The Demon General of Earth (♀) Was Ridiculed as "the Weakest of the Four Heavenly Knights", but After She Decided to Quit the Demon King’s Army and Lead a Slow Life, She Was Forced to Live With the Exiled Hero (♀) … Also, for Certain Reasons, They Got Married. - 22
The nuisances are gone, now no one can impede my victory.
After all, I was on the cusp of achieving my goal.
The corner of my room was the same as before. A group of small dolls is lined up on the shelves.
Made in the old techniques while I was still learning, they are my children and my friends.
My beloved golems, but no one would have taken care of them. The backs of their noses must hurt as they carry the weight of their melancholy while all covered in dust.
One of them is made of a gem that shines brilliantly.
The transparent golem glows by sucking in even the slightest glimmer of light in my dim room.
With its rainbow-colored reflections, it was the finest product that could be made from the finest rainbow quartz ore. It cost quite a lot of money (3 months of salary) and it looks a little clunky to me now that I’ve refined my techniques, but it was still an item with sentimental value.
I can’t bring all the golems with me.
The Rainbow Quartz Golem—I pinch one of them between Eldoran’s fingertips and gently insert it through a slight opening in the cockpit hatch.
When I saw it directly with my naked eyes, it was exceptional, and although it was a poor description, it was beautiful.
I’ve stuck it into my pocket and now all I have to do is to return home.
Farewell, Demon Castle. So long, Demon Castle. Don’t expect me to come back.
I was cursing this place in my heart but my steps are light.
It seemed destined for something to immediately sink my mood. I’m sure of it.
Standing in the corridor on the way back was a giant who stood eye-to-eye with Eldoran, even though he was a living being: “Blazing Gran”.
He stared at me intently and sarcastically said, “… Did you finish your business?”
I don’t have to answer him.
He’s a man who I will never meet again. If he blocks me, I’ll just take another path.
However, when I turned around, that way was also blocked.
He’s not as large as Gran, but he’s got a tall, angular figure. “Wheat Gale”.
They’re standing to flank me on both sides.
“What, is there something you need?” I asked, exhausted and suspicious. I just want to leave without any more issues.
“No, it’s just a small check, don’t worry about it,” Gran says as he calmly walks up to me.
My reaction was delayed because he was so natural about it.
Now in front of me, Gran swung his muscular, log-sized arm.
I couldn’t evade nor defend in time, Eldoran’s chest rocks from the blow.
I was knocked to the side, made a crater in the wall, and stopped.
This harassment just never seems to end–
One of them closed the distance in an instant, this time Wheat pulled out the sword on his waist. As his title suggested, he was a swordsman who moved like the wind.
He unleashes dozens of sword slashes in the time it takes to breathe, he carves into Eldoran as it’s immobile in that crater.
Gran’s fist cracks the damaged torso even further, a part of it chips off.
The golems I control will repair themselves using the surrounding earth so long as they have mana flowing through them. However, the damage from this continuous assault exceeds the rate Eldoran can mend itself.
For a brief moment, my eyes peek through the gaps in the broken armor.
“You’re…–” Wheat mutters.
I take back control of Eldoran. I jump away from him.
It’s a pincer assault, an ambush. I was confused.
“Wha—What are you doing, you bastards?!” I yelled. “Do you want to kill me?!”
“… Kukuh,” Wheat chuckles, “it was a fake after all? I thought you would be the one to impersonate a Heavenly Knight, ‘Silver-Haired Assailant!” he shouts, angry and frustrated.
I don’t understand what he means.
I thought they knew I was Eldora and didn’t know me as the ‘Silver-Haired Assailant’–but, I punched Wheat then quit and I don’t remember teaching any of them that Eldoran was a vehicle with a pilot.
In their view, I was “someone impersonating the ‘Immortal Eldora’”… this is bad.
“Ho-Hold up a moment!” I stammered. “I really am the ‘Immortal Eldora’–”
“Shut up, ruffian,” Gran growls, his loud voice drowning out my words. “I don’t know what it is you’re trying to do, but you’ve got great courage trying to infiltrate the Demon King’s Castle alone!”
There are only idiots in the Four Heavenly Knights.
“I was almost deceived…” Gran continued, “but let me tell you where you failed, you idiotic ruffian. The ‘Immortal Eldora’–it doesn’t talk!”
Seriously, there’s nothing but idiots, fools, and morons here. It’s horrifying to think that I was of the same rank as these demons.
There were two hostile Heavenly Knights. I was deep in enemy territory. This is even worse than my predicted worst-case scenario.
As for how I’m going to respond to this, I know only one avenue of “escape”.
I strike the walls with both arms, rise up to my feet with the momentum, and channel mana into the building at the same time. The corridor’s floors, the walls, and the ceiling all shoot out in response.
The essence of Earth element magic is defense. But I know that an impenetrable shield can also be an all-piercing spear.
Especially in a closed space like this, sharpened rocks attack the two from every direction.
But I also knew that it wouldn’t be a fatal strike.
“Nuugh—very clever!” Gran shouts as he uses his fists to crush the rock spears coming at him from all over.
My mana stores are not infinite. Even if I use the energy-efficient Earth element, I can’t fight on their level.
So my only option was a short, decisive strike to break through this siege.
I look to Gran being distracted by the attack, he charges and crushes the stone spears with his whole body. It’s a full-frontal assault with mana coursing through his legs to empower him.
It feels like ramming into a fort or crashing into a mountain.
I was rattled from the shock of the impact, but, I wasn’t the one that needed to be concerned.
“Nugh—uwaah?!” Gran cries.
I use the whole of Eldoran’s power to knock him away.
The gigantic Gran flies through the air and crashes, then he immediately goes back into pursuit.
This time, instead of sharp rock spears, I turn the building into looser shapes, make them like tentacles. They tangle around Gran’s arms, legs, his neck, the rock ropes pull and tie him to the floor at five different points.
“C-Can’t move!” Gran grunts.
It was boring yet effective.
One of the corridors is open for my retreat, but the soldiers in the castle were already gathering from the sounds of battle. I escaped by launching off Gran like a rabbit.
As I run, there’s a scream like a crushed frog behind me. Wheat seems to be prioritizing rescuing Gran over chasing me.
“–There’s nowhere for you to run!” Gran cries as he’s bound to the floor.
I stopped and looked over my shoulder.
“I don’t know who you are, but there is no escape for demons who’ve defected from the Demon King’s Army!” Gran continued. “You’ll find the same waiting for you in the Human Territories!”
Kachin, something snapped.
It was always like this, ordering me around without getting to know me properly.
I don’t know why, but I was sure that I needed to shout back. That’s why, when Gran said,
“At best, you’ll be running scared for the rest of your life—fubegh!”
I had grabbed a decorative vase nearby and hurled it at Gran’s head. As it shattered in his face, his words were drowned out by my scream,
“You all don’t know… I have a place to go home to…–!”
It was surprisingly loud for someone like me.
I only put in the energy for that one line, the rest is for a full-speed escape.
Because it’s true. I had a place to go home to.
“Wa-Wait!” a soldier cries. “Stop—guegh…”
“The fake ‘Immortal Eldora’… we can’t stop her!” another soldier cried. “Somebody help us!”
Amid all the angry shouting, I knock away hordes of soldiers coming at me from everywhere. I have to break through the castle’s sturdy gate.
Behind me, Gran and Wheat have escaped the ropes and are persistently chasing after me.
The situation is not good and it’s no exaggeration to say that this was the greatest crisis I’ve ever faced.
Even still, I had to come home.
“–Scram, stay back, small fry!” I shouted, tears in my eyes. “If you don’t want to die, just stay out of my way!”
Even though my yelling felt like desperate pleas, it seemed to be able to stop the soldiers from charging in.
My escape route—just around the corner is the hall leading to the castle’s main gate. Once I reach the landing of the stairs there, I can take a breath of relief. However, I looked over the area and felt dizzy.
“Se-Seriously?!” I stammered.
The responding soldiers have already flooded the hall. If I have to deal with all of them, I’ll get overtaken by Gran and Wheat approaching from behind.
Even if—ooh, mou, I’m seriously crying right now.
I went to this place knowing the danger. But I never thought I’d be so completely cornered.
It could have been a god or a devil. I needed the help either way.
“Wha-What are you all doing–?” someone asked, confused.
The one who came rushing through in the sea of soldiers surrounding me was like the voice of a deity.
“E-Eltorilis…” I muttered.
“Wait, what? What is going on?” El’torilis asked. “An intruder… Eldora?”
I don’t trust this woman. She’s creepy, I can’t tell what she’s thinking, and she’s almost killed me already.
However, I’ve got no choice but to try and jump through the eye of a needle.
“El’torilis, I’m begging you!” I yelled. “I’ll do anything, just let me escape!”
“Hmm? Any–” El’torilis started.
“El’torilis!” Gran yelled as he rushed through the sea of soldiers, rapidly catching up. “Catch her…! “It’s an intruder masquerading as Eldora! Grab her, quickly!”
“Eh, ehh, but, she told me I could do anything–” El’torilis muttered, confused—but with a mysteriously ecstatic look on her face.
Gran couldn’t understand what was going on and frowned. “Are you serious!?” he yelled. “I’ll catch you myself!”
Gran positions himself to tackle me. Like he did earlier, it seemed like he was putting all his strength into his legs to close the distance.
There was no way to break through this siege if he catches up.
There will be no choice but to fight.
I had no choice but to defeat the other three Heavenly Knights and return home.
Completely firm in my decision, I tried to meet Gran’s charge—and again, he flew through the air.
If I wasn’t mistaking things, it looked like El’torilis had knocked him away.
“Huh?” I asked.
“Huh?” Gran moaned at the same time.
Neither of us can keep up with what’s happening.
Immediately afterward, Gran’s head smashed into the ground with a roaring sound, he went quiet.
“–He-Hey, hey… what are you doing, El’torilis?!” Wheat yelled as he rushed in, late. “Have you betrayed us, too?!”
Little wonder he isn’t able to understand the situation, either.
“I’ve done it now,” El’torilis said, pale-faced as she enthusiastically tried to help me.
“I, I can’t… I can’t forgive you for attacking your own side!” Gran yelled.
“I don’t understand what’s going on!” Wheat yelled.
I don’t, either. However, I was certain that El’torilis was on my side.
“Well done, Perv—El’torilis!” I yelled.
“You said anything,” El’torilis said as she turned to me, smiling. “Anything, right? … Then, even if I continue to draw that comic?”
“Mou, it’s fine, love it as much as you like!” I yelled desperately.
Anyway, there’s no problem now that El’torilis is holding Wheat down, too.
Finally—I can finally escape my death.
I just launch into the hall and kick off the grunts. Those who were just jealous they couldn’t become a Heavenly Knight aren’t even obstacles to me.
The soldiers may not even have the strength to fight me, they just part and made way.
Their eyes are all staring in awe and horror.
“Hah,” I gasp suddenly, “Hahaha, hahahahahah…! You can all see it now, I’m the strongest!”
Laughter keeps spilling out of my mouth.
With luck on my side and having survived infiltrating the enemy base, I was the strongest of them all.
“Fuhn. It looks like something fun is going on.”
I didn’t even notice her.
The girl sitting on Eldoran’s right shoulder is kicking her legs in boredom.
Twisted horns extend from her fiery red hair, she’s stroking them idly with her fingertips.
The incarnation of violence without equal,
“Let me join, too.”
“… De… Demon King…–Your Majesty…” I whispered, my voice on the verge of a breakdown.