Man, roleplaying with the GPT-3 AI algorithm that AI Dungeon uses in its subscription model is way too much fun. I went deeper into the Re:Zero scenario I had set up, trying to figure out if I could create something coherent that would feel as if playing through its storyline. It’s a big success as far as I’m concerned, and the AI has produced interesting moments that I would have never predicted. Of course, though, it also attempted to do weird stuff, like turn Rem and Ram into cultists of the Witch’s Cult that had opened a portal into the mansion, and that whole thing with Beatrice’s corpses came out of nowhere.
Reading back all the parts after I posted the ninth, it seems that it’s midway through this one that the protagonist snaps regarding having been kidnapped into a fantasy world, and from then on he becomes a complete lunatic. Which is far more fun than the generic crap of the previous part.
“Puck asked me to thank you and welcome to the crew”, Emilia says.
“What does he even do? I feel like he hasn’t done anything that is remotely useful. Other than acting smug, that is.”
“Most spirits are like that. They have all the time in the world to mess with us mortals, so they tend to enjoy it. Don’t worry, he’s helpful in his own way. He scouts the area around us and gives me updates on what’s ahead. He’s also a great fighter. In fact, he once fought off an entire pack of beowolves while we were traveling to the capital.”
“Better not to mess with the little cat spirit, as harmless as he looks.”
“I try to respect that. He’s helped me out in so many ways, I couldn’t even count.”
Emilia smiles as the dragon carriage speeds forward. Puck sits on her shoulder. You see the road ahead of you, as well as some trees and fields on both sides. Everything seems green. There are also some other carriages ahead of you and behind you on this road. Nothing out of the ordinary seems to be happening.
“Emilia, I want to know more about yourself. You didn’t seem like you belonged in Lugunica. What’s your backstory?”
“Well, I was born in a village of elves in the Frozen Forest. It’s very far away from here, so you wouldn’t have heard of it. It’s probably best that way, since bad things happened there.”
“Bad things happen everywhere. Go on. What happened?”
“There was a… disagreement in the village. The people there thought that I shouldn’t be allowed to stay because of what I can do, so they kicked me out. That’s when I met Puck for the first time. He was wandering through the forest and heard my crying. We became friends, and he guides me through the forests and to this day we’ve been together.”
“What a lovely companion is Puck, then. I’m sorry I doubted you for a moment, little cat.”
“Me too. Just play it cool, and we’ll be fine.”
The mansion is a large building made out of brick and stone, with a huge gate surrounding it. The road leading up to it is paved with nice stone bricks.
“My goodness, am I really going to live in such a royal mansion? That lord Roswaal must be incredibly rich and powerful. Or both!”
Puck says nothing, and instead just sits there washing himself.
The gate to the mansion opens up, and you drive in. The garden around the mansion is filled with beautiful trees and flowers of all kinds. It’s quite lovely, though you see nobody around. You head to the front door of the mansion, and knock on it. A young woman with pink hair, wearing a maid outfit, greets you with a stern look on her face.
“Glad to see you again, Ram”, says Emilia. “Please take care of my luggage.”
“Yes ma’am”, says the pink-haired maid, as she takes Emilia’s suitcase from her.
You follow Emilia into the mansion, where you see a stairway leading up to a second floor.
“I’ve arrived, Roswaal!”
A door at the bottom of the stairway opens up, and out comes a tall man wearing a colorful suit. He has long black hair, and is carrying a thick book in his hand. He wears makeup resembling that of a clown. When he sees Emilia, he brandishes a wide smile and approaches the silver-haired half-elf.
“Glad to have you back.”, says Roswaal. “And as I’ve been told, you managed to recover your stolen medallion.”
Emilia nods, smiling. “Yes, I did, thank you for your help.”
“Think nothing of it. I am merely doing my duty to help those in need. I also heard about the thief who stole your medallion, and how your bodyguard managed to apprehend her. The poor girl… You must’ve been terrified.”
Emilia nods. “It was scary…but I’m glad we got the medallion back. I can’t imagine what might’ve happened if we hadn’t caught the thief.”
“Indeed. The kingdom would be in dire straits were that to happen, I’d say.”
Emilia gives a nod in agreement, with a small smile on her face. You wonder what’s going on.
“Now then, please introduce me to your bodyguard, Emilia. I’d like to talk to her.”
“Oh, yes. Ram, come here!”, says Emilia.
You walk over to the two, and as you do so, Emilia embraces you from behind in a hug. It startles you a bit.
“…She’s very shy.”
“Aww, how adorable…”, says Roswaal with a wide smile, as he extends his hand towards you.
You neither appreciate nor understand this game they are playing, but then again the man introduced as the lord is wearing clown makeup. You shake lord Roswaal’s hand anyway.
He smiles warmly at you.
“It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance. You look like a capable young man.”
Soon, you’ve entered a lavish room, with a table fit for dozens of people. You’re seated next to Emilia, who seems tired. Standing still next to Roswaal is a blue-haired maid who keeps glancing at you suspiciously. This blue-haired young woman has a very cute face, but her demeanour somehow suggests vast power.
“How are you feeling after all the trouble we went through, Emilia?”, you ask to the silver-haired half-elf.
“I’m fine. It was just a little headache, but thanks to you it’s all better now.”
Your words cause Emilia to smile at you, and you feel yourself… well, not exactly blushing. No, that’d be far too embarrassing. But you are certainly feeling a warm sensation in your heart. You’re happy that you were of service to her.
“…Now I’ve had enough! Just shut up already!”
The little cat sitting on the table next to you meows at the maid, as she snaps her fingers.
“Meown, I feed you, I give you a home, and this is how you repay me? By trying to seduce this poor boy?”
“Oh, shut up!”
The little cat, looking offended, puffs itself up and stops making any noise.
“You there, what’s your name?””, you ask, looking at the blue-haired maid.
“What a nice name…”
“DON’T LIE! MY NAME MEANS DOOM!”
After you recover yourself from the sudden outburst, you readjust yourself on your seat and nod at the servant.
“Ah, Rem was it? I’ve never been too good with names. Anyway, nice to meet you.”
“Rem, leave the boy alone. I’m sure he’s not interested in you.”
Emilia says that to Rem as she gives her a quick glare, then turns to look at you.
You smile back, and she withers under your gaze.
“Ah… Um…”, Emilia starts to say, “I should really thank you again for helping me retrieve my medallion. I can’t believe it got stolen in the first place, and until we found the loot house, I thought it was lost forever.”
Roswaal listens to your conversation while resting his chin on his palm. While smiling, he speaks to Emilia with a lilting cadence. “It is a bit hard to understand how someone managed to steal such a valuable medallion out of you, Emilia.”
Emilia lowers her gaze, looking ashamed.
“I can only apologize for it”, she says.
“Why was that medallion so important anyway?”, you ask. “What is its purpose?”
“The medallion reacts by glowing if the persons who are elegible to rule the Kingdom of Lugunica are holding it. There are very few of these medallions, and very few people who are recognized as candidates. Losing the medallion would mean that Emilia would have never become the ruler of the kingdom”, says Roswaal.
You stare at Emilia in shock.
“That medallion was so incredibly important, and you allowed it to get stolen, Emilia? Did you keep it in your pocket or something, along with the change?”, you ask in a sharp tone.
“Hey, now! That’s no way of addressing the princess of the Kingdom, let alone any girl! Apologize!”
At these words by Rem, you turn to see her glaring at you. You look down a bit, and grovel.
“I’m sorry, princess. My anger just overtook me.”
“Hmm… I understand that you are angry at me. But please don’t be too hard on yourself either.”
You look at the medallion in your hands and sigh.
“But I must insist, Emilia. To have allowed for some lowly thief such as Felt to steal your medallion, you must be incredibly retarded. I thought you were some hot shit given how you acted, but I was seriously mistaken!”
You bow your head down to her unnaturally quickly, and remain that way until she tells you to raise it.
“I’m sorry, princess.”
“Hmm, me too. I thought that people wouldn’t be so quick to judge me and see my actions.”
You cough to clear your voice, as well as the air. You stare straight at the clownish lord Roswaal, who keeps a hieratical smile on his lips.
“Lord Roswaal, allow me to introduce myself properly”, you say solemnly. “My name is Natsuki Subaru. I don’t have any money, I’m useless, and people consider me so annoying that they wish to flee from me at the earliest opportunity. I hope that my honesty is a good asset for serving you, as I ask formally to be allowed to work as a servant in your mansion along with your beautiful girls Ram and Rem.”
The girls in the room giggle at your introduction. Emilia gets off her chair and walks over to you. Emilia reaches out to shake your hand, but then withdraws it. She instead does a curtsy.
“Natsuki-san, it’s a pleasure to meet you.”
“Ah, the pleasure is all mine!”
You and Emilia laugh at your responses to each other’s formalities. The two of you seem to get along immediately. Even the clownish lord of the manor, Roswaal, seems to smile at this interaction.
The next three days pass quickly. You become friends with everyone in the mansion. Ram and Rem also become friends with you, though they seem to be a bit distant sometimes…
On the fourth night, you decide to stay up and see what’s going on in this mansion. Whilst everyone else is asleep, you wander through the large halls of the mansion, which seem magically looped at times, and you open random doors to rooms that most of the time are empty. One of the doors you open, however, lets out a stale, musty air that reminds you of old books, and indeed, you stare at row after row of stacked books that seem hundreds or thousands of years old. In the center of the library sits a doll-like girl that can’t be older than ten. She’s dressed in a strangely festive red outfit, and she wears her hair with two long hair tails. She’s focused in the book she’s reading, as if you didn’t exist.
You tap her on her shoulder, and she shows a face of annoyance.
“What do you want?”
“I… was just wondering why this library is unlocked, and you’re in here.”
“Because I run this library, and I’m allowed to be here. Not like anyone actually comes here anyway.”
The girl returns to her book as you back away.
“At least I’d like to know your name, little girl.”
“I’m not little!”
The little girl slams her book shut and gives you a dirty look.
“My name’s Beatrice, I suppose. I’m contracted to protect this library. That’s about all you need to know”.
You are stunned by her resolute tone, unbecoming of such a young girl. It’s obvious that she takes her job seriously.
“Do you know Emilia as well? Somehow it feels as if you never leave this library.”
“You won’t find her here. She’s probably off having fun with her royal duties or something.”
You frown. You were hoping to ask her some questions about Puck, and see if she could help you. But it seems that you’ve hit a dead end as usual.
“Hey, I’ve got an idea. If you’re contracted to protect the library, wouldn’t it be fun to break that contract and let me take over protecting this place?”
Beatrice shakes her head. You can tell that she thinks you’re a little kid that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
“I’m not breaking my contract, I suppose. Besides, would you be able to protect this place from the numerous threats this mansion as well as our lord Roswaal face, I wonder?”
“What kind of threats are you talking about?”, you ask.
Beatrice crosses her arms, pouts and looks away from you.
“I’m not telling.”
Disappointed by her stubbornness, you head back to the room the lord Roswaal has given you, and you hope to have a good night’s sleep.
You wake up the next morning and walk to the dining room. You see everyone, including Emilia and Ram, eating breakfast.
“Ah, there he is! I was wondering where he had ran off to!”
Rem stands up from the table and gives you a big hug. The shock of it all causes you to fall backwards, sitting on the ground with Rem still hanging on to you.
“You are strangely strong, Rem!”
“Perhaps you have noticed, but I am an Oni!”
She says proudly. Then she helps you up to the chair next to you. She sits down and begins to dig into the food that’s on the table.
“Tell me about where you’re from?”
“What do you want to know?”, you ask in between bites of food.
“Everything! I never tire of hearing about a place that isn’t around here.”
“Well, I have quite the fantastic story to tell you guys. I’m from a country called Japan, that exists in a different planet, or maybe a different dimension.”
Everyone at the table stops, and stares at you. Then, they burst into laughter.
“Oh that is a great one!”
“I thought you couldn’t top the cookie monster story!”
Rem pats on your back, laughing. Then, she gets up, and goes to get something from a shelf in the kitchen.
“Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not kidding. Also, in my country of origin, Japan, there’s no magic of any kind! No one can use magic! We learned to evolve through developing more and more sophisticated technology.”
Emilia stares at you with a pitiful look on her face.
“I can tell that you believe what you are saying, which worries me.”
You almost stand up from your chair.
“I’m not making it up!”, you say.
Ram coughs into her fist.
“Well, foreign boy, we’ll need to get down to the village to gather some supplies. Are you coming with us? You’ll have me on one arm and my precious sister Rem on the other”, Ram says.
“How can I say no to that”, you answer.
“I need to get more firewood for the fireplace anyway. You can carry it.”
Shortly after you finish your breakfast, you get ready to descend to the village along with servants Ram and Rem. As you descend the hill towards the small village, you turn to the servants.
“Well, girls, what is your story? How come you two ended up getting employed as servants in Roswaal’s mansion?”, you ask.
“How come you ended up working as a butler in some random nobleman’s mansion?”
“Oh, wow, yeah. Good question. Well, I used to be a soldier. I wanted to see more of the world and that’s how I ended up here.”, you reply.
“I see. So you’re a wanderer, hm? Sounds like fun.”
“It has it’s perks. I’d recommend it.”
You think about your former life back on Earth, how you used to be a loser who was afraid of going to high school and that couldn’t work, and now you are living in a fantasy world with beautiful demon girls on each arm.
“I’m not complaining.”
“I figured you wouldn’t. So, little sister, what’s your story?”
Rem looks up at you with her bright blue eyes, which are tinted red from the sun, then she instantly looks away bashfully.
“I was raised in the village, I’ve never been outside of it.”
“Well that doesn’t sound so bad. You’re probably a lot safer from bandits and the like.”
“Yeah…it’s just I’ve never left my family and now I’ll be away from them”, she says sadly.
You pat her head, giving her blue hair a tussle.
“You mentioned being an Oni, Rem. What does it exactly entail. Do you have special powers or something?”
“Yeah, I suppose. We’re natural warriors with super strength and amazing combat skills. But that’s not all of it, as being an Oni has its downsides.”
“I, along with every other Oni, must consume human blood to survive.”
Rem makes a point of opening her mouth wide to reveal incredibly sharp teeth, almost like a vampire of lore.
“Well, you can bite me anytime.”
Puck chimes in.
“She’d have to catch you first.”
Rem gives Puck a look that could wither stone, and continues.
“It’s not as bad as it sounds, as human blood is the only kind that sustains us. Animal blood will simply make us sick.”
“Sounds inconvenient at least.”
You have reached the village. The villagers look at your group with curiosity.
“It’s better for us to separate and gather the necessary supplies”, says Ram.
“What am I supposed to do?”, you ask.
“You can play with the local children”, Ram answers with a smirk.
“You must be kidding me.”
“I never kid about tsundere-slaps!”
You see several children playing in the village, however they seem to keep their distance. Even the children are tsundere for you. You shrug and go off to play with them, as it seems to be the only thing you can do.
“And no stealing any of their toys!”, Ram yells.
A little boy with dark hair comes over to speak with you.
“Hello”, the boy says.
“Hello, kid. I’m new here.”
“I’ve never seen you before.”
“I just got here today. It seems to be a nice village.”
“Yeah, it’s nice, but the forest that surrounds the village is pretty scary.”
“Are there monsters in the forest, or what?”, you ask.
“There are occasional sightings of the Witch of Gloom, a woman who curses people to die soon after encountering her. Also, there is a talking household item in an abandoned mansion that will try to kill you.”
The boy points at Rem, who is dealing with some villager’s wares as Puck sits on her shoulder.
“What about that? He doesn’t look like a human or an elf.”
“He’s a fairy”, you say, as if it’s the most obvious thing in the world.
The boy looks at Rem, fascinated. You sit down next to him and speak.
“What’s your name?”
“L-Lucius”, the boy manages to say, still star struck.
“I’m Natsuki Subaru. You can call me your lord and savior”, you tell the kid.
“Okay… lord… um, savior.”
“Perfect”, you say, smiling.
As you sit next to Lucius, a girl holding a black puppy comes over. She looks at you and gives a huge grin.
“Hi! My name’s Liliana, but you can call me Lily”, she says.
“Nice puppy. Did you make it yourself?”, you ask.
“Uh huh! Mom said she’ll buy me a real wolfhound next month if I’m good!”
“That’s cool. You’re pretty cute too.”
“Ew! Boys are yucky!”, Lily says as she points at you, “But you’re okay.”
This makes both you and Lucius laugh.
You see the village chief, who’s wearing a robe that looks more wizard like than most wizards you’ve seen, walk by.
“Yo, village chief. You look pretty cool for this fantasy world. Are you a wizard or just a dork?”
You say this very loudly, and he turns to look at you. He doesn’t look pleased, but he walks over to you anyway.
“I have a lot of work to do, so this had better be quick.”
You notice that he has a wooden ducky in his hand. You also notice that he’s dressed as a wizard, and his ducky has a fancy engraved necklace on it.
You stare at the village chief suspiciously.
“I’m not sure I want to talk to you, sir”, you say.
The village chief sighs, before tossing you the wooden duck.
“Fine, have it.”
You catch the wooden duck, glancing at it before looking back at the chief. He’s about to turn around and walk away before you speak again.
“Wait! I have questions!”
The chief turns to look at you again, clearly annoyed.
“What is it?”
“Do you know about Beatrice, the librarian that guards the library in Roswaal’s mansion?”, you ask.
“Yes. I heard she was sealed away by some witch some hundreds of years ago. Good riddance.”
“Why is that?”, you ask.
“Beatrice is a witch who summons dark spirits. She once got mad at me, and my duck went missing for a week.”
“Are you ever nice to anyone here?”
“I am nice to villagers. Just not stupid enough to allow myself to get emotionally attached, or risk having my possessions stolen.”
“Well, I risk losing the remains of my sanity if I keep talking to you. I’d rather pet this black puppy that Lily is holding.”
You walk over to the black puppy. It looks up at you with sad eyes.
“Oh, I’m sorry that my master is such a powerful, evil sorcerer. But soon, we’ll be free, I promise.”
Suddenly the dog looks demonic, and he bites your left hand hard. You jump away, but the dog has produced a deep wound in your hand. It burns, and it begins to bleed.
“Shit, that hurt!”
The chief walks over to you and looks at your bleeding hand. He takes out a bottle of blue liquid.
“This is a powerful healing potion. It’ll cost you five gold.”
“I don’t have any money”, you say.
“Then I don’t have any potion”, the village chief says, and walks away.
You get angrier, and turn to Lily, whose shoulders are trembling.
“What the fuck is the problem with your puppy, Lily? Didn’t you teach it not to bite your superiors? I’m like a big deal in this place. I’m employed by the lord himself!”, you say loudly.
“I’m sorry, sir. I’ll do better next time.”
Lily’s tears fall down even harder. You begin to wonder if you’re actually being an asshole right now. However, you don’t really care, because this girl is so sad and crying that she can’t do her fucking job of taking care of a dog. You walk away. After meeting briefly with Rem, you tell her that you aren’t feeling well due to having had your left hand bitten hard, and that you are going to go back to Roswaal’s mansion to have some stiff drink.
You sit in a chair and light up some tobacco. You drink the bottle, and your hand immediately begins to feel better.
“Fuck, that hurt”, you say.
You sit in silence for about an hour. Then, Puck comes out of no where and says
“What are you doing?”
“I’m having a drink.”
“That’s not good for you.”
“Why the hell not? I’m going to drink so hard that I’ll stop seeing magical flying cats.”
“I wasn’t talking about the alcohol. I’m talking about the smoke.”
You look at the end of your cigarette, and sure enough, it’s on fire. You quickly drop it into the glass, which thankfully doesn’t break.
“I warned you. Those things will kill you.”
You stand up and head to the kitchen. There, you find a cup, and begin to pour whiskey into it.
You look at your bleeding hand, which keeps dripping blood on every surface, and you think that it shouldn’t burn this much. You should consult with the local librarian, Beatrice.
You’ve been a little scared of Beatrice. She’s not particularly scary looking, in fact, she’s probably one of the least scary looking monsters you’ve ever met. At least, in continuity. In the past, she’s definitely been up there. In any case, she’s a ghost. She hasn’t spoken to you or anyone since you met her that one time. Granted, no one really talks about her either. However, she probably has deep knowledge of magic, so you keep opening doors until you find the one connected to the magical library. Inside, Beatrice, sitting on her chair, briefly looks up to you from her book, with an annoyed look on her face. The book looks like a delicate antique.
“Hey…” Beatrice says.
“I need a healing potion, I cut my hand.”
She just sighs, and holds out her hand. You give her the hand, and she sticks it inside her mouth and begins to suck on it. You feel the skin being pulled together, before she releases her mouth. You flex your hand, and can’t feel any scars.
“That was more erotic than I want to admit.”
She stares at you for a second, before she gives you a look of disgust. Then, she turns away from you.
“I’m sorry! That was silly and stupid of me!”
Beatrice turns back to you, her eyes now watery.
“I’m not supposed to get attached…”
She cries into her hands. You feel awful about your joke, and try to think of something to say.
Beatrice wipes the tears from her big blue eyes.
“More importantly, though, it smells as if you’ve been cursed, I suppose”, she says.
“Yeah, I’ll say! It smells like shit, and I’m covered in it.”
“Not that”, she replies. “It’s the smell of death in the air. I thought I was the only one who could sense it.”
Beatrice stands up from the chair, and goes to a bookshelf. She searches for a book, before pulling it out.
“The history of this place is old, but… I think I know what’s causing this.”
“Wait a second. The fuck you mean cursed?”
You’re surprised when you realize that not only did blood begin to appear on the floor, but it’s also coming from your nose. You quickly wipe it off.
“I’d say you’re the one cursed”, Beatrice says. “You started bleeding out of your nose the moment you stepped in this place.”
“Nonsense”, you reply. “There’s no such thing as curses.”
Beatrice shakes her head at you.
“Once a curse has bitten into your body, if a competent magic user doesn’t dispel the curse, you are guaranteed to die in a day, I suppose”, the little girl says.
“Can you lift the curse?”
Beatrice nods her head.
“I can try, I suppose… Come with me.”
Beatrice turns away from you and heads out of the room. You follow, as she walks up a set of stairs to the second floor, and then to a small platform that overlooks the atrium. The bodies have been placed here. You notice each one has a black book next to it.
Beatrice walks off the platform, and onto a nearby staircase. She walks down the stairs to the floor, and then heads to the nearest dead body.
“These bodies each have a black book near them. I believe that if you were to take the books, the curse should be lifted.”
“Are you serious?”
“Of course I am, I suppose,” Beatrice says, annoyed at your questioning of her knowledge on curses.
“Beatrice… Why are there corpses in your library?”
“Mother was a woman obsessed with the dead. She commanded that all bodies who die within the vicinity of this mansion be brought here instead of being taken to a church or given a proper burial.”
“That’s fucked up…”, you say.
“For years, these corpses have just been left down here, and not once did Mother or anyone else think to lay them to rest. It wasn’t until recently that I started doing it myself.”
“What the hell do you do with the corpses? You never get out of this library, and you certainly don’t bury them here!”
“I give them an albino lizard, and they’re perfectly content!”
“You have an albino lizard?”
Beatrice nods her head.
“Of course, I do. Albino lizards are always white, and there’s a reason for that. They’re practically ghosts, I suppose. Ever see one? They’re barely visible.”
As you were attempting to figure out if the librarian was pulling your leg, Puck pops out of your front pocket and on to your shoulder.
“Did you want something, Puck? We are having an important conversation about corpses here.”
“No, but I was just wondering something. What would the world be like if every person who died stood up and kept living? Would the world be filled with zombies? And what would you do with a zombie?”
“Stop asking stupid questions, Puck. Of course, there wouldn’t be zombies. Dead is dead, and that’s it. Now, stop wasting our time.”
Beatrice goes back to sorting through corpses as you stare at Puck.
“Excuse me, Beako, but will you quit this nonsensical playing around and lift the damn curse in my hand already? It’s burning real bad.”
“Alright, hold still.”
Beatrice does some magic stuff over your left hand. You feel some warmth leave the wound. Then Beatrice nods to herself, and calmly descends the stairs towards her favorite chair.
You follow her, confused.
“Wait a second, is that it? The curse is lifted?”
Beatrice sits down in her chair and thinks for a second.
“This curse was demonic in origin. Do you know who inflicted it?”.
“It was a damn dog that some children had been playing with, down in the village. A black puppy”, you reply annoyed.
Beatrice opens one eye, turns her head towards you.
“A black puppy. You’re sure?”
“Yes. Why? Is there something special about black puppies?”
Beatrice turns away.
You stare at her, then sigh.
Beatrice’s eccentricities are infamous, and even you aren’t sure what she might and what she might not know about black puppies.
“Well, Beatrice”, you say, “it’s been difficult to talk to you, as usual. If one of these days you want me to break your contract and free you from your hundreds of years old slavery, call me on my cellphone.”
Beatrice says nothing. You shake your head, and you exit the library by the tall doors.
Walking down the hallway, you want to find the silver-haired half-elf Emilia to inform her about the threat to the villagers. When you exit the mansion, you walk down the courtyard to find the ground turning into mud. A drizzle has started falling, and you are already soaked as soon as you step out of the entrance of the mansion. You look at the sky, and it seems that more rain clouds are gathering over the mountains surrounding the valley.
Putting up your hood, you hurry your pace towards the village.
You hurry your pace, as you are already soaked in the rain. As you reach the village, you see Ram and Rem about to head up to the mansion. They are holding big bags of supplies. Behind them, in the center of the village, the kids are playing with the black puppy.
You call out to them and run to them to warn them about the dangers of this situation. As you approach, you call out to them.
“Hey! You two! Stop!”
The girls turn, and the black puppy’s ears perk up. He sees you and barks once at you, before dashing towards you.
“Look, puppy wants to meet-“, one of the kid says.
Suddenly the black puppy transforms into a ten feet tall beast that looks more like a mythical monster of some kind than a puppy. It has a big horn in the center of his forehead, and a spiked tail, and his eyes glow red. It’s the most hardcore puppy you’ve ever seen.
“Oh shit! Run!” You say, as you realize the threat this monster presents.
The kids don’t need to be told twice. They run in all different directions, screaming. You look at Ram and Rem. “Split up and make for the mansion! We’ll catch up!”
They nod, and begin to run towards different parts of the village. The monster looks around, trying to decide who to chase. It’s gaze goes over you before shifting to Ram.
Ram, with a calm look on her face, jumps to the roof of a nearby house, and magic begins to surge in her hands. Meanwhile, Rem, in the opposite direction to the beast, has produced an enormous flail with a spiked ball, that she somehow had been hiding in her maid outfit. The monster roars, and charges towards Ram. It leaps into the air, to grab her off the roof. She aims her hand at it and ice spikes grow from the roof, impaling the creature all over, wounding it severely. Ram jumps from the roof, and as she does more ice spikes come up to prevent her from falling too far. The monster howls in pain and charges towards the house, smashing through the wall as if it were made of cardboard.
Rem jumps several feet into the air, and with a swift flick of her right arm, the spiked ball of her flail flies through the air and ends up crashing into the monster’s oversized head. The creature’s left eye explodes. It lets out a shriek of pain, and begins to stumble around the village, crashing into houses and destroying them. Ram pursues the monster, and she shoots a wind spell at the creature’s legs. The winds rip at the creature’s flesh, cutting heavily into it. The creature collapses to the ground, screaming.
Rem walks up to it, and puts all her strength into one large smack with her flail. The spiked ball smacks into the monster’s face, tearing into its flesh and destroying its upper jaw. It lets out a quiet whimper as it dies.
Rem: “Are you okay, Ram?”
Ram gets up off the ground and dusts off her clothes.
“Of course”, Ram says. She then shoots you a look. You are sitting on the dirt, and you have peed your pants. Ram snorts a laugh.
You stand up while keeping your head down. “I guess that’s that regarding the puppy”, you say. “And I didn’t have to do anything.”
“Shut up, lute boy”, Ram says.
You walk over to the dead monster and inspect it. You’ve never seen a beast like this before.You wonder what you should do with the body.
Rem walks until she stands close to you.
“We will hire someone to carry it to the capital, Lugunica”, she says. “Maybe someone will turn it into exotic food, and some moneys our way.”
She pats you on your back, and she begins walking back towards the mansion along with her sister Ram. You were saved by these two, you think. They may be rough and intimidating, but they have a good heart.
You begin to walk after them, but you stop for a moment as you realize Puck is no longer on your shoulder. You turn around and see him, sitting by the dead monster. He’s turned away from the corpse, looking at the ground.
“Hey”, you say softly.
Puck turns his head to look at you.
“What are you wasting our time for? Get moving already, damn you.”
“Yeah, don’t worry, I’m coming.”
Puck turns away again, and sits looking at the ground. You wonder what he could be looking at so intently.
“What are you doing?”
“Nothing”, Puck says, facing the ground again.
You walk over to where Puck is sitting, and you crouch down to see what he was looking at. There’s only dirt, as far as the eye can see.
“Oh, fuck off, Puck. I’m going up to the mansion and french kissing your fucking princess.”
You stand up and go to the mansion, leaving Puck sitting by the corpse. You walk with purpose, and soon arrive in front of the large mansion’s doors.
“I’ll just wait here, Emi!”, you hear a voice shout from behind you. You turn around, but Puck is nowhere to be seen.
Emilia and Roswaal are standing in front of the mansion’s entrance. Ram and Rem have left the bags with supplies next to them, and are speaking with the lord as well as with Emilia. You approach the group.
“Hello, Emilia”, you say.
“Hm. We need to talk”, she says, with a harshness in her tone that catches you off-guard.
“Yeah, we do.”
The conversation between the others is getting more and more heated, as it seems that there are some disagreements between the lord of the mansion and the twins. They soon are barking accusations at each other.
“YOU LIE!”, Ram screams at the top of her lungs.
“I never have nor will I ever lie, darling”, Roswaal says in a calm manner while gently caressing Ram’s cheek.
“What is happening here?”, you ask.
Ram shoots you a look over her shoulder.
“You have nothing to do with this, outsider.”
You feel a coldness in your spine under her fiery gaze.
Emilia grabs you softly by your arm and you walk away towards the vast yard.
“What is the problem, Emilia? Why are the lord and the servants arguing so angrily?”
“Their reasons are… complicated. They’re still under contract to serve the royal family, even though the royal family is dead. So as long as they’re under contract, they have to do what he says.”
“That’s pretty unreasonable.”
“Yeah… but legally sound. The terms of the contract can’t be broken by either party until it expires. I understand their anger, but-“
“No, no, I get it, Emilia. Rules are rules.”
“What is the contract demanding them to do?”
“It seems that lord Roswaal has received a summons from the Royal Palace back at the capital, Lugunica. I’m supposed to head out with him in order to present myself as a candidate for the throne in the future.”, Emilia says with a soft voice. “Ram is angry that the lord failed to protect the villagers from a demonic infiltration.”
“That’s tough shit.”
“Well, I get why she’s angry. I would be too, in her shoes.”
“I don’t think I want to go to the capital”, says Emilia.
You’re a little surprised by this.
“What? Why not? It could be our chance at getting out of this village!”
“I don’t want to leave”, says Emilia, “I want to stay here. Everyone here is so angry all the time.”
“But don’t you feel trapped?”
“A little. But… I like it here. There’s a lot of green in this village. I’ve always loved nature. Spending my childhood by myself in forests and grasslands has its perks, I guess.”
You consider whether to speak, but you end up doing so. “Emilia, do you actually want to become the ruler of this kingdom?”
“That’s a weird question”, says Emilia, “It’s something that I don’t think has ever crossed my mind. But if I did, I suppose so.”
“Then you should come with us. With your power, and with Puck around, you’d be practically unstoppable in the kingdom.”
“No, that’s… not for me. The only thing that I want right now, is to get back home and sleep in my own bed.”
“I suppose you’ll be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep tonight, and that you’ll leave for Lugunica tomorrow morning.”
“Yeah”, says Emilia.
“By the way, did I tell you that I found out that a little puppy at the village was actually a demon?”, you say with the excitement of a little kid.
“It’s the first thing that came out of Ram and Rem’s mouths, yes”, says Emilia, and sighs.
“Do you figure out that Roswaal will allow me to travel with you two to the capital?”, you ask.
“I think so. I’ll ask him when we get there”, says Emilia, “I bet you’re excited to travel with us!”
“You have no idea!”, you say with a huge grin.
Later, you and the others arrive at the mansion, and you enter the building.
“Hey Ram, Rem!”, you say.
“Hey, kid…. what’s with the guy in the hooded-cloak over there?”
The man in the hooded cloak is old, maybe in his early seventies, but he looks tough as if he could cut you down with his sword in a second. He has a stern, but fair look in his eyes, but detached, as if he no longer cares about anything going on around him.
“That’s Wilhelm, a bodyguard for Crusch’s camp. He’s notified us about the royal summons”, Roswaal says. “Thank you again, Wilhelm”.
“No problem”, the guard says, “His royal highness instructed me to stay here until you all leave for the capital.”
“Interesting. I have multiple theories about why that is, although I’m not sure which is accurate. Anyway, let’s begin.”
The next day, you all begin the trip to the capital in a carriage. You’ll be driving through the country for a day and a half.