First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 139
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
“So they’ve finally shown up.”
Upon receiving the news from the kin I had stationed in the port city, my main body moved to the “Teleportation Room,” while I directed a portion of my consciousness towards Fog in the Demon King’s Conference.
[O Mist King. We have only one day before the due date, how are your preparations coming along?]
The Snow Sage, who had also logged in, questioned about the state of preparations for the “Ultra-long-distance Transportation Formation,” with a touch of impatience that he would ordinarily never reveal.
[I’ll have to shoulder some more responsibilities, but I’ll be able to handle it. You should focus on your own place if you have time to worry about me.]
[Right. It seems that both of us are lacking in manpower.]
The scale of the Octopus King’s invasion this time was double the magnitude of the preceding one. It was six times the size of the first incursion, not to mention the presence of several monsters that were suspected to be of a higher species than the giant octopus.
[Well, we’ll work it out. Unlike the last two occasions, all of the humans in my dungeon will be indiscriminately conscripted and dispatched to combat the Octopus King’s army this time. Besides…]
[If Ichiko and the others can swiftly vanquish the Octopus King and return back, everything will turn out fine. Ichiko can utilize her Long-distance Transportation Formation on the way back.]
The Snow Sage’s face lit up with amusement at my remarks.
[You sure have the confidence that the Octopus King can be overthrown, huh?]
[Hmph. What sort of ruler are you if you can’t trust your own subordinates?]
[Hahaha. Then I shall do my utmost to put all my faith in my men.]
When I arrived at the “Teleportation Room,” both the Snow Sage and I returned our consciousnesses to our main bodies.
The nine members who had been assigned to plunge into the Octopus King’s dungeon were all present in the “Teleportation Room,” with their arms equipped with pressure-resistant technology.
“We’re a day ahead of plan, but are you guys ready to be transported to the Octopus King’s dungeon?”
“There is no problem. Wouldn’t it be wiser for us to go in early and take out the Octopus King?”
Everyone nodded in concurrence with Ryo’s answer. Ichiko and her companions’ countenances were brimming with resolve, exuding a spirit of determination to accomplish their goal at all costs.
“Okay. All of you get into position, then. Also, let’s go over the entry procedure. The pressure differential between the target point and the ‘Teleportation Room’ will almost certainly result in a deluge of water bursting out of the gate once I open it to the target point. For this reason, a pressure-resistant barrier will be constructed around the gate, and you will first enter and wait inside the barrier. After one minute, when the barrier is filled with water, you will advance into the dungeon.”
“I understand. The Fox Princess’ pressure-resistant technology isolates air from the sea and forms a layer of air around us, ensuring that we won’t encounter any problems with oxygen or other difficulties.”
Following my explanation, the nine of them stepped into the sphere set up in the center of the “Teleportation Room”.
“Now, I’d better get on with it too.”
Watching them, I also moved to the operator’s seat. The seat for the coordinates had already been installed through a Hanryojin by the use of the memory-reading technique and so on.
And then I started the chanting.
Within the sphere was pure darkness, impervious to all light.
“I’ll light a fire.”
Mugi lighted the cantera attached to her waist with ≪Fox Fire≫ to provide light.
With the light, the darkness inside the sphere was dispelled, yet nothing in particular can be found there. That was only reasonable, given that something new will emerge from now on.
“Activating the technique.”
A thin layer of air was stretched around me when I activated the technique contained in the silver ring attached to my right wrist.
And when the other members saw that I had activated the technique, they activated the ring as well.
“Has it begun?”
Kurokiri’s voice can be heard faintly from the outside. It was the chanting to activate the “Ultra-long-distance Transportation Formation”.
“This chanting is different from the one I heard before.”
Lady Ryo came up next to me and started conversing with me.
“The reason why the chanting is not the same depends on the coordinates of the target point and the environmental information surrounding the ‘Teleportation Room,’ so the chanting has been changed according to those coordinates and information.”
“Is it complicated after all?”
“I’m afraid it’s more complicated than that. Even I, who has been working on the development of this room for a long time, can comprehend less than half of what this room means and how it is handled.”
Kurokiri himself did not take pride in having created this room and treated it as if it were nothing, but in reality, it should not be such an easy feat.
He peeked into the abyss of this world and pursued knowledge to attain the purposes he had set for himself even if it meant being observed by the abyss.
While unaware of what was safe and what was dangerous, he nonetheless verified each of them with his own body and left a trail that will serve as a guide for those who will follow suit.
For over five years, he had been exposed to the depths of sorceries that would drive a normal person insane and dead with a single sentence, and he had made the sorcery into his own.
Kurokiri referred to himself as a mere sorcerer, but he already wielded the power to identify himself as a wizard. Furthermore, this was a domain that cannot be reached by an ordinary individual. It was a domain that can only be accessed by those who had been blessed with the gift of sorceries and had cultivated that gift.
Although there was currently no comparison when looking at the culmination of his research on this “Teleportation Room,” I believed that Kurokiri deserved to be referred to as a genius.
However, based on his past experience, he would never acknowledge that he was a prodigy.
“The chanting is over.”
“Here it comes! Everybody get ready!”
Simultaneously, a black gate arose in the center of the sphere, and a vast amount of seawater burst out of the gate and filled the interior of the sphere.
Then, as soon as the interior of the sphere was suffused with seawater, we jumped into the gate and commenced our onslaught into the “Palace of Abyss,” the dungeon of the Octopus King, located 4000 meters deep in the sea beyond the gate.
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