That was an elemental in a female form that had substance. It had two pairs of wings like dragonflies’ on its back, its ears were pointy like an elf. But it’s chest wasn’t flat.
And there was a crucial difference.
Elementals didn’t need to cover their genital with underwear since their sex didn’t show clearly on the outside whether they were female or male.
Because they laid eggs like birds.
Elementals were speculated to have an organ called ‘cloaca’ in which their genitals and anus were combined.
Why it was a speculation, was because I had never dissected elementals before.
▶ Request: please don’t do it even if you have the chance to…
Miss Trainee Teacher. The development of the human race started from curiosity. Keep that in mind.
▶ Sigh: in this world there are also truths that are better unknown. If the noble image of elementals is ruined, the childhood innocence of the innocent fantasy children would also be broken.
Ah! I remembered something from the past when you mentioned childhood innocence.
There was a time when I stopped eating eggs for a while after finding out about cloaca from a documentary. I felt nauseous just by looking at eggs and dishes with eggs in them.
But it didn’t last long.
Bread, mayonnaise, steamed eggs, omelette rice, egg rolls…
My appetite won against my aversion.
“You over there… you’re the Hero coming to save me right? Why are you looking at me like some delicious chicken…?” The elemental looked at me with an anxious look in its eyes.
The First Elemental in the center of the underground plaza, the elemental closest to being nature incarnate, was definitely different. I was sure it had vaguely read my thoughts of dissecting elementals.
“First, introduce yourself.” I decided to hear it first before I made a decision.
“Yes. I’m the First Elemental born in ancient Fantasia. Land, fire, wind, water, heart —you can say I’m like the mother of the five Elemental Kings who control each of these five kinds of elementals.”
“So you’re saying you’re an auntie.”
“…Hearing you say something like that makes me want to hit you, if only my body was free.”
The First Elemental was a bit bigger than my arm. Of course, I wasn’t talking about an ordinary 3 year-old’s’ arm. I was 3 years old under the (my) Empire Resident Registration Act, but my build was similar to an adult.
Still that didn’t change the fact that the elemental was small.
The elemental’s body was chained up with the demon’s chains. Not only its arms and legs but also its body.
Except for its oval face, that looked like it was around 16 years old, its whole body was set so that it couldn’t make even the slightest move.
I extended my hand out.
“Oh! Elementals can be touched.”
It was said that only those with pure heart could touch elementals. But I didn’t believe it. Because so far I hadn’t been able to just touch them, I could also cut them up with skills.
But I decided to believe it starting from today.
The First Elemental that Mr. Hero with a pure and innocent heart touched was very fluffy.
“…I’m not sure if human culture has changed over the years, but don’t they usually call this sexual harassment?”
“I’m 3 years old.”
So there’s no problem.
“First Elemental. How did you get captured here? And who’s that elf?” Lanuvel asked useless questions to the elemental.
“Such a good question, cute young lady. Self-proclaimed 3 year old Mr Hero, isn’t asking these questions the normal thing to do instead of kneading a elemental you saw for the first time? Or am I being overly sensitive because I don’t know about the trends and common sense these days?”
“You’re the normal one! Lanuvel can guarantee that.”
“Fiuuh! It’s a relief. Anyways, I’ll answer your questions. That elf Mr. Hero knocked over a little while ago is the wife of the 3rd Elf King.”
…The 3rd Elf King?
The words piqued my interest. So I stopped poking at the First Elemental with my finger and asked,
“By any chance, are you talking about the unfortunate Elf King who loves young human ladies’ large breasts?”
I still couldn’t believe it, but Boss K whom I met at the Hero Festival introduced himself as the 3rd Elf King.
He described the human city as heaven…
“Technically speaking, he didn’t like his flat race… Oh?! How did 3 years-old Mr Hero know that?! The fact that the 3rd Elf King hated his own race must’ve been twisted and known as the opposite though.”
“I’m kind of amazing.”
“The new Mr Hero has a lot of secrets…”
The First Elemental kept on explaining,
“The 3rd Elf King was a freak with an unfortunate preference like you said, but he’s a great king who had built the country to be country-like by uniting the elf race that used to live with difficulty as tribal existences before then.”
“Hee~ what’s the relationship between you two?”
“We were friends. So please refrain from imagining weird things! There would be no way it could get into this small body!”
“I didn’t say anything.”
The best achievement the 3rd Elf King had was to be friends with the First Elemental.
A long time ago.
The born-timid elves were a weak species that had no strength except for living long.
As baseless rumors spread —like you will be rejuvenated if you sleep with an elf and you will live a long healthy life if you drink elf blood— they started to randomly get hunted by humans. The persecution they used to face from human females who were jealous of elves’ beauty and youthfulness was especially severe.
Because elves were weaker than humans.
Reproductivity rates of elves with a long lifespan was extremely low according to the law of nature, and it wasn’t like they were born powerful like a monster either.
The elf population as a whole gradually became older since the rate of the newer generation being born couldn’t keep up with the rate of the hunting.
Experienced elves were naturally in charge of crucial roles. They passed the dangerous outside activities on to the young ones.
As a result, the young elves that lacked experience and were careless easily got hunted by humans and monsters.
The elves’ best strength was their lifespan, but they couldn’t use it at all. Let alone using it, it became their weakness.
“We helped the elves.”
The elementals assisted the elf race who used to live like stupid primitives. The First Elemental, who had become friends with the 3rd Elf King, asked the future generations to help the elves.
The elves stopped being weak since then.
‘Elementalist’, stronger than most wizards but extremely rare, was established as a common job for elves.
The condition to be an Elementalist was very strict and complex.
A pure heart that loves nature!
For this reason, it was a problem too after becoming an Elementalist. Because they couldn’t mobilize elementals to take lives or destroy terrain. Elementalists became useless since it was impossible to partake in war this way.
But elves were different.
“It wasn’t an innocent agreement, huh?”
“Yes. For the friend that always annoyed me while touching my breasts, I asked the future generations a quite unreasonable favor. Looking back now, he was a wicked friend. But if we see him from the elves’ point of view, he was with no doubt a great king.”
The elementals that the elves summoned could be used in wars.
The elves, that won in wars with the help of elementals, founded a country after rescuing the elves captured in the human country, and reclaiming their stolen forests and rivers.
The city and villages, which were protected by a strong rampart, were constructed at a rapid pace.
How could the timid elves do it?
Of course it was the elementals’ power.
Just like how the human race in modern times couldn’t imagine life without ‘electricity’, without elementals, the structure of the elves’ lives would be hard pressed to function even for a day.
That was the problem.
The elves, whose lives had gotten comfortable, started to worry about the future. Because unlike electricity, elementals had ‘hearts’.
“The 3rd Elf King was someone with a really pure soul. He was a fool who innocently only loves breasts. It’s not an exaggeration to say that because such a Elf was my friend that the Elf Kingdom could be maintained. So at some point we started to equate him with the country and call him Elfheim.”
So Boss K’s name was Elfheim.
I just found out today.
▶ Absurd: it doesn’t make sense that you didn’t know that for all 20 years of your Fantasia experience… you even met and became companions with the 3rd Elf King.
But Miss Trainee Teacher, I really didn’t know, so what?
“The authority and power of 3rd Elf King Elfheim, who got elementals as a powerful team in his hands, was absolute. Then, the human kingdom suggested a cease-fire and offered a marriage alliance as an apology. He accepted it happily. I can’t say there wasn’t any ulterior motive. That princess had amazing breasts. And his wife and the elves who got upset here started a coup d’état.
“So it became like this?”
The First Elemental was switched from being the elf’s friend to be a captive.
Since then, just like the violent Elf Princess Sylvia, the elves started to give commands called ‘requests’ to the elementals. The elves severely exploited the elementals to do what the elementals would hate like murder and destruction.
And as this kept going on for centuries, the elementals from future generations took it as ‘a matter of course’ to follow the elves’ commands.
But it could be flipped over anytime.
The First Elemental.
If it got released, the elementals would get their freedom. And the elf race who had angered the five Elemental Kings would become extinct.
“So that’s why that elf was on guard.”
The collapsed Elf B was still sleeping.
“Yes. The mastermind that caused the coup d’état, the 3rd Elf King’s wife, had been on the lookout for me for a really long time. She doesn’t know what happens outside. She’s someone who only takes comfort from vaguely waiting for the descendants to come here once in the hundreds years. But I didn’t know she would’ve died in vain like that……”
“What do you want to do?”
“I’ll kill all the elves.”
The First Elemental explained in a composed tone of voice.
“I can’t get compensation for the years of my children getting exploited. It would also be too much for a free elemental to dominate the other race and be bound by revenge. Then I’ll just move according to the course of nature. The fate of turning around their extermination into survival given to the elves by us elementals, will have to be reversed again to calm my anger.”
“They’re already on the verge of extinction.”
The Elf Kingdom Elfheim had been destroyed.
Since the South Continent that was called the elves’ hometown had disappeared because of the 5 Disasters’ violence, realistically there were only elves who lived in the North Continent and Central Continent left.
And there was only one kingdom right here.
Since Elfheim which used to indirectly protect the elves scattered all over the continent had collapsed, the slave hunters would move diligently.
There was no need for the First Elemental to step in.
“But Mr Hero. Before that when are you going to untangle these chains?”
“I never said I would though?”
“Righteous Mr Hero! If you untangle these horrible chains I would assist you to handle Demon King Pedonar. I was also a Hero colleague in the past. I helped the First Hero as a representative of elemental.”
“… is that so?”
I summoned the Holy Sword Nucleon.
“Elemental Auntie. I’m sorry. I raise some elves and mermaids in my house’s garden in the North Continent for display, Nanny loves it. She’s already depressed because I’m not there, she would be really sad if even her pets that comforted her died.”
“W, wait! I don’t understand though…!”
“I’ll tell your friend about how you’re doing.”
That you have died beautifully.
“It’s weird. How do they lay eggs if it isn’t a cloaca?”
We got out of the sewer after finishing our business.
Above ground, the elves who got instructed by Elf A, were repairing the destroyed buildings with the help of elementals.
The things that got appointed as colleagues couldn’t be seen anywhere.
“Uh… Mr Hero?”
Lanuvel, who was following me behind, called me carefully.
“You’re really a Hero, right?”
“Then what am I if I’m not a Hero? How could I just release an elemental that wants to decimate the Elves which have now become an endangered species? Lanuvel. Say the solution you think is right.”
“Yes! Persuading the First Elemental that not all elves are bad in this world, and to wait and see while going with us on the adventure! Dissipating its grudge gradually after recruiting it as a colleague like that!”
Lanuvel’s plan was plausible. It might work.
Actually there was a successful case in the 1st round.
The mental illness Elf Princess Sylvia, who detested humans so much, used to have which made her throw a fit every time she saw her human slaves, was eased as she went on an adventure.
Just a little bit.
I came to a conclusion then.
“A long time ago there was an aggressive elf who acted violently to kill humans every time she saw them. There were a lot of plans and schedules which that bitch ruined because she threw a fit. She wasn’t a colleague but a lump of nuisance. Just the thought of that still makes me angry now.”
“Mr Hero, you’re really 3 years old, right?”
“When did you see such a elf?”
Lanuvel uselessly asked a sharp question.
“…3 years is a long period of time. Lanuvel. Give me that butt that acts cute. I’ll engrave the theory of relativity on your hip. Time doesn’t feel like it’s flying when you’re hurt.”
Time didn’t go by fairly.
When ordinary babies took off a baby step, I built an empire after conquering the North Continent.
Fabrication (SSS) → Fabrication (MAX)
Love (E) → Love (C)
Hope (D) → Hope (B)
The skill work was going on really smoothly.
▶ Amazed: I’m also surprised. I thought that it was over by the time Student Kang Han Soo summoned the Holy Sword Nucleon with the terrifying performance.
Miss Trainee Teacher. Listen.
I’m Mr Hero with 20 years of experience!
A First Elemental is also no big deal if it gets wrapped around this Mr Hero’s fingers. Hehe.
PR/N : There is an illustration page for some of the characters, be sure to take a look !
Translator : Gruesomeblue
Editor : Shruggy, Luci