We knelt before Her Majesty the Queen.
"I was able to hear about the various circumstances occurring from the Spirit Queen, and as of this moment, I hereby declare that the 'Wise Sword of the Sacred Forest' shall defeat the existence known as the Demon King Rudra."
The corners of my mouth rose slightly at Her Majesty's words.
Aide was right, there was a true, bigger enemy behind the evil dragon.
And it is a demon king.
Since ancient times, defeating the demon king is a role that only the hero can play, and those who succeed will be remembered for generations without exception.
I am not interested in history, but I do want to be better known and pampered.
It will increase my chances of building a solid position and living the rest of my life as happily as possible.
It is a great opportunity for me, who could not defeat the evil dragon.
It will also restore the Queen's reputation. I am sure Monica will regret her choice and come back to me. Kukuku.
From the beginning, it was a mistake to have let the Manyu Brigade be the ones to defeat the evil dragon.
By defeating the Demon King, all those wrongs will be righted and things will return to the way they should be.
"There is something I must tell you as you embark on this journey to defeat the Demon King, Zig; You are the hero of our country. You must take the initiative to solve the problems occurring in neighboring countries."
"The goal is to advance diplomacy, right?"
"Exactly. Make sure to help the beastmen and dwarves who ask for your help. Even if they are inferior races, we can't allow them to rebel against us.
So you are forcing me to take orders from those savages.
I am a noble, this is aberrant.
...Well, if that's the job of a hero. I'll do it.
"This time you will do great things, and if someone asks for your help, or orders something of you, you must accept it, both in public and in private."
"I'm well aware of that."
Are you trying to intimidate me? Miserable wench.
I hope you haven't forgotten that your body needs me. I'll make you remember your place.
The bed shakes violently.
"Zig! Forgive me!"
"Shut up! How dare you talk to me like that in my courtroom!"
I hit the queen repeatedly until her body turned red and swollen.
You are my bitch.
A bitch I will use to vent my stress.
You may be the queen in the eyes of the public, but behind closed doors, you are nothing more than my slave. There's a servant-slave contract with me on your leg.
She is inexplicably obsessed with me, and no matter what I do, she is always happy.
By the way, I did not manipulate her in any way.
After all, she was the one who proposed this relationship to me.
The other day I passed her husband in the hallway and he looked like he was about to jump me with a knife.
I hear they no longer sleep in the same room since I showed up.
I understand your stress and anger, after all, your wife has been taken away by my noble self. Hahaha, I take pleasure in taking things from others.
"Zig, you have to get rid of the Manyu Brigade."
"I will gladly do so, but may I ask why?"
"The Spirit Queen is always talking about that human. She looks at him like he's a close friend. You understand how dangerous this is."
The Spirit Queen is, as they say, the god of our country.
Although she is not involved in politics at all, the hearts of the people are centered on her.
If the Spirit Queen were to say something like "I am going to make this person king," this country would instantly move in that direction.
Even the law obliges the Spirit Queen.
The Queen's concern, however, is not the Spirit Queen, but that human.
However, in the long history of the world, there has never been a time when the Spirit Queen has interfered in politics.
I think you are thinking too much.
The Spirit Queen would not be so interested in a human who killed an evil dragon on a whim.
There must be some mistake.
And that man who took Monica away from me....
"If I defeat the Demon King, and the Manyu Brigade members, do you promise to give birth to my child?"
"Of course I will. I'd rather have a baby with you than with my useless fool of a husband."
"You're such a sweetheart."
I hugged the queen and kissed her.
After leaving the capital, we arrive in Jornen, where the dark elves rule.
There is no information about the demon king, so we must first gather information in the neighboring countries.
Besides, I have to improve my reputation as a hero.
The more famous I am, the easier it will be to gather information.
I have only met the Queen of the Dark Elves once.
Let's just say that if I do a good job here, it would be beneficial to spread my name to all corners of that country.
"Ugh, Zig, you smell like the Queen. Don't tell me you slept with that old lady again☆"
"What's it to you? If you have a problem, you can get off."
"We're hundreds of feet off the ground! Come on Aide, say something."
"...Leave Celtina alone, Zig."
"That's right! Aide is always on my side! ☆"
Aide folds his arms.
His sword is wrapped in bandages, with no gaps between the hilt and the scabbard in sight.
It's as if he doesn't want anyone to see it.
"I've always wondered, why do you always wrap your sword in those bandages?"
"It makes it more intimidating... Don't you think?"
"Fufu, I agree with Aide, it looks great☆"
Still, he seems to want to hide something.
I've never seen someone do that.
"....As for breaking the seal on my abilities..."
"I've already said no to that."
"...Oh, right. Sorry."
Aide apologized and fell silent.
Upon arrival in the capital, we had an audience with the Queen.
"It's been a long time, Hero Zig."
"Your Majesty. I'm glad you're healthy."
"I appreciate your concern. Now then, what brings you here?"
The dark elf queen responded by lazily leaning back on her throne, which was an almost couch-like armchair that is too big to be called a throne.
The heart shaped cushions embroidered with cats were so out of place that it created a surreal atmosphere.
"Do you have any information about the Demon King Rudra?"
"Rudra... Yes. I can provide you with information, but I won't do it for free."
Damn, I knew you would do this.
The Dark Elf Queen likes to put conditions on things.
No, she likes to test people and play games with them.
"What is your request?"
"I want you to investigate the Dark Passage. There are still unidentified ruins in it. We don't even know where that pathway leads to, much less know what it's internal structure is like. I want you to find out if it is possible to travel to the city of Safuro through it."
The Dark Passage... How annoying.
Wasn't there a reason why that place remains unexplored?
Damn, I at least have to try.
A man in armor then entered the room, his cape billowing.
As I recall, this guy was a general.
Why did he come at this time?
He knelt before the Queen.
"Your Majesty, I have something urgent to report."
"You have permission to speak."
"The Manyu brigade has completed the exploration of the dark passage."
"Are you serious?! What was the result?!"
"Just as we had thought. It is indeed a shortcut to Safuro."
"Well done! Now we can go there whenever we want!"
"Please, Your Majesty, behave yourself, there are outsiders present."
As soon as I heard the name of the Manyu Brigade, I was filled with rage.
They are interfering again.
Not once, not twice, but three times.
What's wrong with those people? Do they have a grudge against me?
This is not good. I won't be able to get any information at this rate.
I need to get a new task.
Before I could say anything, Her Majesty spoke.
"Do you still want information about Rudra?"
"Well then, I'll have to make you a good offer."
Her Majesty lifted the corners of her mouth sharply.
"How long is this going to last....?"
"I don't think I can go any longer~☆"
The three of us push a spinning column relentlessly.
I think it is some kind of device, but the details are kept secret and it is unclear how long it will last.
Sometimes, Her Majesty would come and watch us, smiling.
She would say; "good luck" and leave right away.
What is the point of this job?
Please, someone tell me.