First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 106
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
This is the sham battle session.
(Third person POV)
“The first Japanese Four Demon Kings Sham Battle will begin now. I, Kanae Yuu, a kin of the Snow Sage-sama, will be the MC for this session.”
Yuu announced to the individuals around him with a megaphone in his hand.
In response to his words, the humans surrounding him burst out in frenzy.
“Don’t be absurdー!”
“How dare you do this to our village!”
“What the hell do you mean by sham battleー!”
Of course, they all jeered hysterically.
Well, from their perspective, this was because the four Demon Kings, their kin, and the monsters in Japan abruptly descended upon them and declard, “Get out of the way, we’re going to have a mock battle here!”. So, there you have it.
Nevertheless, provided no resistance was put up, no harm will be incurred, and anything that was damaged will be repaired and reasonable compensation will be offered after the sham battle was over.
“You’re making way too much racket!”
Ryo hit the head of the resident who had been making a fuss.
Incidentally, Ryo was presently treating those who were injured during the forced evacuation together with Yae Michiru, a Sakurahijin. To be more precise, those with minor injuries were being healed by Michiru’s ≪Cherry Blossom Rain≫ whereas those with fractures or severe injuries were being healed by Ryo’s ≪Great Heal≫.
Furthermore, no deaths were reported at the time of evacuation. This was done meticulously.
“Hah… I will continue with the proceedings for now. This time, the sham battle would be conducted with 1 King, 3 Knights, and 300 Pawns, with the Mist King camp to the east and the Fox Princess camp to the west without any wagering. The only condition for victory is that the King be defeated. In addition, Ichiko-san will provide the commentary.”
Yuu’s explanation followed.
“I look forward to working with you. I’ll hit Kurokiri afterwards, so all the residents can give up and watch the match from a safe distance.”
By the way, Ichiko was the commentator because, with her strength, she would only end up disturbing the equilibrium of both parties, or rather, there was no way that she can be permitted to participate in this type of fight when she can defeat a Demon King by herself, even if he was only a level 1 Demon King.
“Now then, the sham battle will commence in one hour from this moment.”
“Alright then, I suppose we should call it a strategy, or rather, a meeting,” I remark as I look over my army members.
Now, l should address the organization of my army step by step.
First was the main camp. How should I put it, I was under Fog’s protection, and I had deployed one each of Cuélebre, Disarray Devil’s Darning Needle, Mystic, Giant Mist Wolf, and Minotamist.
“I am the vanguard…”
Izumi, who was the head of a team, said as she looked at her subordinates.
Izumi’s team consisted of 35 Thin Mist Wolves, 5 Giant Mist Wolf, 45 Mud Puppets, 5 Mud Soldiers, 10 Minotamist, and 3 Cuélebre, for a total of 103.
As can be seen from the members of the team, they were the vanguard of a frontal assault, and Izumi herself planned to wreak mayhem on the front line.
To put it simply, they were infantry.
Following this, Tabane lined up the monsters on her team.
Her team was composed of 10 Mystics, 60 Bullet Tadpoles, 5 Rifle Frogs, and 15 Mud Magicians, for a total of 90 monsters, which were in charge of long-range attacks regardless of physical or magical capabilities.
The reason why the younger sister, Tabane, had been chosen as a Knight instead of the elder sister, Mitsuko, who can cast arrows of three different attributes, was because she possessed the skill to enhance arrow-related skills, called ≪Magic Bundle of Bolt≫.
“They are all brilliantly young girls…”
The last of my Knights is Chirito, who is renowned for the “Rear Explosion” style.
His role is a self-destructive special k…
“No, I am not.”
“You have let out your voice…”
“Excuse me. I have involuntarily let out my true feelings.”
Let me now reintroduce Chirito’s team. The team’s role was the ranger, but since there was no cavalry role, they were infantry.
As for the members, there were 20 Mist Mosquitoes, 5 Dense Mist Mosquitoes, 15 Smokes, 40 Mud Puppets, and 10 Swamp Flying Fish, for a total of 90.
Hmm? How do these Swamp Flying Fish operate on the ground? That was currently a secret.
We had 283 Pawns so far. With 2 Disarray Devil’s Darning Needle, 10 Smokes, and 5 Mystics at my disposal, the remaining 17 pawns were to be dispatched in the air to aid the entire team and crush the opponent’s flying demons.
“Now, as for tactics, I’ll leave it up to each member of the team to figure out what works best for them.
“The question is, what’s the strategy?”
Chirito and I discussed how to operate the unit once the battle broke out.
Incidentally, Izumi and Tabane were not adept at devising strategies, let alone tactics, so they remained silent and waited for us to finish formulating a plan.
If something needed to be said, they will say it.
“Mmm. From what I’ve observed in the enemy camp, I assume that while the vanguard is intercepting the enemy, the rear guard will use saturation firepower to annihilate them,” Chirito said this while watching the enemy camp with binoculars, which are becoming a valuable commodity nowadays.
Moreover, the enemy camp was crowded with not only fox-shaped monsters, but also dogs, cats, horses, alpacas, elephants, rhinoceroses, and a wide variety of other beast-like monsters. As expected by the name of the “Hundred Beast Clad Fox Princess,” she was truly remarkable.
“Ah, that seems to be the Fox Princess’ characteristics. She frequently employs the chess strategy of halting at the vanguard and killing at the rear, and her dungeon characteristics suggest that she will either divert the enemy’s attention to herself and aim for them or blow up the entire vanguard of her allies.”
I was reminded of the reports from the Kirijin who were leveling up in the Fox Princess’ dungeon, “Fox City of the Beasts of War”. While we were on the issue, there had been nearly as many missing people as there had been deceased people, with men accounting for the majority of the missing ones. What a bitc*y fox she was.
“Mugi onee-chan… is part of the battle…” Izumi mentioned while staring at the enemy’s position with her naked eye.
Izumi’s capacity to see the enemy’s position from such a distance was extraordinary.
“If Mugi’s here, then it’s confirmed.”
With her participating in this, Mugi’s tremendous firepower skill was bound to hit us.
At this point, Tabane, who had been silent until now, raised her voice.
“What is it?”
“If we win, please reward me until my heart is content.”
Then she dropped the bombshell message with her lips curving up.
Right after that bombshell, murderous intent was directed at me out of nowhere, but I let it slip away. Even if I was aware that it was emanating from the commentary table and from the safe zone where the people were gathered, I will disregard it.
Or rather, please let me ignore it! My life is still in jeopardy!
“W-well, that’s the strategy for the time being, isn’t it?”
Despite breaking out in a bit of a cold sweat, I issued instructions to the three of them and the monsters.
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