Tournament – Finals Part 4
It’s the main act . Milim was extremely excited; she was encouraging (threatening) the Lion mask . I heard her say “Do you understand what will happen if you lose?” but whatever could she mean? Perhaps it’s better not to know . And with the signal audible to all, the match began .
They stood in the middle, observing each other . The two devils before us were displaying an overpowering presence . And the fact that they did not release even a hint of their aura made the situation all the more bizarre .
Karion never doubted his position as a being of strength . Until he was defeated by Milim, that is . But as a result of his loss, he learned that a league beyond his own existed . Thus, today he was observing his opponent with a composed gaze of a true warrior, not the prideful gaze of the strong .
This guys is insanely dangerous .
(Wha… the… hell? What’s a devil on par with a demon lord doing here?!)
Normally, Karion wouldn’t care about his opponent’s strength–rushing in with a smile on his face, ready to accept defeat . However, even though he has delegated his royal responsibilities to Milim, he lived as Milim’s shield . “Lose a battle, win the war!” Is not an excuse he could rely on . So, training with these thoughts in mind caused him to increase his powers beyond what he had as a demon lord . After all, he has been used as daily stress relief for Milim during what she called sparring sessions . Of course he’d get stronger from that . Let your guard down and you’ll end up in a different world . Survival required him to strengthen his own body . Thus, he became much more cautious, and stronger . And yet, even the experienced eyes of Karion could not see the depths of his opponent’s strength .
“Hey, Lion Mask! You do understand, right? Your job is to trash that doll (Beretta) in an upcoming match! I will not allow failure here! As my underling, get fired up!”
Yet for some reason, he felt no encouragement from her words . Large drops of sweat fell from Karion’s forehead . What will happen if he loses? There’s no need to guess: a hell of a training will await him . So far, he’s endured easy mode and normal mode training, but has yet to unlock hard mode . And according to the rumors, there’s also the ultimate course “hell mode” which cannot be reached by an average person . If he loses, he will certainly be thrown into it . So even against such a dangerous opponent, there’s no choice but to get fired up .
“Kufufufu . You don’t look too well . However, I cannot hold back . Since I have joined the battle for the sake of my rank, I must be a little serious this time . ”
Tch . Tch . Looks like the opponent isn’t holding back, Karion thought,
“I, too, cannot lose . My bad, but I’ll be going all out from the start!”
He replied . And immediately afterwards,
Editor note: this must be the signal that Rimuru noted previously . So no, this chapter does describe the start of the match twice .
Souka’s command reached their ears . And as if tearing the air around them, a battle cry reverberated through the arena . It was Karion who roared . Covered in white silver bristles, he revealed his magic beast form . He was not aiming for victory while preserving his strength; rather, he sought to win quickly by using all of his strength . Denting the arena floor itself, he released his fighting spirit along with the Byakko-Seiryugeki . A large crack ran through one of the stone slabs on the floor . The depth of the crack testifying to his steps’ power . “I got him!” He thought, and confidently slashed the Byakko-Seiryugeki at Diablo’s neck . He had just covered 10 meters in an instant to land a fatal blow, while wielding the Byakko-Seiryugeki–a legendary item that could cut through any and all barriers . Half-baked defensive barreirs will not be able to withstand its mighty blade . Karion’s confidence came from the fact that no being could evade the coming blow .
It was a sure-kill strike that would bring him decisive victory before his enemy could gauge his strength . So thought Karion .
The spear’s tip split into two, preventing Diablo’s escape .
The fangs of the Byakko and the Jaws of the Seiryuu . These two slashes embodied the true strength of the Byakko-Seiryugeki . One destroys all the barriers of an escpaing foe while the other decapitates them in a single strike . A perfect maneuver . And perfect timing .
Thus proclaiming his confidence, a fearless smile appeared on Karion’s face . And at that moment, Diablo’s figure vanished .
Karion was startled for a moment, but then regained his calm and used magic perception to observe his surrounding .
High ranked devils are those who mastered transfer magic . Pulling it off instantly and without a chant was unexpected, but nothing that can’t be dealt with . In the space-time category of abilities, Transfer consumed the most magical energy . Creating a gate and stabilizing space is the safest, and consumes the least magical energy to move . However, what Diablo did just now–transferring without the use of a gate, even when moving by himself–was ten times as costly . And to teleport without the use of a chant… only a handful of high ranked devils could do that . This isn’t an ability usable by just anyone . And the teleportation ability just now, it’s an advanced ability above spatial transfer . Spatial transfer may look instantaneous to the average person, but in the eyes of a master there’s a slight time lag . However teleportation happens literally in an instant, time lag doesn’t occur . It is the pinnacle of the transfer type abilities . This isn’t an ability that could be used in rapid succession . As a counter measurement against it, one should go on the defensive, and wait for the opponent to exhaust himself .
The opponent would weaken faster than yourself . So there is no need to hurry . In fact, since Diablo did not escape using spatial transfer, that means the could not have avoided it otherwise .
(Tch . Lucky guy . If I didn’t use my sure-kill strike right from the start, he would have wasted magical energy pointlessly……)
Karion thought, carefully maintaining his attack stance . He repeatedly attacked in order to bait his opponent to consume his strength . And, every time he would get away in an instant . He patiently waited for a chance . Diablo continuously transferred around, making a fool out of Karion .
(But, what an awesome amount of magical energy . How long can he keep transferring…)
Though he had teleported only once–at the start, he had not transferred himself a countless number of times . To continuously transfer without chanting, this is impossible even for an Arch Demon . He knew the demon before him was an abnormal existence, however it surpassed his wildest expectations . But Karion did not get impatient . That’s because among monsters, there’s his own shockingly unreasonable master (Mirim) whom he always keeps company . So he stuck to basics and observed, paying attention to his opponent’s reactions . Constantly looking for a chance . Karion’s actions were reasonable, and, in fact, correct . If his opponent wasn’t Diablo, that is…
“Kufufufu . Analysis, complete . I have obtained data about your physical prowess . I’ll proceed to verify . Since it’s a little dangerous, please be careful . ”
Diablo, who had been transferring around until now, suddenly said .
And cold sweat ran down Karion’s back . his instincts screamed “danger!” A myriad fireballs floated around Diablo, radiating monstrous heat, hiding powers Karion could not perceive . Karion was resistant to fire and frost, but there’s a limit to resistance . Karion released his battle spirit in all directions, creating a barrier to prevent the fireballs from hitting . The impact was so strong that Karion almost lost consciousness as the barrier was crushed; however, he had successfully defended against all the fireballs . And although an intense heat followed, the barrier weakened it to levels that Karion’s resistance could endure .
“It’s my turn, eat this! Beast Roar!!”
While arranging his barrier, Karion converted his magical energy into raw destructive force . An attack aiming for the moment when the opponent was exhausted right after deploying an attack, this was Karion’s Strongest sure-kill magic particle cannon . This time for sure, the finishing blow! As if responding to Karion’s thoughs, the dreg magic particles emitted by the golden light burned the surrounding air . At this point, he wasn’t holding back at all . All of his power was behind this attack .
“Kufu, kufufufufu . Wonderful . This shows the brightness of your soul! However, you have used this attack a little too late . What a shame . ”
Diablo’s voice reached Karion’s ears . And, as if the world had stopped, as if time itself refused to continue, the light stopped right in front of its target . That is, right in front of Diablo .
“Impossible!” Karion, thought, and quickly moved to create some distance . And then, he felt as if is mind and body were separated . Even if he tried to turn around, he felt his body fixed in place . He could see himself firing his sure-kill beast roar
“Wh-what is happening?!”
Karion asked, impatiently . And, happily in response, Diablo said,
“Kufufufu . This is my ability, “Paradise Time . ” In this world, the time has stopped and only the two of us are conscious . Originally, I had planned to make you into my pawn, but your will was too strong . I might not be able to tempt you . Be proud of the fact . However, your spirit is weak against intrusion . Evidence that your mentality is poorly trained . So rejoice . You can still grow stronger . My lord, Rimuru-sama and his ally Milim are like sworn siblings, so consider this a service . Learn from this mistake and devote yourself wholeheartedly to improvement!”
Karion could not understand the explanation, but he realized his defeat .
Directing his consciousness into this world, he again looked at Diablo . And once again realized the overwhelming difference between them . The fact that he could materialize this world itself was something he could never understand . Before such overwhelming information, there’s nothing Karion could have done . In this world, he could not even move magic power .
“Damn it! I’ll win next time!”
He yelled sorely with his last bit of strength . And Diablo’s voice responded,
As he had said, the world itself began to collapse, with Karion’s consciousness getting caught up and disintegrated .
Had Diablo not rescued him in the end, he would have perished in the real world as well . And also, the Beast’s Roar destructive power too was caught up in that world’s collapse . So it will probably vanish in the real world . Such is Diablo’s ability . The ability to control the life and death of the opponent based on their mental strength . The ability of his unique skill “Seducer”, is absolute when activated within the world of illusions . And, “Inversion of truth and fallacy”, the ability to interchange reality and illusions . The embodiment of illusions became reality in the material world . Only by training your spirit could you overcome this ability .
The world regained movement, Karion’s Beast Roar was nullified in the illusion world, and no damage was dealt to Diablo . All mental damage was conerted into physical damage, leaving Karion wounded all over .
“I… have lost…”
“Kufufufufu . Wise decision . If this continued, I would have no choice but to kill you . ”
Karion’s defeat marked the end of the 6th round .
“Kufufufu . In the future, don’t forget to train your spirit . ”
“Mind your own business . I would do it even without you telling me to…”
Karion glanced at the VIP room among the audience venue . The figure of his master glaring at him while grinding her teeth came into his line of vision .
(Aaa……as expected, she’s completely enraged……)
Karion wanted to cry, but because he was wearing the lion’s mask it wasn’t noticed . Let alone his mind and spirit, what awaited him would bring him to death’s doorstep many times, no doubt about it . Thinking about that, Karion felt gloomy, and wanted to redo his matches .
Lion Mask–Karion was defeated . No, I felt hat he tried very hard . His last attack was particularly good . If it wasn’t for Wisdom King Raphael’s explanations, I wouldn’t have understood what happened either . Souka was able to convince the audience that Diablo used some trick; she’s particularly apt at swindling people, it seems . However, that was a good fight . To the audience, it seems like Lion Mask was overwhelming for the most part . Those of us who understood, saw Diablo using an extraordinary ability that lacked any common sense . Few, if any, truly understood what he had done . Other than us, of course .
“This is bullshit . That demon, actually defeated Karion and won . It seems there wasn’t much difference in ability but that unique skill isn’t normal . ”
Mirim stated her thoughts with vexation . She was now being thoroughly ridiculed by Ramiris, and was even dropkicked with a “Serves you right!”
“In other words, my Beretta is superior!”
That one line enraged Mirim and as punishment, Ramiris was pitifully trussed up like a bagworm on the floor . That string seemed like materialized energy, Ramiris probably wouldn’t be able to break free . Well, you reap what you sow . It is true that Baretta did better,
but Ramiris went overboard . The person she’s making fun of is too evil . And so, seeking to avoid collateral damage, Veldora and I did not participate . Currently, the most pitiful one is probably Lion-san (Karion) who just did his best . Well, you’ll now be trained, and I hope I see you alive in the future .
Clown’s note: Once again, please thank Smoggy for a chapter so wonderfully done, that I had to do minimal editing!
Smoggy’s Note: Thanks for the complement clown san, this means a lot to me 🙂
p . s . I’m going to be absent for about a month to take care of exams and stuff (lab reports, presentations, that kind of stuff…) . Sorry about that, and please put a lid on the bear cuisine jokes . 😛