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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-48

16-48. Trial of Zaikuon (3)

 

Satou here. I think everyone, regardless of who, has cravings, big or small, for limelight and recognition. That in itself is important as motivation to keep moving forward, but when such a craving is swelled up so big one could only be satisfied by comparing oneself to others, I think that's where it gets dangerous.






"How'd you show up out of nowhere, space magic?"
"And why's miko-chan floating over there?"

Attendants of Hero Hayato, Rusus and Fifi threw me those questions.
Instead of looking puzzled to see me and the rock miko suddenly appearing in the arena, the two seemed very calm as expected of these two veterans.

『Emerge triumphant in the fight, accomplish the trial』

God Zaikuon spoke so through the rock miko who was still floating in the air.
At the same time, a black line was drawn on the edge of the arena.

"So then, are you going to fight us?"
"That's nice~. I was just feeling a little lacking with the fight earlier. We're ready anytime if it's a fight you want, Satou?"

Rusus and Fifi smiled ferociously.
They're clenching their fists, looking really pleased.

The rock miko held her hands up toward the heavens, then a yellow lights descended from beyond the sky, and then three yellow orbs appeared from inside that light, floated away and stopped right in front of me.

『Accept the powers of god, stand among the lowest seat of great apostles』

Nah, I'm good.

Perhaps my inner thought showed, as the yellow light orbs were repelled away in front of my chest.

『Why do you reject』

I mean, why wouldn't you?
Who needs [God's Fragment] that's almost certainly a back door anyway.

The rock miko turns her sight at Rusus and Fifi.

The light orbs floated toward Rusus and Fifi instead, but then a blue membrane-like material manifested itself around the two and repulsed the yellow light orbs away.
That was probably the divine protection of God Parion or something.

"O God! Our great God! Your servant, Holy Warrior Senuma is right over here!"

After the personnels in charge of the arena carried away the [Magic Warriors of Karion], the Zaikuon temple knight rushed into the arena.

The light orbs floated toward the temple knight and then began to orbit around him as if assessing him.

"By the Grace of great god Zaikuon, I shall slay the hounds of Parion and make known the great name of Zaikuon to all!"

The temple knight appealed at the light orbs orbiting around him.
He looks really desperate somehow.

"Satou, isn't that miko-san in, like, a real bad situation?"

At Rusus's warning, I turned my gaze toward the rock miko to find her unconscious with intense yellow light gushing out of her eyes and mouth.
Looks like she's hitting her limit with the Divine Possession.

The light wrapping her dissolved away as she fell onto the ground.
According to AR readings, she's been severely weakened, to the point that she'd die were she left alone.

"I, holy warrior Senuma, beseech your Grace, once again here!"

The cold-hearted temple knight ignored the predicament his colleague in, as he kept appealing to the light orbs.

Seemingly stricken by his desperation, one light orb went inside the temple knight's chest.
AR reading tells me that the Temple Knight has acquired the Unique Skill, [Invincible Warrior (Champion)].
His level has increased from 30 to 45, probably cause he got a God's Fragment.

"Ooooooh! My body is overflowing with powers! God powers of such majesty! No one can stand in my way now!"

Looks like he's intoxicated by feelings of omnipotence from the God's Fragment.

"Here I come, you Parion hounds! Prepare yourselves!"

Yellow light is flickering around the temple knight's body.
According to AR readings, his State is now [Champion] and [Super-Strength].





"By hound, you mean me? I'm a wolf not a dog y'know?"

The wolfear-kin Fifi rubbed her nose with her finger while smiling ferociously.

"Then, I'll be taking Satou on."
"Ah, no fair, Rusus! We're gonna decide who's going to fight Satou after I beat down this guy!"

I smiled wryly to see Rusus and Fifi disputing.
Since it seems like there is no avoiding fighting in this trial, it'd be great if they could fight the temple knight in my stead, that'd make things less complicated.
I don't mind laying bare my powers here if it's still within reason, but easily winning over two hero's attendants and an apostle by myself would be a bit too much after all.

"You bastard! You are before Zaikuon Apostle, the holy warrior Senuma-sama, what insolence!"

While the two were having a carefree chat, the enraged temple knight rushed at a terrifying speed toward Fifi.
The temple knight's sword that was faster than wind flashed and grazed Fifi's cheek.

"Oh pretty good. You're as fast as Rusus at least."
"Kuha, kuhahahaha, god's power is grandiose! Having been granted God Zaikuon's grace--"

The temple knight who stopped while getting drunk in his powers got kicked hard by Fifi who closed in at the same speed.
He was about to go out of arena and lose by default, but then a transparent wall not unlike that of force magic appeared above the black line and flicked the temple knight away.
Apparently, it'll only be counted as a loss if you went outside the arena if you're not under God Zaikuon's patronage.

"You're pretty good. Parion Apostles."

The temple knight stood up while bleeding from his mouth.

"Huh, when did we become apostles again?"
"Who knows?"

Fifi and Rusus shrugged their shoulders.

"No point standing around here, let's go at it ourselves yeah?"
"I'd like to give her treatment first if I could, do you mind waiting for a bit?"
"Nope, go on then."

Since I got Rusus's approval, I stopped next to the rock miko and let her drank elixir.
I made use of this timing to put away the holy sword and magic wand I had in hands.

The damage on both rock miko's body and soul should be restored by elixir, but it seems she still won't come to due to exhaustion.

"Oh what's this? Fifi's getting pushed back?"

I lift my head when I heard Rusus, and true enough, Fifi who was on the offensive earlier is now busy defending.

Finding it strange, I looked at the temple knight and saw that his level had been raised to 55, and he now has another Unique Skill [Vanquish Archer].
One of the light orbs orbiting the temple knight has vanished.
It appears that the temple knight got a power up while I wasn't looking.

"Fuhn, forget Hayato, you're not even at Meiko's and Seigi's level."
"Damn you Parion hound!"

Provoked by Fifi, yellow light wraps the temple knight once again.

"This isn't the extent of powers granted to me by great God Zaikuon!"

Looks like he hasn't used the Vanquish Archer's powers yet.

"--Take this!"

When the temple knight swung his sword down, an arrow of light manifested from his sword and flew toward Fifi.
Moreover, it split into 10 halfway through and rained down on her.

Cloud of dust whirled up when the arrows hit the arena, leaving it full of holes.

"Isn't that, like, super bad?"
"It is--"

Not Fifi, but the temple knight that is.
Similar to Hero Meiko who overused her Unique Skills during the Divine Punishment, there's also yellow crystal running through the temple knight's body.
It's still a bit away before he reached Meiko's state, but that limit is coming closer for sure.

"--Ah"

Fifi couldn't manage to evade all of the light arrows, one of it grazed her leg.
The moment she was distracted by that, the temple knight charged in.

The temple knight swings his sword wrapped in yellow light.

Tearing up the air, the shockwave gouged out the arena's ground.
I block the cloud of dust and pebbles that are flying here with [Shield] magic.

Fifi jumped out of the dust cloud.

A moment later, the cloud of dust split into two.
Immediately following, Fifi who was still in the air turned around and swung her sword.

Fifi's sword scattered away intense sparks, sounds of air splitting echoed in the surroundings.
Apparently, the temple knight attacked her with an invisible slash.

Then second slash, third slash, Fifi parried them away while evading.
She couldn't seem to guard against the shockwaves, she's cut here and there, her blood stains her clothes red.

"Need a help? Fifi."
"Shut up! Fifi-sama ain't gonna lose against this level of an opponent!"

Even though there's not much gap in their levels now, and she's up against someone with two battle-oriented Unique Skills, Fifi still believes in her victory.

"Be proud of yourself, holy warrior. I'll show you a technique that I've never used in a match except against Hayato before."

Fifi provoked the temple knight while calmly sorting out her breathing.

Like saying, she's confident that her technique will bring her victory.

"Come at me, Parion hound. Witness as your little tricks stood powerless before holy warrior Senuma-sama who have received the Grace of God Zaikuon!"

The temple knight arrogantly jerked up his chin.

"O original blood that flows within me. O blood vessel of the divine wolf. Together with rekindled ancient memories--"

Light dwells in Fifi's blue eyes.

Feels like this chant gonna revive my lost history of chuunibyou.
I think it's a type of autosuggestion used to access the skill.

"--<Beast Form>"

Steam-like white aura rises up from Fifi's body, her canine teeth are transforming into fangs.
Along with that, the white aura wraps around Fifi like fur, making her look like a werewolf.

According to AR readings, this aura has a support effect of adding five times her stats into her status.
In exchange, her stamina and MP gauges are decreasing at an awful rate.

This is probably a big reason why she didn't use the technique while fighting against demon lords.

"UORYAAAAAAA!"
"NUOOOOOOOOO!"

Fifi is closing in while swiftly evading the incoming light arrows shot by the temple knight.
The invisible slashes that came assaulting during her rush were all punched down by the silver aura-clad Fifi.

The moment they were within each other sword range, a fierce sword clash began.
The slashes that Fifi parried crushed the arena, while the shockwaves from Fifi's attacks the temple knight blocked blew cloud of dust.

"Uwaa, that looks so fun~"

Rusus looks like she's truly envious as she watches Fifi and the temple knight who are scattering colorful sparks around and letting out heavy sounds.

It's scary since she said that while looking here, but there's something that's piqued my interest more.
I saw yellow light ripples running through the temple knight's body during this battle.

I'm not sure whether Unique Skills from God Zaikuon are the same as Unique Skills that reincarnated people like Arisa have, but I don't think you could get away willy nilly using powers beyond what human could wield.

"Eat this!"

Fifi unleashed a powerful move on the temple knight while shouting out loud.
I missed it a bit, but apparently she hit him with her finisher right when the temple knight lost his footings by her rapid assault.
The temple knight's defense was broken down by the direct hit, blowing off his helmet.

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"Ooh, did she beat him?"

Rusus shouted out loud when she saw the temple knight laying on the arena's ground.

Fifi who's just unleashed her finisher is also wounded with bone fractures and blood all over her body, yet she still keeps her stance without letting her guard down.

"--Oh boy, you're pretty tough."

The temple knight rose up while supporting his body with his sword.
Fifi smiled fiercely and beckoned at the temple knight with her hand as if provoking him.

"Gununu--NnuoooOoooOoooo"

The temple knight held his sword up above and roared.
Yellow crystal-like material emerges on his face.

--This looks bad.

"KkkuoiI"

While wrapped in yellow light, the temple knight snatched the last yellow light orb, that was orbiting around him, with his hand.
As the orb was struggling to get away in his hand, he put it into his mouth and gulped it down.

Yellow ripples ran through the temple knight body, his body grew twice, thrice bigger, and his face turned into that of an ogre.
Matching that, his level went up from 55 to 65.
With another Unique Skill added; [Great Caster].

――ZWAEEEE.

The temple knight roared like that of apostles.
It seems like he'd just buffed himself with holy magic.

"This looks real bad--"

Rusus buffed herself with body reinforcement skill and rushed out to help Fifi.

I can't afford to just watch from the sidelines for too long either, but I can't exactly leave the unconscious rock miko alone and go to war either.
I could guarantee her safety if I used the install-type Fortress, but I'm a bit hesitant to use it in front of so many eyes.

"Gwaaa"
"Fifi!"

Fifi who had lost her Beast Form after using up her stamina was knocked down by the temple knight.
Rusus is crossing swords with the temple knight, but she's clearly at disadvantage.

Her opponent has leveled up beyond her level through God's Fragments, and is buffed with Unique Skills, holy magic and the divine treasure's [Super-Strength].

"--Tch. Even double physical buff can't hold this thing off huh..."

Rusus took the downswing attack in order to protect Fifi, she got beat down onto the ground and coughed out blood.

――ZWAEEEEZWAEEEE.

The temple knight let out a victory roar.
Arrows of light are produced on his body, making him look like a hedgehog.

The arrows that were released like some sort of missile attack in a robot anime hit the arena wall, inviting lights and thunderous roars, along with screams and angry yells from the audience.

The defensive wall that protected the audience is smashed down like broken glass.

――ZWAEEEEZWAEEEEZWAEEEE.

The temple knight roared.

It's like he's a villain in a kaijuu movie.
And that villain's gaze is directed toward me.

Looks like he found his next target in me.

"What is this guy doing..."

By doing this, instead of getting more believers, it won't be strange if people boycott God Zaikuon instead.
Well, considering it was the temple knight who took the initiative here, I suspect he's only acting out of God Zaikuon's will.

"Master!"

Liza who was watching from the audience seat jumped into the arena.

"Liza, lend me a hand."
"Understood."

I run on the uneven surface of the arena together with Liza, and drop a synced kick in the temple knight's face.
The temple knight attempted to block our attack, but there was no way he could do that in the face of Liza's acceleration helped by magic edge cannon and Flickering Movement and my full speed.
I ignore the temple knight who rolled on the ground and get down.

"Liza, could you keep that thing company for a bit."
"Acknowledged."

The gleeful looking Liza dashed toward the blown off temple knight.
Fifi and Rusus's fight earlier must have tickled her battle instinct.

"Satou, we look so shameful..."
"Please save your breath for now."

I hold the coughing Rusus and gave magic potions to the two.

"This is a good medicine."
"We can keep going with this, but--"

Rusus and Fifi are looking at the fight between Liza and the temple knight.

"--Looks like it's not our turn anymore."
"Yeah, didn't know that lizard girl was that strong..."

The two stare at Liza in frustration.

Liza who was overwhelming the temple knight retreated here while raining down magic edge cannons from her spear and tail upon the temple knight.

"What's wrong?"
"Master, there's something weird going on with that thing."

Liza murmured while glaring at the temple knight with her guard up.
Believing in her wild instinct, I investigated a bit and found out that the the temple knight had two races [Human] and [Apostle], with [Human] gradually being erased.

"Perhaps this is the [sisyphean task] thing that Arisa talked about? It felt weird, like striking water even though I was sure my spear stabbed him."

It's like when I was fighting the apostles using a holy sword.
It seems the temple knight is gradually turning into an apostle.

Unstable-looking yellow light ripples run through temple knight's body.
And every time, more yellow crystal covers his body, half of his face is already buried in the crystal.
The guy himself doesn't look like he minds this, but this looks like it'll get bad if this keeps up.

"--Senuma."

I heard the rock miko's voice close by.
Oh, she came around at a bad timing.






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Okami Wa Nemuranai 3

3

A blue point showed up on <Life Detection>.

Green points are detected ordinary animals, blue points are magical beasts. Blue points are displayed clearly like they did in his original world. Lecan felt a bit relieved at that fact.

He tried raising <Life Detection>'s sensitivity to the max. Countless green points got displayed. Must be little animals, birds, and insects. This forest is full of life with many creatures. Since there might be dangerous animals unknown to Lecan like poisonous insects and venomous snakes mixed among them, he cannot let his guard down.

Lecan lowered the <Life Detection>'s sensitivity. Too much information will only get in the way instead.

His right hand took out his trusty sword from <Storage>, then he slipped between the trees and began to walk toward the blue point, or the place where the magic beast is.

Lecan was relieved to see his <Storage> was working considering he could took his trusty sword from it. Which means his luggage is also safe inside. His <Storage> is now his lifeline for the foreseeable future. He's got to make sure to select food that's about to go bad and eat through it first.

Nothing feels amiss in the sensation of treading on the grass.
Walking slowly while checking the feels of trees on his left hand.

The green points went away. The animals seem to have noticed Lecan approaching and scrambled away.
And yet the blue point signifying a magic beast is drawing closer.

--Fufu. You think I'm the prey here huh.

Lecan swung his sword thrice to ascertain his physical condition.
Excellent. His body moves well, and the sensation of cutting winds with the sword is reassuring.

And his body feels light. He could walk faster than usual.
Before long, the magic beast came inside the range of <3D Perception>.

Its figure could be barely seen with bare eyes already, it's approaching while sneakily hiding itself between bushes and trees.

The radius of <3D Perception> is only about 50 steps with no way to alter this. However, if he concentrates on a part within the range, he could get more detailed info. It enables one to see at all directions including above and below, it has no blind spot.

One needs the knack to be able to use it, but once one manages to do so, there is no ability more useful in battle than this. Especially when you're up against multiple enemy in a cramped space, this ability gives you an overwhelming advantage.

The magic beast showed itself behind a bush when it was within 30 steps and rushed out. It must be a magic beast that weaponizes its own charging power.

The magic beast accelerates in a blink of an eye. It's accelerating even more since it's coming down a slight slope. It must have chosen this particular terrain to launch its attack.

Lecan has never seen this magic beast before. It's about as big as a medium sized dog with a head that looks similar to that of a wild boar.

Right when the magic beast was about to clash with Lecan, he swiftly dashed out diagonally forward and swung down his sword.

The magic beast kept rushing forward and crashed into a tree before collapsing.

Lecan's sword accurately hit the magic beast's nape. The sensation of cutting a living creature's flesh and skin gave Lecan's slight shivers and a mysterious sense of fulfillment.

Fight enemy, defeat them. These are times when Lecan feels alive.

He approached the magic beast and ascertained its death, afterward he put his fist on his chest and bowed his head to pray for the soul's repose.

Then he stood up, gripped his sword on his left hand and turned his right palm toward the magic beast. Or to be more exact, his right palm is turned toward the chest section of the magic beast where the Magic Gem is located.

And then he performed <Mana Absorption>.

Mana is flowing toward him. His palm turns hotter. The absorbed mana passes through Lecan's right arm, permeating inside his body.

Once the mana had been sucked dry, after a short interval, the corpse crumbled into sand.

This course of event is awfully relieving for Lecan.

The magic beast had a Magic Gem within. It was possible to perform Mana Absorption on it. The magic beast's corpse turned into sand once it was done.

The same principle with his original world.

Now then, he now knows that he could absorb mana after defeating magic beasts.

Next, he's got to confirm whether the animals here are edible or not.

It's pretty risky but he's got no choice but to give it a  try.

A woman's scream suddenly reached Lecan's ears.






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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 190


Chapter 190 Strongest Sage, Sneaks In

 

Folkia is full of demons.
Alma and Ruli ask me in a panic when they hear that.

『More than 30 demons!? That, sounds really bad...』

『But aren't demons a creature that doesn't group together? Yet there's 30 of them here?』

『Yeah. Ordinary demons do not flock together. The demons here are a special type of subspecies that does. Their other peculiarities are they're hard to detect, and good at cooperating together... in exchange, each is weaker than an average demon though.』

In my past life, these types of demon are called 『Demon Subspecies』.
Since detection technology had progressed at the time, there were only a few cases of Demon Subspecies mingling with humans.

Even if they're weaker than an average demon, they still far surpass the humans of this era.
If this type of demons was the one that infiltrated Beisis Kingdom, it would have been tougher to deal with.

『Weaker than an average demon... How strong are they?』

『It depends on each individual, but Ruli and Alma should be able to defeat one if it's alone... However, the more of them, the tougher the fight will be. Try your best to avoid fighting more than five of them together.』

Demons fundamentally prefer to fight alone, they're bad at coordinating together with each other in a fight.
But Demon Subspecies is different.

Demon Subspecies fights by coordinating with their unique mana wavelength along with complex and specific interception and jamming comm magic, allowing them to perform a variety of coordinated attacks.

Their coordination is far above what humans could achieve with comm magic.
They could share their visions and hearing among each others, and even sometimes do linked magic casting.

The only saving grace is the fact that the mana used for their coordination has a short range, 50 meters at most.
If not, fighting even one of these Demon Subspecies would have meant fighting the subspecies in the entire world.

I walk toward the town while talking about that.
Alma hurriedly tried to stop me.

『Hang on, where are you going!?』
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『To the town gate. Though not the front gate, but the secret path used by the fake bandits.』

I point at a nearby ground while talking through comm magic.
There's a part where the ground is new over there.

I held up the forged pass over the ground, then it moved out, exposing the entrance into the secret path.

『...Bingo. Tis' the secret path used by the fake bandits when they get out of town.』

『How'd you even find this path...?』

『With Mana Perception. This kind of secret paths uses a magic tool that detects passes to open the door.』

I point at a magic tool buried in the path.
This magic tool won't open the door unless it detects the pass.

It's a relatively orthodox way to seal a secret path.
I expected a type that scanned each person and prepared four forged passes for all of us, but that seems to be unnecessary.

『Mana Perception... Could such a tiny mana reaction like this be found?』

『Finding this simply by looking at the surrounding mana is impossible, yeah. But if you do it while assuming there would be this type of magic tool around, you should notice... Knowledge about magic tools isn't only useful for making one but also for planning countermeasures.』

I check the passage's wall for mana reaction.
This kind of passage is usually installed with traps that calls for guards or blocks intruders who have take possession of the pass... But neither seems to be present around the entrance.
It's not possible to look far ahead since the passage is curving, but judging from the atmosphere, we should be able to manage somehow.

『Looks clear. Girls, get down here... but be sure to take cautions while progressing ahead.』

『Understood!』

『Yes!』

『Got it!』

The girls also go down the passage.
Well then, shall we go infiltrate Folkia.
Our objective is of course; annihilate all demons.








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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 53

Chapter 53 Just Punishment Executed!

 

CRASH!

"We've thrown so many people on this already, what is so hard about capturing one little brat!"

I threw the glass on my hand at the floor in irritation.
It's already been five days since the operation began. Information about that brat went dark the other day. The guys who were sent to tail him didn't come back either. The bunch who were dispatched to the dungeon got captured by the Class-A adventurers [Muscle Brothers] for some reason.
Even though I've mobilized the entire force at my disposal, how'd it turn out like this. As long as I get my hand on that brat, my investment should immediately get its return!

Ideas like never before. Even just improving all the existing medicines should be enough to shift the market's status quo.
If my intuition is correct, that boy will surely bring me even more elevated profits.
That was why I went out of my way to go to that store, to first negotiate amicably.
I thought I'd get a deal immediately since the female storekeeper didn't look motivated, yet she surprisingly gave me an immediate refusal. It appears she knew about the usefulness of that boy.
I went for the brat himself afterward, but he too refused curtly.
Damn you brat. I was eager to crush his strong will since he asked for it, but that brat was making his moves too. It appears that he has some connections with the guards' Captain-Commander, they're scheming something.
Then I shalt make use of the noble colleagues I usually accommodate to do something about the guards.
I've also put work in the management of Adventurer's Guild so they shall hush up any incident after the fact. And I've rallied all our forces for this. Even after leaving the scene to those six, I still haven't heard a favorable report yet.

I've got to quickly arrange Bascom and the guys' release through the guild and rethink up another strategy to capture the brat.


Phew, good grief what a handful it's turned out be.
I should ogle at that again to calm my mind.

"I'll be staying in the underground facility. Stay away until I call for you."

After saying that to the maid, I went underground.

The underground facility houses prototype of magic tools in development. Beyond the door at the end of a strictly shut door lies my place of repose.
Piles of gold coins, jewels, and magic tools stuffed within.
Gazing at them is the only way I can relax. Even this irritation should settle down.


I open the ironclad lock and enter the room. The glitters of silver and gold coins heal my heart. The jewels also flaunt their glitters unbridled. Pheew, I almost would have undressed here and roll around on top of them in my bare body, but my self-restraint stops me from doing so.
Fuhahaha, just you wait. I shall make that brat my own and double, no triple this fortune in time.

I can't get enough of rubbing cheeks on these jewels...so...sleepy.




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I, Nobu-san, am right behind you.

Heya, it's Nobusada here. Actually, I've been watching this shitty geezer from behind him for a while. Yes, the Space Camouflage.
The adventurers gave me this info, 『There's an underground facility for developing magic tools exclusively for Jamito's use. But we've never stepped inside it. He shuts himself inside the facility every night, that place must be very important』, but who would've thought that it was for him to do this stuff.
Now then, since this money-grubbing geezer is fast asleep, time to start the retribution. Tonight, Nobusada starves for blood. I ain't drinking it tho'!






SPLASH

I woke Jamito up by pouring cold water on him.

"Gufuaa, c-c-c-cold. What just!?"

"Heya, wakey wake?"

I speak while looking down on the tied up Jamito laying on the floor. He's trembling and shivering, probs because of the cold water.

"Y-You're!? You think you can get away doing this to me!? Also... where did you hide my precious treasures!!"

"Yeah, no one is getting away from anything, you especially. Besides, I think I'm being really polite here compared to the stuff you've done. Your underlings had told me everything. One time you murdered a store manager then covered it up as an accident, other time you forcefully contracted an artisan into slavery and worked him to death, and another time, you made use of your connection with some nobles and hushed up all of those incidents. The word 'garbage' truly fits you like a glove."

"Hmph, it's only natural for the weak to become nourishment for the powerful. So how about it, you're still redeemable right now. Don't you want to work under me?"

"It's impressive how you could say that while looking like that. Well, leaving that stuff aside, I'll have you answer my questions. Do so without hiding anything at all."

"Hmph, like I'd tell you anything honestly."

Jamito snorted at me. I'm looking forward to see how long he can keep up his bluff.

"First of all, you will tell me all nobles who are cooperating with you. Oh and along with their weaknesses and stuff."

『Starting from the one with the highest authority, it's Marquis Ruum, then Viscount Runats, and Baron Ayrs. I provide funds for the marquis, deal with the clean-up of the viscount's affairs, and have the baron under my thumb after he asked me to do something about a mess his son perpetrated.』

(What the!? My mouth moved on its own? And even things that shouldn't be made public!)

I write down the stuff Jamito cheerfully chirped on a parchment in minute details. Ooh, the big bundle of parchment I have with me is gradually getting buried in text fast.

"Ohho, so what was the mess the baron's son made?"

『The third son burned down a village of beastfolks. Moreover, the reason why he did that was because the village elder didn't hand over the girls he took fancy on and let them go instead.』

Hm? Feels like I've heard this story somewhere before??

"Is that baron's territory quite far from here?"

『Yes, it is. However, my hometown is over there. I am acquainted with the previous baron since we were kids.』

"Well then, do tell me all about that baron."

『Yes...』

(Stop! Don't speak any more than this!!)

Looks like he's getting restless about his mouth mouthing off in defiance to his will. Even though Jamito's forte is in mentally cornering people, he must not be used being on the receiving end. I will dig out all your dirt thoroughly to the end. While slowly but surely knocking about your mental state.



Even though I'm not really keen in using it, I've made use of Curse on the geezer. The content of the curse is 『Answer my question without any lie nor resistance』. I've appraised all the items he has on himself with Discerning-sensei, so there's no worry about the curse rebounding. Thus I had used half of my available mana to put a curse on this geezer. You've got to be extra careful handling this curse magic thingy, I can't believe the pros could use this stuff well.

Afterward, I spent a long time listening to Jamito. Every little bit. Misdeed after misdeed.
Furthermore, he's seized on evidence about misdeeds several of higher ups at the Adventurer Guild perpetrated, he's used the evidence to bring them over to his side. He's been using those higher-ups to cover up incidents that require him to deploy adventurers like this one. Documentary evidence and stuff pertaining this are conveniently put here, so of course I'll be securing them too.
Acquiring information about Mitama and Futsuno is also an unexpected harvest.


"Grr, just what is happening. Haah haah."

Must be hard to talk that long eh. But that much is nothing.

"Then lastly. What are you planning to do with me and Sefi-san once you've captured us?"

『First of all, I would put Slave Collars on you. Then I planned to make you develop and manufacture new products at a secret atelier that no one knows about.』

OH, this guy's rotten to the core. Guess there's no worry about hurting my conscience then. Ha ha ha, truly someone beyond saving. I regressed right back to polite speech in my anger.
Well, this should be enough. Also, I may as well take all the stuff I can take.

"Now then, I will be taking the gold coins, silver coins, jewels, and magic tools stuff piled here as a settlement. This much is nothing, isn't it. After all, you've partially destroyed our store, and even brought about burn on Sefi-san's fair skin."

"D-don't screw with me. What do you mean by nothing, gehaa."

I kicked Jamito's jaw with full force. Yup, you don't hafta talk anymore.

"I personally wasn't going to go this far myself, at fist at least. However, I have no mercy for you who dared to bring harm upon my acquaintances."

"Fungunufugugugu"

Ah, he looks like he wanted to say something but couldn't since I'm trampling on him. I shouldn't forget to gag his mouth, since it'd be troublesome if he shouted out loud later.


I store away silver, gold coins, documentary evidence, jewels and magic tools in the Magic Ruckacks. I was worried I wouldn't have enough rucksacks, but the problem was solved by borrowing several rucksacks put here. I found some other one-of-a-kind articles beside mass-produced magic rucksacks, but since these stuff could be traced back to me, I reluctantly disposed of them.

Yesterday I ended up making a new modified magic while thinking about how to do the burial. I'll be using that to kindly ask this geezer to say goodbye to this world.

"Run up from underground toward the surface along with a blast! Burst open together with my feelings! <<Bombermine>>!!"

Lumps of mana are now dwelling in some of the stone pavers around Jamito.
I've reinforced this underground facility with <<Dug>> to prevent collateral damage in the surroundings.
It's going smoothly. Next is the finishing touch.

"Well then, I'll be excusing myself now. Please do your worst to lament on all the stuff you've done so far."

I glanced at Jamito who was groaning unintelligently 『Gufuaoufuu』 and left the underground facility. I close the door to the facility, activate the Space Camouflage and quickly get the hell out of the mansion.

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After taking quite a bit of distance away, it's time for the finishing touch. That mansion is nicely visible from here yet there's no one around.
I slowly snap my fingers.

BOOOOO-----M

Uhoo, even though this place is quite far away from the mansion, I could hear sounds of the explosion and something caving in.
This is beyond my expectations, the <<Dug>> walls must have gotten blown off. As the base of this magic is Flare Bomb, the firepower is really nothing to sneeze at. It takes quite a bit of mana too it seems.

The finger snapping is merely a signal. Honestly, it could be done by just wishing for it to happen. But it's only best practice for finger-snapping to be the signal. Of course, I can't create whirlwinds just by snapping fingers like a certain great person. I'm not that inhuman yet... I think. Ah but, it's not like I couldn't do it with magic if I wanted to, wait wait, this isn't the time to do this. I've got to hide myself and get out of the north gate quick.



When the morning dawns, I arrive at the north gate with an innocent look on my face. From the direction of the northern forest of course.

And then, the middle-aged man guarding the north gate beckoned me. He must on high alert because of yesterday. Keep it calm without letting it show even on my finger, me.

"Good morning."

"Ou, s'that you Nobusada. First time seeing you coming back to town this early. Did something happen?"

"Yes, I was out for herbs in the northern forest before I suddenly met a herd of goblins. Since it was a bit too much to fight them when I was exhausted, I hid myself inside a cave and came back once they left."

"I see, at least you're safe. We've heard a lot of sightings these days, glad that it didn't turn grave. The town had a lot of stuff going on too. It's gotten quite unruly lately."

"Eh? Did something happen?"

What a barefaced lie I spoke of.

"It happened last night y'see. Look, you know that the largest alchemy store yeah. Seems like there was a huge explosion at that store manager's mansion. Apparently it was some kind of accident in the underground research facility. People are guessing that the explosion was caused by a failed experiment or something. Gee whiz, I always thought that magic tools were all convenient little things, but this incident really brought home that they could be real scary stuff too."

Ohho, that's how it's interpreted as huh. Convenient.
Afterward, we talked about some trivial stuff and then I left the north gate. I've got to go to the 『Shut-in Lamia』 quick. I wonder, how is Sefi-san doing? I'm worried about her now.











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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-47

16-47. Trial of Zaikuon (2)

 

※16-46 has been slightly revised. There is no problem even if you don't read it, but do have a look if you're curious.
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Satou here. Games these days are designed with user friendliness in mind, but I feel that lots of games in the olden days didn't have good tutorials. It's fun to do trial and error, but it kinda feels like lots of those games simply couldn't be bothered to explain stuff.





"--Oh."

In the white space where I was taken to by God Zaikuon, a halo around my circumference, and then it turned into a black line the moment it touched the ground.
It's a circle of around 500 meters in diameter.

Along with that, the white space has become dimly colored, it's possible to distinguish the ground and the ceiling now.
It still feels like I'm floating on clouds though.

"I guess that's my opponent?"

A small cube appeared about 100 meters away from me.
The cube transformed with click-clack sounds while turning bigger, and eventually formed a humanoid shape. Its height is about 3 meters.
My AR reading show that it's [UNKNOWN], probably an apostle of God Zaikuon.

『Fight with my apostle, reign victorious.』

A dignified voice came from behind me.
The rock miko is the owner of that voice.

But she seems a bit weird.
She has absolutely no expressions on her face, and seems lifeless as if she's a marionette.

According to AR reading, she's in [Divine Possession] state.
It seems to be the next stage of the trance state she was in during the ceremony.

『What would the winning conditions be?』
『Defeat apostle. Go out of circle not. Deliberately attack miko not.』

After saying that, the rock miko is wrapped in a light sphere that emits yellow phosphorescence, and floats away to outside the circle.
While my eyes were chasing her, my ear picked click-clack sound.

Apparently the sound was coming from a cube that separated away from the apostle's hand and transformed into a halberd-like shape.
This apostle prefers close quarter combats it seems.

I could have ended this instantly by instantaneously casting the space magic forbidden spell [Mythology Down] from my magic list, but since that would likely incur displeasures instead applauses, I held myself back.

"Item Box, <Open>."

I opened my Item Box with voice command, and took out a handmade sword made of orichalcum.
Similar with the magic sword Heim I gave to the [Weed] of Shiga Eight Swords, Heim, this sword is loaded with a magic circuit taken from holy sword Durandal that will restore the blade's sharpness by reciting the Command Word, [Eternal Blade].

This should be optimal against a foe with unknown methods of attack.

『--Begin.』

The rock miko announced the starting signal after I unsheathed the holy sword.

--ZWAEEEE.

The apostle let out an ear-splitting sound.
At the same time, yellow ripples of light began to course through the apostle's body surface.

It looks exactly the same as the purple ripples that appears when Arisa uses her Unique Skill.

--Fast.

The apostle charged forward at a speed that rivaled Pochi.
I was a bit curious about the weight of a blow coming from its tall stature, but since I had a slightly bad feeling about it, I evaded the blow while slashing at the apostle's leg.

--Hm?

What a weird feedback.
There's no firm resistance, it's like I'm cutting water.

According to AR reading, the apostle's HP gauge has only been reduced by a tiny bit.
Checking on the details, apparently this apostle is in [Invincible Warrior (Champion)] State.

Looks like I could still see its State and gauges even though I couldn't see level and skills.

"--Whoops."

I jumped away to dodge a stab from behind.
A rapid thrust that made the halberd looked like it was multiplying occurred there.

Since the halberd could seemingly be dealt with by the holy sword, unlike the apostle itself, I was able to thoroughly parry it.
The halberd's speed rivals that of Liza and Pochi, while its thrusting speed toward my openings rivals that of Tama, it's relatively tough to handle.
This apostle is obviously stronger than the apostles that fought against the Weasel Empire's palace knights. The Unique Skill-like [Champion] State probably has boosted up this apostle's strength.

I thought my attacks would work when my opponent was in the middle of attacking, but they barely dealt any damage on the apostle.

From what I've seen in the Weasel Empire's fight, white swords and cannonballs coated in dragon fang powder were used to kill apostles, thus I decide to use a white sword from amongst the seized stuff stored in Storage.

"Item Box, <Open>."

I shifted the holy sword onto my left hand, and took out a white sword with my right.
I didn't replace the sword since the Weasel Empire-made white sword is fragile compared to the holy sword.

While I was parrying the apostle, that's attacking at a warp-like speed from left and right, with the holy sword, I tried hitting it once with the white sword at the right timing.

--ZVWAEDDDE.

It's super effective.

One hit reduced the apostle's HP gauge by a third.
From what I could gather just now, this apostle is about equal as a level 60s demon.

--ZWAEEZWAEE.

With click-clack sounds, the apostle body transformed, its arms increased to six.
It also got itself new armaments; two halberds, two shields, and two curved blades

Well, it's just for show.

It may have more arms, but it's also showing more openings than ever now, probably due to its own arms and weapons hindering itself.
I jump below the apostle with Ground Shrink, and mow down the apostle's ankles with the white sword.
The apostle tried to dodge the slash by lifting up its legs, but my slash was faster.

The apostle who had lost its ankles tried to stab me with its halberd and squashed me down with its shield together, but I went around it and stopped at its blind spot with Ground Shrink, then I stab the apostle's knee with the white sword.
The apostle's HP gauge is almost zero, but I can't deal any more damage even after slashing it many more times.

--ZWAEEZWAEE.

The apostle shouted out loud, and then a yellow phosphorous flickered before its HP completely restored.
Well, I get that recovery is a specialty of holy magic, but this is still a bit annoying.

Most importantly, the white sword would broke if this kept up.
I'd prefer to preserve the dragon fang swords I have in my storage as much as possible.

"Now then--."

I stare at the apostle.

Apparently, I've got to land a hit at the critical spot to beat this apostle.

I ponder the spots that would likely be the apostle's weakness while dodging its attacks.
Normally you'd have thought it should be its head or heart, but things can't be that simple considering it's a god's apostle.
There must be some kind of requirements like having to strike both at the same time or something.

"--Trial and error it is."

I used Sky Drive to balance out the disadvantages in height, and disarmed the apostle by relying on weapon destruction skill and weapon deprivation (Disarm) skill.
The defenseless chest of the apostle is exposed before me.

--Spiral Flash Thrust.

I rapidly unleashed the finisher move of Hero Hayato twice, drilling a hole on the defenseless apostle's head.
Then I get away from the apostle with Flash Drive, and observe its reaction.

"It'd be nice if this is the end--"

This much shouldn't be enough to finish off a God's Apostle, should it.

My worry turned out to be unfounded as the apostle crumbled into milky white powder.

--Yellow light?

A small yellow light floated out of the heap of powder on the ground, and rose up into heavens floatingly.
It's like the [God's Fragment] that comes out whenever you beat a demon lord.

I think it's probably God Zaikuon's fragment, although its unidentifiable as always with AR reading only showing [UNKNOWN], the chance of that is quite high.

The black circle line on the ground disappeared at the same time the yellow light did.



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『Second Trial』

After the rock miko indifferently said that, a yellow ring of light appeared around me like before and drew a circle on the ground of about 20-meter long in diameter.
Apparently, there's no declaration of victor in the match earlier.

Is it going to be a boxing match this time?

"--Nah, doesn't seem so."

At a place about 500 meters away from me, another 20-meter circle was drawn, then a cube appeared there and transformed into an apostle with click-clack sounds.

『No changes in victory conditions.』

In other words, I've got to defeat this apostle with long-ranged attacks.
I put away the nearly destroyed white sword into the Item Box.

『--Begin.』

--ZWAEEEE.

The apostle let out a high frequency noise after the starting signal.
At the same time, ripples of yellow light course through its body surface.

--ZWAEEEE。

According to AR reading, this apostle has [Great Caster] and [Vanquish Archer] States.

As a test, I took out a Light Crystal Gun from Item Box and shot with it.

The laser that was shot out of the Light Crystal Gun penetrated the apostle's body, but it didn't deal any damage.
A shot from this gun has about the same firepower as one shot of my light magic [Laser], it appears ordinary magic can't hope to damage apostles.

--ZWAEEEE。

As if returning the favor, the apostle shot out an arrow from its arm that had transformed into a bow.
Using the holy sword, I flick off the arrow that was flying at a speed invisible to the naked eyes.

That was quite a weighty blow.

"...Orichalcum arrows huh?"

Not to the point that would numb my hand, but it could chip the holy sword if I don't hit it at the right angle.

While dealing the second and third arrows with the sword, I took out an emerald green long wand--a wand made from World Tree Emerald Branch from Item Box.

"■■■..."

I begin to chant a spell while parrying the rain of arrows the apostle rapidly shot out.

--ZWAEEEE.

Though I don't think it was mimicking me, the apostle raised its wand-transformed arm high up, and began to draw a real dangerous looking magic circle.
Of course, it hasn't loosened up on the rain of arrows.
I'm not one to talk, but this guy sure is handy.

The magic circle is clad in flashes of yellow, which begins to gradually intensifies.

The apostle finished its chant far faster than me, and then the completed magic circle shot out a white beam.

--Fortress Defense (Fortress).

I make use of the defensive item, a standard equipment for Pendragon Team, reserved for emergency and block the beam.

Intense sparks scattered on the outer layer of the Fortress's defensive field.

The pseudo-material made from Force Magic turned cloudy, crumbling down at an awful rate.
Fortress is a defensive system made of multiple layers of defensive walls, so another defensive wall would reinforce it before the entire thing collapsed, it eventually managed to endure the apostle's magic attack.

--ZWAEEEE.

The apostle added more arms, and created seven magic circles from its now seven wand arms.
Even Fortress wouldn't be able to withstand seven times of the attack earlier.

But, well--.

I pointed my long wand toward the apostle.

――ZWAEEEEZWAEEEE。

The apostle let out a high pitched noise like it was flustered, but it was too late.

"■■■ ■■ ■ White Flame of Purgatory <<White Inferno>>"

A flash of white filled the space.

The wide-area annihilation forbidden spell that tends to indiscriminately spread to the surroundings is pinned down only in the space where the apostle is at, mowing it down.

The thunderous booming sounds and heat followed after the flash, hitting my eardrum and skin.

My vision that quickly recovered thanks to Light-Intensity Adjustment skill showed black smoke and melted red-brownish ground that spread far and away.

No apostle is in sight. Looks like it was disintegrated by the forbidden spell.
Even the Log displays [Defeated Zaikuon Apostle], there's no doubt about it.

Of course the rock miko is safe.

"--Just as I thought."

Two yellow light orbs appeared slightly away from where the apostle was at, and disappeared floatingly toward heavens.
These yellow lights must really be [God Zaikuon's Fragments].

I just hope these apostles won't overuse their Unique Skill, get overloaded and turn into demon lord-like beings.





『Third Trial』

After the rock miko said that, the white space contracted and suddenly regained colors.
Disorderly noises reached my ears at the same time.

The sensation of floating in the clouds also changed into that of stepping on a solid ground.
This place seems to be the arena.

"--Satou?"
"And isn't that the Zaikuon Miko?"

I turned around toward the voices to see Rusus and Fifi.

Unconscious [Magic Warriors of Karion] are laying below them.
Looks like we've showed up at the conclusion of the tournament's final match.

Don't tell me I've got to beat these girls for the last fight?


※ Next update is planned for 2018/5/20







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Okami Wa Nemuranai 1_2

Synopsis: Okami wa Nemuranai

Chapter 1 At the Other Side of the Black Hole

1

Two adventurers are gazing at a hole under their feet on the 38th floor of Dungeon Bacrad.

A hole suddenly opened when they beat the boss here.

"See anything?"

The one asking is an adventurer with the alias <Maneater Bear>, Boudo.

"None. There's a mist hanging over it."

Responding him is the adventurer with the alias <One-eyed Wolf>, Lecan.

"Even your ability can't see it eh. Then this must be the <Black Hole> no?"

"I think so."

Lecan's left eye is hollow. It was scooped out when he was bathed in the venom of Tritail Serpent on the 42th floor of Dungeon Tantran. In exchange, Lecan obtained two powerful abilities when he killed the Tritail Serpent.

<3-Dimensional Perception> and <Life Detection>.

Even with these two abilities, he cannot perceive what lies beyond this black hole.

"Going?"

"Yeah."

It is said that those who jump into the <Black Hole> shall obtain vast wealth, and mighty powers. Many country's founding fathers, and heroes narrated in legends are said to have acquired fortune and powers from the <Black Holes>. Perhaps it's only natural for a <Black Hole> to manifest itself in this turbulent times.

A <Black Hole> shall open every once in several decades once a dungeon boss is killed, but no one knows which dungeon and which boss room will it appear in. Neither anyone know what awaits at the end of it.

Any adventurer dreams for an encounter with <Black Hole>. However, that doesn't mean that all of them will jump into one even given the opportunity. Since it's said that there's more people that didn't come back than those who had jumped.

Lecan choosing to jump without any hesitation must be due to his spirits of a true adventurer, his completeness of strength and willpower, and partly because he has no relative in this world.

Boudo who's been acting together with him for the past two years is also a natural-born adventurer.

That is; he's a man who carries strong curiosity with him, doesn't care about something unless it's profitable, and has discarded the concept of living somewhere, this man would gladly bet his life to make a quick killing. Boudo is also a man without family and overflowing with powers.

Lecan jumped into the <Black Hole>
Boudo followed.
As if waiting for them, the <Black Hole> closed right after.
Only a scenery of an ordinary dungeon remained.

2

Lecan comes to his sense.

Astonished to find himself sound asleep.

Lecan usually never sleeps too deep. Even if he did, he would immediately woke up when someone approached him, or if there was a sound nearby. To the point that he couldn't remember the last time he slumbered this deep.

Even while surprised, he performs enemy search in full alert. Lecan is detecting his surroundings as natural as he's breathing.

<3D Perception> to detect short range, <Life Detection> to detect long range.

There's no animals nor human within 50 steps. There's about 20 green points within 1000 steps, but no blue nor red points.

That's good and all, but the green points are extremely dim. When he tried to raise the sensitivity a bit, it was suddenly shown clearly. This never happened before.

He abruptly raised his upper body and stood up.

It's inside a forest.

Why is he in such a place.

He remembers clearly when he jumped into the <Black Hole>.

Then he lost consciousness while falling inside the hole.

And then he found himself here.

In other words, this is the world at the end of the <Black Hole>.

However, trees and mountains spread out as far as his eyes can see, with endless sky above.

It doesn't look like a world inside a hole no matter how you slice it.

He observes the surroundings with his remaining right eye while slowly turning around.

He's never seen the shapes of the leaves and grass here.

Lecan has traveled all over the places around the world, yet the trees and grass in this forest are something that don't exist in his memories of his travels.

His physical condition is extremely well.

The air is nice too. But he feels that this air is nothing like any air he knows.

All of Leican's keen senses signal that he's in an unknown foreign world.

He enlarged the range of <Life Detection> to try to search wider, but no red point is displayed.

Which means there's no human nearby. In other word, Boudo isn't here.

Looks like he fell in an awfully far place.

--No... Perhaps.

Perhaps, Boudo fell in another place, an entirely different place.

This isn't the time to worry about Boudo. First things first, I've got to secure my safety.
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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 189

Chapter 189 Strongest Sage, Curse

 

The moment Ruli declared the activation, wave of mana spreading out of the magic tool around her.
It's spreading evenly with enough range to cover all of our foes.
Quite excellent for something that was made impromptu.

But there's one thing that bothers me.
That is... the fact that Ruli and Alma are included in the magic tool's range.

There shouldn't be any problem if they have another magic tool to protect them from the sleeping magic tool though--.

『It's on! Huh? I kinda feel sleepy...』

『Oy, don't tell me...』

『Zz...Zz...』

...Looks like my fear was proven correct.
Ruli's voice turned to snoring midway through.

Apparently she forgot about their own protection in her quest to make a magic tool to drowse people in the surroundings.

It might not be a problem if the enemy fell asleep without fail, but if they were strong enough to withstand the sleep magic, it could spell disaster.
I've got to properly teach her how to use area-effect magic tools later on.

I approached the two while thinking that.

"...They're fast asleep..."

"Yeah. Glad that they didn't seem to hit their heads at least."

Sleep magic is a relatively dangerous magic in spite of the name.
Since you fall asleep from a standing position, there's a lot of cases where your head hits something.
Although there's rarely a case where the practitioner died, many suffered injuries at least... But the two seem to be fortunate enough to avoid that, they're sleeping so peacefully.

Kind of makes it hard to wake them up... But unfortunately, we can't let them sleep here.

"Alright, let's wake them up."

I used some simple rousing magic on the two.
And they quickly opened their eyes.

『Munyamunya... Huh? Where am I?』

『...Why was I... Ah!』

Alma didn't seem to get what just happened, but Ruli quickly realized the reason why she fell asleep.
After looking at the magic tool she made herself, Ruli's expression turned awkward.

"You've gotta make sure to protect yourself the next time you're making area-effect magic tools, okay."

"I made a mistake... I'll be careful..."

Ruli stared at the magic tool she created reproachfully as she said that.
I could teach her how to protect herself from magic tools right here and now... But right now we need to focus dealing with our sleeping assailants.

"Well, since you've successfully drowsed our enemy, this plan was a success. And they've got the things I wanted with them to boot."

"Things you wanted?"

"Yeah. This."

I took out a plate from one of the assailants' pocket.
The plate is written with 『Member's Badge』.

"Member's Badge... of the bandit gang?"

"Yeah. A badge to prove you're a member of this bandit gang... or at least that's how it looks like."

I then began to decipher the Member's Badge.
Deciphering it is easy. After all, the code used is completely the identical as the one used on the Pass.

『Special Pass. Back Gate 174532.』
Those words showed up on the Member's Badge afterward.
Alma speaks up when she sees that.

"...Isn't this basically the same thing as the Pass?"

"That's right. I figured that these fake bandits employed by the territorial lord should carry some with them, I was spot on."

I transcribed the magic code on the plate to a paper, and returned the plate back to the assailant's pocket.
I did the same routine four times and extracted four magic codes from four Member's Badges.

Afterward, I handed over four small magic stones to Ruli.

"Carve these magic codes using magic."

"Magic codes... I've never done it before, is it like this?"

Ruli carved the magic code into one of the magic stones.
It needs precisions since the magic stone is small, but it's not at a level problematic for Ruli.
She quickly finished carving all four magic stones.

"Excellent. Next you do this..."
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As I said that, I created plates from some wood with magic, to be used as the magic stone's plates.
The size and appearance is the same as the Member's Badge.

"Good, it's done."

I handed over the finished forged Member's Badges to Ruli.
There's four of them to make detection harder.

Having four completely identical Member's Badges would invite suspicion after all.

"Alright. Then let's head to the town... But before that, we should record all of these guys' mana reactions."

"Mana reactions?"

"Yeah. Once the hubbub at Folkia is over, we'll need to hand these criminals over. Recording their mana reaction is for that occasion."

I touched a nearby assailant, pretended to peer at his mana reaction--and then carved the spell 【Curse of Death】 on the assailant's heart.
【Curse of Death】 has two effects.

First, when the target is trying to kill someone, the spell will make the target move slower regardless of their will.
Second, it will kill the target 30 days after the Curse is set.

With this spell bound on these guys, whenever they try to attack other adventurers, they will slow themselves down and have the table turned on them instead.
And even if they're lucky enough to survive, they will die in 30 days for sure.
--Even if killing them now is disadvantageous to me, I'm not going to let anyone who attacked me run free.

"Were you able to record their mana, Mathi-kun?"

"Yeah. It's perfect."

Looks like even Ruli didn't notice the 【Curse of Death】.
It's only natural. On top of having simple effects, 【Curse of Death】 cannot be used unless the target is sleeping, but in exchange, it's a highly hidden spell.
And the fact that Ruli doesn't notice it means your average demons can't possibly do either.

I carved the 【Curse of Death】 on our assailants one after another while thinking that.
--My work was finished 10 minutes later.

"Alright, I'm done with all of them! Set the rousing magic tool to wake these guys in five minutes!"

"I got it!"

Then we ran out after Ruli had set the magic tool.
In five minutes, our assailants should wake up and try to conceal their huge failure of falling asleep in the middle of a pursuit.

Unless these guys are stupid, the battle this time should be [Nonexistent] at Folkia.
Thus, it'll be some time before they find out about us using the forged Member's Badges to enter the city.

As long as we get enough information in the meantime, planning our moves should be easier once the time comes.
We advanced toward Folkia while thinking that.



Less than an hour later.
We've gotten close to Folkia... but I sensed some worrying presences there along the way.

It appears that Folkia is currently in the next most troublesome situation I could have guessed of.

『Umm... It feels like I could detect demons inside the town...』

Ruli asked me anxiously when we were about two kilometers away from the town.
Looks like she's noticed too.

『Yeah. It is demons. A type that's specialized in concealment at that. If one is hiding inside a building or something similar, even I wouldn't be able to find it with just 【Passive Detection】.』

『It's really good at concealing... That's why I couldn't detect it until we're this close... Is that also why it's not possible to detect its location?』

『No, that's unrelated. Once you got one in your detection range, you could also pinpoint its location.』

I looked at Ruli as I said that.
Ruli looked like she was concentrating on detecting for a little while... Then she shook her head.

『Uun... It's full of weird reactions!』

Strange.
The demons in this town are indeed of a specialized type, but they should not have a special ability to hide their location...

『By the way, what do you mean by weird reactions?』

『Umm... The reactions are all over the place! Just in the range I could detect, there's like 30 of them...』

...Ah, I see.
I guess it's only natural for her to misunderstand.
I mean demons are ordinarily an organism that doesn't crowd together.

Unfortunately however--.

『You're not mistaken.』

『...Eh?』

Ruli and Alma were dumbfounded when they heard me.

That's right. Ruli has not made any mistake in her detection.
Folkia is presently choke full of demons.







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