Valenor spread out her wings, hovering over Arin's position .
"Arin, what's going on here?"
"I'm glad you are here my Lord, I tried to send you a message but I became too absorbed in the show . . "
Pointing ahead Arin was indicating at the attackers . They looked liked strange beasts, neither human or orc .
'Gnoss, what are those?'
'They are Chimeras, the result of a fusion experiment between a human and beast . They are a biological weapon created by the Balkan empire to the north .
"Interesting… . "
Those fusioned creatures showed a movement speed and power superior to most humans . Despite only being a dozen of them, they were easily sweeping away this entire Orc tribe .
The rank of most orcs was about F+, whereas those chimeras were in the E- to E range . This was enough of a gap to allow them to terrorize these superior numbers . Of course Arin could have put up a good fight, but if they were to have hurt her I would have crushed them into fine dust . .
"These orcs are just being attacked too easily . The plan was to bring them back to the Pit alive, but they are so weak that i felt we should let them undergo some natural selection . "
I feel afraid of her cold judge . Arin was quick to judge because of her insect nature . In her eyes only strength mattered .
The orc child in my arm began wailing, perhaps in tune with the plight of his people .
"Arin didn't you have orders to protect them?"
"I apologize Lord, I will do so now . "
I stopped Arin from interfering . I was now interested in the strength of these creatures and wished to test them out myself .
They still hadn't noticed our presence as we were about 1 kilometer behind them . Not to mention that they were too busy harassing the stragglers of the tribe .
"Valenor let's circle around and stealthily descend from above them . Arin, you take this child . If it cries then just feed it some nectar . "
"Ah yes… is this an orc baby?"
I nodded my head as I left the child in Arin's arms .
"Valenor make sure to keep your distance, I want to test them a bit . "
I hovered in the air, approaching the chimeras who were still chasing the Totem orc tribe .
"Run, run pig monsters!"
"Captain why don't we just finish them once and for all?"
"No, we lost 5 good men when we assaulted their camp, this is our revenge for our comrades!"
Sneaking up on them from behind, I listened in to their conversations without being discovered .
"Hey guys, sorry to say but I've had my eyes on these orcs so I won't be handing them over to you . "
"Wha…what are you?"
"A flying golden skeleton? A mage?"
"No it's a Lich!"
They quickly got in formation to deal with the new threat .
"Hmm, I guess I'll give you guys an 8 out of 10 for your reaction speed . "
I wordlessly cast my Gravity spell to test them out a bit . .
"What's going on? Why do I feel so heavy?"
"I saw the Lich was pointing his finger at us . "
"Is this a silent magic spell of his?
"No . 2! No . 9! Cleanse it with your magic . "
This was what I was looking forward to . The orcs weren't enough of a challenge for them so I couldn’t gauge their potential . I was curious as to how they would counter my spells .
"In the name of God, purify this evil!"
Their chant was a bit wordy and it required the cooperation of two casters but it still managed to lift the Gravity spell which was praiseworthy .
"Good, how about this one? Fireball!"
I casually threw out a fireball towards their group .
"No . 5!"
"I summon the power of the cold winter! Ice wall!"
The icewall held fast in the face of my fireball . I was a bit surprised considering my high Fire Mastery and Lv9 Fireball skill .
'These guys are fun . '
I was like a child who had found a new toy . I was having fun seeing how they would respond to some of my weaker magic .
"Huk huk! Is this monster toying with us?"
Unfortunately they were too weak and tired easily, so I couldn't play around with them all day long .
'Sigh! Only this much I guess . Arin have you gathered the Orcs under you?'
'Yes Lord, it went just as you expected and they fell in line easily when they discovered my superior strength, a very hierarchical system indeed . '
'Good, lead them to the Pit, Alpeon knows what to do with them . '
Most of the chimeras before me had already collapsed to the floor, exhausted . Only their leader and two other elites were left standing, but their mana had been used up .
"Hmm… I like you guys, I'll have some use for you . Valenor!"
No way, A dragon!? Silvery white!"
Valenor's enormous body appeared in the sky, blotting out the sun . the Chimeras knelt down on the ground, having lost all hope .
"Are you planning on capturing these things?"
Valenor spoke softly but the surroundings still trembled .
"Yes I wanted to take them alive . "
'Create Magic Bind'
[You have learned Magic Bind Lv1]
I proceed to to tie up the chimeras with a magical rope and attached them to Valenor's front claws as she took off to the skies, heading back towards the Pit .
"Oh~ Johra your Palace is coming along quite nicely . "
"Indeed, they are working faster than I expected, but it will be our Palace . It was designed to accommodate you in your dragon form . "
"Hahaha! I don't care where I stay as long as it's with you . But I'm touched that you were so considerate . "
Valenor dropped them off into the lake .
Sa . . save us!
The chimeras were struggling to swim in the water, but we simply looked at them, not intending to lend a hand . Their captain swam confidently and helped his retinue to the shore .
"What do we do now?"
"What do you think Valenor?"
"I thought you wanted to experiment on their bodies . "
Valenor and I continued conversing, as if the involved third party wasn't standing before us .
"Valenor how do you always know exactly what I'm thinking?"
"I'm your wife, it my duty to know . "
I think I'm both happy and scared . It's possible you know what I'm going to think before even I do .
"Sure, would you like me to tell you what you are going to say next?"
"Okay maybe just this once . "
"Hmm… . "
"Lord, the prisoners are ready for battle . "
Alpeon interrupted our little banter, much to Valenor's displeasure .
"Can I say something Johra?"
I nodded .
"We will give you guys a chance to live . Although you deserve death for irritating my husband, you also have interesting abilities . If you take care of monsters' training, I will give prize depending on the success . "
Clap Clap Clap
Although it was only my bony hands, it was still an applause . She had stolen the words right out of my mouth .
"I'm listening . "
"I chose you…"
"To train us?"
Valenor was annoyed by the intervention and hit the culprit with her tail, instantly ending his existence .
"How dare you interrupt my husband! You should ask for permission before speaking . "
Previously the chimeras had been somewhat confident in their fighting prowess, but the recent demonstration had put them to shame . They remained silent and paled face with their mouths wide open in awe .
I felt a bit bad for the guy who was blown to bits, but it was necessary for the others to learn their place .
"I'm glad I chose you Valenor . "
"Glad to hear it, Tell me more often . "
Valenor sat down with her paws holding her giant head, contemplating what I had just told her . I was able to see her blushing face, which I believed the be the platinum dragon's greatest weakness . The fact that their pale white scales easily portrayed their emotions .
I had to control myself from instinctively petting her mane, It wasn’t easy as she was just too cute, but I restrained myself as I thought of the well being of all my subordinates within the Pit .
"So do you agree with my wife's proposition?"
"Do we have another option?"
The captain's tone became polite but I didn't like the comment .
"There is . "
I pointed out the the corpse of the unfortunate fellow who suffered a blow from Valenor's tail .
The captain of the chimeras exchanged a quick look with his colleagues before kneeling down .
"If you spare our lives we will serve you well . "
"Good, Alpeon have them serve as the Goblin's instructors, teaching them how to fight . "
"I will do as you command, Lord . "
"It was so sweet of him… . "
Valenor was still talking herself softly, but of course her voice was too powerful .
"Yes Johra, did you need me?"
"Could you transform into a smaller creature?"
" I don't know if it's possible as I haven't tried it . What did you have in mind?"
"How about a human?"
"Why a human, where did you want to go? Polymorph!"
She transformed without waiting for my response . Considering her strong personality, I expected her to be something like an Amazon warrior in human form, but the results were completely unexpected .
She had transformed into a cute little girl with deep blue eyes and silver hair, barely 160 cm tall .
'Valenor is too cute! I want to bite her!'
Is what I was thinking to myself but I just told her she looked pretty .
"You look quite young in that form Valenor… but you should probably get some clothes to cover up . "
" I've simply transformed into a body I feel comfortable with . Perhaps it's because as dragons go I'm actually quite young . And clothes? Is that something normal humans wear?"
"Gravity down! Gravity down! Gravity down! Gravity down! Gravity down! Gravity down!"
After drastically lowering her weight, I sat her upon my shoulders .
"Alpeon bring me some clothes . "
While Alpeon went to fetch her some new clothes, I spoke to my wife .
"Valenor I'd like it if you assumed this appearance more often, I truly enjoy giving you a ride on my shoulders .
" Although it's a bit embarrassing for me to ride upon your shoulders in this form . If you like it so much then I guess it's ok . It's something I'd only do so because you're my husband .
"Oh, so is this like one of the perks of being your husband?"
"Yes . I really like you as a partner . "
When Alpeon returned we were able to dress her up with some new clothes . Following behind Alpeon, I descended into the termite hill with Valenor seated upon my shoulders . Valenor seemed to be enjoying the little ride and I really wanted to stroke her mane . The only problem was that it was likely to bring the entire mound crashing down on us, and I had no interest in turning my subordinates into burnt termite meat . Mallepi was fat enough as it was .
"Hmm, what's this? I feel like we are approaching some holy energy . "
I walked into the room with the World's Roots .
"Valenor, these are the World Roots and this over here is the nectar we collect from them . "
I brought before her a bowl filled with the delicious sap .
"Smells tasty, can I have it?"
"Of course, I've prepared it for you . "
She drank greedily, and as she wasn't accustomed to the body of a human girl, was spilling a lot of the nectar from the sides of her mouth .