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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 196

Chapter 196 Strongest Sage, Breaks Through Siege

 

『Everyone, are you ready?』

『Yes!』

『Ready when you are!』

After confirming their responds, I slightly loosen up the mana control spell I put on Iris.

『Got it. I've loosened up Iris's mana bind, so the demons should be coming here soon... Our comm magic may get disconnected in the middle of combat if we get separated, when that happens, move at your own discretions while making sure to stay hidden from the demons.』

Even though my comm magic's range is wider than ever before, I'm still a Disqualified Crest after all. It cannot reach that far.
If Ruli were in the charge of comm magic, she could likely cover the entire area, but then the demons might find out.

『Yes!』

『Gotcha!』

And while we were discussing with comm magic--the demons made their move.
Looks like they're coming here to check things up.

The sub-demons don't seem to deem Iris to be a threat for the time being, they've only dispatched two.
...Of course, I've adjusted the released mana to make this happen.

『Only two of them are coming here...』

『Yeah... Though it seems around five of them are observing the situation, they'll rush here if anything happens.』

I move to the demons' blind spot while hiding my mana.
Camouflaging here is easy thanks to Iris's flashy mana.

And then... The instant Iris came into the demons' view, I swung my sword.

"Wha?"

One of the demons' head flew off along with a confused voice.
The one saying that was the still living demon.

Sub-demon is quick to grasp the situation they're in.
Even while the demon was taken aback, it immediately understood what it needed to do and deployed defensive magic around itself

But--too late.
My sword was already inching closer to the demon's neck while it was developing the barrier.
The sword that slipped through the deployed barrier decapitated the demon like a butter.

『Now then... How much did they find out I wonder.』

Besides visions, these demons share various other senses.
With the speed just now, they shouldn't be able to specify my mana, but it's possible they have found out my magic sword's.
...Though they probably think the magic sword's mana reaction to be that of Iris.

The sub-demons began to move in fluster while I was thinking.
They sure move fast, not surprising considering their joint-senses.

『Wha... Aren't we getting surrounded?』

『Yeah. It's the basic tactic of sub-demons.』

Fundamentally, sub-demons prefer to encircle their enemies rather than waiting for them to move.
Because sub-demons are good at attacking from blind spots by working in group, yet it'll be hard to aim for blind spots if they're the ones getting attacked.

Their extermination encirclement should be complete in 20 seconds if this keeps up.
However, I'm not going to let it happen.

I continue to observe the mana reaction, unmoving.
And then--just as I've guessed, one sub-demon is going to take the path visible from Alma's location.

--Just as planned.

『Alma, throw the magic stone! Toward the feet of the passing demon!』

『Okay!』

The magic stone Alma threw fell unnaturally due to the effect of Guided Homing Enchant.
A moment later, the demon passed by the magic stone--as it exploded.

Of course, sub-demons aren't weak enough to be defeated by an explosion from such a small magic stone.
However, this is good.
That magic stone is something to make the demons think that they have been 『caught in a trap』.

While looking at the demon's reaction, I enter its blind spot and cut it in half.
Now the demons must think that 『Our cohort died after getting caught in an unusual trap』.
As a proof--.

『The demons are running away!』

Immediately after the third demon died, the sub-demons began to take a distance away from us all at once.
They must have thought that we knew about their encirclement.

That was my goal with giving Alma the order.
Were Alma and Ruli's position off by a meter, or it was late by three seconds, they would have seen through our tricks.

The demons have begun to move as predicted while I'm thinking that.
They're running away from us and joining up with other demons.

--This is how you do it.
No matter how good we're hiding and slipping into blind spots, there's no way to go around them when a bunch of 10 sub-demons crowd together.
And there's still 17 of them left.

We may have managed to kill three at the outset, but us four would have a hard time fighting against 14 sub-demons.
They'd easily kill us three, and Iris who survived thanks to her sturdiness would be gradually shaved down until they took her down.
We have no chance of winning if these demons group together.
--That's why I'll stop them from meeting up with each others.

『You three, stay where you are!』

After saying that, I accelerated up while squeezing my mana from leaking out, and went for the farthest demon from us.
And then, I made a fake explosion that used magic stone like earlier myself and severed the demon's head at the same time.
The disguise was far sloppier than when it used magic stone. They would instantly knew that this was a trap if they just think it through calmly.

However, I should be able to deceive them right now.
Since I'm away from Iris, her mana has been completely released to her normal level... in other words, a level of mana reaction that's far incomparable to an average human.

During such a turmoil, they should have no idea that the imperfect disguise earlier was a trap.
Or so I thought--but it appears that the demons are moving outside of my expectations.

『They found out huh.』

I muttered so while hurrying back to the girls' location.
Looks like they noticed that it was an assailant that had been killing their comrades, not the explosion.

The sub-demons had stopped moving, and begun to cast detection magic to cover each other's blind spots.
And now they're completely on alert for the assailant.

However, they don't seem to know that it's me judging from their movements.
The disguised attacks were probably effective, but a comparatively clever sub-demon probably told them, 『There's an assailant who disguised themselves behind the trap』.

--It'd be bad if they come together. Let's settle this quick.

"Ga..."

I'm hurrying up while cutting up a nearby sub-demon with my magic sword.
I'm heading to a certain junction.

I've already mastered this town's geography.
There are key points in the demons' paths to meet together.
If they can't get through those points, the routes these demons have to take will be limited.

So I'm going to camp there.
...By the way, Iris is currently standing at one of those points.
I thought this could happen, so I had Iris to stay there to slow down the demons as much as possible.

"Gaa!"

"W-where's the enemy... Guaaaaa!"

"Invisible enemy, that's just impossible... Gaha!"

Thanks to taking controls of the key points, the elimination is going well.
However... Hiding my presence is probably nearing the limit.

Even with these key points, there are other routes for demons to take.
I've cut down the demons to only 10, but those 10 have formed a group, eliminating the gaps in their formation.

Continuing my offense here would expose my location, turning it into a frontal assault.
Fighting against a group of 10 sub-demons is a dead wish.

...I could win if Ruli and Alma showed themselves and used that instant to kill several of those demons, but it's too risky.
Even if I'm attacking the demons, letting Ruli and Alma to face off against 10 demons is a bit too much.

If Iris and I immediately join the fray, there's a 80% chance Ruli and Alma to come out safe.
However, I can't bring myself to execute that plan with that 20% possibility up in the air.

We should meet up for now. Since our enemy has grouped together already, there's no point in blocking the key points.

『Are you three all right?』

『I'm fine!』

『We're unhurt too! I mean, they don't even know we're here!』

I had Iris acting as a decoy but as expected, one or two sub-demons are incapable of harming her defense, she's unscathed.
Ruli and Alma have successfully kept their presence hidden as well.

The problem is our move from here on.
Since we've cut down their numbers to around half the original, it might be a good idea to retreat here for the time being and wait for our chance.
However, giving them time here could make them high on alert for several days, so I'd like to finish it here.

While I was thinking that--the demons suddenly made a weird move.
They suddenly turned their alertness to a different direction, moving away from us.

It's as if a new enemy of these demons has appeared.
It would have been about how they would move were I used a decoy here.

I'm completely clueless as to what's going on.
However, this is exactly the situation I wanted.

『Here's our chance! Let's attack now!』

I overlook not this chance and close our distance to the demons.

Of course, there's a chance these demons purposely created this situation to entrap me.
However, my instinct as a battle hardened combatant forged in my past life tells me that's not the case.

--The demons are focusing their detection to a completely different direction so they won't miss the enemy they finally found.
Probably as a countermeasure if this 『Someone』 could use stealth magic.

Thanks to it, it's really easy to attack their back.
Concealing my presence and instilling the belief that 『The enemy is good at stealth』 on these demons finally bore fruits.

And then--I caught up with the demons just when they had started their assault on this 『Someone』.

"Guh!"

"Gaa!"

"A counterattack!?"

I cut down the wide open demons in an instant.
It's very easy since they're crowding together for the sake of doing union attacks.

The demons immediately attempted to fix their formation, but they had no chance for that.

"Sooi!"

Iris threw a huge spear at the center of the crowd of demons--or rather, it's coming straight at me.
The spear that struck the ground at an astounding speed blew away the area around its impact point.

Of course, the sub-demons who were dragged into it had their formation broken in pieces.
...I would have died if I didn't dodge that.

『Oy, Iris, watch it.』

『I thought Mathias-san would dodge even if one came flying at you, so I threw it without aiming! I'm sorry!』

...Yeah. I knew that was the case judging from her random way of throwing the spear.
To begin with, Iris is not delicate enough to precisely hit something with her spear.

I continue to beat the disordered demons one after another while thinking that.
The lower their numbers the easier it is to beat sub-demons, and once it's been lowered this much, this is now nothing but a routine work.

I annihilated all but one demon, and imprison it in a barrier.
There's a reason why I didn't exterminate them all.

Then, I head toward 『Someone』 who had become the demons' target.
...Well, I've had a rough idea of who that 『Someone』 is though.

"Oy, you okay."

I kicked the ground and got to where the demons' decoy is.
The person lying there is, as expected--Giruas.

Even though my interruption came quick, Giruas still ended up taking hits from 10 demons, he's been seriously wounded.
Yet is the fact that he didn't get hit on his vitals or hard-to-heal parts because of his genius sense of battle, I wonder.

He should get patched up quick with healing magic.
To the point that I'm wondering if he purposely took only hits that would make it easier to heal with magic later.

"You sure know how to get hit."

I healed Giruas with magic as I said that.
There's only one sub-demon left.
This demon has been confined inside a barrier I made.

I didn't kill this demon because I thought Giruas would be disappointed if I left no demon alive.
He's probably itching for a fight anyway, I'll let him have the last one if he wishes for it.
It's thanks to him that we were able to easily beat these demons after all.

While thinking that... Giruas stood up.

"Ow oww.. Hm? Didn't some buncha' weird demons kill me or something?"

"Nope, you're not dead yet. Even healing magic can't revive the dead."

"...Mathias eh. Looks like you saved my ass... I owe you one."

Afterward, Giruas looks around.
And then--.

"...No more demons here?"

Giruas asked me with a disappointed look on his face.
It's just as expected and all, but he's already looking for more fight right after dying huh.
This guy is a honest-to-goodness battle junkie.

"I've left one for you since I knew you'd say that."

I point at the barrier where the sub-demon is confined.
The sub-demon is apparently trying to get away, but it's failing at it because Alma has been stopping it.

"...Man you're real prepared... Since it's you Mathias, you must have purposely left one for me, yeah?"

"Was it an unnecessary gesture?"

"Naw. True that I don't like fighting pre-arranged enemy, but it's thousands times better than not fighting a powerful one that's right in front of me."

Giruas immediately gave his reply and headed for the demon.
And then he slashed at the barrier with his sword... which bounced off.

"...That's a tough one."

Then Giruas enchanted his sword with reinforcement magic and hit the barrier again.
--His enchant level has gone up compared to our fight before.
It hasn't been yet a week since then.

Though even after his enchant has leveled up, his sword can't cut the barrier.
Of course, a low level barrier wouldn't have been enough to confine a demon, even if it's a sub-demon.

"...Oy, this thing ain't budging."

"Cause I made it like that. I'm opening it."

I release the barrier.

Normally speaking, he shouldn't have been fighting after suffering that much wounds, but it should be fine if he's this energetic.
Giruas is sturdy after all.

"Eat this!"

The sub-demon immediately slashed at Giruas when the barrier went down.
Though it's not like I did it on purpose, the surviving sub-demon seems to be good at swords.

"Come at me!"

Giruas blocked the demon's sword, flipped it back and counterattacked.
The sub-demon parried his attack with its sword.

Current prospects--they're almost even.
The sub-demon is clearly superior in both strength and techniques.

However, Giruas has this mysterious sense in his moves.
He's moving like a veteran swordsman at times, though it's probably in reflex.
Due to that, none is holding the advantage, it's a draw that could tip to one side at anytime.

However, that balance didn't last long.
Giruas's movements suddenly became faster in the middle of combat.

--『Body Reinforcement』.
It's the most fundamental most effective magic for a swordsman.
Especially during a stalemate, suddenly moving quicker when the enemy has gotten used to your speed, delaying their response, could prove fatal.

It was written in the very first chapter of the text book I gave him--so he did read it huh.

"Wha..."

The sub-demon couldn't cope with Giruas's sudden acceleration.
Giruas's swords is going straight at the demon's shoulder.

And when the sword was about to hit the demon--Giruas enchanted his sword without chanting.
I know this magic--I didn't expect him to use it.

"--Recoil Steel Slash!"

Giruas continues to slash at the demon while shouting.
『Recoil Steel Slash』 is a derivative magic of 『Steel Slash』 that raises your sword's sharpness.

It's more powerful than 『Steel Slash』 but in exchange, it gives back not insignificant damage to yourself.
That recoil runs through your entire body, even those who are used to fighting won't be able to move after three consecutive usages.

Not only that, your sword moves also get duller due to the recoil.
That's why, I hardly ever used this magic.
It's only mentioned very little at the text book I gave him.

...So despite saying he's bad at reading, he went and found this magic.
However, 『Recoil Steel Slash』 might be the best magic with the highest firepower for Giruas who's originally not that precise with a sword.
Assuming he can bear the recoil though.

"GAAAAAAA!"
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"Guh... That really stings."

The slashed demon screamed in agony, Giruas too looked at his arm with a look of agony.
And yet, he's not stopping.

Giruas swings his sword again without any hesitation, enchanted with Recoil Steel Slash.
And another Recoil Steel Slash when he's slashing back.

...That's the third.
It should be about time for an ordinary human to stop moving, yet Giruas isn't letting up.
Continuing to swing his sword even now.

Backlash from 『Recoil Steel Slash』 is not something that can be overcome with spirits or sense.
Enduring consecutive usages like this--don't tell me, he's had 『Recoil Steel Slash』 practices already.
That sure is reckless.

After three consecutive 『Recoil Steel Slash』 even the sub-demon is at its deathbed.

And, though it's not limited to demons--the most critical point in a combat is when the enemy is cornered.
Letting your guard down even a bit risks you getting killed by their do-or-die desperation attacks.

Giruas is too valuable to be lost here.
He will surely become a terrific war potential if he survives this and continues his training.

I planned to butt in before he got himself killed--but let's trust his battle sense here.

"You bastard--I'll kill you!"

The sub-demon unleashed the last of its strength, going all out to attack Giruas.

『Mana Strike』.
One of special magic that can only be used by demons.

It's a magic that grants tremendous strength and speed to your sword at the risk of one's life.
It's practically the upgraded version of 『Recoil Steel Slash』.

A sword buffed by such magic is coming at Giruas.
The accelerated sword infused with a vast amount of mana could shred humans to piece just by touching.

Right dead at the center, unavoidable track.
At least, with Giruas's speed, it should be impossible for him to dodge that.

However, Giruas evaded it.
It's as if, he had foreseen the attack before the demon used 『Mana Strike』.
And then he counterattacked like flowing.

"--Recoil Steel Slash."

The demon who had exhausted the last of its strength was pierced by Giruas's finishing sword.
Flawless moves without any waste.

--Giruas fell down just as the demon died.
His live is not in danger, but it doesn't seem like he can get up.
His body probably can't endure it after using 『Recoil Steel Slash』 four times.

"You've gotten quite strong in just a few days."

Even two Giruas from back then probably can't win against this current Giruas.
He's gotten that much stronger in just a few days.

"Well yeah... Yet look at me, turned into this just by beating one demon when you beat like ten of them alone. I gotta train more."

Giruas moved his head to look at the dead demon.
Looks like he doesn't have the energy to even stand up.

"Was that book proven useful?"

"Yeah. I asked an acquaintance, a guild staff to read it fer' me coz I can't read."

He got it read for him huh...
I can't imagine a scene where this guy is having someone read to him.

That aside.

"Hey... What do you think we should do here?"

Right now we're in the center of the town.
Of course, people would gather around after that flashy battle.
Furthermore...

"Oy, landlord-sama has fallen over there!"

"Something's wrong with landlord-sama! What's with those demon horns!"

This town was ruled by demons.
In other words, the populace think the demons we defeated was the landlord and the higher ups of this town.

With all of them lost, this town will fall into chaos.
Thanks to the demon's horns, we might be able to explain that they were demons to them at least.

However, the problem is the aftermath.
There might be some human higher ups surviving, but there's a chance that they have been corrupted by the demons after all this time.
This town has no one who could act as its leader.

Even now, this town has a lot of ruffians like the bandits we fought.
The town would be in chaos without a leader.

No, you can say it's already starting.
And there's no one who could stop it in this town.

"...Isn't this bad?"

"Yeah. This is bad... We need someone who can rally them together, but this town doesn't have someone like that right now... And asking helps from other landlords would take time."

"Why not ask higher-ups from the guild... Ah, the guild was overran by demons wasn't it, guess not then..."

As a matter of fact, personally there's no problem for us even if this town falls into chaos now that the demons are no more.
As there's nothing that could obstruct us from accomplishing our goal here anymore.

The reason why we came here was because the demons who were in this town could pose a problem when we're using the magic tool to look for demons.
And we'll be done with it if we just leave Folkia and activate the magic tool.

However... Since we're under the backing of Eis Kingdom to move in a foreign country, leaving Folkia here may turn into problems later on.
While I was thinking that...  Giruas opened his mouth.

"...Hey. I don't really get it, but in short, this Folkia's ruler or something was a demon, and there's no one governing this town now that we beat 'em, that right?"

"That's right."

After hearing that Giruas tried to stand up.
And then he frowned.

"Hey. Can't ya make this body move with yer' magic?"

"Backlash from 『Recoil Steel Slash』 cannot be erased with healing magic... But I know a magic that 『Spread』 the backlash thin over a long time, is that okay?"

"Yea. That good."

Hearing that, I cast a magic called 『Recoil Dilution』 on Giruas.
This magic spreads what originally should take three days to six days and dilutes the recoil.
On someone who used 『Recoil Steel Slash』 four times, it won't be enough to make them good for battle.

"You've got my thanks... Leave the rest to me. I can't win against you in combat, but this sorta situation calls for me--a Rank S adventurer."

Giruas who received 『Recoil Dilution』 said that as he stood up.
And then he holds his guild card high up, and declares to the surrounding people.

"I'm Giruas, Rank S adventurer of Ristia Guild. In accordance to Raginia Fedeal Law of State of Emergency Command, I shall now take command of Folkia."

"...State of Emergency Command?"

"Yeah. When there's no one that can take the command during a situation related to monsters and stuff, we have a system where Rank S adventurer assume the position. Since demons are treated as monsters, now's exactly that situation."

Alma and Ruli looked at each other with worried looks after hearing that.
It's probably 『...Can someone who can't even read take the lord's place?』.
...I'm worried about that too.

"Giruas you say?"

"Giruas... That Giruas?"

"Judging from his guild card... He's the real one."

The people around are buzzing after hearing Giruas's name.
Giruas throws a question to those people.

"Oy, any guild folks here? I gotta ask something."

"I'm a guild staff member... What would it be?"

"Take me to the higher ups of this town's guild. I want personnels."

"I-I understand!"

The guild staff member guided Giruas to the guild.
Looks like this 『Emergency Command』 has the binding powers to make guild staff obey.

--About 10 minutes later.
Giruas got out of the guild along with a man.
Judging from his outfits, he looks to be a big-wig in the guild.

"This guy will give you orders in my stead. The citizens must obey this guy until the replacement lord comes. Imma knock the crap of those who disobey."

Hearing that, Alma speaks in doubt.

"...Passing the buck?"

"Yea. I dunno no politics. Best to pick someone's trustworthy, that is this guy."

Giruas replied to Alma's question.

"By the way, how did you know someone was trustworthy or not?"

"By instinct."

Giruas only lends his name as a Rank S, and leaves the politics to those who can do it.
I see, that's logical.
Now we can leave Folkia worry-free.

...Oh right, before that.

"Giruas, we'd like to enter the First Type Restricted Area nearby, can you give us the permit? The area's name should be 『Folkia Territory Restricted Area』."

"You got a business at restricted area?"

"Yeah. We need to use something there."

"Got it. Hang on a bit."

Giruas took a paper nearby.
Then he wrote something on it and put his sign.

This is what's written there.

――――――――――――――――
Permit

In order to deal with a state of emergency, the four people below have been given entry permit to 『Folkia Territory Restricted Area』.
Permit Holders: Mathias, Iris, Ruli, Alma

Publisher: State of Emergency Commander Giruas
――――――――――――――――

Giruas he, he wrote something formal.
Well, guess he wouldn't be a rank S adventurer if he couldn't write.

"Thanks."

"No need to thank me."

Giruas went inside the guild afterward.
Now then... preparation complete with this.

Now we just need to enter the restricted area and activate the magic tool.
...The real troublesome part comes after the machine has been activated.









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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 64


Chapter 64 Futsuno's Rescue Mission - Part Five

 

I hold Lunar Cat's blade right in front of the idiotic brat and release his Air Bind.

"Hii..."

"Now then, spit it all out. Is there anyone else besides these guys in your organization?"

The idiotic brat cannot hide his fear at the drawn blade before him. He must be used to leaving all the fighting to his underlings while he himself watched from higher grounds. I'll use this chance to thoroughly uproot his organization.

"I-I'll talk. So get that thing away from me. The people that were here were our entire forces. The rest are the slave employees in this mansion and slaves that are going to be sold underground."

There's five enslaved employees. All of them are women who were abducted or forced to carry a debt and got called here. As for the captured people, there are several of them of which are all good looking. Apparently, he was going to sell them to the neighboring countries and nobles once he had enough. I thought these guys were operating like yakuza, but no, they're more like a band of bandits.

"Well then, where would those bonds of debt be?"

"Aa, they're in the hidden shelves inside my room. I've told you everything. You're going to let me go now, aren't you?"

Where'd the sheepish attitudes gone to, this guy is really shameless. After doing all those stuff to Futsuno-san, and Kurei-san, he wants to get off home free himself? To begin with, his backing, Jamito is not of this world anymore anyway.

"Let you go, sure, straight to jail though?"

"Wha!? Me, a son of noble, in jail!? That's absurd, my backing and connection will get me out."

Is that something he should be saying. Welp, might as well drive this guy to the depth of despair.

"Your backing, Jamito, had died the other days. Oh right, I heard that there's going to be a large scale investigation soon. Now then, wonder if your connections are gonna work."

I laid bare the news to the idiotic brat. As expected, he's making a 'I don't believe it' face. The stuff about investigation is a lie but it's not like he knows the truth here, it's good enough as a threat.

"That's a lie, lie, lieee...."

The idiotic brat keeps repeating 『It's a lie』 over and over again like a broken record. Unexpectedly enough, this guy's mental is about as strong as an earthenware pot. For now I'm done with cornering this idiotic brat, time to make a progress on freeing the captured people, collecting bonds and seizing the fortune here. Ah, I've got Living Armor's sword and shield with me already of course.

I sheathe Lunar Cat back and turn to Mitama and the girls. Futsuno-san still hasn't come to, Mitama is holding her. Kagura has shrunk back into her little girl form, she's changed into kid's clothing she had prepared beforehand. Huh? Come to think of it, her curse is still in effect even though she's killed Dave?
For the time being, we should get away from here and finish what we need to do. These girls should get some rest until Futsuno-san wakes up. I'll ask Kagura-san to look after Kurei-san after binding her.

"You! It's all your fauuuuuuuuuuuuult"

The idiotic brat charged at me while screaming out loud. Holding his right hand high up... There's something in those nails? I calmly turn around.
I cut the idiotic brat's right hand with an Iai slash as I turn around.

"GYAAAAAAAAAA, m-my right haaaaaaaaaaand"

There was probably cursed poison or something hidden. It doesn't matter now though.
Though I'm not sure how effective it is due to level differences, I'll give him a little present. Let's see if putting in more mana could cover the level gap. I don't think he could resist when he's hemorrhaging so much anyway though.

"I won't let it end in an instant. Savor it slowly as you lament all the misdeeds you have done. Pain!"

I press my fingertip on the struggling idiotic brat's forehead and cast a spell. Pain is a magic that amplifies sense of pain of limbs, but by putting lots of mana into it, even a simple touch would be enough to make the target faint.
When I tried it on a monster, it quickly fell down after taking a single step. And every time it rolled and writhed around, it damaged itself more. Eventually it went mad and stopped moving altogether.
And now I'm using such magic, powers increased. The idiotic brat couldn't even make a sound anymore as he continued to twitch. Since he's also hemorrhaging blood, he'll probably breathe his last sooner or later. But I shall give no mercy. None.

I went out of the hall with Futsuno-san in my arms. I had actually wanted to carry Kagura-san's mother, but Kagura-san insisted that she wanted to do it herself. Since the scene has turned pretty grotesque in a lot of ways, I'm closing the entrance with Stone Wall. Then suddenly, I got a message from Tama-chan who was keeping watch outside the mansion.

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Phew, I managed to get out without being found out. To think that that little oni had become that strong. But, my curse is still in effect. For now I've got to get away from here, that body will be mine one of these days.
However, as I am right now, even just moving about is hard. I've got to latch on something, anything, doesn't matter even if it's a corpse of some animal in the forest...

After getting out of the gate, I'm swaying and moving toward the forest. I'm not getting anywhere at this rate, curse this body. Those brats should be busy dealing with the spoiled kid right about now, they won't turn their attention on me.
Besides, this body can't be hurt by anything but magic. That little oni's weapon skill was shocking, but that little flame isn't enough to finish me off.


BOOOM

What!? The ground behind me burst out all of a sudden!
Just what's going on! This place is dangerous. Hurry up, hurry up me.
The explosion continues as if going after me. Stop! Don't come! Don't coooooooooome!



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"Ta~ma~ya~" <TLN: Said when watching fireworks>

I'm looking at an explosion that can be seen from the mansion. Dave's body that looked like a haze was swallowed up in the explosion and dispersed into nothingness. Tama-chan, nice search. Good work out there.
I had prepared about a dozen of 『Wood Man-shaped Depth Charge <<Bombermine>>』 as a precaution to prevent the idiotic brat from escaping. The once leveled road burst open, turning completely bumpy. No, I didn't ignite all of them.

With that one, it should be every good-for-nothing now. Now then, all that's left is cleaning up.


The girls are all currently resting. Together with the  people who were forced to work as slaves. Taking into account that there might be remnants left. I'd feel bad interrogating them here, so I asked an elderly employee about the mansion's structure and went by myself to free the slaves.

I found the hidden shelves in the idiotic brat's room and collected bonds and transaction records there. There are documents pertaining bribery and slave trafficking that involve top people of guilds including Alchemy and Adventurer Guilds. We can probably use these to banish the corrupt bunch if we put them together with the documents Jamito had. Once we get back I'll ask Master or Eleanor-san to introduce me to guild personnels that can be trusted.

Also, asset forfeiture. To look for hidden safe boxes and stuff, I cast 『Search Metal』 in the entire mansion. This magic is a favorite of mine since it's so useful. On top of being able to increase its range and depth by putting in more mana, it can find every mineral, from iron, silver, gold and even mithril, it's bonkers. I still can't distinguish gems and minerals I'm not familiar with, however, it should be doable once I've learned more about it.

Oops, I digress. After a thorough search, I found two places with concentrations of gold and silver. They're probably the ordinary storehouse and the hidden storehouse. Okay, gotta get them all.

I found quite a lot of silver and gold coins in the ordinary storehouse, and stuffed them into my rucksacks. The problem is the hidden one. What the heck is this, that idiotic brat's hobby?
Gold (plated) skulls, gold (plated) bats, stuff of bad taste are lined up there. Fortunately, there's no cursed item among them, but I don't know if I want to take them back with me. Can't be helped, I'll just take the jewelry and nothing else. Selling those things would make people question their origin after all. But really, I don't get that brat's taste.









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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-56

16-56. Sage's Tower (5)

 

Satou here. It's said that if you find one cockroach, there's 30 more in hiding, the worst part about roaches is that even after exterminating them with spray-type insecticide, their eggs will simply incubate and multiply once again, don't you think?
Looks like there's an even more annoying creature in another world though...







『Private Pochi, Private Tama, I've got an emergency mission for you! Immediately go to the diner where we had our meal earlier and guard the drunk witch and apprentice who are fast asleep!』
『Aye aye sir~』
『Roger nanodesu!』

I used space magic [Tactic Talk] to ask Pochi and Tama to protect them from the bunch who were using [Vampire Mosquito] to spread curse.

I thought of sending Tama and Pochi to guard Miko Maiya at the temple since that one seems safer, but considering the place, they'd likely get treated as trespassers, so I had them go to the diner instead.
Well, the two shouldn't get in danger unless a demon lord class foe appeared, it should be fine.

『Master, Karina said she wants to come along too nodesu.』
『Got it. She can come with you, but tell her not to overdo it okay.』
『Yes nanodesu.』
『Gotcha~』

After confirming on the Map that their luminous dots were heading to the diner, I rushed to Karion Main Temple with Liza.
The miko's dot that was displayed on the Radar disappeared just now.

"Y-you're the person who came for the trial--"
"Where's Miko Maiya?"

I met with a familiar looking priest and immediately threw him a question, omitting greeting.

"Miko Maiya? She went out on a carriage to pay a visit to the nursing home just now."

Map Search--there's only four carriages that belong to Karion Main Temple, one of them has stopped at the temple's side gate.
All other carriages are located quite far from here, probably unrelated.

"Let's go Liza."
"Yes, Master!"

I thanked the priest for telling us with a gesture and headed to the side gate.
Looking at the situation there with space magic [Clairvoyance], the coachman and the horse have lost their heads, with blood gushing out.
Looking inside the carriage, although therea are traces of it having been roughed up, Miko Maiya's body isn't anywhere to be found.

A dozen of seconds later, we arrived at the location ourselves.

"Master, I shall keep a look out on the surroundings."
"Thanks."

The seat still feels a bit warm.

Triangular glasses that Miko Maiya used in her cosplay earlier are lying inside the carriage.
She must have been taken away with teleportation magic.

However, Miko Maiya is not present in the surrounding maps.

Your average space magicians shouldn't be able to teleport too far.
The plain-faced reincarnated person who teleported Pochi from Seryuu city to Weasel Empire back then is currently enjoying her fake married life with tactician Touya in their house at Sage Empire, at least that's what my Map says.

Suddenly, two red dots appeared on Map.

"Master, the coachman and his horse have got up."

Liza who was standing watch outside the carriage reported.

They turned into undead even though there's no Soul Magic practitioner here?
And it's too quick for it to be a natural occurrence.

According to Map info, they've turned into Zombies.
Confirming their details, there's nothing especially of note about them.

"You can beat them."
"Acknowledged."

Taking a side glance as Liza skillfully dealt with them, I resumed my investigation inside the carriage.

--There's something odd.

After changing my vision to Miasma Sight, miasma that's far thicker than normal comes into view.
Miasma that's usually only drifting around like thick fog and haze is weirdly wriggling about. Like a whirlpool.

The center of the whirlpool appears to be the carriage.

Nothing.

There's nothing in both my normal vision and Miasma Sight's vision.

However--.

"--Too fishy."

I abruptly reach out to the empty space--the center of the whirlpool.
I could feel something on my fingertips.

It's the same sensation like when I'm breaking walls of sub-space created with barrier and space magic.

And with the same knack I used to break barrier--I tore it open.

A suspicious space of jet black whirlpool of darkness unfolded beyond a crack in front of my eyes.
At times, dark red lights and lightnings run through it.

Agonized faces of people submerge and resurface on the whirlpools.
Feel like I'd get cursed just by looking at them.

I'd prefer not to go into this if possible.

"I shall accompany you master."

Liza showed up next to me and declared so with a gallant look on her face.
Un, looks like I've got no choice but to go here.

"--Let's go Liza."
"Acknowledged."

I steeled myself and jumped into the sub-space with Liza.

I'm not good with... horror, you know.


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"--Realm of the Dead?"

The Map's name here is displayed as [Realm of the Dead].
If memories serve me right, it's a place where intangible-types like Ghosts and Wraiths hide themselves during daylight, there should be research about it written somewhere.

I execute [All Map Exploration] from the magic list.

No change on the Map.

[This space has no Map] is displayed on my Log.
This looks to be the same as the space created with shadow magic [Shadow Portal] and [Shadow Jail].

"Master, it seems being in this place constantly gnaws into your body. Please take care."

Liza whose body was glowing red gave me a warning.
Looks like she's covered herself in Mana Armor.

"Liza, if it's too hard on your body, you can use the life-support system of the Golden Armor, okay."
"Thank you very much. However, this much is of no problem."

Liza, so valiant.

"Then, let's go--"

This place has no Map, however [All Map Exploration] managed to locate monsters and people here.
We're heading toward the location where Miko Maiya who has [Curse] and [Fainted] conditions on her is at.







"They were not really that strong."
"You're right."

We encountered some Ghost Ships and Wraiths along the way, but Liza beat them all in one hit without even going all out.

"--Whoa, Liza, stop. The place changed again. Let's go over there."
"Understood. This Realm of the Dead does not seem to be a straightforward place, does it."

Location information in this space seems to be unstable, we could suddenly get whisked away to separate places were we moving separately, thus in order to move in Realm of the Dead, Liza's Powered Exoskeleton unit finally gets its chance to shine.
It's an equipment I developed along with Arisa's Wand Warship, but it hasn't seen much use outside her sparring bouts with the black dragon, so we're putting it to use here with no people around.

It can fly with the gravity control mechanism of Darkness Crystal, and it seems usable in this place no problem.
Well, I could have just created a short cut with space magic, but since there's no particularly dangerous enemies around, we're heading there by flying for Liza's exosuit flight test.

"Master, please take a look at that."

After advancing for a while, we come across a tree with lots of dark red cocoons stuck on it.
Its branches and trunks have so many bends and twists, feels like your mind would destabilize just by looking at it.

"Looks like we've arrived at our destination."
"There is a lot of cocoon-like things, is Miko Maiya confined in one of them?"
"Yep, it seems so."

I light Miko Maiya's pseudo-cocoon with light magic, and  pluck it with [Magic Hand].
When the dark red fibers got torn off, a face appeared on the twisted tree, then it screamed out loud.

According to AR readings, it's an undead monster called [Wailing Tree (Banshee Wood)].
I knew that it was a monster from the Radar's red dot though.

"Is it all right if we kill it?"
"Yea, no problem, but let's pluck out all the cocoons first."

There are other captured people inside those cocoons too.
I pluck all the pseudo-cocoons with [Magic Hand] from the tree, and let Liza handle the Banshee Wood.

All the people captured inside the pseudo-cocoons have the [Oracle] skill.
Half of them have [Cursed] state, while the other half are [Vampires], of which two are [Vampire Lords].
Moreover, these vampires' Occupations are that which should have been their natural enemy--Miko and Priests.

--Don't tell me.

No, there's no need to guess, they must be Miko and Priests that have been turned into Vampires.

I put all the people who have been turned into vampires in a locked sub-space I own, and cleanse the rest off their Curse with advanced spell of light magic [Divine Brilliant Purification].
It'd be bad if the unstable ground broke off, so I narrowed down the purification range as much as possible.

For now, I'll shelter these purified people in another sub-space separate from the vampires'.

"Master, would you like to collect Banshee Wood's materials in addition to the magic core?"

Liza asked me while presenting a huge magic core.

"Right then--Let's put a booby trap in it."

Whether they get caught in the trap or not, finding out the people who come here to collect the tree would be a good harvest.







"--What, someone beat the Banshee Wood!"

Right when I was going to leave Realm of the Dead with Liza, I could hear the begrudging voice of an old man at the opposite side of the floating Banshee Wood behind us.

...He got here quick.

The booby trap I've set up with great pains is rendered meaningless now.
The old man screamed while I was wallowing in the feeling of wasted effort for a bit.

"Uoo, wha--what is this black mucus?"

I thought he was caught in the booby trap, but it's not that.
Black slime-like string-shaped stuff coiled around the bald old man.

"You can't escape from Tama~?"

A familiar face showed up from below the old man's feet.

"Tama."
"Master~? And Liza, halo halo~?"

Tama waved at us energetically.
Looks like she was chasing the old man here.
Pochi and Lady Karina are currently standing watch around the witch and the apprentice.

That means this old man is one of the ringleaders behind the [Vampirification] curse terror?

"Daaaamn you! Are you guys Saga Empire bunch who came here to foil our plan? Or are you destruction-inclined demon lord believers, here to snatch the plan off our hands?"

--Huh?

I thought he was related to the dark side of Saga Empire, not the case it seems.
According to AR readings, he belongs to an unfamiliar organization called [Heart of Gold].

There sure is a lot more suspicious secret societies than I thought in this world.

"Now that it's come to this--Open!"

The old man shouted then a black hole appeared beside him. It's Item Box.
The old man thrust his hand inside and take out a purple sphere from inside it.

--Crisis Perception.

I moved next to the old man with Flash Drive and snatched away that sphere.
Since the Crisis Perception rang even louder then, I stored the sphere into my Storage.

"O summoning gem! I offer you my life to bring a demon that symbolizes ruin to this land! Destroy my enemies in exchange of my soul!"

The old man tried to throw the sphere down, but he realized that the [Purple Sphere] on his hand was absent, and looked around at the surroundings in panic.

"Give it back! That's my treasure comrade Don-dono stole along with the egg of 『Vampirification』 from a research institute abroad!"

--So it's a stolen good.

I'll use the mind magic [Detect Lie] that I used to interrogate the jar man back then and interrogate this old man.

"Which research institute did you steal it from?"
"...Dunno."

--Truth.

"Where is this Don person?"
"Dunno."

--Truth.

Present location, unknown.

"Then how do you meet this Don person?"
"Dunno."

--Lie.

He knows how to meet the guy huh.

"Do you want me to hand you over to the temple for abducting 『Oracle Miko』 as well as attempted murder?"

I asked him while using a bit of Pressure.
He looks like he's about to faint, but it doesn't look like he's going to answer.

"Torture~?"

With a paint brush in one hand, Tama is making a wriggling hand gesture.

"Hmph, I wouldn't be a leader of the 『Heart of Gold』 who seeks eternal life if mere tortures would break me!"

--Oh ho?

"By eternal life, you mean like elves?"
"Like men could become fairies! Our goal is the evolution to a being of eternal life such as 『Undead Magic King (Lich)』 and 『No Life King』!"

Is that even an evolution?

Well whatever--.

"Tama, do it."
"Aye aye sir~"

I don't feel like listening to eerie laughs and screams of an old man anymore, so I leave the torture to Tama and head back to give treatment to Miko Maiya.







"--You're?"
"Hero Nanashi of Shiga Kingdom."

While giving nutritious drinks to the debilitated Miko Maiya and the others, I asked her how they got kidnapped.

Every one of them was attacked and abducted by undead when they went outside their respective temple.
Since the old man Tama caught earlier could use Soul Magic, it must be his doings.

They were confined inside those cocoon-like things immediately after, so none even knew that they were being held in Realm of the Dead.

Ordinarily, these miko and priests shouldn't get attacked by undead because they had holy marks, so they told me while sounding frustrated.
Miko besides Miko Maiya and Heraruon Temple's miko were all captured from the neighboring countries.

Since I had every one of those countries' Map already, I sent each of them back to theirs with Unit Arrangement and space magic.
I've put markers on them and put them together in the same group beforehand.

Next, the former miko and former priests who have turned into vampires were also attacked and abducted by undead when they went out of their respective temple.
Additionally, since the number of people who tried to commit suicide kept increasing among them, they have been restrained.

About half of them gave up trying to commit suicide after I told them that there might be a way to turn them back thanks to the research on [Denying the irreversibility of the transformation from living being into undead] at the Sage's Tower.
I should investigate whether the possibility is truly there at least, before a victim appeared among them.
Once we know that it's possible, it might be a good idea to let them handle the rest of investigation to turn them back.

--Oh right.

I should check on the Vampire Mosquito and the cursed rat I caught along with those mosquito before going back.

The Vampire Mosquito have all died out, while the rat has turned into Vampire Rat.
There's no mistaking it, you turn into vampire after the curse has progressed enough.

--This is bad.

I should exterminate them ahead of time.







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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 63


Chapter 63 Futsuno's Rescue Mission - Part Four

 

Time goes back a bit.

Nobusada who was crossing swords with Living Armor showed a faint smile.
I don't feel an overwhelming gap like I do with Master. I'm not getting toyed around with by its techniques like Eleanor-san does on me. It's true that its skill with swords befits that of a rank A adventurer, but I don't feel that large of a gap between us. Besides, I'm somehow managing to follow its moves. The odd feelings I had been experiencing since I first wielded Lunar Cat has gone too. I'm focusing wholly in evading and slashing.

Living Armor follows me around as it tries to sweeps with its shield, and slashes with its sword. This Living Armor may seem sluggish, but its two hands where the shield and the long sword are move real fast and sharp. However, its legs aren't moving that nimbly, its ability as a former rank A adventurer must be inhibited. And it probably cannot stray too far off its master, the idiotic brat, without permissions. It's not coming to me when I get to a certain distance.

From that position, I'll try shooting magic at it. Not fireball or ice bullet that could be physically thwarted, but lightning. Normally you can't physically thwart fireballs either though.

"Thunder!"

Lightning shot out of Nobusada's palm, going toward Living Armor as if it was getting sucked in... and really did get sucked in to its shield. After a short pause, Living Armor bashed its shield forward. A jewel that was thought to be an ornament in the center of the shield shot out lightning at Nobusada.

"Owaa, whoa whoa whoa, Earth Wall!!"

Nobusada deployed a wall of soil in a panic. The lightning disappeared into the ground.

Umu, it could reflect magic back as well as cutting it huh. Well, I'll be.
I'm still managing to cross swords with it, but it's really tough. It's numbing my hands, I might slip off and let go of Lunar Cat before long. I'd like to distract it with magic and then cut off its joints during the opening. And destroy or at least blow away the portion while I'm at it. It shouldn't be able to magnetically stick its body parts back like some kind of steel man somewhere, I think.

Living Armor began to move again when I entered its range.

"Goo! Do iit! Charge, finish him off!!!"

The idiotic brat is getting excited. But thanks for telling me its next moves. Wonder if he even gets it?

An even sharper sword slash is coming at me. However, perhaps it's because it's been given manual orders? It feels like its attack pattern has gotten a bit monotonous, easier to handle.

I'm not gonna come out unscathed if it hits me. Got a feeling that mana would be diffused, and Mana Clad and even protections would disperse on that sword.
Using Discerning Magic Eye, I memorize, analyze and keep repeating them on each swings, while looking for the right timing.

And when Living Armor makes a large swing at me, I choose that timing.

"Air Thruster!"

I accelerate with magic and jump into its bosom. Then I swing down Lunar Cat at the base joint of its right arm.

The armor was hollow, but I could feel Lunar Cat cutting off some kind of joint part, then its right arm fell down just like that. In no time flat, I kicked away that arm. It crashed into the wall and fell down.

Tettere~♪ Katana Lv1 Acquired
Tettere~♪ Acquired Weapon Skill

The way to use and explanation about the new weapon skill I just got flashed on my mind.
This is...
I can do it with this!

I jump backward to put some distance and ready Lunar Cat against Living Armor. Even after losing its right hand, it still moves like before.
I made a move first.

"Majestic Collapsing Stone Fist <<Titan Crash>>!"

This was the spell I used to crush adventurers groins back then, but it's different this time. Three stone pillars lift up below Living Armor's left arm.

CLANK

The stone pillars flicked Living Armor's left arm upward. Now that it's defenseless, I accelerate diagonally upward with 『Air Thruster』 and slash down from above.

"Weapon Skill 『Vibrating Blade - Destruction』!"

I used the newly acquired weapon skill, and then the instant Lunar Cat hit Living Armor, its blade raised a high pitched noise. The blade that would have been repelled back if it was just a normal downward swing easily cut Living Armor like butter. Living Armor that had been cut in two couldn't support itself and fell to the ground.

The idiotic brat seemed to be agape when he saw that scene. Naturally, after that much boasting, someone he verbally abused as lesser cut his prized Living Armor in two with a single slash.
I mean, this technique is pretty amazing. Is this like, a high frequency blade? I dunno how it works, but I felt like I just could do it. Hum, I'd like to know the particulars, but the explanation's no good. Here's it on my Status field. Discerning-sensei sure is quick at his job.

Weapon Skill 『Vibrating Blade - Destruction』
The secret art martial art instructor of Hinoto Empire's imperial household, Shinsuke Tokuda arrived at in his dying moments after achieving enlightenment. As his apprentices were watching over Shinsuke on the verge of death, he suddenly stood up and went to the courtyard with a katana in his hand. With trembling hands, he lightly touched a sakura tree in the courtyard with his sword, and just like that, the tree was cut in two. His apprentice who bore witness of that spectacle, Juuzou Tougo established that as the school's innermost secret art, or so it's been handed down.

Is it really okay for me to learn the secret art of a school so easily. And how did I even learn it. I repeat, I have absolutely no clue! But I'll be sure to make good use of this. It's really exhausting though. This is the first time I've ever used a weapon skill, it's taken quite a bit of my stamina.

Glancing to the side, Kagura-san has defeated Dave too. She's gotten smaller somehow, but all's well I guess?
All left is to take care of Kurei-san, and it should be smooth sailing. However, things seldom go as you wish...

"Kurei, Futsuno. Restrain those guys! No need to hold baaack."

Kurei-san ran toward Kagura-san afterward. I could hear Mitama's pained voice from behind. Ah, geez. This guy just doesn't know when to give up!
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"Air Bind x3!!"

I didn't use this spell on Living Armor since it would easily brute force its way out of it, but it's effective enough on these three.
Bound by air shackles, all three have stopped on their tracks, idiotic brat as is, Kurei-san right before she reached Kagura-san, Futsuno-san with both her hands in air.

"Hii, you can still use magic after all that!? J-just what are you. W-what are you gonna do to me. Go on and try it if you don't care what happens to Futsuno!"

Ah, hearing you uttering Futsuno-san's name is getting irritating already. I cast Air Bind on his mouth to stop him from talking. He's gasping in pain, I care not.

I walk to where Futsuno-san is, and whisper on her ear. In a volume as low as possible so other people can't hear it.

"Futsuno-san, you should be able to hear me now, don't you. I will now attempt to free you from that corset. I'm going to use a certain skill, but whether it will effective or not depends on Futsuno-san. I'd be glad if you could give me your consent after listening to me."

I don't know whether she still retains her awareness or not, but I will speak in serious tone. The things I've been keeping in my mind.

"I like Futsuno-san. However, I also like Mitama and Kagura-san. I understand if you're disgusted by my lack of integrity. However, it is my dream to make everyone happy. That's why, please stay by my side Futsuno-san. If possible, would you be willing to walk together with me till death do us part?"

I wish for that skill to activate while talking. I've only ever used it once. And without realizing at that.


Silence rules the place for a while. Right when I thought 'as expected she didn't accept it, let's look for another way', an announcement resounded in my head.

Tettere~♪ Futsuno has displayed feelings of affection. Activating Differing Soul Telephaty Lv2. 

Beep, beep ♪ error came up, no really. There's something trying to obstruct the process. Please directly pour your mana into the target.

No-Goddess announcer sure has no feelings of tension.
Pouring mana into her means... Argh, we've got no time, just act before complaining. Nobusada, it's time to show that you're a man!

I kiss Futsuno-san on the lips to pour my mana into her. Sefi-san taught me a way to counter orally taken curses, but I never would have thought I would do the reverse here.
As I'm pouring mana into her, the corset on her waist is blinking as if resisting. Not sure how much mana I should give. My mana was wrapping Futsuno-san's body like it was Mana Clad when our lips parted.

Crackle crackle crackle

POP

The corset couldn't endure it anymore and popped off. Along with the wedding dress Futsuno-san is wearing, which ends up showing many stuff. I hurriedly undo Futsuno-san's binding, took a sheet from my rucksack and covered her with it.
Confirming with Discerning-sensei, her State has gone back to normal. Looks like it's a success.
She seems to have fallen unconscious due to the forceful insertion of mana, but she should be fine right? She even looks to be grinning a bit after all.

"...Nobu. I'll listen to what you have to say later."

Yup, Mitama is staring at me hard. I shall explain everything, so please forgive me.

That aside, it's spanking time for the idiotic brat.







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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 62

Chapter 62 Futsuno's Rescue Mission - Third Part

 

In the hall, Kagura-san and I are facing off against Dave and Living Armor.
Kagura-san has a spear, Living Armor a long sword and a kite shield while Dave an iron club.

"Flare Bomb!"

Taking the initiative, I fired a high powered Flare Bomb at Living Armor. A fireball around 1 meter wide in diameter fiercely shot out toward Living Armor.

BWOSH

Contrary to its initial sluggish motion, Living Armor cut the Flare Bomb in two in an instant.

Wut!?

The fireball that was instantly cut before it could explode disappeared without having the chance to demonstrate its firepower. Simply being cut would make magic disappear, what kind of mechanism is behind that?
Taking no notice of the confused me, Living Armor didn't stop its charge and brandished its sword toward me. Then it swung its long sword downward.

However, I parried that with Lunar Cat's blade. Then I aim at the joint as I pull the blade back.

CLIIINK

Living Armor seemed to understand my intention as it made a slight motion, and let my blade hit its armored part instead. It managed to minimize the damage to a mere scratch. Looks like the base being a Rank A adventurer is not necessarily a lie. It's taking advantage of the fact that it doesn't have a flesh. It doesn't care about impacts assailing its inside since it doesn't have one. My attempt to destroy its joint must be far more damaging to it than that. Ok, this one's might be a wee bit tough.



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"Hey hey hey, is that all you got? Weren't you going to punish me?"

"Kuh, to think mother was this powerful."

Dave who's flailing his iron club around is gradually gaining the upper hand on Kagura.
Kagura's styles of attack is highly refined to the point Nobusada made a model out of it, she's capable of precisely breaching through her enemies' defense while taking a minimum amount of movement. On the other hand, Dave is moving around like a storm without a hint of refinement. However, as he wields the terrific strength of onifolks, even that is overpowering. Thrusts from Kagura's spear get repelled back with speed and power beyond hers, numbing her hands. Thus, she cannot carelessly approach him.

"If yer' not gonna come, I'm goin myself then. This body is way too strong, one wrong move and my opponents break just like that. But since you're from the same race, you'll last longer no? Lemme enjoy this to the fullest."

Kagura jumped back to evade an incoming down swung of the iron club, the floor where she was on got gouged out, scattering rock splinters around. As such, she deemed that frontal clashes would be foolish, thus she's shifted to trying to find an opening while parrying the iron club.

Sounds of several clashes between spear and club echoed in the hall.
Kagura has been exhausted to the point of losing breaths. Since getting hit even once would be fatal, she was focusing fully in parrying and evading, unlike her usual style.
On the other hand, it seems Dave cannot hide his irritation since absolutely none of his attacks connects. Having your attacks parried consumes a great deal of stamina. Add to the fact that Dave has been bulldozing down all his opponents so far after getting ahold of Kagura's mother, Suseri's body. Thus, he has no idea how deal with protracted battles like this well.
Judging only from physical abilities and skills alone, Kagura has no snowball's chance in hell of winning however, she's been evading all of his attacks by focusing everything in observing.

BANG

None of his attack hits. The floor has been gouged out all over the place.
Kagura took some distance away while evading, and stared at Dave while regulating her breathing. On the contrary, Dave is looking at Kagura with loathful eyes, without trying to hide his irritation.

"You pesky little fly, this is getting annoying. Are you only good at running, huuh."

Kagura puts up a pensive look while completely ignoring his provocation. Suddenly, she took a test-tube like stone container from a pouch on her waist. She immediately drinks it one go and readies her spear once again.

"Phew, I've seen through most of your attacks now. Mother's body is truly wasted on the likes of you. I shall end it here even if it means destroying that body."

Dense mana overflows out of Kagura afterward.
While still in her human form, Kagura's eyes began to shine bright red, her double teeth transformed into fangs. And the most striking change, her pair of horns that had been hidden through secret art have manifested themselves. The obisidian-like jet black horns harm not Kagura's beauty, putting on solemn and terrifying air.

"Hah, whaddya hope to accomplish changing back to little oni. Enough, this is boring. Just die already!"

Black mist like thing overflow out of Dave's body after he said that.
That's!? She's heard of that from the patriarch. Normally, onifolks cannot make use of mana well. Since their mana is naturally converted into their strength and resistance. However, there are rare cases of onis who surpass that. And some are able to manifest their mana and turn it into strength without having it out of control. In the form of black mist, they call it 『Miasma』. Kagura has no way of knowing whether Dave is controlling that, however her intuition tells her that it's dangerous.

"Your spear no longer works on me. Hihihi, now die."

The brandished iron club has gotten heavier and faster than ever. Kagura managed to evade it somehow, the club hit a wall, drilling a hole on it. A gust from outside whirled up the cloud of dust.
Kagura could barely afford to endure the assault. However, her red eyes is not showing even a hint of resignation.
It's not possible to tear through miasma with brute force alone. However, Kagura can't use magic, she's only got one technique to counter it. And then, she spots the moment to unleash that.

"Hahaha what, what now you little..."

Right at that instant, Kagura made her move. She's been waiting the moment Dave who's confident of his defensive wall to expose himself wide open when he's boasting.

"Weapon Skill 『Light Execution Flame Spear <<Sinensis>>』!!"

With a loud boom, she rushes forward. The ground below Kagura's feet are gouged out by her momentum.
A crimson flame is flickering at the tip of Kagura's thrust spear. The heat haze drew a trail of flash, and then thud, the spear pierced Dave's heart as if it was sucking it in. His miasma that should have protected him was rendered completely useless before the crimson flame.
Kagura is convinced that Dave must have never fought someone stronger than him. It must be so judging from his fondness of watching the weak getting tormented, and tendency to talk unguarded while over relying on his defensive barrier. And that was exactly the chance to unleash this one strike she was waiting for. After all, even in her perfect state, Kagura could only use this technique once. She was able to do it here thanks to the dense mana water she got from Nobusada acting as a doping.

"...Aaa?"

Dave is looking at his own chest still not understanding what just happened. Then he looks at Kagura with an expression as if saying 'how'. And then he fell down listlessly without uttering a word. He's turned into a wordless corpse... no, rather he's turned back into one, Kagura pulled her spear out of her mother's body and laid her down.

"At last, I'm finally able to send my mother body to the afterworld. Mother, I hope you can rest in peace now."

After saying that, I felt strength leaving my body. Oh no,
I've used too much mana, the curse is acting up again. I can feel my body shrinking gradually.

GIIIHIIIIIIIIIIN

A shrill noise suddenly resounded. That was perhaps the sound of swords clashing between milord and that big armor. It appears that milord has just finished his side of things too.






TLN: Next update (planned for) tomorrow

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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 61


Chapter 61 Futsuno's Rescue Mission - Second Part

 

It's the same situation as before. But this time, Nobusada ain't like his past self.

"Stone Wall!! Mitama, Kagura-san, stay behind me."

While the stone wall is blocking the arrows for us, I cast a spell toward the archers and the men at the stairs.
This time, I'm prioritizing speed. From the result of my testing, this spell may look subdued, but it's very well suited for anti-personnel combat.

"Bubble Bombs!"

I cast Bubble Bombs put with a lot of mana. At the same time, the second floor and the stairs are getting filled with numerous softball-sized bubbles. The archers seem to be in panic, they've stopped shooting here.

"What the hell's this? Ya think these bubbles could get you out of this?"

One of the men coming down the stairs made fun of the bubbles. Then the coiling bubbles stick to him and covered his whole body. The man who had enough with bubbles tried to slash them with his one-handed sword.
But the moment his sword hit a bubble, it burst open with a huge popping sound like POP. Along with the sword. Broken splinters blown by the explosion pierced the man's body.

"Ugaaa.... aaaa."

The man who's bleeding all over his body staggered.
Other men who saw that halted their attempt to slash at the bubbles.
But that wasn't the end of it. Like a chain reaction, the bubbles began to pop open one after another.

"GYAAAAAAAA, it hurt ow ow owwwwww"

"Aaa, hand, my haaaaand"

"Oaoooua"

Meat, blood, and even bone scattered about in the passage filled with bubbles.
Some on their face, some on their hands, some on their feet. Trying to fend the bubble with a weapon would render the weapon useless.
The men with shields frantically tried to block it, however bubbles that came flying behind them blew the meat on their back. Moreover, the bubbles continue to increase as soon as one burst open.
Before long, the popping sounds stopped, none among the men could stand nor groan as they have all turned into lumps of meat.

Even I'm a bit taken aback by this. The idiotic brat and Dave are... not here!? Tch, they got away eh? Tama-chan is standing by outside. She should send a signal if they went over there. First of all, I'll do something about Futsuno-san.

"Mitama, Kagura-san. Let's go save Futsuno-san. Let's get closer to that cage."

The two nodded. Their faces looked a bit pale, but I shouldn't mind that.

And of course the cage where Futsuno-san is held is locked. Come to think of it, it's weird how Futsuno-san isn't showing any reaction after that much furor. She should have been quite expressive. That her waist looks a bit slimmer compared to when I saw her before bothered me a bit... No, nevermind that. Discerning-sensei, full throttle again please.


Name: Futsuno - Gender: Female - Age: 19 - Race: Golden Foxkin
Class: Miko Lv18 - State: Subordination
Title: None
【Skill】
Fire Magic Lv3 - Wind Magic Lv4 - Life Magic - Barrier Art Lv3 - Dagger Lv2 - Cane Lv3 - Negotiation Lv4

【Unique Skill】
Golden Fox Seal Art Lv2 - Protection of Ametoris

【Protection of Ametoris】
Mark of having been bestowed with protection by Goddess of Nature and Harvest, Ametoris. Increase vitality and resistance against all kinds of abnormal status effect.


Subordination!? But there's neither slave collar or crest on her!? There's also something else I'd like to retort, but let's save it for later.
For now, we should get her out of the cage and ask Mitama to change her clothes afterward.
I focus on the lock and cast a spell concentrated on a point.

"Flare Bomb! (Pinpoint version)"

Boom, an explosion occurred on the lock. The lock was destroyed by the explosion and heat, and the door opened with a creaking sound.
I stopped Mitama when she tried to get close and signaled to her with a wink, telling I'd go in first. We've arranged beforehand that I'll go on ahead if my appraisal, which I had told them, detects something weird.
Mitama is anxiously looking at Futsuno-san.

Futsuno-san herself is sitting down while leaning on the cage. Her eyes look hollow without focus. She looks like a doll, as if she's not even the same person as her full of smiles self.


I approached her to get her out of the cage, and right then. Futsuno-san stood up sluggishly. She walked toward me unsteadily.
And then, she stabbed my stomach with a small knife in her hand...


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...or how it looks like.


"Hahahaha, you really went and fell for it. That little magic of yours surprised me a bit, but now that you've been stabbed by that dagger, there's no saving you anymore. That thing has been smeared with a Curse Poison I painstakingly made. The moment you're stabbed by it, you lose any hope of recovery."

The idiotic brat was laughing like he had won near the door. He went down through another passage huh. Dave and an unfamiliar adventurer-looking girl are standing next to him. That's probably Kurei-san.

It must have looked like I was surely stabbed by the knife from over there. But too bad for you. That never happened.

"And?"

I nonchalantly turn around toward the idiotic brat. Holding the knife Futsuno-san had. I'm gripping the blade part though. In order to bear the brunt of Master's touki, both my Mana Clad and overlapping protections have gotten quite solid. Attacks from someone at the level of the current Futsuno-san would just bounce off me like CLANK. It powered up during the numerous times my life was in danger in Master's hard mode training. I don't want to die yet!

I hug the struggling Futsuno while throwing a look of disdain at the idiotic brat.

"I expected nothing less from a rotten former noble-sama, you sure have your ways of doing things. What were you trying to do making such an impotent curse poison anyway. Now then, are you out of tricks already? I guess you're ready to beg for your life then? Ready to tremble in fear in the corner of the room? Well, even an idiot like you should understand that there's no way we're letting you off easily after doing this to Futsuno-san, don't you??"

I threatened the idiotic brat while putting in a little bit of murderous intent.
He shrunk back while shrieking 'hiii', and then talked back while sounding nervous.

"H-hmph. It's 10 years too early for a barbarian like you to talk to me. Besides, look what happens if you try doing any funny business to me. Like this."

The idiotic brat stabbed his finger with a dagger after saying that. What's this, did his hobby include self-harm?

However, the dagger didn't have a blood on it, the idiotic brat's finger is also completely fine. Right when I was puzzled at what he was trying to do, I heard a dripping sound right next to me. Looking there, blood is dripping from Futsuno-san's right hand. What the heck is this? I cast Heal in a hurry to close her wound.

"Hmhm, get it now. All the damage you inflict on me will be hers to bear. By the effect of magic item 『Corset of Domination』. Even I cannot take that thing off. Therefore, it is not possible for you to harm  me. And that woman retains only her consciousness. The deeper her despair the better my domination will be. Isn't this all oh so fun."

The idiotic brat put up a disgusting smile as he said that.
Corset... That's why her waist slimmed down huh. Rather, even the one who put it can't take it off, this thing is absolutely cursed.

And it doesn't look like we can simply get away while taking Futsuno-san with us now.
The idiotic brat chanted something, and then a full armor that was on display near the front door began to move.


Living Armor
HP, MP: Depends on the practitioner's mana
Armor possessed by a soul through Darkness Magic. Its strength and ability are affected by the base soul, the armor's material, and the practitioner's skill. To defeat it, either destroy it completely or break its link with its practitioner.


This kind of feat is possible if you raise Darkness Magic level huh.

"This thing is the best manservant I've ever created. I made it with the soul of a Rank A adventurer I got trapped with debt. Lower ranked guys like you can't possibly win. Thoroughly suffer for all the insult you threw at me, ahahaha."

This guy really is dangerous. What to do now. And is he not going to make Kurei-san move. He looks to be quite a coward, he's probably afraid to go without a bodyguard. We've come here to save her tho'.

"Sheesh, ain't y'all lively. It got me pumped up too. I stayed by this little boy to monitor how far he'd break things, but it's gotten quite interesting after y'all came. Kihihi, don't think y'all can die easily. Now then, let me have a go with the little oni over there. Unlike that time before, this body is pretty good. Kuhihi, let's see how long will you last."

Dave seems to be quite eager too, he's facing off against Kagura-san. Then I guess I'll play with that huge thing and leave Futsuno-san in Mitama's care.

"Mitama, hold Futsuno-san down. I'll do something about this situation."

"...Nn. Please, Nobu, don't lose."

"Yeah, I'll beat 'em real quick and go home with everyone."

I draw Lunar Cat and take the Defensive Form. It's been a week since that time, one week it may be. The time I spent doing special training was very dense it's like I just got out of the hyperbolic t*m* chamber. I won't let it end like this.





TLN: Next update tomorrow. Shikkaku Mon and Okami will resume after the current arc is over.


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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-55

16-55. Sage's Tower (4)

 

Satou here. Unlike in fictional stuff such as detective manga or drama, I would have liked it for incidents to stop happening every time I got to a new place. Peaceful every day life is the best you know.







"What's the big trouble?"
"Karina she's~"
"Come with us nanodesu!"

Pulled by Tama and Pochi, I was taken elsewhere through the shadow.
After coming out of a back alley, we arrived at an open space near Kariswolk City's outer wall.

Something seems amiss, many people in the open space are crouching down looking ill.
There are fireplaces burning here and there in the open space, also traces of people distributing food here.

--Is it food poisoning?

"Hurrya~"
"Master, come here nanodesu!"

Tama and Pochi pulled me by hands to the blue light point that indicated Lady Karina.

"Master, over here."

Liza called me from the direction of the light point.
Lady Karina is sitting down next to a watering hole in the center of the open space.

"Karina-sama, are you okay?"
"...Satou."

Lady Karina looked at me with a pained look when I called her.
Her condition is displayed on the AR reading on top of her.

--State [Curse: Progressing]

I would have never imagined that there would be an abnormal status Raka cannot cure.
Looks like Lady Karina has been cursed by someone.

I don't think anyone would target someone who had just arrived at a foreign country like her, so I checked on the other ill-looking people around.
Sure enough, the people here are cursed as well.

I search for everyone with a [Curse] state and put markers on them.
Since the number is quite high, I group them together and change the color.

"Master~?
"Will Karina be okay nanodesu?"

Tama and Pochi look up at me while looking really worried.

"Ah yeah, she'll be fine."

I smile back at the two to reassure them and pick a Soul Magic [Return Curse]-type from among my magic list.
There's this spell that would return the curse back to its user multi folds, [Karma (Space Return Curse)], but I pass over that as it would likely kill the target.

--Curse Back: Home In (Return Curse Chaser)

I pick a convenient spell that would trace the curse back to its user while also returning it back.
Once I used the spell, black miasma came out of Lady Karina's body, then it turned into a cutout-like crow, and flew to the sky--

"Nyu?"
"It's gone nodesu."

But for some reason, it was repulsed and then disappeared when it was about to fly over the water.
Normally, it should have flown back to the curse's user, but apparently, there was some kind of anti Return Curse mechanism at work, so the tracking was stopped midway.

But for now, since Lady Karina's abnormal state has gone back to [None], all's well.

And for other people with Curse status, rather than using [Return Curse] on them one by one, I'll just use the advanced spell of light magic [Divine Brilliant Purification] and cure them off their Curses.

"Nyu!"

Right when I was about to cast the spell from the magic list, Tama slashed her claw at empty air.
With a view magnified by my skill, I could see a falling mosquito that had been cut in two.

Oh, it's just a mosquito--wait, mosquito in the middle of this winter season?

Why?
Right when I was thinking that, my conversation with Arisa flashed back on my mind.

『They were bitten by bugs right? Maybe the bugs were the vector of the vampiric infection?』

While thinking, no way, I read the info of the falling mosquito.
Its species name is [Vampire Mosquito: Mutant].

...No way.

Searching for [Vampire Mosquito], I found a not insignificant amount of them in the surroundings.
I have no reason to ignore this, thus I operate my Magic List, and suck all the mosquito in using wind magic [Air Control] to a sub-space I created using space magic [Garage].

The new snow in the area also ended up getting sucked in, but it's not like anyone would be troubled if the mosquito died, so I left it alone.

After securing one rat that had fallen into the same condition as Lady Karina earlier, I cast the [Divine Brilliant Purification], and purified the crouching people who had been cursed in the open space all at once.

Quite a flashy light filled the open space, but we're the only one who would pay it any mind here, so no problem there.







"So what actually happened here?"
"There was this little kid who broke a pot nodesu."
"The adult was going to hit that kid with a stick~"
"He was going to hit her with a stick nodesu!"

I sort out the info in my head while Tama and Pochi continue on with their narration.
I had asked Liza to patrol the open space for a bit, I might have made a mistake in the personnel selection here.

There was a man next to the watering hole, and there was a big pot next to that man.
That pot had a warm water inside, steam was coming out of it.
One of the kids who were playing hide and seek bumped into that man, and then the falling man hit the pot in a chain reaction, breaking it.

Afterward, Lady Karina and the girls, who witnessed the enraged man flailing a stick around, put a stop to the barbaric act.

I secretly secured the broken pot's splinters from the ground into my Storage.
According to its detailed information, it was an item created at the old capital of Saga Empire.

...Saga Empire huh.

"Reimbursement."
"He told us to pay to make up for the pot the kid broke nodesu."
"And did you pay?"
"Secret savings~"
"Pochi and Tama did with our pocket money nodesu."

Checking on the their magic bags, all the gold coins I gave them have disappeared.

『And yet the man insisted it still wasn't enough and tried to take the jewelry I and Karina-dono had, but in exchange for a large diamond, that is Tama-dono's secret saving, he ceased his demands.』

The <<Intelligent Item>>, Raka that Lady Karina had added more details.
Additionally, it was apparently Raka who took care of the rest.

The diamond that Tama had was a manmade one I created using magic, I'll be sure to make another one later and give her that.

"So where did that man go?"
"He ran there while dancing~?"

Tama pointed at the east gate.

『Right after that man had left. The kids in the plaza started to keel over.』

They fell one after another, and eventually Lady Karina ended up collapsing herself.

"Medicines didn't work~?"
"Not antidote, not panacea worked nodesu."
"That must have been rough."

I pat the two's heads as they tried to convey what happened at the time with gestures.
Due to the matter of Weasel Empire's temple knight, Liedill, who ended up becoming my familiar, I had restricted the use of Blood Elixir only in cases where the victim is in a serious state of near death.

I'll let the two carry the easy to use ordinary elixirs with them next time.

"...Satou."
"How are you feeling?"
"I'm fine desuwa."

Lady Karina slowly got up.
Looks like she's recovered already thanks to her Self-Recovery skill.

"Private Pochi, Private Tama! I will now assign you a duty."
"Aye!"
"Yes sir nanodesu!"

To the two who struck the Shupin pose while standing straight, I ask them to care for the sick people here.

"I shall help too desuwa!"
"Yes, if you would. Raka, sorry, but I'm counting on you to support the girls."
『Umu, leave it to me.』

The guards will probably come later, I'll let Raka to deal with them.

I turned my back at them, and dashed out to chase the man together with Liza who had just come back from patrolling.


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"--Uwaaaaaa"

A man who was riding a ride beast, a Snow Black Rat, was thrown off his ride when the rat suddenly stopped, and then he fell headlong into a piled up snow at the side of the road.
I left the Snow Black Rat to Liza to take care of, would be bad if it went wild.

"You look to be quite in a hurry, did you have an urgent business somewhere?"

I dragged the man out of the snow and talked to him.

"L-lemme go!"

When the man tried to shake off my hand, I shoved him down with his back on the snow and thrust my drawn Fairy Sword before the man.

"What were you doing next to the watering hole? I'll let you off with your life if you talk."

I accosted the man while relying on Deception and Interrogation skill.
The reason why I could pinpoint this man as our culprit is because he was the only one who tried to flee to the urban areas at high speed.

Just in case, I should use the mind magic [Detect Lie] to see through lies.
This magic is not really that accurate, but it's still better than nothing.

"Someone just paid me to do that! 『Watch the pot』 they said."

Result from Detect Lie--Truth.

I put on a callous expression and jerked my chin urging him to continue.

"I don't know who that person was. They were hiding their face in a hood, hell if I know who they were!" <TLN: Gender neutral they, not plural they.>

He doesn't know that person--Lie.

"That's a lie. You must know who they were."

The man had a cramp on his face when I declared so.

"H-how..."
"Talk."

I gripped the sword tighter and coerced the man.
Using Coercion skill here would have knocked the guy out.

"T-they were a scholar-sensei like you."
"Which scholar?"
"I've no idea. They had a 『Ring of Wisdom』 on their arm just like you."

Apparently, that's how he deemed them to be a scholar.

I put markers on all scholars that have 『Ring of Wisdom』 with them inside the country.
None seems to be acting suspiciously.

"Hey, I've told you everythin' yea. So let me go. I'd be killed by that scholar-sensei if I stay here."
"--Killed?"

That's brutal.

"It's coz I broke an important experimental tool. That scholar-sensei who woulda go as far as killing their scholar cohorts wouldn't think twice to kill me."

Well, they're a bunch who's been spreading Vampire Mosquito that put a debilitating curse on people all over the places after all. That much shouldn't be strange.

"I, overheard 'em..."

This man has [Attentive Ears] skill and apparently with that, he overheard the scholar in question instructing men in white to carry out murders in a back alley.

"Who are they trying to kill?"

I can't overlook an attempt for life here.

"Those men mentioned three names."

And the names that came out of the man's mouth sounded familiar to me.

Witch, Witch's apprentice, and Oracle Miko-san.
Miraculously enough, they're all my acquaintances.

"...It's the guards."

Looking at the direction the man muttered at, I saw guards coming here while breaking snow.

Just in time, I drag the man to the guards, and tell them that he's a concerned person of the incident at the open space.
The man was screaming 'This isn't what you promised!" or something, but it's not like I ever said I'd let him go if he talked, so I paid him no mind and proceeded to take the action needed to protect the three whose names came up earlier.

Good grief, just when we've got a fun trial that stimulated my spirit of inquiry, would it kill them to not cause these unnecessary incidents.



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