High School DxD:Volume DX3 Life.2
Life.2 The Ordinary Days of Red Dragon Emperor
It was a few days after Rias left for Romania. That day, when I was passing by the Student Council room by chance...
“Come on. Show me your new skills today☆.”
I heard a familiar voice. Hearing that voice, I stopped and peeped into the room through a small opening in the door.
“Onee-sama. To come here unannounced and to ask my peerage to show their artificial Sacred Gears, why did you...?”
“What do you mean why~? Sona’s peerage just gained a new ability, right? Onee-sama wants to see it!”
...The perplexed Sona-kaichou and her Sitri peerage, along with Maou Leviathan-sama, who was making an unsatisfied expression, were inside that room.
Wait, what was Maou-sama doing here!? It hadn’t been long since the Magicians’ attack, so the Underworld should be busy with the aftermath, right...? Leviathan-sama noticed my confused expression and looked around. Soon, her eyes met with mine as I was peeping into the council room! As expected of Maou-sama! Her detection skill was too good! Maou-sama flung open the door and gave me a bright smile.
“Good timing! You follow me too, Sekiryuukei-kun☆.”
Whatever the case, it looked like I had been dragged into some troublesome event...
Me, Leviathan-sama and Kaichou were together, while the Sitri peerage was all assembled at a different location. Everyone, including me, was now in our gym clothes. This was an area underneath the land of the Sitri. It was just like the area that the ORC members and I used for our training. It was basically the Student Council version of that. And the reason why I was here with Leviathan-sama and Student Council members was...
“As our special guest, Chichiyuutei-kun has joined us☆. Now, show me Sona’s peerage’s new powers!”
Leviathan-sama was still filled with excitement. She really was a person with a lot of energy... It looked like the reason why Leviatan-sama suddenly visited us out of nowhere was to see the artificial Sacred Gears that the Sitri peerage obtained recently. Looks like she was mindful about the new powers that her sister got her hands on. Not only that, she seemed to have been interested in the artificial Sacred Gear since a long time ago. Sona-kaichou, who was standing next to me, said this while giving me an apologetic gaze.
“Ise-kun, I’m so sorry that you got pulled into this mess...”
“No, it’s fine. Well, I was surprised that Leviathan-sama suddenly visited us...”
I really was surprised, you know. It wasn’t that long after the surprise attack. In this kind of situation, I really started to get worried as a Devil that Maou-sama decided to visit our school. Kaichou continued.
“It seems like she came here to reaffirm the current combat capabilities of this place, a special administration of the Three Factions. Since that kind of incident has happened before, Maou-sama would personally come check it... Although I think there is a considerable lack of tension.”
Looks like even the Kaichou wasn’t approving this visit. But then again, that incident happened not too long ago, and so, the fact that someone from the higher-ups wanted to check on our battle capabilities wasn’t too far-fetched. I wonder if that’s why Leviathan-sama wanted to see the Sitri peerage’s new powers. Looking at her younger sister sighing, Leviathan-sama pouted.
“We can’t even get through a proper meeting because those granddads from the council keep giving us shit.”
She ranted cutely. Was she talking about the higher ups in the government when she said ‘granddads from the council’? I did hear that the experienced politicians that were older than the Maous were still quite vocal. And the reason why I came here was because I was chosen to be the opponent to test the new powers of the Sitri peerage. And I had decided to participate. My fate was sealed as soon as I peeped into the room. Kaichou said to me while I sighed.
“But don’t worry. We’ve already got permission from Akeno and your manager Ravel-chan. Ravel-chan was excited at the fact that this was a good time to learn more about the Sitri peerage.”
So she’d already got permission from Akeno and Ravel. As expected, Kaichou was very quick at getting things done. And it seemed like Ravel was okay with me training with the Sitri peerage. Well, if it was that girl, then...
[Since Ise-sama was utterly defeated by the Sitri peerage in the previous game, if we know more about our opponents, it’ll come in handy in the future.]
...She probably said something similar and gave them the go ahead. Kaichou then continued.
“In truth, we thought about training together with the Gremory peerage. But before then, it seems like we will get to spar with Ise-kun first.”
I was also in favor of a joint training session with the Sitri peerage. It would be beneficial to have a training session with the other peerages. Kaichou then addressed the Sitri peerage.
“Everyone here knows how Ise-kun performs within games and his fighting style in real battles, right? Just think of today as part of your learning experiences.”
They answered unanimously. Well, I had somewhat been dragged along here, but listening to their story wasn’t much of a deal. I could just do what I’d been doing with the Gremory peerage during my training with the Sitri peerage. All in all, I just had to participate in the training session with the Sitri peerage! Thinking like that, I recapped the situation in front of me before the special training started. The Sitri peerage was training daily like the Gremory peerage. After having witnessed the part played by the Gremory group during the surprise attack by the Magicians, Kaichou had said...
[We will also increase our training sessions.]
...And had a thought like that. She said that she was certain that even for Devils, if they trained continuously, they would be able to have an impact far beyond their basic capabilities.
As mentioned before, this huge space was the Sitri peerage’s personal training ground. It was basically the same as the one that the Gremory peerage was using. It was said that Kaichou created this area after looking at our training area and got inspired. To create such a space at her own expense, it was such a Kaichou thing to do. Now that I was warmed up, should I join in the training? Training with someone different was getting me excited. ...Seriously I was such a sucker for training, just getting excited because my partner had changed. It just showed that I’d gotten more into training. Well, it was a good thing to get stronger, especially when you thought about your future as a Devil or just in case of a surprise attack. After making up my mind, I asked Kaichou.
“So how should we go about the training?”
“Is sparring alright? We are doing our basic training regularly. So what we lack is a real life-styled brawl training.”
Sparring. I also liked this format of training. It integrated into the basic training well and there was nothing better than a brawl to learn more about your opponents.
“What about Pailingual?”
I asked. The Sitri peerage had quite a few female members, so I asked in advance if I could use my technique which could talk to female breasts.
“““Please don’t use it!”””
This time, the female members of Sitri peerage answered in unison. I knew this would happen!
“Kyaa~! So this is the famous Grim Reaper☆.”
I heard Leviathan-sama’s shrill. When I turned around, I saw her bear hugging the recent addition of the Sitri peerage, the Grim Reaper Bennia. I just noticed this, but the Grim Reaper Bennia and the giant Rugal-san were here. Both of them had impressionable attire, but maybe their presence was weak... Bennia was in her usual Grim Reaper clothes and Rugal-san was in his gym clothes like the rest of the Sitri peerage.
Rugal-san was keeping quiet. He was a giant and had a great build, and on top of that, he was a Rook! It seemed like his attack and defence was pretty solid, so I felt like I could have a proper match with him.
《Me and Rugal-nii are just going to watch today.》
Bennia said so. Ah, so they were just going to observe then. I wanted to see the Grim Reaper’s characteristic scythe, but...oh well. Leviathan-sama hugged Bennia from behind and started to dote on her.
“Ufufu, so cute~☆. Rugal-kun also looks dandy♪.”
Looks like she was fond of the new members of the Sitri peerage. Well then, should we start the brawl? I quickly activated my Balance Breaker and donned my armor.
“First will be our Rook, Tsubasa.”
When Kaichou finished, a tall girl came forward. She was wearing a pair of half-finger gloves.
“I’ll be in your care, Hyoudou.”
This girl was Yura Tsubasa, one of the Sitri group’s Rooks. She wasn’t born from any special families, but it was said that ever since she was young, she was able to see or touch supernatural beings or phenomena. So even before becoming a Devil, she fought against these beings on her own.
As soon as Kaichou finished, Yura jumped towards me! Unlike what her figure suggested, she kicked and jabbed towards my sight using agile footwork and light movements! Hmm! Maybe because of her weight, unlike our Rook Koneko’s punch, her attack had some weight to it! Koneko’s movement was faster, but Yura’s reach was farther due to her height. Her upper roundhouse kick changed its course several times, so I’d been hit by it several times even though I thought I dodged it. However, I had activated the Red Dragon Emperor’s armor, Boosted Gear Scale Mail. Even with a punch filled with demonic aura, I wouldn’t take any damage! Well, the shockwave from the punch still transmitted through the armor though! While having a close-range brawl with Yura, I struck a conversation with her.
“Now that I think about it, I heard that back when you were a human, you used to beat up monsters or evil spirits with martial arts alone?”
She then made a confident smile.
“Yup, but I couldn’t go up against stronger monsters as a human!”
Yura concentrated her aura onto her right fist! I dodged her sharp attack...but I felt a pain on my hip. I’d been hit by a low left kick filled with demonic aura! So her right fist was just a decoy! She anticipated that I would dodge the first attack! Hell yes! This was what I called a fist fight! But I had got something up my sleeves! I fired a Dragon Shot from my right hand! The Dragon Shot travelled at a fierce pace, but just as it was about to hit its target, something changed from Yura.
A shield materialised from her left hand and blocked my Dragon Shot! The artificial Sacred Gear, Shield of Spirit and Glory, Twinkle Aegis! There was a loud explosion, but she was fine! Her shield successfully blocked my attack. This shield was going to be a nuisance! This was the artificial Sacred Gear that she received from Azazel-sensei! With the addition of the Rook’s characteristic of solid defense, it showed its ultimate strength. Did they also make a contract with a spirit and apply its power to the shield? ...Seeing as flames had enveloped the shield, maybe it was a fire spirit? Yura then threw the flame shield at me like it was a frisbee! If I blocked it, it should go back to her! Hand to hand brawl in close quarters, defense using her shield, and now, she could attack at longer ranges by placing certain characteristics into the shield. ...Truthfully, it was a flawless ability. Not only did this increase the usefulness of the artificial Sacred Gear, it also covered its weaknesses. It was hard to find a Rook this difficult to fight against. Observing Yura’s ability, Leviathan-sama exclaimed excitedly!
“So that’s Tsubasa’s shield that she can throw like a yoyo☆. I wanna see her tossing it like it’s a flaming yoyo!”
...Maou-sama, your eyes are twinkling, you know!? How much do you like your sister’s peerage!? As I was slowly getting warmed up, I charged towards Yura with all my power. Fifteen minutes after that, Yura dropped to the floor while panting and raised both hands.
“… As expected, Sekiryuukei. You’re strong. I’ve lost.”
Yura surrendered, but in the end, I couldn’t penetrate her shield and give her a finishing blow. Then again, I didn’t use my Triaina and True Queen...but man, that shield was tough.
“Hey, that shield is really strong.”
I said while helping Yura up. It could completely negate any power-type. The shield itself was very strong along with all those technical moves she could do by forming a contract with different spirits. For us Gremory peerage, who were filled with power types, she was one of those nuisance ability users. ...In a real match, it felt like either skill types like Kiba or Rossweisse-san, who could use many different types of element magic, would be the ones to deal with Yura. After our brawl had finished, Kaichou picked out my next opponent.
“Next is Tomoe.”
The girl wielding a katana-shaped Sacred Gear stepped forward. Tomoe Meguri-chan. One of the Sitri group’s Knights. From what I had heard, she was from the Meguri clan who mainly exorcised demons as their way of life. They had been defeating demons using Holy Swords combined with their unique sword style. However, after receiving resentment from a certain demon, the Meguri clan was then cursed, and it was said that her soul had been cursed from the day she was born. Not being able to live with their cute daughter who was dying because of the curse, Tomoe Meguri-chan’s parents decided to ask a Devil to release the curse on her as a last-ditch effort. And the Devil that was called upon was Sona-kaichou... However, the only way the curse could be lifted was by getting reincarnated into a Devil. In the end, honoring her parents’ request, Kaichou made her part of her peerage. It was a good thing that the Devil who was summoned was Sona-kaichou. Even after saving Meguri-chan, she didn’t demand any other compensation apart from making her a part of the Sitri peerage from the Meguri clan. However, since one person from the clan became a Devil, Meguri-chan’s family was exiled from the exorcism business, but even then, Meguri-chan was living in this town with her parents peacefully.
Just like with Yura, Meguri-chan was a front line fighter. Meguri-chan got into a battle stance. Hmm, her stance was different compared to Kiba. Kiba used a Japanese kendo fighting style stance, but he also used a more freestyle stance. Xenovia didn’t even have a stance. Unlike them, Meguri-chan had a moderate stance. Beautiful, yet it showed no weakness.
As soon as Kaichou gave her command, Meguri-chan swung her artificial Sacred Gear sword! The blade covered in bright and dark aura soared towards me! The Spirit Slaying Blade of Light and Darkness, Blazer Shining Aura Darkness Samurai Sword! Damn, that name was long! What was wrong with Azazel-sensei’s naming sense!? It felt like it had something to do with his chuunibyou and black history past... But the destructive power of this sword was quite high. When I dodged the attack, the blade destroyed the floor that I was just standing on! ...It looked like it had different properties compared to Kiba’s Holy Demonic Sword. This felt more like the properties of light and darkness were activated at the same time and their high output was clashing with each other. This artificial Sacred Gear was different from the combination of the properties of light and darkness... According to Sensei, that sword was the result of his research after using Kiba’s Holy Demonic sword as a reference... This sword was more closely related to Xenovia’s sword’s destructive power than Kiba’s Holy Demonic Sword. Seeing Meguri-chan’s katana, Leviathan-sama became even more excited.
“That’s the same as the one that Azazel swung about at the Sports Festival! I don’t mind it at all! We need that kind of personality in politics!”
Seriously?! Do we really need that chuunibyou in Underworld politics!? I-I couldn’t believe it! I nearly got distracted by Leviathan-sama. Anyway, from Meguri-chan’s attack, her stance, as well as her movements, her talent was shown clearly. But thanks to fighting against better swordsmen than her, I could easily dodge all of her attacks. Spotting a weakness, I punched her side and sent her away. Meguri-chan tumbled a few times, got up and put both of her hands up. She surrendered. I went up to her and offered a hand.
“Hmm, this sword is strong, but it doesn’t work against Hyoudou-kun.”
Meguri-chan said while getting back up.
“Well, I always train against a swordswoman who overwhelms the enemy with her overwhelming attack power and a one-hit-kill swordsman. To tell the truth, I’m used to fighting against sword users.”
“You mean Kiba-kun and Xenovia-chan. I feel stupid that I get slightly angry after hearing their names.”
Meguri-chan made a bitter smile.
“I think Meguri-chan’s skill is great too. Also, that sword is made by Sensei, right? There might be some kind of hidden feature...”
Actually, I was fearful of even getting hit by that sword. There was a chance of something like [Hidden Ability Activate! Poison!] happening when I got hit by it... Meguri-chan genuinely got horrified.
“D-Don’t say stuff like that! I didn’t think about it that much on purpose...!”
Ah, so you had that kind of anxiety. So why did you choose this Sacred Gear? Thinking back when I asked her before, she replied saying ‘It’s strong’. Meguri-chan was, unexpectedly, a funny person. Yura, Meguri-chan, next was...
“Now, let’s have three people challenge him at the same time. Momo, Reya, Ruruko, you three fight against Ise-kun.”
This time, Bishop Hanakai-chan, Bishop Kusaka-chan and Pawn Nimura-chan came forward. ...One front and two rears. Hanakai-chan and Kusaka-chan’s abilities weren’t suitable for combat. So she made them fight alongside Nimura-chan. Hanakai-chan’s father was someone high up in a certain company, and apparently had relationships with the Sitri House since way back. I didn’t know the actual reason, but Hanakai-chan was currently a Devil. It didn’t seem like she became a Devil due to a wish or as a kind of payment... Kusaka-chan’s grandmother was a witch, and due to that link, she got to know about Devils and met Kaichou that way. Kusaka-chan’s communication/spying ability was based on the magic that she learnt from her grandmother. Finally, the Pawn Nimura-chan. By chance, she learnt that the Student Council members were Devils, and in a light-hearted manner, she asked to be reincarnated.
“H-Hyoudou-senpai. You are making a bitter smile while looking at me behind that armor, right?”
The first year student with good awareness, it’s Nimura-chan, everyone. Well, although this girl, who decided to become a Devil light-heartedly, was amazing, Kaichou who agreed to that was also amazing. ...Or maybe not. If it was Kaichou, then she might have seen through her talent, since she didn’t waste her time with useless agendas. Now, let’s get this three versus one started! Pawn Nimura-chan and I confronted each other. Her long twin tails hair was impressionable. She had a strong will, and she was also one of those people who’d say anything and everything. Her two legs shone with bright lights, and her legs were then covered in armor. That was her artificial Sacred Gear, Moon and the Rabbit, Procellarum Phantom. The armor came up to her hips. That artificial Sacred Gear was said to give more importance in increasing her pace and the destructive power of her kicks.
Nimura-chan promoted to Queen, and then, after jumping with a light step–she disappeared! She suddenly disappeared from my eyes! If that was the case...! Noticing a presence on my back, I turned around and took a defensive position. Just then, a sharp body kick came towards me! It was powerful enough to be felt through the armor! The aura from her leg armor was coming out energetically and increased the power of her kick. No, it wasn’t just any ordinary power-up. It felt like it was at least ten times more powerful than an ordinary kick! After her kick got blocked, Nimura-chan backed off and disappeared from my sight once more. Turning my head towards a place where I felt some presence, I saw Nimura-chan next to the two Bishops. She was quick. She wasn’t as quick as Kiba, but she was definitely faster than Xenovia. It was quicker than what my eyes could follow. If I didn’t rely on her presence and feelings, I’d be cornered. Her synergy with the Knight properties of Queen seemed to be great, which was the complete opposite of me, who had great synergy with Rook. Seeing that, Leviathan-sama spoke in a bright voice.
“Ruru’s really quick~♪. A Pawn with the Knight’s properties can be used against the game’s irregular tactics. Even in chess, depending on the situation, instead of promoting to Queen, they promote them to Knight.”
Nimura-chan disappeared again. She was going to attack again, so I lowered my body and waited for her to strike. Her attack wasn’t something that couldn’t be blocked against. Her sneak attack using her speed was outstanding, yet it did not reach fatal levels. Just then, Nimura-chan appeared next to me while I was in a defence position and threw a kick. As expected, she was quick. Her attacks hit me consecutively while mine didn’t even get close to her. Taking light steps, Nimura-chan sent multiple precise, but weighted kicks. Well, I was used to this really. I struggled all the time because I couldn’t land a single hit that often since everyone just dodged my attacks and aimed for counters. But I had a tactic for these kinds of situations! Taking the opponent’s attack, I grew a fire inside me, and after taking a big breath–I unleashed it! The surrounding area was enveloped in Dragon fire. That flame nearly devoured Nimura-chan, but...after sensing danger, she tried to escape the flame. As expected, she was trying to get away after I set the surrounding in fire! Having expected this outcome, I navigated through the fire and caught up with Nimura-chan.
Her face got tense! I caught her! When I was about to punch her with my right fist...a blue barrier surrounded Nimura-chan! That thing was strong enough to withstand my attacks! I looked towards the Bishop Hanakai-chan. There was a wristband on her that didn’t exist until a moment ago.
“Leave the defense to me, Ruruko.”
Hanakai-chan smiled. Garden of Moments, Applause Wall, if I was correct. Her artificial Sacred Gear had the ability to surround a person in a barrier. That barrier was sturdy and wouldn’t budge against an ordinary attack. It was an annoying ability where she could cast a barrier at will within a certain distance. Just then, something touched my shoulders. It was a floating mask. When I turned around towards Kusaka-chan, she stuck her tongue out.
“I’m a spying specialist, so attack isn’t my forte. But I should at least do something like this, right?”
Mmm, that was commendable! Bishop Kusaka-chan’s artificial Sacred Gear was the countless number of masks floating in the air currently. Masquerade of Monsters, Scouting Persona, I believe. You could control the masks from distances that were far away, and thus, it would be suitable for spying activities. Using her masks, she could scout distances that were far away. She could move the masks around like this, but...against heavily defended opponents, all she could do was distract.
“Momo and Reya have powers which reflect their personality☆.”
Leviathan-sama said while nodding. Just like she said, the Sacred Gears of the Sitri peerage were all based on distinct personalities. They were quite good at role allocations. I got back to my battle position. Now, what should I do? Nimura-chan and Hanakai-chan’s combo was perfect. If I could just defeat one of them, the rest would follow, but they were covering each other’s weak points. So I couldn’t decide which one I should go for first. To cover each other’s weak points using their best points... I thought to myself that the Sitri peerge was a much more balanced team compared to the Gremory peerage. We just went head on towards the battle... Making a bitter smile, I shook my head and focused. ...Then, let’s have a duel to see whether my stamina or Nimura-chan’s stamina would run out faster. As soon as you got tired, it would be the end Nimura-chan! I launched forward. Sensei’s artificial Sacred Gear vs my Sacred Gear, let’s see which one was better!
“You really are a monster. To have a stamina battle in a three-versus-one...”
Saji just sighed next to me. I supressed Nimura-chan’s group in a prolonged battle. It seemed like Nimura-chan hadn’t yet made the Sacred Gear truly her own as she mistook her pace and ended up tiring out first. After that, I caught Nimura-chan and Hanakai-chan easily. Kusaka-chan gave up after the other two surrendered. With that, the training session between me and the Sitri peerage who received the artificial Sacred Gears from Azazel-sensei had finished.
“So I don’t have to fight Saji or Shinra-fukukaichou?”
I asked the two of them. Fixing her glasses, Shinra-senpai said.
“Yes. Today’s training purpose was to make Hyoudou-kun and the artificial Sacred Gear users spar... Most likely, Kaichou wanted to analyse many different things while making you, the Longinus user and Sekiryuutei, fight each other.”
Ah ha, maybe this was to allow her peerage to get used to their Sacred Gears? Well, they did just receive them only a few days ago. Maybe because of that, everyone was feeling fatigued after using their Sacred Gears. Yura and Hanakai-chan were currently sitting down in the corner of the field waiting for their strength to come back. They said that this was a unique occurrence with artificial Sacred Gears. Since it was dangerous to either take or apply Sacred Gears, you couldn’t normally do such things. I mean, Asia died once because her Sacred Gear was removed from her, and in order to gain Vritra’s Sacred Gears, Saji had to go through a procedure at the Grigori institute. The artificial Sacred Gear that Azazel-sensei had researched and invented also had several limits and side effects. Some of them which caused fatigue after their usage was the biggest concern.
“Is it harmful for your body if you use an artificial Sacred Gear excessively?”
I asked Saji. He made a bitter smile and nodded his head.
“Yeah. I heard that it gets to a dangerous state if you use them for long periods of time. Sensei said that, although there won’t be any decrease in your life expectancy, it may affect your powers and abilities.”
Thinking back, I also heard that even the genuine Sacred Gear might have a negative effect on your original abilities if you obtained them in other ways. I guess this was similar to this scenario. Kaichou, who was observing the match until now, was now talking to the new recruits, Bennia and Rugal-san. They were probably talking about what they felt watching the matches against me. I was sure that Kaichou was already thinking about how she’d be using her new recruits in her team. She was such a scary person. And Leviathan-sama...
“So Ben likes Oppai Dragon!? Aren’t you watching Miracle☆Levia-tan?”
《I am a Sekiryuutei fan through and through, although Levia-tan isn’t bad either. Since I’m fan of the original Milky, I don’t think I can just like Levi-tan much.》
“Oh my! So you’re a Milky fan! I’m so happy! Which one is your favourite!? I love them all!”
《I’m an original purist. Ah, but the third one...》
Ah~, Leviathan-sama and Bennia were talking. Looks like the new recruit had become friendly with the Maou-sama. For her to not be nervous around Maou-sama, she definitely was courageous.
“...I don’t know what that is.”
Rugal-san said in short. From our side, we also continued our conversation.
“Maybe I should have gone for a healing-type Sacred Gear like Argento-senpai.”
Pawn Nimura-chan said while tilting her head.
“Why do you think so?”
“There’s Tomoe-san and Tsubasa-san at the front line, so it’s sorted there, and I’m not as good at close quarters combat like a Rook.”
“Oh, you fought really well just now. You were fast and your kicks were accurate.”
When I said that...
“To hear that from the Sekiryuutei Hyoudou-senpai, I’m feeling more encouraged.”
Nimura-chan said that. Like that, she was such a cute first year student and as simple as Xenovia.
“Not only that, although healing-type Sacred Gears are theoretically possible, I hear they come with great danger.”
When Hanakai-chan said that, Saji repeated.
“He said that it’s very difficult to master, to the point where you have to sacrifice your other traits. Therefore, unless you give up your other powers, you cannot truly use it to its full potential. That’s why healing powers are so precious.”
Just like Hanakai-chan said, the healing abilities were rare and very precious. That’s why everyone wanted such an ability. So in short, Asia had such power since she was born, but it meant that if someone tried to attain such power afterwards, there would be many consequences. Upon hearing that, Nimura-chan smiled brightly.
“Saying that, Argento-senpai is so cute~. She always has such a bright smile on her, you can’t help but idolize her. She’s a person that totally fits into the healer type image.”
Oh ho, I guess Nimura-chan was a fan of Asia. Yeah, she was so cute and always had that smile on her. I was proud of her. Then, I just blurted out whatever came to my head.
“So, what does the Sitri peerage think of the ORC members? Ah, not in terms of fighting abilities, but in the social kind of way.”
Thinking back, we never asked the Student Council about us before.
“Ah, and I know what you think about me, Kiba, Rias-buchou, Akeno-san, Asia, Koneko and Gasper roughly, so more about the others please.”
I was a pervert and Kiba was the handsome guy, Rias and Akeno-san were super popular idols onee-samas. These were all known facts. Koneko was probably this school’s mascot, and Asia was probably the ‘cutie’. I also heard about Gasper before. Meguri-chan was his fan since she liked younger boys. So I wondered what they thought about the others? Rook Yura said this as soon as she opened her mouth.
“Shidou isn’t a bad person but...she is quite weird.”
The others just agreed with Yura. Hanakai-chan then continued.
“Shidou-san was praying in front of the vending machine a few days ago. It was one of those that had the ‘winning’ ones, but it looked like she was praying to Heaven hoping that she could win it.”
Irinaaaaa! Someone saw your pitiful state! So you prayed to win something from that vending machine! You are the Ace of Michael-sama aren’t you!? Bishop Kusaka-chan also continued from that.
“I saw her once when she was giving out bread to people who couldn’t buy them from the shop. It looked like she made some with Xenovia-chan with home bakery stuff.”
Nimura-chan then said.
“Ah, that’s actually a bit famous. They called it ‘Irina bread’ and it was super popular amongst the poorer students. But because the shop manager was complaining, we had to ask Shidou-senpai to stop.”
Ahhhh, there were talks about that home bakery stuff. That thing that the Church Trio bought from Akihabara! I did see them making bread from time to time. So they were giving it out to students! And got a complaint against themselves! She probably started it out of good will, but...it would have been a total humiliation from the shop manager’s prospective. She must have been giving it out while saying things similar to someone leading a stray lamb or something! Haaa, were you trying to open up a bakery or something?
I blurted out an apology. I reflected by thinking that I should apologise since a girl that is home-staying in my house did such a thing! Next, they talked about Xenovia. Saji started it off.
“Everyone in the sports club is trying to recruit her fiercely. We get requests like ‘Can you do something to make Xenovia-chan come to us’ at the Student Council.”
Hmm, sports clubs, huh? Well, to be fair, her sports sense was way too good so that was to be expected. Knight Meguri-chan then spoke.
“Especially the Kendo club is gunning for Xenovia-chan and Shidou-chan. Although I also get that request from time to time, those two are on a whole different level. Well, if they’ve got those two, getting to the Nationals wouldn’t be a dream to them anymore.”
That’s true. If they got those two, then getting to the Nationals wouldn’t be a problem, so for them to want those two was no surprise. But for Reincarnated Devils and Angels to get involved in human world affairs, it might be a little problematic since it would most likely be against the rules. Well, including Meguri-chan, all the reincarnated swordswomen here were probably of National level even before their reincarnation. Nimura-chan then said with a bitter smile.
“Xenovia-senpai is super popular amongst the first year girls. The reactions from the first year girls are quite something. She probably has more female fans than male fans?”
Well, if you just looked at her image, she looked cool, and those kinds of girls often got idolized by the same gender Kouhais. Although she could be goofier than me sometimes, that was probably another characteristic of hers.
“I don’t think Xenovia-chan is a bad girl either.”
Saji said so, and Kusaka-chan agreed.
“I don’t know about during battles, but normally, she seems quiet.”
That’s also true. Xenovia tended to be quiet at school, both during classroom and break time. Since she was living in a Church facility before coming here, there were times when she would show that she lacked common sense, but she would apologize straight away when she was in the wrong. The third person to be discussed was Rossweisse-san.
“She’s full of missed opportunities.”
Everyone finished at that. Finally, we finished off with Ravel. As soon as she became a topic, everyone at the Student Council said from one after another.
“Can’t you spare her to the Student Council?”
“We want her in the council next year!”
“She’s so great that we’re trying to recruit her like this!”
Hey, hey, hey, hey. Your opinions on her were great! Not only did they praise her highly, but they were actively trying to recruit her into the Student Council!
Then again, I did hear from Gasper that Ravel was a model student, not only in the classroom, but also in social aspects. She did complain a bit, but she was known to have an honest personality, so her habit of complaining became one of her characteristics... That was why the Student Council was being like this. Of course, they didn’t want her as part of their peerage, but as a student at Kuoh Academy. Even I realized that my manager was really great! Even if she did go into the Student Council, she’d be able to do any work without any problems. Hanakai-chan then pulled her face close to me and said.
“I wanted to ask Hyoudou-kun who has her as his manager! We need her in the Student Council next year!”
Yura next to her also nodded. That’s right, Saji and the others were already thinking of next year.
“But isn’t the Student Council limited to the Sitri peerage only? Is it fine for outsiders to join?”
When I asked, the members of the council looked at each other and nodded.
“Others beside the Sitri peerage can join the council, and this is Kaichou’s opinion. It’s not like we can increase the number anymore anyway.”
Saji replied. That was also true since it wouldn’t be easy to run the Student Council with just the Sitri peerage. The number of peerage members that the King could have was fifteen maximum. So that meant that after the Sitri peerage graduated, the Student Council had to be made from people outside the peerage. So considering that, they were recruiting people outside the council from now on. That must be why Ravel was one of the best contenders. I thought about it for a long time. It wasn’t like I needed to give them an answer right now. It’d be better if I talked with Ravel and the rest of the ORC members. While I was considering this, Kaichou walked towards us.
“Please don’t say things that might put Ise-kun in a bad spot.”
Kaichou threw me a life support! Thank you so much! Fixing her glasses, Kaichou changed the subject.
“Now that the brawl against Ise-kun has finished, we can have a reflection meeting. Everyone is fine with that, right?”
Everyone in the Sitri peerage spoke in unison. So they were having a proper reflection meeting. They were doing self-analysis way more strictly than us. At that time, Kaichou spoke directly to me.
“Ise-kun. Can you spare some of your time after the reflection meeting?”
While I was wondering what was going on, Leviathan-sama with her sparkling eyes came into my sight.
“...Ah, I know what you mean.”
The place that me, Kaichou and Leviathan-sama arrived to after coming out of the training field was–a Mega toy store, one that was open even during night time.
“Kyaa~! The best toy stores are definitely the ones in the human world, especially the ones in Japan.”
The highly motivated Leviathan-sama ran around the store acting like someone not her age! Ahh, she started to look around the store running here and there! That’s right. The reason why Sona-kaichou asked me to spare my time was to visit this toy store on the way home. All in all, to help Leviathan-sama with her shopping. Walking around the store, Kaichou asked me.
“Ise-kun. What did you think while fighting my peerage?”
“I think it’s a great team. Let’s just say the balance in the team is great. I think it’s a team that can cover each other’s weaknesses when it is needed.”
“It doesn’t have impact, some kind of special flair, doesn’t it?”
I did think that... It was probably because I knew my team, the Bael peerage and the bunch from the Hero Faction that I might be thinking that. We were all one weird bunch after all.
“I still think it’s fine as it is right now. The people I have chosen have great synergy and are people who can learn new powers.”
It was true their synergy was one of the best. They’d probably be able to learn more useful things than us. Kaichou continued.
“Like Rias, I am thinking of entering the Rating Games in proper matches in the future. However, my peerage and I, unlike the Gremory peerage, will taste defeat in the beginning.”
...This was the complete opposite to the Gremory peerage that I belonged to. We were expected to win everything as soon as we debuted and that just showed how many high-level people there were in there, as well as how we were judged right now. Kaichou then gave me a confident smile.
“But that’s all fine. The life of a Devil is long, meaning that the amount of time being active in the Rating Game will also be vast. I will take my time and polish this team. I am planning to make this team into something that can react towards any event or any opponents.”
Then she suddenly asked me.
“By the way, Ise-kun. Don’t you think that it’ll be difficult to face off against opponents who are hard to defeat even after vast amounts of research and investigation?”
Uuu! That’s scary. Kaichou had the same smile like any other day on her face, but when I heard what she had just said, I just got a chill. ...This person was already planning for games in the next ten years...no, next hundreds of years, if not thousands of years. It just got chilly. This team... To think that, far in the future, this team led by Sona-kaichou would be our rival. In all honesty, it scared me. We were a bit special. People expected us to be one of the rising stars. As soon as we entered the official games and thanks to our flashy style, we would be able to rise in ranks early on. However...what if the other teams studied us? Not everyone was adaptable in the first place. Unlike real battles, there were many rules in the game which could either be a great weapon or a great drawback against us. ...For us, who had many exceptional abilities, the rules tended to hinder us, but wouldn’t teams like the Sitri peerage be able to use these rules to their advantage? A team composition that was able to hold its ground among the many different rules... So maybe she got hold of people with high adaptability so she’d be able to use their abilities in the long term. That was a great lesson learned, since it seemed like this would have been a great thing to note when making my own peerage in the future. I then began thinking about my future peerage while looking around the shop. Just then, Leviathan-sama spoke while touching a displayed toy.
“They said that this place stocks their items a day before release, but if you negotiate, then you’ll be able to buy them early☆. I really wanted to come here since there’s gonna be a new release related to Milky♪.”
She looked so happy right now. Seeing her like that, Sona-kaichou said.
“...She made some time out of her busy schedule, so I’m happy that she’s able to enjoy herself at least for now. It’s going to get busier than ever, so I think that even a Maou-sama can act like this for now.”
—Uuu. I could feel a warm and fuzzy feeling that she had towards her sister. Yeah, since the terrorists started to make suspicious moves, she would have more and more jobs to do as Maou. That’s why this Maou-sama’s toy shop visit must be like a peaceful moment that was granted upon Leviathan-sama briefly. Leviathan-sama then turned around towards me.
“That’s right. Going forward, I’ll also call Seikiryuutei-san by Ise-kun! Since Sona is calling you that, I’ll also call you that☆.”
“Ah yes! It’s my honor!”
I was so glad that she wasn’t calling me Oppai Dragon, especially since she had Oppai Dragon as her rival. Just then, Maou-sama stopped in front of a toy.
“This is it☆.”
The thing that Maou-sama pointed to was–a wand from a certain magical girl anime. Hmm. Its name is [Milky Miracle Hyper Stick Triangle Ver].
“Is this...the new item from the Milky series?”
When I asked, Leviathan-sama gave me a bright smile and nodded.
Leviathan-sama made the brightest smile while grabbing it. I thought that we had finished the shopping without any trouble, but...Leviathan-sama’s gaze followed somewhere else.
“Ah! That’s a Pla-model of Mobile Gundam J! I love that too!”
Having turned her gaze, Leviathan-sama then proceeded to drag me and Kaichou around and checked out every item in the shop. She even got herself a shopping cart and put everything inside there! Seeing that, Kaichou’s patience ran out.
“Onee-sama! Please restrain yourself! What are you going to do after buying all these toys?!”
“Oh Sona, you can’t say that this far in.”
“No way! Please only buy one toy! Take everything back beside the Milky item!”
“Uwwwwah~! Sona’s bullying onee-chan! Then, let’s negotiate and only buy five?”
Ahh, that Kaichou, who was talking strategy with a sense of coolness around her, couldn’t do anything against her older sister. It looked like Leviathan-sama’s shopping would continue for a long time. As I was sighing, I started to look for a gift to give to Millicas.
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