Chapter 21:

City of Rosenburg

I am a God, But I Accidentally Summoned Myself into My Own World as a Human Being!

We’ve stopped by a trading city.
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Rosenburg. It’s one of the largest cities in the Chablis continent. People all over the continents, different races, cultures – this is where you’d find the things you’re looking for. It’s a couple of miles away from the Kingdom of Henhria, which was mentioned in the letter I read back at Durahl.Bookmark here

I look out the window. It’s late in the afternoon. Lots of people roam the streets, going about finishing up their daily routines. Bookmark here

We’re staying at one of the multiple inns here. It’s all double rooms, and we’re all on the same floor.Bookmark here

That being said, this room is small compared to the rooms back at Sol. But that’s because we’re here to stock up on supplies discretely, so we booked in one of the smaller inns. Bookmark here

I look at the beds. One’s mine.Bookmark here

Iris is asleep on the other one. She hasn’t woken up since last night.Bookmark here

We’ll be on the move tomorrow. Loralei and I haven’t told the others about what happened last night yet.Bookmark here

I walk close to her bed and sit on a nearby chair.Bookmark here

I’m not sure, but I feel worried about her. Not like as a fellow party member. Bookmark here

I look at her closely. I don’t know why I thought she wasn’t human last night. She might be a hero’s descendant, someone with a Unique Skill that enables them to regenerate quickly.Bookmark here

It’s just that I don’t recall any of my chosen heroes having a Unique Skill like that.Bookmark here

Her black, shoulder-length hair. Her fair skin. Her eyes. Her lips. She’s human, but something’s not right. I can feel it.Bookmark here

Iris opens her eyes. Bookmark here

“A-Aelius?”Bookmark here

“Ah, Iris you’re awake. How are you feeling? Any pains?”Bookmark here

“I’m alright. I don’t feel any-”Bookmark here

She stops. The color quickly drains from her face. Bookmark here

She stammers.Bookmark here

“I-I-I…”Bookmark here

Tears flow down her face. Her hands grip the sheets of the bed.Bookmark here

“I-I… t-t-tried to shoot you!”Bookmark here

I grab her hand.Bookmark here

“Hey, it’s okay. You didn’t mean it.”Bookmark here

“N-no, it’s not! I’ve done s-something unforgivable…”Bookmark here

As if by instinct, my hands reach out to her face, wiping her tears. I then came in close and hugged her.Bookmark here

“It’s alright Iris. It’s alright”Bookmark here

She wraps her arms around me and cries on my shoulder.Bookmark here

“It’s okay Iris”Bookmark here

Iris continues crying.Bookmark here

A few minutes later. She seems to have calmed down a bit.Bookmark here

She lets go.Bookmark here

“I-I’m sorry… I’m fine now…”Bookmark here

“That’s good”Bookmark here

I stand up and take some food from the table, which I prepared earlier.Bookmark here

“Here, have some food first, you’ve been unconscious for a quite a while”Bookmark here

“O-okay…”Bookmark here

Silence fills the air as Iris continues to eat her food.Bookmark here

I ask her.Bookmark here

“So… about last night, why attack Loralei? You didn’t seem like yourself either”Bookmark here

“I-I don’t understand why as well… I felt threatened, like she would expose me to everyone…to you…”Bookmark here

She looks down.Bookmark here

“Why? We’re your teammates at least if not your friends-”Bookmark here

I stop myself. Of course she wouldn’t tell us. If anything, it’s like she’s addicted to killing. We do kill demons and other monsters, but we’re not battle-hungry that we go out of our way to find them and kill them.Bookmark here

“I’m a part of the Genesis project”Bookmark here

Huh? Project?Bookmark here

“What do you mean?”Bookmark here

“There’s a lot of things going on in the Kingdom of Sol that most wouldn’t know about. We’re constantly looking for new ways to gain an edge over the demons. There are already multiple projects that have been conceived. Like the Exodus project. Do you remember the letter that Mercedes gave you?”Bookmark here

My eyes widen. How does she know about that?Bookmark here

“How’d you know about that?”Bookmark here

She laughs a little. It’s sad and happy at the same time.Bookmark here

“I found it while I was cleaning your clothes”Bookmark here

That’s a bit embarrassing.Bookmark here

“Don’t worry, I didn’t tell anyone. So the about the letter. The shipment from Henhria is for the new attack and defense system of Sol. It’s the latest project and arguably the biggest one to date. They’re planning to decimate the Demon Continent without taking one step away from Nivea”Bookmark here

She holds her arms close to her chest.Bookmark here

“As for the Genesis project, there are three subjects that have been genetically modified for the purposes of the kingdom. I’m one of those three. The “source in the demon camp” mentioned in the letter? He’s part of the project like me”Bookmark here

I didn’t know the Kingdom of Sol had advanced to this degree. What other projects have they been working on?Bookmark here

Iris continues talking.Bookmark here

“The three of us were chosen at random. We were taken from the outskirts which had been overrun by the demons when we were little - at least that’s what they told us. We weren’t even 10 or 12 when they started the experiments. They aimed for the power that the Demon Lords have. The trophies that the heroes would bring home from killing the Demon Lords, whether it was the horns, their weapons, or even their heads, the Kingdom had kept preserved before we were even born”Bookmark here

Don’t tell me… Iris’ Unique Skill… That’s why it was familiar.Bookmark here

“They merged those with our bodies, and turned us into what we are now… healing isn’t the only thing I can do. I have the abilities of the Demon Lord Ornaxon. He was known for being almost impossible to kill with his extreme regeneration. He would often join the battlefield to satisfy his lust for killing humans, everyone he faced never stood a chance, never could fight back…”Bookmark here

She grips her arms. Bookmark here

To sum it up, if she has the abilities of Ornaxon, she can passively apply various debuffs from Fear to Paranoia to anyone within range. She’d be able to make use of “Oberon’s Blessing” as well, the demons wouldn’t be able to disobey her will. It’s no wonder she made quick work of so many demons until now. But she’d also have the bloodlust that he had.Bookmark here

Her grip tightens.Bookmark here

“You know everything he could do. You’re Aelius after all. I didn’t want you to find out who I really am because I feared you would hate me…”Bookmark here

I can hear the bones in her arms snap. I immediately grab her hands.Bookmark here

“Hey! Don’t do that! I don’t hate you-”Bookmark here

“Y-you don’t know that!... It’s only for now. I also knew that we were sent out here as bait. I was really placed here to make sure our unit continues moving forward as planned, not to attack stray demons. You get what I mean. I’m just like them.”Bookmark here

I hug her once again.Bookmark here

“Iris. Stop. I know there are a lot more things you want to say. But it won’t change what I think about you. Besides, everything you did, it was all for the team”Bookmark here

“I did it for you Aelius. You meanie.”Bookmark here

“Yeah I know. I’m not that great with words. What I mean is that you don’t have to keep this to yourself. We-I’m here for you”Bookmark here

Iris manages a laugh.Bookmark here

“You’re right when you say you’re not great with words. That was really terrible”Bookmark here

Hey. I tried. Bookmark here

But I laugh as well. That was an awkward sentence after all.Bookmark here

We both stop for a moment.Bookmark here

We look at each other. She leans close to me. Bookmark here

“U-um Aelius can you-”Bookmark here

A hand suddenly bursts through the door. Bookmark here

“Ice Spikes”Bookmark here

I summon several ice spikes and aim them at the door.Bookmark here

A voice calls out from outside.Bookmark here

“Ah. Sorry. I misplaced my hand.”Bookmark here

The door opens. It’s Loralei.Bookmark here

“The door was too fragile.”Bookmark here

I let out a sigh. I place the ice spikes on the floor. We’ll just call in service to clean this up later. Bookmark here

Iris stands up. She looks at Loralei.Bookmark here

“You did that on purpose”Bookmark here

“On purpose? Why would I? Did I interrupt something? I came because it’s time for an early dinner. Hannah said it’s better to eat now while there’s a few people downstairs.”Bookmark here

Loralei looks at the food tray on the bed.Bookmark here

“But it looks like you’ve already eaten Iris. In that case, me and Aelius will head downstairs. Stay here and rest.”Bookmark here

“No, I’m going to eat dinner with him. I didn’t eat much”Bookmark here

I interrupt the two.Bookmark here

“Let’s just go together. No problems with that right?”Bookmark here

Loralei turns around.Bookmark here

“Right.”Bookmark here

“What about the hole in the door?”Bookmark here

“I’ll just call service for it Iris, let’s go”Bookmark here

We head out the room. Bookmark here

Downstairs, the only people consist of us and the staff. Which is good, less witnesses and less chance of attackers.Bookmark here

“Al, I have something to say, sit over here”Bookmark here

Grayson waves at me from his seat. I follow on his offer.Bookmark here

Iris and Loralei take their seats beside me.Bookmark here

Grayson looks at the three of us.Bookmark here

“So you two are just going to stick with Al, just like how Julie and Elen stick to Toshikasu? Youth are really something else. So are otherworlders”Bookmark here

“You don’t even look that old Grayson”Bookmark here

I mean look at the guy. He’s like what? Maybe 2 or 3 years older than my body? Everyone is so young in this unit. Bookmark here

One of the staff brings a plate of food for the 4 of us.Bookmark here

“So about what I was going to tell you. And actually, it might apply to Loralei and Evelyn as well. Why don’t we just ride their dragon? We can do a surprise attack on the demon lord’s castle.”Bookmark here

Loralei scoffs.Bookmark here

“If we could do that, then I would have already offered to transport your entire group there. Nathan never flies into the demon continent. And right now, he’s stalling the demon army as we speak.”Bookmark here

“Ah what? His name’s Nathan? Hahahahaha!”Bookmark here

Grayson keeps laughing.Bookmark here

Iris is puzzled as well.Bookmark here

“Don’t ask why he’s named like that. That’s the name father gave him.”Bookmark here

Something clicks in my head. Bookmark here

“He’s your brother”Bookmark here

Loralei closes her eyes.Bookmark here

“Yes, I did mention my mother being of draconic lineage, right? My older brother has more dragon in his blood than both human or demon. That’s why he turned out like that.”Bookmark here

Ah. That dragon did seem to be holding a grudge against me when we met for the 2nd time.Bookmark here

“Loralei”Bookmark here

“Yes Aelius?”Bookmark here

“Do apologize to your brother on my behalf. I almost killed him back at Sol”Bookmark here

I bow a little.Bookmark here

“That was you? You’re quite strong.”Bookmark here

“Huh? You’re not mad?”Bookmark here

“He’s fine now, isn’t he? I’ll just take it that we’re even when I broke your bones”Bookmark here

A shiver runs up my spine. I’m thankful, but also scared a little.Bookmark here

Grayson interjects.Bookmark here

“You two, I keep hearing you call him Aelius. It’s kind of disrespectful to our God. Especially you Iris, since you’re a citizen of Sol. Just call him Al”Bookmark here

Before Iris could speak, Loralei scoffs again.Bookmark here

“Knight. You’re being disrespectful to him right now-”Bookmark here

Iris suddenly places her hand on Loralei’s mouth.Bookmark here

“Alright Grayson, we’ll try to stop calling him that in public”Bookmark here

Iris smiles, catching Grayson off guard.Bookmark here

“Ah… Ah alright fine, as long as it doesn’t happen again”Bookmark here

She lets go. Loralei keeps quiet. She’s quick-witted thankfully.Bookmark here

We continue eating.Bookmark here

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Somewhere on the other side of the city.Bookmark here

A half-elf enters the western gate.Bookmark here

He’s wearing noble elven clothing. An elegant ivory bow is strapped to his back. On his hilt is a platinum sword with a golden handle with silver edges. The people around him assume that he’s a high ranking noble of some elven kingdom, and they make way when he passes by.Bookmark here

He looks up at the high-rise buildings in the center of the city. In the middle of it all is the highest tower he’s ever seen.Bookmark here

“Woah, this place is huge. That tower is almost as tall as the Great Tree. And there’s so many people, beastmen, dwarves, and there are even other elves”Bookmark here

He continues walking.Bookmark here

Seiji. Focus. We’re here to look for Aelius, not go sightseeing.Bookmark here

“Ah sorry about that Matsunaga. It’s my first time out of the forest”Bookmark here

I keep telling you. You can call me Yatsumi.Bookmark here

“But it seems wrong to call the Goddess’ Archangel by their first name”Bookmark here

First of all, I’m not gender neutral. I’m a woman. And second, right now I’m a sword.Bookmark here

Seiji turns around a corner. He heads into a busier section of the city.Bookmark here

“I feel like we’re lost Miss Matsunaga. Where should I go now?”Bookmark here

Yatsumi. Bookmark here

“Miss-”Bookmark here

Y-A-T-S-U-M-I. Call me Yatsumi.Bookmark here

“Okay Miss Yatsumi. Should I head over here?”Bookmark here

Seiji follows the flow of the traffic to the middle of the city.Bookmark here

Fine. Miss Yatsumi is good enough. We should start looking through the hotels. Amaris said they’d be staying in one of those places. She doesn’t know where exactly. But chances are they’re staying in the bigger ones.Bookmark here

“I think we should look at the smaller ones. I thought they were trying to be discreet. It’s a high-priority mission after all”Bookmark here

Look buddy. I’m telling you, they’re at one of the bigger ones. Ooh look at that one! Let’s go there!Bookmark here

Seiji looks at the building in front of him.Bookmark here

It’s clearly a classy one. It’s considerably high, and there’s even a carpet and some staff by the door.Bookmark here

He whispers.Bookmark here

“Are you sure?”Bookmark here

Yes. I’m totally sure. In we go!!Bookmark here

The platinum sword on his hilt nudges forward. He walks inside the building.Bookmark here

A few minutes later.Bookmark here

Seiji walks out the building.Bookmark here

“7000 for one night. If Uncle didn’t give me so much money, I might have ended up getting kicked out… or worse!”Bookmark here

So they’re not there. But hey look on the bright side! We got a room for the night!Bookmark here

“I’m not sure Miss Yatsumi, I’d rather stay in a smaller room at least”Bookmark here

The setting sun dyes the streets into a lazy shade of orange. The flow of people on the streets are considerably lessened. The nearby stalls are already closing up.Bookmark here

“Well, we got the whole night to look for them”Bookmark here

He heads out in a random direction.Bookmark here

At least let’s go back before 10. I want to lie down on that fluffy bed.Bookmark here

Seiji scratches his head.Bookmark here

“10? 10 what?”Bookmark here

10pm.Bookmark here

“Ah so that’s what you meant”Bookmark here

You have no idea what that means do you. Elves. Typical. Bookmark here

He re-adjusts the strap on his belt. Elven clothes are hard to walk around in.Bookmark here

“What about us?”Bookmark here

Nothing. Carry on.Bookmark here

The two head out further into the city.Bookmark here

Cali Maki
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