I could already see the light of the exit and the soldier-like figure guarding the labyrinth.
I guess it took me about five hours to get out.
I think I’ll just greet them with a casual face.
“Thank you for the security.”
“Hm? Oh, oh, ……. How long have you been in this bottomless labyrinth? It looks like you’re human. ……, hmm, ……. ”
This labyrinth has been renamed the bottomless labyrinth?
I didn’t know that much about it.
As an aside, the soldiers’ strangely loose alertness could be attributed to the fact that this village has been peaceful all this time.
Even though it has become more excluded with the passage of time, it has been peaceful because it has been able to protect itself from the conflicts of the human race.
Therefore, there seems to be a widespread tendency to be sensitive to intrusions from the outside, but lax towards those inside.
If I continue to make excuses with an unconcerned face, there is a good chance they will let me pass by.
“No, no, I was actually invited to the village by an elf friend of mine. I heard that this labyrinth was once upon a time inhabited by a demon that threatened the world tree, so I was testing my mettle. Well, there was nothing in there.”
As expected of a soldier who guards the labyrinth, he seemed to know a lot about history, and said something like, “Oh, you knew about that? In fact, a long time ago, a hero of the human race and a nameless black-haired young man succeeded in defeating a demon,” he said, nodding in agreement with a phrase he had heard before.
The black-haired young man was probably me.
The avatar’s age was set at just 15, and I have feeling that it would not be strange to be recorded.
The truth must have been told to Bella Shatira or her mother, Lara, by the World Tree.
The reason why the names of the heroes are listed among those who have been active is because the activities of heroes are always remarkable, and even in this age, there is no such thing as an enemy of the elves.
I’ve heard that the Hero, who are the first to hold the high-ranking occupation, had been fighting against Jean many times, aiming for the demon continent while the human race was fighting.
It seems that even though times have changed, only the existence of this strongest human has been accepted by the elves.
“Well then, I’ll leave you to it. I have to go back to the land of the human race soon.”
“Oh, have a nice trip. I’ve always wanted to get out there and see what it’s like. And if there are friendly humans like you in this day and age, it might be a good idea to go on an adventure at some point.”
With such a soldier’s soliloquy, I left the bottomless labyrinth behind.
When I stepped out of the labyrinth and took a look around the village, I was surprised to find that it had not changed that much over the years.
In the vicinity of the World Tree rises a giant tree where Lara Shatira, the village’s chief, resides, and magic that mimics modern technology is still being used.
The outside world has changed, but this village seems to be the same as ever.
As I was wandering around the labyrinth thinking about such trivial things, I heard a line that I had heard only a few months ago, but which gave me a sense of déjà vu.
“Unn ～～～～～～? Oh, you have a magical power that I’ve felt before. I wonder where it was, hmmm?”
“Oh, isn’t it Bella-san? You’re pretty old.”
“Huh, old!? What, what, are you !?”
The one who appeared was Bella Shatira, the daughter of Lara, the chieftain of the elves, who seemed to have matured a lot in the thousand years since then.
Compared to when she was still young, her language had a certain elegance to it, but her attitude seemed to be the same as ever.
This reaction was definitely Bella.
Her wrinkles are a little more pronounced than before, and her platinum blonde hair seems to be losing some of its color.
However, she still looks like she is in her late thirties or early forties.
However, it’s not good thing for elves, whose appearance does not change easily and whose lifespan is often out of proportion to their appearance.
She may already be at the end of her lives from an elven point of view, or she may be in her thirties as she look.
The only thing I know is that her lifespan is probably much shorter than that of Lara, the world’s first High Elf.
“Hmm, uh… what’s your name?”
“It’s Kenji. My name is and always has been Kenji Galhart. I used to be with the Sage Argus, and later in the world with the labyrinth capture!”
After introducing myself, Bella’s eyes widened and she backed away as if she was seeing a ghost or something.
I know how you feel, but being treated like that by a woman was uncomfortable.
However, I’m so happy that you remembered something that happened a thousand years ago so quickly.
“No way….. No, that’s can be real….. ”
“It’s real. My powers are a bit outside the human realm. I can do limited time travel and such.”
It felt like she was meeting an old friend for the first time in a long time, but of course I didn’t feel the same way.
I couldn’t help but introduce myself, wondering what she would say.
As for me, I’d like to get some information on the new threats that are coming to this world, so I’d really like to get some information on the current era …….
After a while of stalemate and silence, Bella asked a question.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t mean to be rude. Are you a sub-god or something?”
“Not exactly, but not far off. I don’t have a lot of power that I’ve worked hard to acquire, but I do have similar powers.”
Yes, I do have some abilities that could be considered cheats due to the app’s features and my occupation’s corrections, but sadly, these are only powers given to me by other.
I can use it to enjoy this world and solve problems, but this powerful power is not my essential status.
This is where I should not be mistaken.
“I see. …… Hmm. I’ve always thought that the situation was strange, but now I finally understand one of the mysteries. But if that’s the case, it’s even more difficult to figure out who you are. Who the hell are you that keeps showing up at our doorstep, solving our problems, and then leaving as if you were never there in the first place?”
Bella, who had been upset, was satisfied with the answer and returned to her normal demeanor.
Well, yes, that’s a fair point.
“I said it was similar to a sub-god, but in reality it’s no different from a mere human. Please treat me as usual. I’ve been indebted to you since I was a child.”
Even though I was very young, I was only ten years old when I met her, but it’s due avatar setting.
Well, let’s keep this under wraps because it will complicate things.
But now that the other side’s vigilance seems to be loosening up, I’ll make my move.
“By the way, I’d like to ask you a question ────, have you noticed anything unusual happening lately?”
Of course, regardless my appearance as a kid, I’m still a Creator God.