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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 37


Chapter 37 An Adventure with Kagura-san - Lolita Arc

 

I tried contacting Tama-chan when things had settled down. And got this reply, 『We art waiting for our lord』. Do forgive me for being late, Tama-chan.

As I got on the magic circle, light overflowed like with the one at the beginning and the teleportation began.
When I opened my eyes as the light subsided, there was Kagura-san's face right in front of mine. Close enough that we'd touch if I just take a step forward. Suddenly I felt like I was falling, right afterward I heard 'Kyaaaaa' sound and felt an intense pain on my chest.

"Abera"

I rolled on the ground and got flung onto the wall. Looking like a smashed frog.
Ouch ow ow, Kagura-san gave me the biggest damage today.

"S-sorry. You showed up so sudden it surprised me. A-are you alright?"

"It kinda hurt on my ribcage but I've used Heal on it already so I'm alright."

"Hou, Nobusada, you can use magic huh. I was sure that you were a Fighter or something."

"Well, let's put that aside. I don't mind telling you all about it in a bed if we get closer though? Just kiddin'."

"I-i-i-i-idiot. Don't make fun of your elders. I-I'll be going ahead noja."

The blushing Kagura-san went on ahead. Uh huh, Kagura-san is naive relative to her age huh. I don't dislike a lady like such.

Unlike the dungeon-like room earlier, we're in a passage that would have been pitch black if not for a light source. It's clearly structurally different.
We came to an open space after five minutes of walking. This time there's a structure that seems to have been a fountain in the center. The atmosphere here feels quite different than the rest.
I said 'have been' because there's not even a speck of water inside the stone-made structure. Kagura-san who saw that fell down to her knees in depression.

"H-how could this be. I won't make it in time now...."

"Kagura-san..."

Right at that time, the ground began to shook again.

"Kyaa"

Kagura-san who let out a lovely scream jumped on me. As I soaked on the 'poyon' sensation, a path showed itself beyond the collapsed wall. Looks like the wall had been hiding a path all along.

"Kagura-san, it looks like there's a path behind the collapsed wall, has it always been there?"

"N-no, I don't know about it. We might find some water if we go deeper underground."

Then she separated from me like nothing happened.

"Now then, let us proceed Nobusada."

She took quick steps forward while hiding her embarrassed face. As I hurriedly try to catch up to her, Kagura-san's figure strangely gets shorter.

"Ee, ah!?"

Kagura-san is slipping down the ground before the entrance that suddenly collapsed. I run up to her, catch her arm and brace my leg to raise her up.
Gugigigi, and right as I was about to draw my sword and stab it on the ground to support us!

Gara

Hm?

Gararararara

The ground where I stood on also began to crumble as I lost my footings and fell down to the abyss.

"Daaaaamn"

I pull my sword and stab it toward the bare earth to stop our momentum... Unsuccessfully as we kept falling while the sword cut the earth. Nuoaaaaaaa

CLANG

Then we suddenly stopped. Did it get caught on a rock or something!? L-Lucky me!

Crack, crack

Hmm? What's this sound?

CLAAAAAAAANK

The iron sword broke and we fell down again! Curse that guy. I cursed at the culprit as the figure of Metal Marimo flashed in my mind.



Dangit, I've got to protect Kagura-san at least... Looks like Kagura-san hit her head on the floor or something when we fell, she's lost consciousness. I somehow manage to change our positions and put myself below her.
I brace for the impact while putting Protection on....


CRASH!


My...se...l...f...
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No...
Nobu...
Nobusada!

"Ha! Where am I!?"

Something soft and velvety is riding on my head. A huge pair of mounds are obstructing my view when I look up.
While getting surprised at the slightly, no, very pleasant situation I'm in, I concentrate on the nerves needed to enjoy it. My back hurt, but that is that, this is this. But still, for me to be this alright after that impact, I might have gotten quite inhuman myself.

"Have you come to?"

"Somehow, yes. Are you okay Kagura-san?"

"Umu, I don't have any injury due to you protecting me noja. Thank you, Nobusada."

Kagura-san said so while sounding slightly tearful. However, I couldn't see her at all because of the pair of mounds obstructing my view.
Phew, glad she's not injured. I've been getting beaten all over ever since I got to this world, so I've gotten quite resilient.
But now that I think about it, I should have used Earth Wall or something to make a foothold. My momentous reaction is still lacking.

"I cannot keep silence after all this. Nobusada, actually I... guh."

Kagura-san who was going to talk about something holds her chest in pain. I hurriedly get up and holds her.
Her face looks to be in anguish as she's sweating all over her body, something's definitely not right here.

"T-too soon. I should have had some time left..."

Her height which should be quite taller than me gradually shrinks. When the shrinking has stopped, Kagura-san becomes loli-like, about as big as a grade schooler. Those big melons have disappeared without a trace, and there are two horns peculiar to Onifolk on her forehead.

"Kuh, this is the reason why I'm coming here. Because of a certain curse, I have to perform a technique to change my body back using the water from the spring water here once a month. When the effect expires, the curse kicks in and this happens noja."

Oh good. That bombastic figure wasn't a fake. Losing that is like having the national treasure broken into pieces.

"I see. Getting your Onifolk race known would be really bad huh?"

"Ee ah!?"

Kagura-san touched her horns all over with her small hands and then she had a despaired look on her face. Right when she began to walk unsteadily, she tripped on her clothes that had slipped off and fell down hard.

"Kufuu, blunder, what a blunder nanoja. Now that it's come to this, Nobusada, I have to kill you!!"

Wait wait, why does it come to that. I attempt to persuade Kagura-san who's clearly not in her right mind. Fortunately, her struggling strength has gotten quite weaker along with her smaller body.

"Whoa whoa, calm down, Kagura-san."

"Don't treat me like a horse! Once people find out that I'm an Onifolk, what awaits me is either getting sold as a war slave or as a plaything sex slave noja. No matter how kind you are Nobusada, you'll soon succumb to the temptation. Even my mother, she died as a slave to save me noja...  gusu, hic."

In order to soothe Kagura-san who finally broke down crying, I hold her close and pat her back like trying to calm a kid.










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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-31

16-31. Garleon Union (7)

 

Satou here. I think that, just because you can predict everything, doesn't mean you can perfectly foresee everything that will happen in the future. If you can do that, you should also be able to always win a shougi match, right.





"Arrh! Secretary, c'mere!"

Surprisingly enough, the first person who came to their sense among the ship crew was the admiral who was repeating "No way!" like a broken record.
He called the secretary to describe what we know about enemy fleet, and tell him to convey the info to the allied ships, afterward he turns toward the people who are looking at him.

"This main fleet will break through the fleet in front of us, thereafter this fleet is to disband and each ship must return to Garleok City on their own."

Apparently, he's abandoned the idea of winning this and prioritized to deliver the information back, while prepared to have sacrifices along the way.

"""A-admiral?!"""

Considering the difference in forces, I think the admiral's decision is appropriate, but the ship crew are surprised.

"Many ships would be sunk before we could break through if we did that."
"We couldn't possibly defend Garleok City if only a few ships remained!"
"That's right! Have you forgotten what the water magician said! There are Kraken class monsters near the front fleet!"

Many senior officers tried to change the admiral's mind.
But wouldn't this fleet be annihilated if we fought directly?

"'Course I know that much!"

The admiral shouted back louder than the crew.
His [Amplification] skill isn't just for show, it seems.

"We might have a chance to get out of this alive if we focus on escaping and manage to join the escort fleets!"

Is that really the case?
Krakens can swim surprisingly fast despite their bulky looks.

"However, if we don't bring back the information we have, Garleok City would be overrun by pirates without any way to fight back!"

The admiral looks dignified somehow.

"And most importantly! What'd happen to my property I worked so damn hard to amass if Garleok City got destroyed! Who d'ya think would pay for my pension, huh!"

Ah, yup.
It's the admiral I know.

I don't think that's all there is to it, but since I agree with his plan here, I'll be watching with my mouth shut.

"Earl Pendragon!"

Huh? He's turning the conversation to me.

"I'll leave the Krakens to you! Show us the power of yer' demon lord slayer thingy!"

What's with the condescending attitudes anyway.

"Unfortunately, the airship where my companions are has not returned yet--"

The admiral and the crews' faces went deadly pale.

"What are--"
"--Therefore, I will make sure that the krakens and other monsters don't get near us instead."

If I thoughtlessly annihilated these monsters, it would be a display of [Individual Might] instead of [Group Valor].

"Admiral, we've copied the documents!"
"Very well. Summoner magicians! Deliver all the letters that have been sealed with wax to every ship captains!"

The admiral stamped sealing waxes on the documents he got from the secretary, put them inside watertight tubes and handed them over to the summoner magicians.
It seems these documents will be delivered to every ships by carrier pigeons summoned by the summoner magicians.

It's probably a step taken to prevent other ship captains from thinking that we're deserting under enemy fire when they find out about it.
The method might be manual, but just being able to take the proper actions in an emergency situation like this is a proof of this admiral's capability.

Still doesn't quite excuse his haughtiness, or rather, condescending attitudes though.





"Shield ships, go full speed ahead! All other ships besides the gunboats and the shield ships are to focus all their efforts into gaining speed! Don't skimp on the magic cores! Doesn't matter even if the magic furnaces broke down! Get to full throttle by any mean possible!"

The admiral gave his orders in rapid successions.

But, did we even have shield ships?
Looking around as I thought that, I saw ships with force magicians on board creating magic that looked similar to Flexible Shield in front of their boarded ships.
In addition, men who look like sailors are lining up on the deck with great shield made from ultramarine-colored turtle shells on their hands.

"This area has a lot of reefs around! Order the shield ship water magicians to search underwater! Pick the route that'll send us straight to the enemy flagship!"

Those were some good instructions.
Looks like he didn't obtain the admiral position through connections and lineage.
Well, he has [Command], [Ship Steering] and [Sea Route] skills with him, so I never doubted his competency.

Though considering he also has [Bribe], [Gestures], and [Coercion] skills, he's probably also not your honest-to-goodness admiral either.

"Those who've got nothing to do, go and get the large ballista and crossbows ready!"

The admiral's order wasn't only effective on the flagship, the other escort ships who saw the signal flags also began to charge long-range weapons that hadn't been loaded with mana yet.

"--Now then."

I'm not sure if I should call the girls back here or not.

The real war starts here on out no matter how you look at it.
If possible, I'd prefer not to let the girls watch people getting killed.

Even the fight earlier had a lot of casualties.

『Sistina-sama, there's a chance of the pirates going to do something behind the scene at Garleok City. Could you make the airship go to Garleok City?』

I concocted that reason with the help of Deception skill.
It pains me to have to lie to them, but this is a necessary step to prevent the girls seeing people killing each others.

『Oh my? Do you not need reinforcements over there?』
『Yes, it looks like the admiral is going to shake off the pirates and head back to Garleok City himself.』
『...Then we will go back to Garleok City ahead of time.』

Princess Sistina consented after contemplating a bit.

『Satou.』
『What's the matter, Mia?』
『You okay?』

Looks like Mia saw through my lies.
Perhaps, Princess Sistina did too.

『Of course, I am.』
『I see.』

I said so to the anxious Mia.

『And just when am I going to take the stage?』
『It will be at a place where Garleok City people could witness you, surely.』
『Then I'll wait.』

Lady Karina seems to have taken my words at face value.
Her Pochi-like honesty is cute like always.

I undo [Tactical Talk] and focus on the opening of hostilities before me.



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"--It's Water Wall! Stop the rudder!"
"No, don't stop!"

I negated the admiral's instruction and shot a magic bow's arrow at the water wall the Kraken created.

"The water wall broke down?"
"Was that a magic arrow?"

I unleashed [Break Magic] at the same time the arrow hit to break the magic stealthily.
I shot out an arrow with a magic bow was to make them think the arrow carried magic break property.

There is a point in me disguising my power after the free-fall attack of Lady Karina and the girls.
If they rely too much on my power, I won't be able to accomplish God Garleon's order of [Command an army, display your group valor].

Well, there's still the problem of acquiring the right to command, but this one is not that difficult to solve.
I could simply make the admiral sleep with anesthetic needle, and then act as his dummy with Ventriloquism.

"Incoming enemy bombardment!"

Lots of pirate ships seem to have been equipped with mana cannons themselves, several ships fired their load on the shield ships, hitting the barrier and scattering sparks around.

Quite a sight to behold.

This would feel like watching a battle PV if that was all, but--

"I dun' wanna die, I dun' wanna die, I dun' wanna die."

I couldn't manage to since the male secretary is muttering that on loop nearby.

"--Aa"

A mana cannonball that was flicked off of the barrier hit an escort ship's deck.
The sailors that were on the deck got instantly charred, as a hole opened on the deck.

Several sailors got thrown out in the sea along with wreckage.

"Make it stop, make it stop, make it stop."

I ignore the officer who came up with a new version of the loop, and lay down dummy corpses over the [Illusion] charred corpses from my storage through [Magic Hand].

I'd feel bad if deserted these sailors as it happened right in front of my eyes, so I had transported them to the sub-dimension before they got charred.

While I was doing that, one of the shield ship's barrier hit its limit and broke down, sinking the ship.
I extend out [Magic Hands] and save as many sailors as I possibly can.

This is more hectic than expected.

Some pirate ships have also been sunk by the attack of our side's gunboats, but I don't have enough hands to save those ones.
It's not exactly impossible if I try, but I have no obligation to go out of my way, saving those who survive later should be good enough.

--What?

Several dots on a shield ship that had led the way and got past the enemy ships disappeared even though its barrier hasn't been breached.
The enemy arrows shouldn't be able to reach the ship with the protection of the wind magicians on board.

"Admiral, it appears that a powerful one has gotten on board our vanguard ship. I'll be heading out for a bit."

I flew off with Flight Shoes after saying that.

The enemy ships shot out their arrows at me as I flew past them, but there's not even a scratch on me as I collected those arrows into my storage while randomly evading.
Well, I don't think these arrows will scratch me even if one hits, but who in their right mind would want to take an arrow to them.

"--Whoops."

I evaded a sword that flew in the air at an eerily high speed.
Looking at the direction where it comes from, there's a female pirate with a bizarrely heavy make-up looking up at me from the deck of the vanguard shield ship.

I've seen her before with the space magic [Clairvoyance].
She should be the pirate that serves beside the Skeleton Archduke.

"So you've come no! O Shadow Servant!"

After the woman said that, a minotaur-like shadow with bulging muscles arose from her shadow.
According to AR reading, that seems to be the mid-level demon that's possessing her.

For some reason, the mid level demon has [Subordination] state.

Perhaps, this female pirate isn't being possessed by a demon, but she's letting a demon she rules over to posses her to increase her power?

--SZYWAAAADWOOOWN。

I parry the shadow demon's attack with magic edge-coated Fairy Sword, and fly toward the point where the female pirate and shadow demon are connected.

"I've seen through your objective nano!"

The female pirate took out short spears from Item Box and threw them one after another.
I acrobatically evade them as they tear through the sky with roaring sounds.

"Gross no!"

The female pirate gives up with the throwing, unsheathes her dual scimitar-shaped magic swords and looks up at me.
While still locking her sight on me, she ran up the shroud on the main mast to climb to the top and then kicked on the main mast, rapidly making her way to me.
Can't believe she ran up the shroud without looking at her footings.

"Die nano!"

The left scimitar comes attacking me right after I evaded the right one.
It's an orthodox way of attacking, but the speed of her slash is inhumane.

Crisis Perception skill tells me that the shadow demon is also coming from behind.

"--Well, this is nothing compared to Tama's attacks though."

I kick the incoming female pirate's scimitar to speed up, and leave behind the follow-up attacks of the shadow demon.
And then I fall on the deck and strike the Fairy Sword at her shadow there.

"GYAAAAAAAAA"

--ZYWAADDDWOWN.

The shadow evaporated with the blow of magic edge, and I could hear the female pirate and shadow demon's screams behind me.

"Did that do it?"

I muttered so as I stared at the shadow demon that disappeared into black mist and the fainted female pirate.

Looks like that managed to beat it.
Right when I thought that, I heard cracking sounds below my feet.

The part of the hull where the Fairy Sword struck is getting torn apart.

--This is bad.

Destroying an ally ship would be bad, thus I hold down the ship with [Magic Hand] and glue it back together with [Quick Bond] magic.
I'm sorry for treating it like a plastic model, but that's better than getting sunk right.

"Take care of the female pirate downstairs!"

I climb to the top of the main mast as I said that.
I'd like to try running up on the shroud like the female pirate did, but it'd be really uncool if I lost my footings, so I restrained myself.

--TWAAAKCOOOOWN。
--IKZWAAAAAAAWN。

A squid-shaped and an octopus-shaped Kraken tore through the sea surface.
The people who were on the deck screamed when they saw that.

"I would have loved to let Lady Karina and Mia deal with these guys if I could."

I ready my magic bow, create a phantom arrow and multifold magic circles with God Garleon holy mark on them at the tip of the arrow with [Illusion] magic.
So cool. Arisa would be ecstatic if she saw this.

"By the divine protection of God Garleon, wicked sea monsters, begone!"

I put some strength in my belly and shouted out loud.
Of course, with the assistance of Amplification skill and wind magic.

I release the magic bow's string that has been pulled to its limit.

The phantom arrow was clad in red light as it flew, blowing away the octopus kraken in one hit, then the kraken floated on the sea.
Of course, the kraken wasn't blown away by the phantom arrow, but by a low tier explosion spell I shot out chantlessly.

The sea falls into disorder, and both the pirate fleet and allied fleet are tossed around like foliage with no chance to attack each other.

--I think this should be the right timing?

"O Golden Wheel! Lead the way for our ships!"

I put an illusion of [Golden Wheel], that's in my storage, in the sky using [Illusion] magic, and make the allied fleet ships to slip pass the pirate fleet with [Magic Hand] and [<<Control Ocean>>] magic.

"--This is bad."

In defiance of this raging sea, a jet black pirate ship is attempting to ram the flagship with its battering horn.
Sinking that ship is simple, but evading that while remote controlling 11 ships at once won't be easy.
I could end up capsizing them all before the battering horn came if I forced myself.

"Skeleton Archduke's ship, incoming!"

I can't imagine that dainty young man to do such a reckless act like ramming with a battering horn.
While running in parallel with the ships remote control, I try to look at the situation in the enemy ship with space magic [Clairvoyance], and [Clairhears].

"Your excellency Archduke! We'd be capsized before the battering horn could reach them at this rate!"
"Do not falter! Men of the sea never turn tail and run!"

I saw a nobleman-looking young man wearing a skeleton mask trying to rouse the pirates with rough words.

"Put some spirit into it! His excellency is worried about the young miss who went ahead, y'see."
"T-that's not true!"

...Some kind of drama has begun on the ship over there somehow.

"Since they're on the verge of capsizing anyway, guess I'll capsize them."

I picked [Water Wall] on the Magic List and produced it in front of the enemy ship.

--It made a hole through the wall?

Looks like the ship has some kind of magic item that can remove water installed on board.

"Well, whatever--don't die on me."

I nock thin arrows used for hunting small birds on the magic bow, and shoot them at the enemy ship's commander, Skeleton Archduke, and the navigator holding the ship's wheel.

"GUAAAAAAA"
"Kuh, 'tis but a scratch!"
"My lord!"

The fake Skeleton Archduke jumped on the wheel that the navigator released.
I commend his guts, but with an arrow stuck on his shoulder, he's unable to hold the wheel and misses the battering horn.

"All hands, grab on something!"

I heard the officer saying that from the flagship.
But they couldn't avoid a collision between the two ships' hulls after all.

Several of the crew were thrown into the sea.

I hesitated for a bit, but I canceled the magic that holds up the allied fleet and transported the fallen crew into the sub-dimension I used for saving people.

However, the compensation for that isn't to be scoffed at.
Several shield ships and gunboats that lost their support were capsized, many people were thrown out to the sea.

While regretting a bit, I saved those people into the same sub-dimension where the people earlier had gone to.

Well, the admiral was among the people who got thrown into the sea at first, so it's not like I had any other choice.
This saves me the trouble, but I feel a bit sad for missing the chance to use the Anesthetic Needle and Ventriloquism combo.





"We somehow managed to break through the enemy encirclement."
"Y-yes... But the admiral, he's."

The navigator mumbled that when I got back to the flagship.

"Don't tell me, at the sea?"
"Yes..."

I waited for a bit, but no one tried to suggest us to turn back.
Looks like they understand the recklessness in trying to rescue the admiral who has fallen into sea full of pirates and monsters.

As ordered by the admiral, the remaining 10 ships have all gone ahead to Garleok City individually, what can a single ship do.

"Your Excellency, can you not use the power of 『Golden Wheel』 again?"
"I won't be able to use it for awhile as it's quite taxing on my body."

There is no such thing.
I mean, the stuff I did earlier was my own magic.

According to what I heard at Garleon Temple, the Wheel apparently can call out the [Golden Ship] but I haven't given it a try.
It's probably going to be quite showy, my own magic is easier to handle.

"Turn the ship back to Garleok City."

I suggested that the navigator who was asking for an order with his glances.

--I feel the cuff on my legs getting pulled, so I look down below.

Tama who showed her face out on the shadow moved her finger beside her face to make a gesture asking me to contact them with space magic, and then she disappeared into the shadow.

『Satou!』

Mia raised her voice when I connected with [Tactical Talk].

『Big trouble, really really big trouble! It's an emergency you know? Lots and lots of black ships are coming! They're coming to attack you know? They're ships, but they're flying in the sky! With sails and all, it's true you know?』

It's been awhile since Mia talked in long sentences.
Feels nostalgic somewhat.

For now, let's look at the airship where Mia and the girls are with [Clairvoyance].
The vision showed innumerable sailing ships cruising above the sky of Garleok City.

--Ragged?

For some reason, every ship is all ragged and full of holes.
The crew are ragged too--or rather, they're not even humans.

『--Ghost ships huh?』

It seems like the pirates we fought earlier were just decoys.
As a proof, a being called Skeleton Archduke is on board the flagship of this ghost fleet.

Now then, how shall I go about rescuing them?







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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 171


Chapter 171 Strongest Sage, Helps Fortress Construction

 

"Ah, Mathias. Speaking of demons... We're rebuilding the Second Academy school building as a countermeasure against them, have you seen it?"

The principal spoke out just when the stuff about Raginia Federation was settled.
About the latter huh.

"I have. There sure were lots of First Academy students."

"That reconstruction was an initiative of the First Academy you see. They wanted to practice the construction techniques you left behind, and they were curious about how you think of it."

From what I've seen from afar, it doesn't seem so bad.
I've also put Scanning magic in the textbook, perhaps they make use of that in the construction.
The problem is the design itself.

"Since it's the First Academy's initiative, does that mean it was designed by the students too?"

"Teachers also had a hand in the design. It's mainly by First Academy's but there are volunteers from Second Academy joining in too."

Teachers also take part huh.
However, you need experience to design a fortress.

Building a fort is not the same as erecting an ordinary building.
I mean, normally there's no one who would go out of their way to destroy some random building, thus there's no need to plan ahead about getting attacked.
However, there is no point in building a fort without considering the possibility of it receiving enemy attack or getting shot by a powerful magic.

...And now I'm getting worried somewhat.

"Could I see the blueprint for a sec?"

"Aa. I've got it here."

The principal took out several drawings from his desk.
I scanned over them.

"Fumu..."
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...How do I say it, it's better than I thought.
The First Academy students might be quite talented themselves, maybe they were just channeling their efforts at the wrong direction and had an unfortunate principal.
This should be pretty solid after correcting one mistake.

"The pillars here and here should use mithril instead of iron. The other parts should be fine after you do that, but the entire building would risk collapsing in battle if you were to keep this up."

"Mithril huh. Gathering a large amount of it will be quite toilsome... Is it really alright with just this one?"

"The other parts could also break down depending on the flow of battle, but there is no risk of having the entire building collapsing. A fortress built without considering the possibility of getting destroyed is but a toy."

I look over the blueprint of the new Second Academy schoolhouse as I say that.
The anti-personnel defense isn't too strong, perhaps for maintaining its function as a school, but the anti-air raid defense is pretty well thought out.
It should hold out in the event of a raid as long as those pillars are reinforced.

"Possibility of getting destroyed huh. First time I heard that school of thought."

"...Is that so? How were all the forts up until now built?"

"We made it really sturdy. We give up on it if it breaks apart."

"That's so haphazard..."

They managed to make this design in such a terrible condition huh.
These First Academy students are truly talented as long as they properly train....

I return the blueprint to the principal.

"This should take care of it."

"You have my gratitudes. As for the matter with the Dungeon City including with the demon, the king will reward..."

"Nah, I'm good, that's too much trouble. I'm just gonna amass it and collect it all at once later."

Having an audience with the king and stuff take too much time.
And it's not like there's anything I want in the treasury anyway, I don't need any reward.

"It's scary to even think about the amount of money we'd be owing from incidents involving Mathias... or rather, the Royal Castle's coffers should have been long gone by now."

"Don't worry, I don't plan to ask for money. I've got no use for it anyway."

"That's terrifying in itself though... Well, it's the king's job to think about. Ruli and you girls too, I'm sure you'd get a handsome sum of money, you should start thinking what to use it for."

"Yes!"

"I'm not sure what I'd use human money for..."

"I mean, there's no harm in having it right, why not just get it for now?"

We left the principal room while having that conversation.
Now we just need to wait the kingdom to contact us back.










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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 170


Chapter 170 Strongest Sage, Gains Cooperation

 

"Second Royal Academy, new school building under construction...?"

That was written around the gate at the construction site.
Looks like they're erecting a new building.

"But why would they suddenly need a new building..."

"From what I can see, it seems they make use of new technology. The thickness of the walls and such make it look more like a small fortress than a school."

"You're right, it looks really sturdy... They've even put barrier in it..."

There was indeed information about construction type magic in the textbook I wrote to teach about production type magic.
They're putting it into practices here.
Even the layout, looks like they're using the textbook I created as a reference.

The original schoolhouse wasn't really well made.
I'm pretty sure it'd collapse the moment it got dragged in battle.
It was indeed unreliable for a building that houses the core of the Great Royal Capital Barrier.

However... They could make it this fast huh.
And the design looks relatively solid, the Royal Capital's technology level seems to be evolving rapidly.

"So, I wonder just where the principal is."

"It's written here."

I point at a spot next to the under construction sign.
The temporary location of Second Academy is written on a paper there.
...Or rather.

"Isn't this where the First Academy at."

"They took it over huh..."

Looks like Second Academy has taken over the First Academy's school building.
Looking closer, half of the people doing the construction seem to be First Academy students.

The poor First Academy students were driven out of their schoolhouse and somehow got stuck constructing Second Academy's one.
...Well, since creating structures is a specialty of the Glory Crest, this might also serve as their magic training.

We head to the First Academy location as I thought that.


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

"It's been completely taken over..."

There's a 『Temporary Schoolhouse of Second Academy』 at the place where the First Academy schoolhouse should have been located.
By the look of things, the principal office must have been hijacked too.

"Let's go to the principal office for now."

"Un!"

We went to visit the principal office.
And as expected, principal Edward was inside.

"...Mathias and co. huh. I heard that demons showed up at the dungeon city and herds of monsters besieged the city, but I just knew you'd be fine."

Principal Edward said that without looking perturbed when he saw us.
It appears that the letter I had Eiku delivered reached principal Edward's hand too.

"So, there must be a reason you're here, no?"

"You got it right. Actually, we found out that there was another demon that was giving instructions to the demon we killed at the dungeon city. And thus, we'd like to go to another country to beat that demon."

"Another country... Which one?"

"It's Raginia Federation. That demon isn't necessarily there, but we've got a clue of its whereabout. That country is on friendly terms with this kingdom isn't that right?"

The principal had a slightly difficult face when he heard that.

"Yeah. We are on friendly terms with Raginia Federation indeed. You should find it more accommodating than other countries... However, that country is a bit complex, you see."

"Complex?"

"Yeah. Raginia Federation doesn't have an absolute ruler like us with our king. Jurisdiction might differ from places to places even in the same country. ...By the way, where at Raginia you're going to?"

"Around this spot."

I pointed at the map.
It's not that I've checked directly, it's just the place where I sensed mana reaction from the device.

"...Mendoa territory huh. That place is shrouded in mystery."

"Mystery?"

Looks like Mendoa Territory is the name of the place where the device is located.
But what does he mean by shrouded in mystery.

"Yeah. Even though they're not hostile, we rarely have interactions with them. For the time being, I'll inform the king about this matter tonight and ask the guild over there to prepare your accommodation... However, keep in mind that Mendoa might not necessarily be our ally. Well, I don't think you'll let your guard down though, Mathias."

....I see, a territory that doesn't interact much huh.

"I understand. How long would it take by your estimate?"

"It should be quickly taken care of since it's related to demons. Should be five days at most. Is that too long for you?"

"That's good enough."

For now, seems like we'll get the king's cooperation.
And now we simply need to wait for them to contact us back.










Previous Chapter

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 16-30

16-30. Garleon Union (6)

 

Satou here. It feels like there's only a few chances for intelligences and subversive actions to carry much weight in historical simulation games. I guess it's really because flowers in the battlefield have to be the clashes of troops, after all?





"Lots more people got injured than I expected."

The second warship that suffered an attack from the pirate ship had 4 dead and 17 wounded.
The entire fleet likely would have faced a total destruction had they received the full brunt of the accompanying tamed monsters' attacks we dealt with.

"So, this guy's Zamud..."

The pirate captain and skeleton knight Zamud bound in rope were dragged before the admiral.
The majority of the dead and the wounded were by the hands of Zamud, hence most of hateful glances from the sailors were concentrated on him.

"Die."
"--Wha"

I blocked the admiral's sword, who suddenly tried to cut down Zamud, with the fairy sword still in its sheath.
I don't mind if the guy's going to get executed, but please don't suddenly hold a violent show right in front of me.

"What are you planning?"
"My subordinates were the ones who captured them. Please continue with the execution after we brought them back to Garleok City and received the bounty."
"Gununu--"

Thanks to the slight aid of Coercion skill that I used to stop the violent show, I succeeded shutting down the admiral's protest.

"Besides, shouldn't you start treating the wounded and stay on guard of the enemy main force rather than dealing with something like execution."
"Treatment is already underway--wait, enemy main force?"
"Yes, they only had one ship attacking us was likely to deal serious damage to our fleet with the tamed monsters' surprise attack. Therefore, normally you'd think that the main force will follow after to assault Garleok City, wouldn't you?"
"O-of course! You don't need to tell me such an obvious thing!"

After saying that, the admiral ordered the sailors and wind magicians to search around.
Looks like they're going to use Mana Furnace this time.





"Then, I'll be going to prepare to tow the pirates."

I've gathered all the captured pirates including pirate captain and the skeleton knight on the captured pirate ship to be towed back to Garleok City with our airship.
Of course, I'll be splitting the bounty to the admiral and the pirate subjugation fleet.

I plan to have them sleep along the way with Mia's spirit magic to prevent them from revolting.
That magic cannot be undone without the user's approval or without using force magic's Magic Break, quite convenient for transporting criminals.

"Hmph, going out of your way for mere pirates..."

The admiral seems dissatisfied, but he's already agreed to it, thus I thoroughly ignore him.

--Hm?

"Admiral, it seems they're still treating the wounded on the second ship?"
"That's good enough. Go fix 'em yourself if yer' so curious."

The admiral who had an irritated look on his face waved his hand like he's shooing away a dog.
Well, since I've gotten the permission, I'll put on the Flight Shoes and get to the next ship.

"Noble-sama, do you have any business on this ship?"

The second warship's captain saw me and threw a question.

"I happened to saw that you were done with the treatment for the wounded, I came here to ascertain the situation."
"Yeah--we've stopped the bleeding. The folks that bled too much aren't usable in battle, but they should be able to move by the time we're back on port, so long they eat."

No, not that.

The captain had a pained look when he saw my line of sight.

"Ship magicians and doctors cannot heal limb loss. Although, even if we bring them back to Garleok City right away, these guys don't have the money to get treatment from high ranking Garleon Temple Priests."

...I see.

You need expensive high magic potion or elixirs to heal limb loss.
Restoring lost limbs and internal organs with advanced holy magic or spirit magic is possible, but common advanced magic can only restore endpoint parts like fingers and such.

Though it's possible to heal it with even mid level magic or potion as long as it hasn't been long since the limb has been cut and the cut limb remains.

"Then, do you mind if I take care of it?"
"We'd be very glad to... But, will your excellency himself do it?"
"No, one of my companions is an expert of water magic, you see."

I looked up at the flying airship in the sky as I said that.

"We can't offer much as a reward, but if you could, would you please heal them?"
"Of course, that is if you permit those girls to board this ship."

The captain hesitated only for an instant, and immediately gave his permission to allow women on board.
I contacted Mia with space magic and called the airship to float besides the second warship.

"Wound."
"Everybody, please wash the stump and attach the cut limb on it."

I translate Mia-sensei's word and indirectly help with the treatment.

"...■■■■ Life Water (Recovery Life)"

Mia-sensei's magic restores the sailors' limbs.
For two sailors whose stumps had turned to shreds, I stretched out [Magic Hand] and applied high potion on the wounds.

"Ooo, I can move my fingers!"
"My leg can move too!"
"My arm too!"
"My knee doesn't hurt anymore!"
"Thank ye thank ye, magician-dono."
"Thank you, magician-sama!"

Once the magic showed its effect, the sailors cheered out loud and grandly thanked Mia.

"Satou."

Mia who was frightened by the men's vigor hid behind me.

"Gahahaha, ya fools went and scared her with yer' faces."

The sailors heartily laughed when they saw that.
Mia seemed miffed, but she showed her me usual smile when I poked on her puffed out cheeks.

Now that we're done with the treatment on this ship, let's ask Mia and the others to pretend transporting the pirate ship with our airship.
We wouldn't make it in time for the clash with the enemy main force if we were to bring them back to Garleok City, so I'm just going to let the pirate ship float on a sea of a sub-dimension I create.



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

"Admiral! We caught wind of what appeared to be ship silhouettes, at two o'clock, distance 9000. Their number is around 8 to 10."

Three wind magicians who worked together to search the area gave their findings.

From what I gathered on the map, there should be three groups with 20 ships each--but looking again, two of the 20 ship fleets are moving to encircle us from afar, and in the fleet that the wind magicians found, every two ships are connected by rope. It's probably to disguise them as one ship.

"9000 at two o'clock, that's around Seaweed Archipelago huh... That's troublesome."

The admiral muttered loathfully as he looked at the sea chart.
According to my Map info, Seaweed Archipelago is a perilous place where lots of reef and seaweed type monsters lurk around.
Add to the fact that there's a lot of small islands that can act as the pirate hiding spots.

In fact, pirate-looking men along with small ships are lurking on several of those islands.

"Wait a bit and use the search magic once again. Find out their direction and speed. Comm officer, tell every ship to let half of the ship take a rest and have a light meal."

After giving orders, the admiral gathered each captains of the warships.
He's probably going to brief them his plan.

"Alright, let's split the fleet into three groups."

The admiral said that after glaring at the sea chart.

"Admiral, if I may--"
"I ain't gonna hear you suggesting us to go with full fleet."

The admiral who perceived my advice candidly refused it and went to speak out his plan.

"It'd be bad if the pirates went into hiding in the Seaweed Archipelago once they sensed their disadvantage. We'll split our escort ships into two fleets. One of the escort fleet will go north from the southern strait of the Seaweed Archipelago. The second escort fleet will go south from the north. We're gonna make a beeline for the pirates and attack them."

The flagship fleet will have 13 ships, and each of the two support fleets will have 6. The flagship fleet may have twice the number of ships, but it's in the most danger because it's the one fighting on the front line.
Maybe that's why none of the escort ship captains tried to refute him.

Were the enemy number exactly like what the wind magicians found, the admiral's plan wouldn't be half-bad.
However--.

"Admiral, that plan is too dangerous if they have monsters like the Kraken earlier with them. Besides, there is no guarantee that the enemy fleet really only has 10 ships."
"Hmph, I know that much."
"Then--"
"I ain't changing the plan. We'll just adapt to the situations on the spot if the enemy fleet has Kraken with them."

Adapt to the situations... Without a concrete plan, isn't that practically just throwing mud at the wall, hoping some stick?

"That might suffice if their forces consist of only pirates, but if the two support fleets were to encounter a Kraken--"
"There is only one Kraken; the one earlier."

The admiral declared so to interrupt me.

"Do you have a ground for your assertion?"
"Of course."

In fact, there are two Krakens next to the fake Skeleton Archduke's ship, with 50 Torpedo Squids not too far.

"If those guys have the mean to control multiple Krakens, they would have attacked Garleok City and Garleon Union's southern port a long time ago."

No duh, this is exactly that time.
Right when I was going to say that, one of the sailors carrying a ladle climbed the stairs and shouted.

"Admiral! Bad news!"
"What's happening!"

The admirals shouted at the sailor.

"Our barrels of food have rotted! In addition, all of the barrels filled with drinking water have holes on them!"

This must be the work of spies the pirates sent.
I had noticed them making their moves in the fight earlier, but I purposely overlooked them in order to gain a little credit.

"It appears to have been Rot Poison."

I've gone to look at the barrels with the admiral.
Wine barrels are fortunately safe, but we can't exactly get wasted before a fight, even if it can provide a minimum amount of calorie.
It's possible to create drinking water from sea water, so the fleet won't die out as long as we have water magicians around, however if it comes to that, the water magicians' mana will be used to preserve our lifeline instead for battle.

"Get the other ships to share their portion--wait, what about the other ships?"

Looks like the admiral finally realized the possibility.

"W-we'll check on them at once!"

One of the officers ran to the deck.
And the result is--

"Food and water on 19 of the 25 ships was completely razed. The remaining six only have around 20% huh... Damn those pirates."

The admiral crushed his hat in his hands and threw it on the deck.
Since we apparently had three weeks worth of food and water, by simple calculations, the remaining share is only enough to provide the entire fleet for a day.
We're three days away from Garleok City here, so we're sure to starve even if we go back now.

"If only we knew, we'd have taken those monsters' meat..."

The ship chef muttered as he wistfully looked at the sea.
We only took the magic cores from the Kraken and the Torpedo Squids, he must be regretting that.
Of course, I secretly stretched out my [Magic Hand] and retrieved them into my Storage.

"Admiral, maybe we should go back to Garleok City for--"
"Fools! Victory is right before our eyes!"

The admiral interrupted the officer.
Looks like he's hellbent on subjugating the pirates no matter what.

"It seems like you're in trouble."
"What are you trying to say?"

Since I'm not into watching the admiral looking troubled, I offer to provide their food.

"Food, you say? We're talking 'bout shares for 25 ships here ya know? No matter how bottomless your magic bag is, there is no way it could hold food for 1200 people."
"Not really, no."

I mean, I've got enough food to feed a city with one million people for several years in my Storage.

"For now, I'll provide drinking water and food, and also dehydrated vegetables for soup and dried fruits for dessert."

I pick out a storage sack with huge opening from the Storage via the storage bag, and then I take out huge barrels filled with water and food from it one after another.

"OOOOOO"
"Incredible..."
"You're kiddin' me."

The sailors were surprised to see it.
It's quite the amount after all.

"The guy went and lifted those huge barrels filled with water."
"And he doesn't look tired at all."

Looks like they were surprised at me handling heavy barrels indiscreetly.

"As expected of Demon Lord Slayer..."
"Knew it, that rumor was true."
"I thought his stupidly strong subordinates yesterday did it fer' him."
"Can't be helped, I mean the guy looks like a meek noble by appearance."

Attentive Ears skill picked up the sailors gossiping on the deck.

"This much should be enough for this ship. Well then, I'll be distributing food to other ships too."
"Y-you have my thanks, Earl Pendragon."

As I heard the admiral mixed-feeling-sounding voice on my back, I went around the other ships with Flight Shoes.
It's way too much trouble to go around them with the ferryboat.

"Well, I'm doing this not just out of kindness though--"

I secretly hid micro golems for suppressing revolt in each ship as I visited them.
I can easily deal with a revolt even without them, but with these golems, suppressing the revolt can be done with one command, make things easier for me.





"Captain! Report from wind magician! The pirates are sailing slowly along the islands. In my humble opinion, they're most likely gathering."

An officer reported in place of the exhausted looking wind magicians.

"They must be on their way back from attacking a merchant ship. Now's our chance, the split fleets should have enough time to encircle them."

It seems like he's really not going to change the encirclement plan.

"Have the escort fleet go on the planned sea routes."

The admiral declared thus, and then the escort fleet split into two groups and departed toward the north and south of the Seaweed Archipelago.
From what I see on my Map, they don't seem like they're going to encounter the pirate fleets that are going to encircle this flagship fleet, so I simply watch over them departing without saying anything.

"Have the flagship fleet stay on this route for a while."

Then the admiral gives another order for us to have a meal break.
Looks like we're going to have a proper meal instead of just biting on preserved biscuits.

"--Earl-sama, I'm sorry to trouble you like this."
"Don't worry about it."

I helped carrying two barrels from the ship's hold and cooked vegetable soup in the kitchen.
They'd get suspicious if the food was too fresh, so only the flagship fleet got meat other than jerky.

"Smells so nice--"
"I can't wait."

The finished dishes were brought to the admiral's table one by one since those voices could be heard.
Apparently, hierarchy is important in a warship, and food has to be brought to admiral, officers and then sailors in order.

The meal wouldn't start if I wasn't present with the admiral, so I left the rest to the head chef and went out of the kitchen.

"WOOOOOOOOO"

The admiral who started his meal shouted out loud.
The officers around us stopped their hands thinking that it was poison, but when they saw the admiral furiously continuing his meal, they carried their spoon into their mouth.

"S-so good!"
"T-this stuff's incredible."

The officers present here praised the food.
I'm glad that they found it palatable at least.

I also quickly take my meal.
I'd feel sorry for the sailors who are stuck to watch the surroundings if I took it easy.





"Enemy ships in sight."
"What is this? There's twice the reported number of them!"

The admiral glared at the wind magicians.

"P-perhaps, the enemy got a reinforcement while they were gathering..."

The wind magician said so.

"Enough with your excuse. Just quickly search again! Water magicians, search underwater too! Even without Kraken, Torpedo Squids could mean trouble!"

The enemy fleet started their march here at the same time the magicians began their chanting.
The one in the center is a jet black pirate ship where the fake Skeleton Archduke is.

"There's huge creatures underwater!"
"Is it Kraken?"
"If that's the case, there's at least two of it, there's also presences of countless big monsters in the sea."

The admiral has a cramp to hear the water magician's report.
Looks like Sonar-type water magic can't find the precise number and types.

"N-no way."

The admiral shouted out loud while looking like he was going to scream.

"Change course! We're gonna escape this sea at full speed! Wind magicians! Stop with the search and use wind magic to increase the ship's speed!"

A wind magician gives his report as the admiral shouted.

"We've discovered more enemy fleets! There's at least two more fleets as large as the fleet in front of us! They're encircling us!"
"N-no way! No way, no way, no way!"

No one is attempting to stop the admiral who repeated his speech like a broken record.
Everyone who's on board the ship must be feeling the same.

"--Is it about time for my turn?"

I muttered in voice so low no one could hear as I stared at the admiral who looked like he'd be frothing from his mouth anytime now.

Looks like the real meat of the trial has finally begun.






※ Next update is planned for 1/14

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Previous Chapter

Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 36

Chapter 36 An Adventure with Kagura-san - Metal Arc

 

Once we're ready, we advance inside the cave side by side.

Kagura-san is holding a lantern while pointing inward, looks quite deep. We're heading underground in a straight path that's also a bit spiral. But just what is this cave anyway. From what Kagura-san told me, apparently she found the way deeper by chance when she came here for a goblin subjugation quest.
The reason why she didn't want to get near the village is because the only son of an inn in that village fell in love at first sight with Kagura-san and proposed to her when she was staying there for the quest. That 'only son' is a 40 year old old man though!

There seems to be some kind of small room at the end of the path. And there's two magic circles that are just big enough to hold one person each inside.

"Listen here, Nobusada. The path ahead of this magic circle will have monsters just like in a dungeon. It's a straight path, but you can't avoid a skirmish as a result."

"Leave it to me. I'll show 'em the result of War Fist's training."

"Fufu, you've become quite reliable ever since the day we met at that training ground. Well then, I'll see you later."

"Yes."

Once the two of us got on the magic circles, light flowed out of them. My vision was dyed white for an instant, and then I suddenly found myself in a small room that emitted dim light. Looking around, there's only one path just like Kagura-san said.
Now then, let's do this!



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"Phew, it's been awhile but no problem with the teleportation. I shouldn't let my guard down from here on."

Kagura walks forward while readying her two-handed spear.
The spear Kagura is carrying is unlike the common one found in Tycoon Dukedom, as it is an item made in the eastern countries. The spear has a black shaft and a cross-shaped blade on its tip. Since the passage is plenty wide enough she can use it without problems with some cautions. Kagura got her nickname from people who witnessed her slaughtering her enemy one after another with her two-handed spear and bare hands while bathed in the victim's blood.
Kagura herself is extremely bothered by the nickname, but it also serves to make people avoid her, thus she finds it convenient. Kagura who carries a certain circumstance with her is fine with it, and only want people she can trust by her side.

Suddenly, the surroundings shook. Since this country rarely experiences earthquake, unlike Japan, Kagura ended up shouting, "Kyaa" like a woman would.

Once the quake receded, Kagura advances forward while watching her surroundings once again, then she talks to Tama-chan in her chest.

"You have it nice, don't you. You have someone to walk together with. If only I didn't have this body... No, there's no point in grumbling. I should be thankful to have Nobusada agreed to go with me like this. I must not drag him into my circumstances."

After smiling to Tama-chan who was shaking like she wanted to say, 『Kagura-han, pretty sure Master woulda been fine with it』, Kagura proceeded forward once again.



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On the other hand, Nobusada also felt the quake.

However, Nobusada keeps walking ahead like it's nothing. After experiencing real earthquake disaster, a mere slight magnitude 3-4 quake won't make him flinch.

The enemy he met along the way were all just low leveled Giant Bats and Lostshrooms, so he's been advancing smoothly.
<TLN: Back to first person narration. This author loves mixing third and first person narration and abruptly alternates between them.>

"I'm happy that this gets me to level Illusionist up, but treading a straight path with unchanging scenery like this really throws off your sense of time."

After progressing quite a bit and getting tired of the unchanging scenery, I finally found myself in an open space. There's another magic circle in the back similar to the one that teleported me here.
After rechecking my equipment like medicines and stuff, and buffing myself with Protection and Stone Skin for battle, I stepped inside the room, and then a small sphere fell down the ceiling as if protecting the magic circle. Its lead colored body is gleaming from the dim light in the small room.


Metal Moss Ball
HP: 46/46 - MP: 12/12
One of the possibility born from Moss Ball. Its whole body has transformed into unknown metal, it's a Moss Ball that has ceased to be a 'moss'. A shrewd one in the society of Moss Balls with heart and body of steel, as its heart is made of steel, this dude's in M team that doesn't know when to give up with the suicide attacks.


Uwoo, a metal-type enemy from a certain famous adventure tale huh. Geez, metal enemy is supposed to be the type that's quick to run away, y'know.
Fortunately, it doesn't seem like it's going to move yet.
Then, those who strike first win. I choose one modified magic partly for confirming stuff.

"Romantic Armament, Spiral Shot <<Drill Pressure Shot>>!"

Five wind gravels rotating at high speed flew toward Metal Moss Ball. My present limit is controlling five of them.

ZING ZING

The gravels that looked like it hit only managed to scratch its surface, giving nil damage.
And just when I was preparing to do direct damage on it, Metal Moss Ball made its move.

Kyuuuuuuun

A sound of cutting wind scratched my cheek. It's bouncing and flying around all over the room without stopping.
Uwaa, this thing's nasty.
Think about it. It's like a hammer throw athlete throwing a hammer with all his might toward you. Since it's slower than Master's fist, I'm managing to evade it, but my mind rejects the idea of fighting it directly.
I tried to cut it from the side as I evaded but the attack only managed to slightly slow its trajectory, didn't work too well.

CLINK CLINK

Sounds of clashing metal resounded in the room.

CLAAANK

Timing's perfect, was it a critical hit!? But when I look again, it's my sword that's been chipped. Tch, my sword won't last for long if I keep clashing with it huh.
Then how about, I put the sword back into its sheath tight and take a stance.

GYUOOOOOOON

The Metal Moss Ball flies toward me at a speed not inferior to a fast ball thrown by a major league manga protagonist.

I raise my left leg high and unleash a side slash like I'm making a home run.

STRIIIIIIIKE! This is what you'd call Nobusada home run!

GAGAGIGIIGAGOGIIN

Wait, this is no time to think about idiotic stuff. Since we're inside a small room, it didn't fly outside the stadium and instead bounced around the ceiling, ground and walls. As it got even faster than ever, I hurriedly tried to dodge it.

BWOOSH

But I couldn't manage to as the Metal Moss Ball body collided with my butt. It broke through Protection and Stone Skin, the impact was so painful it made me jump out.
Ouch ow ow ow oww. Wonder if I broke my bone. I recover myself with High Heal while enduring the swelling pain on my butt.

This is not good. Half-assed blows would only endanger me instead.
Let's discard the preconception I have. We're not in a certain famous adventure story, the fact that magic doesn't work on metal type monsters is not guaranteed.

"Fire Arrow!"

Five fire arrows I created hit the Metal Moss Ball. Hahaha, damn, this thing ain't gonna let them hit it.
Then electricity for metal.

"Thunder!"

Nu, the Metal Moss Ball is jumping up and down to dodge it. However, the lightning is homing toward the metal-bodied Metal Moss Ball. I think this one's giving damage even a bit? The spell Thunder is originally a type that discharge electricity in a wide area so the firepower isn't that high. I had experimented trying to converge it to raise its firepower, but I still can't adjust it well enough. If possible, I'd like to converge and compress it, finishing it up into a powerful magic.
But, I've obtained the way to get out of this rut. Let's throw away all the fine details.

"Thunder Thunder Thunder Thunder!"

After many shots, the Metal Moss Ball feels like it's gotten slower. Sensing that it's now the time to attack, I put the iron sword back on my waist, and unfasten the clasp on my gauntlet. I lightly swung my arm, and then the fist cover connected to the gauntlet was unveiled and stopped just right to cover my fists.
This is the Iron Ant Gauntlet Kai, I jointly developed with Boss-san when I consulted him about the lack of time to change equipment during battle. The finer parts had to be made by hands, it was tough for Boss-san.

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


First, let's make it stop!

"Red Wall Squall, Great Blaze <<Burst Storm>>!"

I kneaded my mana and produced a composite magic of fire and wind that can swallows simple substance. Even the thick and heavy Metal Moss Ball couldn't endure it as it got thrown off into the ceiling. I tightly grasp the fist cover, aim it right under the Metal Moss Ball and undo the magic. The heated reddened Metal Moss Ball falls down. I confirm the spot where I have to hit by Discerning Magic Eyes, converge Thunder on my fist and unleash a vertical strike.

"Fiery Wiiiind War Fist Striiiike!!"

The lightning clad on my fist roared as it went into the Metal Moss Ball. If I don't shoot the spell radially, it's possible to converge it by using myself the origin. Moreover, the lightning produced by my magic won't damage me, it's good stuff.
The Metal Moss Ball's body intensely clashed with the Iron Ant Gauntlet, scattering sparks around. The converged lightning went along the fist cover and shocked the Metal Moss Ball all the while.

Bishiiiiin

Eventually, cracks expanded from the point where my fist hit the Metal Moss Ball's body. It then got split in two with cracking sounds, and then it fell down on the floor with a metallic sound.

War Fist Strike is Master's original technique, it precisely hits the enemy's core or vital point, passing on the impact in its entirety. I managed to faintly grasp the timing to strike with the help of Discerning Magic Eye's analysis. However, Master can precisely strike the right spot completely by instinct. Apparently, Eleanor-san is the only one who has managed to perfectly learn this technique that's both delicate and bold. Wonder it's something to do with being parent and child.
By the way, Master taught me that you can raise its firepower by yelling the technique's name out loud. I thought he was joking, but it really did work, so what can you do about it.

The split Metal Moss Ball disappeared into particles of light, before long.
Isn't this place connected to a dungeon? The magic circle might have teleported us to a dungeon or something.


Tereretettette~♪ Alchemist, Illusionist leveled up.
Tettere~♪ Enchant Magic Liberated
Tettere~♪ Gravity Magic Acquired



Ah, forgot to change my Classes. How careless of me.
Uhoo, both of them leveled up straight to 12. Maybe metal type monsters do give high exp.
I-it all turned ok in the end. Let's be positive. By no means I'm averting my eyes from the truth, ladies and gentlemen.
But really, I still don't get the difference between Acquired and Liberated. What's up with that?


【Enchant Magic】
Magic to grant a variety of enchantments to created goods. However prerequisite spells and their effect are necessary. As it is an acquired ability, not natural, be aware that there are limits in the number of enchantment you can grant to an item.

Lv1
Lightening - Reduce item weight
Hardening - Raise item hardness


【Gravity Magic】
Magic to control gravity and bring about various phenomenon.

Lv1 - Graviton - Crush a target using gravity


Both look useful. Who would have thought that Illusionist was the trigger that got me to learn Gravity Magic. What a lucky break.






A Soul Stone and something small were left behind where Metal Moss Ball was.


Relatively Mini Medal
Quality: Unknown - Enclosed Magic: Unknown
There might a dilettante who collects this medal, dunno where and who they are though. Made of unknown metal. Not much information is known about it since the probability of obtaining one is extremely low in itself.


...I've got no comment. I cram the small yellow Soul Stone and the medal with bad vibe into my rucksack and take a breather.
Sure used up quite a bit of my mana there.











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Shinsetsu Nobu-san Isekai Ki Chapter 35

Chapter 35 An Adventure with Kagura-san - Valley Arc

 

Our journey to Pezun Village was relatively smooth despite some monster assaults along the way.

We easily dealt with the attacks of several goblins and Giant Bats. I mean, Kagura-san killed two goblins for every goblin I and Tama-chan beat. Fast, way too fast.
I haven't used magic yet though. I'm currently in one-handed sword rehabilitation, y'see.

Only a few hours before we reach the village, and I've been talking with her along the way. It's mostly me asking questions though.
Apparently katana really does exist in the eastern countries. Heck, there's even Samurai and Ninja classes. Food culture is also like Japan with miso and soy sauce existing. It's apparently because an eastern country, the founding figure of 『Hinoto Empire』 was a Japanese person that stumbled their way here from alternate world. They must have been a Japanese person from the modern culture. Kagura-san seems to have lived in an isolated village at the edge of the country. She had been active as a mercenary since the age of 10 and arrived at Gramada after wandering across many countries. She started her life as an adventurer when she got to Gramada. She told me stories about her adventures up until now with their ups and downs in humorous manners.

I got enthusiastic making our supper as thanks. Faux pizza made without stone oven and vegetable-ladden pot-au-feu.
I put on the heat with my magic from below an iron plate. The topping is simple handmade smoked beef, cheese and tomato sauce. I've always had the dough inside my rucksack, so I can make one in most situations. I filled the pot-au-feu with trial sausage, potato, cabbage and carrot. By the way, I've been replenishing the broth ever since things settled down at Gramada, so its flavor has been increasingly getting thicker.

Kagura-san stared at the dishes in amazement when I put it before her. As mentioned by Mitama, average adventurers don't get to eat this kind of food while traveling. But, Japanese people are peculiar about food. Who wouldn't love to eat tasty stuff in any occasion. With magic rucksack by my side, I will pursue good food.




"Tama-chan, house!"

Poin-poin, Tama-chan leaped and went back to her home base; my shoulder. She suffered nary a scratch after annihilating the monster that showed up all of a sudden.


"It's really weird no matter how many times I witness it. How come a Moss Ball got that strong?"

It was a Goblin Archer whom Tama-chan completely overwhelmed. It's probably a scout or something, wonder if there's a goblin settlement nearby.
Not sure how many times Kagura-san's eyes turned dot-shaped since she saw Tama-chan. It seems she found Tama-chan's prowess demonstrated before her eyes incredulous. Tama-chan isn't your average Moss Ball, I mean she has Super in her name. I'm a bit worried that she might become a Moss Ball that transforms into a raccoon or a hammer some of these days.

"It's cause she's been fighting alongside me. I think her battle experience cannot be compared to an average Moss Ball. On that note, I'd love to surprise the world at some tournament or something."

"Indeed, that would be quite sensational, kukuku."

Maybe I could release her goods if she became famous. Like Moss Ball yogurt or something.


"Putting that aside for now, let's set up a camp in the cave today. I'd prefer not to stay at Pezun Village's inn due to a circumstance. We'll spend the night and enter the cave first thing in the morning."

"Got it. We should hurry and get some rest then."



Our destination is a rocky cave near the village. The inside is quite chilly. However, we completely ignored the village. Did she have a bad memory of the place?
We'll be camping near the entrance of the cave. The area around the part is relatively safe with no particularly dangerous beasts around. But as a precaution for goblins that might have settled down here, I've set up some handmade clappers in the vicinity.

I tried to touch the subject while we were enjoying consommé soup and sake for dinner.

"Kagura-san."

"Nu?"

"In the end, what are we here for anyway? You haven't told me about it at all."

"Oh right, now that you mention it, there's a place that produces a certain water inside this cave, you see. My goal is to obtain that water. As for what I'm going to use it for, I'd prefer not to divulge since it's personal. The reason why I need a company is because we have to get on teleportation magic circles along the way. But here's the tricky part. The magic circle will not work unless two people get on two magic circles at the end of a split path."

"That sounds quite troublesome."

"Well, there's no trap inside, so it's still the better kind. Now then, we should rest our body. The entrance is blocked with wood and stuff, so we can react from sounds were anything come by."

"Gotcha."

As sleeping bags don't exist, we're just putting blanket on bare ground. Kagura-san is already fast asleep huh.
Just like Mitama and Futsuno-san, Kagura-san also doesn't mind at all to sleep next to a man. Is she not conscious of me as a man, or does she have a complete trust in me... I'd like to believe that it's the latter.

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There's no end to it if I keep worrying about it. I've been keeping awake just in case, but I should change shift with Tama-chan and get some sleep myself.


It was still dawn when I woke up. Kagura-san is... still asleep huh. Tama-chan is standing by near the entrance... She's not sleeping, is she? Ah, you're awake, sorry sorry. Well then, let's go out and do practice swings. I ended up waking up at the usual time. Usually, I'd make breakfast after the practice swing and go to Master's house. Guess I'll go prepare our breakfast once I'm done. Bacon egg, bread and salad should be good for the menu.
I put the usual water in the container for Tama-chan too. Good work, here's a cup for you.

Sizzle

I fry the bacon and egg on a portable frying-pan especially made by Boss-san. It's a gem whose non-stickiness puts even the stuff you see in midnight TV shopping channel to shame. I have no soy sauce with me so I use salt and pepper to season the sunny-side fried egg. There were apparently times when pepper was as valued as gold and silver but since they can be gotten in dungeons like sugar in this world, you can get them cheap.

It seems like dungeon stuff is indispensable if I really aim to be a town mayor. Either build a town near a dungeon, or conquer a dungeon and build a town at the safe managed dungeon. The former has a chance of suffering horrendous loss due to dungeon rampage. The latter requires me to be capable of conquering a dungeon.
Aim high at the latter. I'll form a party and challenge it someday. Tama-chan is still the only fixed member I have though!


"Nn, ah sorry. It appears that I overslept. My condition isn't too well at this time of the year."

Kagura-san's complexion looks pale. I thought she just had low blood pressure or something when she was like this yesterday, but apparently it's not that.

"Are you okay? I've prepared our breakfast, would you like to have it?"

"My apologies. Please wait a bit. I'll be with you right away."

"Got it, I'll get it ready for you then."

I put the fried bacon and salad on a plate. The bread is honey toast furnished with Applevel Jam. The soup is the leftover consommé soup from yesterday. Ah right, the jam's apples won't be harvest-able for the entire year, I've got to think up a new product.

Kagura-san came when I was done preparing everything. Her complexion has gotten quite a bit better.

"Thanks for waiting, it finally calmed down."

"Then, let's go and have our fill. Please go ahead while it's still warm."

"Hafu hafufu. Being in the same party as Nobusada really is blissful. I mean, you'll be able to eat food like this every time."

"Haahaahaa, then how about forming a party with me, Kagura-san? I only have Tama-chan and no other party members here."

"I would be honored to. ...But I have my own circumstance. I cannot readily join a party."

She looks down while looking sorrowful. I've got things I can't tell other people myself, I'm sure Kagura-san must have some too.

"Well, I'm flying solo myself as you can see, so feel free to call me anytime. I'll rush up to you with Tama-chan."

Poyon, poyon.

Tama-chan is bouncing around, giving her affirmation. Looks like she's also quite fond of Kagura-san.

"Thank you, Nobusada."


I'm being lectured of the cave's interior after we're done eating.

"Nobusada, there are two stage of the teleportation magic circles. There are no monsters until the first magic circle, but I've come across some many times after the teleportation. Make sure to be on your guard."

"Leave it to me. Tama-chan will go with Kagura-san just in case. When push comes to shove, we could roughly communicate telephatically, I think she will be a big help."

"Tamed Monsters can do that huh. There's still so many things unknown to me out there."

Poyon, poyon, Tama-chan bounces and climbs onto Kagura-san's shoulder. But she seems to find it uncomfortable, she's quivering around somewhat. And then, with a poyon, she stopped in Kagura-san's cleavage.
Nu, nununu, how enviable, truly enviable Tama-chan. But you're a girl yourself. So even Moss Ball fall captive to Kagura-san's melons... How terrifying!!

"Mwu, hey Tama-chan, that place is no good."

Fururun, Tama-chan shook. The melons also shook along with the vibration. Such weightiness.
The ball of life in the cleavage, blooming alongside the two... It's in man's nature to reactively stare at them.

"No-Nobusada. Stop looking so wistfully. Now then, let's finish our preparation and head inside."

"I'm sorry, I'll get myself ready."

Not good, I lost to my instinct for a second there. Is this what they call youth. Something is welling up from inside, this is bad in many ways. I should go to that kind of store some times. I haven't gone to one yet because I was worried about disease and stuff. It should be fine now that Discerning Magic Eyes can discern disease though.










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