The prince vigorously opens the door with both hands.
"What's the matter, Hunkel? You're a prince, act decently..."
"Mother! Reward those who have helped Anna."
"This is very sudden, I need more context."
The prince jumped into the audience chamber with the queen.
The queen, who looked beautiful on the throne, was in the middle of an argument with her vassals.
The room was noisy, and the vassals and knights stood aside in silence.
We suddenly entered the room and found ourselves in a very uncomfortable state.
"And how many times do I have to tell you to call me "Your Majesty" when we're here?"
"I'm sorry, you're right, I'm sorry mother."
"You should be!"
The queen rises from her chair and hits the prince's head with a fan.
However, the prince doesn't seem to mind.
Are you used to being beaten?
"I don't understand, could it be that I've hit you over the head too many times and that's why you're so dumb?"
"Don't worry, mother. That's the way I've always been."
"I know, my son, you always have been. And that doesn't reassure me."
The Queen returned to her throne as if she had surrendered.
She made a slight gesture with her hand and motioned everyone out of the room except the knights.
Then she turned to us with an intense gaze.
"Judging by their appearance, they are adventurous. Anna needed a high-grade antidote to help her with her health problem, and it looks like these people offered it to her."
"That's my mother! You're very perceptive!"
"Hah, no big deal, it was a simple thing to guess."
The queen places a hand on her forehead.
You can see the anguish in her deep sighs.
None of this interests me, I would just like to go home.
If they plan to give me a reward, I'd like them to give it to me as soon as possible so I can get out of here.
"Give them a million each. That way we'll get this over with quickly. I'm a very busy person, and you know it."
"It is not enough, mother. The importance of the country is just as important as Anna's health. You should give them a medal for saving the future queen's life. And not just one million, but ten million each."
Hey, a medal?
I will not accept that.
I simply had the medicine and gave it to an elderly man worried about his granddaughter.
The queen had a look of disgust as she placed her hand on her cheek.
[This is not the first time I have had to listen to this kind of nonsense coming out of my sons mouth without him thinking about his words beforehand]. That was the atmosphere that the queen demonstrated.
"You have a strong point - and these people, aren't you going to introduce me to them?"
"Oh, right, Toru, please introduce yourself!"
The conversation suddenly turns to us.
It's annoying, but I have no choice but to do it.
"I'm Toru, leader of the Manyu Brigade. These are Kaede, Frau and the fluffy animal is Panda. We are a party of adventurers who travel all over the world."
"The Manyu Brigade... Are you the ones I've been hearing a lot about lately?"
The queen seemed to be surprised when she saw my bracelet.
She placed a finger on her mouth and kept silent, then smiled as if she had thought of something.
She then quickly straightened her clothes and posture.
"Manyu Brigade, I am pleased that you have come all this way. As a mother, I thank you greatly for helping my daughter-in-law, Anna, survive her terrible ordeal."
"It was no big deal..."
"I know this is sudden, but what is your next objective? Are you looking for a well-paying job as an adventurer?"
"That sounds good."
I thought I saw the Queen's eyes light up.
I have a bad feeling about this.
I smell trouble ahead.
I tried to rush out of the room saying; "I'm sorry, I have business to attend to." but the knights closed the door.
"I have heard magnificent rumors about you for quite some time. I have heard that you have defeated two of the Demon King's generals. Can you defeat a third one as well? Of course, you will be well rewarded."
Another knight grabs both my arms and forces me to bow in front of the queen.
I don't think I will escape until I have heard your proposal.
"Fufu, I think I can talk calmly now."
The queen narrowed her eyes happily.
Beyond the royal capital of Grigit, there is a mountain range that passes through two towns and three villages.
You have to cross the mountain range to reach the neighboring country, Grayfield.
However, it is said that for the past two weeks, a horde of demons has been occupying the roads that cross the country.
Immediately, the Queen began a cleansing operation to wipe out the demons.
The results have been disastrous.
The enemy was very strong, the group of demons was led by a general who was one step below the Demon King.
The queen was so angry about this that she sent word to Balseille, a country that had an adventurer with an aspiring hero.
However, the adventurer never arrived.
He should have been here by now.
So we conveniently arrived at a time when the queen was in distress.
"I feel like the prince and queen are setting me up."
"Is there something wrong with that? It's for the good of the people, for the good of this world, and for the good of the Manyu Brigade."
"Kaede, have I told you that you are a very good slave to me?"
I stroked Kaede's head as she walked beside me.
Her tail rubs casually against my ass.
Speaking of which, I feel like her hair has improved a lot, probably because she uses the shampoo and conditioner of the ruins.
It feels very soft when I stroke it.
Her fox ears are also fluffy, and when petted, she ducks them.
Kaede tripped over a pebble and quickly grabbed the hem of my clothes.
"Excuse me, I didn't mean to!"
"I don't care. Just watch your step."
For some reason, Kaede won't let go of my hem.
He looks me in the eye and seems to want to say something.
"Uhm... Can I keep holding on a little longer?"
Her smile is as if a beautiful flower had bloomed.
She fidgets and follows a little behind me, pinching the hem.
After all, my slave is very pretty.
"Frau wishes she had been born with Kaede's height."
"That's none of your business, meddlesome Panda!"
Frau and Panda were arguing.
It's good to see them getting along so well.
Suddenly, I heard a sigh of dismay behind me.
"Why do we have to follow these people?"
"If you don't like it, you can go home alone, nya."
"Ha, that's even worse. Then I'll have to listen to Orlos' scolding."
"Then be silent, nya. Good men don't talk about unnecessary things, nya."
Poloa clicks his tongue.
This time we were forced to bring companions to defeat the demons.
They are Poloa and Lynn, from the flame axe gang.
They seem to be close friends of the royal family of Grigit, and were sent as collaborators and observers.
The reason these two were specifically chosen is simple; because they are relatively agile and have a high probability of escape even against demons.
"Hey Toru, are you really that strong?"
"What makes you think that?"
"I took a look at your stats with the evaluation scroll. And according to this, your level is 50. Our opponent could be over 100."
I am using my camouflage ring to hide my level.
As for the skills, only damage reduction, physical strengthening and the UP skill effect are shown.
Comparing the levels of past heroes, I could easily be a joke.
"They gave the title of hero to the party, not to me. If possible, I want everyone to see us as a party that works as one, and not recognize us for our abilities as individuals."
"I'm sorry to say this, but if that's the case, Then The Flame Axe Gang is better suited for this mission than you guys. I guess Armand has already produced so many heroes, they've finally fallen to the bottom."
"I sense a lot of confidence in your words... I hope you're wrong."
Poloa replied, "Sure! This is very strange!"
You can say all you want, you have known nobles for a long time, you have raised enough money to buy their titles.
As far as I'm concerned, I stopped caring about that kind of thing a long time ago.
By the way, we are currently on a narrow path that is located on a precipice.
Apparently, this is a shortcut.
A large rock rolled down from above.
"Quick, get out of the way!"
Lynn and Poloa were the ones who noticed and shouted the warning.
I lightly tapped the rock with my hand, as if swatting a fly.
The rock disappeared into the sky.
I hope it doesn't hurt anyone.
I should be more careful when I do this kind of thing.
After that, Lynn and Poloa were stunned by my strength.