We advanced again in the ruins in search of the demonic tribe.
From the third floor onwards the people wandering around looked more haggard. And the goods lined up in front of the tents were so strange that you wouldn't see them at a regular shop.
I kept looking around to make sure no one was following us.
"Zig～, this place scares the hell out of me☆ Unlike you, these things affect me☆"
"Yeah, I guess, but we have to be vigilant."
"...Did something happen when you were lost?"
"Don't worry about trivial things... Eh!?...Who are they?!"
A dwarf and a dark elf came out of the alley.
People in this place come out from everywhere. For a moment I thought they were chasing me.
I don't have to be afraid, I'm supposed to be the hero.
But I've never seen such intimidating people. I'm a noble by birth, so I've never been in contact with this race.
"Where are the demons? ☆ If you can't find them, you'll be in trouble☆"
"No problem, luckily I have this guy."
My seal glows and a beast appears.
It's a large lizard, about three feet long.
Its skin is metallic green, as hard as metal, and its glassy eyes glow a faint red.
"Find the demons."
Yazumo crawls along the wall, pausing from time to time to look around.
This thing is able to assess and identify anyone or anything within a 50 meter radius.
If there's a demon within range, it's sure to catch it.
Three of my family's most beloved beasts, Silkbeard, Yazumo and Gwail, that have been passed down from generation to generation.
A power worthy of my noble birth.
The ancient race really left us some good things.
"Zig, I'm hungry, let's get something to eat☆"
"Huh? This is no time for that..."
At the food stall she pointed out, there were two people who looked familiar to me.
Both of them are so engrossed in their food that they haven't noticed our presence, and are face down spooning something into their mouths.
I'll get out of here while I still can....
"Hey, isn't that the guy we're looking for?"
"Yeah, that looks like him."
"Yes! Yes it is, it's that damn kid!"
Shit, they found me.
The three of us started running through the crowd.
"Why are we running? ☆ You should take them down, Zig☆"
"...It's better not to. Even if they're level 300, we don't know what they're capable of. Also, we're in their territory, if we mess with them and anger everyone here, the quest will be more difficult."
"Damn it, Yazumo!"
Yazumo, who was running along the wall, turns back and spits mucus out of his mouth.
The two men slip on the highly viscous mucus and fall together.
Well done, Yazumo.
I'm a hero, I don't have to deal with commoners. The priority is to search for the demon tribe, it's not like I'm scared or anything.
"Are they gone yet...?"
I peek out from the alley into the street to see if the two guys are still there.
"Zig, there was no need to run away☆ You could have easily taken care of them☆"
"Are you stupid? They are just henchmen, I'm more worried about the other guy commanding them, he had killer eyes."
"...Maybe we shouldn't stay here too long."
Aide is right.
The longer we stay, the higher the probability that we will be captured.
One of the reasons why Galbaran's soldiers can't find the demon tribe is undoubtedly the people living here.
"Have you found them?"
Yazumo points me in the direction. We start running as we head to the bottom of the ruins.
"Everywhere we go, everything feels so different☆ I don't feel any brightness in this place☆"
"Is this the right place?
We moved away from the rest of the crowd and down a dusty, dimly lit path, going down some stairs.
Suddenly we felt someone's presence and hid by the wall.
That's him... The guy from before.
"What? You think you're the only one with problems? If you don't like the way I do things, then find someone else."
"Sorry, just wait a minute, I'm sorry. I'll give you what you want, just take me to the palace."
"Then pay me now, asshole!!!"
The tiger tribesman suddenly punched the demon tribesman.
As the demon man rolled on the ground, without stopping, he kicked him several times in the stomach.
I'm scared, who the heck is that guy?
I knew that guy wasn't normal
"Wow, this guy is scary☆"
"...I need time..."
With the demon so weak that he can't speak, the tiger man puts a cigar in his mouth and lights it.
"Make sure you have it ready for the day after tomorrow. You wouldn't want to be fed to the monsters, would you?"
The tiger man walked out of the place while smoking his cigar.
"...That guy, he seems to have a pretty high level."
"What do you want to do, Zig? Shall we keep exploring?"
"Of course not. I've already found what we're looking for."
After a while, the demon man gets up.
He stands up like the dead and starts walking in the opposite direction of the tiger tribesman, angry.
If we follow him, we can find the rest of them.
But suddenly a voice shouted behind me, and my body stiffened.
"We meet again, boy."
I turned and saw the tiger man.
When did he come back!?
Did you already know we were here?!"
"Why so surprised? I'm a beast-man, I have a good nose."
"I guess I have no choice but to face you."
We each drew our weapons.
But the tiger man smiles fearlessly and exhales a puff of purple smoke.
"Don't be silly. I have no intention of fighting. I just want you to tell me a little story."
Taking advantage of my momentary confusion, the tiger man tossed two balls into the air.
Those are smoke balls.
This is bad.
The smoke ball rolled under my feet, and expelled a large amount of smoke.
The hallway filled with smoke and a metallic sound echoed from nearby.
Aide is fighting him?
Then so am I.
"You're the last one."
Something hit me on the head and I lost consciousness.
When I woke up, I found myself in a small room.
Nearby are Celtina and Aide, who are tied to a chair with a rope.
"...Are you all right, Zig?"
"I was worried you were dead☆ because you didn't wake up at all☆"
Celtina had tears in her eyes.
I could see that she was really worried about me.
However, that feeling is very hard for me to handle.
"What is the situation?"
"...Two men came in, looked at Zig and Celtina with a smile, then left. But the tiger man didn't show up."
Suddenly, I felt a pressure around my waist.
Come to think of it, my back was aimed outward.
This situation is dangerous in a whole other sense.
"What are we going to do? ☆ They're going to kill all three of us☆"
"Ugh, use your tools."
"...Zig, why don't you call Yazumo?"
"Yazumo, if you're here, show yourself."
Yazumo slid out from under my feet.
Well, now things have changed. We have to get out of this place as soon as possible.
I ordered Yazumo to bite the ropes that had me bound in my arms.
I released Celtina and Aid while Yazumo went to check if there are people outside the room."
"...There doesn't seem to be anyone."
We quickened our steps toward the exit.
Suddenly, Yazumo warned us to be alert, so we stopped moving and stuck close to the wall.
A familiar voice comes from around the corner.
"Brother, what should we do with those three?"
"Torture them, do whatever you want with them, but find out what they want and why they are here. After that, you can sell them to slavers or whatever you want. But for now we have to deal with that damn customer."
"Who are those guys?"
"I don't know, asshole. I just want to make sure not to provoke those monsters."
"What if they're one of them?"
"...The deal with the demon tribe is off the table. We'll do the usual, and then we'll get rid of all of them. In the meantime we'll pretend we have nothing to do with it, so don't let any of them escape."
The men hurried up and ran into a ditch.
The tiger man also seems to have left the place.
This is bad. We won't be able to fulfill the king's request if we don't attack the demons first.
We'll have to defeat them somehow.
"Let's go. We have to go after them."
"Are we still going? I want to take a bath☆"
"...It's the leader's order."
We had just exited the building when a voice echoed from behind.
"Those three got away! Whoever finds them, hurry up and bring them back!"
We were spotted.
We ran out like rabbits.