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Okami wa Nemuranai 2.8_9

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Since the open fire was getting weaker, Lecan got up and put more firewood in.

Eda is sleeping while skilfully leaning on a tree. She just went and fixed her posture.

A new problem has arisen.

No magic beast comes close thanks to the Monster Ward. But a large number of them have bunched up together around the perimeter of the Ward.

Lecan's former world had magic that could ward off magic beasts too, and if this magic was set up too strong, there were cases where magic beasts ended up being lured in around the perimeter of the magic range. This situation is similar to that phenomenon.

Morning of the second day, Chaney and Eifun woke up. Lecan reported them about the gathering of magic beasts and its possible cause.

"This many magic beasts, precisely how many there are?"

"Around 200."

"Eeeeh."

"Is that fer' real. Then we cannae' afford to turn off the ward."

"That's true. This will cost me quite a lot of magic gems, but let's keep going with the Monster Ward on. Haha, I did hear before that putting powerful magic gems in the ward would have the opposite effect of gathering magic beasts, but back then I put in some strong one in a spur of the moment, truly careless of me."

"And then what will you do."

"What do you mean, Lecan-san."

"If we keep going with the Monster Ward on, these magic beasts will follow after us. Once we arrive at the town, they'll attack the town."

"Ah..."

"I cannae' imagine what kinda punishment await those who bring magic beasts to town with 'em."

"What... should we do."

"For now, let's move out with the ward on. I have a plan once we get to a plain."

"I understand. Then let's be on our way."

"Missy, it's mornin' already. We're gonna leave ya behind if ya don't get up. Come now, missy."

"U-U~n. Morning huh? Wheres' breakfast?"

"Let's take it while moving. We're leaving."

While running ahead of the wagon like yesterday, Lecan chewed on jerky, chewed on dried beans and drank water.

The wagon got to a plain before long. And then, magic beasts that have been following them about 500 steps away are clearly visible now.

"Ain't that a lot less than 200 no?"

"It seems half of the magic beasts weren't keen on leaving the mountain."

"But it's still a lot. I think it's around 100?"

"T-this is impossible! Even with ten adventurers, this is absolutely impossible. I once heard Vouka had a garrison. Let's ask 'em to deal with these."

"Villages along the way would be devastated then. Besides, I am not sure our supply of magic gems is enough to last the journey. Lecan-san. What do you suppose we do here."

There's a lot of magic beasts whose specific name Lecan doesn't know, but none possesses a large mana pool. Beasts that resemble wolves, boars, apes, bears, every one of them is of the lowest rank of magic beast.

If this were inside a forest, fighting the lot of them could still prove threatening even if they were individually weak.

To top it off, he would need to protect the client, complicating the battle even further.

However, this place is a plain. In this situation, he can afford to temporarily leave the client.

On top of that, his foes aren't going anywhere.

"Fumu. Keep the Monster Ward on. I'm off for a bit."

Lecan dashed toward a herd of boar magic beasts.

He got there instantly.

He pulled out his sword. And began to cut up everything.

Every one of these beasts has insignificant amount of mana, but there's no telling what kind of attack methods they have in store. Which means, those who make the first strike win. Exterminate every last one of them without giving any chance to attack.

After killing everything without leaving even one alive and taking a glance at the heaps of dead bodies, Lecan ran back to the wagon.

"You should turn off the Monster Ward. Let's move."

"You barely got any blood splat on ya. Cor blimey."

"I had never seen such fearsome swordsmanship in my life before."

"...Lecan. No, Lecan-san. Were you a famous mercenary with an epithet all along?"

Lecan passed by Eda when he was returning to his position in front of the wagon, and that was when Eda's eyes caught a shining silver ring on his left middle finger.

"Hold on, did you always have that stylish ring on you?"

That ring was something he took from <Storage> and put on when they got into the forest on the first day.

However, Lecan is under no obligation to explain that.

"Yeah."

<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>

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The party arrived at a small village at noon of the second day, but they only replenished water and took a short break before departing again. Eda was walking unsteadily with unfocused eyes, when asked why, she said she was hungry. No choice, Lecan shared his jerky. By the way, Eda got on the wagon in the end. Chaney allowed it.

When the sun was about to set on the second day, Lecan sensed magic beasts approaching while they were traveling in a mountain.

"Lecan-san. Is something the matter?"

"It's magic beasts. 18. They're coming here from the front. Stop the wagon. I'll go meet them."

"Understood. Eifun-san! Please stop the wagon."

"I-is it enemy? Where."

The party waited for the enemy without making a sound. Eda has her arrow on her bow as she looks at the dim forest in front of her restlessly, while still on board the wagon.

Trees are making noises.

"Above."

Lecan spoke. <Life Detection> cannot distinguish elevations, thus he didn't know the enemy's altitude until they got close enough.

A great number of magic beasts came pouring down.

"Uwaa, uwaa"

Eda kept shooting her arrows while screaming out, but none even grazed a magic beast.

Eifun the coachman closely watches the magic beasts' movement as he evades and blocks their attacks.

It's magic beasts that resemble apes.

They're as big as a 10-year old kid, covered in black fur with red faces.

They look to be quite agile.

Lecan calmly butchered the magic beasts.

These magic beasts were moving slightly erratically, but before Lecan's kinetic vision and attack speed, they just appear sluggish.

The client, Chaney has hidden himself inside the wagon and closed the window, so he's safe. These aren't the type of enemy that could destroy the wagon in a single strike, and he's not giving them any chance to make an attempt in the first place.

Eda proved to be more dangerous than the apes. Two arrows were flying toward Lecan. He was irritated by the second arrow, and cut it down mid-air.

An ape that was going to jump out and bite Eifun Lecan slew was the last one.

Eda was shouting, 'ow ouch, it hurts'. She probably got bit or scratched by the apes. He can't be bothered enough to look after that far though.

"I-Is it over? Ah, the wagon's covered in blood. But right now time is more valuable. Let us go."

"Ah, Chaney-san. Wait a moment. I've gotta go grab my arrows back!"

One mystery was solved when Lecan heard Eda. He was puzzling over where she put her spare arrows. But Eda never had spare arrows with her.

"Eifun-san, please depart."

"Hohoho."

Chaney paid no mind to Eda's begging and ordered the wagon to depart. Eda retrieved some arrows within her reach in a fluster and went after the wagon. By the way among 12 arrows that Eda carried, exactly zero managed to hit the ape magic beasts.

At the camp in mountain on the third day.

Suddenly, Eda shouted out loud.

"Magic Gems!"

"What about magic gems."

"We beat those Red Apes (Urudou) and didn't take their magic gems!"

This would mean those beasts were Red Apes.

Lecan heard that these are the most plentiful magic beasts in forests and dungeons. He's killed several of these beasts so far, but he never made the connection between their name and figure.

Still, what is Eda saying now. Did she not hear Chaney saying, "Time is more valuable", earlier.

"And it was such a fortune!"

Leaving aside the question whether Eda is even qualified for a portion, those Red Apes' magic gems aren't worth the effort to fetch them. If you're that desperate, around 80 magic beasts Lecan defeated at noon would have more valuable magic gems within them. Though Chaney had asked village elder of the village they stopped by at noon to fetch half of magic gems and materials from those magic beasts to him while relinquishing the other half to the village, therefore it won't go to waste nor spread disease from decomposing bodies.

"C'mon, won't ya reconsider going back now?"

Since Eda is getting noisy, Lecan steers the conversation elsewhere.

"Eda. That yellow muffler on your neck, stands out."

"Eh? Ah. It's cute isn't it. Hehe."

"It's very visible even in dark places."

"Oh, really now. Thankies."

"Makes for a good mark for magic beasts to target on."

"Eh?"

"Adventurers do not put such a gaudy muffler on."

"...Uwawawawawa! What the heeck. You shoulda tell me sooner then! Uwaa. So that's why they were so persistent comin' for me. Uwaa, uwaa. It's making me aching all over just remembering it. Dangit. Dangit!"

While thinking that this girl still made a lot of noise in the end, Lecan recalled that there was one such adventurer with flashy attires.

It's a female adventurer called <Bloodstained> Rancy. With burning-like red hair, she put on a blood-like red leather armor. With glittering rubies on both her hands. She truly was a flashy woman. Cutting up magic beasts she attracted in with her great sword, she always bathed in her victim's blood. As she was also a frighteningly beautiful woman, many men were also drawn to her. And every one of those men had their hearts broken apart.

Lecan suddenly felt a sense of longing for his former world.

He looks up above, there's only stars there, no moon. That big bright moon does not exist in this world.

He couldn't help but longed for it.








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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter Chapter 215

Chapter 215 Strongest Sage, Dodges Party

 

"By 'us' here... You mean Mathias, Iris, Ruli and Alma, the four of you?"

"Exactly."

Hearing my answer, Viscount Regido pondered for a bit.
And then he speaks.

"...And do you think that's for the best, Mathias?"

"I do. The more people going the higher we risk the infiltration getting found out."

"Certainly, you want only a select few if you're going to infiltrate enemy's base... But aren't four too few to go up against that many dolls?"

"Those dolls only have numbers with them, so slipping through them is a simple matter. Besides, our target is only one, the doll master, there's no need for many personnels to defeat it."

These are dolls whom Biffgel managed to take four down, bring on 100, 1000 of them, it makes no difference.
Besides, all of those dolls will cease functioning once we defeat the dollmaster.

The knights would be a nice help in group battles, but they're only going to get in the way in an infiltration mission.
Even though these elite knights probably are also good at infiltrating, I'm sure their anti magic detection ability isn't up for the task.

And we're not so lacking in power to be in need of the knights covering for us.
...Might be a different story if they're as strong as Iris though.

Conversely, protecting Relaia Barondom from the dolls' assault is these knights' forte.
The job of knights is to protect lord's territory, their training revolves around it.
Leaving our back to Viscount Regido and his knights, while we're going infiltrating is a good plan.

"If that's what you believe Mathias, we're going with it. After all, you're obviously more experienced in fighting demons than me. In exchange, I shall accomplish what I am good at."

"Good at?"

"Yeah. Relaia Barondom has suffered some damage in this battle. There should be spots where they need assistance to defend as well, and it looks like the defense here hangs mostly on Castor's powers... It's my job to reassemble the territory and the army from such a situation."

I see, he's fulfilling his duty as a commanding officer of the knights.
The viscount is truly fit to take care of our back.
Looks like everyone will nicely get their role here.

"I understand. If you find anything that could be a clue along the way, please contact me."

"Very well... When do you plan to depart?"

"I can go tomorrow morning... The earlier the better as the enemy might run away if they notice us here."

That was my entire purpose coming here in the first place.
We don't need to be here for them to gather intelligence from the populace and local knights.

"...Understood. Then let's take care of things so you can depart tomorrow morning... Baron Relaia, are there things Mathias need to take care of before leaving the territory?"

"Considering Baron Mathias holds great powers, it might be a good idea for him to go meet the allied forces' commander-in-chief just in case."

"Allied forces' commander-in-chief... Is that not Baron Relaia?"

Other nobles in the surrounding area are participating in the defense of Relaia Barondom besides the baron himself.
Though the scale of these allied forces is small at only 150 people.

The highest ranked noble who's come to help is at most a baronet.
Nobles that are of the same rank and higher than Baron Relaia won't participate... Or rather, there's no high ranked nobles around this area, so there's no one that can come.

If nobles band up together to form allied forces, the highest ranked noble will act as the commander-in-chief, so I thought Baron Relaia is one, but...

"No, the allied forces' commander-in-chief is Baronet Castor. At first, I did take command but midway through I believed Baronet Castor was more fit for the role, thus I relinquished the position to him."

Looks like the commander-in-chief is my father Castor.
As expected of someone connected to the knights.

"...Good decision. Then Mathias, you should go see Baronet Castor."
<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>
"Yes."

Looks like our reunion will be with my father as the allied forces' commander-in-chief.

...But, wonder what kind of face should I make.
I'm in good terms with my father, but the problem here is our positions.

Even if it's temporary, my rank is higher than him in the nobility ladders.
Not sure on which mindset should I go see him.

Seeing me putting up a difficult expression, Ruli and the girls started talking through comm magic.

『Baronet Castor is Mathi-kun's father right? I never heard you talking about him at all... Do you two not get along?』

『If he's Mathi-kun's father, that means he's also Biffgel's father right... Maybe he's like Biffgel?』

...My father took quite an insult.
Well, I guess they can't help it after seeing that Biffgel.

『My family lineage are all normal except Biffgel. I mean, father's strength must have played a role for his fame among knights.』

I only understand now that my father is abnormally strong for a human in this era.
He's likely the strongest human who cannot use chantless magic I've ever met yet.

He even put a clear lead on numbers of defeated dolls against my brother Reich who had learned chantless magic, simple it may be.
You cannot win against chantless magic using a sword with half-baked strength.

『Normal... normal?』

『Can't you really call that normal.』

Ruli and Alma look at me, and then at the report.
In the report, while ordinary soldiers defeated one doll each, Castor and Reich managed 50 and 30 respectively.

I guess normal is not quite correct.
There's a chance that no other family of nobles is as strong as house of Hildesheimr if we're talking about raw strength.

While we were having that conversation, Viscount Regido and Baron Relaia had their own pertaining supply of goods for the army, defense network reorganization, steps for the future and stuff.
It's outside our expertise, so we're leaving that to these two.

And lastly, it's about tonight's schedule.

"Tonight, we plan to hold a party for all nobles who are participating, will Baron Mathias come too?"

...Apparently they're holding a party to introduce Viscount Regido.
As he's going to be the top commanding officer here from now on, the party also doubles as an announcement.

『Nobles' party... wonder if they're gonna serve good food there.』

『Unfortunately, you probably won't find anything extravagance. In the first place, they're having supply shortages, and they only knew about Viscount Regido's coming right before his arrival.』

Alma was looking forward to food, but I'm not sure there's going to be anything she wants.

Relaia barondom is situated in the boondocks, and they're in the middle of war, can't expect anything luxurious in this situation.
If they were notified of Viscount Regido's coming a week before, they might have been able to prepare a party that would meet Alma's expectations.

And more importantly...

『Nobles' party... that kinda sounds strict and annoying!』

Alma said so in my behalf. <TLN: Not sure if the author actually meant Iris here.>
Exactly correct. Nobles' parties are strict and annoying.

I haven't actually participated in one, but we had classes about etiquette for when we attended such a party at Second Academy.
The lesson itself was extremely boring, and it claimed the spot of 『The most disliked class at Second Academy』 in questionnaires.

It's not at all difficult compared to handling magic, but it's just annoying.
Furthermore, I'm on this weird spot as a temporary noble, so it's extra awkward for me.

...And the food isn't even good on top of all that, we'd be better off having a meal by ourselves.
I give my reply to Viscount Regido after thinking through that.

"If we attend the party then disappear the day after, some might find it unusual. It'd be better if we do not participate."

"Indeed, we should limit the number of people who know about your infiltration. I don't necessarily distrust other nobles, but the less people who know the less chance it gets leaked."

Looks like he got it.
Vicount Regido continues as I feel relieved.

"Besides, nobles' party is just a lot of trouble. If you don't need to come, you might as well not."

"Quite."

Baron Relaia nodded at Viscount Regido's assessment.
Is that really OK, hey party's sponsor and leading actor...

Well, since Viscount Regido is more a military man than a noble, he probably finds these parties annoying just like me.
After having these conversations, the meeting was closed.






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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-68

16-68. Saga Empire, Battle at the Imperial Capital (1)

 

※ This is not from Satou's point of view



"We popped up farther than I thought we would."

Arisa--Golden Knight Red muttered as she stared at a spire on Saga Empire's outer wall far away from where she was.
The other girls donning golden armor are right behind her.

Several airships are flying above the capital's sky enshrouded in massive dark clouds as they shoot bombardment down to the ground.

"It appears like the battle has already started."

Liza--Golden Knight Orange spoke as she gazed at dark smokes rising up from ground.
Today, what she has in her hand is not her favorite Magic Spear Douma Rev. but the highly destructive Dragon Spear Heiron.

"Ichi--Satou probably arranged it so we wouldn't run straight into battle right after arriving here."

Hikaru is taking part as Hero Nanashi.
Hero Nanashi's robe is made of orichalcum alloy thread and Great Monstrous Fish Tovkezeera's leather fiber cloth, the robe boasts a defensive power rivaling that of the solid golden knights' equipment.

"Nothing less to expect from Master."

Liza muttered proudly.

"Anyhow, I'm going to check up on the situation with 『Clairvoyance』 before we charge there."
"Don't forget to take the possibility of Counter into account just in case."
"Ah right. I mean I'll be looking up Saga Empire's capital that's in the midst of a battle against a demon lord after all, I'll get it ready."

Arisa raised her helmet's visor, and put mana into her earring.
Just by doing that, the magic circuit that blocks anti-detection Counter created by Satou is activated.

"OK, here I go."

Arisa brandished her Sun Gem-embedded wand and closed her eyes.

Arisa cast her spell, and when the magical light reached the Imperial Castle, a white light dyed the view.
At the same time, sparks flew off the mana-poured earring.

"--Owaa"

Arisa canceled her magic from the shock sent by the sparks.

"It's a Counter."
"Are you okay?"
"But of course! That sensation just now, it must be Resistive Barrier of the City Core. Arisa-chan's gonna teach 'em, her space magic isn't mushy enough to be beaten by a Counter of this level."
"Hold on."

Hikaru stopped Arisa who rolled up her sleeves and struck a pose.

"Since it's City Core's Resistive Barrier, most likely it's been set up to deal with the demon lord. They might mistake us for demon lord's helpers if we break it without thinking."
"Oh that's right..."

After pondering a bit, Arisa looks at the girls.

"Pochi, sorry, but could you fly and circle around the capital together with Lyuryu?"
"Yes nanodesu."

Pochi--Golden Knight Yellow nodded affirmatively.
The white sword hanging on her waist is a dragon fang sword created from the fang of lesser dragon Bouryuu through Primeval Magic.

"Lyuryu, let's go nodesuyo."

--LYURYURYUUU.

Pochi jumped like, pyon, onto the white dragon Lyuryu's back, and the dragon answered to her call cheerfully before soaring up.

『Don't get too close to the capital, you hear me.』

Arisa reminded Pochi through space magic [Tactical Talk].

『Roger nanodesu.』
"Roger nanodesu."

After a slight pause, Pochi's reply came through sounds and the channel.

"Tama going too~?"
"Right. Go sneak into the capital, and investigate the demon lord's location and whether there are other enemies besides it."
"Nin nin~"

Tama--Golden Knight Pink sinks into shadow as she strikes the ninja pose.

"Take out?"

Mia--Golden Knight Green asked while pulling out a Sun Gem-embedded wand.

"Let's not go with the Warship Wand since it's going to be an urban warfare."
"Arisa, should I get the Floating Fort out?"

Lulu--Golden Knight Black asked for confirmation while shouldering the portable accelerated cannon.

"Dimensional Gunboat is a no no, but I think Floating Fort should be fine, no? We can even use it to get to the city."

Lulu's personal Gunboat installed with the same kind of system as the Light Ship's sub-dimensional travel capability was not created for battles occurring on the planet's surface, but rather for eliminating the mysterious creatures inhabiting the void sky--the space.
It's not like it cannot operate on the planet's surface, but since it has been crammed to the brim with Satou's technologies with no punch pulled, it could possibly cause more damage than the [rampages of dragons and demon lords].
Unfortunately, there is no anti-god armaments on board of the combat vessel, so it's strictly for fighting against common creatures.

"As it is going to be an Urban Warfare, I shall not mount my Powered Exoskeleton myself. After all, it's unsuitable for grappling fights with ground opponents."
"That thing is like a Powered Suit too though, I think it should be usable on ground, but for someone with high fundamental prowess like Liza-san, I guess it feels more like a shackle."

While saying that, Arisa let floating shields for automatic defense and adjacent protection spheres to float around her.

"Arisa, should I also go with my usual equipment, so I ask."

Nana--Golden Knight White inquired with a mirror-polished great shield in her hand.

"Right--as long as the demon lord's level is lower than Hikaru-tan, go with just Castle. We're not fighting against gods anyway, you can save the newly installed <<Absolute Throne>> for when the things get tough."
"Not that, will Dimensional Shield be unnecessary?"
"Yup that too, it's kinda impractical on ground."

The warship that was built for similar purposes to Lulu's gunboat will cause massive collateral damage from the shockwave generated by its defensive mechanism if used on the planet's surface, thus Arisa denied its usage without a hint of hesitation.

『Pochi calling in nanodesu--』


<TLN: If you're reading this novel at any other site than Sousetsuka .com you might be reading an unedited, uncorrected version of the novel.>




"Light signal from the outer wall's spire--Captain! There's a dragon in the southern sky! A white dragon is incoming!"
"A dragon right after a demon lord? Damn those battle maniacs. Showing up on the battlefield at such hectic times..."

The captain of a warship carrier flying above the capital's sky cursed bitterly.

"Should we shoot it down?"
"Don't be a fool. Even if it's a lesser dragon, the firepower of a mere airship has no hope of shooting it down."

Against a lesser dragon, they might just be able to land a hit if they take the preemptive strike, but it will most likely result in them getting taken down by the wounded dragon in the end.

"Deploy the Wyvern Unit to attract the lesser dragon's attention! Lead it away from the capital."
"H-however, that means the Wyvern Unit will..."
"I know."

No wyverns could get away unharmed from being toyed around by a lesser dragon.

"--Bridge. Blue Tail Unit, we're goin'."

Voices of the Wyvern Unit on the flight deck could be heard through the speaking tube.

"No way we're gonna let the capital get razed to the ground by dragon's flame 'rite?"
"...Forgive me."

The captain ground his teeth as he gave a reply to the Wyvern Unit who willingly volunteered in a suicide mission.
Four Wyverns took off the flight deck.

"The demon lord on ground has made a move! It has started discharging monsters that look like giant bats!"
"Discharging bats? Isn't that like those 『Vampires』 bunch in the Bloodsucking Labyrinth..."
"Captain, perhaps this one is a vampire demon lord?"
"We cannot jump to conclusions just from this little info. How's the appraisal progressing?"
"It's still getting obstructed by the black mist wrapping the demon lord's body even now."

The warship captain and his crew glare at a humanoid demon lord that has encamped itself on the imperial castle.

The Wyvern Unit that flew out of the airship carrier arrived near the outer wall that surrounds the capital.

"So that's the white dragon--"

The commander made a gesture to his unit, signaling them to make a formation toward the white dragon.

"--Golden metal around its neck? No! That's armor! Does this mean, that dragon is a dragon steed of a dragon rider!!"

The commander's surprised voice disappeared into the high altitude gust of wind.

『Pochi calling in nanodesu. There are armored persons riding on the back of meat-san flying lizards nanodesu.』
『That must be Wyvern Riders. Fighting them would be a bother, just ignore 'em Pochi.』
『Roger nanodesu. Lyuryu, speed up! nanodesu.』

The commanders and his subordinates have no way of knowing such a conversation took place for gods they are not.

--LYURYURYUUU.

The white dragon cried out from afar.

Every Wyvern of the Wyvern Riders stiffened up from fear.
However, the white dragon took a glance at the Wyvern Unit for an instant before it zoomed off toward the capital at several times its previous speed.

"--So fast."

Yearning and jealousy welled up from within the commander's mind along with a sense of relief.

『Should we go after it?』

His subordinate made that gesture.

"No way in hell we'll catch up--『Return to base』"

The commander gave the order with a gesture and turned his wyvern toward the warship carrier.
As a result, they ended up clashing with the giant bats and saved the carrier from a crisis in the process.







"Nin nin~"

Golden Knight Pink showed up from within shadow on top of the capital's outer wall.

"So spacious~?"

Saga Empire's capital is overly too big for one girl to look around by herself.
It's several times the size of the already vast Shiga Kingdom's capital.

"Bun bun bun, bunshin no jutsu~?"

With fluttering pink mantles, several ninjas whose faces are hidden behind cat masks make their entrance, "nin nin."

"Split up and search around~?"
"""Aye aye sir~"""

The ninjas that have multiplied by way of ninjutsu go and get scattered about in the capital.
There is no one here who could quip this.



At the center of the capital, a main street expands out radially from the imperial castle.
One of the ninjas landed on top of a high-rise building overlooking the street.

The street itself is flooded with crowd of people and wagons full of luggage.

"Ouch, hey stop pushing!"
"Shut up, outta my way!"
"Mom, where are youuuu"
"Hurry up! The demon lord's coming for us!"
"Noo! I don't wanna get caught by demons and dragged to hellllll!"

The crowd is rushing toward the gate while screaming and yelling angrily.

"Panic~?"

The cat ninja had a troubled look on her face.

A child who was separated from their mother was pushed by adults and fell down inside the crowd.
Ordinarily, the child would have met a tragic fate there.

However, a ninja saw what happened.

"Nin nin~"

The child got swallowed up into shadow and appeared under the ninja's foot.

"This, where?"
"Rooftop~?"

The ninja tilted her head as she replied to the anxious child.

The ninja gave the child a piggy back and carried her around to look for her mother.
It might seem like a worthless miracle looking in the big picture, but similar spectacles are cropping up here and there in the capital.

Showing up inside a burning house, taking people who have fallen into despair out of the house--.

Protecting the escaping crowd, assisting soldiers who are about to get swallowed up by a swarm of Blood Stalkers--.

Even at the site of a bloody battle between black knights and Vampire Slaves, one ninja has been witnessed cheering for them with folding fans in her hands--.

They also rescued ladies captured by vampires in a certain mansion.

『Tama, how's the situation in the capital?』
『『『Exciting~?』』』

Though, there may be a tiny bit of problem with their reporting as a scout.







"E-exciting must mean that there are monsters on ground other than the demon lord."
"Nn, confirmed. Vampires."

Following after Tama and Pochi, Mia too has dispatched an artificial spirit to the capital for scouting purpose.

"Is the demon lord too?"
"Wait."

Mia concentrates on her artificial spirit, giving it an order.

"Mwuu, failed."

Mia makes an 'x' sign with her fingers in front of her face.
Looks like her artificial spirit got taken down when it tried to get close to the demon lord.

"Combining the info we got from Pochi, looks like our enemy only consists of swarms of giant bats split from the demon lord and vampire-type monsters overrunning the capital."
"Vampires are good at hiding, what's with their ability to transform into mist and animals, this will be difficult."

Hikaru who's well experienced in fighting against vampires groans with her hand on her chin.

"No worries. Now's your time to shine--Lulu onee-sama."
"Eh? Me?"

The big sister (Lulu) replied in bewilderment to her little sister (Arisa) who pointed her finger at the dark clouds hanging over the capital, urging her like, "Go get 'em."






※ Next update is planned for 10/21.


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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 214


Chapter 214 Strongest Sage, Astonished

 



"We've prepared documents detailing the present situation on the desk over here. If you'd please."

Five minutes after Biffgel came looking for trouble.
We've all gathered at Baron Relaia's residence.

Apparently, it's normal to use the lord's residence as a council room for low ranked nobles who don't have a public office.
Progress of battle, supply situation and combatants are written in minute details in the documents.
It's very well done for a combat report.

However... This isn't the kind of info I need.
What we need now is a clue that will lead us to the one pulling the strings of these dolls.

"Were there any human in the enemy rank?"

"We did not find even a single soul. We have defeated 320 dolls and zero human so far."

"...I see. That's a problem."

If there's no human among the enemy, these dolls are most likely moving autonomously.

In cases like this, dealing with the dolls itself is relatively simple.
If there's a problem in the magic circle that governs the dolls' autonomous actions, focusing on it should make the dolls easier to deal with.

One famous method is by dropping the automaton dolls in water.
If the action of [Swimming] does not exist in its set autonomous actions, the dolls will attempt to move their legs pointlessly even if they don't touch the grounds.

If there were humans among the enemy rank, they could have revised it on spot, but if the dolls are completely automatic, the act of destroying them itself is pretty simple.
Though I don't think they've made such an obvious mistake, however, it still means the tide is in our favor.

Yet, what's easier is strictly the battle.
If we want to look for the mastermind, it's of course easier if there's a human among the enemy.
If there is a human among the dolls, that would mean they're connected to the dollmaster, thus going from there would make things easier for us to find out the dollmaster's identity.

...Well, considering the situation, we'd be better off infiltrating Saihill Empire than investigating the domestics.
Now that Viscount Regido is here, he should be able to handle protecting and dealing with things inside the kingdom.
We'll leave all the bothersome stuff to the viscount and concentrate on gathering information ourselves.
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That aside...

"Are you sure this chart is not a mistake?"

I pointed at one document on desk.
The document details about today's locations of battle, victims, number of defeated dolls and those who did that.

The problem is the chart that lists those with excellent combat records.
First place is Castor, second place is Reich, third is Irijis, fourth is Dezaia.

So far so good.
The first place, my father is as strong as the knight commander, second place, my brother has learned chantless magic, so of course they'd take those spots.

I don't know the third and fourth places, so I have nothing to complain about.
The problem is the fifth place.

Fifth Place: Biffgel Hildesheimr.

That's what written there.
What kind of joke is this.

"...A mistake? The document has been double checked by multiple supervisors, I'd like to think that there is no mistake..."

"Which means, Biffgel took the fifth place in doll subjugation?"

According to the chart, Biffgel defeated four dolls.
Far less than Castor with 50 dolls, and Reich with 32 dolls... but that Biffgel, fifth place?
Since there were around 120 people who participated in the battle, I thought Biffgel would get around 110th place or something though.

While thinking that... Baron Relaia replies.

"Biffgel Hildesheimr indeed defeated four dolls. He was quite a force for he is a Glory Crest bearer capable of using 『Heat Ball』."

This 『Heat Ball』... if I'm not mistaken, it's one of chant magic spells.
In Second Academy, it was categorized as a mid-class spell before I introduced chantless magic there.

『H-Heat Ball? I don't think that spell has any practical use in real combat... 『Heat Ball』 is that spell that needs a long chant and consumes a moderate amount of mana yet is only as strong as weaker spells right?』

『That spell might have completely fallen out of fashion in Second Academy, but it was one of the better spells with chant magic. There's a world of difference between chant and chantless magic though...』

Just as Ruli and Alma pointed out, 『Heat Ball』 is ultimately a chant magic.
It's not even as strong as beginner level chantless magic even though it consumes moderately lot, as a result, there's no one in Second Academy that's still using it.

You'd get treated as a potential force just for being able to use such spell huh...
This kinda takes me back.

...Well, it has only been a year since the people in this era started to use chantless magic, so it's not that long back.
Even today, Glory Crest is still hailed as the strongest except in a few places like the Royal Capital.

"Still, Castor is as monstrous as always."

"Are the two of you acquainted?"

"Yeah. Actually, there's no one in the Knight Order's top
brass who doesn't know Castor."

Looks like Viscount Regido knows my father Castor.
Castor, so you were famous...

Viscount Regido speaks while I'm still thinking.

"So long Castor is here, we should be able to hold off the dolls... the problem now is how to go about doing our counterattack... Baron Mathias, have you got an idea?"

Viscount Regido asked for my opinion without hesitation.
Responding to that, I give him an answer that I've got in stock after consulting with the girls.

"How does having just us infiltrate the empire sound to you?"







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Okami wa Nemuranai 2.6_7

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The wagon traveled through countryside roads and even went into a mountain path, but it's going unexpectedly fast.

Lecan is keeping his pace with the wagon's while maintaining 30 steps distance on level grounds and 20 steps on the mountain path.

The wagon isn't stopping even when it's getting dark in the mountain. The reason why it can keep going in the dark is due to a curious apparatus that projects lights forward. It's probably a magic item. Stable bright lights that's impossible with candles or torch are shining the road where the wagon runs on.

Though, Lecan who's traveling in front of the wagon does not need to rely on that light. He's using his <3D Perception> instead.

Unlike bare eyes, <3D Perception> cannot distinguish colors, however it can see even in pitch black darkness. It can also see opponents hiding behind rocks or trees, and even inside a room as long as it's within range. It's truly a handy ability.

The wagon finally slowed down and eventually stopped.

"Let's make a camp here. Still, Lecan-san. You're wonderful. You were running all this time yet you never wavered in the slightest. I wonder just how were you able to run with such confidence in this dark mountain path. You're really full of surprises."

"Should I go gather firewood?"

"Yes. I'm sorry to trouble you."

"Sorry 'bout it Lecan-san. I'll hafta take care of these horses for a bit y'see."

Lecan gathered up dry wood for firewood. If he found a thick branch, he'd shave it off with his trusty sword. Ordinarily, a sword will rapidly loses its sharpness used like this, no matter how good it is. However, this sword of his has been embedded with a jewel enchanted with <Automatic Restoration>.

"Ooh! You collected this many firewood in no time flat."

<3D Perception> has no blind spot. Neither does it need a source of light. Gathering these dry wood is a mere child's play for Lecan.

Chaney rummaged the wagon for something, and then a mysterious turquoise colored light lit up. It's a light clad with mana. Lecan knows this light, it's quite similar to a certain light.

"Monster Ward... eh?"

"Ooh! You're pretty well-informed. This is supposed to be a rare magic item."

"Is this big enough for the hearth?"

"Oh. When did you make that hearth. Those stones are nicely shaped. I'm amazed you could find them. Well err, it would be best if you could space it less. Just enough to put the pot."

Chaney took out a pot, so Lecan adjusted the hearth to match its size, and put dry wood inside and dry leaves on top.

Afterward, Chaney took some kind of small tool from his breast pocket and walked up to the dry leaves.

With a poof, a small flame lit up at the tip of the small tool and began burning the leaves. Must be a magic tool.

Lecan used a slightly thick dry branch to make the flame bigger, and put more thick dry wood to get it burning.

"Hohho. The fire is burnin' nicely. Lemme take up on the cooking here."

Eifun who was done taking care of the horses brought the food and water bags with him, and started cooking.

"By the way, what should we do 'bout the young lassie?"

"I'm sure she'll come running here once she remembers she's still in the middle of a job."

That's quite a cruel sarcasm.

Eda was frantically running after the wagon. They had three breaks along the way, and she caught up with them during the third break after a while. However, she suddenly stopped at a certain point. Afterward, Eda's red dot stayed at that place. She must have collided with a tree.

"Doncha' feel sorry to let a young 'un be magic beasts' fodder. Lecan, how 'bout ya go and fetch her."

Eifun told him that, but Lecan is reluctant to part with his client.

"Rite', Chaney-san. We've got the Monster Ward with us anyway, should be fine even if he's gone for a bit, no?"

"Hum... well if Eifun-san says so, let's go with it. Lecan-san, I'm sorry, but if you could please. I understand that you must be tired and hungry, and it won't be easy to look around in the dark. Ah, would you like to take a Luminous Light (Fleurpalm) with you?"

"That apparatus that emits light? Lights from stars are good enough for me."

Lecan doesn't actually needs star lights, but he said that before rushing out.

However, something is bugging him.

His instinct is telling him that something bad would happen if he left this place for too long.

He's got to come back as soon as possible.

Fortunately, Eda is a bearer of powerful mana, it should be easy to find her.

Lecan took out a handful of grain-sized magic gems from <Storage>. He needs these magic gems to resupply mana he'd consume from using <Gust> continuously. It'll cost him a bit, but he has no other choice.

"Wind! Wind! Wind!"

Lecan runs above trees, heading straight toward the place where Eda had fallen.


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Eifun opened his eyes wide to the limit when he saw Lecan come back with Eda in his arms.

"Huh? Huh? Huuh? Y-yer' back already?"

"She was closer than I thought."

"No no, that cannae' be."

Chaney was awfully surprised himself, but he couldn't utter a word.

Eda woke up right when the cooking was done.

"Huh? Where is this?"

"Eda-san. Lecan-san had to carry you here with him."

"Eeh. Well sorry 'bout that. There was this tree in a weird spot ya see. Anyone's gonna bump into that fer' sure."

Eda ate a lot and drank a lot.

"Oy, Lecan. Let's decide on who's gonna keep watch first."

"No. There's no need for that. Weaklings won't come close to the Monster Ward."

"Eh? So that pretty light was really a Monster Ward magic item. Awesome. First time I seen one."

"And even if there's an enemy that still gets close, I'll wake up right away."

"What? Like that gonna happen. It's common sense for adventurers to keep watch by turns when you're camping, y'know."

"That's for adventurer greenhorns."

After saying that, Lecan threw five dry wood into the open fire, and lay down next to it.

"Ah, you rascal! Get up. Get up you."

"Eda-san."

"Ah, Chaney-san. Hold on a sec, I'm gonna knock this guy awake."

"Eda-san. Lecan-san is an outstanding adventurer. He seems to be well experienced in escorting as well."

"Eh. This guy really?"

"What Lecan-san has done thus far has garnered my trust. If he says that he will protect his client in his sleep, then that must be the truth."

"He's tricking you. You've been tricked by this guy!"

"As your client, I forbid you to bother Lecan-san's sleep any further. You should get some sleep too."

Afterward, Chaney lay down. As for Eifun, he's already snoring ahead of everyone else.

"W-what's up with these guys. They know nothin' 'bout camping. Got no choice, I'm gonna keep watch all night by myself then. I mean, like this super weird guy's gonna be any use in battle anyway."







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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 213


Chapter 213 Strongest Sage, Gets in Quarrel with Glory Crest Idiot

 



Several hours later.
We arrived at Relaia Barondom's central town, Relaial, without a problem.
...Well territory of a baron isn't that big though, so this central town is more like a village.

"...It's heavily guarded."

The escort knight muttered when he saw Relaial's gate.
Indeed, soldiers who appear to be guards are standing in front of the gate.

Normally, you don't place guards on the gate of a small town like this.
Security gets stricter only when it's one step away from full blown war.

"Allow me to inform them our arrival."

"Very well."

Viscount Regido halted afterward.
Looks like we still need to inform our coming before we could enter the town.

Guess you can't just stroll right through the gate without saying anything even if you're a noble.
...Right now I'm a noble, albeit temporary, though, so I can't say like it's none of my business.

While I was thinking that, a middle-aged man who appeared to be a noble rushed out of the town gate in a big hurry.
It's probably cause he can't let nobles who are of higher ranks to wait for him.

"Viscount Regido, Baron Hildesheimr! I bid you my warmest welcome!"

Looks like I'm getting called Baron even though it's just temporary.
...This might be the first time someone called me Baron Hildesheimr.
I mean, I rarely ever used my family name and usually introduced myself as just Mathias.

Viscount Regido opens his mouth.

"You must be Baron Relaia. Have you heard the details from His Majesty?"

"We received a letter a few hours ago. We have arranged the information for you."

"Good work. Lead the way."

...Looks like the local army will lend us their cooperation.
Having a viscount in the investigation team is already showing its effect.

As I walk while thinking that... a familiar-looking human walk up here from afar.
--It's Biffgel.

Frankly speaking, I'd like to avoid meeting this guy.
I don't care about Biffgel himself, but it'll be a waste of our time if he causes troubles here.
And that'd result in more troubles for my father Castor, and my brother Reich, I'd like to avoid that.

...However, as I'm currently going along with other nobles, I cannot hide my figure here.
I walked while hoping that he wouldn't notice me, but...

"Mathias, you bastard! What're you doing trotting back home without a care in the world huh! You Disqualified Crest trash, a disgrace of Hildesheimr house!"

...Looks like he found me out.

"What do you mean 'back home', we're not in Hildesheimr Baronet's territory here."

"Same difference! I'm asking why'd you show your mug in front of me now! You already left our territory!"

No, it's not 'same difference'.
It's another noble's.

...I can't even begin to figure out where to quip here.

"Oy, who is this guy?"

Viscount Regideo asked the escort knights when he saw our conversation.

"That is the second son of Castor Hildesheimr, Biffgel Hildesheimr."

The one who replied to Viscount Regido was the escort knight who had guided us all the way here.
This knight is not only knowledgeable about roads, but also other nobles huh...

"Second son... That means he's not a nobleman?"

"That's right."

"So you're telling me, a commoner just called a noble, however temporary it may be, 'trash' and 'disgrace', not to mention the lack of honorifics..."

"That will be correct."

"On top of that, did he really say that other noble's territory is 『same difference with his household's own』?"

"Amazingly enough, that's exactly right."

Viscount Regido looked amazed as he asked the escort knight.
He then turned at Biffgel with a look of pity.

Looks like he can't even work up anger.
Yep, I know that feeling.

"Biffgel Hildesheimr... I've heard rumors about you, but to think it was all true... Will Hildesheimr house be alright with this guy as their heir?"

"No, the heir is the eldest son Reich, not Biffgel."
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"...Really now? I heard the eldest son didn't have Glory Crest, and only a year older though."

In this country, heirs are usually the eldest sons.
However, the situation changes slightly if only the second son has Glory Crest and the age difference is less than three years.

The law states that 『The one better at magic』 is to be the heir in a case like such.
And as chant magic is the mainstream in this country, Glory Crest holds the advantage.
Thus, heirs are usually Glory Crest bearers.

And Hildesheimr household is exactly one of such cases.
Biffgel has Glory Crest, my brother Reich has Common Magic Crest.
However...

"That would normally be the case, however, it appears that the elder brother Reich is exceedingly talented and better than Biffgel at magic. As such, the heir is the eldest son."

"Common Magic Crest surpassing Glory Crest at a place where chantless magic hasn't been popularized yet...? No wait, Baronet Hildesheimr territory was Mathias's hometown huh. I can hazard a guess as to what happened."

"Your hypothesis is most likely correct, Viscount Regido."

Viscount Regido had a 'no wonder' look on his face after hearing me.

...Biffgel's face reddened as he watched the conversation unfolded.

However, Biffgel must have realized that the other party was viscount from it.
He has no way to talk back.

And Viscount Regido further twists the knife in.

"We have come to Baronet Relaia territory under order of His Majesty. Mathias and his party is included in our entourage. Denying Mathias here would mean the same as denying His Majesty's order... Did you say that while fully aware of that implication?"

"N-no, I didn't mean to..."

Biffgel gradually inched back as he said that.
And then he scurried away just like that.

Biffgel, how pitiful...

『That Biffgel really is like the rumors say...』

『Worse than that even... He's lucky to escape with his life.』

Ruli and Alma who had been keeping silent had that conversation.
Though rather than keeping silent, it was more like they couldn't believe what happened, not a word would come out.

Ruli is right, Viscount Regido could have Biffgel offed just on the basis of earlier matter.
But that would be a waste our time.

The viscount must have surmised that Biffgel couldn't do anything more than complaining anyway and thus let him get away.
...The guy is not even worth his execution.







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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-67


16-67. To Saga Empire (2)

 

Satou here. I remember reading the line [International General Practice is to never make a deal with terrorists] from a manga.
Fortunately, I have never been in such a situation, but even if I find myself in one, I'm confident that I won't take the optimal action. I'd love to throw all the responsibility to the bigwigs running the country.







"A demon lord has shown up at Saga Empire's capital!"
"Saga Empire's old capital has been totally engulfed in flames!"

Hikaru and the pilot-uniformed brownie both shouted together.
My fear that [Saga Empire has collapsed] was unfounded, but this is still quite a situation we have here.

"A demon lord and fires in an entire city huh--"

The mastermind probably has initiated their schemes.

"Master, let us take care of the demon lord! We're gonna tear through this super obvious decoy!"
"Satou, I'm going with Arisa and the girls this time. I've asked Ten-chan to protect the royal capital."

Indeed, saving a whole city that has been submerged in flames, and people suffering from burn is more suited for my magic.

The silver members are going to stand by at Solitary Island Palace as a reserve force.
It may be too soon for them to fight a demon lord, but they should be more than a match against a lone greater demon.

"I got it. Take care of that side. Focus on defending if the enemy is tougher than you can handle. I'll rush to you at once."

Besides, Saga Empire has been fighting demon lords for generations, surely they have the personnel, equipment and stuff needed to deal with one.
Though I don't think they could beat a demon lord without a hero, but they should have more than enough facilities and shelters in cases of demon lord invasion.

We were going to immediately sortie out once we had decided on our policy.

"Please wait."

Princess Sistina called and stopped me.

"Our opponent has someone who was capable of teleporting Pochi from Seryuu City to Weasel Empire on their side. Perhaps their true objective is to send their main forces to Shiga Kingdom's royal capital and Muno Earldom after luring Satou and others to Saga Empire's capital and old capital?"
"That sounds likely yep. Master, how's plain-chan doing?"
"No problem with her at present."

The plain-faced reincarnated girl, and Tactician Touya has embarked on a journey from a provincial city where they manage an alchemy store to the central small country group.

At first I was wary of them trying to restart their scheme, but videos taken by monitoring drone golems showed the merry-looking plain-faced reincarnated girl gleefully making plans for their honeymoon as tactician Touya reluctantly gave his consent.
However, as the plain-faced reincarnated girl could instantly go anywhere with her teleportation type Unique Skill, the fact that they're showing an act that would alert me like this may be an attempt to divert my attention away from the real thing. The princess and Hikaru seem to agree with my conjecture.

"Is that right... Then, this incident is truly the main event?"
"No, I don't think so."

Normally you'd think they're acting behind the scene to resurrect a demon lord, but if we consider the disposable multiplying demon lord we fought at Parion Holy Land, we can throw away that assumption.
After all, that demon lord was originally a homonculus--an artificially made organism.

There is a possibility of him being a reincarnated person despite being artificially created, but since I didn't sense anything that resembled a will of a reincarnated person from him, he was probably not one.

"Ah geez! Save the arguing for later! Let's deal with the problem first thing first! Tina-sama, please continue to consider all possibilities! Master, please take charge of 『Tactical Talk』. My range can't cover here and Saga Empire altogether."
"Got it."

I activated space magic [Tactical Talk], sent off Arisa and the girls who had changed into their golden armor to the imperial capital, and I myself went to the old capital with Unit Arrangement.
I secretly updated Map of the imperial capital to the latest info behind the girls' back and confirmed that the demon lord that appeared there wouldn't be an opponent Arisa, Hikaru and the girls could not handle.
Since Arisa is connected to me as a familiar, she should inform me if anything unexpected happened.







"These are quite the fires--"

Flames and black smokes are rising from houses to houses, you can't see all of Saga Empire's old capital even from an airship at a high enough altitude.
My Map informs me that about 90% of the survivors has already taken refuge inside underground shelters in the city.

The remaining 10% above ground consist of knights, soldiers and those who were late to escape.

--That said, there are still hundreds of people who need saving.
There's no way I would make it in time by going around saving them with space magic here.

I considered making a copy of the entire city with [Another World] and took everyone into it like I did during the divine punishment at Weasel Empire, but if I do that, the arsonists in the city will also get taken inside along with the populace.
Though it's not without a bit of risk, I'll erase the flames with a fire extinguish magic intended for large scale fires.

"Mass Area <<Extinguish Fire>>--"

After activation of the advanced composite magic, flames that are consuming the entirety of the old capital suddenly disappear, black smokes are also quickly vanishing.
As it's a magic that extinguish fire by taking oxygen away and lowering temperature, I took those whose lives were in danger--though some were already dying due to the fires--using teleport and Flash Drive, and heal them all with healing magic and magic potions.

--MWOLLLLUUUUU.

A rolling flaming monster that looked like a tire jumped over debris and came attacking me.

"<<Shining Blade>>."

A slash of light reminiscence of Hero Hayato split the monster in two, right afterward, a Saga Empire knight in jet black armor showed up.

"You look suspicious--no, I remember that figure. I presume you are Shiga Kingdom's Hero Nanashi. I am--"
"Save the introduction, we should deal with the arsonists first."
"You are exactly right. I shall take my leave here."

I search my Map for arsonists after the sensible knight went away.
Most are [Fire Wheels] monsters like the one earlier, but there are big monsters, [Evil Salamanders] and [Flame Hydras] near the castle in the middle of the city and parion temple, and also lesser demons leading Fire Wheels in front of shelters.

I shot several volleys of [<<Multi Javelin>>] and [Remote Arrows] to annihilate all monsters except those that could be defeated by high level imperial knights and temple knights without them losing anyone.

"Phew, this side should be fine now I think?"

I checked on Arisa and the girls' condition with space magic [Clairvoyance].
This demon lord seems to be quite a handful, but they're fighting it off safely. Should be no problem leaving that side to Hikaru and the girls.

--Hm?

Light dots that signify Saga Empire's soldiers are rapidly disappearing.
I went there using sight-based Unit Arrangement.


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"--<<Shining Blade>>."
"What are you doing!"

I blocked the sword skill a knight of Saga Empire unleashed on his own unit with force magic [<<Flexible Shield>>].

"Move out of the way! I have to carry out his majesty's command!"

I wondered whether Saga Emperor issued some stupid order for an instant, but AR readings told me that it wasn't the case.

"He's been Charmed huh--"

I promptly activate mind magic and light magic to undo the charm, releasing the knight from its effect.
Postponing the imperial knight's treatment, I heal other surviving knights with healing magic.

"W-what have I... I saw a nightmare--"

In the middle of his speech, the imperial knight witnessed the spectacle resulted from his action and let out a soul-crushing scream.
As he's being noisy, I knocked him out good with [Calm Field] and [Force Sleep].

Leaving that one alone, I open and check Map.

--It's happening elsewhere too.

I moved there with teleport magic.

As there were several imperial knights and temple knights who got charmed and made to slaughter others, I went around and released them in similar manners.



"Srsly, that's some mad skillz ya got there."

After releasing Charm from temple knights who were cutting up high ranking temple priests in Parion Temple's sanctuary, a small man who's hiding his face in a hood--the goblin demon lord showed himself up from behind a pillar.

"Another 『Avatar』 huh--"
"Well yea 'course. Like I'm gonna show my true self when I got no snowball chance in hell defeating you."

I probe for a mana thread on the avatar that should connect it to the main body.

"It's useless, this 『Avatar』 is an autonomous type--'s what they call, stand alone yeah."

I could only see his mouth, but I know he's making a triumphant face inside the hood.

The reason he went out of his way and showed up here--.

"--A decoy to buy time huh."
"Correctomundo--Whoa there, ain't gonna let ya."

Under the goblin demon lord's feet--a shadow spreads out and covers the entire interior of the sanctuary that's full of holes.

"So report says you even got away from a God Sealing-class Barrier and all, but if ya flee here, I'mma turn everyone inside this shadow all gory and nice, capiche?"
"Hostages eh..."
"Yeap, now why dontcha show me the power of magic yer--"

Map Search--a hit.

I marked the area where I got the hit.

Activating space magic [Transport An Object] from my magic list.

"--so proud of... the heck did you do?!"

I ignore the shocked demon lord and strike the floor under my feet with my foot.
The jet black space turned back to its original colors.

Using ninjutsu, I just broke apart the shadow domain this demon lord had spread out.

"Like seriously, I'm no match 'fer ya... finding all humans hidden inside the shadow labyrinth in an instant and rescued 'em all just like that."

The demon lord muttered as if he wanted someone to hear him.

"Well, all preparations' done now tho'--"

The demon lord pointed beyond crumbling sanctuary's wall.
A dazzling light from one of the spires--.

"--Tch."

As I clicked my tongue, I jumped to the spire with Flash Drive, knocked out a female-type homonculus holding a magic tool that let out the dazzling light and snatched it away from her.
According to AR readings, it's a bomb-type magic item called [Anti-personnel Magic Bomb] that makes use of lightning and fire gems.

More lights come into my vision one after another.

The other seven spires are emitting similar dazzling lights.
I went around all the spires using sight-based Unit Arrangement, knocked out the homonculi and swiped away their magic items.

--I won't make it.

I couldn't make it in time with the last one, and an explosion occurred at a spire.
I activate force magic [<<Flexible Shield>>] to block all fragments that were shot out of the explosion toward grounds.

--Weak?

Flexible Shields managed to block all the shot fragments that were weaker than I thought.
Though the homonculus who used the magic bomb died in a horrible splatter way and would likely show up in my dream, and roofs and interior of the spire had been pulverized into pieces by the shot fragments.

It's as brutal as a Claymore Mine for an anti-personnel weapon, but not something a demon lord would use as a trap.

"A fake huh--"

Checking on Map, the demon lord has moved to another place.
I swooped down before the demon lord with Flash Drive.

"Oh, yer' here early."

In front of the demon lord--or behind me, is one of shelters where old capital's people have taken refuge.

"Was just thinkin' of destroying this shelter's roof, and replenishing some miasma running short--"

--That must be a fake too.

While focusing on the demon lord's conduct, I use Parallel Thought skill and check on various things on Map.
Homonculi disguised as soldiers are heading toward shelters while carrying magic bombs inside knapsacks.

This one is probably a fake too, but I cannot disregard it.

I produce artificial spirits [Griffon Riders] with spirit magic--.

The moment Griffon Riders appeared from my magic, the goblin demon lord made his move.
He must be gunning for the window period before I could use another spell after activating a spell.

I instruct Griphon Riders to stop the homonculi from carrying out their terror acts, and jump into the shadow where the goblin demon lord disappeared into.





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