When I got up in the morning, the first thing I did was to find out Avenger’s circumstances.
Avenger mentioned that he did meet the 2 people listed in his Psalms 【Radiant Dignity of the Hero that leads the troops】 as sub-cast --【Witch of the Bewitching Flame】 and 【Benevolent Maria】. So I wanted to know ins and outs of what happened.
According to the story he told me, Avenger was traveling around the Kingdom with Rusty Iron Knight and Scarface in order to train himself and they stopped by a certain village that was located near the border between the Kingdom and the Empire.
While they originally didn’t plan to stop by the village, they did because an energetic 【Peddler】 from the Empire were carrying some famous tasty dairy products from the village. Rusty Knight, who wanted to eat it, mentioned 『Since it’s in the neighborhood, let’s get some souvenirs, okay? It’ll be fine. 』 . Since it was an opportunity, they changed their plan.
With that, they should have gone back to their original destination after quickly buying the things they wanted to buy.
But, as they approached the village, Avenger spotted uneasiness and impatience on the faces of the villagers that was distinctly different from a normal person. Countless amount of people were bandaged and you could see from a distance that the fence surrounding the houses and the village were destroyed recently.
Unexpectedly, they were able to easily enter the village. However, when they asked what happened, the villagers ran away in a hurry.
After a glance to look at each other, they could see that it was no good. And with that, avenger's group noticed their blunder.
The thing is; unlike Avenger and Rusty Iron Knight that were drafted during the war, these commoners were not. These members who officially belonged to the country’s army were killed by the battles in the Great Forest.
Because problems would pop up in a lot of different ways if it was known they’re alive, they needed to hide their real identities. When outside, they wore basic 【Anger Masks】.
For that reason, the Avengers (Avenger and co.) who dropped by the village naturally had the masks equipped. If looked at objectively, an armed, masked group was coming over. Even if there were no problems in the village, it’s normal to react like that.
While they were used to seeing the masks, the commoners were not and it surprised them. By the looks of it, it was already too late and the damage was done.
When I heard this, I instinctively thought that was stupid. But since it was a sloppy mistake that can be still recovered, as long as they make the best of it after this screw-up.
Therefore, I will pursue it, and give them a lecture.
After taking distance, people only looked at them from cover. Nobody seems to want to approach.
It’s not that much of a problem.
However, the countless amount of gazes that are coming from cover are filled with fear and anger for the majority. The particularly strong ones seemed to look like they were looking at their sworn enemies for many years.
Additionally, they’re equipped with hoes and clubs in the shade and are positioning themselves in the blind spot of the Avengers. Looks like there was a man who became too tense, and looked to physically attack them.
For a country village that was in an exclusive location, this does seem to be something abnormal indeed. The Avengers were convinced that there was something more.
The way things are going, the situation is not getting anywhere, but on top, since they might get attacked, troublesome things seem to accelerate. That’s why the Avengers dropped their weapons and removed their masks. On top of that, they told their surroundings that they didn’t intend to harm anyone.
He also mentioned he wanted to talk to the village chief in order to explain the situation and sat down on the ground.
After that, he talked with a villager with a lot of wrinkles on his forehead that approached fearfully. After listening to their story, they were able to get invited to the village chief’s house.
Thief troupe ≪ Violent Firestorm Bears ≫.
That’s the name of the group that became the current main worry of the village.
Due to the sudden attack, the village was in a state of confusion.
War Bear, a redhead wielding a huge, double-edged battle axe was the leader of the ≪ Violent Firestorm Bears ≫. Several day ago, they attacked the village while he was riding a “Luminescent Horse” that emitted a red light from its hooves.
Due to the confusion of the sudden. However, the village was a capable of some self-defense and marched out together against them. A lot of thieves were killed.
While this was quite something on its own, unfortunately the defense was breached and several people were able to invade further. Several young village daughters were kidnapped at that time.
Wouldn’t you say the reward for this brute force approach is worth the injuries they sustained? The thief troupe returned after that, leaving the message that if they want to have the village daughters returned, they’ll have to give up ransom. They’ll be returned unhurt if they hand over the money. However, if they call in reinforcements, they can’t guarantee their safety.
After the band of thieves left the village, the dead were buried without distinguishing between bandits or villagers, in order not to cause any problems. They were talking about the cost of repairing a broken houses in the near future.
In a village as small as this, all the residents are family.
They’ve known each other since childhood and they spend their daily life working with one another.
Therefore they’ll pay if they can gather the ransom, in order to rescue the village daughters.
However, when taking into account to repair the houses on top of the demanded amount, it’s not something they can easily pay.
It might be cold-hearted, but having a hundred villagers becoming dirt-poor for a few village daughters is troubling in its own right.
They were still looking for different ways to do something, but a solution didn’t present itself when the specified pay day came up.
The band of thieves mentioned a specified time in the evening, and that hour was approaching. As time passed by, the calmness of the villagers disappeared. The people were getting more and more anxious, and that’s when the avengers visited the village.
Due to the timing, it was as if they were part of the thief troupe. That ultimately led to the reaction of the villagers that tried to force a stand-off and attack.
Wasn’t the mask a big reason as well? That thought crossed my mind.
Oh my, Avenger, who loathes these kind of people because they also annihilated his hometown, took on the subjugation of this bandits for almost no charge because of all this.
However, the other members didn’t participate in the subjugation.
Concerning this, Avenger follow it through until the end, because it’s personal.
Besides, if Rusty Iron Knight and the others would participate as well, the reward wouldn’t cover it.
Not knowing his reasoning, the village chief and the villagers, cautious because of the unusual signs Avenger was wearing, bowed deeply.
And with that, he started the subjugation request in the evening. Several dozen goons who nonchalantly came to the village to collect the money were murdered by Avenger without any way to flee.
However, they didn’t bring the village daughters, so some were captured alive in order to find out the place where they are being held. With the ≪ Parabellum ≫ torture methods, everything was confessed.
After every piece of information was collected, they were disposed of. The corpse clean-up was left to Rusty Iron Knight and the others who stayed behind in the village.
The sun already set when he left. The moon and stars that are normally a source of light were hiding behind a countless amount of clouds, so he couldn’t be seen. Though there were lanterns, Avenger launched a surprise attack on his surroundings. Since he became a hidden existence, even a light source like lanterns didn’t spot him
Since Avenger was able to utilize his superior perception ability that he obtained through nighttime training, he was able to maneuver around.
With that, Avenger’s appearance was hiding under the cover of nighttime. It would help in assassinating the chief of the bear-men and the rest of the members of the thief troupe who were holding a feast in their base that is located in an open space in the forest.
With the safety of the village daughters secured, and the band of thieves annihilated, the request would be completed.
But the place where the hideout of the thief troupe was located was burning so furiously, that he could be spot from a far off distance.
Wondering what it was, he erased every trace and rushed over as fast as he could; but it already seemed over before he arrived.
In the red glow during nighttime, Avenger saw, smelled and heard it all.
In the center of the ≪ Violent Firestorm Bears ≫’s base, a tempestuous wildfire was blazing. The bodies of the thieves and several luminescent horses wore an expression of agony.
When rolled over, the bodies had countless amount of bruises and looked as bloated as a frog being beaten time and time again.
Since they were holding a feast just a minute ago, many dishes were scattered around in the neighborhood. Crushed Alcohol barrels lay here and there, their contents being soaked up by the ground. There were broken longswords and a lot of damaged armor, such as breastplates that were heavily dented.
The thick smell of blood filled the scene. Black smoke was rising from the burning, simple, wooden tents. *crackle crackle (sfx)* There was a stink of scattered entrails, feces and urine.
Some were still breathing. However, the thieves were burned so badly that they couldn’t move and were basically living their last moments with the flames crackling around them.
As anyone could see, he understood that these were the left-overs of someone completely annihilating the band of thieves.
After confirming what happened, he looked for the village daughters. They were standing slightly further from the spot where the wildfire occurred. They were roughed up and their clothes were ragged. Aside for the, Avenger discovered two beautiful women that wore armor that was clearly expensive.
It was obvious that these two beautiful women helped the village daughters in this situation, but when he called them out to hear the circumstances, Avenger was attacked by the two of them.
They were the sub-cast of Avenger. And that’s how he encountered the 【Witch of the Bewitching Flame】 and 【Benevolent Maria】.
He did get suddenly attacked on his first time meeting them though. But the 【Witch of the Bewitching Flame】 and 【Benevolent Maria】 explained to Avenger afterwards that some thieves were sent out to collect the money and they mistook him for one of their companions.
They asked the village daughters before attacking Avenger, but as they didn’t recognize him, they acted. After all, it’s said that he who strikes first, wins.
Because of that misunderstanding, they initiated the fight. Avenger was attacked by two people but won magnificently after a close fight.
If it was the Avenger of before, there might have been the possibility of him losing due to the natural but sophisticated cooperation between the two.
With only wearing common, mass produced armored, no magic items and with his strong Divine Protection and Arts prohibited in battle; he wasn’t able to brandish the power he could before. However, since he trained himself for these situations, he was able to manage.
In the end, it resulted in a victory for him.
Avenger went easy on them and was able to win with some margin. He stunned the two and took their equipment. After he constricted them with sturdy rope, he went on to explain the circumstances from before to the village daughters.
After he managed to settle down the village daughters, who started panicking after the two women were defeated. He told them to carry the two women who fainted and leave this place behind that basically looks like a slaughterhouse.
The village daughters carries out the orders, he went to pick up any loot that’s still usable from the band of thieves and to put out the fire that was still raging.
After everything was finished up, he forcefully woke up the two women and explained the situation to them along with the village daughters.
The two noticed that they were restricted when they got up and started to writhe, but they stopped struggling after hearing the circumstances.
As said, there was the misunderstanding where they thought Avenger was part of the thief troupe. But now, they understood and due to the flow of things, they ended up working for Avenger for a while as compensation.
And with that, I got the rough picture.
To be honest, it’s quite convenient that it went off without a hitch.
I reckoned it was probably destined through the Psalms.
And like that, he could gain two people to work for him. But since the Avenger couldn’t agree to it without my consent, he put it on hold.
After hearing out the story, I entrusted them to him. Concerning damage, Avenger was hardly injured. And while that was a great thing on its own, the little damage he did have was healed up by magic potions made by Alchemist-san.
In other words, there wasn’t any damage.
And since the amount collected from the thief troupe isn’t insignificant either, you could say quite some profit came out of it.
So there isn’t any reason to object.
The other thing about Avenger’s sub-cast is that they’ll likely be useful in the future as well.
There were some things I didn’t understand yet and I wanted to ask them about that.
While I did think the sub-cast topic will be all right, I couldn’t trust the information given by another person.
I interrogated both of them intensively, but since I didn’t see any problems with it, I gave him permission.
As temporary members for now, they will work under Avenger.
Since they’re competent, I want them to do the best they can.
Aside from this exchange, I worked hard on gaining intelligence throughout the day.
However, since the alcohol in the labyrinth city ≪ Rada Lo Dara ≫ is unrivaled, I can’t help but have some drinks carelessly while gathering intelligence.
Yep, there’s no helping it.
|Champsy||Author always tends to start off with a long day and run out of fuel near the end. Sigh.|
|Champsy||I kinda prefer like village girls over village daughers.|
|Champsy||The fact that Avenger didn’t clear the camp took me by surprise. Nice!|
|Champsy||Called it a wildfire for poetic charm.|
|Champsy||I do hope the scene of carnage is depicted properly. I quite liked it.|
|Champsy||The way the story is being written would be perfect for an audiobook or a cartoon with a voice-over. Not having the same effect just written down though. Referring to the punchline ‘and that’s how he met his bitches’|
|Champsy||Couldn’t find the metaphor for ‘He who strikes first, wins.’ So I took it from L Lawliet from Death Note.|
In the morning I woke up and heard the situation from Avenger.
Of course we are talking about the supporting characters he met in his [Psalm of the Legendary Hero] - [Shining Path of the Brave Fighter]: [Witch of Mystic Flame] and the [Merciful Maiden]. What happened and who they are, in order to understand the situation.
To summarize, according to his story he, Rusty Iron Knight, Scarface, together with other comrades, wandered through the Sternbild Kingdom, while exercising, they came upon a village on the border between the Sternbild Kingdom and the Kirika Empire.
They weren't thinking about going into it at first, but after hearing about the good reputation of this village from traveling merchants in the Kirika Empire, well-known for their creation of dairy products, Rusty Iron Knight said: "Let's go take a look ya?", "For souvenirs, you know, mainly for that, we're close by anyway." thus resulted in a small change of plans.
Thus, it was decided that they wanted to buy some souvenirs and quickly entered.
But on the way to the village, he saw some fearful looks from the locals, a large number of wounded, and the traces of destruction, but that's only what they saw from a distance.
Worried about the situation in the village, they left Scarface, as well as obviously recognizable representatives of the non-human race team members outside of the village in order to reduce stress, and so only the humans entered the village.
In contrast to their expectation they passed unhindered into the village, but when they tried to find out what had happened, people in a hurry run as soon as they tried to approach them.
What is the reason for their failure, they were able to realize it after they looked at each other's faces.
But if the fact that they had survived has come to light, that would cause a lot of problems. Thus when they head out, they had to hide their identity with [Mask of the angry demon].
The village saw Avenger and company wearing a mask (which had became a habit), the company are viewed as approaching armed men in masks, even if they haven't done anything to this village, this reaction is understandable.
When they realized that the masked men, from the standpoint of ordinary people will not provide the individual any sense of security, it was too late.
I unintentionally thought "Are you stupid?", but it was something that could be remedied ,it was decided next time they need to fix this. But lets get back to talking.
From a remote distance, the villagers looked out from the shadows, none dared to approach.
But this was not a problem.
Although among them those that aimed at them with looks of fear and rage had a strong look as if they were a longtime nemesis.
In addition, in the shadows of buildings there were men hiding, armed with clubs and hoes. It's a physical ambush.
Even though it's something unusual for a countryside village, but I guess it happens. Avenger was confident about this.
If they continue this standoff, nothing will happen, and if they are attacked, that will only create more problems.
Avenger and company took off their masks and hid their weapons, thus showing they mean no harm to anyone.
All they wanted is to hear the situation from the local head of the village, and sat down right there on the spot.
Thus, the local people approached gingerly with furrowed eyebrows, and even led them to the house of the village head.
A gang of robbers known as [Angry Bear of the Fiery Fields].
That is the group responsible for the situation in the village.
A brown bear beast-man armed with a huge double-sided axe, mounted on a horse with luminous red hooves and mane [Luminescent Horse], leader of the [Angry Bear of the Fiery Fields], together with his gang attacked the village a few days ago.
The local men banded together and were able to fight back, and even caught a few criminals.
That was quite amazing. But unfortunately, their defense broke, and several bandits managed to break through and some young girls were abducted.
After deciding that there will only be more victims, and this is turning into a standstill, they took the village girls, and the gangsters made their demands: "If ya want them back unharmed, give us gold, if you give then we'll give ya the girls, but if ya gonna call for backup, we will not be able to guarantee their safety," after that they disappeared.
After that, in order to avoid the undead, they had a local funeral of the victims, including the criminals. Then they proceeded to rebuild destroyed homes, after that they had a talk on their course of action.
In small villages like this one, all the inhabitants treat each other as family.
Since childhood, they grew up together, spent days helping each other.
Thus the residents have decided to give the ransom and get the girls.
However, the amount requested by the bandits was large. Given the need to repair the village, thinking about the future of the village, it's not an amount that can be given so easily.
It may sound inhumane, but for the sake of a few girls consequently leaving 100 people in the village in poverty is very problematic. Even so, they were able to collect the required amount, and the day came when it was necessary to give the ransom.
The bandit leader's designated time was in the evening, and the appointed time is coming swiftly. Over time, the mental state of the village was hardly calm and in many ways irritated, at that moment came Avenger and company.
Due to their bad timing, they were confused with the bandits that attacked the village, causing this reaction. The mask didn't contribute much to their hatred.
Well, a lot of things happened, given that his native village was destroyed in a similar fashion, Avenger had a great degree of hate towards these robbers who go about destroying villages. Because of that, he charged almost nothing for the robber extermination.
Only in this case, the other comrades are not involved.
This was not something expected by the village, because the elders and the people bowed to him in a deep bow.
Thus, for the mission to eliminate the bandits, almost all 10 bandits sent forth to collect the ransom were immediately slain by Avenger before they had the chance to escape.
But due to the fact that the village girls were not with them, in order to find the place where they were kept, a couple of survivors were interrogated by Parabellum, and they spilled everything.
At the time of his departure, the sun had set and it was a cloudy night, nobody saw him. He had a light source, but in order to ambush, he couldn't use it. But there was plenty of night time training, and possessing outstanding abilities to detect the enemy, Avenger could move without any problems even in the dark.
On the contrary, this darkness became a good tool for eliminating undetected, and the bandits had a banquet in their camp, in the clearing of the woods, led by a bear beastman. A simple task to wait for the right moment, to ensure the safety of village girls, and slaying the bandits with a swift strike. That was the plan.
But on the spot where the bandit's camp was, a prominent pillar of flame rose furiously. Wondering what happened, and how the mage could hide its presence, he hurried to the place. But when he arrived there, it was all over.
Upon arrival, Avenger saw the scene. The base of the "Angry Bear of Fiery Fields", looked like a field of burning torches and there were glowing corpses of bandits and their horses.
Laying nearby were the blurred strokes of mutilated bandit corpses, sprawled like frogs. Apparently they were attacked just before the banquet, for they laid next to the remains of cooked food, broken bottles of booze, the contents of which have not yet been soak into the ground, broken long swords, and heavily armored breastplates shells now bent, as well as other damaged equipment.
There was the strong smell of blood, with black smoke rising from wooden tents. The scattered bodies stink terribly from the smell of burning manure. There are still survivors among the bandits, but they either could not move or twitch in their death throes. He couldn't tell how someone cut the whole gang of robbers down.
Trying to figure out what happened, in a slightly remote location, he found the village girls in torn clothes, as well as the 2 women in clearly expensive armors. Judging by the circumstances, the 2 beauties have saved the village girls. In order to know more details about this, Avenger called out towards the duo.
To be attacked during their first meeting must be quite the impression in my opinion, but probably looking at Avenger, the [Witch of Mystic Flame] and [Merciful Maiden] thought he was one of the men who went to collect money from the village.
Before they attack him, the duo asked the village women about him, who responded, "We do not know about that man."
Thus the battle began because of a misunderstanding. Avenger had some difficulties against this pair, but was able to get out of the battle victorious flawlessly.
If he fought against the duo, who have a high degree of cooperation, as his previous self he would have likely lost.
But instead of relying on strong magical items and training in armor, that limited the excessive force his Divine Protection can provide and fighting techniques Arts, in contrast to his former self whom relied on brute force, he became a master of weapons.
These results led him to victory.
After restraining the duo by defeating them, after which he took their weapons, and bonded the stunned duo with ropes, he proceed to listen to the details of the village girls.
The village girls panicked from the fact that the couple lost, but in the end everyone calmed down somehow , he ordered them to return to the place where the couple staged a massacre.
The village girls obeyed this order, began to collect the more useful things left by the gang of robbers, and the carcasses were still burning with flames.
After finishing the necessary deeds, they woke up the duo, and with the village girls, explained the situation to them.
The waking couple noticed that they were tied up, but after understanding the situation, they didn't became mad.
In general, that was the story. In my opinion, it sounded like a story I heard of before, well whatever as long as its convenient. This is more than just the fate of similar history.
But since their work is only so so, and Avenger's privileges alone isn't enough to accept this offer, it was placed on hold. They also had a bit of damage, but that was dealt with through Alchemist-sans recovery medicine. There's also an abundance of goods from the bandits, but only a little profit.
Thus, there's no reason to oppose.
I certainly think it would be all right, since they are Avenger's side characters, they'll likely help in the future. But there are some things I wouldn't know without talking to them directly. Even though the information is directly from a majorly involved person, but you can't fully trust second hand information
Thus, I had an interview with them via transmitter, and judging from the results, I didn't see particular problems, and gave my approval.
Henceforth, they are temporary companions that will be training alongside Avenger. They will work in accordance to their abilities. alongside negotiations and the collection of information, the entire day was spent.
Yes, there's no choice. There's no other way.