Even when he was just a severed head, the Vampire High Lord showed no signs of dying .
He glared at me .
“Now, what to do…”
“Do whatever you like . ”
The High Lord was not intimidated at all .
Shia picked up her sword and came forward .
“Shia . Let’s just kill him for now . ”
“Do you not have to question him first?”
“We can’t risk having him escape . Besides, we have to go back and help Goran and Eric . ”
“I understand . ”
I held the Devil King Sword above the High Lord .
And just as I was about to swing down on it,
“Wait a minute!”
“You’re getting ahead of yourself, Ruck . ”
Eric and Goran came into the room from behind us .
“You two came out safely!”
Shia and Gerberga said happily .
I sighed in relief and lowered the sword .
“That was fast . ”
“It’s you and Shia that were fast . We rushed in here in order to help you . And here you are, ready to deal a death blow . ”
“Goran . Maybe we need to train harder . ”
“There’s no doubt about that . ”
They said and then laughed .
“You two killed 5 Lords . That’s not too different than killing 1 High Lord . ”
“I don’t agree with that . ”
“Aye, not at all . Clearly, a High Lord is much more dangerous . ”
Goran and Eric declared .
Indeed, a High Lord was probably a little more dangerous .
But I didn’t think it was that big of a difference .
Goran and Eric inspected the High Lord’s head from a short distance away .
“So, this is the Vampire High Lord then . ”
“There’s still powerful magical energy coming out of him . ”
The High Lord looked at Eric and smiled slightly .
“I see . So the Hero King has come to visit me . And the Hero Ruck himself as well . Now I see why you were so abnormally strong . ”
“You seem very calm . ”
“There is nothing I can do to avoid death now . I have no intention of panicking . ”
I guess I should have expected as much from a Vampire High Lord .
His resolve was strong . I was almost impressed .
Of course, I would still not let my guard down . There was a chance that he was just waiting for a rescue .
I sharpened my senses and remained cautious .
Shia seemed to have sensed danger as well . She was nervous . Her ears were twitching .
On the other hand, Goran looked quite relaxed as he faced the High Lord .
“So, Mister High Lord . I have a question for you . ”
“Surely you do not believe that I will share any information with you?”
Goran said with a slightly annoyed expression .
And so I asked,
“Hey . Was it you who created this protection of the god of the dark ones?”
“Hehehe… You will hear nothing from me . No, you must live in fear . ”
And then the High Lord said as if nothing had happened,
“Oh, it looks it is time to say goodbye . ”
And then he immediately turned into ash .
There was still magic remaining . In other words, he had chosen to die himself .
He had likely had such a spell ready inside of him for such an event as this .
Only the medal and the magic stone remained now . There were not many curses left inside of the medal .
Eric looked serious as he said,
“Ruck . The protection of the god of the dark ones?”
I went over to the destroyed core .
It was made of a strange, crystal-like material that I had never seen before . And it was about as tall as a five-year-old human child .
I showed Eric and Goran the broken core while I explained .
It was the dark version of the protective barrier around the capital .
The barrier caused great pain towards strong people and made it difficult to move .
Eric and Goran gulped upon hearing this .
“That’s horrifying . ”
“Adventurers would go extinct if such a thing was placed in the dungeons . ”
“I never would have imagined that such a thing could exist . ”
“Indeed . It is a shock . ”
For a second, I thought that I was going to lose .
“It will be a terrible thing if the dark ones are able to use this protection freely . ”
“No, surely there are limits to its use?”
“Is that so?”
“If there weren’t restrictions, then it would have been used from the beginning . ”
“That’s true . ”
“Ruck . Do you have any guesses at what restrictions there could be?”
“Yes, let me think . First, the area of effect is small . It didn’t affect you two . Did it, Eric?”
Eric and Goran nodded .
“And they must be rare . None of the Lords I killed up until now had one . That means that not even Lords can acquire them . ”
“So they are difficult to create?”
“That’s a possibility . Or the materials are very rare . Or both of those reasons . ”
Eric and Goran looked a little relieved now .
“And this High Lord medal . It wasn’t filled with curses . ”
“Hmm? You’re right . The medals inside of the Lords we just killed had more than this . ”
“My guess would be that it is necessary to spit out all of the curses in order to activate the barrier . ”
“But isn’t it possible that he just hadn’t stored any curses from the beginning?”
“That’s unlikely . Curses are stored when you kill and drink blood . And vampires grow weak if they do not drink blood for a long time . There is no way that he avoided doing it . ”
“Hmm . I see . ”
“Besides, think of the timing . He only did it once he noticed Lord Gerberga . ”
“Ah, yes . That is right,” said Shia .
“Drinking Lord Gerberga’s blood would fill it with curses all at once . In that case, it would be no loss to lose everything he had gathered until now . That’s what he was probably thinking . ”
Gerberga clucked quietly against my chest .
“In any case, we will have to look into it further . ”
So saying, Goran and Eric began to throw the objects in the room into a magic bag .
It was a useful magic bag that had a expanded space within .
The weight remained the same, but it had a feature that kept the contents in the same condition .
I had one of those a long time ago, but I lost it during my decade long battle with the Devils .
“These bags really are convenient . I should get myself a new one . ”
As I muttered this, Goran turned around .
“Ruck . What is that?”
“Oh . ”
“I forgot all about that,” said Shia .
Goran was pointing at a cage with a giant wolf inside .