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Day 341

Holding a golden wineglass in one hand, I sat in a chair admiring the sunrise beyond the horizon.

Sometimes this kind of morning is not bad.

Thanks to my high physical recovery, the wound already closed but the mental fatigue still remainings.

It can also be said that I have less vigor than usual.


It feels like something heavy, and somehow my movement also become slow.


Thinking about nothing, I continue to gaze at the sunrise for a while.

It is a little dazzling, but because of [Ultra Light Resistance], I can see it normally.

After regaining some vigor, i tried to get up.

The desire to finish the [Holy War] and lazily rest is rising but the clean up is more important.

Before I can enjoy the hot springs, there are some various things to do from now on.

Frankly speaking, from now on the age of civil war is coming.

The lost of powerful [kyuusei] is big but the important thing is the majority of warforce called [Hero] is also lost. Thanks to that, the protection of the [Holy kingdom] also become impossible to do.

Vassal country can't refuse the request from the [holy kingdom] but with no good result and only losing the precious [Hero]...... [Rotten one] is still living but from now on dissatisfaction and anxious from the small country is accumulating.

Not only the [Emperor] and the one that followed him [Masaru], along with talented elites is lost, but until the next generation of emperor is decided, various confusion will continue and easily expected by the [Magic Country] and [Beast kingdom].

Also, the Empire and [cloud hero] has lost more than half of their [Hero]. The lost of their warforce is at the level that can't be ignored.

And other countries will sieze the opportunity of the reduction of warforce to change their international approach. Especially the countries that are far away from the holy kingdom that will plan to take the land.

The Holy Kingdom still have [Sages], therefore, it will not be easily defeated. However, until now, they have history of brutally attacking and trying to conquer other countries.

There are many local people that are holding grudges. Those in the conquered lands may try to rebel and make a new country. Originally, the source of flame is already there.

This [Holy War] triggered that flame.

A Holy War that incites greed and violence.

The sounds of those footsteps are heard, quietly but surely.

Those strayed ones works in favor of me, it may even give birth to a new [Hero].

That is what I thought of, but before taking any action, cleaning up after the party takes priority.

I stand from the chair and see the surrounding, there are many miserable dead drunk people lying down.

[Holy war] is decreasing but this time there are approximately 2000 people attending this party.

There are a few people that are weak to alcohol but the majority here is Demon species that are big eater and drink alcohol like water.

Also, there are giants that drank the different amount of alcohol, Dragon people like Ramuna and Uwabami so the cost for foods and drinks are quite costly.

Fortunately, the ingredient for cooking, "Dragon King" and "Dragon Emperor" can be obtained in mass amount from the mountain. If that is not enough, we can just use [kikoku gate] and collect [Shokuhora seafood from the demon of totoki] as much as we need to.

But the problem is alcohol.

To provide alcohol for 2000 people means a large amount of alcohol is necessary. Also, each one of them are not a half-assed drinker, as expected to make sure these people satisfied, it is harsh even for someone like me who have a large amount of alcohol storaged.

Up until now we collect alcohol by going into labyrinth and sometimes bought it but because of the [Holy War], we often do party the night before so the alcohol that are storaged become less and less.

I still have enough if only for these kind of party but i dont know whether this amount can make them satisfied or not.

Maybe i need to replenish it between the party.

But since i already completed the [Psalm], i got 3 kind of demon liquor as a reward. That may solve the problem.

although the taste is a little mild compared to the demon liquor that i obtained back then, the ability to replenish itself overtime is the same. And also, i already put it in the large barrel so i have a large amount of it.

In other words, i have endless supply of alcohol.

This is good, while lining up the demon liquor and binging.

There are a few drunk people brawling but regardless of race, people are laughing, exchanging drink, remembering about the fallen comrades, and laugh again.

Such party will eventually faded out in the morning but as a result, there are mountain of dead drunk people.

They experience [Holy war]. there are some demon species's ritual that are drinking to ease the grief of eternal farewell but i think they drank too much.

They feast until even the strong ones are down, various dirty things like vomit are scattered everywhere. it mixed with the smell of alcohol, and it is a little irritating.

Sigh....

Anyway, i will ask [Seiji] to recover them from this dead drunk state.

Seiji agreed and release a radiant warm light and soon the people are waking up one after another. They start to clean up the scattered dragon meat dishes.

I drink my alcohol from the golden wineglass while watching them.

The alcohol that i drank is the one that i got recently [Demon liquor-Demon god that sit in heaven] . It has color like the sky and a unique dry alcohol.

At first, it has refreshing taste, in the middle it has a strong stimulus taste.

And it works well along side the grilled Dragon meat with "shiden radish"   

Its juicy when chewed. The dragon meat alone will have a very strong taste but with spicy refreshing taste from the "shiden radish", and the dry taste of the alcohol, it has excellent compatibility.

Mmmnnh, with this rich flavour in my mouth, no matter how much i ate it, i can't get tired of it.

Unintentionally, my cheeks loose and my drink pace is increased.

I still want to eat but the clean up are almost finished so i endured and moved.

First, i must return them to their post.

Some of the 2000 remaining member before the [Holy war] are working in the local shop, and some of them are even dispatched from the "Great Forest"

Right now, the member who are not participate in the [Holy war] are doing their best to work but their work increase just because there aren't enough people.

This event already ended and we also took a rest, it's time to return them. The member who have been working deserve some rest. I will order them to finish the preparation quickly.

As a part of the preparation, we also bring gifts. A chunk of dragon meat is the main gifts but we also bring 3 kind of demon liquor in a bottles and barrels.

Even if we don't meet up, all member will surely enjoy it.

But the amount of food they receive is low compared to the one that participates, they must understand the difference because these guys risk their life for it.

Anyway, we will also return by diving to [Demon gate] and through the nearest labyrinth but this time is very noticeable time. We must split into a smaller group and sequentially move out.

After that, first i will send black dragon as a messenger to each country.

And then briefly talk about victory and defeat, i will tell them [What a great fight, lets put that into consideration and have a good sleep, when we wake up lets enjoy a good peace].

It's like the [Demon King] that conquer the world---- it truly exist in this world but doesn't seem to have the ambition to do that i think. For now, these kind of things is nice.

Rather than making plans left and right, the simple one is easy to understand and easy to deal with if the confusion is happening.

After also giving various instruction other than that, we dive with [Demon gate] to [Rock Hero]'s place.

With this degree of [Holy war], the surviving member from both Alliance forces and Coalition forces are few.

[Kyuusei] become white sand, [Emperor] alongside his subordinate died, majority of [Hero] were scattered.

The one remaining is [Cloud hero] who ran away with [Lightning hero], [aifu] who have common ground and the best [Rotten Hero] who overcome [Holy war], the [Rice Hero] that i already captured, and [Rock Hero] who are tied with secret agreement and now in [Demon gambling parlor] prior the event.

Among these 4 [Hero], Rock hero is the one i have very less information.

For now, annihilation issues are ordered but i don't tell the detail explanation because it is too troublesome.

But that leave some small problem, even though it is a facade, I have the obligation to explain when [Rock Hero] return.

Other countries wil highly pursue because of suspected relationship with me, there are many things he has to know.

And after explaining about it, when we dive into [Demon gate] to welcome him. we found [Rock Hero] in the place where the previous avenger participate in the gambling arena.

But, [Rock Hero]'s condition are quite different than the one before.

He hide his face with Gray ash made by iron rock mask and shamelessly show off his hefty body with boomerang pants figure. He doesn't seems to wear any wearable armorlike armor, he is fighting with seems like iron rock hammer with one hand.

The enemy is the dungeon monster, golem species called "Black Dra-goyle". Mix of dragon and gargoyle, its like rock statue that the surface is dyed with black.

The combat power itself is not that high but, whether it is because of my presence or not, it seems even though it is a rock statue, it is greater than magic metal.

With a half assed weapon, you can't make a scratch on it, and surprisingly it is difficult to defeat the 3 meter tall "Black Dra-goyle".

It is challenged and already defeat many.

Not only that, the multiplication rate is high, and it reward appropriately to the winner.

I wonder why that "Black Dra-goyle" and Rock hero is fighting.

There must be something, and that reason lies in the visitor seat. When we asked [Rock Hero]'s comrade that seems to have more jewelry than before, it seems Rock hero bet various things in the slot and lost continuously. It seems he bet his body to earn some funds.

For now, it seems he don't bet his armor nor he lost his power.

It seems he regained his self-control at the last minute but to see the serious [Rock hero] fallen figure reminded me of certain father elf.

But, father elf is better. He spent on hot spring and massage.

In contrast, [Rock Hero] has fallen into a swamp of gambling.

For now, i will advice him to not fall more than this.

After that, somehow i sent [Rock hero] to kingdom.

Even when i said sent, it is only diving to [Demon gate] to the [demon waterfall] in empire, it's not troublesome. They already prepared skeleton spider to move him. After several hours, he should have made it to empire.

At that time, i asked the tomboy princess to bring the gifts.

It would have been better if i bring it myself but if someone confirmed that i have been in kingdom, i can't escape when they questioned whether i am connected to the kingdom in the back by other country .

"Just coincidence" is too suspicious, i can't give that excuse to them.

So that's why, until other country are not pursuing kingdom i can't meet tomboy princess for a while. That's why i bring luxurious gifts to her.

After that and doing some chores, i slept.




GOOGLE TRANSLATION BELOW



Day 341


The sight of the sun rising from beyond the horizon, to watch sitting in a chair while holding the golden Shuhai in one hand.


Sometimes it is thus not bad also to slow in the morning.


Physical fatigue is already not there is also the height of resilience, remaining mental fatigue is still.


Have lost somewhat lively than usual, and I wonder should I say.



Somehow there is Kiokota is, I tend to be a slow even motion.



Defense, and often it looks even ascended the sun.


But a little dazzling, or because there is a [auroral tolerance], it was kept staring normally.



It rounded up in the place that could be filled to some extent energy.


I want to corrupt a while lazy finished the [holy war], but Bubbly desire, everything also clean up is the bottom line.


Before slowly be enchanted with immersed in base of hot spring, there is a need to move a lot from now on.



To say clearly, will now come is the era of war.



But it is also great to have lost a mighty [救聖], in what than [EiIsamu] nearly lost it for the majority of war force that, St. kingdom defense of the vast country has become virtually impossible.


Dispatched to not be able to turn down the request of the Holy kingdom from the relationship, such as a vassal state, but lost just valuable [EiIsamu] without any benefited - KusaIsamu is alive, but - in the thing, group small country is frustration and anxiety future that are visible to the eye is going to be accumulated.


[Emperor] and not only lost the [Masaru] and talented elite who were Tsukishitaga' to it, the magic that can be easily anticipated and various sizes confusion continues until a new [Emperor] our next generation to fully grasp the country Empire and the beast kingdom.


Also empire also be lost half of [EiIsamu], including KumoIsamu, wear of the force is not at a level that can be ignored.



It will change the international relations of such a force reduction of the country to this opportunity, to orchestrate trying Kiritoro the above all the Holy Kingdom of land that floated distant countries was visibly.


The St. kingdom will not yet [King Seong] we are able to easily collapse because there, but the harsh until now attacking the other countries, there is a history that has dominated.


It would be larger Shah who has a grudge against the country, land that has been merged might be a new country was divided. It had originally soil of the war finished.



One review [holy war] of this time, would be to stimulate it.



Holy War in which desire and violence is sprinkled.


Lapping and its footsteps are quietly, but heard reliably.



To those who have disturbed something good convenience for me, it is also expected to be born a new [EiIsamu] it to the starting point maybe.



I think, such as, but before that behind the scenes, first priority would be the clean up of the banquet.


Rising from the chair that had been sitting for a view of the sun, and look around, a lot of drunk people who had been lying in a miserable figure anything.


Although the decreased in the [holy war], about two thousand of whom had participated in this large banquet.



But it is also not a small amount of alcohol is also useless Orito not here, the majority is a big eater, and a demon species that drink like water.


In addition or have different reference amount of drink giant therefore at a time, because Uwabami such as dragon's Ramla's'm in its own way, and this time has been consumed liquor cuisine had become a substantial amount.



Fortunately, the material of the cooking was in the mass, led by the mountain, such as the "dragon king" and "Ryutei". Moving at [Kikoku Gate] to [Totoki seafood Shokuhora of demon] if there are not enough, we just need appropriately you collect.



But the problem is alcohol.


And also about two thousand people worth comes to prepare, it will require another large amounts of liquor. Moreover, the amount of drinking every person is a translation is not odd, but when it comes to scale so as to satisfy this truly number of people, a bit harsh, even I have large amount of storage of liquor.



In the past everyone but we have to release the liquor was collected in the reservoir collected by buying or or or dive in the labyrinth, and there also was the often banquet such as the eve of the preparation for the [holy war], the storage liquor it had become less.


This banquet much, but might have kept, what was the amount satisfactory just kept subtle place.


Perhaps there is a need to replenish between interval Maybe.



However, successfully completed the [Psalm], three kinds of demon liquor got as a reward gave us resolve the problem.


Three types of demon liquor, taste although slightly inferior than the demon liquor got ahead, ability to be replenished even decreased over time is the same, also has entered the large barrels that I fit comfortably there is an amount so.



That is, endlessly drink large amounts of nectar continue to be supplied, we can say that.



This is good, and binge side-by-side demon liquor.


There were also such brawl drunk, each other laugh, regardless of the race, signed drinking, and cry in memory of fellow who passed away, also was laughing with a drink.



Such banquet also come calm if in the morning, but the result is a mountain of this drunken person who.



[Holy war] experience, although it was close to some sort of ritual to overcome acceptance drinking sadness of eternal farewell, I think that whether honesty drink beyond the limit.


Gluttony of the extent that even strong in liquor guys down. Dirty various such as vomit has been found in a variety of locations. Mingled smell of liquor, are mixed smell that a little irritating.



Ha, and one a sigh.


Anyway, we asked so as to recover from drunk state to ask to Say 冶 kun.



Say 冶 kun approved radiantly, it emits a warm white light. Then seemed to recover from drunk state, team members who are sequentially beginning happened, began to clean up a number of such eating cluttered the dragon meat dishes.



While watching the situation, drink a pile, to have been poured into the golden Shuhai sake.


Poured in have liquor [demon-shu and inscription [demon is sit in heaven]] just got a, a shade is characteristic dry sake, such as the welkin.


The first is a refreshing and refreshing, from the middle there is exciting firm taste, enjoy taste was Kirili with a full-bodied.



It, it's special to eat along with the knob, which met the wholesale "Shiden radish" to quickly baked dragon king meat on both sides.


Juwari, and full of gravy when chewed. Chunky might be rich it is too heavy that's dragon king meat alone, but in that dress and Shiden radish that even exhilaration that was Piriri, it is excellent compatibility with dry sake.



The presence or absence, is delicious intertwined in the mouth Akigako not to eat many times.


Involuntarily cheek is loose, it had to raise the pace to carry the liquor.



I wanted Kui still, because it is likely to end soon also Members our cared, was to be a jerk move to endure.



First of all, we decided to kiss Members us to each of the post.


If the previous is in about two thousand people Members our who survived [holy war] I also those who are working in various parts of the store, also there who came out from the site of a large forest.


Now is he is turning the work hard the other team members who do not participate in the [holy war], amount of work by the amount of people has become less is increasing.


Here to go back quickly because he was caught also rest to finished, you should let someone rest Members who are working. Preparation is commanded to end quickly.


As part of the preparation, we decided to have a souvenir. Food is the main such as the mass of dragon meat, but three kinds of demon liquor is also prepared the things that was transferred to barrels and bottles.


This also is not necessary to set all the way, it will be team members everyone can enjoy.


However, the amount eaten is quite small as compared to the band members who participated, but there is only convince that it is the difference bet their lives.



Anyway, coming back also I decided to go through the nearest labyrinth dived the [Kikoku Gate], but now subdivided so very noticeable time zone and move at once, trimmed quickly sequentially sends out arrangements.



Then, to the time it is direct the black dragon as a messenger in the country.


And briefly talk about victory or defeat, "it was a wonderful battle, trying to be often fall asleep out of consideration to it. By the time the wake up, to declare a but good "thing to enjoy the most peace.


[Satan] to relocation of the capital dominate the world like - but I this is the world actually there, seem not ambitious until there truly - ish Do and while I think, would be in outline do is such a thing.


It simple and easy-to-understand than the Laws of the Arekore measures, it even if there is confusion in the corresponding's convenient it in a lot.



After also issued a variety of instructions to the other, was to be directed to the place of IwaIsamu dived the [Kikoku Gate].


In [holy war] of This degree, there are fewer of those who survived the Allied-allied forces both.


[Rescue St.] becomes a white sand, [emperor] who was killed under together, the majority of [EiIsamu] we went scattered.



Survive, KaminariIsamu line that was relieved by KumoIsamu, KusaIsamu line that survived the most successful [holy war] this time by, for example, hit it off with the Aikusa chan, MeshiIsamu line has already been taken up by me, and in advance It tied only IwaIsamu line that was playing in the [gambling parlor of Kikoku] by the secret agreement.



In this four people of [EiIsamu] us, IwaIsamu has less overwhelming amount of information.


It destroyed the thing is in communication once, but the detail is because do not tell because the description was troublesome.



But that's it, will be troubled little. It is a farce, but the IwaIsamu have an obligation to explain the particulars of things when you return home.


Suspected a relationship with me because of high likely to be pursued by each country, it is much to know.



Come to come for diving and a detailed description incidentally [Kikoku Gate] is why, even in the arena that have been made betting the combat system that participated previously avenger, found IwaIsamu.


But unlike the original that have been sent here, the figure of IwaIsamu had changed and rattle.



Hide the face by a mask made of gray rock iron, boomerang pants figure exposing unsparingly a hefty body. In the absence also seems armor armor in the other, are fighting one hand the Iwatetsu hammer, such as piercing the bar into chunks of rock.


Had in the other party is a dungeon monster Golem system called the "Black Dollar Goiru", in the Dragon and gargoyle like multiplied by the appearance, the surface was a stone statue that was dyed black.


Although combat capability itself is not as high as the apparent, or my influence, boasts a strength of more than bad magic metal while a stone statue.


At the limit that put a thin, et al. And the wound in the odd weapon, it is surprisingly difficult to defeat the black Dollar Goiru boasts a size of about three meters.


Challenged, defeated who are numerous.


Soredakeni to magnification is good, but I reward commensurate are prepared in the winner.



Why thing is of such black Dollar Goiru and IwaIsamu are fighting.



What has this happens there, have the reason to the auditorium of the arena, and personal belongings such as jewelry than previously ask the comrades of IwaIsamu that is a lush, apparently IwaIsamu slot alone It continues to lose to be a lot of betting, such as, but so earns in the body in order to obtain the funds.


Prima facie, to armor of the kind it is not betting, apparently not is also lost capacity.


Seems to work is self-control at the last minute, but the figure was a serious IwaIsamu is a little corrupt, it was reminiscent of somewhere father elf.



However, it would still sound better father elf. There is a spa and massage.


In contrast, IwaIsamu is a gaming swamp also sink to anywhere To fall into.



For now, that you do not Shimawa fitted IwaIsamu any more, it decided to keep advice.



Then, what if there kettle and a sent a IwaIsamu the kingdom.


To say that to dive the [Kikoku Gate], because only is moved to [basin of Kikoku water] in the kingdom, labor is not. Because it was already to prepare the move means that the skeleton spider over there, after a few hours would have arrived in the kingdom.



At that time, we asked also to bring a souvenir to the tomboy princess.


I wonder, but good if we can I if true have, once I have been confirmed in the kingdom, the kingdom also becomes impossible subterfuge to pursue in each country which is connected behind the scenes.


But just suspicious even, the cause of it is not regards giving an excuse.


To say that, for a while in order to pursue in each country so as not suited to the kingdom, it is not to meet directly to the tomboy princess. So souvenir had been in a little luxury.



Then doing the chores, was quickly asleep.



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  “三百四十一日目”

 水平線の彼方から太陽が昇る光景を、黄金の酒杯を片手に持ちながら椅子に座って観賞する。

 たまにはこうして朝にゆっくりするのも悪くない。

 肉体的疲労は回復力の高さもあって既に無いが、精神的疲労はまだ残っている。

 普段よりもやや活気を失っている、と言えばいいだろうか。


 何となく気怠さがあり、動作もゆっくりとしたものになりがちだ。


 ぼう、と太陽が昇ってもしばし眺める。

 ちょっと眩しいが、【極光耐性】があるからか、普通に見つめ続けられた。


 ある程度気力が充填できたところで切り上げる。

 【聖戦】を終えて暫くダラダラと堕落したい、という欲求が沸き立つが、何事も後始末が肝心だ。

 ゆっくりと拠点の温泉に浸かって蕩ける前に、これから色々と動く必要がある。


 ハッキリ言って、これから来るのは戦乱の時代になるだろう。


 強大な【救聖】を失った事も大きいが、何より【英勇】という大戦力の大半をほぼ失った事で、広大な国土の防衛が事実上不可能になった聖王国。

 属国のような関係から聖王国の要請を断る事ができずに派遣し、しかし何ら益を得ずに貴重な【英勇】をただ失った――腐勇は生きているが――事で、今後不満や不安が蓄積されていくのは目に見えている小国群。

 【帝王】とそれに付き従った【将】や優秀な精鋭達を失っただけでなく、次代の新たな【帝王】達が国を完全に掌握するまで大小様々な混乱が続くと簡単に予想できる魔帝国と獣王国。

 また帝国も雲勇を始めとする【英勇】の半分を失った事で、戦力の損耗は無視できるレベルではない。


 そうした各国の戦力低下を機にこれまでの国際関係は変動するだろうし、何より遠方の国々が浮いた聖王国の土地を切り取ろうと画策するのは目に見えていた。

 聖王国にはまだ【聖王】達が居るので容易く崩壊する事はないだろうが、今まで苛烈に他国を攻め、支配してきた歴史がある。

 各地には恨みを持つ者達も多いだろうし、併合してきた土地は分裂して新しい国が出来るかもしれない。元々戦火の土壌は出来上がっていたのだ。


 今回の【聖戦】の一件は、それを刺激した事になる。


 欲望と暴力が振りまかれる乱世。

 ヒタヒタとその足音は静かに、しかし確実に聞こえている。


 乱れていた方が俺にとっては何かと都合がいいし、もしかしたらそれを切っ掛けに新しい【英勇】が誕生する事も期待できる。


 などと思うが、しかし暗躍する前に、まずは宴会の後始末が優先だろう。

 太陽を眺める為に座っていた椅子から立ち上がり、周囲を見ると、大量の泥酔者達が何とも情けない姿で転がっていた。

 【聖戦】で減ったとはいえ、今回の大宴会に参加したのは約二千名。


 少量の酒もダメな下戸が居ない事も無いが、大半は大食漢であり、かつ酒を水のように飲む鬼種である。

 また巨体故に一度に飲む量の基準が違っていたり、竜人のラムラさんなどウワバミはそれなりにいるので、今回消費された酒と料理はかなりの量になっていた。


 幸い、料理の材料は山の如き“龍王”と“竜帝”を筆頭に大量にあった。足りなければ【鬼神の尊き海鮮食洞】に【鬼哭門】で移動し、適当に集めればいいだけだ。


 ただ問題は酒である。

 約二千名分も用意するとなると、それはもう大量の酒が必要になる。しかも一人一人の飲む量は半端ではない訳だが、流石にこの人数が満足するような規模となると、酒を大量に貯蔵している俺でもちと厳しい。


 これまでは皆が迷宮に潜ったり、あるいは買ったりして集めて溜めに溜めた酒を放出してきたのだが、【聖戦】に備えての前夜祭などちょくちょく宴会をした事もあって、貯蔵酒は少なくなっていたのだ。

 この宴会くらいは保ったかもしれないが、保っただけで満足いく量だったかは微妙なところ。

 もしかしたら合間合間に補充する必要があったかもしれない。


 しかし無事に【詩篇】を完遂し、その褒美として手に入れた三種の鬼酒はその問題を解消してくれた。

 三種の鬼酒は、味は先に手に入れた鬼酒よりも若干劣るものの、時間経過で減っていても補充される能力は同じであり、また俺がすっぽりと収まる大樽に入っているので量がある。


 つまり延々と飲める大量の美酒が供給され続ける、と言う事だ。


 これはいい、と鬼酒を並べてどんちゃん騒ぎ。

 酔っぱらって乱闘などもあったが、種族に関係なく笑いあい、酒を飲み交わし、そして逝った仲間を偲んで泣き、また酒を飲んで笑っていた。


 そんな宴会も朝方になれば落ち着いてくるのだが、その結果がこの泥酔者達の山である。


 【聖戦】を経験し、永遠の別れの悲しみを飲んで受け入れ乗り越えるある種の儀式にも近かったとはいえ、限界を超えて飲むのは正直どうかと思う。

 酒に強い奴等すらダウンする程の暴飲暴食。嘔吐物など汚い諸々が様々な場所で見受けられた。酒の匂いに混じり、少々ツンとする臭いが混じっている。


 はあ、と溜息を一つ。

 とりあえず、セイ冶くんにお願いして泥酔状態から回復させるようにお願いした。


 セイ冶くんはにこやかに了承し、暖かい白い光を放つ。すると泥酔状態から回復したらしく、団員達は順次起き始め、喰い散らかされた竜肉料理などの数々を片付け始めた。


 その様子を見ながら、クイ、と黄金の酒杯に注がれた酒を飲む。

 注がれている酒は手に入れたばかりの【鬼酒・銘[鬼神は天に座す]】であり、蒼穹のような色合いが特徴的な辛口の酒である。

 最初は爽やかでスッキリと、中盤からは刺激的な引き締まった口当たりがあり、コクのあるキリリとした味わいが楽しめる。


 それを、両面をさっと焼いた龍王肉に“紫電ダイコン”のおろしをあえたツマミと共に食べるのは格別だ。

 ジュワリ、と噛んだ時に溢れる肉汁。コッテリ濃厚なそれは龍王肉単体だと重すぎるかもしれないが、しかしピリリとした爽快感すらある紫電ダイコンとあえる事で、辛口の酒との相性が抜群だ。


 うむ、口内で絡み合う美味は何度食べても飽きがこない。

 思わず頰は緩み、酒を運ぶペースを上げていた。


 まだまだ喰いたかったが、団員達の介抱もそろそろ終わりそうなので、ぐっと我慢して動く事にした。


 まず、団員達をそれぞれの持ち場に帰す事に決めた。

 生き残った約二千名の団員達には【聖戦】の前は各地の店舗で働いている者も居れば、大森林の拠点から出てきた者も居る。

 現在は【聖戦】に参加していない他の団員達が頑張って仕事を回しているのだが、人数が少なくなった分だけ仕事量は増えている。

 コチラは終わったし休息もとれたのだからさっさと帰らし、働いている団員達を休ませてやるべきだろう。準備は手早く終わらせるように命令する。

 準備の一環として、土産を持たせる事にした。竜肉の塊など食材がメインだが、三種の鬼酒も樽や瓶に移し替えたモノを用意する。

 これでわざわざ集合しなくても、団員全員が楽しめる事だろう。

 ただし食べられる量は参加した団員と比べてかなり少ないが、命を賭けた差だと納得してもらうしかない。


 ともあれ、帰りも【鬼哭門】を潜って最寄りの迷宮を経由して行く事にしたのだが、今は一度に動くと非常に目立つ時間帯なので小分けし、順次送り出す手はずをさっさと整えた。


 それから、とりあえず各国にメッセンジャーとして黒竜を向かわせる。

 そして簡潔に勝敗を語り、『素晴らしき戦いであった、それに免じてしばし眠りにつく事にしよう。目覚める時まで、せいぜい平和を堪能するがいい』的な事を宣言させる。

 まるで世界を支配せんとする【魔王】――この世界には実際に居るのだが、流石にそこまで野心家ではないようだ――っぽいなと思いつつ、一先ずこんなものでいいだろう。

 あれこれ策を弄すよりもシンプルかつ分かりやすいし、相応の混乱があったとしてもそれはそれで色々と好都合だ。


 その他にも色々指示を出した後、【鬼哭門】を潜って岩勇の所に向かう事にした。

 此度の【聖戦】では、連合軍・同盟軍共に生き残った者の方が少ない。

 【救聖】は白砂となり、【帝王】達は配下共々戦死し、大半の【英勇】達は散っていった。


 生き残りは、雲勇によって逃がされた雷勇一行、アイ腐ちゃんと意気投合するなどして今回最も上手く【聖戦】を乗り越えた腐勇一行、俺によって既に取り込まれている飯勇一行、そして事前に結ばれた秘密協定により【鬼哭の賭場】で遊んでいた岩勇一行だけである。


 この四人の【英勇】達の中で、岩勇は圧倒的に情報量が少ない。

 一応壊滅した事は連絡しているのだが、詳細は説明が面倒だったので教えていないからだ。


 しかしそれだと、少し困る事になる。茶番ではあるが、岩勇には帰国した際に事の顛末を説明する義務がある。

 俺との関係を疑われて各国から追求される可能性は高いのだから、知っておくべき事は多い。


 そんな訳で詳しい説明ついでに【鬼哭門】を潜って迎えに来てみれば、以前復讐者も参加した戦闘系の賭けが行われている闘技場にて、岩勇を発見した。

 だがここに送ってきた当初とは異なり、岩勇の姿はガラリと変わっていた。


 灰色の岩鉄で作られた仮面によって顔を隠し、屈強な肉体を惜しげもなく晒すブーメランパンツ姿。それ以外には防具らしい防具もない状態で、岩の塊に棒を突き刺したような岩鉄ハンマーを片手に戦っている。

 相手にしていたのは“ブラックドラーゴイル”と呼ばれるゴーレム系のダンジョンモンスターであり、ドラゴンとガーゴイルを掛け合わせたような外見で、表面は黒く染まった石像だった。

 戦闘能力自体は見かけほど高くないが、俺の影響か、石像でありながら下手な魔法金属を上回る強度を誇る。

 半端な武器では薄らと傷をつけるのが限界で、三メートル程の大きさを誇るブラックドラーゴイルを倒す事は意外と難しい。

 挑戦し、敗れた者は数多い。

 それだけに倍率は良いし、勝者には相応の報酬が用意されているのだが。


 そんなブラックドラーゴイルと岩勇が戦っているのは何故なのか。


 何があってこうなったのか、その理由を闘技場の観客席に居る、以前よりも宝石など身の回りが豪勢になっている岩勇の仲間達に聞いてみると、どうやら岩勇が一人でスロットなど色んな賭けをしていると負け続け、資金を得るために身体で稼いでいるそうだ。

 一応、武具の類は賭けていないし、能力も失ってはいないらしい。

 ギリギリのところで自制が働いているらしいが、真面目だった岩勇が少し堕落している姿に、どこか父親エルフを連想した。


 しかし、まだ父親エルフの方が健全だろう。あちらは温泉とマッサージだ。

 対して、岩勇は嵌れば何処までも沈む賭博の沼である。


 とりあえず、岩勇がこれ以上嵌ってしまわないよう、忠告しておく事にした。


 その後、なんやかんやとあって、岩勇を王国に送った。

 といっても【鬼哭門】を潜らせ、王国にある【鬼哭水の滝壺】まで移動させただけなので、手間は無い。既に向こうには骸骨蜘蛛という移動手段を用意させていたので、数時間後には王国に到着しているだろう。


 その際、お転婆姫にお土産を持っていく事も頼んだ。

 本当なら俺が持っていけばいいのだろうが、俺が王国内で確認されてしまえば、裏で繋がっている王国も各国の追及に対して言い逃れができなくなる。

 ただでさえ怪しいのに、その口実を与えてしまうのはよろしくない。

 と言う事で、しばらくの間は各国の追及が王国に向かないようにする為、お転婆姫には直接会う事は無い。だからお土産は少し豪華にしておいた。


 その後は雑務をこなし、さっさと寝た。






Day 340 == Day 341 == Day 342


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