Taran, Fule, Aries, and Mappa.
Shiel and Number 15 had come down with me.
“Alright then, we have another day ahead of us! …Uh, is there something wrong?”
As I spoke, I noticed that all of them had worried expressions.
Fule traded looks with the others and then opened her mouth.
“I-I’m sorry, Lord Heal. But, um…can you hear that voice?”
I put a hand to my ear and listened carefully.
And then, I heard a low murmur like, ‘Oooo…’ and ‘Uuuhhhh…’
It sounded sad. Almost like someone was crying.
“You’re right…it sounds like some old man is moaning… Uh, that has to be Mappa, right?”
I turned to Mappa.
However, Mappa waved his hands in front of him as if to deny this.
“Really? Well, it does kind of sound like it’s echoing through the entire city.”
And perhaps it was my imagination, but it also seemed like the spiders were being very quiet towards the ceiling.
“Taran. Have you asked the other Cave Spiders about what is making that sound?”
Taran shook its body vertically.
Then Fule continued.
“Taran asked them earlier. But they didn’t know what it was. But apparently, these kinds of sounds will occasionally echo throughout the city.”
“Huh… Maybe it’s the Chimera leader. In any case, it will be necessary to investigate it.”
“So you don’t know either, Shiel. Yes, we must be very careful then…”
And so we started to make our way through the city, in order to find and repair the control device.
However, after we had walked for about five minutes, I noticed something strange.
“Now that I think of it…there are no Chimeras around today.”
“We can usually hear their cries. Do you think it’s because of that old man’s voice?”
Like Fule said, no one seemed to know what it was.
And so it was no wonder that everyone seemed to be afraid of it.
“Even the Cave Spiders are scared… Huh!?”
I suddenly realized that magic energy was charging towards us at a great speed.
“What the hell!? Is it a Chimera!?”
I had never felt anything move this quickly before, and I was afraid.
As I cast Shield and waited, something huge and red appeared from the darkness.
It had a very sad face… And this huge face was that of an old man.
He had a shiny bald head and a great beard.
And as the old man charged towards us, we all let out screams of horror.