Yomigaeri no maou - Chapter 13
Talking about the circumstances surrounding Luru and Iris was fine in itself, but the question of how much to talk about was also an issue.
The question is whether to talk about not only the fact that Luru is a demon, but also that he was a demon lord.
But it was something he was already thinking about since yesterday.
Gran and Yumis are one of the few sources of information available so far, and they are also a good sample for understanding the common sense of this era.
I wanted to know what kind of attitude people generally have regarding ancient demons and demon lords.
And since Gran and Yumis have been cast with contract magic, they are not in a position where they can tell anything they heard.
Perhaps the two of them think that it will be possible to break the contract magic someday, but the contract magic that I used is quite strong, at least as strong as the barrier magic that Yumis used. It can be said that it is almost impossible to release it unless you have the skill to easily modify it.
And, as far as what the two of them say is to be believed, there are almost no people in this era who possess such techniques for modifying techniques.
In other words, it would be impossible to break the contract magic that Luru had cast on her.
Furthermore, even if Luru were to be able to break the contract spell cast on her, it wouldn’t be much of a problem for Lulu even if someone found out about her past.
In the first place, even if I told you that the son-in-law of a low-ranking nobleman from a small village was the reincarnation of a demon lord from several thousand years ago, who on earth would believe it?
It’s hard to imagine that it would be much of a problem even if it was blurted out.
In fact, if my magic skills were discovered, it would probably cause trouble.
However, it is a skill that I will have to use in the future, both to protect myself and to investigate the ancient demons in this life.
It may be difficult to proceed in the direction of completely hiding it.
In other words, this is information that will eventually be revealed.
If you think about it that way, you’ll find that I don’t have any reason to hide it.
The reason why I cast the contract magic on both Gran and Yumis was nothing more than a passive idea to avoid being exposed immediately.
After thinking that much, Luru finally opened his mouth.
“…Where do should I start this from? I don’t think you would believe me in the first place…”
You might say this as a prelude to Luru, who says that as if to put up a precautionary line, and Yumis says this with a slightly displeased look on her face.
“You even used contract magic, so don’t be afraid to tell me everything. If it’s not a big deal, you’ll start to wonder what the restrictions are for…?”
When Luru was told that, he decided to stop talking in such a troublesome way and decided to state the facts clearly and simply.
There’s a part of me that wants to believes in both Gran and Yumis.
To the extent that I can forgive myself even if I was betrayed.
“Well, you’re right. I guess it’s okay to make some preface… I’ll just say it simply. Me and Iris are ancient demons.”
Both Gran and Yumis were speechless at the fact that they were told as if it were nothing.
He wasn’t lying, at least for a moment, they both thought.
However, if that’s the case, it didn’t make sense why contract magic was even prepared.
This is because, although we are quite skilled, it is not the kind of thing that would require them to go out of their way to cast contract magic on two people who are just ordinary adventurers and forbid them to talk about it.
Even if I did say it, no one would believe it.
It’s possible that it’s a trap to trap the two of us, but I feel like it’s too elaborate for that, and if there’s a technology that can create a barrier that even I can’t escape from, it’s more straightforward. It’s faster and more reliable to go the other way.
When I think about it that way, I have no choice but to accept what Luru is saying as fact.
After coming to that conclusion in her head, I Yumis was surprisingly the first to recover.
“…I wonder what kind of thing I should say.”
“What do you think? To be honest, I don’t have any common sense… Same goes for Iris. I don’t know exactly how rare ancient demons are, or how they are viewed. I can’t imagine if that reaction is common…but judging from the reactions of the two of you now, just like I saw in the book, our existence is almost like a legend or something. It seems like…”
When Luru said that, Yumis stood up and said,
“Of course! Ancient demons… I’m not saying this as someone who studies them, but they’re a world of lies, gossip, and delusions of grandeur! No one can tell you that something like that… is right in front of your eyes. I don’t believe it…how can you prove it anyway?”
“When you say that… it’s troubling, but just to prove it, there’s a reason why Iris and I were able to modify Yumis’s barrier magic. It can’t be that easy, can it?”
As if she was at a loss for words, Yumis muttered and sat down again.
Probably because it hit her where it hurts.
Yumis’s technique was certain.
From Luru’s point of view, it just feels strange that someone as skilled as her is in magic, isn’t so good at modifying spells .
That’s why I predicted that the modification technology used by me would be almost non-existent in this era.
After that, Gran finally seemed to come back to his senses after watching the exchange between Luru and Yumis, and began timidly asking questions with an apologetic gesture that didn’t suit his large body.
“I thought he was no ordinary person, but I never thought he was an ancient demon…But isn’t it strange to think that way?Your parents are most certainly nobles of this country.The bloodline is in the family tree.” It is easy to guess that there are no ancient demons among them.But are you saying that they are ancient demons?As for Iris’s, she was sleeping in those ruins. It’s not that I can’t understand that, but…”
That was a valid question.
But it’s hard to say whether you can explain it in a way that people can understand.
This is because reincarnation must have been a concept unique to demons.
However, after thinking that far, Luru remembered something.
by the way…….
“That’s right, I just asked Yumis what she wanted to be when she was reborn, right?”
“…? Yeah. I want to be a bird. What’s wrong with that?”
“Do you understand the concept of reincarnation?”
“Well, I get it. Souls travel around, right? It’s romantic, isn’t it?”
Luru and Iris are shocked by Yumis’ answer, which sounds a little dreamy.
“Luru-sama…what does this mean?”
“I don’t know either…but it seems like you really do…”
Reincarnation is a way of thinking and religious view unique to demons.
Demons have suffered defeat in the past.
Since that is the case, I thought that in modern times, religion has been unified into the church, and the religious views of ancient demons have been buried in the darkness of history, but it seems that at least the idea of reincarnation remains. .
Religion was extremely rare in the village, and there were no church-related facilities, so Luru had not thought deeply about it, but now Luru realized that he needed to look into it.
However, that is not what we need to talk about right now.
It’s about my true identity.
Luru returns to the topic and continues.
“Well…if you understand the concept of reincarnation, then the story is quick. I am not from the ancient demon race itself, but from the ancient demon tribe.I was reborn in other words, my body is that of a human and my parents are humans too that’s it.”
“Rebirth… it really happened…!”
“It’s not a lie, is it…? Is there a future even after death…”
Both Yumis and Gran were surprised and wide-eyed.
Luru understood that feeling all too well.
Even Luru and Iris, who believed that something like this could actually happen, couldn’t hide their surprise at what had happened to them.
Luru continued, trying not to break the conversation.
“It’s not a lie. I died in my previous life for a reason. Iris knows that without a doubt. In fact, Iris and I used to know each other. We met again in the era… Ah, it’s not like I planted it in the ruins or anything. It was completely a coincidence.”
“So…wait, then the explanation you gave me at the ruins was a lie?”
Gran looked at Iris a little accusingly.
Considering his sympathy for her explanation, if that was the case, it was probably a bit of a sad act.
But Iris shook her head,
“No. I didn’t lie at all.”
“Then what does that mean?”
“Once upon a time, I lost someone important to me…I’ll put it to you, Luru-sama.”
“Luru-sama once was a very good friend of my father. He was also kind to me. Luru-sama, even though he was so busy that he didn’t have the time to spare for a child like me, he always came to see me…and he always celebrated my birthday with gifts, and there were lots of them. We had fun playing with it. So…It didn’t take long for me to feel a deep sense of affection for Luru-sama.”
After saying that much in one breath, Iris ends the conversation.
Then she suddenly looked into space, frowned and looked sad as if she was remembering something, and then began to speak.
“However, back then…it was a time of war. No one could escape from the battle, and Luru-sama was always at the center of it.The day before my seventh birthday… Luru-sama… was killed. As I mentioned earlier, Luru-sama was someone who was always in the midst of a battle. Even though I was young, I was prepared for something like that to happen someday. However, the manner in which se died was so violent… none of us, is subjects, were even able to take care of Luru-sama…”
Biting her lip, Iris continued.
The next expression on her face was one of anger.
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. … Therefore,I decided to take revenge. I wanted to raise a bell of rebellion not against the person who killed Luru-sama… but against the way the world was that killed Luru-sama… By eradicating the conflict and it’s causes from this world, I would like to make a memorial service to Luru-sama. However, in the end, that resolve was only halfway through. Along the way, I was kidnapped by someone somewhere and thrown into a device in the ruins…and as Gran-sama knows, what happened after that. I was half asleep when I saw Luru-sama and Gran-sama, so I immediately attacked them…and here we are.”
After speaking to the end, Iris returned to her original calm expression.
Gran heard this with an indescribable expression,
“Those circumstances…I’m sorry for doubting you…”
“No. What I said to Gran-sama at the ruins was not a lie, but it wasn’t accurate either. And what I said was because I wanted to hide the truth. It was natural for me to be suspected. In fact, I would like to express my gratitude for your forgiveness…”
“Good. Don’t worry about it…I understand the story…But, Luru aside, Miss Iris…how old is she? She’s not reincarnated or anything, is she?”
That’s what Lulu was also concerned about.
Before Lulu died, she was certainly a girl who was far more intelligent than her age, but I remember that she wasn’t this strong-willed.
Iris thought for a moment and said.
“…Me I was seven years old when Luru-sama passed away. Since then, I have been on the battlefield for about five years, so…12. Regarding her appearance, it is a characteristic of the ancient demons… she ages a little slower.”
Twelve years old.
Thinking that this girl had been fighting for five years, Luru didn’t know what to say to the trouble he had caused.
However, I thought it might be wrong to apologize.
This girl wouldn’t want that either.
Instead, I’m sure you’ll be happier if you look ahead and think about the future.
Thinking so, Luru didn’t dare apologize on the spot.
However, while it is true that ancient demons age slowly, there is a limit to that.
In particular, the rate of aging until adulthood is not that slow compared to the human race.
If so, how will Iris grow…?
Thinking that far, Iris noticed the way Luru was looking at her, looked at her figure gloomily, then let out a sigh.
“…I’m still 12, and there’s still a lot of potential for growth…”
Iris muttered something like that with her cheeks turning red and her eyes lowered in embarrassment, so she stopped thinking about it, thinking it would be pitiful to think about it any further.
Seeing Iris’ expressions and gestures, the heavy atmosphere lightened just a little, and Gran opened her mouth.
“…I understand. Anyway, it seems like the young lady is smart for her age. Are all ancient demons like this?”
Luru answered that question.
“No, Iris is special. The others no different from the human race. Regarding the handling of magic, there was a considerable difference compared to humans… but there is no big difference on the inside.”
“Huh…I never thought I’d hear something like this from the ancient demon himself. When I hear that, it starts to sound ridiculous that he was talking about a legendary race or something.”
It seems that Gran has already made up his mind.
The fact that Luru and Iris are ancient demons, and the story from earlier.
I guess this is the kind of man who is called a man of great temperament.
Yumis is a little different, and seems to be getting excited little by little, perhaps because she’s finally understood that Luru and Iris are ancient demons.
Even though it’s just a hobby, the existence that I’ve been searching for for a long time is right in front of me.
The joy must be immeasurable.
Besides, it seems that Yumis had some words that she should not ignore.
“I understand that the two of you are ancient demons… but I can’t help but worry about what Iris-chan said earlier.”
Iris tilts her head.
Then Yumis said.
“I told you…I don’t care about ‘vassals’…Luru is an ancient demon, and so is Iris-chan. That’s fine up to that point. But…what exactly was Luru’s position? It’s like Iris-chan… She said something that sounded like she was serving… an ancient demon who could lead other ancient demons…”
Judging by the way it was said, Yumis probably has a rough idea of what she’s saying.
However, there are some parts where I am not sure and think it is just my imagination.
And Luru doesn’t really want to hide it anymore.
That’s why I said it clearly.
“Ah, that’s right…I once led all the demons and fought…in my previous life…”
That is who I was the 100th Demon King Luruslia Nord.