There was almost a tingling to the air in the auditorium.
The royals from our side are angry with the heroes and they, in turn, are angry due to the humiliation they just received.
Does this class even have a point any more?
The low voice of Diego echoed out in the heavy atmosphere coating the auditorium.
“Holy swords are swords blessed mainly by the gods. They have magic power and chose their owners. Swords can also become holy swords if a spirit inhabits the blade. Apart from those two cases, there is no other way to create holy swords.” (Diego)
Diego looked like someone being made to swallow boiling water as he talked.
At his words, murmurings came from the demon king academy side causing Diego to stop and clear his throat.
“Of course, there are exceptions to everything.” (Diego)
Throwing out that line in desperation Diego continues.
“Holy swords are very rare items that you cannot just make more of even if you want to. Demon swords are great in that they can be mass-produced but holy swords are of a higher quality. That’s because on top of their own magic power they can also have the power of the gods and spirits reside within them. That is also what gives them their holy radiance.” (Diego)
He’s not wrong per se in saying that holy swords are of a higher quality. There are demon swords with weak magic powers whereas all holy swords have strong magic. Also, most holy swords can seal a mazoku’s power. That ability is the main reason for most of the mazoku deaths.
It’s one of the reasons that humans who are inferior to the mazoku in both strength and magic were barely able to oppose the mazoku.
“It’s said that the number of holy swords existing in the world is 88. Amongst those 88 the legendary holy sword used by the hero Kanon is regarded as the finest. The spirit god sword Evance Mana. 2000 years ago a master craftsman forged it before the gods blessed it and spirits dwelled within it.” (Diego)
Fumu. There’s a nostalgic name. It was a ridiculously powerful magic sword. So much so it wasn’t even possible to think of it as a sword.
Well, it was a sword made exclusively to kill me after all.
“It was lost 2000 years ago but it’s said that when a great disaster comes to this world it will reveal itself along with the hero of legend and bring light back to this world.” (Diego)
So it was lost.
2000 years ago in the whole of Azeshion, only Kanon could wield Evance Mana. With its owner gone it possible the holy sword that picks its own user disappeared. After all, the demon king it was supposed to kill hasn’t existed for 2000 years.
I’m suspicious about it really being lost though. If Aivis’ expectations are correct then whoever is trying to kill me now I’ve reincarnated will need Evance Mana or there’s no point even bothering.
“Speaking of 2000 years ago there’s an interesting anecdote that comes from that time about Mishens necklace. It’s a story about love and reincarnation. Does anyone from the demon king academy know of it?” (Diego)
There’s no way a mazoku from Deiruheido will anything about an Azeshion anecdote.
Naturally, no one raised their hand and after seeing this Deigo started gloating.
Yare yare. What a petty person. Even I’m starting to feel embarrassed for him.
“So nobody knows? Well, it can’t be helped. Then can somebody from the hero academy side please expl——” (Diego)
“Mishens necklace is said to have been given to lovers when one of them went to the battlefield.” (Arnos)
Deigo gritted his teeth when I answered.
Fumu. A hit. Looks like the story didn’t change but then again there’d be no point changing a common myth like this.
If it wasn’t magic related then I wouldn’t have known it but luckily this a story from before I reincarnated so naturally, I know it.
“2000 years ago in the early days of the war, most of the humans that went to the battlefield did not survive. Therefore they made a wish on Mishens necklace that they would be tied together with their lovers and would be reborn in the same era. The shell of the Mishens shellfish that lives in Gairadeite lake is broken in two and made into two necklaces. One was worn by the lover staying behind and the other was worn by the one that went to the battlefield.” (Arnos)
Diego just glares at me. It seems all he really wants to do it make us mazoku look like idiots.
“The Mishens shellfish live by drinking the sacred water of the lake and are said to be messengers of the gods. The humans of the time believed that the divided shells would guide the two origins to each other after death so they could meet.” (Arnos)
From my perspective, the Mishens shell doesn’t have the power to act on someone’s origin though I understand there may be times when people want to cling to something.
Whenever I killed a human that wore a Mishens necklace I always cast Reincarnation <Silica> on them. Magic is greatly controlled by the heart after all. If their desires were genuine then they may very well meet each other again when they are reborn.
Of course, it could have been that me doing that was just a way for me to soothe my conscience a little bit.
“In the latter half of the war hope arose in Gairadeite due to the activities of the hero Kanon. Many more people returned from the battlefield wearing Mishens necklaces and married their lovers. After that, the necklaces were simply called shellfish necklaces and the custom of combining the two shells into one and presenting it to your lover was born.” (Arnos)
As peace approached people began to see hope which sounds good but some were simply trying to turn away from reality.
Only Gairadeite who had the hero was barely able to hold back the invasion of the mazoku. In the rest of Azeshion, the humans were being steadily hunted down.
“In addition, if someone was seeking marriage the tradition was born of dividing the necklace and only wearing one half to signal their desire for marriage. That tradition still persists to this day.” (Arnos)
Finishing my explanation Deigo simply grumbles.
The bell rings signalling the end of class.
“Okay then. Next class starts in 10 minutes.” (Diego)
Diego leaves the hall in a hurry.
“It’s regrettable that our competition couldn’t be completed Demon king academy onii-san.” (Heine)
Heine smiled at me with a generous smile.
“What are you talking about? This game is my win. You teacher acknowledged your loss.” (Arnos)
“Tch. How shrewd.” Heine said without a hint a shyness or timidity.
If I believed that this game had no winner then <Zekt> becomes invalid. Which one of us is the shrewd one Heine?
“Do you want to know about the hero Kanon?” (Heine)
Kanon was killed by the humans and there’s a mountain of things I want to ask about that but Eleonor says its a secret. I won’t be asking you.
<Zekt> was only valid for one answer per question. If I ask too ambiguous a question then the answer can be just as ambiguous.
“I’ll ask another question. Do you know the name of the demon king of tyranny?” (Arnos)
“……..Is that okay? You want me to say it here?” (Heine)
“I don’t care.” (Arnos)
“Avos Dilleavia.” (Heine)
You can’t lie under the effect of <Zekt> and I can’t see any evidence that the contract has been forcibly altered or destroyed. It seems he really doesn’t know the name of the demon king of tyranny.
“Something wrong?” (Heine)
“No, I just wanted to confirm something.” (Arnos)
Heine flashes a mischievous smile.
“By the way, do you know about tomorrow? Were going to have a test between our two schools.” (Heine)
“Fumu. Do you want to bet again?” (Arnos)
“Yeah. Tomorrow’s test is going to be a good honest fight all fair and square.” (Heine)
Heine holds out his hand with an innocent look on his face.
“My my. It doesn’t sound like you are saying to you are going to cheat and be underhanded at all.” (Arnos)
I smile back at Heine while shaking his hand.
“No way. Please look forward to tomorrow onii-san. I’m sure you’ll be surprised.” (Heine)
Heine and the other two head back to their side.
What’s he planning? Not that it matters as the result will be the same as today.
“Hey hey, Misa. Is that the shellfish necklace Arnos-sama was on about earlier?”
The fan union girls are gathering around Misa’s seat.
“Ah….it looks like it…….” (Misa)
Misa’s words become vague.
“Hang on. This reaction is suspicious. Really suspicious Misa. Did someone buy it for you?”
Fumu. How sharp.
“Ah…ahahaha…..that’s not true…..I bought this myself.” (Misa)
“Hmmm. Is that so?”
“Did someone give it to you who bought it themselves?”
“It’s got to be.”
“No way! Did you get it from Arnos-sama!?”
“You’re wrong! I really bought it myself!” (Misa)
“Will you bet your life on that statement?”
Misa answers while being pressured.
“Eh? Has the first lesson finished already?”
Turning around I see Ray standing there.
“It’s just finished.” (Arnos)
“Really? Guess I overslept a little.” (Ray)
Without caring in the slightest Ray searches for a free seat.
“Is here free Misa?” (Ray)
“Ah, yes. It’s fine.” (Misa)
Ray sits next to Misa and looks at the necklace she’s wearing.
“You’re wearing it? I’m glad.” (Ray)
Misa looks really awkward and looks around at the fan union girls who are now looking at Misa with great interest.
All their eyes are asking the same question.
Misa answers like she’s given up and all the fan union girls lean back in surprise before they all move away from Misa and face each other.
“Yes! She said yes!”
“That means Ray-kun gave it to Misa!?”
“Eh? But Ray-kun is with Arnos-sama……”
“Then that means…….”
“In other words……”
“She’s keeping indirect company with Arnos-samaaaaaaaaaaa!!”
It seems they reached their conclusion from a rather slanted angle.