Chapter 01 – I am the one who will eat you lot.
This town is a huge pen for livestock.
A stock of humans that exist for the sake of monsters.
The sturdy walls around the town reminds one of walls used to pen sheep and the exit is blocked by a massive iron gate.
Every place in the town is under the surveillance of man-eating monsters called Ogres.
No one goes against the monsters or rather they cannot.
All the people in this town have resigned to a lifestyle as livestock for the monsters.
“…So, you’ve gathered, you human trash.”, said the ogre who was satisfied after seeing us humans gathered in the open square on that day.
“Well then, choose the one to be sacrificed1 this time.”, ordered the ogre.
Humans have no choice but to periodically provide sacrifices to these monsters.
This was the reason for which we were all gathered at the open square today.
Usually, the humans who are to be sacrificed are chosen beforehand through discussions and it was no different this time.
“Hoh…, you sure made your choice without any fuss.”, sneered the ogre as everyone in the square pointed at me.
“I’m sorry, Theo”, my friend Thor apologized to me while hanging his head.
“But you know, it’s partly your fault too.
If only you hadn’t said something like that…”, he grumbled at me while having just apologized.
Indeed, my selection was my own fault to a certain extent.
It all started just the other day, when I brought up a certain topic with my friends.
“Do you want to escape from this city?”.
The answer to this question was neither YES nor NO but a fist.
“You idiot! There is no way humans can go up against monsters.
Our Levels are 1, you moron.”, shouted Thor while showing me the back of his hand.
Shining a pale blue on his fist was the Level Crest.
In this world, a being’s worth is decided by the numerical value of their Level.
This Level is determined by one’s race and is engraved somewhere on the body as the Level Crest since birth.
For example it is said that, in case of a Goblin it’s Level 3, in case of an ogre it’s Level 10, for a Wyvern it’s Level 37 and for a human… it is Level 1.
“A human with a Level of 1 can never go up against a monster.
Neither can we use magic nor do we have any weapons or are naturally gifted like those monsters.
If we defy them in such a state, all we will gain is needless suffering.”, admonished Thor while shaking his fist.
“Do you get it now Theo? Humans can’t win against monsters.”
Since that incident I was treated as a dangerous individual in the city.
Well, one would think that that was the normal reaction.
I would have thought and acted the same way too if I had been born and raised the same way as them.
“Theo, It’s because you are too dangerous.
Even if you alone act against them the rest of us could be dragged into it and suffer unnecessarily.”
I don’t resent you for it.”
“So, it’s him then.”, said the ogre while easily picking me up.
Having picked me up, the ogre began to smell me as if he were a connoisseur and I the dish.
“He smells pretty delicious.
I am really looking forward to eating him.”
Saying that, he locked me up in a human sized bird cage that was placed nearby and then carried it like luggage.
I looked down at my feet as if I was too scared to look at anything or anyone else.
I didn’t want anyone to see the expression on my face right then because I knew that a smile had floated up on it.
“Well then, so far everything has gone according to plan…”
While quietly chuckling to myself, I took out the wire that was hidden beneath my clothes and stealthily inserted it into the cage’s lock.
I was carried to the ogre’s base which was the castle in the town’s centre.
When I entered the castle’s dining hall, the preparation for the meal had already begun.
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