If it were the usual me, I’d be freaking out about how difficult it would be to win again the Demon Lord Orc Disaster Gelmudo .
The yellow aura coiling around me I can easily cut through with my sword .
But receiving the butcher knife “Meat Crusher” would probably send me flying .
But that’s to be expected .
Even Shion, who’s stronger than me, lost in a contest of strength against him .
Moreover, even Hakurou, who far exceeds me in sword skill, could not damage him .
So I again try to land an attack while darting around at high speeds .
Checking from every angle, trying to find a weakness .
I know it’s pointless, but I see no reason to stop .
Even if he lands a hit blowing me away, I just resume trying out attacks .
Confirming my own weakness .
Thinking about it, my main forces consists of five people . Including Shuna and Kurobee, that is .
They have all received one of my powers and exceeded my own abilities in them .
Ranga’s [Black Lightning]
Benimaru’s [Flame Manipulation]
Hakurou’s [Perception Acceleration]
Shion’s [Herculean Strength] and Body Strengthening
Souei’s [Magic Perception] and special skills
In every skill they exceed me .
I can only be called strong because I have every skill that they do .
If we fought one on one and I went all out, I think I could win . However, if all five gather, I would probably lose .
And yet this orc surpassed all five of them .
Never being able to land the finishing blow, they were bound to run out of magic energy and perish .
So even if I fought the orc fair and square, I could never win .
Even if I fought fair and…
Why are the oni‘s skills stronger than mine?
Hakurou is stronger because his sword skill level is so much higher .
That much is perfectly understandable . But what about the rest?
Actually… are they really stronger than me?
The answer to that…
In the first place,
All my abilities I have gained from monsters .
Since they are not skills I was born with, I need to take time to properly understand them .
Just like having a license does not necessarily mean you can drive a car right now, and certainly does not mean you can win against a professional driver .
There is a skill I have had since the moment I reincarnated into this world .
It is a skill I have had from birth .
One that I can freely manipulate .
That skill even I have nearly complete mastery of .
Thus, I order .
I permit you to control my body . Move it as you please, [Great Sage]!
≪Received . Switching to Battle Mode . ≫
And thus the response to the previous question,
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Demon Lord Orc Disaster was bewildered .
Just as he had intended to cook and eat the five strong demons, another one had appeared .
A boring monster, he had thought .
The monster’s magic energy was certainly high, easily surpassing that of the other five .
However, the monster had continued meaningless attacks, each one just as weak .
Ones even inferior to the five before him .
No matter how often the monster would have attacked, no damage would accumulate . Thus, the orc did not feel threatened .
Thus, just when he had designated the monster as a good meal…
The constant onslaught of attacks suddenly stopped .
And, she took of her mask .
And the orc saw a beautiful young face of a silver haired girl .
What is she planning?
The moment he thought that,
His arm, elbow down, was cut away from his body . And where it used to be attached, a dark flame burned him .
And when he looked, his enemy, with appearance of a child, held a melting sword engulfed in a dark flame .
Enemy? Yes, that was an enemy .
He had considered her food . Now, however, was different . There was an overwhelming difference with the presence now before him .
It didn’t matter that his foe’s weapon had burned away . Her abilities were so high that she didn’t need it!
Having met an enemy for the first time since evolving, the Demon Lord Orc Disaster’s body tensed’ .
And another strange feeling .
How strange… his arm had not started regenerating!
Confused, he looked at where his arm had been only to find the dark flame still burning and sealing his regeneration .
Anger burned in his eyes .
Cutting his arm off at the shoulder, he had it regenerate . And, he started swinging the Butcher Knife “Meat Crusher” with all his might .
“That small child cannot withstand even a single hit!:
However . The seemingly unarmed child casually lifted her arms, produced a sword out of thin air, and received the attack .
With the same sword that he had thought was burned by her skill .
And when the butcher knife came in contact with the sword both were engulfed by the black flame and disappeared .
“I must go all out to devour her!” The Orc Disaster’s aura swelled causing shockwaves on the battlefield .
Filling up his fists with his aura, he attacked . His enemy, too, armored her fists and repelled his attacks .
He saw magic bullets flying at him . Dodging those, he responded with Gakki no Koushinenbu (Death March Dance) .
Colliding with the seven bullets in the air, his magic bullets continued on .
They were strengthened with [Starving Ones] and had a corrosive effect .
While she would probably not die from this, she’d take some damage .
Just as he had thought that, she stood up as if nothing happened .
And a new armor was now covering her . His attack was probably deflected by that armor .
It was true for him, so maybe his enemy was also in the middle of evolving .
I hunger . I want to eat her!!!
The Demon Lord Orc Disaster thought . The five before had not mattered, all he wanted was to eat the one before him!
He grabbed onto his enemy .
Since he was stronger, if he fought long enough, he’d eventually crush her . Just when he thought that, his leg was crushed .
A roundhouse kick landed into him causing his body to fall, but still he wouldn’t let go .
Releasing the yellow aura, he had it envelop his enemy .
One of the effects of [Starving Ones] was to corrode and devour his enemies directly .
And as his enemy’s life dwindled, it would become his nutrients .
I want to eat her! His head filled with that one though, he directed his entire being into corroding her!
And, his enemy having given up struggling, gradually succumbed to…
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Things proceeded just as I had planned .
With the full support from the [Great Sage] I was able to use the skills to their full potential .
A never before seen optimized form of combat . I can even use [Black Flame Manipulation] now .
Moreover, [Body Armor] had changed into [Full Armor Transformation] . It further strengths my equipment .
Skills I had previously hard time mastering I now easily control with the help from [Great Sage] .
However, it is still hard outdo your fundamental limitations . The longer this fight continues the stronger the Orc Disaster may grow .
Even if I know how to use my skills, it’s not like my overall proficiency with them has increased .
The Orc Disaster as well has just evolved and has poor control over them . Thus, this advantage is clearly temporary .
Which is why I must end this quickly .
So I planned to lead the battle to a state where I can quickly overwhelm him with a skill I am superior at .
And everything went according to plan .
The Orc Disaster had begun corroding me, intending to devour .
However, I also intend to devour you!
I am a slime . My basic abilities are [Dissolve, Absorb, Regenerate] .
My regeneration ability is similar to his . However, the slime body is naturally resistant to corrosion .
Thus, I had planned from the beginning to eat you in this manner!
I made him believe that my body had melted, and used that to envelop him .
Slowly moving up the arm…
And by the time he had noticed, it was already too late .
This was the standard method of combat for the slime race .
No matter how much he rages now, he’s already been covered by me; his attacked nullified .
Pointless, you must think? You pride yourself in your regenerative abilities, and my attack will have no effect?
The battle has become a stalemate .
I try to dissolve him, but his regeneration prevents his death . At the same time, my regenerative ability negates his corrosion .
Each one attempts to devour the other like the Ouroboros .
The one who eats the other first, wins .
Simple, isn’t it?
I had planned this in order to win .
Rather than depending on skills I have yet to truly master, I decided to depend on my most fundamental ones .
The power that I have .
My slime abilities [Dissolve, Absorb] mix incredibly well with [Predator] .
Thus at the same time as I began absorbing and dissolving this orc, I also activated [Predator] .
I am a predator .
Orc Disaster, the power that you hold, [Starving Ones], is certainly strong .
However, you are a scavenger .
Eating anything and everything is certainly amazing, but it is my skill that specializes in hunting down and devouring prey .
And while we have both been eating each other, I will devour your ability first .
Using my ability, unique skill [Predator]!
My skill can analyze the abilities of living enemies, whereas yours only of the dead .
This moment has decided the battle .
…… . .
How much time had passed?
As we attempt to eat each other .
But believing in my victory, I focus on predating him and,
I cannot lose .
I have eaten my brethren .
I cannot lose .
I must become a demon lord .
I have eaten Gelmudo-sama .
I cannot lose .
My brethren are starving .
I cannot lose .
Eating until we have our fill!
Thoughts poured into me .
Hmph . Are you an idiot?
I don’t know what you’re on, but you’ve already lost to me .
But, I cannot lose…
I have eaten my brethren .
I… am sinful…
So I will not lose .
It’s pointless .
Let me teach you something .
It’s survival of the fittest in this world . You’ve lost .
So you die .
But, I cannot lose…
If I die, my brethren will be burdened with my sins .
I became sinful, so that they won’t starve, for that I would do anything!
I will become the demon lord .
So that no one starves, I will devour the hunger itself!
I am Demon Lord Orc Disaster . The devourer of worlds .
And yet, you’re still going to die .
But rest easy .
I will devour your sins .
You will devour… my sins?
And not just yours, but also those of your kind .
Mine… ours… all our sins…
Aren’t you greedy .
That’s right .
I am greedy .
Can you relax now?
Once you have, just go to sleep .
I cannot lose .
Sleep, huh . I feel… warm .
Greedy one .
You destination is hardly tranquil .
But, you who have accepted my sins…
Thank you .
Now my hunger has finally been fulfilled!
Demon Lord Orc Disaster . Named Gelmudo .
Just now, his consciousness has finally disappeared .
≪Confirmed . Demon Lord Orc Disaster has disappeared .
Unique Skill [Starving Ones] has been absorbed by unique skill [Predator] . ≫
I have won .
One who always starves could never have won against me who knows no hunger .
And, I open my eyes .
Burdened with the sins of his entire race .
「I have won . Sleep well, Demon Lord Orc Disaster Gelmudo!」
My declaration resounded across the land otherwise silent .
And at that moment, the Goblins and Lizardmen shouted for joy even as the Orcs lamented in despair .
And thus, the Orc invasion has been stopped .
Based on his consciousness that had been flowing into me until now, Gelmudo was in fact the cause of this incident .
Furthermore, he was in fact supported by an unknown number of demon lords .
That, however, the Orc Lord had learned before establishing his self, so was rather unsure about it .
But I know enough to stay vigilant .
And beside, I can’t just leave the orcs as they are .
The main problem has yet to be resolved .
The following day .
History will forever remember the birth of the Great Jura Forest Alliance, and the conference where it began .