First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 111
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
(Third person POV)
Here was a space that one would never have dreamed existed in this world.
All the flowers that should have been extinct were blooming in profusion, irrespective of the season or region, while the sky was ablaze with a spectacular array of stars that can by no means be observed on earth today, along with living organisms on the ground that strut around like those recounted in a children’s fairy tale.
A lone hooded girl occupied a red chair, staring at a screen hovering in front of her, in the midst of it all.
“Even though you relied on a model to guide you, you made it this far practically on your own, huh?”
The hooded girl… the screen in front of the God of Calamity showed a transcription of the syntax of the “White Binding Chain” used by Kurokiri.
“But things are still rough. With this, it will probably be a while before I can attain what I’m seeking.”
With a red pen, the God of Calamity drew the screen close to her hand and marked the syntax of “White Binding Chain”.
Only the God of Calamity herself could ascertain this, but there was a certain criteria for where the markings are made, and she was as adept at it as if she had done the same thing a thousand times before.
“Forget it, they still went straight into this domain. Specimen number 13 and 667 are superior, after all.”
A peal of laughter escaped from the God of Calamity.
Another screen then popped up on top of the screen at hand.
“Hmm. Specimen number 666’s subordinates have begun operating earnestly. I wonder what will unfold soon. This is truly thrilling.”
And then, the God of Calamity let out a high-pitched laugh.
Several days after Ichiko started to participate in my research.
While in the process of conducting my research, I was also having a sham battle not only with the Fox Princess but with the Snow Sage and Dragon Sovereign as well.
“This syntax seems to be a coordinate specification type…”
“The one over here appears to have a relationship between distance and consumption.”
Now, we were analyzing the Long-distance Transportation Formation, and Ichiko’s unique skill ≪Sword of the Formless King・Weak≫ as well as the teleportation skill that the Kirijin, the kin, possessed.
These analyses were being studied since they may be applicable in various ways, including distribution, upon further development of these analyses.
Furthermore, I had yet to investigate the reason why teleportation and communication skills cannot cross the boundary between the dungeon and the outside world.
What was the explanation behind this? The syntax included a plethora of dummies and traps to obstruct analysis, which may take decades to complete at our current pace and depth of knowledge. In fact, I might perish in a fatal trap during the process.
Now, as for the analysis:
“Yeah. It would have to be a one-way process, but I suppose the distance limit could at least be removed.”
“The only problem is that the expense spikes exponentially in proportion to the distance.”
It appeared that removing the restriction of the Long-distance Transportation Formation must be accompanied by a corresponding formation and the distance limitation for installation seemed to be possible.
The challenge, however, was what lay beyond removing them, since both installation and activation were significantly more expendable when these restrictions were eliminated.
“Looks like I’ll have to brainstorm a skill for simultaneous utilization of multiple magic source devices…”
“Didn’t you say they are devices that can be substituted for one’s own HP when activating a skill?”
“That’s it. Right now, only one stone can be used per skill.”
I showed Ichiko two small green stones… a magic source device that stored only one MP, and I created two of them with ≪Dungeon Create≫.
Then, while crushing both of those two devices with my fingertips, I tried to create two Fogs by casting ≪Monster Create≫ but I only succeeded in destroying one of them and only one Fog was created.
Ichiko acknowledged the sight with a nod of agreement.
The Fox Princess had recently been able to produce these devices, and now that the public was cognizant of the magic source device, some of these devices were being operated not only for their original purpose but also as currency.
A transmission had just come in from Ryo.
That reminds me, I’ve sent you back to your father’s place to inform him that you’ve returned after a long absence.
[There is an urgent message from the head of the humans!]
Ryo’s voice had an agitated tone to it. Apparently, the situation was dire to the extent that I had to go out there.
“What happened? For now, just tell me the gist of it and what is needed. The details can wait.”
[I’ll cut to the chase, then.]
Now, as far as Ryo’s account went, this was what was happening:
・A massive number of monsters abruptly emerged in the Pacific Ocean.
・These monsters are presently coming ashore, ravaging settlements along the Pacific coastline.
・The local humans and kin are countering the monsters, but due to the gap in numbers and combat proficiency, they are struggling.
・Therefore, they are requesting me to dispatch monsters from “White Mist and Black Swamp Forest” as reinforcements.
・Furthermore, the devastation appears to be ongoing throughout the country, and requests for reinforcements have already been sent out to other Demon Kings.
While listening to Ryo’s story, I had already ascertained the visibility and condition of my other kin to verify that this story was factual.
“I understand. I’ll deploy them for now, but only for the surplus forces.”
[Thank you very much.]
As I communicated with Ryo, I proceeded with preparations for activating the Long-distance Transportation Formation and assembling the monsters to be dispatched to various locations once the preparations are finalized.
Simultaneously, just to be safe, I released several monsters near Japan’s coast, where information was currently scarce.
“But if they are coming from the Pacific Ocean, it’s probably that guy.”
[You’re likely right.]
“I suspect it’s exactly what Kurokiri is speculating to be.”
The name of the same Demon King was presumably surfacing in the three of our minds.
“The ‘Crawling Octopus King of Chaos’. I have been expecting him one day, but knowing this is happening now… Well, forget it.”
My mind switched from research mode to battle mode.
“All Kirijin are to be notified.”
Then I opened up a channel of communication in my head for every Kirijin.
“In the name of the ‘King of the Devouring Black Mist,’ all Kirijin who are competent of combat, exterminate those fools who are raging in my domain. However, safety comes first, and you should never act rashly. Non-combatant Kirijin, whether you encounter humans or Kirijin, shall also provide as much support as you can with your abilities. However, safety is also a top priority here. If you understand, all of you set off!”
In response to my instructions, an abundance of replies and the noise of scrambling can be heard in my head.
“Kurokiri. I’m going too.”
“Ah. But Ichiko, I’m counting on you to prioritize the major foes, and I don’t care if they’re located outside of my territory. After all, you’re the one with the greatest experience in battles with the Octopus’s underlings.”
With that, Ichiko went out vigorously, activating her skill successively.
“Now, I hope the fruits of the sham battle will pay off.”
And I, who remained alone in the room, began to develop a certain skill while monitoring the developments of the situation.
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