First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 112
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
First, let’s start off with the territory that is reigned by Kurokiri.
(Third person POV)
In the quiet port city, the person who was on the watch resonates widely.
The residents of the city, on the other hand, were lethargic, assuming that the monsters were under the authority of the Fog King like always.
However, that person’s subsequent comments refuted their preconceptions.
“The enemy comes from the east, from the sea!”
On the city’s eastern outskirts. This was where the monsters of the “Crawling Octopus King of Chaos” were proliferating, and at the same time, the Pacific Ocean, a valuable source of income for this port city, was spreading out.
Ships that had sailed out to sea had previously been assailed, and even hooked fish had been targeted by the monsters. Nevertheless, there had never been an instance that could be classified as a hostile attack.
And this time, the guard referred to it as a hostile attack on purpose. If that wasthe case, what should come after this guard’s words were…
“The number is over a thousand! I can’t even count them!”
…words that were nothing but despair.
The hitherto serene port city erupted in a tumult of commotion at once, and residents who lacked combat capabilities fled to shelters as if stung by a hornet, while those who were competent in contending rapidly prepared themselves and rushed out.
Two guys, clad in well-worn equipment, approached the port in an unhurried manner among the hubbub. Although their movements were distinctive, they were not the kind that can be imbibed overnight, but rather those of seasoned warriors.
“Are those the hostiles? There are so many of them.”
One of the men, a man over 30 years old, muttered as he spotted a myriad of shadows emerging from the horizon.
“Hmm. I propose that we abandon the port and begin sequentially cleaning out the monsters that have made it to the land.”
The other man, outwardly over fifty years old, answered in response.
“I will now assume command of you all! We will all prevail in this battle!”
Upon hearing the older man’s words, the warriors collectively raised a war cry.
These two men, both past their thirties, were called Tachikabe Tsuyoshi and Otachi Mamoru. Formerly serving in the army, they had engaged in battles with the Ogre King and Snow Sage’s subordinates, as well as being involved with the Kirijin, who were under the control of the Mist King.
“Erect barriers, have non-combatants fall back and contact the government. There is a multitude of other things to be done! Everything starts before the fight! Do not miss any of them!”
Following Otachi’s instructions, the warriors mobilized to fulfill their respective roles.
While some produced stone barriers with their skills, others used ≪Visual Enhancement≫ to survey the enemy’s formation. And there were those who employed their skills to create alternative weapons, while others contacted the government for reinforcements. Among them, some checked one another’s offensive procedures in preparation for battle, whereas others led non-combatants away from the battlefield.
Then the battle ensued.
I created an axe with a length longer than my body from my left arm, the so-called “Poleaxe,” via ≪Bio Weapon Creation・Axe≫. By using that axe like a vaulting pole, I rode on the back of Giant Mist Wolf who was on the “Long-distance Transportation” together with me.
At the same time as I muttered this and hoisted the axe in my right hand, Moyasuke, the name of the Giant Mist Wolf that I was riding, along with the other wolves in my company, howled wildly.
We were then engulfed in light.
(Third person POV)
“Damn it! What a number!”
Tachikabe cursed involuntarily while repelling the Hangyojin who was attempting to climb over the wall by ≪Small Shield Barrier≫ generated on the backs of his hands.
“But there is no other way around. If we don’t do this, all of us will face death. ‘Firing squad! Simultaneous sweep the enemies with volley fire’!”
Following Otachi’s ≪Command≫, the warriors who had mustered up their remaining power unleashed their marksmanship skills in unison, thereby ripping many of the monsters away from the barrier and sending them screaming as they collapsed, while the surviving ones also converged on a single point.
“Continue, ‘Melee force! Pincer attack’!”
When the monsters were massed in one spot, melee specialists from the left and right, while striking at their wounded bodies, cut their way through to the other side, trampling the adversaries with assault-type members at the vanguard.
“Phew. How many waves has this been? Commander Otachi.”
“No idea. But we have already made it to this stage that it is too complicated to even count…”
After the majority of the opposition had been annihilated, and even those who still had a few breaths left were eradicated by another long-range assault, the two men caught their breath.
However, the battle was far from over.
“Here comes the next one! The number is…”
On the contrary.
“Including the giant octopus, the number is over 200!”
The foes still retained their strength.
“Tch… this is strenuous indeed.”
“Expecting reinforcements is… an inane plan. ‘Everybody prepare for battle’!”
These people, though, will not surrender. They will continue to fight to safeguard their city, even if it entailed losing their lives.
All of their hopes were then acknowledged.
The plaza was abruptly awash with light.
The warriors braced themselves at the sight, wondering if a new enemy had pulled some kind of trick.
Nonetheless, what materialized from the light was neither a new threat nor an adversary’s attack, but a pack of wolves shrouded in mist. On the back of the wolf, the largest of the pack was a girl with a white poleaxe.
The wolves charged at the adversaries en masse in response to the girl’s command.
In terms of military power, the girl’s group was evidently inferior to the other. But the wolves invariably pounced on the enemy in pairs and undoubtedly undermined the momentum of the opposition.
In the midst of it all, the girl cast an eye in the direction of Otachi and company once before issuing an order to the wolf on her mount to rush towards the giant octopus.
“Hah! Let’s follow suit! Our dignity will not permit us to be rescued by the Demon King! Go!”
With that, Otachi sent out a cry to those who can move and ran out as well.
Thereupon, the tide swiftly shifted.
The wolves steadily eroded the momentum of the hostiles, and where their momentum was sapped, the humans’ flooded in for the attack, overpowering them.
And the battle with the giant octopus was…
“Let’s go… Moyasuke.”
Izumi and Moyasuke, the Giant Mist Wolf, endeavored on their own.
One of the octopus’s innumerable limbs slammed against us.
I gave Moyasuke a command, and the latter evaded the giant octopus’s attack by a hairbreadth.
Then, at the place where its attack was avoided, I swung my poleaxe with ≪Strength Enhancement≫ and hacked off the leg of the giant octopus.
“The first strike… second, third.”
Moyasuke subsequently leveraged his speed to circumvent the limbs of the rampaging giant octopus, and in passing, I handled the poleaxe like a handspike and cleaved off its legs.
Each time one of its legs was torn off, the giant octopus emitted an inaudible shriek, but I ignored it and pressed on with the aggression.
Then, with a timing impossible to elude, the giant octopus’s onslaught was imminent towards me.
I leaped in front of Moyasuke and attempted to block the attack with my poleaxe.
“Oops, protection is my duty, you know. ≪Knight Shield Barrier≫, ≪Enlarged Barrier≫.”
But, before I can do so, a man stepped in front of us and, with a towering barrier, intercepted the giant octopus’s assault.
“‘That big octopus is the last one! Fire three volleys without hitting the girl!’”
From the top of the building, a distinguished-looking old man raised his voice and exercised ≪Command≫ and the surrounding people carried out the attack in accordance with his instructions.
Although I momentarily looked in that direction wondering what had become of the other foes, it seemed that they had already been eliminated.
And when I re-directed my sight, several explosions had been triggered by the attacks of a large number of individuals.
That was when I realized this was my chance. Therefore, I dashed up to the body of the giant octopus with the support of Moyasuke.
The people in the vicinity were swallowing with bated breath as if wondering what I was about to do.
“≪Bio Weapon Creation・Axe≫ Custom – ‘Heavy Bone Axe’.”
At the top of its head, I discarded the poleaxe and generated a new axe from my right arm.
That axe was composed of bones that were more densified than ordinary ones, and its edge and handle were thicker and broader than those of conventional axes.
Yet, it was unnecessary for me to carry it.
All I had to do was simply let the weight of the axe do the work and orient it so that the edge accurately penetrated the surface of the octopus.
As my “Heavy Bone Axe” drove into its head, the giant octopus screeched, but it didn’t end there, continuing to dig into its head and splitting the octopus in half by its weight.
Then simultaneously with the downfall of the giant octopus, cheers erupted from the humans in the periphery.
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