure about the details regarding the Black Knight’s setting, but his rough voice sounded like he was either in the prime of his life, or past middle-aged .

“Your invasion has been leaving me no choice but to fight, don’t you think?”

“Is that so? ──It was the same back in my day . I was a youngster, resentful of the kingdom I had been born in . ”

I couldn’t shift my gaze away from the Black Knight .

I tightly clutched the joysticks, tightening Arroganz’s fist while breathing in disarray from the tension .

Why did I have to fight a tough battle like this?

Normally, I would have definitely fled .

Why didn’t I run away? It would have been embarra.s.sing if I ran away after having smugly criticized the other kids, and also because this guy didn’t seem ready to let me go .

If I turned my back, he would definitely kill me .

Furthermore, the long sword my opponent was wielding had penetrated Arroganz . It would be able to pierce Partner’s plating as well .

Livia and Anjie’s faces popped up in my mind . And what about the others? As if I knew them!

If I didn’t stop this guy here, those two would be in trouble .

Luxon spoke to me .

[I request permission to utilize my main body . ]

“If you use it, you’re probably going to kill the Black Knight . I can’t let you do that . ”

[I cannot understand you . Your opponent is coming!]

The Black Knight made the first move .

The charm hanging around my neck shook .

As the Black Knight swung down his big sword, his movements seemed to lack any shred of indecisiveness . He was not hesitant to kill me . When I stopped the blow with my right arm, the sword dug deeply into it .

The sound of an alert continued to blare, and when I aimed my left hand towards the Black Knight, he seemed to sense the danger, pulled out the sword, flew above me, and turned towards my back .

Turning around, I saw the Black Knight swinging his large sword with a horizontal slash .

Having closed the distance, I clashed with Black Knight, causing the large sword to wedge itself deeply into my right shoulder .

“Just how much of a difference in armor performance is there between this broken b.a.s.t.a.r.d and me?!”

Luxon calmly replied to my complaint .

[There’s an overwhelming difference in terms of the pilot’s skills . ]

When I drove my left arm into the Black Knight and was about to release a shockwave, he violently kicked away my arm and separated from me .

Like that, we continued to struggle, confronting each other over and over again, and before long──the Black Knight, with his back to the evening sun, faced me .

The Black Knight lost his left arm and had no legs .

I was also battered up .

The Black Knight seemed weakened as well .

“──To think I’d lose to a knight of the kingdom . ”

He squeezed out a voice of agony .

I was also in pain .

As the black knight charged forward, I squinted my eyes from the radiance of the evening sun . I felt that his giant sword had glistened momentarily . The nerve he had to use such an old trick! How cowardly!

Closing the distance, the Black Knight thrust his sword into Arroganz .

I immediately slipped out of Arroganz and leaped, using an anchor to hook onto the Black Knight’s armor . Though the Black Knight was surprised by my action, he smiled .

“Did you give up?!”

“Nope, I’ve won . ”

The Black Knight, with his attention focused solely on me, didn’t notice Arroganz taking action .

Arroganz held the Black Knight’s armor tightly──constricting him .

“Wha?! How could you operate it?!”

Tearing off the head of his armor, I confronted the Black Knight while he was unable to move . Facing the aging man who had a large scar on his forehead, I drew out a handgun from my holster and aimed it at him .

“This is the end . Surrender . ”

The Black Knight glared at me . His spirit could send chills down anyone’s spine .

“I decline . Just kill me quickly! Kill this coward . ”

I refused .

Luxon popped out from Arroganz and came over to my side .

[Master, we have completed gaining total control . ]

I looked around, no longer hearing the sounds of battle .

The opposing fleet could no longer move . All of their armor units were also floating above the sea .

“Bravo!”

We helped stop the princ.i.p.ality without needing to use Luxon’s main body .

[That was really troublesome . ]

The Black Knight felt bitter .

“Princess──I’m sorry . ”

While watching the Black Knight in that state, I noticed a ray of light being fired from one of the princ.i.p.ality’s warships . It looked like a flare, causing me to furrow my brow .

“They really don’t know when to give up . ”

Garrett was laughing like a madman when seeing the Black Knight lose .

“This is the end . I’m done for . ”

With the defeat of the Black Knight, a living legend, the morale of the princ.i.p.ality’s troops sank .

They no longer had any fighting power .

The princ.i.p.ality’s troops lost to a civilian airship holding students .

Garrett, who was more than likely going to be held responsible, took out a gun-like object from his pocket and approached a window .

The item, which could fire only a single shot, was created as a result of research conducted on the magic flute .

It could summon together monsters .

Originally, it was a tool used to gather monsters who were controlled by the magic flute, but its use was restricted since it displayed a particularly powerful effect .

“A, at this point, I must at least erase everything . I will not be labeled as incompetent by history──so I will do away with it all!”

Once he pointed it towards the air and pulled the trigger, it fired a glow akin to a flare .

The glow, which lit up the darkened sky, made a strange sound .

Monsters then appeared, as if drawn by it .

From the sky, the sea──one by one, they gathered .

“Now, monsters, erase everything!”

The ridiculously strong armor of the Black Knight had been destroyed and rendered inoperable . There was only one big, strange airship left .

An opposing airship with few cannons . Garrett thought that it would be weak against attacks of large numbers .

Panicking soldiers came and pinned down Garrett, who was roaring with laughter .

However, the number of monsters continued to increase .

I watched the situation from atop of Arroganz, which was still restraining the Black Knight .

I breathed a small sigh before the sight of monsters gushing forth to no end .

Luxon, floating beside me, spoke nonchalantly .

[It’s a spectacle to see so many gathering together . ]

The immobile Black Knight glared at the warship that had fired the flare .

“What a fool . Does he plan on getting rid of everything here? Hey, brat! Inform the princess . Tell her to play the magic flute . This situation is unfavorable for you people as well . ”

Did he plan on letting her controlling the newly gathered monsters with the magic flute?

That was indeed an option, but if that happened, then the number of enemies we had would increase again .

Perhaps noticing my doubts, the Black Knight attempted to persuade me .

“I don’t plan on going against you at this point . Do you want both sides to be annihilated?!”

As if I could trust what he was saying!

I turned towards Luxon .

“I’m not looking for total annihilation . Luxon, how about you go to work?”

[At last, is it my turn?]

Luxon’s one red eye brightened .

Upon which, a cloud floating the sky fired successive thin rays of light, piercing through the gathering monsters and turning them into black smoke .

The Black Knight turned his head and watch that scene .

“What’s going on?!”

It seemed quite like a meteor shower .

However, the black smoke arising from the monsters’ defeat gradually obscured the beautiful scenery .

I turned to face the Black Knight .

“You guys aren’t the only ones with tricks up their sleeves . Make sure to tell that to your country once you get home . ”

Thereupon, the Black Knight yelled at me .

“Are you planning to spare my head?! You──had you been going easy on us since the beginning?! Just how much of a fool do you plan on making us?!”

What would I do with an old geezer’s head?!

“As if I want your head, revolting . Though, I will accept your giant sword . After all, I don’t know what you would do if you had it . ”

The Black Knight’s large sword had really been a ha.s.sle for me .

“You brat! Don’t forget that your naivety will take your life away one day! Next time, for sure──”

I smiled while watching the Black Knight’s outrage .

“I saved you out of the kindness of my heart, and yet you’re howling quite arrogantly, aren’t you? Old man, it seems you don’t know . It’s already over for you guys . ”

Since the Black Knight made a facial expression indicating that he didn’t understand, I kindly and politely explained .

“You don’t get it? Sure, the opponent you all lost to was armed, but it still a civilian airship . Adding insult to injury, the ones riding it were students . When you tried to take a student hostage, the tables had turned on you instead . Do you know what that means?”

The Black Knight made a face of surprise .

“──How despicable!”

I smiled how informing him of the matter .

“Grown adults took a serious stance against some children and lost to them! Even if I’m a strong and terrific guy, that doesn’t matter . You all lost to a n.o.ble’s child from the kingdom . Do you genuinely think that there will be anything for you people in the future? Old man, you should just retire . Actually, you’ll have no choice but to retire! Your time is already over . You’ve done well up until now . How is it to lose your placement as a knight? Do tell . ”

The Black Knight’s face warped into an expression of frustration .

“You, you mean to say that we’ll live while smeared with shame?! You don’t even have the kindness to let us die as knights on a battlefield, you fiend!”

I brought my face closer to the Black Knight, head-b.u.t.ting him, which ended up hurting . What a hard-headed person he was .

A kindness to kill? I couldn’t understand his sense of values . This opponent was quite difficult to handle .

“The losers have to obey the winners, right? Live your life while plastered with disgrace . I may be kind as a person, but I believe you’ll find me fiendish and dastardly as a knight . ”

The Black Knight clenched his teeth . His hatred of me caused him to make an immense facial expression .

“I wonder how long you can keep fighting like that . ”

While we were deep in talk, Luxon had finished killing the monsters, and now we were surrounded by silence . I restrained the Black Knight, headed towards Partner, and then began shifting into motion .

I had settled down .

I went to Partner’s hangar . It was getting pretty late .

I admired the giant sword that pierced the battered Arroganz . This black, long sword had probably absorbed a lot of blood up until now .

It seemed to be cursed . I believed it imposed its will onto others .

[Master, why did you bother fighting? If I used my main body, beating the Black Knight would have been a simple feat . I’d like to hear the reason for why you’d take such a risk . ]

I suppose that I did voluntarily put my life into danger . Luxon had criticized me, but I thought to myself while looking at the large sword in front of me .

I was indeed possible to erase all of my foes with overwhelming power . However, if that happened, I would have been a ma.s.s murderer .

Could I live with that without any trouble? Impossible . I would definitely regret it, and it would surely come to haunt me .

In addition, it would also increase my troubles .

“I suppose it would be easy for you to wipe away the princ.i.p.ality’s army in an instant . So, what would happen after that?”

[You would be viewed as a threat, Master . Not just the princ.i.p.ality, but the kingdom would also take action . In the worst case scenario, they would try to kill you . I would never let such a thing happen, though . ]

At any rate, it would become impossible to remain living the way I had been until now .

I would have to continue fighting, perhaps with no choice but to gain complete control over everything──just like the Holfault Kingdom had been doing .

The other option would be to run away .

“I didn’t want to because it would cause trouble . It a took a lot of effort to get a cheat like you . I’d like to make choices that don’t place a burden on my mental health, though . It’s a matter of my feelings, feelings . ”

Also, I didn’t want Luxon to commit a ma.s.sacre .

It was the next day .

I was on a floating island belonging to the princ.i.p.ality, where many broken airships had piled up .

Since robots had done the disa.s.sembly work, I had my hands a large number of floating stones .

──They were all mine .

“Transport the armor too . I’ll take the airships in good condition back home . ”

Luxon was floating next to me, it seemed that its favorite position was near my shoulder .

[The gall you have to steal everything, you have no empathy, Master . As expected . ]

“I know, right? I’m not that fond of this part of myself either . ”

Nearby was a restrained, moustache-less man──Garrett .

He was quite beaten up, but the one who did that wasn’t me .

When we seized him, he had lost consciousness and was in this state .

“Baron Baltfault, if you could, why not return the floating stones?”

I grinned while replying .

“Hmm~, I wonder what I should do? Since our luxury liner had been attacked and destroyed, I’d like to at least collect some of them . Ah~, if a certain group of people hadn’t attacked us, this wouldn’t have happened . ”

“I, in that case, formal negotiations between the princ.i.p.ality and the kingdom will──gah!”

He made a sound when I violently trampled on the floor .

“And just why should I, the victor, make any compromise?”

“Well, but──”

“It’s fine, right?”

“No, you see──”

“It’s fine, isn’t it?”

“──Y, yes . ”

Garrett, whose life or death was in my hands, grimaced in frustration .

“Oh my~, look how kind I am . After all, I’ll let you all off with just this . Generosity is my sin~ . ”

Luxon was astonished .

[It’s astounding how merciless you are, Master . ]

“Isn’t this better than taking the soldiers and enslaving them?”

[You sold off the sky pirates to a viscount family, though . ]

“I suppose that’s true . The viscount household had discovered a mine and buying slaves helped them out . They were criminals in the first place . They knew what would happen if they got caught, so they shouldn’t regret the choices they made . ”

[Didn’t you say you wanted to help the household?]

“I suppose I said something like that . ”

We sold them to the viscount household that my sister had caused trouble for .

From now, the sky pirates would have to work hard for the sake of the people──putting their life on the line!

The manual labor and hard work of the mines were dangerous . They were working in a location that could make even an adult collapse .

I thought of myself as br.i.m.m.i.n.g with kindness, considering that I didn’t send the princ.i.p.ality’s soldiers to such a place .

However, I was slightly conflicted on the inside .

Even though I had cut down much of the princ.i.p.ality’s war potential, would they stop their fighting?

──I really wanted them to let go of the war .

Even though I now had more worries about the future on my mind, I wanted to do something in the kingdom later on after having persevered for this long .

There was a huge pile of broken armor in front of me .

“We’ll have to repair these as well . ”

[I don’t mind repairing them, but if I do all of them, then people will start to suspect something . You should entrust this to an armor repair workshop . The best option would be if you owned such a workshop though, Master . ]

“That will be impossible to do right away, but it sounds good . I wonder who I should entrust this with . ”

[Recently, there seems to be many con artists claiming to specialize in armor production . You’d better be careful when commissioning someone . ]

“There were indeed such con artists in the game . What a cruel society . ”

Luxon spoke to me .

[Master, we have finished our work . We can withdraw at any time . ]

“Right . Now that we’ve stolen what we needed to steal, how about we head home?”

[You almost sounded like a sky pirate there . ]

Leaving the floating island, I had stolen the princ.i.p.ality’s airships and most of their armor .

I was inside Partner .

After speaking with the luxury liner’s captain and the teachers, I got tired and went back to my room .

In front of the door was a robot acting like a security guard, protecting the room . When I said “I appreciate your efforts,” while trying opening the door──it got in my way .

“Hey, why aren’t you letting me into my own room?”

The robot blocked me from entering the room .

“Just let me through! I’m tired!”

For some reason, the eyes on its head flickered and tried to convey something, but I forcibly tried to enter my room .

Thereupon, Luxon told me what the robot was trying to say .

[Master, there are apparently two people in the──”

When I opened the door, I saw that both Anjie and Livia were lying down on my bed inside the room, facing each other . I could hear their quiet sleeping breaths .

They were sleeping while holding hands .

The sheets were laid out, and it seemed that they had removed their uniforms .

A caretaker robot was floating, ironing their uniforms .

If that was the case, then were they in their underwear beneath the sheets?

The two had cute faces as they slept .

What a precious sight .

──I slowly closed the door .

I then turned my back to the door and slumped down .

“You should’ve told me! Doesn’t this mean I just peek at them?! Anjie’s papa would kill me!”

As I held my knees under my arms, Luxon explained why the two were in my room .

[It seems that they fell asleep while waiting inside the room . They must have been exhausted . ]

They were both lovely .

If I didn’t have the soul of an adult, I might have peered at them .

It was a good thing that I was an adult . However, they should be more careful since men can behave like wolves .

“Where should I sleep?”

Since the students and sailors had evacuated into Partner, I pondered about which rooms could still be vacant .

Thereupon, I heard the sound of footsteps . Someone had approached me and halted, and when I looked, there stood Chris .

“Need something?”

“Baltfault, I want answers . Are you──are you refusing to spar against me in swordsmanship because I can’t win against you?”

What was this guy saying?

He thought I could win against him, as if he was ignoring his talents with the sword? Was he joking?

“What? Is that a joke? Sorry, but it wasn’t funny . ”

Chris shook his head . It seemed that he wasn’t convinced of my reply, and interpreted it as he pleased .

“Well, you did beat the Black Knight . I suppose we’re in completely different realms . I can’t measure up to your skills . How humiliating . ”

It would have been better if he felt ashamed of the misunderstanding he had .

My victory was because of Arroganz’s ability .

“You’re misunderstanding──”

However, Chris spoke with a face that seemed as if he had renewed his determination .

“I will definitely catch up to you! I’ll become strong enough for you to recognize me . That’s what I came here to say──you are my goal . ”

I thought about resolving the misunderstanding as Chris walked away after saying that, but I decided against it since it would be a bother .

It was too late for each and every one of them to mend their ways .

I thought as such while seeing Chris leave .

“Alright, should I force the credit onto him this time?”

“Another ploy?”

How rude it was to call it a ploy .

Everyone would be happier if I wasn’t the one getting promoted .

While thinking about it, I sat down in front of the door and slept .

“Well~, the princ.i.p.ality was a strong enemy . ”

I was in my own room within the academy .

After finally coming back from the school trip, I laid down on the bed while speaking with Luxon .

[Well said . ]

After what happened, I had been questioned about a lot of things .

However, when I showed them the Black Knight’s large sword, I made sure to say “Chris did his best!” to the government official many times .

Everyone else had worked hard as well . I acted as if I had been deeply moved while insisting that I only cooperated .

I wasn’t sure if it was because of that, but this time the country gave a reward to the persevering students .

I heard that everyone would receive medals .

[Was it fine to present the Black Knight’s large sword to them?]

“I don’t want it since it’s cursed to absorb someone’s blood . You’d also be able to prepare something similar to it, right?”

[After having done a.n.a.lysis, it is indeed possible . However, was it necessary to go as far as to present airships and armor as well?]

That was to flatter the royal palace .

I also handed them to Anjie’s papa since I felt guilty after seeing Anjie’s sleeping face .

“It’s fine . There’s still some left . I’ve got some precious floating stones at hand now . ”

There was no promotion this time .

It ended with everyone receiving a medal .

[If that’s fine with you, then I don’t mind . ]

A lot had happened in this incident .

There was also one thing I had been contemplating .

Before long, I would probably have to go all-out and do my best . It would do well to retrieve Livia’s bracelet and later finish the conflict with the princ.i.p.ality .

I had finally resolved myself .

It was fine if I could remain a mob . However, I wanted to stand beside those two people .

So for that reason, there was a lot I would need to prepare . v2 Chapter 11 Part 1. .

Black Knight.

The sky became a battlefield

I spouted abusive language while inside Arroganz’s c.o.c.kpit

“These guys!”.

Gathering knights surrounded me in all directions and started a.s.saulting me with long distance attacks . When I showed my back to them, they would a.s.sault me with a blade

If I tried to shorten the distance, they would spread out and flee

[It seems they’ve trained quite a bit . ].

My armor repelled their bullets, and they couldn’t even scratch me in close combat

There was no damage, but the problem was that it took time to beat them

“Why aren’t they retreating?!”.

[We’re indeed dealing enough damage to the point where it wouldn’t be strange if they were to flee . I have tapped into their communications, and it seems that there’s some reason for them not to retreat . ].

According to Luxon, there seemed to be many soldiers who had suggested retreat

The commander rejected the idea

“Hurry and retreat!”.

I would be troubled if they didn’t retreat

I accelerated Arroganz and pierced an opponent’s armor in the air with a blade . I stabbed in a spot where the knight inside wouldn’t get hurt

Pulling out the blade, I kicked the enemy to the deck of one of their airships

“Resistance is futile!”.

While losing my cool over the thought of why they weren’t retreating, Luxon reported the state of affairs

[Partner will begin the rescue operation . ].

Partner got into position to protect the waning luxury liner, and began handing out lifeboats for rescue

“I suppose the luxury liner’s a lost cause . ”.

Black smoke rose from all over, and its hull was already distorted

“Let’s withdraw once everyone’s on Partner . How long can we keep this up?”.

[──! Master, a new troop has gathered . Their exteriors are colored black . I believe these opponents are an elite force . ].

Bad memories resurged the moment I heard that they were black

In my previous life──the strongest foe to appear in that otome game was the “Black Knight” . He was formidable, and I got many game overs having to fight him . The Black Knight was a broken character who was stronger than Chris in close combat, and Jilk was no match for him in long distance fighting either

Just how hard was he? This guy was the main cause for the difficulty curve skyrocketing

“Could it be the Black Knight?!”.

Luxon emphasized caution

[They have been avoiding Partner’s bombarding . They’ve also been destroying the drones . At this rate, they’re going to be a hindrance to our rescue attempt . ].

“He’s top-notch . I’ll be his opponent!”.

I was currently on Arroganz

Now I had Luxon, something even higher than a cheat, so I had nothing to fear!.

I’ll throw down the Black Knight!.

I saw an image of the Black Knight and his colleagues heading my way

Thereupon, their black exteriors──h, hold on . There were five of them?.

Wasn’t that a little too many?.

◇.

Anjie moved into one of Partner’s rooms with Livia and Hertrude, meaning that there were three people inside

Amidst the chaos within the airship, Anjie couldn’t say for sure that n.o.body would try to attack Hertrude, so she stood beside her while watching over

The scenery of the battlefield outside the window had calmed down a bit, but hadn’t ended

Anjie was irritated at the princ.i.p.ality

“Why aren’t they retreating? They’ve already lost . ”.

The restrained Hertrude seemed quite calm

“I’m sure that I’ve said it already . The princ.i.p.ality will not cease . They will not fall back with just this much . ”.

Livia prayed for Leon’s safety

“Leon will be safe, right?”.

Anjie replied while looking outside

“I don’t think it’ll be easy for him to lose . However, you never know what will happen on the battlefield . ”.

Looking across the window, she could see Leon charging forward with Arroganz──and black units of armor chasing him

Seeing that, Hertrude was suddenly surprised

“Bandel! Why──”.

Anjie was shocked upon hearing Bandel’s name

“The Black Knight? Could it be that he really appeared?”.

Livia was confused at how the two reacted

“U, um, who is this Black Knight?”.

Anjie gave Livia an explanation

“Before we were born, there had been an active knight of the princ.i.p.ality . He alone had sunken several tens of the kingdom’s airships . Perhaps even a hundred . His armor had slaughtered many . ”.

Anjie briefly glanced at Hertrude, but her mouth was closed and she cast her eyes downward

She looked sorrowful . Very different compared to just a while ago

“His name hadn’t been brought up recently . The kingdom thought that he hadn’t appeared on the battleground anymore due to his old age . ”.

Livia began to feel concerned after hearing that such a strong knight was now aiming after Leon

“Can Leon win against such a powerful knight?”.

“I antic.i.p.ate──”.

Anjie was interrupted by Hertrude

“Bandel will not lose! The princ.i.p.ality’s strongest knight would never lose to a despicable knight from the kingdom!”.

Livia took offense when she called him despicable

“Leon is not despicable!”.

“You make me laugh . Did you forget what you did to the princ.i.p.ality twenty years ago? Or perhaps you people were taught that you weren’t in the wrong?”.

Livia looked at Anjie after Hertrude said that

Her face seemed to say that they were in the wrong, but Anjie replied while looking downward

“It happened before we were born . The kingdom invaded the princ.i.p.ality . It wasn’t just once or twice . They invaded many times, and they drove the princ.i.p.ality into a corner . Each time, the princ.i.p.ality drove back the kingdom . ”.

Livia was astonished

“T, that . I never heard anything about the kingdom invading──”.

Hertrude gave Livia a cold stare

“It seems you know nothing . Nothing about how much we had been tormented by the kingdom . Anjelica, why don’t you explain?”.

Anjie didn’t speak

Livia had presumed many things based on Anjie’s att.i.tude, and felt down

Anjie was deep in thought

(There’s no point in saying anything to Hertrude right now . ).

◇.

I readied my rifle and pulled the trigger in front of the approaching Black Knight──err, black knights before me

However, perhaps being skilled, they all avoided the shots when they saw the muzzle

“These guys are all broken characters!”. . .

Flying backwards in the sky, I was overwhelmed by the vigor of the approaching black knights

[──Their armor is performing better than any other I’ve seen so far . It seems that the princ.i.p.ality has a higher level of technology than the kingdom . Their airships, armor, and organizational structure all surpa.s.s the kingdom’s . ].

“A technological superpower? That doesn’t bode well . ”.

[I believe that they’re harboring hostility . ].

Luxon didn’t have to say that out loud for me to realize it . They seemed compelled to kill me

Even when I shortened the distance with one them and tried to attack with a blade, they would stop the blow

“Fiend from the kingdom! I’ll have your head!”.

After Arroganz’s power was repelled, I readied the rifle once more──but they immediately spread out

Luxon spoke

“It seems they resent you . ”.

“Even if they’re digging up grudges from the past, that has nothing to do with me!”.

They bore a grudge since the kingdom had invaded them in the past

I wanted to question why that otome game used such a serious setting . However, since I knew the circ.u.mstances, from my perspective, it was annoying how they were playing the victim

Anyways, if this was an otome game, then it should’ve had a lighter setting!.

“Luxon, store away the rifle and blade . ”.

[What are you going to use next?].

“I’m fighting bare handed . ”.

When I emptied both of my hands, I could tell that the black knights were furious

However, what bothered me was that a unit of armor, seeming to be the commanding officer, didn’t make any moves against me . He was obviously stronger than the others, but didn’t engage in battle with me

I grabbed the hand of an opponent that Arroganz had shortened the distance with

I was going to use the attack I had done to Julian──pulverization through giving the enemy a large impact . Arroganz had that kind of function built into its arm

When I was squeezing with my might──.

“How careless . Lie down!”.

The opponent was pummeled by the impact, and the pilot inside the armor fainted

Once Arroganz let go, the opponent’s armor plummeted towards the sea

“You better hurry and follow your companion──”.

One of the enemies broke off in order to help their falling teammate, reducing their numbers . I had hoped that they would feel disadvantaged and retreat, though

[Master, behind you!].

Turning around, I saw a unit of armor swinging a sword down . Ignoring the attacks from the deployed drones, it had its sights on me while getting battered

“──Tsk!”.

Once I guarded with my left arm, the opponent’s sword broke

I heard a voice when we clashed

“Disappear, monster from the kingdom . ”.

Immediately following, Luxon alerted me

[──! Master!].

When Arroganz turned back, I saw the other three units of armor were charging at me . Right in front, I saw the commanding officer, the Black Knight, rushing towards me with a long sword──and as my monitors turned black, the tip of that long sword broke through and approached me

◇.

Chris knocked down one of the princ.i.p.ality’s knights and searched for Leon

“Their numbers have drastically decreased . Where is Baltfault?”.

Popping out in front of Chris’ eyes was the sight of the Black Knight piercing a long sword into Arroganz

“The Black Knight appeared!”.

Chris’ household emphasized swordsmanship, and his father possessed the t.i.tle of a master swordsman . However, even his father wouldn’t be a match for the Black Knight

Seeing the princ.i.p.ality’s strongest knight pierce through Arroganz, Chris clenched his teeth and hung his head, but immediately lifted it back up

The evacuation into Partner had already been completed

If worst came to worst, he could buy some time so that everyone would survive and return home

If the Black Knight was left alone, he would hunt down Partner

Chris resolved himself

“Marie, sorry . It seems that this will be my final stop . ”.

When he readied his sword and was about to head towards Leon, the black knights suddenly acted strange

Arroganz grabbed an opponent’s armor with both hands despite a sword being stuck in it

Immediately following, its hands glowed, and with the outburst of an impact, the black unit of armor stopped moving fell towards the sea

Arroganz attempted to reach its hand out towards the Black Knight, but he extracted the large sword and took a distance

When a tattered unit of black armor intervened in order to a.s.sist the Black Knight, Arroganz grabbed it, sent another shock wave, and hurled it away after being left unable to fight

“He’s alive?!”.

Chris was delighted to see that Leon was alive

“Go, Baltfault! If it’s you──if it’s you, you can oppose the Black Knight!”  .

I used my hand to push aside a monster that had been pierced through

Arroganz’s chest was open . The wind outside entered the c.o.c.kpit, creating a vast sensation of s.p.a.ciousness . At the same time, I was full of unease since my mortal body was exposed to the outside

I had tilted my head to the right, dodging the Black Knight’s long sword by a hair’s breadth

That sword had aimed to pierce my head

I would have been dead if it was aimed at my abdomen

“*huff*──*puff*──”.

With my bare eyes, I saw the Black Knight readying his sword

Luxon explained the conditions of my armor’s exterior.

[Performance has been reduced by thirty percent . The amount of burden on the pilot has increased . I advise withdrawing . ].

“I never heard about Arroganz’s armor being penetrable . ”.

[It seems that the sword your foe carries is made of a metal peculiar to this world, ‘Admatius’ . A fantasy-esque metal . ].

“Says the fantasy-like lump of metal . ”.

It was a specially made large sword

The Black Knight was a broken character wielding such a weapon

“I mean, I do want to hurry and get out of here . What’s with this guy? He seems too strong . ”.

Luxon’s reb.u.t.tal towards my complaints. .h.i.t a little too close to home

[This is the result of not taking the life of your opponents, Master . Due to that, they’ve been driven to a situation where they won’t retreat . ].

How painfully true it was

Thereupon, the Black Knight spoke to me

“You’re young . Too young . Are you really a knight of the kingdom?”.

I wasn’t really too sure about the details regarding the Black Knight’s setting, but his rough voice sounded like he was either in the prime of his life, or past middle-aged

“Your invasion has been leaving me no choice but to fight, don’t you think?”.

“Is that so? ──It was the same back in my day . I was a youngster, resentful of the kingdom I had been born in . ”.

I couldn’t shift my gaze away from the Black Knight

I tightly clutched the joysticks, tightening Arroganz’s fist while breathing in disarray from the tension

Why did I have to fight a tough battle like this?.

Normally, I would have definitely fled

Why didn’t I run away? It would have been embarra.s.sing if I ran away after having smugly criticized the other kids, and also because this guy didn’t seem ready to let me go . .

If I turned my back, he would definitely kill me

Furthermore, the long sword my opponent was wielding had penetrated Arroganz . It would be able to pierce Partner’s plating as well

Livia and Anjie’s faces popped up in my mind . And what about the others? As if I knew them!.

If I didn’t stop this guy here, those two would be in trouble

Luxon spoke to me

[I request permission to utilize my main body . ].

“If you use it, you’re probably going to kill the Black Knight . I can’t let you do that . ”.

[I cannot understand you . Your opponent is coming!].

The Black Knight made the first move

The charm hanging around my neck shook

As the Black Knight swung down his big sword, his movements seemed to lack any shred of indecisiveness . He was not hesitant to kill me . When I stopped the blow with my right arm, the sword dug deeply into it

The sound of an alert continued to blare, and when I aimed my left hand towards the Black Knight, he seemed to sense the danger, pulled out the sword, flew above me, and turned towards my back

Turning around, I saw the Black Knight swinging his large sword with a horizontal slash

Having closed the distance, I clashed with Black Knight, causing the large sword to wedge itself deeply into my right shoulder

“Just how much of a difference in armor performance is there between this broken b.a.s.t.a.r.d and me?!”.

Luxon calmly replied to my complaint

[There’s an overwhelming difference in terms of the pilot’s skills . ].

When I drove my left arm into the Black Knight and was about to release a shockwave, he violently kicked away my arm and separated from me

Like that, we continued to struggle, confronting each other over and over again, and before long──the Black Knight, with his back to the evening sun, faced me

The Black Knight lost his left arm and had no legs

I was also battered up

The Black Knight seemed weakened as well

“──To think I’d lose to a knight of the kingdom . ”.

He squeezed out a voice of agony

I was also in pain

As the black knight charged forward, I squinted my eyes from the radiance of the evening sun . I felt that his giant sword had glistened momentarily . The nerve he had to use such an old trick! How cowardly!.

Closing the distance, the Black Knight thrust his sword into Arroganz

I immediately slipped out of Arroganz and leaped, using an anchor to hook onto the Black Knight’s armor . Though the Black Knight was surprised by my action, he smiled

“Did you give up?!”.

“Nope, I’ve won . ”.

The Black Knight, with his attention focused solely on me, didn’t notice Arroganz taking action

Arroganz held the Black Knight’s armor tightly──constricting him

“Wha?! How could you operate it?!”.

Tearing off the head of his armor, I confronted the Black Knight while he was unable to move . Facing the aging man who had a large scar on his forehead, I drew out a handgun from my holster and aimed it at him

“This is the end . Surrender . ”.

The Black Knight glared at me . His spirit could send chills down anyone’s spine

“I decline . Just kill me quickly! Kill this coward . ”.

I refused

Luxon popped out from Arroganz and came over to my side

[Master, we have completed gaining total control . ].

I looked around, no longer hearing the sounds of battle

The opposing fleet could no longer move . All of their armor units were also floating above the sea

“Bravo!”.

We helped stop the princ.i.p.ality without needing to use Luxon’s main body

[That was really troublesome . ].

The Black Knight felt bitter

“Princess──I’m sorry . ”.

While watching the Black Knight in that state, I noticed a ray of light being fired from one of the princ.i.p.ality’s warships . It looked like a flare, causing me to furrow my brow

“They really don’t know when to give up . ”.

◇.

Garrett was laughing like a madman when seeing the Black Knight lose

“This is the end . I’m done for . ”.

With the defeat of the Black Knight, a living legend, the morale of the princ.i.p.ality’s troops sank

They no longer had any fighting power

The princ.i.p.ality’s troops lost to a civilian airship holding students

Garrett, who was more than likely going to be held responsible, took out a gun-like object from his pocket and approached a window

The item, which could fire only a single shot, was created as a result of research conducted on the magic flute

It could summon together monsters

Originally, it was a tool used to gather monsters who were controlled by the magic flute, but its use was restricted since it displayed a particularly powerful effect

“A, at this point, I must at least erase everything . I will not be labeled as incompetent by history──so I will do away with it all!”.

Once he pointed it towards the air and pulled the trigger, it fired a glow akin to a flare

The glow, which lit up the darkened sky, made a strange sound

Monsters then appeared, as if drawn by it

From the sky, the sea──one by one, they gathered

“Now, monsters, erase everything!”.

The ridiculously strong armor of the Black Knight had been destroyed and rendered inoperable . There was only one big, strange airship left

An opposing airship with few cannons . Garrett thought that it would be weak against attacks of large numbers

Panicking soldiers came and pinned down Garrett, who was roaring with laughter

However, the number of monsters continued to increase

◇.

I watched the situation from atop of Arroganz, which was still restraining the Black Knight

I breathed a small sigh before the sight of monsters gushing forth to no end

Luxon, floating beside me, spoke nonchalantly

[It’s a spectacle to see so many gathering together . ].

The immobile Black Knight glared at the warship that had fired the flare

“What a fool . Does he plan on getting rid of everything here? Hey, brat! Inform the princess . Tell her to play the magic flute . This situation is unfavorable for you people as well . ”.

Did he plan on letting her controlling the newly gathered monsters with the magic flute?.

That was indeed an option, but if that happened, then the number of enemies we had would increase again

Perhaps noticing my doubts, the Black Knight attempted to persuade me

“I don’t plan on going against you at this point . Do you want both sides to be annihilated?!”.

As if I could trust what he was saying!.

I turned towards Luxon

“I’m not looking for total annihilation . Luxon, how about you go to work?”.

[At last, is it my turn?].

Luxon’s one red eye brightened

Upon which, a cloud floating the sky fired successive thin rays of light, piercing through the gathering monsters and turning them into black smoke

The Black Knight turned his head and watch that scene

“What’s going on?!”.

It seemed quite like a meteor shower

However, the black smoke arising from the monsters’ defeat gradually obscured the beautiful scenery

I turned to face the Black Knight

“You guys aren’t the only ones with tricks up their sleeves . Make sure to tell that to your country once you get home . ”.

Thereupon, the Black Knight yelled at me

“Are you planning to spare my head?! You──had you been going easy on us since the beginning?! Just how much of a fool do you plan on making us?!”.

What would I do with an old geezer’s head?!.

“As if I want your head, revolting . Though, I will accept your giant sword . After all, I don’t know what you would do if you had it . ”.

The Black Knight’s large sword had really been a ha.s.sle for me

“You brat! Don’t forget that your naivety will take your life away one day! Next time, for sure──”.

I smiled while watching the Black Knight’s outrage

“I saved you out of the kindness of my heart, and yet you’re howling quite arrogantly, aren’t you? Old man, it seems you don’t know . It’s already over for you guys . ”.

Since the Black Knight made a facial expression indicating that he didn’t understand, I kindly and politely explained

“You don’t get it? Sure, the opponent you all lost to was armed, but it still a civilian airship . Adding insult to injury, the ones riding it were students . When you tried to take a student hostage, the tables had turned on you instead . Do you know what that means?”.

The Black Knight made a face of surprise

“──How despicable!”.

I smiled how informing him of the matter

“Grown adults took a serious stance against some children and lost to them! Even if I’m a strong and terrific guy, that doesn’t matter . You all lost to a n.o.ble’s child from the kingdom . Do you genuinely think that there will be anything for you people in the future? Old man, you should just retire . Actually, you’ll have no choice but to retire! Your time is already over . You’ve done well up until now . How is it to lose your placement as a knight? Do tell . ”.

The Black Knight’s face warped into an expression of frustration

“You, you mean to say that we’ll live while smeared with shame?! You don’t even have the kindness to let us die as knights on a battlefield, you fiend!”.

I brought my face closer to the Black Knight, head-b.u.t.ting him, which ended up hurting . What a hard-headed person he was

A kindness to kill? I couldn’t understand his sense of values . This opponent was quite difficult to handle

“The losers have to obey the winners, right? Live your life while plastered with disgrace . I may be kind as a person, but I believe you’ll find me fiendish and dastardly as a knight . ”.

The Black Knight clenched his teeth . His hatred of me caused him to make an immense facial expression

“I wonder how long you can keep fighting like that . ”.

While we were deep in talk, Luxon had finished killing the monsters, and now we were surrounded by silence . I restrained the Black Knight, headed towards Partner, and then began shifting into motion .  .

I had settled down

I went to Partner’s hangar . It was getting pretty late

I admired the giant sword that pierced the battered Arroganz . This black, long sword had probably absorbed a lot of blood up until now

It seemed to be cursed . I believed it imposed its will onto others

[Master, why did you bother fighting? If I used my main body, beating the Black Knight would have been a simple feat . I’d like to hear the reason for why you’d take such a risk . ].

I suppose that I did voluntarily put my life into danger . Luxon had criticized me, but I thought to myself while looking at the large sword in front of me

I was indeed possible to erase all of my foes with overwhelming power . However, if that happened, I would have been a ma.s.s murderer

Could I live with that without any trouble? Impossible . I would definitely regret it, and it would surely come to haunt me

In addition, it would also increase my troubles

“I suppose it would be easy for you to wipe away the princ.i.p.ality’s army in an instant . So, what would happen after that?”.

[You would be viewed as a threat, Master . Not just the princ.i.p.ality, but the kingdom would also take action . In the worst case scenario, they would try to kill you . I would never let such a thing happen, though . ].

At any rate, it would become impossible to remain living the way I had been until now

I would have to continue fighting, perhaps with no choice but to gain complete control over everything──just like the Holfault Kingdom had been doing

The other option would be to run away

“I didn’t want to because it would cause trouble . It a took a lot of effort to get a cheat like you . I’d like to make choices that don’t place a burden on my mental health, though . It’s a matter of my feelings, feelings . ”.

Also, I didn’t want Luxon to commit a ma.s.sacre

◇.

It was the next day

I was on a floating island belonging to the princ.i.p.ality, where many broken airships had piled up

Since robots had done the disa.s.sembly work, I had my hands a large number of floating stones

──They were all mine

“Transport the armor too . I’ll take the airships in good condition back home . ”.

Luxon was floating next to me, it seemed that its favorite position was near my shoulder

[The gall you have to steal everything, you have no empathy, Master . As expected . ].

“I know, right? I’m not that fond of this part of myself either . ”.

Nearby was a restrained, moustache-less man──Garrett

He was quite beaten up, but the one who did that wasn’t me

When we seized him, he had lost consciousness and was in this state

“Baron Baltfault, if you could, why not return the floating stones?”.

I grinned while replying

“Hmm~, I wonder what I should do? Since our luxury liner had been attacked and destroyed, I’d like to at least collect some of them . Ah~, if a certain group of people hadn’t attacked us, this wouldn’t have happened . ”.

“I, in that case, formal negotiations between the princ.i.p.ality and the kingdom will──gah!”.

He made a sound when I violently trampled on the floor

“And just why should I, the victor, make any compromise?”.

“Well, but──”.

“It’s fine, right?”.

“No, you see──”.

“It’s fine, isn’t it?”.

“──Y, yes . ”.

Garrett, whose life or death was in my hands, grimaced in frustration

“Oh my~, look how kind I am . After all, I’ll let you all off with just this . Generosity is my sin~ . ”.

Luxon was astonished

[It’s astounding how merciless you are, Master . ].

“Isn’t this better than taking the soldiers and enslaving them?”.

[You sold off the sky pirates to a viscount family, though . ].

“I suppose that’s true . The viscount household had discovered a mine and buying slaves helped them out . They were criminals in the first place . They knew what would happen if they got caught, so they shouldn’t regret the choices they made . ”.

[Didn’t you say you wanted to help the household?].

“I suppose I said something like that . ”.

We sold them to the viscount household that my sister had caused trouble for

From now, the sky pirates would have to work hard for the sake of the people──putting their life on the line!.

The manual labor and hard work of the mines were dangerous . They were working in a location that could make even an adult collapse

I thought of myself as br.i.m.m.i.n.g with kindness, considering that I didn’t send the princ.i.p.ality’s soldiers to such a place

However, I was slightly conflicted on the inside

Even though I had cut down much of the princ.i.p.ality’s war potential, would they stop their fighting?.

──I really wanted them to let go of the war

Even though I now had more worries about the future on my mind, I wanted to do something in the kingdom later on after having persevered for this long

There was a huge pile of broken armor in front of me

“We’ll have to repair these as well . ”.

[I don’t mind repairing them, but if I do all of them, then people will start to suspect something . You should entrust this to an armor repair workshop . The best option would be if you owned such a workshop though, Master . ].

“That will be impossible to do right away, but it sounds good . I wonder who I should entrust this with . ”.

[Recently, there seems to be many con artists claiming to specialize in armor production . You’d better be careful when commissioning someone . ].

“There were indeed such con artists in the game . What a cruel society . ”.

Luxon spoke to me

[Master, we have finished our work . We can withdraw at any time . ].

“Right . Now that we’ve stolen what we needed to steal, how about we head home?”.

[You almost sounded like a sky pirate there . ].

Leaving the floating island, I had stolen the princ.i.p.ality’s airships and most of their armor

◇.

I was inside Partner

After speaking with the luxury liner’s captain and the teachers, I got tired and went back to my room

In front of the door was a robot acting like a security guard, protecting the room . When I said “I appreciate your efforts,” while trying opening the door──it got in my way

“Hey, why aren’t you letting me into my own room?”.

The robot blocked me from entering the room

“Just let me through! I’m tired!”.

For some reason, the eyes on its head flickered and tried to convey something, but I forcibly tried to enter my room

Thereupon, Luxon told me what the robot was trying to say

[Master, there are apparently two people in the──”.

When I opened the door, I saw that both Anjie and Livia were lying down on my bed inside the room, facing each other . I could hear their quiet sleeping breaths

They were sleeping while holding hands

The sheets were laid out, and it seemed that they had removed their uniforms

A caretaker robot was floating, ironing their uniforms

If that was the case, then were they in their underwear beneath the sheets?.

The two had cute faces as they slept

What a precious sight

──I slowly closed the door

I then turned my back to the door and slumped down

“You should’ve told me! Doesn’t this mean I just peek at them?! Anjie’s papa would kill me!”.

As I held my knees under my arms, Luxon explained why the two were in my room

[It seems that they fell asleep while waiting inside the room . They must have been exhausted . ].

They were both lovely

If I didn’t have the soul of an adult, I might have peered at them

It was a good thing that I was an adult . However, they should be more careful since men can behave like wolves

“Where should I sleep?”.

Since the students and sailors had evacuated into Partner, I pondered about which rooms could still be vacant

Thereupon, I heard the sound of footsteps . Someone had approached me and halted, and when I looked, there stood Chris

“Need something?”.

“Baltfault, I want answers . Are you──are you refusing to spar against me in swordsmanship because I can’t win against you?”.

What was this guy saying?.

He thought I could win against him, as if he was ignoring his talents with the sword? Was he joking?.

“What? Is that a joke? Sorry, but it wasn’t funny . ”.

Chris shook his head . It seemed that he wasn’t convinced of my reply, and interpreted it as he pleased

“Well, you did beat the Black Knight . I suppose we’re in completely different realms . I can’t measure up to your skills . How humiliating . ”.

It would have been better if he felt ashamed of the misunderstanding he had

My victory was because of Arroganz’s ability

“You’re misunderstanding──”.

However, Chris spoke with a face that seemed as if he had renewed his determination

“I will definitely catch up to you! I’ll become strong enough for you to recognize me . That’s what I came here to say──you are my goal . ”.

I thought about resolving the misunderstanding as Chris walked away after saying that, but I decided against it since it would be a bother

It was too late for each and every one of them to mend their ways

I thought as such while seeing Chris leave

“Alright, should I force the credit onto him this time?”.

“Another ploy?”.

How rude it was to call it a ploy

Everyone would be happier if I wasn’t the one getting promoted

While thinking about it, I sat down in front of the door and slept

◇.

“Well~, the princ.i.p.ality was a strong enemy . ”.

I was in my own room within the academy

After finally coming back from the school trip, I laid down on the bed while speaking with Luxon

[Well said . ].

After what happened, I had been questioned about a lot of things

However, when I showed them the Black Knight’s large sword, I made sure to say “Chris did his best!” to the government official many times

Everyone else had worked hard as well . I acted as if I had been deeply moved while insisting that I only cooperated

I wasn’t sure if it was because of that, but this time the country gave a reward to the persevering students

I heard that everyone would receive medals

[Was it fine to present the Black Knight’s large sword to them?].

“I don’t want it since it’s cursed to absorb someone’s blood . You’d also be able to prepare something similar to it, right?”.

[After having done a.n.a.lysis, it is indeed possible . However, was it necessary to go as far as to present airships and armor as well?].

That was to flatter the royal palace

I also handed them to Anjie’s papa since I felt guilty after seeing Anjie’s sleeping face

“It’s fine . There’s still some left . I’ve got some precious floating stones at hand now . ”.

There was no promotion this time

It ended with everyone receiving a medal

[If that’s fine with you, then I don’t mind . ].

A lot had happened in this incident

There was also one thing I had been contemplating

Before long, I would probably have to go all-out and do my best . It would do well to retrieve Livia’s bracelet and later finish the conflict with the princ.i.p.ality

I had finally resolved myself

It was fine if I could remain a mob . However, I wanted to stand beside those two people

So for that reason, there was a lot I would need to prepare

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