Slayers Main Novel Series 16 -Encounter at Atessa-
Lina and Gourry arrived in Zephilia and stopped at an inn in the city of Atessa. They are still heading to Lina's home village, so the story takes place soon after the events of the 15th novel.
5 men noticing that they are not local and after a confrontation easily ended by the slayers victory, the leader turns out to be vigilant in function for the city and his name is Randa. The officials are a bit on edge because a band of robbers are making life difficult. The keeper of the inn, a certain McLyle, who seems to emanate a certain authority, explains to them that they are not mere brigands. They steal cargoes and destroy sites linked to the extraction of ore, source of wealth for the city. It seems they're looking for something more than just money and treasures.
As a witness to their abilities, McLyle asks Lina and Gourry for help and she weighs the pros and the cons.
After a meeting with the extremely shy elf Alaina, Lina and Gourry finally accept the offer of employment and conduct the investigation in the nearby forest. Gourry still owns the Blast Sword, but Lina recalls that during her last fight against 1/7 Shabrani Gudu, the latter was forced to destroy the Demon's Blood Talismans and for this reason, some of her most powerful spells are no longer accessible. Using their heads, the slayers come face to face with a small but extremely skilled group. A quick fight ensues, interrupted by the arrival of an official delegation from Saillune, putting the bandits to flight before Lina can identify them.
The delegation is led by Princess Amelia Will Tesla Saillune, former slayer and friend of Lina and Gourry. The latter explains that following the destruction of Phybrizzo, she decided to meet the high dignitaries of each kingdom to talk to them about Mazoku Lords, sharing all the information they collected about them at the risk of their lives.
After the official meeting, Lina and Gourry talk a little with Amelia and tell her about the fight against Dynast Grausherra and 1/7 Shabrani Gudu before returning to their hostel.
The next morning, Lina and Gourry learn the disturbing disappearance of Amelia.
Despite the disappearance of Amelia, Lina does not seem destabilized. Lost in her thoughts, she leaves the city with Gourry, going to the place of the forest where they had confronted the strange men the day before.
After several hours of waiting, Amelia joins them, followed by the man Lina had fought the day before. It is actually Zelgadis, which Lina had recognized during their confrontation. The latter had fought the same way as they did long time ago when they met for the first time (using Shadow Snap and Lighting spells), allowing the first to recognize his friend without betraying his cover. From there, Lina knew that if Zel discovered that Amelia was captured, the latter would save her and bring her back to Lina, and the only place that seemed relevant to do was far from prying eyes, where they had fought.
Zelgadis explains having infiltrated this mysterious group because their magic interests him and could be a key allowing him to have his human aspect back.
At this moment, the leader of the mysterious group appears again in front of them. His name is Tesias and he is a master of a strange and non human magic.
A fight ensues between the Slayers and Tesias and its mysterious magic. The latter is nevertheless forced to withdraw when elf Alaina intervenes. The truth is then made about the origins of Tesias : he is an elf. Using the magic of his ancestors, he is trying to push humans out of the forests, and Alaina came on a mission to try to stop him.
The group goes back to Atessa. Zelgadis explains that he actually knew Tesias was an elf.Hundred years ago, the forest belonged to the elves. They gave it to humans, asking them to administred and use it well, but now they want it back seeing humans are overusing the forest's resources unfairly.
At this moment, elves attack the city. There're a lot of them and the city is on the way to be destroyed. To avoid the fall of Atessa and find a way to fight elves outside of the city, Lina shots a Drag Slave to the forest. The elves attacking the city realize there's a danger to their forest, leaving the city to try to protect it.
The battle continues in the forest, but this time, elves are serious and wearing Zanaffar armors. Contrary to the completed one Memphis had, these armors seems incomplete and dangerous. The slayers have to retreat in a mine to elaborate a battle plan. Alaina removes the seal spell on the blast Sword to make it top efficient and Lina asks her to create a magic circle that can increase the magic capacity.
The last battle begins and the slayers are well on their way... until a Zanaffar armor starts to incorporate the other elves with Zanaffar Armors, creating a very big, powerful and dangerous entity. Using the magic circle amplification, Lina is able to cast an incomplete Ragna Blade to cut him, and Gourry finishes him off, releasing the other elves, now without any armor. Finally, they surrender and Alaina will take care of the rest. Before leaving, Gourry notices a presence and Xelloss appears. He had been also trying to find the elves since they created the Zanaffar Armors using a copy of the Claire Bible, and as usual, his job is to find those copies and destroy them.
Finally, Amelia is off to keep on his mission, Zelgadis will stay to Atessa for a while, and Lina and Gourry keep their journey to Zephilia.
Rui Araizumi is, of course, back as main illustrator.
3 pages of the new novel were revealed in the Dragon Magazine of january 2018. 9 more followed on the Dragon Magazine of march 2018, then again on may.
Amelia and Zelgadis are back.
An elf named Alaina made her first appearance.
Gourry is still in possession of the Blast Sword.
The story starts in the town of Atessa, in Zephilia.
The novel was released on october 20th, 2018.
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