”Just like what you doing, I am also sightseeing you know ”
”I see, not that I care but, now that we are here. We need to discuss our next plan don you think ” I continue talking to the voices in my head.
”Are you sure you need to discuss this with me, you do not forget my existence right? ”
”I am not. Yet, you are not exist anymore right, more like you are me and I am you now ” my response to the voice
”cih, not only I failed to reincarnate to my new host. I have become my host skill. In all the time I am live for thousands of years, this is my first time in this miserable position. Not that I hate it though, this is also interesting in its way, kufufu ” explains the voices to me, or maybe to himself.
The voices identity is a devil. Devil is a different entity than a demon. While the demon is a kind of race that is born from monsters that have intelligence after living a long time. Devil is a spiritual entity, the same as divine beings like god and goddess, but in opposite meaning. They live in the underworld and are only able to come to this world if they have a body. If not, they won be able to survive for long, because materializing a spiritual entity in this world needs a large amount of mana, even an archdevil is only able to do that for a few days only.
The one inside me is a devil that has a unique trait that can reincarnate itself to the human body, and turn out the host is me. But because of my high resistance to any mental ability, its attempt failed, and for some reason turn out combined with my soul with ego left of course.
Almost no benefit I got even tho I have the devils soul in me, no increased status or a new skill. If this can be called benefit only her ego that I can talk to. Because we kind of match each other we became a partner, and thats why I can share memory and knowledge with her. Well, knowledge of the devil that lives for thousands of years is the biggest benefit for me, because for classless, information is almost everything when we want to fight the enemy.
”for now, what about increasing rank to E? And if we can have party members? We can take the D rank requests and of course, its about Lulus father ” my first suggestion to Rain, which is the devils name or at least what I called her.
I give the name because normally the devil does not have a name, and because she reincarnated I just call her Rain from that base, looks like she liked it so we stick with that until now.
”oh, ye..yeah of course. I am also thinking the same thing ” responded Rain to my suggestion.
Now I am starting to doubt the wiseness of this old devil, her response is kind of weak.
”Well then, lets just do that tomorrow ”.
”Congratulations Mr. Rean, you are now promoted to E rank, ” said Carmilla.
” thank you very much, Mila, fast right? Not only that I was able to beat goblin for the promoted test I am also doing it pretty fast. ” I boast my success to Mila
”Yes, thanks for the hard work as always, Mr. Rean Vitarda ” Mila response to it with a sweet calm smile, not even reacting to my boast.
Well, I am started to get used to how cold she reacted to me, every style of hit on I already tried. From a good man to a scum-type hit-on, everything is no reaction. Even though I have already gotten used to it. Somehow its still sad.
Its been 6 days since I started taking requests from the guild. Herb-gathering quests are what I mostly do, people at the guild are also kind of surprised by it. I am taking 20 different herb-gathering quests on my first day with a total of 300 herbs collected. The reason I am doing it is that F rank quests are mostly only that and that quest is also needed as a cover to mapping the forests and while searching for clues about Lulus father.
”Well done, Herb master.. ” shouted one of the adventurers to me when hearing about my promotion.
”Thank you very much, brother!! ” My reply to his compliment, though I am pretty much sure he is teasing me with that nickname.
Adventurers in this guild are kind of weird, despite their pride they do not do any bad conduct to people who got more achievements, they rather complement them instead and work harder. I like it this way, but somehow I was expecting more of them to be more like envy and violence, I guess thats Lunalemiere for you.
Lunalemire, besides being called an adventurer city, is also called the city of respect. The people there are giving respect to people who are better than them and working harder not to lose, of course, some of them are also bad people and scum, but there is a limit to how many bad things they can do before they stamp as criminals and be hunted. I mean, this is an adventurer city, so a trash criminal will immediately be posted as a request to the guild and the next day will be hunted.
”What is the herb masters meaning? ” I ask Mila who is beside me.
”Well, in these past six days you have been completing many herb gatherings with a 100% success rate. So people here started calling you herb master ”
”What the…I mean its not like I don like it. But I will do less herb gathering when I rank up you know ”
”Anyway, Mr. Rean. now you may be able to take E-rank quests. And if you have a party with E rank level, you can take up to D rank quests ” Mila suddenly continues with the rank-up briefing.
”(why do I feel Mila colder and colder each day) ” I talk to myself in my mind.
After that, I walked to the nearest table and ask for a drink. I sit beside the guy who called me herb master before. He is one of the adventurers I often talked with, one of my drinking friends you may call it. His name is Alex, he has silver hair and very good-looking person. He is the leader of a party called Silver Moon which has 3 members including him. On His right side is Rieze, who is a black mage with long black hair, using a witch hat and a robe all black. She is around 160 cm tall and of course a cute beauty.
On Riezes right side, which is also my left side is another one of Alexs party members, another woman. Her name is Merinda and I often call her Linda. She is a beauty with an adult charm, she is around 175 cm tall, and her class is dragoon which is an A-grade rank Spear User. She has big boo- uhm (cough) well you know and has this playful plus caring aura on her, of course to her party member. She is Alexs older sister by blood so sadly Alexs party is not a harem paradise.
Rieze has romantic feelings for Alex and so does him. But for some reason, both of them are dense so Merinda and I often only tease and watch them. Silver Moon is a B-rank party, even if they have only 3 members, all of them have A-grade classes and are also well-trained. so basically their combat individual capabilities may be on A-rank already.
At first, it was only Alex and me who is an acquaintance. I met him when he doing a solo quest in the forest on my first day doing herb-gathering quests.
[5 days ago]
”another worthless clue. Just where is Lulus father going missing? If he is eaten, there are should be their belonging left, and there is no monster big enough around here to eat the whole of them with their weapon and armor. And because its been a month, any trace of them like the trace of fighting, footmark is gone. It is the very definition of missing ” I am saying it loudly because its only me in the forest.
Its almost time to get back to reporting my herb quests, so I am planning to continue after getting another herb-gathering quest tonight. I thought that maybe at night there is some clue that can be found during the day while the sun is out.
”cling!! clang! ”
Looks like someone is fighting over there. But, this sound.
”A weapon clashing? ” That is what I thought.
I carefully follow the sound. and take my distance while lowering my presence. Hide it to be exact, of course, I am good at it.
When Im reaching a good point to watch, what I saw is a single man and a very cool man at that level which makes me a little jealous. I mean silver hair is unfair, it is cool. That man is in the middle of the fight with a bunch of people, around 20 of them already dead and what is left is 5 people that look pretty strong. The silver-haired person uses a one-handed sword and a shield like a knight, his shield somehow attached to his left arm somehow a weird design. his armor is light armor with a white long coat.
”damn… Silver hair, white long coat? Thats cool ” I can hold my voice while saying but with a lower voice.
”aren you also black hair, with a black long coat? Why are you jealous of him? For a long-lived devil that already met many types of humans, sometimes I can understand your fashion sense ” Rain is commenting on my mumble
”oh shut up, what kind of devil are you that can understand your host feeling ” I fight back but now we talking using telepathy.
”Normally I don even give a damn about my hosts live thoughts ” she replies with annoyance now.
I stop replying to Rain because looks like our white knights are not in a good state now. After giving a single look around, I can understand that those people are bandits. All of them have the same logo in their hand and I remember seeing requests about bandit extermination in the guild. Its a B-rank quest and they are called the black dog syndicate. Back to the silver-haired person, looks like he got a scratch from a poisoned knife. While I am wondering why he can get that, looks like he is fighting while protecting a little girl, maybe she is a hostage.
”hmm, this is why I hate fighting people while protecting. Because strength only is no good. And even if you win, but lose the one you want to protect, you also lose for good ” I am saying it while walking slowly, still hiding my presence to make sure they don realize me.
I am walking around the place while checking if there are any more hostages besides the girl, leaving that white-haired person alone.
”he should be able to handle it alone for a while ”
And bingo, there is a woman who has been kidnapped inside the bandit den. All of them are naked and look like already been raped multiple times. ”Death eye ” or maybe the eye of a person that just wanna die is what I can see in their eye. There are five of them and all of them have similar eyes.
Looks like the silver-haired person rushing into a fight with them when he sees the little girl kidnapped and not checking the situation first. This could be worst if those people use these women as a hostage too, while these women don care anymore even if they die. That silver-haired guy is probably a good-natured person so he wouldn ignore it.
”What makes you think so? ” Rain suddenly asks me
”because he is using a sword and shield and white coat ”
”ha? Where does that conclusion even come from? Why only with that nonsense you concluded that a silver-haired guy is a good person ” Rain is very annoying right now, I can tell.
”hahaha, it is funny to tease you. Don you know? because it is a jinx. ”
”you gotta be kidding me, human ”
”yep, I am kidding. Its because of what I said earlier. He is rushing to fight them when they get the little girl. If he is at least a normal adventurer, he should be following the bandit and attacking them on a sneak attack while they sleeping or resting. Because you know, this kind of bandit normally has a party after successfully getting their target, in this case, the little girl ”
Rains suddenly stops responding, looks like she understands it. I continue checking the surrounding area, and after making sure everything was clear I came back to the victims woman.
”hello there! ” I greet them from outside their jail. Because I greet them first, it makes them aware of me, even if my presence is hidden. That way, they can see me.
Sadly they only look at me, they do not even try to reply to my greet. They must be thinking I am just another bandits who want to play with them.
”do you want me to kill you? Or do you want to be free? Keep silent on five counts meaning you choose the second okay ” without chit-chatting I told them directly my intention.
To tell the truth, all of them are a beauty even in this state. Thats why while holding my wrath, I keep my composure.
”ugh…Mister ” one of them suddenly spoke. I am not even beginning to count.
”Can you kill us? ”
this surprises me. I know this response is a possibility but…
”If you can talk back. May I know your reason? ”
While asking that, I break open their jail quietly, a quick slash from my katana is enough for that. I also put out some clothes from my dimension storage.
Dimension storage is like a bag but its kept in another dimension, its a kind of magic. But can also utilize using magic items, in my case, its my ring.
”thank you, but… it is useless on us, we just want to die ” she declines my offer.
”looks like even if I just release you all from your restrain, you all will just directly suicide, am I right?
”yes ” she responded with a smile, other women also follow her with the same expression. ” I do not want to give it a second thought but,
”but you know… You all can just be a priest in the church. Maybe that way you can live easily to recover, if you want, I could also provide a new identity for you ” I do not want to kill them, they are all beautiful indeed, and still young. The oldest one maybe is around 20 years old, they can still recover and gain love and get a happy ending. Thats what I thought.
well, what can I say? I am by default is good-natured person, only to scum I can be as cruel as I want. since I don look at them as a living being.
The five of them look at each other and after a while
”Can you provide us new identity if we want it? ”
With this looks like all of them want a new start, I was wondering why none of them want to try to go back to their family. But Ill ask them later.
I give them clothes, to cover their body. I am a man after all. And really, if only not because of my anger and my composure I might be already getting a,- Uhum (cough).
”for now, can you guys wait here? There is one person outside fighting with the bandit leader, I am gonna give him a hand ”
”Alright, please be careful, mister ” reply the woman with blond hair, which is also the same one that I talked about before.
I completely hide my presence and use the wind as a miss direction for the girl and they suddenly lose sight of me, all of them look surprised. I continue to walk to the den entrance.
The silver-haired man still struggling to fight those 5 scum while protecting the child. He breathes heavily but looks like he can still make it.
”(As expected, he is good and strong. Even with poison in him, he can still hold on this long) ” I compliment the silver-haired man inside my head.
”Eight Worlds One Blade – 2nd blade – storm ” after saying that, I suddenly slash the bandit one by one at high speed in precision to their vital point from behind them. Not even one of them realizes it before they die. At the end of the technique, I sheat my katana back to its scabbard slowly. while the bandit falls to the ground almost together.
” you okay there, silver man ” I am asking the silver-haired man with a slight joke, so he doesn too aware of me.
”damn you!!, the silver-haired man is shouting at me after our eye is meet
”? ” now I am the clueless one, did by any chance I am killing the wrong person or maybe they are not bandits?
”youve been around for a while, don you? And you, aren you the new adventurer in the guild? I saw you when you first come in. What makes you so long to help? ” the silver-haired man shouts at me with an angry voice even though he shouldve been weak because of poison right now.
”aren you poisoned, why do you have so much power to shout at me ” I reply to him with a sigh.
”Also, I need to check the surroundings so there are no hostages or backup from the bandit you know ” I continue to explain to him
”yeah I know, I just want to tease you. Tehee. ”
I am giving him a bad face now, for some reason he knows the exact way to counter my joke with a tease that could make me lose composure.
”The poison? ” now I am back to serious conversation mode
”already got the antitode, I always bring one at least. do you find any other? hostages or maybe kidnaped people ” he replies.
”yeah, five women in the den. Don ask me what they have been through. I already promise them to bring them to a certain place to start over, thats what they want too. ”
”uh? I see. Its good then ” the silver-haired man looks surprised.
I think he gets it that normally the woman who has been become the plaything of a bandit will just kill themself if they have been released, thats why he surprised that all those women agree to start over.
After coming back to the city, I pay for 2 other rooms in the inn for all the woman victims and go reporting to the guild with Lex, the silver-haired man.
Thanks, Rean ” Alex started the conversation on our way to the guild.
”what for? If it was about the bandit, you couldve single-handed them easily right? You know I am there, thats why you prolong the fight isn it? ”
”yeah, but thats not what I mean. I mean about the womans victim. If it was me, I don think I could save them ” Alex, talked to me in a sad voice.
He is B rank, maybe he has already failed multiple times before. Well, I could understand that too.
”yeah, I could understand that feeling ” I reply to him with a low voice. It makes me remember when I still training. One time I also free a woman from the bandit, and she just suddenly jumps from the cliff the day after I save her.
” so you too? ”
”Well anyway, what the hell with that move? Aren you F-rank, why the hell you could move like that? Is that sword skill? Are you a samurai or something? Lex just suddenly switch the topic
”kehehe, amazing isn it? It is 2nd style from eight worlds one blade school. Its a sword technique school from the eastern continent. Also, Im classless ”, answering Lexs question with pride
”wait, isn that the famous school that only accepts eight disciples for each generation? ”
”yeah that one, while the founder only takes up to eight disciples, their student, I mean the one who reaches divine blade can also take up to eight disciples and so on ” I explain to Alex.
” I see. Hmm? Wait, don tell me.. ”
”We are here, the guild. We should be reporting now ” I think Lex is about to say something, well lets just forget it.
”you are annoying, I give you that, ” he says to me and just follows me to go inside the guild.
In the morning, I ask the merchant who is also coming together with me to the Lunalemiere who by accident also has to continue his journey to the Ignite Kingdom.
”Please take care of them ”, I said to a merchant who I paid to also accompany the girl to Ignite Kingdom.
”Yes, leave it to me, Mr. Rean ”
”Good ” I replied with a smile
”(if something happened to any of them, you and everything you hold dear is the first thing I hunt. understood?!), I add a little sentence whispered to the merchant.
”Of..of course, I wouldn dare to do that ”, responded the merchant.
The merchant is a proper one, I do look a little at his background before asking for his service anyway. Also,
”Thanks for accepting my offer Lex ”, I said to Alex who is standing behind me
”No problem, the reward is very good for a bodyguards requests. You sure have some wealth in you Rean ”
”Well, I am a man of mystery after all ”, boasting full of pride like a joke
”You do understand, that you are not funny when you said it like that. No wonder Mila always ignores you ”, Alex responds to my boast with very hurt teasing.
”What, o..oi that hurt ”
”By the way, let me introduce you. My party member, Merinda and Rieze ”
”Nice to meet you, I am Rieze, silver moon member, black mage. I handle supporting and can do some offensive magic too ” said the girl with staff introducing herself.
”Merinda, dragoon. Nice to meet you ” the girl with a spear also introduced herself, with a calm smile. Also, she is hot.
”Wh…why… ” I kneel to the land, like a person who is already lost in a duel
”Silver-haired with a long coat is already something. Why Harem too….! ” I mumbled to myself of course with my voice out.
harem, is the word stated for a single man surrounded by more than 1 beautiful girl, and all of the girls like the man. this is the vocabulary I got when reading that professors secret book called manga.
”Oi rean- ”, Alex looks like wants to say something but I ignore him
”Well, while our party looks like a paradise for Alex, sadly its not ”, Merinda suddenly talking to herself like explaining something
”??? what do you mean by that? No matter how you look at it- ”, now Im curious, I lift my face while still kneeling trying to respond to Merinda
”She is my sister ”, Alex cut my voice
”What? But, ” no matter how you look at it they are different. Is it not related to blood, is what I am thinking but,
”We are related by blood, if you ask why we are different. Its because the dragoon class usually changes the hair color of the user. And if you look carefully, aren we similar? ” now Alex stands right next to Merinda.
And now that I look carefully, they have the same eye color, and yeah they are pretty similar.
”I… I see. Well its not like I care even if you have a harem tho ” now I wonder why I said this word
”Well, aren you a tsundere? If you
e sad you could always have this big sister to hug you, you know? ” Merinda said it with a beautiful voice kind of stimulating.
”He? Yeah big sister I am sad. Hug please!! ” while I don understand the sundrey means I don give a care, must be some foreign word. My focus now is the hug, and of course, after saying that I directly jump to Merindas big sisters chest and hug her.
”Oi oi, just be careful Rean. big Sis is a player you know. Youll get heartbreak if you treat it seriously ” Alex said to me while touching his head. I don care though
After saying goodbye to the silver moon party, and all the victim women, the silver moon party finally goes as the merchant escort. After losing sight of them, I am back to the inn.
”Oi big sis. Don toy with him ok?. Even if look like that and F rank, he is strong you know. Probably stronger than me ” said Alex to his sister who is sitting beside her.
”Fufufu, as long as I am not playing. Then its okay then right ” Merinda replied Alex warning with a calm smile
”Ha? Don tell me..seriously!? ”
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