Chapter 65:

Vol. 5 Chapter 2- Welcome to Triun, Roprase! Part 1

Hour Empty Child

The Avian, known as the ‘Valliant Steed’ as called by Hikari, flew over the now night sky, the moon could be seen above the avian while the clouds below acted as roads for it.Bookmark here

Near the window in the bright room and sitting on the soft sofa was Kudo who has lost all spirit. He sighed so heavily that his remaining spirit could have been seen coming out.Bookmark here

“I didn’t think it would be so troublesome to sign those papers just to be in Lerabelum.”Bookmark here

His sighing and loss of energy were all because of the strenuous tasks of signing each paper that Hikari gave him in order to enter into Lerabelum.Bookmark here

His right hand ached as he had to sign over and over his name in terrible writing which Kudo did not like seeing repeatedly.Bookmark here

“Of course it is,” Kasara voiced in, walking towards the sofa and sat down on it near Kudo. Bookmark here

“Lerabelum is a place that’s teeming with valuable resources and powerful monsters to gain experience. Though, its difficulty is another story.”Bookmark here

Hearing that, another sigh escaped Kudo’s lips. Kudo got up and peered through the window glass, seeing the vast sky and endless array of clouds before him.Bookmark here

Kasara looked up to him, and from the brightness of the room, showcased his jade-colored eyes and azure-colored hair even more so than usual.Bookmark here

(He really is the spitting image of Master…)Bookmark here

A feeling of déjà vu passed through her when seeing his eyes. However, unlike the confident and haughty eyes of his mother, he had a distant look that stretched farther than the horizon.Bookmark here

“How am I going to see her again…?”Bookmark here

In Kudo’s eyes, flashing memories of Hinota rolled into his mind, only making his predicament even more unbearable.Bookmark here

“Are you talking about Hinota?” Kasara took notice of the context.Bookmark here

“If I’m this far away, how am I going to talk to her again?”Bookmark here

Kudo let out the worry seething in his heart. Kasara’s heart stung at the mention of her little sister, but then, seeing his concern, a feeling of content filled her up. Her lips curled up into a smile.Bookmark here

“You really care about her.”Bookmark here

Kudo looked back to Kasara.Bookmark here

“She’s my best friend in the whole world. How could I not care about her?”Bookmark here

Forming a smile that seemed to correlate with his fondness, Kasara was taken by surprise. Feeling content, Kasara shrugged as she smirked:Bookmark here

“Is that so?” Kasara composed herself from her elation before answering. “Tell me what makes her so great, then.”Bookmark here

“O-Oh! Of course!”Bookmark here

Kudo’s tiredness was blown away, and now he became joyous as he told everything that he thought about Hinota to her older sister. Kasara nodded to each one of his praises and stories about her, a warm smile crossing her face as she listened intently.Bookmark here

Sitting aside from them was Kagero who watched the scene in silence, smirking at his partner who was chatting so vividly with Kudo. On the other side,Hikari’s eyes glinted from the conversation they just had.Bookmark here

(Sounds interesting…) Hikari thought as she made a luxuriant smirk.Bookmark here

Then they heard some kind of feedback noise through the speakers around the room, getting everyone’s attention.Bookmark here

“We have finally reached Roprase airspace! Everyone, prepare for landing!”Bookmark here

An excited voice rang through the room. As everyone started to move, Kudo’s heart raced now that he was finally here. He turned back around to see the window once more, and sure enough, the ‘Steed’ started descending, and once more, he saw the land underneath the clouds.Bookmark here

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Finally descending onto land, the ‘Valiant Steed’ makes its way towards the ground. However, unlike the grassland of the forest, or the rocky terrain of the mountain, it was an entirely new land.Bookmark here

It was ground made out of black asphalt——marked with several white lines with lightened lamps on them to guide the ‘Steed’ towards to the surface easily.Bookmark here

Underneath the Steed were the wheels that have appeared out from within its hull, helping the Steed land on the ground with ease which shook the Avian, causing a small scream to be let out from within.Bookmark here

Of course, that scream came from Kudo.Bookmark here

After a while, the avian finally ceased moving, and have successfully landed. The door opens up, revealing Kagero, Kasara, and Hikari where the wind of the country air blew on them as they set outside, a set of stairs came out from underneath the door for them to step on.Bookmark here

After the adults came out, Kudo’s head peered out from the entrance, turned his head left and right before he slowly got himself out of the avian through the stairs. He looked out towards the land and his jaw dropped.Bookmark here

For the first time, he was seeing land made entirely out of black ground. White lines were painted on the ground, and other types of Avians that looked similar, but less decorated, like the ‘Valiant Steed’ were stationed there as well. Thanks to the small lamp lights on the white lines, Kudo would have walked in complete darkness since the moon was behind the clouds.Bookmark here

As he stepped down, and finally touched the ground himself, he body felt strangely lifted. An exotic energy overwhelmed him which made his skin get goosebumps.Bookmark here

This is the first time that he has ever stepped onto a new country. It felt so much like a fantasy where he would hear from his books, but it was actually the reality set upon him—by force—thanks to his mother.Bookmark here

To regain his senses, he touched the ground several times, patting it with his fingers. The ground was rough, thick and hard, to his hands.Bookmark here

“Kudo, this is asphalt. It’s used on roads for Ames and Avians to drive in.”Bookmark here

Kasara gave a small lesson on the ground, getting Kudo to widen in surprise, saying ‘I see’ as he stepped on the ground multiple times to feel it. Kagero chuckled at the sight of the country bumpkin.Bookmark here

“Now then,” Hikari turned back after seeing Shokan getting out of the Steed. “Let’s head on—”Bookmark here

“—Miss Valkyria!”Bookmark here

The once regal Hikari contorted her expression into disgust after hearing an old, hoarse voice rang out. She turned, getting the others including Kudo to look at the three robed men closing in on them.Bookmark here

The three of them marched towards the group, each having a sharpened look that seemed to glower at Hikari. Especially the middle one, whose scowling beady eyes seem to focus entirely on her with gritted teeth.Bookmark here

Kudo noticed their appearances that looked like they were of importance. Their robes had a white top over their shoulders, an insignia on the top where he believed is the country they are in right now.Bookmark here

“Horin,” Hikari spoke as if she said something foul. “I should have figured that you would be waiting for me. Did you make an accident at the meeting?”Bookmark here

“Because of you, it was disastrous! Do you know how difficult it was to hold a meeting with one of the councillors of Triun missing?!”Bookmark here

He snapped back at her sarcastic comments, a vein could be seen throbbing on his near-bald forehead.Bookmark here

“You can’t just do whatever you want without consulting us first!”Bookmark here

The other councilman besides Horin shouted which made Hikari heave a sigh, a tired look on her face.Bookmark here

“How can anyone be able to trust you all if you can’t even handle meetings without the rest of you? That’s just being lazy…”Bookmark here

“That’s not the issue!”Bookmark here

Horin pointed at Hikari as he snapped back, but as they closed in, they noticed the young teenager who became intimidated by the screaming men, a sweat streaming down his head.Bookmark here

“You…” Horin’s tone lowered, gritting his teeth. “You have brought a foreigner to this country without consent!? That goes against the resolute laws of Roprase, and everywhere else in Lerabelum! You know better than this, and yet you bring him here?!”Bookmark here

The sudden shouting of the old man caused Kudo to shrink back in fear. Just by being here, he is already being punished, and what’s worse, his mother was getting punished as well.Bookmark here

But then Hikari put her hand on his shoulder, catching him as he looked up in response. Somehow, he felt safe being in her arms as Hikari formed a frown.Bookmark here

“This boy has already signed the documents needed to live here,” Hikari turned to face Shokan, who has passed the set of papers she was holding to Hikari. Hikari then lifted the papers for the old men to see.Bookmark here

“Even if he has signed the documents for a passport,” Horin rebutted. “If he doesn’t pay his clearance fees, then he’s standing illegally on Roprase soil. Of course, as the one who brought him here, you will also be punished along with the boy.”Bookmark here

Horin lowered his beady steel gaze at Hikari, an awkward smile was raised by her.Bookmark here

“Surely, you can turn a blind eye to this…” Bookmark here

“That, I’m afraid, I cannot do. Even if it is for you, Miss Valkyria, there are limits that should never be crossed, and you just did that.”Bookmark here

Horin stubbornly refused, not giving an inch for Hikari. She narrowed her eyes as Kudo felt that something was off.Bookmark here

(It’s like… he wants this…)Bookmark here

Kudo could notice that Horin obviously does not get along with Hikari, and of course, if Hikari does something that’s against the law, then he will quickly act on it. Kudo couldn’t tell whether this man was just upholding the law, or was just cornering Hikari.Bookmark here

“If he can’t pay a total of 500,000 Jib for all of the clearance fees, then I will have no choice but to take the both of you to justice.”Bookmark here

Horin placed his arms behind him, shooting a severe gaze on her. The other two beside him, however, made a small sneer of which they failed to hide in front of Kudo.Bookmark here

“Master,” Kasara closed in on Hikari to whisper. “Even if you can pay for him, they won’t allow anyone else to pay his clearance fees.”Bookmark here

“I know…” Hikari made a bitter expression at the reality.Bookmark here

“Then, what do we do?”Bookmark here

Hikari pursed her lips as she puts her mind into working overdrive to turn this situation around. Kagero narrowed his eyes at the cowardly tactic from the councilmen.Bookmark here

But as Hikari was figuring out on what to do, she received a tug on her shirt, getting her to look back at Kudo.Bookmark here

“Hey, that 500,000 jib fee…” He looked up with a curious gaze. “Is that all I have to pay?”Bookmark here

Hikari, Kasara, and Kagero looked back in surprise.
The councilmen also put on a surprised expression from hearing that.Bookmark here

“Y-Yeah…” Hikari answered dumbfoundedly, getting Kudo to nod once before he turned away.Bookmark here

He opened up the Magic Bag on his hip, and entered his hand into its dimensional space. After a moment passed, Kudo pulled out a brown pouch, jingling as it was brought up. He took a quick look inside to count its contents.Bookmark here

Rare 10,000 jib coins that were colored differently than other coins, a golden coin that seemed to reflect real treasure. Inside, there were 50 of those coins which the Magic Bag made it easy to take out.Bookmark here

He handed the pouch to Hikari, widening her eyes as she took a peek inside alongside Kasara and Kagero, making their mouths gape.Bookmark here

“I-I hope this is okay…” Kudo worried. “Does Jib from Peranim still count as money here?”Bookmark here

Seeing the money herself, Hikari made a huge grin on her face, wrinkling her brows into a furrowed expression.Bookmark here

“Of course it does! Looks like he can stay after all!”Bookmark here

Hikari spoke proudly as she throws the pouch to Horin, getting him to be hit on his chest which took out his breath for a moment, his arms fumbling around before he managed to catch it. After giving a scowl at Hikari, he looked inside the pouch along with the two men, and all three dropped their jaws. Kudo exhaled a sigh of relief knowing that it counted.Bookmark here

“Now,” Hikari said in a condenscending tone. “If there are no more issues, then I would like to be on my way home.”Bookmark here

Hikari motioned her party behind her, getting them all to move ahead while Kagero placed his hands on Kudo’s shoulders as he pushed him, giving a ‘nice job’ while putting on a satisfied smile.Bookmark here

On the way, Kudo took a glance at Horin who showed a throbbing vein on his forehead as his teeth grinded together. Kudo instantly looked away, his body shivering from the angered aura emanating from him.Bookmark here

As they move ahead, finally seeing a building at the end of the asphalt ground. They took a turn towards an opening where wired gates surrounded the entire space.Bookmark here

“What is that place?”Bookmark here

“It’s called an airport.” Kagero pointed at the big building. “It’s a facility that lets citizens use Avians to travel to different countries.”Bookmark here

Kagero answered Kudo’s question on the stone building that they just passed as they head out.Bookmark here

Once they got out, Kudo saw another street that was the same asphalt ground like before, however, it was a rarrow street, something which it looked like only vehicles go through.Bookmark here

But when he saw above the street, he widened his expression into shock.Bookmark here

Giant towers of steel dotted with glass windows covered the entire scenery. Flashing lights from signs, posts, and the vehicles driving by made Kudo’s head dizzy from the sight alone. Dozens of people walked by, each wearing their clothing that seemed so flashy, it was as if they were nobles. Countless noises mashing together into an orchestra of random beeps and skids of the vehicles, along with loud conversations from the citizens walking past him.Bookmark here

He couldn’t compare this to the simple towns he visited in Peranim at all. Not even Olinia can boast such sights, known in his country as the most lavish and populated city in the entire country.Bookmark here

“T-This is… Roprase?”Bookmark here

“That’s the country, Kudo,” Kasara answered. “This is the capital city, Triun. This is where our base is.”Bookmark here

“B-Base…?”Bookmark here

His mind was in complete disarray at all the information given to him, along with this incredible sight. After a momentary dizziness which the three adults enjoyed seeing, Kudo got a hold of himself and asked:Bookmark here

“W-Where are we going?”Bookmark here

Kudo looked up to Hikari, while also glimpsing at Kagero and Kasara who formed a smile to one another as Hikari answered:Bookmark here

“We’re going to our estate, Kudo.”Bookmark here

“Estate…” Kudo left those words out in a daze.Bookmark here

He couldn’t believe that Hikari owned an entire estate, but Kudo’s thoughts were put on hold after Kudo’s ear caught wind of another engine running towards them.
He looked to the side to see a vehicle unlike anything he has ever seen.Bookmark here

First of all, it was a vehicle driving on the asphalt road without any horses driving it.Bookmark here

Second, it was long. Really, really long.Bookmark here

It was sleek black with tinted windows that makes it impossible to see who was driving it. The long vehicle was slowly making its way here, allowing Kasara to take the chance to speak to Kudo.Bookmark here

“Kudo, that’s an Ame, in other words, an Automobile Mana-Engine. Like the Avian, the Ame drives with an engine that runs on mana crystals. The Ame’s doesn’t exhaust mana as much as Avians do, so they don’t need the ley lines in the air. They’re fundamentally better than the carriages you ride in Peranim.”Bookmark here

Kasara put on a teasing smile as she sees Kudo’s gaping expression from hearing that, realizing what an Ame is. The long Ame, with wheels made entirely out of the thickest rubber, slows its speed before coming to a complete stop in front of the group.Bookmark here

The door opens from the right side, revealing again another maid that had similar clothing to Shokan. This time, though, she was smaller in comparison, with brown twin braided tails on the sides of her head, a few bangs over her tanned forehead and yellow eyes. She bowed towards the group. The small maid’s uniform looked exactly the same, however, her headdress’ color was black and white, with yellow corners on each side.Bookmark here

“My apologies for running late,” The small maid greeted with a formal apology.Bookmark here

“No need for that, Chui,” Shokan said as she gestured Chui to Kudo. “This is Chui, our second-in-command. Don’t let her size fool you—she’s more than capable to serve as a Valkyria maid.”Bookmark here

“H-Hello…”Bookmark here

He felt his throat clogging up before making a formal greeting. Chui closed in towards Kudo, and gave a heavy stare to his hair, and then into his eyes.Bookmark here

“H-Hey, could this be… he looks so…”Bookmark here

“Yes, Chui. Like I told you over the phone, this is Kudo.”Bookmark here

Chui continued to stare right into Kudo’s eyes, getting Kudo to feel her breath close to him while seeing her yellow eyes up close.Bookmark here

(A-Are they gonna do this every time?)Bookmark here

Kudo thought nervously as her stare practically pierced into his soul.Bookmark here

“…No way…”Bookmark here

Chui uttered out a gasp before closing her mouth with her delicate-looking hands.Bookmark here

“I-Is this truly, truly Master’s…?”Bookmark here

Chui’s eyes were starting to well up tears as she looked back at Shokan, who gave a smile and a nod.Bookmark here

“K-K-Kyaaaaah!!”Bookmark here

The graceful looking second-in-command shrieked loudly, beating the rest of the noise around the city as she jumped up and down in joy.Bookmark here

Kudo couldn’t show a better-composed face as it twitched from this sudden outburst.Bookmark here

However, it was only temporary as Chui suddenly quieten and clears her throat with a delightful-sounding grunt before speaking:Bookmark here

“Forgive my rudeness. Now, let us go to our estate.”Bookmark here

Finally, her graceful and professional side has return, but Kudo could hardly believe it anymore after seeing that outburst of energy.Bookmark here

Hikari smirked as Chui who looked away, trying to hide her embarrassment by putting on a stoic face as she opened up the doors into the Ame. Compared to the door she went through, the door for the passenger’s seat opened up upwards from the bottom. Everyone got into it quickly except for Kudo who stood and hesitated about entering.Bookmark here

He wondered if this car would shake vigorously like in the Avian, causing him to be still on his feet.Bookmark here

“Come on, Kudo!”Bookmark here

Without asking, Hikari outstretched her hand from inside the Ame, and pulled Kudo into the Ame with ease causing him to shriek in terror.Bookmark here

As he was pulled without remorse into the Ame, it was as if Kudo was back right into the Avian from the design of the inside.Bookmark here

The inside was once again quite spacious, enough to walk around with ease. Seats that lined up the walls of the inside with large windows that allow him to see into the city easily. Kudo imagines that there are secret compartments inside the Ame like there were in the Avian.Bookmark here

But then, he realized something was amiss. The reason was that Kudo was once again sitting on top of Hikari’s lap again, getting him to redden almost immediately and tried to get off, but Hikari held him down before affectionately hugging him again, receiving Kasara and Kagero’s sympathy as Kagero laughed at his misfortune.Bookmark here

The Ame soon turned on its engines, the roar resounded inside the Ame which made Kudo brace himself by holding onto his pant legs for comfort. Suddenly, he was suddenly pushed back from the force of the Ame which have started to drive towards to their location.Bookmark here

Throughout the ride, he imagined that it would shake uncontrollably like in a carriage from Peranim, but nothing like that actually happened. It was a smooth ride, despite that while looking out the window, he saw the buildings passing by in record speed.Bookmark here

Finally letting Kudo off, Hikari watched with glee as Kudo was completely taken in by the atmosphere and the design of the city, looking out the window in excitement while his breath was taken away from him.Bookmark here

Each building, now upon closer look, was as tall as a mountain to him. He saw several places that seemed so strange yet many people visited it. He looked around, and saw a rectangle-shaped screen at the top of a building, showing a well-dressed man talking behind a glossy wooden counter with several words appearing from a small black screen on that counter.Bookmark here

“H-How is that person so big?!”Bookmark here

Kudo believed that the person behind the screen was his actual size, seeing that it was on top of a big building. Kasara moved to the side where Kudo was to answer his curious question.Bookmark here

“Ah, that’s a television. Basically, they show moving pictures called a video that lets people see what other people are doing in another place.”Bookmark here

“T-That’s amazing!” Kudo was beyond astonished. “So you can see another person through that screen?!”Bookmark here

“That’s right, Kudo.”Bookmark here

Kasara couldn’t help but smile warmly from his innocent reaction.Bookmark here

Kudo resumed on looking out, finally noticing the people that seemed to be diverse in races. Several races were together, laughing and talking with each other enjoying their time. He spotted adventurers, by their obvious armor and weapons on hand. However, they wore armor that seemed unlike anything he has seen before in Peranim.Bookmark here

“Hey, Kudo.”Bookmark here

Hikari called him out, getting him to see her curious gaze on him.Bookmark here

“W-What is it?”Bookmark here

“I just wanted to know… what level are you?”Bookmark here

Hikari closed in, her eyes began to gleam as her curiosity was devouring her whole. Kudo also saw the others, Kagero and Kasara, taking an interest to hear what he has to say.Bookmark here

“Umm… I’m level 106. I’m a [B-Rank] adventurer.”Bookmark here

Kasara and Kagero were left awe-struck.Bookmark here

“T-That’s quite high.”Bookmark here

“That explains why you got so much money on you…”Bookmark here

Kasara and Kagero made their comment respectively. Kudo felt a bit praised by their words.Bookmark here

“Really? Isn’t it standard to have a Class Up by now?”Bookmark here

Hikari asked which got Kudo to quickly turn his head in surprise.Bookmark here

“I-It was really difficult!”Bookmark here

He had to say, otherwise he would feel as if he didn’t accomplish anything.Bookmark here

“Ah, right! Of course it was. Being in Peranim, you don’t have the luxuries like we do. I’m sorry for being rude.”Bookmark here

Hikari rubbed Kudo’s head as she corrects her misunderstanding, but it only made Kudo grumble.Bookmark here

“Then, can you tell me what your class is?”Bookmark here

Hikari asked another question which left Kudo to shrink back. Now she’s asking this question?Bookmark here

“Y-You want to know?” Kudo asked to make sure.Bookmark here

“Of course! Which class you got?”Bookmark here

“I’m curious as well,” Kasara said.Bookmark here

“C’mon, show us!” Kagero encouraged.Bookmark here

The three of them once again showed their interest, along with Hikari’s gleaming jade eyes, Kagero and Kasara also showed a peaked interst on their expressions, but it only made Kudo grumble again as he sighed in response.Bookmark here

“T-The truth is… here, I’ll show you.”Bookmark here

He didn’t know how to explain it without sounding ridiculous, so he shouted ‘Status Menu’ which opened up the light screen of his status, and moved it towards Hikari, getting her to read it.Bookmark here

Kagero and Kasara also moved in to read as well, and the response:Bookmark here

They all gaped in shock.Bookmark here

“W-What does this mean?”Bookmark here

“Is that even possible…?”Bookmark here

“This status is so outdated…”Bookmark here

Kagero and Kasara were astounded at the lack of information in the status. However, Hikari showed a rather unamused reaction, as if she was spotting something quite disdainful.Bookmark here

“O-Outdated…?” Kudo tilted his head at his mother’s response.Bookmark here

“Kudo, you went on your adventurer without knowing what your class is?” Kasara asked, getting Kudo to nod his head.Bookmark here

“It was mostly guessing… but I found out that my main stat is Luck, and so far, I’m a support-type class. Though, I kinda wish I knew more about it…”Bookmark here

Kudo said with a hint of regret in his words.
If he had learned more about himself, would he have been able to reverse the situation in Vipory?Bookmark here

But no matter how much thought he put in, what’s done is done. It was time for him to move on.Bookmark here

“Kudo… this class…”Bookmark here

Hikari changed her reaction to that of surprise as she was about to say something, but suddenly, Kudo’s attention was taken away as he glimpsed from the window the large, ornated gates that surrounded a large space which, at the center, had a golden plate with a mark that showed a female warrior adorned in armor, sitting on top of a Pegasus whose wings fluttered about.Bookmark here

“T-This place is…”Bookmark here

Seeing Kudo becoming interested, Hikari smiled as she said:Bookmark here

“Our estate.”Bookmark here

Suddenly, the gates opened up on their own, metal were grating against each other, yet the sound was nearly quiet as they were oiled well. Once it fully opened, the Ame headed inside before the gates finally closed again on their own.Bookmark here

Kudo was taken aback by suddenly entering into what seems like a forest within a city. However, compared to the pleasant greenery of the forest, they passed through the avenue of decorative trees that harbored small petals as pink as a blush that scattered from the breeze of a wind, burning the beautiful image in Kudo’s mind along the vast garden of an array of beautiful flowers that stretched on what feels like was endless.Bookmark here

“W-What kind of place is this…”Bookmark here

“Oh, Kudo,” Hikari teased. “Don’t be impressed just by the terrace.”Bookmark here

“T-This entire place is the terrace?!”Bookmark here

Kudo couldn’t believe that a simple terrace would include multiple statues different types of adventurers that decorated the area, a pond that seemed to stretch for several meters, and the luscious grass that swayed by the wind’s gentle caress.Bookmark here

However, when the Ame was slowing down on the large round street, Kudo saw what practically beats all the other views he just saw in a flash.Bookmark here

It was a giant white-colored mansion that seemed to be close to that of a small castle. Square shaped buildings that seemed to connect to each other makes up the entire mansion with the same plate above the entrance as the one from the gates before.Bookmark here

Kudo became dumbstruck just from the size of it, but everything else left him completely silent.Bookmark here

“Look, Kudo. This is your new home.”Bookmark here

Hikari said, getting Kudo to gape as he felt his spirit flowing out of his mouth in shock. Bookmark here

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