𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟎𝟐: 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐭
“Demon Lord-sama, I have a report to make.”
“Oh, Mamori! What happened?”
Chaos-chan’s puppet inquires with a voice intertwined with anxiety and expectation.
Despite the fact that automata do not show the operator’s emotions unless intended, this is an exception.
It seems to be quite concerning.
No, that’s always the case.
It seems that I’m too depressed, and my perspective on things has become negative.
Still, I can’t escape from the report.
“To put it simply, this time’s hero subjugation operation failed. Nico-san was killed in battle. I don’t know about Shiro-san, but the probability of his death is high. I also lost a lot of my forces.”
“. . . I see.”
Chaos-chan’s puppet speaks with a low voice.
But, it doesn’t seem angry.
Is this… safe for now?
While inwardly trembling, I continue the report.
“The power of the hero was more than anticipated. We fought by taking hostages, managed to defeat two of the Twelve Apostles accompanying him, and succeeded in delivering a significant blow to the fortress’s forces. However, the situation was reversed when the hero decided to abandon the hostages.
From there, we were unilaterally driven back, and this is the result.
At this rate, I think only Demon Lord-sama can stop him.”
“I see. . . Well, you’ve had a hard time. . . The death of our brethren is indeed sad.”
Chaos-chan’s puppet speaks in a still low voice.
. . .I feel like it wasn’t like this when it was the Goblin Lord or the Dragon, but I better not say that.
I’m sure that’s it.
With the dragon, it was so out of the blue, there was no time to grieve.
The Goblin Lord?
He’s an exception.
“However, we cannot just mourn. Mamori, I also have something to tell you. Take out the map I gave you earlier.”
As instructed, I use the teleport function to send the map, which had been thrown into the warehouse, into the hands of the Mamori-chan puppet.
Then, it is spread out between the two puppets.
“While you were conquering the Republic of Awaldia , I and the other executives were also attacking another country.
I will record the results.”
Saying this, Chaos-chan’s puppet pulls out a pen from nowhere, and like before, begins to paint over the map with black ink.
The painted-over part is the destroyed country.
. . . It’s long.
In this short period, how many countries have been crushed?
After that, the painting time finally ended after several minutes.
“Hmm, it’s done.”
Looking at the updated map, I am speechless.
“. . . Finally, a route for advancement has opened up.”
“Indeed it has!”
One of the blackened countries has reached just in front of the EhrfleIt Holy Kingdom, the final destination of the Demon Lord.
Only about two months have passed since the fall of the Wolfeus Kingdom…
What a pace of advancement.
“Because we were concentrating on this side, we could not spare a hand even for the hero this time.
However, we just managed to defeat these countries, not fully conquer them.”
Even with that caveat, it’s astounding.
But, thinking about it, it’s only natural.
It’s been about 10 years since the Demon Lord appeared.
And, about half of this map is painted black.
In other words, in just 10 years, half the world has been dominated.
Considering this pace, it would be easy to destroy several countries in two months.
Also, recently, two of the Twelve Apostles have been with the hero.
With their absence, the other defenses would have been thinner, making this more understandable.
“Well, that aside. From now on, I will stand in front of the Holy Kingdom of EhrfleIt, and continue to checkmate them.
Then, they will have no choice but to concentrate their military power on defense.
In that gap, you, with the other executives, I want you to carve out two or three more routes of advance.”
Afterwards, I discussed our future actions in detail with the Demon Lord.
I informed her of a plan almost certain to topple the Republic of Awaldia, and she granted me some time.
In the meantime, I would bring down the Republic of Awaldia, and the remaining executives would gather to force open other routes of advancement.
After the executives finished their tasks, they would join me, and we decided on a plan to swiftly take down the two countries located behind the Republic of Awaldia by combining our strengths.
The biggest concern is if Shindou stays at the border fortress.
If that happens, I would have to give up on capturing the Republic of Awaldia and join the other executives.
Well, I think the chances of that happening are slim.
Lastly, the Demon Lord said this.
“Mamori, we’ve finally come this far. The revival of Demon God-sama and my dream of a world for demons is just a little way off.
I’m expecting even more from you to fill that gap.
Keep up the good work.”
“Good. Then, farewell!”
Then, the Chaos-chan doll fell silent once again.
…For now, let’s be glad that I wasn’t punished despite being defeated.
I’m grateful that the Demon Lord has a kind personality.
The Demon Lord’s plan is nearing its final stages.
If everything goes smoothly from here on out, the Demon God will soon be revived.
If things stay as they are, the Demon God will likely be an ally.
But, even if he is an ally, the existence of a powerful being capable of killing me is simply terrifying.
I could be killed if I upset him.
That’s why I’m still cautious around the Demon Lord, fearing that she could suddenly kill me.
Honestly, I don’t want the Demon God to be revived.
But, opposing the Demon Lord because of that is out of the question.
Now that I’ve managed to survive without being killed, I don’t want to make myself a target.
So, there’s only one choice.
Become strong enough to not even lose to the Demon God.
If he’s not hostile, that’s fine.
But, just in case, I need to build up the power to resist.
I’ve always done that.
Always anticipating the attack of a formidable enemy, so that no matter who the enemy is, no matter who the invader is, I won’t lose, I won’t be killed, my sanctuary won’t be desecrated, I will become stronger.
Strengthening my forces and fortifying my defenses.
Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing all along.
It’ll be okay.
I’ll somehow manage.
I can do it.
After all, that’s how I’ve been protecting my sanctuary all this time.
“Let’s do our best.”
First, I need to finish the Living Armor-senpai as soon as possible.
Starting with what I can do, bit by bit.
That accumulation will build the strongest sanctuary.
“Also, I should talk to Leif about various things.”
From here on out, it’s going to be one battle after another.
In other words, there’s no role for Leif.
So inevitably he’ll be left at home all the time, and I need to make sure he understands that.
🔹𝘈𝘸𝘦𝘣𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴.𝘤𝘰𝘮 ― 𝘐𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘭𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯s𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 “𝘥𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘶𝘱𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴” 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯c𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴🔹
With that, I directed a new automata towards Leif’s room.