Chapter 14: Martina and the Dragonmancer 4
“Hey…! This is insane; it’s still moving…?!”
I can’t believe it―because he was once completely dead.
And what is the source of that strange gleam in his eyes and the sinister aura that surrounds him?
“Your Majesty! Please take a step back!”
Erica, the court mage, hastily brings His Majesty Elfin to the back.
The surrounding knights surround the resurrected Barvel and this old man.
“You! You dare to harm His Majesty by summoning a demon!”
“Are you attempting to deceive us into thinking you’re a child?!”
If Barvel goes on a rampage under these circumstances, suspicion is warranted.
“No, I don’t mean to! As evidence, this old man will stop him! Everyone, take a step back!”
This old man approaches Barvel, who begins to move.
Barvel draws his sword from his hip and strikes a menacing pose at this old man.
“Come on! I’ll put you to sleep this time.”
This old man also prepares and assumes a fighting stance.
In a powerful thrust, Barvel raises his sword.
But he thrusts it at his big foot?
“?! What in the world are you doing?!”
“Haa… Hah! Phew… I will not allow anyone to take control of this warrior who has done everything he can! I’m sorry for causing you any trouble, but I’ve come to my senses.”
Barvel said, breathing heavily.
The odd glint in his eyes had apparently faded.
“Barvel…?! You’re alive?!”
“No. I had died. Until just a moment ago…”
“How come you suddenly came back to life?”
“It’s the Dragonmancer, Dormina. No one but her can control me like this!”
“Don’t you humans have your own necromancer? Consider her the dragon’s version of that. She controls dead dragons as her servants. She, too, is one of the eight Demon Generals.
“…! So she’s to blame for what’s going on in the Royal Capital?!”
As he listened, His Majesty Elfin roared.
“Your Majesty, the demon named Dormina was the enemy’s general in the battle against the Demon Army many years ago… Martina-sama defeated her…”
“Yes, that’s right. But I didn’t see any indication of that, huh…? A large number of dragons have appeared from Martina-sama…”
“…! Wait a second! What happened to Tina… er, Martina-sama?!”
“Sigh… You’re aware that Martina-sama hasn’t been feeling well lately? For unknown reasons, that’s why she bestowed the throne upon me. She was receiving medical attention. Then, out of nowhere, she told the people around her to flee as fast as they could. Immediately after that, she was surrounded by a sinister aura… and more dragons were summoned… We were busy evacuating when they took over the Royal Capital. All we can do now is keep the enemy at bay by putting up wards.”
” Oh no. Then what’s happening in the Royal Capital is Tina’s doing?”
“Dormina has taken over her body. She was a spirit without a body by nature. You say you’ve defeated her…? But all you did was destroy her host, not kill her. But she might be a little hurt, so she’s been looking for an opportunity to take over while healing the damage to her spirit ever since you thought you’d defeated her. Am I right?”
“I see… Perhaps you’re right.”
This information was extremely useful, and I owe it to Barvel.
“You were an excellent teacher. I’m glad you returned from the dead.”
“… There’s no need to thank me. I was only expressing gratitude to you for defeating me. Goodbye.”
“Hey, where are you going?!”
“I will not stand by and watch her resurrect me and use me as her errand boy. We are dragon warriors with pride… and Dragonmancers should not exist! Now that I’ve regained my will, I’ll kill her!”
“Are you planning on punching her in the face?”
“That’s right. I’ll be your partner if you want to stop her as well. That’s fun, too.”
Barvel looks at this old man. He’s waiting to see what I’ll do.
“…What a strange coincidence. We appear to be heading in the same direction!”
“Oh…?! Are you going too?!”
“But I will help Tina when she becomes possessed. That is absolute.”
“Is there a reason for this?”
“Yes. Your Majesty Elfin, please allow this old man to enter the ward. I’ll make sure Tina…No, I will save Martina-sama and stop this whole thing.”
“…We needed to send a raid party inside sooner or later. I was hoping you could assist us because you’re capable of killing a demon general. But could you please wait a moment? We’re still assembling men for the raid.”
“No, if Barvel is coming along with them, the others will be concerned. And it doesn’t appear that he’s willing to wait. This old man is the same. I can’t stay still…!”
“Yes. We are on the same page. We must smash anyone who stands in our way…!”
“No, no, no, this old man didn’t say he’d go that far! Don’t do it with me!”
Seeing this old man and Barvel like that, His Majesty Elfin let out a sigh.
“It can’t be helped. That demon will only listen to you. So please be careful.”
With His Majesty Elfin’s permission, this old man and Barvel had a section of the ward removed to make way for us.
The streets of the royal city are teeming with dragons as you pass through the wards.
“Wow, there are a lot of them!”
“Originally, they were all fallen dragons—Dormina messed with so many of my people’s lives!”
“By the way, Ash, you can’t slay a dragon with such a dull sword.”
“Huh? Oh yeah, it did break when I attacked you.”
The sword in this old man’s hand now is the steel sword he bought again.
“…Take this one. It’s of the same workmanship as my sword.”
He takes a dagger from his pocket and hands it to this old man.
It’s a dagger to Barvel, but it’s the size of a two-handed sword to this old man in the body of a 10-year-old child.
Numerous scales cover the pitch-black blade. And the sword is adorned with gold ornaments here and there, giving it a brilliant appearance.
[Greatsword of Black Dragon Scales]
Storage Status Bonus:
Arm Strength +150 (Upper Limit:950)
Physical Strength +150 (upper limit: 950)
When stored, a special skill “Dragon Strike” can be used.
“Oh, this is…! I’m sorry, I’ll put it to good use…!”
Strong…! It’s different from the items this old man has.
Not only is the bonus fantastic, but so is the upper limit.
I put it in the item box right away.
“Hey! I told you to use it!”
But what better way to use the sword for this old man?