Interlude – Part 3

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Part 3

Not only footsteps, there was also the sound of something like metal rubbing against metal together with it.
Was this the sound of metal armor?
An armored figure coming in during an audience, even though it wasn’t war time……?
She reflexively looked over her shoulder.
It was a man with a sharp impression similar to that of a bladed tool.
He wore a deep scarlet platemail on his body.
And then, he had several swords in his possession. There were two swords on each of his left and right sides of his waist, and two more on his back, for a total of six long swords. Also, there was a fixed dagger on his belt.
There were chains extending from the pommels of his swords, and that was what made the unpleasant metallic rubbing sound that was resounding.
When he came near──
There was the smell of blood.
It looked like he had washed it off, but the stained blood was making the smell.
In contrast to that appearance that looked like he was in war time, the man expressed a smile that looked like he was a good person, and kneeled down next to Alicia.
「Holy Knight Sadraa, has come carrying a letter from the High Chief Priest.」
An attendant that came at a quick pace received the held out letter, and delivered it to the King.
While unrolling the parchment letter, Dalesh nodded.
「Umu……I see, good work.」
To not even protect the order of audiences, how rude──is what Alicia thought, but she didn’t speak it out loud.
The High Chief Priest was the highest rank of the church.
The Lifelia Kingdom had its faith in the “God of ancient times and the Divine Beings”. That power clearly supported the lifestyles of the Races. The miracle of healing was not something rare. The blessing of good harvest had certainly displayed an effect.

Once, it was said that, in this world, there were Divine Beings and Demonic Beings.
The God worthy of being head of the Divine Beings, and the Demon King that was worthy of being king of the Demonic Beings had continued to fight for a long, long time. At the end of that, the God defeated the Demon King, smashed it to pieces, and sealed its fragments away in different directions.
And then, on the earth that had fallen to ruin due to the war, God brought about plentiful blessings. Furthermore, the Races were born from the blood of the Divine Beings.
In other words, Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Grasswalkers, and Pantherians are descendants of the Divine Beings.
Among the Demi-humans, there were also those known as Demons, but these were said to be people where the blood of Demonic Beings had mixed together with Humans.
Gifting the blessed earth to the Races, the Divine Beings returned to the heavens.
Giving praise to the gods that are probably watching over us from the heavens, we revere them, and seek salvation in life and after death and pray.

This was the most popular religion in the Lifelia Kingdom.
The influence of the church was strong, and if it were the High Chief Priest, they were high enough to rival even the King.
The chief vassals unanimously gave words of thanks to the Holy Knight. Among those voices, voices of fear were mixed in.
The ones known as Holy Knights were selected as ”people who act as the will of God through the use of armed might”.
The ones that they subjugate are Demonic Beings and their believers──the ones that desire the Demon King’s revival, the 《Demon King Worshippers》.
On that point, they were no different from the army and the State Knights.
However, the one that used them was different.
The Holy Knights served God, and moved in accordance with the church’s intentions. They abided not by the law, but by their creed.
And then, while saying that “it depends on God’s honorable will as to who is a Demon King Worshipper”, in the end, the Holy Knight would pass judgment based upon their own dogma and prejudice.
Even if they were a noble or a wealthy person, if they were arbitrarily seen as a Demon King Worshipper, a gruesome torture would be inflicted.
In other words, a Holy Knight was a sword that protects the authority of the church.
And so, not even the chief vassals of the King did not want to be concerned with them. They did not want their eyes to be put on them.
Fortunately, there were not many Holy Knights. Even though there were more than 1000 State Knights nation-wide, in contrast, there were only thirteen Holy Knights.
Alicia muttered.
「Just a few days ago, I had heard that you had just departed for the south but……you have made quite a quick return, haven’t you, Sadraa-sama?」
「Yes, after all, smoothly and soundly bringing Demon King Worshippers to salvation is the mission of us Holy Knights. In the beginning, the questionable one in the southern village wouldn’t quite show their figure and had given me some trouble. However, my humble self only abided by God’s will……And in the end, I had all of the villagers gladly cooperate with me.」
「……And what happened to the people of the village?」
「They were brought to salvation, all of them.」
Alicia reflexively bore a sensation that was similar to her spine freezing up.
Although he didn’t answer it outright, the methods of the Holy Knights was always the same. It was torture and mass killing.
That southern village was made out to “have a Demon King Worshipper”, and in the end, surely all of the villagers were killed with brutal methods.
──I don’t care about the fact that people of the Races had died.
From such a thing, Alicia’s heart wasn’t hurt even a single bit.
However, the Holy Knights were a threat.
For example, if the King and chief vassals were to suspect her with “couldn’t she actually be desiring the Demon King’s revival”, she could make as many excuses as she would like. She had also made many achievements meant to make them not suspect her.
That would probably not apply to the Holy Knights.
If she were to be suspected even just a little bit, torture with no mercy would be waiting for her. She had confidence that she would not talk, but that did not wipe away the anxiety of her body and mind being broken.
If possible, she didn’t want to be concerned with them. Alicia wanted to quickly excuse herself from the audience room.
Even so, Sadraa spoke out something unexpected.
「Although this may have been a bit rude……in regards to the mission given to State Knight Christela-dono, I had overheard it.」
「……And, what of it?」
「Having heard that there was a prophecy of the Demon King’s revival, and then saying that you would personally go, that devotion! It is magnificent!」
「……Thank you very much.」
「However, if there is a suspicion such as that in that town, I believe that we Holy Knights for sure are the appropriate ones. Please, I would like to have the matter of Faltra City left to my humble self!」
「That is……」
Troubling.
However, she was unable to instantly think of what she should say to refuse him.
If she were to carelessly refute him, and be suspected of being a Demon King Worshipper, she herself would be exposed to danger.
Even if it were a false accusation, it was difficult to prove. Not to mention that since Alicia actually was a Demon King Worshipper that desired the Demon King’s revival, she had no idea how much she would be able to successfully hide.
Dalesh also couldn’t just accept it without dissent. He made a difficult face.
If the Holy Knight were to do the same to Faltra City as he did to the small southern village, he couldn’t shut his eyes to it.
Above all, Feudal Lord Galford probably wouldn’t stay silent about it.
The situation of the national armed forces and the church having conflict is something that he absolutely needed to avoid as King.

A young cabinet minister that was in the lowest seat of the chief vassals, respectfully lowered his head.
「Your Majesty, if I may……」
「Oh, ohh, so it’s you, Noa. Do you have some kind of ingenious plan?」
In this case, if possible, he sought a way to keep the Holy Knight silent, or at the very least, a plan that would protect Faltra City.
Alicia still did not know much about the man called Noa.
It seems that he is a young man that has recently been steadily raising his value in the royal court. He held deep knowledge in not only politics and military affairs, but also in agriculture and medicine, and there have been rumors that those propositions of his were bringing about reforms on the national scale.

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It’s said that he is the adopted son of the Marquis Givun House, but his lineage before that hasn’t been investigated.
Although his appearance was blond hair, blue eyes and had beauty without a single defect, he did not give a cold impression, and instead expressed a gentle smile. He even seemed like a young girl that kept her hair short.
「……Both State Knight Alicia-dono, and Holy Knight Sadraa-dono are persons worthy of trust. How about entrusting this task to the both of them?」
「Fumu. Are you saying, to have them travel together?」
「Their objective of finding omens of the Demon King’s revival is the same……I believe that it would be best for them to put their hands together to safely resolve this.」
「……That isn’t bad.」
It seemed that Dalesh was pleased with Noa’s proposal.
It did not reject Sadraa’s opinion, and it made it possible to keep surveillance on his running wildly.
Though, Alicia who was forced to do the surveillance was cursing in her mind.
──That man called Noa, is he trying to eliminate me? Or could it be that he seriously thinks that I can hold the Holy Knight back?
Dalesh gave his order anew.
「State Knight Alicia Christela is one of the people that I trust the most. Entrusting her with the important duty of searching for signs of the Demon King’s revival together with the Holy Knight, I see no problems with this but……how about it?」
At the very least, it seemed that the King didn’t intend on making Alicia a sacrificial stone. If she was appraised this much, even if their opinions conflicted at their destination, Sadraa should not be able to arbitrarily decide that Alicia was a Demon King Worshipper.
Though, it would be a different story if the church was planning on confronting the King……
Sadraa respectfully gave his thanks.
「If I am together with such a capable and gallant State Knight, it will be quite reassuring. We shall most certainly smoke out the omen of the Demon King’s revival, and, in the name of God, I believe that we shall obstruct it.」
Alicia also lowered her head.
「In order to meet your Majesty’s expectations, I shall give my all.」
Lined up together with Sadraa, she exited the audience room.
The door was closed behind them.
As usual, he expressed a smile that made him look like a good person.
「Christela-dono, let us immediately prepare for our journey. Are you alright with departing tomorrow morning?」
「Yes, I believe that would be appropriate.」
「This will be my first time going to Faltra City. Being close to the former Demon King territory, just how many Demon King Worshippers will there be……It seems like a town that will need much salvation.」
「Salvation is……yes, that might be true……Sadraa-sama, do you……」
「What is it?」
「Do you hate the Races?」
「Of course not! I like people very much. I love them. They have been blessed by the gods and are their descendants after all. It’s because of that that the ones known as Demon King Worshippers are unforgivable.」
「……I see. I understand that very well.」
So it’s because this man loves people that he kills people……She didn’t understand the meaning of that at all.
What was certain was that “the number of troublesome things increased”. She had no choice but to admit that a large seam had appeared in the plan that had been progressing so well.
She stifled a deep sigh.
The good person smile that looked like it was pasted on disappeared from Sadraa’s face.
「By the way, Christela-dono, your facial expression really is constant, isn’t it?」
「Eh?」
「See, even now. You’re being conscious of it and hiding your facial expression. Just what exactly is the reason for that? Is it some ulterior motive that absolutely needs to be hidden?」
Inside of her chest, Alicia could even feel nausea from the delusion that was like an edged tool being grafted into her.
However, the mask that she had long played out created the facial expression of a wry smile.
「For me, since I would look immature if I were to be surprised or to laugh……In places like the royal palace, I become conscious of it and make a diligent-looking face. This might be a trouble that does not exist for a gentleman that looks gallant no matter what facial expression he makes.」
「Ahh, please excuse me for that! But, please don’t worry about that when in front of me. I wouldn’t do something as foolish as make judgements of a person based on the expressions of their face after all.」
「Thank you very much.」
「As I thought, the value of a person, is determined by the color of their internal organs.」
「…………Eh?」
She no longer had any idea as to what kind of face she should make. However, all she thought was that it was creepy.


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66 thoughts on “Interlude – Part 3

  1. Pingback: Looking for Ch. 1? Too Bad! It’s an Interlude – Isekai Soul-Cyborg Translations

  2. …I don’t think this guy is going to get along with the hero-mayor…

    Well, I expect him to run afoul of Diablo shortly anyway. Wonder if he’ll last at least as many pages as Gregor.

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  3. Let’s see, we have an OP role-playing demon king, two psychotic knight, and the potential raise of a real demon king all occupying the same space. Nothing could possibly go wrong!!

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    • I still think it would be fun if instead of a new Demon King raising some where the title and power go to the nearest most powerful/closest to the last Demon Kings form as host ie. the MC getting to become the real Demon King.

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  4. That last line… When talking with dangerous people that can go killing randomly, if they say something about what’s on the inside of a person, usually it leads to a sudden and uncontrollable discharge of inner matter of the conversation partner. So the way he’s talking should have him drawing his sword and slashing at Alicia.

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  5. So basically she is human but thinks all of the races are evil but not the demons. The demons who want to kill everything and everyone are not evil. That’s interesting did she forget she is human and they will kill her once she is done with the task. Oh wait that does not matter because she accomplished her mission. That’s okay because if she did anything to rem Diablo is going to destroy her. Just have to wait and see.

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  6. That was awesome!!!
    Sadraa-kun is annoying but interesting. I think Alicia will have Diablo fight Sadraa. But Sadraa and Diablo should probably end up as friends at the end, is what I wish. Friends through fists.

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  7. A sociopath holy knight uh… Well, that’s not far from reality (in the story of the church). Anyways, will he be alive at the end of the volume? If he does survive, I can see the battle between Diablo and the holy knights, and the destruction of the church (๑و•̀ω•́)و. If he does die in this chapter, I hope it’s after he gets rid of some trash, like Alicia and faltra hero (I forgot his name). Anyways, I’ll look forward to the interaction between that holy knight and Diablo. How will he react in front of a sociopath? Not how will he react with his role play, but his internal monologue. And thanks for the translation (๑¯ω¯๑).

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    • That’s incredibly far from reality, though. However, in Japanese works, authors have a greater tendency to simply roll with the prejudices about the evil fantasy clergyman, since they neither know nor care about the Renaissance propaganda that originated that stereotype.

      But thinking about it, do you recall any good fantasy priest in Japanese media later than Lodoss War’s Etoh?

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      • No, I dont remember any as of now. And yeah, that is nothing but an stereotype. But sorry, I prefer to stay with my prejudice in regards to that. That’s because, as of lately, I’ve been reading things about christianity and Catholicism (because I started to write an original work recently, and wanted to read something that could give me good ideas for that), and to be honest, though the bad things that I’ve read are less in comparison to the good things, the bad things are really… How to say it, hardcore (holy war or some papas like sergivs III for example.). So I kind of understand why those stereotypes were born.

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      • The paladins in Diabolos and warhammar is a good example of stories of extremist holy knights that are not part of japanese media origins.

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  8. Something tells me that Diablo won’t be able to avoid killing someone of the races this time. Unless he feels like running from the entire church’s army for the rest of his life.

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  9. “of course for i am the demon king diablo”
    “oh a demon king fantastic wonderful I will get to bring one such as you Salvation”
    *megumin appears* “EXXXPLOOOOSIOOON!”

    I can see it now ^.^

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  10. *facepalms* M-ma I really dont like to see what might happen when this holy knight-kun with somehow fake Killer Bee Sword-Style and somehow a few screw loose and brainwashed gets rekt or meet our chunni-sh,social communication disordered demon king MC? And Alicia-chan seems like our steriotype pressured noble child that she snapped like some Noble kiddo gets rekt by a masked tourist cosplayin’ some MC in an anime~… But-but author-san seems bot fully finished with giving our MC his full cheat like his brooding to get to the supposed location of his base and sitting on his thronw(i saw in manga) activates the menu-sama cheat? Or the seemingly dragon-girl in the illustration maybe waiting there? Or a slave or Mc-kun tries summoning and he got her (maybe a self-proclaming lass again?) But the church & country seems like that Shieldbro story type huh~ Many idease,theories and a new abomination that mutated in the form of a bipedal cat with flamin’ punches that might had been infested by the Nepu-type T Virus , Trolls watching in the sidelines sharpening their creepy grins,and criminals drooling in the site watching cute little grils and many MOAR!!
    Lets wait and see in the next volume of Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo Dorei Majutsu Z!!! ne-*gasp* CALL THE DOCTOR I SEEMED INFECTED Nep-*slaps face*

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      • Nooo~ des. I am not one of you infected abomination ne-*coughes blood* des~ That abominable masked host is one of the target of Anon-sama des~. Im not one of you people des~ Gun-chan ne- desu *shoves nozzle in the mouth of coatl45* bye des- neep*slaps face* I must *pulls trigger* *bang!!!* Gun-chan~ antidote desu~

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      • Ineffective huh~? Hyahahaha we of Anon Sect has the most medicines,drugs, and antidotes in our disposal even that Damned Masked Host of yours was ones our disciple but due to his certain idiocy he accidentally made a concotion that polished his mask with that damn virus when he accidentally saw a kenomimi and a certain godddes with nepu as its cathphrase *sigh* how can I understand some mere class 1 infected Gun-chan change to particle generator and plasma rounds [Affirmative desu~] *shoves gun muzzle again in the mouth of the drooling coatl45* good bye d*mn infected *boom* ok shows over eveyone *injects syringe* lets get the hell outa here *walks away while slowly puts masked back* *tap* *tap* *stops* *BANG* *BANG* *BANG* *throws anihilation-type plasma grenade* *BOOOM* you tried to escape you idiot class 1~? HYAHAHAHAHA~

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  11. Awawawa~ this volume will be a blast… I think. I hope the fight between Diablo and Sadraa will be awesome and not anticlimactic. It is easy to see Diablo and Sadraa will cross their sword.
    Hmmm… so far, Diablo’s unofficial harem consists by an Elf and a Pantherian. From the color illustration, I think the Demonic being and a demon king will be added… I hope…

    thanks for the hard work in translating this Novel~ I’ll Wait patiently for the next issues🙂

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  12. The talk about holy knights bringing salvation to people in villages suddenly actually reminded me of the story in the Diabolos game where the paladin wanting to bring salvation to people in villages and the crusaders would fight against them to show that their faith is corrupted.

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