We set course for the holy land.
"Heeeeeeeeeee! I'm on top of a Behemoth!"
"My lord, why have you brought Jessica?"
Frau was not happy.
It's probably because Jessica, who came with us, was making too much noise.
I understand how you feel, but don't look at me like that. We couldn't get to where we're going on our own.
Besides, Jessica was in charge of watching them. If we left her behind, she'd probably get punished for it.
In addition, not only was she begging me to bring her along with tears in her eyes, but I also owe her for the room.
"I don't think I'll be able to get married anymore."
"Is there a rule that you can't get married if you ride a Behemoth?"
Bechjiro squeaks sadly.
"Yes, I see it."
A city could be seen on the horizon, from which multiple plumes of black smoke were billowing out.
"It looks like they're being attacked by a monster."
"Let's go save them."
Riding the behemoths, we hurried into the city.
We found that the city was being ravaged by a giant, worm-like creature.
It has a mouth on its head with a circular row of sharp teeth.
"Eeep! It's one of the dragon's minions!"
"You two, check for anyone who's injured, I'll take care of the monster. Jessica, you stay with Bechjiro."
"Yes, my lord" "Understood!"
Bechjiro started to run while I pulled the sword from my back to face the monster.
A flash of light shone through the area, and in the blink of an eye, I had cut the monster in half.
The earthworm seized up and soon stopped moving.
I wondered how strong it was because it was under the evil dragon's control, but it was incredibly weak.
"Wow, Nii-chan is a human!"
"I don't know who you are, but thank you."
"Hey, we've got an incredibly strong human here!
"That cow is really big."
The villagers gather and surround me and Ichiro.
By the way, Ichiro is disguised to look like a huge cow.
The second minion of the evil dragon comes out of the ground.
Was there another one?
The giant worm twists its body and rushes at me to swallow me whole.
I know what they are capable of.
No need to dodge it.
I swung my sword again, and aimed it at the monster. I slashed downward through the air, and the monster crashed to the ground as it twitched.
"Whoo-hoo! He just killed the second one! The big worm is nothing compared to Toru!"
From what I heard, there's three monsters.
"You are a very interesting human."
"Not at all. Even the hero can defeat one of these."
"Who are you?"
"Heh, you want to know? They're the Manyu Brigade! Toru-Sama and his friends are awesome! They even ride Behemoths-- Hueeeeh!?"
Frau quickly kicked Jessica, who almost said something dangerous.
"Sorry, but we're in a hurry."
"Oh, I see..."
We quickly left the city.
Kaede's magic freezes the giant worm.
Quickly, Frau smashed it with her hammer.
As I looked at the shredded pieces of flesh, I put my greatsword away in its sheath.
"They've killed the third one! Hooray, hooray, hooray-- Huggh!"
"You're too loud."
Frau lightly chopped Jessica's neck, causing her to faint and fall on Bechjiro's back.
"Huh. I guess we've defeated all the lackeys now."
"Looks like it."
"The last one looked like he wanted to kill Frau."
The first two we killed were in the city.
But the last one was in an empty meadow, and was clearly following us.
I guess that means the evil dragon has found us.
"You can do it, Master!"
"Please let me heal you."
Kaede pulls my arm and pats her legs.
However, I don't feel tired.
But I couldn't refuse to rest my head on Kaede's thighs.
I put my head on them, and a smile immediately appeared on Kaede's face. She then began to caress my head.
It feels good, and my eyelids become heavy.
"From there on, it's sacred ground. Unauthorized entry is a crime."
"What's that big tree I can see from here?"
"The World Tree. I don't know much about it, but I hear it's one of the smaller ones."
"You mean there's another one?"
The World Tree, a name I've never heard of, but it intrigues me.
I'd love to see it up close.
We follow the path and come to a stone gate, and here too there are knights who look like guardians.
However, unlike the previous ones, they have an extraordinary atmosphere.
"We are the knights who protect the sacred land. Those who are not allowed to be here must leave immediately."
"This is no place for a human to enter."
"If you need proof of my courage, I have it here."
I pulled the necklace out of my pocket and showed it to them.
"The Bilfrell family insignia."
"And I also have this letter."
I handed Yabai's letter to the guardians.
They looked at each other's faces and then glanced at the letter.
"The former court alchemist, Master Yabai, gave his permission."
"If someone like that has taken the trouble to give you permission to visit... Then we beg your pardon! Please go ahead."
The two knights easily cleared the way for us.
The knights look at the Behemoth as they said, "That's a very large cow."
I hope they don't stare at it for too long, it looks weird and suspicious.
After crossing the gateway, we entered the sacred land.
It is said that in the sacred land of Petardaus, there was once a city belonging to the ancient race.
After the demise of the ancient race, the elves took over this place and grew in power until the present day.
"I've never seen a world tree before. It's so big."
Decaying stone buildings lined the streets everywhere, and in the distance were huge trees over a hundred meters tall.
I don't think this qualifies as a "small one."
Jessica told us that these trees were planted here by the first elves who came to this land.
I don't know how long it's been since the founding of the country, but they're a long-lived species, the elves, so it can't have been more than a thousand or two thousand years or so.
*♪ Thump, thump, thump, thump, thump ♪
The earth trembles violently, and thick tentacle-like objects fly out of the ground with great force.
Its long body formed an arc and headed towards us, smashing into the buildings!
Is it the evil dragon?"
Like its minions, the evil dragon has the appearance of a worm.
It opened its large mouth, dripping mucus, and threatened us from an elevated position.
"Hiiiiiih! It's going to eat us! I shouldn't have come here!"
"Chupi, Kuratan, protect Jessica."
I called my beasts and put them on guard.
"Master, it seems to be a monster called Devil Wyrm."
"It's very nasty. My skin tingles like when I fought the Demon Lord."
This evil dragon also emitted an aura similar to the armor worn by Sain and Lisa.
Numerous eyes began to spread across the worm-like creature's body.
The ever dripping mucus was so slippery that if we became entangled in it, it would inhibit our movement.
"Get ready, I think it's going to attack."
The torrential fire released by the wyrm headed towards us.
With a slight swing of my greatsword, the flames were cut in two.
"Goo!!! Fool! That's impossible!"
"You can speak!?"
"Hero, kill the hero."
"No, I'm not the hero. I'm just a warrior."
The Devil Wyrm grimaced as if doubting my words.