20 – Demon Lord Takumi Does Not Move

 

Nnya”

From the centre of the round table, Beastman King Miacis calls me the Demon Lord.
While most of the people present are shocked, the first to move was Berserker(Mad Warrior) Sacher who was standing up with their right leg on the table.1

“Anyway, die”

The two meter tall Sacher swung his similarly sized giant greatsword sideways at Miacis.

It was almost too big to be called a sword, too bulky (and so on), more fitting to be called a lump of steel.

With a light sound, that greatsword is easily caught.
In one hand.
Miacis is holding the greatsword between the fingers of her left hand.

“…..
!!”

It seems like Sacher is putting his whole strength into it but she isn’t budging.
She raises her left hand and the greatsword, along with Sacher, lifts into the air.

“Don’t interfere nya”
“Re- Release me!”

Miacis flicks her wrist lightly.
Sacher and his greatsword is blown away with great force.
In just a moment he is nothing more than a tiny speck then the sound of an impact rang out from far away.

Just like that, Sacher would not return until the meeting was over.

“You’re more impressive than the rumours.
Beastman King Miacis of the Demon Lord’s Four Heavenly Kings”

Even so the smile on Chairman Barbaroy’s face remains.

“However, even you can’t deal with all of us by yourself”
“Nnya? I can though? What about it?”

At Miacis’ words, killing intent flows out simultaneously from the members of the Meeting of the Ten Greats.

“Are you looking down on the hero.
Look at Excalibur here and say that again”
“Slaughter mode activated.
Proceeding to engage in combat”
“You’re still a beast in the end, nothing but prey to me”
“…..Quickly and quietly, I’ll dispose of you”

The Hero End, Half Machine Machina, Super Hunter Dagan, and Secret Agent Yor all stand up.

“Wait, just a moment, waaait!”

On the verge of a fight breaking out, I scream.
If a battle begins then I won’t be able to salvage this anymore.
Whether or not Miacis wins or loses, I’ll be confirmed as the Demon Lord.

“Talk it out.
Let’s talk it out and come to an agreement here”
“If the Demon Lord says so then I have no complaints nyaa”

Miacis moves from above the table to sit in Sacher’s seat.

“What is there to talk about at this point, Demon Lord Takumi.
We’ve now obtained irrefutable evidence”

Barbaroy, sat next to me, gave me a nasty smile.

“Not yet.
I, personally, still haven’t accepted it”
“You’re still saying stuff like that, Linden what’s the odds”
“Understood.
Calculating the odds of Takumi-sama being the Demon Lord at this time with the information available.
It took two seconds, the result is 99.9999%”


An essentially guaranteed number appeared.
But I won’t give up.
I’ll struggle to the very end.
After all, I’m not the Demon Lord.

“It’s still not 100%.
Let me ask a question.
Beastman King Miacis.
Why do you think I’m the Demon Lord? Do you recognise the Demon Lords face?”
“Nnya? …..No”

Miacis’ expression, which up until now was carefree, turns serious.

“In order to suppress their immense power, the Demon Lord has taken astral(spirit) form, and entered a human vessel.
Therefor I have yet to confirm the Demon Lord’s true form”

She’s stopped ending her sentences with nya.
Is this is her true nature.

“Then why did you call me the Demon Lord?”
“My apologies, I have been searching for Demon Lord-sama ever since their revival.
Currently their presence is concealed but just a few moments ago, I felt Demon Lord-sama’s presence from this area”

Wait a minute.
If that’s the case…..
I am not the Demon Lord.
That much I understand.
Which means that…..!

I look over the members of the Meeting of the Ten Greats.
Amongst these members lies the true Demon Lord!

“There’s many others here.
Why did you decide on me?”
“…..A few days prior, I met Alice”

Alice again.
Alice, this time what did you do to the Beastman King?

“In the ten years they’ve been revived, Demon Lord-sama has not revealed their presence even once.
Us Four Heavenly Kings have been searching the humans for characteristics of the Demon Lord.
The top suspect was Alice”

Certainly, I would be convinced if Alice was the Demon Lord.

“Ten years ago, found living in the Demon Lord’s Labyrinth since before their revival, a girl with strength unimaginable to that of a human.
No matter what you think she was the human chosen as the Demon Lords vessel”

Wait a minute.
Alice was living in the Demon Lord’s Labyrinth since before their revival?
Eh? The dungeon I took custody of Alice in was the Demon Lord’s Labyrinth?

“I was convinced and greeted Alice with the remain Four Heavenly Kings.
However Alice was not Demon Lord-sama.
I asked Alice how she was able to, while being human, posses power far greater than the limits of one”

Ah, I have a bad feeling about this.

“She spoke just one sentence.
Takumi-sama, it was thanks to your teachings she said”

Lies! She had surpassed humans since the time I picked her up in the dungeon! She was as fearsome as a demon to begin with!
I scream in my heart.

“Demon Lord-sama is Takumi-sama, I cannot think of anyone besides you”

Beastman King Miacis bows deeply.

“It’s been decided”
“The probability is calculated to be 120%”
“Demon Lord Takumi, as the hero I will defeat you”
“Genocide mode activated.
Proceeding to engage in combat with the Demon Lord”
“Demon Lord huh, a suitable final prey for my career”
“…..I’ll annihilate you”

Barbaroy, Linden, End, Machina, Dagan, Yor.
Six of the round table, half of the members, considers me the Demon Lord.
But thats wrong.
If Miacis’ senses are correct then the true Demon Lord is hiding among us.

“Takumi-san do not worry.
Even if you are the Demon Lord, I will follow you to the ends of the earth”
“Chiharu will follow too”

Yeah, I’m not the Demon Lord.
I’m glad they’d stick with me but doesn’t it seem that Reia and Chiharu also think I’m the Demon Lord?

“Me as well, by Alice’s orders, I am to act as Takumi-sama’s arms and legs”

No I don’t need you.
Go away Goblin King.

“…..I also side with Takumi”

Speaking for the first time, Rick looks my way and nods.
Aah somehow I feel extremely relieved.
It seems that Rick alone believes that I’m not the Demon Lord.
…..He believes right?

“It’s split exactly halfway nya.
Six against six.
Are we going to fight nya”

At Miacis’ words, everyone apart from me simultaneously stands up.
An unbelievable amount of killing intent fills the venue.

“Takkun you’re not going to get up?”

There’s no way I would stand up.
Because my legs have given out.

“As expected of Takumi-san.
Against people of this level, without standing, you can easily defeat them while remaining seated.
That’s what this is right”

Reia’s comment makes everyone focus on me.
At this point the only thing I can say is those words

“I’m glad you understand.
That’s exactly right”

Demon Lord Takumi’s legend begins.

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