Dragonkin and Arbitrator
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Hearing the roaring sound in the distant sky, Hildegard let out a breath. She knew roughly what happened. She couldn’t do anything if she didn’t go there… No, even if she went there, she didn’t know how to deal with the situation.
Because of that, she had more reason to go there, but…
“It doesn’t seem it can’t go there…” (Hildegard)
“…Of course not. For the sake of being myself, I’m helping with that guy. Furthermore, because of my purpose, I can’t allow you to go there.” (F?????)
There was a young man standing in front of Hildegard.
Strictly speaking, it might be something that looks like a young man, but… anyhow, this man appeared in front of Hildegard’s group at the same time as the person who appeared in the sky.
“Hmm… so, what do you mean about helping him with that purpose? You have no reason to help him, right?” (Hildegard)
“Hmm… surely, it may be true in theory, but can you trust those who you have just met? Well, I don’t. Same goes to him. There’s no use trying to make a joke out of this.” (F?????)
“Hmm, I don’t intend to make a joke even though I know him, but… well, this seems impossible.” (Hildegard)
In other words, there was no other way but to break through this man to help the others. Anyhow…
“Hmm… Lina, can you handle that guy all alone? If you can, I don’t hesitate to leave this guy to you.” (Hildegard)
Lina was staring at Hildegard as if she was asking that question for a while now. After a short pause, she shook her head slowly.
“…That’s impossible.” (Lina)
“Hmm, as I expected…” (Hildegard)
Hildegard’s conclusion was the same. Probably, the opponent’s capabilities were equivalent to the Special Gift holders. Moreover, the young man was at least as good as Seven Heavens, and it was quite possible that he was even stronger. Lina would be able to fight him to some extent, but it would be impossible to go to the royal capital until they defeated this young man.
If Hildegard could exert her full power, it was likely possible to overcome the man, but… there was no point in saying what she actually couldn’t do.
“By the way, what about your authority as the Arbitrator?” (Hildegard)
Hildegard thought that it would be impossible since she couldn’t do it alone. But then, a stunned voice was returned to that question. She turned her eyes sideways for a moment without letting go of her vigilance. She let out a breath when she saw Lina.
“What’s with the reaction? Perhaps you didn’t think that I noticed it, right?” (Lina)
“Why are you so shocked? I suppose you are half-awakened as the humanity Arbitrator… No wait. Is it because I realized that you have inherited its power and knowledge to some or is it because I know about the arbitrator? So, which one?” (Hildegard)
“…It’s both.” (Lina)
“Hmm… Well, although I said so, I can guess it because I’m such a person.” (Hildegard)
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When Hildegard answered in that way, Lina narrowed her eyes, trying to see whether she was joking. She, then, turned a disgruntled look, but apparently, Hildegard wasn’t joking. There was no way to respond to that.
It was true that the title of the Arbitrator was heard from the God of this world, but Hildegard knew about its roles and authority from the previous life. In a similar world, it was natural that there were people with similar roles.
Hildegard was the pillar of God in the previous world. It was natural to know it well.
However, it wasn’t strictly because she was God, but it was due to the authority that Hildegard was in charge of. Hildegard answered Lina’s question by saying that she didn’t hear it from anywhere. If Hildegard said it because it was within her knowledge, then, it might bring reaction that she didn’t want to see. Therefore, she didn’t need to explain it in detail to Lina. There was one thing that matters.
“In any case, the authority can’t be used on the opponent. Since the rights of humanity absolute murder isn’t an authority that should be given at the early awakening stage, you will not have in since you are half-awakened. Hmm… I’ve been thinking about it. I guess Dragonkin isn’t in the category of humanity in this world…” (Hildegard)
When Hildegard muttered to confirm her thought, there was a response from the one before her. The man didn’t mean to listen to that, but…
“You… how do you know that I am Dragonkin? I was told that it would be in the way, so I want to keep it. Who are you?” (F?????)
“Well… I don’t have the obligation to tell you.” (Hildegard)
The man shrugged his shoulder while saying that. At the same time, he glanced at the sky. He thought that was the case since the opponent didn’t attack him, but apparently, they were doing it to stall him from going away from this spot. The woman seemed to understand his abilities. Was it to stall him even one more second? Or was it that she knew his identity? If it was the latter, and if she had been aiming for it, there wouldn’t be any problem… No, this made the man reconsidered again. If the outcome was the same, there wouldn’t be any problem, right?
“…Fine. If you don’t want to say it, I’ll just have to force you to say it.” (F?????)
“What a temper… However, it would be convenient if you motivate me.” (Hildegard)
“…Is it convenient? I think it would have been better to think about how to overcome him, isn’t it?” (Lina)
“I wish I could come up with something, but that is unlikely. But if you have some useful knowledge for this situation, it would be another matter…” (Hildegard)
The words clouded Lina’s face. It was as if Hildegard had answered the question for her, but since she had expected from the beginning, there was nothing wrong with asking such a question. Of course, it would be helpful if there was a way to overcome this situation…
“…I’m sorry, I don’t have any.” (Lina)
“No, you don’t have to apologize. In other words, the Arbitrator, as the name suggests, has absolute authority over humanity, but otherwise, it’s meaningless. It’s good enough if you have the authority, you don’t usually need to fight. If you think about it, I think it’s certainly enough to be able to fight him as a Special Gift Holder with that authority.” (Hildegard)
“…Really? Why do you know it so well? I only recently knew…” (Lina)
“Well… more importantly, we have something else we should focus on right now, am I right? Apparently, that man seems to be motivated.” (Hildegard)
When she looked at the man, he was about to jump out right before her eyes. The reason he didn’t jump out was probably for the same reason why Hildegard didn’t take the initiative.
If there was a difference, the opponent didn’t notice the fact that they had discussed just now. Therefore, they need to take advantage of it and somehow gain the upper hand.
“Line, I left the vanguard role to you.” (Hildegard)
“…? Certainly, I’m not good at supporting, but isn’t it better for you to fight at the frontline?” (Lina)
“Unfortunately, for some reason, I can’t do my best. In this situation, it would be best for you to be the vanguard while I support you.” (Hildegard)
“Hmm… I don’t get it, but I follow your suggestion.” (Lina)
Lina must have understood that there was some reason. Hildegard let out a breath to Lina, who said so. She didn’t want to give as much information as possible. The more she repeated the words, the possibility of being noticed would be increasing.
If they could go as it was, there was a possibility that they could defeat the young man if things went well, but was that too much to hope for? For the time being, they should think about what happened after they gained upper hands.
“…Speaking of which, it seems that things are going to get tough, but will those two be fine?” (Lina)
“You don’t have to worry. Whatever it is, I’m sure they can do well.” (Hildegard)
The two, who weren’t here now, Lars and Helen, had left for the royal capital as soon as the enemies appeared. The reason why Hildegard and Lina overlooked those two was because they couldn’t afford to worry about them. It might also because those two weren’t prevented from leaving. If it were Lars and Helen, there should be no problem.
Certainly, they were weaker than the Special Gift holders, but Hildegard was so sure that the royal capital would want as much fighting power as possible. Those two should be useful enough. At least, there was nothing going on between this location to the royal capital.
She didn’t have to worry about them. Rather, she should worry about the man before her.
“Well, we’re busy with this man, so let’s push through this!” (Hildegard)
Hildegard struck her fist into the ground at the same time as Lina leaped forward. Immediately after the man’s body was hit by the generated shock wave, he stopped unnaturally for a moment. Then, Lina leaped into his range in that gap.
Next, Lina’s sword was struck down at his body.
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