Old Men Drinking 2
I asked Danton a question before beginning.
“What I am about to say is a top secret. It’s much more important than something like my identity.”
“Oh? A secret bigger than you being the hero Ruck? …What is it?”
“I just want to make sure. Promise me that you won’t tell the others in your tribe. Not even the other chiefs.”
“It’s not that we don’t trust them. But it could be dangerous.”
“I see. In that case, I will guard your secret.”
It was probably a little tedious, but I wanted to show how serious I was.
“I don’t care about my identity that much as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. But this is different.”
“Is it one of those ones that I should die before telling anyone?”
“You can always just not hear it? I can’t say that you won’t be in danger after hearing it.”
“Does Shia know?”
Would Danton be angry that his daughter was involved in something dangerous?
I wondered. But I couldn’t hide it from him.
“Yes. She was a part of it.”
“Then as her father, I must hear it.”
Danton said strongly.
“…Aren’t you angry that she got involved?”
“Hardly. Why would I? Shia is a first-rate warrior and we our a proud tribe.”
Danton said with a smile.
“But do not tell Shia that I said that. I don’t want her to get too confident.”
“I understand. And I agree with you about her capabilities.”
“Aye, I’ve seen her fight when we took on the High Lords.”
Goran said. Danton smiled happily.
And then he drained his cup.
“It brings me great joy to hear that from the hero Ruck and Goran, the greatest Warrior. Even if you are just being polite.”
“I never exaggerate when it comes to the abilities of Adventurers. It’s the truth.”
“I see. Then I am very glad. It’s an honor to our tribe.”
Danton was teary-eyed now.
The three of us continued to drink for a while.
And then Goran said,
“Why are we drinking quietly? Shouldn’t you be explaining something to Danton?”
“Ah, that’s right. Can I?”
And so I organized everything in my head and then began.
“It seems that there are many vampires inside of the royal capital now.”
“That is a terrible thing.”
“It means you can’t be too careful even when you’re inside of the city.”
And so I told him about the incident that happened the other day.
Starting from Kabino and to Marquis Mastafon.
The fact that the dark ones had a way to break through the barrier.
And then I told him about the evil god head.
“It was that strong in spite of only being a head?”
“Yes. It was stronger than a High Lord.”
“That will be a great threat. Not just to this city, but to the wold.”
Danton said with a serious expression.
“Not only that. I think this is the bigger problem for the beastkin, but this head can strengthen the vampires.”
“Yes. Arch Vampires become like Lords. Lords becomes High Lords… It is as if they all gain a rank.”
“So it would be like if you went hunting a lesser only to encounter an Arch.”
“Indeed. However, there seem to be limits to this. I have yet to see any lessers that have been strengthened.”
I explained that there were also some Lord and Arch Vampires who had not been strengthened.
Even Goran, who had already heard all of this, listened intently with Danton.
After I finished, Danton said,
“I would like to fight them too.”
“That will have to be after you are healed.”
“Yes, you must leave it to us until then.”