Wfb: Chapter 74

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Chapter 74: Some People Get Really Angry When There’s Some Sort of Annoying Background Noise; It’s Better Not to Irritate them Further.

“… To think you can actually contact someone like that without a magic item or anything.”

Ragnall said as I cut off the Friend Chat.

He said it in a whisper.

Even while I was using Friend Chat, we were still moving forward.

Which is why I kept my message to Seimei-san short.

It was a pity that there’s no in-game mail system… but this isn’t a game.

I pressed my lips tightly together.

Eh?

Suddenly I notice a change in our surroundings.

This … the tunnel has been widened.

So far, the passage that we were running through … couldn’t really be called a passage. It was a natural tunnel made many, many years ago.

By water? By something else?

Who knows.

But right now, the tunnel has a distinct look of being excavated by peoples’ hands.

I quickly look over at Ragnall.

He only nods and puts a finger to his mouth.

It seems like we’re finally getting closer to our goal.

Although we have no idea what to expect.

Uun… going in blind is an unsettling feeling.

In the distance we can see the flickering of lights.

Magic lights wouldn’t flicker, so is it torches? And moreover, there’s a constant air-flow…

… So there was another way in other than drilling through the top, huh?

M,maa, it was an action of complete necessity!

Thinking those types of ridiculous thoughts that don’t matter in the slightest, I’m aware of my racing pulse pounding in my neck.

I’m … I am actually feeling nervous? Or is it the result of the intoxicating feeling of Light-charged magic filling the air.

Ah… there’s a dull pounding in my ears and a swelling feeling building up all around …

I clench my teeth. No good. If I don’t focus on what we’re doing, I think I’ll get carried away with this feeling.

“Jun. Up ahead.”

As Ragnall called my attention to the front with a low whisper, I see forms lying up ahead.

They seem vaguely people-like, but there is something very, very wrong with them.

When we reach the forms, I hurriedly erect a Sound Barrier.

“Women … they have Collars of Subordination, so they should be slaves… No signs of trauma or violence, but they’re very clearly dead. What’s with this? It seems a little unnatural, for over 17 women to be dead and thrown over here, but no sign of what caused their death. Even poison would have some sign… perhaps.”

So he hadn’t noticed.

A chill runs down my spine as I look at these ‘corpses’.

The bodies of these girls aren’t those of living, or even once-living, things anymore. They have a more lifeless feeling to them than even rocks and metals.

They won’t decompose or rot away.

They have a cold, cold feeling. Like … exactly like inorganic materials.

They’re not even the semblance of something that had once been living.

Exactly what happened here?

The throbbing in the air, the pulsating of this living light, the Light infused magic.

Somehow, an ominous thought that crosses my mind is that someone has sucked all the Light Magic out of them.

“This is … something that shouldn’t be done was done here. That’s the feeling I’m getting. This is forbidden magic.”

How strange. That last part almost didn’t feel like my own words.

“My my. I heard that someone had snuck in, but to think it’s someone who is able to decipher our activities with just this much, how troublesome, ne.”

With a slightly effeminate lisp, a slender man who is the spitting image of someone who has lost his morality, if not his sanity, to theoretical research appears.

The stereotypical intellectual villain.

Although he’s in front of the widened room with the torches so his front is in the shadows, the flicker of the Light-infused magic makes his features more or less discernable.

“Oya, looks like we found the mind behind the operation.”

Since we’ve clearly been found out, Ragnall stands up and walks out of the shadows, nonchalantly unhitching his sword from his back.

This isn’t good. Something’s weird with me.

Since when was the Sound Barrier taken down? Was it interference or did I just lose too much concentration?

The humming in my head isn’t making it any easier for me to think through the last few minutes.

“Having such a talented person as my assistant would make things easier for me, so how about it, woman?”

Ha?

The intellectual villain-type guy said something kind of troubling.

“Who would –“

“Ahh, it’s not like she’d accept with just that much, right? Making an offer without an explanation; why don’t you tell her what you’re doing around here?”

Ragnall cut me off with a tilt of the head and a smirk at Intellectual Villain-san.

“Oh dear, I don’t think that would do at all. That information is to~p secret, you know. That’s right; so you’re the mercenary they told me to watch out for; I see, you really are all white. How interesting. I’ve never seen a demon-human half-breed before. Ah… that’s not right. You’re over 7 parts human, correct?”

Heh… what is this guy talking about, Ragnall?

I get it, but I don’t really get it.

“… Ara. The lady over there doesn’t seem to particularly care about it. I see your partner already knows.”

“Who are you calling a ‘lady’. And who cares, anyway?”

It’s not like I don’t care. It’s more like I don’t understand the implications of being a demon. Is it something that should make me look at Ragnall in disgust? Because rather than Ragnall, the person to be against is;

“If there’s anyone to be wary of, you’re the one using forbidden magic to re-ignite the flow of Aether. If you treat the flow of Aether lightly, you’ll be the one to experience a terrible ending.

Again, something that doesn’t seem like it came from me, but something that I can’t say didn’t come from me, leapt into my head as I snapped at the man.

His eyes narrow, and his smile draws into a grim line.

“You get more and more interesting… What do you know? Although I’d like to draw you to our side, that’s right, it’s a shame. You seem completely against us, hm? Then what about the part demon over there? A specimen like you is rather rare.”

A ‘specimen’ you say. You need a better Public Relations guy in whatever shady organization you’re in to write your job offer speeches.

I glance over to see Ragnall’s reactions … eh?! Ragnall-san, your normally perfectly lazy smile is suddenly really off! Or like, your eyes aren’t smiling at all!

Eh? Are? Is this the first time I’ve seen Ragnall put on a threatening look? Even though it’s just his eyes-!

“… Hm. It’s not like I was particularly taking precautions to hide my origins, but I don’t know you, do I? Why would you know something like that?”

Ragnall taps his sword restlessly against his shoulder, releasing a slight aura of bloodlust.

“’There shouldn’t be anyone strong enough to oppose us in Nyl, but there is a freakishly strong guy you might want to watch out for who’s made it his base for the last few years;’ I was told something like that. With me saying this much, you should understand the people who stand beside me.”

“Hou… to think Granwit has fallen so low to be a comrade of this. If he stands beside you, who is it that leads the lot of you?”

Too fast, Ragnall. The talk is progressing way too fast for me to understand. In the first place, I have to really concentrate to listen. This Light Magic, the Aether; it’s pulsating all around us, and it makes it kind of hard for me to focus.

Although I don’t really understand the details of their talk … it seems like the people we’re up against aren’t going to be pushovers. That much seems to be the most important thing I can pick up.

“If you aren’t willing to talk about it, I’d be willing to make you want to, with a little force.”

Ragnall’s tone is becoming more and more aggressive.

At that, the man sniffed.

“My goodness, how vulgar. Couldn’t I ask the two of you to leave, if neither of you are interested in joining us? This really is an important time for us.”

“Hm. It seems we will be unable to reach a satisfactory compromise-!”

With that, Ragnall suddenly leaps forward.

“So it seems-! <Strike down my foes, the lance of the winds! Lightning Strike!>

The distance between the two of them is too great, and Ragnall is forced to dodge the bolt of electricity that shoots towards him.

In a panic, Intellectual Villain-san threw a pouch at him, but Ragnall merely cut it down and, despite the small cloud of powder, he continued on.

Karrrack- SLAM!

In the instant Ragnall dealt with the pouch, Intellectual Villain-san was able to cast a wind-type barrier, but although it sort of resists Ragnall’s sword, Ragnall’s ridiculous strength causes it to sheer through, and a look of panic crosses his unfortunate victim’s face as the man is forced to dodge it at the last second, dropping his barrier.

As expected; the problem with an elemental barrier is that it keeps you in as much as it keeps others out. That’s why I like non-elemental barriers; if they’re breached, the entire thing shatters.

Having to remove the rest of a broken barrier is inefficient.

Because of that, Ragnall, who can make his move in the blink of an eye, is already aiming his next strike even while the man is helpless.

Klang!

Krack!

“… Noran. You’re taking too long – is what I wanted to say, but I see. There’s a troublesome person holding you up.”

With a sheathed sword, a man with long brown hair and an eye patch barely redirected Ragnall’s sword with a harsh attack. At the same time, he pulled Intellectual Villain-san backwards.

That his sheath shattered from the impact and that Ragnall’s sword was only redirected a few centimeters from the intended strike zone is a testament to Ragnall’s strength.

“Ooooh, if it isn’t Dankor. What’s up? This kind of sleazy job isn’t like you at all. Don’t tell me you’re just following Urol around blindly as usual.”

“Awful. My luck is just awful. To think I’d be the one to run into this freak … Your brute strength hasn’t weakened at all. What an unlucky day…”

Hmph. He has a gloomy mood and that eyepatch, but even though this guy’s got a pretty face too, isn’t he instantly recognizable as a guy?

What’s the difference between us? Build? Aura?

… Even though this isn’t really the time for such thoughts…

Because it’s a tunnel, I’m hesitant to rush in and muddle the fight.

Since if I get too close, Ragnall will have to take care with his sword swings.

“Noran-sama, I think you should return first. Since I will have some troubles against this freak by myself.”

The eye-patch bishounen said, carefully keeping an eye on Ragnall as he carefully moved to place himself between the intellectual villain and the two of us.

Suddenly, the intellectual villain smiled.

“Ah, no, I think you won’t have any troubles. That said, it seems like I’m needed above anyway so perhaps I should head up soon.”

What is he talking about? Eye-patch bishounen isn’t really a match for Ragnall, you know…

Hm?

Just when I was thinking it, Ragnall … slipped?

Are? Somehow he seems unsteady.

“What did you do?”

The intellectual victim smirked.

“Oh my, is it really that confusing? Of course they told me about your inability to absorb your own mana, and the fact that you have to rely on drugs to correct your mana imbalance and avoid mana poisoning. You’re such a rare specimen, I couldn’t help but think about what I could prepare as a counter. That powder … it’s a pity I had to use it, but …”

“… Mana disperser… shit. I was careless.”

Ragnall gnawed on his arm guard. He seems to be trying to avoid throwing up as he stumbles backwards.

Tch. My head… it’s like warning bells are going off.

Somehow, I know … that Ragnall’s condition is going to border “fatal” pretty soon.

“So you already knew… how anticlimactic. You’re not surprised in the slightest.”

“Ghk… haa… I am … surprised … that you’d waste several tens of millions of ecrue like that.”

Ragnall’s cocky smile is broken here and there with a pained grimace.

“Oi. Noran. What did you do?”

The eye-patch bishounen seems flustered. He didn’t even bother moving in to take advantage of Ragnall’s weakness.

The intellectual villain eyed him coldly.

“Do you have any complaints? The Project has to continue if you want to be paid. Finish him off and get rid of the girl, quickly.”

Get rid of … just because I haven’t made a move yet, don’t write me off so easily, bastard.

At that moment, a heavy surge in the Light Magic occurred.

Argh! Even though it doesn’t hurt, it’s like someone turning the lights up really bright. It’s disorienting!

Pii pii

A chirping sound is emitted from the intellectual villain’s pocket, and he pulls out a crystal.

“Those fools. It looks like I’m needed up above, but you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Hurry it up and return.”

With a swirl of his coat, the intellectual villain left the room via a wooden door.

Ah… this … this is a cellar-looking area?

As the surge levels out a little, I can shake the disorientation off.

“… That bastard, doing whatever he wants.”

The eye-patch bishounen glares in the direction of the door as it slams shut.

“Ha…haha… *swallow* I’ve … warned you … before *gulp* about accepting … jobs you don’t … agree with…”

Ragnall spits out the words, in between deep drinks from several small bottles.

His medicine? Then … he’ll be okay, right?

Um… blood dripping from his nose and mouth are … is that bad?

The eye-patch bishounen glares half-heartedly at him.

“… Shut up. No hard feelings, you white freak, but it’s a job.”

Swish.

I move between the two.

“I’ll admit, I haven’t been doing much because of whatever the hell you bastards are doing with this Light infused mana all over the place, but could you still not ignore my presence like that?”

I drop into an iai stance.

“… Ragnall, tell your woman to back off. Since we’re old co-workers, I’ll let her go if she just gets out of here.”

“Hah?! Who’s whose woman?!”

Or like, it’s not like your face and my face are that different. Why is it that I’m immediately assumed to be a girl?!

“Heh… If … you’re only in it for the money … you’d best run … I won’t … be able to help you …”

Ragnall said.

He really isn’t sounding that good.

“Oi Ragnall, shut up and rest over … tte, isn’t that raw monster meat?!”

I glance over at him, and he’s just chewing on a bloody hunk of meat?! Isn’t monster meat poisonous when raw?! Or like, he keeps raw meat in his Item Bag? It’s not like Item Bags have time-stop preservation on them, right?!

“Yeah… Imma … take a nap now…”

“Oi, wait a sec, Ragnall -!”

He just went unconscious. Unconscious is bad, right?!

The eye-patch bishounen swung his sword casually as he approached.

“So you won’t go, even if he tells you to… well, don’t think too badly of …”

“Shut up. You’re annoying.”

Paaaan-!

“Ka-hurk-!”

With a face that looked like it didn’t know what was happening, the eye-patch bishounen coughed loudly as he had the breath driven out of him when he bounced off the ceiling of this underground tunnel.

Being completely unprepared for my punch, he had dropped his sword in the impact, so I didn’t bother drawing my sword, merely waiting until the moment before he touched the ground before I hammered the end of my nodachi’s grip into his stomach.

CRASH!

“Gu-waa – Argh!”

He shrieks as the dagger impales him in his shoulder.

Hou, so he’s still conscious. How lucky for him.

He gets to try out my ‘Immobilizing Blade’ (tentative name). An extremely brittle alloy, but it was perfect for training mana forging … ah, well, I can’t deny there’s some potential, but one-use blades can be considered failures, huh?

Since they tend to break on impact with anything harder than flesh.

And when they break, they lose their abilities from the shock.

A spike would be better than a blade, huh …

“…Urgh… why can’t I …move…?”

“Who knows? Sit there until you figure it out.”

What a hindrance. There’s a dull humming in the back of my head so I can’t concentrate, and things I don’t understand keep happening.

I’m seriously annoyed, so if you want to see hell, keep talking you gloomy eye-patch bastard.

With the annoyance paralyzed against the wall, I turn over towards Ragnall.


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38 comments

    1. The way I see it, this was never going to be a full fight. At the most, Jun would be stalling time until the cavalry arrives. But that would require an enemy stronger than Jun and these 2 didn’t give that impression.

      What this does do is maybe open the door for stronger enemies that are able to give a real fight to show up.

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      1. Instead of cavalry, we’ll learn that the “you are light magic” from the light magic water source, means that THEY are with THE MC, due to the “MANA WELL”, as such the MC isn’t just a singular entity. They will be possessed, kill the bad guys, get a boost/few days of pain or bed rest. Then bob’s your uncle and the next chapter begins.

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      2. While I think it would be hilarious to nerf everything into one chapter, I have a feeling that I would get seriously angered at if I did so after all this build up lol

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      3. no, no, NO. for once i want a series without power creep if they are outside the power limit of the world nothing that world is capable of producing should be able to match them, she/he is already not the most powerful thing because of her friends so please for the love of a good story keep it different and no more cliche

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      4. I feel that the author has been pretty honest about where this story has been headed in terms of power-levels. I am actually sort of puzzled at how the crafting will continue to grow to the levels that have been hinted at.

        But really, it was clear that there was a mystery about how they got to the world, and it has been hinted that it was performed by agencies unknown which presumably have access to some seriously high-end magic. Ragnall has long been comparable to Jun and has not been established to be unique in that regard, so the locals are not capped as a resource. The other players are all maximum level with end-game gear, so they are going to be absurd, but they are specced for a game, so have their flaws and are presumably within the limits of what the enemy? intended to summon.

        Jun is going to continue to make more powerful gear(although that cavalry sabre might be the peak of brute-force for a while) and will continue to find new ways to break magic. “Jun makes new stuff” is sort of the defining feature of the story. If you don’t like that then, umm, well, the author has other projects… I really can’t see the power-creep ending any time soon.

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  1. Nice. I like how you did this chapter. It’s refreshing to have a MC that doesn’t know everything that’s going on, can’t always deduce all the details from 1 stupidly obscure clue, or just start killing everything since they can’t understand instantly. This way makes for a more realistic character and a better read in my opinion. Keep up the good work.

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    1. The Aether, Light Magic and whatever Light Magic related entity/knowledge is interfering with her subconscious make it utterly impossible for her to snap at this juncture. Too distracted :S

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      1. It’s not that she is being actively interfered with, but that she has such a close connection with aether that she can tell when something is wrong with it. And it just so happens that something is very seriously wrong with it right now. Or at least that’s my interpretation.

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    1. “Heh… If … you’re only in it for the money … you’d best run … I won’t … be able to help you …”

      “So you won’t go, even if he tells you to… well, don’t think to badly of …”

      –Yeah, Ragnall was telling YOU to back off, dude. Dumb of you not to realize, now you’re literally nailed to the wall.

      Also @author it’s [don’t think _too_ badly of me]

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  2. I always love it when the villain of a story starts off sounding like the king of everything and everyone’s beneath him, cause he’s stronger/smarter or whatever, and then the MC shows up and easily kicks the crap out of them and the villains turn into these whiny little turds

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  3. Thanks for the chapter! After my fourth reread my mental autocorrect turned off soooo.

    Ragnall said as I cut of the Friend Chat.
    should probably be
    Ragnall said as I cut off the Friend Chat.

    No good. If I don’t focus on what were doing,
    should probably be
    No good. If I don’t focus on what we’re doing,

    Is it something that should have make me look at Ragnall in disgust?
    should probably be
    Is it something that should have made me look at Ragnall in disgust?

    Of course they told me about you inability to absorb your own mana
    should probably be
    Of course they told me about your inability to absorb your own mana

    I haven’t been doing much because whatever the hell you bastards
    should probably be
    I haven’t been doing much because of whatever the hell you bastards

    well, don’t think to badly of
    should probably be
    well, don’t think too badly of

    Anywho, love the stories(vending, ovrmmo, and origin included). Waiting in anticipation for your great work!

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  4. thanks k.linH.

    nice chapter.
    full of wonderfully told reflexions…

    “lost ot theoretical research” –> my, my, my… wonderful expression.

    Jun’s being troubled / unfocused and whose only interest is Dankor being a bishoujo and not mistaken for a girl while s/he was in his/her previous world..

    all the revelations on Ragnal…

    the advises of Ragnal that are mistakenly taken as meant for Jun when they are meant for Dankor….

    well told.

    cheers !

    /Calavente

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  5. “Jun?”
    “Jun?”
    “Has it occurred to you, Jun, that monsters are crafting ingredients?”
    “Has it occurred to you, Jun, that villains are monsters?”
    “Has it occurred to you, Jun, That villains are crafting ingredients?”
    “Has it occurred to you, Jun, that the more they scream, the more powerful the product will be?”
    “You must experiment, Jun, or you will never know…”
    “You will never know, Jun, if you hold limit yourself…”
    “Do you want to be ignorant, Jun? Is that what you want?”
    “You must experiment, Jun, it is the crafter’s way. If you let them stop you, then you will never know. The knowledge would be lost, Jun, and that would be bad…”

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  6. Well that was an interesting chapter Mr. villain don’t write Jun off as a side character or you will get obliterated… Whatever they are doing to the light magic/Aether can’t be good I wonder if it has some connection with Jun and co.’s arrival? Hopefully Jun can interfere with any nasty effects thanks to her affinity with light magic/Aether. Ritual’s involving mass human sacrifice are almost always very nasty things.

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