High School DxD:Volume DX3 Life.5
Life.5 Worldly Desire of Steel
–Fourth of January. The four of us, including me, my parents and Asia, were in our car and currently on our way to the countryside. The reason was... In the countryside far away from the big city, our car stopped in front of a small house in that village. And there was an old lady greeting us with a warm smile as we got out of our car.
“Happy New Year, Issei. How was your journey?”
“Grandma! Happy New Year! It’s been awhile!”
Today’s story was going to be the Hyoudou family’s humble, but warm scenery... Well, that was the plan, but...
After having multiple guests from Devils to Angels to Fallen Angels and others, we’d spent the past four days in chaos and decided that we should spend the rest of the winter holiday on our own.
“I’m going back home for now.”
It looked like she wanted to go and greet her parents before the third term started. Having heard that, I asked if we needed to greet them as her peerage, but...
“It’ll be fine with Yuuto only, so there’s no need for everyone to follow.”
Rias said. In these situations, our Knight, Kiba, went with her as her bodyguard in case of emergencies.
“But, we don’t know what will happen.”
...As I said that in a worried tone, Rias said–
“Ise’s parents are going to visit your grandparent, right? I heard Ise also went with them every year? Why don’t you go with them this year too?”
–and smiled at me. That’s right. Every year on the fourth of January, we always went and visited my dad’s side of my family, the village where my grandmother lived. Rias knew this already and was looking out for me. The other members beside Rias also...
“I also arranged to go visit my mother’s grave with my father this time...”
After Akeno-san said that...
“...I’m going to go train with my older sister in the mountain.”
“...I didn’t wanna, but...it looks like I’m gonna get dragged along, nya. Well, apparently, our destination also has a natural onsen~. I’m gonna relax and enjoy the onsen♪.”
“I-I’m also going to follow Koneko.”
“I’m also going to go with Kuroka-san.”
The sisters Koneko and Kuroka plus Gasper and Le Fay said this also.
“I’m also going back to England to see my mum and dad! I’ll be back before the third semester starts!”
Irina was also going back to her home.
“I’m going to help Sister Griselda, so I will end up going too... The School President election is coming up, but the church side of things is also worrying me...”
Xenovia said that while sighing, but she didn’t seem to mind helping out the church.
“I was thinking of just going around for a bit.”
Rossweiess-san seemed like she was going to go on holiday on her own. She probably decided to spend a little bit of money since it was the New Year.
“I’m also going back to my house.”
Ravel seemed like she was going back like Rias was. Now, the only ones left were Asia and Ophis. Since Asia didn’t really have anything to do, she was wondering whether to follow Rias, help Xenovia out or go training with Koneko, but...Rias stroked her cheeks and said in a gentle voice.
“Asia, go with Ise and his parents this time. I also want to go, but I’ll go when I get a chance later. As someone who spent the longest time in this house, you should go and greet her first.”
“Yes, I will!”
After hearing that, Asia decided to join our family.
“...I, don’t have anything to do.”
Ophis, who couldn’t move freely around, decided to stay at home... But as Xenovia decided to commute to where Sister was from home, it looked like she wouldn’t be alone. Rassei was also staying, so even if we were gone for few days, she wouldn’t get lonely. Like that, the ORC members decided to spend the rest of our winter holidays separately. And me and Asia came to my dad’s hometown.
“I’ll be in your care~.”
When we stepped into the house, the nostalgic feeling, the smell and the atmosphere rushed in. It was an old wooden house, but it had been cleaned from top to bottom well. Whenever I felt this nostalgic feeling, I could finally say that I came to my grandmother’s. Stepping into the living room, we gave our greetings to our grandfather in front of the alter. Granddad, in the picture, was smiling brightly... It had been awhile since grandad died, but whenever we came back, he always greeted us with a smile. Grandad, I’ve got a girlfriend now. And I’ve got tons of friends too... I did become a Devil, but I’ve survived this year without any problems. Please look after us for next year too. Now that we greeted our grandad, my dad relaxed a bit.
“Fuuuu. I always relax when I come back here.”
It hadn't even been a few minutes since we came here, but he looked completely relaxed. Well, it was where he was born and raised, so I guess it made sense.
“I’ll help with that, Mother.”
Mum followed my grandma to the kitchen. Asia, who came here for the first time, was...
She was sitting down in the corner of the room looking nervous. She looked like she didn’t know what to do here. Well, it was her first time here, so that was understandable. Since this was our family’s house, she might be a little nervous about it.
“Asia, do you want to go and help my mum and grandma?”
It’d be best to calm her nerves by helping around with house work. After that, everyone relaxed and drank tea together. Then, my dad introduced Asia to my grandma.
“Mum, she’s Asia. She’s been living with us in our house.”
“Ara, I did hear about you, but...I never thought it’ll be such a cute foreigner. Can you speak Japanese?”
“Ah, yes! I’m Asia Argento! I-I’ve been in the care of the Hyoudou family!”
While hesitant, Asia kept bowing her head for no reason. Grandma was smiling gently at her.
“You can stay here like it’s your own house.”
Grandma then glanced at me and smiled brightly.
“Maybe at this rate, I’ll be able to see my great-grandchild. Ise, if possible, please hurry.”
...Ku! G-G-G-Grandma and her jokes. What was she saying all of a sudden!?
“G-Grandma! Stop joking around!”
Mine and Asia’s faces turned red! Even mum and dad were joining in and saying ‘We can’t wait’! Aaaaaah, it had to be in our blood somehow...! It was like this kind of stuff was in our family’s genes... Maybe I was such a pervert because of this bloodline! Just like that, the holiday at the countryside started.
Afternoon of that day...
“Asia, I’m really sorry. My grandma’s that kind of person...”
“Ah, it’s alright.”
Having such a conversation, Asia and I took the road out of my grandma’s house and we walked ten or so minutes to get to downtown. Well, even if you said downtown, compared to the city, it was a lot less busy and not many stores were here either. Even the stores were a few hundred meters apart from each other. After getting things done at my grandma’s place, I wanted to show Asia the places around here so we decided to go for a walk. As we were going out, grandma was...
“Ise, Asia. Here’s your New Year’s money.”
And she gave both of us New Year’s money. ...Grandma’s such a good person that she might give every kid that came here some New Year’s money. Maybe it was a good thing that the entire ORC members didn’t come this year. If she prepared New Year’s money for everyone in the club, she’d be broke! Anyway, this countryside hadn’t changed at all. This tranquil and nostalgic feeling around this country scenery hadn’t changed since I was a kid.
“Did Ise-san come here often?”
Asia looked around in confusion.
“Yeah. Whenever mum and dad had something to take care of and needed to travel far, they often asked my grandma to look after me. I played with my grandparents around here often.”
And also, I came here during Obon. I couldn’t come here last time since I was busy in the Underworld. Even after getting older, I came here for the New Year and Obon and so on every year. This was like my second home. Ah, now that I thought about it, grandma did say something like ‘it’s been dangerous lately, so be careful’. She said that there had been multiple cases of people getting ambushed at night lately. People who had been attacked all had some kind of bite mark on their necks... Surely, there was no non-human this far in this country? Hmm, if that was the case, what should we do...? If there was evil like that in my grandma’s countryside, then it was probably best to defeat them. But if the opponent was from another faction, then it might become a headache if we attacked needlessly, but I also couldn’t leave the bad guy who had been causing problems in my grandma’s village alone. But it might cause Rias and Azazel-sensei some trouble... Should I contact them first? But to contact people who might be enjoying their winter holiday was a bit... Man, it was doing my head in. I walked around the town with Asia while thinking about that problem. After passing the barbers, launderette and grocery store, we reached our destination. Looking around the area, I looked for the specific store.
“There was a dagashi toy store near here...”
I went to that dagashi with my grandad quite often, and whenever I went there, I kept asking him to buy me that Gunpla... Ah, maybe we came here to buy the models and bought some snacks along the way. We stopped in front of quite an old shop.
“Ah, this is it. Asia, it’s here.”
When I opened the door, the chime rang. Man, this was nostalgic. Random snacks were all over the place and old toys were either hung on the ceiling or inside the boxes.
“Ahhh, this brings back memories.”
Stepping inside the store, I bowed my head towards the man on the till. Well, it wasn’t likely that he remembered me, but I still greeted him just in case. After wandering around the snack corner, I took Asia to the Gunpla  area. The Gunpla that I saw when I was a kid was still there and was not being sold.
“For a private establishment in such countryside to even have old and precious Gunplas...”
Noticing that there was someone else in the store before us, I stopped talking.
“L—Look at this, Alivian! T-This is the discontinued [Yata Robo] Gunpla! Not only that, but it’s Yata Robo 3, which is said to have the least amount of production!”
...Ku! That person was a green-haired, bespectacled bishoujo. As soon as I saw that person who did not seem to fit into this countryside at all...I rubbed my eyes in disbelief, but...
“!!! And there’s the discontinued [Robo Fighter Varum] 1/100 model of the enemy [Metaliums]! ...The model that they couldn’t even bring out for the resale festival because they couldn’t find the mould a few years back, to find such a thing here...!”
The bishoujo was so excited that her entire body was shivering in excitement while holding onto the Gunpla box. She was Seekvaira Agares-san! Oioioioioi, what was Seekvaira-san doing in such a remote dagashi!? Me and Asia were so surprised that we couldn’t say a word! No way did we think we’d meet her in such a place! Seekvaira-san said while fixing her glasses with her shaking hand.
“I thought the experts would have searched all over such a remote toy store, but unexpectedly, the treasure was buried here.”
“Looks like it’s a good thing we came here, Seekvaira-sama.”
The person next to her in the butler outfit was Agares’s Queen, Alivian-san!
“Yes, I came into this store without much expectation but… this is such a good find.”
Seekvaira-san hugged the box with an ecstatic expression on her face. A person wearing a deep hoodie then approached her.
“...W-Wait a second, Seekvaira-sama. Things get complicated when you enter here! This...this isn’t our purpose in this area, right...?”
Judging from the voice, she was a female...but because of her hoodie, I couldn’t see her face well. But her voice was quite familiar...? Seekvaira-san replied to her in a cold voice.
“There’s no reason to hurry in this moment since we’ve done the investigation work during the day. We now just have to wait for the night to fall.”
Seekvaira-san said this, but...I didn’t know. The fact that she was holding a Gunpla box meant her words didn’t have much persuasive power or something... I guess you still loved your robots. Now that I think back, we saw each other during the New Year. Back then, she asked me about the new mecha anime airing this season... I think she was considering me as a fellow comrade... Alivian-san greeted me and Asia, having noticed me, who was just watching from afar dumbfounded.
“My, I never thought we’d meet here like this.”
I gave a late greeting. Seekvaira-san also noticed us and sent us a smile.
“Ara, it’s Hyoudou Issei. We met just a few days ago. I never thought we’d meet here like this.”
Seekvaira-san stopped her words and made an expression that said she knew what was up.
“Ah, that’s right... You’re also a person who truly loves Gundam... You found this place with your senses, right?”
Seekvaira-san made a wide grin... Woah, she’s got the wrong idea again! Did she mistake me for a comrade who was going around the countryside toy stores to find rare Gunplas!? While I was pulling my hair trying to think of a way to get rid of this misconception, the person inside the hoodie looked at me.
So this person also knew me...? Who could this be? As I was thinking about that, the person lifted her hood slightly so I could see her face.
Seeing the unexpected face inside the hoodie, I was so shocked I couldn’t say anything. She was a girl with red eyes and long, wavy blond hair and with a doll-like face...the Vampire Elmenhilde! ...I totally did not expect this situation, not at all! It was shocking enough that Seekvaira-san was in such a remote countryside, but for one of the people travelling with her to be Elmenhilde...! This was the first time I saw her ever since we departed from the Vampire country... Not only that, but we didn’t even have a proper farewell... Having been startled, I told Seekvaira-san my situation regarding the fact that I was here since my dad’s family lived around this area. After listening, it seemed like Seekvaira-san finally understood why I was here.
“Oh, so this is where your dad’s main house is at.”
“So, what is Seekvaira-san...doing here?”
When she heard my question, Seekvaira-san exchanged a look with Alivian-san and nodded her head.
“...I guess I can tell you this if it’s you. Let’s go outside for now... Ah, before that, I need to buy this.”
Saying that, Seekvaira-san went off to buy that rare Gunpla. ...So she was really buying that. The owner then said this while entering the price into the till.
“Lady came from somewhere else, right? Did you move here?”
“No, I came here for the holiday.”
Seekvaira-san said so. Then, the owner nodded his head and continued.
“Hmm, so you’re here for your holiday. But this is quite strange since the new lady who recently moved here also came here from time to time like you are right now and bought whatever Gunpla she could get her hands on.”
The owner said that while putting the box into the bag. Then, Seekvaira-san seemed to realise something after hearing the owner’s words.
I sat on the bench in front of the dagashi and listened to Seekvaira-san while eating the snack I bought.
What she told me was...about a Stray Devil! That there was a Vampire Stray Devil around this area, and that this information was given to the Agares House not too long ago! Apparently, that person was extremely dangerous and they ran away after becoming part of the peerage of a High-class Devil. Since they had dangerous tendencies, even the owner’s house was being cautious around it... In the end, they showed their true colours and rebelled. Hearing that, I stood up from my seat!
“...S-So that dangerous Vampire is somewhere in this village... A Stray is around here!?”
...This had to be what grandma was talking about! The bite mark on the people’s necks had to be because that Vampire drank their blood! My god! Of all places, why did that Vampire hide in my grandma’s village!? Seekvaira-san spoke while eating candy from the shop.
“Coincidently, we were touring around the human world after they had their New Year celebration as per our schedule. At that time, I heard from the house and came here. Then, I met with the agent from the Carmilla Faction...Elmenhilde over here.”
Elmenhilde, who was sitting right at the edge of the bench, said under her hood.
“That Vampire is one of the heretics that the Carmilla Faction has been after for a long time. And now, it showed itself.”
So, it was also a Vampire that the Carmilla Faction was pursuing. Seekvaira-san continued.
“I think this started because of that terrorist attack by Qlippoth against the Carmilla Faction and the Tepes Faction. At that time, multiple High-level Vampires were defeated. There’s no surprise that the rebels, who were being pursued by such people, will seek out to strengthen their own power.”
So, they were hiding with Devils while being pursued, and after the Carmilla Faction sustained huge damage, they started their activities again...! Alivian-san sighed.
“...It’s a problem since Vampires can increase their own peerage whom they have absolute rule over. All they’ve got to do is bite the neck of the person that they have their eyes on during a full moon. You could say that it’s much easier compared to the Devils’ reincarnation ritual.”
Alivian-san said as Elmenhilde’s expression darkened and she lowered her head.
“...Ah, I do beg your pardon. I have overstepped my boundaries.”
“...No, it’s all true. For such low-life Vampires, that ritual is simply a method in which they increase their power. Even though it’s a really disgusting act...we never thought they would become Devils... I can see why we couldn’t get ahold of their whereabouts.”
Elmenhilde said unimpressed. Was she still a little bit of an elitist?
“Rias...should I contact my master?”
I asked Seekvaira-san.
“There’s no need to call Rias and the others. They’re having their holidays, so let them enjoy their time. We will deal with this on our own.”
It sounded like Seekvaira-san, Alivian-san and Elmenhilde were going to handle this on their own...but I couldn’t let them just do that!
“I’ll also help! If I leave such an unwelcoming person around my grandma’s village, I can’t go back to Kuoh with a sound mind!”
I said enthusiastically! Yes, this was my second home and the place where my late grandad lived. I couldn’t let a stray Vampire disturb this place!
“I-I’ll also help!”
Asia also joined in! When we told them that, Seekvaira-san smiled slightly.
“Ufufu, it’s reassuring hearing that from you two. We were going to deal with this with just the three of us, but it’ll be great if someone with your knowledge of the area joins us... Should we go on a secret [DxD] mission early in the year?”
Seekvaira extended her hand for a handshake! I said ‘Yes!’ enthusiastically and shook her hand! But after that, Seekvaira-san placed her hand on her chin and murmured to herself.
“...However, it’s a bit concerning that they bought Gunpla from this shop. I wonder why... I have this feeling that something will come with the bell sound and the flashing light.”
Seekvaira-san said such things, but...I didn’t dare open my mouth. It felt like she’d talk about Gundam again at this rate... When I then looked at Elmenhilde...
She didn’t say a thing. I thought when we said we’d help, she’d reply saying ‘This is a problem with the Carmilla Faction’...but she didn’t display such cocky attitude. Well, seeing as how they asked help from the House of Agares, it showed that there had been some change. Seekvaira-san then stood up and asked me with a serious look on her face.
“So it’s decided that we’ll start our mission during night time when Vampires are active... And also, Hyoudou Issei-san.”
“...Are there more toy stores in this village?”
...It looked like the Archduke’s heir apparent-sama wanted to enjoy her short break to the fullest.
Having come back to my grandma’s house, Asia and I got ready to go out during the night without anyone being able to notice us. And I also asked my dad about this area.
“Hey, dad. Are there...any place where ghosts might appear?”
If the Vampire was going to hide, I thought they’d use a house or a building that people wouldn’t usually use. And they wouldn’t be very active during the day unless they were Daywalkers like Gasper was. From what we’d heard, they weren’t the type who was active during the day. Elmenhilde also wore a very deep hoodie as she was careful not to show her skin. If that was the case, they must have some kind of hiding place. Most likely, it was somewhere where there weren’t many people and was a dark place. Dad scratched his cheek and said this.
“You remember when you were like eight years old, the place that your grandad and I took you, right? That forest full of beetles. There’s a western-style mansion deep inside that forest. I suggested going there as a Test of Courage, but you cried shouting ‘No! I wanna go back!’.”
Ah~, now that I thought back, that did happen... There was a mansion in that forest. According to dad, that was a holiday home that some noble had built somewhere around the Meiji or Taisho era. Whether the noble sold the mansion, or their bloodline had been extinguished, or whatever the case might be, dad told me that no-one was living there when he was born... As soon as I got that information, I contacted Seekvaira-san. And soon after I sent the message, she replied saying ‘It does seem like they might be hiding there’. So we decided that the five of us would check that mansion out today. After checking that everyone had gone to sleep, me and Asia sneaked out, making sure no-one saw us. We took my familiar Skíðblaðnir to the place where we’d accompany Seekvaira-san’s group. This guy had grown quite nicely as it could now carry multiple people with it and fly. We joined Seekvaira-san in the middle of the countryside road in the fog and night sky.
“...Let’s go to the forest then.”
Seekvaira-san asked me to lead the way, so I took them deep into the forest. This place was more like a small mountain with the side road instead of the forest, and there was a mansion on the top of the mountain. While climbing the mountain, Elmenhilde asked me a question out of the blue. Since it was dark, she had taken her hood off.
“I’ve got something to ask.”
“...What is it?”
“...How is Gasper Vladi doing?”
“He’s doing fine. He’s training hard, saying he’s going to wake Valerie up.”
This girl treated Gasper like an idiot just because he was a half. Well, Pure-Bloods seemed to think everyone was beneath them, so it probably wasn’t just aimed at Gasper... But my Kouhai was training himself to wake someone precious to him. And I wouldn’t let anyone make fun of such admirable and strong resolve.
“Don’t make fun of him, will you.”
I said that looking at her. But she...didn’t retort or get offended. She just kept looking forward.
“...I was just curious.”
She just said that to me and walked in front of me.
“...She doesn’t look like she’s got much attitude compared to when I first met her...”
I was perplexed at her response. Back then, she was overbearing, but it looked like she wasn’t like that anymore. Then, Seekvaira-san told me in secret so she couldn’t hear us.
“She’s currently acting as an agent from the Carmilla Faction and traveling around to eliminate those who took advantage of the chaos and rebelled. The reason why she’s here alone is because her country is currently in recovery and short on people.”
So that was why her servants that I saw before weren’t protecting her. Since her country became like that, no wonder they were short on hands. So, she was working tirelessly for her country then.
“But why did the Carmilla Faction ask the House of Agares for help? Did you guys have some kind of communication before?”
I just realised that fact and asked her that question. It kind of bugged me regarding the relationship between Agares-san and the Carmilla Faction. It was something along the lines of an unexpected pair, since I never thought I’d meet both of them here.
“Since ancient times, Agares was known as the Devil [To make Deserters Return]. So, wizards of different factions summon the Devils of Agares from time to time thinking that’s still true.”
Seekvaira-san explained as such.
Oh~, so it had to do with what their attribute was, which was passed down onto High-class Devil families. To make Deserters Return, huh? It was a peculiar attribute.
“So, have you got such a power?”
I asked again. Then, Seekvaira-san nodded.
“It was said that the first generation had such powers, and it was said that he could even control time somewhat with his power. But currently, we’re focused on the collection of information using our position as Archduke.”
First generation... So he was the person who had put their name on such documents. So, the rumours of his powers reached to even his descendants.
“Can Seekvaira-san control time as well then?”
“Well, [Time] is the House of Agares’s attribute, so such power has been passed down to the people of the house. Although limited, I also have such powers.”
...Maybe I’d seen it from the records of Sona-kaichou versus Seekvaira-san’s Rating game, but...since it didn’t happen frequently, I couldn’t really remember. Instead of that, the Dragon battle between Alivian-san and Saji was more memorable. I needed to go back and watch the footage again. –The conversation got side-tracked, huh. Well it looked like the House of Agares and the Carmilla Faction were related by information. We walked for ten minutes after that, but...I was feeling uneasy now. Even the fog was getting thicker, but the mansion was nowhere to be seen. When I was a kid, it didn’t take more than twenty minutes to get here during the day. Even if it was dark out now, I could see well during the night since I was a Devil. So even with thick fog, I should be able to see the mansion. Not only that, but this fog was... It had some heavy and ominous aura. It probably was a barrier. Using fog as a barrier was a common tactic. Seekvaira-san stopped her feet and looked straight forward.
“...It looks like they’re looking at this direction. Maybe they’re using fog to delay us while setting traps around their hideout?”
Seekvaira-san nodded her head and talked to herself.
“...Maybe they’re trying to escape using this fog?”
I asked Alivian-san.
“That’s impossible, since this area is under Seekvaira-san’s own barrier. It’s likely that the opponent knows this already and placed their own. So, all in all, they’ve placed their own barrier inside ours.”
No way! Seekvaira-san already placed a barrier around here! She was really thorough... She must’ve put it around here to not only prevent the enemy from escaping, but also to make sure the outsiders didn’t notice if there was a huge fight.
“So you’ve managed to place the barrier even before the enemy runs away.”
Asia said to Seekvaira-san. Then...a small shadow appeared under Seekvaira-san. Looking at it closely...that was a Guunndam Gunplaaaaaaaa! Not only that, but it moved like it was a living thing! Seekvaira-san grabbed the Gunpla and said with a showing-off tone.
“These guys are supporting my barriers. They don’t take much power to move, and since they’re small, we can infiltrate without the enemy noticing. Right now, using these little guys, I’ve set them up within a radius of several hundred meters to support the barrier.”
Woah! To use moving Gunpla as a placeholder for the barrier...! Alivian-san then added to the conversation.
“Also, as reference, inside this field which encompasses in the area near us, the flow of time is different compared to outside. You can say that an hour here is equivalent to a few minutes outside. This is the limited Time power that Seekvaira-sama spoke of earlier.”
...So her ability was to create a space, and then control the flow of time within it? Hmm, although it wasn’t an offensive ability, it’d come in handy if you used it wisely. So that means there were a bunch of Gunplas around this forest, and they were the ones who were holding up the barrier. That was quite wicked! I wanna control the Gunplas using my powers now! My eyes shone and I stared at the Gunpla. Just then, Seekvaira-san’s glasses shone, and she said this.
“Shall I teach you how later?”
“Of course, as a fellow comrade with common interests!”
She seemed awfully happy! I was just getting played by her tricks! I had a feeling that she’d ask me to join the Gundam mania fan club later! While stroking the Gunpla on her hand, she said to Alivian-san.
“Well, it’s fine searching through the forest with the heavy fog around us, but it’s bad that we can’t see the destination. Alivian, make the road.”
“Yes, as you wish...”
Bowing towards Seekvaira-san, an immense aura came out of his back! That aura changed its shape, and assumed the shape of a Dragon! The Dragon-shaped aura opened its wide mouth and forced out a powerful Dragon shot! The blast that Alivian-san’s Dragon shot forward quickly got rid of the thick fog around here! After that, we could see the huge mansion ahead of us! So, Vampires hid their presence like that... We continued forward towards the mansion and soon reached in front of it. The fences were broken in several places and weren’t doing their jobs well. Even the metal door was half-blown off, so it was easy to get into the ground. This place hadn’t changed ever since I last came here as a child. The garden was overrun with weeds and the paved road leading toward the front door was also broken in places. Seekvaira-san stood in front of the mansion, and while swiping her long blonde hair out of the way with her hand, shouted confidently.
“The ones who left their master and live to fulfil their own desire, that sin is worth a thousands deaths. In the name of Archduke Agares, I will punish you! Show yourself!”
Oh~, as expected, the intimidation coming from Agares towards the Stray was intense! I was getting pumped up as well! Just then, an ominous feeling crept up to all of us. And we could all feel a killing intent near us! I looked towards the direction the killing intent was coming from! Something flashed behind the building! That killing intent was directed...towards Elmenhilde!?
Sprinting towards her, I grabbed her and used my Dragon wings as I flew up! Just then, with a loud noise, a beam of light struck the place where Elmenhilde just was! ...That was, the Power of the Holy Light? I think I remembered seeing that kind of power in Heaven! Seeing as how the light beam had the shape of a cross, I was probably correct. After placing Elmenhilde on the ground, I looked towards where the killing intent came from.
“...My, well done spotting that.”
The caped person who came out of the dark without making any noise was a black-haired female. Her eyes were blood red. Most likely that woman was the Stray Vampire... She was a seductive onee-sama with a voluptuous figure and a mysterious aura around her, but that was also the trait of Vampires! Not only that, but the aura that we could feel from her power was...above a Middle-class Devil. Since it seemed like there were traps around here, it was best not to let our guard down. I rapidly increased my power and summoned my Boosted Gear Scale Mail.
“Asia, I’ll leave the support to you.”
After entrusting the back to Asia, I stepped forward. The Vampire lady then spoke while making a confident smile.
“That attack just now was made with modified tools I got from guys from the church that were after me...”
The lady laughed with a voice filled with mockery. Elmenhilde gazed at that lady with eyes filled with hatred. So that was an attack with modified church tools! If a Vampire or a Devil got hit by that, it was gonna be dangerous. Flapping her cape, she put her arms wide out.
“This area is filled with my peerage equipped with weapons similar to that! If you guys aren’t careful, it might get dangerous, you know?”
Maybe she prepared this while we were lost in that fog? Or maybe she prepared this from the beginning. Well that wasn’t the important part. But her peerage... So there had already been victims! After turning my second home town like this, I couldn’t forgive her now! I, who was filled with rage, then noticed the countless number of small shadows (?) that were around the lady. Those were...Gundam Gunplaaaaa!? No way! Why were there this many Gunplas here!? Gunplas with weapons were around this mansion! Observing this, Seekvaira-san shouted after realising what was going on here.
“No way, you...! You really are doing that!?”
What was going on now!? I had no clue! A Stray, traitor of Vampires and...Gunpla!? Seriously, what was going on here!? The only part I got right now was that she was currently controlling the Gunpla with her power like Seekvaira-san!
“Fufufu. That light just now came from the weapons of these Gunplas. Using my very own modification schematics, I’ve modified them all!”
...The female Vampire said in a somewhat proud manner. Looking at them more closely, lights were coming out of those weapons! ...N-No way, the light beam came from those things!? Using weapons stolen from Exorcists...you modified these Gunplas!? Seriously!? The Vampire lady then took out another Gunpla from her cape. Seeing that, Seekvaira-san couldn’t contain her anger.
“...T-That is! The original Doll Armour [Great Gundam Evil Plan Prototype No.4] that I sent on patrol! You were captured by the enemy!”
The Vampire lady then glared at this great Gundam...whatever. Oh and FYI, Doll Armour was the title given to robots from the Gundam animation!
“...This is made by you, huh? Looks like you’re controlling them using your power... To send such an ugly contraption on patrol, you’re out of your mind.”
...She was so angry that she sent Gunpla on patrol... Wait, that was wrong! She was also using her Gundam as a weapon! The Vampire lady then couldn’t contain her anger.
“Why...why! Why did you put Another Gundam series weapons on the New Universal Century!? This pla-model is from the New Universal Century! But the flashy rifle and shield with flashy decoration in addition to this backpack with the useless huge wings on it is from Another Gundam! I can’t forgive you!”
The lady then pointed at her own Gunpla.
“A simple, yet effective rifle! Humble, but practical shield! Backpack without any useless items, but only consisting of the Burner and Saber Holder! This is the true Gundam! Unless it’s the New Universal Century, you can’t call others true Doll Armour!”
Hearing that, Seekvaira’san retaliated.
“So you are...a New Universal Century fan? And looking at your stare, you seem to distaste Another. There are extreme factions who consider Another Gundam as like their family enemy. So, you’re one of those.”
“If you’re one of those Another clan, then I can understand you. But to mix the Another and New Universal Century... As long as my eyes stay red, I cannot accept that!”
While the Vampire’s shouts were filled with rage, Seekvaira-san made an expression filled with sorrow.
“...You poor one... It is because of New Universal Century and Another that the current Gundam exists right now. If you deny the existence of one, then the Gundam as we know it right now won’t exist.”
“How come you don’t know that the reason why they have corrupted the production company and the young viewers is because of those weak and diluted senses from the mania from the previous series!?”
“That’s just their ego.”
...Me, Asia, Alivian-san and Elmenhilde couldn’t do anything but just look at this scene with confused expressions. ...I-I couldn’t really say anything to this. ...I couldn’t do anything but grab my hair and just fall to the ground there. ...My god! In this remote forest in the remote countryside, a Devil and a Vampire are fighting over the topic of Gundam of all things! Just then, Alivian-san created a magic circle and nodded his head. It looked like he was doing something right now...
“It looks like a few villagers are inside that mansion... Everyone is just creating Gunplas with dead eyes.”
The Vampire lady then made a shrill laugh after hearing that.
“Fufufu. These villagers are troops that were selected to create my peerage! I then bring life into the completed ones and I can control them! This is what I truly wanted after leaving my home country and my former master!”
Wait, what!? Are you saying that these Gunplas were your peerage!? So, just for that, you betrayed your homeland, became a Devil and in the end, you controlled the villagers and gathered them here!? No, really! You really dragged the villagers to build you Gunpla! After figuring out the current situation, Alivian-san then said.
“So, it seems like the new person living here, whom the toy store owner referred to, must be her. And the things she bought were also Gunplas. And the reason why she bit the target wasn’t to turn them into her peerage, but to build her peerage Gunplas... Seriously, I’m lost for words.”
I agree with you! My second home was being threatened by a Gundam otaku(and a brutal New Universal Century fan at that)! The Vampire lady shouted rejoicing.
“These humans are nothing more than staff who build my peerage, nothing more than a tool. Fufufu, after building factories all over the places, I’ll mass produce them. And if I succeed in doing so, I’ve got nothing to worry about that lot from the Carmilla Faction!”
!! So to build your Gunpla...no, to build your peerage you were going to take advantage of these people. Not only that, but to create pla-model weapons based on an Exorcist’s tools was a dangerous creativity! This must be why she got chased out of her country!
While all this was happening, Elmenhilde had an expression like there was a constant question mark above her head. There was no way the Pure-Blooded vampire princess would understand the Gundam talk. Most likely, even what that lady proclaimed, as well as the topic of Gunpla, would sound mysterious to her.
“...Gundam... It’s something that even the Heiress of the House of Agares gets emotional about, and something that has tempted such a Vampire... What is this? Will I be able to understand it better if I visit that toy store again?”
“Stop! You’ll get sucked in!”
I stopped Elmenhilde there! At this point, to get her hands on one of those was like making a deal with a Devil!
“I-I also want to build one of those when I get back home!”
“Not you too, Asia!”
I couldn’t send our Asia into the New Universal Century world as well! Then, the Vampire lady and Seekvaira-san, whose emotions got the better of them, took a battle stance!
“This mansion is a place where I can use an airbrush without getting any noise complaints! If you bother me, then I’ll destroy you!”
“In the name of Archduke Agares, I cannot let you get away with such evil! And there’s no way that your soul will be able to reach the Gunpla that you haven’t even built yourself!”
In the middle of the night, the Gundam Gunplas controlled by the power of the Vampire and Devil respectively were having a brutal fight...a Gundam aerial battle. Meanwhile, I focused on Vampire exorcism while being bewildered.
After finishing our job, we walked towards the road at the side of the mountain... Maybe because this was the first ever Gundam fight, I was still mentally tired from this ordeal... That Vampire lady was defeated after getting hit by our direct attacks, and the villagers, who have been freed, returned to their home. We gave that Vampire to Elmenhilde. Using a Devil’s teleportation circle, she took the culprit to her homeland. Since she was a Vampire and also a Reincarnated devil, she’d be tried under the Carmilla Faction and the Underworld.
“...I left her in the mercy of jurisdiction of the Underworld and my country.”
Elmenhilde finally relaxed after finishing her job.
“...She will soon be able to accept all the Gundam in the near future...”
Seekvaira-san gave a little tear of remorse while looking at the sky. ...Uuugh, I was always tired after getting involved with this person... Just then, Elmenhilde asked me.
“...Sekiryuutei. Why did you save me before?”
I saved her from the attack aimed at her from that Gundam controlled by the Vampire lady. So, she was asking this question because of that.
“Well, it was a reflex action. And also...the feeling of wanting to protect your home...the place you hold dear is the same for humans, Devils and Vampires, right?”
Elmenhilde didn’t reply back to me, and neither did she mock my actions. She looked much cuter than she did before. Elmenhilde put on her hood once again–
“I thank you for aiding us tonight. I will be sure to repay back this kindness.”
––and she was saying ‘Good night’ while trying to get away from here.
“Wait a second.”
Seekvaira-san stopped Elmenhilde.
“You, don’t you want to know more about Gundam?”
Seekvaira-san said such a thing to her! She then pulled something out of a small magic circle... A Gundam blu-ray boxset! Then, Seekvaira-san handed that to Elmenhilde.
“Start with this one. You need to report this kind of thing to your superiors anyway, right? If that’s the case, then you should research on the thing that person wanted to obtain by going as far as betraying the country. This is just research material. Yup, only research material.”
After taking the boxset from her, Elmenhilde could only reply with ‘I-Is that so...’ and took it with her! Seekvaira-san was trying to make more Gundam fans using this opportunity! Seeing that scene, Alivian-san said something.
“Well, we surely will have more chances to cooperate between Elmenhilde-sama and [DxD]. It’s good to have such a connection at this stage.”
I still think she only wanted to increase Gundam fans... W-Well, I’ll leave that to the Heiress of Archduke! Just like that, the Stray Devil elimination has come to an end...
...Me and Asia snuck into grandma’s house before our parents woke up, but...
“Ara, Ise, Asia. You guys just came back?”
Grandma came out of the house suddenly!
“A-Ah, t-this is...!”
We didn’t even prepare any excuses since we didn’t think we’d get caught! Never did I think that grandma would notice us going out in the night! Grandma took us to the living room. There was a hot meal prepared for us. It was udon with plenty of meat, vegetables and mocha left over from the New Year.
“It must have been cold out there, right? Come on, have some.”
We thanked her and ate our meal. Maybe we were quite hungry after that ordeal since we couldn’t stop eating it. While looking at my face, Grandma said to me.
“...Before grandma even realised, Ise became able to make such manly expressions.”
Then, grandma smiled brightly. ...She didn’t know that I was a Devil now, but I was sure she could feel that I had grown. I was so happy to hear that. I was glad I was able to save this place. ...While I was thinking that, grandma touched her lips with her hand and made a cheeky expression.
“...Well, since you guys are so young, it’s not impossible to keep doing that for the entire night. So Ise and Asia have that kind of relationship already.”
!!!!! I choked up the noodles that were in my mouth! Wooooooah! She had such a big misunderstanding!? It wasn’t an all-night XXX course with Asia! Damn it, this perversion was definitely genetic! I wanted to think that...I was glad to be born from this family! That was what I thought during my winter holiday as a second-year high schooler.
Translator's Notes and References
- TN Japanese sweet shop
- TN Gundma Pla-model.
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