I’m able to grasp the general circumstances from that.
“In other words, you’re a human type magic?” (Arnos)
Eleonor’s eyes go round in surprise.
“…..That’s amazing Arnos-kun. You really did understand.” (Eleonor)
“I had also theorised about creating humanoid type magic. I even created the formula to experiment with.” (Arnos)
“….Did it work?” Eleonor asks a bit timidly.
“I didn’t try it.” (Arnos)
“You’ll understand if you consider it a bit. It would be an act of sheer madness.” (Arnos)
Eleonor smiles in relief.
“That’s right. It really is…..” (Eleonor)
Eleonor was looking down as she uttered those words but now she looks up.
“But 2000 years ago there was a person that reached that height of madness. Did you know him Arnos-kun? The commander of the Gairadeite demon king subjugation force?” (Eleonor)
Thats a nostalgic title. His power was inferior to Kanon but his obsession in defeating the mazoku was bottomless.
“Commander Jerga had a strong grudge against the mazoku and that didn’t change after the demon king of tyranny died and the world was separated by the walls. Someday the wall will disappear. Someday the demon king of tyranny will reincarnate. He prepared for those times. He believed his fight would never end until the demon king of tyranny was completely destroyed, so he created the hero academy to preserve and pass on his grudge against the demon king to future generations of children.” (Eleonor)
“Stupid is the only thing you can say to that.” (Arnos)
“Yeah, that’s right. That’s what I think as well. At that time there were also people who thought like Arnos-kun does.” (Eleonor)
I don’t even need to ask who that was.
“The hero Kanon.” (Arnos)
“Indeed. Kanon objected to the establishment of the academy. The demon king of tyranny only wants peace he kept saying. He only did what he did because it was a war and he was protecting his people. His position was no different from ours. Sadly, even though he was the hero not many people believed him……” (Eleonor)
It’s not hard to see why that was.
It wouldn’t be possible to count the number of humans I killed in the great war.
If such persuasion was possible back then then I wouldn’t have needed to create the wall.
“The hero Kanon insisted that the demon king laid down his life to create that wall but as expected everyone thought that was a lie. Kanon was kind about the mazoku and said he wanted the demon king of tyranny to be reborn and have a fresh start.” (Eleonor)
Did everyone think the kind Kanon who killed the demon king was lied to and he believed it?
It now seems that Eleonor was born after the demon king of tyranny was renamed to Avos Dillheavia.
“But after meeting Arnos-kun and learning you are the demon king of tyranny I thought Kanon wasn’t lying after all.” (Eleonor)
“Why’s that?” (Arnos)
“You don’t kill for no reason and the <Gavel> incident. If you hadn’t stopped its time everyone would have died.” (Eleonor)
“That was only by chance.” (Arnos)
“So that’s the pretence you’re going with.” (Eleonor)
Eleonor raises her finger.
“Anyway, in the end, the opinion of commander Jerga carried more weight and the hero academy was established.” (Eleonor)
“What about Kanon?” (Arnos)
“…..He seemed to give up and decided to believe in the future mazoku and humans. A future where the mazoku will not attack the humans and the humans wouldn’t be stupid enough to start a war with them.” (Eleonor)
It’s really naive but that was that mans determination.
If no one draws the bow then no hatred can be born. Was that his belief?
“However, Commander Jerga was well aware of how easily hatred can fade with time. Anger too will also disappear one day. No matter how much you talk about it and establish the hero academy those that fought in the great war will one day die and that hatred for the mazoku will disappear.” (Eleonor)
Humans don’t live long. Forget 1000 years in just several hundred years hatred and the fact that there was even a war would disappear from peoples hearts. Nothing you write in a history book will alter that fact.
“And that was what commander Jerga was most afraid of.” (Eleonor)
“And that’s why he turned his origin into <Ask>?” (Arnos)
Eleanor’s eyes widened and she laughed.
“……You really are amazing. You’ve understood everything……” (Eleonor)
“Hardly. When I used <Ask> I heard a strange voice that’s all.” (Arnos)
I didn’t remember right away because it gave off a different impression from his real voice but thinking back it was Jerga.
“2000 years ago the gods also meddled in the great war. It’s not within the scope of human power to turn their origin into magic power but if the holy water and a gods power are combined it would be possible.” (Arnos)
The formula for <Ask> is 2000 years old but when I used it I got a different result. The only reason for that would be if the world’s system was rewritten by a god.
“Yes, it’s like Arnos-kun says. Commander Jerga threw away his life and entrusted his feelings, resentment, hatred and revenge for the mazoku to <Ask>. All the textbooks in the hero academy were altered to say that when you use <Ask> you hear Kanons voice and if you follow it you can become a hero.” (Eleonor)
So all the students think that’s Kanon’s voice?
“The more you use <Ask> the more feelings of revenge and hatred against the mazoku will be planted in you by the magic. Those in Jergakanon will be told in detail how cruel the mazoku were to humans. With this, Jerga’s thoughts and memories will never cease and will hold on until the rebirth of the demon king of tyranny.” (Eleonor)
I knew that man held a grudge more than anyone else but peace was just around the corner.
A humans life is short so I thought I would spare that life.
All of this is probably due to my naivety. 2000 years ago I should have destroyed that man.
“I expect Kanon couldn’t watch this happening?” (Arnos)
“Kanon firmly opposed commander Jergas magic. Though their numbers were small Kanon did have supporters. Commander Jerga probably thought they might become difficult later on.” (Eleonor)
“So he had him killed?” (Arnos)
“……Yes….. Many people started saying they wanted their children and grandchildren to live without those type of feelings. The number of people agreeing with Kanon gradually increased especially amongst those thinking of their families. Commander Jerga had many allies though and they waited for a chance for Kanon to drop his guard and killed him making sure he couldn’t revive. Even though Kanon had 7 origins he couldn’t revive if that method was taken away.” (Eleonor)
This is a strange story.
“Even I couldn’t kill that man. There’s no way humans killed him no matter what gap they found in his armour.” (Arnos)
“That’s right…. After I investigated it I found Kanon did have a way to revive but he never did. I’m sure he was disgusted by the humans.” (Eleonor)
It’s not an unreasonable thought for a man who fought and sacrificed everything for his people only to be cut down by them.
Did that guy who stood up countless times against the demon king lose his willpower when stabbed from behind by his own allies?
“The hero Kanon who tried to save the humans was no longer a hero and never again appeared on the front stage of history. Because he wanted nothing to do with <Ask> he never appeared at the hero academy either. He might have quietly disappeared without even bothering to reincarnate and even if he did reincarnate he’s never fought as a hero again.” (Elenor)
Is that why she said that the Kanon I knew no longer existed?
“Why were you born?” (Arnos)
A pained expression momentarily crosses Eleonors face.
“….Commander Jerga’s origin became two magics. The first one was <Ask> and the second one was me Origin Womb <Eleonor>.” (Eleonor)
If this happened directly after the war then she’d know that the demon king of tyranny was called Arnos Voldigod.
“Did it take time for the magic to take form then?” (Arnos)
“I’m a failure. I don’t know if <Ask> took all the hatred and anger but even though I’m a human type magic I have no hatred for the mazoku. I was supposed to inherit the personality of commander Jerga and teach here in the hero academy. They wiped my memories over and over and remade me many times but to no avail.” (Eleonor)
I see. So Jergas plan didn’t go as expected either.
“300 years later the heroes of that era finally made a decision. It was impossible to remake me how they wanted so they decided to use me only as magic.” (Eleonor)
Eleonor looks over at the holy water balls containing Zeshia.
“<Eleonor> is a magic to make origin clones.” (Eleonor)
Fumu. As I expected.
“So Zeshia and Diego are born by duplicating their origin with magic?” (Arnos)
It’s not that they revied after having their origin destroyed but its actually another person that’s indistinguishable from the one that died.
Strictly speaking, they are not exactly the same but the differences will be so small that even I with my demon eyes will not be able to tell. They will also have the same power as the original origin.
“From the heroes of that time, they picked the most suitable origins and refined them. Zeshia is an origin clone specialised in combat ability but the trade-off was her feelings and words were lost. Diego is an origin clone specialised in education. He has good affinity with magic but he’s the most susceptible one to Jerga’s voice.” (Eleonor)
Zeshia is a soldier while Diego’s role is to be the educator who implants the hatred in the new heroes.
“I’ve been watching them live lifelessly for a long time. Because I’m magic even if this body dies I’ll be reincarnated immediately and <Eleonor> can continue giving birth to them only for them to die full of hate.” (Eleonor)
Elenor gazed into my eyes.
“As long as <Eleonor> exists in this world neither Zeshia, Deigo nor the hero academy can find happiness. So Arnos-kun please.” (Eleonor)
Eleonor asks me earnestly.
“Kill me <Eleonor> that is originally commander Jerga’s origin. If Arnos-kun can destroy origins then he can kill me.” (Eleonor)
“Well it should be possible but I do have one concern.” (Arnos)
“What’s that?” (Eleonor)
Even at this time, she’s smiling at me without a care.
“Don’t you think your happiness should also be taken into account? (Arnos)
Eleonor was momentarily speechless before letting out a small laugh.
“….Hey Arnos-kun…..” (Eleonor)
She looks down sadly.
“….I couldn’t protect them. The children I gave birth to I couldn’t protect even one of them. I couldn’t even make one of them happy…..” (Eleonor)
Slight tears appeared in her eyes.
“Again and again….. over 1000 years, almost 1500 years….. I just kept killing….” (Eleonor)
A transparent drop rolls down her cheek before mixing with the holy water and disappearing.
“…..I’m magic that creates hatred and fosters misery….. I don’t want to give birth to these unhappy children anymore….. also.” (Eleonor)
Her voice is full of heartbreak as she pushes herself to talk like she’s punishing herself.
“…….I only gave birth to unhappiness. How can I ask to be happy…..” (Eleonor)
“Fumu. I understand.” (Arnos)
She aimlessly looks at my face.
I open both hands and point to the innumerable Zeshia’s floating around us.
“In other words, all I have to do is make everyone here happy.”