Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo Dorei Majutsu Volume 11 Chapter 3
The next day──
Being guided by Feneri who had awakened from being se●ually excited……no, who had recovered from her cold, Diablo’s group left the Kobold’s forest.
The storm had passed, and it was completely sunny.
Even though it was a season where snow would cover the peaks of the northern mountains, due to the winds that warmed up in the southern seas, this whole area was warm in general.
Sending the Summoned Beast 《Turkey Shot》 flying to the sky, they confirmed the landmark mountain.
Shera pointed her finger.
「At the back of the twin mountains with white peaks, walk towards the midday sun──so, this should be the right way.」
「……It’s already one o’clock. It’s veering a bit to the west.」
「But we don’t have a clock?」
「……Even without a clock, I can tell the rough estimate of the time. It would be difficult to accurately tell what the minutes are though.」
「Waahー, amazing! Rem, your stomach clock is amazing.」
「……It isn’t my stomach clock.」
「So it’s fine if we just walk this way for half a day, right!? There are even some sign-looking things on the standing trees here and there.」
Shera smoothly advanced through the forest.
Being an Elf, although she didn’t look like it, walking through forests was her specialty.
Rem pouted looking dissatisfied.
「……It seems that we’ll come out to a highway where it won’t even take half a day if it were walked with the legs of one of the Beastman races though.」
「Do you think we’ll get there this afternoonー?」
「……It seems that they can run through the forest faster than a deer. Since that’s impossible for us……It would be best to be prepared to take a whole day to get there.」
「Auu～. I want to sleep in a bedー.」
*Gakuri* Shera dropped her shoulders.
She yearned to be an Adventurer, and she loved adventures, but it seemed that this journey was too long for her and she was tired of it.
Diablo changed topics.
There was something that was bothering him the whole time.
「What do you mean by the Beastman race?」
In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, there was the classification of being a part of the Races (Humans and Demi-Humans), Demonic (Demonic Beings and Demonic Beasts), and wild animals.
In the game, Kobolds were monsters that were classified as being wild animals.
Were animals divided into wild animals and the Beastman races?
Rem put a hand to her mouth.
「……Should we talk a bit……about the Beastman race?」
「……First, as you know, the Lifelia Kingdom is a Human nation. Demi-Humans also live there, but they are merely allowed to.」
「With the King naturally being Human, the cabinet ministers and generals were also Humans, weren’t they.」
It was negligible, but he did also catch sight of Elves and Pantherians though.
「……The Lifelia Kingdom is the largest power in this continent. In other words, it could be said that Humans control this continent.」
「So it would seem.」
「……The Demi-Humans that they acknowledge as members of the Races are──the Elves, the Pantherians, the Dwarves, the Grasswalkers, and the Demons. Among these, the Elves are said to be the closest to the Divine Beings, so they’re a slightly special existence.」
「And it seems that Demons are special in the opposite meaning.」
「……Yes. Made out to have Demonic Being blood mixed into them, they are avoided. As for the rest──the Pantherians, the Dwarves, and the Grasswalkers……in the past, they were called the Beastman races.」
That was a story that wasn’t in the MMORPG Cross Reverie’s setting data.
「……This is an era long past, much further than the founding of the Lifelia Kingdom. Since those three races learn the Human language, they were recognized as Demi-Humans.」
「By the Humans huh.」
「……Yes, by the king of the ancient kingdom. Since the ancient king had written it into law, we have our present age. In contrast, the races that denied the common language ended up being treated as wild animals.」
In other words, it meant that it was arbitrarily decided that they weren’t people.
Since then, they were treated as monsters in the Lifelia Kingdom.
「That is quite the tyrannical story.」
「……Rulers are tyrannical beings. It’s not just the Kobolds, I believe that even Ogres, Dryads, and Lamia are widely known as Beastman races. There are also some including Giants, Trolls, and Orcs, but these are hard to define.」
By the current definition──The Races consists of races that can speak the Lifelia common language. Demonic Beings and Demonic Beasts were ones who vanished when they die. And wild animals are anything other than those two categories.
There was no method of differentiating between wild animals and the Beastman races.
「……Giants, Trolls, and Orcs, which were defined as Beastman races by researchers, attack the people of the Races on sight. Going by that ecology, I’m sure that coexistence isn’t possible.」
Giants preyed on the Races. Or rather, they were a species that considered anything that moved that was smaller than them to be food.
Trolls and Orcs had nothing but males, and would use the female members of the Races to reproduce──This information wasn’t in the game’s settings though.
It wasn’t out of ill will. They were those sorts of creatures. It looked difficult to have a peaceful coexistence with them.
「……That being said, even those that have forms far from the human form, such as birds, fish, and insects, also have life. They also have wills, they probably also have something similar to words, and they should also feel pain……I believe that treating all of these the same as other members of the Races would be impossible.」
「Going by that way of thinking, even plants have life……That being said, we can’t live on without eating anything. Eating the members of the Races is different from eating birds and fish.」
「That is why the ancient king decided “if one cannot understand human speech, they are animals”, and that probably can’t be called mere tyranny. There was simply a need decide on who was different.」
In this other world, there existed many species that were in the space between man and beast, more so than the original world that Diablo lived in.
There were many times where the moral values of his original world didn’t work.
Rem gazed at him with eyes that were filled with envy.
「……However, if everyone was able to converse with the Beastman races like you can, Diablo, I’m sure that a different demarcation would have been made.」
「Mu? That might be true.」
「……At the very least, I, no longer see the Kobolds as wild animals.」
He had never tried it before, but by some chance, he might be able to converse even with Giants.
However, at that time──
Would he be told “I’ll bite your head off” or something?
Even if they were able to converse, it didn’t seem like they would be able to get along.