Story of a Careless Demon Volume 4 Chapter 12

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Volume 4, Chapter 12: Becoming an Idol, Part 1

“…Wh-what, is that shaking now……”

Alfio, feeling the slight tremors, raised his head.

They were in the treasure vault of the Daemon King’s Castle. The [Hero], that [Self-proclaimed Man of Valor] that had come this far had been defeated in battle, and was in the place where the Daemons kept weapons that couldn’t be used.

So, it might have been more accurate to say that it was a [Storeroom] rather than the treasure vault.


“Hey… Al. I wonder if we can use these weapons that the Daemons possess……”


Staring at the gorgeous magic sword that had been adorned with a holy symbol, Swordswoman Cheria murmured to the Hero Alfio as he searched through the treasure box.

Alfio, who wasn’t expecting such a thing let out an undignified sound, but glossed over it fluently…… putting on a somewhat stiff smile spread across his face.

“It-it’s only natural that the Hero picks up new equipment in the hideout of the Daemon King. This is for the sake of the world.”


The hero of Shiguresu, Alfio, and his companions, who had been, just like the [Template], preemptively attacked by the mercenaries of Kolkopo before they turned the tables on them, had been protested about by the cowardly feudal lord, and had been chased by the military police all the way as they headed to the Daemon King’s territory to defeat the Daemon King.

They didn’t run into too much trouble on the way to the Daemon King’s Castle.

They had considered that they would encounter the Daemon King’s Army, but such a thing never happened.

Even in the Daemon villages, as long as he showed a little bit of [Strength] without subjugating them, he was able to receive food, and even the rare encounters with the Daemon King’s Army were of small units that had food and were easily defeated.

The trouble was the fact that the female brigade had been complaining about not having a place to stay in, because Alfio rejected every Daemon village.

Even as they proceeded towards the Daemon King’s Capital, they did not encounter strong Daemons. On the contrary, those Daemons that they met along the way to the Daemon King’s Castle were weak, and it hurt his heart to knock down the old man that was barely standing, even as Alfio cut down the Daemons that wielded weapons without mercy.


That’s why when they were surprised when they, who had arrived at the Daemon King’s Castle without fighting a single strong Daemon, had suffered a crushing defeat under the large warrior that guarded the gates.

Judging that soldier as an [Event Boss], Alfio ran for dear life, and leading his companions in a so called [Dirty Trick], they vaulted the wall and entered from the back door.

If they defeated the event boss, you would definitely get strong equipment. So he figured that if he got his hands on that equipment first with [Exploits], he would be able to defeat that warrior easily.


For Alfio, who had the memory of a previous world, and who read so many novels about transmigration, it was important and only-too-natural that he use any means to deprive the enemy of their abilities and take their equipment.

Even when he himself had provoked them, Alfio declared justice upon his opponents the moment they called him names and pulled out their weapons, as robbing them of their equipment and money should have been permitted.


“S-See, Cheria. Is this not a good weapon?”


Cheria received the longsword that Alfio held out to her, and nodded awkwardly.

Although she was watching Alfio robbing the items of unrelated parties under some unknown pretext, she had convinced herself that the opponent was a bad person.

As a childhood friend, Cheria had longed for Alfio, who was knowledgeable in various things ever since she was a child, and tried to tell herself that he was right.

However, as the daughter of a knight, Cheria innately resisted the idea of robbing and thieving even for the sake of triumphing over an enemy.

Of all the equipment that they were trying to steal, most of them weren’t necessary. The majority of them were just very well-decorated and would sell for a high price. Practical items almost didn’t exist.

Furthermore, Cheria began to feel something like a sense of anxiety and discomfort while watching Alfio, who was gathering all these items gleefully.


Her best friend, the Elf Anteikowa, and the noble sisters couldn’t do anything like [Stealing] the items of others, so they kept a lookout at the entrance of the treasure room, the three of them constantly talking, occasionally casting a cold gaze at the two.

“Cheria, what’s the matter?”


Alfio raised his voice as Cheria breathed a sigh. It’s good that he noticed these fine details, but……

“Alright, now then, let’s get out of this castle quickly and leave this town.”



Was he not imitating a thief to defeat a mighty enemy? The moment Cheria tried to open her mouth to say so,




They felt an ominous, mighty, and terrible [Presence] coming from underground.

It was a power so huge that it would be absurd to measure, a mighty presence filled with an overwhelming killing intent…… Anteikowa that felt the [Wickedness] in particular and turned blue in the face, while Athena and Ophelia ran towards each other.

“…Wha-what’s happening…!?”

“Th-the Daemon King…?”


While Athena soothed Ophelia, who had been frightened, Athena realized that that [Presence] wasn’t something that they had felt for the first time, but hesitated to speak.

It wasn’t possible……

Athena pushed this feeling that caught on the corner of her mind, which would have been the answer to that [Uncomfortable Feeling] that she had felt all along, in fear of the [Truth], directly into the deepest corners of her heart.

“……Al-sama, everyone, I think it would be best if we retreated now…”

“Ye-yeah, that’s right! Let’s retreat”

“Yes, that’s right…Let’s retreat like Atty says. Even if it is not the Daemon King, I can feel the evil of a thousand Demons.”


And so, just like that, the Shiguresu Hero’s party decided to withdraw from the Daemon King’s castle without even engaging in an honest battle.

Whether this was lucky, or unlucky for the world, cannot be known.




“……What is…… this…”

Daemon King Hebrad drank in the sight of the intimately-familiar [Daemon King Territory], and murmured in blank surprise.

The Kingdom that he had seen since birth, the Daemon King territory that had been covered in black clouds regardless of day or night, was exposed to the dazzling sun under the blue sky.

He stood there in mute amazement for a couple of minutes, but when he saw the half-destroyed Daemon King Castle, and the Daemon tribes that were gathered there in worship, Hebrad flew over to the Daemon King’s Castle.




Hebrad descended into the garden of the Daemon King’s Castle, and as the Dwarf girl sprinted over with a thundering [dodododododododododododododo], Hebrad cast [Impact Absorption], [Physical Defense], [Physical Barrier], [Inertial Dampening], and [Body Strengthening] magics, so he was able to catch the Dwarf girl even as he was pushed back only 5 meters, tearing up the ground below him.

“You’re alright, Francois”

“Uho… uho, uhouho~”

“Is that so…? I’m sorry, I made you worry.”

“Uho, uho, uhoho, uhoo”

“What…!? Such a thing……”

“Uho, uho, uho~”

As Francois described the circumstances, she twisted herself with a *mojimoji* as if a little shy.

“A human girl…? Is that so, I see.”

“Uhoo! Uhouho”

“It’s useless. There might be danger in the castle. Francois, leave the castle and take a look at the circumstance of the people”

“Uho~o, uhoo”

“Don’t say such things. …I know your feelings, but please understand.”


Francois had just a little bit of sadness on her face, but she nodded her giant, boulder-like head to Hebrad’s words, and, shouldering her beloved elephant that was frightened by all the events, she walked gracefully toward the gates of the castle.


Hebrad sent her off while gazing at her big back, filled with adoration as she walked off.

According to Francois, pillars of [Gold] and [Jet Black] destroyed the Daemon King’s Castle as they ascended into the air, and after they scattered the [Clouds of Malice], the [Demon Beast] was followed behind [Golden Angel] as it descended into the Daemon King’s Castle.

The Dwarf language was hard to fully understand for anyone that wasn’t a Dwarf.

She didn’t know their name, but Francois spoke about a female friend that she had made for the first time, and was very worried about her.

Francois was pure of heart, and although he was happy that she finally had a friend of the same age, even if it was a human being, Hebrad also felt the loneliness of a father with a daughter of that age.

And so, Hebrad had sent Francois, who was a mighty warrior, outside of the castle, as judging by the state of the castle, it was highly unlikely that a human girl would be able to survive where the [Demon Beast] was involved.

“It’s a pity……”

For Francois, that human girl was a very important existence.

Those words that she left behind ……




Everything had been put into that single word.

Hebrad pulled himself together with a heavy heart and headed into the castle.

Expecting that the [Demon Beast] would have started to move…… and that unknown [Golden Angel]…… their presences were…… no, he had to make sure of what they [Intended] for the whole Daemon race.



Author’s Notes:

It gradually becomes relaxed again from here on in.


Francois’ words were full of love.


The protagonist will return next time.


We are still awaiting your straight-man corrections.

Thank you for all the corrections and critiques.


App’s Notes: I loved the needless amounts of buffing necessary for that hug. Just priceless (I’m just imagining a gif of it in my head)


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28 Responses to Story of a Careless Demon Volume 4 Chapter 12

  1. Frolamiz says:

    Thanks for the chapter!
    Tsk… Typical heroic behavior.

  2. I wanna sleep says:

    Alfio is Link right?

  3. Kei says:

    thx for the chapter!
    I need more *MofuMofu*ing!!!

  4. Kei says:

    and lol, that hug tho XD
    never thought someone would need that many buffs for a hug. (btw im also imagining it as a gif 😂😂)

    • Name moniker says:

      Imagining goku going through all of the super saiyan power ups and then entering a stance at which point he is cratered into the earth upon impact with super hug (also the ainz ool gown variant with a metric ton of spell buffering)

    • accountmadeforants says:

      I’m recalling a certain… less adorable super-buffed hug. (Ainz and Clementine)

      To make up for that, here’s some proper adorable overkill hugs:


    That hug 🙂

  6. aberdeus says:

    like an old banjo Kazooie game speaking sfx lol

  7. Shiro says:

    “Uhoo” indeed. Beautifully said, Francois. what a great moment. *wipes a tear away*

  8. Tinchen says:

    ok someone needs to make a gif of that last scene…
    i need that hug Q_Q

  9. Twi says:

    I’m a little surprised that the hero party is already starting to form cracks. Being the way they all are I imagined them not seeing the reality of their actions. A part of me feels like I’d rather they stay together rather than split after being disillusioned about the hero. They all seem to go together, a little stupid and bad at heart hiding behind the mask of justice. Somehow this chapter painted the “sisters” as good decent people, they’re the last people I expected that from.

    • Dragrath says:

      Hmm I never got the idea that they were completely evil, more of spoiled rotten, jealous etc. brats after all Yuru looks at humans as food so her view is distorted. If they were pure evil their would be no conflict in their hearts and they wouldn’t be tasty to Yuru as unless they had the self-centerness of a certain former “retainer” they wouldn’t be very tasty hence why Yuru has to manipulate her food to ripeness 😉

      • Pyo says:

        The hero clearly has some issues differentiating between fiction and reality.

        But this time around I think he did everything right.
        a) avoided that a fight that would have pointlessly gotten them all killed
        b) stolen from a guy marching to invade humans
        c) didn’t go after daemon civilians

        Don’t see anything wrong with anything there. Being “chivalric” might sound nice, but when there’s literal monsters marching against you, fully prepared to eat your children, it’s also stupidly naive.

  10. whisper says:

    thanks for the chapter. hahaha seeing the hero party reminds me of dragon quest. didnt you actually coming to other people house uninvited, breaking their things and “stealing” various items from villagers?

    not to mention stealing the gold from innocent monsters and robbing delicious exp and items from demon king hahaha xD

  11. Danny waters says:

    My teeth hurt from the wait. Adorablness is god. I love cats.

  12. Danny waters says:

    Also typo “the [Demon Beast] was followed behind [Golden Angel]”

    Could be “had followed behind the [Golden angel]”

  13. DOHere says:

    I want to see more of Rinne

  14. killking says:

    Not completely acurate gif, but the closest i remember

  15. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  16. Tu says:

    That butt alfio

  17. accountmadeforants says:

    Man, Hebrad is so nice to Francois. ;-;

    If it were another novel, he’d probably think of her as a bother, but here we have the daemon king genuinely worrying for and adoring her, and considering her kind, graceful and pure. Hebrad isn’t the #1 Dad, he’s the Dad King!

  18. FriendlyDemon says:

    kinda reminded me of Ainz Ooal Gown from overlord buffing himself before the fight with shalltear

  19. EmileLouisJolie says:

    Uuoo uoo uooo !

  20. Perpetual Red says:

    Alfio better grow a brain. He may be the protagonist of his life, but in the big picture he’s a meddling side character that’s effortlessly easy to dislike. Sigh…

    Thanks for the chapter.

  21. riel says:

    I really love this story, but that “another” hero party…. lets just ignore it anyway thanks for the chapter update till now cant waot for another update >.<

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