16 Episode 16 "The Hegemony of The Odd Shape, Intimid...

 From Lisette's point of view...

"The third one!

 Lysette's long sword drew an arc.
 I'm not sure what to make of that.

"Next, the fourth one!

 A black soldier in armor appeared from behind the fallen demons.
 I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'm sure it'll be fine.
It's a good idea to take a look at the website and see if you can find anything you like.
 That's why the evil spirit is so dense and strong.

"You're a subhuman! I'm sure you're not the only one.

 The Kuro Soldier says, his armor creaking.

The land of the subhumans... is no more in this world!
It's not up to you to decide, is it?

 I'm not sure what to make of that.
 It's not a matter of you deciding. In return, she sliced off her opponent's wrist.
 In the end, it was a matter of time before she was able to get her hands on the sword.

 As if dancing, Lisette continued with a series of blows.
 With the second blow, she cut the soldier's arm. When a soldier who had lost his weapon brought his shield forward, she struck him in the leg.
 If the soldier loses his balance and falls, skewer him in the chest with the "super hard long sword".

What is ...... that? What is that sword ............?

The black soldier vanishes, spitting out a poisonous mist.

The Kuro Soldier vanishes, spitting out a poisonous mist. "It's a great sword, given to me by Grandfather Lisette. It would be a shame to use it on you.

 Lysette looks at the sword and nods.
 She nods, looking at the sword.

Thanks to you, Shoma, our surprise attack was a great success.

 Half of the 40 enemies have already fallen. The rest are fighting with the adults of the village.
 We're already evenly matched in numbers. And with Lisette and Haruka on top of that, there's no way they can lose.
 And yet, for some reason... Lysette had goosebumps on her back.

There's a ...... ruckus in my chest.

 Strangely, she felt as if she had overlooked ...... something.

 I'm not sure what you mean by that.
 I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not. It is the home of the Kuro Goblins and Kuro Soldiers, and the boss of the demons, the Kuro Knight Mesetrat.
 At this rate, we might be able to invade there.

"Liz! I'm fine!

 At the sound of Haruka's voice, a crumpled soldier flew underneath Lizette's feet.
 Whenever Haruka swung her club, the black goblins and black soldiers flew through the air. The moment they fly, their bodies are somewhat crushed. The adults of the village put an end to their diminished fighting ability.

I'm not sure what to say.
You are the monster that the Kuro Flame Emperor summoned, aren't you?

I'm not sure what to make of this.

I'm not going to let those people kill me!

 Haruka placed the tip of the cudgel against the chest of the Kuro Soldier.
 I'm not going to let them kill me!

 I'm not going to do it!

I'm not sure what to do.
 It hits a large tree and stops moving.

"Zero-distance 'inexhaustible hammer'! This reinforced cudgel can withstand it. That's my brother.

The Mujin-tsuchi is one of the striking techniques used by Haruka.
 You can use it to unleash explosive blows by consuming your body's magic power while holding the weapon against the target.
 The power concentrated on a single point can shatter even steel. However, it also puts a strain on the weapon. A normal club would break after one hit with the inexhaustible hammer. This is Haruka's special move, which until now could only be used once per battle.

This could really bring down the castle. Liz.
...... Yeah.
......? Lizzy ......, what's wrong?

 I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but it's a good idea.
 I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but it's a good idea.

Have you seen Haruka ......'s The Kuro Knight Methuselah?
No. I think he's in an abandoned castle.
Lysette thought so too. But that's weird. Why aren't the demons running away?

 The demons are already outnumbered.

 The weapons Shoma gave us are no match for them. If we don't do something, we'll be wiped out.
 I'm sure the demons know that, but...

"...... but they won't run away. That means they think they can turn the tables. That means there's a reason you can't escape.
You're saying that the Kuro Knight Mesethrat is in command somewhere? But he's not coming to us.
He's one of the cruelest of all demons. The people of the village were almost killed a while ago. ...... There's no way he wouldn't show up on such a battlefield. And they will attack you with the most disgusting attacks.

 Lysette pressed her forehead and thought.
 I don't like to think about it, but what would I do if I were the Kuro Knight?

 When Lisette and the others rushed in, the villagers were almost surrounded.
 The only route that was open was the one to the village. If Lysette and the others had rushed too late, they might have started running toward the village. How to defeat it efficiently?

 They could flank the fleeing villagers...
 Or surround them completely with black goblins and soldiers.

We'll break through the enemy lines! Haruka, follow me!
Sister Liz?
I hope I'm wrong...

 Lysette took her sword and started running.

Just as Lysette and the others got behind the enemy, the Kuro Knight may have gotten behind the adults in the village. He wanted to attack from the direction of the village. If that's the case, then whoever is there now...
"The Kuro Knight Mesethrath is at your brother's place!

 I'm not sure what to do, but I'm going to do it.

"...... brother, stay safe ...... brother, ...... brother Shoma!

 Lysette's mind went blank.

"Please wait for me, Brother Shoma!

 I can't let you die, I can't let you die.
 He's the Dragon Emperor's Chosen One, and he's Lisette's family.

 From Shoma's point of view...


 I can't believe it!
 You'll be able to get a lot more than that.
 The enemy is strong... I'm being pushed. This isn't good...

"Activate! The Ogre Force!

 I swung out my club with the strength of my 'Demon Awakening' state.
 The guy who was slashing at me drew his blade and jumped back. With his horse.

...... You're riding a horse in the woods?

 I'm not sure what to make of it.
 He's riding a jet-black horse and wearing black armor.
 And he has four arms. Two spears and two shields in his hands.
 I don't mean to speak for others, but he was deformed.

 I was guarding the back of the villagers.
 This is the direction of the village. Sometimes they think they're safe, but they're not.
 It was a precaution, but it was the right one.

"Did you think you'd won?

 The creature said.

"I don't know how you did it, but you got behind me.
"...... Really?
But then, so did we. Kuro magic is born from the distortions of this world. Human conflict, black magic. All of that is our power. So even if you defeat ......, the demons will multiply and threaten you...
"Yeah, I get the gist of it.

 I said.

I'm not sure what to do. It's due to black magic created by a guy called the Kuro Flame Emperor, which causes demons like black goblins to appear. You are either born from it or transformed into a demon.
 And you're based in an abandoned castle. If you don't, we might get the upper hand and invade the abandoned castle. So that's why you came out here.
"...... Oh? Oh?
You're upset. You got me.
What are you? Are you a demon or a ...... human? What do you know?

 I know almost nothing.
 To be honest, I'm bluffing 100 percent of the time.

 This one looks like a boss. He's very strong. I don't want to take him seriously, and I don't want the villagers to fight him. If that's the case, the best thing to do is to kill all the demons and then beat the shit out of them with Lisette and Haruka.

 And I can't let you through here now.
 The villagers are behind me, fighting the demons. They're focused. If they get through here, they'll get behind me and panic. I'm defending the village. I'll at least buy us some time. Whatever it takes.

 ...... I didn't want to use this technique, but...

"Back off, Gero!

 I poked the ground with my club.

"How dare you look down on me from horseback when you're a demon! Is that how you treat the High King of the Deformed?
I'm sure you've heard of it.

 I'm not sure what to do.

I'm sure the only emperors in this world are the Dragon Emperor and his descendants. So you're one of the fake kings?
So you're one of the fake kings? Is that the extent of your knowledge?
I'm sure you're not the only one.

 I'm not sure what to do.
 The black knight's movements stopped.
 He's holding a spear in each hand and staring at me.

You can't see into the depths of the world with your narrow vision!

 Then I'll just push through!

I'm not going to let that happen.

 The knight raised his spear.

I'm not going to let you get away with it. I'm not sure what to do. I'm not sure what to make of it.
I don't know!

 It's coming!
 The Kuro Knight swung his spear. I'll time it just right and grab the club.
 I've got plenty of distance.
 All you have to do is hit it. I'll use the Ogre Force to push him back!


Idiot! How dare you use a wooden club to repel my spear?

 The enemy falls back on his horse.

"...... Huh. That's all you got?

 I snickered again.


 The black knight is on the lookout for us. It doesn't try to get closer.

 I raise my gaze lightly. In the sky, a harpy is making a circle with both hands. Lisette, Haruka, and the villagers fighting behind me seem to have almost defeated the demon.
 I guess my job is to stall for time.

"Our higher demons will replace humans and subhumans and create a new country. We've been chosen as the base. You subhumans...
I don't care what you say.

 But how do we buy time?
 The black knight is looking at me with his spear at the ready.

 My advantage is that he doesn't know me.
 I've come all this way by means he doesn't know, and I've given away an impossible number of weapons. He still doesn't know who you are. So he's wary and won't approach.
 So I'll add one more bluff to the list: .......

"If you want to die, come at me.

 In the original world, this was just a ruse, a delusion.
 But in a world where demons and magic exist, what do you think?

I'm sure you've heard of it, but I've never heard of it. The enemies of the upper heavens will laugh at me if I'm as weak as you. Return to nothingness here and be my food, demon!

 It looked like he was really going to come, so I continued speaking quickly.

"Goddess of the Eighth Heaven! The 8th Heavenly Goddess?

 Behind his helmet, a black knight opened his eyes.
 This is one of the settings I made a long time ago for "Demon Dragon King Xiangma".
 Let's make use of it here.

"He is located in the upper heavens and shows everything. That's why he was incompatible with me, the lord of the deformed. Because I loved chaos, which the central gods abhor. But that was an unforgivable preference. ......

 ...... You'd be surprised how much you remember. A setting I made a long time ago.
 And it's surprisingly compelling.
 The enemy black knight has stopped moving. The hand holding the spear is trembling.

"I have come to rule the subhumans because I pity their chaos. If you're the right distortion, I can have mercy on you. But what are you? You want your men to fight and you want your enemies to die. ...... Nonsense. Does your king like such results?
You're right.
"Yes, you're right. My hands are already stained with blood. My hands are already stained with blood. It's all for the sake of the unloved race. ......
"You're ....... Who the hell are you?

 I'm just a guy from Alaska who got caught up in a transition.
 I have skills, but no combat experience or confidence.
 I'm almost there. I'm not sure what to do.

"The Kuro Knight!

 And just when I thought that, I heard a voice behind me.

"My brother is being attacked by a man with a weapon!
Hold on, I'm coming!

 No, no, no, no, no. Don't come!
 I'm trying to buy us some time.

 Before I could shout, both of the demon villagers jumped on the Kuro Knight at the same time.