Campione! / Campione! Vol 1 Prologue



“Wow, it’s been a long time since I came to such a splendid place. Lovely

“No, absolutely not. We will give you anything you want, so please leave,”

The wise king knew that the wolf would not keep his promise.

in, I will choose other means, you know?”


breathed out deeply.

castle of the pig king. The castle made from many bricks went flying like

Just like that, the whirlwind escalated into a great storm and blew away

“Look, isn’t it just like I said? You should’ve calmly let me into the castle.

sneered at the pig king.

original folklore stories “The Wolf and The Goat” and “The Wolf and The


storms, [Sturm und Drang], to drive the Dalmatian[1] port city Zadar[2] to

many years, the memory of this tragedy took an influence on the folktale.


Born in the first half of the eighteenth century in the area of modern

his life by moving from place to place for more than ten years, struggling

god and suddenly rose to become a Campione.

they murdered. They are feared existences whom magi called [Kings].

Just a few years later, he attacked the castle of the marquis governing the

the status within a few years and abandoned it in the end. However, it was

Furthermore, the name Voban came from his peculiar and ghastly sense of

Knowing that the previous marquis had kept a savage dog called “Voban”,

to serve his relative, the former pet dog…


any country.

still a little too common to be called a devil king’s palace.
The master of the room was called Sasha Dejanstahl Voban.

He was one of the Campione whom magi throughout the world feared as

All of them possessed a tremendous magic power called [Authority]. Those

kings’ own hands.

memory of your face… ahh, don’t think of me as a senile old fool. People in

person other than me.”

His physical appearance was the same. He had a wide forehead, deeply

taught at some university, everyone would consent.

shaved clean.

even ten minutes. Please bear it no mind.”

She fell on one knee and held her right arm over her chest.

being in front of a [king], a knight had an obligation to present herself with

The girl who belonged to the magic association “Bronze Black Cross” was

Her handsome features, which gave the impression of a fairy, were more

Yet despite her youth, the girl was a mage holding the title of Great Knight.

the only one with comparable talent was the Erica Blandelli of the ‘Copper

“That’s splendid. Now then, I think you already know, but I am impatient by

one reason.”

Whenever those evil eyes glittered, any living being before them would turn

from the Celtic demon god Balor[4].

Undead Servants].


great sorcery to summon a heretic god. I’ve been thinking about attempting

Liliana fixedly looked back at the devil king’s face.

trying such a dangerous ritual again? After pondering over that question for

‘A godslayer summoning a god. How can there be any other reason except

“Back then, that damn Salvatore got the better of me. I had not anticipated

see, I had never dreamed that such a greenhorn would appear in our

Four years ago, that incident had spread the fame of the young devil king

world like thunder. The story of the godslayer stealing the old [king]’s

Liliana, who happened to be present at that time, remembered the entire

“In three more months, the stellar constellations and the flow of ley lines

may not be interested in that kind of knowledge myself, but I made a

All of a sudden, Voban happily redirected his gaze behind Liliana.

someone had come up unseen and unheard. Just who could sneak up on

She hurriedly turned around only to sigh.

nodded awkwardly at Voban’s question, as if he was a machine that lacked

There was no expression on his pale face. Neither was there any light in

The appearance of death.

than a moving corpse.

Liliana instantly remembered one of the authorities of the old king.

the living dead and enforcing absolute obedience as a faithful servant.

It was most likely that this corpse once opposed the devil king when he

him. It wasn’t something doable through ordinary courage. It was a feat

But, this Authority defiled that courage and ridiculed that dignity.

belonged to the magic association [Bronze Black Cross], resistance

left on the spot.

If the leader of the Italian mages, Salvatore Doni, was in perfect condition,


was still too early for him to resist another Campione.

remember who showed the most outstanding talent back then?”

miko. When the ritual was over, two-thirds of them had lost their sanity,

Luckily, Liliana belonged to the third that had managed to stay safe.

Rather than gathering riffraff, I should handpick the very best miko

The emerald evil eyes pierced Liliana with amusement.

“Unless I was mistaken, wasn’t she Asian? You wouldn’t happen to

In this instant, Liliana hesitated.

course the latter. But even if she successfully feigned ignorance here, he

And as a proud knight, she should do the former.

to make sure that he produced no uninvolved victims. Following her

“Her name was Mariya. She is Japanese and said that she came from

her before you,” she proposed while lowering her head. But the reply was

“I’ve got an even better idea. I’ve thought about going to Japan myself.


“I also want to breathe some foreign air once in a while. Isn’t it fine? I am

vacation, yes?”

stop to the knight’s objections.


While contently watching the compliant Liliana, Voban said:

second too long.”

brethren is in Japan. Would it not be better to contact him ahead of time?”

war Verethragna and became a Campione.

into and had the crimson knight, who was Liliana’s rival, wait upon him as

But the most senior devil king simply rejected this proposal with a scornful

“There’s no need for that. If he has something to talk about, he can just

It was the whim of a devil king with far too much free time.

swallow up Kusanagi Godou and Tokyo.

1. ↑ Dalmatia: a historical region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic

2. ↑ Zadar: Capital of the old Dalmatia

referring to a Knight

giants in Irish mythology similar to the Titans, who had a mystical eye

his head; following a prophecy he was killed by his grandson, despite

5. ↑ Miko: Miko are usually Japanese shrine maidens. However, in this

magical miko are shrine-maidens, or Japanese. That is why we left the
term as miko whenever it shows up.

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