Ex Strongest, Talking with the Demon King
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The room was illuminated by the moon which was also bright by itself, and it was also a situation where the mood came out in its own way.
However, the mood that came out from the man didn’t bring any meaning. Soma tried to light the room for the time being, but… immediately after that, the necessity disappeared. It was because Iori used magic to bring the lights back to life.
He said that was done in order to reduce the wear and tear of the magic tool that could light up, and that tool was also a consumable…
“You… are you harassing me? Even if you’re asking for a fight, I’m going to accept it, you know?” (Soma)
“Haa? Why is that… aah, I’ve heard that you want to use magic for a long time. Speaking of that, is it still not possible?” (Iori)
“Whatever it is, why can you use magic?” (Soma)
“I don’t know why you can’t use magic, but… I’ve heard that basically anyone in our world can use magic if they come to this world.” (Iori)
That was a completely new information. Soma hadn’t even heard it from Hildegard.
Whether she knew but didn’t tell him or she didn’t know about it to begin with… No, she probably didn’t know at all. It was definitely a useful information. There was no need to hide it.
“Hmm… is that so?” (Soma)
“Aah, was it because our world was higher plane world if we look at it from this world? Because of that, the soul is also higher in rank, and I think it would be equipped with most of the innate talents that exist in this world. It seems that the extent depends on the individual.” (Iori)
“I see. By the way, why do you know such a thing?” (Soma)
Yes, that was the problem. Hildegard was a former God, and even though she had encountered the God of this world, she didn’t know the information. It was unthinkable of Iori to know this information just because he was a former Hero and the present Demon King.
Soma narrowed his eyes and looked at the face that had nothing, but Iori remained unchanged. He just shrugged his shoulders.
“Well… I can say that I was taught by a certain person… rather, I was told arbitrarily, but… don’t ask me who is that person. Perhaps, he will come to you sometime soon.” (Iori)
“Ooh… and the basis is…?” (Soma)
“It’s a simple matter. That’s because you and I are here. You were reincarnated into the world I was summoned. Do you think that happened by chance?” (Iori)
The reason why Soma whispered so while shrugging was because he was convinced that was the truth. There was no such coincidence.
It was Hildegard who reincarnated Soma in this world, but… apparently, it was possible to confirm this later.
“Do you believe that?” (Iori)
“Well, it’s not that I don’t believe it. I just can’t forgive you for using magic.” (Soma)
“Why? Just let it be.” (Iori)
“I refuse.” (Soma)
Soma said such a thing and glared, but they laughed at each other immediately after. Although he felt a bit after reuniting with Iori, he felt terribly nostalgic.
“Aah yes. I’m going to forget it while we’re doing this, so let me tell you first… thank you.” (Iori)
“Why are you suddenly…? Honestly, I don’t feel good about it…” (Soma)
“I’m thanking you, so just accept it.” (Iori)
“I don’t know what kind of thank you is that, but I don’t want to be told to accept it, alright?” (Soma)
“…Well, is that so? Anyhow, you have a rough idea, right? It’s about Aina’s magic.” (Iori)
That was certainly what Soma thought. By the way, based on Iori’s personality, he would probably thank him because of that.
“The person herself can tell you more about the matter.” (Soma)
“That’s why there are more. She said you were able to keep things organized to the extent that you can brush things away smoothly. Aah, by the way… She said that you solved the problem, but what did you do?” (Iori)
“Hmm? I just saw something strange so I just sliced it off?” (Soma)
“Haa…? Sliced…?” (Iori)
Soma tilted his head to Iori who was surprised. He didn’t understand what was with that face.
“Hmm… everyone often makes such a face. I wonder why?” (Soma)
“I was asking you, and why are you asking me that… well, that’s who you are, isn’t it? And because it was you, Aina’s problem was solved.” (Iori)
“I’m just returning the favor. That was the only thing that I managed to do by chance. To begin with, you… No, you guys, probably didn’t really care about the problem, no?” (Soma)
“Why do you think so?” (Iori)
“When I look at your situation, even an idiot can understand what’s going on.” (Soma)
Strictly speaking, Soma thought it might be bad to say that they didn’t really care. To be exact, they didn’t care.
Whether Aina could use magic or not, it wouldn’t change how Iori treated Aina.
“…Well, that’s true, and there’s no mistake that Aina was suffering. And there was nothing we could do. No matter what we said, she wouldn’t accept it. One of the reasons is that there were many things going on at that time, but… of course, that’s an excuse. Anyhow, you really helped me.” (Iori)
Soma shrugged his shoulders with a slight surprise to Iori who lowered his head. That guy really displayed a face of a parent, and now he realized how much time had gone by for him.
It didn’t pass in his mind to say ‘good grief’…
“…By the way, I’ve been listening until now, but why is your appearance exactly the same from what I remember? I know that you can delay aging to some extent if you use magic, but your appearance hasn’t changed at all.” (Soma)
“Aah… didn’t I say it? This is because we are from the higher plane world. Since the damage to the soul is extremely little, it affects the body or something like that. In addition to that, it seems that it is also the side-effect of being a Hero.” (Iori)
“Hmm… is it not because you are the Demon King?” (Soma)
“Perhaps I should say that it’s self proclaimed to call myself the Demon King. It’s like taking the responsibility of defeating the previous Demon King.” (Iori)
“Hmm? From that point of view, does that mean the title Demon King is not something that can be given to yourself?” (Soma)
“The Demon King is basically a role given by the world, similar to the Hero. Of course, it is called Demon King since it was named this way, but… well, this matter isn’t related to you. It’s going to be a waste of time, so shall we stop?” (Iori)
Although it was a relatively interesting story, the night was also finite, albeit long. Soma expressed agreement since there were many things he wanted to talk and asked about.
“You’re right. Well, whatever the reason is, I’m saved since your appearance hasn’t changed. To be honest, there was also a possibility that I had grown up in an unexpected way, so… No, did you know when I asked your name?” (Soma)
“Actually, I was more surprised that you remember my face. To be honest, the only thing that I can’t remember about you is your original face.” (Iori)
“I’m probably not going to change much either. Perhaps, it would have been difficult to understand if a similar face is there. I can only be convinced because there were some elements that I could guess after looking at the real thing.” (Soma)
“Nevertheless, I think that’s good enough.” (Iori)
After that, Soma and Iori discussed various matters.
Things that he couldn’t talk about earlier, and things that he couldn’t talk unless there were no other people except Iori. Speaking of everyday talk, it was only trivial matters, and then, they were talking about various things in the past since they hadn’t met for a while.
Most of the talk was about the past, but they were also talking about recent matters as well. Among them was about Felicia and Sheila. Soma somehow missed the timing and didn’t explain about them.
In fact, both of them were still wearing hoods.
“…Sheila is an Elf, and Felicia is a Witch.” (Soma)
“I see, so that’s why they can’t show their face.” (Iori)
Soma asked them permission to tell Iori about it, and he ended up talking in that way. Although Iori was slightly surprised when Soma was told that didn’t really matter, he was also relieved.
“Even so, to have an Elf and a Witch with you… that’s really how you are…” (Iori)
“Is that so…?” (Soma)
After that, they were talking about personal matters, and as always, Soma asked if he could use magic somehow. However…
“If there’s such a thing, you had tried that during the time when you were with Aina.” (Iori)
“Hmm… indeed, you’re right. Well, be that as it may, it’s still useful. Even though you’re a self-proclaimed Demon King…” (Soma)
“Don’t be absurd since this is really not related to the matter of Demon King, you know.” (Iori)
With such a nostalgic talk, the time passed quickly. It was a nostalgic and enjoyable time until the night was getting late, and it was time to sleep.
- Based on this chapter, Iori is basically given the role of Hero by the world. Even though he is the current Demon King, he isn’t given the role of the Demon King. In other words, he gets additional buff as the Hero, but not additional buff as the Demon King. So, who has the additional buff as the Demon King is basically not known until this chapter.
- On the other, for the public or at least the Demon, they only know the Demon King is a title given to the strongest Demon, nothing else. So, rather than a self-proclaimed title, you can say that the title is given by the public to Iori.
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