We, the D×D, gather at the strategy control room located on the First Heaven. Rias, Akeno-san, Irina, Sister Griselda, and the Brave Saints that were present on the First Heaven surrounds the table.
What was on the centre of the table is a holographic vison which shows the situation of each level.
……The Evil Dragons really are rampaging in Heaven! The Second Heaven, the Third Heaven, and the Fourth Heaven had been attacked by the enemies where they have engaged in a furious battle with the soldiers of the Angels.
“It appears the enemies have made their way in from the Third Heaven which is the resting place of the souls!”
One of the Brave Saints gives such report. On the vision——an enormous sky city appears! I know that the Third Heaven is the spacious location of Heaven, but the enemies intruded while bringing the floating island from the Underworld! Herds of Evil Dragons appears from Agreas! It really has turned into their nest!
What also appears on the vision are strong foes we have faced before!
“……Ladon, Walburga, and even Crom Cruach!”
The ones that is on the vison are Ladon and Walburga, the witch who uses the Holy Cross, where they are taking down the Angels! They are causing destruction in Heaven as they like!
Crom Cruach is the only one who simply dodges the Angels attacks and isn’t that assertive in attacking them. ……He’s simply battling as if he’s just doing his share of work while being uninterested in all of this.
I then give my opinion at the vison I am currently seeing.
“Just how on earth did Qlippoth came into Heaven……? They can’t just force their way in here like they did in the Underworld, right?”
Isn’t there limited ways you can enter Heaven? I did hear that there isn’t much way as the Underworld.
I spoke my doubts and a familiar face appears on one of the vision positioned at the corner of the table.
[——Most likely from the realm of the dead.]
It’s Azazel-sensei who is currently on earth! Rias asks him.
“Azazel, how is the situation over there?”
[Not good. The entrance to Heaven has been shut from here as well. So we can’t send reinforcements.]
Yeah, just as Sensei said, the gate which connects the human world and Heaven has been shut! We can’t open it from this side and now from their side.
[So you haven’t found out the reason behind this?]
Sister Griselda shakes her head at Sensei’s question.
“No. Right now the Seraphs are trying to find the cause of this but they are concentrating more on keeping down the influence this will cause to the Seventh Heaven…… Likewise the whole elevator in Heaven has stopped functioning.”
The higher-ups of Heaven are strengthening the protection barrier on the Seventh Heaven, the highest floor with the “system”, due to this unexpected situation. After all, it will be our defeat if they intrude that floor. Obviously the Sacred Gears but also the sources of the teachings as well as Heaven may collapse. If that happens……! I don’t even want to imagine it!
“Sensei! By realm of the dead, you mean……”
I ask Sensei.
[If you were to enter Heaven then there will be very few ways. You would either go through the main gate like how you guys did, or you get accepted there as a follower of Church after your death. And the other option is to go up there in another way.]
Sister Griselda realises something after hearing that.
“——The Limbo and the Purgatory!
[Yeah, they are different from Heaven and Hell. It’s the place where the followers goes after their death. The Limbo and the Purgatory was prepared for the deceased with special circumstances. ……This is just my hypothesis but there is a chance that bastard Hades who is the God of the realm of the dead either knew or made an entrance to the Limbo and Purgatory.]
One Angel then appears with a report!
“Reporting! The door of the Purgatory which leads to the Third Heaven had been destroyed!”
——! So Sensei’s hypothesis turned out to be true!
……Damn. So that skeleton God gets involved here……! So that God cooperated with Qlippoth? It’s possible! That God hated the Devils and the Fallen Angels! So he would also hate Heaven which belongs to the different force! Even if the core leader of Qlippoth is the son of the former Lucifer, it seems like he would help the terrorists just in order to get us!
Sister Griselda then says.
“……We did receive a report that Apophis, one of the legendary Evil Dragons that was mostly likely revived by the Holy Grail, had descended to the realm of the dead.”
Rias puts her hand under her chin.
“According to the legends Apophis is one of the Dragons who has strong relation with the realm of the dead—and Hell. It won’t be surprising for it to descend to the realm of the dead……but I do wonder if Hades will cooperate without any reward. He did an evil deed and had Onii-sama and Azazel warn him that “there won’t be next time” just recently……”
Hades enraged Sirzechs-sama and Azazel-sensei by helping the Hero-faction. I heard Michael-san was quite angry as well. I think it’s thoughtless of him to do an evil deed for the second time so easily like this.
Sensei then says.
[……From the new info we had Euclid spit out, there are legendary Evil Dragons which had been resurrected where Rizevim’s manipulation isn’t working. Those three Evil Dragons would be Crom Cruach, Aži Dahāka, and Apophis. All of them are monsters. He said that……they are make a deals with Rizevim.]
[Yes, Rias. ——He told them “I will release you if you take my conditions”. I couldn’t find about the deals in details but those deal are most likely to “make a pact with any God-class beings regardless of the forces they are from”. I don’t know about the other two but Apophis has made a pact with Hades at least. I’m judging that——Rizevim gained a way into the Heaven from Hades through Apophis.]
I shout at Sensei.
“S-So what!? So the Qlippoth would make an excuse by saying “Apophis and others were released” or even say that “they escaped on their own” so making a pact with others were done by their own as well!? And Hades would also make an excuse that he made a pact with a runaway Evil Dragon and he hasn’t cooperated with the Qlippoth!? There’s no way such excuse would be allowed! This is totally insane!”
Sensei narrows his eyes at me who am is in rage.
[……I know. ——It’s frustrating but this isn’t the time to questioning them. We are thinking of trying to open the Heaven’s gate from this side somehow. So I want your side to try and open it as well.]
The Brave Saints nods at Sensei’s words and moves out.
“What are their motives……?”
Xenovia says that while narrowing her eyes.
“Are they after the “system” which is on the upmost floor?”
Asia says that but Sensei shakes his head.
[They won’t be able to get there so easily. Normally those other than Seraphs can’t step a foot in there. If an irregular one enters then they get teleported to a different location. You can even go far to call that a work of God due to receiving a really powerful teleportation. Even still, we don’t know what they will do. It’s natural for Michael and others to strengthen the guard of the upmost floor.]
“Sounds like you have experienced it.”
When I say that Sensei shrugs his shoulder.
[Well, when I stepped foot in there before without the God’s permission I got sent away to some remote place on the human’s world. I just wanted to take a tiny bit of look at the Sacred Gear’s system but that God was so stingy……]
“Then Qlippoth’s aim would be the Sixth Heaven where the Heaven’s main base is located at?”
I say the next possible target but Sensei also rejected that.
[……Go there for what? To exterminate the Seraphs? Well, it would be a great achievement for them if they can pull that off, but Rizevim and the Evil Dragons will also receive casualties if they face off against them.]
“So there is a floor they are after?”
[Yeah, even if it’s them, there is a limit to the floor they can advance to with their current manpower. ……It could be the Third Heaven, the Fourth Heaven, or it’s even possible that it’s the Second Heaven where it’s the place those related to the Babel’s tower are imprisoned in…..]
“What about the Fifth Heaven where you were located in the past? Isn’t that a research institute right now?”
[So you think they will go and take the Brave Saints’ cards? Well, it’s not like they aren’t interested in it. There should be a research being done currently in that place though.]
Sensei asks Sister Griselda.
[……Griselda, what’s the current situation with the tree of life located on the Third Heaven and the tree of wisdom located on the Fourth Heaven?]
“……Both of the trees are present but they haven’t bear fruit for a while. The fruits have stopped nurturing ever since the lord passed away.”
Sensei starts to think after hearing that.
I ask with suspicions but Sensei starts mumbling to himself.
[Qlippoth, the one which is located on the opposite side of the tree of life. That’s what they call themselves. It won’t be weird for them go after it. Unsealing the 666 would go much smoother and quickly with that fruit…… It’s possible that they would use that as a tool to negotiate with the Gods from other forces that has evil intents……]
A certain vison appears on the table while we still don’t know the motives of the enemies.
——That man with the Amano-murakumo-no-tsurugi stepped foot inside the Fifth Heaven of the area where the laboratory is located at!
Sister Griselda put on a strict eyes when she sees that.
“…………This is bad. Currently Chief-officer Shidou went up to the Fifth Heaven in order to get his treatment for the final-phase of removing the poison!”
Everyone becomes shocked at hearing the shocking truth!
Irina screams after seeing the vision.
Yeah, this is bad! The enemy is after Irina’s dad! At this rate that man called Yaegaki will certainly——
Rias tells everyone!
“——Let’s move out! Either way we can’t just stay here doing nothing! We are the anti-terrorist team, the D×D! We will cooperate with the Angels and defeat the Evil Dragons as we climb up!”
Rias tells Irina.
“Irina, you go ahead to the Fifth Heaven! We will open the path for you!”
Irina covers her mouth with her hands to that strong supporting words from Rias and then nods her head.
“Yes! I am the Ace of Michael-sama! I will defeat the Evil Dragons and rescue Papa!”
Alright! I don’t know what the enemies are after but our aim is clear! We will rescue Irina’s dad while taking down the enemies that comes at us!
[I will also send reinforcement once the Heaven’s gate opens! You guys stay tough!]
Everyone answers back at Sensei’s words and says “roger!”!
The battle to guard Heaven now begins!
To reach the Fifth Heaven we need to go through the gate of each floor. But the enemies that intruded from the Third Heaven has seized the gate connecting to the Second Heaven and Fourth Heaven from there. And they even seized the rear gate of the Fourth Heaven! So that means we have them intruded from the Second Heaven to the Fifth Heaven! Since the Second Heaven is close to the First Heaven which is the frontline base where the army of Angels are somehow enduring it. But the Sisters and others are seeing that Qlippoth are at advantage from the Third Heaven to Fifth Heaven. The Sixth Heaven which is the main base of the Angels hasn’t allowed any intruders thanks to notable Angels such as Michael-san and several Serpahs that are on standby there. I heard a report that one of the Seraphs has went down to the Fifth Heaven with several of his subordinates.
But there are clearly more number of enemies than during the battle of guarding Auros. We can’t get reinforcements since we have the gate which connects to the human world closed. So we have to fight the Evil Dragons with the forces we have left in Heaven.
We charged from the front gate of the Second Heaven and run through the battlefield and headed for the Third Heaven. The elevator which connects to each floor has been closed. So in order to go to the higher floors we need to go through those floors directly.
The Second Heaven is the world conquered by darkness. This place is mainly to observe the stars and I have also heard it’s a place for Angels that has committed sins to be imprisoned in.
The world with endless darkness which makes you think it isn’t Heaven. Except, it’s not so dark like a planetarium where the shines of the stars will reach you. Well, since we are Devils our eyes will still work fine even inside darkness!
We proceed while taking down the Evil Dragons! During our way we witness the Brave Saints making a formation to counter the herds of Evil Dragons!
“Let’s do it! Brave Saints, formation! Formation! Full House!”
“ “ “ “ “ “Sir!” ” ” ” ”
The card numbers that answered the order appears on the sky and glows! That instant, enormous amount of power of light envelops the Brave Saints where their strong aura even reaches us!
The Brave Saints that became the played cards jumped into the herds of Evil Dragons and wiped them out instantly! Their power is not ordinary where their single attack can take down a dozen of Evil Dragons! Even a mass-produced Evil Dragons will have quite the power. An attack which can take down a number of them is something to be reckoned with! That’s the traits of Brave Saints! Their ability increases drastically if they are given a role which was based on the playing cards of pokers and trump cards.
One of the Brave Saints in the air shouts at his comrades.
“Move with the same suit! We will strengthen the playing cards to wipe them out at once!”
“ “ “ “ “Straight flush!” ” ” ” “
Another strong playing card pierces the herds of Evil Dragons and takes them down!
Sister Griselda stops and tells us.
“I will stay here and give orders!”
Sister cheers the Brave Saints as she says that.
“Be careful at using consecutive use of strong cards! Your stamina and power of light will drain down fast!”
We answered Sister’s wish and continue to go ahead!
It happens when we become really close to the gate that leads to the Third Heaven. A shadow which is giving out evil presence appears with this darkness and stands in our way.
[Oh my, it’s been awhile.]
A creepy creature which has a shape of many branches of the trees overlapped. A tree that has a shape of a Dragon——no, it’s the Evil Dragon Ladon!
Around him is an army of Evil Dragons. The Evil Dragons has completely blocked our path till the gate!
[I would like you to play with me for a while.]
Ladon says it in such foolish manner of speech……but it seems like he’s serious. The thick and dark aura around his body increases. His red eyes which glows within the dent! That instant, something that appears to be a soap bubble envelops us!
——It’s his barrier!
It’s an annoying substance since it keeps on coming back no matter how many times you destroy it! I was having a hard time in the last battle thanks to this! This time it isn’t just me but also my comrades gets enveloped!
Kiba and Xenovia destroys the barrier with their sword——but it repairs immediately so we can’t escape! Looks like it will become a nuisance like before! This time we have a technique-type Kiba and a one-hit kill Rias! I doubt we can’t break past this but it’s a fight against time right now! If we spend too much time on this guy, then Irina’s dad will——
Just like what was going through my minds, Irina who is acting hasty wields the sword she received from her dad.
“You! You are in the way! If I don’t be quick! Papa will—!”
But Ladon’s barrier revives no matter how many time it is destroyed so there’s no end to this!
“Then we need to destroy it along with him.”
Rias makes her hand glow mysteriously! She’s planning to create her Extinguish Star! That will certainly be able to blow away Ladon along with his barriers. But there’s no way he will let her do that!
[No you won’t.]
Ladon’s eyes glows mysteriously and envelops Rias’s hand with his barrier! The power of destruction disappears right away! This guy really is the natural enemies of power-types! He seals you immediately!
Then there’s no holding back!
It happens when I was about to chant to wear my crimson armour—
A single light falls between us and Ladon!
That moment, the barrier covering us disappears and it doesn’t come back!
Our eyes gathers to the front. A spear which is giving out a holy wave appears to my sight.
“——Concentrating heavily on powers like usual? Right, Sekiryuutei, and the Gremory group.”
We become in shock at the appearance of that man. A single young man who has a Chinese clothing on him takes out the spear which is giving out a holy wave. He stands in front of Ladon while tapping his shoulder with his spear.
Ladon narrows his red eyes.
[——So it will turn out like this here. A Holy Spear……]
Yeah, what appeared in front of us is the Holy Spear! One of the Longinus, the True Longinus! In the previous battle of defending Auros Academy that spear also appeared from nowhere!
And this time the man who is the wielder of the spear has showed up!
I shout out the man’s name!
The one who appears in front of is the former leader of the Hero-faction——Cao Cao! After he lost against us he was taken down to the realm of the dead. I did her he climbed up from the realm of the dead on his own and became Śakra’s vanguard.
I shout at him.
“……Why are you here!?”
Cao Cao has an eye-patch on the eye I crushed. He shows his irritating smile at me.
“——I thought I would join the Evil Dragon hunt. I came here from the gate of Purgatory just like they did.”
……You are telling me he found a path connected to Purgatory when he was at Hades’s place?
Cao Cao spins his spear around and directs the tip of it towards Ladon.
Ladon gives a creepy laugh.
[……So the man who is famous for being the candidate of the strongest Longinus possessor has appeared.]
Cao Cao then says.
“I shall take care of this Evil Dragon. But Sekiryuutei. You are a——hero, right? Then you should defeat the leader of the villains. Just like how you defeated me.”
Cao Cao then moves the tip of his spear towards the gate.
Seeing that, Ladon laughs.
[Oh my oh my……for the Holy Spear-user to take their place.]
……I agree with that. I’m not Ladon but I never thought this man would say that!
Rias then gives me an order.
“Ise! Asia and Xenovia, take Irina ahead! We will take care of here!”
Cao Cao says it after her.
“Exactly. Someone who disappeared once came back and took the fight from nowhere. This sure is a treat for me.”
……Damn. I guess this is what you call a passing boat! Certainly if this guy, Rias, and others join forces then they will be able to take care of Ladon and the Evil Dragons!
I look at Asia, Xenovia, and Irina. Three of them are convinced and nods……but I then tell Cao Cao.
“……I won’t let you off the hook if you are beaten after making such entrance.”
He releases a torrent of light towards the herd of Evil Dragons while showing a smirk. Right after that the herds of Evil Dragons get blown away at once along with a massive explosion! ……The spear has unimaginable potentials like usual!
Cao Cao says it fearlessly while spinning his spear.
“The reason I lost was due to my own weakness since I didn’t walk my path as a human. I don’t need the Medusa’s eyes or the Chaos Break. ——I just need my spear and my pride as a hero and a human. I promised myself I won’t let my guard down against Dragons anymore.”
……That sure is scary. The reason I won against him is due to himself who made his own weakness by relying on a power besides his. The creepiness I can sense from him now is stronger than before.
“Rias! Everyone! I’ll leave the rest!”
I say that to everyone and went ahead together with Asia, Xenovia, and Irina!
When I went past Cao Cao, he says it to me so only I can hear.
“——Yeah, it was always the “humans” that defeats the irregular beings.”