First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 74
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
“Now, this will take a little time, and I need you to buy me some time.”
With my right hand in front of me, palmed up, the power was concentrated there slightly at a time.
“Well, that seems to be an intriguing move.”
“Don’t implicate me and the Snow Sage in this.”
The Snow Sage lowered his knees and adopted a stance in preparation for the Dragon Sovereign’s onslaught, while the Fox Princess pooled her strength to strike even more searing than before, her fan lighting up with blue flames once more.
“I don’t know what you’re going to do… but get out of my house!”
The Dragon Sovereign began to amass cherry-blossom-colored flames in her oral cavity, and when it was enough to escape from her mouth, it was vivaciously shot at me with immense heat and intensity.
“I don’t think so. ≪Multiple Ice Barriers≫.”
However, the Snow Sage intervened between me and the Dragon Sovereign, erecting a five-layer of ice barriers to keep the flames at bay.
Nevertheless, the potent flames were progressively melting the wall that the Snow Sage had fashioned, and if this situation persisted, the barriers would be melted away in a matter of seconds. Yet…
“Oh dear, you are full of openings.”
The Fox Princess glided beneath the Dragon Sovereign’s chin even swifter than previously, exceeding the speed of sound, and while doing so, she propelled a kick into the Dragon Sovereign’s mouth from above and below, inducing her mouth to close.
An explosion took place in the Dragon Sovereign’s mouth as a consequence of the impact, driving her into a state of shock and anguish that left her slumped over.
“She’s really impressive. Well then, it’s my turn, ‘Black blood flows in my body. All is devoured by the black mist. Now, let my blood become an ice storm and devour everything…’”
The black mist clumped together in my right hand, initially resembling a series of bubbles clinging to each other, but gradually the bubbles burst to coalesce into a sphere, ultimately producing a perfect black sphere.
Then I directed it at the Dragon Sovereign…
“Here it comes! If you don’t want to get caught in the middle of this, you better run! ‘Outer Skill ・Kurokiribaku’!!”
…and hurled it at her.
“This kind of thing is… argh!”
“What! This must be a joke!?”
“Uh-oh! That’s beyond dangerous!”
The Dragon Sovereign’s scales collided with the black sphere. A thick layer of black fog and frost blanketed the area at that point, depriving the Dragon Sovereign of her HP, MP, and SP, which were absorbed into my body.
Unfortunately, as Kurokiribaku was activated, the Fox Princess and the Snow Sage were fleeing at full speed out of its range.
“Hah… you! If you are capable of this kind of skill, why didn’t you thoroughly explain it to us beforehand!”
“Indeed! I’ve never seen such a crazy skill before!”
The Fox Princess and the Snow Sage were both complaining to me.
“Hahaha! It would have been a treat if you guys had been embroiled in this anyway.”
But frankly speaking, I wouldn’t have minded if they had gotten tangled up in it. After all, you’re both my adversaries by nature.
Well, if I say that, they will inevitably react in this manner.
“Gah… ggh… what is this ice…”
Our eyes began to catch sight of the Dragon Sovereign as the mist cleared.
The Dragon Sovereign’s right arm and right wing were overlayed in black ice, and her movement was quite sluggish, presumably because her power was flowing towards me little by little from there.
Outer Skill ・Kurokiribaku.
It was a skill that combined ≪Devouring Black Mist≫ and ≪Mist Plosion≫. The area of drain was optimum.
Incidentally, since the power itself had been heightened, it can also be used as a purely enhanced version of ≪Mist Plosion≫.
“Now, Dragon Sovereign. Are you feeling motivated enough to emerge into the public eye?”
“Tsk… hah… who will…”
“Hmm. Then, I’ll give you another shot…”
“Stop it. If you continue to do this, she will really die.”
Despite the Dragon Sovereign’s tenacious resistance or the substantial wounds she had sustained, I tried to follow up with an attack, but I was halted by the Fox Princess.
“Now, Dragon Sovereign. I understand that you prefer not to associate with the outside world. Nonetheless, in the current world, we as Demon Kings wield immeasurable power, and that power is indispensable for the sake of human beings. So, at the very least, if you don’t want to be affiliated with this, you need to at least have a kin to inform the people outside that you don’t want to be involved or it’ll turn out to be a dilemma.”
“For the sake of… humans?”
The Dragon Sovereign’s eyes widened, demonstrating her startlement.
“Mm-hmm. Since our time is running out, we’ll let you go this time, but should you still be unwilling to emerge after this, we’ll be here to subjugate you next time. You’d better think carefully about what your next step will be.”
Having released the drain effect of the Kurokiribaku, I gave my final advice to the Dragon Sovereign and prepared to leave.
“You’ve been behaving like this all along, haven’t you?”
The Fox Princess also began to prepare to leave, and her figure slowly faded away.
“Hah, it’s been a while since I’ve been roughed up, and I’m refreshed. My back aches somewhat though.”
The Snow Sage deactivated his skill, becoming smaller and smaller, and prepared to return to his dungeon, tapping his lower back.
Our gradual departure mystified the Dragon Sovereign.
“Hmm. If you have created a kin, send them to the Fox Princess for the time being. She’ll teach you what you need to know.”
“What! You’re pushing the responsibility on me!”
“Hahaha. We are neighbors who get along well with each otherー”
And then we returned to our dungeon, leaving a bewildered Dragon Sovereign behind.
(Third person POV)
A few weeks later. “Dragon Sovereign of the Caged Cherry Blossom Flame” joined up with the three Demon Kings.
After several months, representatives of the Four Demon Kings and humans assembled for the first Japanese Demon Conference, where a pact was signed prohibiting large-scale aggression among the Four Demon Kings.
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