Act 15: God-King Ozymandias

第15節 神王オジマンディアス


Part 1

Fou:

Fooooh!

Sanzang:

Gate, gate. Even a cat would be happy to get out of those caves. That muditā goes for me too, of course. I can’t wipe this grin off my face!

Mash:

We were in those tunnels for a long time. It looks like the sandstorm is over now.
We’re probably right on top of the Atlas Academy. After all, this isn’t part of the Sun King’s territory.

Tawara Touta:

Is this really the time to be celebrating? There’s a very patient man waiting for us at the exit.

Lancelot:

Mash:

Sir Lancelot! We’re surrounded, Master!

Lancelot:

The wild goose chase ends here. You have nowhere left to run. Come along quietly.
I don’t have any more time to waste on you. Resist, and I will cut you down without mercy.

Bedivere:

…He seems serious. Gudao, please stand aside.
The errors of the Round Table must be righted by a knight of the Round Table.

  1. There’s something I want to check first.
  2. I want to ask him about the holy lance.

Bedivere:

T-That’s true. …The blood rushed to my head.
All the knights of the Round Table trust the king, but they may not know the lance’s true nature.

Mash:

Yes. If he’s been serving the Lion King without knowing the truth of the lance and the city, we may be able to persuade him to switch sides.

Bedivere:

Sir Lancelot, I have a question for you before we fight! Do you know the true nature of the holy lance, and what the Lion King intends for it!?

Lancelot:

…What?

Bedivere:

The Holy City is no utopia. It is the Tower of the End, an ark to collect and store ideal humans.
Did you know that once that is complete, this entire land will be wiped away!? That the Lion King’s endeavor is beyond the domain of humans!?

Lancelot:

…It can’t be.

Mash:

(Sir Lancelot lowered his sword! I knew the knights didn’t know about the holy lance’s-)

[Lancelot charges]

Lancelot:

Hungh!

[Bedivere takes a hit]

Lancelot:

To think that you’d know this much. It seems that your companions do as well.
All the more reason not to let you escape. Your tricks have left me no recourse.

Bedivere:

Argh! Lancelot, you-
You would serve the king, even knowing about the lance!? Even though you know it’s wrong!?

Lancelot:

Enough! I have said that our loyalty to the king is absolute!
Once the Holy Selection is complete and the city is filled with worthy humans, the door to the Tower of the End will open.
The Lion King declared it to be so, when we of the Round Table were first summoned.
We swore to obey those words. In the name of that ideal, we cut down our allies, the Crusaders .
We decided to become the enemy of all people living in this era. …Even as we sensed an inhuman will from our king.

Bedivere:

…!

Lancelot:

This talk is over. If you object, give up your heads and protest before the king!

[Mash blocks an attack for Bedivere]

Mash:

RRRRAAAAAAAHHHH! NOW YOU’VE MADE ME ANGRY!

Lancelot:

What!?

Bedivere:

My lady!?

  1. Mash!?

Lancelot:

You withstood a direct blow from my Arondight!? No, that shield… that aura… could you be…!?

Mash:

This is a complete outrage! The spirit within me has passed on, but I know he would agree!
So, I will speak on his behalf! Sir Lancelot! Have you taken leave of your senses!?

Lancelot:

M-My senses!? You dare to scold me!?

Mash:

Wrong! This is pure indignation! Is this the knight that King Arthur respected the most!?
If you doubt the king, then investigate the king!
If the king is wrong, then fight the king!
That should be your chivalry. That is the duty which only you can fulfill!

Lancelot:

Wait. Wait! Wait!
That insolence one shouldn’t show one’s parents, and the way your hair covers one eye…
Are you…!?

Mash:

No more words, Sir Lancelot! I challenge you to a duel!

  1. Mash!?!?

Mash:

Fear not, Master! I will never, ever lose to this man!!!
My shield, my armor, and my breast scream in challenge! Because… Because…!

[Saint Graph Ascension]

Fou:

Fooooh!!!

Bedivere:

My lady- No, Sir Mash! Your appearance is completely like-

Mash:

I am Mash Kyrielight, heir to the true name of the Heroic Spirit Galahad!
I swear on this body, on this Saint Graph… I will cleanse this filth from the Round Table!

[battle]

Lancelot:

Argh! These strikes that rattle me to the bone are indeed-

Mash:

Are you awake yet, Sir Lancelot!? If you still fail to understand, I will demolish your castle next!

Bedivere:

You’d go that far!?

Lancelot:

…No, you’re right, Mash.
I have been defeated by a knight of the Round Table. I can no longer name myself among the king’s knights.
My foolishness is hardly gone, but… I never had a reason to fight you.

Sanzang:

You’re finally being honest with yourself. Lancelot, it was obvious that you didn’t want to fight.
…But, you finally admitted defeat in the face of some serious stubbornness. Why now?

  1. Sanzang, Galahad is…
  2. Sanzang, Lancelot is…

Sanzang:

No way!? These two are father and child!?

Fou:

Fooooo… Foh!

Mash:

No, Sanzang.
He only saw Lancelot as a father while he was a boy. That’s what Galahad’s Saint Graph is declaring right now.
Actually, Sirs Lancelot and Galahad never got along that well.

Isn’t that right, Father!?

Lancelot:

No, um, I actually wanted to be a good dad, but…
Sorry, you almost gave me a heart attack when you called me that.
My heart wasn’t ready for the shock. It could kill me…

Bedivere:

(Their family circumstances were complicated. To think he’d finally hear the name he longed for after becoming a Heroic Spirit…)

Tawara Touta:

Hm. His hostility has completely vanished. I think it’s safe to say that Sir Lancelot is no longer our foe.
So, what now, Gudao?
We have several options. We could take Lancelot captive and enter the Holy City. Or, we could leave him to the mountain folk.

  1. Can’t we turn him to our side?
  2. He killed Da Vinci.

[1] Bedivere:

That’s… heh. Indeed, there is that. You so casually suggested the option that I found difficult to voice.
We would be hard pressed to find an ally more promising than Sir Lancelot.

[2] Mash:

……

Lancelot:

…Upon my defeat, my life is in your hands. Before that, though, there is a place I want to show you.
If I die, then there will be no one left to speak of it. No matter what, I’d like to avoid this.
My troops will provide transportation. It should take less than half a day to reach our destination.

Sanzang:

Could be worth a look. What do you think, Gudao?

  1. Let’s go.
  2. Either way, we’ll have to return to the wasteland.

Mash:

Understood. Just what sort of place is it…?


Mash:

A-A camp, all the way out here!? And… And…

Sanzang:

It’s full of people! People from the mountains, the desert, and even the Holy City!

Tawara Touta:

And it wasn’t built today or yesterday! It’s like a village for the refugees!

Bedivere:

Sir Lancelot, you…
You’ve been evacuating and aiding the refugees!?

Lancelot:

…Those chosen by the Holy Selection are sent to the Holy City.
But, I was free to do with the rest as I wished. The king never ordered me to execute them.
There is no small number of knights who were disillusioned by the king’s orders. They also need a place to stay.
I have left the refugees in the care of those knights. Namely, they’re my personal unit.

Sanzang:

Way to thread that loophole! What an impressive act of penance, Lancelot!
It’s simply wonderful. And now, for a severe judgment from Mash!

Mash:

You good-for-nothing bum! I guess your lazy face was just for show, Father!

Lancelot:

Look, please stop calling me that…

???:

Well, well. I was wondering what the commotion was about. You’re finally here! You sure kept me waiting!

Mash:

[speechless]

Fou:

Foh…

  1. Da-

Da Vinci:

Nice reaction, guys! The almighty genius Da Vinci-chan is back from her vacation!
How are things, Gudao? How about a drink to celebrate our reunion?


Part 2

Da Vinci:

No hugs? None? Aww. I was hoping for one…
Let’s just say you’re too embarrassed to do it in public!
I can tell with a glance that you’re really happy. But you’ll dislocate something if you don’t pick your jaws up off the floor, you know.

  1. I can’t close my mouth!
  2. That’s Da Vinci-chan, no doubt about it!

Dr. Roman:

Oh, thank goodness. I finally got through. It looks like you’re back from the desert.
I’m glad you’re okay. Da Vinci’s even there. Good. All is right in the worl-

SAY WHAAAAAAAAT!?
IS THAT DA VINCI-CHAN!?!?
You survived getting blown into a bazillion pieces!?!?!?

Da Vinci:

Hey, Romani. Thanks for the unsightly reaction!
When we get back, let me test my new Astronaut Home Run technique on you!

Dr. Roman:

Just kidding. Yeah, I expected as much. I knew everything was fine.
I was just playing along with Gudao and Mash, since they were so sad.
It’s not like it’d be a huge problem for me if Leonardo died, nope!

Da Vinci:

Eww, gross. There’s nothing cute about a man playing tough, you know. That goes double for a single loner in his thirties.

Dr. Roman:

I’m not bluffing! I’m just glad to get one of my staff back!
How’d you survive, anyway? Didn’t your staff blow up?
I can’t think of any way you would’ve gotten out of that.

Da Vinci:

Yeah, I didn’t expect it, either.
I threw the staff upward, hoping it would at least kill me instantly, but…
Would you believe me if I said the enemy leader charged ahead and shielded me from the blast?

Lancelot:

……

Mash:

You saved Da Vinci-chan, Sir Lancelot!?

Lancelot:

Haha, well… I spied a beautiful lady in the distance, so I couldn’t help myself.

Mash:

I’m sorry, what?
Would you care to repeat that to my face?

Fou:

Fou…

Bedivere:

Hahaha, how very like you, Lancelot. No beauty can escape your sharp eyes.

  1. It’s a… Round Table gag!
  2. Yeah… I know how Galahad feels…

Dr. Roman:

Yeah… Galahad’s feelings…
Wait, Gudao, you know which Heroic Spirit fused with Mash!?

Mash:

Yes, when we were in the Atlas Academy, we found Ho-
I mean, we made a home run of a discovery.
We learned the true name of the Heroic Spirit I got my powers from, as well as the nature of the Lion King’s holy lance.
I’ll send you the data on the lance now.

Dr. Roman:

Oh, that’s good. Send me a report later.

Mash:

(…Senpai. Let’s keep quiet about our investigation into Chaldea, since Mister Holmes asked us to.)

Da Vinci:

Oh, the truth about the holy lance! Intriguing!
I want to hear everything you’ve been through. I’ve been stuck here, after all.
To be honest, I couldn’t even stand up like this until yesterday. I’d been sleeping the whole time.
Though, I did hear what you were generally up to from that fellow over there.

Mash:

That fellow…?

Serhan:

She means me, girl.  We’ve met before, haven’t we?

  1. The bandit leader at the city gate!
  2. Those heartless guys!

[1] Serhan:

That’s right. You sure helped us out back then.

[2] Serhan:

We ain’t heartless! I saw money to be made! Dollar signs in my eyes! It happens, okay!?

Da Vinci:

Serhan here is a first-rate bandit that helped the other group of refugees flee along a different route.
After that, he brought them here when he couldn’t take care of them anymore.
Since then, I’ve had him scouting the wasteland. It hasn’t really paid off.

Serhan:

Yeah, tell me about it.

Still, Madam Da Vinci’s wisdom has been indispensable. The lady’s skills are the most valuable goods in this wasteland.
She’s pulled off feats like finding a water source and digging a well in only a day. Seriously, you’re a goddess of salvation.

Da Vinci:

That’s right. There was work to do even while I was sleeping. But, my easy armchair detective gig ends today!

It’s time for a light warm-up. Then, we’ll ease into some training!
I want to see how strong you’ve become, and how much I’ve recovered. Let’s test that with a teeny tiny battle!

Mash:

Why!? Senpai, something’s wrong with Da Vinci-chan!

  1. Well, she was always like this…
  2. Fine, bring it!

Da Vinci:

Ha ha ha! That’s the spirit!
You can tell me about the holy lance and the Lion King’s goals while we fight!

[battle]

Mash:

…And that’s what we know about the holy lance. Did you get all that, Da Vinci-chan?

Da Vinci:

Yeah. So just to recap…

The Holy Selection is a selection of humans. A careful choosing of spirits who won’t deviate from good under any circumstances, even after touching evil…
Humans with a Lawful Good alignment are collected in the Holy City Camelot, sucked into Camelot alias Rhongomyniad, ending up in something like a space colony that will keep existing no matter what sort of isolated space this place turns into.

That way, they’ll survive the King of Magic’s incineration of the human order. This is the Lion King’s objective.

Lancelot:

…Correct. Once, I thought the idea itself was sound.

Bedivere:

Sanzang:

You can say it, Bedivere. Lancelot was wrong.

Bedivere:

Eh? Er, no, I shouldn’t drive any more nails into that coffin, I think…

Sanzang:

Oh. You’re very kind. I love people like you. Then, I’ll do it for you.

The Lion King’s idea is wrong. It isn’t right to take that choice away from people.
Still, everyone in the Round Table has accepted it. No, they’ve killed their own selves to accept it.
It’s because they all believe in the old King Arthur, but that’s someone different than the Arthur we know now.
Hey. How did King Arthur become the Lion King?

Lancelot:

I don’t know. When we were summoned, the king was already in that form.
There was no sign of the King of Magic that you are pursuing.
Some knights were mad or rebellious, but there was never any reason for the king to go insane.

Da Vinci:

Not insane. The current King Arthur doesn’t have the intellect to go mad.

Lancelot:

No intellect… Then are you implying she’s a puppet that merely obeys Agravain’s orders!?

Da Vinci:

Agravain? Oh, King Arthur’s aide. Serhan mentioned him.
He said Agravain was hiding his status as the king’s deputy, and seized the Merchants’ Guild to line his own pockets.
Hm. Putting aside the question of what Agravain is up to, I can explain why King Arthur turned into the Lion King.

She is no longer human. No longer a Heroic Spirit.
Her alignment is changing as a result of wielding the holy lance for too long.

Lancelot:

Her alignment is… changing?

Da Vinci:

Right. She was a legend that lived in the earth, but the holy lance changed her to a legend that sits in the heavens.
An attempt to build a utopia with human logic would include the raising of living standards.
But she didn’t choose to do that. It didn’t even occur to her.
To stabilize an everlasting human world, she rejected all human happiness.
It’s a completely transcendental perspective that goes beyond mere pragmatism. She seriously believes in the idea that “humans have value, but human lives do not.”
The result of this thinking is the Holy City Camelot. Indeed, the viewpoint of a god. That’s what I meant by a lack of intellect.

Dr. Roman:

A change of alignment, eh? It’s possible. In other words, the King Arthur that appeared in this singularity isn’t a Heroic Spirit, but rather…

Lancelot:

A Divine Spirit… one of the gods!

  1. The Lion King, a Divine Spirit…
  2. So she’s a goddess?

Fou:

Foh… Foh…

Lancelot:

But why!? How could this happen!?
King Arthur wanted peace for Britain! For the people to live their lives in harmony!
How could the King of Knights turn into this!?

Bedivere:

………

Dr. Roman:

We can think about that later! The situation is catastrophic!
She intends to create a human world that exists outside of the human order, when this era has already begun to disappear!?
If that happens, even if we defeat Solomon and undo his incineration, human history will be in chaos!
The Lion King’s holy lance — the Holy City, Camelot — is a cancer that will plague the human order after it recovers.
We have to stop the Lion King, no matter what!

Lancelot:

I will seek an audience with the king, and betray her. Will that not halt the holy lance?

Da Vinci:

It’s impossible. Sir Lancelot, you received a Gift from the Lion King, didn’t you?
As soon as you turn your sword on the king, you’ll be burned to a crisp. I wish I didn’t have to say this.
When they received her boon, the knights of the Round Table became unable to resist the Lion King.

Lancelot:

…!

Mash:

We’ll just have to make a frontal assault on the Holy City after we regroup with the Hassans, but…

Sanzang:

The skeleton boss said he’d come, but it won’t be enough to beat the Lion King’s army.
The difference in troop strength is overwhelming, and on top of that, the Lion King has her light of Judgment.
It would be suicide to fight now. Suicide. Boom. Dead.
Never mind me, I’ll cry if I see you guys go through that.

Bedivere:

We don’t have enough troops to attack the Holy City… But there’s no reserve strength left to call on…

  1. …You sure about that?

Bedivere:

Gudao!?

  1. Isn’t there?
  2. There’s one guy with a hell of an army.

Mash:

King Ozymandias! Senpai, you want to ask the Sun King for aid!?

Bedivere:

Impossible! That arrogant, condescending king would never help us!

Da Vinci:

Hmm, I think I’m against it, too.
Did you consider that we might have to fight him after we defeat the Lion King?

Lancelot:

…No. It’s a slim chance, but not impossible.
If the Lion King is left to her own devices, the Egyptian domain will also disappear. He isn’t someone who would fail to grasp this.
If we present the right conditions, Ozymandias will cooperate with us. The king of Egypt won’t waste a chance to negotiate a benefit to himself.

Da Vinci:

…Hm. And what are those conditions?
We’re not talking about handing over Gudao, are we?

Lancelot:

There’s no danger of that. For all his pomp, he is a straightforward man.

Fou:

Foh?

Lancelot:

He will help the side with a prospect of victory. You merely need to show him up close that we have the strength that makes us worth fighting for.


Da Vinci:

Okay, we’re ready to cross the desert. Let’s go, Gudao.
The party will consist of Gudao, Mash, Sanzang, Tawara, Sir Lancelot, and some of Lancelot’s elite troops.
There’s a chance we’ll end up fighting King Ozymandias’ army. It’ll be up to Sir Lancelot’s group to hold them off.

  1. Hey, where’s Bedivere?

Da Vinci:

I gave him a message to take back to the mountain folk. He left a bit earlier for the East Village.
We have an appointment with Cursed Arm anyway, so we might as well, right?

Tawara Touta:

Good. It will be a good rest for Bedivere. You have a discerning eye, Da Vinci-chan.

Da Vinci:

Heh, no need to tell a genius the obvious! I’ve seen that you’re quite the impressive Servant, yourself!

Mash:

So you sent Bedivere to tell the Hassans that we’ll be working with the Sun King…
The Hassans were enemies of the Sun King, so I’m a little worried they won’t accept it.

Serhan:

They don’t have a choice. Anyway, I’m off too, Madam Da Vinci.

Da Vinci:

Thanks, Serhan. I’ll leave the rest to your grassroots network.

Serhan:

Yeah, yeah. These speeches will be no mean feat. If the kid’s job goes well, then I give it a fifty-fifty chance.

  1. ?
  2. Me?

Serhan:

Yeah, you. Do your damnedest to borrow Ozymandias’ army, you hear me?

Purge Knight:

Sir Lancelot, the raid force of forty knights is ready to depart.

Lancelot:

Good. The other knights will stay here and await Sir Bedivere’s report.
If the mountain folk agree to ally with us, our forces here will move to a hideout near the capital and stand by.

Purge Knight:

Yes, my lord! Good luck to you!

  1. …Are you really sure about this?
  2. …You’re going to fight the Lion King?

Lancelot:

…Yes, though my decision should have come far earlier.
I swore my loyalty to the king. I resolved to wield my sword for the king.
Now that the king has become something other than human, it is the duty of her subject to correct that.
Even if I will be despised as a fiend for doing so, I must carry out my final act of loyalty.

Da Vinci:

Okay, enough of the gloom and doom! First things first. We need to appeal to the Sun King.

Dr. Roman:

That’s right. Just act really tough and sell yourself as someone who doesn’t have it in him to lose.
As usual, we’ll lose contact in the desert. Gudao and Mash, be careful.

Da Vinci:

To the Ornithopter, Gudao!
I’ve overhauled it to seat four people. It’s been reborn as an all-purpose land-air-sea vehicle…

The buggy equipped with cat ears & tail (thruster canards), Ornithopter Bastenyan!

  1. The all-powerful version… Bastenyan!
  2. …Could it be that you’re just really fond of Egypt?

[racing through a sandstorm]

Sanzang:

Weeeeeee!☆ This is way too much fun! Bastenyaaan! Pārasaṃgateeeee!

Da Vinci:

Good, good. Sanzang is the best audience I could ask for!
But I should warn you.
The Bastenyan might be able to cross lakes and catch over 200 meters of sick air with a proper ramp…
But it’s very susceptible to shocks! Even a tiny golem could take it apart!
I’m saying that you’re going too fast, Gudao

  1. But it goes faster when I pedal faster!
  2. Off we go, to the other side of that period

Mash:

I know how you feel, Master, but you need to calm down! We’re getting too far away from Lancelot’s group!

Sanzang:

Touta, too! He’s yelling something, but I can’t hear it!
He isn’t losing to Lancelot in horse riding, though! Just what I’d expect from my disciple! He’s the best no matter what you throw at him!

[elsewhere]

Tawara Touta:

Yoooooou foooooool! Eeeeeyes foooorrrrwaaaaard!

Lancelot:

Puuuuuurpllllle waaaaaalll-

Mash:

Eyes forward…? A purple wall?
Oh, no!? Senpai, the emergency brake! Pardon me!

Sanzang:

Weeeeeeeee!!!☆
The desert’s so slippery!☆

???:

HollyyyyyyyyWoooooooood!!!!

Mash:

Those are… Those were monsters this whole time! A huge number of them! A veritable wall!

Da Vinci:

Looks like the survivors from back then have been breeding. Such marvelous life force!
But if they’re in for a rude awakening if they’re here for revenge! Let’s disinfect these monsters!

[battle]

Da Vinci:

…On that note, we’ve finally arrived at the Great Temple after overcoming lots of troubles!
Everyone’s getting some sleep in preparation for the assault tomorrow.
Great work so far, Gudao.
I know this is business as usual, but I wonder if you’ve become more of a man lately.

  1. How suspicious… What is it this time?
  2. You too, Da Vinci-chan.

[1] Da Vinci:

We’ve been through a lot, but we haven’t had a chance to talk, have we?

It’s a good chance now that we’re alone. I thought I’d try being a little more well-behaved.
Well, it’s true that there’s something else I need to talk about.

Are you hiding something, Gudao? Not from me, but from Roman.

  1. …!
  2. …How’d you know?

Da Vinci:

You made eye contact with Mash. That gave me a hunch.
We’re in Egypt now. Our conversation won’t reach Chaldea.
If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like it if you could tell me what happened.

  1. Actually…
  2. Roman is…

Da Vinci:

I see… the Holy Grail War in 2004… Yeah, I didn’t know.
I was summoned to Chaldea in 2012, and only had brief contact with the previous director.
Marisbilly passed away at the end of the year, you see. I don’t know much about his relationship with Romani.
By the way, Mash’s Heroic Spirit was summoned in 2010.
Her condition took a turn for the worse, and I heard the old director asked Romani to save her.
That’s when Romani learned of the Heroic Spirit possession experiments, and lamented his own foolishness.
He’d been at Chaldea for years, but never realized that such a department existed.
Of course, I was disgusted. Furious. I wished I had never been summoned to a place like Chaldea.

  1. So why’d you stay?

Da Vinci:

That’s… Well, Heroic Spirit summoning was supposed to be all but impossible, so I can’t deny that I had a scientific curiosity about it.
But, the greatest reason would be Romani.
I knew it from a glance. “Ah, here’s someone who’s trying way too hard,” I thought.

  1. Trying too hard…?
  2. You didn’t notice he was hiding something?

Da Vinci:

Romani is just a human. He isn’t a magus. He’s like you, a person who faces difficulties, and has joys and sorrows.
His talents are above average, but he isn’t a genius that surpasses everyone else.
A man like that has been shouldering the burden of all mankind.
Romani was pushing himself that far without knowing why.
He never said anything, but I could see that he was on the verge of burning out. I’m a genius, after all.
That’s why I stayed at Chaldea. I couldn’t abandon him.

  1. Is the Doctor evil?
  2. Is the Doctor good?

Da Vinci:

He’s neither, yet both. That’s what it means to be human.
…But, Romani has a trump card. I’ll tell you that much.
As you suspect, he’s got a secret. It’s… well, it’s like a Holy Grail.
He has a way to grant his wish, just once. But he’s afraid of it, so it hasn’t occurred to him to use it.

  1. Why not?

Da Vinci:

Simple. If he uses it, he’ll disappear. So he can’t.

  1. Do you mean he’ll die?

Da Vinci:

…Yeah. That would be the simplest way of putting it.
Anyway, Doctor Roman’s past is a mystery, but he doesn’t have a hidden side. He’ll be your ally to the very end.
I can guarantee this, at least. I swear it on my name as a genius. So, please, try not to bully Roman too much.
As you know, he has the mental strength of tofu. If he loses confidence in himself, it’ll affect our chances of survival.

  1. …Yeah, you’re right.
  2. …Thanks, Da Vinci-chan.

Da Vinci:

I should be the one thanking you. I’m glad you’re so thoughtful.
Now, get some sleep. We parley with King Ozymandias tomorrow.
It’s going to be a long day. Be ready for some drawn-out fights, okay?☆


Part 3

Da Vinci:

I sent a message ahead to King Ozymandias. Why don’t we wait for his response first?

Mash:

…Da Vinci-chan. Just to confirm, what were the contents of that letter?

Da Vinci:

Duh.
“We’re coming over there to get you to join forces with us, so wash your head and get ready to receive us!”

  1. Isn’t that a declaration of war!?
  2. Nice. Very nice.

[1] Tawara Touta:

Indeed it is! He isn’t a man who would aid us out of pity.
So, we must level the playing field by showing him our own power!

[2] Sanzang:

Yeah, from what I’ve heard, King Ozymandias is all confidence, haughtiness, pomp, and narcissism.
If we approach him with humility, we’ll get the opposite of what we want!
If we tell him that we’re worthy opponents, then we need to show him our strength!

Lancelot:

They moved! The gate to the Grand Temple opened and released a large number of guardian beasts!
All units, prepare for battle! We will intercept Ozymandias’ army head-on, as planned!
Now is the time to prove our might! Show him that one knight is worth a hundred soldiers!

[cheers]

Da Vinci:

Let’s leave the larger battle to Sir Lancelot. Are you ready, Gudao!?

  1. Leave it to me!
  2. Break through the Grand Temple gate!

Mash:

Yes! We’ll slip through the guardian beasts and gain an audience with King Ozymandias!


Ozymandias:

Hmph… I did tell them to return. I also said that we would end up fighting.
But, to present themselves before me so recklessly… I have gone beyond anger, to pure laughter.
Don’t you agree, Nitocris? Was it not worth helping them earlier?

Nitocris:

I did not intend to…
My apologies, Pharaoh Ozymandias.
Once again, my actions have blemished your radiance-

Ozymandias:

Enough. This farce has quite amused me. I will not recount your mistakes.
…Still. To think they would dare darken my star before the final battle with the Lion King.

I must admit that even my eyes were dazzled, once I thoughtlessly obtained the Holy Grail.
Until now, all have sought the grail. This holds true even though it is known that the world and future will be incinerated.
No, perhaps it is because they know this that the grail-seekers come. Valiant though they may be, Heroic Spirits are all sinners.
To avoid this, I sealed the Holy Grail with me… But it appears this has brought me harm as well.
While intending to seal the grail, I confined myself.
I laugh now, to have thought that the Lion King would not act freely if I kept the relic at hand.

Nitocris:

No. Your judgment was correct, Pharaoh.
Heroic Spirits are greedy beings, but you alone are different in this regard, at least.
O Pharaoh, whose flawless glory surpasses any on this Earth. It is because you are so mighty that you have not used the Holy Grail.

Ozymandias:

…Hmph. Though my glory has been perfected, my desire remains.
You yourself are a pharaoh to begin with, ancient woman of Horus.
I would not mind giving you the Holy Grail. How about it? It still isn’t too late to ask.
You’re now a Heroic Spirit. There is the option of taking the grail and using it to become the true Horus, you know.

Nitocris:

…I am far too inexperienced as a pharaoh. Thus, I have refrained from naming myself so before you.
The Holy Grail belongs to you. My mirrors to the afterlife are sufficient for me.

Ozymandias:

Such a dutiful woman. Perhaps what the queen needed was friends, rather than power.
Fine. At the very least, speaking with you has relieved my boredom somewhat.

Go now, Pharaoh Nitocris. Sever your weak feelings of humanity.

Nitocris:

By your will.

[Nitocris leaves]

Ozymandias:

…A pharaoh is a god. Thus, my choices are absolute.
However… What would the gods say if the earth itself were to disappear?
No matter what the Lion King tries, the result will not change. Solomon, the King of Magic, left no flaw in his plans.
To wait for destruction, or flee from it? The Lion King has elected to follow the latter path. Indeed, a wise decision.
Then, what of myself? Which path should I, the Sun King, choose?


Mash:

We’ve broken into the Great Temple! I remember the way to the throne room. Follow me!

Sanzang:

Tawara Touta:

Hm? Why the gloomy face, Sanzang? I thought you’d be yelling “piece of cake!” or something.

Sanzang:

I’m bursting with eagerness, but… I’ve had a bad feeling since we stepped into the temple.
…Gudao. Sorry, I don’t mean to throw a wet blanket on things.
I’ll say this straight, since I’ve been to the Holy City.
This Great Temple feels the same as the Lion King’s city. It’ll become a shelter, too.
King Ozymandias has a way to do the same thing as the Lion King.
He might be able to use the Great Temple to accomplish what she plans to do with the Holy City.

Mash:

!! Then, does that remove the need to fight King Ozymandias? Are you saying we should actually avoid fighting him?

???:

You offend me, Mash. Pharaoh Ozymandias is not running away.
The Lion King was never our enemy to begin with. Her light of Judgment is laughable!
That torrent of light is powerless before my mirror!
No matter how many times the Lion King fires her lance, I will shield this temple!

Mash:

Queen Nitocris!

Nitocris:

…Yes. I haven’t seen you since that time in the desert. Mash, Gudao.
You have done well to visit this Great Temple. I applaud you for honoring your promise.
However, you now face a trial. You must show me your power.
The cries of the powerless will never reach the ears of Pharaoh Ozymandias.
It is time for our thoughts and ideas to rage like the currents of the Nile. If you wish to proceed, you will only do it over my dead body!

  1. Even though you saved us at Atlas?
  2. …Got it. Let’s go, Mash.

[1] Nitocris:

I’ve got no idea what you’re talking about! Not a clue! If that happened, I must’ve been half-asleep!

[2] Nitocris:

Indeed, that is the only course of action for a hero.

Nitocris:

O mirror of the afterlife, warriors of the lost kingdom! Nitocris commands you! Return now to this world!

???:

[growls]

Nitocris:

Your trial begins now! If you seek an audience with the king, then kill the abominations I have summoned!
My name is Pharaoh Nitocris! I will show you the path to glory, with the dawn of victory!

[battle]

Nictoris:

Truly, yours were the blades of venerable heroes. You have what it takes to meet the king…
…Forgive me, Sun King. It appears I was… unworthy of the title… Pharaoh…

[Nitocris collapses]

  1. …We managed to knock her out.
  2. She’ll be mad at us later, but there’s no helping it.

Mash:

Yes. Queen Nitocris fought quite seriously, so she may be upset, but…
She saved us on many occasions.
I’d like to treat her as one of our own, at least once.

Da Vinci:

Yeah, there’s karma for you. She helped us, so she can’t complain that we’re helping her.
Now, on to the throne room! It’s time to face off with the boss, King Ozymandias!


Ozymandias:

So, Nitocris has fallen. Good. You have my admiration.
What do you want, foreign Master? Have you come to take my head? Or are you here to appeal to my pity?
Either is fine, you know. I will kill you any way you wish.

  1. We’ve already told you why we’re here.

Ozymandias:

Hm? That missive earlier…? It did contain some nonsense about fighting alongside me-
What!? You were serious!? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
To think that I, of all people, would be unable to discern truth from lies! I threw that scrap into the fire while clutching my stomach in laughter!
But, I will pardon this. Especially this! How long has it been since I laughed this hard!?

I will recognize you as a youth of talent, foreign Master!
You have a singular gift for dreaming fantasies utterly removed from reality! Being a man of no delusions, I lack such a skill! Hahahahahahaha!

Sanzang:

…Hold it. That isn’t true, King Ozymandias.
Enough with the teasing. I may not be, but Gudao is serious.
And, quit it with the humorless laughter. You don’t think this is funny at all.

  1. Sanzang…!
  2. The Sun King isn’t laughing?

[2] Da Vinci:

No, he isn’t. He’s been considering our proposal. That’s how we got this far to begin with.

Ozymandias:

Xuanzang Sanzang. So you’re the woman who crossed my Egyptian domain without my consent.
You seem to have some opinions for me. Very well. In consideration of your achievements, I permit you to ask one question.

Sanzang:

Thank you. …You’re exactly like everyone said.

Ozymandias:

What?

Sanzang:

I couldn’t get into the Great Temple, but I visited many oases and indulged in the hospitality of Egyptian temples.
I spoke with the people of this country. They said you were ruthless and haughty, but nonetheless a king who rationally protects his people.
You’re different than the Lion King. You put the livelihoods of your subjects first.
It’s because you know that this is the way to make a country prosperous. You believe it to be the duty of a king.
Yet…

Yet, you’re now trying to abandon that duty. You claimed to be a man of no delusions, didn’t you?
You foresaw mutual destruction in a war with the Lion King, so you didn’t fight her.
To that end, you chose to seal off your country. Even though you were the one that summoned this desert, and this world!
You can’t beat the Lion King, so you’re trying to trap your kingdom’s people in your temple!
You’ve been shown the way to abandon this contradiction- no, this resignation, so why won’t you just honestly accept our offer!?

Ozymandias:

Fool! What benefit would there be in pursuing some nonsense without a hope of victory!? And, what is left even if we defeat the Lion King!?
The world will be incinerated with the human order. Thus, defeating the Lion King is a wasteful endeavor.

I will save my people with my own power! I don’t care what happens to everyone else!

Sanzang:

Oh, for goodness’ sake! You’re pissing me off. You’re making me really furious!
Both you and the Lion King need to get it together! You’re as selfish as Wukong!

Ozymandias:

Wukong… the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven!? I am no monkey!

Sanzang:

Oh, yes you are! You two even look alike!
Look. The World’s End is already approaching!
You’re a good man, but your people don’t want to lose this desert! So listen up!
All you’ve been talking about is protecting this and protecting that. That makes you no different than the Lion King!
The Pharaoh Ozymandias was the greatest pharaoh of Egypt, wasn’t he!? Then show us how awesome you can be!
Don’t just protect your people, stupid — try protecting the world!

Ozymandias:

………

Tawara Touta:

You’ve stunned even this great king into silence. I knew about them, but your outbursts are terrible indeed!
And they aren’t even frightening. They follow the logic of a child, after all! It’s said even a king has no words to oppose the genuine anger of a child.

Ozymandias:

Ha.

Haha. Hahaha. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Gahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  1. Is the king okay!?
  2. He’s seriously laughing now!

Ozymandias:

Protect the world, you say!? Me, saving this sordid world of men!?
I enforce the laws of the gods! That means I merely protect my subjects!
But, hm. This possibility was outside my expectations.

…I suppose it always comes to this. I will ever be an obstacle to you heroes.
An excellent king is also a tyrant to be defeated.
Thus, in every age, and every world, I will always reign as your enemy.
Pharaoh Ozymandias cannot save the world. A king is one who rules and threatens.

Sanzang:

King Ozymandias… But it just happened to be that way, didn’t it?
At least this time, I’m sure Buddha won’t judge you harshly for your good acts-

Ozymandias:

Hmph… I wonder about that. At least, I now have an uncontrollable urge to kill you all!
That was a fine question, Xuanzang Sanzang! However, you made a fatal omission!
As your reward for amusing me, I, Ozymandias, will bless you with the answer!

[Ozy begins charging]

Sanzang:

Huh? What omission…? Did I screw up again?

Ozymandias:

That goes without saying!
You have not shown me that you are fit to save the world.
Thus, I will grant you a chance to prove it!

Da Vinci:

That’s a Holy Grail! It’s the one Ozymandias has been keeping!

Ozymandias:

Ha!

[Grand Battle theme]

Mash:

King Ozymandias cut himself… his blood is dripping into the grail!

Tawara Touta:

Wow, and he drank it all in a single gulp!

Ozymandias:

O shade of the demon god dwelling in this Holy Grail, false god Aamon, I now grant you a proper name!

[Ozy transforms into a golden pillar]

Demon God Pillar Amon-Ra:

I am one pillar of the seventy-two demon gods, Aamon-
No, you may call me by my true name.
Only one pillar stands as a just god within my grand temple! His name is the great Amon-Ra!

Da Vinci:

Damn, he brought out a freakin’ huge one! Amon-Ra was the highest divinity of ancient Egypt!
It shouldn’t be possible to manifest such enormous divine power! But it’s a different story if he just slaps the name on a demon god pillar!
Even if it’s temporary, that’s a true Divine Spirit — a monster that’s grown beyond the realm of the demon pillars!

Mash:

Still, we can’t proceed unless we defeat it! That’s why the Sun King turned himself into this form!
We’ll defeat Amon-Ra and show we have what it takes to beat the Lion King!

[battle]

Demon God Pillar Amon-Ra:

Meeeeryamun…
Usermaatre…!

Mash:

The enemy pillar isn’t disappearing! The destroyed portions are instantly regenerating!

Da Vinci:

It’s Ramesseum Tentyris! The temple complex is supplying Amon-Ra with magical energy!
This is probably the trump card that Ozymandias prepared to use against the Lion King!

Mash:

As long as the temple exists, we can’t destroy the pillar! It really is a combat form specialized to protect his people!

Tawara Touta:

Be impressed if you want, but we’ll never finish the fight! This one isn’t something we can finish off!

Sanzang:

…Sorry. I apologize, King Ozymandias. I made a mistake earlier…

  1. Sanzang apologized!?
  2. Sanzang’s actually reflecting on her choices!?

Sanzang:

All the more reason for me to fight in earnest now.
I sealed this technique because the Buddha got mad at me in Tianzhu and said, “quit it, that’s overkill,” but…
Since you’ve gone so far as to assume that hideous form just to test us, I’ll meet your expectations.

When this is, that is.
From the arising of this, comes the arising of that.
When this is not, that is not.
From the cessation of this, comes the cessation of that.

I forged my dharmic arms over and over against the Five Element Mountains, divining good omens from the repetition of prayers for the soul!

For now, I wield the Buddha’s Palm! It’s time for me to save this whole darn world!

[battle. Guest Sanzang available at level 90 with maximum leveled skills]

Demon God Pillar Amon-Ra:

OH… OHHHHHHHHHH!!!

[the pillar breaks down]

Mash:

I’ve confirmed the dispersal of the pillar! But this…

Sanzang:

Oh, no, did I overdo it!? Awawa, King Ozymandias!?

Ozymandias:

Hm? You called?
Hey, turning into a demon god pillar wasn’t so bad!

Fou:

Fooooh!

  1. He’s back like nothing happened!

Ozymandias:

Naturally! I am the Sun King, king of the gods!
Nonetheless, well fought! You possess the might to oppose the Lion King, who thinks herself a god!

Nitocris:

Pharaoh! Are you unhurt!? I feel like I witnessed something terrible!

Ozymandias:

Nitocris? Good timing! You will accompany me!

Nitocris:

Accompany…? No, your words bring me joy! But, what are we doing together!?

Ozymandias:

Hmph, that’s obvious. These ones have shown me that they are worthy to fight the Lion King.
So, you only have one qualification left to give! Are you champions worthy of fighting by my side?
Are you worthy vessels to shoulder the entirety of my kingdom, and its armies!?

  1. Ozymandias!
  2. What a tough guy!

Ozymandias:

Do not flatter me, for I am used to such prattle!
Still, you will not regret putting me into such a fine mood!
You, who never faltered before the flames of ruin. You, who strive to save the world!
My name is Ozymandias, king of kings! Look upon me, ye mighty, and despair!
The demon pillar was but an appetizer! Now, taste the battle prowess of generations of pharaohs!

Nitocris:

You mean this is the final battle, Pharaoh!? I, Nitocris, shall endeavor to illuminate your glory!

[Grand Battle]

Ozymandias:

Now, then. What were we talking about?

  1. He’s relaxing on the throne again!
  2. Your Majesty, we were discussing a united front.

[1] Nitocris:

You there, enough with the silly interruptions! Think of it as a classy comeback from the Pharaoh!

[2] Ozymandias:

I’m aware of that. I was trying not to spoil the mood right after our fight. Get a clue, you dense crocodile.

Ozymandias:

You have shown me your power. I will not let your effort go to waste.
You said that protecting my people alone makes me no different than the Lion King? You are correct, Xuanzang Sanzang.
I selected the most secure path that I could foresee. It was a safe choice, but a narrow-minded one.
Hmph… I may have become uncharacteristically attached to the Holy Grail since I rashly obtained it.

[Ozy tosses something]

Mash:

Huh? King Ozymandias, this is…

Ozymandias:

Your reward. Take it. A worthy gift for giving me a battle that lifted my spirits.
However, this era is different from the other singularities. Acquiring the Holy Grail alone will not correct the human order.

Da Vinci:

We’re aware. As long as the Lion King’s lance isn’t stopped, the chaos of this era won’t disappear.
King Ozymandias. You’ve given up the Holy Grail which was to be your trump card.
Does this mean that you accede to a combined assault on the Holy City?

Ozymandias:

Don’t make me spell it out, fair beauty. The guardian beasts outside have already withdrawn.
I will lend you one of my Divine Beast corps. I too, would like to display my royal power on the battlefield, but…
I believe I have another task to fulfill. You must take the Holy City on your own.

Sanzang:

Divine Beast corps? You mean that army of sphinxes outside, right? That’s the strongest force in the kingdom!
Thanks, King Ozymandias! It’s too bad you can’t come with us!

Ozymandias:

Hmph. Just be glad I won’t be there to rob you of your glory.

Mash:

We are. Thank you.
Isn’t this great, Senpai? We’ll have good news for King Hassan!

Ozymandias:

What? King… Hassan?
You speak of that swordsman, akin to a god of death? You came to my desert at his bidding?

Sanzang:

Yeah. The skeleton boss told us to go to the desert. He said he’d lend us a hand against Gawain if we did.

Ozymandias:

…I see. This was a wasted effort, Gudao.

  1. Huh? You used my name…
  2. Wasted?

[1] Ozymandias:

Nitocris has repeated your name many times. I just happened to recall it.

[2] Ozymandias:

(smirks)

Nitocris:

Pharaoh Ozymandias, who is this King Hassan?

Ozymandias:

The chieftain of the Old Men of the Mountain, and an opponent that I’ve been as cautious of as the Lion King.
The protection of this Great Temple is not the only reason I avoided an all-out war with the Lion King.
When I expanded the desert, I made enemies of the mountain folk. It happened right afterward.

I was drafting my military plans alone in the throne room, when there was a flash of lightning behind me.
When I turned to face that chilling aura, there stood a man… the first Old Man of the Mountain.
It was all over by the time I noticed. With his splendid swordsmanship, he took my head clean off.
I answered him with all my might, but he simply melted away into the shadows.

Mash:

He decapitated you… Ahh! Senpai, it was that! That one time!

  1. When we first met!
  2. How are you still alive!?

Ozymandias:

Indeed, my foe performed an assassination worthy of the gods themselves.
If it had occurred outside of this temple… I would have truly lost my head.
After that, I couldn’t move while I was healing the wound.
I was almost finished recovering when you visited this temple the first time.

Good grief… Had you told me you were working with him, I would have helped you right away.
That’s what I mean by wasted effort. You could have settled all this without fighting me.

Sanzang:

That’s true. But aren’t you glad we did?

Ozymandias:

Again, don’t make me admit it. There are things which you cannot know until you try them, and all that.
As the king of the gods, I can only take so much embarrassment, you know.

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