Chapter 0131 Autonomous Region
With Sera taking the lead, Abel and Ryo passed through the gate of the 『Autonomous Region』 and entered the courtyard.
As they saw from the front, the courtyard was surrounded by buildings on all sides.
As though it was designed for training and mock combat …
They saw people walking toward them from the end of the courtyard.
One was a woman in her mid-thirties. Behind her, a man around 20 years old.
Both had slightly pointed ears … indicating that they were elves.
And both were beautiful.
Elves generally had the appearances of beautiful men and women.
That was a fact.
“Welcome home, Sera.”
The woman smiled and called out.
“Baba-sama? The elder who came to the royal capital is Baba-sama?”
Then Sera bowed deeply.
Seeing that, Abel and Ryo also bowed in a hurry.
“Baba-sama, this is Abel, an adventurer of Rune.”
“Abel … Sir?”
Baba looked a little suspicious of Sera’s introduction.
“It is 『Adventurer Abel』.”
Sera once again emphasized 『Adventurer』 and 『Abel』.
“I-I see. Welcome Abel, the Autonomous Region.”
Baba-sama understood something and greeted him with a slight smile.
Ryo seemed to be dealing with his overturned concept that 『Elves are reclusive』 from his light novel knowledge.
Of course, the root of such light novel knowledge on Earth was probably the Elves made by JRR Tolkien …
He’s definitely a person who had reincarnated from another world to Earth.
(There are facts and mistakes in all stories …)
Ryo thought deeply.
After Abel’s introduction, Baba-sama’s eyes firmly caught Ryo’s body.
As though she was drawn to Ryo, tightly …
“This is Ryo, also an adventurer from the City of Rune.”
Sera introduces Ryo as usual.
Even after Ryo greeted her, Baba-sama didn’t react. She remained frozen.
The young man behind Baba-sama looked at Baba-sama and called out to her.
Baba reacted as if she felt a jolt.
“Oh, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I was captivated.”
Hearing a woman in her mid-thirties speak like an old woman made Ryo feel uncomfortable but … no one else seemed to be reacting to it so he wondered was it just him?
Sera’s eyes narrowed a little and asked Baba-sama.
“Yeah. No, rather than being captivated by him … I was captivated by the robe that Ryo is wearing. It is an unexpected joy to be able to see it again while I still live.”
Baba-sama looked at Ryo’s robe from top to bottom many times.
“Baba-sama … I understand your feelings, but that is probably unpleasant for Ryo.”
Sera finally raised her voice and obstructed her.
“Muu …. It’s been 2,000 years since I encountered the fairy king’s robe. I can’t help but get a little excited …”
Baba-sama puffed her cheeks a little and argued with Sera.
(For the first time in 2,000 years … Baba-sama, how old are you …)
Ryo did not directly ask the honest question that rose in his heart.
However, Abel’s mouth, standing next to Ryo, was a little loose.
“2000 years …”
“That … can I call you Baba-sama …?”
Ryo asked cautiously.
“Oh, I’m sorry. I’ve been a little too impolite.”
Then, Baba-sama looked at Ryo’s face.
And she froze once again.
Ryo was a little taken aback. He turned to look at Sera.
The message ‘help’ was written in his gaze.
“Ryo, don’t worry. Baba-sama just realized Ryo’s true value. She’ll return to herself after a little while.”
But it wasn’t just Ryo who was startled.
The young man behind Baba was also startled by Baba-sama’s unusual appearance.
Then, following Baba-sama’s line of sight, he ended up on Ryo’s face.
And he understood that Baba-sama’s condition was due to Ryo.
He was generally right, but … there were many different ways to interpret matters in this world.
“You! What did you do to Baba-sama!”
The young man’s anger began to rise like a fiery fire.
(Th-this is a light novel-like template development where a young man gets angry and slashes at me! So far, many template developments failed to come to fruition, but will it finally happen!?)
Ryo was thinking in his heart.
And so, he laughed a little … Of course, that resulted in fanning the youth’s anger.
“What are you laughing at!”
Then, the young man pulled out his sword and slashed at Ryo … he couldn’t.
Of course, Sera wouldn’t allow that.
The moment the young man started running toward Ryo, she thrust from the side and slammed her right fist against the young man’s right hand, which clenched his sword.
The bones of his index finger, middle finger, and ring finger that were sandwiched between Sera’s fist and the sword broke.
Before the young man made a sound, she hooked his right foot and tripped the young man.
The young man who was now on the ground held his right hand and moaned in pain.
There was no expression on Sera’s face as she stared at him.
That scuffle caused Baba-sama to return to herself.
She was surprised to see the young man rolling on the ground, tilted her head once when she saw Sera, saw the sword he had dropped, and seemed to understand what had happened.
“Roxley … this fool. Ryo, my youngster has been rude to you.”
Then Baba-sama bowed deeply.
Ryo, who was expecting a template development, was disappointed that it didn’t happen.
And he looked pitifully at the young man Roxley, who was struck down by Sera.
And then he was apologized to by Baba-sama, so he was a little flustered.
“Oh no, don’t worry about it.”
“Roxley is still too young … he can’t feel Ryo’s splendor.”
Baba-sama shook her head and said.
“Abel, depending on what you say next, you may have to say goodbye to the world.”
“No, I’m wasn’t going to say anything else …”
While saying that, Abel’s eyes behaved suspiciously.
“Thank you, Sera.”
The three of them and Baba-sama were on their way from the courtyard to the reception room.
Roxley, the young man who was struck by Sera, was taken to a first aid room by another Elf.
“I brought Ryo here but you were met with danger. I’m sorry.”
On the contrary, Sera bowed and apologized in response to Ryo’s words of gratitude.
“No, it’s strange that Sera is apologizing for helping me.”
Ryo smiled when he said that.
When she saw that, her expression that had sunk in the courtyard, bloomed into a smile like a flower.
(Yeah, Sera looks best with a smile)
Ryo nodded in his heart.
The reception room was well furnished.
It was about two ranks higher than Hugh’s, the guild master of Rune, reception room, which he’s been to several times … Ryo thought to himself.
All four of them sat down, tea was served, and after a break, Sera spoke.
“Baba-sama, why did you come to the royal capital?”
Sera had been skeptical since she received the letter.
The timing was too coincidental as it coincides with Sera’s trip to the royal capital.
However, Baba-sama’s answer was surprising.
“I came because of divination. There is a sign of turmoil in the royal capital. And that if I go, I would have a wonderful encounter. That wonderful encounter would be Ryo. It certainly was a wonderful encounter.”
Of the four, Abel was the least talkative.
That was because it is not possible for humans to feel the 『Nourishment source』 from Ryo’s 『Fairy factor』 and because he had little knowledge of the 『Fairy king’s robe』.
However, he could not overlook Baba-sama’s words.
“Did you say that the royal capital is facing turmoil now?”
Ryo didn’t know, but Abel was the second son of the King.
Sera was actually aware.
And Baba-sama, who once saw Abel at the royal palace, was aware of that too.
Therefore, she expected Abel’s question.
“Yes. Of course, it was divination. I don’t know the details. But no matter what is happening, there are only a few Elves out of the forest in the royal capital. I came because I thought it would be easier to deal with various things if I was here.”
According to Baba-sama, there were currently more than fifty Elves in the royal capital.
Considering that there was only one Elf in the City of Rune, that was comparatively quite a number.
It was simply due to the expansion of the Autonomous Region.
In the past, some joined the Knights of the Kingdom, but now there were none, and it seemed that about 20 Elves were studying at the Magic University.
The others worked and trained within the Autonomous Region.
“No one joined the Knights Order …”
“Unfortunately, it seems that the core is not so good.”
Baba-sama answered Abel’s question with a frown.
The Elves also knew that the Knights Order was in a hopeless state.
“Well, for that reason, if Sera is in the royal capital, I was wondering if you could train the Elves while you remain here. Isn’t the Rune Knights Order Sera is instructing said to be the elite? I wonder if you could show my children even a part of that.”
Baba-sama turned to Sera and said.
“Looking at Roxley, I think it’s better to train their minds first …”
Sera’s words were harsh.
It seemed that his attack on Ryo came to mind.
“Ye-yes … I’m sorry. That’s what I’m thinking about too …”
Baba-sama answered while scratching her cheek.
“Well, for the sake of argument, if Ryo was slashed by that sword … Baba-sama, what were you going to do?”
“I can’t answer that even if you ask.”
“Even if it would cause the collapse of the world?”
(Eh? What kind of position do I have … in this world?)
Sera said something immense with a straight face.
And Ryo was confused.
“So Ryo … is someone who supports the world …”
“No, I don’t think that is the case …”
Both Abel and Ryo couldn’t understand the conversation about the world at all.
In the end, Sera agreed to train the Elven Autonomous Region for about three days.
“First, I must drill perseverance into their brains …”
Ryo and Abel, who heard Sera’s mutter, prayed for those who were to be trained.
Ryo and Abel split up with Sera and went home.
“Does Ryo have a place to stay?”
“Yes. I was told that I was free to use the annex of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Ju for about a week. I could inform the embassy if I wanted to extend beyond that.”
Ryo answered Abel’s question, thinking of Prince Willy’s face.
“Kingdom of Ju? You have another connection with a rare place. That’s a country further east from where Ryo was, the Inbury Duchy. How did you form that kind of connection …”
Abel shook his head many times and said.
“A lot of things happened. Really, a lot of things …”
Ryo remembered the journey from the Inbury Duchy to the royal capital as he replied.
Suddenly Ryo shouted.
Abel was surprised by the sudden cry and asked.
“I forgot to ask that elder Baba-sama about the floating continent.”
Ryo said with a very depressed look.
“Oh … I see, it’s okay.”
Abel placed his hand on Ryo’s shoulder and sighed as if he was tired.
*Whisper* The collapse of (Sera’s) world …
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Hmm, come to think of it… Ryo has a lot of attributes now, or relationships. Karmic ties?
Being reincarnated is one thing, a rare attribute but not tremendously special on the world level. However, he innately possesses an eternal youth characteristic, which is significantly rarer. It’s also a basic “qualification” to transcend humanity. It’s noteworthy that what Micheal commented on was solely that special characteristic and mana high for human standards, though. Not his spirit affinity. Rather than innate, that may have been a product of an extended hermetic lifestyle where he lived closely in tune with nature and explored the depths of his magic.
Naming Michael, and having it be accepted, is itself a significant tie. If you look at the spiritual aspect of names, it’s not something to take lightly. In many works granting a name to a summon or tamed being is something like the signature that signs a contract between the beings. Even if there is no contract with Michael, I suspect that sort of direct link to divinity is something that enhances his “state of existence” or something like that. Not entirely anchored to this world.
His relationship as a disciple to the spirit king of water, and of being watched over by a being that’s probably not just a dragon but something like a dragon king is huge. To have defeated in one on one combat an extremely rare being that was able to surpass the limitations of their race and evolve, noteworthy even to that dragon, in karmic terms is like he swallowed the fate of an entire species by killing their primogenitor. Even to have fought the kraken and survived is something of significance: just to be known and remembered by a legend of the world makes you a part of that legend just a tiny bit.
Was meeting Abel really just a coincidence? The legends that surround him could have artificially created the scenario, although I think it’s more likely that they offered protection to allow the thread of fate connecting him to Ryo to not be severed if they directly interfered, rather than a concrete plan. The blessing of “water” to protect the agent that can be a turning point in Ryo’s fate would be pretty huge. They might not have done anything at all, though. Abel could have simply been caught in the massive gravity well of Ryo’s fate and guided to him without any specific intentional intervention but simply the rules of fate and karma guiding them to “possibility.” I don’t think meeting the prince of Ju, who was the target of Hassan and led to their meeting and Hassan’s inheritance being passed down, or accidentally entering the “corridor” and meeting the Akuma who later met the hero party and changed their life course just by mentioning Ryo were coincidences either. Especially the Akuma part. The mention of dragons in Michael’s book can be handwaved as there being a dragon infested mountain range between his home and civilization, but the mention of Akuma is strange, unless they were connected to his fate.
The floating continent of Babylon implies a tower of Babel. A tower of Babel has a very high chance to be “the route of ascension to godhood.” The Akuma activities are concerning, but perhaps we’ve underestimated how much of a threat they are in the current era. Perhaps this world stands on the precipice of calamity, enough to force him to climb it. To be a hero that can save a world requires immense karma, but merely possessing that potential is a tremendous source of karma as well, as is potential to reach godhood.
If experienced half-spirits can sense even a fraction of all that, Ryo would be a tremendously shining beacon to them, the weight behind his existence itself inspiring reverence.
Woah that was a nice dive into the connections until now and the possible routes. I dont know either since I’ve stopped reading ahead until i reach where i stopped. Sounds very interesting if it goes that way.
what? no more subtle teases to your readers on what’s ahead? sadge…
we currently have more than 450 ch in RAWs, yay!
It feels like the author makes the encounters feel smaller than they really are.
Dear author please put like button in comment section, I want to smash the like button for this guy dedication
History has been changed a couple of obvious ways already, just saving Abel, then there was Leonor’s reaction to finding Ryo in the corridor, chances are that Roman and his party would have been annihilated if she hadn’t already had a satisfying battle beforehand.
Nice comment. It feels like that’s author’s plan you are talking about and we only see the surface of author’s work.
What you wrote there is new perspective for me in exploring fantasy world. I like it.
I’m also interested in rule of evolving. How did assasin hawk evolve? Can humans evolve? What are the required qualifications?
Name given to those you dominate, such as animals, objects or children. You cannot name other people or higher beings as angels… After all, you are weaker than them. So if “michael” accepted to be nominated, it means he accepted Ryo as his superior, or the author doesn’t know about that at all, which I think is more likely.
And that’s why secret societies, give new names to new members, signifying that they are new people and at the same time symbolizing that they have power over that person…
Thanks for the chapter.
If Ryo knew about all Rho’s friends, he would fall on his butt (Angels, dragons, demons…. XD)
Thanks for the chapters.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I caught up!!!!
I’m loving this WN. And the romance is advancing at a really nice pace
one sided romance…
Our Boi Ryo knows himself that he is kinda like an immortal or atleast maybe a longed lived one like the elves.
A peculiar take on the romance: Ryo has got that elf like abysmally low libido now that he is a long lived species but our elf Sera-sama has her spirits high cuz of the spirit connection. draw ur own conclusions on the elf libido levels at ur own risk.
i kinda am liking this slow take on romance, thank god this is not another harem story for horny high schoolers…
also, with Ryo’s lifespan, there can be no other romantic alternative than a long lives species like our Sera-sama. So the author is exquisitely teasing the romantic development in his story.
And i like it !
Thanks for the chapter