The Dragon is about one hundred meters long.
The monster's width is slightly more than ten meters.
There is a huge mouth on what appears to be it's head, and surrounding it are countless extended eyes that can be seen as tentacles.
In short, it is a nasty creature.
"It looks like some kind of dragon subspecies to me."
"It's huge for what it is. I wonder if all dragons of this type are similar in size."
"I've never seen a talking dragon before. The world is a big place."
"Don't talk with each other on the side when I'm right in front of you!"
The Dragon unleashed its wrath.
It charged at us at breakneck speed, so we quickly moved out of the way and began attacking it individually.
The dragon stopped moving as a section of its body froze.
Frau's hammer hits the dragon hard on head!
"Guuu!" "Guuuuu!" "Mwah!"
The three behemoths bite into its torso.
The dragon writhed in pain.
Finally, I jump high and cut the dragon right under me in half.
Its huge body falls to the ground.
"Is it over?"
"Ku, ku, ku. This alone, won't be enough.
The dragon, whose head was split in two, slowly raised its body.
With twitches and bubbles, the dragon's head fused into its original form.
I imagined that this kind of thing would happen.
Its regeneration ability is also extraordinary.
"What do you think, master?"
"I don't like what I see."
"Hmm, let's chop it into little pieces."
The dragon lets out an "Ah" expression at my words.
Putting the greatsword back in its sheath, I grabbed the dragon's body with both hands.
I pulled on its long torso with all my might and swung it upwards.
Its 100 meter long torso flew into the air.
I unsheathe my greatsword again and jump up, slashing and hacking his torso over and over until his remains were too small to regenerate.
When I land, chunks of flesh rain down around me.
''Now, can it still come back from this?"
"Oh, I can't assess it anymore".
I didn't go too far, did I?
''That horrible evil dragon... reduced to a pile of meat..."
Jessica looked at me, her face pale.
After defeating the dragon, we headed to the heart of the city.
We went to see the world tree up close.
"So this is the World Tree. Seeing it up close makes your senses go crazy."
"My sense of perspective is screwed up."
"I never thought I'd see the World Tree this close. I could die right here and now."
"What a nostalgic atmosphere. I feel like I've come home."
Panda flew out of the seal. And approached the tree while sniffing it.
Kaede and I turned to look at Frau.
"Well, what I mean is that it smells very nostalgic and relaxing."
"Yes, I get that feeling too."
"The world tree makes you feel all warm and fuzzy."
"I don't get it."
I have no idea what the two of them are talking about.
I don't feel anything.
There was a dazzling light in the trunk of the tree.
It's outline becomes clear as the light takes a shape similar to that of a human being.
"Greetings, Son of Man."
What appeared was a very beautiful woman with a divine aura. She landed silently on the ground and her breasts jiggled.
The only thing covering her was a white cloth.
I squinted to see if I could see through the cloth.
"It's not what you think!"
"Kuu, not this again. Why are we meeting another woman with big breasts? Guuun!"
"Big breasted women, I envy you. I wish I had that size."
"I know, right? Story of my life..."
As the other's talked, I noticed that I didn't ask her who she was.
I turned my attention back to the woman before me and fixed the expression on my face.
"My name is Elohim, the Queen of Spirits."
"Woaaah! Queen of Spirits, Greetings! My name is Jessica!"
"Hello, Jessica. You must be from the kingdom of Petardaus, I'm glad you could make it this far."
"You are very kind. I came to the capital from a very small town. I wanted to help my parents, but I couldn't get a good job, so I was forced to work as a guard, and it was pure agony. Before I knew it, I was fighting the horrible evil dragon of all things! And then..."
"I'd love to continue hearing your story later on, but first there's something I want to know about him."
The spirit's eyes rested on me.
Jessica covered her mouth with her hands and made an embarrassed face as if she realized she was being talkative.
"Thank you for defeating the dragon. Because of you, I was finally able to get out."
"Able to get out? Where had you been hiding all this time?"
"In the world tree."
The spirit queen points to the tree as she speaks.
"This tree has the function of balancing the earth and correcting any disturbances in the magical vein. But when that monster appeared, the tree's energy began to dwindle. Seeing this, I was forced into hiding so I could replenish the stolen magic and restore any resulting damage."
I don't understand anything she's talking about.
But given the expression on her face, I could sense that she knew that explaining these things to me wouldn't help much.
So I decided to ask my question.
"I need to know where the celestial beasts are."
"Are you looking for the familiars that serve me?"
"I don't think I can lead you to them, but I understand that there is a group of celestial beasts called the White Wolves to the west of here. If you go there, they will provide you with the information you desire."
So west of here. And there's more of them...
But the book I saw depicted a fox. Well, we'll find out when we get there.
Now that we've received the information we needed, let's resume our journey.
"There's still something I have to tell you. That evil dragon is under the control of Demon Lord Rudra. He sent it here for the purpose of containing me."
"The demon king... I'm sorry, I'm not interested."
"Wait! Listen to me!"
Elohim grabs my arm.
Oh, the spirit queen can touch people?
Although she was surprised too.
But no matter what she has to say, this smells like trouble.
When I came here, it was with the goal of not standing out. Now, judging by the look on her face and how far this situation can escalate, she will ask for my help to defeat him, and personally, I don't want to have to face a Demon King ever again.
I don't care if he's a Hero or a Demon King. Sain and Lisa were already enough for me.
"Rudra is a relatively young Demon King. But his plans... Hey! It's no use plugging your ears! I'm talking to you while magically enchanting my voice!
"Ugh, I see it's no use at all."
"Rudra is a powerful demon king who has been rapidly expanding his power for the past few hundred years. Eventually, the heroes of each country and the ancient demon kings will begin to move, but by then, the blood of many innocent people will have been spilled."
"You, who carries the blood of the great race, have the duty to defeat Rudra."
Damn it, I've heard everything.
Is it because I easily defeated that dragon?
I should have made it look harder.
"Don't say anything."
The Elohim spirit queen had a look of satisfaction on her face.
After returning to the capital of Petardaus, we headed to see Yabai.
"...Did you defeat the dragon?"
Yabai jumps for joy all over the place.
On the other hand, L-Two had an expressionless look on her face.
"After all, master two is the son of master one. This was a natural outcome."
"At least feign a little surprise, scrap metal."
"Unlike the incompetent Master Yabai, this machine is capable of advanced arithmetic processing. Master Two's victory was a logical outcome I had predicted after meeting him."
"Even if that were the case, it would at least be nice if you showed a little joy. You're a maid, don't you know those basic manners?"
"What a surprise, the useless old man just admonished this top-notch machine."
L-Two walked up to me, grabbed my hand and smiled as she said; "Congratulations, Master."
I scratched my cheek after that, feeling embarrassed.
"See you later, old man. Bye L-Two."
"Come see me when you can. I'm too old to live another 50 years."
"Take care of yourself, Master Two. I look forward to hearing about your exploits on the pseudo-lathes."
What the heck is a pseudo-lathe?
We also said goodbye to Jessica.
"Truly, Toru and his friends gave me courage. They taught me that even a small person can defeat such a huge monster. I may be a lowly soldier now, but one day I will be as strong as Toru and his friends."
"Good luck with that. We'll be rooting for you."
"Oh, and these are vegetables from my hometown. My father came and left them for me."
I received a basket full of vegetables.
All the vegetables looked big and fresh.
This potato looks very delicious.
"They are called Manyu Vegetables. Apparently they've grown in abundance thanks to a miracle."
Wow, it's probably a coincidence, but these vegetables have the same name as our party.
Um... I feel like I'm forgetting something.
I looked at Kaede and Frau as we were about to leave town when we heard Jessica's voice behind us.
"What is this, I'm level 600 now!?"
The experience notices flowed to Jessica.
I have a feeling this is going to bring us trouble.
"Toru! What does this mean?!"
"Sorry, I can't hear you!"
We jumped on top of the Behemoths and left in a hurry.