The fairies guided us as we walked through the forest.
Ahead of me, Frau was flying depressed as if she had lost a war.
"Did I scold her too much?"
"No, if anything, you're being too kind. If she hadn't left in the first place, none of that would have happened."
Kaede is very upset.
The wrinkles between her brows and the aura of anger made that feeling clear.
I understand how Kaede feels, but I can also understand Frau's feelings.
She wants to look good in front of her friends, and she wants us to trust her as soon as possible. It's natural when someone new joins a party.
My case was the same when Sain invited me to join his party.
No one wants to be a burden.
"'Frau is sorry too, so don't blame her too much, everyone makes mistakes in the beginning."
"You're right... I'm sorry!"
"You have nothing to apologize for."
When I stroked her head, her eyes lit up.
She must have been angry because she was thinking of me.
That feeling alone is enough for me.
Because I want my lovely slave to always have a smile on her face.
"I failed this time, but I'll do my job next time!"
Frau approaches with Panda and says these words while clenching her fists.
"So I deserve to be petted too!"
"You are insistent."
I reach out my right hand and rub my finger on Frau's head.
Panda also rubbed his body against my right hand as if to say "me too, me too."
I don't know how to say it, but he's as cute as a puppy.
Suddenly, an elderly fairy descends from above.
"We are about to reach the village."
"Thank you for guiding us."
"No, it is a tremendous honor to have a great man in our village. We hope you enjoy your stay in our fairy paradise."
The group came to a sudden halt.
It was a place lined with huge stones.
Unknown letters are engraved on the stone.
Except for that, the rest of the forest appears to be normal.
...No, I'm wrong, everything feels strange.
The "Grand Thief" skill picked up something unnatural in my surroundings.
I am not sure what it is.
But the road ahead is clearly different from the one we have traveled.
The fairy who crossed the rock disappeared.
"Hey, where'd he go?!"
"He just crossed the barrier."
The old man also disappeared as he crossed the rock.
To be honest, I was a little scared to cross that rock. So I ran towards it.
Suddenly I appeared in a place full of flowers.
The wind blew and the petals danced.
When I looked back, I saw that the forest had been blocked by a huge boulder.
So this place is like a closet?
They must be hiding this place with some kind of illusion.
Now I understand why it is so difficult to find the fairies.
The hiding place is not that big. In the distance there were some village-like structures in the middle of the colorful flower fields.
The road leading to the village is perfectly fenced and the cows graze inside.
It seems that this place was once inhabited by humans.
"Please drink, it's tea."
An old man offers me a cup of tea and I take a sip.
It had a strong floral aroma and was fresh and delicious.
It had a unique flavor, different from black tea.
"You seem to have loved it."
I have been told that this old man is the village chief. He is also Frau's grandfather.
I turned my gaze to him.
Next to him was Papau, white-eyed and staring at the ceiling after the blow Frau landed on him
"How long do you plan to stay asleep, Papau!?"
The chief punched him mercilessly in the face.
Papau still didn't regain consciousness after that blow, so he kept doing it over and over again.
"I don't think it's good to wake him up rudely..."
"Don't worry, this guy is tough!"
Pank Pank Pank Pank Pank Pank Pank Pank Pank *Pank
"You're finally awake, Papau."
"What is this place?"
"It's our home."
As soon as he sees me, Papau draws his sword.
Frau instantly broke his sword with her hammer, and the chief put an axe to his neck.
Sweat drips from Papau's stiff forehead.
I begin to feel sorry for him.
"Father, Frau, why are you protecting this human!?"
"Fool! He is Lord Toru, Master of the Great Dragon Race."
"I am very disappointed in you, Father. I can't believe you pointed the sword twice at the Lord."
"The great... Race... Of... Dragons?"
Papau prostrates at a speed that goes unnoticed.
I was not able to follow his movements, even with my level 300 eyes.
"I'm sorry, please forgive me!"
"I'm not angry. Please raise your head."
"Thank you so much for your mercy!"
It is still uncomfortable.
I'm not even that amazing... I think...
I simply raised my level exorbitantly and now I happen to be of the Dragon race.
"You should feel disappointed."
The village chief and Frau scold Papau.
Uhm... I think we'd better get along as well as possible with Papau.
"Well, back to the main topic."
Papau is silent as he emits a gloomy aura next to the chief.
It's very hard to ignore, but neither the chief nor Frau seemed to mind.
Let's listen to the main topic for the moment.
"Our village is in a critical situation. We had no choice but to seek help outside the village."
"But your people are not known to associate with humans."
"Exactly. So we contacted the elves, with whom we had a relatively good relationship, but they said only an ancient species could stop it."
The chief made eye contact with Frau.
She nodded and began to speak.
"For this reason I went out to look for a member of the Great Race. I searched for you for over a year. I was beginning to think I would never find you, and at that time I was captured by a human to be sold. But I was lucky enough to find you in the most unexpected place."
Was there such a reason behind it?
If I hadn't gone to that place that day, we would never have met.
After all, if it weren't for Count Roane and his plan to defeat the Queen of the Death Ants, save the royal capital and get the recommendation to attend the auction, Frau wouldn't be here, and neither would we.
Although, there is something that has me very intrigued.
"Why Frau, though? Fot what reason was she specifically chosen to find me?"
"I am a shrine priestess who can send prayers to the great race. Only those who have Dragon blood can hear such prayers."
"I couldn't think of anyone better."
Frau puffed out her flat chest.
She has a look of satisfaction as if to say; "I did it!"
It became clear to me when I heard the explanation.
Was that prayer voice a special ability of the priestess or something?
I thought I could hear all the fairies' prayers.
"So what kind of crisis is it?"
"I think it would be easier if you could see it with your own eyes."
The chief led us out of his house.
An unpleasant screeching of metal sounds.
Occasionally, disturbing sounds could also be heard coming from several large trees.
"That's what's going to destroy this village."
The chief pointed to a dull-colored metal dummy.
It is about five meters high and each of its parts looks like a block joined together, giving the impression of being an intimidating and robust metal doll.
I've seen these things before.
"Isn't that a golem?"
"This is no ordinary golem like those made by humans. This is an original golem left by a great race, a monster of unmatched power and defense.
The original golem has thick layers of ivy on it with vines and branches sticking out which tether it to the surrounding large trees.
Every time it yanks at the vines, the trees scream and rustle.
Normally, golems created by alchemists are loyal to orders.
They do not harm people, and they do not rewrite orders at their discretion.
I wonder, under what orders is this golem acting?
"Where did this big boy come from?"
"He had been sleeping in the nearby ruins. We weren't sure what to do with it. We managed to tie him up here, but he's too sturdy to be destroyed."
I tried to approach the golem.
The red-tinted eyes turned blue as soon as he saw me.
But they quickly changed to red again.
The golem shuddered minutely, emitting a sound of laughter.
It appears to be broken.
Somehow it feels that way.
"What do you think, Toru-Sama?
"You can call me Toru."
"That's ridiculous! Toru-Sama is of the great race we worship, it's unthinkable to do something like that! We all want to be slaves like Frau and call him Lord!"
I called out to Kaede who was a meter away from me.
"What can I do for you, Master?"
"I don't think it will obey my orders, so it will have to be destroyed."
I drew the sacred sword.
Will I be able to do it?
The opponent is created by the same beings as the sacred sword.
I may not be able to cut it.
This is a headache. It is not in my nature to think things through before I do them.
You should think about these things when we are out of options.
The blade pierced it without resistance, as if cutting through a tomato.
The golem split in two and fell to the ground.
Hmm... I think I should not doubt my level and strength.