Chapter 30 – Debut of the Warrior King
Dernonos was a human being who was supposed to be the prime minister of this country.
But in front of the nobles that ruled the lands, he announced that he sold his soul to the Demon Race. And after that, his body transformed into a distorted shape.
He has become a gigantic, deformed creature with an insect shell and jointed legs – a giant insect monster.
But then, that monster was cut in half.
“ℍ𝕌ℍ!? ℍ𝕆𝕎!? 𝕄𝕐 𝔹𝕆𝔻𝕐, 𝕎ℍ𝕀ℂℍ 𝕎𝔸𝕊 𝔻𝕆𝕌𝔹𝕃𝕐 ℙℝ𝕆𝕋𝔼ℂ𝕋𝔼𝔻 𝔹𝕐 𝕋ℍ𝔼 “ℍ𝔼𝕏 𝕆𝔽 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝔾𝕃𝔸𝔻𝕀𝔸𝕋𝕆ℝ” 𝔸ℕ𝔻 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝔸ℝ𝕄𝕆ℝ 𝕆𝔽 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝕄𝕆ℕ𝕊𝕋𝔼ℝ 𝔹𝔼𝔼𝕋𝕃𝔼……𝕀𝕄ℙ𝕆𝕊𝕊𝕀𝔹𝕃𝔼!? (Huh!? How!? My body, which was doubly protected by the “Hex of the Gladiator” and the armor of the Monster Beetle……impossible!?)”
The monstrous Prime Minister was still alive, even after being cut in two along the midline from the top of his head.
Perhaps his brain was in a different part of his body than his head, or perhaps his heart was in another region, but a part of the severed halves was still vigorous, while the other half was completely silent and dead.
“As one would expect from an insect-based monster, its life force is very strong.”
The warrior stood with a sword that had accomplished the cutting of the insect.
Schild rushed to the audience chamber of the royal palace. Behind him, Carney and many other soldiers came following.
They were the skilled soldiers mentioned by Cymbium who were suspicious of the Prime Minister’s sudden orders.
“……heh, the fact that he entered with such an elite group reminds me of the kings of the past.”
“Grandpa! Don’t move any more!”
The retired Oscar patriarch, who had gone on a rampage previously, had lost the strength in all four limbs and was being supported by his granddaughter, Serenea.
“I was able to detect the commotion because they sent a “messenger” to the Leschbein residence.” If y ou a re ab le to r ead thi s me s sage, yo u are re ading fr om a n una uthori zed aggre g ate si te. Re ad at my Wor dPr ess at s ta bbing w ith a syri nge. hom e. bl og to sup po rt me and my trans lat ions.
“We beat the hell out of the soldiers who came to restrain Lord Schild and us, though!”
Under Carney’s command, the newly arrived soldiers released and defended the captive nobles.
Only Schild alone was on his way to the monster at the center.
“Mr. Schild! That monster is Prime Minister Dernonos! This maybe hard to believe, but he was once a human being but has transformed into a monster!”
When Schild was told this by Cymbium, he couldn’t help but raise his eyebrows in response.
After all, what she spoke was almost straight out of fantasy.
“He has joined forces with someone from the Demon Race and had taken possession of the throne, which no man should touch except the king! He has also acquired a mysterious hex that has been passed down through the royal family! Because of that, no one but royalty can harm him!”
After being briefed on the situation, Schild leisurely heads towards the enemy.
Towards the cut-in-half prime minister who was still in a state of confusion.
“𝕎ℍ𝕐……? 𝕀, 𝕎ℍ𝕆 𝔸𝕄 𝕊𝕌ℙℙ𝕆𝕊𝔼𝔻 𝕋𝕆 𝔹𝔼 𝕀ℕ𝕍𝕀ℕℂ𝕀𝔹𝕃𝔼, 𝕎𝔸𝕊……𝔸𝔾𝔸𝕀ℕ𝕊𝕋 𝕊𝕌ℂℍ 𝔸 ℂ𝕆𝕄𝕄𝕆ℕ𝔼ℝ! 𝕀 𝕊𝔼𝔼, 𝕀 𝔻𝕀𝔻ℕ’𝕋 𝔻𝕆 𝔼ℕ𝕆𝕌𝔾ℍ ℝ𝔼𝕊𝔼𝔸ℝℂℍ 𝕆ℕ 𝕋ℍ𝕆𝕊𝔼 𝔻𝔼𝕄𝕆ℕ𝕊! 𝕋ℍ𝔸𝕋’𝕊 𝕎ℍ𝕐 𝕋ℍ𝔼 ℍ𝔼𝕏 𝕎𝔸𝕊ℕ’𝕋 ℙ𝔼ℝ𝔽𝔼ℂ𝕋! (Why……? I, who am supposed to be invincible, was……against such a commoner! I see. I didn’t do enough research on those demons! That’s why the hex wasn’t perfect!)”
“𝕋ℍ𝕆𝕊𝔼 𝕌𝕊𝔼𝕃𝔼𝕊𝕊 𝔹𝔸𝕊𝕋𝔸ℝ𝔻𝕊! 𝕎ℍ𝔼ℕ 𝕀 𝕋𝔸𝕂𝔼 ℂ𝕆ℕ𝕋ℝ𝕆𝕃 𝕆𝔽 𝕋ℍ𝔼 ℂ𝕆𝕌ℕ𝕋ℝ𝕐, 𝕀 𝕎𝕀𝕃𝕃 𝕀ℕ𝕍𝔸𝔻𝔼 𝔼𝕍𝔼ℝ𝕐 ℙ𝕃𝔸ℂ𝔼 𝕋ℍ𝔼𝕐 𝕃𝕀𝕍𝔼 𝔸ℕ𝔻 𝔼𝕏𝕋𝔼ℝ𝕄𝕀ℕ𝔸𝕋𝔼 𝕋ℍ𝔼𝕄 𝕀ℕ 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝕄𝕆𝕊𝕋 𝔾ℝ𝕌𝔼𝕊𝕆𝕄𝔼 𝕎𝔸𝕐𝕊 ℙ𝕆𝕊𝕊𝕀𝔹𝕃𝔼! 𝕋ℍ𝔼ℕ 𝕀 𝕎𝕀𝕃𝕃 𝕋𝔸𝕂𝔼 𝔸𝕃𝕃 𝕋ℍ𝔼𝕀ℝ 𝕋ℝ𝔼𝔸𝕊𝕌ℝ𝔼𝕊 𝔸ℕ𝔻 ℝ𝔼𝕊𝔼𝔸ℝℂℍ ℝ𝔼𝕊𝕌𝕃𝕋𝕊! (Those useless bastards! When I take control of the country, I will invade every place they live and exterminate them in the most gruesome ways possible! Then I will take all their treasures and research results!)”
Schild spoke, interrupting the prime minister’s monologue.
“Aren’t you a bit too cocky for an insect? Speaking about such plans while you still have to settle a bout with me. How can you be a king if you don’t even have the power to defeat me?”
“𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝕆ℕ𝔼 𝕎ℍ𝕆 𝕀𝕊 𝔾𝔼𝕋𝕋𝕀ℕ𝔾 ℂ𝕆ℂ𝕂𝕐 ℍ𝔼ℝ𝔼 𝕀𝕊 𝕐𝕆𝕌, 𝔹ℝ𝔸𝕋! 𝕐𝕆𝕌 𝔸ℝ𝔼 𝕁𝕌𝕊𝕋 𝔸 ℂ𝕆𝕄𝕄𝕆ℕ𝔼ℝ! 𝕀 𝔸𝕄 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝕂𝕀ℕ𝔾! 𝕀 𝔸𝕄 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝕂𝕀ℕ𝔾 𝕎ℍ𝕆 𝕆𝔹𝕋𝔸𝕀ℕ𝔼𝔻 𝕋ℍ𝔼 “ℍ𝔼𝕏 𝕆𝔽 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝔾𝕃𝔸𝔻𝕀𝔸𝕋𝕆ℝ” 𝔸ℕ𝔻 𝔾𝔸𝕀ℕ𝔼𝔻 𝕋ℍ𝔼 ℙ𝕆𝕎𝔼ℝ 𝕋𝕆 ℝ𝕌𝕃𝔼 𝕆𝕍𝔼ℝ 𝔸𝕃𝕃! (The one who is getting cocky here is you, brat! You are just a commoner! I am the king! I am the king who obtained the “Hex of the Gladiator” and gained the power to rule over all!)”
“Aren’t gladiators supposed to be prisoners or enslaved people made to fight in the arena to death? So why does an enslaved person call himself a king?”
The insect prime minister was cut in half lengthwise as Schild spoke this, but it still showed no signs of dying.
Instead, he even retaliated using the tips of its arthropod legs that resembled a scythe or spear.
“Well, In a sense, that is also true. Someone once told me that a true king is a slave in the service of his nation’s people.”
With a “wham,” the tip of the Hihi’irokane sword makes a wind-swishing sound.
“Merely ruling is not enough to be a king. A king is a ruler who rules honestly and thoughtfully. Don’t tell me you don’t know about that?”
“𝕊ℍ𝕌𝕋 𝕌ℙ, ℂ𝕆𝕄𝕄𝕆ℕ𝔼ℝ! 𝕀’𝕃𝕃 𝕊𝕂𝔼𝕎𝔼ℝ 𝕐𝕆𝕌 𝔸ℕ𝔻 𝕋𝔼𝔸ℝ 𝕐𝕆𝕌 𝕋𝕆 ℙ𝕀𝔼ℂ𝔼𝕊! (Shut up, commoner! I’ll skewer you and tear you to pieces!)”
The remaining legs tried to strike Schild.
But Schild did not even try to avoid them.
As for why, it is because all the insect legs that struck Schild’s body……
……All of them were shattered to pieces.
Yes. Instead of the target, the attacker itself is taking heavy damage.
“ℍ𝕆𝕎 ℂ𝔸ℕ 𝕋ℍ𝕀𝕊 𝔹𝔼? 𝕆ℕ𝕃𝕐 𝕋ℍ𝔼 ℝ𝕆𝕐𝔸𝕃𝕋𝕐 ℂ𝔸ℕ ℍ𝕌ℝ𝕋 𝕄𝔼, 𝕊𝕆 ℍ𝕆𝕎 ℂ𝕆𝕌𝕃𝔻 𝕀 𝔹𝔼 𝕊𝕆 𝔼𝔸𝕊𝕀𝕃𝕐 ℍ𝕌ℝ𝕋 𝔹𝕐 𝔸 𝕄𝔼ℝ𝔼 ℂ𝕆𝕄𝕄𝕆ℕ𝔼ℝ? 𝕎ℍ𝕐? (How can this be? Only the royalty can hurt me, so how could I be so easily hurt like this by a mere commoner? Why?)”
Regardless of his screaming, Schild swung his sword and sliced the halved prime minister in half even further. This ch ap ter tran slat ion is m de pos si ble by stab bi ng wit h a sy ringe tran slati ons. che ck o nly up-t o-da te tr ansl atio ns on my Wor dp ress si te.
“Still not dead, huh. Then one more cut……”
Schild swung his sword again and again, and with each time, the prime minister’s size would become smaller and smaller.
Whenever he was cut into two, one part would live on, and the other would die out.
Schild continued slashing until he reached the end, where the prime minister was only a part of what seemed to be the head.
“𝕀𝕋 ℍ𝕌ℝ𝕋𝕊……𝕀𝕋 ℍ𝕌ℝ𝕋𝕊……𝕂𝕀𝕃𝕃 𝕄𝔼, 𝕁𝕌𝕊𝕋 𝕂𝕀𝕃𝕃 𝕄𝔼 𝔸𝕃ℝ𝔼𝔸𝔻𝕐…… (It hurts……it hurts……Kill me, just kill me already……)”
How many times has it been cut to pieces to get there?
Needless to say, a cut will cause pain.
If it was a normal human being, being cut into two from the head to the crotch was already sufficient, as they would die without even realizing that they were dead at the first cut.
But maybe because he was cursed, that he was relentlessly subjected to pain and suffering in exchange for death.
“I knew it. It’s a curse after all.”
“𝕎ℍ𝔸𝕋……𝔸ℝ𝔼 𝕐𝕆𝕌……(What……are you……)”
“Sure, you can’t die easily, but you will have to go through extra pain for it. I guess that’s part of the curse placed on you. You, who is but a foolish slave who grows in the power given by the king but plots a rebellion against him. The creators of this hex must have thought of this idea – the idea of an even harsher punishment – to those cretins than dying normally.”
“𝕎ℍ𝔸𝕋 𝔸ℝ𝔼 𝕐𝕆𝕌 𝕊𝔸𝕐𝕀ℕ𝔾 ……? 𝕎ℍ𝕆 𝕋ℍ𝔼 ℍ𝔼𝕃𝕃 𝔸ℝ𝔼 𝕐𝕆𝕌, 𝔸ℕ𝔻 𝕎ℍ𝔸𝕋 𝔸ℝ𝔼 𝕐𝕆𝕌……? (What are you saying ……? Who the hell are you, and what are you……?)”
“But the punisher is tired, too. I can’t deal with this any longer, so you have to die now.”
Schild thrust his sword into the prime minister’s brain.
With that, the monstrous Prime Minister lost the final spark of his life and died.
At the same time, his corpse crumbled into blackened filth.
The pieces of flesh that were cut up previously were also transformed en masse and burst similarly.
“Not even a decent corpse was left behind. Is this also part of the curse?”
Just like that, the foolish prime minister who had plotted to usurp the throne was now gone, along with his ambitions.
All that remained was the one man who had carried out the punishment and the many others who kept their eyes glued to him.