The areas filled with trees that we had been seeing for a long time started to get fewer .
The sun had risen to its highest point and the sun shines at its brightest .
There were no monsters in sight .
Perhaps——– This place isn’t within the Demon Zone anymore .
However, even if we were to disregard that, I still couldn’t feel the presence of life nearby .
From what I could see, the rocky terrain was beginning to increase .
I could also smell the unique scent of rocks……
Should I call this area——– as some sort of mountainous area?
Anyway, the greenery was clearly starting to diminish .
On the way, we found the ruins of a village .
We took a quick look around .
From the traces I’ve seen, there might have been a lot of mining going on around here in the past .
However, the village had been abandoned .
It looked like this place had been abandoned for a long time .
The soil around also doesn’t look like it’s fertile enough to grow crops .
After it also became worthless as a mining land——— This place became barren .
It doesn’t seem to be a strategically important area either .
A place that no one would be interested in .
On the flip side——–
This is a great place to hide in plain sight .
Taking my eyes off the map……
[This is it . ]
Exclaiming so, I moved my gaze upward .
A sheer rock wall .
It’s a wall that stretches from east to west .
Stretching out, with its end nowhere in sight .
There is nothing particularly conspicuous in this area .
How should I say this——– It’s a really “natural landscape” around this rocky area .
It looked too natural, that it looked fake instead .
I reached out my hand to the wall’s surface .
But just as my hand touched the rock wall———- My hand passed through .
Nyaki became surprised .
[This is the illusion Erika was talking about huh . ]
It looked too “natural” that it became unnatural instead .
Erika talked about the characteristics of this illusion .
It’s difficult to “play around” with the naturalness of the real thing .
That is what Erika said is this illusion’s weakness .
[……How about we go?]
We stepped into the wall .
After passing through the illusory wall, we came to what seemed to be a valley .
The path continues onward .
On both sides of the road were precipitous cliffs .
But so far, there was no sign of any living things nearby .
I could barely make out the birds occasionally passing through the sky .
Yes——– From where we were walking, we can see the sky .
I wonder, if someone is able to fly over this area, would they be able to see us from above?
For the birds in the sky……
I think they’re seeing other landscapes because of the illusion .
We continued on our way .
[………………… . ]
As we walked, I thought about the information I was curious about .
For example, the assassins from the Mira Empire who attacked the Heroic Sword .
This information was divulged by Ruin and the others .
Apparently——- Mira’s assassins were trying to get their hands on Nyaki, the Divine Beast .
I wonder how I should interpret this?
As expected, I guess it would be reasonable to think that they’re trying to crush the Faraway Country themselves?
In the last great invasion of the Great Demon Emperor’s army……
I heard that Mira had their main forces almost completely intact .
The Mad Emperor himself is a man with unknown strength .
If we run into them and the people from Alion at the same time——–
They might become a bit of a nuisance .
Whether it’s the country itself…
Or the country’s top .
Other than that……
There’s also Nyaki’s “Neenya”, Nyantan Kikeepat .
I remembered that Eve had mentioned her name before .
She was one of stronger members of Alion’s war potential .
She would also be the only member of Nyaki’s family that we might have to face at some point .
I’m glad I got her name before we faced her .
This makes her the only person I can’t kill no matter what .
And then——- There’s the 6th Cavalry .
There’s no way I’m going to forget about them .
Alion’s 13 Cavalries .
“One day, that village…… It was annihilated by Humans claiming to be Alion’s cavalry……”
The people who attacked the village where Liz used to live .
However, unlike when Eve talked about how her village was destroyed by Heroic Sword……
“It’s hard to say which one attacked her village . ”
If their troops had to be divided into thirteen groups, that must be they were quite a large group .
Not all the troops had participated in the attack on the village .
There’s also no guarantee that the people who participated in that attack back then are still around today……
However, this is also something that I would like to settle when the opportunity arises .
It would also be for Liz’s sake .
But most of all——– This is something that I like to do myself .
As I was thinking about this……
[There’s something shiny over there nya . ]
Pointing ahead, Nyaki said .
In the direction she was pointing at, I saw a huge silver door .
Though I say that, it looks like its color has slightly faded in time, so it might be better to say that it’s like iron .
The door is decorated with striking carvings that look like it could be seen from a magic technique .
At the lower-middle part of the door——-
A crystal ball is inlaid in it .
Just as I had been informed .
From my pocket, I took out the crystal that Erika had given me——- the “key” that would have allowed me entrance to the Faraway Country .
It seems that if you throw this into the crystal ball, it will emit light and open the door .
[Nyaki is with us…… So we don’t need to use this thing and it would open up when we get close huh . ]
Taking out the Fly King mask from my luggage, I put it on .
I think it would be better if they don’t judge me as a “human” at first glance .
The people we’re meeting are originally people who had escaped from the Humans’ world .
I was the only human among us .
As soon as they see that I’m a human, there’s a possibility that they’ll attack me .
We don’t know how hostile the current inhabitants are towards humans .
But, at least, if I wear a mask……
“It’s a human, kill him!”
I might be able to avoid the situation where they say that at first sight .
Wearing a mask, I can leave them think that there’s a chance that I’m a Demi-Human .
[……It would have been the best if we had Erika’s familiar with us . ]
“Communicate with the King of the Faraway Country with the familiar . ”
This was the best plan we had .
We now have the kokkuri-san style alphabet paper .
So, it’s possible to communicate with her for a long time .
However, it seems like that this would be impossible .
Erika’s familiar was originally supposed to join our group .
There was supposed to be a familiar waiting for us near the Faraway Country .
However——— I couldn’t feel the presence of her familiar appearing at all .
I remembered what Erika had told me before .
“My familiars are no different from a normal animal in appearance and physical capabilities . Also, it’s not like Erika is always controlling them…… And sometimes, they would get attacked by animals and die . Even though I have several familiars I control, it’s not like they were a lot…… If I wasn’t able to get in contact with you and the others for a long time, please keep in mind that the nearest familiar may be dead or seriously injured . ”
……I can’t help but feel that this is the case .
In fact, we have discovered something that looked like an owl carcass near the illusory wall (It’s actually found by Slei) .
With a volume as silent as a murmur, I muttered to myself .
[That might be a familiar . ]
Now that the sh*tty goddess had found out the location of this place, crisis might be coming for the Faraway Country .
Therefore, it’s better to inform the King of the Faraway Country about it as soon as possible .
In that case…… It would be troublesome to wait for a familiar who may or may not appear .
I looked up at the door .
[———Well, we should be able to somehow make things work out . ]
As for what would happen later——- I’ll just have to make do with what cards I have .
Most of all……
[Touka-dono . ]
When Seras called out to me, I nodded my head .
[Yeah . ]
We’ve finally arrived .
The race who holds the secret of the Forbidden Curses, written in the Spellbook of Incantations .
This is the legendary country where the Forbidden Race is said to live .
The Faraway Country, the place the Demi-Humans and monsters without golden eyes seeks for .
As we approached, the light became even stronger .
And then, as we reached a certain distance, the door slowly began to open .
[I guess this is where the real battle would start…… Anyway——-]
The most important part to achieve my revenge on that sh*tty goddess .
The Forbidden Curses .
[I’ve finally reached the point where it’s within my reach . ]
And thus———- we stepped into the door .
And with that…… We finally managed to start Volume 7 in time for the end of the year (although the chapter is short……) .
Next year (2021), it looks like Touka and the others will finally enter the Faraway Country, which was one of the major destinations of Touka’s adventure .
Also…… For everyone’s support this year, thank you very much .
Even though I felt overwhelmed by lots of things, thanks to everyone’s support, I managed to keep writing this year .
I feel like this is already a set phrase for most of the writers out there…… but I hope to increase the amount of chapters I write next year (2021)……
I can’t say anything too witty, but I hope to see you all again next year .
I wish you all a happy new year .
I wish you all spooks like mine in your GSSR . D*mn this game . I didn’t get my sparrow loli . I should have just saved my quartz and waited for Kama . Also, cursed new year to everyone, please take all my gacha bad luck .