Chapter 73: Decision in Stella

“W-What?!”

The swordswoman that had fallen back had now returned, her body clad in radiance.

The attack that Io used as a feint was evaded in a speed that was clearly at a completely different level from before and, just like that, her sword travels to his flank.

Tightening his abdominal muscles, the attack that was repelled until now had brilliantly cut the body of the giant and blood flowed.

“It can cut!”

“Naval, what kind of magic is that?! I will also go to the rear and have it casted on me as well!” (Hibiki)

“Hahaha, Hibiki that is impossible. This needs a special catalyst after all! Just obediently provide me support!” (Naval)

Naval stops Hibiki who was already trying to head to the rear.

“Wu wu, if you had such a trump card, you should have used it faster! You are sparkling and look beautiful too~” (Hibiki)

“We are pushing hard!”

The speed of Naval was originally higher than him. Even if Io’s strategy is to freely move his sturdy body with fluent body techniques, against the hyuman whose height is different and excelled his speed, it was impossible to evade them completely. Now that her attacks were connecting properly to damage, the schema has made a complete reversal.

Keeping a distance not too far yet not too close, she coils about the demon general Io while one-sidedly cutting him.

There was no chance for Hibiki to intervene, Naval was dishing as much attacks as she wanted. With her speed, there was no chance to follow her and the wounds continued.

Compared to the regeneration, the speed in which he received wounds was faster. But at this rate, it will never reach a fatal wound. The wound she did at the beginning in his flank has already healed. If there is something she can aim for, it would be the weakening of his strength by lost of blood. As expected, things like neck, chest and stomach; he didn’t permit her to aim at them.

Hibiki’s two handed attacks leave shallow cuts. She is changing into a style where his muscles won’t be able to catch her attacks. Putting slicing as her objective, she is moving in a way so the previous error doesn’t occur again.

But in that turn of events there is one knight that had practically stopped parrying attacks or stopping them. He looked at the battle with a dazed expression.

“… That is… Rose Sign. Are you kidding me? Why does she have such a…” (Bredda)

It seems he had noticed something, he turned to the rear where Wudi is.

Wudi, who knew the position of prince that Bredda possessed, could only turn his eyes away.

No one in the party except Wudi knows, about Bredda holding the position of prince. Because of that, there were a lot of chances where he obtained information other people would be unable to touch. In that information, there was also the reason as to why Naval was able to change this situation into an advantageous one.

A fragment of a rose, Rose Sign.

Its size is on the level of a coin, but in reality it is one of the magic items that holds terrifying power.

It’s a one-time use item and, when used, the pattern of a crimson rose will appear at the back of your neck. This is also one of the reasons for its name.

Its effect is simple. It uses life as food and forcefully brings out power. When it is born, it will slowly consume you until your death and will greedily devour that power you will never be able to recover. And so, it will provide the user with strength surpassing one’s limits.

The effective time is until that person dies. It is by no means a long time. That is to say, in exchange for a power that the user will never be able to obtain in his entire life, your death is set in stone.

“Calling such a thing… a plan? Naval, you are…” (Bredda)

A pure swordswoman like her can’t activate it. Bredda understands that. His thoughts reach at the conclusion that it must be Wudi or Chiya that cooperated with her.

(It is most likely Wudi. If it were Chiya, she wouldn’t be cheering so merrily for her. Is she going to such lengths to protect Hibiki-dono and I?!) (Bredda)

It is certainly not a situation where they could survive with the sacrifice of no one.

However, to take all the responsibility by herself and forcing her own death, it is something Bredda would never approve. The knight that faked his social position and joined the party, still didn’t have the way of thinking a royalty should possess. Sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice someone. This reality is one that a politician can’t avoid.

And actually, the effectiveness of Rose Sign is immense. Even in the present state, Io, who had been proving a difficult time for them, was now taking the defensive. He is someone that even with a handicap of 4-times blessing was still able to win.

“Ah, Naval! You must not, that attack is…!” (Hibiki)

There is no way to know if Hibiki’s warning reached her. Naval, who had jump up to the air, swung her sword straight ahead and got the demon general’s arm. And then, that sword continues unto its insides… and stops.

“I got you!” (Io)

Io wedged the sword and tightened his muscles. His opposite arm fires a powerful uppercut at Naval.

“Not yet!!” (Naval)

In midair, she puts her right hand on top of the left that is at the back of the sword’s handle and places force as if pushing her whole body. Naval, kicking the body of Io, uses that momentum to push the sword that had stopped in the middle and slices the bone and remaining meat.

The uppercut that was approaching her from below, Naval manages to put her feet on top of it and use that strength to propel her to the direction of the attack.

Io didn’t let out a single scream from having his arm cut off and didn’t stop his fist either. Nevertheless, one could clearly see that he was sweating and looking at his own arm that was now bleeding, he finally distorted his expression.

A blood spray that had never occurred was happening now.

“How scary, white woman. You said your name is Naval? Knowing an attack was coming and yet still greedily come to get my arm, moreover, kicking my fist and killing its power. Are you a monster of the sword?” (Io)

“For a demon general to call me a monster. It doesn’t feel bad. I now grasped the way to cut off your arms. If the arms that protect you are gone, it will be easier to make your head fly” (Naval)

Laughing fearlessly, she brushes off the blood sticking onto her sword. Her sword was already clad in a faint radiance and the white aura that she was releasing from inside her was steadily getting stronger. The shining aura flows to all sides as if dancing and then disappears.

“So there’s a hyuman magic I don’t know right? Honestly, I am deeply surprised” (Io)

“Well, I am surprised as well. At your power that I can’t overwhelm even when going to such lengths that is. As expected from a 4-armed giant race. You are one of those we call genius huh” (Naval)

“… I was originally a normal 2-armed giant you know? What you cut off is not one of my original arms” (Io)

Io responds to Naval’s praise.

“At that time when we were attacked by the spider, I couldn’t save my best friend. When I managed to repel it with my wound-filled body, I returned with his arms and transplanted it on me. It took a lot of time until I was able to move them properly though” (Io)

“Well, that was impolite of me then. I am sorry but I will have to finish this. There is also a fox woman right? From the 4 demon generals you are the weakest one. We can’t take our time” (Naval)

The light that was coming from Naval’s body surpassed its peak and was now weakening.

Maybe she is self-aware of this or maybe not, she once again begins her offensive.

“I am the weakest? Fumu, it seems you guys are doing a weird labeling there. Why would a weak general come to the frontlines? In terms of battle, I am the strongest one of the demon generals. There’s no demon general that can beat me in a one-on-one” (Io)

Against Naval’s fierce attack, Io limits himself to harden only the parts that he uses to guard and slowly manages to make them shallow. In these scene where blood is spraying here and there, Io seems to be calm, but in reality he is slightly reorganizing.

“That is good news then! If we manage to defeat you, we will be able to make a big step forward!” (Naval)

She didn’t even flinch at the words “strongest”. Naval goes full force at the demon general.

While handling the combo of fists, she puts force into the arm holding the sword and little by little, using full powered attacks, she maintains her distance while mobilizing.

In the middle of that, Naval does one step back and turns over her body. As if he had been waiting for this moment, she did just as Io planned.

(No good! Naval hasn’t noticed?!) (Bredda)

Bredda, who has been watching that fight with complex emotions, holds fears about Naval not being able to evade the next attack that is coming from the demon general.

It may be because Bredda receives attacks a lot, he is skilled at reading his enemy’s knacks.

This time, Io moved knowing that Naval would take her distance because she didn’t like how the situation was flowing.

“… A kick?!”

That’s right. Io hadn’t used a kick at all until now.

The distance it has is wider compared to a fist. The place where Naval is, is not a safe range anymore. She is within his range sphere.

In the space between them that she thought was safe, a fast kick that doesn’t fit the appearance of this giant was released. Avoiding it was impossible.

“You shouldn’t be careless!” (Io)

“Seriously!” (Bredda)

From the side of the released kick, a shadow appears.

Bredda, who had noticed Io’s prediction, moved to make a follow-up. From the front this attack is dangerous to defend, but attacking the leg from the side to shift its direction is something he can somehow manage. Bredda’s decision was correct.

Getting his kick’s direction shifted by an unexpected obstruction, of course, the balance of his body crumbles. Naval’s eyes shine with the desire to attack.

“I did it!” (Bredda)

Replacing the kick of Io, comes Naval. Her movements while spreading light powder were beautiful like a dance.

Io, who had read the aim of the girl accurately, leaves the arm that is supporting his body and uses the two remaining arms to protect his neck.

“I won’t get in the way! At this moment he isn’t even able to counterattack right?!” (Hibiki)

Hibiki forcefully cuts one of the arms of his and strikes his whole body. If it is at least cutting off one of the arms that are protecting his neck, it is possible.

“Hibiki, thank you!” (Naval)

Slipping through the arm that was left, Naval’s sword reaches Io’s neck.

“Nuu wu! Gu!!!”

She wasn’t able to make it fly off. It took her all to slip through his arm and release a punch.

But the sword of her, certainly got through his neck. The white radiance that was covering the sword was now shining faintly and only protecting Naval’s body.

The white swordswoman uses her remaining power to try and cut off his neck by placing force on the opposite side.

It doesn’t budge.

The sword that had gone through his neck didn’t move a centimeter.

“Praiseworthy. To think you would be able to do this much. I apologize for my impoliteness of thoroughly making light of you guys” (Io)

“… You bastard. That body is…” (Naval)

The purple skin of Io began to dye in pitch black.

“To think in this fight I would find an opponent I have to use my all” (Io)

The words of the black giant sent chills down Naval’s spine. The sword that had clearly reached to his throat by pressing all of the strength of both of her arms, was brushed to the side. The sword… broke.

Without minding that, she exchanged looks with Hibiki and Bredda and took her distance from Io. He didn’t give chase.

The giant, with the sword’s edge still in his neck, stays standing.

“… This is a joke right? Are you telling me from now on its stage 2?” (Hibiki)

Hibiki’s words are blurred. Until now it has been already been a plenty strong opponent that they could hardly match and yet, he becomes even stronger. There is no situation more despairing than this.

“No way. To not even use all of his strength when fighting Naval in that state” (Bredda)

Bredda’s words were of mortification, a person that has been filled with despair.

“Sorry there” (Io)

Io silently prepares.

“Wudi!!!!” (Naval)

The words of Io were drowned by Naval’s yell and resounds in the area.

Wudi, returning to his senses, quickly activates a spell he had prepared.

“Chiya, I will activate high-speed mobilization. Do a follow-up!” (Wudi)

“Y-Yes!” (Chiya)

The opened hands he placed to the front were retracted and tightly gripped at the same time. His eyes were firmly locked at Hibiki and Bredda. He didn’t look at Naval.

“Eh”

“Uah”

Both Hibiki and Bredda felt like they were pulled by something and were brought to Wudi’s side.

He closes his eyes. For the sake of reaffirming his determination.

An unexpected turn of events occurred, but he already accepted the predicted future he talked with her in the thought transmission.

The wide opened eyes of Wudi were only looking at the path the Gritonia hero took. There may be some soldiers blocking the way, but there is no doubt that is the place with less defenses.

He hoists his staff.

“Wai- Wudi?” (Hibiki)

He ignores Hibiki’s words.

On the contrary, with the spell activated on top of Chiya’s support, they retreat from the battlefield at a speed not seen before.

“Eh, Wudi-san! Naval-san is still!” (Hibiki)

“Chiya, you must not, at any cost, cut off the support” (Wudi)

“Wudi! What are you doing?!” (Hibiki)

“Bredda-sama. Please hold down hero-dono. I don’t mind if it is only for a short while” (Wudi)

Without hearing the opinions of anyone…

Wudi fulfilled his promise with Naval and used his magic at max power to bring the party outside the boundaries of the battlefield. The demon soldiers that touched the gentle green area that surrounds the party were cut into pieces, and coupled with their screams, they went at full speed. Even when they arrived where the Kingdom’s soldiers who were trying to save Hibiki were, they still didn’t drop their speed.

The moment the spell lost its effect, he didn’t speak a word and just fainted.

At the other side.

Io, who had understood the reason of Naval’s shout, ordered the soldiers to pursuit them. However, the party passed through the battlefield at high speed and it was quite the difficult order to follow. The ones who followed this order faithfully were turned into minced meat, the arrows were broken and the spells were blocked and avoided.

“Wudi-dono, I am truly grateful” (Naval)

“This is your plan huh” (Io)

With a bitter-filled expression, Io asks the hyuman woman left.

“Yeah, that’s right. My trump card is a bit dangerous you see” (Naval)

Saying that, Naval puts up her stance with her broken sword. The radiance that was rising from her body was already hollow, and what was left only dispersed.

“I can’t see you able to fight anymore though. Even so, you will continue?” (Io)

The words of the giant were like a sigh that resounded in the place.

“Of course. I haven’t used my everything yet after all!” (Naval)

The light in Naval’s eyes were actually stronger even in this situation. Holding tightly her broken sword, she reduces her distance between Io.

“Are you wishing for an honorable death?!” (Io)

“My life would have mercilessly and worthlessly fallen in the battlefield anyways!! I am able to decide my death place, I got a reason to die, and moreover, I am able to remain in the memories of an irreplaceable friend! For the death of the sword monster, this is a stage that is too good!” (Naval)

“Wha-“(Io)

Io was thinking Naval would evade his fist and advance to pointblank range. Seeing his prediction turn out completely different, he unconsciously voices out his surprise.

The demon general’s fist… pierced the girl. It’s an attack that anyone would be able to tell it is a fatal wound. Naval, who had a fist growing out of her back, just what was she expecting to do now?

The girl who was vomiting blood, raised the corners of her mouth.

“Come to me, Death Messenger” (Naval)

“?!”

Just before death, the whisper of Naval didn’t reach Io’s ears.

In an instant, the blue fire that spread out in his surroundings covered all his field of vision. The fire steadily converged onto him and her as if trying to surround them, turning everything that touched it into dust.

It wasn’t the vivid sky blue that refreshes one’s eyes…

It’s like the one you see after dusk, a dark and stagnant blue.

“This is… this is?!” (Io)

An ancestral magic that uses life as its price, is what Io concluded. Because she is a swordswoman, this possibility completely slipped from his mind. Now that the two who could use magic were gone, in a part of his mind he had set that there was no “magic” in her options.

Extremely high density blue flame balls were wrapping up Naval’s corpse and the black giant.

With an expression as if he would explode at any moment, he made himself smaller, and in the area, one could hear the shouts of Io. Maybe it took the increasing shouts of him as a signal, the blue flames showed a change.

In the moment they shone brightly, at the next instant, they created a large explosion.

The explosion was vast in range and the demons and hyumans aiming to retreat in the surroundings were caught in the blast.

A thunderous roar rules the entire area for a moment, a flame that burns the battlefield.

When the two of them vanished, a charred lump of something was left on the ground.

What was once Io.

With a form as if cowering, the charred body looked like a big rock.

Beside that rock, a blue skinned woman that appeared out of nowhere touched his hand.

She seemed like a demon, but in that face the horns that are their special trait are nowhere to be found. She had a slim figure and an extreme outfit that barely hid the most important parts.

She looked at the black lump with bored eyes.

“Io, wake up. You are not dead right?”

“…..”

“We still have the mending of the “Hades” so do it quickly. Even if we have concluded it beautifully, we still have to do the maintenance properly. Hey, wake up!”

The demon woman, who didn’t hold a sliver of doubt about his survival, kicks the black rock. It seems she was in a bad mood.

The scene where he showed Hibiki his regenerated charred arm, was once again reproduced but with his whole body.

“She did a good one on me, that woman” (Io)

“… As expected, you were still alive huh. To kill you would take quite a lot. Let’s return, we still have a lot to report after all”

“Yeah, go ahead first” (Io)

“Ah, is that so. Then return walking. To say such a cold thing even when I went out of my way to come and get you”

“… Naval huh. That name… I will remember it” (Io)

Io looks deeply emotive at the arm that was sliced by a single hyuman. The figure of the woman is nowhere to be found. Not only her body, even her sword and tools; everything turned to dust.

“Ah that’s right. The blitz attack on Limia Kingdom failed”

“What?!” (Io)

Hearing the unexpected words, Io’s voice gets rough. The actions of that woman called Naval were out of expectations, but the strategy as a whole should have been proceeding smoothly.

For the part he was the most confident to succeed to have failed, his reaction was natural.

“In the time you were turned into an ugly rock, a number of unexpected events occurred. And so, the other side failed. Later I will tell you the parts we could understand”

“That group of monsters… failed?” (Io)

“That’s right. Right now they are weak enough even we would be able to kill them. Just what in the world happened? If I were there accompanying them, I would have been able to see”

“I can’t believe it” (Io)

“Isn’t it just that in this world we don’t know what could happen? Even I, if these were how it ended, it wouldn’t be fun. If I knew this would happen, I would have killed the Gritonia Hero. The effect of the ring was instant on that side. He became a small fry in a breath”

The woman that was already flying in the sky, without hiding her bad mood, throws casually at Io words that could be taken as a monologue of her. Afterwards, he returned to Stella Fort alone.

Maybe he wasn’t perfect yet, he dragged his body while getting in contact with the soldiers and ordering them to clean up the remaining hyumans. And following the path the woman took, Io returned to the fortress.

Like this, the Stella Fort capture battle had ended.

Leaving a big wound on the hyumans…

And moving the world bit by bit.

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129 thoughts on “Chapter 73: Decision in Stella

  1. And so, after this. It is Makoto’s screen time, right!?!? I’m getting bored without Makoto in actions. It doesn’t mean I’m getting bored reading the Novel it self. haha😀
    Anyway, Thank you for your hard work so far! I’m looking forward to the next Makoto’s Comeback!😀

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    1. I still think a series of magical accidents, pulled over a massive power source from a parallel dimension, causing a massive explosion at the Limia ambush site. These kinds of things tend to happen when nukes walk among us.

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      1. Indeed it is as you said. But after knowing Makoto’s partial ability, the others are pale in comparison (from my own opinion though). Well, I won’t blame it on author for that. Also, side stories tend to tells about whatever event happened in other location far from the MC, though he will later join those event. Giving us the background of those event. but, it is kinda like a distraction to me though.😀

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  2. thanks you so much for the chapter🙂
    RIP Naval… I don’t like anyone from the heroes’ parties(much less the heroes themselves) but at least you could say you are the one I dislike the least… your death was heroic and will be remembered… maybe for a month(which is a lot)🙂

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    1. She managed to leave her mark on him, though, he will remember her. On the other hand it looks like the problem is weapons technology and combat tactics. Grittonia, arguably the stronger Hyuuman superpower, is making their advances by studying their hero and his tools; but the demons have been studying things like Mio, objectively a much better example to follow.

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      1. If Makoto didnt hate all the hyumans, or the damn bug, couldnt he teach them Japanese archery, which would ridiculously increase their mana pool? Shouldnt he teach that to his followers?
        THEY WOULD BE UNSTOPPABLE.
        I actually enjoyed the heros (Hibiki’s) side! A Nice change of pace!
        Thank you so much.

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      2. With the way their world is currently set up, it’s possible for people to erase themselves, or worse, if they make a mistake training with Makoto’s method. That’s on top, of the worst case, if people are successful with that training, you could potentially be spawning new bugs…

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      3. In response to Nakiami,
        From what I understand its not the archery but the focusing practice he does before where he uses his extreme focus to dissolve and recreate his consciousness. This for the most part seems to be a unique constitution of his based on how the others had described it. Its basically his special ability to be able to concentrate to an extreme which is what he uses to do that mana doubling thing. Besides its not really something he needs to teach. I mean mio and tomoe already know how its done when they saw him do it and there is no real special technique to it.

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      4. @Nakiami: Even Tomoe and Mio says they can’t do it.

        The meditation he did (the thing that made his power goes up, not the shooting) is essentially to completely disperse yourself, becoming one with the world, then gather yourself whole again.

        That first step alone would ‘kill’ anyone else doing it.

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  3. Navel, Rest in Peace. Your memory has been engraved into the hearts of your friends and the enemy you failed to slay. Now as for why the blitz failed… I think we all know what happened😄

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  4. I’m sure Makoto is the reason the other attack failed.
    Thank you for the releases and I have read them all. I think the golden light dropped makoto right in the demon army’s path.

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  5. Thanks for the chapter! Next up : Makoto shows the demon invasion force what it means to disturb a being closest to a god! Wonder if we’re going to see mountain-destroying arrows ala Galveira😀

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  6. Thanks for the chapter. Didn’t care to much about the chapters Tomoki was in, but this fight with lo kept my attention. Even though I didn’t know much about Naval’s character, I was still sad to see her die, and in vain no-less.

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    1. It was not really in vain.
      If she hadn’t burned her whole life to try and kill Io, Io would have probably killed Hibiki. Thanks to her sacrifice, Hibiki managed to escape. Well, she was forced to by Wudi, but she still escaped.

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  7. Hey, great chapter.
    While I like focus on the MC, some side story is also nice. It let’s us see how events started, what caused them, or another point of view for that event.

    Anyway, Makoto has Sakai, and he said that he doesn’t know the full extent of its abilities, so who knows? He might be able to bring Naval back in some form or other. He is essentially ascending to the level of a god.

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  8. Makoto wrecked the demon army and if the shit goddes pulled him there she a birch for that because you say you don’t need him and now you use him talk about a shitty goddess

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  9. thanks for chapter
    somehow for me, reading naval’s heroic death doesn’t give much emotion impact, compare with reading girard’s death

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  10. / ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ \
    |  Thanks!!!! Nepu!!!! |
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        (´・ω・)
    ぶお~ん( ⊃┳⊃
        ε´ヽJ⌒ノ
       ( ( ・ω・)
    ≡≡≡◎-◎^^⊃^⊃

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  11. “I can’t see you able to fight anymore though. Even so, you will continue?”
    “I can’t say you are able to fight anymore though. Even so, you will continue?”
    Sounds better.

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  12. fuck you are awesome, i will always tell you that thanks for the chapter i feel like all this events will come together with the history line and the mc

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  13. Disappointed at Hibiki’s reaction on Naval. it was like a child seeing his friend having a new toy,did she forgot they’re fighting for their life or because at thing like that happens in their past battles (maybe she read/watched too much shounen). that part reminded me of some Heroes that thinks they’re in a game that no matter what happens they’ll win at the end. and ofcourse incoming drama from Hibiki later.

    RIP Naval,as long as Hibiki is in the story i’ll never forget you.

    so next chapter is our MC finally. if Makoto is the golden light on the previous chapter,maybe it’s caused by a different person because i don’t really understand why the Bug will use Makoto,and as if Makoto will allow it without a condition. it might be because he does have a different blessing that it distorted the warp or he’s from a different world and he doesn’t have the Bug’s blessing like the other 2 heroes. oh well we’ll know it next chapter

    Thanks for you hard work😀

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    1. Yea, the goddess must have been sock by the blessing canceler and was forced to call back the “true” hero, makoto.

      thanks for the chapter

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  14. I care more about the Demon Generals than I do the hero parties. It’s sad, but I wouldn’t care if all of them died (except the heroes because I want to see a confrontation with Mikoto).

    Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. You’re assuming Makoto is “against” the hyumans. He certainly killed that nameless girl, but even he wouldn’t want to see them exterminated like you seem to think he would. He has his followers, and if they can live in peace with the hyumans, then it’s ideal. But certainly he does wish for a settlement where the so-called demons have a decent place to stay (even if that place is Asora) and everyone is satisfied.

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  15. is this series going to be dark? I feel hibiki might go revenge mode, death to all non hyumans.
    makoto and hibiki might end up on opposite sides..

    sad for naval to go but I feel it’s much better than being under tomoki’s demon eyes though.

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  16. Demon woman: “So what happened to the Expeditionary force?”
    Soldier: “Er… well… we were marching in a column towards the capital when all of a sudden, we met a blue haired woman shouting “WAKA-SAMA!!!???”
    Demon woman: “So she stopped you to ask if you saw this “waka-sama”?
    Soldier: “Er…no… she just ran through the army yelling “waka-sama”…by the time we got all those that were sent flying back into formation, it was already 2 hours later.”
    Demon woman: “So you retreated from a single woman who wasn’t even looking for you?”
    Solider: “….no, after we got sorted out, we met this girl in a black dress…”
    Demon woman: “So what did this girl do?”
    Soldier: “She grabbed every one of us and started shaking us, asking “Have you seen my waka-sama??!!!” before tossing us aside!”
    Demon woman: “All 2,000 of you?!”
    Soldier: “She was very fast! By that time, after the whiplash and the dizziness, most of the army was already in bad shape…”
    Demon woman: “So where is this girl in a black dress now?”
    Soldier: “No idea, last anyone saw of her, she was following the blue haired girl in the opposite direction.”
    Demon woman: “So you ran?”
    Soldier: “…no…”
    Demon woman: “And?”
    Soldier: “After we treated the injuries, we got the unit back to marching order. That was when we met a guy with red hair asking us if we saw…..”
    Demon woman: “What did he ask if you saw?”
    Soldier: “No idea, by the time he said “Did you guys see…”, we all started running for it, twice is enough for us to learn our lesson.”
    😛

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    1. I blame this on too much Astrix when I was younger.🙂

      *Demon woman meets Makoto*

      Demon woman: “So, you are this “waka-sama”.”
      *Army starts to look nervous*
      Demon woman: “You should be honoured, not many people would force us to use an army to hunt down one person, “waka-sama”.”
      *Army starts to look very nervous*
      Tomoe: “WAKA-SAMA I FOUND YOU!!!”
      Demon woman: “Hey!! Hey you guys!! Quit running away!!! …stupid Pavlovian conditioning…”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_conditioning#Conditioned_emotional_response

      And thus started the legend that Makoto was so powerful that he routed an army of demons just by yelling loudly. Till this day, members of that demon army would run away in fear whenever the words “waka” was used.
      😛

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  17. Sooooo… I didnt read them pov chapters. I just dont like them, and I failed at skimming. >_< Lol. Someone kind enough to give the outlines of what happened? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Well, its like that:

      Limia and Bretonia are going to attack the fortress at full moon night (because of Bretonia insistence and Bakamoki immortality). Hibiki wonder what is the reason for this, and the 2 heroes’ parties meet for a dinner. Bakamoki is a complete rude ass, but almost everyone from her party (except herself and Chika, the healer girl) falls pray to his demon eyes. After dinner, Hibiki Wonders if ppl get wierd by meeting the other hero.

      Battle time. The hyumans get the double power blessing from the Bug, but Hibiki notices the demon side doesn’t seem to be weakened by the half power curse. Even so the hyumans have the advantage, but when they get to the very front of the fortress, the floor colapses and takes almost the entire hyuman army down. Bakamoki’s party wants to rescue possible survivors on their dragon pet, but their “hero” convinces them to just kill the demons and open a escape route for themselves. Magic communications are cut off.

      In the middle of escaping, Hibiki tells Bakamoki to go back and organize the remaining hyuman troops, while she faces the four armed demon general. During the fight, the general uses a special ring to completely nulify the influence of the Bug (take that! XDDD) in a large area, meaning the heroes’ blessings became ineffective (like the demon curse was from the very beginning). Hibiki has a good level and training, so it doesn’t make much difference for her, but bakamoki, despite having a much higher level is a conceited, molester, and stupid coward, so he basically starts to dispair and flees with his tail between his legs lol.

      So it’s all up to Hibiki’s party. The general said there is a separate force going to Limia’s capital at the sema time, but then sees a pilar of Golden light coming from there. Since they have no chance of defeating the demon general, her swordswoman comrade uses a buffing magic that consumes her life, and tells the mage to escape with everyone else. After the buff is over, she uses a second magic to set herself in fire with the target, that is almost destroyed. Even so, the general still manages to regenerate from a charned lump, and hears from a demon woman the attack on Limia’s capital has failed. He is really surprised, since he had even more confidence on these Strong troops than in the fortress defense. Now, who could have opposed the demon army, I wonder?😉

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      1. And that is why you should not skip POV chapters, the whole world could explode in them and you’ll be left asking
        “What happened? What happened?”.

        And bitch princess (Lily) totally hung Hibiki and her army out to dry. She took control of both armies saying that Limia’s hero (Hibiki) is dead and retreated while using the Kingdom’s forces as the rear guard, preserving her own. Oh and they are producing guns, though production is still hit or miss with frequent explosions, she estimate another 6 months for a rematch.

        So in short, Limia is severely weakened militarily right now with large chunks of their army sacrificed, it was only by luck that the demon force to their capital was stopped by what seems to be a 3rd party (or would that be 4th party?).

        Oh yeah and the pervert’s harem? Even after his “eyes” failed, it showed that the long term “love” for him still has an effect on their behaviour. They’re pretty much brainwashed already. I’m of 2 minds about that, he pretty much is scum and a mind controlling pervert (I can’t outright call him rapist as there really is a grey area on consent), but that doesn’t mean that the girls might not really love him, it’s not like people have not fallen in love with really disgusting people before. Problem is to separate their possible real love from his mind control or even the consideration that a long term relationship like that might turn into actual love. It’s a bloody huge mess and more of a walking disaster than a relationship, but then people IRL do marry manipulative husbands and wives too.

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    1. Nah, that woman said they were just weakened… by Tomoe’s illusion mist, maybe? Anyway, if Makoto did this much for the bug, I would be angry and disappointed in him.

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      1. The Demon Woman didn’t pertain those who are weakened as the monsters they’ve sent. She said that the Hyumans were already weakened at that time and should have been able to win but such sudden predicament have occurred hindering Demon’s victory.

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  18. Slow claps, to be inserted here first.

    Such a great battle, it may be for be for naught to the Kingdom and the Empire but Naval’s sacrifice will indeed be a great turning point for Hibiki – dono.

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  19. Ah atlast WAKA-sama is coming next chapter ..
    Maybe he won’t need to lift his finger to kill all the demons .. tomoe and mio will sense and kill them for him thinking they abducted him😛

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  20. hey guys is there other place where i can read this in proper order that ncode site is a mess can’t understand exactly what part is current chap on the index order there is a mess to understand using gt

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  21. …He’s didnt actually kill the demons at the bugs bidding right? Thats being a little too forgiving dont you think, especially cuz its the hyumans and bugs fault theres a war in the first place. That bug is waaaay to bias and theres too much discrimination that was going on. If I had the chance to get rid of people such as that why the hell wouldnt I take it. The demons arent bad people I dont think. They just want a better life.

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    1. More proof people only speedread this novel and ignore the fact demons have almost caused the orcs to become extinct when there is only one girl left in the highland orcs due to the demons tricking the orcs to send their females to die and the fact another demon tried to mess around with the forest ogres.

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      1. I’m not saying the demon race is good overall. I’m only commenting on the war between the hyumans and demons, and in this war, i’m gonna have to side with the demons, cuz the reason behind the war is legit from what has been said so far. Thats all i’m saying.

        Again, i’m not saying that the human race is bad as a whole, but this war particular war is happening because of the bugs bias and favoritism and the hyumans arrogance in her power. At this point, i’m surprised the other non-human races who’ve been forced to live in harsh environments didnt take the initiative to join the demons in the war.

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  22. I’m not one for being sentimental, so I’ll just say this. Even though you have failed, Naval, you are definitely a person deserving the title of “Hero”. You shall be missed.

    …Thanks for the chapter.

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