First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 148
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
After my vision was enveloped in light once, I gradually faded away.
What I initially felt was the immense pressure on my overall body. But with the pressure-resistant technology developed by the Fox Princess, the pressure wasn’t that oppressive.
The next thing I saw was Ichiko’s face staring at me. Judging from her face, I could instantly determine what Ichiko was seeking.
I turned around on the spot. What I caught sight of was the Octopus King’s monsters occupying this space, the hideous Octopus King, as well as Ryo and the others who were desperately working to protect Ichiko and me.
I had a grasp of the situation. I should hurry up and get things rolling.
「『Self is black mist king to spoil. （我は蝕む黒の霧王。） asking the power of spoiling and eating all all. （求めるは全てを蝕み喰い尽くす力。）』」[i]
“‘I am the King of the Devouring Black Mist. I seek the power to devour and consume all’.”
Holding my right hand out in front of me, I began chanting.
「『an evil spirit.（悪魔よ。） Self should respond for asking with the fang brought from the different world. （異界より齎されしその牙をもって我が求めに応えよ。）』」
“O Demon. With your fangs sent forth from another world, I seek your answer’.”
A cluster of black mist was cast around me, while dozens of sharp fangs sprouted from the mist simultaneously.
「『Go.（行け。） eight of a strange evil spirit. The black dog which runs darkness！（未知なる魔の八・闇を走る黒き犬！）』」
“Go. Eight unknown demons ・ The Black Dog Running in the Darkness!’”
Once the chanting was concluded, the mass of black mist assumed the form of a dog and lunged at the Octopus King’s monsters. However, “The Black Dog Running in the Darkness” created by this sorcery did more than merely attack.
Not only did this organism increased its strength by devouring its prey, but it can also multiply its numbers by accumulating a certain amount of sustenance.
In other words, this was where the true essence of this sorcery arose.
“The Black Dog Running in the Darkness” devoured a single monster through its myriad fangs. Subsequently, “The Black Dog Running in the Darkness” grew in volume, but after a while, its body developed a neck-like shape, which eventually split into two bodies.
Then “The Black Dog Running in the Darkness” which had doubled in body number struck at each of the nearby monsters of the Octopus King.
Right, the true essence of this sorcery lay in its ability to multiply. Even if it was inferior initially, its number would grow inexorably, until ultimately the Octopus King’s monsters, which had covered the entire area with “The Black Dog Running in the Darkness” would dissolve themselves into darkness.
Of course, while “The Black Dog Running in Darkness” was on the offensive, the Octopus King was still counterattacking “The Black Dog Running in Darkness” by creating monsters from his body.
But unfortunately, “The Black Dog Running in the Darkness” possessed no HP, MP, or SP, as it was a sorcery and not a living creature. Hence, the absorption effects of the Octopus King’s attacks were for naught.
“Now, let’s press on.”
「『Self is black mist king to spoil. （我は蝕む黒の霧王。）asking the eternal frozen ground and a white plain. （求めるは永遠の凍土、白き平原。）Now, I will begin.（さあ、始めよう。）the start appearing the black which smears away some things of all now. （初めに現れるは今あるもの全てを塗りつぶす黒。）』」
“‘I am the King of the Devouring Black Mist. What I seek is the perpetual frozen ground, the white plain. Now, let us begin. In the beginning will emerge the blackness that will paint all that exists’.”
Having left “The Black Dog Running in the Darkness” to deal with the monsters created by the Octopus King, I commenced chanting the next sorcery.
“Don’t tell me all of us will be caught in the middle of this!?”
With my chanting, a plenitude of black mist… no, darkness was forming and blanketing the entire perimeter.
And Chirito, if you dare to utter such words, you will be the only one dragged into the process.
「『next appearing the campus dyeing was finished in snow white to where. （次に現れるはどこまでも白く雪で染め上げられたキャンパス。）』」
“‘The next thing to emerge is a campus drenched in a ubiquitous white snow’.”
“You’re kidding me…”
Following the chanting, the darkness that pervaded the surroundings was wiped away, exposing to the eyes of all present the now frozen white Octopus King and the walls of the cave.
By now, if it were a conventional adversary, their heart and brain activity would cease at this juncture and they would plunge into a cold sleep-like state, after which they could be boiled, grilled, or whatever you wish for. But with the Octopus King, if I didn’t assemble a proper chant beyond this, he will start to act undeterred.
「『The end is a paintbrush of magic. The brush of God which gives death to a white campus and it sublimates to eternal art. （終わりは魔法の絵筆。白きキャンパスに死を与え、永遠の芸術へと昇華する神の筆。）twenty of a strange evil spirit. eshi.（未知なる魔の二十・エシ）』」
“The finishing touch is the magic paintbrush. A divine brush that imparts death to the white campus and sublimates it into an eternal work of art. Twenty unknown evil spirits ・Eshi’[ii].”
In both of my hands, paintbrush-like objects were brought into existence, and they swept across the white campus in all directions, immobilizing whatever existed beneath them.
The Octopus King, of course, put up a resistance, yet before the white campus can be destroyed, my paintbrushes darted all over him, compelling his movement to be stopped from the spot where he had been painted.
“This is the end!”
Once the final stroke was executed, the Octopus King’s motion was utterly terminated.
Naturally, this current state only sealed the Octopus King but did not mean that he had been killed. Sustaining the color “Eshi,” on the other hand, was the same as maintaining the seal by absorbing a massive portion of power from the sealed subject.
“The Octopus King’s body is getting more and more emaciated…”
“What a vicious technique you have employed…”
“Ah, he’s collapsing.”
In the blink of an eye, the Octopus King had all of his power sucked out of him and was turned into a mummy before perishing.
Now, we were running out of time.
“Ichiko. I’m returning to ‘White Mist and Black Swamp Forest’ then. You guys better hurry up and get back here too.”
“Yes, we will be right back.”
Due to the expiration of the effect time of ≪The Lord Transcends Reason for My Sake≫, I was sent back to “White Mist and Black Swamp Forest”.
[i] All of the English text along with Japanese text in this chapter is written by the author. The below one is the more accurate version of it
[ii] Eshi means painter
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