*Disclaimer note: This is merely a translation of the original Chinese version. I do not claim any part in the creation of the original story.
"This is the Holy Temple's great hall, other than being decorative it has no other real use."
"There are two hallways leading off from the great hall. One leads to the inner section of the Holy Temple, while the other leads to the Hall of Light's great hall."
"This is the most important place of all, your room. It's just next, next door to mine. The room in between ours belongs to Captain Judge Knight……"
"And the conference room where the Twelve Holy Knights hold their meetings is just down two corridors after a right turn. It's the third room you'll see…… hmmm, this isn't very clear. Let's go, I'll just take you there."
"Creus!" I shouted, getting a little irritated.
Creus stopped in his tracks and corrected me, "You should call me Sun! Only call me Creus in private. But if you really insist on calling me Creus I guess it's okay too, it shouldn't really matter……"
I interrupted his ramblings, "I think I should be leaving now."
"What? What are you saying? Where are you going?"
"Nowhere, just leaving the Holy Temple," I said simply, feeling a little uneasy. The longer I remain in the Holy Temple the greater the chances of my being discovered for a Death Knight. It's a small matter if I were to be killed, but if it was discovered that Creus actually had dealings with a Death Knight, it would be a whole different matter for him.
Creus merely looked at me in surprise and said, "But you are the Hell Knight Captain. Where are you supposed to stay if not in the Holy Temple?"
I was speechless for some time before finally regaining control of my mouth. "I am not really the Hell Knight, remember?"
Just then, a holy knight came running at us, shouting frantically, "Captain! The royal knights and the Church of War's warriors bumped into each other on the streets and are now fighting each other like cats and dogs! (Or more like tigers and wolves.)"
Creus' face darkened at this news as he asked displeased, "What are the holy knights doing? Haven't they broken up the fight?"
"No, but they did form a strong defensive formation and are shielding the surrounding spectators! And after that they……"
"And after that they… what?"
"They stood around cheering on the royal knights……"
At this, Creus' face had darkened furiously. He hurriedly turned to me and said, "Just walk around and explore, I'll be back soon. Just remember two things: firstly, don't leave the Holy Temple, don't bother looking for Pink, she's moved; secondly, don't intrude on the other Twelve Holy Knights' privacy, especially their rooms."
"Wait-……" I stared at him with wide eyes as he left quickly with the other holy knight, leaving me on my own in the middle of the Holy Temple.
'Pink moved? Then where should I go now?'
I stood there for God knows how long, and during that time several holy knights walked past me, greeting me as Hell Knight Captain and even saluting me. I was at a lost as to how to respond to them.
Not long after that, I saw someone I recognised walking towards me.
"Judge Knight……" I watched him warily. According to Creus' description of him, he should be aware of my identity as a Death Knight.
But, the Judge Knight did not seem to have any wariness towards me, only correcting me, "It's 'Captain' Judge Knight," he stressed. "Judge Knight is what outsiders call us. Don't get it wrong, 'Captain' Hell Knight."
I was rendered speechless for the second time that day. Does he have no intention of exposing my real identity at all? He's going to just leave a Death Knight running around the Holy Temple?
The Judge Knight looked at me and asked, "Do you have any other questions?"
"I don't know where to go to," I answered without thinking.
Judge pondered the question for a while before answering me, "You could go to the library. There are plenty of books there that you can look up on how to carry out your duties as Hell Knight. Or you can go look for Captain Storm Knight. He's extremely busy and would welcome anyone's help. Right now he's in his room going over the office documents."
I could not say anything to that, only managing to scrape out a "thank you".
"By the way, Captain Hell Knight, do you have time later tonight for a spar with me?"
"Yes," I immediately agreed. The Judge Knight's sword skills are extremely good, and I had been looking forward to being able to fighting him once more.
"Good, then see you at night." The Judge Knight nodded and then continued on his way.
I did not know what to say to that. But now that I've promised to meet him later at night I can't leave the Holy Temple.
Thinking about it, I couldn't just stand in the middle of a hallway all day, so why not follow the Captain Judge Knight's suggestion and read some books in the library? I can pass the time that way until the agreed upon spar at night.
After asking a holy knight for directions, I followed his instructions and left the hallway.
There were quite a number of holy knights in the library, but I determinedly ignored everyone who greeted me as I made my way to a book cabinet and opened it, deciding to look for a few books on Hell Knights……
"Are you looking for any book in particular?"
I jumped back in shock, demanding angrily, "Who are you?"
"I am the Cloud Knight."
Just then, a head actually poked out from the book cabinet. His face was white as a sheet, and for a moment I couldn't tell if he was a ghost or not…… and the head actually claimed himself to be one of the Twelve Holy Knights? Impossible!
"Captain Cloud Knight, could you give me a book of poems about the Twelve Holy Knights? I would like to read it to the children."
A holy knight was smiling cheerfully at the disembodied head.
"Alright." The head retracted, and before long it returned, along with a similarly pale hand holding out a book.
"Thank you, Captain Cloud Knight."
After taking the book, the holy knight kindly told me, "Captain Hell Knight, if you're looking for a book you can ask Captain Cloud Knight to get it for you. He's extremely familiar with where all the books are kept."
It really is the Cloud Knight? I was stunned.
The head…… no, the Cloud Knight looked at me for quite some time before saying wispily, "What a strange man; standing in front of a book cabinet yet not looking for a book." He then withdrew his head and closed the door to the book cabinet with a click.
I was once again struck speechless. And here I'd always thought that Creus was a very weird holy knight, but I never knew that there were even weirder.
I gave up on the library and decided to look for the Storm Knight. Although I did not think that I would be able to help him at all……
"I am so extremely grateful!! Here, just take a look at these documents, circle any problems in red and summarise the main points of the entire document in three sentences at the end. Then give it to me to look over and I'll be able to stamp the approval on them."
And with that the Storm Knight shoved a stack of documents at me.
As I held the stack of documents I had been given I told him nervously, "But I've never gone through documents before, I don't know what to do."
"Don't worry, it's always like that the first time," the Storm Knight reassured me. "I will look over them before stamping the approval…… if I have time……"
I spent the entire afternoon looking over the stack of documents before finally handing them back to the Storm Knight.
"You did them wonderfully!" praised Storm as he grabbed the stamp, and-without even looking down at them- stamped the approval on all the documents. "Are you free tomorrow too? You are? Then how about coming over and helping me again? Okay? No problem? Then it's a date, Captain Hell Knight!"
Even though I hadn't actually said anything…… but a promise is a promise. Looks like I'll have to wait until tomorrow before I can leave.
"Oh and by the way, can you help me pass this along to Captain Frost Knight? Thanks." The Storm Knight gave me something that-no matter how I looked at it-looked like a plate and a fork. That led me to knocking on the Frost Knight's door.
After taking the plate from me, the Frost Knight said only one word to me before closing the door again.
I stood there and waited.
When the door opened once more he gave me two bags that-from the smell of it-was filled with sweets and cakes. He said simply, "This is yours; that is for Sun."
"… … thank you."
'I'll just give both bags to Creus,' I thought.
The Frost Knight suddenly said, and he then stared at me. I had no other option but to eat a piece. What a wasteful thing - Death Knights do not need to eat.
"Not sweet? Sweet? Too sweet?"
I did not know what to say to him. As a Death Knight, my tongue is only good for speaking.
"My taste buds are not very good, I can't really taste any food."
The Frost Knight Captain took out a notebook and as he wrote he mumbled, "Hell, super strong flavour."
After he'd finished his note taking, the Frost Knight Captain looked back up at me and asked, "Where are you going?"
As I myself had no idea where I was going to go, I told him, "Just walking around."
Frost nodded and asked, "Help me?"
I carried a bunch of bags filled with sweets and went around looking for the rest of the Twelve Holy Knights, and my first stop was back to the book cabinet, looking for the Cloud Knight Captain.
"Thank you," Cloud poked his head out from the book cabinet and took the bag of sweets, at the same time giving me a few books. "These are for you."
I looked down to read the titles of the books, The Historical Biographies of Notable Hell Knights and The Hell Knight's Handbook of Duties and Responsibilities.
The Blaze Knight Captain stared at me for a long time, muttering, "But Sun was obviously Slayer, so how come there's another Slayer? Just who is the real one? Slayer or Sun?...…"
In the end, he took the bag while mumbling, "I just don't get it. Oh whatever! They both start with an 'S' so I'll just think of Sun as cloning himself!"
I could not understand a single thing he had said. At all.
When the Earth Knight answered the door, he kept trying to block the way, as if there was some unspeakable thing in his room that he could not let me see.
"M-my room is kinda messy," he gave a bashful laugh.
I nodded my head in understanding and handed him the bag.
"Eaaaarrth! Are you done already?"
Earth just looked at me and gave me a most innocent smile. "Erhehe… Hell, you must have misheard! There's no girl's voice coming from my room."
"… …" I never said a thing.
The Leaf Knight Captain came to open the door with a cheerful smile. He wasn't trying to block the door to his room and I could clearly see that his room was very neat and tidy, as befitting a clean and proper knight.
"Thank you very much, Captain Hell Knight," he said as he took the bag from me.
It was then that I noticed the little straw doll in his hand. Aren't these things usually made in larger, human-sized figures and placed in farms to scare away the birds from the crops?
When the Leaf Knight Captain followed my gaze and saw me looking at the straw doll he immediately smiled and explained. "These things are really useful, you know! You just have to place them on the wall and with a nail and hammer you hammer the nail into the doll. It'll make your mood loads better!"
I had heard of it. It is rumoured that in the rural areas the witches would curse someone using that exact same method.
The Leaf Knight Captain very kindly gave me a tip, "and if you add a piece of someone's hair in the doll the effects are even better! Or even better yet if you can find their nails……"
I-very carefully-made sure that neither hair nor nail was left behind as I bid the Leaf Knight goodbye.
That night when I saw the Judge Knight, before we could even start the match, I couldn't resist shaking my head and sighing as I asked, "Are the Twelve Holy Knights all so weird?"
The Judge Knight looked at me strangely.
I couldn't understand why he would look at me so.
He finally answered me slowly, "Well yes, we all have our own unusual quirks and idiosyncrasies, but we are all very respectful of the other Twelve Holy Knights' privacy. As long as they are carrying out their duties properly…… even if they were a dead corpse running around, we would still respect them."
I see, so the weirdest of the Twelve Holy Knights is actually me?
End of Second Volume