Volume 5 Chapter 98

「The Majin who cast the curse on me had two huge horns protruding from both sides of his head. His skin was tan-colored」
「…Is that so」
The king’s words confirmed my suspicion.
It was about the Majin I had restrained immediately after I arrived at Vestier.
So he was the Majin who cast the curse on the king of the beastmen.
I used wind magic to create birds to patrol the kingdom’s borders until I arrived at the royal palace.
These wind birds were also automated, just like the flaming knights.
One of them found the place where the beast king and the Majin seemed to have fought.
The wavelength of mana residue observed in the area matched the mana of the Majin I captured.
The physical traits described by the beastmen king also matched.
In other words, I had obtained the means to lift the curse of the Beastman King as soon as I arrived in this country.
With this, there was no need to destroy the beastman king’s body with holy magic.
I didn’t have to cut his finger, either.
I terminated the magic I had prepared in my hands, and then I faced the place where we had teleported earlier in the capital’s outskirts.
「Hm? What happened?」
The king looked puzzled and asked me.
「Please pardon me. There is no need to cut Your Majesty’s finger anymore」
I extended my arm towards the location of the ice pillar, trapping the Majin—

I clenched my fists with great force.
I could feel the ice shattering in my hand.
That should do the job, I guess.
I turned around to face the king of the beastman.
「T, this is… the curse is vanishing!」
The black pattern gradually disappeared from the Beastman King’s body.
Great, it’s a success.
「It is alright now」
「What did you do?」
「I defeated the Majin」
The beastman king’s jaw dropped open as he stood dumbfounded.
The beastman king had the appearance of a gigantic lion, but seeing that fearsome figure standing with mouth wide open in mute amazement was quite hilarious.
「Haruto, how did this happen?」
「Wasn’t there a guy who attacked Merdie and me right after we came to this country? That was the Majin who cast the curse on His Majesty」
「Eh, so the guy you restrained was a Majin?」
When the Majin confronted us, I hid Merdie behind me and protected her with a magical barrier.
Maybe she didn’t hear my conversation with the Majin.
「You guys encountered a Majin?」
「Not only that, you restrained a Majin!?」
「It’s the enemy that His Majesty and the Beastmen Soldiers struggled to just fend him off, not even defeating it!!」
「There’s no way they can do that—」
「Silence. My curse is disappearing as we speak. I dare say Master Haruto defeated the Majin」
The ministers said a lot about me, but the beastman king silenced them.
He also became more polite in how he addressed me.
Ignoring the doctors’ protests, he tried to get up.
「Ah, please wait for a moment」
I opened the small bottle of elixir and sprinkled it on the Beastman King’s missing arm and his wounded body.
White foam spewed out from the stump of the beastman king’s arm that was cut off, and it formed into the shape of an arm.
After a few seconds, the beastman king’s arm was fully restored.
Of course, the other wounds were also completely gone.
「With this, the curse is lifted, and the wounds have been healed」
「What the, he lifted the curse and even healed my arm and the wounds in my entire body…」
The beastman king rose up from the bed.
Wow, he’s really huge.
He was twice my height when he stood up.
「Master Haruto, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for lifting the curse」
「Please raise your head. I just granted Merdie’s request」
「Oh, now that you mention it, Master Haruto desired my daughter」
Eh? I don’t desire her, though…
What I wanted was the privilege to touch her paw pads.
「This, however, is Vestier, the kingdom of the beastmen. Only the strongest can impose his will. My life was saved because of you, so I recognise your strength. However, if you want to marry my beloved daughter, you must first receive approval of both my daughter and the citizens」
So, in order to touch Merdie’s paw pads, I needed the permission of the kingdom’s citizens?

How should I do that?
「Your Majesty, the God’s strength tournament is coming up soon. How about allowing Master Haruto to participate?」
One of the ministers made a suggestion.
In this country, the winner of the competition known as The God’s Strength Tournament will be crowned king.
And when that king’s power is questioned by the people, it is said that a Strength Tournament is held and a new king is elected, regardless of the length of his reign.
The king of the beastmen had recovered safely, but since the people were now aware that he had been defeated by a Majin, a strength tournament is going to be held anew.
「That is good. Please participate by all means. You defeated the Majin that I lost to. I’m sure you and I will have a bloody and heated battle!!」
The king’s eyes were sparkling.
It was the eyes of someone delighted to discover his prey.
He couldn’t avoid taking part in the tournament, with his throne possibly taken away from him, but he didn’t seem to care about that at all.
He must be one of those『battle maniacs.』
I wonder why.
I have a feeling I entered a battle tournament with a princess on the line last year…
Well, this year’s aim is the princess paw pads, though.
「Father, I also want to join this year!」
Unexpectedly, Merdie is also participating in the God’s Strength Tournament.
The overall meaning of the tournament changed from that of last year.
「Merdie, it’s fine if you want to join the tournament, but just like always, you cannot use any other magic except body-strengthening spells, right?」
I was taken aback when I was suddenly informed of such facts.
Apparently, the God’s strength tournament prohibits magic.
I’m a Sage, though…
「It’ll be fine! Even with just body-strengthening magic, I’ve become strong enough to beat up you, Father!」

「Is that so? I’ll be looking forward to fighting you then」
Sparks flew between the two of them.
The girl who swore she would do anything to save her father now declared she would severely beat him as soon as he recovered.
And the father who received such words…
「So Merdie-sama will also participate. I am looking forward to the tournament!」
Among the ministers, there were also aggressive beastmen who were heavily breathing in excitement.
I felt like I saw the carnivorous nature of the beastmen…
Everyone loved battles, huh.
「Well then, I will be the one to submit Haruto-sama, Merdie-sama, and Your Majesty’s applications for participation in the God’s Strength Tournament..」
「Alright, I’ll leave it to you」
「Take care of me!」
In an instant, it was decided that I would also join.
But I didn’t say I would, though…


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