Chapter 7 – The Cons of Meeting Without an Appointment: Part 2 (Side Azel)


However, he wore a thick coat with high defensive magic on top of his black innerwear. In addition to that were leather boots and gloves. The rest were several pouches wrapped around his waist, probably contained potions or something, and were all crude pieces of equipment for subduing a demon lord.

He had a slender sword with its sheath fixed at his waist that was made to easily pull out a sword so that he could immediately move into combat.

It was well-maintained, but with a good, slender sword and light equipment… Rather than dealing against demons, it was an equipment ideal for killing people.

…But wait, huh? He’s alone?

They mentioned it was the hero’s party, so I thought they had gathered all their strongest men just as they had done in the past, but Shal was the only one.

“I-It’s just you?”

“Yes, the demon lord is all by himself too. It’s just you and me, just the two of us in here.”

“Augh…”

Just the two of us…! What a nice ring to it! But don’t get embarrassed, damn it, you bastard. Ehehe.

I shook my head to put off the small fire that was about to rise from my face again.

That’s right. I have to fight him and win quickly, then tell him to stay here in exchange for losing…!

My eyes flared up as I put on dark magic.  My skin began to turn brown, and the roots of my hair became silver.

Seeing me transition into my second form, Shal read the cue to start the battle, drew his sword and swung his sword at me with tremendous speed.

Clang!

“Ha!”

I swung out one of my favorite swords – Jabal, the Lord of Calamity, shaped similar to what humans call a shamshir – by using dark summoning magic and pushed him back lightly.

By the way, his nickname was Balbal. He was a cursed sword that didn’t speak, but had a will of his own, so he kinda… glows a bit happily whenever I called him. He was somewhat sparkly.

After being pushed back, Shal immediately regained his stance and attacked me with the full use of his physical reinforcement magic.

I barely noticed the magic circle trap affixed to where I had dodged into and managed to avoid it by a hair’s breadth. Shal, who had regained his stance once more, was waiting for this moment and aimed precisely at my vital point.

Slash!

“Guh―“

“Nngh…”

I grunted a bit when my heart got stabbed, then quickly moved to a distance. Shal furrowed his brows and tilted his head in bewilderment.

W-What a cute groan. Not good. Hang in there, me. Hang in there!

“You have a cheat-grade resilience…”

“A buff recovering 5% of my maximum health points is passively applied, so I won’t die unless you have the firepower to overkill me within a second.”

By the way, this was just a secret but whenever I changed forms, my physical strength would turn to max.

There were only five stages so I could only do it four more times, but if I didn’t get overkilled by my final form, I would move onto a higher stage and it would just add more to my total recovery.

Shal heard about my passive skill and had a look of total exhaustion saying it was a cheat. However, he was still able to move and worked tirelessly to coordinate his magic, traps and sword by himself. Thanks to that, I was stabbed several times.

I usually just attacked normally and sometimes swung my sword so as not to injure him, but Shal managed to avoid and parried them, never faltering.

He must’ve undergone considerable training. For a human, both his physical strength and magic power had been maxed out.

Alright, this feels great…!

Shal could fight me until my fourth form with that kind of strength. And when it comes to that, I’d take things a bit more seriously, and use my trump card: a knife hand strike to the neck.

If I did it gently, as if trying to softly touch a slime, he should be able to lose consciousness without getting decapitated.

I was waiting for an opening from Shal with my heart pounding at that thought, but suddenly, Shal looked at me and chuckled.

“Even though you, the demon lord, is this strong… you have bed hair in your bangs. …That’s cute.”

Gulp…!!”

“? …Huh?! Guah!”

C-C-Cu―?! Geez―Ah! I got caught off guaaaaaard!!

I was so embarrassed that I turned red holding my bangs, and accidentally shifted to my final form in one g o, sinking Shal into a sea of blood.

Of course, right after that, I forcibly summonsed the Prime Minister, Reisephon Amarald of the Phoenix demon race, while crying loudly.

He was fuming because I summoned every udon noodles as he was sipping his favorite lava udon. However, Reisen was someone who highly respected demon lords. Even as he scolded me, he cast a magic of highest difficulty and gave him a complete healing.

Then, I desperately fixed my bangs before Shal woke up and nervously returned to the first-class guest room where he was laid down on.

However—there, I found that Reisen had placed Shal in a cage, and I held my head with my hands.

This might be the worst first impression ever!!

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Chapter 6 – The Cons of Charging in Without an Appointment: Part 1 (Side Azel)


In every era, a person called the hero would always come to defeat the demon lord.

The demons with long lifespans would say, “Oh, it’s already that time?” whenever the hero comes and treat it like a customary cold wave, clearing the way to the throne in the demon lord’s castle.

Since the demon lord is their main objective, they wanted the hero to arrive quickly and lose to the demon lord rather than making a mess in the castle.

And then, well, it was also customary for the demon lord to receive them half-mindedly and wrap them in bamboo mat, throwing the entire party of the hero back to the human realm by express delivery. Of course, it was cash on delivery.

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Chapter 4 – Unusual Window Intruder: Part 2


“I thought I was going to die.”

“My bad, my bad. I forgot that humans were as vulnerable as spotted mice… I’m a dragon in human form but I’m stronger than I look, so I could’ve killed you by accident.”

Gard cackled and patted me when I had crouched down in a groggy state.

I looked at him resentfully, but it didn’t matter. Thanks to that, I had to resist so much while being swayed around.

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Chapter 2 – Fingertip Blood Sucking Time


After the demon lord’s seizure had subsided, he snapped his fingers while smirking and summoned a tea set on the table beside him.

He took his place on one of the tables for two in a regal, elegant manner. The way he crossed his long legs, wearing a satisfied expression and boldly smiling, really looked as if he was taken out of a painting.

Tea parties with the demon lord were the routine these days. Without asking permission, I sat across from him.

“Shal,”

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Chapter 1 – Unfair Name


About two weeks had passed since the demon lord decided to keep me.

They realized it would be hard for me to live in a cage, so they freed me from it. And today, I was peacefully working out, as had become the usual.

“181… 182…”

I had my feet anchored on the extravagant decorations sticking out from the walls, doing hanging sit-ups.

The weather in the demon realm was always changing, but there was a clear sky today. It didn’t matter to me since I couldn’t leave the room, but it somehow improved my mood.

Also, a black, string choker hung around my neck.

This choker was a magical tool I had to wear in exchange for freeing me from the cage, and completely sealed off my magic. My equipment was never returned to me, so currently, I only had approximately the same combat power as an ordinary human.

Naturally, I didn’t enjoy being in pain, so I didn’t dare defy the order to not leave the room, and spent my days idling around instead.

Incidentally, the toilet and shower were just beyond a door, inside the room. I also had meals, three times a day. A large, one-eyed bat-like monster would skillfully float the tray of food to me.

Apparently, these bat-like monsters that could only speak in broken language, were the servants in this castle.

I even named the bat that was ordered to take care of me, so it would come to me whenever I called it. They were hardworking, and really cute, flapping their wings around.

Though, I felt a little bad about letting them take care of me when they were so busy. And, since the only other soul that would enter my room was the demon lord, I was becoming a hero who was getting better at playing by himself.

Yes. The demon lord, who ran off screaming during our first meeting, didn’t show up for a week since then.

He finally started to drop by, about three days ago. On our second meeting, he gave me his usual murderous glare, and for some reason, he scolded me, “Don’t ever do that to anyone but me. Ever. Because you’re mine, up to the very last drop of your blood!”

I guess he didn’t want his treat to diminish fast. Yeah, that must be it.

The demon lord would come here to drink my blood, but he would also talk to me every time.

—Demons are savage, cruel and ruthless; the enemy of humankind.

That was what I had been taught, yet surprisingly, my life as livestock was peaceful.

Clack.

“Nn–”

I heard the door open, so I took my feet off the decorations and jumped down onto the soft carpet.

It caught my body as I landed, and I turned towards the door, while wiping the sweat off my forehead.

There, I saw a familiar man. He glared at me with his usual murderous look, then momentarily approached me.

Is he being careful, because I’m a hero? The way he’s approaching me so cautiously makes me feel like a stray cat.

With those thoughts, I ended up laughing.

“You, don’t do that. You look indecent…!”

“Huh?”

The snarky demon lord pointed at me, as I fanned my face with my hand while regulating my breathing.

How, exactly?

If I was just as he said, then his face that was much flashier than my plain one, looked more indecent to the ladies. He was an extremely rude demon lord.

“I don’t really get what you’re saying, but all I ever do is work out. You wouldn’t even let me leave the room. It’s pretty comfortable in here, considering it’s a prison, but… it’s boring. In the first place, is it even alright for me to be in such a nice prison like this? It’s quite different from the ones I know.”

“Uhh, t-this is how prisons for demons are like. It’s different from the culture of you, humans. This is without a doubt, a prison in the demon lord’s castle.”

“O-Okay… I see. So, it’s a cultural difference…”

I felt like it was not a good idea to point out the cultural differences between other races that much, so I decided to accept his explanation.

Back in the kingdom, the prisoners were held in a cold, dark, sturdy, and inescapable prison. They only had two plain meals, and the guards were always on the lookout. I somehow felt guilty.

I was in a luxurious room, with no restrictions other than magic. And, even though the room had a barrier where humans couldn’t pass through, three meals were being provided to me, with snacks in between, and even naps. So, the prison’s principles were completely upside down.

The demon repeatedly glanced at me, as I was quite doubtful of what he said. He probably wanted to avoid the topic, so he bluntly said, “It doesn’t matter!”

“You’ve been calling me ‘Demon Lord’. I think it’s unfair. I’ve been calling you ‘Shal’, and yet…”

“Is that so? Then, you can call me ‘human’. ‘Hero’ is also fine.”

“That’s not what I meant, you idiot!”

An ominous aura came out from the demon lord. He was on the verge of transforming to his second form, since his eyes flashed for a bit.

“My name is Azelidias Nilegown! I will specially allow you to call me Azel!”

Apparently, he wanted me to call him by his name.

He stomped his feet in frustration and growled. He was a demon lord, but he seemed to have an adorable side to him, despite being hard to understand, just like a junior high school student.

Rather, he was a junior high school student with the potential to conquer the world by force.

And, I thought that demons had to keep their true names a secret, since it would be quite a disaster if priests were to do something with it, but…

This blockhead of a demon lord seemed a bit cute, and I ended up chuckling.

“Hauu, ahh, your smile… I’m being purified… ugh!”

“Hm? Well then, I’ll take you up on your offer and call you by your name, Azel.”

“AUGH!”

I told him that I would call him by his name, and when I did, he covered his mouth with his hand, and turned his face away. Then, he trembled again.

“…Should I stop?”

“Wai- no, this is just a seizure, just an attack of a chronic disease, just wait a minute…!”

He seemed to have a seizure. I guess the demon lord also gets sick… Somehow, that made me feel strangely sad.

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Volume 1 – It’s Surprisingly Comfortable at the Demon Lord’s Castle.


Character Notes
May contain spoilers! Please do not read if you haven’t read the chapter noted below.
Link to this page will be attached on the chapter the character shows up or fully introduces themselves.


The Protagonist, the Demon Lord, the Prime Minister, and the Air Force Commander


Ookawa Shouryuu
大河勝流(おおかわ・しょうりゅう)
(Prologue: Part 1)
Shal

He usually has sleepy eyes. His facial muscles are lacking. He is honest and straightforward, but he is also a natural airhead, hence his weird slowness (or insensitivity).

He is quite sincere and affectionate towards those around him. He has low self-esteem, so he is easily carried away. Even if the results are disastrous, he doesn’t feel bitter and usually manages through hard work.

Ingredients: Comfortable to be with, and serious to a fault. Lewd innerwear (what he is wearing on the bottom left of the image). A man who would rather give than be given.

Azelidias Nilegown
アゼリディアス・ナイルゴウン
(Prologue: Part 1)
Azel

A so-called tsundere. He is not very good at expressing his emotions, so he can’t be honest, but he is very emotional and full of joy, anger, and sorrow.

He wants to be himself when he is with Shal, so he is more obvious. He has been alone for a long time, so his mental age is like a childish puppy. He is usually cold to others, except for Shal.

Ingredients: A man who is enticed when he feeds on Shal. Personification of cheat. Actually has beautiful legs.

Reisephon Amarald
ライゼフォン・アマラード
(Prologue: Part 2)
Reisen

The mother of the demon lord’s castle (unofficial). A hard-working prime minister of the demon realm. Ever since Azel became the demon lord, he has been his confidant, and he is devoted to him and respects him.

He is a beautiful man who should not be turned into an enemy because he is terrifying when he is angry. Basically, his smiles aren’t two-faced. But, when he gets mad, he becomes a demon.

Ingredients: Likes people who work hard. Provides support. One of the few decent demons in the demon realm.

Gardvine Sylvarius
ガードヴァイン・シルヴァリウス
(Chapter 15)
Gard

He is the Air Force Commander of the Demon Realm Army and a free and cool dragon who is a young boy at heart (according to him).

He is a man who lives by instinct and adores Azel like an older brother. He is very fond of Shal, who is Azel’s benefactor and is good at patting his head.

He quickly finds something to become his favorite.

Ingredients: Very similar to Azel. Free, Spartan Air Force Commander, according to his subordinates. Good at getting others to spoil him.

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Prologue: Humans from Another World Seem to be a Rare Food. Part 1


In this world, I, Ookawa Shouryuu, was a hero summoned from another world.

The people here seemed to have a hard time pronouncing Japanese names, so my name got adapted to Shal. For the record, I desperately tried to make them call me by my name. But, they rejected it, so that was that.

I was on my way home from work when, as soon as I got off the train, the surroundings completely changed. Then, an army of mysterious people in white robes gathered around me, and cried out, “Oh, Great Hero!”

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