There were lots of machines.
Hellfire of Death had melted them. So they did not retain their original shape, but there were a few dozen clumps of metal that looked much too intricate to be natural.
And so I cooled off the area with water magic and then walked closer to it.
I didn’t know if it was true for all of them, but some of the devices must have been used to help grow the cursed stones.
While I inspected the machines, they started to groan.
It looked like there were people inside of them.
The machines and the thick layer of dirt and the iron plate had saved them from death.
As the surface layer had been destroyed, there was no way to tell how they had gotten in. But judging by the fact that there were no footprints, it must have been quite a while ago.
…This would be very bad if they happened to be innocent.
Well, that was highly unlikely considering where they were, but I would have to save them in order to find out.
And so I moved closer…and then I heard a voice come from the machines.
“…A Saviour…for this filthy world…”
Yes, there was no mistaking it. They were from the Blue Moon of Salvation.
Then…they would only try to hurt themselves if I helped them.
That in itself was fine, but there was a possibility that they would explode or use traps that could affect the rest of us.
And so I stopped walking and put my hands together.
While they were enemies, they were still humans.
I wasn’t going to help them or anything, but I could at least pay my respects.
But I wasn’t going to show mercy to people who were trying to destroy the world.
After a while, the area cooled enough so that the slimes could enter.
The weather had made things cool faster than they would have.
‘Tell me if you find anything!’
The slimes said as they entered the giant hole in the ground.
And before long, a slime shouted.
‘There’s a tunnel here!’
So there was a hidden passage after all.
So that’s why there were no footprints.
‘…I don’t know. I’m not sure I feel like going in directly.’
I said. After all, I didn’t know what was in there.
It would be one thing if it was an ordinary crime organization. But this was the Blue Moon of Salvation…
As I considered this… One of the slimes went inside!