067. Forest Assailants

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Staff: Hey, what are you doing in the corner, nutjob? Seriously, where did my life go so wrong?

Clown: Why am I in here? What did you do with Pierrot?

Staff: Who? Listen, I don’t care how crazy you are, but this “Pierrot” person does not exist.

Clown: Yes she does! What did you do to her?!

Staff: …

Clown: Answer me!

Staff: You know, no matter what happens to you in here, I can just say that you hurt yourself…

Clown: This is clearly medical malpractice!

Staff: Dead people don’t talk.

Clown: …

Staff: You know what they say, “I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.”

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Birth of a Demon Lord Arc

067. Forest Assailants

When I confirmed that the barrier has indeed fallen, I decided to finally come out.
At the exact same moment,

「Are you well, my master!」

Ranga worriedly jumped out of the shadow.
“No problems”, I tell him while confirming the state of my body.
Seems like I’m okay, the skill returned to what it originally was.
Seriously, what a screwed up tale this has become.
What a horrible person she is! Picking a fight without even hearing what I had to say… well, I did play along, though.
But, contrary to my expectations, I was defeated…
No, not defeated. They do say that escape is also a victory.
“Wise men steer clear of trouble” they say.
As I thought… devoting myself to escape was the correct decision.
Since I only tried to escape, now that I have, this is my victory!.. That’s a little painful to say.
So let’s call it a draw.
This was a really close call. I was able to survive thanks to the insurance I set up before hand, but this was almost the end of me.
Since I felt overwhelmingly disadvantageous, I created a clone and planned my escape.
Had I used magic energy to make it, she would have found out; so, instead, I physically separated a piece of my slime body and sent that away.
I was able to escape thanks to the minimal activity state and thus avoided being affected by the battle, but it was still a pain.
Had she foreseen my ability to split this way, that would have been the end…
But since she didn’t know all of my abilities, she couldn’t plan that far.
And I guess no one would plan for it by default. Thus, I was saved.
I timidly left the battlefield, and reached what used to be the boundary of the barrier, and thus lost some time.
I’d die if Hinata spotted me, so I devoted all my intention to hiding my presence. As a result, I was able to successfully escape, albeit with difficulty.
However… Hinata is way too strong!
With that strength she doesn’t need a barrier… but she still goes out of her way to use it just in case. Seriously! Cut me some slack, will you?!
This time, I couldn’t even scratch her. She didn’t even see a reason to wear armor…
Are all world travelers and summoned ones that strong?
Seems like there are many skills for me to snatch away.
By the way, this fight’s harvest includes Hinata’s rapier, the skill she used, and data on her magic.
Even in Gluttony’s rampage mode,『Great Sage』kept up the data link.
I also ordered it to record data for future reference. Honestly, I didn’t believe I could win from the start.
Moreover, “Disintegration” is so powerful it sent chills down my back. You can’t protect yourself against that.
Even a multiple layer barrier will be pierced resulting in death. No joke.
I’m really fortunate to have seen it. So in face of such magic, the only thing you can do is to run away or to interfere with the drawing of the magic circle.
It would have been great if I could absorb and analyze it, but I had no such chance.
Life isn’t that easy.
The moment I “saw” it, the data link was severed. And just receiving feedback from the clone made me feel dizzy.
From what I saw, you can’t evade it. Chances are, the target is marked by spell; so unless you dispel the barrier, you’re a goner.
Could Milim endure it? Let’s ask her the next time we meet.
That’s how much data I was able to acquire this time around. You could even say that this was my victory.
But let’s just call it a draw.

No! I’m not being a sore loser!

This isn’t the time for jokes.
I worry about Tempest.
I tried transferring to Tempest. By the way, though I can feel the destination, I don’t feel a response from it.
That’s bad, isn’t it… is this the weak barrier that Hinata spoke of?
I should return as quick as possible.

「Off we go!」

I said to Ranga.
And, with a heavy heart, I transferred to the Cave of the Seal.

In front of the cave, which was just outside the barrier, gathered Gabil and his troops.
When he saw me,

「Oh! Rimuru-sama, we are in trouble!」

He called out.
Seems like my fears were coming true. I can only lament the time I lost fighting with Hinata.
I have no time to chat here. Having so decided, I established a telepathic link with Gabil’s group.
And, while thus conversing, hurried into Tempest.
This time, I forcefully accelerated their mental abilities, allowing them to report within a moment. As a result, I unfortunately put Gabil in charge, but this is the wrong time to mind such decisions.
Thanks to this I got a feel for the situation.
Here’s what happened.

About an hour ago, a report came in.
They spoke via spirit communicators, and were thus able to hear the news.
A number of assailants have come, it said.
Souei intended to find out their identity via shadow step, but he couldn’t use it.
Moreover, telepathy stopped working.
So, though slightly panicked, they remembered about the spirit communicators.
Created as a spare, we were fortunate that it allowed conversation between the cave and the city.
According to the information Gabil heard, the adventurers were also in a state of panic.
And, approximately 15 minutes ago, the reports stopped coming.

So Gabil told me.
Gabil’s group was ordered to protect the cave by Rigurdo.
But they were very worried about the city so were arguing whether or not to send a scout.
To send or not to send–they couldn’t get their priorities straight which resulted in a split of opinion.

(Alright, I got it. You guys retreat and protect the cave.
Please capture the invaders without killing them)
(Ay! By the way, Bester-dono is asking whether he can make a trip to the Dwarf Kingdom?)
(Ah, have him wait for a bit. When the situation becomes clearer I don’t particularly mind, but right now is no good)
(Understood! Please take care of yourself!)

The telepathic link was cut.
15 minutes, huh…
Had it not been for Hinata’s meddling, I would have made it.
Steeling my heart, I shadow step closer to the city. Chances are if I leap into the city, I won’t be able to leave the shadow.
So I leap close enough to fly to it.
That leap I was able to make without a problem. And〈Flying Magic〉set at highest speed, I headed for the city.
The barrier spread around the city put up a resistance. But, holding my left hand in front of me, I absorbed a part of the barrier and thus broke through.
After successfully entering the city I felt the barrier mend behind me.
Inside, the magic concentration has dropped significantly, but magic energy properly flows.
This barrier is clearly inferior to the Holy Barrier used against me.
What a relief…

After entering the city premises I hurry to the center square.
A large crowd has gathered in the city; their faces gloomy.
Something happened it seems. My heart quickened in anxiety.
After noticing my arrival, the group opened a path and knelt before me. And, in this state, a few people appeared before me.
Rigurdo and Kaijin.

「Rimuru-sama, we are overjoyed that you have returned to us. There are matters we must hear your opinion on, so please come this way…」

They are… preventing me from continuing forward?
Seems like there’s something up ahead. I have a bad feeling about this.

「Rigurdo, Kaijin. Move of out the way. What happened?」
「N-nothing. Some small problems here and there, so for now…」
「Don’t try to hide it. Move」

At my command, the people timidly cleared the way.
What appeared before me, that scene.
Countless monsters lay there.
Men, women, and even children.
Appearing as if they were sleeping…

All dead.

Why has…
I can’t feel my feet.
What is this, what has…? No good, I can’t think straight.
A total of 100 friends lay before me.
Eh… all… are dead? You’re lying, aren’t you?!
My mind doesn’t focus. Though I have no need for it, I feel out of breath.
Though I lack a heart, it beats violently in my chest.

「What is this, what happened?」

My voice escaped my lips.
A cold voice that can be heard from far away.
I felt my heart grow cold.
Rigurdo explained to the trembling me,

「A while ago, we were attacked by a group which identified themselves as the followers of the Western Saint’s Church.
We suddenly lost contact with other groups, and due to the sudden lethargy we felt…
Furthermore, we were attacked by a group which disguised themselves as adventurers.」

Western Saint’s Church… the group Hinata spoke of arrived faster than I expected.
Next, a Hobgoblin elder continued

「As you have ordered, we welcomed the humans with respect without harming them…」
「F-fool! Are you trying to say this is Rimuru-sama’s fault!」

Rigurdo countered, enraged.

「P-please forgive me! I meant no such…」

A distant apology resounded, but it did not reach my heart.
I see, my order, my words caused this…

I am a monster.
… who used to be a human.
I just wanted to get along with humans.
… reality is far more cruel.
Then what should I be doing!!!
… who knows? Think for yourself.

A voice rang inside my head, denying responsibility.
But I will not permit it. I am the cause of this tragedy; the responsibility is mine.
I felt extreme regret and bottomless anger well-up within my heart.

…………
…….

Calling a conference of elders, we reconfirm the situation.
Even in this shaken state, my mind was able to properly assess the situation.
First, there were ten assailants.
In ten minutes, they were able to kill a hundred of us.
By the looks of it, the group that set up the barrier remained outside of it, so their actual numbers are unconfirmed.
This is what they said,

「The West Saint’s Church has condemned this city as a den of monsters.
Within a week, along with the Farmas Kingdom, we shall cleanse this land.
We are lead by the great hero, King Edomarisu!
If you choose to surrender, we shall guarantee your lives and existence in the name of our god.
Cease the pointless struggle, and surrender.
Otherwise, only death awaits you!

Oh wise adventurers! You should know with whom justice lies.
We hope you shall choose wisely. That is all!」

They said, and ran out.
And while screaming so they mercilessly slaughtered women and children…
Benimaru seemed like he had something to say, but was holding it in… his face clearly in pain.
But for them, who are in charge of taking care of the city, such a thing would never had occurred were it not for my order.
My words have caused this tragedy.

「The adventurers who have come here?」
「Next door…」

We came over.
A number of traders were there, totaling about 50 men.
They said,

「About this, please…」
「We can fathom the reason behind Farmas Kingdom’s aggression, but we the adventurers have come to like this place.
We cannot accept the methods the Farmas Kingdom has employed.
They said they will come to attack, would you let us help prepare the ambush?」
「However, to make an enemy out of the church… what an unpleasant tale this has become」

And other such lines.
I can feel their attentiveness towards our suffering.
Feeling gratitude for their words,

「I appreciate the sentiment, but we will clean this mess up by ourselves this time.
Rather, I would like you to bring news of this back as soon as possible」
「In that case, shouldn’t we just send a messenger?」
「That’s no good…」
「Why?」

I explain my thoughts.
Rather, what I suspect the people lying in wait are thinking.
That we are blood thirsty monsters. They will kill the messenger themselves and pin the blame on us.
So I tell them,

「… I see. That does make sense, but would they go so far?」
「The church which stands for justice?」
「No way…」

They replied.
But,

「No, wait a second. I remembered!
Those guys might have been the infamous Blood Shadows.
Remember how they even killed children without any hesitation?」
「What? Ah, that rumor, huh…?」
「I see. That does seem like their work…」
「Are you kidding me? To think they actually existed…」
「Even though a declaration of war immediately followed?」
「Well, that’s just what you’d expect from Blood Shadows」
「Considering that their enemies are monsters… ah, my bad」

They suddenly got noisy.
Seems like there’s a rumor about a secret squad serving the church.
A group that would laugh amidst a slaughter–fanatics.
But if that’s the case, then we’ve got a troublesome opponent on our hands.
So, because we are monsters, they aren’t recognizing us as a country but simply treating this as a subjugation request…
Which is why the adventurers should all leave right now.
If they stay behind and die, they’ll claim that we had done it.
When I so told them, they reluctantly agreed.
So we had them quickly pack up and prepare to leave the city.
Rigurdo offered them to use our carts and wagons.
Thus, with many parting words, we saw off our guests from Brumund Kingdom.
They promised to let the country know and come back with reinforcements.
But, will that happen?
A single country could hardly make an enemy of the church.
I don’t expect much from them. Not that we need the help.
This is this country’s problem; all I have to do is slaughter the perpetrators.
Personally.
After all, if I don’t do anything, the pain and wrath that fills my heart will not subside…

Having confirmed their departure, I asked Rigurdo about something that has been bothering me for a while.

「By the way, where’s Shion?
I haven’t seen her yet」

Upon hearing these words, not just Rigurdo, but Benimaru, Souei, Hakurou, and Shuna all suddenly stopped moving.
What’s with their reaction…
No way… could it be…?

「That idiot didn’t go for revenge on her own, did she?」
「N-no… about that…」

Hmm? Something’s strange here.
They are averting their eyes.

「Then where is she?」

No one answered.
If I look closely, Shuna is stifling tears.
I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
Dread creeps up from the dark corners of my mind. But there’s no way, please tell me that there’s no way…

「I got it. I won’t be mad, so just tell me where she is…」

I ask from Shuna.

「I understand… this way, I’ll lead the way.」

Nodding at Benimaru’s words, I follow him.

To the center square.
There was a girl lying among the fallen.
Covered with a white cloth that didn’t stand out from the rest.
So that I wouldn’t notice–it did not stand out.
Haha, to think that I haven’t noticed… I can’t laugh.
Open your eyes…
I can’t believe this.
Please open your eyes…
This can’t be happening.
Why? Why has this…

Shion protected a child…,
The magic energy concentration dropped…,
So her strength had fallen…,
Shion was always bad with barriers…,
And the sword that slashed her was the Ogre Eater magic sword…

The explanation was given, but I did not want to hear.
My heart simply refused to listen.
Shion, please open your eyes…
I want to cry but can’t.
Though my heart has been torn to shreds, this body does not feel the need to cry.
I see… I am a monster after all.
Somehow, I was pleased with that realization.

「Sorry. Can you leave me alone for a bit…」

At these words they all dispersed.
For a bit, Shuna hugged me while crying… but then followed the rest.
Yeah.
I want to be alone.
I don’t get myself.
Though I feel insanity creeping in, my mind horribly calm.
Extreme sadness, regret, wrath.
These feelings mixed inside of me seeking an outlet.

Why has this…

≪Solution. Impossible to calculate. Impossible to understand. Reply impossible.≫

What action would have been just?

≪Solution. Impossible to calculate. Impossible to understand. Reply impossible.≫

Was it a mistake to head to a human city?

≪Solution. Impossible to calculate. Impossible to understand. Reply impossible.≫

Hey… was I wrong?

≪Solution. Impossible to calculate. Impossible to understand. Reply impossible.≫

Behold, the great『Great Sage』is unable to answer.
Screwing with me…
If this weren’t my city… I would let my anger rage, I would trample everything in my path…
Stop screwing with me…
To steal someone important from me…
If I think about it, this is the first time I lost someone close to me.
Someone who hasn’t lost anyone cannot comprehend the depth of this sadness.
Now, for the first time, I felt pain far surpassing the tearing of flesh.
Pain resistant? What a joke… it’s useless.
From within me, strong magical energy surged along with my emotions.
Unable to withstand it, a crack appeared in the anti-demon mask.
Now appearing as if a tear was flowing down my face…

And then night came unannounced.
I look up at the moon.
What should I do?
There’s no answer. Though my head is clear, I can’t think of anything.
I kept looking at the moon searching for an answer.
But none was given to me.
Still… as if I were a fool, I continued this meaningless act.

The light of the moon could not reach me.

106 thoughts on “067. Forest Assailants

  1. Its all hinata fault… i really hope he doesnt give up his humanity and stops being with humans.. but its his incompetence that lead to this too

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    1. There was something weird with Hinata, if you ask me I think it’s that guy he met in the guild and have him the teaching job that’s truly wrong here.

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  2. People are saying that Rimuru’s rule was stupid, but was it really? It was naive to not include further explanations to address what-ifs and other possibilities, but the rule itself was one meant for peace coexistence, which isn’t a bad thing. After all, what could he have done? Not let any humans into the city ever?

    The enemy took advantage of a policy meant for peaceful times, which could only be exploited because they didn’t declare war, which they justified because they considered Tempest a den of monsters instead of a country.

    Every other country has a similar rule, right? That is, they don’t order guards to kill travelers approaching the city on sight. If they wanted, a country could send a group of armed forces into another country’s walls and slaughter a bunch of people as well. But because that would be among humans, nearly every other country would react severely enough for no one to be able to get away with it. Naively misunderstanding this key difference was Rimuru’s true mistake, not the policy itself.

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    1. It’s not naive to “not include further explanations to address what-ifs and other possibilities” when concerning laws governing defense. It’s stupid.

      Lets also not act is if they were attacked the day after he quickly established the rules. In fact, not a week after he set the rules he ran into an issue regarding violent humans at the gate of the dwarf city (remember he had to tell the goblin to close his eyes). A year had gone by but he never thought to revisit the original rules? it’s not like he didn’t consider any rules. Quarter of a chapter was dedicated to marriage laws involving polygamy.

      No matter how much you want to defend it or the MC. It was stupid.. another bad decision in a long line of bad-to-not great choices he’s made. But, hopefully this turns him around. (not that I want him to be cruel, just I want him to have the intelligence/demeanor of a normal person)

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      1. Hey! He built a country in a year how long did it take usa russia china its built through trial and error could u do the same the president of usa always age at a fast rate becuase of the stress of the job. He did in a year what took humans hunderds of year u do a better job then this is a chapter for sadness anger and hatred he was right the greedy king was wrong the church is like ones in real life bringing poeple under one “god/s” and use it to control the masses a tactic used since ancient time to justify crimanal acts. Like the sluaghter of inicennt poeple for being diferent.

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      2. the only reason he was able to build a country this fast is because of plot or his op naming skills.

        seriously, you think this dumbfck would last a year as a slime if he didnt have either great sage or predator.

        he didnt even bother eating strong monsters with predator. he didnt even bother gaining more skills.

        what use is his op-ness really? if anyone who has atleast half-a-brain were in his place then he’d be smart to grow stronger than building a goddamn country devoted to charity.

        seriously, a parasite would have done a better job surviving than him.
        i could name a bunch of ogres and make them pledge loyalty to me. easy.

        he fcking went around asking for approval for his country!
        why would he need that anyway! like wtf is going on in this guys brain!?
        (if this dumbfck has one)

        he went around flaunting his slimeyness and his name and the fact that he rules the fcking country!

        he almost got killed, tricked and trapped! and all he did was treat it like a motherfcking joke!!!!!

        a guy like that would never learn. also by the fact that his a 37 year old virgin who’s dumb as fck and likes to take the form of a little girl while he obviously has other transformation is sickening.

        anyone who sides with this dumbfck is obviously sick and needs help.

        sorry but you guys are insane ,as well as fuse-bullshit-sensei who knows nothing about plasma.

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      3. His Ppl didnt atack anyone dont harm anyone why he should have spected someone atack his city when even adventurers did nt want to doit? They atacked his ppl with puit any real reason.

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      4. OK sorry for the super late reply, but this is my opinion on the matter.

        I think you both are right. It was both Stupid AND Naive.

        I’m coming into this seeing the situation as follows. You live in this reality, old enough to know people on average suck, but also knowing people can be awesome. Not completely jaded or near as most people in this world that see exactly what we humans are capable of doing, nor so sheltered so they believe inherently in human kindness. Completely average in that reguard.

        Now BOOM new world, new rules, and outside of being tricked ONCE, meeting some asshole human’s AND monsters. But not seeing not once anything typically evil, he’ll even the “Demon Lord” he meets is just an overpowered kid who wants friends. That makes the rule of NOT giving into the Monster stereotype and attacking humans on sight totally fine. Its at this point after the asshole humans, Gail and that one dwarf who’s name escapes me atm, that he should have amended self defense at least, thus the naive part.

        MC doesn’t actually comprehend true evil until he reaches the capital and the whole thing about the kids. By now it’s too late to amend the rule, as things are in motion before he even gets back home.

        MC was hoping for a world unlike ours, but humans will be humans. That was his mistake, not wishing for otherwise.

        If you desire peace, prepare for war. Just cause YOU are nonviolent doesn’t mean every other person out there is.

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      5. @slimetensei IS CRAP: ah this stupid troller show its face again. I wonder why a brainless like you can’t understand this novel but still reading and show your stupid every chapter.

        First, what made you think he didnt even bother eating strong monsters with predator. and he didnt want gaining more skills. He did eat all strong monster and demon he fought with and even feel displeasure when can’t eat one. And I think your brainless head can’t realize that almost every monster in this world have intelligent like people. So he should only eat his enemy. Killing an innocent being who have an ego is like kill a person.

        Secound, again this stupid heartless people mention charity is bad thing. Charity is obvious good thing to all people in the world who have a heart. He saw people suffer before his eyes, he helped them, that is only natural and lead to the establishment of the city. You are such a cold blooded person who can’t even feel simple sympathy. He is living not surviving like an parasite. I think even an animal have a better life than you who only thing of surviving without helping people.

        Third, the approvals of other countries are not his main object. Again I think it is too hard to understand for a brainless person like you. The author wrote it and the translator translate it clearly. He is aim to observe the living and activity of human and meet other world traveler. He did that also for the sake of the city not only his desire. An isolated country can’t growth that is the simple fact that you brainless can’t understand. Even the approvals of other countries is for that sake. What made you think he want to flaunting his name you stupid. After he got deceived he learn experience. He almost got kill because he is weaker and he still have the whole city to worry. What do you want, want him to strike back a stronger enemy like bug fly to fire. Such a joke

        Fourth, again you talk about how he likes to take the form of a little girl and again I will tell you that he is not prefer that. The author already mention why but your brainless head can’t grasp it. Stop fabricate things, you made people sick.

        Summarize, you are a pathetic, idiot, heartless, brainless troller. Your opinion is stupid, useless and full of fabrication. The fact that you keep badmouth and smear the author and other people but still reading this novel proved that you are insane and have no real life. How pathetic.

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    1. I hope he snaps. I hope he goes on such a massive rampage that any of the soldiers who survive what’s coming won’t even be able to feed themselves. The words ‘broken’ and ‘traumatized’ won’t even begin to describe them, Rimuru will be the source of their nightmares for the rest of their lives, the ones who died on the battlefield will be considered lucky. That is what I want to see!

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  3. Never have I felt so relieved about the protagonist coming back since I read Sherlock Holmes. And I never read Sherlock Holmes.

    But to think that right after the relief,… damn. I am really crying right now. I don’t get emotional easily, but this was really intense. It has been a while since I last cried like this.

    Must… read… on.

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