First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 82
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
“Even after all this, they don’t exhibit even a hint of pain…”
From the shadows, I peered at the upper body of the “Distinguishable Warrior Who Isolates the Species”.
The upper body of the plant had been impaled with a myriad of swords of various sizes by my hands. However, I still didn’t catch where their sight was, or what they were listening to. They simply continued to drift along in the initial position.
“In addition, if they reconfigure their lower body, the damage is practically nil?”
This time, I cast my eyes in a different direction and examined the lower body of the Distinguishable Warrior, who should have been sewn to the ground by the massive sword earlier. The animal’s lower body had freed itself from the constraints of the giant sword by reconfiguring its body and was now moving its long giraffe-like legs searching for me.
In all honesty, I actually suspected that the upper body of that plant was actually a dummy and the main body was separated from it, or that it was a creature with only a lower body.
And the thought that this creature may not be the “Distinguishable Warrior Who Isolates the Species” but merely a monster crossed my mind.
“But there are no other living creatures on this island. Even though I punctured the lower half of their body, they revived after a while. There is no doubt that the presence they are emitting belongs to that of a Demon King….”
While paying attention to the presence of each of them, I mulled over how to defeat the Distinguishable Warrior.
It would be ineffective to annihilate the lower half of their body. Even after severing the upper half of their body where I assumed their necks were, it regenerated. And even if I cut the body in half lengthwise, it would attach itself after a while. And the sword is still lodged in the place where the heart and brain are. The only measure left for me to take now is…
“I will continuously attack them until they can no longer regenerate. That is the only way.”
That was what I have concluded.
I reflected on my remaining strength and the depletion of my pieces of equipment. Several hours had already elapsed since the initiation of the battle. My physical strength was fine since I had taken a short break. I had also regenerated my weapons, so they were fine. However, my armor had been heavily worn out.
If so, I ought to attack at once before the lower half of the body discovers me and strikes me.
After confirming that the lower half of the body had moved away slightly, I activated ≪Sword of the Formless King・Weak≫, and plunged into the Distinguishable Warrior’s bosom.
While teleporting, the machete generated in my right-hand dug into the Distinguishable Warrior’s left shoulder. Following that, I thrust the estoc in my left hand into his neck. Yet, the Distinguishable Warrior neither winced nor spilled a drop of blood. But I already understood that from our previous confrontations. Therefore…
With my great sword, I cleaved them in half from the head, drove dozens of daggers into them like wedges, sliced them into tiny pieces using long and curved swords, and attacked them with countless stabbing swords as if I were penetrating each and every one of their cells. Needless to say, some of my attacks were delayed due to the structure of the living body. However, I was in possession of ≪Sword of the Formless King・Weak≫ now. If I lacked enough hands, I can simply send my sword flying. Should the weapon be broken, I can create a new one. And if my hand won’t turn in the direction I was aiming for, I can teleport myself to the position where I desired for.
In this manner, I launched attacks that can truly be described as inexhaustible from left to right, up and down.
A few seconds into the assault, when the Distinguishable Warrior’s upper body had reduced to a mass the size of a human head, I could see from the corner of my eye that the lower body of the Distinguishable Warrior was approaching me. Within several seconds, they would pounce on me.
The swords came to a standstill as I shifted my vision back to the upper half of their body. Apparently, they were putting up a barrier to prevent themself from being attacked even though they have been disregarding my attacks up until now no matter what I did to them.
An involuntary smile broke out on my face. After all, the Distinguishable Warrior had been subjected to attacks by me. If they continued to be attacked in this fashion, it would turn out to be a poor choice.
And I could feel the bottom body of the Distinguishable Warrior swooping up to crush my head. In response, before the blow could reach me, I teleported to avoid it, then used the giant sword to sever both legs and with the momentum of the attack, I slammed it into the barrier that protected the upper half of the Distinguishable Warrior’s body.
The sound of the giant sword and the barrier grinding against each other can be heard. As I swung the giant sword with my left hand only, I produced as many swords as I can with my right hand. From the gap I had created,I struck with the transition into the Distinguishable Warrior’s upper body, hitting the spot where the Distinguishable Warrior is relentlessly trying to guard something.
Then something like a red mass was spotted momentarily, and the moment the dagger pierced it…
With an inarticulate cry, the Distinguishable Warrior deployed their barriers with their utmost exertion, repelling only me and my sword. Despite being flung aside, I slammed a few more daggers into the red mass and then twisted around in mid-air to make a landing.
After a quick check of my body, I cast my attention back to the Distinguishable Warrior.
The Distinguishable Warrior is…
He had assumed the form of a human man, a mosaic of all kinds of animals incorporated into a mosaic of shapes.
On his body were the ears of a cat. The horns of a bull. The wings of a bat and eagle. The fangs of a crocodile. The claws of a tiger. The pincers of a crab. The skin of a rhinoceros. The legs of a panther. The snout of a dog. The gills of a fish. The stinger of a needle rat. The wool of a sheep. The tail of a lizard. The eyes of an insect. The shell of a cochlea. The tongue of a frog.. And then, there was a human mouth.
“I suppose I could say that the breakthrough of the first phase is now completed.”
That was my initial impression after observing the Distinguishable Warrior’s physique. And now I had a clearer picture of the Distinguishable Warrior’s abilities.
The Distinguishable Warrior was likely capable of imbuing each detached bodily part with the traits of a distinct living creature species. Furthermore, perhaps by utilizing a special kind of barrier when detaching his body, he was able to move as the same entity even though his body was separated and represented a completely different species.
And the nature of the barrier was probably to distinguish between himself and the others, repelling the others. If that was the case, it makes sense that only me and my sword were repelled earlier.
The Distinguishable Warrior opened his mouth. Naturally, I was alarmed since I did not know what he was about to do to me.
And what emerged from the Distinguishable Warrior’s mouth was…
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