I had been regulating my Level ever since I came to know of the Demon King’s penalty. I had certainty that if I raised my Level adequately high to around about Level 500, I would be matchless in these fantasy continents.
But that had been a huge miscalculation.
A hidden boss monster that came close to being as strong as the Five Disasters had existed. As it had entered its twilight years like Oblivion Dragon King Noebius, it would die if not found quickly, and this was why I wasn’t able to come across the cat giant in the 1st Playthrough.
I was done in good. In particular, the curse it cast as it died was huge.
▶Peek: Did you sleep well?
‘You should have woken me up if you knew, Miss Trainee Teacher.’
▶Grumble: You’d be surprised if you knew how many times I tried. I thought you were never going to wake up.
… Or so she said. Seeing as how my carelessness had brought about this outcome, I couldn’t say anything myself.
But even I wasn’t able to predict things this far. Would it have been even possible to imagine something like this? First it was travelling back to the past by the tyranny of a transcendental being, and now time was fast forwarded to the future. And it wasn’t just one or two days, but a whole 6 years! In terms of Earth time, that was almost 7 months flown by. I had lost that much time to live as a cultured citizen and to be a good son to my parents.
What an incomparable tragedy it was. Summing up the things I had heard at the time of the Hero Festival, it seemed that the other students defeated the Demon King and graduated after an average of 4 years.
But as for me?
I would end up on my 18th year if I kept hanging around like this. I looked like the time I spent in this fantasy world was going to be far longer than the time I spent on Earth growing up after being born.
The mere thought of it was horrifying.
“Just call me Hero. What’s with the prince nonsense all of a sudden?”
The Ice Princess replied calmly in response to my rebuke.
“That… Don’t be surprised when you hear this.”
“Please do try and surprise me.”
It had felt like I had merely closed my eyes for a moment before opening them again, yet I was told that 6 years had passed—I didn’t think there could be anything more surprising than this.
“The lands below the mountain are currently in an uproar from war. Due to the kingdoms that put forward powerful golems starting wars all at once, the entirety of Fantasia’s continents are in a state of devastation.”
“… The entirety?”
“Yes. They are all in the midst of waging war, apart from the southern continent which is farthest from the northern continent, which was the starting point of everything. Ah! But the northern continent is still on the quieter side. The nearby countries are all lying low due to Lord Sage and Lady Goddess winning victory after victory, you see.”
… Things had deviated greatly from the history I knew.
“And who’s this Goddess?”
“She’s Lord Sage’s exclusive golem. She’s the size of human unlike other golems, but her combat ability goes beyond imagination. From what I hear, she’s apparently an Ego-Golem with the soul of an ancient Hero.”
It was a scenario I had seen coming to a certain extent, going by my 1st Playthrough experience, so I wasn’t surprised—I merely felt my head virtually steaming.
I proceeded to take a look at the Ice Princess’ Status.
▷Race: Ice Human
▷Job: Snow Queen(Cold→Divine Protection↑)
▷Skills: Chill(SS) Madness(SS) Glamor(SS) Divine Protection(S) Tolerance(S)…
Her Skills were too awe-inspiring to simply say that she hadn’t been playing around for the past 6 years. Wasn’t her rate of growth too fast even though she wasn’t a Hero?
Noticing my gaze, the Ice Princess shyly made to speak.
“A part of that white cat’s power was transferred to me.”
It had become hard to call her the Ice Princess any longer; her race had changed and her Job had become Snow Queen as well. Even her Level was absurdly high for human standards. Since it was relatively low in comparison to her Skill ranks, however, she would be able to easily achieve Level 999 if she put in a bit of effort to go hunting around Snowy Mountain M.
And my situation wasn’t much different from hers either.
▷Race: Chaos Human
▷Job: Hero(EXP 500%)
▷Skills: Divinity(Z) Blessing(Z) Dark Energy(SSS) Fabrication(SS) Chill(SS)…
▷Condition: Thawing, Holy Sword, Saintess
Although there had been no change to my race and Job, Chill(SS) had been added to my Skills. Aside from this, various other Skills had appeared or improved as well. But I wasn’t delighted in the least, as a whole 6 years had passed, after all. My Status would have become even more magnificent had I spent that time well. The loss I’d suffered time-wise wasn’t just a little.
In any case…
“Let’s go down the mountain first. Follow me.”
If I felt the ‘test paper’ looked horrible, then I just had to go take down Demon King Pedonar right away. Going over to the middle continent would be work in of itself, but it would be better than holding on to a ruined test paper. And as I thought of the situation in this manner, my heart grew easy. Peacefu—
“Then let’s ride this over, Prince.”
“Are you looking for another beating? How am I supposed to know what ‘this’ is?”
“I, I’m sorry. Ahem-hem. Then I’ll introduce it! My exclusive golem, Glassiora! The master of ice commands you! Awaken! Glassiora!”
A giant that had been buried beneath the snow stood up, and I couldn’t help but express admiration at that impactful performance.
The bigger the expectation, the greater the disappointment—I felt like an idiot for momentarily holding expectation at the sight of the golem’s huge size. It was a simple issue when you thought about what busybodies would gift a golem to the Ice Princess, who had confined herself to the mountain until she became an auntie. The Sage, and the muppet. It could only be these two.
“Isn’t it wonderful? As an expression of gratitude for having his fatal illness, which no one knew about, cured thanks to you, Lord Sage specially made it for me.”
“Why express gratitude to you, Princess?
“Wh-who knows. Hoho!”
“It’s strange no matter how I look at it… Well, anyhow.”
The Ice Princess’ exclusive golem, Golem G, was a far cry from the image of the super robot I’d dreamed about. From the perspective of an Earthling, it resembled that of a slightly chubby Venus de Milo; it was a stretch to look for toughness and impact in this. Besides that, its body was naked without a single piece of armor. While it might be unnecessary as its skin was made of sturdy metal itself, appearances were important. If not for the spear held in Golem G’s right hand, I wouldn’t have thought that it meant for battle at all.
“Quickly get on, Prince.”
I followed the Ice Princess and climbed atop the golem’s left palm.
“Let’s go! Glassiora!”
Crunch, crunch, crunch.
Golem G lightly stepped across the snow, unbecomingly of its size and weight, as it ran down Snowy Mountain M.
“Ow Ow uuu?!”
Splat! Crunch! Crack!
The golem trampled over and past the monsters we encountered on the way as if ignoring them. The monsters inhabiting Snowy Mountain M were infamous for their viciousness and high Levels, but they were no different from wild rabbits before the automaton.
This was a new generation golem. Its combat ability had already far surpassed the existing norm in this fantasy world—anything below Level 200 was now nothing but small fry. Although, this had to be why even the paradigm of war changed.
We had descended about halfway down the mountain like this when the Ice Princess, who had surreptitiously hugged onto my arm, whispered a warning.
“We have to be careful from here on. My golem is made for mountainous regions with a high power output, which is why it was able to climb to the peak this mountain, but it’s difficult for ordinary golems to do the same. That’s why my enemies lie in hiding in this lower area until I come down. While a null detection magic formation is installed… Hey, Prince? Are you listening?”
I felt as if nothing mattered. I had no interest in the likes of a fantasy world without super robots.
But it was at that time that…
Pwoof! Pwoof! Pwoof!
A mound covered in snow collapsed to reveal three golems that jumped out.
I could tell at a single glance just by their color that they were the popular golems sold by the Dark Commerce; however, they appeared quite different from how I remembered them—where had the muscular frame gone to? And I couldn’t see that left-handed drill, the mere sound of which had made my heart race, either. Although it wasn’t as bad as Golem G, the appearances of these golems were unsatisfying as well.
“They’re hostile nation golems!”
The Ice Princess began to quickly explain things, about their capability being that, their name being this, their weaknesses being so and so… however, none of it entered my ears. I could see nothing but the feeble-looking bodies of the crimson golems.
“Dark Commerce, even you lot…”
What was the cause that had lead to this travesty of a future? But as I carefully thought over it, I soon came to a realization.
It was me!
I was the main culprit!