people’s favorite meat.”
The Little Bear told me all about the various dishes they harbored.
I was gulping in anticipation when I realized.
‘He’s telling me this because he knows I’m stressed.’
The Little Bear was very considerate.
‘Is this what having a brother is like?’
I didn’t know because I had no family.
But suddenly a thought came to my head.
Even if I did have a real brother, he probably wouldn’t be as nice as Little Bear.
Then suddenly, the carriage stopped.
The Big Bear opened the door of the carriage and appeared.
“It looks like the third guard post is under the attack of the monsters.
Juliano, use detection magic.”
Right now I can detect about 50 sixth-class monsters.”
“I’ll go first and help just in case.
Juliano, you’re in charge of driving the carriage.
Don’t reveal your identity for now.
Dia, you stay in the carriage.
I’ll meet up with you at the third post.”
The Big Bear smiled at me before disappearing right away.
I was a little disappointed.
“I want to go with him.”
“It’s faster for Father to use flight magic alone.”
But… why are they being attacked by monsters? I thought monsters wouldn’t be able to approach due to the Lord’s Blessing.”
“The guard posts are outside of the blessed territory.
They are facilities established in order to reduce the number of monsters lingering around and protect the people visiting the territory.”
“I’ll go now.
Stay inside until I tell you to come out.
The Little Bear patted my head, closed the door, and went out.
I was a little nervous but also excited to enter the Leocardia Territory.
I was also worried about Big Bear.
‘50 is a lot.
But it should be okay, as they’re just sixth-class monsters.
Ugh… I want to use detection magic.’
I was curious about the situation but Big Bear’s request to not use magic was stuck in my head.
I couldn’t just ignore it because it was said out of genuine concern.
‘We’re almost there but the carriage is going steady.
I don’t think it’s a dangerous situation…’
But it was still too early to be relieved.
Shivers suddenly went straight down my spine.
It was my instinct as a warrior.
It was the warning of a crisis.
I immediately cast a spell for detection magic, spreading the mana all over my body.
Soon after, something pressed on the carriage.
Half its body was of an old woman, and the other half was of a monster in the shape of a bird.
The Harpy was pressing the carriage with its body, ramming his sharp fingers and claws on the roof.
It wanted to break the carriage.
‘I’m the target.’
Harpies were very fond of children.
As prey, of course.
It seemed to be able to detect where I was and the carriage was shaken significantly.
Still, it did not break.
‘The Big Bear did a great job casting this defense magic.’
It was before I could do anything that-
The Little Bear that was driving the horse in the front seat, suddenly changed his movements.
Before the Harpy could attack any further, he jumped from his seat and cut off the Harpy’s neck with a double-handed sword taken from his subspace.
After kicking the Harpy’s body away, he immediately went back to driving the horse.
The horse seemed surprised and agitated by the Harpy’s appearance, but when the Little Bear grabbed the reins right away, it slowly moved forward without any sign of agitation.
I could see it all happen through the Detection Magic.
“Dia, are you okay?”
I thought it would be small because it was called a guard post, but it wasn’t.
It was already quite large just looking at the outer walls of the first floor, which were piled up around it like a fence.
In the center stood a large fortress enough to accommodate about 500 people.
At first glance, it looked like a cylinder, but sharp windows stretched out countless times around it like a hedgehog’s thorns.
If monsters rushed to try and break down the fortress their whole bodies would be torn up until they collapsed.
Many defensive spells were also permanently cast.
‘Amazing! But why is everything so dark nowadays? Oh, that’s Black Brick!’
It harbored great defensive prowess, but with its quality came a high price.
‘How great that they use it for whole buildings nowadays! But even more, this is just the third guard post, not the first!’
The more I looked at it, the more I admired it, and the more I liked the Duke of Leocardia.
I found out when I went around to exterminate monsters in my past life that even rich people would rarely spend money on such facilities.
They usually didn’t care if their people died or not.
‘The Duke is different.’
It was very difficult to deal with 50 high-grade monsters in the sixth class.
Perhaps because of that, several of the soldiers and magicians were injured.
However, there were no fatalities or serious injuries.
They were all well-armed and well-trained.
‘The Duke is amazing.’
I hadn’t even met her yet, but her favorability rating had already soared way up.
‘Where’s the Big Bear?’
He was stronger than me so I couldn’t find him even if I used detection magic.
Still, I continued to use it.
I could feel five people riding out of the third post and running towards the Little Bear’s carriage.
The first person asked loudly.
“This is Chamon Tant, deputy director of the third guard post of the Duchy of Leocardia.
Are you alright?”
It was as if they came running after seeing us being attacked by the Harpy.
Still, I didn’t think I should open my window yet, so I clung to the window of the carriage and simply listened.
I heard Little Bear reply.
“The carriage has been attacked.
Do you want to be repaired?”
‘The Little Bear is using illusion magic so the other person couldn’t have possibly known who he is, yet he still held a good attitude.’
It meant that the people at the third guard post were well disciplined.
“Yes, I’d like to have it repaired.”
“Let’s go inside the guard post for now.
We’ll escort you.”
Tant’s party surrounded us in three directions, on either side of the carriage, and behind us.
Entering the outer wall of the third guardpost, the carriage slowed down and stopped completely.
“I’ll take you to the lounge while it’s being repaired.
Is there a companion in the carriage?”
“Yes, there’s one.”
“Can you give me your identification card, along with your party member’s?”
“My party member is only five years old, they don’t have an identification card yet.
I’ll give you mine.”
The Little Bear gave Tant his identification card.
It must have been a fake appropriate with their disguise.
“So you were an attendant of the Duke.
“Another fellow attendant went here first.
Is he here?”
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