I was sold at the lowest price C251 – The Forbidden Book
The ride hover of the Alice Abbey that we rescued came to Musashi, wanting to properly thank us. There was nothing particularly suspicious about it, so I invited them on board and led the ride hover to the hangar.
A woman came down from the ride hover. She greeted us politely as we welcomed her.
“Thank you for saving me from a dangerous situation. I am Sister Muzie of Alice Abbey. On behalf of Alice Abbey, I would like to thank you.”
Kiyone responded to the greeting by bowing lightly, and then began to speak.
“I’d like to ask you a few questions, but who are these people that are attempting to use force against an absolutely neutral Alice Abbey ship?”
“That army is a unit of the Northern Army of the Valkyria Empire.”
“The Valkyria Empire! No way…….”
The Valkyrie Empire is, I believe, the country that Emou talked about when they were hiring us. It’s one of the three most powerful countries on the continent, and I’ve heard that it’s pretty big…….Kiyone also seemed surprised to hear the name.
“I can’t believe that one of the three most powerful countries on the continent would violate the laws of absolute neutrality…….If you don’t mind me asking, can you tell me why?”
“The Valkyrie Empire’s goal is to seize the forbidden book Rafishal Weapon stored in Alice Abbey.”
I’m not sure if Rafishal is referring to that Rafishal…….It’s true that he was called the Great Sage, so it’s not surprising that there are still books written by Rafishal.
“What exactly is the forbidden book Rafishal Weapon?”
“It’s said to be one of the books left behind by the Great Sage Rafishal.”
“I don’t understand why the Valkyrie Empire would want such a thing…….”
“In recent years, the Valkyrie Empire has felt itself lagging behind as one of the three most powerful countries on the continent, with the threat of new magicrafts developed in the Lubel Kingdom, the establishment of the Amurian Union, and the appearance of new, unknown units in the Elysian Empire.”
“I’ve never heard of Lubel’s new magicraft or the Elysian Empire’s newly established unit…..where did you get that kind of information from……?”
“Alice Abbey might be an absolute neutral force that has been able to survive so far because of its ability to gather information. But this time, that may not be possible.”
Sister Muzie said with a sad expression.
“Would you like to tell me what’s going on?”
“Yes. Actually, the main temple of Alice Abbey is currently under siege by the northern army of the Valkyrie Empire.”
“Siege? Is the Valkyrie Empire planning to overrun Alice Abbey by force?
“To be precise, the military conquest has already begun. The abbey is under massive attack and is on the verge of falling.”
“Isn’t there any way for Alice Abbey to resist the armed forces? It will fall as soon as the armed forces start to suppress it…….?”
“In fact, Count Dailam of the Valkyria Empire has betrayed his own country to protect Alice Abbey. The main temple, which is located on the top of a small mountain, is so easy to defend that it can be said to be a natural fortress, so even with a small number of soldiers, it has managed to hold its own.”
“I understand the current situation at Alice Abbey. So how did you come to be attacked outside the main abbey?”
“Fortunately, the main temple was able to withstand three massive attacks. The damage to the Valkyrie Imperial Army was so severe that the commander changed his strategy. They completely surrounded the main temple and blocked the supplies. Currently, the people in the main temple are suffering from starvation. So I broke through the siege with my ride hover and escaped outside to get some food, but then I was pursued by troops and ended up in the situation you found me……”
“I see. If that’s the case, you’ll have to get some food and go back.”
“Yes. So, in consideration of the power that I have just seen, I would like to ask you to help me return to the main temple…….I know that this is a very dangerous and reckless request! I can’t thank you much, but I will do my best to help you!”
“What do you think Kiyone?”
My mind was already made up, but I checked to see how Kiyone felt about it.
“I’m sure you’ve already made up your mind before you even asked.”
“Well, yes, I did. I was just checking.”
“I’m the same as Yuta. We can’t overlook the fact that Alice Abbey, which is absolutely neutral, is being invaded by the Valkyrie Empire.”
“That’s what I’m saying. Sister Muzie, we will take you to the main temple of Alice Abbey.
Hearing those words, she was so relieved that she broke down and cried on the spot.
Support me on Ko-fi for extra chapters.