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Chapter 100 – What I Can Do And What I Can’t Do
The next day, Saint-sama – Ellen visited the room where I was staying.
“No, you see.”
Ellen stares at me, holding out a spoon with a scoop of porridge.
The spoon that Ellen was offering went into my mouth, and the porridge, which tasted lightly of salt and milk, melted in my mouth. Yes, it’s delicious. It’s delicious, but…
“Ellen? I can eat by myself.”
Apparently, the saint was very pleased with this action. I tried to appeal with my eyes to Amalie and Berta, the sisters in charge of my room and the sisters in charge of accompanying the saint, but they just looked at me smiling. I was alone and helpless.
In the end, I was forced to eat all the milk porridge that was prepared for me with an “ahhh.” Oh, I feel like something important in me has cracked. And Ellen seemed to have awakened to something, her cheeks were flushed, and she seemed to be full of motivation. I don’t know what she’s trying to do, but I’d rather she didn’t.
Satisfied with giving me the “aahh,” Ellen skipped away from the room without even saying a word.
“What the hell was that all about…?”
My eyes met Amalie’s, who was cleaning up the dishes, but she just smiled and didn’t say anything. I wondered if she was asking me to guess?
It’s not hard to imagine that, given her position, she’s had a bad life so far or that she’s had a lot of depression. I can only imagine how she was found to be a saint and how she lived her life, but she must have been forced to live in such a way that she needed to wear that expressionless mask on her face.
Perhaps she was even on the verge of losing her faith. Then the oracle came to her, and she acted according to the oracle, and as the oracle said, she met me, the man of her destiny. Now, her faith may have reached its peak.
And with the support of her faith, my existence has come to occupy a large part of her mind. I don’t think she’s in a proper state of mind… But I think Ellen is aware of this.
I’m sure he’s aware of that and is trying to close the distance between us.
The problem is me. I think Ellen is a good girl. She’s as beautiful as Sylphy, and she’s fun to talk to.
However, she and I are essentially enemies. I’m a key figure in the Liberation Army, whose goal is to reclaim the Merinard Kingdom, and she’s a saint of the Holy Kingdom, which has made the Merinard Kingdom a vassal state. The two of us are in positions that should never have crossed paths.
And no matter how much affection she showed me, I still have Sylphy, Isla, and the Harpies. My place to return is to them.
“Are you worried about something?”
It was unusual for Amalie to talk to me. It must be painful to accompany me without doing anything, but she has been accompanying me and nursing me without complaining. She is a gold-grade priestess.
“Do you feel uncomfortable to be Eleonora-sama’s spouse?”
“I’m not talking about that kind of thing.., but I have a partner that I’ve sworn to be by her side, even though we’re currently separated for some reason.”
Of course, that person is Sylphy.
“I see… But, it’s not like there’s only one person who can stand next to you, is there?”
“That’s… No, is that acceptable in Adelian beliefs?”
“Adel-sama forbids stealing from one’s neighbor, immoral adultery, and plundering one’s wife.”
“Isn’t that wrong?”
“But it is not forbidden for a man to have more than one wife. In the first place, Adel-sama had multiple wives, married them, and had multiple children between them. We are his descendants.”
He made wives and had children with them. Hey… I thought that Adel was some kind of alien with super technology. He embodied his 2D waifus, made them like 3D custom waifus, and settled on this planet with thriving offspring. As the number of sinners increased, he genetically improved them and created subhumans. I can easily imagine a flow like that.
“Well, I understand that there is no problem there, though. I also have a lot of circumstances to deal with.”
“Is that so?”
Anyway, there’s no point in trying to guess God’s true intentions. He’s the one who threw me into this world without warning in the first place. I’m not sure if it’s Adel or another being, but it’s probably not an ordinary being. Maybe. At the very least, it’s not a being that has human ethics or anything like that. It’s not something with which I can relate.
The question is, what should I do? What’s best for me? What’s best for Sylphy and the others? And what would be best for Ellen and the others?
Of course, I can’t treat Ellen and the others whom I just met in the same way as Sylphi and the others. Ellen, Amalie, and the others, the boy who guided me, the innkeeper, her daughter, the mercenary I met at the castle gate, and the money changer’s clerk.
They were people from the Holy Kingdom, but at least they weren’t vicious people without a shred of humanity. I think they are generally normal, good people.
However, to Sylphy and the others, they are invaders who have taken their country by force and are occupying their homeland with their own faces. And to the people of the Holy Kingdom, Sylphy and the others are inferior sub-humans who are like bandits threatening their lives.
Is it possible for the two sides to come to terms? It won’t be easy. The gap between them, drilled over twenty years, is endlessly deep. The hatred between them has accumulated to the point where they have no choice but to pull out their weapons and kill each other whenever they see each other.
However, difficulty is not the same as impossibility.
Both humans and subhumans are creatures of language and reason. They are capable of communicating with each other. It’s not as if their minds are so flowery as to think that no matter how much they disagree with each other, they can understand each other if they just talk… but they should be able to find a compromise somewhere.
In the first place, humans and subhumans coexisted in the former Merinard Kingdom. Even though it was twenty years ago, the memory of it still remains in the Liberation Army, and in fact, the soldiers of the former Merinard Kingdom army and their families who were hiding in the Merinard Kingdom territory, as well as the old Merinard royal citizens, have joined the Liberation Army.
In other words, the Liberation Army has the groundwork for accepting humans.
The problem is the disdain for sub-humans that prevails among the people of the Holy Kingdom. However, ideological reform is not something that can be done overnight. It would take decades, even centuries.
Even on Earth, discrimination based on skin color has not yet disappeared. It will be very difficult for subhumans and humans, who differ not only in appearance but also in various physical abilities and lifespan, to truly break down the barriers between races. That is, unless there is a common enemy that could destroy them both if they don’t join forces to fight. No, even if such a thing appears, it might be difficult.
My thoughts have wandered.
What I can do, what I should do… Hmm. I’m apparently a marebito, accepted by the Liberation Army, and, according to Ellen, an existence clothed in the glow of platinum coins.
In other words, Ellen says that I am an existence of the level that can be called an apostle of God in the sense of Adelianism.
If I use this status, won’t I be able to do something?
For example, a new sect that rejects the subhuman disdain of Adel’s religion… No, Adel has churches and cathedrals, so it can be said a religion instead of a sect. How about starting a new denomination?
I persuaded Ellen to start a new denomination with the two of us. With the religious symbolism of God’s apostle and saint, it might not be impossible.
Ellen seemed to be dissatisfied with the upper echelons of the Adel religion. Considering the presence of the white pig bishop who was appointed to the royal castle in Merinesburg, it can be predicted that corruption is going on in the upper echelons of the Adel religion.
If I can get around this, I might have a chance. Could this be the goal of the one who brought me to this world? I don’t know. But the situation is too good to be true.
The problem is that if I were to establish a new denomination and declare the independence of the former Merinard Kingdom, there is a possibility that the Holy Kingdom’s mainland would do everything in its power to crush me… If they try to suppress me by force… I will do everything in my power to resist. If things go too far, I won’t hesitate to do the same.
A lot of people will die, but that’s nothing new. I’m already prepared to be covered in blood.
No, I don’t think I’m ready for that yet. After all, I just don’t want to get hurt myself. I don’t want to go back to the Liberation Army and kill Ellen and the others, the innkeeper or that boy. I don’t want to do that. I hate it.
That’s why I’m troubled. I desperately tried to think of something I could do with my poor brain. And then I take action.
There’s not much I can do on my own. I’m not even that smart. That’s why I have to rely on others.
First, to Ellen.