128 How to deal with Zombies
”You’re the ones who started this War . Shouldn’t you have been prepared for this outcome?”(Hiiro)
Hiiro looked down on Crouch with cold eyes .
“Kuh… Nyahaha… Can’t help it, nya… . I was the weaker one… Nya . ” (Crouch)
In this situation where you would normally tremble in fear, Crouch was smiling happily . Seeing that, Hiiro felt like sighing again .
“You aren’t planning on saying something like ‘I don’t want to die’, are you?”(Hiiro)
“Nyahaha, I won’t say anyathing(anything) that boring, nya . ” (Crouch)
“Hou, you’ve sure got guts . As expected of a Battle Junkie . ” (Hiiro)
“But, remember this, nya . ” (Crouch)
“I may have lost this time, but if I’m given another, I will certainly win, nya!” (Crouch)
It was shocking how much of a battle maniac Crouch was . As those seemed to be Crouch’s last words, Hiiro slowly raised his sword over his head and swung it down immediately .
“Hiiro, wait!” (???)
It was Eveam’s voice that brought Hiiro’s sword to a halt . Hiiro responded to Eveam, who closed in on them at some point, with a stare .
“What are you doing?” (Hiiro)
“I won’t allow you to kill him . ” (Eveam)
“………and the reason being?” (Hiiro)
“I don’t want to kill!” (Eveam)
“…… It’s evident that he has been killing 『Evila』 . Even so, you aren’t going to avenge them? Do you really believe that the others would agree with this?” (Hiiro)
Hiiro’s piercing gaze struck Eveam; Eveam stared back without giving in to the pressure .
“He has certainly hurt my family before, and it may be the same now . However, I don’t believe killing him will get us anywhere . ” (Eveam)
“Others might not be alright with this . But, I still won’t kill him . At least for now . ” (Eveam)
“For now?” (Hiiro)
“Yes, he is even one of the 《Three warriors》, individuals who have top class abilities among beastmen . If we can use him well-” (Eveam)
“ Negotiating with them… that’s what you’re after?” (Hiiro)
“Yes . ” (Eveam)
“……Well, I’m just the hired hand here . If you say so then so be it . Just remember, after this I have no responsibility even if he starts to rage around, okay?” (Hiiro)
“Thank you . ” (Eveam)
Hiiro shrugged his shoulders in amazement and sheathed his sword . However, at that moment, Crouch’s mocking laughter resounded .
“Nyahaha, nyaive (naive) . You are too nyaive, Demon Lord . My life’s worth is the same as that of a dead beastman from the moment I was caught by the enemy . And it isn’t just me, all soldiers of 【Passion】 are the same . That is how we are taught to attack, nya . Do you get what I’m implying, nya? I have no value as a hostage, nya . ” (Crouch)
In contrast to what he said, not only Eveam but Aquinas also smirked .
“That might be so if it was only your life we were speaking of . However, what if we add the prince’s life into the mix… . well?” (Eveam)
“… What, nya?” (Crouch)
Crouch’s smile instantly stiffened .
“The second prince Lenion has also come to this land, right? I have confirmation . So, as a priority to capture him, we have sent three of our strongest to face him . ” (Eveam)
“Y-you can’t mean!?” (Crouch)
“Even if the second prince has an ample amount of combat experience, I wonder how long he would last facing off with three of the 《Cruel》?” (Eveam)
Crouch’s expression was completely different from a while ago, turning completely pale .
“I won’t let you do that, nya! In that case…!” (Crouch)
Crouch shouted that and his shadow immediately expanded .
“Come out, nya! My strongest servants!” (Crouch)
After that, from the shadow-
Five creatures appeared from the shadow .
“Nyaha…ha… I wanted to summon them… when I had more to spare… Nya…” (Crouch)
Suddenly, the black fur covering Crouch’s body turned pure white, and then he immediately fell to the ground . It seems there is risk involved in summoning monsters .
(The skill probably uses vitality as its power source . Still, he went and did something troublesome again . Moreover, one of those creatures… It’s like that after all . ) (Hiiro)
Among the five monsters, one of them was a massive three headed creature that was releasing an extraordinary aura . Of course, similar to the other monsters, this monster had a rotten body as well, it can be understood that even a simple glare from it will immobilize most people in fear .
Just from looking at the monsters, that were so huge they could crush buildings with just by taking a single step, everyone grew stiff from astonishment .
“I never thought… he would summon this kind of monster…” (Eveam)
Eveam said that with an expression like she couldn’t believe what was happening .
”What do you mean? Is that monster famous?” (Hiiro)
Eveam nodded slightly in response to Hiiro’s question .
“Yes, its name is Cerberus . Even in demon world there is nothing like it . ” (Eveam)
So it’s Cerberus after all, Hiiro thought in his mind . Even in Japan there are many who know about it .
In Greek mythology, it’s the watchdog of the entrance to the realm of the dead . It is pictured with three heads and snake as a tail, sometimes with addition of numerous snakeheads sprouting from its head and body .
《Guard dog of the netherworld, Cerberus》, Hiiro only knew what he had read in books about it . However, its appearance was identical to the one he knew of .
As a monster belonging to the highest rank in 【Edea】, SSS, it’s a feared existence . A legendary class monster; even if you were level 100 or higher, you were still going to get absolutely trashed for challenging it alone .
“How can we deal with Cerberus…” (Eveam)
Eveam saw this as a huge issue just from that monster alone, but it wasn’t just Cerberus, there were four others as well, and all of them were rank SS monsters .
This was a situation where she had to put protection of the country as the highest priority . Eveam sent a hateful glare to Crouch, who had summoned the monsters, but immediately redirected her gaze to her subordinates and said:
“Seize him and throw him in jail!” (Eveam)
The subordinate soldiers responded, restrained Crouch and carried him away . Then, she returned her gaze to the monsters .
“Ku! Aquinas, since it’s come to this, gather up everyone and stop them together . ” (Eveam)
“Is that fine? If we seriously fight against such huge monsters, the area will be devastated . ” (Aquinas)
“Uh… But, even though I agree with what you said, if we leave them be, the damage will only increase!” (Eveam)
This was why Hiiro thought of finishing Crouch before something like this happened; however, there was nothing more for him to do about it anymore . he looked around the city like it was someone else’s problem .
And Hiiro coincidentally remembered something . If he was not mistaken, something that Hiiro deeply desired was near here . .
And that is the 《Fortuna Grand Library》 . Realizing this, Hiiro’s face became stiff .
(Wait a minute, if they start wreaking havoc around here, my precious treasury of knowledge will… . ) (Hiiro)
In Hiiro’s mind, he saw the library being crushed . The books ripped apart and enveloped in flames…… He didn’t want to imagine any further .
It was necessary for him to immediately take matters into his own hands .
“Wait a minute” (Hiiro)
Hiiro joins the conversation of the two .
“W-what is it, Hiiro?” (Eveam)
“This is no time to sit idle . If the 【Fortuna Grand Library】 gets destroyed by the monsters, I cannot overlook this . ” (Hiiro)
When Eveam saw Hiiro complaining, she pointed at Cerberus .
“Eh? Library? Ah, but, just look at that monster! As a zombie it may be slow, but it’s still a creature with enough attack power to blow away a building with a single sweep of its paw! It’ll take time to figure out how we can deal with it!“ (Eveam)
”That won’t be necessary . ” ( Hiiro)
As Hiiro was openly brimming with confidence, Eveam instinctively dropped her jaw .
“I’ll confirm it again, that thing is a zombie, right?” (Hiiro)
“Eh… Yes, it is but… what about it?” (Eveam)
As Eveam tilted her head without understanding why would he confirm that right now, Aquinas interrupted them .
“…Can you do it?” (Aquinas)
“Ah? As this is originally the demon lord’s fault, I was planning to leave this matter here, but the circumstances have changed . ” (Hiiro)
Hiiro had to make a move for the books he had yet to read . To Hiiro’s words, Eveam asked:
“Well, fighting them might have taken a lot longer if they weren’t zombies, but fortunately they are . ” (Hiiro)
Then, Hiiro channeled a tremendous amount of magical energy to both of his index fingers . Eveam’s group, who felt it, instinctively backed off while fixing theirs eyes on Hiiro’s fingers .
What appeared was a light blue luminescent trail; it wavered like a small flame, swaying back and forth . As he moved his fingers, the light followed along the path .
Then, Hiiro felt a sudden incompatibility in his finger movement .
(Nh? As expected, writing this character is going to take a bit longer . ) (Hiiro)
He could not move his finger any faster . What he was about to write would cause rapid changes, and it had a restriction that being it had to be applied directly on the body . The restriction was the same as when he had used 『Sleep』|『眠』 against the Red Boar .
But that wasn’t the only thing, the difference between Hiiro’s and the enemy’s level was also affecting it . If the monster was much weaker, he should have been able to write it more smoothly .
“Oi… You, red hair over there, keep that thing occupied so it won’t move from there . ” (Hiiro)
“…Very well . ” (Aquinas)
Hiiro self-importantly gave orders to Aquinas, but he didn’t get angry at Hiiro and intended to do what Hiiro said . Aquinas was already convinced that Hiiro was acting for their benefit . And, if it was Hiiro, Aquinas believed he would be able to do something about this .
Aquinas took a step forward, and-
“Your Majesty, the town is going to be damaged a bit, but forgive me . ” (Aquinas)
“Ah, okay, do it!” (Eveam)
Aquinas raised one hand towards the sky . With that the atmosphere trembled, even Hiiro’s eyes grew wide at the magic power surging towards the sky .
“Manifest in my origin, 《Third Sword – Binding Huge Sword: Disintegrator》” (Aquinas)
The moment he finished the chant, the clouds scattered, and a sword so huge, a person would be unable to wield it appeared . Moreover, there were five of them in total .
“Their numbers are perfect . Even for me, manifesting five of these swords is the limit . ” (Aquinas)
The gigantic swords pierced the five demons with staggering force . Each making one of their monsters groan; however, since they were were already dead, they did not feel pain . They only groaned from being unable to move .
“Hiiro, is this okay for what you had in mind?” (Aquinas)
Hiiro clicked his tongue upon seeing Aquinas face him, after nonchalantly leaving enormous magics in effect .
(Oi oi, even if I didn’t step in, couldn’t he have dealt with this problem alone?) (Hiiro)
While Hiiro thought that, he gazed at the monsters that were skewered into the ground by the gigantic swords . The ground was gradually being destroyed as the monsters were desperately trying to struggle free . There were also huge cracks from the gigantic swords stabbing into the ground .
(Well, there’s some damage to the town…) (Hiiro)
That was the cause for Aquinas’s hesitation . His magic is powerful; however, such powerful magic causes the surroundings to get afflicted too . It mainly causes destruction .
“If you are about to do something, do it already . They aren’t going to wait for long . ” (Aquinas)
Cracks were beginning to form on the sword that was stuck into Cerberus . And from around the other monsters as well, although not to the extent of Cerberus, came the sounds of the swords reaching their limits .
“H-Hiiro, can you do it?” (Eveam)
As Hiiro was still silent, Eveam asked in worry . Hiiro lightly nodded back to her .
“Yes, that’s enough . I just completed it . ” (Hiiro)
Then Hiiro showed both hands’ fingertips towards them . Eveam and the others who saw this did not understand what he was trying to show them .
『Purification』|『浄化』 and 『Area』|『空間』 .
Those were the words Hiiro wrote . And then he moved into the middle of the five monsters and activated the words .
The area got covered in dazzling light with Hiiro being in the center of it . The amount of luminescence caused even the 『Evila』 to grimace . There were some of them in the midst of it, feeling sick; however, as it wasn’t lethal to them, Hiiro continued .
The light gradually extended into a hemisphere, stopping at a radius of 100 meters . The bodies of the monsters inside it began to change .
Their bodies started to fall apart like a worn out clay wall . Eveam was completely still, watching the spectacle as if she had forgotten how to talk . Even Aquinas showed his surprise by knitting his eyebrows .
In no time the Rank SS monsters became bare bones and lay asunder on the ground . Only the Cerberus remained .
“It would have been nice to fight normally, but there is the request to protect the country . So I had to take the easy way out of this . ” (Hiiro)
As he said that, the Cerberus finally lost two of its heads . The last remaining head groaned painfully while it fell to its knees .
“Becoming zombies sure has backfired . Well, they were out of luck the moment beastmen caught them . ” (Hiiro)
“…See ya, 《Guard Dog of Netherworld》” (Hiiro)
And then, Crouch’s last resort once again fell to pieces thanks to Hiiro’s sudden appearance .
Looking around, almost all soldiers were uninjured, and the damage was minimal . The one who succeeded in that was a single hire .
It was definitely an overwhelming victory .