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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 293


Chapter 293 Strongest Sage, Resurrected

 

"...No time for rehearsals huh."

I activated the finished magic tool while murmuring that.

This magic tool has been carved with a modified version of [Composite Test Body No.1] magic circle Anmorr brothers created, a spell formula to revive my previous life--Gaias the Sage.
The biggest difference in the spell formula is the material used for reviving.

Apparently Anmorr brothers had used bones they dug up from graves for the creation of [Composite Test Body No.1].
However, I don't have the bone of Sage Gaias, the revival target.
I mean, the magic I used to reincarnate myself was a type that disintegrated the entirety of my body including bones, so there's probably nothing left to begin with.

The only element of Sage Gaias that has remained on me is... only my soul.
As such, I constructed a revival formula with Sage Gaias's soul as base material.

Since it's not based on physical object, the body of Gaias itself won't be resurrected.
Only powers and ego would flow into my present body.

It'd be an overload to my currently undeveloped body and magic circuits.
My body will crumble if I merely take in the power. However... I should manage to withstand if it's only for a very short time.

"...Guh... This is pretty painful..."

As the magic tool booted up, Gaias's power began to flow into my body.
Of course it's the kind of power this body can't possibly bear.

Magic circuits in my entire body screamed out, my cells are decaying.
I put all the mana flowing in into healing my crumbling body.
However, I cannot null the pain.

I had gone through countless battles and suffered many life-threatening injuries in my past life.
And even for me, this much pain is a first.
An ordinary man would have long lost their sanity.

However... As my body keeps being healed and destroyed, it's gradually getting used to the new power.
No, the revived power of Gaias that was sleeping within me is reinforcing my body.
And... The crumbling began to stop.

At the same time, the Crest on the back of my hand has turned into an unnatural one--it's like a mix of Disqualified and Glory Crests.
A distorted Crest that can't have been a normal one.

The shape of the crest is oscillating unstably, turning deep then thin then deep over and over again.
Every time the crest got thinner, I felt like power slipped out of my body accompanied by intense pain.
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(...Seven seconds huh. More than enough time.)

Looks like putting together powers from different crests in one body is really forcing it.
At the rate this is going, my soul will completely collapse, and I myself will die and can never even reincarnate again.

Hence I'll end this in six seconds.
I've made the Sage Gaias Revival spell formula to be turn off-able.
I'll settle the situation in six seconds and turn off the spell art afterward.

Six seconds are quite an ample time for the me right now.

(First off... Gotta banish the nuisance.)

I assemble a powerful object acceleration magic in an instant.

The target is the fallen [Broken Star] in front of me.
This [Broken Star] is not something that should exist on this planet right now.

Once accelerated to 60% of this acceleration magic, the [Broken Star] should gain enough velocity to escape this planet's gravitational pull.

"Begone."

I cast the acceleration magic while murmuring.
And then the [Broken Star] vanished into the sky while emitting an intense light.
And now, no need to worry about principle of magic getting destroyed by [Broken Star].

Our main objective is complete now.
But... The monsters here would murder me if I turned back into Mathias as is.

Ruli and Alma could be in danger as well, I've got to dispose of these monsters.
Which means... I need to use a spell art that won't affect humans.

As I was thinking that, I recalled one magic and started constructing that.

It's a wide-area attack magic called [Genesis] in the past era.
A magic that targets only monsters and demons in the designated area and rains down huge mass of mana upon them and only them to destroy their souls.
Since it also ignores terrains on top of not affecting humans, I used this handy magic a lot in the past life to dispose of small fry.

Its area of effect can be freely set, but in this case I use the preset I used a lot in the past--which means, 1 billion targets within 100 kilometer radius.
To prevent Iris from getting hit, I remove dragons from target.

"Man this takes me back."

I pour my mana into the completed magic.
The sensation at this point felt quite nostalgic to me.

My mana feels heavy.
I can't construct magic as well as I desired.

This is not because of the revival.
It's just how the mana of 『Glory Crest』 like.

Now that I'm experiencing 『Glory Crest』 once again, I can only be grateful with 『Disqualified Crest』 I have now.
The present me may posses little mana, but it moves just as I want it to.

...I completed [Genesis] magic while thinking that.
My mana is heavy indeed but not to the point of being unusable.
After all, the past me wielded mana hundreds times heavier than this.





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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 17-21

17-21. Imaginary Fears

 

Satou here. There's this word imaginary fears, but it's not so imaginary when it comes to fictional worlds. I mean, space stations or colonies in SF worlds, or castles or islands in the sky in fantasy worlds falling down are not that rare after all.







"Aze-san!"

Once I heard that Aze-san needed help from Blue Territory's trees, I teleported to Boruenan Forest with Unit Arrangement.

Aze-san who was usually in the tree house is nowhere to be seen.
She's not displayed on the Radar either.

Looking at Map, it seems she's at the base of World Tree.

I moved there with Unit Arrangement once again.

"Aze-san--"

The scene of Aze-san laying on the ground with her head getting trampled down by a yellow haired man came into my view.

"--What are you doing!"

I had moved in with Flash Drive before I could finish talking, and kicked the man away without holding back.
The moment the sound of air getting split reached my ears, the man had already gone beyond sea of trees after drawing an arc in the sky.

"Are you alright, Aze-san."
"Satou"

I lifted the teary-eyed Aze-san and frantically hugged her.

Fortunately, she doesn't seem to be hurt anywhere.

"Sa-Satou-san--what have you done..."

Miko Lua-san who was nearby ran up to me and asked that with a pale face.

"Have I done anything wrong?"

I don't think there's any need to hold back against someone who trampled down my beloved.

"T-that man is--"
『You mongrel! Know your place!』

Before Miko Lua-san could finish her speech, the yellow haired man earlier came back while looking furious.

The yellow-haired man who's approaching us at Ground Shrink-like speed swings down a great sword that emits yellow lights toward me.
He fully intends to cut both me and Aze-san in two.

The yellow-haired man's AR readings show UNKNOWN.

I produced a split-body with ninjutsu to guard Aze-san, and kicked away the man who was swinging his great sword at great speed, this time at full power without holding back.
The yellow-haired man who exceeded the speed of sound in an instant disappeared beyond the horizon like it were a gag manga.

According to Map info, the dot that indicates the yellow-haired man hasn't disappeared.
Mere physical attacks probably don't work on him.

"--Nothing less to expect from a god. Quite sturdy this guy."
"Sa-Satou-san, were you aware who you were up against?"
"No, I only noticed right before the second kick."

I answered the shaken Miko Lua-san.

Judging from the color of his hair and great sword, it's probably god Zaikuon.
Coming immediately right after the demon god raised the flag, what a needlessly industrious guy.

"Before the second kick--you mean you knew when you kicked him the second time?"
"The sole of my shoes is fitting for someone who was going to harm Aze-san."

I do think that I'm being reckless here, but I mean, I've kicked him once already anyway, no point in holding back with the second one.

"By any chance, are you angry?"

I only realized after Miko Lua-san pointed it out.
I'm angry enough to lose my composure.

Seems like I couldn't control my emotion well since I usually rarely ever got angry.

Oops, more importantly--.

"So what's his excuse to rough up Aze-san like that?"

I ask Aze-san who's being carried in my split-body's arms.
Kinda envious of my split-body right now.

"T-that's--"

In place of the stammering Aze-san, God Zaikuon who made his come back answered instead.

『She should have done as she was told and surrendered her Memory Bank to me.』

Blood is seeping out from various holes on the tattered toga God Zaikuon is wearing. Apparently gods shed red blood as well.

He seemed to have dropped his great sword somewhere, he spread out both his hands open and produced magic circles in the air.
He's going for magic battle this time huh.

『Be trampled down under God's Army.』

Innumerable magic circles manifested behind god Zaikuon--and vanished.

『W-what?!』

Looks like the forbidden spell [Divine Destruction] I chantlessly cast worked on it.
This forbidden spell was the one Hikaru used to destroy the magic circle that covered the capital during the [Demon God Offshots] incident, and despite having learned it early after I got Chant skill, I never had the opportunity to use it until now.

『It appears that the God's Army is currently on their off days.』

Since the other party is a god for once, I'll at least use polite speech.

『Damn you, you dare mock a god I am!』

God Zaikuon picked up a branch on the ground below him and proceeded to remake it into a yellow sword.
It's probably Primeval Magic.

...Too slow.

I mimicked him and turned a branch I picked into a sword.
I did and all, but this sword is not really that strong.

『H-how could you use God Works!』

Maybe the fact that I used Primeval Magic shocked him, the sword God Zaikuon was making disappeared into nothingness.
Well I mean, with Primeval Magic, you'd fail at it the moment you lost concentration.

『I had the privilege to study under Ancient Dragon-dono.』
『Those damn detestable dragons...』

Gununu expression fits God Zaikuon really well.

『Don't think this is over yet!』

God Zaikuon's body disappeared into yellow particles as he said that.
Since the marker I secretly put on him has disappeared as well, he must have gone back to God's Realm after leaving that parting threat.

"Satou, I'm sorry. Because of me you're..."
"Oh there's absolutely nothing to apologize about."

I smile at Aze-san who was about to cry.
I erase my split-body and carry Aze-san in my arms.

There might have been better ways to go about it, but there's no point crying over spilt milk.
Let's postpone introspections and stuff for later and just be happy that I've managed to protect my most precious.

"So God Zaikuon apparently was asking for Memory Bank or something, but what was he going to use it for though?"
"He was demanding about the full details of the events when World Trees got cleansed of 『Evil Jelly』..."

Evil Jelly--those jellyfish huh.

Come to think of it, those gods were saying that they're maintaining a barrier that protects the entire world from outside invaders.

"You mean the matter with jellyfish? He didn't say anything about the spear squid--the white-ball and the grey space creatures?"

They were the bunches I exterminated by a request from Birowanan Clan right after I learned Chant skill.

"You must mean the flame in space event. He didn't say anything regarding that, but it seemed that was included in the matters he wanted to know as well."

Miko Lua-san who was present then affirmed.

By doing that, Aze-san did keep my handiworks a secret, but I'd hate it if it meant she would get hurt because of me.

"I don't really mind, so please just tell them the next time they ask."

Aze-san averted her face when she heard me.

--Well now?

"B-but. It's so embarrassing..."
"Is it?"

The blushing abashed Aze-san is the cutest ever.
I'm even hit by the urge to take her home right here and now.

"Isn't she just against the idea of having you two lovey dovey scenes be seen by someone else?"

Miko Lua-san sighed as she said that.

Did we really flirt that much?

"Then I guess we just have to refuse and refer them to Birowanan Clan who knows better about--"

I noticed something after saying that and asked.

"--Why did he go to Boruenan?"

The matter with Jellyfish are universal amongst all clans, and Birowanan Clan should have more details about the matter with spear squids.

"I think that's because Boruenan is the clan with Aze-sama as the sole high-elf."
"...Is it because the high elves would raise an objection if he went to other clans?"

God Zaikuon kinda seems like a small time villain somehow.

"No I do not believe that is the reason. Since to gods, high elves-sama exist solely to carry out their commands."

Well if that isn't haughty.

"I had a chance to an audience with Slispuze-sama before, according to her, withdrawing information from Memory Banks bears heavy load to even Gods. As such, he probably chose Boruenan because he could finish it by checking only one high elf."

This is the first I heard Slispuze name, but judging from her wordings she's probably one of the seven high elves sleeping in Boruenan Forest's World Tree.

--No, rather than that.

If what Miko Lua-san said is right, God Zaikuon is surely coming back to Boruenan Forest.

"Then, I'll stay at Boruenan Forest for a while."

After I said that, I asked Aze-san, "Do you mind?" just in case.

"Un, of course not. Thank you, Satou."
"No worries, it's just an excuse to stay close to Aze-san."

I stare at Aze-san's eyes after saying that.

"Umm, how long do you plan to hold Aze-sama in your arms?"

Miko Lua-san who looked like she was about to vomit sugar said something superfluous.

"A, awawawawa--this is, you're wrong! It's not like I forgot cause it felt so comfortable, umm, err--"

Since Aze-san's eyes and hands started to bashfully go round and round, I had no choice to let her down.

Right at that point, Crisis Perception skill alerted me a faint signal of danger.

--Above?

Yellow lights twinkled in the sky as I looked above.
Looks like the second round against God Zaikuon would come quicker than expected.


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『Fuhahahaha! Let me to teach you what it means to have an abundance of divinity!』

A golden ship wrapped in yellow aura is floating in the sky. Not a sailing ship, its shape more resembles a space ship like that of Boruenan's Light Ship.
Magic circles with fractal patterns, similar to ones I saw in God's Realms, are appearing and disappearing on the golden ship's main body.

A voice that sounded like God Zaikuon's came out of the ship.

While I was watching, magic circles manifested in the sky, and several boats shaped like toy bamboo leaf boats came out of those.
Those boats look small next to the golden ship, but they're actually as big as World Tree's Light Ships. The golden ship itself is a huge ship whose size rivaling a small island.

『Yield your head lest the army of gods burn you down along with World Tree.』

The quick-tempered guy went ahead and declared war.

I guess we're fortunate the Divine Punishment that befell Weasel Empire wasn't one that indiscriminately turned everyone into salt.
Since I want to avoid turning Boruenan Forest into a battlefield myself, this is convenient for me.

『Milord-sama, you would get scolded by Head-sama and Kindness-sama if a World Tree got burned down.』
『Hmph, even a foolish human must know the meaning of sacrificing a World Tree.』

They seemed to forget turning off speaker out switch or something, a conversation between a shrill voice who seemed to be a nymph and God Zaikuon could be heard.
Sorry but there's only a few people in the whole world who knows that World Trees suck up mana from outer space and circulate it into the world via Earth Veins.

"I'm heading off for a bit."

I walked into the air with Sky Drive, and got into a self-made Dimensional Ship I took out of Storage.
I went out of my way to bring out the ship like this to attract God Zaikuon's attention.

I waved at Aze-san who looked worried as I closed the boarding hatch, and moved my self-made ship right before God Zaikuon's golden ship with Unit Arrangement.

『Taste god's judgment.』

Whoops, no room for argument it seems.

A yellow beam pierced the spot where my ship was.

I don't intend to forgive God Zaikuon for what he did to Aze-san, but I was thinking of at least apologizing for kicking him all of of a sudden, but it appears his mind is fully preoccupied in punishing me.

『We won't let you run.』
『Die.』

Leaf boats boarded by nymphs were already waiting for me at the spot my Dimensional Ship teleported to.
Apparently these leaf boats could see my ship even when it's cruising the dimension.

Tentacles split out of the leaf boats, the tips of those tentacles spread open like flowers and shot out beams.
Their forms are similar to stuff I saw in older robot anime.

Since I can't let them damage the ground, I dodge while leading their attacks upward.
I'm also luring these God Zaikuon's troupe to the sea south of Boruenan Forest.

It's not as easy as it sounds though.

"Foresight huh--"

The nymphs' leaf boats that were giving chase like hounds went round and cut in my path as if they knew where I was going.
Their flower beams posses offensive power unbefitting of their fantasy-like appearance, gradually wearing down my Dimensional Ship's barrier walls.

Crisis Perception blared really hard.

『Perish, mongrel!』

Looks like I've been led by the nose by these leaf boats.
The tip of golden ship split into four parts, then a super thick beam was shot out of the center.

--Geh.

The super thick beam diffused.

I moved above with Unit Arrangement.
Had a hunch that my Dimensional Ship probably could not dodge that.

One of the countless rays of light that diffused from the beam landed on the sea, creating steam explosion and raising an island-sized water column.
Another ray sent several uninhabited islands to their watery graves.

Since it looked like it would cause a tsunami, I used an advanced level water spell [Erase Tidal Wave] I created after the Divine Punishment.

Still, that's some power befitting of a God's Ark.

However--.

I recalled my fight against the Mysterious Creatures in space.

These golden ship and leaf boat would be more than a match against the jellyfish and spear squids.
Against the black octopus, it's probably impossible but I'm sure they can go up against it if all seven gods combine their strength.

--Which means, there are even more dangerous things than the black octopus in space?

『You little!』

Spheres of light changed their trajectory as they headed toward my ship.

Since these spheres kept persistently going after me no matter how many times I dodge them, I made a decoy packed with dense mass and mana to erase those light spheres. Since normal decoys will stop working after the first time.
It's becoming bothersome to keep dodging, but it also looks like they'll go down fast if I counterattack, which is also bothersome.

--Right.

With the support of Trap Usage skill, I adjust my position to match with the leaf boats' assaults.

『Nuoooooo! Nymphs, where are you aiming!』
『KYAAAAAAAA』
『NYUOOOOOOO』

I tried going for friendly fires, but I got too much into it and ended up sinking two leaf boats, while the golden ship whose main gun suffered a direct hit began descending raising black smoke all the while.
That's what happens when I don't even attack nor block and dedicate everything into dodging.

Additionally, two lights who seemed to be nymphs got out of the two sinking leaf boats and were rescued by the other leaf boats.

A Greek temple-like structure on top of the golden ship that had landed on water detached.

I could see a human clad in yellow lights inside the temple which consisted of only pillars.
Unlike the man in toga earlier, the light was too intense I could only make out his silhouette,

『A mere mortal dared to shoot down God's Ark...』

No uh, that was your friend doing the fire though.

『Know that mortal sin sees no forgiveness!』

Shouldn't he be more angrier at the fact that I kicked him though?

My view blackened out while my mind was quipping him.
Looking over the cockpit's canopy above me, I saw the sun darkening at quick pace.

--It's a solar eclipse.

An artificial solar eclipse at that, caused by God Zaikuon.

『I'll show you the forbidden power deprived from demon god!』

God Zaikuon shouted as he raised his arms heavenward.

Looks like he's not done with futile struggle yet.




※ Next Time is planned for 6/30




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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 292


Chapter 292 Strongest Sage, Composes Magic

 

"Alright, here goes!"

After saying that, I push my way toward [Broken Star].
Iris kept cutting apart the swarm of monsters to maintain the gap I'm taking to get to [Broken Star].

Of course, I'm also getting attacked by many ancient monsters myself, but none touched me as I dodged and blocked them all with barriers.
Even though it may look like I've dealt with every attack, it's actually impossible with this many assaults.

"Don't worry about me getting hit by your attacks, just keep at it!"

I'd have preferred to go about this more carefully, but we just don't have time.

Gotta deal with these innumerable attacks either way anyway.
The difference between having Iris's claws directed toward me is like having 101 attacks coming my way instead of just 100.

"I gotcha!"

Iris swings her claws with me included in the range.
The monster swarm rapidly collapsed, creating gaps here and there.

I slip into the ones that seem like they'll get me closer to [Broken Star].
And when I find no gap to slip through--. I unleash a large-scale attack magic to blow the monsters away.

"Blow away!"

"GAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

The monsters who got hit by my magic retreated while roaring angrily.

Ancient monsters posses big and heavy bodies.
But they could be moved to a degree if you shot them with magic that specialize in blowing things away.

Normally, this gap would have been buried instantly.
But thanks to Ruli's movement jamming, I managed to slip into it nicely.

I passed through the gap and made my way toward the [Broken Star].
As such, I got closer to [Broken Star] little by little.

"Ah... Sorry I hit you!"
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Iris whose claw sweep hit me by mistake spoke apologetically.
I reply back to Iris.

"It's okay. Don't worry and just keep doing that!"

I keep heading toward [Broken Star] while making use of even Iris's claw.
Progressing through a danger zone choke full of monsters with no space to even wriggle about.

Then--I arrived at [Broken Star].

Right at the same time, a sound like something broke resounded in the surroundings.
Ruli's Dragon Vein control had reached its limit and broken apart.

"I failed! I'll set it right back up--"

"No, that's enough. I've made it."

I directed the magic Ruli used toward [Broken Star] and collected [Broken Star Flake].

Then I constructed another magic and put the flake into it, finishing up a magic tool.
Since the magic tool is made with my crest, it won't last long--nevertheless it's long enough to ensure my victory.

I've won this match the moment this magic tool is completed.

"...Anmorr brothers, your research has come in handy."

Their research doesn't have much use in itself, but it became a hint in the creation of a new magic.

That [Composite Test Body Number 1] had its ego broken because it was a forceful combination of resurrected people with different personalities.
And the [Reinforced Test Body Number 1] self destructed because one man was forcefully fed with revival power beyond its body's capacity.

Excessive power is too much load for a non-composite body.
However, mixing different personalities would collapse its ego, losing their ability to wield the power.

In other words, if you make a composite of two persons with the same ego, it's possible to fuse the power while retaining one's ego.

Normally, nothing exists that could satisfy such conditions.
Different person bears different ego.
No matter how similar twins are, they have differing egos so long as they're their own person.

However--in reality, there are actually beings who meet those conditions in this world.

One is the present me, Mathias Hildesheimr.
And the other is the past me--Gaias the Sage.




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Okami wa Nemuranai 9.6_7_8_9

6



Nothing happened in the campsite during that night.

The next morning, Vandam asked Lecan with an intrigued look on his face.

"That overcoat. It's awfully clean. I thought it'd been bathed in blood spurts from when you cut down those apes."

"These bloodstains are inconspicuous y'see."

They arrived at a town early in the morning. There must be a reason for them to camp out the night when they were this close. The head clerk of an inn whom Chaney Company regularly used was desperately asking them to take a rest, but there was nothing of note besides that.

They approached another mountain path after leaving the town.

As they were about to go down a ridge after reaching a rise, Lecan suddenly jumped on top of the wagon. Ghett the coachman was surprised at this.

"Le-Lecan-san. What's the matter?"

Vandam turned around while still on his horse when he heard that.

"Lecan?"

However, Lecan kept staring at the forest below without replying.

Then he suddenly raised his hand and cast a spell.

"<Flame Spear>!"

"Lecan!?"

"Hyaa. What's going on?"

The flame spear landed several hundreds step ahead, producing a loud blasting sound.

"What was that. Lecan, just what was over there."

"You'll see when we get there."

"That much firepower from this distance. Unbelievable."

By see, Lecan means that the impact point of his magic is close by the path they're taking soon, hence it'll be clear what's in there then. Still, Vandam just can't believe Lecan would fire a magic without any warning all of a sudden.

When they eventually reached the spot, there was a dead man. Moreover, his upper half has been torn with most of his lower half missing, quite an awful way to go out. Judging from his clothes, he seems to have been a mage, there's a cane in his right hand.

Zeki recognized who the dead mage was.

"This guy's <Jiba the Evil Eye>."

"What. This guy huh."

Vandam was aware of the man's name.

"He someone famous or somethin'?"

Since Zeki wasn't going to explain, Vandam did in his place.

"If memories serve me right, he was a user of magic, <Illusion>. Bedazzling his opponents with illusion magic before killing them. Apparently, he even made them kill each other. It's said that there was no way to guard against this magic unless you got a specific dungeon item with you. And also, it seems like women who got targeted by this guy would meet an appallingly terrible fate."

"Uwaa. What an awful man."

"This cane looks to be of quite a value. And this assassin appears to carry a bag with a <Box> function. There may be other valuables inside. I'm sorry, but would you be willing to let me take hold of these cane and bag."

"Yea."

"That's for the best. Please."

Lecan and Vandam agreed, ending the discussion.

"But to think we've been getting raided three days in a row. This is a first."

"Musta cost a lot too. Bufuz, Jiba and magic beast user. Gotta be lots of work to assemble the lot of them."

"Yes. Hence it's probably... No nevermind. Let's press on ahead."



7



In the end, they never stayed at any town or village they passed along the way and camped out all the way through.

The raid ended with the third one.

The group arrived at Vantaroy a day later than scheduled after an eight day journey.

The plan is to stay here one or two night before going back to Vouka.

Since they arrived late at noon, the goods were to be delivered the day after.

Vandam and Zeki are guarding the goods in the same room as Orst. Lecan, Nike, and Eda are staying in adjacent rooms each, keeping watch. Renting this many rooms must have cost them in excess, yet it proved just how much precautions they had to put into this.

The day after, they went around to have three business talks, with five adventurers accompanied them everywhere.

Later that night, Orst met with Nike, Lecan and Eda to consult something.

"Originally the plan was to go back with the same member composition, but the situation has changed. Vandam and Zeki will have to go on horses back to Vouka ahead of us to do some business. Which means you three will be the only escorts for our return trip, or would that be too much?"

"Just leave it to us ssu. Us three will overcome anything that stands in our way!"

"I have no objection either."

Lecan nodded in silence.

The meal that night was grandiose, but lacking boozes.

The day after, Vandam and Zeki left the inn early in the morning.

Afterward, Orst went around two merchant houses with Lecan as his sole guard.

The group set out on their journey back this afternoon.


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8



The group unconsciously were on edge during the return trip since they had received constant raids on the way there. Eda's bottomless cheerfulness cleared the tension that was running high.

"I sure would like for Lecan to lead the way. And with Eda-chan right behind him, that'll cover for support fire. Then I'll walk behind the wagon and watch out for rear attacks."

Since Nike said that, Lecan began walking in front of Eda. When they got to a wide path, Eda came over and walked next to Lecan, talking to him all the while. Lecan couldn't help but admire her ability to chatter endlessly while walking in these bushes.

"Oy, Lecan. You're gonna teach me <Recovery> once we get back, aintcha. No backsie ya hear me."

"Yeah."

At the time, Lecan thought that Eda probably got no aptitude to learn <Recovery> anyway.

They stayed the nights in towns or villages during the entirety of the return trip. Since they got treated with good food in towns, Eda was overjoyed.

"Oh right, Nike. Why wasn't Zeki surprised when I cast <Recovery> without chanting."

"Aah, that, well of course. <Recovery> is the only case where the majority of those who can use it never studied to learn the spell. Except for those who got taken in by the temples."

"How come."

"Cause most <Recovery> manifested by chance. Reciting <Kirim> while frantically praying for their parent or sibling to be cured of wounds or sickness they suffered. The word <Kirim> carries the meaning <Be Cured> y'see. And then those who happen to possess mana and the aptitude end up casting <Recovery>. Afterward, all that's left is to polish their skill at their own way."

"You can construct a spell without learning?"

"<Recovery> is a special case you see. It's not about the perfectness of the spell construction, the key to its activation is how deep one's prayer is."

"Hou?"

"Probably sounds like mumbo jumbo to you since you learned <Recovery> through logic. You'd get it one of these days."



9



They got back to Vouka on the seventh day.

There was a concern about another raid from magic beast user, but it never came in the end.

In a surprising twist, the magic beast user has already been arrested at Vouka Town. Not only him, those who gave orders to the magic beast user and their conspirators have been rounded up as well.

"The key was the raid on the third day. A raid at that spot at that time would have not been possible unless one was privy of our Company's planned route for the wagon."

The day they got back to Vouka, Lecan was invited to a dinner by Chaney. Orst is with them as well.

"Yet, the day of departure depended entirely on whether we could assemble all the escorts. Even I had no idea when that would be until a day before the departure date."

Nike probably proposed the escort quest because she knew about that.

"The first raid is of note in particular. The raid happened in the morning of the second day, but originally the wagon was supposed to pass through that spot in the evening of the first day. Then how come they could set up an ambush at that location for that time. That is because the person who had the intel on us and gave the order to attack was in this town. There is simply no other way to interpret it."

This store's dishes are pretty good. So are the boozes. Lately Lecan doesn't feel stuffy even when he's in a private room, maybe because he's gotten used to it. Tonight is a fun night. It would have been even better if Nike and Eda were here too, the moment that thought crossed his mind, Lecan shook his head. Nike aside, he must be very tired to even think having that noisy woman around fun.

"Then where would the magic beast user, the perpetrator of the first raid be located. Was he tailing the wagon? Oh non, non. Of course that cannot possibly the case."

Oh right, Eda was getting fussy about teaching her <Recovery>. She'd press on him again tomorrow for sure.

"He must have returned here to this town. It's only logical to think that. And that was what written in Orst's letter."

Chaney exaggeratedly waved at Orst who put his glass down and bowed back.

"I immediately hasted my way to the lord's mansion at once and asked for an audience. With information pertaining an individual who might have been the perpetrator of the sudden emergences of powerful magic beasts at the highway two and three years ago on hands."

Chaney seems to be a bit tipsy tonight. He holds his glass on eye's level, and sways it boastfully.

"Truthfully, we had had suspicions on a certain place for some time already. It's a certain store that has connections to Zaikaz Company. The guards raided the place and arrested both the magic beast user and the people who had been giving orders. For some reason, one of Midosco-sama's subordinates was also found among them."

"Is the matter with Midosco not concluded yet."

Chaney who was in good mood had a dejected look on his face.

"That's well, it's taking more time than expected. Recently, the madam's family side has been asking for Midosco-sama's temporary return home until things have calmed down citing that many of his actions have brought misunderstandings as the reason. We cannot let him go back there. He will leave this matter to go vague, and come back like he's never done anything wrong, I'm sure of it."

"Sounds like a pain."

"We will likely get hold of unshakable evidence had we raided his mansion, but lord-sama is unable to make the decision. If only we know of a positive proof, one that will surely be found, with no way to rationalize when found, something anything will do."

Chaney sent a sideward glance at Lecan. Since Lecan isn't drunk yet, he's aware of what Chaney is trying to say.

"What were we talking about again. Ah, right. We confiscated many items that would suffice as evidence, and obtained testimonies from those arrested. There is no way for Vouka's branch manager of Zaikaz Company to weasel his way out of his felony. I plan to use this opportunity to drive merchants who have been acting as Zack's lapdogs out of this town."

Since Chaney urged for a toast, Lecan reluctantly complied. Orst participated as well.

"It probably won't be enough to go after Zack himself though. That's something out of our control. However, Zaikaz Company's Vouka branch will fall into ruin. Zack surely lost not insignificant amount of money from this. And it will be much harder for them to carry out future business through the highways."

Lecan realized the reason why Vandam and Zeki had to quickly go back to Vouka.

The conspirators would have made their next move already had the full group gone back to Vouka from Vantaroy. Before that could happen, or in other words, before the information about that reached those people, they needed to get in touch with Chaney first.

"That means either these conspirators have a base at Vantaroy, or someone capable of making decisions there."

Chaney moved to another subject without answering that.

"Thanks to this endeavor, we Chaney Company have managed to open a new branch at Vantaroy. The person in charge will be Orst here. He's my right hand man. Lecan-san. Do please continue your patronage with Orst as well."

Chaney and Orst bowed together to Lecan.

"Ah, and I need to give you this."

"This is... a Quest Completion Coin?"

"The quest this time is a formal one accepted through Adventurer Association. By handing this over to the Association, your feat will be recorded."

Honestly speaking, Lecan doesn't really care about this Adventurer Association stuff anymore.

But Eda probably has another one in mind.

He gratefully took the coin.





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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 291


Chapter 291 Strongest Sage, Breakthrough

 

The railway tunnel we're in right now is located next to a running Dragon Vein.
She should obtain the power needed to interfere with ancient monsters if she makes use of this Dragon Vein.

"I-I understand! ...I'll go with this one!"

Ruli showed me her magic circle's composition as she said that.

...It's quite a complex composition... Pretty strong for movement jamming indeed.
Maintaining this with the pulsing Dragon Vein will be quite an arduous task... But the Ruli right now can surely maintain it for a short while.
Nice choice.

"Looks good... Can you maintain this?"

"I'll do my best!"

"As for me, I'm gonna buy time by aiming for legs of any monster coming this way!"

...These two should be fine here.
There's probably only going a few monsters coming here thanks to the tunnel.

Alma alone should be more than enough with the help of Ruli's movement jamming magic.
I just need to end my fight quick in the meantime.

"I'm counting on you... Tell me once you're ready with the Dragon Vein."

"I understand!"

Afterward, Ruli augmented several magic stones, and installed them on the Dragon Vein.

She's doing good up to making the magic tool... but as to whether she can maintain it or not, all I can do is bet on Ruli's skill.
When dealing with Dragon Vein, regulating the magic tools once they've been activated is the hardest part.

"I'm done preparing!"

"Got it! Start the magic tool up once I contact you through comm magic...  Iris, we're heading out!"

"Yes!"

The two of us ran in the tunnel.
A monster showed up ahead of us right after we started running...

"SOII!"
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Iris's spear pulverized the monster.

"Alright! Good going!"

Inside the tunnel, only one monster can pass through each time. Iris herself can take care of them.
We came out of the tunnel while I was thinking.

"I'm turning into dragon now!"

Iris cast the magic to transform her back into dragon.

A moment later--A huge Darkness Dragon manifested, shoving many monsters away.
The ancient monsters here are big, but none can compare at all to Iris in her dragon form.

The monsters launched a concentrated attack on the suddenly appearing foreign object--but Iris paid them no heed.
It's all about body size and sturdiness in a free-for-all-fight like this.

『This body really is nice! It's so easy to move around in!』

Iris began rampaging around after saying that.
Then all these ancient monsters got blown apart in a blink of an eye, but...

『...Haven't you forgotten our objective here?』

Our goal is to arrive at [Broken Star], not to defeat monsters produced by it.
After all no matter how many monsters we defeat, [Broken Star] will just keep resurrecting more unless we do something about it.

『Aah! ...Should I shoot out my breath!?』

Iris asked me after recalling our objective.
Indeed, getting closer to Broken Star should be easy if she uses her breath to thin out these monsters, however...

『Please go with physical attacks. We have no idea what would happen if a high ranking dragon's breath clashed with [Supra-natural Art].』

『I got it!』

Iris turned toward [Broken Star].
Seeing that, I give the instruction to Ruli.

『Ruli, the magic please!』

『Yes!』

Iris mowed down the monsters with her claws.
Almost at the same time, Ruli activated movement jamming magic.

Even if our enemies are ancient monsters, the power of Darkness Dragon is just overwhelming.
Monsters who got hit by Iris's claws blew away other monsters near them.
Then a gap opened between these monsters.

This little gap would have been buried in no time flat were I had no support at all, but thanks to Ruli's Dragon Vein control, the gap persisted momentarily.
Maintaining the magic must be difficult with thousands of ancient monsters here--but Ruli seems to be giving her all at it.

However, this situation won't stay for long.
It's a match against time.






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Okami wa Nemuranai 9.4_5

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"I'm sorry but we will be camping out again tonight. We'll enter a town tomorrow morning, please restock our foodstuff then. Ghett-san, please stock extra food for the horse."

Orst said that on the third day's morning. The original plan was to stay in the town tonight, so they're delaying it a bit.

No one knows what kind of information or knowledge that prompted the decision, but since it's an order by their client, none objected.

Afterward, the wagon passed by several travelers, but none was particularly suspicious.

Around noon, something got caught in Lecan's <Life Detection>.

There's no one in the highway ahead of them visibly, but someone is lurking at the hill next to it. Being invisible to bare eyes must mean that they're hiding behind the hill.

"Vandam. Someone is hiding behind the left hill ahead. One person."

Lecan didn't inform about the fact that the person in question did not posses mana. It's to keep his ability from being known more than necessary.

"Hum. I'd hate to get attacked from far above with our flank exposed."

Vandam pondered a bit while stroking his goatee.

"The distance from the hilltop to the road is about 100 steps. Arrows would easily reach us from above there. Arrows won't work on the wagon, but it'd be a different story if they got Graced weapons."

Eda intervened from behind Lecan.

"Mine magic bow will shoot through that guy's mug once he shows it up the hilltop!"

<Bow of Isya> will surely reach the top of that hill even if it's 100 step far apart. It probably won't hit, but the opponent will surely go back into hiding. It'd buy enough time for Vandam to run up the hill with his horse and defeat the enemy.

"Alright, let's go with that. Everybody! There's a suspicious person at the left hill ahead. Be on your guard as we proceed! We'll commence counterattack if they attack!"

At this point, Vandam made light of their enemy since it only numbers in one person. Thinking that there was nothing to fear with their collective offensive prowess. A judgment he soon regretted.

Eda got on top of the wagon. She sits on her knee while balancing her body on the swaying wagon, sets up her bow and readies a magic arrow. She's in position to shoot anytime.

Lecan probed their enemy's location with <Life Detection>, drawing a straight line between them and the wagon in his head. Just as Lecan came right beside the wagon, or in other words as the wagon passed next to the hill, someone stood up on top of the hill.

Vandam shouted like he was screaming when he saw the enemy,

"Eda!"

Eda shot her arrow. The arrow flew straight toward the assailant on the hilltop and pierced through their chest. Yet, let alone falling down, the assailant didn't even show any sign of pain.

It's a weird man.

He's wearing nothing on his upper half saves for a small belt. His lower half is of trousers with loose cloth. Having an unbelievably obese constitution and lustrous black face and body. Even though he's so far away, it's somehow very obvious that he's got bloodshot eyes.

Vandam made his horse run up the slope. But he's taking the slightly roundabout route from the right as to not obstruct Eda's vision.

The man on the hilltop put his hand inside a bag on his feet, gripped small black things which he tossed above. Then he grabbed the big hammer that was in his left hand with both hands and swung it hard.

By this point, Eda's second arrow had pierced the man's belly, yet it had no effect again.

A huge explosion occurred when the hammer hit the black small round things that then proceeded to fly straight toward the wagon.

Dodging these incoming objects would be a simple matter with Lecan's kinetic vision and reflexes. But it might hit the wagon or Eda if he did.

"Flame Spear <Bandroux>!"

He unleashed the above spell almost unconsciously. With a cast time faster than any <Flame Spear> he ever cast before. Within a time frame not short enough to even blink, he managed to circulate and converge his mana, perfectly constructed the magic, and actualized a high powered offensive spell that clashed with around 20 black bullets right next to the wagon.

BOOM, with a stomach-rumbling sound, the black bullets exploded.

"<Flame Spear>!"

The second shot of his attack magic landed on the enemy at bizarrely quick speed. Far faster than the magic arrows Eda shot. Zeki who was riding the horse in the back and witnessed the whole thing could only see a ray of light connecting the enemy with Lecan's hand in a straight line the instant Lecan raised his hand.

The flame spear opened a huge hole right in the middle of the enemy's chest. He slowly fell down on the spot.

Nike was already standing next to Lecan before anyone realized. With her sword drawn out. Perhaps she was going to shoot down those black bullets.


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"He was an adventurer called <Bufuz of Crushing Hammer>. He originally worked in dungeons, no specialized in dungeon diving, but after losing his partner, he started accepting shady business in exchange for huge sums. I believe several towns have put up his wanted posters."

According to Vandam's explanation, the Graced hammer Bufuz was carrying would cause an explosion if it strikes an object. The recoil from that was what made the iron bullets fly.

Adventurer Association does not accept quests that make adventurers do crimes, but there are underworld organizations that specialize in exactly that. And among adventurers who take on underworld jobs, Bufuz was famous for his destructiveness.

"Sorry. The fault lies on my judgment. I should have launched a preemptive strike or at least stopped the wagon first. I wasted the information Lecan got."

"You did not."

"In any case, you were really a great help. You have my thanks."

"Lecan."

Zeki the mage came from side and talked to Lecan. It's unusual for this taciturn man to initiate a conversation.

"You didn't do preliminary chant with the <Flame Spear>. You might have secretly done it with the first shot, but there was no time for that at all with the second shot. How'd you do that."

Lecan knitted his brow. Zeki didn't say anything when he cast <Recovery> without preliminary chant even though he did it right in front of his eyes. Why would he ask that now of all time, he wondered. However, Vandam deciphered Lecan's expression for a different meaning.

"Zeki. Like hell an adventurer would reveal their cards. Just drop it."

"Muu."

"Can I have a moment please."

It was Orst who spoke up.

"In cases like this, all escort members hold ownership of the loot. Which is the Graced hammer this time. You have to decide whether to take the item itself or exchange it for money."

"Lecan. Do you want to take this hammer for yourself?"

"No, don't need it."

"Is that so. Then let's sell it. Sorry, but it's gotta be split up evenly with everyone."

"Yea."

"Well then, I'm sorry for the trouble but in order to ascertain its power, Lecan-san, could you hit a tree with this hammer please."

Lecan lifted the hammer and headed toward a tree.

It's a curious hammer. It looks like metal yet feels like wood in hands. Even though a battle hammer is supposed to concentrate its impact point, this hammer is flat on both ends like a wooden mallet.

Lecan raised the hammer and swung it toward the tree from the side.

A huge explosion occurred. As the hammer felt like it was about to fly off, Lecan reflexively put more strength into his hands.

Looking at the tree, a section of its thick trunk has been blown away into nothingness. The upper section fell down just like that, producing a loud sound.

"What splendid power. Vandam-san, could you have a go as well."

"Got it."

Vandam involuntarily dropped the hammer when he received it from Lecan.

"What the heck's up with this thing's weight!"

Vandam managed to lift up the hammer he dropped and hit it on a nearby tree.

An explosion occurred, and the hammer flew off Vandam's hands, but the tree broke down nonetheless.

"Thank you very much. I've grasped a rough understanding on its strong and problematic points. It will take time if we put it on auctions. If you wish to sell it right here and now, we can offer you four gold coins, would that be satisfactory?"

Vandam looks at Lecan with eyes full of expectations.

"Vandam. You decide."

"Sorry 'bout this, Lecan. Orst, buy it now."

"Thank you very much for your patronage."

They got four large silver coins each as incidental income. Both Vandam and Zeki looked pleased.





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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 290


Chapter 290 Strongest Sage, Faces off the Swarm

 

"...This should be fast enough."

I lowered the lever for acceleration once the magic freight car had gained enough speed.

"Aah, it's not going as fast as the one we rode here... This is so much nicer..."

Alma looked relieved as she said that.
Looks like the magic freight car we took to get to the research facilities proved to be too much thrill to Alma.

"Yeah. This magic freight car has got to stop before it gets there... We'll find the [Broken Star] at the terminus of this line, but the track is probably not intact. I'll stop right before the spot where ancient monsters prowl around, then I'll head off along with Iris from there on."

Afterward, I check the mana situation with [Passive Detection].
I'd put the brakes if I sense a monster ahead of the track.

"So me and Alma are to wait on the magic freight car?"

"Ruli, please support us from afar with Augment magic... Since there's a Dragon Vein near where [Broken Star] is, you'll have to meddle through Dragon Vein."

"Dragon Vein... Like how I did at Dungeon City?"

Ruli played a support role through Dragon Vein when I was fighting a demon in Dungeon City.
That should serve as a good practice.

"Yeah. Hinder the monsters' movement with your magic through Dragon Vein as medium... It'd be much harder than that time, but I'll end this one quick. Bear with it until you can't anymore... Alma, protect Ruli. Ancient monsters may be strong, but I'll make it so those you can't beat won't pass through."

"Gotcha!"

Alma also nodded readily.
Looks like these two have gotten much more courageous than ever, guess fighting all those demons were not for nothing.
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After a little while--A sign of monster showed up in my [Passive Detection].
I immediately tell the three.

"I'm stopping the freight car! Hold on to something!"

I fully lowered the acceleration down, and put up multiple layers of barrier in front of the magic freight car.
The freight car crushed the barriers with a loud sound and decelerated.

"GYAA!"

"I-it's shaking so much!"

The girls tightly held onto the interior enduring the impact as the magic freight car hit the barriers.
And it managed to stop before it reached the monster.

"...That huh."

There's an abnormally gigantic mana reaction three kilometer away from where we are now.

It's emitting mana even though [Supra-natural Art] is not magic.
However, its mana pattern is extremely bizarre, like it's not of this world.
I've never seen something like this before even counting my past life.

"W-what an incredible mana reaction..."

"I've never seen this mana reaction before, you could tell even from here..."

"This mana feels yucky somehow!"

The girls sounded surprised to see the mana reaction.
Heck, even Iris who usually never noticed mana reaction could sense [Broken Star] power.
Normally, you won't even notice its existence at this distance.

This is the power of [Supra-natural Art]
It's on a whole other dimension than the powers that exist on our planet.

A power this great exists in this universe.
...And I need to eventually catch up to these bunch.
The thought alone sounds fun.

"This mana reaction is [Broken Star]. I'll be going now to reach that."

"T-three kilometers inside this..."

Alma murmured so to hear me.

That much distance is nothing if you only need to walk.
However, swarms of monsters are crowding the area around [Broken Star] with nary a gap.
The tunnel that connects to [Broken Star] has been destroyed, the spot slightly ahead of us is gouged out.

All other outbreaks we have seen so far look like normal forests compared to this [Broken Star] surroundings.
It's easy to imagine why Anmorr brothers gave up trying to fetch [Broken Star Flake] after seeing this spectacle.

Even if I ride on Iris dragon form's back and fly in the air, the problem persists.

Though there's not a lot of monsters capable of flights in the current era, that's not the case with ancient monsters.
Even the ground monsters have many ways to shoot at airborne objects.

Rather, the sky above [Broken Star] is the worst danger zone in the whole world right now.
Pushing our way on ground is still a better choice here.

"No choice but to break through the front line... Ruli, interfere with the Dragon Vein and spread as many dense movement jamming as you can. Keep at it for just three minutes."






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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 17-20

17-20. Demon God

 

Satou here. Though it's not limited to Tokusatsu genre, I think face offs with Four Guardians, generals and the likes before the main villain and the fierce battle that follows are just obligatory.







『This is yummy.』

The pink-haired little girl bit into the strawberry shortcake with beaming eyes.

"Yies~?"
"This Mont Blanc here is delish too nodesu."

"Young organism, I recommend the pudding over here as well so I inform."

Tama, Pochi, and Nana are entertaining the little girl with sweets.
Since the little girl is speaking in Age of Gods language, I'm supporting their conversation with force magic, [Translate: Age of Gods Language].

We're in a newly created sub-space on top of the great desert.
I took her here instead of Solitary Island Palace because it'd be bad if the little girl's guardian, Demon God, were to raid the place.

The sweets are lubricant to make the little girl more prone to spill things out.

Besides sweets towers on top of many tables, this area is filled with Arisa-directed [Houses of Sweets], sweet aroma lingers in the air.

"And here comes Chocolate Fondue~"
"Wa~i, choco~?"
"Gureato nanodesu!"

When a maid robot--I mean a cooking-support living doll modeled after Lulu brought a magic tool that regulates the right temperature for chocolate with her, Tama and Pochi jumped out in joy.

Only me, and the aforementioned people above are here.
All other members are standing by in Solitary Island Palace for safety.

『Choco? It kinda looks like mud though...』
"Young organism, chocolate is justice so I tell."

Nana lectured the hesitant little girl how to chocolate fondue.

『It's so tasty!』
"Offu~ course~?"

The little girl who timidly bit chocolate-laden biscuit beamed, Tama who was sitting next to her nodded as-a-matter-of-factly.

"Dipping with fruits here is yummy too nodesuyo."

'Chocolate banana is the strongest nanodesu', Pochi added.

--I think it's about time?

I talk to the little girl right as she's getting relaxed.

『Was it good?』
『Un!』

The little girl with sticky chocolate all over her mouth replied back.
The closer I see her, the more similar she looks to the picture of little girl at Rumooku Kingdom's Shadow Castle and the body that was inside the Cultivation Tube I found there.
Unfortunately, appraisal and AR readings of her only show UNKNOWN, and nothing more.

『Don't you get sweets at your place?』
『Nnn. We do get some, but only after meal and during afternoon snack time.』

The little girl answered while holding a spoonful of ice cream.

『Who's making the sweets for you?』
『Mother!』

An image of a sexy pink-haired beauty came up in my mind.

"What kind of person (human)~?"
『She's not a human! She's a demon with a ruby-like horn on her!』

The image on my mind transfigured at once.

Tama and Pochi were surprised when they heard the word demon, but since it would have complicated things, I swiftly went around, blocked their mouths and made a hand signal telling them to keep silent.

『Is mother-san the wife of your master?』
『Nope, she's Lord-sama's servant. She's like the strongest demon ever, that's what she said!』

The girl is talkative.

I pretend to be impressed, 『Hee, that's amazing』, and poured more sugared blue tea for her.

『Were you instructed by your lord to do the things you did in the towers?』
『Un--wrong! Forget I said that! It's a secret!』

The little girl who reflexively nodded to my question denied in panic.

『I see, can't be helped if it's a secret.』
『Yep yep, can't be helped.』

The little girl who kept nodding reached out a parfait with a long spoon as if she was trying to brush it over.

『So what's Demon God-sama trying to do anyway?』
『No clue. It's like something really amazing!』

I guess the vague stuff don't have to be kept a secret?

I purposely replaced [Lord-sama] to [Demon God-sama] in the question just now, and the little girl replied back without hesitation.
As expected, apparently these little girls were acting on behalf of Demon God.

"Nyu!"

Tama's ears stood up.

At the same time, a voice resounded in the sub-space.

『Shall I give you the answer you seek then.』







Purple cracks ran on the sub-space boundaries, then a night-like deep dark purple silhouette showed up.

『Lord-sama!』

The pink-haired little girl said that cheerfully.

"Tama."
"Aye."

Tama took Pochi and Nana into the shadow.
Evacuation complete.

『This would be our first time meeting in this world, wouldn't it, Demon God-sama.』

I talked to demon god who had assumed the form of a literal shadow.
Perhaps his 2-dimension-like solid-less figure comes from something similar to my masquerade mask.

Of course, appraisal results and AR readings show UNKNOWN.

『How carefree of you, unbefitting of a Sinner.』
『Sinner?』
『Hmph, you abducted a familiar of god. Of course you are prepared to receive a fitting punishment, are you not?』
『Please don't say abduction, it's just a misunderstanding.』

...What's this I wonder?

Something is bugging me as I talk to Demon God though I'm not sure what.
Is it because the way he talks is completely different than when I saw him in Realm of Gods, could that be the reason?

『We received reports about someone instigating monsters toward explorers in the towers, hence we launched a capture operation but the moment we realized that we had captured someone from the managerial side, we served as much delicious food as she wanted as an apology.』

I told demon god the excuse I had prepared beforehand with the help of Deception skill.

『Hmph, what a worthless excuse.』

I can't tell his expression behind the shadow, but his aura is like he laughed scornfully.

Demon God raised one hand, then the purple crack behind him split apart, countless little girls jumped out of empty air.
Every single one of these little girls looks exactly the same as the first one.

『Aah! She's eating cake by herself!』
『So nice. Gimme some too!』
『Delish~』

All the little girls were armed with giant scythes and great swords, but the moment they saw cakes, they threw away their weapons and rushed toward the sweets on tables.

『Hey, ah, but that's mine!』
『Eeh, isn't it fine.』
『Right right, monopoly is bad.』
『Aah! All these small houses are made of sweets!』
『Eeh, that's so cool~!』
『Biscuit roofs. And jelly windows!』
『Delish~』

They look like normal children when I see them enjoying sweets fervently like this.

『--And?』

Demon God who was gazing at how the little girls were doing turned his line of sight at me and raised his chin.

『Don't you have something to ask?』

Looks like question time is still in effect.

Now then, from whence should I ask--.


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『What are you trying to do with the towers?』

Might as well go with a straight one.

『An update to the world.』

I'm glad that he's responding, but I still don't get what he means by 'update' here.

『What kind?』
『Exactly what it says.』

Looks like he'll keep being evasive.

I guess I have to ask in more details...

『Is pitting explorers against stronger monsters a part of this update as well?』

I speak while looking at the little girls who are absorbed with eating sweets.

『Exactly. A certain level of tension is required for [Towers of Trials]. Those are no places for mindless fools to indulge in easy experience points.』

His method is a bit too extreme even if that's the goal though.

『You think it's too extreme?』

Since he asked as if he had read my expression, I gave my affirmation.

『Monsters taken by those girls from other floors are bound by [Purple-Blue Chains], which limit their activity range. One can easily run away from them so long one throws everything away. You merely need to keep an eye on the surroundings and be ready to throw away everything before fleeing.』

Which means explorers who are hoarding loots on easy floors for them will end up dead as long as they won't give up their greed huh...

『That dragon broke through that though.』
『I mean, that thing bites, hmph.』
『Those fangs are unfair.』

My Attentive Ears skill picked up some of the little girls' conversation.
Looks like even this [Purple-Blue Chains] Demon God mentioned isn't perfect.

『Then what about the instability of priests' holy magic inside towers?』
『It's a bug.』

--Bug?

『Even gods are not absolutely perfect. You can tell after seeing gods in their realm, can't you? There are flaws in the system that adjusts difficulty of faith in towers. Which in turn manifests into instability of holy magic. I will have it corrected soon, forgive me.』

Demon God said so shamelessly.

I can't read his expressions under the shadow, so I can't tell whether he's just making excuses or it's the truth.
I'll risk incurring his wrath and push a bit further here.

『So it's not like it's making use of tower system to snatch the faith directed to god.』

Demon God smiled profoundly when he heard me.
A red-purplish crescent-shaped smile formed on the purple-blue shadow.

『--That's some amusing thing you uttered.』

A cold voice that gave off an illusion of rapidly lowering temperature in this sub-space.

『Are you saying that I'm mimicking the Thief God whom gods despised?』

Oh right, one of the gods did say something like that.

『No, that's not what I mean.』
『Then pray tell what you mean.』
『After listening to testimonies of priests who had explored towers, I'm making a conjecture that perhaps someone is trying to steal faith in the towers.』

The pressure coming off Demon God got even stronger.
I guess saying [snatching faith away] again was a bad move.

Demon God swung his hand then a slate appeared in front of him.
I can't see it from here, but that slate seems to contain some sort of information, Demon God is operating the slate as if a tablet with one hand.

Looks like he's looking for something.

『Damn you Zaikuon...』

Demon God muttered.

That god caused another trouble again huh.

『I give you my thanks for this bug report.』

After saying that Demon God told the little girls, 『We're going back』.

『Eeh, but we're still eating.』
『Why not have some too Lord-sama?』
『It's good you know?』

The little girls raised an objection.

I could somehow tell an aura of being stumped coming from Demon God.

『Please feel free to take everything with you as a present.』
『Oh really.』

Demon God swung his arm, then shadow stretched out of him to form a web, swallowing sweets houses and sweets on top of tables whole.

『I shall overlook your sin this time as thanks for this hospitality and the report earlier.』

After saying that, Demon God stepped toward the other side of the sub-space along with the little girls.

Guess he's saying that he won't show any mercy the next time we make a move on those little girls.

『O Lesser Goods (Irregular). I will give you one warning.』

--Lesser Goods?

『Gods who have excess faith on their hands shall do wrongs. Take heed of their movement.』
『I'm ever so grateful for your advices.』

I bowed to thank demon god for his advices.
By the time I raised my head, both demon god and the cracks on sub-space had vanished.







After shutting the sub-space which had outlived its usefulness down, I came to the mansion in Blue Territory as a precaution against Demon God's tailing.
A gate Arisa created with space magic opened right in front of me.

"Master, are you safe?"

Arisa crossed the gate along with other girls.

"Yea, of course I am."

I conveyed my conversation with Demon God to the girls.

"Hmm [Update to the World] is it... That's deep."
"Yeah."

In the end, he was gone before I could ask what it meant.

"Then does it mean the one who has been stealing divinity in the towers is God Zaikuon, not Demon God?"
"That's if Demon God wasn't acting."

We can't exclude the possibility that it was all an act to make me exterminate Zaikuon.

"Can't we put that on hold for now? More importantly, we should go inform all tower administrators about how the out-of-floor monsters being [Tower Specs] along with Demon God's advice."

It's very like Hikaru to prioritize life-saving.

"You're right. Can I count on you to contact the king and Echigoya Firm?"
"Yes, just count on me."

After saying that, Hikaru got into the gate that Arisa opened.
Looks like the other side of this gate is capital's mansion.

"It's safe to assume that there's a god who's trying to steal divinity then?"
"Most likely."

We can't conclude whether it's really Zaikuon as Demon God said, or it's Demon God himself.

"Master, was Demon God really that strong?"

I'm not sure how to answer Liza here.

"At the very least, I couldn't fully grasp his real strength I think?"
"Eh really? Since 『Demon God Offshots』 were like that, I imagined he'd be even more fearsome--"
"--That's it!"

I realized what had been bugging me while I was meeting Demon God.

The three black thin stripes that were once summoned in the capital's sky--[Demon God Offshots], the soul-freezing dread I felt from it,
I could feel nothing like that from the Demon God himself I met today.

"What's the matter Master?"

I explained my suspicion to the girls who were surprised at me suddenly raising my voice.

"Which means, the demon god you met earlier wasn't the real body then?"
"Seems likely. Might be something similar to Dragon Blood Avatars Heavenly Dragon and Black Dragon used."

I open the Map to check out Markers.

--Geh.

The marker that should have been on Demon God has disappeared.
Same with the little girls.

I really can't let my guard down against Demon God.

"Still, for him to go as far as to give warning, I really don't get what Demon God is trying to do."
"He must be plotting something evil for sure."

At the princess's remark, Sera said something a Tenion Miko would say.

"Master, is Demon God a bad person, or just, so I ask."
"I can't say for sure at this point."

Regrettably enough.

"Bad people should do what bad people do nodesu."
"Uy uy~?"

Pochi and Tama spoke out in place of my inner thought.

"If he's going to harm people, then we just need to crush him with all our might desuwa."
"That's a bit too violent though."
"Nn, agreed."

Zena-san and Mia denied Lady Karina's aggresive remark.

"Master, I would like to take Pochi and the girls along in my training, would you allow us to?"
"Yeah, of course."

Liza who had been keeping silent spoke.
Liza going on a drill is not unusual, but there's something a bit different about her just now. Looks like our discussion just now had an effect on her.

I sent Liza and the girls away with Unit Arrangement.

"Now then, guess I'll get back to the capital's mansion for now--"

I mean there's no sign of Demon God nor pink-haired little girls, should be fine if I go back for now.

"--Satou."

Mia called me.
The surrounding trees are rustling noisily even though there's no wind.

『--h--lp--』

I could hear someone's voice from the rustling trees.

I strain my ears

『Satou, help. Aze, bad.』

--Aze-san?!

Blue Territory trees repeatedly tells of the crisis that befalls Aze-san.

"Arisa, I'll leave the rest to you."

Feeling impatient from even telling those brief words, I moved to Boruenan Forest with Unit Arrangement.

I'm coming for you, Aze-san!





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Okami wa Nemuranai 9.3

3



"Well now Vandam-dono, you're gonna need some treatment. Orst-dono, this will take a bit."

"Please take your time."

"Eda-chan."

"Aye! You called?"

"There's a river down the slope over there. Could you fill this water bag full with water from there."

"Loud and clear!"

"Vandam-dono, mind sitting and taking your clothes off."

Vandam's body is full of small bruises. Along with some big ones.

Nike completely wet a cloth and and washed his wounds with it. She washed the cloth dirtied by blood and dirt with the water Eda brought.

Once she was about finished cleaning the wounds, she smeared wound salve on the injuries. It's the medicine Lecan helped making.

"Man, this ointment feels nice. It's taking away the pain."

"Really now. Grandma made it, y'see."

"By grandma, you mean, Shira-dono the apothecary?"

"Yep."

"Man, you've got it nice Nike, you can use that person's medicine anytime you want."

"Really. Well then, this should do. Lecan."

Lecan stepped forward and held out his right palm over Vandam.

"Lecan? What are you?"

Without bothering to reply to Vandam, Lecan chanted a spell.

"<Recovery (Kirim)>"

"Eh?"

"What"

Several surprised voices resounded around them.

Vandam's wounds are recovering before their very eyes. Even the scars completely vanished.

"That surprised me. Oh right, you did say he had some tricks up his sleeves. Who would've thought it's a swordsman who can use <Recovery>."

Afterward, they marched on smoothly, and arrived at a village after crossing over a mountain. Originally, this is where they should have stayed last night. The party advanced on without stopping and made a camp near a river.

"The sense of security is truly different when you got lotsa lights."
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Vandam muttered so as they were relaxing after having a meal.

"But really, Nike, your party is really something else. Nike is invincible when she wields her super long magic sword, Lecan can detect crazy far away enemies, is monstrously destructive in close quarter combat and even got <Recovery>, while Eda has her ranged attacks which have so many uses and can even use <Ignition> and <Lamplight>. I think you guys can be Special Rank if you specialize in combat, can't ya?"

"Eh? What's this Special Rank thing?"

"Haha, even <Eda of Thousand Shots> didn't know about that huh. Solo adventurers are limited to gold, silver ranks and such, but there's a different classification for a party called Special Rank. Though I've never seen one in Vouka, you'll find quests limited to Special Rank parties if you go to big cities, and with hefty sum of rewards to go along with 'em."

"Ooh, how'd you become one?"

"By having the association evaluate your achievements. Only parties with good balance and are highly trusted get designated Special Rank. There are several escort-specialized Special Rank parties in Vantaroy, our destination."

"Oh, hefty rewards is it. That's nice, pretty nice. I'm gonna aim for that."

"No well. Even though I'm the one who bring it up, isn't Lecan specialized in dungeons? Even if Special Rank parties do get sweet rewards, it just can't compare to incomes from dungeons at all."

"Eeeeeeeh? Lecan, you, what's up with that. Yer' doin' it rite'? You're gonna aim for Special Rank with me, aren'tcha."

"Nah."

"Now, now, hold on a bit. Lecan. Putting aside the Special Rank stuff, we really are a good party. You can even learn things that aren't easy to teach in the middle of Vouka town when you're outside for a quest. Even though you're currently still studying under grandma, us three can afford to accept quests and do some subjugations during downtimes."

"Lecan is studying? Under Shira-dono? An Apothecary?"

"That's correct."

It was Orst who replied to Vandam.

"Vandam-san. When Shira-sama first arrived at Vouka town and started making medicines, the effectiveness of those medicines gained high reputations in a flash, great many people wished to study under her. However, Shira-sama did not pick even a single person as her apprentice. She even refused when lord-sama himself sent someone to study under her."

"I've heard about that. She was ready to leave the town if the lord kept pushing on her."

"The lord should have reconsidered how he should go about it. He sent a young talented apothecary, but it was someone who had too much pride, the very first thing he did was nitpicking on Shira-sama's recipes."

"My oh my."

"Moreover, the correspondence afterward was pretty terrible as well. The lord dispatched a messenger to apologize for him, but that messenger went on like, <His excellency the lord shall pay the apology money for the sum you wished, he shall also pay a generous sum of tuition fee for a new pupil. Be grateful.>"

"Yeah, they were pretty much picking a fight."

"Well, with episodes like such abound, she had been firmly refusing any and all application for tutelage. Also, this something that has only been known recently, apparently Shira-sama is the mentor of several of the greatest medicinal practitioners this country has."

"What?"

"The news of Shira-sama taking in a pupil has been making rounds also, it's a hot topic to talk about amongst people in position."

"Sorry for interrupting, Orst-dono. But could you tell me one thing. Where did you hear the nonsense that I... Shira-baachan is a mentor of this country's great apothecaries?"

"Monk Scalabel at the royal capital heard about Shira-sama when he got his hands on her medicine, that was when he said <that person is my mentor>. It's well known in this country that Monk Scalabel, Doctor Winegem-sama, and Doctor Rokishimam-sama are apparently fellow students. As such, people interpreted that Shira-sama must be the mentor of the group."

"It's that brat's fault huh... Well, Orst-dono. I don't think that's right. Please think about it, just how old is that Scalabel guy. There's no way he's my grandma's pupil."

"Excuse me but how old is Shira-sama now?"

"Orst-dono. You should never ask a woman about her age."

"I beg your pardon."

"Anyway, that rumor is just a bother, so don't spread it any further will you please. Tell that to Chaney as well."

"Understood. However, even though I believe this rumor is presently only known to merchants and their superlative information network, I don't think there is any way to stop it from gradually spreading."

Nike sullenly fell silent.

When he saw that, Lecan thought to himself, 'Perhaps the day Shira departs from Vouka town isn't too far away'.

"Hey, hey, Lecan. C'mon, let's aim for Special Rank party."

"Read the mood, you."

Still, he's shocked at Eda's abnormal growth rate.

Could such a disastrous bow shooting skill really improve this much in such a short amount of time.

But he felt like he got after thinking it over.

Eda has always had good innate reflexes and agility to begin with.

And she must have an affinity with bow and arrows to pick them as her weapon of choice.

But the price of arrows had been hindering her growth. As she couldn't afford to purchase arrows, she couldn't have her way at practices, and when it was the time for real combat, she could only shoot sparingly in fear of losing arrows.

That was when she got her hands on <Bow of Isya>, enabling her to practice without worrying about arrow price. She's got a stupid amount of mana. She can rain down as many arrows as she wants in actual hunts and escorts.

Once everything fell into place, she saw a rapid growth.

Like a seed that had been desperately trying to sprout on withered earth, the moment it rained, its branches and leaves grew in full bloom.

Now she only needs to learn how to hide her presence and master the ability to detect things before she could earn her role in the party, though she can already take part in the meanwhile.

Right as he thought that far, Lecan noticed, amazed at himself for even thinking that, 'why should I even ponder about all this'.






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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 289


Chapter 289 Strongest Sage, Heads to Site

 

Ancient monsters are incomparably stronger than present ones.
Similar monsters probably exist in the deepest parts of dungeons even now, but those types won't go above ground.

Human civilizations will collapse in a few months time if we leave those monsters alone.
Even though we would probably survive, coexisting with civilizations is imperative if we want to efficiently raise our forces.

We've a great need to remove the threat of [Broken Star].
And I need to get close to it in order to accomplish that.

"G-great outbreak of Disaster class monsters... Mathi-kun, can you win?"

"I can manage somehow if it's 1-on-1, but jumping straight into the middle of a great outbreak is out of question... Though that's exactly what we need to do now."

I'm really not eager to but that's the best option we have.
The more time passes, the more monsters will emerge around [Broken Star], making it harder to deal with.

"Right in the middle!?"

"Got to get close to the [Broken Star] if we want to destroy it... But Ruli and Alma, you two can stay somewhere farther apart. It's impossible for you."

"Ah, Mathi-kun and Iris-san are going then..."

Ruli said in both disappointed and relieved tones.
I asked Iris while listening to her.

"Iris and I will jump right into the center of the swarm...  Iris, you'll have to temporarily transform back into your dragon form, is that fine with you?"

Iris has had her magic circuits ruined due to the meltdowns of ancient civilizations' [Magic Fusion Reactors], turning back into dragon consumes a lot out of her.
I've been keeping her from turning back to dragon for when the time calls for it... And now is exactly [that time].

"...Will about an hour do?"

"That's good enough."

The girls rendezvoused with me as we were discussing.
No need to use comm magic anymore.

"How's your mana and condition looking?"

"All fine!"
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"We only fought a bit in the end after all!"

"I can turn back to dragon anytime!"

The girls replied so.
I'd have liked to let them rest for a day at least before bringing them to a danger zone, but the situation doesn't afford us that.
I'd prefer to settle the problem when we still have time.

"Okay. Then let's go to where the [Broken Star] is right away."

"Go... How?"

"There's a tunnel that goes straight to [Broken Star]."

I walk inside the research facilities.
After walking a bit, Tunnel No. 3 comes into view.

"We'll arrive at [Broken Star] if we get on this."

I point at a magic freight car parked in the tunnel entrance.
[Broken Star]'s location is too far to go on foot.

"This looks... like a very complex machine, can you even operate it?"

Ruli pointed at the driver's seat while getting on board the freight car.
So many meters, buttons etc. are installed there.

Moreover, these buttons and levers aren't labeled.
Anmorr brothers probably thought that it'd be fine so long as they alone could operate these.

"Yeah. I'll just randomly hit some of these stuff."

It could prove challenging if our goal were to ride comfortably, but if it's just for going from point a to b, then all's good as long as it can accelerate and decelerate.
I could hazard a guess by looking at the magic device's structure, next I'll just figure it out as we move.

"Randomly..."

"It'll be fine, just gotta get down to it. I mean, all it needs to do is move forward right."

After making sure that everyone was on board, I pushed a lever that seemed to be for accelerating.
Then, mana flew into the engine--only for an instant before stopping.

There must be some sort of procedure to start this thing up.
As the starting up process of magic tools is what consumes the most mana, there's usually a certain procedure you must follow with a highly efficient magic tool.

But when I try to force mana into the  part where mana was about to flow earlier...

"See, it's moving."

"D-did you just force your mana into the magic tool...?"

"Yeah. There's probably a formal procedure for it, but doing this is way faster... However, I advice against mimicking what I did."

Forcing mana to activate a magic tool is convenient, but one wrong step and it could end up destroying itself or going up in an explosion.
This method is not suited for anyone who is not familiar with inner structures of magic tools nor lacks experience in dealing with out of control magic tools.

I'm sure Ruli can manage something like this once she's learned a bit more about magic tools and started dipping her toes into creations of more complex magic tools.






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Okami wa Nemuranai 9.2

2



They departed in the morning. Taking breakfast while moving.

Lecan spoke out sternly as they approached a small mountain.

"Vandam. It's magic beasts."

"What."

"Around 100 magic beasts are heading our way. The leading units are already 1000 steps away. They're fast."

Vandam looked like he couldn't believe what Lecan just said.

"Vandam-dono. If that's what Lecan said, then that's what it is. Your orders please."

As expected of a veteran, he turned around fast.

"Retreat 50 steps back, get away from the forest! Hurry up!"

After 50 steps back, comes another instruction.

"Orst, stay put inside the wagon with door lock shut. Ghett, manage the horse from acting out. Zeki! Come forward. Once you've fired off a big one, get back behind the wagon and cover us! Nike, to the front row! I'll take care of the rear right, Lecan the rear left! And Eda..."

"Gonna hop on top the wagon."

"Alright."

Zeki immediately went forward on his horse, grabbed the wand that was in his chest pocket in his right hand, and pushed the jewel embedded on its grip against his forehead before starting to chant.

"O Great Wisdom, Ruler of Wind and Fire, I desire for Sun above ground, I offer you my sacrificial blood, destroy those ignorant of the end, grant your blessing unto those who verify the glory of gods..."

Nike's position is baffling. Since her weapon is a short sword, she's more suited for the rear guard than the vanguard. Moreover, she's way too far away.

Right when they were about finished taking up their positions, the enemy came into view. It's Red Apes (Urd) and Spider Monkeys (Lind). They're moving along top of trees. They would have jumped straight from tall trees were there trees around them. But since they've secured some distance away from the forest, these magic beasts would have to get down before they could attack.

Zeki unleashed his magic right as the enemy's vanguards got on the ground.

"<Gaol Flame (Gelvan)>!"

A huge mass of flame shot off. It gradually got bigger, and eventually got about as big as 30 step in diameter before it swooped down on the apes.

Many apes running on the ground fell over. A not insignificant number of the ones on trees fell victim to it either.

Though not a lot of them outright died, around 20 apes got hit by the flame or suffered grievous wounds. Most importantly, it managed to chip off enemy's forces.

However the enemy is great in number. They're rushing in like a surging wave.

Right about then, volleys of arrows rapidly rained down on the beasts at great speed.

It's Eda's.

Her speed is tremendous, but what's even more surprising is her accuracy.

All her arrows managed to hit the magic beasts. Moreover, she's not hitting their limbs nor heads but chests and bellies.

And that's good. Aiming for bellies or chests with 100% accuracy is the right thing to do in this kind of situations.

The magic beasts who have slipped past Eda's volleys of arrows finally get closer to the wagon.

Nike drew her sword. Its blade, that of white light, stretched out.

The sword itself is not elongating. The magical light that wraps the sword is. Its length rivals that of Lecan's height.

First off, three Red Apes leaped toward Nike.

Nike lopped two of the front Apes' heads off, quickly moved to the right and then scythed down the leftover ape's head. She should have been completely out of range, but her magic sword had stretched out twice as long. Three headless magic beasts fell down where Nike was.

Four Spider Monkeys rushed in without giving her any time to catch her breath.

Nike's magic sword expanded even longer as she mowed down all four magic beasts at once with a slash that zoomed past the earth.

The magic beasts fell down with their limbs and heads cut off.
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Nike masterfully wielded her length-shifting sword as she ran all over the battlefield.

She's exterminating the magic beasts at terrifying speed.

Magic beasts that attempted to charge at the wagon from the flanks fell prey to Lecan's and Vandam's swords.

Lecan kills one magic beasts with every swing of <Sword of Rusk> in his hand. Vandam slashes at the magic beasts' legs to deprive them off mobility then delivers the finishing blows as they crawl on the ground.

Zeki who's hiding behind the wagon to look out for any strays gets no turn.

Lecan observed Nike's movements while swinging his one-hit-kill slashes.

Her control of magic sword is the most shocking part. Since the sword's length must come from her mana, she must be adjusting it through the control of mana. Her ability to adjust the length of her sword at such promptness and precision is exactly what makes it so astounding. Ordinary people would only see her as an incredible swordsman. However, it's right at this moment that Lecan is witnessing a show of Nike's prowess as a mage.

After a short while, the wave of enemy stopped. But Lecan, kept glaring at the forest.

Vandam who had breathed a sigh of relief stiffened up when he saw Lecan.

Here it comes.

Large ape magic beasts walked lumberingly. There are three of them. These magic beasts have bright yellow fur and faces, their bulging muscles must be hiding terrifying powers. These might be the third rank of Ape Ogre magic beasts, Yellow Ape Ogres (Paudug).

Without any prompt, Nike, Lecan and Vandam faced off against one of these beasts each.

The three apes stopped all at once as if they had arranged it beforehand, then they began striking their chests hard while howling out. The terror from these would have frozen over and crushed the soul of an ordinary traveler to pieces. Then the magic beasts swiftly charged forward at speed belying their giant frames.

Nike was the first who come into contact in the center. She lopped the beast's head off from outside its range.

Lecan charged forward with <Sword of Rusk> in his hand, but as he was about to launch an attack, a curious sensation assailed him. As he thrust his sword forward in accordance to that sensation, some sort of word was formed in his mind.

<Puncture>

Right, Puncture. Lecan just unleashed exactly that technique.

Then, <Sword of Rusk> easily punctured through the enemy's neck uncannily. Lecan pulled out his sword with extreme swiftness and jumped backward.

The magic beast slowly fell down.

Lecan realized at this point. The skill from Golden Potion back then was <Puncture>.

Stabbing attacks are risky. It's powerful, but it's also highly prone to failure, then you'd find yourself in a tough spot. As such, Lecan never uses stabbing attacks unless he's fighting in a very cramped location.

However, he had a conviction that the technique would definitely pierce through his opponent a moment before he unleashed it just now. He knew just where and how he should adjust his strength right. Enabling him to wield his sword to unleash a stab that far exceeded even the best thrust he did before.

Looking to the side, Vandam has just delivered the final blow to the giant ape. However, it seems he's suffered quite a few wounds himself.

Once everything was over, Orst got off the wagon and shouted out in elation.

"What a truly wonderful fight! I knew that we had truly dependable forces on our side this time, but I never imagined it would be to this degree! Marvelous! Simply marvelous!"

"Heh."

Eda smugly swiped her nose with her right thumb on top of the wagon.

Lecan came closer to the wagon and asked Orst.

"Orst. Did we camp at a spot outside the plan yesterday because you had anticipated this?"

Orst smiled wryly as he replied.

"Well, we knew we would be raided. Some revisions to our plans were in order."

Even if the escorts are a pro at their job, an escort mission would still be a challenge if their client kept handing out foolish orders.

However, it seems safe to deem that there is no need to worry about that in this mission.





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