First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 96
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
At first sight, it struck me as something that should never have been conjured up.
It was a perfect sphere with a golden, iris-like design engraved on it, like a black pearl. It floated in the air without any type of support, shifting its iris-like patterns when it observed anything in its environment.
No, I had already figured out what it was observing.
This thing it was observing was the thought I poured into it when I was creating it.
It was the depths of my skill.
But it was not something a normal entity like me was privileged to be exposed to.
If I were to witness directly what that eye is seeing without any filter, I would certainly be driven to insanity, or at worst, I would die.
No, a normal human being would definitely end up dead. That much was clear to me.
Whatever it takes, I must create something that can control this right now.
“I suppose I am left with no choice but to do this.”
With determination, I shut my crushed left eye and prepared to formulate a new Outer Skill once anew.
This time, I will be combining ≪Devouring Black Mist≫ and ≪Dungeon Create≫. By incorporating the thought of gaining control of this eye into this mixture, my aim ought to possibly be achieved.
“Now, I wonder what will be formed.”
In my right hand, I created a formation of ≪Devouring Black Mist≫ and in my left hand, I created a formation of ≪Dungeon Create≫ and infused it with my thoughts.
At the same time, I was resolved to completely lose any part of my body just as happened earlier.
“‘The black blood that flows in my body and the secret art of bringing forth new life. When the two forces are gathered, bound together, and intermingled, a new substance is created, breaking away from the form of the vessel that God had ordained. Outer Skill ・ Kurokirinokessho.’”
Like before, the two formations were continuously disintegrating and building up to form a single formation, which ultimately began to glow.
Simultaneously with the pain searing my left arm, my sensation from the shoulder onward was lost.
And before my eyes, a candela-like object constructed of black bone with the perfect sphere composed of Kurokirinoshinma inside was floating there.
After seeing this, I looked at my left arm, where the pain radiated from through my right eye. It turned out that my left arm was missing from the shoulder onward.
Although there had been no blood because of my misty body, it was a strange sensation.
I tried to manipulate my misty body to produce my left eye and left arm. However, my left eye exhibited no indication that it can be made at all, and my left arm can only be made exceptionally slow, and once my concentration was disrupted, it immediately fizzled out. Perhaps this was the effect of the two Outer Skills that were consumed as a price.
“Well, whatever. For now, I’ll name these things.”
I grasped the floating candela in my hand.
A name represents the origin of something. Therefore, the act of naming something is extremely significant.
For if the origin is known, that is to say, the destiny is known. To have your destiny revealed is tantamount to being in possession of the rights of life and death.
This is why in the present situation, no matter how hard I strive against the God of Calamity who deprived me of my original name and bestowed upon me the name “King of the Devouring Black Mist,” it is hopeless… and this is not the time to speak about this.
Now I had to give these things a name.
I stared at the candela and the perfect sphere inside it.
The perfect sphere was the one that defined the depths of the skill.
The candela was the one that controled the perfect sphere.
In that case…
“The perfect sphere, as the one that analyzes the magical law known as skill, is to be named the ‘Eye of Law Analysis,’ and the candela, as the one that modifies what the ‘Eye of Law Analysis’ beholds, is to be named the ‘Andon of the Magic Detector’.”
As soon as I named each of them, the ‘Eye of Law Analysis’ began to sparkle and the ‘Andon of the Magic Detector’ started to spin around.
These two things were supposed to be without a will, but I felt like they were pleased somehow.
“Now, since it’s a good opportunity, I’ll put them to use right away.”
I had a rough grasp of how to operate the “Eye of Law Analysis” and the “Andon of the Magic Detector”.
I invoked ≪Mist Plosion≫ on the wall to freeze it. Then, I held “Andon of the Magic Detector” in my right hand and directed the gaze of “Eye of the Law Analyst” contained in the lantern to the frozen wall.
The iris of “Eye of Law Analysis” rotated violently, and the part of the iris that corresponded to the pupil expanded and contracted drastically. Then, a string of characters was drawn out from the pupil and drifted around the periphery of the pupil. So far, this was the effect of “Eye of Law Analysis”.
However, the characters were not emitted out of the lantern, nor can the contents of the characters be read. It seemed that the power of “Andon of the Magic Detector” was also working properly. Nevertheless, it was clear that these strings of characters contained dangerous information even when viewed through the andon.
Had I looked directly at it, the outcome of what would happen to me was obvious.
“Now then, let’s see the true worth of the ‘Andon of the Magic Detector’.”
I applied power to the “Andon of the Magic Detector”.
Then, from the side of the andon, a paragraph of the internal string leaked out.
I looked over it. But…
The moment I looked through it, an unworldly piece of information burst into my head, inflicting me with searing agony.
“Damn… I didn’t expect it to be this bad…”
I hastily halted the emission of the characters from the “Andon of the Magic Detector”. Perhaps because I read it, the characters that were emitted had already disintegrated in the air.
I then began to examine the information that had penetrated my mind.
Apparently, the information that entered my mind was related to the explosion of ≪Mist Plosion≫.
It transferred magic power with determined attributes to a specified location and released it in the form of diffusing the attributes at the specified location. This was how explosion-related skills work in a simplified manner.
However, in reality, a slight directionality was given according to the distance between the user and the detonation point in order to provide a safety margin for the activator at the time of the explosion.
Furthermore, there was a mechanism that detected the user’s intention and automatically altered the direction of the explosion, albeit slightly, without the user being aware of it, as well as a mechanism that varied the density of the attributes scattered by the explosion.
“The God of Calamity has assembled several thousand, tens of thousands of these huh… I know I’m using a lot of misappropriation and citations, but she is after all an outrageous being…”
Once again, I was confronted with the abysmal gap in power between myself and the God of Calamity.
Nonetheless, even with this realization, I was not inclined to relent in my steps, maybe because the path to that point had been illuminated, even if only scarcely.
Just as I was about to continue my analysis, I received a transmission mingled with noise. It seemed to be from Ichiko.
[Kurokiri. I’ve arrived in Cairo.]
“Oh, that was quick. I thought crossing the desert would be more challenging.”
[Well, I am only by myself after all.]
Ichiko answered with a laugh. In fact, I didn’t think it would have been a journey that could be brushed off with a smile.
[Where’s Lady Ryo?]
“She contacted me a few days ago, so I guess she’s somewhere around Jerusalem now. Wait a minute, let me get in touch with her now…”
When I tried to get in touch with Ryo and the others, the communication was not connected. It was not because they were in a dungeon. This feeling was like that day ten years ago…
“Ichiko! Maybe that ‘guy’ is near Ryo right now!”
“Can you head over there at once!?”
[I understand. I’m coming to them right now!]
Ichiko hurriedly cut off the communication. Perhaps she was on her way to Ryo and the others at full speed.
“Please make it in time…”
The only thing I could do in the face of all this was to sit and wait.
The “Eye of Law Analysis” may look like a cheat item, yet owing to its extraordinary ability value demanded of its usage, it is actually a waste for almost all human beings and demons
Andon is a loanword for lantern
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