Third Outer World Story Series: Pumpkin Sorcerer - Chapter 118
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
“‘Kage-Ochi’… so there’s such a phenomenon…”
“By your looks, I suppose it’s safe to say that the origin of ‘Kage-Ochi’ is what you are searching for.”
Izumi nodded as Pumpkin told her about “Kage-Ochi,” wearing a mysterious expression.
“Yeah. The scale of the damage is in line with the information provided to me. And since the disaster has struck multiple times, there may not be much time left until the next wave of destruction.”
“Right. It happened roughly 200 years ago, but since the 500-year cycle is not absolutely fixed, it might take place at any time.”
Pumpkin’s blunt statements gave Izumi the impression that she was determined about something.
“Pumpkin. Even though I know I said before that cooperation is not required, I will nonetheless share any information that is not personally sensitive on my part with you, and I also need your assistance to find the weapon. I don’t want that thing to be utilized in the world where Taiga lives.”
Saying this, Izumi extended her right hand towards him, her eyes reflecting firm willpower.
Apparently, Taiga’s existence—or, to be more exact, Majik’s former life—was of far more significance to Izumi than her client.
Well, if she’s willing to stand on my side, I don’t have to refuse her.
But there is one thing I need to confirm.
“Does that mean you’re willing to destroy it in the worst-case scenario?”
“If it is activated or about to be activated when I find it, I intend to. It would be a disservice to my client though.”
“I understand. Since you say so, I’ll take you up on your offer.”
Then Pumpkin took Izumi’s hand and exchanged a handshake.
With this, it was fair to say that Pumpkin now had a major ally on his side. After all, depending on Izumi’s information, details of the “Kage-Ochi” that were previously a mystery to him would be made clear.
“I’ll go right into it, but anyway I’ll provide any information that isn’t an issue for me to share.”
“I get it.”
Izumi then started outlining the details of the weapon that had caused “Kage-Ochi.”
“First of all, I am in pursuit of a certain weapon, as I said at the beginning.”
“Yeah. I already heard that.”
“That weapon’s purpose is to find an enemy at its own will, travel to the world where the enemy is, and eliminate the enemy it has found. A characteristic of this weapon is that, if it fails to vanquish the enemy after locating it, it will perform a mimicry and conceal its presence, then grow by utilizing the materials around it until it is able to defeat the enemy.”
That’s… the trickiest thing, to put it mildly.
That was Pumpkin’s genuine reaction to hearing Izumi’s tale.
On top of being incredibly complex if it could not be vanquished, the weapon would utilize mimicry to stall for time and grow by utilizing the materials nearby until victory was attained, which made him doubt the sanity of its creator.
Furthermore, if carelessly touched and destroyed half-heartedly, it will flee to Outer World, and even Pumpkin himself felt that it will be impossible to pursue it.
“It honestly makes me want to hit the creator at least once.”
“You might not want to do that. The creator is a God dozens of times stronger than me, at least…”
To his candid opinion, Izumi showed a look of utter exasperation.
Izumi could have also been irritated by the creator for whatever reason.
I sympathize with her a little.
“So what is the name of this weapon and what exactly is its appearance and armament?”
“As for its appearance, my data indicates that it is a dragon with six wings, but taking into account that it has already been around for hundreds of years and that it is in a mimicry state, that information is likely to be unreliable. Regarding armaments, the data seems to center on armaments designed for wide-area annihilation. However, the possibility is high that it is also improving itself according to the enemy it finds, so it may not be possible to say for sure.”
The weapon continuously improved itself, hence the old data might not be particularly reliable.
For now, it looked like it still possessed weapons of wide-area annihilation. The “Kage-Ochi” and other such weapons may well be used for this purpose.
“So the question is what is it mimicking in order to find it? And what the weapon is searching for is also critical to finding it.”
“Yeah. I agree with you on those two points.”
Both Izumi and the wolf, who was half in the air, expressed their concurrence when they heard what Pumpkin had to say.
In fact, knowing this would significantly impact their ability to locate it.
So Pumpkin asked Izumi if she had any leads…
“I suppose as far as mimicry goes, the disguise is tailored to where it’s easy to monitor the person it is pursuing. So what is it that it is looking for…”
Izumi then showed a look of hesitation.
Yeah. Could it be a bothersome opponent?
However, perhaps deciding that no progress would be made without speaking about it, she willingly began to discuss what the weapon was searching for.
“What the weapon is looking for in terms of application is perhaps…”
“The most powerful God in this world.”
Izumi’s remarks caught Pumpkin off guard, and the first thing that sprang to mind was the image of Lean.
In short, aside from Izumi herself, Izumi’s client and whoever created the weapon Izumi was searching for…
Could it be someone who is afraid of being found by Lean-sama?
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