Darkness and Countermeasures(6)
Orca and I use the [Phase-Connection Gate] to quickly and easily transfer to the new location. We’ve chosen the edge of the countryside as our transfer point, so there are no people around at all. No one is around, and since we can’t detect any eyes or ears, it’s safe to say that there are no witnesses.
I stretch a little as I feel the unique blue air of the frontier.
“I don’t mind this kind of quiet atmosphere.”
It’s nice and relaxing, isn’t it?
Orca seems to agree.
Slow life isn’t really my thing, but I thought I could have fun with my cute little siblings.
Well, I can’t stay in a peaceful mood. We’re here to work. Let’s keep it moving.
We take Orca to a nearby abandoned village. It seems that they had been notified of our visit without any problems, and there are people standing in the doorway to greet us. Noma, the official in charge, and two knights to escort us.
The other three are wearing the magic glasses. Without them, they can’t see Noma.
The four of them tried to kneel when they saw us but I held them back with one hand. Aristocratic exchanges should be done in more crowded places. I think it’s a waste of time to do it here.
But it’s a mess.
I looked at Noma floating next to the official, my cheeks tightening.
Because his eyes are deader than the last time we saw each other. He’s looking slightly down, mumbling something.
I decide we need to deal with her immediately. Then I cast a spell.
“[Spirit Life giving wings].”
This is a spirit restoration spell I’ve improved for spirits. I used Calm Calm last time but it wasn’t very effective.
Theoretically it should work, but I haven’t had a chance to try it. I’d be glad if it works…
The enchanted Noma turns her head downwards and remains rigid for a few seconds. And then–
“Whoa whoa whoa, where’s my job? The job is calling me…………………..！！！！！!”
He looked up suddenly and started shouting with his eyes shining. His whole body radiated an aura of vigor and vitality.
“Okay, we made it.”
As I nodded my head at the magic, Orca gave me a sharp rebuke.
“Brother Zechs, what did you do to Noma-chan? You’re tripping like you’ve taken a dangerous drug!
“Don’t be rude. I’m just giving you a little pick-me-up spell. It’ll take your mind off your fatigue and lift your spirits to new heights. It’ll keep you up all night for a week or so. It’s my masterpiece.”
“A week? And the fact that you’re just trying to make me forget about it instead of recovering from it makes me smell something dangerous.”
“It’s okay. Spirits don’t die.
“It wasn’t okay at all!”
In fact, since spirits do not have bodies, their concept of life and death is different from that of humans. They are not annihilated by magic that can only be used to arouse their spirits a little.
In prehistoric societies, energy drinks with very similar effects were popular. I’m sure it’s safe to prescribe it to people for a few times.
But since the officials and the knights are so dismayed… we’ll have to refrain from using it. The idea of using the Foranada to spread the word has to be scrapped. I’m sorry.
Now that Noma’s back on his feet, let’s talk business.
What’s your status?
The official replies.
We’ve got the knights we sent out to seal off the area around the mountain. There will be no one who can enter from the roads.
Any other intruders?
“I’m sorry, sir. It’s difficult to keep the population down to zero with our current manpower. But this area has always been bad. There are no human settlements. The chance of anyone wandering into this area is extremely low.”
“Okay. But let’s just keep an eye on it.
The officer’s right. No one but knights can be seen within a few kilometers of here.
On the other hand, we did find what appears to be a land curse. It’s centered about ten meters from the ground, but the area of effect is less than a kilometer. It’s deep in the mountains.
I didn’t know the curse of the land existed in a place like this.
I can detect the entire territory but I’ve never done it before because it consumes so much magic and there’s a chance that someone with good instincts might notice it. I don’t think this decision was wrong, but I’m a little depressed when I find out that I overlooked something like this.
Well, hindsight is 20/20. Best to do what we can now.
I’ll get myself together and open my mouth.
Okay, me, Orca, and Noma will head to the center of the curse. I want you guys to continue to set up a perimeter.
I understand.”””Yes, sir.”” “””
All three of my men nodded their heads in agreement.
My people know what I can do. There’s no reason to worry about me being dangerous.
Let’s go, Orca.
“Yeah, we’re going on a hike!”
When I called out to her, she replied cheerfully.
You do realize you’re going into a danger zone, right? No, I mean, I know you trust me, but it’s a little complicated.
We went into the mountain of problems while collecting Nomas who were still yelling.