In the deepest part of the AntiMagic Academy, forbidden area's innermost prison. The dark side of the school.
Unlike the areas where the innocent witches were living in temporary houses, it was a prison where the worst of criminals were held in.
The facility employed means for negating magic. The ones taken there were those who are guilty of crimes against humanity.
"This place smells as bad as ever, don't you think so too Kurogane-kun…?"
While walking through the dim corridor of innermost prison, AntiMagic Academy's chairman Ootori Sougetsu asked the man walking beside him.
The man was clad in a pitch black uniform adorned with the embroidery of the Inquisition symbolizing the AntiMagic Academy, a magical circle torn up on a cross; a unique emblem. Next to it was drawn a knight with no head, symbolizing the black troops.
Black, AntiMagic Academy's investigator's section 1, city's Zeroth Extermination Riot Police alias——"EXE". EXE were special forces carrying anti-magical weapons, Relic Eaters.
"I'm used to it."
The man replied indifferently.
His name was Kurogane Hayato and he was the captain of the EXE, meaning he was the most influential person in Dullahan.
Sougetsu cast a skeptical gaze toward Hayato who had an unfriendly attitude, and looked around.
On the corridor’s wall there were multiple clockwork devices imitating coffins, and from the glass windows pale light was leaking in.
"Just like a graveyard. If you have gotten used to this place, I cannot honestly praise you for having such nerves."
"Excuse me. But you were the one who made this facility, Chairman."
"I instructed them to make it, but I didn't tell them to make it so white and creepy."
Sougetsu complained in dissatisfaction as he looked at the coffin.
If you looked inside the coffin from the window, you could see people inside.
The coffin-like devices lined in the innermost prison were called Iron Maidens, cells made in order to seal witches and sorcerers.
In case of high ranking witches, the typical anti-magic materials were insufficient. Because they were difficult to restrain when awake, these devices were made.
The witches sealed inside were in a state of suspended animation unable to even dream.
The suppression collar-type equipment sealing the magical power of the witches had a terrible cost to performance ratio.
That's why there was no other way than to keep the witches asleep with such a powerful force.
"So? How's the girl's state?"
“After the capture she fainted, and it seems like she lost most of her memories."
"Memory loss... how troublesome."
"I'm guessing it was a magical charm that caused a memory loss to prevent information leakage. According to a Seelie's diagnosis her memory should start returning after some time."
"Do you know anything about her identity?"
When asked, Hayato looked towards Sougetsu.
"Her name is Nikaido Mari, an Ancient Wizard, and if I'm not wrong she’s the "Witch of the Aurora", she’s been a wanted witch for the past three years."
"The witch from no-killed cases? Although her standing is subtle, she indeed has the skill. I pulled some information from the brain of a low rank member of Valhalla about it before."
"Yeah. It's about the orphanage from the boundary line, the motive as to why she has been cooperating with Valhalla has already been investigated."
"It's disturbing that it was a charm for memory loss and not for suicide bombing, they are trying to conceal something after all... I wonder if they'll attack all at once in order to either kill her or retake her."
"The possibility is roughly 50% for both."
"In that case, before the effects expire we can utilize her."
"Lately Valhalla has started quite a few large-scale operations. Like the Hero terrorism last month. People who are a good source of information are quite rare. Whether it's the big-shots or small fries that come to us, either of them are fine."
"...I don't understand. Chairman, what do you mean."
"You don't get it? I'm talking about fishing."
Saying that, Sougetsu imitated the movement of casting a fishing rod.
Hayato narrowed his eyes, understanding the Chairman.
The two were walking for a while until they reached their destination.
At their goal there was an Iron Maiden, it had a different form from the others, rather than pale light coming from the window, there was a red light.
Around the Iron Maiden were Regins with instruments that were used to adjust it.
Raising his hand, Sougetsu told them to move.
"Unlock it, also, remove the chain."
The people in lab coats looked at each other and asked. "Is that okay?"
Sougetsu signaled for them to hurry with his hand, the woman in lab coat put her hand on one of the four levers installed on both sides of the coffin.
A sound fitting of an Iron Maiden was released, and heavy steam was discharged covering the field of view.
The door of the Iron Maiden was opened and the overflowing steam crawled across the ground.
Inside was a young girl.