Encounter ~ Benimaru & Ranga
Gabil continued the hopeless struggle .
The odds were clearly against them .
Without ever tiring, without ever resting, the orcs constantly attacked .
The goblins and the lizardmen, on the other hand, were slowly being killed off on by one .
They only needed to regain their formation and break through the encirclement, but doing so would mean abandoning the goblins who lack the necessary mobility .
Moreover, many exhausted and wounded lizardmen would be lost in the charge…
Though he had refused to order a retreat, perhaps now he had no choice but to try to save even a few lives .
Normally, the war would end when a decisive blow had been dealt to the enemy . However, the orcs sought the complete eradication of the lizardmen .
No chance of surrender either . Simply being killed and devoured .
That fact evoked fear . The weak willed monsters lost their will to fight and abandoned their post . The goblins, in fact, could no longer be considered a force at all .
Some goblins gave up and tried to escape, but such was not permitted by the orcs . Hunting down the escaping goblins, they killed and ate them .
No more than a thousand goblins had now remained . Soon they will be completely annihilated…
The lizardmen fared not much better . The original eight thousand troops were now reduced to less than six thousand .
They kept losing ground, making organized movements difficult to perform .
Yet Gabil kept encouraging his troops . While slowly trying to break through the orc encirclement…
Suddenly, a squad of orcs clad in black armor began to move .
Different from common orcs, these took command of the battle . Each wore full plate armor .
Perhaps their base strength was no higher than that of an average orc . However, their equipment made all the difference .
They, in turn, were commanded by a single orc . Carrying an aura of strength around him, he was clearly world above the common orcs .
The Orc General .
Possessing the strength of an entire army, the Orc Army General . And following him are 2,500 orc knights .
There are five such individuals . Their power may be ranked as B+ .
A fourth of the Orc Lord’s true army had moved .
It’s over .
That power could decide the battle right there .
Escape is impossible . Their only choice is to fall in battle…
“At least, I want to be cut down by a warrior . ” So he thought .
「Guwahahahaha! Cowardly general of swine! Do you have the courage to meet me alone in battle!!!」
He cried loudly .
He could not win . His armor was in pieces .
Moreover, seems like his opponent’s armor was strengthened with magic .
If he accepts this request, Gabil could die like a warrior . If it went well, perhaps he could take out a single general . Such were his thoughts .
「Gugugu . Very well . I’ll be your opponent!」
Responding thus, the orc general jumps down from his horse .
The surrounding clashes froze, swallowed by his aura . Further away, fighting continued, but it didn’t reach Gabil’s ears .
Gabil could feel his concentration rising like it never had before .
「I am grateful!」
The rest was a silent duel .
Gabil readied the Magic Weapon: Water Vortex Spear .
The Orc General bellowed, and at the same time
「Die!!! Water Vortex Style, Tornado Crush!!!」
Gabil released an attack filled with all his might . Combining spear technique and magical energy, a certain kill technique .
It was filled with all the strength Gabil had . However,
(TL Note: do you want me to translate skill names? Some of these may get strange…
Pointing his spear at Gabil, the Orc Lord devoured the vortex itself .
But that’s not all; the spear also began emitting an aura . An ominous yellow aura that attacked Gabil’s very flesh .
“It seeks to eat me!” Stumbling, falling Gabil realized . However, the aura would not let him escape…
「Guguguga! Pitiful lizard . Rolling in dirt suits you!」
Gabil was laughed at by the Orc General .
But he wouldn’t give up . If only… if only he could land a single hit…
Picking up some dirt, he flung it at the orc . Call it cowardice, but Gabil desired the chance to cut him down!
However, that attack, too, was in vain, as the yellow aura quickly devoured it .
Gabil felt the attack directed at him .
He was desperate to evade that aura, but knew not how .
This far, huh…
Gabil thought, and closed his eyes .
Suddenly, a deafening roar .
The previously silent scenery came alive again .
That roar assaulted the orc general, preventing him from landing a finishing blow on Gabil .
What was that?
Even amidst the battle, Gabil was confused . By now, the tide began to change .
Without any concern for Gabil’s thoughts, events developed rapidly before him .
Shion’s strike mowed down many orcs .
That became the signal to start the battle .
Benimaru was not surprised by the sudden slash that came from behind him .
Rather, he only muttered
「What the hell she doing… that idiot…」
Benimaru did not tremble, for better or worse, and the goblin wolf riders were also stoic .
Rather, he was merely bitter that he could not draw first blood . However, he finally could go wild . He could bear the earlier grief .
Advancing at full speed, they crashed into the orc troops .
The orcs were ready to sudden attacks by unidentified individuals, but they simply could not react in time to the speed at which the wolf riders attacked .
That is how Benimaru had described them .
There was no need even for us to go out, the goblins could have managed this alone .
This wasn’t fun, so he thought .
「All troops stop!」
He ordered .
To give up the momentum they had built up would normally be unthinkable . Moreover, for a unit specializing a speed such would be unnecessary…
But the goblin riders, without a question, immediately stopped .
「Ranga, could you shadow step to the Lizardman named Gabil?」
Benimaru asked . Souei’s skill, and Ranga’s as well . Since it’s the same, it should be possible, right? He didn’t know, so inquired .
「It is possible . 」
A simple response .
「Alright! You go on ahead and protect them . I’ll stroll over there!」
What a strange thing he had said! To stroll forward in the middle of a battlefield replete with orcs .
Gabil’s group should have been encircled by many warriors, such that a small number of troops could never break through .
And rather than advancing quickly, he decides to walk there? What a bizarre thing to say… one would expect .
「Understood . And please, take your time getting there . I’m off ahead!」
With those words, Ranga leaps into a shadow .
Benimaru stands firmly on the ground, and slowly prepares himself .
Seeing his actions, the orcs were at a loss . Should they attack or not?
The goblins thought his appearance magnificent .
Well, among them
Gobuta: 「Hmm? Why’d we stop~su? Is running ahead bad~su?
No way, must we walk ahead~su? I hate walking~su!」
There was one goblin who had said that, but let’s ignore him .
「Okaaay . Yo, bastards . Yeah, you pigs over there, move . If you do, I’ll let you go!」
Finishing his stretches, Benimaru calls out to an orc in front of him .
But not a single orc moved .
「Don’t screw with us! How could you…」
Since they had no intention to retreat, Benimaru decided to step in himself .
On his right palm, a black spherical flame appeared .
Increasing the diameter of this ball to a meter, he shot it at the orcs .
Sensing danger, they tried to run away . But it was far too late .
The ever accelerating round chased them . It’s speed was around 600 kph–clearly beyond the orcs’ abilities .
Those struck were immediately engulfed and burned without leaving ashes .
However, the terror of the flame was not in this .
The ball also absorbed the magical energy of the orcs it struck and used it to fuel its growth .
Rather than a ball, it was now a dome with a radius of 100 meters .
And in a second, another roar resounded across the battlefield .
Well, it wasn’t actually that loud, but those that heard it could feel their blood freezing in their veins .
Wide-area destruction skill… [Hell Flare] .
A skill that Benimaru had acquired . The black dome had disappeared, and left scorched earth behind it .
They were supposed to be fighting in the marshes, but the ground was burned into glass .
Who could even imagine that terrible heat!
It should go without saying, but it is easy to guess what happened to the orcs who got caught in the 2,000 ~ 5,000 degree fireball . Even their ashes were burned .
Only a minute had passed since Benimaru shot the flare .
And flashing a wicked smile,
「Clear the way, swine!」
He declared again .
The orcs were panicked out of fear .
Though they were under the effect of the [Starving Ones], they should not have even recognized the emotion called fear .
However, that one attack awakened that terrible feeling .
For no matter how much they struggled, they could not escape .
An overpowering strength that they could not even imagine . Only forbidden spells could match such awesome might .
They had no way to counter the skill, and even if they attempted to grow stronger by feeding, the corpses were burned to a crisp .
He was truly a high demon far beyond their reach . And thus they feared .
The panicking orcs began to disperse .
Soon, they could barely maintain order .
Seeing them act like this, Benimaru quietly walked ahead .
To him, the orcs ahead were naught but a hindrance .
Gabil was ready for death, but, strangely, he didn’t feel the blow other than the one that hit him in the side .
Feeling that something was amiss, he fearfully opened his eyes .
What he saw before him was a black wolf .
One that he had seen before… Right! The body double of the leader of the fang wolves!
「O, ooo! Body double-dono, have you come to offer assistance?」
He asked without thinking .
What had happened, Gabil did not know, nor did he have the strength to look around .
Flustered, he finally looked around .
Somewhere in the distance, some commotion was occurring .
And to Gabil,
「I am not a fang wolf, nor a body double . 」
Reverberating from the depth of his stomach, Ranga said in a low voice .
And having zero interest in Gabil, he stared at the Orc General .
They stared at each other .
Orc General himself was confused . Suddenly a monster of great power had appeared .
He felt power oozing from the beast’s body .
And moreover, from the direction the beast had come, he could feel terrifying magical energy .
Some great misfortune happened there . So the Orc General felt .
But being clueless to this all,
「What a revelation! Then, if you are not a fang wolf… would you be the leader of the black wolves?」
Gabil asked surprised .
Surprised that Gabil had not recognized him for who he is . Ranga declared with a sigh,
「Would you shut up for a minute . I am Ranga! The one who serves Rimuru-sama!!!」
And to the orc,
「Swine, if you retreat, I shall not chase; if you attack, I shall not forgive!」
Ranga barked .
The orc soldiers trembled, but not of fear .
Their general by their side, the effect of [Starving Ones] was strengthened .
「Guguguga! How insolent! A mere beast dares bare his fangs at me!!!」
The Orc General retorted .
And thus a battle began between them .
The general commanded the orc soldiers to surround Ranga .
For a beast, he saw no need for a fair fight .
But Ranga only laughed .
How joyous he was! He could finally show his true abilities .
Howling with all his strength, Ranga released his aura .
How long had he lurked within his beloved Rimuru-sama’s shadow, absorbing the aura, while constantly re-imagining his body .
“Aim for this form!” Since he was told so, Ranga worked daily .
And now came the time for Ranga’s true power to awaken .
Power gushed forth from his body .
His muscles bulged, his claws hardened, his fangs sharpened .
And, two horns appeared atop his head…
That appearance, was just like that of his lord . Thus Ranga evolved into Tempest Storm Wolf .
Ranga glanced at the Orc General .
And he knew, he was no threat . To get a feel for his power, and to prove his intuition, he moved .
Ranga felt the flow of power, and directed magical energy into his horns .
After observing Ranga’s transformation, Orc General sensed danger .
Go! He wanted to scream the order…
Flash, and a roar .
Many lightning pillars appeared, connecting the heavens and the earth .
And a winding waterspout .
It was a skill that Ranga acquired, [Death Storm] . A wider area skill than the [Black Lightning] .
In a second, the Orc General was vaporized, and the surrounding orcs fell to the ongoing storm .
After the storm had passed, no orcs remained in the vicinity .
Wide area skill [Death Storm] held truly terrifying power .
Ranga observed this situation .
There were no casualties among the lizardmen, and he had used it with the largest possible range .
As expected, a lot of energy was used to fuel this skill, but Ranga could still continue fighting .
Having confirmed mastery over this skill,
A roar of victory .
Looking down at his feet, he saw a fainted Gabil .
However, that was none of his concern . He was ordered to protect the lizardmen, and having them faint posed no problem .
Perhaps now that stupid lizard would fix his misconceptions .
Thinking that, Ranga sat down .
Far away, he could see Benimaru slowly walking towards them .