Chapter 12 (v2)
The trial of the Guardian God of Sloth. As the demons grow stronger each time, the hero is currently undergoing this trial. This is a test to see if the hero is worthy; if he is, then he will be rewarded with new skills and abilities.
The trial is different each time. Once, it was to answer a riddle with a time limit of three days and nights. However, as I’m too lazy to bother.
“You’ve finished the trial. You can go back now.”
“Eh? That’s it?” the hero asked.
” shouldn’t you be proud human? ” Runamiria then says with a cold tone.
“It’s not as you humans think. You can’t even scratch Guardian-sama and yet you are perhaps thinking about duelling him?”
Hero-kun’s face suddenly becomes ugly.
“Everyone, attack,! ”
An youthful impulse. Ah, it starts to become troublesome.
Aah… I’m so lazy…
“Sonic Slash! ”
” Rock-Splitting Strike!”
The hero jumped while a warrior with a giant sword swung it down. The monk-like member and the girl starts to chant behind them.
Maybe one is in charge of recovery and the other is in charge of magic. A typical party formation.
I block the hero’s attack using my right arm and the sword using only one finger from my left hand.
” Don’t stop! ”
The warrior sends another kick towards my face. I receive it with my forehead. It has decent power but is too weak to do any damage to me. Then he takes a step backwards.
” Triple lance! ”
The hero unleashes his spell as the warrior moves back. An combination magic attack of fire, ice, and thunder.
It’s a good spell but I easily cancel it with a spell of my own.
“In the name of God, evil will be punished. Holy Strike! ”
This is the spell that the monk-like man was chanting.
A chain of light comes down from the sky. It is heavy. While his appearance doesn’t look it, his faith is quite high.
The moment that that voice was heard, my view becomes filled with fire. Just as the name suggests, it is a high level magic flame tornado.
I move my wings lightly to generate wind and the flame disappears.
“This can’t be…”
“Not what I expected…”
The hero party is looking at me with a sad look.
Oh dear. Was that their ultimate move? Not even a single strand of my hair is burned.
“Hero.. If it’s like this your power isn’t even enough to defeat the common demons.”
I’ll give a hint too.
“You can’t even dream about defeating the one controlling the demons, the Demon Lord.”
“There’s a Demon Lord?”
It should be mentioned that the previous hero didn’t tell him.
“God, please protect the people.”
What? If you ask me, it will be troublesome. I created a hero like you to lessen my work. Or should I kill him and create a new one? Well, let’s see if talking works.
“Hero, if you don’t stop him, this is what will happen.”
I instantly cast an illusion on them.
“Pigna! Dad! Mom! Everyone! Stop!” [ED: The last one is directed towards the demons…]
” Stop that… Please… ”
” Dad, mom, teacher… Why? ”
“Oh God! The children!”
The hero sees an illusion of his village overrun by demons. They kill everyone mercilessly.
The hero and his party continue breathing heavily even after I release the illusion.
“Now, that was what would happen if you don’t stop the Demon Lord.”
Honestly their ability isn’t that bad. A little bit more and they can scratch me. It’s only a matter of time.
“If you don’t strengthen your resolve, you may die as well. ”
I cast a big fire to intimidate them. Of course they really may die, but this is necessary to test their mental strength.
” I… I will defeat the demons and the Demon Lord. I will marry Pigna and make lots of kids with her. ”
After the hero finished, it’s the girl turn.
“The Demon Lord? I don’t care. I’ll burn them all! ”
“The demon lord behind the demon invasion? Interesting.”
“True peace won’t be achieved if we don’t defeat him!”
Whoa, the hero party is quite courageous.
” Now, Ars Funnel. You may have talent but you must also have courage. ”
That was a good speech from me. I wonder if it was enough.
” I know… Everyone… Let’s do it. ”
They pick up their weapon and prepare for round two.
Now, let’s continue.
” Die…! ”
” Oryaa…. ”
Hero-kun and the warrior comes forward and attack continuously. It has a higher chance of succeeding than if they do it one by one.
“O God, please bless our weapons. Weapon Maximize!”
The monk chants magic to increase attack. Their attacks then becomes sharper.
Hmm.. I might need to fight a little more seriously.
“God will protect us against our enemies. Maximize shield!”
The monk once again cast a defence magic.
Why a defensive spell?
“Oi! Are you insane?”
Behind the monk, the girl chants her magic. She collects a high density of mana.
“Paula do it now!”
“It doesn’t matter if we’re hit!”
It’s a suicide dialogue.
<<Mega Flame>> is the highest levelled spell of the black flame type. She casted the spell without care as to whether it will hit the hero and the warrior.
Now, if this is what you want,…
“Whaaa… Its’ hot.”
“Heal please… Heal…”
The hero and the warrior cries out pathetically.
“God please heal our wound! All heal!”
It’s show time!
I deliberately turn off my defence.
The black fire clings to my body. It didn’t actually hurt but it did crack my scales.
“Superb. I didn’t think you could ever manage even that.”
Then I peel off my scales and reveal another layer of tough, unharmed scales underneath.
“How is he so though…”
“We only damaged his first layer of scales. There is not even a scratch on the second layer!”
” Guys… Let’s attack again…”
Uwah… Those are the words that I want to hear. Brave hero! Maybe he can really defeat the Demon Lord.
“Nice spirit! Come hero!”
They gather around the monk and he uses healing magic to restore the party.
“Here I come…!”
A mithril sword, longsword and bishop staff all come flying at me.
Bright magic spells come flying at me from the witch too.
The monk and warrior both send crushing blow. It’s rather painful since I don’t have my outer layer of scales. I may even pass out from of the pain.
The girl casts it on my feet. It causes my figure to collapse. From the corner of my eyes, I see Hero-kun jumping.
“This is your chance!”
The opportunity comes from their team play.
The hero sword is shining brightly.
I receive the shining blade with my palm as the Hero swings it down. I feel only some pain but I was sent a few meters back. The power wasn’t bad.
The shining light continues to cut.”Noo…”
I reach my bed… I look at my palm and see a single drop of blood. The source is a thin cut, as thin as a sheet of paper.
However Hero-kun is lying on the ground. The mana consumption seems to be very great.
“Alright Hero… You have passed the test. ”
As soon as she sees my palm, Runamiria’s look becomes scary.
The hero shows an unbelievable face.
“Yes, and it’s due to your last attack. It has a “heaven” attribute and is called <<Brave Slash>>.”
The skill was of course given by me. The battle was kind of like a tutorial to gain skill.
I also chose the right time to make the tutorial more dramatic and epic.
The hero’s face is happy and he trembles with excitement. Then a strange silence falls upon us. What’s next again?
Then with a cough, Runamiria starts to speak.
“Now Hero, please defeat the demons and Demon Lord of Makai, and bring peace to the world. ”
However, I actually wanted the demons and humans to live alongside each other in peace.
“If you meet the Demon Lord, please try not to kill him.”
However they couldn’t understand my reasoning.
“He isn’t a bad guy except for doing radical things sometimes, like massacre.”
“Well then, God of Sloth, we take our leave.”
“I’ll pray for your success, Ars Funnel.”
Thus the brave Ars Funnel succeed in clearing the God of Sloth trial.
Hang in there Ars, don’t lose…
“Finally it’s over…”
I lay down on the ground. I’m so tired. Seriously, among the Guardian Gods, I’m the most busy.
“Thank you for all the hard work Guardian-sama.” It was Runamiria.
“Have they left?”
“Yes, it is dangerous for them to stay too long.”
“Oh. Then let’s pray for their safety.”
“Guardian-sama, please show me your hand.”
Runamiria takes my hand and a warm light of healing magic wraps around my hand. It healed the wound instantly.
“You didn’t have to say that.”
“Then, my work is finished. I’ll sleep now…”
“Guardian-sama, your bed…”
Aah, it was damaged…
“It will be impossible for me to use it if I return to my dragon form. I’ll stay like this for now.”
“Guardian-sama… If you don’t mind…”
What comes is a shy high pitched voice.
“Guardian-sama, please use my lap as your pillow.”
I can’t believe that she is offering herself as a lap pillow.
“Well, sleeping in my human form on the hard rock bed may hurt my body. If you’re okay with it, Runamiria, I’ll take you up on your offer. ”
“Yes please.. It’s an honour.”
Runamiria sits down and cleans her lap many times.
“Guardian-sama, if you please…”
“Please pardon me…”
I put my head on top of her lap. It has a nice soft feeling… Like a foam pillow…
“Then, I’ll go to sleep now…”
“Yes Guardian-sama… Good night…”
I peek a bit and see a giant satisfied smile on Runamiria face… With that, I let go of my consciousness…