Five of us will participate in the extermination of the Basilisk.
Kaede, Frau, Itsuki, Obi and myself.
If the number of people increases, the casualty rate will also increase.
Our opponent is a monster that can petrify you with just a look, and Itsuki said it's better to attack in a small group.
We went up the mountain road with Itsuki in the lead.
Due to the higher altitude, there was still snow around us.
"It's nice to be out here, especially when you're in a scarf that's cute, comfortable and of high quality. And even more so if that person who's wearing it is my Lord."
Frau was curled up in the scarf around my neck.
Panda was also tucked into my cloak to keep warm.
Kaede looked at Frau, and for some reason, she had a downhearted expression on her face
"How I envy Frau-San for her size."
"Fufu, what a pity, Kaede. This is the privilege of being a fairy. You can feel the Lord's warmth anytime, anywhere."
"Master! I'll warm you with my body!"
Kaede comes up behind me and hugs me.
I-I can't move...
It's very kind of you to warm me up, but I'd rather you do it later.
"We're falling behind, please keep walking."
Obi, who was at the back, warns us.
His voice seemed to want to say something like, "You don't seem to be worried enough."
"It's okay, you can warm me up later."
Kaede replied and wagged her fluffy white tail.
I lightly patted her head and her fox ears drooped.
Obi stared at me, so I turned to him thinking he wanted to ask something.
He looked away, as if he had decided to swallow his words.
We continued walking in Itsuki's footsteps.
"We have arrived."
"Wow, that's a spectacular view."
Near the top of the snow-covered mountain, I could see the shattered buildings in the ruins.
That's where the basilisk is.
Impressed by the view, I pulled out the souvenir box and snapped a quick picture.
"The basilisk is a monster that originally lives in warm regions. But for some reason, it has settled in a place like this."
"Did it leave its home due to a lack of prey and find its way here?"
"I don't know. Something might have happened in the west for it to flee to this place. In any case, we have to get rid of it so we can live in peace."
A question crossed my mind.
''Couldn't you have asked the White Wolves to exterminate ig or something?
"You seem to have misunderstood: The White Wolves are gods, but they are not bodyguards. If the village is in danger, they will act, but we are originally in a position to protect our village, so we cannot casually disturb them."
In other words, the White Wolves will do something about it when the situation becomes uncontrollable.
Gods are a very difficult existence to deal with.
I am in a different land, so from customs to everything else, there will be things I will never understand.
"The White Wolf Gods must believe in the power of their people. That they have the power to solve their own problems."
"As expected, Kaede-Sama, you are right. It is easy to shelter them like a child, but if you do, they will end up losing the strength of the beastkin. We are proud wolves, we honor protection and are ashamed to be protected."
"You have been blessed with good people, White Wolves."
"To receive such words from a White Fox makes me feel honored!"
Itsuki bowed his head towards Kaede with an expression tinged with joy.
Kaede is also a kind of god. But she looks normal and pretty kind to me.
"Let's enter the ruins."
Itsuki turned around.
My eyes fall on his bushy tail.
Kaede's tail looks beautiful to me, but what about the wolf's tail?
I'd really like to touch it....
When this is over, I'll ask if I can touch it.
It would be a shame to come to a wolf tribe village and not be able to touch one of their tails.
I can hear Frau snoring around my neck.
It was wondering why she had gotten so quiet. I lightly tapped my scarf as we were about to arrive.
"Huh! What's wrong!?"
Frau jumped out so quickly that she hit me in the jaw with a headbutt.
There was an iron chain set up on a steep path.
The sound of metal clanking in the crosswind echoed.
Arriving at the ruins, I looked up and let out an sound of admiration.
It was a decaying building illuminated by sunlight. The period in which it was built seems to be quite ancient, and it had an air of divinity about it.
By the way, there are three periods in the god's era.
The blue beginning
The middle yellow stage
And the late white period
The tattered ruins often seen were built between the early to middle yellow periods and are quite ancient.
Although the ancient race is known to have a high level of technology, it is theorized that they still did not have enough technology to create sacred arms during this period.
At the end of the White Period, the technology of the Ancient Species advanced dramatically, and terrifying creations appeared, such as the Temple of the Sacred Arms, whose mechanism was almost impossible to understand.
And the building in front of me was probably built in the early to middle yellow period.
"Obi, take the lead."
At Itsuki's command, Obi opened the door to the ruins.
At the far end was a dimly lit hallway.
Icicles hung from the ceiling, and the floor, which was slightly frozen, was slippery
We each drew our weapons.
"It's time for you to come out."
"Now is Frau's time to shine."
Frau comes out of the scarf. At the same time, Panda, who had been hiding in my cloak, jumped out.
"Do you want Frau to use her ability to blind the basilisk's vision?"
''I don't know if it will work, but there's no reason not to try.
It will give us an advantage if we manage to divert its gaze. It's just a monster, and its level is no higher than mine. If we take away that dangerous ability, we should be able to win by a large margin.
We head deeper into the ruins with Obi in the lead.
"Have you found anything?"
"Not yet, Master."
Kaede was searching for the enemy using appraisal as we advanced down the corridor.
From time to time, a part of the wall would collapse and the wind would blow from the opening.
A sound like a heavy object being dragged resounds from somewhere.
A familiar sound reaches my ears.
"Itsuki, is the basilisk by any chance, a giant snake?"
"Hm? Didn't I tell you?"
"The basilisk is approaching!"
A huge snake came through the wall right next to me and struck me.
I was shot into the air, bursting through the wall, causing debris to fall on top of me until I was completely buried.
Frau activated her flash and an intense light shone through the gaps in the rubble.
Agh, that snake is really fast.
Even though Kaede detected it in front of me, it attacked me from the side.
I pushed the rubble aside and stood up.
The basilisk and Itsuki faced off against each other.
Even though its vision has been weakened, it can recognize its enemy using its other instincts.
"Master, you're okay!"
"Yes, and I'm glad you're not petrified."
"It caught me off guard."
"Sorry. it moved faster than expected and I couldn't attack properly."
Kaede leaned toward me and apologized.
"We'll talk about it later. Right now, we have to take care of this thing."
"But what are we going to do? The place is too small and that monster is too big. I can't swing my hammer without the building collapsing. It's hard to attack."
Obi throws his knife towards the basilisk's mouth.
Itsuki swiftly swings his curved sword, but the enemy uses the hard scales on its head as a shield to repel the blade!
It is very clever. I hope this basilisk is the only one that inhabits these mountains.
Though if I'm being honest, I rather like this. Fighting unknown monsters is one of the nice things about traveling.
I tightly closed the large snake's mouth with both hands.
And then I slipped an arm around its neck and squeezed with all my might.
"How can he do that...?"
Itsuki and Obi are shocked.
I dragged the giant snake outside.
"Don't be scared."
The snake's body was writhing.
Well, I guess we can get rid of it out here. I have to get this over with before it's vision recovers.
I still had my hands around the snake's neck and began to press harder.
After a few seconds, the basilisk opened its mouth and fell limply to the ground.
While standing at the entrance, I showed Itsuki the dead snake with a big smile on my face.
"That human is a monster..."
His face went pale with shock at what his eyes were seeing.