The throne room in Nazarick was brightly lit by the magical lights of the chandeliers. The figures before him as Cocytus delivered his report..
Ainz Ooal Gown had gathered most of the floor guardians as well as Sebas for two reasons. One was to hear about and commend them on their progress. And the other…
"The. Lizardmen. Are. Very. Great. Full. For. The. Gifts. Bestowed. On. Them. By Ainz-sama." – wrapped up his report Cocytus.
According to him the 3 adamantite armors crafted by the dwarves were given to Zenberu, Zaryusu and Shiryusu. Leaving the other lizardmen in awe of the craftsmanship of the armor and the generosity of their lord Ainz Ooal Gown.
"Very good." – said Ainz – "The armor will protect Zaryusu from harm..." an image of the albino lizardmen with many albino children flashing before Ainz's mind. "Zenberu deserved a reward for being our guide to the dwarves, and Shasryu getting the armor as the leader of the Lizardmen is also good."
"You have done an excellent job Cocytus!" – Ainz commended while nodding his head in approval. "I know you have requested armor and weapons for the lizardmen in the past. Now that we have the dwarf runesmiths working for us, your lizardmen will be amongst the first to receive rune crafted equipment."
"Your. Servant. Is. Most. Great. Full." – replied Cocytus, bowing deeply to his master.
"Now, Albedo. I understand your visit to the Capital had gone quite well as well?"
"Yes, Ainz-sama!" – replied Albedo, turning around to face Ainz. "With the help of eight fingers we were able to prop up a worthless human, to create a third faction in the kingdom. Princess Renner is also proving to be a useful puppet. Although, if she can open the box she was given, she might even be worth welcoming as a servant of the great tomb of Nazzarick."
"I still don't know what Albedo and Demiurge plan for this Princess is. But is letting someone so smart near me a good idea?" Suzuki Satoru thought full of worry. His skull face did not show any emotion of course.
"I'll leave it to you then!" – Said Suzuki, as he waved his hand gracefully. The many hours he practiced such movements in front of the mirror had begun to pay off, as he was able to execute such a move with regal appearance of a true ruler.
"I will do my best to please Ainz-sama" – replied Albedo, blushing a little as she bowed.
Purging from his mind any thoughts about the reason for her blushing. He looked at Demiurge, the only one who hasn't yet given his report.
"Demiurge, can you share your progress in the Holy Kingdom with the other guardians?"
"As you command" – replied Demiurge with a bow. "My preparation in the Holy kingdom are now complete. We can move forward with the plan to use a doppelganger."
While Ainz was wondering why Demiurge would require a doppelganger, Shalltear asked a question:
"Doppelganger? I thought the plan was to use jaldabaoth to throw the Holy Kingdom in despair, forcing them to ask The Sorcerer Kingdom for help. Much like we did in the Kingdom's Capital."
Thankful that not all of his subordinates possessed genius level of intelligence Ainz awaited Demiurge's reply to Shalltear's question.
"Kuku" – Demiurge laughed "Do you really think someone as unfathomable as Ainz-sama, the leader of all of the Supreme Beings would play the same hand twice?"
"What is he talking about?!" – thought Suzuki Satoru as he felt his none existent stomach ache. "Wasn't that exactly the plan?" Thankful for his undead emotional suppression and even more for his skull face, he listened to the guardians.
"Do you really know our master so little? Ainz-sama is a truly unimaginable being, whose plans go far beyond what any of us could comprehend." – concluded Demiurge with a smile.
Shalltear had a puzzled look on her face, the other guardians did as well, with the exception of Albedo, who nodded approvingly during Demiurge speech.
"But.. wasn't subjugating the Holy Kingdom.. the next step in our.. conquest?" – asked Mare, in his panicky voice.
"Please. Explain. It. To. This. Ungrateful. One." – Said Cocytus while looking at Ainz. Aura's eyes were on him too, eager to learn about his incomparable plan.
"Explain what?! I know just as much as you!" – Suzuki wanted to scream. Naturally he did not do that. He had anticipated this turn of events. In fact, the other reason for gathering all the guardians here was so he wouldn't have to be alone with Demiurge and Albedo while discussing the plans for the future.
"What was it that happened the last time" – Ainz thought about his last meeting with Demiurge. It happened after the dwarves allied with his kingdom. In a conversation with Demiurge he got distracted and said something out loud at the most unfortunate time. "Ten thousand years" was it? He tried to play it off as a joke, but it was obvious Demiurge did not take it as such. He was determined to avoid such mistakes in the future.
"It seems Demiurge had seen through my plans once again" – Ainz said with a chuckle.
"Not at all Ainz-sama. I could never have imagined how far your plans go. If it wasn't for the light you shone, I would still be in complete darkness as to your true plans." – replied Demiurge, bowing to Ainz.
"What are you talking about?" – Ainz thought – "Why does he always make things so difficult for me?" Truly Suzuki was full of regrets. In the beginning he could have easily told Demiurge and Albedo that they need to tell him their plans in order not to interfere with his brilliant schemes. However, he did not do that. And doing so now would make them both feel like they've failed, that he could not trust them and that they needed his supervision. It could also reflect badly on his own image as an all-knowing ruler – since all of the guardians were convinced that Ainz already knew all of their plans.
With a sigh Ainz used a new variation of his usual escape tool "It seems that not all the guardians are as perceptive as you are. Do explain to them our plans for the Holy Kingdom" Ainz commanded Demiurge.
After bowing to Ainz, Demiurge began.
"Like you I thought that Ainz-sama's goal was to conquer the world and rule it as a Supreme Being should. However, I began to doubt it after observing Ainz-sama's deeds in the Empire and the Dwarven Kingdom. World conquest seemed too simple of a goal for the leader of the Supreme Beings. And then, just recently, in a conversation with Ainz-sama he confirmed it. 10,000 years!" – Demiurge proclaimed loudly.
"10,000 years! That's how far ahead our master had predicted the future of The Sorcerer Kingdom"
The throne room went silent before being filled with words of awe and admiration. "Impossible." – granted Cocytus, cold air escaping his exoskeleton. "Incredible" – said Sebas, his eyes filled with awe and admiration. "Amazing" – whispered Shalltear. "Ainz-sama .. is amazing" said Mare. "Wow" – exclaimed Aura. Albedo's wings had opened and closed from excitement, while her body seemed to shudder.
"I told him it was a joke, didn't I?" Ainz thought desperately, his none existent stomach in pain "why did he have to bring it up here? Now everyone thinks it's true too."
"It is as Demiurge says" – said Ainz in a tone of a true ruler. Even with his undead body and face, pulling off such a thing took most of his energy. "Please proceed Demiurge"
"Yes Ainz-sama!" bowed Demiurge. "It finally made sense. After all, if all Ainz-sama wanted was to conquer the world, he would need but to give a command to the legions of the undead that have been created. The undead would over run and conquer everything in their way. And allow us to observe anyone who could stop them, such as the party responsible for mind controlling Shalltear. We could then gather information on any such entities and eliminate them."
"However, such plan is too short sighted. True, it would bring immediate results, but in the long term it would cause many problems. On the other hand, the plan Ainz-sama came up with sacrifices some immediate goals for the long term advantages. His actions in the Empire and the Dwarven Kingdom had allowed me to peek at his true plans. Although I could never fully understand them."
"What the hell is he talking about?" – wondered Ainz. All I did in the Empire was duel the Arena Lord. And while recruiting rune smiths and reclaiming dwarven capital was a good achievement, I don't think that's what Demiurge is talking about."
"I still don't understand" – said Shalltear, a look of a student who just can't grasp the lesson on her face.
"Me too" – admitted Aura – "Doesn't Ainz-sama want to conquer the world?"
"There is a difference between doing so, and doing so in a way that will result in The Sorcerer Kingdom reigning supreme for 10,000 years" – said Albedo. Now all eyes were on her as she continued to explain.
"From our research into this world's history we know that every two hundred years or so, powerful beings appear in this world. Similar to how Nazarick had been transported here. By all accounts those beings might be on the same level as us."
There was a commotion in the throne room as gasps of surprise and exclamations of protest were heard.
"Naturally, no one can challenge the might of Nazarick!" – exclaimed Albedo, her wings opening and closing in excitement. "But if we use force to conquer this world, its inhabitants would be chomping at the bit to join forces with anyone who might oppose us. Be it some newly transferred beings, or those already in this world."
Understanding downed on all of the guardians.
"I see" – said Sebas. "Ainz-sama seeks to conquer the world in such a way that would make The Sorcerer Kingdom not an enemy, but a hero to the people of this world. Preventing them from allying with our enemies in the future and even helping us find any of the ones already here.
"Indeed" – answered Albedo "If you look at AInz-sama's accomplishments you would see that he has been pursuing this goal from the start. Carne village, Lizardmen, Baharuth Empire, the Dwarven Kingdom, even his reorganization of the Adventurer's Guild. He had not simply achieved victory over them by force, but inspired the kind of admiration and worship that such a Supreme Being deserves."
"However, there are still obstacles – some fools just don't know their place" – said Demiurge with a scowl on his face "That fool, Jircniv of the Baharuth Empire. It seems he had given up on opposing us openly, but is still looking for a way out"
"Which bring us to the Holy Kingdom. We will use this country to make the legend of Ainz Ooal Gown, making him a hero to the people of this world. While flushing out those who oppose us and inspiring even more loyalty from those who are loyal to The Sorcerer Kingdom"
"Demiurge has explain my goals quite well" Said Ainz "Now that you know of my true plans, I hope you will work hard to fulfill them"
All of the guardians bowed to acknowledge their master's words.
"Still your intelligence knows no limits Ainz-sama" – said demiurge, in a tone full of admiration – "To think that you have already predicted this course of action back when you've created Pandora's Actor."
"What?!" – Ainz thought, thankful for his skull face which could not betray any emotions "Why is he mentioning Pandora's Actor now? I truly don't understand his plans"
"You give me too much credit Demiurge, it is just a coincidence" – Ainz said. I should be safe saying this, shouldn't I? Suzuki wondered.
"Still, the whole plan would not be possible if it wasn't for Pandora's Actor's doppelganger ability. As the only one in Nazarick proficient enough to fully resemble anyone, could it truly be a coincidence that he is the one being created by Ainz-sama himself?" – Demiurge asked with a smile.
"How should I answer him?" Ainz wondered, I am not even sure what he needs Pandora Actor for, or why he's such a key to his plan. Ainz agonized for a few seconds, before going with what he thought was his safest option.
"I had considered several possibilities at the time. Although, even I cannot farsee so far into the future. Now Demiurge, explain our exact plan of action for the Holy Kingdom, so that everyone present here can aid it in their own way." – Ainz ordered Demiurge.