The Valentines of the Shield Hero 1

ED: Sup, it’s RebelGoRound doing something for the fandom. This is my first time translating, and I’m not that good at it, so I appreciate any feedback. Thanks to Kookie and Yoraikun for the inspiration, and Hell5atan for making a backbone to check my work against.

Also, ohmygod  you guys. I actually did one of these!

Kookie: There are a hella lot of mistranslations. This may need working on…..
Although you’d probably still be able to enjoy the story, there’ll be quite a few nuances and it’ll be slightly off. *READ AT YOUR OWN RISK*
Also, Kookie is busy working on White Day and will come back to fix it afterwards

Sidestory: The Valentine of the Shield Hero

A month has passed since Christmas. Soon after, it became February…Is that fine?
It doesn’t matter, it is now February.
By the way, the New Year was very noisy. On New Year’s Eve, I went to visit the Shinto shrine near the Church, but still to have even New Year’s in this world?

Why a shrine? Isn’t it supposed to be a Church?
As I thought, apparently the previous Heroes spread a tradition of visiting a Shrine instead of a Chruch on NewYear’s. It seems to be the custom now.
In addition, I gave out New Year’s gifts to the Villagers at the New Year’s party. They complained when I handed them money without putting them in a pouch. (ED: IIRC, in Asian countries, adults give children they are close to some money in a red envelope that looks like a charm. Too lazy to verify that, so I’m relying on you, commentator!)

Speaking of Japanese tradition, it reminds me of Glass, who always wore a kimono. That person would definitely suit the New Year’s atmosphere….But she’s not here.
I’ve almost completely forgotten about her; she went missing after the world was saved. She doesn’t seem to be dead, but I wonder what she is doing right now.

By the way, I’m currently in disguise while I head to the hideout of the Chivalrous Thief.

“This way, degojaru” (Shadow)

I gave instructions to Shadow to deliver a message to the Chivalrous Thief…How many months has it been? (ED: he’s legit now, Fumi. Don’t rob him blind again!)

The Chivalrous Thief and some other former thief are currently expanding their territory with some steady results. At first, he became my slave who improved via class up, and thanks to growth correction he become famous for his strength and power in other countries. He then started gathering the scattered thieves and bandits and made a
thief guild based in his hideout, and made it his policy to only rob corrupt merchants. The money that was collected was then given to the needy.

As much as possible, he didn’t attack carriages under my jurisdiction, and after that he became famous as the Chivalrous Thief.

Anyways, in a gathering of snowmen (ED: not monsters), I receive a message from Shadow. The Chivalrous Thief who is bound to me, and acts on my instructions…It’s been a long time since we last saw each other. I wonder what kind of face he’ll make.

Today we will have a meeting of the Dark Guild in the Chivalrous Thief’s hideout.

By the way, about Raphtalia and the other slaves. I kind of scolded them for being noisy.

The hideout was built in the corner of an underground waterway of a certain town. It appears my party is a bit hesitant to enter because of the appearance and bad smell. The guards start to glare at us as soon as we get near the hideout.

“Password?” (Guard)
“Katsudon.” (Shadow)

What?! That’s the password? Every time, I think this is the Chivalrous Thief’s way of harassing me. Oh well, if it’s only to this level, then it can’t be helped.

“Tsk! Enter.”

After clicking his tongue, the guard let us in the hideout. As we enter, I put on my robe’s hood to hide my face. As we enter, the atmosphere in the Chivalrous Thief’s Guild became heavy…this doesn’t bode well. The thieves who make up the Guild start raising a commotion as soon as we enter the hideout’s bar. (ED: Haven’t read far enough, but I don’t think they come with Naofumi. Everyone probably chills at the entrance, waiting for him.)

Ignoring the thieves, Shadow guides us to the counter of the bar and orders.

“Milkshake.”

The bartender stares at us, then asks.

“How sweet?”

“Highest, degojaru.”

With Shadow’s reply, the bartender sighs while opening the way to the back of the bar.

Can’t you do anything about that password? How sweet do you want that milkshake, and you answer “Highest”?! If it’s supposed to be sweet, it should be condensed milk! (ED: Condensed milkshake = diabetes of the highest caliber. Bring all the boys to the yard.)

Shadow and I went inside to the back of the bar. From there was a long hallway, and we continue walking towards the inner hideout. This is too troublesome, is it that important to be this cautious? It seems this entrance is for the lower ranking members, and the back is where you find the higher ranking members.

We arrive at a luxurious room at the innermost part. The thief I knew as the boss of the Chivalrous Thief’s guild, along with the slave dealer and accessory merchant were silently waiting for me. I carefully check my surroundings, then take off my robe.

“That is the Hero of the Shield, yes.” (Slave Dealer)
“fufufu…It seems you are in good health” (Accessory Merchant)
“It has been a long time, hasn’t it, Hero of the Shield?” (Chivalrous Thief)

Everyone greeted me lightly.

“Today is the first regular meeting of the Dark Guild. After a long time of not seeing each other, how have you all been?” (Naofumi)
“I’m fine, yes.” (Slave Dealer)
“That talk is meaningless for a merchant, fufufu.” (Acc.Merchant)
“Oh, I have achieved my goals, by robbing nobles and merchants.” (Chi.Thief)

I sit down listening to familiar words and hearing everyone’s condition. Shadow strained her ears listening at the door, making sure no one eavesdrops on our conversation. They are former thieves, after all.

“Let’s begin today’s meeting, yes.”

The slave dealer raises his hand and then begins his report. Even though these guys do dark business, they still helped save the world. Although that doesn’t mean there is no more dark business. In order to help Melty, we must take the initiative. In this World that is still in confusion and disorder, we must have the countries sit down at the negotiating table to avoid fighting.

In the first place, even Melromark has its dark side of using demi-humans as slaves, Although currently it has alleviated slightly, it still is a deep-rooted custom in this country. Even though the world is at peace, it doesn’t mean slavery is gone. Suddenly abolishing slavery and everyone becoming happy is too good a story to come true. It wouldn’t change the desire for an easy way to handle the labor force. Let the alone the world is still in confusion, in another world, the country that wins the world would probably start pillaging and marauding. It’s a phenomenon easily imagined.

Since I defeated the Witch Goddess, while enjoying the feeling of victory, I received reports a few days later of a group of marauders looting and plundering. There’s a limit to naive thoughts, like anything goes your way once you win. It’s very suspicious to see these guys as decent, when they can’t even fight fair.

“According to the investigation of Dark Guild of Zeltbur (ED: One of the other countries, I think, where the others got their Meteor Weapons), people have started slave hunting.” (Slave Dealer)

The slave dealer started explaining while holding documents in one hand. I don’t particularly intend to abolish the slave system itself. Some guys become slaves for other reasons, like poverty. Losing one’s freedom is much better than dying.

There are only a few who view this negatively. This is closely tied to money, where the poor people are no different than slaves doing hard labor. Come to think of it, even in modern Japan there are people who work hard like slaves without proper compensation. I want to improve as a person, but even if I become an excellent person, there are still a lot of hopeless people in the world. I don’t thank that will ever change, even if the world was saved

“In conclusion, they tend to expand their number of slaves, but the potential for runaways also increases.” (Slave Dealer)

That description only scratched the surface of the issue. The World of Glass was considerably messed up by Witch Goddess. Apparently, some countries recognized that Glass’s world lost the War. Like barbarians on a march, or frontiersmen in a new land, various groups started gathering slaves en masse.

The first on the list was Schildfreden, and the former country of Faubley. (ED: No Tact, no King, I’m pretty sure Author-sensei meant Faubley is not recognized as a country anymore). After launching a way against Melromark and her allied nations and losing, it was ordered to pay enormous reparations. For invading other countries, they must take responsibility.

It is sad they proclaimed it was for freedom, equality, and justice. After all, people tend to misuse the meaning of freedom. You have the right to start a war, but you don’t have the right to abandon responsibility if you lose. To selfishly use the word “Freedom” and not take responsibility for it.

However, because it didn’t become public, Melty can’t do anything about it. By using the Goddess as a smoke screen, they were able to silence any complaints. But from Melty’s standpoint, things that are owed must be paid. The world is now at peace, and just a little more decent. But to me, the world is still rotten, and won’t change that easily. Since the other party is working behind the scenes, we will also do the same.

“Anyways, it’s the World’s problem when the defeated countries start slave hunting and plundering other countries to recover their economy. What about you?” (Naofumi)

I ask the accessory merchant to give his report.

“It is something similar. It seems that art, antiques, and memorabilia are in circulation on the black market.” (Acc.Merchant)

“It is quite deplorable.” (Naofumi)

Winners are right, losers are wrong. But this is like kicking them while they are down. It’s naive to think people won’t start grabbing anything of value from the losing sides. But it’s also quite rare to hear something like this from these kinds of people.

“Even if the art is similar, appraising it is quite difficult, so the price does not go up.”  (Merchant)

“I see.” (Naofumi)

So at present, the world’s civilization is similar to Glass’s. I wonder about the difference between East and West, as there seems to be a country similar to Japan in the East. The World of Glass seems to be Japanese in culture. I wonder if elves and dwarves wear kimono there, too? Wait, there are many other races there, too. The rare racial slave trade will be popular in this sense…it seems there there are also those kinds of people in the world. Guys who like to collect (ED: Think former King of Faubley). However, the purpose is to collect and gather the demons and demi-humans and not to kill them.

The problem is when they die. A collector might just use taxidermy and stuff them. But since they’re rare, they might explode in price, and…I should correct this, it’s getting scary.

“Hey, do you understand?” (Naofumi)

I glare at the Chivalrous Thief. Overwhelmed by the silence, he gulps and nods.

“I think there is an underground auction in Zeltbur. We can attack them and seize the goods.” (Chi.Thief.)

“That’s fine, the goods are likely to be overpriced as much as possible. We can risk the hit if they say anything. At worst, we can use the Heroes.” (Naofumi)

Currently, Rishia and the others are saving the world from evil. I could send them to stop the theft and slave hunting from Glass’s World.

But it’s easy to label something as evil. Plunder is evil, unless you sympathize with them and find reason to partner with them. We should ask for the reason when we catch him. But it’s difficult to do so. If we are too conspicuous, one of the Heroes can butt in openly and judge for themselves.

“At the moment, they aren’t moving, but I don’t know what will happen next.” (Chi.Thief)

The air becomes heavy after his words. Everyone hasn’t resigned enough to let a Hero stop it, but it is quite depressing. Light glistens in the darkness, but it’s not good to be so bothered by it.

“So for the time being, I plan to get everything under control while emphasizing security. We also must cooperate with the Dark Guild of Zeltbur.” (Naofumi)

“What do you want me to do?” (Chi.Thief)

“First, we must create a rule against the shameful act of slave-hunting, but it will be difficult.” (Naofumi)

There are also rules in the underworld, and those who break the rules are labeled as the lowest of people. It would become a hurdle to those who want to perform this crime. But it’s quite difficult to make. We need to create a situation that will necessitate such a rule.

I could have a Hero watch over the area. That way the Dark Guild itself is in danger if anyone breaks that rule. Profitable it may be, the risk is too big. That’s why even the Dark Guild will punish them.

In order to reduce the burden, we would have to use the Shadows. To compromise, I’ll ask Rishia and Itsuki to watch over the area.

“Do you think the Heroes will understand and act accordingly, yes?” (Slave Dealer)

That’s a good point, them knowing about the slave trade would be terrible.

“We will carry on with the business even if Hero-sama is against it, yes.” (Slave Dealer)

“Well that’s about right. I’m not here to abolish slavery itself. The problem is forcibly taking slaves by slave hunting.” (Naofumi)

“Oh, it seems the Hero’s aim is to abolish it, but the Hero of the Shield’s standpoint is different.” (Slave Dealer)

“With my position, it is unlikely, but if someone wants to start an anti-slavery movement, let him do it. But that’s not now.” (Naofumi)

In the first place, I, the Hero of the Shield who uses slaves has no right to start an anti-slave movement. I never intended that from the beginning.

“All I can say is now is the time to move according to the words of the Hero, yes.” (Slave Dealer)

Well, if you say so. I am the Hero who saved the World from darkness. Put black and white together, and white becomes black. When I do something bad, it does not reach the ears of the public. Conflict might happen to the world after, but it is what we should do to have as many happy people at a time. (ED: Archer, no!)

Well, it feels contradictory when I say to abolish slavery, but a compromise is necessary. It’s impossible to make everyone happy. Therefore I act to make some people happy. It is the obligation of the Heroes who remain on this World.

The title of Hero bears a heavier cross than you might think. It’s quite useful itself, and makes people comfortable around you, but there is a catch. A person with the position of Hero requires the characteristics of one.

Though I’m out of character, I should do it like a Hero. I receive a lot of benefits, so I have no right to complain. Although it’s troublesome in many ways.

“Well, please continue with your report.” (Naofumi)

Afterward, we continued to talk about the next measures. The accessory merchant reported on areas that are dangerous to step into and that can bring in the most profit. The thief investigated the neighborhood and made a list of dangerous items with the help of the accessory merchant’s acquaintance. Thus, the story of slave hunting and plundering steadily solidified.

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Chapter 378: The Rise of the Shield Hero

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Chapter 378: The Rise of the Shield Hero

“What the hell is this?”

I unintentionally raised a laugh.
What I got my hands on and read was a book titled Rock Valley’s Heroic Legend.
Right now, the store I’m in is the Rock Valley Book Store.
It appears to be a magic shop, but they sell normal books too.

“What’s wrong?”

When I stood there reading, a child who looked like Elena came up and talked to me.
I silently pointed to the page and furrowed my brow.

“It’s quite a terrible story.”
“There are a few things that diverge from reality here.”

The person Glass’s waiting for is a woman.
Most of the monsters were attributed as concepts of the whole race. I feel sorry for the actual ones.

“What’s wrong?”
“Rafu~?”

Firo and Raph-chan look at me in wonder as I give a bitter smile.

“Hmm? You guys’…

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Chapter 377: Rock Valley’s Heroic Legend

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Epilogue: Rock Valley’s Heroic Legend

Iwatani Naofumi
As the Hero of the Shield, he was the leader of the Heroes who saved the world.
For his achievements in saving the world, he was praised as a savior.
After that, he got drawn into numerous incidents in the world, and solved them. He continued to make sure the people relied on him, but never depended on him.
He was much yearned for by the opposite sex, and it’s said that he had many descendants.
He was famed for both his business and cooking ability. The merchants who personally dealt with him created enterprises great enough that even now, their names are all around us.
Because of that, he became worshiped as the God of the Shield, presiding over business and culinary arts.
Rock Valley was the country he restored, and it’s said that it was named in the tongue of his…

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Chapter 376: Alternate Worlds and Modern Ones

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Chapter 376: Alternate Worlds and Modern Ones

A few months passed.
The wave, or should I say the bitchy Goddess’s invasion plan, came to an end, and we’ve made some progress on reconstruction.

Ren, Itsuki and Motoyasu’s deadline for giving their answers to their weapons is closing in.
My Shield, or should I say Atlas is… well, she teases her brother as she spends her days seducing me.
Though she did talk to me seriously at the time.

“And? Did you guys make your decision yet?” (Naofumi)

I was making preparations for lunch as I talked with the three Heroes.

“Yeah, I think I’m going to stay in this world.”

The one who answered that was Ren.
It seems that he didn’t reach a satisfying conclusion when he went to that other world from his own.
So he prayed to his sword so that he could return when he wanted.

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Chapter 375: Banquet

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Chapter 375: Banquet

That day, we returned to the castle town with the mood for a party.
No matter where we look, people celebrate our victory as they offer thanks to the Heroes.
According to them, after the Bitch Goddess’s Descent, the sand in the Dragon Hourglasses floated in place within them, but now they’ve fallen, and grown quiet.
It no longer moves to signal the next wave, and it’s silent, or should I say that at a glance, you can tell that it no longer has a purpose besides being used for Class Ups.

And the shape of the Sky, or something changed, as the people sensed that peace had fallen onto the world.
Oh right, on the way back, monsters approached us, and lowered their heads.
According to Gaelion, now that the world’s calmed down, they no longer have to live in fear… so they came to offer…

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Chapter 374: Trust

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It should be noted, that for the Weapons of Glass’s world, the extensions are written out in Japanese, I.E. Max, and Ten, while the others have them in English.

Chapter 374: Trust

“…”

Hmm? Ren and the others are strangely quiet.
Ah, I forgot.
We’re fighting the Bitch Goddess seriously, so those guys can’t keep up with the speed at all.
It’s like the world is moving at an unbelievably slow rate.

There’s no helping it.
I use my power again, and chant magic on them.

『Oh Spirits. Oh World. The Proxy of this world orders, and requests for power. Grant unto them the power to fight』!
「All Revelation Aura Zenith」!

I raised it to its utmost limits. The strongest ability raising power is channeled through magic, and manifests.

“Eh… ah.”

As if they had been released from petrification, Ren and the others begin to move.

“This is…”
“To put…

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Chapter 373: A Couple’s Strength

How many people want Kookie to work on the side stories?
A Couple’s Strength
 “This is….” (Ren)
“Merciless.” (Itsuki)
Believing in their God.… only to be betrayed, and then terminated. Ren and Itsuki watched those Reincarnates and muttered.
I strongly agreed.
Me, Ren, Itsuki and Motoyasu― we’ve all had the cruel experience of being tricked by Witch, so we understand all the more.
That this guy is someone we can never forgive.
“You did well to come this far. I honestly give you my praise.” (Goddess)
The Damn Goddess declared, floating softly.
There was not a single enemy remaining nearby, with the exception of the Damn Goddess.
Excessive cold-bloodedness…. It was a place where only sorrow and hatred swirled about.
There was only one person there, the extremely cheerfully smiling Damn Goddess.
“But playtime is over. To tell you the truth, no matter what happened in this game, my victory was decided from the start.” (Goddess)
The Damn Goddess made a sword appear in her hands and pointed the blade towards us, with her left hand in front and her right hand above.
“Now, dear possessors of the sacred weapons, you believe in the victory of your country but you should just yield to my overwhelming power!” (Goddess)
The Damn Goddess’s sword shines.
“Infinity Catastrophe!” (Goddess)
It’s a certain kill attack targeting all the possessors of the Sacred and Vassal weapons, huh.
At the same time, it absorbs the world’s magic and builds up power.
I, in a shorter time than the instant in which she fired her attack….. I cast magic in the time-span of practically zero seconds.
『Oh Spirits. Oh World. The proxy of the world commands, and asks for power. Eternity, Unconditionality, Infinity, hinder the hopeless future due to that indefinite power, manifest the identity of that selfish power, and fire the lynchpin to save this world!』
“Infinity Zero!”
The sacred weapons of the world….. Mine, Motoyasu’s, Ren’s and Itsuki’s weapons shine and surround the vicinity.
The power to protect the world― Intent, Desire, Spirit.
Those were materialised and converted the attack on the verge of destroying everything.
“T-this is….” (Ren)
“I wonder what it is, my spear is shining.” (Motoyasu)
“I feel an amazing power.” (Itsuki)
“What―!” (Goddess)
The sound of a large impact reverberated, the instant death attack that the Damn Witch tried to invoke, and the power of world decay, was curbed.
“No way….” (Goddess)
The Damn Goddess’s face flushed with agitation.
“You didn’t notice even though we’ve been showing you for a while now? No, you realised but were underestimating us?” (Naofumi)
“She probably thought our power was just the Spirits covering for us.” (Raphtalia)
Raphtalia brandishes her mallet, and prepares to use it on the Damn Goddess.
“It can’t be…. you guys!?” (Goddess)
“Yeah, Raphtalia and I are on the same stage as you. At the same time, we differ from you…. We’ve become beings that specialise in the power to kill you guys.” (Naofumi)
The source of Raphtalia and my power was the world’s magic and life force, just like the Damn Goddess.
However, the way we replenish that power is completely different.
Unless we receive the power from the world’s volition, we can’t replenish it.
We’ve made it so that it’s impossible for us to steal the world’s power from its roots and consume it.
And.… at the same time, we have the power so she can’t snatch away the world.
Now…. A total of five lynchpins have been launched to prevent the Damn Goddess from using her power to steal this world.
Four of them are the Four Saint Heroes, and I don’t know where the last one is.
It’s the final Four Saint Hero of Glass’s world.
That one person is also fighting in a place unknown to us.
The heroes weren’t the only ones.
Everybody throughout the world was fighting as one body in order to protect the world.
The representative of that was the hero with the sacred weapon.
As long as us five lynchpins existed, the Damn Goddess changed into a being attached to this world, unable to destroy it.
Already, this world had multiple strong, gigantic barriers spread around it.
To the inhabitants of this world, they became defensive walls protecting them from foreign enemies, and to the Damn Goddess, they became a prison preventing her from escaping.
“Don’t think you can win against me just by having the social standing of a God!” (Goddess)
The Damn Goddess used even more power.
However, you can’t use the power you’ve been counting on.
The spade work, protocol and ritual have already been completed.
Next is just killing each other until we reciprocally annihilate everything.
“Now, it’s time for some arithmetic. Don’t think such unreliable kid’s logic like infinity, eternity and immortality will pass by us!” (Naofumi)
Right now, a room that negates Godly powers has been created.
With us inside, the Damn Goddess has had her divine powers sealed and have been bound with the reason of this world now.
In other words….. Lv and HP and Magic and such float into her field of vision, and when those numbers become Zero, she will die.
Naturally the numbers ticking away will probably be enormous but they’re not perpetual, nor infinite, nor immortal.
“Don’t fuck with me!” (Goddess) [T/N: Of course not, don’t be such a slut Bitch/Witch.]
The Damn Goddess had on a furious facial expression and chanted a spell.
It’s magic with another world’s logic.
The absorbed magic inside her body is kneaded together and fired towards us.
“Defence Link! Meteor Wall!” (Naofumi)
My defensive skills obstruct her magic completely.
“×0 Mallet!” (Raphtalia)
Raphtalia swings her shining, huge mallet down on the Damn Goddess.
“Gubu!” (Goddess)
With a *thwack* it hits the Damn Goddess heavily and blood flows from her temple.
“You, you, you! How dare you injure the noble me!” (Goddess)
The Damn Goddess uses one hand to slash at Raphtalia in anger.
Even if she’s rotten, she’s the being called ‘God’ who split her soul into various worlds so she probably has some sword skills.
“My sword has infinite speed and is the infinite ultimate strongest sword technique! You shouldn’t be able to see through it!” (Goddess)
How do you infinitely double infinity?
The word infinity isn’t a number.
Well, she probably wants to express that it’s that fast but….
The Damn Goddess’s sword reaches Raphtalia.
Yeah.
Fast, it’s certainly fast…. However―
“Infinite speed? Infinity shouldn’t have a limit though? The unit you should be using in this situation is this. Approaching zero without end…. No, something like speed is unnecessary― a Zero-second attack….” (Raphtalia)
Raphtalia’s movements blur and she passed behind the Damn Goddess.
Immediately afterwards, she uses a single strike and a loud sound reverberates.
“Wha-!? She transcended infinity with her own speed and I, the ultimate supreme being who even surpasses time was―” (Goddess)
“You just returned to the past? Is it time leaping? In that case, I’ll also attack there!” (Raphtalia)
Zero-second attack.
Something similar would be Firo’s High Quick, huh.
It’ll probably be easiest to understand if I said it was close to that.
High Quick is a magic that raises one’s own speed to its utmost limits temporarily.
However, Raphtalia’s Zero-second attack has no need for speed.
Zero seconds… it’s an attack that disregards the flow of time.
No matter how fast one can go, the attack can’t be overtaken by a being who’s just fast.
Even the sound of this one shot, this sound contains the continuous attacks of tens, hundreds, thousands of strikes all within zero seconds.
Receiving such an attack, the Damn Goddess faints in agony.
“Ugu..guu…… aaaaauwahh!” (Goddess)
“The innumerable grudges against you are as many as the number of stars in the sky. If only you didn’t exist, I wouldn’t know anything and lived in peace…. Everyone around me wouldn’t have cried with unreasonable grief!” (Raphtalia)
Raphtalia doesn’t slacken the hand attacking the Damn Goddess.
Or rather, I wouldn’t let her slacken it.
“Do you even know how much you did? You manipulated and tormented the world at will, ridiculed the people who were struggling to live and raised calamities…. And the end is this! Never… it’s not a problem of ever forgiving you!” (Raphtalia)
Good grief.
If this fellow wasn’t here then this world…. No, although eight other worlds were fighting, there probably wouldn’t be such an harsh battle like this.
Even if there was, it should be nothing more than a problem of one’s own worlds.
Nevertheless, the world was assimilating relentlessly, and there was enough fighting even if it wasn’t.
Raphtalia and I did such a thing and we’re here now in order to stop this fellow.
Even if we’ll be subject to nothingness for near eternity, we just can’t forgive this guy.
The power for the sake of that….
Needless to say, I’ve established myself as the shield’s proxy and can’t do anything but defend.
Of course, I’ve been assigned to protect everything from the enemy’s annihilating powers.
The current me can’t even use the fighting method I employed when I lost my shield.
In terms of stat allocation, I’ve given up on all my attack and have specialised in nothing but defence.
In contrast, Raphtalia has completely abandoned the concept of defence, given that I will protect her.
Her method was similar to this, but the invader known as God has made her stats omnipotent, her infinite and eternal power reaching an unattainable domain.
Of course, she wasn’t able to attack, and it’s not like she had the ability to kill us in one shot.
However… It’s for this reason that Raphtalia and I was supporting each other.
Relying on each other and abandoning the other components, splitting the remaining parts between us.
Me with the shield and― Raphtalia of the sword.
One can’t be complete without the other.
Even so, if the two are together then no matter who… it’ll become a power to destroy everything irrational.
…..It’s nostalgic.
The spear and shield paradox, huh.
Motoyasu told of such a story before.
A spear that can pierce everything, and a shield with absolute defence.
To have these two go against each other…. There’s no meaning in it.
The shield will protect everything and the spear will pierce everything.
It’s fine like that.
That’s why― Raphtalia and I as we are now…. The sword and shield as a pair, there’s no way we’ll lose to this kind of opponent.