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Chapter 179: The Sage Resumes His Activities
I transferred to the audience hall.
I met Luciana’s eyes; she’d been absorbed in office work.
She stood up in a rush when she noticed me and ran up to me, scattering documents in her wake.
Luciana hugged me from the front.
She embraced me tightly, making my body creak in protest.
She was a high-ranking demonkin, and was powerful enough to serve as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Demon Lord’s Army.
Although it wasn’t very noticeable, she actually possessed a considerable amount of strength.
Moreover, perhaps due to her agitation, she couldn’t adjust her strength well at the moment.
Cracks ran along my shoulders and arms.
It was only a matter of time before my whole body got crushed.
“I was worried. You never came back after all…”
Luciana murmured with her voice quivering slightly.
It was unimaginable considering how she usually acted.
I only replied with that.
At the same time, the bones of my arms broke off and fell to the ground.
Luciana returned to herself at the sound and hurriedly separated from me.
Her eyes were red and puffy, but she kept the tears from flowing.
As I picked up my fallen arms, I stuck it back with miasma.
When I looked up, I found Diella standing at the edge of the room.
She stood imposingly as she revealed a fearless smile.
“You returned well. As expected of a Demon Lord.”
“I still have things I need to do. I couldn’t afford to die there.”
Diella looked happy with my reply.
She nodded in satisfaction.
“Yes, that’s the spirit. There is a ton of work that you have to do after all.”
“…What do you mean?”
“The world’s situation changed during your absence. The beasts of the outer world revealed themselves one after another, you see.”
Diella began to explain with a serious expression.
Ten days had passed in this reality while I was immersed in the spiritual world.
The beasts of the outer world seemed to have acted in earnest.
They seemed to have appeared in every nation and rampaged accordingly.
It was said that the Demon Lord’s Army was intercepting the beast which appeared within the Demon Lord’s territory.
The battle seemed to be fierce, but it was said that it was still manageable so far.
I could only say it was amazing for them to not have been stuck at a disadvantage.
It seemed that the executives who functioned as the command towers were doing good at their jobs.
By the way, the concept of the beasts of the outer world wasn’t well known, so the other nations perceived their existence as mutant demons who rampaged all over the world at the same time.
Many regions already suffered great damage, so much so that they were unable to be concerned with the Demon Lord at the moment.
“The other executives were busy fighting at various locations. Although they wanted to welcome you back, the situation didn’t allow it so they could only give up.”
It couldn’t be helped.
It was more constructive to deal with the beasts rather than wait for me, especially since they couldn’t be sure when I would return.
That was the correct judgment.
“Since you’ve returned to the real world now, it means you defeated the beast that infected you, right?”
“The beast is now confined in the basement of the laboratory, with the director monitoring her. It should be impossible to escape.”
“To have that director keep watch… that beast has my condolences.”
Diella felt sorry as she pouted.
Although the director rarely came up as a topic, this was the reaction of people who knew the director well.
Luciana also had a similar expression when I glanced at her.
The director was originally a common researcher magician.
She was among the people with the most mediocre origin and career amongst all of the initial researchers.
But before I knew it, she turned into an existence that a beast of the outer world feared.
Although the person in question didn’t care about it, the director was considered one of the strongest people in the Demon Lord’s Army.
Luciana asked me a question to break the subtle change in atmosphere.
“Demon Lord-sama, what are you going to do from now on?”
“We will maintain the war front that has already been deployed. While I go around to support each location, Luciana, I want you to try and collect information.”
“Okay, leave it to me.”
Luciana agreed with a serious expression.
The beasts of the outer world were a threat to the whole continent — nay, even the other continents as well.
The defense mechanisms should be at work, but I doubted that there would be enough of them to handle the situation.
Besides, all they cared about was preventing the destruction of the world.
They wouldn’t go out of their way to save people.
Under these circumstances, a steady flow of information was important.
It was necessary to integrate information to allow us to move more efficiently.
“Diella, can I ask you to defend the capital?”
“I actually wanted to be on the frontlines, but I will refrain this time. The time when I need to act seems to have been delayed for later.”
Diella grumbled as she nodded reluctantly.
It seemed she wasn’t opposed to helping.
She was practically treated as an executive of the Demon Lord’s Army.
She was once my nemesis, but now she became a reliable neighbor.
One would never know for sure how things would turn out.
I was late to make my move, so I have no choice but to recover from this tricky situation.
Even though I was only away for a while, the world was already devastated.
Although I didn’t know what purpose the beasts had, I intended to eliminate them thoroughly.
This world only needed a single great evil.
I would show them the power of the resurrected Demon Lord.
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