Whend Chappie even find the time to disappear on us, anyway
Pochi and I searched in and around the Gambling Den, but he was nowhere to be found.
Could he have gotten hungry and gone hunting some monsters No, that cant be.
Hed have to go far from here to find even one monster – too far from us for him to not chicken out.
Besides, he was never the kind to go off somewhere without telling us first.
“Yeah… first time something like this has happened.”
Now that Pochi was a Violet Phoenix, she couldnt use her nose to reliably track Chappies smell.
As such, I called up my Storeroom and took out a certain item from it.
“What is that… dirty thing …Oh, is it the chickens feather”
Right… I hadnt heard Ferris say that in a while, but it was what shed always referred to Chappie with.
Anyway… I really cant see Chappie as the same individual as the Violet Phoenix weve met in our era.
I mean, hes almost fully grown now, so his voice is changing less and less… Yet he still sounds nothing like Shishichou.
Besides, we shouldnt be able to take Chappie with us when we return to our time… keyword being SHOULD.
We should have to leave him here.
Pochi and I still havent talked with Chappie about that yet, though.
Chappie seems to be under the impression that wed take him along… so its our responsibility to tell him otherwise, eventually.
Will Chappie be able to go on living alone in this harsh world
Well, hes not on bad terms with Bright, of course.
If circ.u.mstances are right, he might get to keep on living with him.
Still, Brights lifespan is that of a human.
What will become of Chappie then Hes a Violet Phoenix, a Heavenly Beast – his existence is kind of a big deal.
Ive never thought about it much before, but now that well soon obtain one of our goals, namely the Limit Breakthrough magecraft, well have to talk things over with him sooner rather than later.
With that in mind, I tightly gripped Chappies feather.
“Rise, Master Chase & Light Up!”
The feather glowed, then started to drift through the air.
“So this spell traces the object back to its owner Is that right, Instructor”
“Yes, you are correct, Master Bright.
Though it doesnt work with everything… in fact, it must be part of the owner.
Things like hair, nails, or in this case, feathers.”
“Hey, you never taught us how to do this.”
And now Im up against these two kids, one a Black Emperor on the verge of enraging, and the other a tomboy princess… who already is enraged.
“Dont think you can dodge the issue, you fool!”
Well, I dont want to teach it!
If I were to handle it badly, history would be changed…… Hmm Now I remember… seeing an ancient Teleportation spell somewhere before
It must have been when Id discovered a crystal encasing Lylia-
“Master! We have to follow the feather!”
“Ugh, what a troublesome chicken.”
Following Pochi, we ran deeper into the city of Eddo.
“This place is… the Kamiyama, isnt it”
Bright asked me, to which I nodded silently.
Ferris heaved a sigh.
“Are we seriously climbing up a mountain Youve got to be kidding me…”
Kamiyama… its quite a famous location in Eddo.
That said, its not a place that outsiders could just enter at a moments notice.
Seeing it up close is allowed, sure, but one would need to be granted permission from Eddos authorities to climb it.
“-Wait, this isnt the time to be thinking about stuff! Shiro, you take care of Master Bright and Lady Ferris.”
“Leave it to me!”
Pochi gigantified and let the two kids get on her back.
Fortunately, theres no one else here, but if Chappie did go up the Kamiyama, we absolutely must bring him back.
“Rise, Invisible Illusion: Count 4 & Remote Control!”
With the effect of my weather-manipulation spell, we all faded away, our figures blending into the environment.
“…Weve never been taught this, either.”
Ferris was probably glaring at me as she said that… if I could see her eyes, that is.
“Me spoon-feeding you every bit of knowledge wouldnt leave much room for you to learn things by yourself, after all.”
With me closing the topic by throwing out a plausible excuse, we proceeded to follow the feather as it kept on floating through the air.
Pochi and I followed the glowing feather, running sometimes on the mountain path, sometimes on a plain animal trail.
Befitting its name of Kamiyama – mountain of the gods – the environment has almost no signs of human tampering.
Was it even necessary for us to turn invisible in the first place
As I was thinking about that, the feather began to slow down.
Then we saw Chappies characteristic purple through the shades of the bushes.
The moment we caught a glimpse of that unique deep purple, Pochi and I immediately stopped our feet.
“W-what in the-“
Ferris was about to complain about the sudden halt, but Pochi and I shushed her.
We then crouched down and stealthily proceeded on ahead.
I see two birds with feathers of deep purple.
Ones Chappie, and the other… also a Violet Phoenix.
“W-whats going on here…”
Too occupied fighting the bewilderment in my mind, I didnt have the time to try and quell Ferris confusion.
Id never expected another Violet Phoenix to appear here.
They seem to be… talking about something And the big ones voice really jolts some memories of my past…
“I ask you again, little one: Why do you live amongst the humans”
…Its THIS ONE!
“Look, I dont even know what youre trying to talk to me about anymore.
Whats wrong with me living with my family”
“Humans, your family One of those lowly creatures is your parental figure Disgusting.”
This is it… this one… this one… this ones got the right voice!
The Shishichou, the one well eventually meet in our era!
But what does it want Why did it call Chappie here
“Insult my family again, and it wont end well, you oversized chicken.
Also, my name is Chappie.”
How is Chappie so much… braver than he usually is Is it because hes against one of his own kind
I mean, its another Violet Phoenix, sure, but its level even in this era is… 160.
Still clearly stronger than Chappie, though.
So I should go out and defend him as soon as possible… right
With that in mind, I got ready to stand up, but then someone pinned down the end of my mantle, stopping me.
That someone was… none other than Pochi.
But why What reason could she possibly have
Oh, wait – Pochi had become a Violet Phoenix as well, thanks to the Archetype Changer.
Perhaps she had sensed something from those two.
That, or she was telling me to wait and see for a while longer.
And so I hid myself again as the scene unfolded.
“A personal name… is something a Shishicou ought not to occupy its mind with.”
Shishichou sneered, seemingly intended as a mockery, but perhaps for the unintended reason… since it seemed like Chappie just didnt understand what those words meant.
“Look, quit being vague and speak with words I understand.”
And now, the big bird seems to have understood the situation with his opponent.
Chappie himself, the one being mocked, doesnt even realize that hes being made fun of.
Hes not someone good for arguing intricate points with, after all.
The Commandment is the Commandment, and you would do well to uphold it.”
“I suppose you could use an explanation, what with you having been raised by a human.
Shishichou are trained from the moment of their births to do battle against their father and mother – which, in normal cases, would be the Shishichou it originated from.”
Must be a tough species to be born into.
I mean, being trained when their babies, when their bodies couldnt even move properly yet
…Now I remember how Chappie used to pee all over Pochis fur.
Still, it saidmother and father, but in the singular form… Could it be that Violet Phoenixes reproduces as.e.x.u.a.lly
I see, I see… Makes sense that they would be calledlegendary rather than justrare.
“And when our bodies approach full growth, when our powers surpass those of our respective parents, we kill them and consume their remains.”
Okay, this is getting darker and darker.
“Only one Shishichou – one Violet Phoenix – shall exist at any given time.
That is the Commandment.”