A week had passed.
The army was approaching Rudra's base.
I was deep in thought as I gazed at the large egg before me.
Who should I choose? I have to decide soon.
In front of me was the strengthening egg that old man Yatsufusa had given me.
I can only evolve one of my beasts, though. I'm torn between Rosuke and Sharkboy.
I've been worrying about it for a while now. But I've already put it off for too long, so it's time to make a decision.
This is a very valuable egg.
I can't let it go to waste.
"Panda says he's against strengthening Rosuke."
Panda asked Frau to speak for him.
Perhaps he thought that if Rosuke became even stronger, his own lack of power would be even more noticeable.
"I'm sorry, but I think I'll choose Rosuke."
Panda's grew teary eyed before running off.
Frau then flew off after him.
.....I'll have to apologize properly later.
"Rosuke, come out."
Rosuke approaches the top of the egg in front of me.
The top of the egg split into six parts and opened, strands of slime stretching out from within.
Looks like it was already on standby mode, or maybe the egg reacted to my summoned beast without me having to do anything.
Rosuke glanced at me once and then jumped into the egg without hesitation.
Then the lid closed and thick veins appeared on the surface of the egg, pulsing as if something were passing through them.
About an hour later, a loud throbbing sound resounds from inside the egg.
A large amount of steam is released and all six sections of the top open again.
I waited a couple of minutes, but Rosuke still didn't come out, so I slowly peeked inside.
Something flew out at high speed, and a shadow appeared overhead.
Oh, the new Rosuke looks amazing!
Looking up, I saw a silver creature with a long body twisting in the air.
Rosuke's head was now shaped like a sword and his torso had grown into a longer, thicker, sharper and more intimidating shape.
This new look makes me want to fight him so badly. I really want to see what he's capable of now.
Rosuke pushes his head against my hand, wanting me to pet him like always.
Today was the eighth day.
Galbaran's army was finally about to launch a full-scale attack on the enemy stronghold.
Galbaran's army and Rudra's soldiers, who had taken up a defensive position, stared at each other.
"You have some nerve entering Rudra-Sama's territory. But your luck has run out. I, Bute, of the three demon generals, shall crush you, you lowly beasts."
The demon in front of us called himself Bute, one of the three demon generals.
In addition to his slender, rounded appearance and elegant attire like that of a nobleman, he wore gauntlets with razor-sharp claws on both hands.
His outfit is very light.
Either he is very confident in his speed or, contrary to his appearance, he has extraordinary defensive capabilities.
His challenge is met by the general of the Galbaran army.
The general, a man who looks to be of the lion tribe, answers proudly with his red cape billowing.
"The repeated attacks on our country and the insults to His Majesty are unforgivable acts of barbarism. We, the people of Garbalan, declare war on the Demon King Rudra, starting with this battle. I will only say this once, lay down your weapons and surrender immediately."
"It is unthinkable that a group of Beasts think themselves worthy opponents of Rudra-Sama's warriors. It's a pity that I have to soil my hands with the blood of such fools."
"You dare to doubt our strength!? I'll make you regret those words!"
"Kukuku, I can already imagine pressing my foot on top of your head as you beg for your life! Shudder in the presence of Bute, the--"
Bute's head rolled onto the ground.
Both the demon king's army and Gulbaran's army were unable to process what had happened, and they were frozen to the spot.
I shook the blood off my sword and slipped it back into its sheath.
I turned around and looked at the general.
“Have we won?”
The stunned general exclaimed as he dropped his sword.
Both armies, which had been frozen solid, began to move again.
Rudra's army, having lost their commander, collapses and begins to flee for their lives.
"You did great, Master, that was amazing!"
"Why shouldn't it be? That guy wouldn't stop talking. And did you see the general's face? He looks like he's going to cry."
"I see, although I also saw a lot of worried faces."
I wonder if the general will be angry with me later?
That day, Gulbaran's army emerged victorious with only a few wounded.
The army continued to advance and we reached one of Rudra's fortresses.
However, a high, thick outer wall surrounded it, preventing the army's entry.
The soldiers used large logs as makeshift siege weapons, sweating as they tried to break through the tightly closed gates.
"How long is this going to last? It's been five hours."
"That door is tougher than it looks."
Kaede and I were vaguely observing the situation.
What should we do?
The general, as expected, was tear faced and angry with us after what happened.
We promised to keep quiet and do nothing.
Frau and Panda, who were out scouting, returned.
Now we can find out what's going on inside that fortress.
"There were big holes and half-built buildings beyond the outer wall. I also saw countless people being forced to work.
"How many enemies?"
"About a thousand. And there are also about 20 wyverns."
So they have 20 wyvern riders, huh?
If they come to attack us, we'll be able to stop them with Rosuke and Frau.
"They still haven't managed to open the door!"
"It's a very sturdy door."
One of the knights was dejectedly walking towards the general, who looked very angry.
I have no choice.
I will have to do it myself.
"I thought I told you not to do anything."
"I'm getting tired of standing around watching you."
"Hmm, it's about time the Lord decided to take matters into his own hands."
I called out to the soldiers and got them to stop banging on the wall.
I'm something of a celebrity among them, if only because of my performance.
"I'll take care of that door, step aside."
The soldiers started backing away, I stepped in front of the door and got into position to deliver a blow.
With one punch, the door buckled and was sent flying.
The hinges holding the door couldn't withstand the impact and shattered, leaving a clear mark in their place. The door easily flew a distance of over ten meters and bounced off the ground.
"Impossible! The door has been knocked down!?"
Behind the door the demons began to gather.
At the head was a man I recognized from a distance.
It was Bute, one of the three generals of the demon king.
But how? I killed him.
"What the hell is Bute doing here?"
"That's impossible, I killed you."
"That was my twin brother. I, General Buza, would never be defeated by a mere human like you."
Oh, so they were twins.
For a moment I had been worried.
I looked up and the wyverns had begun to fly, circling over us like crows aiming for their prey.
"Look up, and you'll see my army of wyverns given to me by Rudra-Sama. They are the greatest hunters in the sky."
"Rosuke, come out."
The second I called out Rosuke, a flash of silver light pierced the sky.
The demons and wyverns fell to the ground in pieces.
"My troops… My Wyevens… How did you...?"
Wow, Rosuke, that was great.
It's a hell of a lot faster than before.
Buza gazes at the scene with a pale face.
"Well? Do you surrender?"
"Grr, you're just a mere human. I will kill you with my bare hands. Tremble in fear, for I, the mighty Buza, shall torture yo--"
Frau's hammer hits Buza in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.
"You talk way too much. Just shut up and fight... Oh... Is he dead already?"
Frau's surprise attack had left Buza's lifeless body buried in the ground.