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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-60


16-60. Sage's Tower (8)

 

Satou here. I loved the feasibility test before an experiment and the experiment itself, but I could never get myself to enjoy writing down the result into a report. Maybe it's like a programmer who loves to code but hates to write down documentation.







"Nyu? Not here~?"

Arisa and Hikaru weren't present at the place we teleported in.
I quickly scan over the Marker list.

--A sub-space huh.

"Let's go Tama."
"Aye~"

I hold Tama under my arm, and moved to the sub-space I created per Arisa's request.

"Looks tasty~?"

In the sub-space that housed houses of cakes, Arisa and Hikaru are fighting someone with a small stature wearing a ragged overcoat.
The small man easily dealt with force magic and fire magic that Hikaru and Arisa cast chantlessly.
Rather, it looks more like the small man and his agility is toying around with Arisa and Hikaru.

Arisa got away along with Hikaru via Short-range Warp (Short Jump) and then she burned down everything around the small man with advanced level fire magic.
The aroma of burning chocolate and marshmallow are pervading here riding the violent explosion wind.

Hikaru drives down a telephone pole sized [Divine Lance] at a burning red sweet house.
The Divine Lance gouged the ground with a roaring sound and scattered fragments of sweets around, but it seemed to have missed the small man, I could see him running up the slanted Divine Lance at a tremendous speed.

AR information is displayed next to the small man.

In the middle of running up the Divine Lance, the small man squatted down and twisted its body even though there was nothing there, he must have evaded an invisible attack Arisa chantlessly cast with space magic.

--Level 99.

The small man brushed off all 15 of the [<<Multiple Javelin>>] Hikaru shot out, and then he kicked the air and jumped toward Arisa.
When he brushed off Hikaru's attack earlier, I could see his greenish skin color.

--He's got innumerable titles.

Arisa used Short-range Warp (Short Jump) and took Hikaru along with her, gaining some distance away from the man.

That overcoat seems to have been enchanted with high level Recognition Inhibition functions, but it cannot conceal everything before the AR readings.

--[Demon Lord].

That one caught my eyes among the countless titles the man had.
Amongst others, there are [Demon Lord], [Goblin Demon Lord], [Little Oni King], [Onikin King], [Skanda], [Coward], [Liar King], [Apostle of Thief God].
His level is a bit low, but judging from his titles, he must be the [Goblin Demon Lord] whom Saga Empire founder hero defeated in the past.

"Nyu!"

The small man who was jumping mid air disappeared into black mist, and showed up behind Arisa who just Short Jump-ed herself.
His arm is clad in dark purple light, then a blade-like claw extended out of his bundled-up fingers.

Hikaru noticed his presence and swiftly turned around as countless shields of light block the small man's claw.
That's the late stage Fortress wall on Hikaru's equipment.

The shields that touched the claw blocked it while scattering sparks, but only for an instant, as it cut the shields up like butter in the next moment.

The claw approached Hikaru and Arisa who looked shocked--.

"Kyaaaaaaa"
"Ugeeeeeee"

--The two disappeared before the man as they screamed out.

"Tch."

The small man turns around here.

--His skills are unknown.

This guy seems to be a reincarnated person too, though it's not on his title.

"Eh? Master?"
"Ichirou-nii!"

Arisa and Hikaru shouted in surprise while in my arms.

"Irregular's here eh... I ended up showin' some one or two of my cards, hafta scram soon--"

The small man dived into his shadow trying to run away as he said that.

--I won't let you tho'?

The shadow the small man tried to dive in disappeared while giving off sounds like an evaporating drop of water.

"Barrier that prevents one from goin' outside ey?"

The small man grumbled.

"This is the the first time we meet face-to-face, isn't it?"
"--Face to face? Ah yea yep."

The small man opened a black board that seemed to be [Item Box] skill while agreeing to me.

"I'll get straight to the point, what's your goal?"
"Ya think I'm gonna answer just cuz you ask?"

The small man took out a purple pocket watch and a strange looking wand from the black board.
Leaving aside the wand, I've got a bad feeling about the pocket watch.

"Dangerous!"

Looks like Tama who's still under my arm feels the same too.
I tried to snatch it away with space magic [Item Pull (Aport)], but it seems there's a countermeasure against it built into the pocket watch, the magic failed.

"Familiars, go."

With a single swing of the wand, countless bluish-green colored goblins appeared in the air.
According to AR readings, they're called [Demi Goblin - Air Walker].

The demi goblins rush toward us while running in the air like using Sky Drive.
Each of them is level 50, they don't feel too different to the familiars the Dog-head Demon Lord summoned.

I snap my fingers, then shadows stretch out from below all of the demi goblin, bind them and swallow them all into those shadows.

"Ew that's nasty~ You can even use shadow magic eh."
"Nope, it's ninjutsu."

To be honest, I'm not sure if it could even be called ninjutsu.
But since Tama-sensei who's standing next to me is looking satisfied like, "Mufu~", yeah, let's call it ninjutsu.

Arisa and Hikaru pull my sleeves.

Looks like they're done with their preparations.

"Mythology Extension."
"Mythology Down"

Hikaru and Arisa both cast forbidden magic together.
To assist them, I bind the demon lord mid air using Tama's shadow ninjutsu.

The shadow was negated in an instant, but countless rainbow colored light bands produced from Hikaru's forbidden magic [Mythology Extension] wrap the demon lord, binding and eroding his body.

"WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

The screaming demon lord was erased along with the sub-space by Arisa's [Mythology Down].







"Even though Warship Wand wasn't available, using anti-god magic might've been too much."

The bracelet that was used in place of Warship Wand broke into pieces due to the load from the magic.

Looks like personal equipment really is unusable for anti-god type forbidden magic's usage.
Might be a good idea to equip everyone with the mass-produced Warship Wand asap.

"Ahaha, I mean our opponent was an 『Avatar』 anyway, wasn't it an ideal target for test firing?"

--Pseudo Body (Avatar)?

It's the [Create Avatar] ability that the [Greater Demon Green] used to create a scapegoat when I fought it in the royal capital back then.

"That was an Avatar?"

I asked Hikaru while recalling the green colored skin the demon lord had.
Tama isn't here since I tasked her to survey the surrounding area after the sub-space disappeared.

"Un, he said that he was the one who taught the ability to the 『Greater Demon Green』."
"Shouldn't we meet up with the other girls first? I think Liza-san and Nana would be fine, but it could get a wee bit bad for other girls."
"Ah, you're right."

I pull Tama here with Unit Arrangement and go back to Kariswolk City where everyone is.

I tried searching [Pseudo Body (Avatar)] in all existing Maps, but I found no hit.
I hadn't noticed since I wouldn't know whether he was an Avatar or not without glancing at the [Race] data. I mean it had [Goblin Demon Lord] title, so I ignored unimportant info like Race and Age.

If only I knew that it was an Avatar at the start, I would have traced the line back to its original body before destroying the Avatar, too bad.
Well, since I got to find out about our opponent's identity and goal, and also destroyed the dangerous-looking pocket watch along with the Avatar, it's all good.

I couldn't read through all the information since he hid himself among the Demi Goblin crowds midway through, but that pocket watch was a sacred treasure called [Thief God---] something.

I've also found out that [Goblin Demon Lord] is capable of breaking through late stage Fortress, seems like a good idea to develop a personal-type Castle which is even sturdier than Fortress, and emergency escape equipment that make Short Jump usable.
Feels like I could make something better if I analyzed the [Light Lid of Heavenly Protection] sacred treasure that was protecting cities in the floating island of Lalakie I encountered during the Divine Punishment.
Ah, the [Damnation Cannon] I found in the investigation of the floating island of Lalakie should prove useful to update Lulu's accelerated cannon too.

While I was thinking that, we met up with the other girls, shared information about [Goblin Demon Lord], and [Avatar] with whom it may concern and resumed the trial.

Of course, since the demon lord might come attacking again with a new [Avatar], I've put up space-detection barriers on Kariswolk city and other cities where my acquaintances are.
Maintaining these barriers in dozens of location is pretty tough as expected, hope they come and take the bait quick.




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"--a failure huh."
"It cannot be helped. It's a providence of Gods after all."

Sera who heard me muttering overlaps her palm on top of mine to encourage me.

"You're right..."

The spell did activate, however the dead insect in front of me gave no reaction whatsoever.
It was a success when I was testing it in the Experimental Domain (Sand Box) used for simulations, but when I tried to use the revival magic in reality, it didn't go well, my mana dispersed along with an odd sensation that felt like the spell got canceled right before it was activated.

Just as Sera said, the [Providence of Gods] might be at work here.

"Guilty."

Mia with puffed up cheeks pulled my hand from under Sera's, and embraced it in her chest.
I feel like that's an out too, but since Sera doesn't seem like she's minding a children's cute jealousy, I'll let Mia do as she likes.

"You failed the resurrection magic huh~, that's too bad."
"Guess we'll have to look for resurrection items that work like God Tenion's Sacred Treasure."

Hikaru and Arisa exchanged such conversation behind us.
Similar to me and Arisa who cannot get god's blessing, Hikaru who's got God Parion's divine protection can't clear the prerequisite to use the [Artifact of Revival]--blessed by God Tenion--, like Arisa, she has no way to get revived.

"There is no need to get discouraged."
"That's right, Satou-san! The result here alone is amazing by itself!"

Princess Sistina and Zena-san consoled me when they saw the result of the resurrection magic demonstration.

"It's amazing alright."
"Rather than amazing, it's just absurd isn't it."
"Well, this much is nothing for our Cheat Master."

Arisa and Hikaru, so cruel.

There is a rat energetically devouring its fodder inside a cage in front of Princess Sistina and Zena-san.
That rat is the specimen that was formerly a [Vampire Rat].

Resurrection magic may have ended in failure, but I've succeeded in turning undead back into living creatures.

Of course, it can't be used to turn back every kind of undead.
Lesser and unbranded vampires, like [Vampire Rats] can be turned back into living creature--normal rat, without any problem. I can't say for sure whether it's possible for greater vampires because I've got no test subject for it.

However, on the other hand, doing it on intangible undead like ghost and such made them disappear like they were purified, while skeleton and zombies turned into ash.
For ghouls and stuff, most specimens died the moment they were turned back into living creatures.
In just one case, a ghoul survived in the form of something beast-like, but then it rapidly grew old in just one night and died.

"But really, how'd you even get to this point in just two days? Is it Cheat for real?"
"Of course not. I know someone who's an expert in ghosts and those with ethereal body, so I've got them to show me various documents."

Arisa said it like it was easy, but developing magic to turn undead back into the living was quite tough.

When I asked Leiane who's of an unusual [Half Ghost] race about it just because, I ended up having to listen about her life when she was living in the floating island Lalakie in the age of myth.
Lalakie's populace was originally humans, but they transformed into [Half Ghost] through the work of an institution called [Mausoleum of Noble Ascension], and eventually they would discard their physical and soul body and sublimed into a mental life form called [Lalakie Happy Folk].
When I asked her if she had documents pertaining it, she introduced me to the core control system in the main control room of the floating island Lalalkie, a mother computer-like AI, I was able to learn about occult beings like soul body, ethereal body and even anima children from it.

Thanks to such knowledge, I succeeded in creating a composite spell of soul and light magic, [Undead to Life].
As the spell ended up having almost twice the capacity of an average forbidden spell, I think I'm the only person in the world that can do it on a personal level.
Eventually, I'm thinking of disassembling it into a ritual magic that can be cast by multiple casters, but it's too troublesome, so I plan to out-source the job to someone outside.

"So, Master. Are you going to announce this result? Religion-wise, it's gonna get you like, burned at stake you know?"

Arisa said something ominous.

"Eh, really?"
"It's because undead are considered evil monsters that are different from ordinary living beings..."

Sera said so hesitantly.

Since the topic is [Denying the irreversibility of the transformation from living being into undead], the latter half can be written down without problem, as for the first half--

"Then let's just submit a report that affirms the reversibility of undead to living transformation, leaves the possibility of turning back vampires and other undead open while clearly writing down that 『You can't overturn death』, citing examples of the failures in the experiments with zombies and ghosts, but half successful with ghouls."

--We decided to sum it up like such.

Before I started to work on the report, I transform the priests who were kept in a sub-space, and the people I left with progenitor Ban, back into humans.
Of course, I wasn't in Satou form, but as a [Mysterious Priest Koubou].

To prevent some of the priests from killing themselves, I told them that it was a miracle done through an item made of orichalcum posed as a sacred treasure.
Killing themselves after turning back to their original state through a miracle of god would mean betraying their gods after all.
I felt a bit guilty when I saw them extolling the glory of gods in tears, but I convinced myself that this was a form of help too as I returned them back to their country each.

Now that I'm done helping people and all, guess it's time to write the report that will be submitted to [Sage's Tower].



※ Next update is planned for 8/26








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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 203


Chapter 203 Strongest Sage, Waits for Time

 

---------Mathias's Point of View---------

『It's coming!』

In this kind of fights, the most critical juncture that could decide victory or defeat is a few seconds right after it starts.
Right after a battle start is when each has the opportunity to unleash the card both have prepared beforehand, clashing each other's powerful magic.
If either made even the slightest mistake, that could be the decisive moment of the battle.

However, in our current situation I'm at an overwhelming disadvantage.
I have no means to deal a decisive blow even if the enemy shows an opening.
The only thing I can do now is buying time.

--That's why, now is the time to deal as much damage as I could possibly do.
In order to make the enemy as wary as possible, and prevent him from trying to end this battle quick.
The problem here is the enemy's actions--

『Iris, it's the Destruction Flight! Dodge below while readying your breath!』

『Yes!』

I shouted that with comm magic when I saw Zaridias made a sudden acceleration in front of us.

--『Destruction Flight』.
Overcoming the flaws in 『Fullpower Flight』 by coating themselves in an enormous amount of mana, turning a simple flight into a weapon capable of felling a dragon in one hit, it's a magic that can only be used by high ranking demons.

This blow is probably aimed at Iris. There's no need for such firepower just to kill me, and for Zaridias himself, Iris's breaths possess the most obvious menace.
Thus, Zaridias closed the distance at once with Destruction Flight. To prevent the breath from getting discharged.
He's carrying two great swords whose heights exceed even his own in both hands.

His movements are an exemplary of anti-dragon combat.
Putting aside magic to neutralize Dragon Breaths like I used before, the best way to fight a dragon is to zero in at once and deliver the finishing blow quick.
Since even though Breaths can cover wide breadth, hitting something up close with it is difficult.

However, this move ignores my existence.
Naturally, I use the chance to jump off Iris and strike at Zaridias from the flank, however--

Black shields appeared in Zaridias's surroundings almost the same time I deployed my magic.

--『Instantaneous Absolute Shield』.
It's only effective for half a second, but even amongst the numerous defensive magic there are, it's close to the strongest possible.
And with 『Destruction Flight』, half a second is enough to get away from me and reach Iris.

This magic's spell formation isn't so simple it could be deployed immediately in response to my actions.
Zaridias probably predicted that I would act at this timing and prepared the defensive magic accordingly beforehand.
--However, I have also predicted this.

The magic I deployed was 『Limited Binding Barrier - Rev』.
It's not an attack spell, it's just used for binding target.

Of course, there's no way an ordinary binding magic is able to stop 『Destruction Flight』.
By modifying 『Limited Binding Barrier』 spell formation, limiting its range to a few centimeter wide, and effective time to a few seconds, I've squeezed enough defensive power to even temporarily defend against 『Destruction Flight』.
And a few seconds is enough for Iris to fire her breath.

『Iris, shoot him up along with me!』

『I understand!』

With my signal, Iris shot a breath into a path that would engulf Zaridias along with me.
She wasn't holding back at all with her attack.

To deal with that, I deploy a special kind of magic around me.
It's a magic without name I made especially to defend against Iris's breath.
It's principally similar to the magic that destroyed Iris's breath, but this one protects only me.

"Guh..."

Zaridias who had lost the effect of 『Instantaneous Absolute Barrier』 got roasted in Iris's breath.
He attempted to deploy a defensive magic, however, there's no way an impromptu made barrier is able to defend against a high ranking dragon's breath.
As expected of a battle hardened veteran like Zaridias, he didn't scream out loud like other demons would, but he couldn't hide the damage he suffered.

--A few seconds later.
After the flame cleared up, Zaridias showed up with burn marks, being ragged all over.
Within Zaridias's line of sight, Iris swooped down below, turned into her human form and went inside the barrier.
Quite an ideal retreat.

"...."

Zaridias isn't saying a word.
He's simply waiting for the moment to strike with his great swords at the ready.
He must be hiding the damage he suffered as much as possible, trying to make me believe that the breath wasn't really effective.

His posture is indeed stable, as if he hasn't suffered any damage.
His body has been restored back to its original state with magic, leaving no wounds outwardly.

But the sensation I've tempered through my past life tells me that the damage is still largely intact.
High-ranking demons have sturdier bodies than humans', but it's also harder to recover. It cannot be restored in just a few seconds.
And the fact that Zaridias is moving while wary of being bound again is all the evidence I need.

However--I'm still at an disadvantage here.
This much damage is not enough to overcome the gap in our fundamental mana amount and strength.
While hiding that, I should buy as much time as possible with my limited mana.

"...."
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Zaridias comes slashing at me without a word.
I parried his sword with my own.

At a glance, it must look like an ordinary cross between blades.
However, we exchanged dozens of magic in that span of time.

If I used even one wrong magic to deal with Zaridias's, the battle would end in that moment.
In order to gain more time in such a battle, I used Iris to become a deterrent from the start.

With the amount of mana I currently have, parrying one blow from Zaridias's sword charged with his full power attack magic requires nearly 10% of the amount.
Our blades need to cross at least several hundreds time before Ruli comes bringing me the sword. Consuming 10% with just one blow is completely out of question.
Thus, I'm using Iris to keep him in check.

I mix up spells to bind Zaridias among the defensive spells I use.
Depriving him the chance to use attack magic to block those.

Thus, Iris's breath is useful for that.
If Zaridias gets bound by my magic, there's a possibility of Iris shooting breath from the ground below.
Since our enemy is wary of that possibility, I'm able to keep using binding magic that uses little mana, and the enemy himself is preserving his strength to cast the magic needed to break him out of it.
Thus begins the fight to buy time for real.

--About a minute since the nerve-wrecking fight begun.
The flow of battle itself hasn't changed at all from the beginning. Zaridias comes slashing at me, and I parry him.

If there's a slight difference, it's that I've managed to grasp Zaridias's moves, bringing my mana consumption down.
Zaridias too attempts to read my moves, but I'm above him in term of foresight.
Rather, by outsmarting his attempts to read my moves, I end up consuming less mana than when dealing with normal attacks.

While repeating the ebb and flow, I single-mindedly wait for time.
Prolonging the battle even one second longer, preserving until the sword gets here.



A few minutes after the fight to buy time unfolded.

I could sense Ruli and Alma's mana reactions becoming extremely small.
They've probably entered the capital's treasury. It shouldn't be long now until they brought the sword here.

However, at the same time, I can feel the bottom of my mana.
I've been repeatedly lowering my mana consumption that could have resulted in an instant death if I made a single mistake, yet, fighting a prolonged battle against a stronger opponent simply consumes a significant amount of mana.
My remaining mana is probably not enough to even get me half the time Ruli and Alma need to get here.

There is a way to convert my own life force into mana.
However, it's a double-edged sword.

Life force is the root of all powers, it governs over everything, from martial arts to magic output.
The less life force I have, the weaker I get, and the more mana I need to maintain this battle's status quo.

The decreased life force will be restored in time, but it's not fast enough to get replenished in the middle of a fight.
In other words, the moment my life force is decreased, it will rapidly get depleted, until my life is consumed at the end.

If the magic sword didn't get here until then, I would die.
I can't reincarnate myself since I haven't made preparations for it.

However, it is possible to construct reincarnation magic if I convert the entirety of my remaining life force now.
If I did that, I might be able to master magic combat in my next life.
Zaridias would probably destroy the present civilization, but it should be possible to bounce back as long as humans don't go extinct.

Which one should I choose here.
I contemplated for a second, and made my decision.
--I'm betting on Ruli and Alma to get here in time, to win this fight.







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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 202


Chapter 202 Ruli and Alma, Procure Magic Sword

 

"Wha..."

The king's noble aides who were outside with him were shocked at the sudden situation.

It wouldn't be strange at all if people who aren't even nobles approach the king with weapons in hands are executed.
The aides know that these two are Mathias's party members, but even if Mathias is powerful, they're just a party of adventurers at the end of the day.
The aides were going to send these insolent fellows to prison right away.

However, the real weirdness happened a moment later.
Because the king himself called out to those insolent fellows.

And thus, the aides cannot give the orders to imprison these insolent fellows.
Since the one who holds the highest authority here is the king.

"Mathi-kun is fighting a demon outside the barrier. We've come here to get a weapon that will help him win that fight. The outcome of the fight might change if we're even 10 seconds late... So please give us permission to enter the treasury as soon as possible."

The king was perplexed after he heard her.
There were cases where weapons inside the treasury got brought out in time of crisis indeed.

However, such event requires the necessary procedures.
There's never a precedence where someone goes to the royal palace and directly asks, 『Lend us weapons』.

When the king was pondering--a huge flame in a scale never seen before appeared to the south of the capital, painting the sky red.
It was a flame too gigantic even compared to large-scale magic that can be used in this era, and the large-scale flame magic Mathias used.
After a slight pause, roaring explosion-like sounds could be heard.

"Very well. Take everything you need."

The king looked at the sky for an instant and said that.

"Your majesty, doing that without going through the procedure..."

"Don't you see this critical situation! A dragon showed up in the sky and then a huge flame unlike anything before flared up! Anyone who fusses over procedures in this situation is unfit to be king!"

"However--"

"Just go and open the treasury! I give them permissions to take everything they need! This is an order!"

"B... By your will!"

The people around prostrated themselves before the king who put on a stern tone.
There is no one alive in this royal capital who dares to go against the king when he's made up his mind.

"Over here to the treasury!"

The king's authority is immense.
The guards who were ready to capture Ruli and Alma earlier are guiding them to the treasury now.
The treasury's door is quickly opened.

"This is it!"

There's no way Ruli could overlook a magic sword with mana that obvious.
The moment she got inside the treasury, she ran to the back and grabbed one sword.
Then she ran outside with it.

"Is that all you really need?"

"Yes!"

"Thank you very much!"

Afterward, Ruli and Alma went up the stairs leading above with the sword in hands.
Now they only need to get close to the barrier's edge at the southern end of the capital and throw the sword at Mathias from inside the barrier.

With Alma's Wired Homing Enchant, it should reach him just fine even if he's a bit afar.
However--.

"It came after all."
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"Well, guess it would..."

Ruli and Alma get on guard even while running toward where Mathias is.
A demon's mana reaction is stealthily getting close to the two.
Ruli activates comm magic while confirming the reaction.

『Let's not fight it head-on here and keep going to Mathi-kun while hindering the demon. Even if we don't fight, it's our victory as long as we deliver the sword.』

『Gotcha!』

Alma shot out an arrow at the incoming demon.
It's an anti-demon mana jamming arrow enchanted with 『Wired Homing Enchant』.

It's capable of hindering the demon. There's no way she could have missed against an opponent of this level.
A moment before the arrow hit the demon, it fired a spell.

"Eat this!"

The spell the demon used was just an ordinary explosion magic.
It's easy to evade it--or rather, the explosion was aimed right above the two, so it won't hit them if they just don't move.

However, the path to the south was blocked by explosions when they attempted to proceed there.
Ruli and Alma hesitated whether they could break through it with defensive magic for a second, and stopped moving.

Alma fired another arrow.
Right before that arrow hit, the demon shot out explosion magic again.
Its trajectory goes over Ruli and Alma again.

『This... might be bad.』

『...It feels like it knows our objective and here just to buy time.』

The distance to the southern end of the capital is about 500 meters.
They should be able to find an opening and throw the sword at Mathias if they just get there.

However, that 500 meter distance is far away.
Even while getting attacked by jamming magic, the demon continued to fire magic that seemed to obstruct their ways.
Judging from the fact that it doesn't try to do anything when Ruli and Alma try to go to any other direction, it's clear that the demon's aim is to prevent the two from going south.

『This is troublesome...』

This demon is not that strong even among demons, otherwise it couldn't have slipped pass the barrier.
With Ruli and Alma's current strength, it should be possible for them to beat this demon given enough time.

However, the problem here is time.
Even if they won against this demon, it would be meaningless if they couldn't deliver the sword to Mathias and Zaridias's fight in time.
It's not possible for Mathias to come here and take the sword himself either. Showing your back to your enemy in a high-level battle is simply suicidal.

In that situation, Ruli suddenly noticed that there are other mana reactions beside them three coming closer.
...Moreover, it's not just one or two. The number is close to 50.

『It's like there's people coming here?』

『They're demon's allies... or not, doesn't seem like it. Rather, some of these mana reactions seem familiar.』

Ruli and Alma check on the mana reactions while continuing the offense and defense against the demon.
They're coming here while forming a familiar-looking formation with their mana reactions.
Or rather--.

『Isn't this the anti-demon formation of the second academy!』

Students of the Second Academy are taught ways to form an anti-demon formations that's effective in offense and defense against demons.
The shape of mana reaction they see right now is exactly like that formation.

Right as Alma shouted that, the anti-demon formation that had come close to the demon shot out a barrage of arrows at it.
Their faces could be seen now that they're close by--no mistake about it, they're students of the Second Academy.

"Guh..."

The demon who failed to evade the barrage of arrows lost its flight control while groaning.
The arrows unleashed by the Second Academy students were the same type of arrows Ruli and Alma used, the mana jammer arrows.

Its performance and power is lower than that of Ruli and Alma, but the students have strength in numbers.
The barrage of arrows systematically shot by them jammed the demon's mana, hindering its movements.

"...Annoying fly! Disappear you!"

Even while getting hindered, the demon shot an explosion magic at the students.
However, the students with bows at the ready aren't moving an inch. Instead, students with Disqualified Crest step forward.

"Deploy the defensive formation!"

A man who seemed to be their leader gave an instruction, at the same time, the Disqualified Crest students deployed defensive magic.
Behind them, the archer students shot out mana jammer arrows.

"We've heard about the situation! Please leave this place to us!"

The leader man shouted to Ruli and Alma.
The two hesitated for an instant--but they immediately turned their back at the demon and ran to the south.

What they need to do now is to deliver the magic sword to Mathias ASAP.
The result of Mathias's fight will greatly affects the fate of all residents of the capital--maybe even the entire world population.

Ruli and Alma hurry through the road to the capital's southern edge while praying for the students' safety.








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Okami Wa Nemuranai 5_6

5


Lecan had fully recovered his mana when he woke up in this world. And he absorbed more mana just now, thus now his mana is in excess.

Lecan's <Mana Absorption> is considerably flexible, thus, he's able to absorb many times the amount of his full mana. However, the excess mana will immediately come out of his body, it cannot be maintained.

If he had brought magic gems with him, he could absorb as much mana as he wanted. Therefore, Lecan is proceeding to fetch the magic beast's magic gem.

The men seemed to be fussing about something, but for now he's prioritizing the magic beast first.

Lecan stood upright with his heels kept together in front of the magic beast's body, put his right fist on his left chest, and slightly lowered his head.

He picked up a thick dry wood nearby, thrust it into the magic beast's body, turned it over while using <Mana Detection> to instantaneously find the location of Magic Gem, and then he gouged it out with his sword.

The magic beast's body that had lost its magic gem turned into sands and disappeared.

The magic gem is stained with blood. His sword as well. He should wash them.

A river is flowing under the slope.

With a sword in his right hand and a magic gem in his left, Lecan quickly climbed down the slope. The men behind him were shouting something.

His head cooled off as he washed his sword and the magic gem.

--I should not pay any heed to those things in human forms. I don't know anything about this world. From this world's perspective, I'm the foreign matter here, not those guys. For now, I should try using <Mana Detection> once again.

He wiped the sword and magic gem with an old rag, put them into <Storage> and climbed up the slope.

--I should hide the fact that I have <Storage>.

He took his sword out <Storage> again and reached the top.

A man is talking to the people inside the wagon. It's the man who was riding a horse. The other man is tending to the man laying on the ground. Looks like the coachman succeeded calming down the horses.

The man noticed Lecan and tried to speak something to him again, but Lecan ignored him once again.

He walked around a bush behind him, took a sheath from <Storage>, put his sword in it, hung the sword on his waist, took an item bag and hung it on his shoulder. He should look like an ordinary traveler now.



6



When Lecan tried to approach the wagon, the man who was speaking toward the wagon turned around to face Lecan.

Lecan approached the man without slowing down.

--If he did anything weird, I'd close the distance in a flash and cut down this guy.

The man seemed to have perceived something from Lecan's expressions and actions, he took a half step back with a pale face.

When Lecan was about five steps away from the man, he stopped and activated <Mana Detection> at full throttle.

It's faint, but they're displayed as red dots.

The man in front of him, and the other men are displayed properly.

--So they were humans...

Lecan relaxed himself.

The man in front of him breathed a sigh of relief and then tried to talk to him enthusiastically.

"Sorry. I don't get what you're saying."

He pointed out that he didn't understand him along with gestures, but the man continued to prattle on without giving up.

"I don't get it. We can't communicate. You should get that the language I'm speaking is different from yours."

This is the first time Lecan's ever experienced communication breakdown since he's born.

This place is really not the world Lecan is familiar with after all.

The features of these men' faces are unlike any country he knows too.

It's flattish and smoothish.

The man is shorter than Lecan, so he's in the position of looking down from above.

A woman's voice could be heard from inside the wagon. It sounds young.

Of course, since Lecan has <3D Perception> he can see inside the wagon, there's two women on board, one in her first half teens, and the other is in her first half twenties.

The younger woman is probably the one with the highest rank in this party. That young woman instructed something to the man.

The man talked back about something, but the young woman ordered something with a firm voice. And then, the man approached the wagon and opened the door.

The woman who came out of the wagon was beautiful. And she was even younger than his expectations.

That woman stepped forward in front of Lecan, gracefully bowed once and spoke about something with a gentle tone. She's probably saying her thanks. He doesn't sense hostility at all. On the contrary, he could feel respects and affections in the young woman's eyes.

Once the young woman finished talking, Lecan held down his sword's sheath with his left hand, hit his left chest with his right palm, and took a half step back with his left leg.

This is how a noble bow. Lecan is a rustic adventurer, but in actuality, he's an adopted child of a certain kingdom's king, in other words, he's also a full-fledged prince. However, he has no right to the throne. There were some circumstances that made him become a king's adopted child, but either way, as someone who was living a live of a prince for about two months, Lecan knows his etiquettes.

Perhaps due to this splendid etiquettes that the man and the woman behind the young woman looked surprised.

Afterward, they treated the wounds of those injured. Turned out the young woman could use healing magic.

The other woman is keeping close to her at all time. It's the woman who used fire magic earlier.

Lecan ended up getting invited and went with them. In any case, he's got to get in contact with people native to this land sooner or later. There's no better opportunity than this occasion, doing so with those who are cooperative.







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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 68


Chapter 68 Nyan Nyan Nyan

 

"I think it's urgent for us to get stronger considering what happened this time. I get the chills just thinkin' what would've happened without Nobu-kun around."

"I am in agreement. I have come to understand my powerlessness."

"...But what should we do, concretely speaking?"

"About that, I have an idea that could help."

My idea is simple, we four should form a party and dive into dungeons. At the same time, we'll take on quests related to dungeons and raise our ranks. By the way, Sefi-san is staying since she's got a store to tend to. She's got to train her assistant, Dillit-san, too.

Kagura-san was a solo party, and there were many occasions where Mitama and Futsuno-san took on quests unrelated to fighting. Though it's partly because my growth rate is just fast in comparison, those two points are probably why their levels haven't gotten that high.

"In that case, you three should live in here. We've still got plenty of rooms after all. And once everything settles down, we can start the dungeon diving."

"...Sefi-san, is that okay?"

"Of course~ Nobu-chan lovers are like family to me~"

Thus, we'll use this week to move in, confirm our equipment, and finish up miscellaneous stuff. Futsuno-san's lost her equipment, while Kagura-san's stuff got damaged badly in her fight with Dave. And my foodstuff supply has decreased quite a lot since we were traveling in big numbers. And I've still got to report to Master and file complaints to the guild too.


"Then it means the dissolution of 『Tail of Wind』. Gotta think up a new party name. How 'bout, 『Nobu-kun and Her Beloved Maidens』?"

"...Nee-san, that's a bit..."

"I personally think that 『Nobusada Love Regiment』 sounds good."

You two, please stop inserting my name there. Is it some kind of public execution?

"...『Nobu and Tails』?"

Et tu! Mitama (Brutus)!! Too bad that there's also Kagura-san who doesn't have a tail besides me! Wait, no. Not good, I'd be gradually heading straight to public execution end if I don't say something here!

"How about 『Izumi no Kami』?"

"""Izumi no Kami?"""

"My family name is Izumi you see. Add a word that means 'Protect' in the language of my home to it, Izumi Kami. Those I want to protect, and those that protect me, that's the meaning I want it to have, what do you think?"

"Pretty nice! I like it."

"Umu, protecting one another is a nice thing."

*Nod nod*. Mitama nodded too. Sefi-san is giggling while warmly watching over us.
Oh good. I've avoided the public execution route. After this and that, it's night time already.





Late at night, I ponder the future while in my bed. I slept like a log that I didn't even have a dream last night, but on this quiet night, I can think about many things. Considering all that happened, we've been quite fortunate to settle everything up almost without a loss.


Knock

A weak knock reverberated in the room that was filled with silence.
Before I could respond, the door opened and two shadows of person slowly came over here.

"...Nobu, do you have time?"

Is that Mitama?

I slowly open my eyelids and turn to the source of the voice... Futsuno-san and Mitama wearing thin silk dress are there standing under the moonlight.

"Wha, Mitama, what are you..."

Mitama stopped me with one finger as I tried to get up in a hurry.

"...Um, you see, Nobu. I have something important to say."

Seeing her serious expression, I quietly listen to her while still in bed.

"....Um you see, when I asked you to save Nee-san and told you that you could do anything you like to me, I was speaking honestly. No matter how cornered I was, I wouldn't have said something like to someone I don't like. And as promised, Nobu saved Nee-san, and me. That's why, please receive my everything."

Mitama who usually didn't talk much spun her words at full throttle. On the contrary, Futsuno-san who's usually talkative has not said a singel word. However then, Futsuno-san who's holding Mitama's shoulders with both her hands looks straight at me while looking like she's resolved herself.

"That... I've been having bad lucks with that kind of man since forever. So many first-rate idiots like that set their eyes on me. I've had enough of getting Mitama involved in it. And after we became adventurers, I did many things in order to protect this child. I've also done dirty works in the back. My body isn't that pure... even so, I want to give my first to someone I like. My head has been full with the words Nobu-kun whispered in my ears back then all this time."

Futsuno-san also conveyed her feelings in one go. Her emerald green eyes look as if shining slightly under the peeking moonlight, feels very mystical.

""So please, make us yours, Nobu(kun)!""

PISHA-----N, GARAGARAGARA, DOOO------N

A, geez, it's been crashed down. Yes, crashed down. My wall of reason has come crashing down.
I've been holding it on all this time... but I'm really happy to hear their feelings. I stare the two while bearing not to slacken my face.

Under the moonlight, shadows of us three were connected fiercely.

Only the moon sees everything...

The three of us shut our eyes together in the bed on a pleasant nap....





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Chirp, chirp, chichirpcheep




"It's the ceiling from last night."

The stuff last night wasn't a dream it seems.
The two on both my sides are sleeping peacefully. Unable to contain my slackened face any longer, I relax myself while entrusting my body to the comfortable weight of the three.

……

…………


Hn? Three???


I can feel something heavy on my lower half!?
Why!?

Peeling off the sheet....

Sefi-san is there, sleeping while clinging to my groins.

"WHOAA---------"

"...Zzzz."

"Wha, what, so noisy this early."

"Uuun, Nobu-chan, what's the matter~"

Oh, you're still sleeping after that noise Mitama-san. No, no, no, I'm the one who should be asking that, Sefi-san.

"W-w-why is Sefi-san here, or rather, why are you clinging to my groins, whuoooo"

My lower half is completely naked so it's delicate you know, you're hitting many things if you abruptly move you know. Or rather, after doing that much last night, it seems my spoiled body is still quite energetic.

"Nnn, when I stealthily followed the two who secretly slipped out of their room, I found you three were enjoying yourselves, so I just subconsciously... joined in~"

EH!? She's been here since that time!?

Come to think of it, I could vaguely remember that there were huge melons getting mixed in. Just how absorbed I was to not notice it.

"I mean, the master of this mansion was doing something fun without telling me~ I don't wanna be left out~ I want to enjoy colorful days too~"

What are you saying while playing with the thing between my groins this early in the morning, Sefi-san. You're spoiling the two's resolution last night.
Look, even Futsuno-san looks taken aback.

"Futsuno-san, did you notice that she was here?"

Futsuno-san shook her head. How skilled are you with stealth actions, Sefi-san.

"A-ny-way."

"Nu?"

I make a declaration to Sefi-san who's tilting her head!

"I'm still sleepy so I'm gonna surrender myself to the warmth of the bed. Let's have an off time this morning, I'm kinda tired."

"Agree" "Me too"

Way too much things happened, I'm not gonna process them all. I'll think about it again once I get up. Feels like I'm just postponing my problems, but please just don't throw a quip on it!








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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-59

16-59. Sage's Tower (7)

 

"Suicide bombing at Echigoya's main headquarter?"
"Yes. However, thanks to Reilas-sama who was visiting by chance, none of the store personnels nor our visitors was injured. Many were wounded, but they've all already recovered thanks to magic potions and magicians belonging to hq."

Satou and Sera who had returned to the solitary island palace for a lunch break got a report from Tifaliza, the general manager's secretary of Echigoya Firm.

Apparently, the holy shield user of Shiga Eight Swords, Reilas-dono was dropping by to make an adjustment on his new armor equipped with Armor Expansion and quasi-type [Fortress] functions that was provided to him through Echigoya Firm.
Gotta remember to say my thanks as Kuro later.

"We couldn't save the person who performed the suicide bombing, however, since we found internal organs that couldn't have been belonged to human from the remains, we had someone with Appraisal skill to check on it, and identified that it was a homonculus."

And it's not the commonly seen modern homonculus, but an ancient battle-type homonculus made during Furu Empire era, Tifaliza added.

"But really, a terror act huh..."

Since the enemy's leader seems to be a reincarnated person, I should have considered the possibility of them resorting to terror acts if they can't win a direct confrontation.
There's been lots of terror acts before after all, like the indiscriminate terror acts in Shiga Kingdom's capital through [Reborn Seed], and the terror acts at Siruga Kingdom by Weasel Empire's agents.

Satou picked up several items from his Storage while thinking that.

"Tifaliza, these are for you and General Manager Elterina. And these here are for anego-san and the others who are guarding the executives, please pass these along to them."
"Bracelets, slim gauntlets, and parasols?"

The bracelets and gauntlets are loaded with the same function, an ability to produce Force Magic-made artificial matter shield on demand.
And just having the bracelet equipped will provide one with an always active defensive wall that's sturdier than [Physical Defensive Buff] by a skilled magician, I should instruct them to have it equipped at all times besides when they're going on a trip.

As for the parasols, [Umbrellas] are defensive items installed with [Fortress] experimental magic circuit.
The defensive power is only about 20% of the real [Fortress], but I think it's more than sufficient enough against ordinary terrorists.

The king, the prime minister, Marquis Muno and Nina-san are probably going to be targeted too, maybe I should mass produce and pass these to them through Echigoya Firm.







"I can see it!"

Lady Karina who looked up and saw a tower beyond the snow field called out to Pochi and Tama who were playing around by chasing a snow rabbit.

"Where~?"
"Over there, nanodesu!"

The two whose faces were filled with snow shook their bodies and wiped the snow off their faces.
Lulu and Liza can also be seen behind these three.

Today, they're invited by the 『Witch of Ice Field』 to visit her tower.

"Barrier~"
"Pochi feels like she can pass through it somehow nodesu."
"Yes~?"

Around here, said Pochi as she poked the barrier with her still-sheathed sword.

"You two, we're here today because we're invited by witch-dono, so you can't break this barrier okay."

Liza rebuked Tama and Pochi.
If they use the barrier-breaking Dragon Fang Swords, joking aside, they could really break most barriers out there if they wanted to.

"Witch-san is here for us."

Lulu called everyone.

"Thanks for waiting ssu. Oh? Is Sir Satou not coming along?"
"Yes, master is a bit busy at the moment."
"Really ssu..."

The witch dropped her shoulders while muttering, 'And I thought I could talk about Demon God-sama all days with him.'

"Master was looking forward to this visitation too, I am sure he will come too once he's taken care of his business."
"You think sso to? I've gone and borrowed materials about Underworld his excellency was interested in from Juhyou-chan after all, he's gotta come ssuyo."

The witch waved her hands around while calling the nickname of her best friend, the Witch of Frost Covered Trees (Juhyou).

"No point in standing around in the middle of this snow ssu, shall we go inside the tower. I'll let the barrier open for a while, wouldn't want his excellency to lose his ways ssu."

The witch waved one of her hands, and then light emitting ice appeared on top of the snow, creating a path above the new snow.

"Amazing desuwa!"
"Gureato~"
"Witch person is really really amazing nodesu."

Karina, Tama and Pochi's eyes turned round when they saw what she did.
That seemed to have stimulated the witch's self-esteem, she led everyone toward the tower while saying, "I'm just that good ssuyo!" with a proud look.







"U~n."

At the Sage's Tower Library, Arisa groaned while looking at the ceiling with a pen between her upper lip and nose.
Hikaru who's reading documents next to Arisa is also racking her brain over their difficult research subject, [The transition of primeval magic to modern magic and variations].

"You think Mia's group has made a progress?"
"From what I heard from Zena after breakfast earlier, they're completely stuck at chantless magic since there's too few documents about it, but they're making progress on the differences in bodily sensation between the usage/non-usage of Chant Shortening skill, it seems."
"I see~ No wonder all these problems remain unsolved for more than 100 years."

After sighing so, Arisa suggested to focus their research on the transition part of [Transitions and Variations], since it seemed they could make an analogical reasoning about it from the materials they had on hands.

"About the transition periods, it's said that the propagation was not like the common slope shape, but more like stairs with stages in between."
"We know the propagation had stages because the transmission of information's speed periodically halted at countries' borders looking at the map."

The two draw different periods of propagation with colored pen, that Satou carefully made, on a transcribed map of the continent.
And they managed to draw several things from the visualized information.

"And if we trace that all the way back, the starting point was the 『Dragon's Valley』 to the north of Orc Empire..."
"Is it Dragon God-sama's work?"
"Or perhaps, Orc Empire was the original developer..."

If it were the former, there should have been legends and myths about Dragon God being the founder of modern magic.
The witch insisted that Demon God was the founder, but from what the two investigated, even though there were documents hinting to that, there was close to zero that clearly gave an affirmation.

"There's barely nothing about the variation point, but it's clear that primeval magic is completely different than what we use today."
"Un. Compared to modern magic, Primeval Magic consumes extraordinary amount of mp, takes way too long to be cast, and you don't get headaches nor nausea like when you're trying to use magic without the corresponding elemental skill."

Hikaru agreed with Arisa's remark.

With Satou's guidance, the two have managed to cast simple primeval magic.
Though, on top of taking a long time, it's at a level of [got it cast somehow], so it has zero practical use.

"But there's too few documents about Orc Empire."
"Nothing we can do about that..."

Hikaru lets out a lonely smile.

"Guess we've got no choice but to ask Master to let us interview either Ri Fuu under the royal capital or Ga Hou under the duchy capital then~"
"--Ga Hou? Is Ga Hou living under the duchy capital?"

Arisa nodded repeatedly as Hikaru caught her shoulders and shook her.

"You know him?"

Arisa who escaped Hikaru's grasp with Warp magic asked.

"Un, Ga Hou was a proud 『Griffon Rider』 of the Orc Empire. After the war was over, I asked him to supervise the clean water facility of the old capital. He should have been living peacefully in a small autonomous region after I went to sleep. But there was not even a single orc when I visited that region after I woke up, when I asked Sete about it, he said all the orcs who lived there were all killed after the war 400 years ago--"

Hikaru began to reminisce on her past even before Arisa asked.

"But, I'm so glad he's alive..."

Hikaru muttered words filled with many thoughts.

Arisa clapped Hikaru's shoulders and said, "Let's go see him next time."

"--Master?"

Since she's connected to Satou as his familiar, Arisa lifted her face to feel the sense of oddity he felt.

"What's wrong Arisa?"
"Looks like our enemy's been caught in the net. It might be a decoy, so we should go help Nana who's watching over the 『Heart of Gold』 headquarter."
"Sure thing."

Since there's a possibility the enemy might detect their teleportation, Hikaru and Arisa run through back alleys toward the headquarter instead.




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"--Tch."

A small man who had teleported into City-State Kariswolk clicked his tongue right after he got in.

"Teleport detection barrier and even seals on additional teleportation--we've been playing right into your hands have we not, Irregular!"
"Spot on--is what I'd have liked to say, but since the body double is here, that means the real one must be in another place huh?"

The small man--the body double talks back smugly at Satou who's appeared in front of him.

"You think I'll talk? --<Open>"

The body double took out a sinister looking elliptical orb from Item Box's black space.

"Death--"

Just before the body double could finish talking, Satou jumped into his bosom with Ground Shrink and put the elliptical orb into his Storage all the while neutralizing the man.

『Fool』

The moment an echoing voice resounded from the body double's chest, a white flash and an explosion rivaling that of an advanced magic swallowed the surroundings in.

『Kukakakakaka, you moved exactly like Chief-dono said you would, truly laughable, Irregular.』

A single Wraith Lord floated up at the place where the body double was.

『There is nothing alive that could withstand the [Cursed Flame of Kwaku]. Lament over it in hell, Irregular!』

The city that has turned into rubble is sunk in the flames.







"Seems like this place is a miss."
"Un, there are some suspicious people, but they're just ordinary suspicious."
"In agreement so I inform."

Arisa, Hikaru and Nana exchanged those words on top of a roof near the 『Heart of Gold』's headquarter.

"--It's here."

Hikaru muttered shortly.

"Seriously? Where?"
"Finding no fresh personnel within my vision so I inform."

Without answering Arisa and Nana who look around, Hikaru readies her wand.

"Divine Lance!"

A gigantic telephone pole-sized spear appeared next to Hikaru who's stood up.

"GOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

The gigantic spear pours down toward a spot that has no one around.
Pedestrians scream out, and run to the opposite side of the cloud of dust where the spear hit the ground.

"--Geez, I'm no match for ya. Talk 'bout reckless."

A small man who's caught the spear with his small green hand showed up from inside the cloud of dust.

"Hey hey, how'd ya find me? It shouldn't be possible for Analyze skill reincarnated people and heroes got from gods to see through me."
"Oh is that you Green. I didn't recognize you at first since you're not wearing your usual green outfits."

Hearing Hikaru's words, the small man seemed dumbfounded as he looked at his own skin.

"Nay y'know?"
"You can't weasel this out. Only Greater Demon Green can use Mana Camouflage and Avatar abilities."

The small man continues to deny Hikaru's accusation.

"Nay nay. Imma the original."
"--Original?"
"I taught Green 'bout ways to create Avatar, and 『Thief God Harness』 was given to me by milord-san."

The small man's corner of the mouth raised up under his hood.

"Well, who cares 'bout that. Lucky me for this chance to meet the 『God Banisher』 girl without Irregular around."
"You shall not lay your hands on Arisa so I announce."

Nana moves forward with a huge shield as if guarding Arisa from the small man's line of sight.

"I ain't gonna do that for the time bein', ya can rest assured."

He sighed as Nana didn't seem like she would relent, and then continued to prattle on.

"So, Arisa-han. I'll give ya half of the world, come over to our group will ya?"
"Out of question. Like there's still anyone who'd fall for that straight-to-bad-end route nowadays."
"Really now. Then how 'bout the whole round world? Wealth, fame, good food, good men, ya can have anything you want. I'm serious 'ere, that just how valuable a magician that can overwhelm gods is."
"My answer will not change no matter how many times you ask. I won't ever leave Master's side, ever!"

Arisa refused the small man's temptation without a hint of hesitation.

"That's some spirit a'ight. But y'know, you can even obtain your beloved man's heart if you come with me. How 'bout that? You could monopolize a fickle man for yerself alone."
"Hmph, would you please stop making fools of Arisa-chan! Master--Satou's heart, Arisa-chan will get it with her own powers!"

Arisa gallantly shouted at the man.

"Izzat so. 'K then, go fer' it."

Since the negotiation failed, the small man turned on his heel.

"I'mma excuse myself before Irregular comes here. Since yer' all here, the vampirification plan musta been spoiled no?"
"You think we'll let you? I'd like to see you try running away from a space magician."
"She's also with a former hero here."

Hikaru stands up next to Arisa.

"Was wondering how yer' so well informed 'bout Green, ain't it the Ancestor King lil' lady. Ah heard yer' shutting yerself in the capital and rarely go with Irregular, yet here you are at this timin' eh."

The small man muttered.

"Well, whateva'. For yer' information, ya can use Avatar to create not only your own body--"

He took off the worn-out hood as he said that.

"No way--"
"I knew it--"

Hikaru and Arisa who saw his titles muttered polar opposite words.







"Who would have thought that you were hiding that kind of cards. The first one was a decoy huh."

Satou showed up from among the burning rubble.
He was covered in soot and dirt, but after using Life Magic, he appeared unscathed.

"Did you get it from Weasel Empire?"
『I know not its origin.』
"Is that so. I'll go ask Tactician myself later then."

The Wraith Lord that found Satou's composure puzzling distorted.

『What is this Irregular. Do you not realize that thousands of people who lived in this city have perished because of your blunders? Have you no regret, no anger?』

The Wraith Lord blamed Satou for the thing it did.

"--Regret? None in particular though?"
『So those who call themselves heroes are incapable of admitting their own mistakes!』

The Wraith Lord unjustly enraged.

"I mean, there's no blunder."
『--What?』
"Have you not noticed yet? I dragged you to this sub-space right when my barrier detected that small man teleported in."
『What』

Wraith Lord looks around at the surroundings, as Satou spoke in amazement.
There is nary dense miasma and vengeful spirits that should have gotten generated en masse after a genocide.

『Then, not a single life has been sacrificed?』
"That's right. Going out of your way to do a suicide bombing at Shiga Kingdom gave the hint of what you guys would do here after all."

Satou drew the holy sword hanging on his waist.

"What's your chief--"
『NUOOOOOOOOOOOOOO』

The Wraith Lord ignored Satou and roared aloud, then the area surrounding it distorted black and began to suck in the surrounding rubble and flames.
It's apparently a self-destruct skill as the Wraith Lord's body itself is beginning to get sucked into the jet black hell.

『I shall be your guide to hell. Perish along with me, Irregular!』
"Nah, I'm good."

Satou slashed with the holy sword once, and the Wraith Lord that had been cut in half by a blue flash disappeared, however, the jet black hell it created still remains.

"Well, guess I'll just close it along with the sub-space--"

After muttering that, Satou erased the sub-space along with the Wraith Lord's final parting gift.

--Hm?

"Hordes of monsters near where Pochi and the others are?"

Judging from the Maps, Monster Tamer Homonculus are riding battle-ready tamed monsters, leading hordes of monsters toward City-State Kariswolk.
The witch tower where Pochi and the girls are visiting is apparently located in their route.







"Nyu!"

Tama raised her voice, and at the same time, the witch noticed that monsters had invaded her territory.

"Looks like some monsters slipped in cuz I let the barrier wide open ssune."

The girls who were enjoying bitter tea and Japanese-style confection immediately stood up after hearing the witch.

"Should we go exterminate those monsters?"
"I will take part in it!"
"No no ssuyo. I'd feel bad if my guests do all the work ssu."

The witch took up a pointy hat and a cane hanging on the wall.
Denied, Liza and Karina looked dejected.

"You sure~?"
"There's lots of big monsters nodesuyo?"

Tama and Pochi who saw monsters peeking between trees asked her out of concern.

"Don't worry, just watch ssu. A witch that's close to the Source she rules over is invincible ssu."

The witch runs up to the rooftop.

"I've got lots of mana in winter, just right ssu! ■■ Snowfall, ■■ Tornado, ■■ Thunderbolt, are efficient when used consecutively ssuyone~"
"Oh, gureato~?"
"Amazingly awesome nodesu!"

The Witch who can make use of the abundant Source mana butchers the monsters one after another.

Small, and mid-sized monsters that accompanied the big ones stopped moving after getting hit by the snow and lightning, but four big-sized monsters that were just wounded kept pushing their way through the snow toward the tower.

"Ge ge, they're still alive after eating that many magic, must be real sturdy ssu!"

As the witch grumbled, a shining bullet shot through one of the big monsters' head.

"Lulu, unfair~"
"Pochi would like to have a shot too nodesu."
"Tama too~"

Tama and Pochi drew their trusty swords and immediately shot out magic edge cannons, crushing heads of two big monsters.

"T-the last one is my prey desuwa!"

Karina accumulates mana in her trusty gauntlets.
In the meanwhile, the last big monster bulldozed its way through the snow, drawing close to the tower.

"A-are you not done yet? Maybe I should go for it--"
"I've gathered enough! Here I go!"

Interrupting the fretting witch, Lady Karina shot out her magic edge cannon, hitting the big monster's head.

"Too bad~"
"The kung fu is still lacking nodesu."
"Your focus is inadequate. Also, you won't be able to use it in practical combat unless you knead mana faster."
"Wha, this isn't the time for that ssu! ■■ Thunderbolt!"

The witch's magic managed to make the monster scream and stop it, but it still survived, and glared at the witch after roaring in anger.

"Karina-sama, do it like this."

Liza who kept her calm in contrast to the witch jerked her spear, and then a red light sphere whirled through the blizzard, and blew away the big monster's head.
Liza continued her explanations afterward, but the witch whose mouth was wide open in surprise couldn't hear a thing.

"I'm supposed to be the great witch-sama who rules over a Source though..."

The movements of monsters in the witch's territory was reflected in her head as she grumbled.

"Ge ge ge, all of the monsters are coming straight here ssu."

To be more accurate, all of the monsters besides the tamed monsters leading the hordes, however, a god not the witch has no way of knowing that.

"I'll do even better this time!"
"That won't be happening, it seems."

Lulu pointed at the sky while giving a negative to Karina's declaration.

"W-w-what is that!"

What looked like hundreds of thousands of light spheres rain down from the sky, shooting through the blizzard and monsters, grandly rolling up the snow in the field.

"Is anyone injured?"
"Master."
"Apparently, one of the terrorists from the other day attempted to throw us into disarray by sending hordes of monsters to Kariswolk city."

Satou who appeared in the sky greeted the witch and entered through a window.

"Then, the enemy's mastermind is at Kariswolk?"
"Yeah, seems so. I just got a rescue signal from Arisa."
"Take there~?"

Tama beckoned Satou with half of her body sunk in the shadow.

"I'm counting on you, Tama."
"Aye aye sir~"
"Ms. Witch, I'm sorry, but I'd have to postpone our talks for another day--"

After saying that, Satou and the girls disappeared into the shadow.



※ Next update is planned for 8/19





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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 201


Chapter 201 Ruli and Alma, Run for Magic Sword

 

-------At the same time, at the sky overlooking the capital-------

About one kilometer above the capital.
Ruli and Alma are falling down toward the city.

"There should be a vacant lot over there. We should land there."

"Umm, how about there, I see some thicket over there so we won't stand out no? There's no one around too, it's safe all around."

The girls have learned magic to decelerate mid-air for situations like this.
And thus, they're able to adjust their drop point to a degree.
It should be doable for them to land at the vacant lot the size Ruli pointed.

...That said, the size is also nearing the upper limit they can handle, so it can be dangerous if they don't have good controls.
It's probably part of the reason Alma suggested to land at a thicket.
However, Ruli denies her suggestion.

"It would take too long if we land there. That vacant lot is the closest place to the royal palace."

Landing in front of the palace would have been the fastest, but there's a lot of people at the location, so they're not able to land safely there.
Among the locations that are spacious enough for them to land, the place Ruli chose is the closest to the palace.

"But, it shouldn't take more than a minute to close that distance if we run at full power right? We'd better land at the thicket, it's safer and..."

"Mathi-kun said that he's going to buy us time. One minute is too much for our bought time."

The weight of one second in a high level battle is not the same as one second in an ordinary one.
In a fight between students, 10 seconds would afford them at most three attacks.

Five attacks in that time would probably be the limit of swordsmen famed for their strength in this era.
And with chant magic, one shot might even be impossible in 10 seconds.

However, with Mathias, 10 seconds could mean dozens or maybe even hundreds attacks exchanged in a battle.
In such a fight, even a minute would be draining to both.
The higher the level of a battle, the quicker the conclusion is.

Ruli has come to understand that after all the fights they've been through.
That's why Ruli chose the place where they could move the quickest, even if it's one where it's nearing their control limit.

She cannot afford to fail even once, but she's been training magic every day. She has no intention in failing in the first place.

"...I got it. I'll land at the vacant lot too. Will we be heading straight to the palace once we're on ground?"

"Let's do so. The city must be in uproar thanks to Iris-san, so it should be easier for us to pass through instead."

"Even so, if we tried to run into the palace without permissions, they'd drive us away, or worst, detain us..."

"The royal palace's personnels should know that we're Mathi-kun's party members, so that shouldn't happen. I feel a bit bad, but let's use Mathi-kun's name and sort of threaten them. That's the fastest method."

Ruli stared at the royal palace as she said that.
These dangerous words are not something the usual Ruli would have said, she must be giving maximum priority to time-shortening.

"...And what if they didn't let us?"

"Me and Alma should be capable enough to break through the palace's defense. The problem is the lock at the treasury, but if it still hasn't changed from before, I'm confident we can break through it."

"Ruli, feels like your lines of thinking are getting more and more like Mathi-kun...."

Alma looked like she couldn't believe it for an instant, but she immediately put up a serious expression.

"You're serious right?"

"Of course."

"...Gotcha. I'll follow along too. I don't want to use this if possible though."

Alma looks at the bow in her hand.
If they failed to subjugate Zaridias, the people in this city would almost certainly be all slaughtered.

Success and failure of this subjugation rests on Mathias's shoulder--and Mathias needs the magic sword to win.
Even if she understands that, she still doesn't want to fight the capital's populace if she can help it.
Alma looks at the approaching ground while praying that they would succeed in persuading the palace's personnels.

"We're about to hit the ground."

"Let's do it calmly, but be sure to not slow down too much. The people nearby would probably come after we landed, so we'd better rush pass them with magic."

"Gotcha!"

After they're done discussing, they take the posture to land.
Defensive and strengthening magic to defend their body are important when landing, but landing posture is also immensely important.

The two have learned from Mathias, the landing posture to immediately be ready for battle right after they land.
That doesn't change even if they're falling from one kilometer above ground. The only difference is that they need to use more support magic.
...Even the two never imagined that they would end up using the techniques they learned to fall one kilometer down off a dragon.

--The two landed safely partly thanks to the training.

"What, what's going on!?"

"I swear I saw the dragon dropped something..."

"Aren't those human!?"

The sound of their landing was loud as expected of a 1-km fall, so people gathered round.
And since people went outside due to the dragon, lots of people came.
However, Ruli and Alma pay them no heed.

"We'll run pass them!"

"Yeah!"

The two use simple stealth magic and jump over the crowd toward the royal palace.
Ruli and Alma don't even have to try to simply evade ordinary people's eyes.

Only three people who are Second Academy's students that happened to be there noticed them, but they didn't attempt to chase the two.
They're in a situation where a dragon suddenly showed up, and then Ruli and Alma who had been away from the capital fell down.
The students have no idea about the big picture, but they understand very well that there's something big going on.

"Oy, the two that fell down were Ruli and Alma right? Did they come as reinforcement to fend off the dragon?"

"...I don't feel hostility from the dragon, but there's no doubt that they're related to it. I'm intrigued that Mathias isn't with them, but they look to be quite in a hurry, so there must be something going on... Should we help them?"

"Just us three would just drag them down instead. Shouldn't we gather more people first?"

"...You're quite right. I'll go inform the principal, you go get students who are still at the lodging house."

How to act in a state of emergency is in the second academy's curriculum.
The textbook Mathias left deal not only with fighting when a battle begins.
Ways to effectively demonstrate your powers before a battle begin is also included in the Second Academy's curriculum.

It hasn't been long since such lessons started so there's not a lot of students who have mastered the skill, but fortunately the three students here are amongst the best in the academy.
And thus, the Second Academy's students begun their preparations for the approaching fight.


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--While the students were preparing, Ruli and Alma came closer to the palace by running on the roofs while avoiding the crowd.

"...Hey, is it just my imagination?"

"You mean demon's mana? ...Unfortunately, it's real. It's just as Mathi-kun predicted."

Ruli replied to Alma's question while they were running.
There's mana reaction from a different demon than Zaridias.

On their way to the capital, Mathis told them about this possibility.
The capital's great barrier does prevent demon's infiltration, however, demons with relatively weak magic power are able to slip through the barrier given enough time by camouflaging.

The demons in this era probably have no skill to do that, but it's a different story if Zaridias is involved.
It won't be strange for Zaridias to hide a demon in the royal capital in preparation for some kind of situations if it's to destroy humans.
Mathias might be the human whom demons are most wary with, but for a country, that applies to Eis Kingdom.

"...Should we run while hiding from the demon?"

"I think it's too late for that the moment we fell down the sky. If we have to fight anyway, let's make it quick."

"You're right yeah, they should know about us already. Guess no choice but to beat the demon somehow."

"I'd rather avoid fighting since it'd take time though..."

The two were running without breaking their pace even while discussing that.
After about a minute, the palace came into view.

--The king is standing in front of the palace guarded with heavy security.
Looks like he's come out to see the situation after receiving reports about a dragon.

"The king is here... but that's some security."

"We have no choice but to keep going there and hoping that he remembers us from Mathi-kun's matter. At worst, we might have to break through it..."

The two talked in whispers after using Hearing Strengthening, and drew closer to the king.
Without slowing down. Since they knew they would have been stopped by the people around, they intend to let the king notice they're here first.

The palace guards attempt to stop them, but there's no way ordinary guards could stop these two.

"Your majesty, please come over here!"

The guards who's pulling the king's arm urges the king to escape while shielding him.
In fact, it would be easy for the two assassinate the king if they wished so.

However, the king brushes off the guards and shouts out loud.

"Ruli Abendroht! Where is Mathias!"









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