First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 12
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
This is the time to turn back if you are not comfortable with compulsion.
“…I… Ichiko… Ichiko!”
“Argh, ugh… where is this?”
I awoke with a jarring noise as I slowly opened my eyes, rubbing the back of my head, which was registering a dull ache with a voice crying out to me.
“Thank goodness. You’re awake, Ichiko.”
“! Lady Ryo!”
When I awakened, I found Lady Ryo in front of me. Her wrists and feet, on the other hand, were bound with iron shackles, which extended towards the wall, confining her to a cubic space of around five meters on each side and rendering her powerless to flee.
I likewise was in the same boat.
“W-What in the world…”
“I don’t know. After you suddenly collapsed, I was blindfolded and gagged with my hands and feet restrained, and hauled up here.”
I abruptly collapsed…? Yes, I now recalled. At that time, I was called by Lady Ryo and as I approached… someone suddenly struck me dozens of times!
Damn, I was knocked out. Who was the perpetrator? What kind of skill do they own! No, first of all, I have to free Lady Ryo…!
“Lady Ryo. Have a little patience! Activate ≪Short-range Teleportation≫!”
For the sake of escaping from the constraints of the iron shackles, I utilized my skill and relocated before my very eyes… as that was how it should turn out to be. Despite this, I remained in the same position. What the hell is this!?
And then a man’s voice arose out of nowhere, just as my skill ended in failure.
Before my eyes were two teenage girls. They were equally stunning in terms of beauty.
The one who was referred to as the “Lady Ryo” had light pigmented ash-colored hair, white skin, and rather reddish eyes. The other bodyguard was a stereotypical Japanese with dark hair, dark eyes, with a low stature.
Hmmm? The size of her chest? I suppose it can be termed the size of a hill… Not that I have the proclivity to obsess over that though.
The dark-haired girl apparently employed her skill to escape but it failed to activate. The shackles were the reason her skill didn’t activate.
・The Iron Shackles of the Sealing Art Ⅰ
It is a restraint that disables the user’s ability to employ skills for humans and demons of level 10 or below while simultaneously allowing the user to view the status of the victim.
The person affixed to the shackles will be regarded in captivity.
Creation Cost: 1000 each HP, MP, SP for a set of 4
It was worth the effort to produce it… Although the cost was exorbitant, it was well worth it since it negated the ability of teleportation.
Both of them were looking around, uncertain of my location. Oh, speaking of which, I was still in the misty state, wasn’t I? Then, I supposed I should be in human form at least.
“Here I am, humans.”
“Who are… you?”
“Me? My name is Kurokiri, the ruler of this dungeon, ‘White Mist and Black Swamp Forest’.”
“In other words, you are the Demon King?”
“Well, sort of.”
Both of them were glaring at me. Oh, what a horrendous dilemma they had landed themselves in. Well, they most likely didn’t buy my story. It was logical though, given that I was dressed casually, all in black, like a college student.
Should I come up with some more dignified clothes for the human form later?
“What are you intending to do with us?”
“If you release me immediately, I will spare you the agony of a torturous death.”
“Hahaha. My bad, but my body is immune to physical attacks. And the purpose of kidnapping the two of you is to turn you into my kin.”
A kin. That was a fairly unique type of demon among the ones that can be created through ≪Monster Create≫ which entailed altering the body of a kidnapped human and then implanting some of the characteristics of the Demon King who served as their master.
While the specific race varied from Demon King to Demon King, the following were the kin’s general characteristics:
・The skills that they possessed when they were human are inherited as they are.
・The status other than luck is doubled from the time when they were human beings.
・HP, MP, and SP are tripled from the original value.
・Acquisition of skills that reflect the characteristics of the master.
・The weakening effect outside the dungeon is less severe than that of pure demons (or rather, it only reverts to the status when they were human).
・If they continue to rank up, they will eventually attain the rank of Demon King.
And that was all of it. Yeah. What a phenomenal thing… Incidentally, when one ascended to the rank of Demon King, he or she ceased to be part of the Demon King’s kin and would be independent of their rulership, thus there could be a potential that their former kin of the Demon King may kill them if they were not alert.
Well, even if it happened to me, it would be a tale for the distant future.
“Anyway, I am in a safe position for now. For your own peace of mind, I’m going to convert you into my kin straight away. Activate ≪Monster Create≫!”
At precisely the same time as the declaration of my skill was invoked, a vast amount of HP, MP, and SP was released. A magic circle materialized at their feet with light surging forth.
Then, after the light subsided, the two girls, cloaked in a wisp of mist, collapsed.
Yeah. That’s rather erotic.
First of all, I should check their status.
Name: Nasu Ryo
≪Heal≫, ≪Mist Cloak≫
≪The King of the Black Mist’s Kin≫
Name: Hisano Ichiko
≪Short-range Teleportation≫, ≪Mist Cloak≫
≪The King of the Black Mist’s Kin≫
You two are so strong… I underestimated the kinship’s correction.
Kirijin seemed to be my kin race. This race was distinguished by their cloaking in a mist-like magical force that humidified their environment. And ≪The King of the Black Mist’s Kin≫ signified that they were my kin.
≪Mist Cloak≫ was a skill that came with the conversion to a kin and was used to enhance and manipulate the characteristics of Kirijin, making it easier for them to disguise themselves as humans by dispelling the mist they were clad in, and further improving their evasion ability and fire attribute resistance by densifying the mist.
Hmm. You’re awake already. Well, since this is the right time…
“Now, let’s try to have you two familiarize yourselves with your predicament.”
[i] Literally mist people but I will use romaji for this
Check out other Outer World Story series in order: Outer World Story: The Black Mist that Devours (First series), Outer World Story: Pumpkin Sorcerer (Third series), Outer World Story: Basilisk of Ice Sculpture (Fourth series)
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