Chapter 69: Hibiki’s Distress

The battle silently began.

Finishing the ceremonial-kind of speech with the Goddess without any problems, both the empire and kingdom troops were given the Goddess’ blessing. At the same time, the demon race is supposed to have received the half curse.

Hibiki felt uneasy thinking that the Gritonia hero would do something stealthily, but it was practically him reading directly out of a paper and the speech ended without any suspense.

The kingdom’s troops began their advance just as scheduled and made contact with the enemy. Hibiki and the others, who were quite a few ways behind the frontlines, felt the air of the battlefield with their skin.

But the situation was a bit different from expectations.

It is certain that the allies’ strength increased quite a lot. Even Hibiki who was half in doubt could see in plain sight that the spell’s power had literally doubled.

However, she didn’t feel as if their enemies were halved. It is not like Hibiki herself entered the battlefield to confirm but, they didn’t seem weakened to the point of being halved.

Even so, the progress of the battle was going favorably. The hyuman side had charged a number of times in the field and were scattering the demon race as if ripping scraps of paper. There was not even a single instance where their side was forced back.

It was a progress that would make one think the only thing left is the inside of the fortress. The kingdom and also the empire pushed their troops until the front of the fortress. The front part of the fortress that was widely open by the demons themselves. Consequently, there were quite the numbers that began flooding the fortress.

The morale was high. It was just a matter of time before they could assault the inside of the fortress.

But all these chain of events in the battle were done without the assistance of Hibiki and the others, and the empire has not made any reports of the 4-armed general appearing. All these points made Hibiki have doubts. The alarms inside Hibiki’s head were ringing at full force. They are trying to tell Hibiki something.

“Ne, Naval. This is kind of weird. No matter the circumstances, this is way too easy. This place is the impregnable fortress right?” (Hibiki)

“Yeah, there’s no way this will end without us doing anything. Could it be that the empire’s hero-sama is doing quite the participation?” (Naval)

Hibiki cleanly ignores the last part of her words and just puts the point of view of the fortress in her mind. Even the mercenary who has a lot of experience in the battlefield, Naval, felt this strangeness. It may mean something is really going to happen. Her instincts are trying to tell her something, but because of her own lack of experience, she is unable to think of anything. That is irritating.

“But! As long as we conquer the gate, the battle will be decided! Soon we will be able to drop the Stella Fort! Finally we will be able to do the first step to revive Elision!” (Bredda)

Bredda was in a completely excited state. He was in a state where there is no way he can think rationally. Even Wudi who was in line with Chiya had an unusual expression of excitement while looking at the battlefield.

Chiya was getting a bit used to the battlefield, but she still held fear of the air in it. It was like she was somehow able to stay firm by staying at everyone’s side.

That’s right, Bredda and Wudi’s state told about the battlefield. Literally an assault right from the front. In the battlefield there was already no empire nor kingdom. They hold slightly different directions, but both troops collected in one at the fortress and were heading to the gate.

“I just can’t brush off this bad feeling. Wudi, Chiya-chan. Just in case, prepare a suspended spell formation for defense barrier and high-speed movement” (Hibiki)

“But doing that for everyone is impossible. It would cost me an eye to even do our surroundings” (Chiya)

Chiya’s fainthearted statement. The amount of magic power doesn’t directly relate to the range a spell can reach. She was not good at expanding the area of her spells.

“If it’s only the party, I can cast the high-speed movement. But all the unit is just impossible. I am not a spirit after all” (Wudi)

Wudi, on the other hand, didn’t have as much magic power amount as Chiya. Even if he is able to control it, the useable magic power couldn’t handle it.

“Then I don’t mind if it’s only us. We are doing nothing anyways, so please” (Hibiki)

While having puzzled feelings, the two of them accept the request of the hero. They form the spell and leave it in a standby state. They are still a hero party after all. This level of feat is possible for them.

(If it were me, what would I prepare? The thing I would do if the empire army and the kingdom army gathered in one place would be…) (Hibiki)

Hibiki ponders. The cliffs at both sides of Stela Fort. It was originally a fortress that worked as a bottleneck. Rather, she didn’t understand why the demon race had the front part of the fortress, which was narrow to begin with, open before the battle, making it easier to assault. To have soldiers stationed on the cliffs and have them attack from above. But that is already something they have been doing. The army received attacks from the upper part of the fortress and the cliffs.

What she thought about next was the difference in height. The fortress is in a high position and the hyuman troops charged from the low part of the hill road. But it isn’t a slope with that much of an inclination. From the present condition, it looks like one could use falling rocks on the front gate, but there is no plausible reason in having the enemy get so close to them just to do so.

They could also inundate the castle, but a lot of water is needed to do so. Just like the falling rocks, it feels like they are taking into account the season.

(Could it be… the one where walls on the left and right close in like in the movies of treasure hunters? That is exactly what one would use when the enemy is advancing in a narrow path. Just what in the world do they plan on doing? Well, if I can at least make it so we can return to the camp, we should be able to cope with most of anything that could come… probably) (Hibiki)

In the first place, the strategy this time had a lot of points Hibiki didn’t understand. And it is not only related to the enemy army. It is also about the hero that in the moment her companions got involved with him, they began singing praises. She just couldn’t understand. It is true that Hibiki didn’t have that much experience in night warfare, but if they are going through the trouble of doing it, at least they should do it when the moon isn’t out. And if possible in a cloudy weather with few stars, that way it would make the plan more solid, is what Hibiki thought. It seems that the Empire was pretty adamant with the day, but even after the plan started, Hibiki couldn’t understand its true meaning.

While thinking that, she looks at her own army.

This is madness. This was truly a space where madness took control. Even though the longed for fortress is right in front of their eyes, the soldiers that are in the front line could only see the gate and the capitulation of it. Moreover, in the battlefield before the gate that should normally only have front line soldiers, there are units from the middle area and even spell casters that should be in the rear. Furthermore, the same was happening with the Empire’s army.

In front of the demon race fortress that stole their friends and family. For Hibiki, this place hasn’t stolen anyone from her but, she began to understand a bit the meaning of those words from the madness that they were releasing.

(This is… war huh. Even if I understand it, it is still hard to bear. To be received with praises and shouts of joy because of killing) (Hibiki)

Even the calm Naval showed a flame in her eyes that couldn’t be hidden. The only ones feeling fear were probably Chiya and herself, is what Hibiki thought.

She saw the demon race as enemies, as existences that must be eradicated, is what she believed and thought she understood. But she didn’t notice that from a whimsical thought, she was unconsciously counting the demon race’s deaths as human deaths. These are remains of the way of thinking from her previous world. Speaking the truth, for Hibiki, the demon race’s outward appearance were those of a human being.

(No, it may be the same with Tomoki. He is a person that was originally from Japan after all. That is only if his attitude before was just him *pretending to be tough*) (Hibiki) <As in fighting his own feelings>

On the boy that looked like he trusted too much on his level, Hibiki fixed a “probably” on him while thinking. Living in a world where you wouldn’t normally get to see the death of people up close, there is no way one can adapt in this battlefield so easily after all.

“Ah, the gate is…”

“Opening!”

Naval and Bredda’s words. Hibiki thought those were her own words, but she felt relief that it would end in just her pointless fears.

The welling up yells of the united hyuman troops resound in the battlefield like angry roars.

At that moment.

The pointless fears that Hibiki had thrown away, had suddenly become real.

The ground… collapsed.

In a fortress that is on the top of a gentle hill road, just before the gates the ground opened up. Everything of it.

As if taking the yells of the hyumans as a signal.

It collapsed in a breath. Saying it more precisely, it disappeared. Below it, darkness. Even when taking into account it was night, the scenery below still felt like a deep hades.

A silence of a few seconds. So that ground was already a product of magic huh. There weren’t even sounds coming from the ground that “collapsed”.

(The ground… dissapeared?!) (Hibiki)

Was it surprise or stupefaction? A strange space with the voice of no one spread in the battlefield.

Just how many managed to understand that the ground had disappeared just like the Limia hero?

“Wudi! Chiya-chan!” (Hibiki)

Hibiki had prepared just in case, so she was able to react faster than anyone else. It was a situation where the two spells prepared could serve. In a situation where one would normally ask for the high-speed movement support magic only, just in case, there was the suspended magic formation above prepared by Chiya. A fine play from Hibiki.

After another few seconds later, the spell activated and Hibiki’s party was able to avoid dropping. A faint light blue barrier is activated as well and a magic defense dome was created.

“Aaa… aaahh…”

The voices of the falling allies were heard by the party.

There is no way to know how far this hole continued on, but since they didn’t prepare any countermeasures for it, the result that was awaiting them could already be predicted.

Looking at it in an objective way, half of the soldiers that went mad and entered the frontlines had disappeared in a second.

At the reality that one could only think of as absurd, Hibiki couldn’t utter a word. The only ones remaining from the kingdom’s army were the spell casters at the rear guard, the bow unit and the knight units that were positioned with the nobles at the center.

Partial destruction… no, a bigger damage than that.

While constantly praying that the ones who fell were able to cope with it somehow on their own, Hibiki, without caring about the place, yelled out words to her party as if trying to suppress the scream that was trying to come out.

“Wudi, for now return up! Please try to move as much to the rear as possible. Naval and Bredda will come with me and find as many units remaining as possible, Chiya maintain the barrier okay?!” (Hibiki)

Hibiki looks up. It is something to be expected but… arrows and stones, as well as spells of many colors began to rain at them.

“… Naval, Bredda. Change of plans. Until we are able to return up, intercept!  Come out as well Horn! We are going to survive!” (Hibiki)

While Hibiki calls from the silver belt the guardian wolf beast, Horn, her words were also to encourage herself.


 

Translator: Some may be as confused as me in the last part. Wudi was supposed to use a “high-speed movement” which is a teleport skill, they would teleport outside the hole and then look for everyone. But it seems they are still inside the hole with only the barrier to make them float, maybe? And a lot of attacks began to rain while they were still inside the hole. I don’t have a clear image of what position they are in right now.

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111 thoughts on “Chapter 69: Hibiki’s Distress

      1. RIP in Pepperoni Reigokai. Thanks for the chapter, let’s hope Makoto appears soon, the waiting about what happened to him became a cliff

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      2. Yes Yes… Feel it! Feel your anger and pain course through you. It shall give you power! Soon my handsome translator, soon we shall restore the MC to his rightful place…

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      3. At least it’s not Tomoki’s POV.

        Right now I’d rate chapters’ POV as:
        Asora group > Asora’s allies (the sisters, Reinbrahdt, etc) > Hibiki = Revenge Princess > Anything else > Tomoki.

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    1. Sorry Firo-san, but fillers are a necessary evil. Also, I haven’t seen you comment for a while. Other people have been taking the position of first comment, one that I feel belongs to you.

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      1. Explains why I have been out of work for a while. Still, I’m not complaining. I’d rather get through this filler as fast as possible. So thank you, Reigo-senpai.

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      1. yea but in death march the other characters are likeable where as it has this one douchebag that everyone wants dead

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    2. Is it really filler?
      The also called the Chapter about the other reincarnated people in Kumo desga nani ka? filler, but they are important for the story. So don´t call it light heartedly a filler, only because the MC is yet to appear xD

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      1. Makoto side:
        On the way to Academy, Makoto alone disappears in the midst of teleporting between towns. Tomoe calms the other two down, and using her big sis knowledge she narrows the possible culprits down to either another dragon like her, or Bug. Tomoe then decides that she’ll go meet the dragon, even fighting it if it kidnapped Makoto, Shiki will head to Academy town so he can act as relay point for Makoto to jump to there when he returns, Mio will be waiting in Asora in case Makoto escapes his captor and return on his own, most likely injured and will need healing.

        Heroes:
        The Empire and Limia are going to attack a key fortress by using the two heroes.
        The day before the battle, Hibiki is ‘invited’ to a strategy meeting/dinner on Empire site, there she notes the strageness of her allies giving praises to the pompous idiot.
        But nothing really happens and she return to rest at her own side, waiting for the night attack (this chapter)

        If you mean Rembrandt’s chapter, it’s just him more or less confirming he’s an ally, the state of things and cluing us what to come (Makoto head to academy town, both Heroes attacking this fort, his daughters adoring Makoto, etc)

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      1. They aren’t apart of Makoto’s harem and future chapters will prove that Hibiki really isn’t worth Makoto’s time. (Since this the translation site that’s as far as I’ll go for spoiling.)

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      2. I’m just continuing where your recent comment left off, Hokoga-san.

        I was pretty much saying what I saw from previous comments from previous chapters. There are a lot of Makoto x Hibiki and Makoto x Chiya shippers already. That’s why I said that. Don’t forget, I can’t read Kanji, Katakana, or Hiragana. I can only depend of Google translator with the raws, so I can’t really read too far ahead as it’s practically unreadable. However, I have read a little of Makoto’s own encounter with Tomoki and both Tomoe and Mio talking with Hibiki and her crew. So I don’t know as much as you do, but I do know a little.

        I can only assume that Hibiki isn’t worth Makoto’s time due to the bug. Which saddens me because I kinda did ship Makoto x Hibiki. However, please don’t answer me as to why Hibiki’s not worth it? I’d rather wait and find out on that one. And thank you as well, I can stick with my Makoto x Mio and Makoto x Toa ships😄 I know, I’m shipper-trash.

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      3. Sorry it’s not like I was trying to trash everybody’s favorite pairing, I was just a little confused as to why so many commenters are acting like Makoto x Hibiki was already an established fact, but the story isn’t over yet so I can’t say for sure that your fav pairing won’t happen.

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      4. I know that sinking our ships was not your intention. Still, you are right. Makoto x Hibiki is not established. People were pretty much considering that ship sailed because Hibiki is nothing like Tomoki (despite all three of them being from the same world) or the Bug. However, there’s the theory that Makoto is the boy from her world that Hibiki never got the chance to talk to as well. I will admit, even I assumed that at first. However, there is no concrete proof of that either. For all we know, it was probably Makoto’s lady-killer of a friend? Either way, no one knows what the future holds. For now, all we can do is read, all Reigokai-senpai can do is translate, and all Kei Azumi can do is write.

        Either way, I can’t wait to see what’s ahead.

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      5. Because they are the only ones who arent corrupt or messed up in their head. I think of them as allies not potential harem members, that thought didnt even cross my mind. I just wanted those two far away from those messed up peoples.

        Also, didnt Tsukuyomi tell Makoto to watch over them\help them out? Tomoki being a messed up guy is crossed off the list, while Hibiki most likely will end up in a really tight spot. Thats when the MC normally shows up to save Hibki and Chiya.

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  1. / ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ \
    |  Thanks!!!! Nepu!!!! |
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        (´・ω・)
    ぶお~ん( ⊃┳⊃
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  2. At this rate, Waka will be back next volume xD
    I don’t really want Makoto anything to do with this war though… The empire and their hero are annoying mind controllers, the kingdom and their hero are too into beauty(I can see Hibiki giving Makoto the cold shoulder because of his face, i may be wrong but is the feeling I get from her), and the Demons are a possible future ally(against the damn bug)… So he getting involved in this will only be bothersome… I want him back but on his own adventure(if possible kicking some kidnapper golden(i think) dragon’s ass xD)

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    1. Are people this stupid or do they think Demons are good guys when they also enslave demihumans and as in the case with the Ogres, one of them was manipulating one of the Ogres to spy on their own village.

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  3. Now see, this, THIS is why the Hymans are losing the war.

    General: Our plan is to have ALL of our military forces get juiced up and charge the front gates all at once through a narrow canyon that is flanked on both sides by sheer cliffs we cannot climb up. By doing this we will be forcing ALL of our military force into one movement that will obviously catch the enemy unawares and crush all of them in one fell drive. See how smart we are?

    Soldier: What if the enemy knows we’ll do that from the 20 other times we’ve done the exact same thing before, and uses it as an opportunity to spring a wide area trap to annihilate the military might of both the Hyuman armies with a single decisive blow?

    General: EXECUTE THIS MAN FOR HERETICAL THOUGHT!

    Hymans have definitely been made to follow the Goddess’ way of thinking. Really, the only thing I’m happy about in these two chapters is the world building and thinking, “At some point, our MC is going to be fighting an army of Hyumans, or a small group of Hyumans that take on the Goddess’ blessing, and strikes him with a curse. It’s going to be so much fun seeing the MC just blast through the curse using his power.”

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    1. Yeah, they aren’t numbered so one has to pass a lot of hardship to find the correct chapter. And sometimes it places you in the wrong chapter

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      1. Finally, someone who remembers how the demons mistreated non-hyumans! This is why Makoto will never side with the demon lord, Makoto is the one who cares about those forsaken by the bug.

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      2. No, so far the demons are not shown to judge by appearance, but I get the impression that they view everyone that are not demons as lesser beings.

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    1. What, demons tricked an orc village to sacrifice all their females for several years until there was only one girl left and tried to frame a Dragon who was just sleeping but they dared to use her name in order to make her be the one to receive the orcs’ hatred.

      Are people who read this LN this blind? Quit sucking the demons’ dick for once and use your brain.

      Nobody is good in this LN, including the MC. At least, Hibiki and the brat have only been killing soldiers who live and get paid to war.

      Meanwhile, MC murdered a civilian adventurer that only caused deaths because none of the stupid dwarves ever told MC that the rings they gave him could one day become powerful bombs and MC was naive in thinking people would get over their fear of 24/7 always forever hungry spider monsters that get nicknamed as Chaos or Calamities.

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      1. Dude if you hate everyone then watching them suffer is a good thing, no? This worlds history is literally full of hyumans making everyone else suffer till the goddess took her little nap. Now that she woke up it’s nice to know the hyumans aren’t returning to their undeserved glory days.

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  4. That drug the idiot tomoki was fed with, did it reduce his life span? Like the wonder steroid hody jones and his crew eat.
    Nothing is true in vegas, wish makoto would sink the idiot. The face of the princess when her plan are destroyed probably would the best expression ever. Broken.

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  5. Thanks for the hard work🙂 From a logistical point of view, I wish these hero chapters had come -before- Makoto disappeared in a poof of light. There’d be a lot fewer complaints around here if we had gone directly from where he disappeared to where he reappears. Assuming he doesn’t end up on the heroes’ battlefield after all, of course😀

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  6. Thank for the update

    Excellent tactic on the demon side, though a competent general would figured it out( you don’t want to seriously attack on above if there’s something down below after all)

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  7. thx for the hard work _ ( )_
    i am i the only one “enjoing” this whole build up?
    i might break my face later but i am trusting the autor to deliver something with this whole war and Waka desaperence~~

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  8. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Don’t the hyuman side have any COMPETENT strategist or tactician? That wasn’t even an army, it was a mob.

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    1. You do realize they’re always fight in a generalize rule of “the most beautiful win”, right? Their …”Tactican” just isn’t used to fight in what we call “real battle”, and simply lacked experience.

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  9. So the hyumans really know nothing of strategy, and they let their emotions get the best of them. The fact that that was a trap was painfully obvious. Although, that was a good trap. I don’t think any of the readers could have predicted that the demons would collapse the entire road into a massive pitfall. Magic really creates a whole new dimension to traps like this. And the author really did good coming up with this one. Anybody could write some conventional magical attack but this is something else.

    Thanks for translating this Rei-sensei.

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    1. Nah, it’s kinda hint toward that that any experience general could pick it up, like the fact that they intentionally let them win in order to raise the enemy momentum, or that any of their attack are used to diverted their attention from the ground. It’s not like we don’t use pitfall technique without magic. In fact, it’s commonly used in guerllia tactic, where they lay the trap on their way to escape to kill their force and slow them down.

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      1. Yeah, pitfalls are basic combat for anyone in a disadvantaged position, you’re right about that. But, because the camouflage covering them needs to be just enough to look believable with ruining the effectiveness of the trap, they are usually only useful for making the enemy bleed abit. I was remarking the fact that the demons pulled an entire hill out from under the bulk of the hyuman army. That’s what I meant about magic creating an entire new dimension to this sort of warfare.

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  10. I’m feeling like Demons’d have both armies and heroes greatly and then Makoto appear at the dawn… Not many reasons for him to rescue hyumans, though.

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      1. it was said that the only people who had the same magic power color is bug and the dragon so only other people possible besides them is another god so him being there is unlikely

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  11. Hmmmm. the cliffs are getting deeper and deeper.
    There’s the cliff for the academy town journey, enrollment, daughters of rembrandt, and now the Stella fort fight.
    Makoto’s disappearance probably has some relation to the Volume 4 cover of the light novel.

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  12. would be really funny if the “hero” dies on this atack and hibiki had to shoulder the war, like change her into another kind of char, or the “hero” is found and helped by her but after that he makes her group leave her to death with the litle girl and go off as hibiki died in the fight… would make a good setting for makoto rescue her and idk get stabbed since hibiki is a godness follower? so manny choices.

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