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[In this book, I will write about Arche, the Dream Demon of Jealousy, who was defeated by the first king of Ishtalika.
The term Dream Demon of Jealousy is an alias given to her by those who fought her at the time.
A Demon King is a special being that is distinctly different from ordinary monsters.
It is characterized by its destructive power and absolute magic power. Thinking of the great war in Ishtalika a few hundred years ago, it goes without saying how much of a threat it poses on its own.
It is recorded that the Demon King Arche was often shy and inexperienced as a king. She had two such families. They were Dullahan and Elder Lich.
The Land of Monsters began with these three. After they met, the three of them started traveling together and reached out to many monsters and the current different races.
By the way, Arche wasn’t a Demon King from the beginning. Sources say that the first signs of evolution appeared when the three of them saved many beings and a large settlement was being built.
She was struck by a sudden high fever and did not wake up for several days. Then a few mornings later, she wakes up as if nothing had happened. It is recorded that those around her were surprised by the presence of an absolutely powerful individual that she wore.
All of those who were able to reach out to the three of them were delighted. The small settlement gradually grew and transformed into a town, and a nation was born with Arche as its king.
Simultaneously, the country must have been the best place to live for those who could not get along with pure people.
But within a few years, the situation quickly changed.
One thing led to another, and the country began to fall apart. The reason was that a race called the Red Fox had joined the country.
The Red Foxes were very friendly and quickly became part of the country and made friends with the other races. The chief of the Red Foxes must have been capable, and there were several traces of her contributions that she left behind.
It was only natural for her to rise to the side of the Demon King, Arche ─ but after she started working at Arche’s side, there were many times when Arche became restless.
That’s when it started. The Demon King, Arche, has been keeping Dullahan and Elder Lich away from her. They were sent to a village that was some distance away.
As a result, only the Red Fox Chief served beside the Demon King Arche.
Then, the Demon King Arche’s mental state continued to deteriorate. She became loyal to her own desires and began to lash out without any self-control. Her jealousy and envy were heard by her opponents, and she became known as the Dream Demon of Jealousy.
At some point, Dullahan and Elder Lich ignored the order and went back to work for the Demon King Arche. However, it is said that the three of them never saw each other.
What happened after this? There are other documents left behind.
The first king of Ishtalika defeated the Demon King Arche.
However, after that, there was no trace of the Red Fox. They did not leave their names in the history of Ishtalika, and only rarely were traces of their lives found.
From all this information, it is almost certain that the Red Fox had some kind of influence on the Demon King. It is no exaggeration to say that the Red Fox holds the answer to the mystery of why the Demon King Arche attacked the people.]
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After skimming through the book, Ain closed it for a moment.
“You mean the hypothesis you have been thinking about has been proven?”
“Yes-nya. The Red Fox cursed the Demon King, and the Demon King went berserk. The result of the curse was passed down to the present day-nya. The book Ain is holding was unfinished, but it was completed by that voice earlier-nya.”
The fact that the Demon King Arche’s magic stone rejected Ain. Katima said that the Demon King Arche’s magic stone reacted to the power of Dullahan and Elder Lich inside Ein.
The will that resides in the Demon King’s magic stone probably regrets what it did when it went out of control. So it rejected the two beings inside Ain with a sorrowful voice.
“But why is she reacting now? I used to come here even before I went to Euro.”
“I know-nya. I’ve been trying to figure out why, but I have something to tell you first-nya.”
Katima straightened her posture.
“First of all, right after Ain left Euro, you forcibly used the power of Dullahan, which should have been disabled-nya. As a result of this, the walls of the White King, the most robust ship in Ishtalika, were destroyed and its deck was gouged out-nya.”
Incidentally, the six months of dormancy was also due to his body forcing him to rest.
Then Chris opened her mouth.
“Ain-sama… after Ain-sama collapsed, we measured your physical strength and magic power. It’s to see the condition of your body. Your magic power was completely zero, and your physical strength was almost exhausted.”
“What Chris just said is true-nya. So-nya…”
She reached inside her lab coat and took out Ain’s status card.
“I apologize for looking at it without permission-nya. But it was a situation I couldn’t ignore-nya.”
Katima handed the status card to Ain and told him to check it. He followed her eyes and confirmed it.
It must be a bug; those words almost leaked out of his mouth.
The job is garbled, the magic power is bar-lined, and it looks strange.
“…It’s like I’ve become a monster.”
“That’s not like that-nya… To be frank, it’s impossible to say that the current Ain has no connection with the Demon King Arch’s rampage-nya.”
After hearing Katima’s words, Ain recalled the time before he woke up. It’s about the identity of the woman who spoke to him before he woke up.
(She was the Elder Lich, and she was apologizing for what her husband had done. She didn’t need to apologize or promise anything if they were going to take my body.)
He was sure that they, too, saw the Red Fox as an enemy.
Ain let out a breath…
“Warren-san, is it possible that Euro has been setting me up?”
“In conclusion, I think the gift was a coincidence. I don’t think they would have gone to the trouble of setting us up that day, to the detriment of their own national interests.”
If they were aiming for Ain, that would be amazingly clever. However, there were too many doubts for that to be realistic.
“Ain-sama, we are faced with two problems. Let’s try to sort them out in order.”
Warren said in a calm voice.
“The most important thing is the matter of Ain-sama’s body.”
“Oh, it’s not about the Red Fox, huh?”
“That’s the second one. However, we don’t know the purpose of the Red Fox, and we don’t know if it’s a threat to us in Ishtalika just because the Red Fox is moving across the ocean. They may be preparing to turn on us, but we are not yet at the stage where we can determine that. Right now, I think it’s more important to take care of Ain-sama’s body.”
At his confident way of speaking, Ain nodded silently without objection.
“I’ll tentatively refer to your physical problem as monsterization.”
“That means about Job and the fact that my physical freedom was taken away, right?”
“That’s right. To be frank, there is no precedent for this. I think it’s an issue that needs to be looked into very carefully to make sure that something like what happened when we leave Euro never happens again.”
“That’s… Yes, I agree with you.”
“Thank you for understanding. You might not wake up for another six months ─ no, the next one won’t necessarily be the same. That’s how powerful he… the Dullahan was.”
From a practical point of view, it would be best to avoid having the crown prince fall into a coma repeatedly.
“But I do not intend to ignore about the second one, the Red Fox.”
“Of course, you are going to look into that as well, right?”
“Certainly. We will give additional instructions to the spies we have in Heim. If there is any information that is of interest to you, I’ll be sure to report it to you. At the same time, we are going to try to find out if there is any information left in Ishtalika.”
At least for now, he thought.
While rubbing his beard, Warren said at the end.
“First and foremost, I think the first priority is to examine Ain-sama’s body. Naturally, you’ll have to do a lot of work on your own… You’ll probably have to leave the royal capital and do some research in another city. You may have to rely on researchers, or perhaps the knowledge of adventurers.”
“Don’t worry. It’s about my body, after all, so I want to investigate it properly.”
After answering honestly, Ain looked at Sylvird.
“I’m sorry for the trouble I caused you, Grandfather.”
“No need to apologize. We are all just worried about you, Ain.”
“Yes. So, first of all, I would like to investigate my monsterization properly. I may have to take more time off from the academy.”
“No problem. It can’t be helped. But Warren, speaking of the academy, I believe Kaizer…”