And thus the sun rose onto the third day . The Dwarf King grabbed me on the way out yesterday, so we were partying until quite late . I had wanted to speak with Masayuki, but of course the king takes priority . Well, I guess I’ll have Shuna pass him a message . And there will probably be an opportunity to talk later anyways . While I was partying with the dwarf king, the empress of Sarion joined (trespassed) which led me to in introduce them to each other . We again exchanged promises of research cooperation, so I can probably expect Tempest to develop many wonderful things in the future . Thus, the important topic was decided with alcohol aplenty . Is that alright? I had my doubts about it, but if you think about it, plenty of negotiations conclude while people are drinking . It’s probably something similar to that . The only difference would be the scale–a company matter as compared to a national one .
Now that, including the preliminaries, a few days have passed, the spectators have gotten used to the road to the arena . Plus comfortable housing and delicious meals . The spectators are now merrily proceeding to the arena, smiles on their faces in anticipation of the sights they will see today . Furthermore, not just people from countries who have had a history together, but also those from regions that never before associated with each other are happily chatting together . And Myormiles sent his merchants to spread the rumors of the dungeon among those groups . Should I be impressed or what? They make up some plausible rumors like: “You know those amazing weapons from yesterday? Seems like they were discovered in the dungeon!” But seriously, it is true that I ordered for this to happen, but I did not think things would go so well . In any case, seems like adventurers who specialize in guard duties are also interested in the dungeon now, so a job well done .
Compared to the jubilant spectators, there’s also a group which is dampening the mood . The Tengu . They are very flustered–probably because they have recognized how wrong they were about our power after watching the Department Heads fight . Momiji reddened after seeing Benimaru’s first match, and all the Tengu’s faces turned blue after watching yesterday’s matches . And now, their faces are completely white, as if burned out . Thanks for amusing me with the face color changes folks . Chances are, the color of their faces perfectly corresponds to which memory of disrespect towards me they are recalling . The tengu are a high monster race, possessing strong power and pride, so they probably underestimated my country’s abilities . But, after watching the matches, they have realized just how far off the mark their common sense is which depressed them . Of course, I can’t explain why Momiji turned red after watching Benimaru’s match, but I’m going to guess the tengu will appear once again before me to ask for an alliance . Should that happen, the great Jura Forest will completely come under my dominance, which is probably a good thing .
Now then, I have planned for 4 matches to happen today . It’s a miracle Gobuta is still in the running, but I guess we have 8 individuals of name and fame fighting today . Certainly something worth to watch . Now then, the first match of the day,
9th Round: Benimaru vs Souei
A fight between rivals; I am looking to the outcome .
For this match, it was hard to decide whether Shuna or Souka would be the announcer . Souka is Souei’s subordinate, and Shuna is Benimaru’s sister . While the two were arguing,
「I guess it can’t be helped . I guess it’s my turn now?」
Shion said, raising her hand…
「「It’s not your turn . Sit and watch」」
Benimaru and Souei said simultaneously, quickly shooting down Shion’s suggestion . And the result: Trembling from a desire to do it, Milim stole the mic . Well, yeah . I didn’t expect her to accept being a spectator the whole time anyways . And since she got her hands on it, I doubt she’ll let it go . So she’ll be the announcer for the day . The spectators are perfectly happy with the result . After all, she is clearly a very adorable girl . As long as they don’t figure out her true nature, everything will be fine~ . It’s out of my hands now . Let’s pray to the heavens that things will end peacefully .
On Milim’s command, the match began . Both moved at the same time . Souei started by attacking and attempting to bind Benimaru with『Steel Thread』but Benimaru burned all of it using a fire aura . As if it was the most obvious result in the world, Souei quickly dropped this approach . And that;’s when their real battle began .
Benimaru’s crimson tachi crossed with Souei’s twin nijatou . Souei dual wielding, Benimaru with a single flame tachi . Benimaru has turned into a being composed of fire itself, nullifying physical attacks . So Souei’s normal swords could hardly damage him . On the other hand, though ever so slightly, Souei’s resistance was being overcome by the overwhelming force before him . This match was in Benimaru’s favor . Even if Souei had deployed his clones, since they cannot perfectly replicate his abilities, these weaker beings could hardly damage Benimaru . Which is why Souei did not seem as though he intended to deploy them at all .
At this rate Souei will lose… well, when I thought so, he disappeared . Chances are, he had been using a clone to divert our attention this whole time . What a superb actor he is . And, no doubt about it, it was a truly high grade skill . He hid himself using that wonderful performance . And now, he will act with his unique skill『Assassin』which will be really hard to defend against . It is possible to evade the attack if you are conscious of where he is, but as he is now, it has a 100% chance to land . That’s that power of his『Assassin』 . And since it’s a direct attack on the spirit, those with untrained spirit will immediately perish . So surely this is Souei’s victory… or so I thought…
Benimaru shouted, and cut at Souei who had appeared from his blind spot . The tachi stopped right above Souei’s neck, and Souei too stopped moving . Benimaru’s victory . You see, Benimaru has this unique skill『Generalissimo』which he uses to command all the troops . Though it’s not a anti-personnel skill, it does come with a useful perk . Space recognition . He has the highest spatial recognition ability . Normally, he uses it to comprehend the entire theater of battle by viewing the entirety of space and sub-space at once . So once he has perceived an opponent, he will not lose them even if they are but a shadow in the sub space . So it may be impossible to evade Benimaru’s detection . In short, Souei was at a disadvantage from the very first second .
「Fu . My first defeat, huh」
「Yeah, one win a thousand ties」
「One loss, huh? I will no longer fight you . Losing any more is too painful」
「Hahaha, it’s thanks to may ability, that’s all . Skill wise, we’re about the same」
With bitter smiles on their faces, there stood Benimaru and Souei . Truly, they were both skillful . Physical ability is also just about the same; unique skill is what made the difference . Honestly, what a wonderful match! And a thunderous applause filled the stadium when Milim announced Benimaru the winner . The previously ashen-faced tengu Momiji was now bright red, and stood clapping . It’s a good thing she has finally recovered .
Who would have thought that we would have such an exciting match right away? Well, I have now finally decided their standing . Benimaru will be vanguard, Souei will fight from the shadows . Yeah, that’s exactly how we’ve always done things; but now I am certain that this is the best way to do it .
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10th Round: Gobuta vs Ranga
TL Note: I do not take responsibility for how you interpret this scene . Remember the importance of consent!
While the excitement from the last match is yet to fall, and right before lunch, we’re going to have our second match . The Clearly-in-the-wrong-place Gobuta, and the I-haven’t-played-enough-with-Gabil-so-I’m-excited-to-go Ranga . Ah, Gobuta’s despair will make my meal delicious . I mean… I hope that doesn’t happen…
The moment the match began, Gobuta charged Ranga… A suicide bombing?! I thought,
「I’ll do it~su… You’re going down~su」
He ran in desperately screaming . He’s serious, ain’t he . Way to go Gobuta . I will not forget your valiant sacrifice! Fare thee well, Gobuta!! Having paid my respects to Gobuta in my heart, I noticed that my food really did seem more delicious with his despair as a spice, and felt a bit rude as a result…
And then, Gobuta activated his extra skill『Union』and clung unto Ranga!
Huh?! I thought surprised . Benimaru, Souei, and Shion too, stood gaping at the scene before us . Completely unexpected . “What the hell is he doing?!” is written on our faces . Ranga is raging, refusing to become one, but is unable to throw him off . His anger reaching its peak, Ranga decided to shoot Gobuta off his back with black lightning . And that was the end for Gobuta . I promptly decided to go down with a full recovery potion in my hand…
「Agagyaaaa… . Aaa, ah, ah? Huh? Huuuh? It doesn’t hurt~su?」
Gobuta lifted his head asking . Seriously?! Even I cannot hide my astonishment . Even the guests, blinded by the light from that lightning bolt, were sure the match had been decided . Knowing how powerful it is, the Department heads were sure Gobuta was killed . Many appeared just like that . I mean, yeah, that’s how it should be . Even I was about to rush in with a full recovery potion before he actually passed away . But he’s completely unharmed . I can hear Ranga’s fangs grind in anger .
≪Confirmed . Individual: Gobuta has awakened the unique skill『Bestow me with thy power! (Magic Wolf Summoner)』 . He is now able to unite with a wolf he summoned . ≫
W-what did you say!! Is Gobuta a genius?! Actually, I guess he always was . I mean, consider this unification business . Even though not a single of Ranga’s subordinates can do it, Gobuta managed to do it with Ranga who was resisting . In other words, Ranga cannot harm him with his abilities . So it’s a tie . But this is clearly Gobuta’s victory . Milim, what do you think? I sent that kind of glance at her, and she replied with a “I also think Gobuta won!”
「This match has concluded! Winner: Gobuta!!」
Milim announced . And the arena erupted in cheers . Gobuta hopped off the horse, with a look of a cowboy who has tamed a raging stallion . Having heard this announcement, Ranga dropped his head and sat . His tail fell to the ground, motionless .
「Won, I won~su! I actually won~su!!」
Gobuta shouted gleefully, and was congratulated by Touka, Saika, Nansou and Hokusou . No, truly an unexpected result . We did not make bets, but if we did I would have bet against him . So let’s praise him: wonderfully done . To think that he was the kind of guy who excelled when under pressure; he has displayed wonderful growth . By challenging Ranga fearlessly he was able to obtain a unique skill . I guess I will just have to praise him today .
The second match of the day was thus Gobuta’s victory . Truly beyond expectation . Whether it was according to Raphael’s prediction, I do not know, and I bet Raphael would not answer . Such were my thoughts while I was watching the joyful Gobuta .
Before the lunch break, Ranga hobbled over .
「I have no excuses, my master… I have shown a truly disgraceful performance」
Hanging his head, Ranga was reflecting on his mistake . But, in a sense, this is only possible because of Gobuta’s victory . Well, it probably happened because Ranga let his guard down . So,
「Ranga, do you now understand? If you look down on your opponent this is the result . From now on, reflect on your mistake and stop looking down on people!」
「As you have said… I seem to have become too arrogant . I shall be more cautious in the future」
All’s good if he understand . He’s been too laid-back recently, so this is good medicine . In fact, I have to thank Gobuta for teaching Ranga a lesson here . When I thought to add this,
「Of course, I am also grateful to Gobuta . If he calls for me, I will answer his call」
Ranga nodded . What an unfair power Gobuta has acquired–summoning Ranga . Well, I hope the two of them can get along from now on and come to each other’s aid . According to Raphael,『Bestow me with thy power!』is a degraded version of one of my skills, and since I have greater authority, he’ll be able to summon Ranga as long as I don’t need him . Thus, I asked Ranga to take care of Gobuta from now on . In other words, Gobuta can use him in the upcoming matches . So I guess I should look forward to Benimaru vs Gobuta .
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After the lunch ended, the next match began .
11th Match: Beretta vs Diablo
If these two fights with all of their strength, I do not know who would win . So it’s a match I was truly looking forward to . Without a shout or a sound, the two smoothly began the match .
From the onset, the two completely negate physical attacks, so this won’t devolve into physical combat . Overwhelming the opponent with one’s abilities may also not work, so it’s best to use just enough power to get through . That is, rather than nuking the entire region, it’s better to fire a single highly dense fireball . Sure, for lower beings–common soldiers, you should burn a large area so that the heat will burn their very lungs, but that doesn’t work on high beings with multiple barriers . So it’s likely that we’ll be seeing some impressive pinpoint abilities . Now then, how will this battle go .
Without a chant, Diablo shot a number of fireballs at Beretta . Every single one being of extreme heat, he probably planned to melt him . But that attack did not as much scratch Beretta, and Beretta countered
He suddenly fired off his 『Holy Demon Combination』instant death unique skill . Suddenly trying to end this with a bang . This skill combines the two opposite attributes–Holy and Demon–and so cannot be blocked . But,
「Kufufufu . I guess I can’t use cheap tricks here . Moreover, testing you here just might end in my defeat」
Seems like Diablo teleported behind Beretta, evading the attack . So completely-unhurt Diablo told Beretta who had fired that instant death skill . No matter how powerful of an skill it may be, Diablo can always evade it using “Paradise Time . ” Thus, Beretta’s instant death skill is sealed . But, without appearing nervous at all,
「I see, as expected of Diablo-sama . You are in fact a great demon who has lived for many moons . However, I too am your equal . Please do not hold back!」
He shouted, and wearing “fighting spirit” on his hands, he attacked Diablo .
「Kufufufufu . Oh the young people these days… But very well, I guess I’ll go all out!」
As if with a bow to Beretta, Diablo clad his hands in『Demon Lord’s Ambition』and engaged . Close quarter combat had begun . Punching each other and throwing kicks . Even though I had thought that the caster that Diablo is he’d be at a disdvantage, he actually seemed stronger . Each time he struck, Beretta had to begin regenerating and was thus being pressed . In the end, whether the spirit or the body, the one who crushes the other will emerge victorious . Break the spirit and the defense will crumble . So if you surpass your opponent you win . A good match it was . And one that was easy for the spectators to understand, with a clear victor .
In the end stood only one . Diablo . It was his victory, where he dominated by strength .
「Well, your Beretta did pretty well . But the one who also beat my Lion Mask was just too strong . In other words, it’s not like my Lion Mask would lose to your Beretta!」
I’m not sure if Milim was trying to console Ramiris or make fun of her . After announcing Diablo’s victory she specifically came over just to say that . Seems like she’s still holding a grudge . As for Ramiris, I could hear her teeth grinding, but what can you do–it’s a difference of strength . It was so obvious she can’t refute .
And thus, the third match of the day, though ended in a simple brawl, did not feel like that at all .