This will be a story about Elibel and Berg’s past.
The scream echoes through the forest.
Then, a resounding roar follows.
The trees fall with a loud cracking sound.
Caught in the collapse, animals and monsters also cry out in distress.
A mountain fire breaks out, landslides occur. It’s truly a scene resembling hell on earth.
The one causing all this is a single woman.
With long silver hair and crimson eyes, she possesses a beauty that could be called otherworldly. However, her face wears an unbearable expression, twisted with rage.
「Daahhhhhh! This is ridiculous! Ughhhhhhh! Damn it! What’s wrong with meeeeeeeeee!!!」
Along with her scream, a King-class magic explodes.
This time, a massive crater is created.
「M-Miss Elibel!? Please calm down! You can’t go any further! Otherwise, the Forest of Equality will turn into a wasteland!」
Trying desperately to pacify her is her servant, Berg.
He tightly restrains Elibel with his six arms.
「Don’t stop me, Berg! I’ll destroy this forest, this kingdom, everything! Or rather, die! Everyone, everyone should just die!」
While shouting such dangerous things, Elibel continues her destructive rampage.
「Please stop, Miss Elibel! Isn’t it just a failed arranged marriage! It’s okay! I’m sure you’ll find a good man, Miss Elibel!」
「It’s been a hundred times already since you’ve said that!!」
That’s right. On this day, Elibel experienced her one-hundredth failed arranged marriage.
She is one of the three major noble families of Borhelic and holds the second rank within the Löwenherz family.
She is called a sage in the city, praised for her beautiful appearance, brilliant intellect, and being a prodigy of Borhelic Kingdom like no other.
She has wealth, fame, and power at her fingertips.
But there’s one thing she doesn’t have.
That’s right, she has absolutely no experience dating men.
The reason is her personality.
Despite her beautiful appearance, brilliant intellect, and prestigious lineage, her personality is too unfortunate to make up for it.
Her innate recklessness led to the failure of this arranged marriage as well.
The truth is, her behavior is often problematic.
For example, when she occasionally strolls through the capital…
『Oh, Berg! Look, a little girl, a little girl! She’s so cute… Hey, little girl! Wanna take a bath with me? Hehehehe…』
『Tsk, she got away… Oh, the guards are coming this way? What should I… Ah, Berg! Why are you restraining me like this?』
And that’s how she ends up being apprehended by the guards.
For example, if she were to come across a couple indulging in public displays of affection in the royal capital’s park…
While yelling, 『Die, you bastardssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!』 she would unleash a King-class magic, destroying the park and then pass on all the claims to the Löwenherz family.
For example, at a splendid and extravagant ball, she would become more engrossed in the food than the men…
『What!? Why can’t I take the leftovers home!? It’s fine, isn’t it? No need to be stingy! Eh, no good!? Fine, then I’ll just eat as much as I can here!』
She would actually devour all the food, ruin the ball, get drunk, unleash Pope-class magic, and nearly cause an international incident by partially destroying another country’s castle.
There are countless examples of her causing trouble.
Moreover, she never learns from her mistakes and continues to make them, which shows her inherently bad nature.
She is truly an eccentric of the highest order, a pervert, and a lover of young girls.
She adores irregularities, completely ignores ethics.
A woman who thinks she is above all in the world.
That is Elibel.
And so, she embarked on her one-hundredth arranged marriage.
Everything was going well at first.
The suitor was a noble from a certain rural country.
He was quite a simple-minded young man who didn’t know about Elibel’s various “circumstances.” She thought, “Could this be the spring I’ve been waiting for?” and became in high spirits. That was her mistake.
As the alcohol flowed, Elibel’s conversation veered further and further off-topic. And in proportion to that, the suitor’s attitude started becoming strange. But the decisive moment was when Elibel uttered these words:。
「Hey… would you let me remodel you today? Hic…」
With a seductive gesture, Elibel leaned towards the man.
For a moment, the man’s heart skipped a beat. It raced intensely—though in a completely different sense.
Yes, at that moment, the man felt overwhelming fear.
Elibel’s words could be interpreted as a slightly strange pickup line, but what if someone with various magic tools actually said that to you?
「Look, see my skills… Hic. With a single moment, I can transform your arms into the Magical Strategic Large-scale Destruction Perforation Device… Hic.」
At that moment, the man’s arm had turned into a drill.
With a whirring sound, it spun at an ultra-high speed, and the moment it touched the wall, the wall turned into sand.
The man cried.
The suitor’s final words were,
『I’m sorry, it’s impossible. Please fix my arm.』
He said this while bowing deeply.
It was too much.
At least, for the man.
It marked the momentous hundredth cancellation.
By the way, the man returned to his hometown afterward and happily married his childhood friend.
「Hah! Once it reaches triple digits, the sentimentality is overwhelming! What exactly is wrong with me?」
Berg thought that it’s almost all of them, but if he were to say that here, he would turn to ashes—literally, not metaphorically.
He truly had a troublesome master.
Exhaling a sigh, Elibel finally ceased her destructive actions.
From the cliff created by her magic, she looked down upon the capital city spread out below.
It seemed that she would need to update her map once again.
「Ah, look, Berg. Look at the view of the capital city from this hill… Hic.」
「Yes, it’s a magnificent sight.」
「When I think that even now, under those lights, those idiots are nurturing their love, it makes me sick. Maybe I should just burn everything down with Soul King-class fire magic… Hic. If they passionately love each other to the point of blazing, it would be better… Hic… Die, you damn bastards… Hic.」
「Please stop! That would destroy not just the country but the entire continent!」
「It’ll be fine! Even if I make enemies of the entire continent, I’ll emerge victorious! Hic」
「That’s not what I meant!」
What’s truly frightening is that this isn’t a lie or an exaggeration.
Indeed, there are very few things in this world that can surpass her.
She has mastered the four major elements to the level of a Soul King-class, possessing power on par with the legendary Demon King and Hero.
Furthermore, she is a genius.
She has developed countless magic tools, revolutionizing the established norms of magic theory.
「If you truly possess such incredible strength, then please stop the war with the demon race right away. Miss Elibel, you can do it, right? If you become the hero who stops the war, there will be many men―――」
But before Berg could finish speaking, Elibel responded.
「Don’t wanna… such a pain… Hic. War is a stupid thing that idiots do. It’s not something a genius, a special and great person like me should be concerned with… Hic.」
Saying that, she flopped down on the spot.
She hated war.
Even with her absolute power, she despised wars that she couldn’t stop.
Above all, she detested the fact that her own inventions and magic were being used as tools of war without her permission.
She didn’t create them for such purposes.
「Uuu… I’m tired. I’ll sleep… Berg, piggyback ride.」
「…As you wish, Miss Elibel.」
With Elibel asleep on his back, Berg slowly made his way back to the capital, feeling both exasperated and helpless.
His master truly was beyond help.
And the next day…
「Ugh… my head hurts… throbbing.」
「If you’ve been drinking that much, it’s only natural to have a hangover. How about developing a magic spell to cure hangovers?」
「Oh, that’s a great idea! I’ve decided, let’s hurry back to the laboratory!」
Whether it was a sudden inspiration or not, she immediately put on a lab coat and prepared to leave the inn.
「Ah, please wait, Miss Elibel. While it’s fine to continue your research, today we must first visit the Löwenherz family.」
She was the second in line of the Three Great Noble Families, serving as the advisor to the head of the Löwenherz family.
There were numerous tasks related to the family that she had to take care of.
That’s why Elibel’s enthusiasm visibly diminished.
「Aww… I don’t want to.」
Berg thought she sounded like a child, but he pulled out a piece of stationary from his pocket.
「But Miss Elibel, I have good news. We’ve received another proposal for a marriage arrangement.」
「Yes, indeed. Moreover, it comes recommended by the head of the Löwenherz family, so it’s likely a highly suitable candidate.」
Upon hearing that, Elibel’s eyes sparkled.
Berg thought she still acted like a child, but he didn’t let it show on his face.
「Wow, big sis, you’re amazing! I love you! In that case, we mustn’t waste any time, Berg! Let’s hurry back to the Löwenherz family and have a proper discussion with my big sis… I mean, the head!」
「It’s quite a dramatic change of heart, Miss Elibel. Very well, let’s go then.」
「Hahaha! Just you wait, my yet unseen lover!!」
Saying that, the two of them left the inn.
The blue sky they saw while nursing their hangovers was dazzling as ever.
That is a story from over two hundred years ago.
A story that takes place shortly before these two create an unprecedented dungeon.
And it is a tale of events that occurred just a few days before she resolves to become immortal.
Chapter 3: “A Brief Interlude”
Chapter 4: “The Second Dungeon”
A little clarification:
Similar to the Nored family, the Löwenherz family follows a strict meritocracy, regardless of gender. Normally, Elibel would have become the head of the family, but she relinquished that position, so her sister has taken on the role of the head instead.
Starting from the next chapter, we will return to the story of Earth and the others in the dungeon.
Also, that man’s arm was magically modified from a drill to a pile bunker.