From this ch onward, it’ll be all edited (09/25/2022)
I’ve a few chs ready, but I’ll post it only after I get it to the point where I can do constant update (12/10/2022)
Translator : Kinokura
Editor : Alany
44-2. In the meantime, No one knows who’s gonna win (Part 2)
————— MC POV —————
The battle between Lacra, and Ecdoic is like a battle between a spear, and a shield. Lacra defends herself with a barrier against Ecdoic, who freely manipulates, and slams his long chains. It’s a chain onslaught that constantly attacks from all directions, but it cannot break through the barrier.
“Sorry butー, why don’t we just stop? I don’t want to kill people you know…”
“I’m the son of a Demon. That’s reason enough to fight you, priest!”
“Even if you say so, aren’t you human? Right?”
As Ecdoic went into a frenzy of rage, his attacks were getting more intense. Perhaps because each of Lacra’s words were poking at Ecdoic’s nerves.
Is she doing this on purpose?
But, as expected, compatibility is important. Ranged attacks that cannot be avoided. The power of each blow easily scrapes the ground. If the opponent is an average person, that person will be minced meat in an instant. If Ecdoic’s opponent is Wolfe, I’m sure she would have already been defeated by now.
“Umm, Shosho-sama! This person doesn’t listen to meー!”
“Well, just give him the fight that he wants…”
“But, up until now, I only ever fight Monsters or Demons, you know!? I can’t control my strength, you know!?”
Ecdoic chains formed a shape in the air.
It was a giant axe that was big enough to even split a house.
“Get crushed, and die!”
“Really, it’s dangerous, you know!”
As the Axe swung down, Lacra broke the barrier, and held her hand towards the axe. The Axe stopped just before it hit.
There was a barrier around the axe.
“For a dangerous weapon like this, you just need to do this!”
As Lacra turned her wrist back, countless lines with equal gaps were formed in the barrier.
And she closed her palm.
Then, the barrier becomes innumerable blocked, sliding on each other’s surface, and falling apart in the air. It was as if she was doing a cut in three magic tricks in a transparent box without giving any explanation about it.
Lacra created a barrier to block the movement of the object, and further divided the barrier, and even the object. The giant axe was made by entwining innumerable chains, and it was cut into innumerable pieces.
The barrier broke, and many broken chains fell on the ground.
Well, if you use it for living things, most of them will die for sure.
If there is a drawback, it’s the timing to set it up. Even though the barrier that you use to protect yourself can be made in an instant, there’s a time lag in activating, and operating the barrier from a long distance. Also, it’s difficult to catch the opponent, if the opponent movements are faster. But, this is not the case, if the other party has a lofty pride, or a huge body. Still, it’s a technique that has a high probability of killing the opponent, if you meet them for the first time. It’s really is a shame that she used it only to neutralize Ecdoic’s weapon.
“Now, just give up already. Your weapon is broken!”
The chains in Ecdoic’s hands started to move, entwining the scattered chains around him. Then, as it touched the broken chains, the broken chains became a liquid form, for just a moment, and returned to the shape of the chains again. Not only that, the number of chains, was obviously increasing.
The total number of chains is now more than enough to fill a house… Are those chains also something out of ordinary like Girista’s magic sword?
“Well, too bad.”
“This chain is my anger, my grudge! An infinite chain that can’t never be crushed! Never!”
A wavy-like attack, attacked Lacra again. But in an instant, she made barriers to protect herself, and concentrated on defense once again.
“Uh, Shosho-sama! Please do something about it! If you can, please replace me!”
“If I get any closer, I’ll die!”
“Then give me a hint! Anything is fine!”
Lacra sees Ecdoic as a person, a human, and she has decided not to kill people. She’s reluctant to even hurt him. Even if she’s about to get murdered.
It’s so priest-like, but does she even have a way to incapacitate him ―― wait, she said that she was trained to battle against demons, so perhaps, all her skills are deadly? If all the magic used by Lacra is first-class, its power is definitely beyond normal. There is a risk of killing Ecdoic no matter which one she uses. That’s why she’s reluctant to attack.
“If you can’t defeat him with your current attack, defeat him with another attack!”
“Don’t rely on others!”
“What should I do then!?”
The chains covered Lacra’s barrier. It scraped the ground, and completely wrapped her in all directions.
“Exhaust your mana, and crush them to death!”
“Woaaah! It’s moving! It looks like a centipede, Hiii!”
…… Okay, let’s leave that alone. If Illias becomes free, first she should help Wolfe, and if she still has strength left, let’s ask her to do something about it.
It’s the same state as the previous time, if you cancel the barrier, you’ll be attacked by an instant death attack. If you use magic right after you cancel your barrier, you may be able to do something else. If you use magic from inside the barrier, you will be in danger, and if you are late in using your magic after canceling the barrier, you will definitely die.
“Ah, it’s not an insect. I’m not scared! Take this!”
The chains were blown off, and the scraps were fluttering around. I could feel a gust of wind.
I guess, she just used Wind Magic, but… she did it without hesitation.
“Even though you said it was impossible at that time…”
“At that time, it was a real insect! If I blow off the insects, the body fluids will come at me, you know!”
“For the reason? Really?”
But now, Lacra can move again.
Once again, the chains were being regenerated.
“You think it’s the end!? Over, over, and over again! I will remind you the depths of my anger!”
“I understand enough! Hmm what should I do… Oh, that’s right.”
Lacra used Magic.
A strange haze can be seen around her feet.
“I don’t want toooo!”
Lacra, who should have low physical strength, jumped far above.
” Aerial magic!? I won’t let you escape!”
The chains immediately extended into the air, and attacked Lacra.
But she jumped many times in the air, avoiding the onslaught of chains.
So niceー, that, what convenient Magic.
Anyway, perhaps she has noticed the advice I gave her, as to why she shouldn’t use barriers.
When I sensed her intentions, Lacra was completely surrounded right above Ecdoic.
“Now, there’s no place for you to escape!”
“There is still a place!”
Lacra once again used Wind Magic to create an escape route in the sky, and Aerial Magic to escape far above. However, the connected chains immediately chased after her, and kept growing longer and longer.
“It’s no use!”
“No, this is enough.”
The moment the chains extending directly below, touched Lacra, it was blocked by the barrier.
Lacra landed on the barrier.
“A barrier again!? Stop protecting yourself, and fight!”
“I don’t want to! And this barrier doesn’t protect me.”
“What ―― “
Ecdoic noticed the current situation.
The barrier that Lacra stretched, didn’t surround Lacra. It surrounded Ecdoic, and also covered the stretched chains.
“Do you intend to lock me in with this!? No matter how strong you are, I’ll keep attacking you, until your mana is exhausted―― “
“Your chains, it has the effect of sucking lots of Mana? The mass is much heavier than usual, isn’t it?”
Horizontal lines appeared one after another in the vertically long barrier.
It utilizes the same technique as the one used before to cut off the chains that turned into an axe earlier.
“No matter how much I cut your chains, you can regenerate it by passing your Mana through your hands. But that also means, the chains that are not in contact with you, are just normal chains, isn’t it?”
The vertically elongated chain was continuously being sliced.
Then, the barriers with the chain inside were canceled.
“Sure it takes a few seconds for you to regenerate the chains, but it’s also easy for me to drop these large number of chains on you in a few seconds!”
It couldn’t be avoided. And a decent defense wouldn’t be possible with shortened chains.
The large number of chains rained down from the sky, swallowing Ecdoic.
“In the end, it was only you who knew the depths of your thoughts … Shosho-sama! I did exactly what you said!”
“For the most part, but isn’t he dead yet?”
“… Se-self-destruction is okay! It’s not entirely my fault!”
Lacra’s showing off?
So, it not that she has a priest-like mindset to not kill humans, it’s just that she doesn’t want to get her hands dirty… Oi, return my feelings!
Ecdoic was buried in chains, he’s probably either fainted or is dead. Suddenly, the chains were shrinking at a fast pace. All that remained were chains of appropriate length, and the figure of Ecdoic who collapsed, and showed no signs of movement
It seems, she has won safely.
How about the others?
I turned my point of view to Illias. At the same time, Girista’s arms blew off.
Apparently, it’s the same there.
I turned my gaze toward Wolfe, but there wasn’t any particular development. However, there was a change in the surroundings. In other words, it would soon be the time for ‘that’.
“Hah, what a bunch of useless people! Trash! There’s no other choice then, I’ll defeat the rest by myself. Playtime is over! You damn beast!”
Black flames encroach Parshuro’s arms.
It seems, an external factor could turn his switch on. Any condition might be acceptable. But when a big change occurs in the surroundings, he’ll change his mood. And this time, his mood has switched, because of the defeat of Ecdoic, and Girista was heavily injured.
What about Wolfe―― yeah, not bad. It seems that she’s getting ready.
Wolfe hair was gradually increasing its luminescence. The Mana inside her body was actively moving, and overflowing from the outside.
With this, she should be able to use “that” technique at a good enough level.
But, we’re still in at fifty-fifty situation.