Chapter 17: The Three Knights’ Loyalty and Procell’s Schemes

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Through Duke’s report, I learned of the anti-Procell alliance’s attack on Avalon while I was away.

Less than 30 minutes after they entered the dungeon room that specialized in defense and stalling, the attacking monsters were confiscated by the Creator as punishment for breaking the rule protecting us new Demon Lords.

What a harsh penalty. Really drives home how careful I must be to not break any rules, no matter how trivial it might seem.

 

Belial, who was beside me while I listened to Duke’s report, suddenly stood up.

Shock was apparent on his face. However, just earlier and just for a moment, his face was this inexplicable combination of irritation and joy.

 

“What, how!? I’m certain, that to protect me, you had to attack the other Demon Lords and thus forfeit the protection rule. So, how is it that they are being penalized for breaking that rule!?”

 

If this was the only reaction I saw, I would not hesitate in saying that he was caught in my trap and was nothing but a traitor.

 

“Well, couldn’t it be that the ones that attacked you and the ones that attacked Avalon are different Demon Lords? Or maybe, they attacked me before I attacked them.”

“But that’s impossible!”

“Why? Do you have any proof that those scenarios are impossible?”

“…it’s obvious if you think about it. Given the timing of it all, the Demon Lords that attacked me must be the ones that attacked Avalon. Moreover, based on how things unfolded, it’s now obvious that they only attacked me so that they can lure you out. I regret only realizing this when I heard Avalon was being attacked. What a fool I am. I formed an alliance with you so that I can help you realize your potential, but here I am, holding you back instead.”

 

Should I tell him? Oh, what the hell, let’s.

 

“When you asked for my help, I already suspected that their goal was to gain the justification to attack me. So, I prepared a trap that’ll let them think they’ve gained that justification. And that trap was the three knights.”

“What do you mean? They’re your golems, so they’re treated as your equipment; their actions are considered to be yours. Golems obey only the orders given by the owner, so if you gave them to someone else, they won’t listen to you. You might think that the new owner can just order the golems to listen to your commands, but that won’t work either because that’s too complicated of a command for golems.”

 

Belial’s points were correct.

To be a bit more precise, golems were treated as a monster’s equipment. As such, the experience points from the enemies they kill goes to the party of that monster. More importantly though, whatever their actions were, the monster was held accountable. Of course, this meant that the Demon Lord who had control over the said monster was also held accountable.

When and only when a Demon Lord had ownership over a golem could they command it, and even then, the commands couldn’t be anything complicated.

However, the three knights were no ordinary golems.

 

“No one is commanding the three knights. They’re no mere dolls. These children possess the ability to think and feel. They’re alive. What’s more, they’re incredibly loyal. I released them from our contract, and yet they’re still willing to cooperate with me.”

 

This trap wouldn’t have been possible using ordinary golems. It was only thanks to the knights’ miraculous ability to think and feel—to be alive—that we were able to surprise the enemies.

I could have transferred the ownership of the ordinary golems to Marcho, sure, but then a magic link between them would be formed. The presence of another’s magic power on them was such a great risk. So much so that I chose instead to believe that the three knights would remain loyal even when I relinquish my ownership of them.

 

“I-impressive. I never knew such a tactic existed.”

“I doubt learning of it is much use though. For one, this could only be done with the thinking and feeling three knights.”

 

Believing in the knights’ loyalty was the safer bet, but it was still a gamble.

It was only thanks to Rorono’s words that I felt confident about it: For the three knights, master’s their beloved father. And I their mother. They will never betray us.

 

“You know, using this method, you can attack older Demon Lords without worrying of being attacked back.”

“I don’t think I’ll be able to. The Creator is likely to ban this method soon. Maybe immediately after this affair, even. From I what I can tell, that fellow dislikes one-sided situations because they’re less fun to watch.”

 

A perfect example was when older Demon Lords gave [Steel], [Viscosity], and [Evil] some monsters. Not long after my [War] with them, an additional rule banning even non-guardian older Demon Lords from giving, without anything in return, monsters to new Demon Lords.

Things should progress similarly this time as well.

At least I was able to use it once, I guess.

 

“Oh, okay. But still, it’s so amazing. Your clever scheme managed to take down a whole lot of them. I have nothing but praise!”

“That was just a bonus. I had no idea the penalty would be this harsh. …my plan’s real goal was something else.”

 

Thankfully, this harsh and unforeseen punishment didn’t interfere with my real goal, thus allowing us to safely carry it out.

 

“Could you share with me this real goal?”

“To identify the enemy Demon Lords. As stated in the report, the enemy side that attacked Avalon had a lot of A rank monsters. It might be easy to hide one’s identity by using only small fries, but A rank monsters are different. They represent their Demon Lord. Moreover, devices which could capture events as moving visual images are installed and are active in Avalon, so even if some of Demon Lords might seem tricky to identify at first, we’ll should be able to eventually after repeated watching of the recordings.”

 

It was for this reason that we allowed Avalon to be attacked.

I have had enough of not knowing who my enemies were.

If I attacked them now that their elites were gone, crushing them would be easy. They would have their hands full trying to protect themselves that they should have a hard time backing each other up.

But if nothing else, this whole event was a great experiment to show how useful my newly made defense-focused floor was. In the span of 30 minutes and against a thousand enemy monsters, none of my monsters was killed or injured. Considering such a great result, it might be viable to transfer some of the monsters assigned to our defense force over to the attacking force. I’m so excited to get back and see the detailed report on the effectiveness of the defensive floor.

 

“Using the enemies’ trap to identify them and, at the same time, lessen their numbers… Procell-sama, just how far ahead do you think? I’ve clearly got a lot to learn from you!”

 

Right then, the Demi Lilith returned to the crystal room along with the three knights. So, all the enemies are gone, I take it.

I stood up and went to them.

 

“I thank you, my knights. It is because of the three of you that this plan worked. I am proud of you. …now, will you once again serve me?”

 

In response to my question, each of the knights bowed.

I proceeded to form a contract with them, and thus became their master once again.

They might be technically machines, but they’re unmistakably very important members of Avalon.

 

“Procell-sama, that device that, as you said, captures events as moving visual images, did you use it here in my dungeon? I mean, if you did, I’d very much like to see your golems in action again!”

“I was not able to. The recording device, you see, is just too big. It would have been a great hassle to bring it here. I might not have made it here in time if tried.”

 

That was a massive lie.

In fact, I was using the camera in my breast pocket to record what his crystal was displaying. Furthermore, in order to collect combat data, one was installed in each of the knights.

I felt no need or inclination to disclose such things to Belial right now, though. At least, not until I have returned to Avalon and thoroughly analyzed all the footage we have obtained.

 

The recording of the attack on Avalon should be enough for us to identify the Demon Lords involved. I had a reason to analyze the footage captured in Belial’s dungeon though: to see if he made his monsters slip into the enemy army.

If Belial was an enemy, much like the other Demon Lords, he would have wanted at least one of his monsters be attacked by the knights so that he as well could gain enough justification to ignore the rule.

Of course, it was a melee, so his monsters could simply have been caught in the line of fire. But if we see that those monsters deliberately get in the line of fire, the hesitation in branding him a traitor would banish.

 

“Oh. I expected as much. I mean, such a fantastic magic tool has to be big, right? Still, it’s a shame we can’t rewatch your gallant golems in action.”

“Yeah, sorry.”

“Don’t be, don’t be.”

 

Belial did not push the subject further.

 

“Anyway, Procell-sama, it seems like all the fighting’s over. At least, for now. So, what do you say to a celebration? Well, I say that, but my dungeon is not really the place for one. So, how about we go to your Avalon and celebrate there? I’ll cover the cost, of course! Ohh, and before I forget, let me return the Darkness Dragons you lent me.”

“If you insist.”

 

I said so and smiled wryly.

Belial has done nothing definitively, conclusively wrong today. If the footages of the attack on Avalon or of the battle on his dungeon reveals that his monsters didn’t do anything strange, then perhaps I could learn to trust him.

 

Whichever the case, it was time to go back to Avalon.

And so, I asked Tiro to activate the Transfer array she set up earlier.

 

“Procell-sama…”

 

Belial called out my name, so I turned around.

He looked like he was about to say something, but then swallowed the words before they ever come out of his mouth. In the next moment, he was smiling thinly.

 

“Meat or fish, which do you prefer?”

 

Noting to myself that this probably wasn’t what he wanted to say initially, I replied with meat.

 

…and then, I set up my last trap for the day.

Demon Lords as well as humans were rightfully fearful of information leakage. Against magic and monster abilities, Demon Lords could protect themselves to an almost perfect degree.

And yet, they were still vulnerable to technological espionage. Well, no one else but me can make them, so it’ll be stranger if they’re aware of them, and stranger still if they knew how to guard against it.

The trap in question was placing two small listening devices here in Belial’s crystal room.

They were small, but each one’s power could last up to 3 months.

Once an opportunity or excuse comes up, I would return to this crystal room and pick up these devices.

 

With that, all of my goals today have been accomplished.

Things were bound to get busy again tomorrow, but for today, we should celebrate Belial’s safety as well as our victory.

 


TL note: Yeah, the author changed the duration of the attack on Avalon from 15min to 30min. It’s such a small thing, I just don’t want to be called out.


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22 thoughts on “Chapter 17: The Three Knights’ Loyalty and Procell’s Schemes”

  1. Kevin Rock Valencia said:

    I wonder if they forgotten about Kuhaku’s former master. Who knows, it might be Belial but I think the author already forgotten about it.

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  2. Btw, black already knows that Procell lied about the camera thing, as he recorded and exposed him as a fake god during the Axela kingdom arc.

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  3. Pareidolia said:

    Just binge read this from the beginning.
    An awesome story! Frustrating at times, and there are many places where suspension of disbelief becomes a little strained, but awesome nonetheless 🙂

    Thank you very much for your translation! Truly amazing work, and one of the cleanest translations I’ve read!
    I look forward to following the story to the end 🙂

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  4. That camera better have the fotage they need this time, im getting more and more irritated on the author trying to drag this whole charade out even further…

    Thank you for the chapter and the treat! (^_^)/

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  5. Am I the only one hoping he makes Cerberus soon?? The medals for it are readily available. Beast, Fire and Creation/Knight (attr. Stolas chose when she remade her dragon, ideal for a bodyguard). Ideally, he’d make it a fixed-level S-rank, rather than his usual growth. He’d have a strong guard dog in his storage space for his own safety and B-rank hell hounds to bolster his forces and/or act as shocktroops………….*Sigh…Sorry for the rant, country’s been in lockdown for 2-3 weeks and I have a lot more free time than I’m used to. God I’m bored….

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    • Yeah having some hell hounds wouldnt be so bad, his selection of monsters is really tame if one were to look at it differently. Humanoids as far as the eye can see and modern weaponry instead of focusing on the monsters abilities, and he is going more on quality over quantity which is just dull. He even though of discarding the new bird last time because they are too weak physically etc..

      He needs actual monsters, more variations and the balls to sacrifice them in a bloody battle, harden them through fights to the death instead of safely finish the enemies off from a distance and level up on easy mode. :/

      Or better yet, experimenting and creating random monsters with his imitation medals instead of using his creation medals all the time. The other demon lords cant pick the best of the monsters available, they take what theyre given and adapt to the situation instead..

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      • Seve0wns said:

        I don’t think it’s dull for him to be after quality over quantity, the other demon lords had dozens of years more to amass war potential, so he can’t hope to catch up to that in a few months, his only hope is to use the special trait of his medal to get the most top-quality monsters he can, and try to fight quantity with quality.

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      • This fight of three knights against 200 monsters have proven that you would be totally dead the moment your protection ended, if you were one of the Demon Lords.

        1) Sustaining your battle potential is the MOST IMPORTANT factor in any battle. It is FAR MORE important than whittling down the enemy at the moment. Ever heard of Pyrrhic victory?! It’s a victory at a cost of resources (soldier are the most important resources, by the way) so great, that it’s more debilitating than actually surrendering earlier on. That’s what happens when you treat your soldiers as disposables.

        2) In a world where one monster can massacre dozens without effort, quality is WAY more important than quantity. Sure, he CAN use imitation medals alone for tons of crappy monsters…but that will increase his DP costs even more as he’ll need more space to keep them. They will also die so fast, that they will be pointless. Instead of making them with medals, it would be far more efficient to make Maelstrom’s of the stronger monsters he have that give unlimited amount of monsters (one per day) that have true and tested combat power.

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  6. Thanks for the chapter desu~

    Irritation and joy? That sounds amusing to see at the same time.

    I really think that Despair is being controlled like a puppet though.

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  7. Seve0wns said:

    Thanks for a great translation once more, and please be safe out there! Reading one the comments, an idea came upon me, what if [Black], or anti-Procell’s alliance has control over lilith, and using Belial’s relationship with her to blackmail Belial into doing what he wants?

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  8. DarkWolf908 said:

    Thanks for the chapter

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  9. Thanks for another great translation! I fear that black is trying to control this kid since he has the darkness angels or whatever so he has something black to control. I also worry that the black golem might end up becoming blacks new unstoppable body with a very calculating brain and arms to attack both close range with swordsand arms for long range with guns. Plus even if he can’t co tell them he can also take data from the other two as they fight to use in his own calculations.

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  10. Miserys_End said:

    Cheers for the chapter, and all your hard work!

    Treated as equipment huh… guess that makes sense. Though I feel in a way it does confirm my suspicion that children of summoned/spawned monsters are not necessarily bound to the dungeon like their perents are. I wonder if it’s just a default setting until they leave or if at some poi t they are indoctrinated and pledge their loyalties on their own. In either case I’m sure more loop holes exist in this dungeon mechanic.

    Hope you are all safe out in Koronaland!

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    • I’m not sure what with that suspicion, but it’s one of the first world-building things we learned.

      Children are not connected to the dungeon. As such, children of monsters are the only ones that will NOT disappear when the dungeon will due to destruction of the crystal. It was explained when talking about the Fire dungeon, I think.

      Now, what was not explained is the contract thing, which appeared only here out of the blue. But it’s safe to assume that things that weren’t bound to dungeon will stay not bound to it, and the contract would only make them obey the Demon Lord for the duration of it. Just like contracts tend to be.

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  11. kirindas said:

    Thanks for the new chapter!

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  12. Thanks for the chapter.
    Hope you are good and keeping safe.

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  13. Please stay safe and thanks for the treat.

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  14. Thank you!

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  15. Thanks

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  16. CaTastrophy427 said:

    Thanks for the chapter, I was just thinking about this novel earlier today lmao.

    Quick question you’re under no obligation to answer: How’re you doing, given, y’know, corona, layoffs, panic buying, and whatever else comes with those issues?

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    • Scared but not panicking. Have procured supplies, but not to the point of hoarding.

      So, thankfully, I’m quite fine, for now…
      Thanks for asking. Hopefully, you are too.

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