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Chapter 373 – Blood Messaging with Viine

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I finished my day of training in the bath. However, not stark naked. I’m still wearing a combination of dark green underwear and overcoat.

As always, I’m replenishing my mana as I’m smoking a magic cigarette, blowing the smoke out through the window at the roof. I focus on the mana flowing from my torso to the point below my navel. 1

Then I adopt the stance of the 『Evil Fishing Palm Blade』, a stance resembling the 『Heaven and Earth Palm Push』 Kisara taught me.

Haahh…it’s a cold wind, but refreshing…I think I’ll lie down for a bit.

While letting my mana circulate, I dive atop my brand new bed with movements as if walking across a water surface, and lie down.

Using my palms as a replacement for a pillow…ugyaah!

Right above me, as if overlapping with the rooftop, floats the ghost Lash-san. That gave me a fright.

However, her transparent chest and her nice body…still, since I felt like I’d get scolded by Quiche, if I stared at her chest too much…I turned over.

Alright, time to contact Viine through a blood message. I think she’s exploring the Whirlpool Forest of Demonic Fog while training at the same time.

『Yoo, Viine! Are you doing fine?』

『A Second Advent!?』

Whoa, what’s with this reaction?

『W-What is it all of a sudden…?』

『…Hauuu, I’m sorry. Just as I was thinking of you in the light of Chrissmas, I suddenly received your blood message…』

Haha, surprised her, huh?

Second Advent is about that, isn’t it? If it’s about Christmas, she must be talking about Jesus Christ? If it comes to Hoffmann…it feels like he’d give me a long-winded sermon as Christian, though…

Now then, leaving that aside, I have to inform her about the situation. First off…

I guess I should start from around the time of me running into the battle between Higlia and the <Servant Leader> Yuo after heading out from Quiche’s village to search for the children while using <Blood Chain Search>. Let’s also inform Viine about Nora who was present at that battle.

I sent her a message about all of this.

『…Nora’s family, the vampire hunter family which has continued living in Zamalia’s Opperheimann region, got me interested』

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『I can fully understand. They’ve been extending their lives through some kind of magic time, or maybe they actually extracted some vampire power. Well, if it’s according to what she’s told me, it’s obvious that they’re anything but a normal family』

A family of vampire hunters. I’m sure curious about them, too.

『A family of vampire hunters, they do sound strong. If Nora were to tell her family about our existence…they might start to seriously monitor us』

I doubt she’s going to do that. Nora’s gramps seems to be strong…it sounded like he’s <Throwing> around cross pieces, but…

『…I don’t think they’re going to monitor me. They’ll be curious though』

『Nora possesses a skill that can drive away vampires. In such a case, I wonder what kind of abilities her other family members possess…? They might be beings like the single digits of the 8th Demon Extermination Agency. Master, please be careful』

『Beings like Mad Knight, was it? I’ve heard about them from Tsuan, but you should worry about yourself more than about me』

『Sorry. So about Nora’s little sister. I hadn’t expected it to be Angie, Paulsen’s servant…quite the strange fate』

『Strange fate. Haha, that’s quite sarcastic. Viine, you, me, and everyone else who became the bloodkin of a Lucival are bound by strange fates』

Mamani, Bia, Fuu, and Souther. They all have their own pasts.

『Hehe, you have a point there. Everyone is burdened with some sort of past』

『Yep, Nora is heading for Pelneet to meet with her sister. If she goes through Hekatrail, I think it’ll take her quite some time. By boat she’d be there in no time, but…if she goes across land, she might pick up some adventurer requests at Holkerbaum and post towns』

『…True. Have you still not informed Eva, Rebecca, and Veronica-senpai?』

『Not yet. I’ll contact them later』

『…Either way, it sounds like it’ll cause troubles…and the Sea of Trees seems to be in the process of becoming more chaotic in regards to power distribution than the Whirlpool Forest of Demonic Fog』

『No kidding, all kinds of things are going on over here. This place might also be somehow connected with the Whirlpool Forest through the underground』

Death Butterfly people, Tree King of Wonders, Ancient wolfmen, underground goddesses, ancient gods…it’s chaos.

『It’s very likely. From a distance I could confirm many places looking like historic ruins』

『Figures. Cursed gods, ancient gods, and so on…』

I wonder whether Koko-sama is doing fine.

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『…There’s still many places I couldn’t explore as of yet, though. And, a swarm of Goblin Telka has been sighted in the Whirlpool Forest, too. It doesn’t look like the number of adventurers working near Hekatrail is going to decrease anytime soon either』

The Whirlpool Forest is close to elven domain, Oseberia, and Leften. Places needing adventurers exist all over the lands, including Fa’Dyke’s Indomitable Lion Tower… Come to think of it, it’s not just Quiche, but also Nora, Red Tiger Storm, Eris Faffnard of Eight Girls, the dwarves in charge of dragon killing; all of them are superb adventurers working with Hekatrail as base.

『…Anyway, back on topic. The location <Blood Chain Search> indicated was a large-scale base of vampires, but…as a matter of fact it had been destroyed』

『Eh?』

『Two Death Butterfly women, one with a white moths body and the other with a reddish-violet butterflies body, had gone on a rampage』

『Death Butterfly women? For them to possess butterfly bodies…they sound like yet another weird, mysterious beings』

Right?

I explained Viine my battle against one of them as detailed as I could. Next I told her about Golgonshura, the god worshiped by the Death Butterfly people, and their reaction when they heard about me possessing Golgonshura’s key.

After listening to all of it, Viine expanded on her own considerations that anticipated a connection with underground gods and ancient gods.

But, 『It doesn’t seem like it’s related to Koko…doysuzuin-sama whom you started to worship the other day』, she sent me a blood message while misspelling the name of Cursed Goddess Kokobruuundozuu-sama.

That’s unusual for Viine. Then again, it’s a pain to remember such a long name. I just memorized it because I’m her believer. Abbreviated, Cursed God Koko-sama.

I’ve offered the Priest Necklace to Koko-sama, but…I wonder how much time she’s going to need to store her power in that necklace.

Koko-sama mentioned an Ancient Halmodella era or something, but…if you compare the time span with Earth, it’d have been around the age of the dinosaurs? Assuming that to be true, storing power in that necklace would require thousands, if not tens of thousands years?

…As I’m pondering about this…

『…..But, it sounds like it’s been a rich experience』

『Actually, this was just the beginning』

I continue to tell her about our invasion of the vampire den, the meeting with Moga & Nemus, and the rescue of many prisoners, including Arry and Taack.

『Ohh! The ones from the labyrinth! That small animal swordsman…and the steel tree giant』

『Yep, Günter Moga and Nemus. So after joining up with them, we escaped to the outside, and traveled to Quiche’s village while chatting』

Next I told her about the encounter with Schmihazar, and the following battles.

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『To turn Evil Spirit Spear Iglued and Demonic Marquis Adombraly into your subordinates…』

『Nah, that’s not set in stone yet. I’ve still left them in Gramp Ton’s care』

『He sure is a strange, nut-loving grandfather. But, I wonder what’s going to happen to the Demonic Marquis life-form and the stone who are enclosed by trees…it’s something to look forward to』

『Guess so』

『And you also rescued Kisara who wielded the witch spear, didn’t you?』

『There are many reasons why I saved her, but She’s quite amazing――』

…I told Viine about Kisara’s backstory and that I had made up with her after duking it out with our spears, but only earned myself a long silence from Viine.

After a while, 『…Hoffmann who manipulates a huge coffin that houses an abnormal world. I’ve heard that he’s a <Head Servant> of the Valmask family, but it’s predictable that he’s quite strong』.

She ignored the story about Kisara without probing any further. Instead, she asked me about Hoffmann who had sent Schmihazar over.

『True. I think there’s a big difference to a <Servant Leader>. It might be just Hoffmann, but…I wouldn’t be surprised if the other <Head Servants> were to be quite strong as well. As might be expected of one of the twelve founding families. The queen standing at the top must be powerful, too. Her not having using the family’s name as queen is strange, though』

『Yes, the queen’s name is different in the Valmask family. However, her and Hoffmann haven’t been able to keep going for such a long time for show, just as Spirit-sama mentioned in the past』

Veronica did well to have managed to escape the 【Blood Court of the Great Tomb】. Then again, she had wild god Magitora with her. I guess that white cat played a big role in the escape.

While pondering about Veronica, I added some information about Hoffmann.

『…Hoffmann is a reincarnator. So he’s probably somewhat different from the other vampires』

『Reinkarnator, reinkarnas…those are the people you warned us to regard as dangerous race, requiring special attention, didn’t you Master?』

『Indeed. Hoffmann stole an ability from Kisara by cutting her skull open and extracting it from her brain. And it looks like he can also share the stolen abilities with his subordinates or bloodkin』

『…He’s able to steal abilities and grant them to others. What a terrifying opponent…』

Certainly…although he can steal them, I doubt he can make the abilities his own so easily. But, I’d think that it’s possible for him to get used to the abilities over hundreds or thousands of years.

『…Kisara had been fused with the witch spear in a state of having the skin at her chest opened up as if having done an autopsy on her. Even Schmihazar’s beloved Demonic Spirit Armament or whatever might have been a part of the ability to fuse with a weapon Hoffmann had granted Schmihazar』

I can’t hear the gasp, but since she hasn’t sent a blood message right away, I can easily imagine that Viine must be looking quite surprised.

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『…So he had such a strong subordinate like Schmihazar, an opponent that could be brought down because it was you, die in vain…just to measure your strength. Moreover, he’s careful enough to stick to observation without joining the battle himself. He gives me the impression of being a truly strong fighter. At the same time, behind his actions…I can sense the wish of not wanting to turn you into his enemy, Master』

She had been able to read all that through nothing more than blood messaging?

Strictly speaking, I haven’t been the one to take down Schmihazar, but…Rollo’s fire…as well as Kisara and Rotalz…

But Hoffmann is quite superb, yep. I want to meet him as quickly as possible. But, I’ll need to hold back for now…

『…Schmihazar had passed on Hoffmann’s words of 『It’s for the sake of realizing the peaceful, millennial kingdom ruled by the one and only god』. And it’s also possible that he deliberately made me, who combines light and darkness, clash with Kisara, a Four Heavenly Witch who believes in gods contradicting light and darkness, by sacrificing Schmihazar』

『…You’re say Kisara is his present to you, Master?』

『Ultimately it’s just a possibility. Otherwise I could guess that it became difficult for the hougu on Schmihazar’s shoulder to suppress the witch spear that contained Kisara, but well, I guess we won’t know the truth until I personally ask Hoffmann about it』

Afterwards I told Viine about Puyuyu, our safe return to Quiche’s village, that it was already embroiled in a fierce battle by the time we arrived, and our fights against the semi-transparent orc and the troops of the Tree King of Wonders.

『…Master, setting aside the matters with Higlia and Puyuyu, you do trust Kisara and Quiche quite a lot, don’t you?』

Her blood message floats in front of my eyes.

『Yes, I do. I plan to invite Kisara and Quiche to become my <Head Servant Leaders> eventually』

『Okay. Umm, if you win over the ancient wolfwoman Higlia – was it? – as chosen bloodkin, the strongest power in the Sea of Trees…』

『…Have you become influenced by Helme?』

『Excuse me, I can’t forget the wonderful idea of a Great Holy Lucival Empire』

If Helme were to hear this, she’d be delighted, I’m sure. Right now she’s not in my left eye. Currently I can’t see her from where I am, but…earlier Helme created many puzzle-ring-like water sprays from her feet while saying, 『Puyuyu-chan, I wonder what would become of you if I let it eat a seed of Millennium-chan』, to Puyuyu who was clinging to her as if sandwiched between the valley of her lower boobs.

Puyuyu answered, 『Puyuyu! Puyuyu?』, ignoring Helme’s words.

It was pointing its small wand with the weird decorations towards Rotalz who was carrying Kisara.

『Aaahh! Don’t make that strange thing fly at Rotalz!』 Kisara yelled while covering her bulging boobs with one hand…It looks like her memory of how Puyuyu exposed one of her nipples is still fresh in her mind.

The small dinosaur, which had torn the chest area of her nun garb, no, magic attire open, was clinging to Rotalz’s forehead. Just like that, Helme and Puyuyu continued their skywalk with Kisara running away from them.

Below them Muu was looking up to the sky, wasn’t she? Though I think that it’s also related to Moga being nearby.

Anyway, I’ve been digressing.

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