Chapter 308 - Let's Hear About the Drug
At a table in the middle of Resurrect City's Adventurers Guild adjacent bar, Kazane with Tatsuo on her knees was sitting on one side, and Brick and Lyle were sitting and facing them on the other side . The other adventurers were also surrounding them . The topic since a while ago had been getting the facts about the recent rumors concerning the White Party's activity .
「Recently, the hottest topic has been the Demon Wolf subjugation . Bloody Berserker-san, wasn't it? There isn't a single person around here who doesn't know that girl's name . 」
「Ah, that nickname has spread after all . 」
Kazane thought she had obtained a good souvenir story for Yumika .
「Since she was even active in the Grand Tournament . The bloodthirsty spearwoman who hunted 200 monsters and even defeated the Demon Wolf on top of that . There's no way it wouldn't become the talk of the town . 」
Brick said . Lyle had been sullen since some time ago, and thanks to him, Brick was able to sit and talk with Kazane .
「To begin with, you were also acquainted with Kazane?」
「The young master is now in the same party as the Ogre Killing Princess, huh? You never know what will happen in the world . 」
Lyle at Brick's side became sulky .
「So Lyle was an acquaintance of Brick-san . And, why young master?」
Kazane said with a very interested expression, and Brick gave the uninteresting reply「Well, because he's the son of the general . 」Apparently, Lyle's group had received information at a cheap price after being cajoled into promising to repay the debt when they became successful, so it seemed Lyle wasn't able to go against Brick .
「Since the young master has a promising future . That's why I helped him . 」
Lyle didn't rebut those words, so it seemed it was true that they had been helped, but from looking at the atmosphere of the two of them, it didn't seem like they had a very good relationship . Though it looked like that was simply because Brick teased Lyle, which made him sulky .
「By the way, Bloody Berserker-san isn't with you today?」
「We're acting separately right now, so she's probably in the middle of shopping . 」
After those words, Brick breathed a sigh of relief .
「Well, the thought of getting massacred if a dispute were to happen is scary, so that's fine, though . 」
From his tone, Brick wasn't saying that jokingly .
As a matter of fact, at the beginning, Brick had also underrated the legend of the Bloody Berserker as an exaggerated story meant to embellish the rumors about the White Party . However, when he heard the story from adventurers who actually participated in the Demon Wolf subjugation and saw their serious faces, particularly the ones who were saved by Yumika's actions, he was forced to change his mind . Bloody Berserker Yumika was strong . However, she was a fearsome and dangerous woman . And that was also the shared perception among the adventurers that were currently surrounding them .
Kazane softly closed her eyes and sympathized with her best friend's public evaluation . Her best friend had also recently started completely turning into a wolf, so she had quit being human in various ways . Kazane thought this kind of problem would undoubtedly continue to plague Yumika from now on .
(If Yumika heard this right now, it seems like she'd cry)
After crying at Jinrai, Yumika was in the middle of severe self-loathing . (Let's tell her after she's calmed down), Kazane thought and nodded .
「N, is something wrong?」
「No, not particularly . 」
Kazane answered Brick's question with a clear expression . Tatsuo had lost interest earlier, so he had cried Kuwaa and gone to sleep . As might be expected, with so many people around, she had explained that she was looking after a Black Dragon child .
「So then, interesting recent stories?」
Brick said, punctuating the conversation .
Up to this point, Brick and the others had asked questions about Kazane and the others' activities, or rather, the public parts about the turmoil that had occurred inside Hyvern, and Kazane and the others had replied .
There were various problems surrounding the dragon village turmoil and the floating island, so they couldn't talk about that, but it seemed the Odanobunaga extermination story had been transmitted . It had probably spread after Jinrai's older sister, Chloe, reported it at Deer South's Adventurers Guild . And Kazane didn't have anything to feel guilty about, so she answered honestly .
Though as might be expected, it was hard to believe that Odanobunagas, which were one of the strongest species even in the Dark Forest, were defeated by a single party . Actually, Kazane also didn't think they could have won without Heroic Spirit Sieg . However, when she showed them an Odanobunaga longsword as proof, they were more or less convinced . Since Sieg was a secret, she told them the victory was due to Jinrai's hard work . Well, that wasn't wrong .
For that reason, due to providing several pieces of information (by the way, Brick had most wanted to hear about the turmoil in Crimiona City), this time it was Kazane and the others' turn to listen .
「It's not a pleasant story, but the King of Soldard has changed . 」
And among the several topics that came out, the one that most concerned Kazane was the story of the strange drug spreading from Soldard .
「Ah, the king was formerly a commoner, right?」
Kazane had learned about Soldard's throne being usurped when she went to Minshiana with Ao, and through Yuuko-nee, she had heard the details to some extent .
「That's right . The story is spreading that the nobles are currently being killed root and branch, but let's set that aside . In addition, there's also a rumor that a strange drug is spreading from Soldard . 」
Kazane tilted her head . She didn't hear about that during her email exchange with Yuuko-nee .
「Yeah . It seems to be a type of potion that increases physical ability when used . 」
「Heeh . That's quite useful . 」
Kazane answered according to face value . Of course, she presumed from Brick's expression that it wasn't only that . Brick agreed with Kazane's impression .
「Well, it's useful . However, body color becomes blacker with every use, and it seems to be highly addictive . 」
Apparently, it wasn't a decent medicine .
「And it gradually changes the body into an Astral body, which makes one wonder, but . . . 」
After the words black and Astral, for an instant, Lyle made a face like he had noticed something, but Kazane glared at him, so he kept silent . Brick noticed that, but without pointing it out, he waited for Kazane's words .
「In the end, what happens?」
「I haven't met anyone who has seen and verified it, but rumors say they disappear . I have also heard that people whose bodies reject it die . 」
「They turn black, right?」
「Yeah . 」
If they turned black and became Astral, that led to the conjecture that the drug came from devils . She didn't know if that was right or not .
「I don't know if it's the same effect as the drug, but we've fought against blackened monsters . 」
Then Kazane decided to reveal one secret . After Kazane's words, Brick made an「Ooh?」expression .
「Where did you see them?」
「It's involved with the contents of a request, so the details are secret . 」
The surroundings stirred after Kazane's words . Though many high rank guild jobs imposed a duty of confidentiality .
「It seems there's a thing called a Devil Seed . When one's embedded in a monster, they become black, their abilities increase, and it seems their bodies sometimes Astralize . It's outside my area of expertise, but if you ask a devil hunter, you might learn some more details . 」
After Kazane's words, Brick nodded with a meek expression .
「I see . It has roots in devils? There's that possibility?」
「If it is the same, it would be better not to use it . The monsters we saw were completely controlled by devils . 」
It was possible that the devils were using the drug in Soldard to create humans that acted like the monsters that attacked the East Dragon Village, which had no fear of death . However, Kazane and the others had no way to know the truth .
After that, they exchanged stories about Minshiana and Hyvern Dukedom with Brick and the other adventurers, and when it was starting to become night, Kazane, Lyle, and Tatsuo decided to return to the inn .
◎ Resurrect City, Third Inn
「Umm, what happened?」
When Kazane returned to the inn, a gloomy Yumika was in the dining room, and Tiara and the others were consoling her . After Kazane tilted her head and asked, Yumika replied「A child cried at me againー」with a miserable voice . It seemed the rumor was growing well .
Also, Naoki was excessively glaring at Lyle .
Name: Yuihama Kazane
Occupation: Summoning Fighter
Title: Ogre Killer, Dragon Slayer, High Beast Summoner, Rea King
Equipment: Staff 『White Blaze』, Two Handed Sword『Black Fang』, Draghorn Tonfa x2, Dragonscale Breastplate, Drake Gauntlets, Silver Sheep Clothes, Sylphyn Skirt, Plasma Pants, Dragon Eating Ogre King's Greaves, Indestructible Cloak, Mysterious Pouch, Crimson Saint Coffin, Heroic Spirit Summoning Ring, Circlet of Wisdom, Aim Bracelet, Magic Accumulator, White Magic Accumulator, Rainbow Necklace, Rainbow Dragon Ring
Level : 36
Magic Power: 304+420
Wisdom : 72
Dexterity : 47
Spell : 『Fly』『Torch』『Fire』『Heal』『Firestorm』『Healer Ray』『High Heal』『Golden Dusk「Dragon Exclusive」』『Mirror Shield』
Skill : 『Kick Devil』『Warrior's Memory: Lv2』『Night Vision』『Crushing Blow』『Dog's Sense of Smell: Lv2』『Golem Maker: Lv3』『Aegis Shield』『Fire Principle: Third Chapter』『Healing Principle: Fourth Chapter』『Air Jump: Lv2』『Killing Leg: Lv3』『Fear Voice』『Invisible』『Tiger Eye』『Wall Walking』『Intuition』『Cheat Death』『Nimble』『Charge』『Material Shield: Lv2』『Information Link: Lv2』『Optical Camouflage』『High Dash』『Bloodsucking Blade』『Dragonization: Lv2「Dragon」』『Regenerate』『Soul Breaking Blade』『Stealthy Hand Placement』『Thunder Chariot: Lv2』『Sturdier Teeth: Lv2「Dragon」』『Crystallization: Lv2「Dragon」』『Devil King's Intimidation』『Stone Minotaur: Lv2』『Mega Beam: Lv2』『Space Expansion』『Pseudo-Silver Creation』『Poison Claw』『Fireball「Dragon」』『Cuticle「Dragon」』『Arms Creation: Black Flame』『Ingredient Connoisseur』『Dragon Pheromone「Dragon」』『Boost』『Monkey's Strong Arm』『Two-sword Style』『Boobies Plus』『Living Armor』『Alarm』『Six-sword Style』『Mental Attack Complete Protection』
Yumika:「Passersby screamed, girls cried, mothers deeply apologized . . . 」
Kazane:「Rumors are scary . 」