~ Chapter 138: The horrors of Drakaros (Part 5) ~
The next thing I did was to go and buy a new set of clothes from the local tailor. After a warm bath, Ayu looked like a completely different draconian girl. Her hair was apparently blond, but the dirt and grime in it made it impossible for me to see it. The color of her scales was of a pale blue and not brown as I had initially thought. Ayu's fair beauty shined like a newly polished gem, and her smile was absolutely adorable. For a moment, she made me forget about the loss she went through today.
I left Ayu with a clear set of instruction on how to reach Illsyorea and then returned to the capital. From here on out, the little girl's luck would determine her fate. I entered Drakaros knowing full well that she could end up encountering vile bandits on the way or end up being cheated by merchants and adventurers. There were a lot of things that could happen to her on the way, but it wasn't my job or my duty to watch over her every step on the way.
I did my part, and for the peace of my soul I did end up helping someone in that accursed city today.
Before I returned to the Pleyades Palace, I decided to make a visit to the Guard's Room on the Second Wall. I walked down the main road until I saw the armored guards defending the line that separated the nobles from the commoners, at which point I entered a nearby alley and jumped on top of the roof. Taking the high road, I reached the wall and kept my ears perked for what the guards were talking about.
“Captain Borgis hasn't left the Guard's Room has he?” one of the guards said at one point.
“Nah, he was too busy gulping down the mead he got from that fat merchant. He's gonna give us a taste of his spare bottles later, and all we have to do is turn a blind eye when he brings in the 'goods' into the noble's area.” he replied.
“Oh! Is someone throwing a party again? I have to say, I wouldn't mind taking one of those women to my bed.” he smirked.
Their conversation degenerated into a painfully long description about their sexual fantasies. In my eyes, these men already dropped to a status lower than that of disposable garbage. In case I encountered them as enemies from now on, I wasn't going to feel any regret about taking their lives.
It took me another ten minutes or so until I got the opportunity to slip inside the Guard's Room unnoticed. After locking the door behind me, I went in to search for the draconian who dared to bring shame to my former maid, Soleya.
Soon enough, the wretched draconian made his presence known.
“Valus? Is that you? Did you bring me the meat as I ordered you to?”
He had dark-brown scales and was a bit on the chubby side. The armor he wore barely fit all of his lard inside, and it felt as though it was going to snap loose in some places. Even though he had a good face, the rest of him ruined it.
“Are you per chance, Captain Borgis?” I asked.
“Huh? Yeah, I'm Borgis. Who are you?” he furrowed his brow and gave me an ugly look.
“Me? I'm the former master of one Soleya, a former maid at the Pleyades Palace. Does the name ring a bell?” I asked him with a gentle smile on my lips.
“Huh? Why should I? Is she someone you knew?” he raised an eyebrow and then showed me a wicked smile “Was she good in bed?”
“She was the draconian woman you raped in her cell.” I told him without erasing the smile on my lips.
“Raped? Which one of them? I got my hands on every broad I could back then, besides, what's it to you? Are you here for seconds?” he laughed.
“You speak as though no one can touch you even if you confess to your crimes?”
I was a bit puzzled by his blunt honesty.
“Of course! I only touched those lowly commoners. I'm a noble by blood, so it was my right to do as I pleased with them! Kuhahaha!”
“I see...” I nodded and then cast a barrier spell around this room to keep unwanted guests from coming in.
“So, why are you asking me about...” his words were cut short when he saw me casting a small [Fireball].
“Let's see if you survive this.” I said and then tossed it in front of him.
The spell generated a powerful explosion of which I was protected by my Magic Armor. His, however, was cracked, but not shattered. It was also quite loud and destroyed his desk as well as a shattered a good number of the bottles he had laying around.
“You dare raise...” once more he tried to talk, but I moved in front of him a slapped him.
His Magic Armor shattered and his body crashed into the nearby crates. The flames that licked the wood were quickly caught by his clothes. When he felt the burn, he jumped up and screamed while thrashing around, trying to put them out.
“Oh, my. How noisy you are.” I said and then kicked him in his bowls.
With puke flying out of his mouth, his body hit the wall and then fell on the ground with a groan. A long time ago, I would have felt revolted by such a sight, but now it felt as though I wasn't doing enough.
Walking up to him, I said “You know, today I've seen quite a few nasty things, and I am quite stressed out.” I took out a short dagger from my Storage Crystal. “I've seen children cry in pain, mothers being abused, and poor people begging for their lives.” I stopped when I was next to him.
Borgis looked up at me, and his eyes were filled with fear.
“Oh, the things I saw and heard made my heart scream in pain...” I let out a sigh and then stabbed the dagger in his leg.
“GYAAA!” he lout a terrible shout.
“I've seen so many terrible things, and just as I was about to return to the Palace, I remembered about poor Soleya. I wanted to keep my promise with her, so I came to visit you. Besides, there are so many other poor souls out there you wronged that I feel as though the gods would curse me if I didn't properly punish you.” I showed him a smile.
“W-Who are you?” he asked in fear as he tried to fight back against me, but his strength was nothing compared to mine.
“Me? Didn't I tell you?” I showed him a kind smile as I pulled the dagger out of his thigh. “I'm Soleya's former master, that silly weak little Princess you all talked about behind her back. The one all of you greedy and corrupt nobles wanted to have a go with at the Ball.” I said with a smile and then stabbed him in his side.
“GAH! Y-You... you are Princess A-Ayuseya? P-Please... m-mercy!” he begged.
Two minutes later, the draconian died in pain, and the guards were knocking on the barrier, trying to get inside. Their Captain's screams had alerted them.
“I guess I should be on my way.” I said and then looked back at this poor excuse of a draconian man. “I wonder if I should have left you intact. Hm, maybe not.” I shook my head and then jumped up, smashing through the ceiling just as I canceled the barrier.
While the guards were busy to rush inside, I slipped through their defenses and walked away. Fortunately, I was still close enough to hear their reactions upon discovering Borgis' remains. Three of them vomited on the spot.
As I slipped back into the Pleyades Palace, I noticed that the commotion I caused at the Second Wall caught the attention of all the guards in the area. This made my return a bit more difficult, but nothing I couldn't handle with my speed and agility.
What I witnessed today was something that the former me couldn't have handled. It was beyond horrible, it was sickening. The amount of abuse, destruction, and torture the poor innocent draconians of this city suffered through was too much. But in a way, it was good because I saw what I should never allow Illsyorea to become. No matter what, when I returned home, I had to make sure nothing of sort was going to happen there even in the absence of the Deus family.
Just as I entered one of the empty corridors, I noticed a strange wooden door which seemed a bit out of place. There were two draconians standing guard right in front of it, and they appeared to be far more powerful than the regular ones. No matter how much I combed through my memories, I couldn't remember seeing something like this before. While it was true that I didn't took this path to leave the Palace earlier, what were the chances of me discovering something like this here?
I need to see what's behind that door. I thought and then looked around for something to cause a distraction. That vase should do it. I thought and then picked it up with one hand and then smashed it into the wall.
The sound was loud enough to have been heard by the two guards, so I quickly hid nearby.
“Go check it out.” one of the guards told the other.
I waited there until the draconian walked around the corner to investigate the noise. Once I was sure he was far enough, I rushed behind him and grabbed him in a choke-hold. His Magic Armor shattered and no matter how much he struggled, he wasn't able to free himself.
After he fainted, I released him and then dragged him to the corner. I pushed him up the wall and waved his arm so the other guard could see it. I then tossed this draconian to the side and hid myself once again.
The other guard walked up over here just as I had hoped. When he saw his friend, he rushed over to him, and I used this moment to grab him in a choke-hold as well.
Once I took care of this guard, I pulled them back to the wooden door and leaned them against the wall in a way that made it look as though they just decided to take a comfy nap. As for the shattered vase, I decided to clean it up.
Now, let's see what's behind this door. I thought.
I first checked the door for any extra Magic Traps. There were none, so I opened the door.
What was hidden on the other side was a staircase leading down to some underground level.
That's strange, I don't remember anything like this being here. Was this built recently? I wondered.
All the basement entrances were usually outside not inside the Palace.
While being careful of where I stepped, I moved down the staircase until I reached the bottom. I was more than fifty meters underground now. In front of me was a big and long corridor with metal doors to my left and right leading somewhere. Rather than giving off the impression that it was built recently, it felt more as though it was quite ancient.
There was definitely something strange happening here, and it made my skin crawl.
Up ahead, I saw two guards patrolling the corridor. They were walking away from me, so I walked over to the first door on the right. It was made out of a metal and showed signs of aged rust.
With a gulp, I pushed the handle down and then opened the door. I stepped inside and closed the door behind me. What I saw here could only be described as something monstrous.
Both to my left and right were naked draconian women trapped in pillories like some common criminals. They were of different ages from teenagers to adults, but all of them had golden scales and displayed signs of pregnancy. A strange purple crystal was hanging in front of their heads, shining a purple light on their foreheads. All of these women were looking out into the empty space as though they didn't or rather couldn't think of anything.
What in the name of the gods is this? I thought as I moved closer to one of these poor souls.
With one glance, I could tell that she was a beautiful draconian woman, who would have attracted the gazes of many men, but I couldn't think of any reason why she was trapped like this.
She was six months pregnant and there was a name tag on her pillory.
Given Name: 2224... Family Name: Pleyades... Breeder: The King... After I read this, I stepped back and nearly stumbled on my own feet. This can't be possible... I thought and then looked at the other women.
All of them had as a given name a number and their family name was stated as Pleyades. All of them had been impregnated by the same draconian... The King.
Braydan did this? How? Why? When?! I thought as I tried to get my head around what was going on.
This... this is so strange... It almost looks as thought this a... farm. I looked at all the other women.
All of them resembled each other quite a lot. It was almost ridiculous how much they resembled one another, almost as if they were all related.
A Pleyades child farm? But... but why? I thought and then I remembered mother's letter.
I could still remember those words of hers. They hurt like poisoned daggers and made me realize the cold brutal truth about my own mother. They made me realized that all this time I was only considered to be a tool by the entire Pleyades family and the nobility who supported them.
My dear daughter, I’m sorry… You were born into a cursed family, one believed to be without future or hope. I left this letter knowing that you will read it after you got married to a Supreme and hopefully didn’t attend a ball. By now, you probably noticed that your name is a bit different than that of the first prince. The name Drekar passes by unnoticed to many ears, but it is not I who gave it to you, but your father. It is his name, and he was a True Dragon.
When the time comes, my daughter, know that after your first child is born, you will be sacrificed to our gods and with your life, the curse on the family shall be cut in half.
I write these words to warn you, but I pray and wish you won’t do the foolish thing of running away from this great responsibility! Your child and his or her child will bear the blood of a True Dragon and like you, they too shall be sacrificed when the time is right. This way, your great grandchildren will be able to free us of this terrible curse, and they shall ascend to the throne as the rightful rulers they should be! Ayuseya Drekar Pleyades, you have been granted a great honor, my child! So fear not your death and embrace it! Bear a child or more and know that through their deaths, they shall greatly honor our royal bloodline!
My daughter, with great sadness I write the next words for you, and I pray this shall never be the case!
If you fled from this responsibility… may the gods damn you with their eternal wrath! For ruining this chance for us, for destroying the only hope this family had! I pray that you shall suffer the pain of a thousand deaths!
Up until now, however, I thought that the part about sacrificing was just some crazy talk, but now that I looked at this 'farm', I realized that my own mother and family might be crazier than I had initially thought.
They let me reach adulthood and looked for a Supreme willing to impregnate me so that my blood, which was stronger than theirs, could help them get rid of this curse faster. This farm, however, was certainly not the product of just a couple of years of work, it was ancient.
“How many innocent lives have they... Urk!” my stomach turned, and I spilled the contents of my stomach there.
Those madmen... How could they? HOW COULD THEY! I thought as anger and fury gathered in my heart.
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