The Jack-of-all-trades Kicked Out of the Hero’s Party ~ The Swordsman Who Became a Support Mage Due to Party Circumstances, Becomes All Powerful – Chapter 157

CH157: Visitors

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Orn, I’m sorry to disturb you. Are you okay now?”

On the way back to the clan headquarters after leaving my grandfather’s shop, I was suddenly approached by Selma in telepathy.

The actuality of the fact that the voice is suddenly in my head outside of the labyrinth is a sensation I’m not used to, I reply to Selma with a wry smile.

Yeah, I’m fine. What’s wrong?”

Thank you. Are you outside HQ now?

“I had to go somewhere, so I’m out. I’m on my way to headquarters now, so I’ll be there for the evening meeting, okay?”

“I see. The Chief wants me and Orn. I’d like you to come with me to the President’s office when you get back, okay?”

Mr. Selma wanted to see me. The chancellor called.

I’m sure he didn’t have anything urgent he needed to discuss with the President in the near future, but I can tell from the fact that he’s asking Selma to do so that the matter is quite urgent.

Okay. Did he say what it was about?

“No, I haven’t been told the details yet. This is my guess, but I heard that the President had a visitor earlier, so I think it’s related to that.”

The chief’s guest?

The fact that the Commander-in-Chief is addressing you directly means he’s most likely a high ranking noble or someone of similar stature. What does he want with me?

I can understand Selma being the daughter of a highborn noble, but I’m just a commoner.

Which means they want us as explorers. ,

I have a feeling this isn’t going to end well…

“I agree. The members are being kept in the dark about who the Commander’s guest is. I’m almost certain it’s a pretty big deal, though.”

I know what you want. I’ll be home as soon as I can. If you keep me waiting too long, it might reflect badly on me.”

“Please. I’ll be in the lobby lounge. I’ll meet you there.

“Roger that.”

***

After I finished my conversation with Selma, I hurried to the headquarters and met up with her before heading to the office of the President together.

When we got to the office of the president, Selma-san knocked on the door and told the president that we had arrived.

I was told to enter the room from the inside, so I opened the door and followed Selma into the room.

When I entered the room I saw who was inside, the president and a tall, muscular man.

The clothes are designed to be easy to move in, though everyone can see that they are of high quality.

I’d say he’s in his mid-40s.

He was not a young man.

However, his appearance and atmosphere speak eloquently that he is no ordinary person.

(This man is very strong. He’s no match for the armored explorer we just met. Who is he?)

As I was thinking this, Selma, the woman next to me, also saw the first man and gulped.

However, I feel that it is more appropriate to describe Ms. Selma’s surprise as being surprised at seeing something impossible rather than being pressured by the unusual atmosphere.

From the way Selma’s looking at him, I’d say he’s a high ranking noble.

In my case, I know the names of the nobles but not many people I’m acquainted with so I can’t tell who they are just by looking at their faces, but I’m sure Selma-san is acquainted with more nobles than I am.

I’m sure you’ll recognize the name, but I’m pretty sure he’s military, judging from the atmosphere.

Then, are you the division commanders of the 1st to 3rd divisions of the Central Army?

I know the division commander of the 4th Division, Division Commander Lester, so I know it’s not him.

“It’s been a long time, Selma! You’ve become even more beautiful after not seeing me for a while!”

An elderly man smiles friendly and calls out to Mr. Selma.

As I should have guessed, these two knew each other.

I’m sorry. Mr. Warren.”

Selma-san replies in a nervous but somewhat happy tone.

(It’s rare to see Selma in her current state… Warren?)

I thought her nervous atmosphere was unusual, but as soon as I found out the name of the older man, I felt a shock run through my whole body.

There’s only one Warren I know of.

Warren Hayes.

About twenty years ago, he was an explorer and was called the “Brave One” because the party he led had reached the ninety-third level, which no one had ever reached before.

His party… <It is said that the abilities of the Golden Reverberation Konjiki no Zanjou are so different from the others that even the conquest of the Great Labyrinth, which was thought to be impossible, is said to be “possible only with them”.

And yet, a short while after reaching the ninety-third layer, the party suddenly disbanded.

The shock to the people at that time is said to have been immeasurable, but the reason for the dissolution of the party was never given by any of the party members, so it still remains a mystery.

Rumor has it that one of the party members lost his life in an accident, but the truth is still unknown.

Some time later he was assigned to the Kingsguard of the Nohitanto Kingdom’s central army and became the commander of the Kingsguard about ten years ago.

Incidentally, Albert Sensible, a member of <Golden Reverberations>, moved to <Yoten no Ginrabbit> after the party broke up, and was called the absolute ace of <Yoten no Ginrabbit> until the day he passed away.

The older man called Warren finished addressing Selma and moved his gaze toward me.

He still has the same friendly smile on his face, but his eyes are not smiling, as if he’s assessing me.

“And you’re the one who’s gonna replace Aruba.”

I think Alba means Albert Sensible.

Lucre and Carroll, who knew him well, called him “Mr. Alba,” so I’m sure that’s what he was.

Nice to meet you. <I’m Orn Dhura, an explorer belonging to the Silver Rabbit of the Night Sky.

I’m Warren Hayes of the Kingsguard of the Kingdom of Nochthant’s Central Army.

I told him my name, and the older man revealed himself.

As expected, he was the former heroic party leader Warren Hayes himself.

What’s a man in such an important position as the King’s bodyguard doing here?

“There’s been a lot of talk about you over here. They say you’re the strongest explorer in the kingdom and an outstanding person who defeated the world’s strongest <Hero>.”

Few people know that we, the Silver Rabbits of the Night Sky, were in Regulif territory at the time of the recent Imperial invasion because of House Eddington’s control over information.

But the heart of the country knows.

So the most likely reason for his appearance here is…

“… Thank you for the recognition. But it was just a lucky turn of events. I’m just an explorer.”

I don’t think you need to be modest. I’ve met a few Imperial heroes myself… but they’re monsters. The second most dangerous one I’ve ever met. Sure, there was a bit of luck involved in the outcome. ・・・・・・・ but a victory is a victory. That’s something to be proud of.”

“… Yes, thank you.”

Ms. Warren, get on with it. They don’t have time for this.

When my conversation with Mr. Warren is over, the President calls out to Mr. Warren.

I’m a little surprised at the boss’s strong tone, but Warren doesn’t seem to be bothered by it and mutters, “Yes, yes, as usual…” Warren was not bothered by it and muttered, “Yes, yes, as usual.

“Now, since some of you are here to nag, let’s get down to business… Selma Claudel and Orn Dura, I want you both to transfer to the Central Command.

Warren’s friendly smile has been replaced by a serious expression as she opens her mouth.

Mr. Warren’s business was, as expected, recruiting for the Central Command.

I’m a little surprised that Selma was recruited along with me, but I can understand why she’s being recruited considering her abilities and her abilities.

The Chief knew of Ms. Warren’s errand in advance, judging by his earlier tone, but it was disconcerting that he didn’t recoil.

I haven’t known the Commander that long, but I know he cares about his members.

You know I have no intention of joining the Central Command.

He’d probably do everything in his power to crush them before they even talk to us, but is that how much pressure he’s under from Warren and the Central Command?

My response hardened when I saw what the Chief did.

“”I decline.”””

My voice and Selma’s.

The chief said that I could give an honest reply.

Maybe after he heard how we felt, he was going to intervene in the talks with Mr. Warren and Central Command.

It’s a big job for a country like ours, but he’s a trustworthy man, so we should have no problem letting him handle it.

Warren-san, who heard our response with a serious expression on his face, let out a small breath and ,

“I guess so.”

He was smiling again with a friendly smile on his face.

I’m just disappointed in his attitude because I thought we were about to have a messy negotiation.

“So you’re just going to back down so easily…?”

Selma seems to feel the same way I do, and she’s confused by Warren’s attitude.

“Oh, it’s okay. I’m just asking to save face with the Central Command. I used to be an explorer myself, so I know how you feel.” I pay more taxes than the average citizen… so don’t drag us explorers into your petty politics.”

“I’m not sure you should be the one to say that…”

I’m grateful that he backed down so easily, but I’m a little concerned that someone who is so clearly in charge of the nation should be thinking like that.

“You know what I think and you’re in the position you’re in now. Though there are a few who would smoke me out for it.”

Mr. Warren will chuckle and tell you there’s no problem.

“… Now then, let’s get down to business.

Warren, who had been laughing earlier, changed his mood to serious again and said he was going to move on to the main topic.

“Isn’t Warren-sama’s purpose in coming here to recruit us to the central army…?”

“No, no, I’m not coming here just for this when I know I’ll be rejected. If this was the only reason, I’d have sent someone better qualified.”

That’s true. So, what’s your main question?

I ask Mr. Warren and he opens his mouth with a wry smile.

Orn Dhura, I want you to fight a mock battle with me.