Pioneering the Apocalyptic World - Chapter 26
Chapter 20: The Soul Circulates
This smell of flower is… holy mist?
It should be out of stock, but where the hell did it come from?
“Don’t, put, your hands, on Rion…!!”
Along with Uru’s screams reaching my ears, who was dumbfounded during the battle.
The snake’s head separated from the body.
The increase in miasma should have increased the damage reduction rate, but to it be easily cutted off?
What the hell is――
“Rion, stay away.… Lise, I’ll leave she to you.”
I was carried by Lieze, who before I knew, had come to my side and was evacuated to a distant position.
Most of her wounds have healed and she smells like flowers, so she seems to been able to use the item.
While thinking about such a thing in the corner of my head, I couldn’t keep up with the development of the situation. When I looked at Uru’s back that was moving away.
A black aura that resembled miasma, but wasn’t miasma, was overflowing from Uru’s body.
“… That is… The Rage Mode…?”
Rage Mode. Some players also called it berserk mode.
A status condition that occurs if certain conditions are triggered, such as when LP drops below a certain value or when a specific part is attacked. A sign of its occurrence is when a black aura-like effect appears.
A massive attack power can be obtained in exchange for continuously decreasing the user’s LP and MP.
However, it is a special skill only for boss monsters.
“Huh? That is? That’s a monsters only…”
“That means… no way――”
Regulus and Lieze, who heard my muttering, arrived at the worst possible imagining, at one moment before it―
I flatly denied it.
Even as I listened to Regulus choking words, I continued to watch Uru fight.
As if they were guided by me, the two of them watched quietly.
It’s true that the number of Chimera’s parts have been drastically reduced, reducing its defenses.
But instead, It super-strengthened its protective membrane called miasma.
Uru’s attack is just too overwhelming.
Even though she was wounded, she didn’t stopped to tend her wounds, on the contrary she continued to attack as if to return back all the damage that she taken in double.
The Chimera, who we fought so hard, was about to be defeated in an instant.
With a loud thud, the chimera’s huge body lay down in the ground, and at the same time, from Uru’s small body a loud roar was released.
By defeating the strong enemy in our front, our tension calmed down a little.
However, Uru continues to attack the fallen Chimera over and over again.
As the sticky sounds of flesh being pounded continued to being repeated, Regulus and Lieze’s mind started to changing from tension to fear.
“She can’t stop the Rage Mode… Uru! It’s enough! Stop!”
I tried to call her, but Uru still didn’t stop.
“I wonder if she can’t hear me… I have to come closer… Wait, wait, can you two please let me go…?”
“That, huh …”
“Is it dangerous, right…?”
Regulus and Lieze, who looked uneasy at me, held both of my arms and I became unable to move.
The time they spent together was too short, so the two who don’t trust Uru as much as I do, their fear of her… It may be justified.
It might be easy to shake them off, but I hesitated to take such an attitude toward them.
Ahh! It’s enough!
I stayed still, took a deep breath, and shouted as loudly as I could.
“Uru! Stop!! If you don’t stop, you will go without snacks for a while!!!”
“That’s a problem!”
She shouted back and stopped moving while saying “Huh?” tilting her head.
That gesture looked somewhat stupid, and I involuntarily burst into laughter.
Then, while letting out a giggle, I turned my face toward Regulus and Lieze.
“…Does she looks like a monster?”
“…She don’t looks”
“…She don’t looks like one”
As soon as we joined and the two apologized with a loud “I’m sorry”, Uru just tilted her head while raising question marks.
I approached the chimera and crouched down. At the end, the large amount of miasma turned his body black and distorted and on top of that, Uru’s attack was added to it, there was not even a shadow of its original shape.
Even so, even if they had turned into a monster, with thought that it was originally a person, I closed its wide-open eyelids.
At that time, I felt that a faint light of will resided in the lion’s eyes and he looked at me for a moment, but… could it be?
Thinking about it later, I put my hands together and prayed silently.
The exhilaration of the battle had disappeared, and the two gradually began to realize the death of the Chimera――in other words, the death of their family and the villagers――Regulus and Lieze started to shed large tears and sobbing.
The reason why it’s not as hard for me as I thought is because they turned into a monster?… Or is because I’ve become heartless?
For the time being, I decided to leave the two of them alone and in the meantime I decided to ask Uru few questions.
“Hey Uru, that holy mist…”
“Ah, that was the one that I had with me.”
After all, she didn’t used it! I held my head with my hands.
“No, huh, didn’t I say? ‘It won’t work to me’. I was thinking of using it if it seemed to work?”
I’m sure you said it… And it didn’t actually worked…
Thanks to you not using it, I was saved, but… Gununu.
“… Are you angry?”
“… No, I won’t get angry. Your judgment helped me. Thank you.”
But, while exhaling like a big sigh.
“Really, don’t do anything unreasonable ok…?”
When Uru nodded with a solemn face, I stopped talking about this.
The next question is… well, is about ‘that’.
“Uru, what was that Rage Mode?”
“Eh? What’s that?”
“The last part, when you started to emit a black aura and became stronger.”
Uru muttered a slimple “Ah!” to my brief explanation.
No, for some reason I expected I’d get an answer like that, but still, Eh…….?
“Um, umm, when I was shown how seriously hurt Rion was, I felt my head go blank…and…”
Hmm, in the case of Uru, it literally activates when her rage exceeds a certain value…?
Well, there are various differences from the game era, so let’s just say that there are cases that are beings others than monsters that could use it.
While poking Uru who was staggering trying to explain, in my mind I put the end to the case with that.
There are many mysteries about Uru.
“… It’s enough already.”
“Thank you for your patience.”
After a while, Regulus and Lieze returned. Let’s not mention that their eyes and surroundings still red.
“Then, I’m sorry, but I’ll add a little more. Ah, Uru, can you pick up some of monster materials that is lying around?”
Leave it to me, Uru does dull work while saying that. I really appreciate that she not complaining at all.
Then, after looking back at the two who were confused by my words, I dared to take out God’s knife to at least show respect.
The two of them frowned for a moment when I started to [dismantle] it with the God’s knife, but they didn’t stop me.
Hmmm… The goat part can’t be salvaged.
The snake is… originally just monster, this is just a magic stone.
All that’s left is the lion, but… all the others extra parts disappeared when it turned into a miasma.
“I got it”
I picked up “that” and showed it to the two who were quietly waiting without interfering.
● The Soul of the Lion King
The soul of a certain lion beast-man (Beast).
It contains a deep regret and the wishes of a loving father.
[Indestructible attribute] [Can only be processed by a Miko]
“Hey Regulus, show me your hand.”
He put out his hand as I told him to, so I put it on his palm.
Regulus took a deep breath and looked at it carefully, as if he were handling something fragile.
Putting his hand to his mouth, Regulus gave it to Lieze after thinking about something for a while. Hm? I wonder if is Lieze the one that will possess it?
While I was thinking about it, Lieze thought for a while and then returned it to Regulus.
And like it was a flow, Regulus presented it to me.
“Rion, please take it.”
“Eh, but this is yours…”
An important thing like a memento, I felt that is wrong to me have it. But…
“When the time comes, please process it into some kind of item. If you do it…how can I say that?”
“He will come back. I feel like that.”
Lieze took over Regulus’s words which was hesitant and confused about a explanation, while saying “Yes, that’s it.” Regulus followed.
The two people’s gazes towards me, who was confused, were straight without any hesitation.
…… They seems to have a strong will, I let out a quiet sigh.
“… I understood. I’ll take responsibility and keep it for you.”
I respectfully received it and gently put it in the item box.
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