Chapter 5 – People are like this no matter where you look in the world!
Side: Herge Lau Rochelle
I emulate to be a leader on this continent. As the third princess of the country of Rochelle, 生を世に受けました (I received this world? I don’t get this phrase). In other words it means that I have the heavy responsibility of leading the people.
Ever since I came to comprehend the world, I believed that Rochelle itself will bring peace to this continent and that it was the only righteous country that could do so. Only under the rule of Rochelle would the people be able to find peace of mind.
And so, I never thought of questioning that. Whenever I would reveal myself to the citizens near the castle, everyone would show me their smiling faces cheering “Princess Herge Banzai (hurray)”. That’s why I thought that for those people, wasn’t there anything I could do.
Royalty couldn’t appear on the front lines, and as a princess it wasn’t even remotely feasible. I did try running it by mother and father but they just said “If you were ever hurt the people would become sad”.
Like that, the days passed as I tried to find something I could do. Both of my elder sisters said that didn’t I know that it was impossible “Herge’s heart is all that’s needed to save the people” and “what are you saying, there’s no way you could do anything there”.
One day, Oriel who was looking over me said that “If I may be able to give you some advice. Your majesty, it’s just as you say. If you can’t stand on the front lines then how about offering healing around that area?”
My eyes froze from hearing Oriel’s words.
[That’s…right. My view was too narrow. Just standing on the front lines isn’t the only thing that can help the country nor its people. Thank You Oriel. Then you should look for someone who can teach me healing magic. Normally I would go looking and bow my head but as the princess if I did such a thing there would be unrest among the people.]
[As Herge-sama wishes.]
Then as I was learning healing magic, a miracle occurred. As I was trying to heal some wounded patients, suddenly I was enveloped in a warm light….one of the 3 goddesses of this world, Lilith-sama, descended in front of me.
[Herge Lau Rochelle. I have seen what you have done so far. For you country and its people you have continued to work tirelessly.]
I started kneeling at that place.
[You’re too kind but there are still many whose lives are still falling. Lilith-sama’s words to me, I am thankful for those from the bottom of my heart but please grant us your blessing not for me but for those who are still struggling to live their lives.]
Hearing my rude words, Lilith-sama’s smile still didn’t leave her face.
[Rest assured I have received those words. If it’s you, even after receiving my blessing you won’t lose your way, You want to save people so they won’t lose their loved ones right. Then, received my blessing.]
The light enveloped me and I was awarded “Saint of Healing” and “Excellent talent in Magic”.
Hearing this story, Yuki-san started looking at me shadily. Yuki started saying [It’s boring that its so template-esque….anyway this pattern basically signaled a failure in the future right (flag set). No, currently the princess has already tasted failure.]. I’m embarrassed to say but it’s just like he says.
And so after I received the blessing in front of the people they started shouting “Seijo-sama!!(=saint-sama).” And so I worked even harder than before for the people and the country.
But that didn’t continue for long. I had forgotten that both countries had started fighting each other.
I don’t know the details but I came to set foot in a village from the enemy country.
[This village is that was oppressed by this country’s king and the people of this village that were suffering requested out help. We will go first and secure the village. Princess…no, once Seijo-sama’s safety is established please follow us. Please heal the villagers.]
As I recalled the goddess’ words, without thinking of anything but helping people proceeded to the village but there was only a trampled and burned down village there. There wasn’t even one person alive.
[Some…Someone! Please Reply! Someone!]
As I was about to jump in, I was stopped by Oriel.
[Herge-sama, please calm down. Where is the forward unit!?]
Oriel instructed the forces to spread out and look at the situation, After a while the commanding officer came out and laid out a carpet in front of me and said, [Ha, Seijo-sama, as you ordered. We finished annihilating the villagers who resisted to the very end. As planned, we can use this place as a stopover point. As one would expect of someone with the king’s blood. I am amazed at your wisdom.]
With a bowed head and a happy look he said those words to me….
[Eh, eh…? Wha…What do you mean. Ori…Oriel…]
This merciless scene in front of me was on my orders? I don’t understand.
Oriel with a bitter face escorted me to the tent and explained it to me.
[I’m sorry Herge-sama. In order to enter the foreign country’s village rightfully we needed to establish it as our territory.]
It took a while for Oriel’s words to reach my body.
[I….If only I hadn’t come here. This village…the people…]
Near my foot, a doll came into my view. It was dyed red.
[Please calm down, Herge-sama! Herge-sama!]
And so a month after that, using that village as a base we attacked a city. We succeeded in having them surrender.
What “Excellent Seijo”…this is just me spilling blood isn’t it.
[No, help me! Stop it!]
Under me there was a girl, with knife cuts all over her body who was being raped.
Of course the one who was doing it was me. It wasn’t interesting at all.
My daughter was around this age too…Aaaa, my thoughts became choppy.
Like that I swung the knife down.
It was just reckless stabbing.
Little by little, her eyes opened and she stopped moving.
[Yo, you seem to have enjoyed yourselves there.]
Next to me, Raiya was standing covered in blood. At his feet there was a woman like mine laying there.
[How’d it go over there, Curse]
Curse who was attacking a girl without changing his expression fired a fireball at the girl’s face.
Already, It didn’t sound like a human moreover a girl’s voice.
And so, after a few seconds the sound disappeared, there only layed a burned block of flesh.
[Really, I can’t feel anything.]
Curse saying that, sat down on a nearby chair.
Us 3 attacked this city that was a part of the country of Rochelle. After that we enjoyed ourselves. Well we didn’t enjoy ourselves at all though.
[Hero of the destroyed city, huh, right now its a skill we don’t even want.]
The three of them said while sitting on chairs and having an appropriate meal.
Raiya replied to my words.
[It doesn’t matter we do or don’t. We will attack the seijo and keep attacking her and keeping destroying her pieces, we will exposes everything.]
Words like killing her, those sweet words won’t come out anymore Curse.
Why were we doing these crazy things?
It was simple.
We were burned so we are going to burn them. A child’s reasoning? I know, but my wife or daughter’s regret, our unbearable feelings… its already all messed up.
Normally, we were just adventurers. We had good friends, blessed with a wife and daughter. One day when monsters came into the village we fell in a desperate situation.
When we realized we came to be known as the heroes of that city. There was where I met my wife and my daughter was born. Compared to any treasure or any amount of money they were irreplaceable to me.
My partner raiya replied that [My bad but I too had a promised person with a long relationship]. Its definitely that village girl. There was an age difference but with Raiya as a partner there wasn’t anything to be worried about.
[And finding a partner for you was really hard, wasn’t it.] I called out to a magician who was related often with this city. Why was finding a partner hard? It’s simple. It was because I was the son of the lord of the village and people always thought what is he thinking becoming an adventurer.
[Then, Mob-san’s daughter is fine right] was the reply that was returned to me which caused me to lose control. [Do it after you defeat me!!] was my reply in the middle of the tavern….those days were fun.
One day, we got word that Rochelle was advancing towards the village, Raiya’s lover was living in. It was being led by the Seijo-sama so we thought that it was relief efforts. Even in the empire, her efforts had entered our ears. But Raiya didn’t calm down from that. From that we accepted a quest which told us to go to the village and observe the Rochelle army.
And that was the start of the breaking. The village was reduced to ashes and there was nothing but bodies. Holding her in his arms, I didn’t have any words for Raiya.
[I’m alright Mob, Curse.]
Saying that while crying had no persuasive power.
We reported this to the lord but we couldn’t just sit back.
The seijo’s efforts were heard everywhere so no one belived the information we reported, which turned everyone into our enemies.
After a month, using the village as the base, Rochelle attacked this city. The opponent’s actions were unexpected so the resistance wasn’t enough. And so the city was left with barely any survivors. Finally the big shots realized that it was Rochelle using the seijo as a sheild and a flag to attack us. But for me, I couldn’t care less. After realizing Rochelle attacking us, we started retaliating.
For us it was already too slow. Raiya and Curse’s eyes were already clouded.
There was no reason to retreat. Our treasure won’t come back anymore.
That’s why we didn’t have any morals or ethics. We weren’t any different than bandits. No, bandits still leave behind things that can be used alive. so they were better than us who got rid of everything.
[Aaaa, where are you Seijo-sama?]
And so we passed by a flag that we thought we had seen before.
Side: Herge Lau Rochelle
After attacking that village the strife became more grim. The opponent’s cites still kept falling but the opponent also started attacking. This side and that side too, a number of cities and villages had burned down.
Washing blood with blood…after all it was my fault for starting this right?
Oriel says that’s wrong but I can’t remove that scene from that village from my eyes.
This is supposed to be withing our own country but that flag is…has the enemy already reached us.
[Sorry driver, but this place is dangerous. Hurry up and drive past…]
Before Oriel could complete her thought, suddenly the carriage rolled on it side.
My whole body hurts…When I look up, with a pained face, Oriel was protecting me by holding me close.
[Herge-sama…Are you alright?…I’m sorry]
Oriel’s leg was facing a weird position.
[Oriel!!!I will heal you right…]
But I wasn’t able to heal her, when I realized my situation, I was on the ground.
My voice that came out was really strange.
[Oi, Oi, did she say Herge]
[This is the Seijo?]
That’s how we fell to become slaves…no, it was a natural conclusion.
I couldn’t protect Herge-sama.
Currently we were currently the slaves of 3 men who seemed to be mercenaries and we passed our days being tormented…
Herge-sama’s voice echoed. I have to protect her.
Dragging my blood covered body to Herge-sama. When I was caught, my leg was broken. These mercernaries also broke my other leg and my right arm.
Herge-sama’s voice echoed. Somehow, if only I could get there.
[Ah? Oi, Raiya]
The man named Raiya grabbed my broken leg and started dragging me…
My eyes became blurry from the pain.
Trying to bear the pain, the man named Raiya seemed to sense something.
[This feeling, A dungeon huh…I just came up with a great idea]
His empty eyes suddenly faced me.
[Oi, Mob, there’s a dungeon nearby]
[So, what do you wanna do. Oi, you’re covered with blood aren’t you Seijo-sama. So dirty!]
Making fist, he puched Herge in the face.
She’s already in a state where she can’t even raise her voice.
Raiya seeing that, started telling his plans.
[She will realize a woman’s happiness if she becomes a goblin’s wife right?]
In front of my eyes, I saw Herge-sama dyed in red. Bringing her to this state and still trying to steal the little dignity she still has…!!
[Shut up, caterpillar (could be subbed for worm)]
As soon as I heard that, my head recieved a blow. I sank into darkness. (faints)
Side: Kasuya – The protagonist?
I started having doubts after seeing my opponents actions.
Not using slaves as sheilds, Like that they arrived in front of G Comapany’s 1st squad and threw them in front of them.
[Here, we have some females here, hurry up and rape them.]
I recieved that type of voice from the monitor.
Ah, that’s how it is. I understand after thinking about it for a bit. The master can see their slaves’ statuses and so these 3 men know that their slaves were not commoners.
And still, they didn’t give them to the empire nor return them back to Rochelle, so they must have some personal grudge…
Yup, its a drama alright…its bloodstained though.
But sorry, I don’t care for the tragedy or the dramatic ending.
This seems like some story in a movie or something but I have my own reasons and goals.
[Conduct Operations as planned. Do it!]
That’s how I gave my orders.
At the end of the day, if I had to say something it would be “there are people like this no matter where you look in the world” right?