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Chapter 12 ~ Elf’s Country Defensive Battle ① Encounter
“The gate! Open the gate! Demons are invading from the Demon continent! Prepare for a battle!”
The situation inside the fortress quickly dissolved into chaos after that announcement from the elves.
While the messenger ran, the gate was slowly opened.
*Clang**Clang**Clang*. The ringing sound from a bell could be heard three times. Ringing a bell three times consecutively indicates an emergency.
“What if the Elf country falls?” Ellie uttered while looking at the elves who were still waiting for the gate to open.
“Obviously, next they will target this fort. And it is likely to fall as well.”
As a tribe, elves specialize in magic. All elves are highly skilled in magic and their reserve of magic power is several times greater when compared to that of a man. Their country itself can be considered as a stronghold.
When they are done with the Elf country, I’m sure they will target this fortress next.
“Since the monsters are attacking, we need to be on high alert. Although, there is no way that the elves are going to lose.”
I don’t know the exact population inside the Elven country, but it is a powerful country given that there are a thousand mages inside. That is a fighting force at least 10 times larger than the available force during our time at the Gorbas Fortress. This is confirmed by Ellie.
But isn’t it a little bad now?
The quest clearly mentioned an impending collapse……
There is no point looking at the elves forever. I turned to everyone to tell them about the new quest, when Sati leaked a small “ah.”
An elf was descending onto the wall in front of me. I’m surprised at her sudden appearance and unable to react. She flies?
She looks the same age as Ellie. Her hair is braided with beautiful blonde twin tails. Her skin is as white as porcelain. Long ears. She is wearing a coat which is wrapped over her clothes and adorned with ornaments, making it look very high class. Next are the wings. Not real ones. They were magically produced.
While I was staring at her, the wings instantly disappeared.
Was I exposed!? After thinking for a moment, I realized there is no way she would ask this question if she was suspicious.
If that is the case, why did this Miss Elf appear in front me and throw me that kind of question?
A huge amount of magic power is gathered around this Miss Elf. At first, I thought the magic power emanated from the entire elf group, yet in truth this power is hers alone.
Furthermore, I’ve never seen anyone wearing magic power around their body before.
Magic power is usually emitted when we are chanting magic internally. Is this a special characteristic of an elf? Or is it because I’ve raised my magic sense so I’m able to see it more clearly?
“I’m just your everyday adventurer……hey, what is the status of the Elf country right now?”
The elf in front of me is strangely suspicious, but I need to check on the condition of her country first.
“Our country is falling. I’m sorry, but we need to stop the Demons here.”
This is hopeless.
In the end, my vacation is ruined for sure. No, maybe if I repel their invasion now and swiftly …
“No way, fall down!? How can the elves lose…”? Ellie exclaimed, surprised.
“That is what I thought initially. But as of right now, it is only a matter of time.”
“What exactly happened?” Ann asked calmly.
“Do you know about anti-magic metal?”
“The Efilt Bart ore. Last I heard, it was not usable……”
It seems that Ellie knows about it. I can slightly guess what it was about due to its anti-magic name.
“People of our nation recognize the metal.”
Miss Elf continues explaining it in detail. When the topic is about a matter of this world I’m pretty much useless, so the one responsible is Ellie.
Just like the name, it’s a metal which impedes magic. A few hundred years ago, when it was first discovered, it was a revolutionary method against magic, but in the end, it turned out to be unusable.
First of all, as a metal, it is too soft. It can’t be used to make swords. Neither can it be used for shields or armour.
Even if you made armour with this considerably strong anti-magic metal, it is still not enough to ward off even half the effect of elementary class magic. It’s not possible for either armour or shield. In addition, the amount mined is so small, that it is hardly available.
Currently, it is used in decorations since it’s easy to process and colourful.
“Those guys, they attached enough anti-magic armour to cover the entire body of the King of Earth Turtle, which is about 100 meters in length.”
It’s unsure whether it is because of the large mass of anti-magic material, or because of some special magic processing. All attacks from the elves were scattered around the anti-magic material coated on the Earth Turtle.
Physical damage doesn’t hurt the Earth Turtle that much. Worse, the elves suck with anything other than magic.
“It is bad enough that we are forced to repetitively attack just to stop it.” pg. 158
The problem lies with their magic power. Once their magic power is consumed they require a much longer recovery time, longer than it would take a person, to gain it back.
“For now, we are hoping to buy some time by creating a pitfall.”
Not only it is huge, there are a thousand troops accompanying it as well. However, regardless of how, the elves still sent a messenger to us. Our fortress will easily succumb without help from the elves.
For those elves that have depleted their magic power, don’t even mention the Earth Turtle, they don’t have sufficient strength to fight against the Orcs.
Now that the elves have lost magic power, the Demon army starts charging.
Once the demons have overturned the Elf Country, it will only take them a day or two to reach this fortress.
There is still plenty of time before the Earth Turtle reaches here. The pitfalls bought us some time, so first I’ll swing through the Elf country. She is carrying unnecessary luggage with her too, that is why her flying speed is a bit slow.
“There is a way to defeat the Earth Turtle King. We need to concentrate our magic at one point, and break through the anti-magic metal. Our previous attacks should have left some marks on it.”
However, the Earth Turtle King was originally a defensive creature. It has a shell which is naturally resistant to magic.
This is the 100-meter Earth Turtle King we are talking about. Defeating an ordinary one is hard enough.
During the escape made by this miss girl, the country was already surrounded by the demons. The country will most likely fall before the elves are fully recovered.
“At the very least, some elves managed to escape.”
But the problem remains.
Why is this elf coming over here and explaining details of this emergency situation to random adventurers like us?
Supposedly, Ellie is the one listening and answering everything, but from the start this elf has been staring hopefully at me and I have no idea why. There is no doubt that this is my first time meeting this elf……
Two knights come running from the stairs. Both of them are also an elf.
“Ah, Patos and Titus. How goes the negotiation?”
“The Adventurer Guild will issue an urgent request. The army of this country will spread the news around and mobilize as many troops as they can.”
“We have secured an inn for today.”
The heavily armed knights, Patos and Titus, answered. Are they twins or sisters? They look way too similar.
“Good work. Did you request help for our country as well?”
“We were told that they would like to consolidate the defence in this fortress first.”
“By golly! What about our treaty!?”
“It is too late for the elves. Even if they gather troops to help, the damage will already will be done.”
According to their treaty, the elf side is entitled to a request for relief from the fortress. But this Miss Elf, who was called a princess, is not receiving the aid.
“Princess, who are these people right here?”
One of the knights turns to face over here.
“They are adventurers.”
“If you are an adventurer, it would be best for you to go to the guild now. They will issue an emergency quest shortly.”
“I’m going to hire them as my own personal guards. I explained the situation to them just for that reason.”
You still have much explanation to give……
“You are going to hire these adventurers as your escorts?”
“It is time to head back.”
Just like that, she ushered everyone to return to the battlefield in her country. Rather, the time I received the quest is quite convenient, maybe I’ll check it out for myself first. Pg. 163
“There is no problem with going back. But now the situation has turned grave, so you should make your escape soon.”
“Our magic power is already depleted, right? Besides, this is too dangerous, Princess.”
I, too, agree that this is dangerous. But now that this has become a quest, I wonder if it is okay to escape.
At a moment like this, I would like to think that I never saw the quest. But if this gets exposed, I will get killed. Mainly by Ann.
Besides, it feels wrong to leave the elves to their despair.
As for my wives who were uninformed about the quest, they all seem lost about what to do. They can only watch the discussion between the princess and her knights.
“At this rate……at this rate all I can do is watch our country fall! My father, my mother, my brothers, they are all still fighting!”
“Well said! We will help you!”
Ellie is taking advantage of the atmosphere.
“Ooh, let’s do it!”
Ah, geez. Please don’t decide that by yourself……
I can understand Ellie’s feeling given that her father was slaughtered during a monster raid. They might get in the way so I don’t exactly have any problem with fighting them……
However, there aren’t any objections from anyone else in my group [trans: family ?]. I wonder if this is because everyone understands. Based on the story alone, this situation might be worse than our time at the Gorbas Fortress.
“But why are you bringing some of these adventurers along……”
“Can’t you feel it Titus, the amount of magic power this guy has.”
The Elf Princess points directly at me.
I see, my magic power. The truth is my magic power is much greater than that of a normal person. Despite this, the fact that I’m an apostle is not yet exposed.
“Certainly, this guy’s magic power is far greater than that of other human beings.”
“My spirit is making noise in response to the magic power of this man. This is strange.”
The elf named Titus is scrutinizing me.
“For the time being, why don’t we go to the guild first? Aren’t they going to issue the emergency quest soon?”
Ann gives a calm judgement.
But this is not good. The Elf Country is going to fall, that was already clearly stated in the quest.
If we wait to join the emergency request and save the country alongside other adventurers, God knows how long that will take.
“Everyone, please wait a moment. Ah, forgive me. I hope the Princess can wait, because I have something I would like to discuss with these others first.”
We went to a location deserted of people and brought all of our faces close together.
“Just now, I got a quest to save the Elf country.”
“What did you say!” Ellie leaked out in a surprised voice.
“Your voice is too loud. What’s written is——”
【Quest: Save the Elves!】
Due to the invasion of the Demons, the Elf country is likely to fall.
Quickly go to the Elf country and save them!
Reward: 10 skill points for the whole party
“What to do?”
“This is good. 10 points!” Ellie has been motivated from the beginning.
I believe that she is going to join the battle anyway, even without the quest notification.
“This is a quest which is issued by God Himself you know.”
This quest came directly from God. There is no way Ann is going to refuse.
“Let’s help the Elf Princess!”
Tilika nodded repeatedly while listening. I wonder if Sati likes the Elf Princess. It’s rare to hear her give her own opinion.
“In the event that we might fail, then we will use the Gate to escape. There is no need to push ourselves too hard……”
This is the anti-magic metal, which the elves themselves can’t handle, that we are talking about. While I think that this is not absolutely impossible, I am not sure whether we have any chance of defeating it either. Pg. 166
Truth is, if the emergency quest is issued, I’ll be forced to go for the defensive battle anyway. If I follow the princess now, I don’t think there is much difference.
“I’m a bit afraid. But, I’ll do it. Let’s prepare the gate in the meantime.”
I opened the quest window again and select YES.
“I accepted the quest.”
Let’s prepare for the worst first. I will finish this quest as soon as possible and then enjoy my remaining vacation.
“Listen up! Safety first. Make sure that none of you get injured.”
“Of course. We will gallantly save the elves, and become a living legend!”
“No, there is no need to go that far.”
Please seriously stop from trying to become a legend. I want to keep it under the rug this time. There is no way that I am going to risk my identity as an apostle.
“I’ve decided to use this chance to get out of the B-rank for good.”
“It’s certain that you will rank up to A-rank once we successfully finish this mission. No problem.”
“No, that’s true but……”
“In the end, isn’t it harder to remain inconspicuous while defeating the Earth Turtle King and saving the elves?”
This directly pierces at my weak spot.
“Then, then, we need to make a grand entrance by defeating it. Like that, our ascension to A-rank would be certain!”
“No, we are guaranteed to get it. Defeating a humongous creature which can’t be stopped by the elves themselves? That definitely qualifies as a pass for a rank-up. Plus, how are the rewards? I don’t feel like repeating the same thing that happened with the locust invasion.”
“Well, talking about rewards, isn’t the quest giving one……”
“That’s right, this is an errand from God. If you request additional rewards, then you are getting punished for sure.”
Ann comes into agreement.
“Yeah, the rewards are fine. Thanks to Masaru, we’re able to pay off the debts.”
I can understand Ellie’s desire to be a hero, but doing gaudy things like this is very troublesome, and I don’t want to reduce my winter breaks.
“But they are issuing the emergency request soon right?”
“That’s what they said.”
“If we secretly go with this Princess and slay the turtle behind everyone’s back, won’t they ask where we were? Plus, ditching an emergency quest is a felony!”
Wrong, it’s not considered a felony. Most are just fined or excluded [trans: expelled ?] ….
“I will report properly to the guild. Let’s ask them nicely. Just like that time with the locusts.”
“Then let’s do this. This Princess situation is not a light matter, and we’ll see about the rest later. If you stand out in the end there is no helping it.”
Ann insisted that the quest must be completed at all costs and the important thing is that the Elf country is saved.
“If you insist, then……”
Let’s get down as quickly as possible to avoid the gaze of others.
“I’m fine either way. But think, no matter what you do, won’t you be exposing yourself anyway?”
When we go back to meet the princess, we see that they are quarrelling.
“You lot, please tell this Princess too. Even though we’ve undergone a lot just to escape…….”
“If you want a successor, then leave it to my little brother! Speaking about the royal line, my elder brother is more suited to escape!”
“That can’t be helped. Your Princess’s escape was only possible by everyone’s effort and working together. Not to mention, isn’t your magic power now depleted? How do you plan to get back? By running? Princess, you are bad with physical exertion, right?”
“I will be able to recover after resting for half a day!”
“Even if you manage to return back, what can you possibly do!?”
“Would you like to use Magic Recovery potion?”
Ellie gives a suggestion to the princess. I always buy them in case of emergency, but they are now piling up.
“I still have my own magic power left. Only my spirits have depleted their magic. The Magic Recovery potion won’t work on a spirit.”
There is magic power enveloping the princess. So, they are the spirits.
Flying magic is not suitable for a long trip. As the number of people increases, both overall speed and cruising speed are reduced. Even if a person initiates Fly alone, a headache might occur due to exhaustion of magic power midway, and it has been said that being alone in a forest without magic power is suicide.
According to the Princess, spirit magic doesn’t have any weak points. Because they, themselves, are magical creatures, the headache won’t occur even when using magic continuously. Their magic power is not comparable with that of a human, and even if theirs is exhausted, the user’s personal magic will be preserved. Pg. 169
Isn’t that convenient, this spirit magic. Like this, there are actually two systems for magic reserve.
“If one has attained the highest level of Recovery Magic, then it is possible to recover spirit magic power as well. Is there a shrine here?” the Elf Princess inquires of Ann.
“I can use it. Let’s restore it.”
“Ooh! So you can do it, Priest-dono!”
“Wha, please wait a moment! Princess, once you go back, what do you plan to do? Do you have anything specific in mind?” pg. 170
“I believe that this guy will be able to do something……somehow, that’s what I thought.”
The knight, Titus, demands a plan from her, and afterwards the princess became less confident.
“What! Somehow!?! Of course he couldn’t! Even if they are S-class adventurers, chances are they would die given the situation out there!”
Are they talking about us?
“Hey……we are actually B-rank adventurers……”
Eh? Is that so?”
The princess is looking at us, appalled.
“What S-rank! Please say the right thing!”
“I sense a great amount of magic from this guy……plus the priestess has a high-level magic too, so…”
Apparently, the princess assumed that I’m an S-rank because of my magic power, and mentioned that to Titus.
“You guys, too! You are just a B-rank, and yet you want to save us? Please don’t say things that you can’t do!”
What she is trying to imply is that a S-rank party is just that strong. Sometimes, the S-rank adventurers have the power to overturn an entire battlefield.
But we’re just mere B-rank. For an elf who is an accomplished mage, the rank might sound a little bit dull.
“There is no problem! We can do it!”
Ellie assured Titus.
“S-see. Even these guys are saying that.”
“Please, I beg you. I don’t want the Princess to sacrifice herself. The King and the Queen are going to share their fate along with many others in our country. If even the Princess is roped along, that…….”
“Everything will be fine. We will escape through the gate once things have gotten too dangerous. That’s right, we should be able to help the Elf King that way too.”
“You can use Gate? Titus, did you hear that? This way, it’s possible to save both Father and Mother! I knew my spirits eyes have not gone mad yet!”
It looks like she mistook us for a S-rank group and started talking without any plan in mind. However, she is correct for choosing us. I wonder if she was guided here by Itogami. By the looks like it, her actions are clearly influenced by the spirits.
“I-is that the truth……?”
“I swear to the truth with my eye.”
Tilika removed her hood and, unusually, said her vow.
“That, she is a Truth Official? Then this is the truth……”
“Just leave everything to us.”
Titus turned her face to Ellie.
“Can you, can you really save the King?”
“Not only that! We will save the whole Elf country! Masaru will knock down that Earth Turtle King!”
So, it’s me!
No choice then, I’ll have to do it.