Idle Talk: Hero Summoning
Three years after Goddess Norn interfered with the time axis and sent Iruma Takumi into Mildgard, three individuals landed in the summoning circle of the Divine Empire of Sydnia.
The three individuals were walking around town when, all of a sudden, they were wrapped in a blinding light, and by the time they realized it, they were already standing in a wide hall enclosed by stone walls.
On the summoning circle that will never again activate for having provoked Goddess Norn’s wrath, stood three youths that could not understand their situation.
Jinguji Akira, 18 years old.
This young man had only just enrolled into university has a very strong sense of justice that is rare in present days.
Having good grades at sports as well, he is a young man who has both brains and brawns.
Taiga Yamato, 18 years old.
A large man, childhood friends with Akira. Despite being wild, he gets along well with Akira and have known each other for a long time.
He made full use of the large physique he’s had since childhood in Judo, and he is always a favorite in national competitions.
Misato Akane, 18 years old.
Akira and Yamato’s friend since senior high school.
She was born with long black hair, clear eyes, and the beauty of an idol, and has a figure that would put a gravure idol to shame.
Akira likes Akane and has assertively pursued her many times over, but has been rejected entirely. Akane thought that Akira had a straightforward personality but his self-righteousness told her that they could be friends but he will never be her lover.
「…………Hey Akira, what do you think?」
「……Is this, that? That thing called an otherworld transfer?」
At that moment, the only door to the room enclosed in a stone walls, opened. Knights in western style armors and helmets, old men that looked to be mages, a man in the prime of his life wearing high class clothing, led by a French-doll looking woman with long blonde hair, had entered the room.
「Welcome Brave Heroes, I am the imperial princess of the Divine Empire of Sydnia, Elizabeth. Heroes, I beseech you, save this world.」
The three each had their own reaction the instant the beautiful woman in the lead said that.
「(Ooouh, what a beauty! I’m a hero?! A hero that would save the world?!」
「(Things just became interesting.)」
「(It will be bad if we don’t somehow escape from here.)」
The moment Akane looked at Elizabeth’s eyes, her intuition told her that she couldn’t trust this woman. Staying in this country would be dangerous.
At that time, there was an announcement in Akane’s head.
〈The Unique Skill 「Divine Oracle」 has been obtained〉
At that instant, Akane understood the details of her Divine Oracle Skill.
Divine Oracle: A blessing from Goddess Norn
Follow your instinct and you will naturally reach the right answer.
Akane entrusted herself to the Divine Oracle.
「(I will endure for now. I’m confident a chance will definitely come. So this is Divine Oracle………… )」
「Please, Heroes. You will require an array of explanations, would you not? Rooms have been prepared for you. Preceding that, an audience with father.」
Prompted by Elizabeth, the location was moved from the stone-walled room to a different room.
They realized before long that they were underneath a castle-like place. In an area on the upper stratum of the castle, Akira and his friends had an audience with the Pope of the Divine Empire of Sydnia, Warvaal.
「The Pope of Divine Empire of Sydnia, Pope Warvaal-sama!」
The man beside the throne announced loudly.
The three were prompted by a soldier to kneel.
「I must firstly apologize to the heroes. It was wrong for us to have summoned you for the circumstances of our world. However, I wish for your understanding in our plight.
This world is overflowing with monsters, subhumans and demonic beings that bring misfortune to this continent. May we ask that you save this country, this world?」
Akane’s bad feeling had come true and she frowned internally.
He says there are subhumans and demons, but she just couldn’t trust him. They say they wished for this country to be saved, but during the audience, the pope, imperial princess, and people who seemed to be nobles had on extravagantly luxurious attires.
When Akane thought she needed to discuss escaping from this country with Akira and Yamato no matter what, Akira began acting rashly.
This country is said to be a religious country whose main deity is the Goddess Anat, the spirit of Light. However, Akane’s unique skill 【Divine Oracle】 was granted by Goddess Norn. Akane instinctively chose Norn. And she believed she had to hide her unique skill.
「I understand, Pope-sama! We will be your strength if you will have us!」
「(Wha!! Are you an idiot?!)」
Unaware of Akane’s sentiments, Akira looked at Elizabeth with a glittering smile.
「If I can rampage as much as I like, then I have no complaints.」
When even Yamato started spouting incomprehensible things, Akane, who had been the only one who was determined to escape from this country, froze.
「Heroes, please touch this appraisal magic device with your hand.」
An aged man that looked to be a mage was holding out an A4-sized metallic plate.
Starting from Akira, they touched the metallic plate with their hand.
「Oooh, how magnificent! To have this status at Level 1. Moreover, for two to have an aptitude for Light attribute magic, this must be the favor of Goddess Anat.」
The aged mage was overly pleased.
It seems this aged man is the head imperial mage.
This unnatural behavior leads Akane to understand this country.
「Oooh, my job has Hero!」
Even though the excited Akira saw Akane looking at him icily, but he didn’t realize it.
「Heroes, thank you. Your rooms have been prepared, please be at ease and rest well.」
At Elizabeth’s statement, Akira and his friends were guided to their respective extravagant rooms by maids.
Once Akira and his friends left the audience, Pope Warvaal, Prime Minister Musudan, Head Magcian Homer, the Sydnia Holy Knight Order’s Leader Packard, and Imperial Princess Elizabeth had a secret discussion.
「So, what do you think?」
「Despite being Level 1, those stats are definitely those of a hero’s. However, there is one worrisome matter.」
Warvaal inquired about Homer’s answer.
「Yes, all three heroes possess the unique skill Appraisal. We will not be able to trick them into using a slavery collar.」
Homer’s report had Warvaal grimacing.
「That could not be helped, could it? Fortunately, that male hero looks easy to deceive, so I believe it can be done in one way or another.」
「Fumu, it is up to you, Elizabeth.」
「Yes, father. Please leave it to me.」
「Well then, the reigns of the heroes shall be entrusted to the princess, and the training and level raising of the heroes shall be entrusted to Homer and Packard.」
Prime minister Musudan eyed Homer and Packard.
「「Please leave it to us.」」
Large numbers are advantageous in war, and that fact does not change whether it is in Earth or in Mildgard. However, in this world where skills and levels exist, some strong people can lead to mayhem.
The Divine Empire of Sydnia have summoned nuclear weapons called heroes.
However, Warvaal and his companions were not aware.
They did not realize till the end that their appraisal magic device can not appraise information such as divine protection. and that the original heroes summoned are not blessed divine protection by the Goddess like they should have.
And without the said goddess’ blessing, even if the qualities and initial status after having been summoned are superior, the growth rate of each person does not change.
Above all, they were not aware of the being that the goddess had sent an entity three years into the past of Mildgard known as Takumi.
- Cooking was placed in passive skills, but iirc it’s in active skills for Takumi.[↩]
- Picture: from left to right, Yamato, Akari, and Akane.