Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 6 part 4

 
There were no direct effects in making someone the hero, but by making them self-aware and giving them the expectations of others, there were indirect effects like motivating them to train even harder or making it easier for them to receive funds and equipment.
 
At a village gathering, I materialized the mirage and declared:
 
“The hero who will defeat the demon king will appear from this village.”
 
The villagers were overjoyed. They knew it – Ares was the hero. And they all looked at him simultaneously. But he…had turned pale.
 
(Ah, what a truly wise … Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 6 part 3

Fragment
 

 
The castle was burning. It was a scene I had seen countless times before. I had failed yet again this time.
 
I watched it through a vision in the underground shrine.
 
Many people died. I swore over and over that I would save them next time. But that oath crumbled away so easily. Now all that grew was futility.
 
(Why am I so powerless?)
 
Another question I had asked myself countless times.
 
If I were stronger, I could have gone to defeat the demon king myself instead of relying on others. But … Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 6 part 2

 
The first thing to catch my eye was the giant goddess statue, sculpted so finely it seemed almost alive.
 
And in front of the altar of that goddess statue stood a person wrapped in white clothes like a lifeless statue.
 
“Mother…”
 
A groaning voice escaped me. While her appearance overlapped with my memories, the elegance beloved by all was lost, leaving an impression of deep emptiness.
 
“Alexia, I know why you have come here. And that Solon put you up to it.”
 
Her gaze at me was cold, and I felt no warmth in her words.
 
“You know about Solon?”… Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 6 part 1

Prophet’s Chapter
 

“We may have dealt with Shella, but we still don’t know Zack’s whereabouts, do we?”
 
Having returned to Solon’s mansion again via teleportation magic, we faced each other in the room.
 
“There’s probably only one person in this country who knows his whereabouts,”
 
Solon said, sipping the tea brought to him by his disciple.
 
“Who? I interviewed most of the people involved with the hero, but I don’t think there was anyone closer to the hero than you guys, his former party members.”
 
“…..The prophet. The prophet probably knows where Zack went.”… Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 5 part 3

Fragment 2
 

 
When I met the hero in the throne room, he was a completely different person than I had imagined.
 
I had pictured an idealistic knight or a crude but powerful adventurer. But he was neither.
 
He was just an ordinary, gentle-looking man.
 
(Why is this person the hero?)
 
That’s what I thought. Then he said to me:
 
“Princess, I promise. I will definitely defeat the demon king.
 
But I won’t return here. So please, marry whoever you love.”
 
I couldn’t understand at all what he was saying.
 
If … Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 5 part 2

Fragment 1
 

 
After the battle in the Great Rozolof Forest, I formed a party with Leon, Maria, and Solon, and was formally recognized as the hero.
 
When I first visited the castle, I felt a subtle atmosphere.
 
Everyone was probably thinking “Why this guy instead of Leon’s group?” But since I had the same thought, it didn’t really bother me.
 
The king did not seem to have high expectations for me personally, but he did seem to have expectations for my competent party members. The war with the demon king’s army was deteriorating, so he … Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 5 part 1

Alexia’s Chapter
 

“You came.”
 
Solon was sitting in the room I was smoothly led into, as if waiting for me. As always, he wore his purple robes of a sage.
 
It seems he had anticipated that I would come.
 
“Why did you reveal that Ares was not the hero?”
 
“It was bound to be found out eventually.”
 
“I also reviewed the investigation records. When you all said [Ares], you were talking about Ares, but when you said [he] or [him], you were talking about Zack.”
 
Solon did not answer to that, but smiled … Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 4 part 5

My words made the three of them stare wide–eyed.
 
“What foolishness are you saying, Ares? We finally defeated the Demon King didn’t we? We’ll return together! Then you can marry the princess and become king! If you become king, I’ll be happy to serve under you!”
 
Leon paused for a moment, then continued after some consideration.
 
“Are you perhaps uncertain about becoming king? It’s true that even if you’re a hero, there may be nobles who oppose the idea of a commoner ascending to the throne. But if that’s the case, I’m here to support you! The Earl’s family will … Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 4 part 4

Fragment 3
 

 
In the end, Ares was somehow saved.
 
Thanks to the demon dying, the wound on his neck wasn’t as serious as I thought, and it closed up with a healing spell.
 
However, the wound only closed up, it didn’t completely heal. The area around Ares’ left neck was discolored purple, and looked awful. Also, Ares had used up all his mana healing the neck wound, and couldn’t even stand up alone due to the pain and mana depletion.
 
The abdominal wound he took was shallow, but showed no signs of closing. I applied … Read the rest

Who Killed the Hero? Volume 1 Chapter 4 part 3

Fragment 2
 

When I was six years old, Zack came to live at our house. His mother was my father’s younger sister, so he was my cousin. We were the same age and had similar builds, so I was happy to have a new playmate.
 
Zack’s parents were adventurers, so they looked really cool.
 
Zack’s father was a warrior. Unlike the other villagers, he had a dignified face and his body was all muscle without an ounce of fat. He showed me his sword skills a few times, and I was amazed at how gracefully he could … Read the rest