Part 1 of 4 (translated by Lono)
Look for it .
Find it no matter what .
In this situation, with how we are now, there must be some way we can pull this off .
Of course he hadn’t dared to think it would all go well from the very start . It couldn’t be that simple .
Even so, to think that it would be this bad…
“—ku! Ranta…! Don’t back off…!”
Haruhiro was trying to get a grasp of the situation while parrying the attacks of goblin A with [SWAT] .
Goblin A was wearing a leather helmet and chainmail armor, and was armed with a short sword and a small shield, but it wasn’t like it had an orc’s big body, nor were its blows as heavy . Even fighting it one-on-one wasn’t that hard; the problem was Ranta .
“It’s not like I’m backing off…!”
Ranta yelled “[PROPEL LEAP]… . !” to retreat in a hurry . Goblin B was drawn in and gave chase .
Without a moment’s delay he attacked the approaching goblin with his long sword .
“Eat this! [JUKE STAB]…!”
However, thanks to its good physique, the heavily armed goblin managed to avoid Ranta’s sword by a hair’s breadth . Well, even if he’d landed the attack between the neck and shoulder of the armor, a blow of that caliber wouldn’t have dealt much damage . Goblin B didn’t falter and closed the distance between them . Ranta slashed his long sword at Goblin B’s blade,
And immediately knocked the goblin’s sword down . It was all going fine, but then—
“Kiran! Got you! [HATRED’S CU…]!”
Ranta stepped in aggressively and performed a full body slash, landing a perfect strike on top of Goblin B’s left shoulder . However,it wasn’t enough . It was the armor . The armor was so strong, Ranta’s long sword failed to penetrate, leaving only a dent .
“You’re being too aggressive…!” Haruhiro complained while still parrying Goblin A’s sword .
“Shut it!” Ranta yelled back . He then showered Goblin B with attacks .
“Orya orya orya orya orya… . ! Ura ura ura ura ura ura ura…!”
Though Goblin B was recoiling, Haruhiro could see it was somehow fending off the swings .
That’s why a brute force approach is impossible . Do you understand, Ranta?
Because you aren’t Mogzo .
Haruhiro almost said as much, but he swallowed his words . That was something he shouldn’t say . Because Ranta was doing his best in his own way . He had tried to take on the tank role of the party, and from the beginning of the battle, plunged himself right into the middle of the enemies .
But unlike Mogzo, Ranta was never the type to hold position and continually exchange blows with the opponent .
To begin with, the core of the Dread Knight’s fighting style was to make use of its mobility to lead opponents around by the nose, confusing them . Moving around was inevitable . If he didn’t do that, he wouldn’t be able to use his real strength . Ranta wasn’t like that . He wasn’t a tank . Haruhiro and the others would have to change the very basics of their strategy . But what would their new tactic be…?
Haruhiro tried to [SWAT] the Goblin’s sword, but his hand slipped . The goblin will break through . This is bad—
Mary . Mary rushed in aiming her short staff at Goblin A . The goblin was sent flying despite blocking with his shield .
“Are you preoccupied with something…!?”
While answering yes in his mind, Haruhiro attacked Goblin A . Pretended to attack, to be exact . As soon as Goblin A turned to counter attack, Haruhiro switched to [SWAT] . He somehow managed to connect [SWAT] with [ARREST] and tried to incapacitate Goblin A, but it didn’t look like it would work .
Goblins are a bit too small . I’ve never used [ARREST] against a goblin . What’s up with this? Damnit . I was able to kill an orc, and happily lose my virginity, but I can’t defeat a single goblin facing him fair and square? I’m too weak . But I know . I know well enough that I’m too weak .
“Oom rel eckt nem das… . !”
Shihoru used her magic, [SHADOW BIND]to shoot a shadow elemental at the ground . It attached itself near the right foot of Goblin C, which had locked blades with Yume .
Nice, Shihoru .
Goblin C panicked and planted its left foot, trying to pull its other foot away, but the shadow elemental clung tightly and didn’t let go .
Yume jumped at Goblin C, and showered it with a combo of [SWEEPING SLASH] and [CROSS CUT] . However, Goblin C was wearing chainmail in addition to its hatchet-like weapon, so it didn’t suffer a fatal wound . Even so, its shoulders, arms and torso were hit with the kukri’s full strength, so they should be in quite a lot of pain .
Goblin C began to randomly swing its hatchet . It must have been really desperate, but Yume pulled back .
If Yume took a hit from that with just her leather armor, it would be bad .
She briefly glanced in Haruhiro’s direction, and seemed to understand just from being called .
Yume is coming here .
Parrying Goblin A’s sword with [SWAT] once more, Haruhiro dashed away . Goblin A tried to keep up with him, but Yume took over and stopped it .
Goblin C’s right foot was still affected by [SWADOW BIND] . It noticed Haruhiro coming and tried turning around to face him, but was too slow . Or rather, because it couldn’t freely use its legs, it couldn’t move or turn around . Of course, taking someone like that from behind would be easy .
Haruhiro circled around to Goblin C’s rear and leapt in . He immediately pinned the goblin’s arms behind its back and slit its throat in one go with his dagger . After Haruhiro pulled away, Goblin C’s knees bent and audibly hit the ground . His right foot was still fixed to the ground, so it didn’t collapse completely .
“—Alright! Finally got one… . !”