After a month, beastmen from all over Galania have finally been gathered together. I was watching, along with three other people, the beastmen as they entered the gates one by one, getting surprised by the place being so similar to their former country. Some of them cried in tears after finding their homes. The houses that they have returned to were also complete with furniture, making them raise their hands in joy.
However, Cielo moved among them while the tension was at max. She solicited everyone who has just arrived to join the Fairy Cult while also handing out leaflets to every home. I’m confident that most of them will join. I did create a scripture for them to follow, so it’s something that I can’t stop anymore.
「Mou! I won’t be able to walk around freely anymore～」
「Well, in a sense, you were the one responsible for things ending up this way. I’m also in the same condition, because if I remove these earrings and become a dragon, Cielo will definitely come to worship me ……」
[ED: Hold on, I’m sure that Arena was using those earrings, and that LaVeil can just make a human body when she needs, since her true body is just that large red crystal. But this is what the raw indicates. Sorry for the inconsistencies.]
「You two are celebrities～♪」
Arena was also quite popular in the city…… but right now, because a lot of people have gathered, Forna has ended up with too much work so she can’t play. We are currently doing inspections about the current situation. There was also a meeting about the time to restart the workshops, and Forna has been studying hard to understand everything that is about to happen. Surprisingly enough, they were quite skilled in handling metals. It was to the point that their workshops were famed for their high quality and efficiency.
There are supposed to be people in charge of every section, but Forna is doing her best trying to understand each and every field. Even though nobody would really complain if she avoids overdoing it……
「The workshops have been revived along with the research facilities, so we’ll probably have to go dungeon exploring soon」
「Master, you’ve been working a lot lately. You were also searching for a mine a while ago. Are you really fine doing all of this?」
「Well, I am interested in the magic tools that they could develop after all. I also wanted to explore dungeons, and Arena would also like to join, right?」
「Will go, will go!!」
It was a week ago that they’ve asked if I could find a supplier of revenant ores, so I tried dowsing using fairy magic for fun before finding sources.
I used Arena as my scouter placing her on my head instead of using metal antenna which is more fun to do.
I was surprised to get a reaction from below a nearby ancient forest. When I started digging around that place, instead of rocks, I found a whole rocky mountain buried underneath it. Apparently, it was an actual mountain that sunk in the ground in the past and everyone laughed after learning of this because it was something like a blind spot where nobody would have ever expected.
「Don’t you know anything about what the terrain here was like in the past after all?」
「That’s something I wouldn’t know Master. I don’t really like going to places far away from my territory after all. And I would only remember places existing at least a thousand years ago.」
Well, that sure is true. After some inspections, it was judged to be a safe place to mine revenant, since it won’t easily collapse. In the long run, it should be enough to stabilize the country’s finances. Currently, the population isn’t that high.
「When it comes to problems, there is that person huh……」
「I think it should be the right time for us to move, what should we do?」
「It’s already that time huh. Well then, let’s move. Come on Arena, let’s go～」
Now then, let’s talk about what happened a month ago.
Because of the increase in population, people who have been working at the former castle have slowly gathered. Among them were many diplomats, soldiers and civilians who were good at negotiations. The prospects for collaboration with Haval have also been established.
On a certain day, I was consulting with Forna about something. As we were finishing, someone, whom we didn’t really want to come but expected to pop up, has arrived.
「Why is a little girl sitting on that throne!!」
「Eh, ah, a werewolf…… oh aren’t you the son of Chief Seth?」
「That’s right!! I’m Ojas, I inherited the title and have become the current chief!!」
Those people we have expected were the ones like this one who have inherited titles of chieftains. He was filled with confidence that his tail was also buzzing around. Un, another one of those huh. He is similar to an older kid jealous of a little girl, so that buzzing tail just makes him look more like an idiot.
「The king should be someone approved by the tribal chieftains!! I am one of them and I am not willing to approve of this!!」
「Is this something that was agreed upon by all members of the Wolf Tribe?」
「That’s right. There’s no way that a little girl would be heralded as royalty. Do you think that this would be enough for this country to survive? Don’t you think that a better leader should be enthroned?」
At that moment Forna understood his goal. He wants his clan to take over as royalty. However, this person just stormed in without knowing the circumstances. The residents were informed of many things, but it seems like this person and his cohorts didn’t even listen to others and just forced their way in.
Also, it seemed like he had met Forna in the past and thought that she was nothing but a stupid little girl, that’s why this clear refusal that he’s petitioning is not that surprising.
「Unfortunately for you, this current Ladaria is not the same as the old Ladaria. The entirety of its former management has been abandoned and a new one is being established. I am only fulfilling my responsibilities now by working hard along with the people. It would be helpful if you brought up this story to try again later, maybe after 10 years or so have passed. I can’t irresponsibly step down when everything has just started, not to mention that there are still many races that haven’t been gathered, a fact which could affect the stability of this country. I don’t mind listening to your offer, but please drop such a suggestion at the present. The rights of succession will be fine even if it’s to be decided upon later. Also, right now it would be dangerous should the current ruler be suddenly changed.」
Ojas can’t even say anything in reaction to what Forna said. After all, he stormed the palace thinking that he could easily kick Forna out of the throne by making her tremble in fear and then crown himself as King.
As a matter of fact, the surrounding vassals were not worried about being ruled by a little girl, and just like Forna they were glaring at him with cold eyes, in a similar way to how he was glaring at Forna.
「And so Aidle. I’m thinking of developing this place as a tourist destination, I’m looking for methods so that we could develop the nation in that direction and let everyone know about our country……」
「Ah… I think that a 『Hot Spring』 would be good. There are sources all over the country, so let’s renovate those places and turn it into a hot springs area. If it’s like that, I think souvenirs should also be prepared for the customers, right?」
Forna completely ignored the annoying person, and continued talking to Aidle about the plans of making the country into a tourist spot. Aidle also responded while keeping a wry smile.
He tried to voice out, but Forna continued to ignore him.
「That’s right…… unlike Asbani Falls in Galania, people value something that would make them feel good, right?」
「Hey, don’t ignore me!!」
Aidle also ignored him and continued the conversation with Forna.
「That’s right, hot springs have a variety of effects, so it will be easy to market them. Cielo would be able to identify the quality of the source with her divine eyes.」
「Hey, are you listening!」
He was ignored. His words didn’t even reach Forna.
「Understood. I will ask the church later regarding this. Thank you Aidle」
「Don’t mind it.」
「Oiii, look over here!! Don’t ignore me you bunch of rude people!!! I am the「Tribal Chief」of the wolf clan, don’t you know!?」
Aidle was definitely irritated. She glared at Ojas with an angry face. But Ojas didn’t know about Aidle as he ignored the pamphlet, so he considered she an outsider. However, all the hair on his body stood up when he received a strong intimidation from Aidle which completely froze him.
「You, did you even know what Forna was entitled in this new country?」
「Wha… Won’t that be the『Crybaby』, or the『Waist Clinger』? What would a little girl like her be able to do anyway?」
「She is known as 『Forna of Courage』」
Ojas couldn’t understand what Aidle was trying to imply. He could only raise his brow not understanding anything. Aidle was patting Forna’s head and continued her explanation.
「She challenged the impossible and confronted everything without fear. For you, who didn’t read the scriptures, you are but an ignorant fool. If you can’t even stop to look at the difference of what is around you, then there’s no way that someone like you would be able to solve any problems. Since the time Forna was born, she was already part of this country as a ruler and citizen. And yet this was the first time she was praised for doing something for her country. Courage is not only the will to face wars or duels. She was not chosen to be a King because she is royalty, but because she is Forna.」
Aidle is an ally of any girl who does her best. If the person enthroned was actually a stupid and useless king, then she would have agreed in changing the leader, but Forna was leading them properly and with her lead, the people were filled with hope.
She won’t forgive anyone who tries to belittle someone like that without even knowing anything about the situation.
「Do you think you can just set aside everything that happened and claim what she worked hard to create? Can you even become a king of a country you haven’t founded? And you’ve been imposing about being a tribal chief, but what are they now? They are nothing more than normal citizens of this new country. Do you actually think you have the power to lead this nation?」
In the olden Ladaria, tribal chiefs were indeed treated like nobility. However, that tradition should have died along with the previous war, and their rights to inheritance have all been dismissed.
Each tribal chief should have a field of interest that they are in charge of, but right now Forna is the one managing all of those fields. Of course, it would be impossible for her to manage all of that so there are helpers included, but that doesn’t mean that she is not involved.
「What this kingdom needs right now is not『a person who sits in the throne』 or 『a stupid person who only thinks about power』 but a person who could unite everyone and lead them into the future.」
Those last words said by Aidle completely shattered Ojas’ confidence. Meru, who was listening, whispered 「That would give me a hard time……」 and sighed, but Forna replied with a smile saying 「I think it should be fine」.
「……then a duel!」
When Aidle was listening to what Ojas was trying to say, he grinned and pointed at Forna. If it was in the previous Ladaria, such gesture would be deemed as rude and he would be apprehended on the spot.
「I can understand the case about royalty…… but, when it comes to beastmen’s『Traditions』 then that should remain unchanged. Don’t tell me that you are also going to change that?」
Hearing the word 『Tradition』 made Forna grimace for a bit.
「What are you implying?」
「…… Beastmen’s 『Traditions』 have been followed since ancient times. These have been agreed upon by all races, to unite under one banner and are taught even to this age. And one of those traditions is the『Duel』」
From that point, Meru was the one to explain about that tradition.
「Duel is one of the most sacred traditions among beastmen. It was recorded to be the main cause of the unification of all beastmen, and representatives are chosen to do it. As long as the rules of the duel are not broken, then one may be able to make a request that cannot be denied……」
(I see, so this was his aim from the start of this debacle……)
Even though Aidle knows that Ojas is stupid and irresponsible, she didn’t expect that he would declare something like this which could actually have a chance of winning.
「Is it really alright to accept such a stupid rule?」
「I have never heard of something like this happening before. In this case, Forna could be considered as a youngster and wouldn’t know about it yet. However, bending the traditions of beastmen would be equivalent to denying their existence. It is also true that Forna’s ancestors took over the bad rulers by winning the position……」
「Can I become the representative?」
「……That would be impossible.」
All who understood the situation couldn’t help but be troubled. Forna may have been a representative of this country, but when it comes to raw power then she definitely lacks it. Moreover, this man called Ojas is stronger than an average adventurer.
Ojaz (25) Lv.141
Skills：Claw Arts (A), Four-Attribute Magic (C), Ground Shrink(B+), Solidify Hair(C-)
If I compare it to the people of Galania, then he would be on the same level as knights. When it comes to skills, he would be on the same level as Abil.
「So, what of it? You know that if you refuse then you would be known as someone denying the tradition. Well, if that happens, then it would be easy to take over the people’s support and build it up from scratch. Beastmen are a race that follows the powerful. But I’m not a demon. It would be boring to fight knowing that my victory is secured. That’s why I will give you a 1 month preparation period, so what will it be?」
Forna was at a loss. She understands that she won’t be able to beat this person. Not to mention that she’s someone who knows about tradition quite well. It was already decided that the weak are to be trampled upon and thrown away.
「I understand. I will accept it」
「Forna-sama!! Are you sure!!」
「Shut up!! Don’t let this sheep that’s hiding his tail affect a little girl!!……I have received your words. Then see you again in one month!!!」
Right then Ojas left the castle while laughing loudly.
「……What should I do, Aidle」
「Well, why did you accept it, I thought that you have some idea?」
「I don’t…… but, I can’t refuse……」
Forna sunk like a tired old man. Well, I don’t really know about beastmen’s traditions, but it’s not really something that annoys me. I did expect fools to pop out soon enough, but I surely didn’t expect this. It seems like no matter the world, there are stupid people who would only think about what they want and not even consider what would happen after.
「It can’t be helped. Forna, it may be hard, but are you willing to do anything? It’s good that we have one whole month to do this.」
「Uhh…… I’ll do it. I don’t want to lose to a muscle-brain idiot!!」
「That’s the spirit!」
I’m happy that she’s also fired up. Oh, but would Meru be okay with it? When I looked at him, he was already bowing down. I was about to ask, but it seemed like I have already been entrusted with the task.
Then let’s do it the same way as that, the method I used to raise Arena’s levels in a really short time. There should be strong monsters living close to this area.
「I wonder if we could immediately start dragon hunting tomorrow.」
「For the time being, Forna should change in easy to move clothes? I have the tools needed for our preparations」
「U, un!」(Forna’s tail waving around)
(Ah, that certain trait would definitely be useful……)
From that day, it seems that adventurers have started to secretly admire such features.