I will parry everything to become the greatest adventurer! - Chapter 19
Chapter 19: Disquieting Movement
The prince returned to his office, looks of concern sprinkled all over his face.
Just a few moments before, he had been out in the city, trying to collect information about the recent events that plagued the country.
However, he hadn’t learned anything yet.
There was nothing in the city that looked out of the ordinary.
The prince muttered to himself, “I need to find some sort of lead….”
Something was bound to happen soon.
He needed to look for any sort of warning.
He had already instructed all the intelligence personnel he had at his disposal to collect as much information as they could.
However, nothing has come out of it just yet.
They had been told to talk to the townspeople and look for any relevant information that they might have.
The prince believed this to be a rather reliable procedure, but he didn’t believe that such a lengthy process would bear much fruit at a time like this.
There was simply too little time, and too few men.
The prince was growing impatient now.
“Someone’s coming,” he thought to himself.
Upon hearing footsteps in the corridor, he stored the classified documents he had been reading back into his drawer.
These footsteps were light, so they probably did not belong to Dalken, the Chief of Staff of the Royal Knights.
So, who could it be?
Perhaps a member of the intelligence personnel has retrieved some relevant information?
As the prince sat in suspense, he was greeted by a knock on his door.
“I bring information,” a voice said from behind the door.
A young man entered the room, offering a salute on his way in.
“Sire, a goblin emperor was spotted in the Monster’s Forest.”
The prince was taken aback by the news, standing up in shock.
“A goblin emperor?!”
“The creature has already been eliminated by Princess Rinneburg and Lord Noru. No damage has been confirmed just yet. The guards stationed at the forest are investigating it as we speak.”
“Rin and Noru…?”
At the very least, goblin emperors were classified as an A-rank monster along with the goblin kings. However, everybody knew that they could be much, much stronger than that.
Even several A-rank adventurers working together may not be enough to beat such monsters.
However, since Noru had already beaten the Minotaur, it wasn’t strange that he was able to take it on with Rin.
However, if Rin had been alone, she probably would have been killed easily.
The prince broke in a cold sweat.
“We have already talked to Princess Rinneburg. She has told us that on top of the goblin’s forehead was a high purity magical gem, likely the same type as before.”
The creation of a goblin emperor requires a form of dark magic not known to many. It is performed by embedding a magical gem into the skin of a goblin and infusing a huge amount of magical energy into it. This procedure can quickly go wrong, so many international laws were put in place to forbid it.
The prince knew of all this.
However, what he didn’t know was how such powerful magical gems could be found.
“With those kinds of gems… How powerful was that thing?”
“According to the report, the corpse of the monster was several times larger than that of a goblin king’s.”
“This is absurd!”
The magical gems used to summon the Minotaur the other day had a ridiculously high purity, as well as an extraordinary size.
Apparently, the gem used to create the goblin emperor had about the same quality.
That was insane.
Both gems would easily be considered as national treasures here.
What’s more, to use such a gem on a disposable monster?
Who were these people?
There was almost no doubt in the Prince’s mind that this was the doing of the Mage country.
However, the only gem known to have that much power was the “Demon’s Heart” in Mithra.
Could they be working together?
“How long was that thing in the forest?” the prince asked.
“It had a high-level concealment spell placed on it, so nobody really knows. But, our estimates say that it’s likely been there for a couple of days now.”
A goblin emperor had been roaming the capital for a few days…
What was going on?
Has somebody been developing new magical tools from the remains of the labyrinth?
How did someone carry such a gigantic creature here anyway?
It couldn’t have been transported through conventional methods.
Did they force it to walk?
That may have been possible…
There were too many things to think about.
However, the prince knew he couldn’t let himself get frustrated now.
He knew he had to stay calm.
“If it was hidden using a concealment spell, did anybody else encounter it?” the prince asked.
“Since the medicinal herbs in Monster’s Forest are out of season, fewer adventurers traveled there recently, and it seems that nobody was missing. However, three days ago, the guild master told us that the number of goblins in the forest was dwindling, and he wanted to have the goblin elimination quests limited.”
“3 days ago… did the same thing happen in other areas?”
“We haven’t finished organizing everything yet, but all the reports we have so far are in this folder.”
“Ah, may I see?”
The prince took the folder from the man and began to skim through its papers.
Most were reports from random citizens.
At first glance, all the information was unrelated.
“I can’t sleep at night because of a suspicious noise,” “People are missing their pets,” “My grandfather went missing yesterday after a walk,” “My husband disappeared,” “The neighborhood forest is too quiet,” “My livestock is terrified,” etc.
The prince read everything carefully, mapping out the locations of these incidents in his head.
As he analysed more and more reports, a picture was suddenly being formed.
Every report had been from around a certain location—everything was becoming clearer.
When the meaning of these reports finally dawned, he became rather irritated.
“From now on, we need someone who can detect concealment spells at my command. Call an emergency meeting with the Rokusei. As soon as we have gathered them, request an audience with the king. Hurry!” the prince ordered.
As soon as the prince finished his orders, the man immediately left the room and ran down the hallway.
The prince was now boiling with rage as he let out a loud cry.
The prince slammed his fist on his office desk.
His fist was now bleeding.
He could no longer stay calm.
To be fair, who could stay calm in this situation anyway?
He should have noticed this earlier.
This all could have been avoided.
It may be too late now.
A wave of powerful anger raged within the prince.
Eventually, his intense frustration reached its limit, and he exploded.
“What more can I do? What more can we do?” he screamed to himself in his empty office room.
He knew that the Mage Empire was going for the labyrinth relics, but to go this far?
Until now, he had actually believed the negotiations were going to work.
“This is too much!” the prince groaned as he fell to his desk of bloodied papers in despair.