Standing in front of Viola, who has already started drawing a Spell Circle, I found myself lost in thought.
Whys she not using Swift Magic despite having a staff with her Since Im not having dinner tonight, should I go all out tomorrow morning If I actually get to be the Commander, what should I do – These kinds of things.
That reminds me, shes simply known as Viola, Brigadier of the Royal Capital Magic Guardians… Doesnt seem to have a nickname to speak of, otherwise it would have been featured prominently among the list of her titles.
Strangely enough, it would make a fair bit of difference in ones battle statistics despite it simply being an indicator of ones fame and/or popularity.
Blazers wasSilver Lion, Bruces wasSilver Wolf, Betty has gotten the title ofSilver Tiger over the past two years, and even Lina is now recognized as theSilent Witch.
I do possess the unique title ofEternal Fool in my list, but its not very often that Im called as such.
And when it did get used, they were mostly as jokes from Bruce and Pochi.
Ahh, now I want an actual nickname for myself, too.
By the time I got my attention back to the game, I noticed that Viola seemed quite offended.
“…You seem confident in yourself.
What, you think you can win against me with just your legs or something”
Yeah, cant blame her for being enraged, I suppose.
I never even realized myself that Id ended up crossing my arms.
Then I yawned.
Hmm… but still…
Her clean magic formulas and systematic Spell Circle… it was actually quite impressive how by-the-book her magic spell preparation was, but that also made it painfully easy to read what she was trying to do.
This would have been greatly effective against monsters, but it wouldnt do well at all against someone like me who has done extensive research on magic.
Take for example the formulas shes putting into this spell now… materialization, movement, invocation, and arcane energy input reduction – the last one probably because she was going easy on me.
I only need to figure out its attribute… then Im good.
Judging from how its taking in arcane energy from the earth, and the overall complexity of the core formulas-
And since I knew that she was going easy on me, considering the input reduction formula…
“Rise, Earth Control.”
I could repel it easily enough with an elementary-leveled spell of the same attribute.
The earth wall created by the advanced-level spell dispersed, returning it to its mundane dirt form.
Ahh, now Im glad I hadnt tried the ground-burrowing escape technique that Id considered using.
“Hmph, I wont hold back this time! Delta Earth!”
Now she used the Delta Earth via Swift magic.
I couldnt possibly read its power level, but estimating from its speed and intensity…
“Rise, Rock Javelin.”
I might just be able to take it with an intermediate-level spell.
Rocks rose from the ground and streaked at the Delta Earths wall like javelins.
I mean, I might have been able to take that last one with just Earth Control, too.
And if this keeps up, I reckon shes going to pull out one spell after another… itll go on forever.
And that means Id never get to my tea time, wouldnt I
“Are you sure you want this to drag on”
Whoops, not good, not good.
I might have sounded a tad bit condescending there.
Ill have to be careful not to offend her while I communicate my DEMAND across.
So… how about this
“Well, I mean, ol Gaston is waiting for us to be done, and stuff…”
“What… what did you just call him!”
I wouldve been fine if I spoke just like how I usually did, too… I swear I have the worst timing sometimes.
Well, no turning back now!
But seriously, why do mages all go so crazy when not themselves, but their superiors, are disrespected!
“Hype Up! Speed Up!”
“Rise, A-rise, All Up!”
Two spells via Swift Magic, and then also a new Spell Circle.
Calling it now – thats a Power Up.
“Rise, Parasitic Control!”
Ill just have to use this.
“What in the blazes!”
Besides, it was ME who had invented Parasitic Control ages ago, so its perfectly reasonable that she didnt know what it was.
Tūs seemed to have learned it at some point through his own means, but my versions performance is still better, so thats at least one thing I have over him.
Taking control of the Power Up Spell Circle and disassembling it, I then absorbed its remaining arcane energy for myself.
“Ugh… try this!”
Viola, seeming to have opted for a reckless approach, charged at me, only to be blindsided by my evasive maneuver.
As she turned back around, I exploited the timing to trip her off-balance, and then knocked away her staff when she tried to hold herself up with it.
Hmm… a WISEMAN Rod with four Swift Magic slots.
While Viola fell, I flung the staff in Gastons direction.
Ill have you hold on to it for a bit, old man.
Id also asked this back when Pochi fought Barun at the Cathedral, but have the people in high positions gotten weaker these days This lady is the Brigadier, for crying out loud!
Hmm Aw, shucks.
Now I just remembered how Id laid down magecraft traps back at the Cathedral… and now its coming back to me.
Maybe I should put it to use here.
“Go, Ground Spell Delivery.”
“W-why did you not finish me… Me falling over just now must have given you plenty of opening.”
“Its for the sake of my convenience, you see.”
“…Hmph, fooling around again!”
Viola has now fully switched to close-quarters combat, going at me with martial arts on the level of B-ranked adventurer warriors.
She also secretly drew Spell Circles between blows – but as Id seen through that, I could get rid of them easily enough with Parasitic Control.
Oh, and looks like its almost here.
“W-where are you looking at!”
“At your feet, Miss Viola.
Rise! Deca Boundary!”
The Ground Spell Delivery had run along the ground all the way to the Cathedral, took a Deca Boundary trap that I had set up there yesterday, and brought it back here.
The newly-appeared Craft Circle below Violas feet radiated and wrapped the lady in its light.
“This is… the same as Sir Gastons…! When did you even…!”
“W-what… did you prepare that far ahead-“
No way in hell.
But you know, I wanted to act cool once in a while, too.
And since I DID make it originally as a pre-emptive measure, so I technically wouldnt be lying.
“Just a preparation for a broad range of possibilities, maam.”
Id totally expect my opponents to be surprised, of course – like theyd think Ive got the Evil Eyes or something.
I think the real Evil Eyes with the prediction power and all that jazz havent been around since the time of the last set of Holy Warriors, though.
Ive heard stories of Hero Giorno having used them, but thats it.
After a while, the Deca Boundary magecraft faded away, causing Viola to collapse on her knees.
“…Ill just admit that Ive lost.
That wasnt even a fight at all.”
“But I must say that your formulas were beautifully drawn, maam.
Doing that is going to reduce effectiveness against human opponents, but itll work well against monsters, Im sure.”
“Now youre talking like you could tell what spells I was trying to cast.”
Well, about that, maam…
“…You sure outdid me in every way.”
Viola said that to me, then raised her right hand and shouted,
“Rochus! Re-evaluate and summarize our training program! From today on, I will be joining you!”
“Sir Gaston! I will be turning in my report shorty!”
Now, young man, time for tea.”
By Fuyus guidance, we were shown the way to Gastons office.
Is he sure that we can enter such a supposedly important place
Pochi, while not quite fully opened up to Gaston yet, sat in a chair near him and shoutedtheres nothing on the table! over and over.
Gaston heaved a sigh, took a box out of his desk drawer, and passed it over to Fuyu.
Looks like it contains the cakes Gaston referred to earlier.
The box gave the impression of being quite a luxurious item, being gift-wrapped in emerald green paper.
The sweet fragrance from within made Pochi shiver from head to tail.
“These arerice cakes, a confection from an eastern Nation.
I havent had a reason for diplomatic travel in quite a while, so it was hard to get my hands on them, but… they certainly are delicious, I assure you.”
“I can tell just from the smell, sir! Hurry, Fuyu! Times a wasting!”
“Huhu, of course, of course.”
While Pochi was occupied with her urging, Gaston turned away and tapped his index finger several times on his forehead.
Is he… initiating a Telepathic Call
[“What is it, sir”]
[“Young man, are you hiding something”]
[“Ah… well, rather than hide, I was planning to contact you about it later today.
I only learned of this just last night, too, you see.”]
[“There are Devilkin ruling among the Nations higher-ups, apparently.
Lloyd, Ishtar, Grey… either one of them, or even all three.”]
I gave Gaston the run-down of all the information Id obtained up to now.
About the Devil worship that has been going on throughout this Nation.
That the Devilkin here intended to derive power from that worship to try and defeat the Devil King.
And that the human population were being treated as disposable chess pieces.
[“-And thats everything I have for now.”]
[“Hmph, now thats what I call a disgusting development.”]
[“You believe it Just like that”]
[“Ive considered that possibility at one point.
I havent seen the War Demon Emperor out of the castle at all these past few years, you see.
Only got to meet him for official businesses, and even then, Ive never spoken to him directly.
That and theres that one time he tried to send me to my death…”]
[“Are you referring to the time you were sent to hunt an S-ranked monster Ive heard it from Miss Irene… something about an order from Ishtar of the Black”]
You know what I had to take on A freaking Doppelganger.
Yeah, the thing was tough as nails.”]
One of them a monster without a physical form – an Astral – if I remember correctly.
This particular one would imitate the form and abilities of its enemy, or something along that line.
And its base defense was supposedly extremely high, so the few who had challenged it before had all been defeated.
One would have to have quite a lot of flexible strategies to stand a chance, I reckon.
[“See, thats why I called the War Demon Emperor a Puppet Monarch earlier.”]
[“…That is a possibility worth considering.”]
…Oh Someone just arrived on the other side of the door… oh, this presence… must be Miss Viola.
[“Hmm Looks like Viola is here.”]
Immediately upon being granted the permission to enter, Viola opened the door slowly, taking care to keep it quiet, and stepped inside.
Currently, Gaston was sitting in this chair, and I stood opposite to him.
Realizing that Viola must be here to turn in her report, I stepped aside to make way for her.
“This is the new training menu, sir.
By prioritizing what we have previously neglected, we can-“
Gaston semi-f.o.r.c.i.b.l.y snatched the paper roll off her hands, scanned through it, and then turned to look at me.
Presenting the paper to me, he then stepped on my foot as if ordering me to read through it.
Lets see here… If theyre looking to train their magic, then… well, this looks reasonable.
As for physical training, three thousand pushups… is she kidding Ive had to do fifty times as much, you know
[“Heh heh heh heh… fifty times this, I see…”]
[“Gah, I forgot to hang up! Im sorry, sir! Please forget that youve heard that, sir!”]
I f.o.r.c.i.b.l.y cut the Telepathic Calls link, then, as I felt cold sweat run down my forehead, retreated to a corner.
“From this… to this… multiply by fifty reps.”
Oh, mamma mia.