PHA - Chapter 67 - Even if You Think You Are the Best, There Is Always Someone Better
Although several days had passed since they last met, Father Kasandora was as spirited as he was before. Ever since the Milu Rabbit chased the reporters away, Father Kasandora no longer received any interview requests. Only the occasional reporter would appear and ask a few questions about the Hero. Meanwhile, during such instances, Father Kasandora would always answer their questions without revealing any crucial information about Alice.
"Thank you for your hard work, Father Kasandora," Alice said, nodding at Father Kasandora as she made her way down from the second floor. Although she somewhat resented Father Kasandora as he was the main perpetrator that led to her becoming the Hero, she couldn't deny that he was an excellent and dutiful priest, and she respected him for that.
However, Alice couldn't help but wonder how Father Kasandora would react if he found out what kind of person the God he worshipped actually was. Alice dared to bet that the Loli Goddess was sleeping again right now. Perhaps for someone so long-lived like the Loli Goddess, sleep was the best way to pass the time, just like how it was for dragons.
Dragons existed in this world, albeit in extremely small numbers. They lived in the remote Dragon Mountain Range. Nobody would approach the mountain range normally, and images of the mountain range circulated on the internet were mostly taken by magic satellites.
Meanwhile, as long-lived creatures, Dragons spent most of their time asleep. Their slumber could last for dozens or even hundreds of years.
"It's not hard at all. It is my honor to serve the Hero chosen by God," Father Kasandora formally said. "Are you heading out now, Lord Hero?"
"Ah, yes. I have some business to take care of," Alice said, nodding while smoothing out her long blonde hair.
Alice intended to visit Rosa. As a former thief, Rosa should know many things about Holl City, especially information not available on the internet. Since Alice would be heading to Holl City soon, she felt that it'd be best if she gathered some information on the city to prepare for any emergencies.
"In that case, please be careful while you are outside. You are the only one capable of stopping the Demon King should the demons launch an invasion on the human realm, so your existence is very important to humans, Lord Hero," Father Kasandora said, sighing worriedly. While Alice might have drawn the Hero's Sword, he was aware that she had yet to officially begin her training as the Hero. So, she couldn't be considered strong by any means.
However, despite his worries, Father Kasandora did not stop Alice from going out. While Mana City might be a border city, it was still under the Gryffin Kingdom's governance, so the city's crime rate was very low. So long as Alice did not deliberately visit the dangerous parts of the city, she shouldn't come into any danger.
"Oh, I nearly forgot. Lord Hero, before you leave, do you mind registering the name of your Hero's Sword?" Father Kasandora suddenly asked just when Alice was about to walk out the church's front door. "I thought you might not have named the Hero's Sword yet before, so I never asked you about it, but you should have already named it by now, right?"
Alice's body stiffened when she heard her greatest fear arriving. She had just been thinking about how she could avoid revealing the Hero's Sword's name as much as possible, yet Father Kasandora had immediately brought up this topic.
"That... Must I say it?"
"The Hero's Sword's true name will be converted into its strength. The more people who know of its true name, the stronger the Hero's Sword would become," Father Kasandora explained, thinking that Alice might not have known about the Hero's Sword's legends. "This is the advice left behind by the Heroes of past generations. We can help you spread the Hero's Sword's true name if you register it with us. This is for your future's sake, Lord Hero."
Alice wanted to say that it wasn't necessary, but when she saw the hopeful expression on Father Kasandora's face, she couldn't bear to refuse the old priest. So, after letting out a resigned sigh, she said, "Okay."
"Mhm." Father Kasandora nodded. Then, he looked at Alice and waited for her to tell him the Hero's Sword's true name. However, after waiting for a while and noticing that Alice was staring at him, he couldn't help but be a little stunned. Then, he touched his wrinkled face and asked, "Is there something on my face, Lord Hero?"
"No, there's nothing on it, but I have already told you the Hero's Sword's name," Alice said. When she saw Father Kasandora's actions, she could probably guess what was on his mind. The old priest's reaction was also within her expectations. Then, after letting out a mental sigh, she repeated, "What I mean is that the Hero's Sword's name is Okay."
"...That truly is a...unique name." As calm of a person as Father Kasandora was, even he couldn't help but be a little dumbfounded when he heard Alice's words. Then, after taking a moment to process this unexpected revelation, he said, "But it is quite the simple name. At the very least, it sounds much better than Hero Miller's Hero's Sword..."
"There's something worse than this name?" Alice immediately grew interested when she heard Father Kasandora's words. Then, she looked at the old priest and eagerly asked, "Who is Hero Miller? And what is the name of his Hero's Sword?"
"Hero Miller, huh... He is the Eighth Hero who existed roughly three thousand years ago. As for the name of his Hero's Sword, it is..." Father Kasandora hesitated to continue speaking, an awkward expression on his face. Then, after hesitating for a moment, he took a deep breath and said, "What the Fuck."
When Alice heard Father Kasandora's answer, she could roughly imagine what had happened three thousand years ago. Normally, the Hero would receive instructions on using the Hero's Sword upon awakening the weapon. Only during special cases like Aird's and Alice's cases would that fail to happen.
In Aird's case, she was heavily injured when she awakened the Hero's Sword. So, she immediately fainted after awakening the Hero's Sword and failed to receive the usage instructions.
In Alice's case, she wasn't the one to awaken the Hero's Sword, so she did not receive the instructions on how to use it. Instead, she had to learn the instructions from the Loli Goddess.
As for the pitiful Hero named Miller, he had probably failed to read the instructions that had appeared in his mind in time and got surprised by the sudden flood of light-attributed mana released by the awakened Hero's Sword that he subconsciously shouted, "what the fuck." Then, what happened next was the Hero's Sword registering his words as its new name.
"As this name might set a bad example for youths, it is omitted in history textbooks. When mentioning Hero Miller, textbooks will never mention the name of his Hero's Sword," Father Kasandora said, shaking his head helplessly. "So, while your Hero's Sword's name might be a little unique, it is at least safe to be recorded in textbooks."
In other words, I am going to be publicly executed even in textbooks? Alice palmed her face. She could already imagine what expressions people in the future would make once they saw the name of her Hero's Sword printed in textbooks.
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