When we arrived at the royal capital, we immediately headed for the adventurers' guild.
"We're the 'White Fang', and I was wondering if you have any high-paying jobs."
I approached the counter and spoke to the guild staff.
I let him know the name of my party as quickly and casually as I could.
If you're an adventurer, you probably know I'm the hero.
Just hearing my name will make you shudder and kneel before me. Kukuku.
Come on, boy, be amazed. Worship me.
"If you're looking for a job, please look it up on the board. That's what everyone does."
"...Do you have any idea who I am?"
"I am Sain of the S-rank party! I am the man who has been chosen as the hero!"
The staff's reaction is horribly slow.
In my homeland, Balseille, the mere mention of my name would cause a stir in the guild.
And of course, the treatment is also special. With one word from me, the guild master would hurry to give me a good job with a high price while serving me tea.
I have been here several times, so why am I being treated so harshly?
I wasn't the hero at the time, but the treatment back then still wasn't as cold as it is now.
"I don't know if you're S-rank or a hero, but if you want to make a big name for yourself in this country, you'll have to start by doing great deeds and outdoing the 'Manyu Brigade'."
"Ha-ha-ha. Hey midget, surpassing the 'Manyu Brigade' is impossible!"
Two adventurers who were drinking alcohol started making fun of me.
A great, fierce anger surged up from the pit of my stomach.
At the same time, my ears turned hot and red from embarrassment.
I am the hero, a perfect man, and you have made a fool of me.
I will kill them.
When I realized it, my legs began to move on their own and my fists sank into the adventurers' faces.
One of the men is slammed against the wall, and collapses to the ground.
"Hey you asshole! What the fuck do you think you're doing?!"
"This is what you deserve for being rude to me! I am the hero! I am the one chosen to defeat the Demon King and save the world!"
"What kind of hero are you? I don't want to hear that kind of crap from someone who is irrationally violent!"
"Shut up! Shut up, shut up, shut up, shut up!"
Dozens of adventurers started fighting against me.
The difference in his strength against mine was evident.
I am close to level sixty, and they on the other hand, their level is 30 or 40 at the most.
I hit them one by one.
"Sain, please don't do this!"
"Get out of my way, Soara!"
"But you're going to kill them!"
I grabbed an opponent by the chest and lifted him up while he was covered in blood."
...It's not a good idea to kill someone in the guild, at worst I could get arrested and end up in jail.
It would suck if it all ends here.
Huh, they saved your life, scum.
I threw the man away.
Soara began treating the wounded with his recovery skills.
I called a woman from the staff.
"What's this 'Manyu Brigade' everyone's talking about?"
"It's a B-ranked party."
It is insulting to say that a party of that caliber is better than me. My party is S-rank, it's the hero's party.
Or are they stupid in this country?
However, the words the staff kept saying cleared things up.
"The 'Manyu Brigade' is the one that successfully defeated the Queen of the Death Ants, something that even the soldiers of the royal capital could not do, and became the first party in history to receive the title of Hero. As a guild, we consider them the only S-ranked party."
What the heck... A party is a hero instead of an individual?
That is impossible. That would make heroes out of everyone who belongs there.
It's like having more than one hero, and it never ends. Even if the central member dies, the title can be passed on.
Unless they are stripped of that title, they will forever be treated as heroes by anyone who interacts with these guys.
Even I have not been given the title of hero.
However, the Manyu Brigade and its members did something that was impossible for just anyone, apart from me, the hero.
This makes a mockery of my existence. I am going to be pushed aside.
My future was supposed to be great. My glorious path that was supposed to be full of flowers and praises....
"You don't look good."
"That's right, I feel terrible."
I am sure they are the ones who have ruined all my plans. Everywhere I go, they are one step ahead of me.
If they were able to defeat the Queen of the Death Ants, it means they have the same level as me.
I'm also not familiar with this party's name. It must have been formed very recently.
The leader slew the dragon, took the sacred sword out of the temple and explored the ruins of Einark.
It all makes sense when you put all the information together.
I am almost certain that the Manyu Brigade is the one getting in my way.
"Where can I find this adventuring party?"
"I know that they have already left the royal capital. Rumor has it that they are heading for the nation of Grigit."
So Grigit, huh.
Right there is a temple of the sacred weapon.
So far nothing has gone my way, but this time it will be different. I'm going to pull out the sacred sword and make a spectacular debut.
And of course, I will have to face the Manyu Brigade.
They have made me far too angry.
They are going to pay for everything they have done to me.
"It's time to go."
"But there are still many wounded."
I called Soara and we left the guild.
"The Manyu Brigade? Oh yes, that party is staying here."
The inn owner tells me in a light tone.
I shuddered with pleasure to hear it.
As soon as I reached the remote nation of Grigit, I was able to find the inn where the party was staying.
I checked with the owner to find out which room they are in.
Now all we have to do is get rid of them.
The opponent is a bearer of the sacred sword.
Even if you are the hero, it is a bad idea to attack head-on.
First I have to get the sacred sword, then we will deal with them.
We hurried to the temple of the sacred weapon, choosing not to stay at the inn as it was in a very remote place.
"This is the Sacred Sword! At last! At last!!!!"
A sacred and beautiful one-handed sword is thrust into the pedestal in front of me.
It's like it's been waiting for me.
"Congratulations Sain! Your time has finally come!"
"Come on, hurry up and pull it out! I'm sure you're quite capable of doing it!"
"Well I mustn't rush it. You have to create an atmosphere for this kind of thing."
All three were convinced that I would succeed.
"Well, I'm going to approach..."
Gently grasp the handle.
From this moment on, I am going to become a hero.
And then, I will kill the members of the Manyu Brigade.
I'm so excited I can't wait.
I put all my strength into both arms, and pulled.
"Hmm! Hmmph! Hmmm!"
What's wrong? Why can't I take it out?
Is this some kind of test? Is that why I can't take it out?
Come on, get out of there already!
Don't play hard to get. You're going to become mine anyway, so get out fast.
I put my foot on the pedestal and tried to pull out the sword with all my might.
Blood vessels throughout my body began to rise and sweat poured from my forehead.
"Cut the jokes and hurry up, Sain."
"Yeah, you're the hero, you're supposed to be able to do that."
"Your face doesn't look good, it's too red."
This is stupid, why won't it come out?
I am the chosen one, the hero. I am the man who will save the world.
I am the most perfect person there is, I don't have a single flaw.
It is almost inevitable that the sacred sword will fall into my hands.
That's what I insisted for the next twenty-four hours, but the sacred sword did not come out.