WM – Chapter 316: Moon Country’s Queen

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“I am the queen of the Moon Country of Laphroaig, my name is Furiae. I am truly happy to be able to talk to all of you today.” 

Eyes that shine like amethyst. 

A clear voice like that of an angel. 

A bright smile like that of a flower. 

The words of the Moon Country’s queen had such charm it could captivate anyone. 

(No, this is…) (Makoto)

Furiae-san’s eyes were shining faintly golden. 

I could also feel the faint presence of the Charm curse from her voice.

It is because I am the Guardian Knight of the Moon Oracle that I can barely feel this Charm. 

“Today’s Furi is pretty…” (Lucy)

“Fu-chan, so lovely…” (Aya)

Lucy and Sa-san are enraptured.

That’s the same for the people around. 

They were looking at Furiae-san as if feverish. 

The only ones who are unaffected seem to be Sakurai-kun and Queen Noel. 

But it doesn’t seem like they have noticed Furiae-san. 

The Moon Country’s queen was Charming the participants and spectators of the ceremony.

Should I be saying something about this? 

(…Noah-sama? Ira-sama? Are you watching?) (Makoto)

I ask the Goddesses. 

But there was no response. 

I would have liked some sort of advice here.

This ceremony has the most influential people in the continent gathered here. 

Because of that, security is tight, and there’s several barriers set.

It might be difficult for the thought transmission to connect. 

“We -residents of the Moon Country- desire mutual prosperity with everyone. For this peace to last forevermore…” (Furiae) 

Furiae-san continues talking. 

I am not listening that seriously to what she is saying.

What bothers me is the intensity of the Charm mixed in her voice.

I listened for a while and…

(…It isn’t that big of a deal, huh.) (Makoto)

That’s the conclusion I made.

It is not on the level of brainwashing. 

This is Highland, and not the hometurf of Furiae-san. 

If we think that maybe she is using her Charm magic to better the impression of the Moon Country. It might simply be a political move. 

Thinking that, I obediently listen to the speech of Furiae-san.

“Light Hero-sama, Sun Holy Maiden-sama, congratulations on your wedding.” (Furiae) 

Furiae-san continues speaking.

“A clear blue sky and the sunlight pouring down is as if it is blessing the future of you two.” (Furiae) 

“Thank you very much, Queen Furiae.” (Noel)

“…Thanks, Your Majesty Furiae.” (Sakurai)

Queen Noel responded courteously and Sakurai-kun did so straightforwardly. 

…Sakurai-kun is making a slightly dubious expression.

He must have noticed that Furiae-san is acting strangely.

“Aah, at any rate, the barrier of the Sun Holy Maiden-sama is wonderful.  Not only this capital, but a gigantic barrier that can cover this whole West Continent. Placed against the assault of the Great Demon Lord; a barrier of this level has not been seen even 1,000 years ago. It is a splendid barrier without a single seam on it, mirroring the strict Sun Goddess, Althena-sama.” (Furiae)

Furiae-san opened her arms wide and took an exaggerated pose.

“But…” (Furiae)

Here, her expression changed into a sad one.

“This barrier is extremely suffocating for us from the Moon Country. We devilkin are a mix race of humans and demons. This holy barrier is eating away at our bodies. I request of you, Sun Holy Maiden-sama, for the sake of the peace of the Sun Country and the Moon Country, can I please modify this barrier a little bit?” (Furiae)

“Modify…the barrier…?” (Noel)

Queen Noel showed an agitated expression at Furiae-san’s words.

“Yes, it isn’t anything complicated. It is okay to just Synchronize with me for a fleeting instance. We are both Holy Maidens. If you can just let me synchronize with you and allow me to make this barrier into one that’s suitable for devilkin. Is that okay?” (Furiae)

“That’s…” (Noel)

Queen Noel and Sakurai-kun look at each other. 

“I simply want to make a world where the people of the Moon Country can live soundly.” (Furiae)

“…Understood.” (Noel)

Queen Noel nodded quietly at the words of Furiae-san.

“Aah! I extend my gratitude as the representative of the Moon Country’s people!” (Furiae)

“And so…what do I have to do?” (Noel)

“Fufu, please take my hand. It will end soon.” (Furiae)

Furiae-san and Queen Noel hold hands, fingers intertwined. 

The next instant, a faint light covered the two and bursted out. 

For just a fleeting moment, a vivid light that dazzled the eyes hits us. 

“…Ooh!!!”

I heard the commotion of the participants and audience of the ceremony.

The sky was shining in a faint rainbow color. 

A dream-like scenery spread before us, and it eventually returned to its original good weather. 

“Thank you, Noel-sama.” (Furiae)

“Was that…all?” (Noel)

Furiae-san smiled and Queen Noel seemed to be confused and let go of her hand. 

‘What did she manage to do in such a short span of time?’…is what I was thinking, and…

“I am feeling good…” (Lucy)

“Yeah, me too. I feel as if my body has gotten lighter.” (Aya)

Lucy and Sa-san were looking at their own bodies with a look of wonder.

“Right, you have demon blood in you, don’t you, Lucy? Also, Sa-san is a monster…” (Makoto)

Looks like the effects of the barrier modification of Furiae-san are showing. 

“You feel nothing, Makoto?” (Lucy)

“Nothing.” (Makoto)

“What about you, Sofi-chan?” (Aya)

“I don’t feel anything either.” (Sofia)

Lucy and Sa-san ask, and Princess Sofia and I answer. 

It seems like it has no effect on us humans. 

(…Even so, the manner of speech of Furiae-san…) (Makoto)

It is different from usual.

It is a formal event, so you could wrap it up as her drawing a distinction, but…I still feel something is off.

It is as if…she is that person.

“Light Hero-sama, you are a truly fortunate person for being bethrothered to a splendid Holy Maiden like her. As expected of the reincarnation of the Savior-sama that saved the world. I am sure your name will be spoken of even 1,000 years and beyond.” (Furiae) 

“Thank you very much…Your Majesty…Furiae.” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun answered shortly. 

Now that I think about it, she would always call Sakurai-kun and Ryosuke.

No, it may be because it is a formal event, so that’s normal… It should be. 

There’s nothing really strange about that. 

“It isn’t much, but please allow me to confer you a blessing spell.” (Furiae)

Saying this, Furiae-san extends her hand.

Sakurai-kun hesitated for a bit, but ultimately took the hand of Furiae-san.

“May the glorious Light Hero-sama have eternal fortune…” (Furiae)

A faint rainbow colored light covered the body of Sakurai-kun together with the words of Furiae-san.

The light was emitted for a fleeting 2-3 seconds and soon disappeared.

“The Moon Country blesses the Light Hero Sakurai-sama and the Sun Holy Maiden Noel-sama’s betrothal from the bottom of our hearts. Everyone, please give a round of applause to bless these two!” (Furiae)

Furiae-san spread both arms and the audience and participants gave a thunderous ovation.

When I looked by my sides, Lucy, Sa-san, and Princess Sofia were also applauding passionately. 

(Is this the effect of the Charm…?) (Makoto)

Did she Charm the spectators to liven up this place?

The thunderous applause continued for a while. 

Because of that…we were late in noticing the strange noise.

*BOOM!!*

The sound of an explosion resonated, and the ground shook lightly. 

“Wa?! Enemy attack?” (Aya)

“Lu-chan, Takatsuki-kun, be careful!” (Lucy)

“Sa-san, please protect Princess Sofia!” (Makoto)

Lucy quickly took out her small staff she was carrying. 

Sa-san is barehanded, but she is plenty strong like that. 

And then, I use Eavesdrop to check the state of the surroundings. 

“Avenge the Great Demon Lord-sama!” 

“Glory to the Snake Church!” 

Those voices reached my ears. 

And then, explosions. 

More bombing terrorism?! 

…But how? 

They managed to slip through this tight security net, and invade the ceremony venue. 

I soon got the answer for that. 

“Be careful! The Snake Church was disguised as the influential people of the Moon Country!” 

The venue grows noisy. 

But this place didn’t get stormier than that. 

“Cleaned up over here!” 

“We have apprehended the ones here too!” 

“We have apprehended the culprit!” 

I heard the voices of Olga-san, Maximilian-san, and Prince Leonard. 

Looks like the remaining terrorists were incapacitated before they detonated. 

(Right, there’s the strongest people of the continent and the Heroes gathered here…) (Makoto)

The Templars and the Sun Knights stationed in the venue were deployed. 

Looks like the explosions of before ended with just minor injuries. 

The tension was still there, but the enemy attack was suppressed quickly. 

Is what I thought when…

*BUON!!!*

A shadow passed from above.

A giant black blade. 

It cut the air and the one there was…

“[Light Sword]!” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun shouted as he shot a light blade and dispersed the black blade. 

The aim of that attack was Sakurai-kun, or Queen Noel or Furiae-san who were at the stage. 

“Well, it is not like an attack like this would be able to defeat you…huh.” 

I heard an aloof voice.

The owner of that voice is the one who shot the black blade. 

Right above the ceremony venue. 

A handsome man with a giant black scythe and black ceremonial dress. 

The inhuman beauty and the miasma coming out from his body made it clear that he is not a human. 

Moreover, I have seen this man before.

But…that man…that Demon Lord should have been defeated by the previous Light Hero, Anna-san.

Is it the real one? I don’t know.

Let’s confirm.

“Dia.” (Makoto)

“Yes, Our King.” (Dia)

The Great Water Spirit answers my call.

The other mages and swordsmen in the venue were about to attack him, but I was slightly faster. 

“Water Magic: [Thousand Ice Blades].” (Makoto)

A thousand ice swords appear around the scythe-wielding man as if surrounding him.

And then, the swords concentrated in one point, attempting to skewer him.

But those swords didn’t hit the man, and were blown away with one swing of that black scythe. 

No, it seems like only one scratched him.

A small scratch was made in his cheek.

That wound didn’t let out blood.

The man rubbed that wound with his finger and directed his gaze at the one who casted that spell -in other words, me.

“…You again? You are using unpleasant spells as always. But let’s rejoice for our meeting after 1,000 years, Spirit User-kun!” 

A frivolous attitude, but with a sharp gaze like that of a wolf.

And then, blocking my Water Spirit Magic as if nothing and taking an attitude as if he were an old friend of mine. 

Looks like there’s no doubt he is the one I know of.

“An acquaintance of yours, Takatsuki-kun?” (Aya)

“…Demon Lord, Barbatos. You were alive?” (Makoto)

I answered the question of Sa-san in a loud voice so that everyone could hear. 

The Lord of the Devils, Barbatos. 

One of the Demon Lords serving the Great Demon Lord 1,000 years ago. 

And also a Demon Lord that Anna-san defeated.

I saw with my own eyes how he was cut by the Light Sword of Anna-san and perished, but…it looks like he wasn’t dead.

The venue grew noisy in an instant. 

It looks like the Templars are evacuating the people. 

I glanced at the stage, and there were already a lot of Templars surrounding Sakurai-kun, Queen Noel, and Furiae-san to protect them.

“Surround the scoundrel!” 

“Don’t attack carelessly. We are dealing with a Demon Lord here!” 

““Holy Sword Summon!””

The Sun Knights surround the Devil King in order to not let him escape. 

Olga-san and Maximilian-san already called their Holy Swords and took a battle stance.

Gera-san’s right hand is holding the mana clad Caliburn that’s releasing dazzling light. 

With these many enemies surrounding him, there should be no way for the Devil King to win.

The Ancient Dragon King was originally weaker than the Devil King. 

But the Devil King didn’t break his sneer. 

“Too bad. I wanted to come in first to kill at least one Hero, but…they have arrived, huh.” (Barbatos)

(Who?) (Makoto)

There wasn’t even the need to ask. 

A shadow covered the venue. 

A giant being is approaching.

It is a giant lion monster about a hundred meters in size.

And a Giantfolk that is several times bigger than normal.

(The Beast King…and the Giant King…) (Makoto)

All Demon Lords we have defeated in the past and the present.

Is this an illusion?

But the miasma that’s coming out of them is hammering the reality of this.

The audience panicked and were about to scatter away, but…

“Please wait!” 

The one who stopped them was Furiae-san.

“There’s no need to panic. We have the barrier of the Sun Holy Maiden that even blocked the Great Demon Lord’s attack and the Light Hero-sama that defeated the Great Demon Lord, so there’s no need to fret.” (Furiae)

Hearing those words, the panicked people regained their calm.

The people that were about to run away stopped their feet, and listened to the words of Furiae-san.

(No, they shouldn’t do that!) (Makoto)

It is bad to run away in panic, but it is also bad to stay here.

This place will become a battlefield, so they have to evacuate.

“Sofia! Get out of here together with Lucy and Sa-san—” (Makoto)

“““……”””

The faces of Princess Sofia, Lucy, and Sa-san were blank. 

They are Charmed.

I once again turn to Furiae-san.

Her eyes were shining golden. 

Now that I look closely, even the Sun Knights surrounding the Devil King are Charmed. 

This is bad! 

At the time when I hurriedly casted a spell on the Devil King, I noticed he had no drive. 

He had both arms behind his head and was looking down here with a warped smile.

“You really gotta leave the Hero Slaying to the expert.” 

I heard that whisper. 

I had a bad feeling.

*Clank*

A small sound was made and a black knight landed on the stage. 

The black knight covered in black armor charged onto Sakurai-kun without hesitation.

“Sakurai-kun! Run!” (Makoto)

I shouted loudly while confused.

My voice should have reached him.

But Sakurai-kun didn’t run.

Queen Noel and Furiae-san are behind him.

The kind Sakurai-kun must have thought it would be dangerous for the two if he were to run away. 

Also, there were several tens of knights and mages standing in front of Sakurai-kun as if protecting the 3.

On the other hand, the black knight is alone.

At a glance, it looks as if there’s not much of a threat. 

The black knight was charging in as if he were prepared for an honorable defeat.

But that’s not it. 

That guy is…

“Stop, Cain!” (Makoto)

I shouted.

Queen Noel made a shocked expression.

The mages shot Monarch and Saint rank spells, but it didn’t even leave a scratch. 

The magic swords of the Sun Knights all bounced off the armor of the black knight. 

The sacred treasure the Goddess Noah-sama made; the full armor of the Demon Lord Cain that has Physical Nullification and Magic Nullification.

It is the very definition of cheat armor. 

The worst first time killer. 

The attacks of the mages and knights in front of Sakurai-kun didn’t work at all, and the black knight passed through them at blinding speed.

The sword of the black knight approaches Sakurai-kun.

“[Light Sword]!” (Sakurai)

Sakurai-kun activated the Light Hero Skill, and shot his ultimate sword magic. 

That sword that should be able to vanquish even Demon Lords didn’t work on the armor of the black knight.

(The light…is weak.) (Makoto)

It is not the awakened Light Hero Skill I know.

A light sword that doesn’t shine rainbow. 

That’s not going to cut the armor of Demon Lord Cain. 

There was nothing obstructing the attack of the black knight anymore. 

The scream of Queen Noel resonates.

The sword of Cain penetrating the chest of Sakurai-kun happened as if in slow motion in my eyes.

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