288 – Guardian
As I secretly watch over them, the resurrection of the third prince and co is completed . It sure has been trivialised . Even though it’s literally a matter of life and death for people . The power of gods can even control life and death . Feeling as if I’ve been shown a fragment of D’s outrageous power, somehow I feel restless .
It’s not like I can’t resurrect the dead myself either . However, that’s limited only to this world where the “System” exists . It’s precisely because the very concept of life and death in this world differs to other worlds that it’s possible to use it here – a limited power . No matter how hard I tried, there’s no way I could resurrect the dead on a world without the System . That is, something that is entirely concocted by D . Before I became a god, though I couldn’t see the upper limits of that power, even since becoming a god I can’t see the depths of that power either . It’s frankly terrifying .
Even though it is the work of a miracle, Yamada-kun only has to pay a minor compensation to use it . He doesn’t appreciate just how extraordinary a thing that is . Merely with the compensation of an increase in the level of Taboo, a work of god can actually be performed . In the first place, if it was possible to bring people back to life so trivially, then I wouldn’t be so attached to life either .
Hmm . Since it would have been problematic if Yamada-kun’s MP had ran out, I’d limited it to three people, but perhaps I should have increased the number of people a bit? Looking at the situation, it certainly seems that Yamada-kun has yet to max Taboo anyway . Well, his Taboo level should have gone up by 3 at least, so it’s not like it’s been futile . Besides, getting Yamada-kun to max Taboo would have been something like a bonus anyway . Or rather, this whole thing has been like a bonus I guess . Even if it had failed I wouldn’t have been particularly bothered about it . I was able to carry out my other objective you see .
I take a good look at the third prince’s soul, now that he’s been resurrected . Yep . Potimas’s soul has been torn off . I’m satisfied just to know that it’s possible to separate from Potimas by dying once .
I’ve already accomplished my objective, so all that remains is to see that Yamada-kun and co safely escape . Will I then be thrown back into that huge mass of people again? No thanks . Let’s hang out here a bit longer, yes let’s do that .
「Shun, just in case, please check the status of the teleportation ring . It’s probably already destroyed and can’t be activated though . I’ll stay here and observe the condition of Leston and the other two . 」
「I understand . 」
It seems that Yamada-kun is going to check the status of the teleportation ring . The teleportation rings are one of the major means of travel in this world . Since you can cross between continents in an instant, it’s rather handy eh . If you wanted to cross between continents without using a teleportation ring, there’s no other options except to cross the ocean infested with water dragons, or to go through the Elro Great Labyrinth . The ocean is impossibly hard so in practice the Elro Great Labyrinth is the only way .
Yamada-kun and co are headed towards the teleportation ring to check it . Of course the teleportation ring has already been fully destroyed by Natsume-kun’s order . Naturally, I have no intention of letting them cross between continents so easily . Well, since such a thing was proposed “just in case”, I guess they wanted to be able to move about more freely .
The door to the room I’m in opens . To not even knock, he sure has no manners eh .
「You sure are getting up to some nasty hobbies . 」
On top of that, that’s the first thing he says on entering . He’s pissed off? I guess so . As proof of that, the way he flumps down onto a chair facing where I’m sitting, is carelessly rough .
「You made Ronant-sama, who was Julius’s teacher, fight Shun who is Julius’s younger brother . While it made for a dramatic development, try putting yourself in his place . Can’t you damn well understand the feelings of Ronant-sama as he chose to withdraw?」
Not much point in asking me . It’s not like I was the one who arranged for that jijii to be here anyway . For the sake of declaring my intention to not accept his protest, I ignore him and drink some tea .
「It’s hardly humane you know . 」
Ah, don’t go there . I’ve not human now nor ever have been okay . However, being spoken of like I’m some monstrous fiend is hardly pleasant .
「That’s not very god-like, Kuro . 」
So I retorted back . Against the clone of Kuro sitting opposite me, who goes by the name of Hyrinth .
「I guess so . I think so myself, in that regard . A beginner you damn well may be but you’re much more god-like . 」
Saying so, Kuro sighed deeply .
「I understand it though . That whatever I say about this matter it’s just venting my anger . I do appreciate that you lot are trying to do your best with your chosen path . However, even so, even so, these feelings are hard to contain . 」
He laments . Well, considering he had to let the previous Hero Julius die when he was like a childhood friend with him, and watch Julius’s younger brother go through various bitter experiences on top of that, I’m sure anyone would feel ashamed . But hey, it’s no concern of mine though . I’ve got absolutely no concern for what this guy’s saying when at the same time that he’s administering this world, he’s also been running around accompanying the Hero pretending to be a champion of justice .
「Detachment due to resurrection confirmed . 」
Therefore, I’ll ignore those feelings of Kuro and settle things with a report on practical matters .
「I see . If the detachment had not occurred then it would have been necessary to get rid of him again, so that is fortuitous . 」
He shows an expression of relief from the bottom of his heart . After all, as Hyrinth he had a considerable amount of contact with the third prince . It’s to be expected that he would have wanted the guy to survive if at all possible . It’s not like I want to pointlessly kill either, so this helps me too .
「That being the case, it might have been better to resurrect the king . 」
However, I wasn’t able to endorse his next words . That has the same meaning of wanting to save every human who could be saved . It’s not like you could even do it .
「I understand . You want to say that I’m being overly supportive of one side, right? I’ve entrusted every damn thing to you lot . So I don’t intend to interfere with how you do things . 」
「Good . 」
You were totally complaining just a moment ago though! I’ll forget about it . Be grateful that I’m so kind .
「Next is, the elf village huh . 」
Indeed, indeed . We’re currently moving there . Ah, I just recalled something unpleasant . Do I really have to return to that huge crowd of people? Can’t I be allowed to waste some time somewhere until the movement is complete?
「Since this is you lot I’m talking about, I’m not going to worry . However, he hasn’t been living for such a long time just for show either . Don’t be careless . 」
Not exactly a warning I can appreciate . I know all too well that’s the case . We’re prepared for any eventuality, so there’s not even a one in a million chance we could lose . The only difference will be whether we take heavy damage or light damage .
「Shun and co will be returning soon . I’ll excuse myself here . 」
Saying so, Kuro left the room .
So long as that man protects Yamada-kun and the rest, unexpected situations will be impossible . Precisely because of that, I can have peace of mind . There is absolutely no chance that Yamada-kun and the others could die . Even if they did, if that man gets serious then he would even be able to resurrect them, like how I could .
The man called Hyrinth is a clone of Kuro . To be more precise, a being who was a stillborn son of a noble from the Kingdom who had a part of Kuro’s soul implanted into the body . While the soul was that of a god, since the body was that of a human, his status values as he grew to adulthood reflected that . Well, since he can use a fragment of Kuro’s power due to the soul connection, if he gets serious then he could make use of his power as a god . Since his body is that of a human with no connection to Kuro whatsoever, his appearance doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to Kuro . From time to time Kuro creates clones like this, and it seems he takes actions that intermingle with human society . I have no idea what his objective is . It’s probably just killing time, or immersing himself with the sentiment of intermingling with the people of this world perhaps – the sorts of things I consider to be far removed from being practical . After all, he has no need to administer this world at all . Therefore he plays around .
However, even if he’s playing around his emotions still get affected . Since he and Julius were close friends, they shared their joys and sorrows . Then Julius was killed by me . I’m sure Kuro had complicated feelings about that . Even though he could logically accept that it was something that was absolutely necessary no matter what .
I guess that’s why . The reason why he’s so concerned about Yamada-kun . I guess he believes it’s atonement or something . In regards for letting his elder brother die . I guess that’s also why he’s gotten overprotective to the extent that he’ll come to me to complain a bit, like just now .
But still, people’s feelings eh . Did that jijii deliberately declare “I can’t win” and withdraw because he was facing his apprentice’s little brother then? That jijii actually had such sentiments as well then huh . I see .
……Well, there’s no need to consider people’s feelings though . I will only do what I need to do for myself . Consequently, I have to return . To the middle of that crowd of people .
……Suddenly, I want to resign from doing what I need to do .