And then, the castle, or should I call it the centre of the mountain, was a place that no living being wanted to approach due to the horrible atmosphere surrounding it.


「Because using fire in place with stagnating air will poison you to death.
It’s the stronghold of the undead who doesn’t mind the damp and dark place.」

「And it’s a difficult to place for you guys to live in since you can’t use illumination magic.」


Well, the incubation place located in the underground was the only thing that made the dragon work up, in various meanings.


「… But we can still go to the courtyard.」


In the end, I offered a safe choice for Ante.


Only when I was walking in this way did I realize how narrow my field of vision was back when I was still a brat.


Even if I didn’t enter the palace, I got a chill running down my spine the moment I imagined what would happen to me if I went too far with my touring in the outer edge of the demon king castle for exploration.


If I was obedient from the very beginning, I might get more relevant information about documents or reports of the demon king army.


The only thing in my head back then was defeating the demon king.
And the one who granted wisdom to the muscle brain me back then was the devil of knowledge.


Well, let’s stop being sarcastic to myself.


「This is the courtyard.
If you exclude the palace, this was the place with most sunlight in demon king castle.」


There was a hodge-podge of flowers blooming in this place.
Anyhow, it was a garden that screamed “Planting plants just for the sake of planting since there was a plot of soil for it!” the gardener didn’t even try to be artistic at all.


「And then, there’s also a medicinal garden.」

「No matter how you look at it, the style is overly emphasizing practicality.
Which makes this garden too COLOURFUL.」

Ah, be careful of the poisonous plant over there.
If poison could work on you, that’s it.」

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「Worry not, it won’t.」


Ante was looking around restlessly, well she was unexpectedly interested in flowers.


「Oh, this is the ingredient for a truth serum.
And this is for paralysis poison.
How nostalgi~c.」


Nostalgic my ass.
The one who was responsible for this garden was those fu*cking night elves.


The demon race detested the use of poison since they considered that as a weapon for the weak.
They had the Reiju clan to heal their wounds after all.


「This one is for drugs, the one over there is for sedatives.
Woah, they even have red grass.
This can become a powerful hair removal agent if you boil it.
The size might be small but, it has everything.」


Well as long as you enjoyed it.
Rather, just how nostalgic it was for you to remember such details…


I was sitting on a bench in the garden.
Strangely enough, the warm sunlight made me sleepy despite having just woken up from my sleep.


「Master… Are you enjoying basking in the sunlight?」


Garounya asked shyly.


「I don’t hate it.
Its just a bit too bright for my preference.」


It was a big fat lie though.


「Do you want to take a nap too, Garounya?」

「It’s okay! It’s still noon after all!」


Garounya replied decisively but… Aren’t you being forced to change your life cycle to match the nocturnal demon race? You’re supposed to take a rest around this time, right?


「In your hometown, you should’ve woken up at dusk and slept after the sunrise, right?」

「Yes, there’s farmwork… and working as an attendant in the demon king castle too but, we’re changing shift every morning and night.」


The laundry and cleaning should’ve finished around noon.


「I see… so you’re working in shift just like soldier.」


But then, this made it even harder for me to guess the life cycle of the beastfolk.
Maybe I should ask Sofia for her recommendation book in this regard.


I mean, even if their race was unified as beastfolk, they were divided into various tribes.
And the fact that whether they’re hostile toward humans or not would greatly change the situation.


I heard that the white tiger tribe who were once hunted down by the humans for their pelt was completely hostile toward humans.
Though their status wasn’t that much better in the demon kingdom, it was much better than being hunted down by humans for their pelt.


For better or worse, some beastfolks were also part of the demon kingdom.
So inciting them to revolt might be close to impossible――

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… And when I was thinking about such things.


A silhouette of another person appeared from the corridor on the other side of my position.


No matter how you look at it, the other party was a suspicious person who wore a robe and draped a hood over their head.
And doesn’t seem to be the devil or the castle employee either.
Who is that I wonder? If we go by their colour of their pale skin, I would say that the other party was a night elf but――


That suspicious person then stood in the edge of the shade, and slowly, they exposed their arm under the sun.
The sunlight was raining down incessantly on the skin that was already as white as a wax doll――




The next moment, Garounya raised a shriek.


Reason being the hand of the suspicious person was wrapped in a flame.


This one is a failure.」


It was an indifferent voice.
There was no surprise whatsoever even though their hand was on fire.


Soon enough, their hand went up with a puff, and turned into pure white ash.


That was―― It was the kind of fire that I saw on many occasions.


During my hero era, that’s it.


『It stinks.』


Ante, who had returned before I knew it, placed her hand on my shoulder.


『That fellow’s magical power―― Is so murky.
So bad to the point that it smelled like rotten meat.』


The said stinky and suspicious person then retreated as they removed their hood with their remaining right hand.


Are you surprised?」


A bright voice.
The smile looked like it was pasted on the face.
Ashen-coloured eyes that look like glass marbles are inserted into eye sockets.


No doubt about it.
This fella was――


「A No Life King(Lich) huh.」


What in the world did the king of the undead do in this place?



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