Rewinding the time a bit, at the same time when Shin and Sicily were flirting at the mansion in Claude town, after fallen by Schtorm, dominated by devils and demons, the Ex-imperial capital of empire was turned into devil metropolis where devils were gathered.
After Schtorm and co. destroyed the imperial capital, what would they do afterward?
Firstly, Schtorm was increasing the quantity of demons, overflowing Ex-Empire’s territory through the neighboring countries.
Then, after sealed the movement of the other countries, they started to exterminating the remaining town inside Ex-Empire’s territory one by one.
Schtorm, attacked every groups of demon hunters and armies who come to investigating the situation, he also blockade the flows of information and goods to each town.
So that, that was the reason why there was no goods which delivered to each towns.
To do an investigation, herald recruited every soldiers to do a reckless military expedition to investigate the situation, but the last ray of hope, the demon hunters who went into investigation, there was none of them who returned.
Since there was also no information which come, they didn’t aware that the imperial armies had suddenly annihilated and the empire was fallen.
Because they gradually short of the daily necessities without any clear reason, the displeasure of the citizen gradually grew stronger.
“Oi! Give all of the breads here to me!”
“What are you talking! There was no wheat flour which delivered these days, so it was already decided that you could only buy one per family!”
“Such a thing, I give no damn about it! I have a big family here!”
“That is also same with me! Everybody were enduring it here, you shouldn’t act selfishly like that!”
“What did you say? Old hag!”
While such tumult happened here and there, not just exhausted physically because of the shortage of food, they also exhausted mentally.
There was no goods which came even when such tumult happened everywhere, and when they lost their strength because of starvation….
“Th, there’s a demon! There’s a horde of demons which come this way!”
The guards who watch-keeping at the rampart, running while shouting that there was an attack from demons.
“Shit! What are the imperial armies doing!?”
“Hey, what should we do!? There was almost no remained demon hunter either!?”
The citizens were panicked because of the attack from demons.
At that moment.
『Ya everyone, you seem in good spirit.』
A voice reverberate at the whole town, as if sneering at the citizens who were exhausted because of the shortage of foods and also information.
『I am Oliver Schtorm, here I have a proposal for all citizens of this town. 』
The town resident who were panicked because of the attack from the demons, become even more confused by the sudden voice which reverberate at the whole town, but they still listening to that voice.
『Then, at this town, is there anyone who has a resentment toward nobles? And want to kill those nobles with your own hands. If there are… let’s see, would you please assemble at near the south gate? I am going to give you a strength to overthrow those nobles. The time limit is one hour starting now.』
The voice which reverberate inside the town suddenly vanished after said those words.
After listened to that declaration, the citizens couldn’t understand what happened.
There was no citizens who didn’t have any resentment toward the tyrant and haughty nobles.
But if they were asked whether their resentment were to the point where they wanted to kill them or not…. The citizens were perplexed, they want to run away but….
“No good! We can’t open the gate!”
“Why!? After that strange voice, aren’t those demons didn’t attacking! Now is the right time to run away!!”
“Those demons are overflowing outside the town! There’s no place to run away!”
These exchanges were happened at every gates except the south gate.
Those massive amount of demons weren’t attacking.
Couldn’t understand what that voice means, they began to ask what was the meaning of it.
And when they thought to use that time to run away, they were suddenly had surrounded by demons.
Unable to run away, the citizens were could only waiting for the judgment at a hour later, like a prisoner.
At the same time, at the south gate, there were several citizens who answered Schtorm’s invitation.
“Hmm, it is fewer than what I expected.”
“Schtorm-sama, as expected with this method, isn’t it hard to raise the wariness of the citizens?”
“I am not that concerned though. Since my intention is not to gather people. With this, this town’s resident must be feel more despair and confuse right?”
“I am sorry for saying too much. Please forgive me.”
“Fufu, do not mind it.”
The red eyed men talked with the same voice as the proclamation voice just now.
They felt dubious but, since they might be able to got a power which able to overthrown the nobles, there was none of them who left that place.
“Then, do you all here really want to overthrow the nobles?”
When Schtorm asked that question, there was someone among the citizens who assembled there, who took a step forward.
“I… my lover was stolen by a noble… then, with the reason that he was tired with her… she was returned home after being killed… him… I want to kill him with my own hands!”
The man squeeze out such word, filled with hatred.
Thereupon, whether being supported by that, a woman also took a step forward.
“My father was killed. Even though he didn’t do anything wrong… the reason was just because he was in his field of view! What kind of hardship our family must face after my father’s death… I want that noble to realize that!”
The other peoples also took a step forward and spoke out their resentment toward nobles.
“Fufu, isn’t that a nice hatred. Please keep detesting nobles like that, okay?”
After said that, Schtorm began to gather dark magical energy.
Then, he crammed that dark magical energy into the chest of those nobles detester.
The citizens who got the dark magical energy were started to groan.
Then, he crammed that dark magical energy toward all the citizens there.
The citizens were fainted in agony for an instant but, they regain conscious not long after and the power inside their body… they could felt magic was overflowing within their bodies.
“Th, this is….”
“Fufu, how is that? With that you should be able to kill those nobles right?”
“Yes, it is amazing… I feel like I could do anything right now….”
While saying that, they turned around and their eyes were dyed red, they were transformed into a devil.
“Then, since the one hour time have elapsed. Then all of you, please head to the feudal lord’s mansion. You should finish them off without fail, okay?”
Schtorm threw a magic toward the sky.
Then, the magic exploded at sky high.
It looked like a fireworks and dumbfounded the citizens who saw it.
Together with a violent explosion, east, north, west and south gates were destroyed by magic, devils and demons were surging inside the town.
The surging devils and demons were trampling down the citizens.
“Fufu, what a nice spectacle.”
Watching that from the rampart, Schtorm seems satisfied by the appearance of the citizens who were being trampled down.
And with a slight glance, he could see the crumble of the feudal lord’s mansion.
“Hmm, they also seem doing it well there. It seems freezing the feudal lord’s mansion so that there won’t be any nobles at this town who run away was worth doing.”
When Schtorm made the proclamation at the town, in order to make the nobles of this town unable to run away, he ordered the devils to blockade the feudal lord’s mansion.
And the result, the nobles who intended to run away and abandon the citizens were stopped at the feudal lord’s mansion, and the town’s citizens who had turned into devils were able to accomplished their long-cherished sweet revenge.
Then… the remaining citizens were annihilated by the devils and demons. Without any regards of gender, age, nor social standing….
And then one by one, he attacked every town, and finally all towns and villages were destroyed.
Honestly, with that much war potential, and with the ability to blockade the information and goods, they could destroy all towns with just a single swing.
But, Schtorm didn’t do that.
That reason was, since it was to corner them physically and mentally, not just the nobles, he even want to give despair to the commoner.
That was the height of Schtorm’s resentment toward Empire.
That was why he attacked the towns one by one, it was indeed took quite a time but, at last he was able to destroyed every towns and villages.
The devils who were gathered at the Ex-Imperial capital were anticipating this day to at last come.
The purgation of empire had finished. Next, we would attack the neighboring union, and finally unify the world.
With this power, we would be able to do it, there won’t be anyone who able to oppose us.
After obtained the devil’s power from Schtorm, since they used that power as they pleased, they were intoxicated by it.
The devils were assembled inside the ex-imperial palace, lifted to that gorgeous place which normally outside their reach thus far, while impatiently anticipating what they might going to do afterward, the were waiting for the emergence of Schtorm.
“Say, finally right!”
“Yes, it was indeed took quite a time but at last we have purged the entire empire. There is no one who able to become our enemy. It’s finally the time we would unify the world.”
“You’re right! I’m looking forward to it! Ou!”
“Yeah… I’m looking forward to it too.”
We’re going to unify the world. With our power, we would be able to do it without fail. That was the reason we obtained this power.
As an empire’s commoner who were being persecuted, to obtain a power and grown up to this point, it felt like a dream.
We are going to proclaiming our new ambition.
The person who was being waited in anticipation, Schtorm, accompanied by Milia and Zest, finally appeared.
Schtorm walked passing the gate and the devils.
The devils who watched that scene were looking at him with respect.
Then, he sit at the throne where the previous emperor usually sit at.
Finally he was going to make the proclamation.
The anticipation of the devils… was crushed by Schtorm’s words.
“Then, because all of your hard work we were able to successfully overthrown the empire. We are success but….”
“Is there possibly any problem? Schtorm-sama.”
“Yes… since overthrowing the empire is my main objective… what should we do here after?”
The devils couldn’t believe their ears.
Isn’t there still something to do after overthrowing the empire?
What is he saying? They wanted to ask that but, these words couldn’t come out.
“Pl, please do not joke like that… Doesn’t the next is to unify the world?’
“Wha? Why I must do such a troublesome thing?”
The devils were unable to said anything when he heard those words.
Unifying the world is troublesome? Why he must do such a thing?
What did this esteemed person just said?
“Then… why… why did you turn us into a devil?”
“Hmm? Of course to make you my pawns right?”
“Pawn… we are just a pawn you say!?
The man shouted toward Schtorm’s remark.
“Me! Since I thought that together with you, we might be able unify the world, I turned myself into a devil!”
“Wha? I have said it right? Whether you had any resentment toward nobles or not. Whether you wanted to take a revenge toward those nobles or not. Why does it turn into something like that?”
Indeed Schtorm had turned peoples who had a strong resentment toward nobles into a devil.
Even though he had said that, but it seems those devils were following him with the intention to unify the world.
What is he talking about? Schtorm was wondering from the bottom of his heart and inclining his head.
“You, you bastard!”
The man who keep shouting since just now finally snapped, and started gathering magical energy.
But Schtorm, while seemed bothered, just by swinging his arm, the gathered magical energy was disappeared, the man’s face was covered by surprise.
The devils who watched that spectacle were divided into two sentiment.
The one who admire him, as expected Schtorm-sama is amazing.
And the one who irritated with him, with that much power why didn’t he use it to unify the world?
The devils were grumbling, trembled and wanted to hurriedly left the palace.
Watching that, Schtorm, while looked bothered from the bottom of his heart, declared.
“Feel free to have any kind of ambition but, could you please don’t force that to me?”
Not blaming the man who rebelled to him, Schtorm was just declared to don’t force their opinion to him.
When he heard that, the man glared at Schtorm with despair and anger.
“Does that means… you have no intention to unify the world?”
“Didn’t I have said that just now?”
When he heard Schtorm’s answer, the rebelling man finally give a parting words.
“I see, I see! I understand! I won’t hope anything from you anymore! Then I’m going to do what I want.”
“Feel free? Or rather, please do that from the very beginning.”
“Guh! … I’ll take my leave then!”
After said that, the man turning back and left the audience.
The audience which was filled with the atmosphere of anticipation just a moment before, now was filled with a stagnant atmosphere.
Why did it turned this way?
Didn’t since just now we were anticipating our dream-like brilliant future?
Currently, that place was dominated by despair and bewilderment.
It shouldn’t be like this, the devils who dreamt to unify the world strongly thought that.
“If there is any of you who want to follow that ambition, feel free to do so. You shouldn’t preserve yourself, you may leave and follow him you know?”
If you want to go then feel free to go to wherever you pleased.
As if they had no value at all and nothing just a pawn, the devils who were expecting Schtorm to unify the world were revealing their anger, and left the audience following the first man.
They were around one hundred, that was almost two thirds of the total devils.
The only remained devils at the audience were around fifty devils who were initially together with him when they were overthrowing the imperial capital.
“Haa… just what did they thinking about…”
“Perhaps… since they suddenly got that power, they were intoxicated by it.”
“So that is the case huh.”
“The devils who remained here were the devils and demons which were enrolled here and had experienced the war against the armies and demon hunter. The devils who leave just now were they who barely ever participated in the war up until now.”
“Oh, you sure understand it.”
“Since they were Schtorm-sama’s pawn, of course I must understand their power.”
Milia was agreed with Schtorm’s ambition to overthrown the empire, she bore a deep adoration toward him.
Hence, she thought that she need to understood and manage the peoples who were turned into a devil by Schtorm, to make sure that they could successfully executed the plan to overthrown the empire.
The devils who left just now were never experienced the war up until now, that power which was given to them so that they could took a revenge toward the nobles, they misunderstood it and thought that that was their own power, moreover they also had aware about their misunderstood that that power which was given to them wasn’t so that they could unify the world.
She was aware of it but she just leave it be.
She was aware of it. She was aware that Schtorm wasn’t thought them as something special to him.
She also thought that he might dispose them if he deemed them as something unnecessary.
Hence, she also thought that Schtorm might dispose anyone who had different opinion with him.
“Leaving that aside, ia it really okay? Leave them be as it is.”
“It should be fine right, it isn’t like they may become a hindrance… Ah, but that may be quite interesting in its own way. Since that may become a good way to killing time.”
Different from Schtorm who didn’t have any interest toward his surroundings, Milia felt sentiment toward the peoples who just left.
Similar like Milia who was fallen in love with Schtorm, the man who left also had a strong ambition to unify the world.
The peoples who turned into a devils naturally and peoples who didn’t, now they could see the great difference between them.
They also aware that the true devil, Schtorm, didn’t refer them as any special existence.
Nevertheless, Milia and the other were respected Schtorm who had gave them that power, and pledged to follow him wherever he go.
“By the way Schtorm-sama, I heard that you were wounded by someone at the kingdom but….”
“…Shin Walford-kun huh, I was sure went through a bitter experience with him.”
“He could inflict a wound to Schtorm-sama!?”
“Is, is that true!?”
The remaining devils there were those who had pledged to Schtorm.
They didn’t believe that that Schtorm would be wounded.
“Yes, I almost able to safely escape from them but… when Walford-kun suddenly appeared from nowhere, I got a wound at the time he tried to subjugate me. That was just how powerful he is.”
“Th, that strong….”
“Yes, then how about we take him as our next target? Since I want to repay the wound which he gave to me after all.”
And like that, they could felt a burning desire they never felt thus far.
“Schtorm-sama, I think that conclusion is too rushed, how about we take a rest for a while? And at that time, we are going to investigate the existence called Shin Walford.”
Zest was a former secret intelligence unit. For Schtorm’s sake, he proposed to investigate Shin while they took a break.
“I think you don’t need to prepare it that carefully you know….”
“But, didn’t we make those careful preparation to overthrown the empire?”
“That was because overthrowing the empire was something that I wanted to do no matter what after all.”
Very concerned about that, Milia decided to try asking Schtorm about it.
“Umm… Why did Schtorm-sama detest empire that much? I was aware that you were a former noble here but….”
Milia asked the thing which make her very concerned since a long time ago.
What was the reason which make Schtorm detest empire that much?
She was aware that there were many peoples who detest noble. But Schtorm’s detest was supposed to be only bore by a commoner.
Moreover, why did he become a devil in the first place?
Milia who was never asked that, thought that she might be able to inquiry it since his ambition was already accomplished.
“Come to think of it, I never tell you about it right?”
And like that, Schtorm tell them about what happened at his past.
“I was… originally a duke who hold a right to inherit the throne.”